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...
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...
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...
Camping

Camping

We did it! Search for National Parks The National Park Service has a great site that allows you to search for a park by Name, Location, Activity, or Topic.  http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm They also have a great section for kids and teachers complete with...
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...