Jacquie is the founder & owner of Edventures with Kids, a site that shares unique kid’s activities, fun ways to learn and inspriation for family travel.  She is an educator, nature lover and mom to 2 great kids.  Jacquie enjoys exploring new places with her family and loves encouraging kids to be creative & curious!  Visit our About Us section for more information about Jacquie & Edventures with Kids!
10 Things to Do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gatlinburg, TN

10 Things to Do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gatlinburg, TN

Explore all the things families can do at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg, Tennessee -- a wonderful year-round location for your next vacation.

The Mountains are calling!

Whether you're looking for a quiet weekend getaway, a summer travel destination or a location for your multi-generational vacation -- you'll find it all in the Smoky Mountains.

With nature trails, wildlife, family attractions, driving tours, beautiful scenery and fabulous restaurant, there is SO much to do that you'll effeminately want to visit this Appalachian region again and again.

We are excited to be working with our sponsor, Holiday Inn & their #SmilesAhead campaign to share a detailed guide to this family travel destination along with tips for creating family memories on your next vacation!

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20 Alternatives to Candy for Halloween Treats

Ideas for non candy & alternative Halloween treats!

Let me tell you about the year I handed out pretzels -- It's a HUGE family joke so I'm sure I've mentioned it before.

To my defense, they were pumpkin & bat shaped pretzels in these cute little Halloween-themed bags ....

BUT that did not seem to impress MY kids at all. 

All I heard was "What if my friends stop by?  They'll think you don't like Halloween?" 

Well that's totally not true given some of the fun ways we hand out candy and the cool Halloween decorations we have at our house!

But I wasn't going to waiver -- I was going with pretzels that year! 

Every other house would hand out candy so there would be more than enough of that to go around, right?

Then came Halloween night ...

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Fire Safety Activities for Kids: Printables, Books & Skills to Teach

Fire Safety Activities for Kids: Printables, Books & Skills to Teach

Since October is Fire Prevention Month, I thought we'd share some fun activities for kids to learn about fire safety.

It's important to teach children these life skills and help them be aware of who in their community can help them & keep them safe.

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40 Things to do this Fall {Bucket List w/free printable}

40 Things to do this Fall {Bucket List w/free printable}

Enjoy this bucket list of fun Fall activities -- perfect inspiration for family time together!

And there's so much to do in the fall (along with yummy new recipes to try - I'm a big baker) so we made a list of festive Fall Activities that I wanted to share with you.

I've included a free printable version below too in case you want to keep one at your home this season -- it's fun to use as a 'bucket list' or even as seasonal artwork to decorate the house!

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12 Perfect Pumpkin Books for Kids

A dozen pumpkin books for kids that are perfect for Fall!

Every Fall, we love to look at beautiful leaves, enjoy the cool weather and read books about PUMPKINS!

The pumpkin patches in our area open this week and like many families, my kids are excited to hunt down the perfect orange orb. 

And today's Discover & Explore linky will feature all kinds of pumpkin fun!

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Leaf Rubbing Art & Science Activity

Leaf Rubbing Art & Science Activity

I have always loved making leaf rubbings

Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated by this beautiful self-made art -- the instant 'picture' that was created just by covering a leaf with paper and running a crayon over the top.

As I grew to become a nature lover, I realized that making a leaf print is much more than just a pretty picture -- it's also a peek into the science of trees.

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8 Apple Activities for Kids

8 Apple Activities for Kids

Favorite apple activities for kids: apple picking, cider mills and fun STEM ideas!

Fall is apple season! 

Trees are blooming with ripe apples, ready for the picking.

There are a number of fun apple activities & outings that your kids will really enjoy during autumn.

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23 Family Traditions to Start When You Travel

23 Family Traditions to Start When You Travel

 

Tips on How to Start Family Traditions when you travel & take vacations -- with a free printable list for you!

Growing up, our family road trips where one of the highlights of my summers.

Every year, we would head off to see far-away family members or set out to explore a new destination together.

This was back before seat belt laws and car seats -- when flying a family of 5 was ‘way out of the budget’.

My Dad would pack three pajama-clad kids along with all their pillows & blankets into the back of a station wagon and hit the road by 4 am.

“When you wake up, we’ll stop for breakfast” he’d tell us the night before.

Yes, there were squabbles, along with the frequent “are we there yet” comments every few hours but isn’t that what a road trip is really all about?

When we’d reach our destination, we would all pile out of the car, put our arms over our head and do one of those big s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s that only come after being cooped up in a vehicle for hours.

Family would come out to greet us with smiles & hugs “You made it!

