Playground Scavenger Hunt

  You know how kids get so excited when you visit a new playgroud?  One that has 'monkey bars that are cooler than the ones at our old playgroud' or 'the biggest slide in the world', right?  So why not take them on a Playg...
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Finding Free Kids Books Online

   Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter for all our latest finds!!   We're heading out for summer vacation soon and I asked my daughter what she wants to bring in her suitcase - her 'very important items' include a swimsuit...
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Family Camping Activities in Your Own Backyard

Fun family camping activities perfect for your backyard!Planning to camp-out with the kids? A backyard camp-out might be the perfect start for your family!Why the backyard?It's a great place to 'test the waters' when the kids are young...
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Books for Summer Fun

Heading to the beach this summer?  Or maybe you're planning a camp-out?  We've got some great reads for you to take along - explore a picture book, bring a chapter book to read aloud or grab a guide book for ideas on games and act...
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35 Educational TV Shows for Kids

We've all heard about the research on kids and tv - too much is bad, SpongeBob is worse.  But let's face it, kids are going to watch tv.  So, what should you choose?  Remember, as parents we have the opportunity to help fo...
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How to Organize Your Family's Summer Schedule

Every year we look forward to summertime at our house!  The excitement of the 'we can do what we'd like' days that we all love to enjoy.  But, of course, the kids do want to do some activities that require us to keep track of what...
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How I Became The Fun Police (Or What I Learned While Overprotecting My Kids)

  Anyone who’s met me, or my kids, will tell you that I’m a fairly protective parent.  Or as my kids lovingly refer to me, 'The Fun Police'.  I didn’t plan to be this type of parent – one who monitors what they ...
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Great Books & Activities for a Night Under the Stars

Do your kids love space?  Are they asking questions about the moon, stars and other celestial wonders?  In celebration of some cool astronomy events this year, we put together a list of books and activities for an educational and ...
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Why We Love the National Park Jr. Ranger Program

Do you have plans to visit a national park or national monument this year?  If so, don't overlook the Junior Ranger programs offered at more than 200 of these locations!  Kids can learn about nature, history, science -- and earn s...
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8 Indoor Things to Do Outside

  Discover the Forest put out a great ad campaign encouraging kids and families to get outside - and we wholeheartedly agree!  Spring is here and it's a great time to get outdoors.  Here are a few traditional indoor activi...
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Amazing Books that Introduce Kids to Space

When our kids were 6 & 12, we took a trip to a local observatory for one of their public viewing nights. Talk about a view! We were each brought up a very tall set of circular stairs to peek into a HUGE telescope. What did we see? A...
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34 Ways to Be a Cool Parent This Summer

Looking for some memorable things to do this summer?Need some new ideas on easy & fun things to do with the kids? Try a few of these quick, FREE or low-cost, have-fun-at-the-drop-of-a-hat ideas.  Your kids will think you're th...
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10 Ways to Recycle Plastic Easter Eggs

Try these creative ways to recycle & reuse plastic Easter Eggs!The Easter Bunny has visited our house for more than 14 years, each time hiding a bunch of (plastic) eggs. Sometimes the egg hunt is inside, other years there will be...
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12 Important Things to Tell Kids

  We had a mishap at our house this week - our youngest leaned on the soap holder while showering and ripped it (along with some tiles) off the wall!  I realized that I have told my kids to rinse their hair really well, check ...
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Why Every Home Needs a Map

Lately, some of the most common questions in our house are "Mom, do you know where this country is?" Or "I heard about this place on the news/in school, how far away is it?"  And with the Olympic Games this summer, I imagine that we'...
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