TOP TIPS for Camping with Kids

Nothing delivers “family togetherness” quite like camping. Whether you’re creating some INDOOR camping fun, or you’re doin’ the Real Deal and roughing it OUTDOORS, we’ve got loads of family-tested ideas to help you create a memorable camping adventure for you and your family — in ANY season. So get out your tents and sleeping bags […]

Swimming Games Round-Up (And Pool Party Tips!)

Whether you’ve got a tot you’re trying to coax to dip a toe in the water, or your kids are ready to do cannonballs off the side of the pool, we have you covered with swimming games, ideas, and pool party tips. So put on some goggles, sit back, and check out these splishin’-splashin’ pool-time […]

Two Free Pirate Party Printables!

Yesterday, our Birthday Bash co-host Tiffany shared her adorable tips, recipes, games and more, to help make the most of your junior swashbucklers’ pirate party! To polish off your pirate party, we created these two FREE pirate-themed printables: 1) Pirate Treasure Map Setting up a treasure hunt in your backyard (or inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate) […]

Games & Goodies for a Pirate Party

My six year old daughter has an intense love for all things pirate so it was only natural that she’d request a pirate party for her birthday. My challenge was to host a swashbuckling good time for the girls in her class who are perhaps a bit more interested in mermaids than buccaneers. It is […]

Fun and Unique Birthday Invites: Origami for Kids

Learn how to create adorable Origami birthday invites in this special guest post from our Birthday Bash co-host Jillian (A Mom With a Lesson Plan). For all our Birthday Bash resources, click here. Creating fun and unique birthday invites is one of my favorite parts of planning a party! When I was invited to join the Melissa & […]

How to Throw a DIY Dinosaur Birthday Party: Part 2 – DIY Party Favor Bags

  Part 2 of our “How to Host a Dinosaur Birthday Party” blog post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons.     I get excited about the details of a party. The small touches really pull everything together in a festive way, but sometimes the details […]

How to Throw a Dinosaur Birthday Party: Part 1 – Decorate & Celebrate!

This Dinosaur Birthday Party post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons.   My family loves birthday parties. I love planning them and my son loves experiencing them. But this year I wanted to keep it simple. So today I’m sharing our stress-free and super […]

The Melissa & Doug Ultimate Birthday Bash!

We are thrilled to announce our first Ultimate Birthday Bash! Are you looking for inspirational ideas that everyone will love, for your child’s upcoming birthday celebration? Over the next 11 days, we’ll be sharing some inspirational Birthday Party ideas from the Melissa & Doug blog, creatively presented and brought to you by our fantastic group of co-hosts! […]

The Ultimate Birthday Bash – Our Co-Hosts

Have you heard about our Ultimate Birthday Bash? For the next 11 days, we’re celebrating the joy, excitement (and sometimes exhaustion) of planning and celebrating your child’s birthday! Plus, we’re offering a $500 Birthday Bash giveaway (click here to enter) so one lucky winner can choose favors, games, crafts, and gifts from MelissaAndDoug.com for your […]