“How was your trip?”

Even now, when we take our kids on road trips, there’s always someone that utters that question – how was your trip?

My husband will look at his watch to let you know if ‘we made good time’ or not.

Sometimes one of the kids will say ‘it was long!’ or ‘so much fun! We stopped and saw (insert crazy road side trip Mom made us go on here)’

For me, there’s really only one word that comes to mind when I hear that question – how was your trip?

It was memorable.

Always memorable.

 

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Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt {with free printable worksheet!!}

Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt {with free printable worksheet!!}

Free printable Leaf Scavenger Hunt Cards to inspire your kids to get outside, practice a little math and (most of all) enjoy the beauty of the season!

Leaf activities are second nature in Fall! 

Whether you're creating leaf rubbings, making leaf prints or just enjoying the color, there are so many ways to play, learn and craft with leaves.

And best of all, NO prep time!

You won't need any special supplies for many of your leaf projects -- just step outside and you're set to go :)

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Solar Eclipse Activities & Party Ideas for Kids

Solar Eclipse Activities & Party Ideas for Kids

Learn about activities to do during the Solar Eclipse including which glasses to wear, fun eclipse themed food, books to read, party ideas and more!

Where will you be on August 21, 2017?

Chances are -- somewhere "on the dark side of the moon" :)

If you're planning to celebrate the Solar Eclipse with your family or students in your classroom, we've got a few ideas for fun activities & tips on how to enjoy the eclipse together!

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24 Great Back-to-School Books for Preschool thru Middle School

24 Great Back-to-School Books for Preschool thru Middle School

Great back to school books for kids in preschool, elementary or middle school!

I know many kids have mixed feelings about starting a new school year and some are a little anxious about heading back to school and moving up a grade.

As a parent and educator, I can tell you that most kids don't just come out and tell you about their back to school fears and concerns. 

Kids tend to hold things in and then the first week of school you might notice them losing sleep, being more anxious or showing signs of nervouseness.

Try reading a few books (or having older kids read themselves) about the grade they are about to enter. 

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7 Things to do Before the First Day of School

7 Things to do Before the First Day of School

Tips to help you get you ready for the school year & first day of school ideas!

I'm sure you heard a few groans as you flipped the calendar to August.

School will be starting soon for so many of us and I'll be honest with you, I'm not that excited.

I love the unscheduled days of summer, letting the kids sleep in and not having to say "Do you have your homework? Did you grab your lunch?" every morning :)

But I know the kids are looking forward to seeing their friends again and finding out who their teachers will be this year.  And it's always good to get back into the school routine come Fall.

So here are a few tips on how to make the back to school transition a little easier (and fun) for everyone!

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Day Trip Ideas: 40+ Fun Places to Take Kids

Get out & explore on a day trip with these 40 fun places to take kids near you!

If you have kids, you know it can be crazy to go anywhere! 

Every trip – to the grocery store, the park or the beach – always seems to require huge amounts of stuff.

But summertime means day trips & family road trips – a chance to go explore some new places and let your kids see another part of the world or have a new experience.

So today, we're going to get your family ready for adventure with some tips & and AWESOME free printable list of great places to visit together!

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The Secret to a More Relaxing Summer

I've got a secret to share with you today!

I'm not really that organized during the summer :)

Ok, that's not really it -- the secret is in how I APPEAR to be organized on those crazy summer days. 

If you've been following The $0 Summer: 105 Ways to Make Memories with the Kids series, you know our goal is to help you focus on more fun and less chaos.  (If you haven't been following along, we'd love for you to join us!)

We had one of THOSE summers a while back -- you know the ones -- every time we would head to the park or the pool or out to an event, something would get left behind.

Like the water bottles or the kids' socks (which you ALWAYS need at play places) or the towel so my kids wouldn't shiver when they got out of the pool. 

Or worse yet, I would forget the snacks!

Ugh!

So I got myself together and put a little system into place -- a very easy system that made my family very happy because we always had what we needed when we needed it (yea!)

Want to know my secret?  And bonus:  it comes with a FREE printable to make your summer less chaotic too :)

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10 Best Outdoor Science Tools for Kids

10 Best Outdoor Science Tools for Kids

We love outdoor science activities & experiments

Getting to know nature and being a backyard detective are activities my kids have enjoyed for years. 

And having great science tools takes outdoor exploration to a whole new level!

It's amazing to see the wonder and hear the questions when kids can get up close with bugs, plants, trees and even wildlife. 

So I love to have kid-sized science tools for them to use -- ones that are sturdy and don't need much supervision so kids can go off and explore on their own.

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