Posts Tagged ‘children’

101 Things to Do in the Summer with Your Kids

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Summer is a time for slowing down, released from after school activities and homework.  We all hold our childhood summer memories dearly, close to our hearts.  Here are just a few ways to make more summer memories with your kids:

  1. Go to the beach!
  2. Make homemade popsicles
  3. Run barefoot in the grass
  4. Have a movie marathon
  5. Jump rope
  6. Try yoga
  7. Go to the park (one with sprinklers is even better)
  8. Have a picnic dinner or lunch
  9. Kick around a soccer ball
  10. Chalk + sidewalk = inner artist
  11. Play video games together on a rainy day
  12. Play dress-up
  13. Go to a museum
  14. Go swimming
  15. Visit a local botanical garden or community garden
  16. Dance around the living room with abandon
  17. Visit the library
  18. Look up free concerts, movies, etc. in your area
  19. Go camping
  20. Eat watermelon
  21. Go strawberry or blueberry picking
  22. Taco Tuesday
  23. Have a spa day at home
  24. Host a sleepover
  25. Bubbles
  26. Play kick the can
  27. Make your own summer salad buffet
  28. Roast marshmallows
  29. Ride your bike
  30. Go on a hike
  31. Visit a flea market
  32. Make pet rocks
  33. Have a lemonade stand
  34. Go to an amusement park
  35. Plant flowers
  36. Watch fireworks
  37. Make homemade waffles
  38. Go fishing
  39. Write a letter to someone and actually mail it
  40. Catch fireflies
  41. Visit the zoo
  42. Ice cream sundaes
  43. Have a family basketball tournament
  44. Create theme weeks, like animals, space, or whatever your kid loves most.
  45. Make a blanket and pillow fort
  46. Go horseback riding
  47. Visit a farmers market
  48. Sno cones
  49. Play cat’s cradle: http://www.wikihow.com/Play-The-Cat’s-Cradle-Game
  50. Go to a street fair
  51. Eat a pickle on a stick
  52. Go to a baseball game
  53. Fly a kite
  54. Go roller skating or skateboarding
  55. Family game night!
  56. Make a summer tote bag
  57. Write a song
  58. Wiggle your toes
  59. Make a fruit salad
  60. Learn how to hula hoop
  61. Play mingolf
  62. Have a scavenger hunt
  63. Dance contest
  64. S’mores
  65. Go bowling
  66. Play tennis
  67. Make a watercolor painting
  68. Have a science day
  69. Breakfast for dinner
  70. Learn origami: http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-for-kids.html
  71. Frisbee
  72. Obstacle course
  73. Make a sandcastle
  74. Give the dog a bath
  75. Make shirts
  76. Visit a farm
  77. Hopscotch
  78. Make homemade pizza
  79. Visit a planetarium
  80. Make a bird feeder
  81. Go on a boat ride
  82. Make a nature collage
  83. Bake cupcakes
  84. Visit a thrift store
  85. Go to a carnival
  86. Make suncatchers
  87. Go for a walk at twilight
  88. See a play
  89. Slip’n’slide
  90. Play stick ball
  91. Science experiment
  92. Playdoh
  93. BBQ
  94. Make a summer photo album
  95. Finger puppets
  96. Star gaze
  97. Volunteer
  98. Have a sidewalk or garage sale
  99. Enjoy the sunshine
  100. Learn something new
  101. Make a list of activities you want to do this summer and hang them on the wall so the kids can check them off.

101 Fall Activities With Your Kids

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

We all have busy, stressed and chaotic lives.  Perhaps this list can inspire some families, to slow down a little and enjoy the simpler things in life.  Children want you and your attention and time.  More than the newest toy, afterschool activity, video game or TV shows.  Be creative and you will see with a little time and effort, and very little money…you can give your children a slice of you and a time we fondly remember of our own childhoods!

