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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Earth Day Activities: Free Printable Scavenger Hunt

Earth Day Activities: Free Printable Scavenger Hunt

Grab this free Earth Day Scavenger Hunt printable activity and inspire kids to learn more about our environment!

April is a great time to teach our kids about going green, eco-friendly behaviors and ways they can help the environment.

When we were young, environmental issues weren't as well discussed or researched -- now, our kids learn about them in school as part of the curriculum and are inspired to do small things that will benefit the Earth.

Today's activity -- an Earth Day (or Month) Scavenger Hunt -- mixes both the How & Why of choosing to 'go green'!

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9 Plant & Garden STEM Activities

9 Plant & Garden STEM Activities

Explore some science & math in the garden with these great plant activities!

Gardening is the perfect way to inspire kids to explore botany (the study of flowers & plants), habitats and pollination.

It's also a wonderful family activity since everyone can get involved in planting, growing and harvesting from your own backyard.

Even if you don't have the time or space for a full-blown garden, your kids would enjoy starting some flowers and veggies in a few posts on your porch.  And these STEM activities are a wonderful way to learn while you grow!

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Outdoor Science: Biodiversity for Kids

Outdoor Science: Biodiversity for Kids

A fun outdoor science activity that let's you measure the biodiversity of living things in your backyard ecosystem!

Many times, you'll hear kids say "hey, there's a bird!" or "this is the tallest tree in our yard!"

This activity takes it one step further to inspire kids to notice the DIFFERENT types of trees, plants, animals and insects that live right outside their window!

And for today's activity, we're partnering with an awesome group of blogs for Storybook Science - projects that connect picture books to science activities for kids!

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100 Fun Things to Do in Spring!

100 Fun Things to Do in Spring!

A HUGE list of fun things to do in Spring -- great ideas for Spring Break and seasonal Spring Activities!

After this wild & wacky winter, we should all pat ourselves on the back :)

Now it's time to enjoy all those things we LOVE about Spring --

Birds chirping, warmer temps, the fact that it's usually still light out after dinner and being able to wear flip-flops without freezing your toes off!

Plus your kids now hear a "yes" when they ask if they can wear shorts to school :)

Spring is also the time to make a few memories together.

So to inspire you to push aside that spring cleaning and enjoy some time with your kids, we've got a list -- one hell of a list -- of fun ways to celebrate the season!

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Early Spring Scavenger Hunt

Early Spring Scavenger Hunt

Head out on an early Spring Scavenger Hunt with this free printable activity and look for signs of Spring!

I so hope Spring is coming soon! 

We are really in the mood for more outdoor time without all the snow boots and heavy coats. 

In hopes of warmer temperatures, we've put together an early spring scavenger hunt list for kids to encourage them to get out and discover what nature looks like as spring approaches. 

So grab a light jacket & head outside to explore the season!

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Winter Scavenger Hunt printable list

Winter Scavenger Hunt printable list

Use this free printable Winter Scavenger Hunt list to explore seasonal changes in nature!

My kids will be the first to tell you that no matter the weather, we get some outdoor time every day.

It's definately more of a challenge during Winter -- the colder weather and being all bundled up puts a little kink in tree climbing and some of our animal observations but there's still a LOT you can explore.

Challenge your kids to get outside this week with this free Winter Scavenger Hunt list and learn how much happens during the cold weather!

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10 Easy Science Experiments: Shadow & Light Activities

10 Easy Science Experiments: Shadow & Light Activities

Explore the science of light & shadows with these easy science experiments!

I know it might be hard to believe but making shadows is actually a simple science experiment!

Yep, all those shadow puppets you tried as a child or those evening walks with your kids when they're trying to step on your shadow to see if it hurts (does anyone else's kids do this or just mine?!) = Easy Science Experiment!

And with Groundhog's Day right around the corner, it's a great time of year to play with shadows!

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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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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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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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