27 Simple Summer Science Experiments

27 Simple Summer Science Experiments

Enjoy these simple summer science experiments that will inspire curious minds!

Summer is a wonderful time to let the kids show off their curiosity and do some simple science:

Mom, do you think this {non-waterproof object} will float?

If I put my popsicle down in the sun, how long will it take to melt?

and the best one that's always asked at our house --

If we put the hose at the top of the slide and turn on the water, how fast will I slide down?

They shoot off that thing like a greased pig I tell you :)

So in order to inspire & nuture that growing sense of curiosity -- and even allow them to live a little dangerously at times -- we thought we would bring you an awesome list of Simple Summer Science Experiements to try!

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17 Around the World Activities for a DIY Summer Camp

17 Around the World Activities for a DIY Summer Camp

Welcome to our first week of DIY Summer Camp -- this week's theme is Around the World!

Summer is a great time to explore a new topic or dive deep into a favorite theme with kids -- the days are longer and the schedules are lighter :)

Finding a summer camp near me that's also related to something my kids really enjoy can be a challenge at times (like the year my son was infatuated with the Giant Squid!) so doing an at-home summer camp is a great solution!

At home summer camp's do not have to be complicated or expensive! 

You know me -- I do easy ;)

Each week, we'll share some fun & inexpensive ideas around a popular theme or topic along with some free printables & a simple 'formula' that will help you to quickly pull together some fun activites that your kids will LOVE too!

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20 DIY Outdoor Science Experiments

20 DIY Outdoor Science Experiments

These easy outdoor science experiments turn your backyard into a giant science lab!

As you can tell by our collection of science experiments & activities for kids,  we do many of them right in our backyard. 

This wasn't always the case -- in fact, it came about quite by accident but we now LOVE creating easy outdoor science activities!

Here's how it all began ...

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20 Ways to Enjoy a Summer Night

20 Ways to Enjoy a Summer Night

One of our favorite parts of summertime is the not-so-strict-bedtime schedule so we love to find some fun things to do on a Summer night!

We head out after dinner for a walk to the park or spend a night doing something special. 

With the longer days and cooler evenings, summer is the perfect time to find some family events or activities that you can enjoy together after dark.

 

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Unique Gifts for Father's Day that Dads will LOVE!

Unique Gifts for Father's Day that Dads will LOVE!

Browse these unique gift ideas for Dad & Grandpa -- fun items that are sure to put a smile on their face!

It's June, which means sunshine, swimming pools and a special day for Dad - which means!

When is Father's Day this year? 

Don't worry, you've still got time -- it's June 17th. 

And for the record, my Dad's birthday is the same week so I've been browsing for some fun and unique gifts for a few of the special men in my life. 

Now, my husband will tell you that the best gift any man could get would be an unlimited supply of bacon (and who am I to argue) but I was thinking of something a little better than bacon ;)

I know, there's probably not much that's better than bacon but here are some unique ideas that I think most Dad's will enjoy.

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20 Printable Road Trip Games, Scavenger Hunts & Summer Activities for Kids

20 Printable Road Trip Games, Scavenger Hunts & Summer Activities for Kids

We're so excited about this Printable Activity Pack with TONS of fun summer activities for your kids!

And right now, you can get it at a special price (50% off) for a limited time!!

Because it's never too early to start preparing for summer break, right ;)

Since we're all about helping to make family life easier while your raise curious kids, we've combined those two goals to create a Summer Printable Activity Pack with activities the kids will LOVE along with time-saving printables for parents!

 
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50 Road Trip Hacks, Activities & Tips

50 Road Trip Hacks, Activities & Tips

These awesome family travel hacks and road trip tips are sure to make your next car trip easier & more enjoyable!

Summer's here and that means road trips!  Woohoo!

When I was a kid, my parents would to take us to cool places every summer and I loved getting away from the 'ordinary days' of home life.  Travel allows for adventure, inspires us to explore new places and is a huge learning opportunity for your kids!

Seeing new places, reconnecting with the kids, trying to keep everyone happy in a small (sometimes too hot and crowded) area ;)

Just kidding ... you know I LIVE for road trips!

But man, it takes a small army to get a family ready to hit the road -- all that packing, organizing, finding rest stops along the way. 

So we want to help make life a little smoothier with these travel ideas you'll love!

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20 Printable Summer Scavenger Hunts

20 Printable Summer Scavenger Hunts

Enjoy these Summer Scavenger Hunt Ideas while you're on vacation, exploring places around town or just relaxing in the backyard!

If there's one thing we love, it's a good scavenger hunt

In fact, we've been known to 'divide and conquer' in a friendly family competition on more than one occasion.

In addition to just being fun, scavenger hunts are also great ways for kids to learn -- your kids will hone their observation skills, practice new words, explore new places and many hunts also intregrate a little science and math too.