  1. Collect fall leaves/make a leave collage
  2. Bake homemade pumpkin pie
  3. Go apple picking
  4. Taco night! – invite family or friends over- this is always a fun night at my house
  5. Watch an old movie
  6. Make s’mores- (graham crackers, 1 piece of Hershey’s chocolate and then nuke the marshmallow for 10-15 seconds, top with another graham cracker) Yum!
  7. Create a masterpiece together on a blank canvas
  8. Watch a documentary on public television, History channel or Discovery channel
  9. Play records or old cd’s- dance around the room
  10. Make fondue
  11. Make an autumn wreath- with pinecones
  12. Read a book together- like the Narnia, Harry Potter, or any other exciting book series
  13. Play video games
  14. Give each other manicure/pedicures
  15. Make a huge pot of steaming, cozy stew together
  16. Watch the Thanksgiving parade on television
  17. Take an after dinner walk
  18. Make macaroni necklaces
  19. Build an entire town out of all your kids toys with them (Get creative, use construction paper for streets, make milk carton buildings, go crazy)
  20. Play in the rain, jump in those puddles, get cozy on the couch on a stormy day
  21. Brush your pet cat or dog
  22. Massage each other’s feet
  23. Have an Indian night (try a recipe, listen to music on YouTube, try henna, light incense)
  24. Play Monopoly
  25. Play dominoes
  26. Make blueberry pancakes
  27. Go to a flea market or yard sale
  28. Go to an Oktoberfest
  29. Have a race
  30. Fly a kite
  31. Go bowling
  32. Take a hike
  33. Go on a local tour
  34. Have a picnic
  35. Make homemade Christmas gifts in advance
  36. Start a scrapbook
  37. Visit a farm
  38. Go to a museum
  39. Play Frisbee
  40. Blow bubbles
  41. Have a sleepover
  42. Visit a pet store
  43. Have breakfast for dinner
  44. Jump Rope
  45. Go to a Farmer’s market
  46. Drink apple cider
  47. Bake an apple pie
  48. Go rollerblading, biking or skateboarding
  49. Have a BBQ
  50. Play soccer
  51. Make spaghetti tacos- ala iCarly
  52. Go to the movies
  53. Go to the playground
  54. Go to the zoo
  55. “Getting bored is not allowed!”- Eloise, age 6
  56. Spend some time going over those math problems or spelling words they just haven’t mastered
  57. Go to a cornfield maze
  58. Roast chestnuts
  59. Play hopscotch
  60. Ride a carousel -parents too!
  61. Look up magic tricks and try some
  62. Have a Japanese or Chinese night
  63. Play a board game-better yet have a regular family game night
  64. Write a story
  65. Do a jigsaw puzzle
  66. Play Scrabble
  67. Bake cupcakes for no reason at all
  68. Color
  69. Do nothing all day
  70. Look at baby pictures
  71. Make frozen yogurt pops
  72. Play with Clay
  73. Teach them how to play chess
  74. Have a pretend campout indoors
  75. Let them help cook dinner- from groceries to clean up
  76. Play charades
  77. Talk about what if…… you had your dream house? What if you can be anything you want? ….
  78. Have a staring contest
  79. Have a thumb war
  80. Sing the oldest song you can remember, teach them how to sing it
  81. Eat corn on the cob smothered in butter
  82. Make tie dye t-shirts
  83. Have an Italian night or any other international night you wish
  84. Jump in a pile of fall leaves
  85. Write a letter to someone
  86. Make a giant fruit salad
  87. Rock, paper, scissors
  88. Make Monkey Bread-http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/grands174-monkey-bread-recipe/index.html
  89. Make homemade pizza
  90. Learn an instrument or make pretend instruments
  91. Volunteer in your community
  92. Laugh-tell silly jokes
  93. Have a pillow fight
  94. Have a tickle fight
  95. Tell them childhood stories or your parents stories
  96. Make a big pot of chili and corn bread
  97. Go to a Halloween event in your area
  98. Make a Jack o Lantern
  99. Read about the Pilgrims, Native Americans, write down why you are all grateful in your lives
  100. Have a family meeting
  101. Enjoy the fall and all of its glory!