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...
Church History

Church History

We did it! It can be a particularly faith-building experience to visit historical locations of religious/spiritual significance.  It can be old church buildings, temples, pioneer crossings, or even a whole town.  Your family can feel the spirit and grow closer...
Fireworks

Fireworks

We did it! Admit it!  You love fireworks just as much as the kids.  Cities and recreational parks usually post if/when they will be doing fireworks for different holidays.  You can make it as simple as just showing up, or you could make the night extra special and...
Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market

We did it! Most cities around the US have Farmer’s Markets where you can go to purchase produce, meat, dairy, etc that is fresh and locally-grown. The prices are usually very reasonable and the items are fresh & delicious.  The only down-side is that the...
Crochet & Knitting

Crochet & Knitting

We did it! Loom Knitting A good way to start teaching kids about knitting is to use a round knitting loom (found at most craft stores). Kids as young as 7 or 8 can learn to use a crochet hook to create simple projects like a square hotpad or scarf. Crochet Lion Brand...
Fly Kites

Fly Kites

We did it! Flying kites can be fun and a great way to get exercise without realizing it.  It’s wonderful for any age, especially if you have mixed ages because older children can help younger children.  It’s a good idea to bring scissors, extra string, and...
Sign Language

Sign Language

We did it! Start Simple There are many instructional videos for learning sign language, even for babies.  You can start with the alphabet and simple signs like “eat”, “drink”, “mother”, “father”,...
Auto Emergency Kit

Auto Emergency Kit

We did it! Breaking down on the road can be a scary situation, especially at night or in hazardous weather.  Work with your family to create an Auto Emergency Kit and help ease those fears. Items to Include Jumper Cables Roadside Flares Extra Oil & Antifreeze...
Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

We did it! Communication Your family should choose a family member or friend out of town or out of state to be a point of contact in case of a disaster.  That way if you cannot get in touch with each other, you still have someone you all can contact to make sure the...