Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 6

Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! We’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, educational activities, crafts, family travel tips – all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week resource will be neatly organized into a calendar you can print. To make this calendar even more helpful to you, each […]

Going to Grandma Camp

Today’s post is brought to us by Julie Kieras from If you’re a grandparent or caregiver during these carefree summer months, you likely are just waiting for those dreaded words: “I’m bored!” Here’s an alternative to kids wandering aimlessly about the house like so many pinballs bumping into each other… Grandma Camp! (Or Auntie Camp, etc!). […]

Running with A Stroller – Tips and Tricks!

Finding time to workout can be tough. Add in kids and it gets tougher. Add in, a baby that only naps on you, a budget that doesn’t allow for babysitters, family far away, and baby weight that is turning into toddler weight and you are where I was a few years ago. I wasn’t happy […]

Week 2 of Summer Fun is Here!

Here it is ~ Week 2 of your fun Summer Calendar! Each Monday we’ll bring you another exciting week of our Summer Calendar! You’ll find June packed with game ideas, indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, family-friendly tips for traveling with the kids, and special features dedicated to “Taking Care of You”! You can download and print this week’s interactive […]

Scheduling Summer Needs Before the Rush

This scheduling summer needs post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Last year I missed out on the camp of my dreams – for my son, of course. It was a farm camp. And the kids had barn and stable assignments, which I thought would be […]

Free Printable Checklist of Kid-Friendly SPRING CLEANING Tasks

These spring cleaning tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina It’s time to dig into SPRING CLEANING. It is time to open the windows, shake up some dust, and freshen up the house. This year, try including the kids […]

5 Tips for Dining Out with Kids

This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from Our kids are like a blank canvas, unwittingly looking to us to help them fill this space with splashes of experiences and knowledge. Dining out is one way to add to this canvas, expanding their palate beyond the fast food family chains. […]

Turn Your Cellar Space into a Marketplace!

This clever idea was shared with us by a dad who turned an unused space in his cellar into an inviting Marketplace play area for his daughters. He originally designed his basement to incorporate a wine cellar into a special wall that featured a beautiful arching nook, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting — the works. But […]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

These ideas for overcoming cabin fever are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you – with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear […]