Star / Cloud Gazing

Star / Cloud Gazing

Star Gazing/Observatory A fun free activity to do as a family is go out one crisp clear night, somewhere where the lights of the city don’t pollute the skies, and gaze at the stars. Don’t forget to take along a star chart or download a mobile app to help you find the...
Building with Little Ones

Building with Little Ones

As an alternate to woodworking construction projects, for little children you can pull out a bucket of legos, wooden blocks, K’nex, or any other type of building toy.  You can teach them about how to keep balance so their projects stay up longer, about how to...
Learn Shop Safety

Learn Shop Safety

Teach the kids about shop safety before starting any woodworking or other construction projects. Remind them of the use of appropriate personal protective gear such as goggles, ear plugs, face mask, gloves, etc.  It is also important to teach them how to properly use...
Build a Model Airplane or Car

Build a Model Airplane or Car

You can find a variety of types, styles, and skill levels of models.  Some have less than 10 parts and just need to be put together with glue and painted.  Some are very complex and require carefully following detailed instructions. You can find metal and wood...
Laser Tag

Laser Tag

In laser tag, everyone has a laser light gun and two teams basically run around obstacles and hide and use strategy to not get “hit” by another person’s laser.  Each person wears a special vest that picks up the laser light and lets you know if...
Go Karts

Go Karts

Go Karts are a lot of fun to drive around and race since it’s probably the closest your kids will get to driving before they can drive a vehicle. Usually there is a minimum height requirement for drivers and passengers so you might want to call ahead and find...
Wheels

Wheels

Roller skating is fun for older children, teens and adults.  You can do it at a roller skating rink, around your neighborhood, on a basketball court at the park, etc.  You can even roller skate to a destination such as a convenience store for some snacks.  Just make...
Batting Cages

Batting Cages

We did it! If your kids are interested in baseball but you don’t have enough people to play a game, or you just want to get in some practice and have fun, check out the batting cages. You decide what speed of pitches you want and whether you want to hit...
Bowling

Bowling

We did it! Bowling is a great family activity for most ages (2 to 70 or so) because you must take turns, each person gets a chance to be the center of attention, and since it’s fairly difficult for everyone, there’s not too much pressure to actually do...
Mini Golf

Mini Golf

We did it! Mini Golf is a great activity for families because you get a chance to talk and laugh and each person gets a turn to be the center of attention so no one feels left out, and it’s great for any age (well, 2+). If you don’t have a mini golf course...
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

We did it! If you’re having some beautiful weather outside, why not go for a horseback ride?  Many stables and ranches offer trail rides or lessons for half an hour or more and they usually teach you some basics about how to steer and give commands to the...
Candles & Soaps

Candles & Soaps

We did it! Making candles can be fun for any age, but adults should help out with pouring the hot wax.  Children can help pick out the color, shape, scent, and any additional decorations used either in the candle, or to decorate the outside once it’s cooled. Wax...