Family vacation tips: Keep the peace and connect with your kids!

Family vacations are one of my very favorite ways to connect with our kids. Getting away from the everyday routine and exploring new places together creates the most vivid memories. With a husband who travels for work and keeps crazy hours, our time with him is precious. When we head out on an adventure, my […]

Bonding over bubbles

  In a blink, summer is over. While there is relief at having a little more time during my days to get things done, I miss my first grader during her time in class. Part of my job as mom is to get her off safely in the mornings, but equally important if not more […]

10 Tips for Your Water Park Trip

These water park tips are provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. My family gets season passes to a local water park each summer, and it’s often our go-to summertime activity. Over the years, we’ve learned a few things, and often we’ve learned them the hard way. Is visiting a water park on your family’s summer […]

7 Easy Sand and Water Table Sensory Activities

This sensory activity was created for our “Summer Fun” calendar series by guest blogger Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus).   Now that summer is in full swing, we find ourselves spending more and more time outside. The kids love it because they get to explore all that the big world has to offer, and Mommy loves it because they work […]

Stacy Shares: Cool Tips for Summer Days

Is summer in full effect at your house yet? The later mornings, the ease of a more relaxed schedule, the all-too familiar sound of the most two repeated phrases during summertime – “I’m Bored!” and/or “I’m Hungry“. My post today will help you nip both those phrases in the bud, teach some simple kitchen lessons, […]

A Day at the Beach – “Best of the Best” Ideas

It’s summer . . . everyone head to the beach!  Here’s our “Best of the Best” beach and sand-play activities — all in one convenient location. Enjoy! Play Beach Detectives Wearing sunglasses and a hat as a disguise, children can sift through the sand to reveal “clues.” Have your kids use their imaginations to make […]

How to Host a “Let’s Have a Ball” Playdate!

This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Playdates can be sanity-savers when your kids are on summer break, but not when the kids are saying “I’m bored!” To help keep kids entertained, try picking a theme for their playdate. Recently, we gathered a few friends […]

Family Pond Study: A Wild, Wet Adventure

This nature pond study activity is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. I cannot think of a more quintessential way to spend a breezy summer day than wading ankle deep in cool water chasing frogs with children! The giggles, splashes, and squeals of delight from enjoying a […]

The Cure for Cabin Fever: 4 Ways to Explore the Great Indoors!

Is your family experiencing some wintertime “Cabin Fever”? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared some great activities to enjoy – indoors! What are your personal favorites?  NEW Ways to Play with Your Puzzles! Does your family have a collection of puzzles lying around – perhaps ones that your kids have either […]