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...
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...
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...
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...
Science Fun

Science Fun

We did it! Science Center A science center can be a great place to go to let the kids explore – just don’t let them know they’re learning things.  They occassionally have exhibits about specific subjects, so if your child is covering the topic in school or is just...
Museums

Museums

We did it! Historical Memorial Natural History Nature & Wildlife Cultural & Arts Military Youth Museums Science Centers Mining & Mineral Air & Space OR as an alternative, take them to a cookie factory or somewhere like Krispy Kreme where you can...
Nature Watch

Nature Watch

We did it! Bird Watching Birdwatching – can be an interesting hobby for curious minds and very inexpensive.  Here are a few useful links for identifying birds by appearance and call, choosing seeds to put out for different species, and checklists of bird species in...
Hiking

Hiking

We did it! Preparation You’ll want to make sure you are prepared for pretty much anything when you go on a hike.  First things first, make sure you take plenty of water and don’t buy your hiking boots right before you go.  You’ll want well-worn in shoes that are less...
Board Games

Board Games

We did it! There are tons of board games out there for every age group, interest, and style. Whether you want to play a simple thinking game like Scrabble or Monopoly or you want to wage war in your livingroom with Battleship, the whole family will enjoy a fun family...