Our goal -- one scavenger hunt each week for the whole summer!

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40 Free Printable Road Trip Games & Activities

40 Free Printable Road Trip Games & Activities

Grab these free printable road trip games & activities for your next car trip and keep the kids busy!

We are gearing up for a HUGE family car trip this summer & I'm on the look-out for some road trip activities for the kids.

The trip is going to be much longer than we thought -- 10 days through 11 states covering 2600 miles!! 

I know - crazy!  But we're really looking forward to it -- we believe that family travel is a great way for kids to learn all kinds of things.

This year, we'll be seeing lots of family, celebrating my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary and attending freshman orientation for our oldest who is starting college in the Fall.

It's going to be a monster of a trip with lots of overnight stops and quite a few hours in the car.

Soooo .... time to start planning on how to keep everyone busy, happy and fed ;)

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2018 Free Summer Movies, Camps & Programs for Kids

2018 Free Summer Movies, Camps & Programs for Kids

Check out these FREE & frugal Summer movies, programs & workshops for kids where you'll find lots of frugal ways to entertain your kids this summer!

Summer is coming and kids are looking for fun things to do -- and us parents are hoping that it's not all tech time ;)

There are a number of free programs & events near you that your kids can try this summer -- and my favorite part about these are that they are only a few hours and give kids a way to try something new without investing a ton of time (or money).

Summer is the perfect time to try out something new -- you never know what your kids will gravitate to unless you introduce them to new things!

 

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9 Terrific Books about Turtles

9 Terrific Books about Turtles

Enjoy these fiction and non-fiction books about turtles and introduce kids to one of the few animals that takes their house with them as they travel!

When we take our evening walks through the neighborhood, we often see various animals -- other dogs, squirrels, deer, sometimes a wild turkey and believe it or not -- one very large turtle!

Actually, he's a tortoise and his owner give him the run of their backyard on these nice days :)

And then there are all the turtle we see at the pond in our local park -- more than a dozen peek their heads up when we head over to feed the fish.

So in honor of World Turtle Day on May 23rd, I thought we'd share some of our favorite books plus a few really cool turtle facts this week!

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50 Activities for Your Summer Bucket List

50 Activities for Your Summer Bucket List

Make a bucket list of fun things to do with your kids this Summer!

My kids tell me I've been acting extra goofy this week. 

Really? 

I hadn’t noticed ;)

Actually, we are quickly approaching summer and I am very happy about the prospect of the not-so-scheduled days and longer evenings to enjoy with the kids.

So this week, we grabbed a few supplies and started working on our Summer Bucket List. 

Each year, we make a great list of all the adventures we'd like to have and fun things we hope to do together (plus a few things to learn too because during the summer, learning is always fun!)

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17 FREE Summer Reading Programs & Book Logs for Kids {with printables}

17 FREE Summer Reading Programs & Book Logs for Kids {with printables}

FREE Summer reading programs and book logs for kids & teens -- earn free books & more!!

As parents, we know that connecting kids with books throughout the summer months is SUCH a good thing. 

Summer reading helps them to keep their vocab and comprehension skills strong so those first weeks back to school are much easier!

But honestly, keeping them reading can be a challenge with all the other fun activities they have going on -- like the pool and friends and s'mores by the fire ... not to mention the availability of technology and the desire to get sticky, dirty and wet any chance they get ;)

Which is why this first post in our 105 Days of Free Summer Fun includes awesome ideas & freebies that will not only inspire your kids to read but also allow us to retain our 'cool Mom/Dad' status without constantly bugging them to pick up a book!

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17 FUN Activities to Do at the Park

17 FUN Activities to Do at the Park

Try one or more of these fun activities to do at the park with your family!

Our family LOVES to visit different parks. 

Sometimes it's just a short walk at our neighborhood park to visit the ducks or play at the playground.  Other times, we'll head out and spend a day exploring trails or hiking at one of the state or national parks.

Today, we're partnering with the National Park Trust to celebrate Kids to Parks Day with some AWESOME ideas for things to do on your next park visit and a super GIVEAWAY too!

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Easy Mother's Day Craft or Teacher Appreciation Gift

Easy Mother's Day Craft or Teacher Appreciation Gift

Love this easy craft idea for Mother's Day or Teacher Appreciation Day -- preschoolers, elementary kids & teens can create a one-of-a-kind gift with this quick tutorial!

Do you know what I love about today’s painting project for kids? 

It doesn’t require perfection or detail or really any focus. 

It's very open-ended and so creative -- plus down-right beautiful too!

And it's the perfect idea for Mother's Day or as a Teacher Appreciation gift at the end of the year -- it will brighten up any yard or room!

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