How to Plan a Birthday Freebie Adventure With Your Kids

Looking for a fun new way to celebrate your kids’ birthdays? (Or yours?)

Ever sign up for a store or restaurant’s birthday club?

Turn those coupons and emails for birthday freebies into a fun family adventure!

In this article I’ll show you how to search for birthday freebies and deals in your neighborhood and use them for a fun family celebration that costs next to nothing.

Ever sign up for a store or restaurant birthday club? Turn the coupons and emails for birthday freebies into a fun family adventure that costs next to nothing!

Why a Birthday Adventure?

Birthday parties are usually all about the kids, but with the birthday freebie adventure, your whole family (parents, too!) can celebrate together every time one of you has your big day. And the celebration can go on during the whole birthday month.

It’s simple. You’ve probably already signed up for free birthday stuff from your favorite restaurants and shops. In this adventure you sign up for several birthday freebies and make your way from place to place, enjoying the birthday treats together. It’s like a treasure hunt or a progressive dinner where free (or heavily discounted) goodies are the prize.

Make the most of all of the birthdays in your family and start an inexpensive tradition that creates great family memories.

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How Saying Yes to Your Kids for a Day Will Rock Their World

Do your kids feel like you say no to them all the time?

Are you willing to take a risk?

Then it’s time for a Yes Day!

A Yes Day is when you let your kids call the shots and you get to say Yes! to (almost) everything.

In this article I’ll explain how to set up a Yes Day that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Tired of saying

Why Have a Yes Day?

It’s fun to say “yes” for a whole day. A Yes Day is a special day once a year when the answer to every question is “yes.” How often does that happen?

It’s fun for kids because they have to think about what they want and then make requests. And it’s fun for parents because, really, who likes to say “no” all the time?

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26 Staycation Ideas to Rejuvenate Your Family

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer, even if you don’t have time for a trip?

Wish you could whisk them away to exciting places with incredible things to see and do?

You don’t have to leave home. Plan a family staycation and enjoy local attractions you may have overlooked (or taken for granted).

The editors at My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web to find fun staycation adventures you can take with your family wherever you live.

In this article I’ll share our 26 favorite staycation ideas, A-Z. Learn how to become tourists in your own town and find fantastic places to make family memories this summer.

Become tourists in your own town. Plan a family staycation and enjoy local attractions you may have overlooked (or taken for granted).

Why Take a Family Staycation?

A family vacation is an important bonding experience—a time to interact in a relaxed environment, away from the busy everyday schedules of work, school and extracurricular activities.

But sometimes you don’t have the time or money to plan a week or two away from home.

Try a staycation, a vacation you take in your own town. Staycations are much less expensive than traditional vacations and can fit into the nooks and crannies of your busy life. The point is to step away from all of the “stuff” that distracts you from connecting with your kids and get into the vacation mindset, no travel required.

Taking some time to refresh and reboot with your family is priceless.

Read on for a list of staycation ideas from A to Z and choose a fun escape for your family soon.

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10 Boredom-Buster Activities for Kids

Do your kids get bored in no time flat?

Want to make the most of the time you spend with them, even when it’s just a few minutes?

Bring on the boredom-buster activities for kids!

We’ll help you find something fun to do together before they turn on the TV or electronics and tune you out.

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web for fun things you can do with your kids in 10 minutes or less.

In this article I’ll share our 10 favorite ways to connect with kids and beat the boredom blues—fast!

Do your kids get bored in no time flat? Discover 10 boredom buster and fun activities you can do with your kids in 10 minutes or less.

Why Make Time for Quick Adventures?

Any time you spend with your kids can be quality time; you just have to find it and fill it with something fun.

Think of those little 10-minute chunks of time in between other things: while you’re driving to and from school, waiting for activities to start or end, having a snack, getting ready for dinner or bed… Often these short slots of time are filled with TV or video games, but you can fill them with fun family activities instead.

There are plenty of mini-adventures you can have with your kids in those short slices of time between other things, so make the most of those little moments. Fill them with something fun before the kids have a chance to check out and get bored.

These boredom-buster activities for kids will make it easy.

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How to Have a Mystery Road Trip Adventure With Your Kids

Want to discover new places or rediscover forgotten favorites with your kids?

Do you want to get away for a while, but you’re not sure what to do or where to go?

Embark on a mystery road trip adventure with your family.

Let your kids take control… of not the wheel, but the destination. You lead the way and put your kids in charge of which direction you turn during your travels.

In this article I’ll show you how to plan and go on a mystery road trip adventure with your family.

Have a mystery road trip adventure with your family. Kids take control, not of the car, but the destination as they tell you which way to turn on your travels.

Why Go on a Mystery Road Trip Adventure?

Sometimes, a last-minute road trip—destination unknown—is just what you and your kids need as a fun break from all of their scheduled activities.

It’s a great way to discover places in your neighborhood that you can get to via car, bike or foot! Plus, there’s a sense of adventure in not knowing where your road trip will take you.

A mystery road trip adventure is perfect for those days when your family can’t decide what to do next or where to visit, eat or shop. You can do it as a specific activity or as a break while you are out running errands. You can even take a mystery trip when you’re out of town on vacation.

Warning: The mystery road trip adventure is something your kids will want to do again and again. The good news is that it’s a different adventure every time.

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Ten Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Your Kids

Do your kids complain that there’s nothing to do?

Want to liven things up with a fun activity that can be done anytime, anywhere, for the cost of a few trinkets or treats?

Send them on a scavenger hunt! Whether you have one child or a large group, it’s an easy way to add fun to an ordinary day and beat the boredom blues. And you can turn almost anything into a scavenger hunt!

In this article you’ll find 10 scavenger hunt ideas (with printable checklists) that you can do right now with your kids. And I’ll share tips and tricks to help you create your own scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere.

10 scavenger hunt ideas (with printable checklists) to do right now with your kids. Tips and tricks to help you create your own scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere.

Why a Scavenger Hunt?

Scavenger hunts are fun! They add something extra to ordinary events and make them memorable.

They’re easy to create and can be tailored to any theme, any age, any place. Scavenger hunts are usually thought of for parties or other large groups, but they’re just as fun for small families or even individual children.

A scavenger hunt adds an element of competition, urgency and excitement to any everyday event and makes it something special. They’re great for parties, but equally fun for rainy days, car trips, visits to new places, meeting new people or any time kids get bored. You can make almost anything—even chores—into a game by turning it into a scavenger hunt.

I’ll show you how…

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5 Daddy Date and Mommy Date Ideas for Quality Time With Each of Your Kids

Are your kids shouting over their siblings, clamoring for your undivided attention?

Do they crave a little one-on-one fun time with you?

Time to schedule a daddy date or mommy date with your child!

We asked top parenting bloggers about their best ideas for spending individual time with your children.

In this article, I’ll share five ideas for planning special “dates” with your kids and a few tips to help you make room in your schedule.

Five ideas for planning special one-on-one

Why Take Your Kid on a Date?

Your kids crave alone-time with you. It makes them feel special to have you all to themselves.

You know how important it is—and you love it too—but it can be hard to find the time!

What with work, school, homework and activities, how does a busy parent do it? And if you can find the time, how do you shake things up a little?

We had the same questions, so we asked some busy parenting bloggers to share their tips on making time and finding the right activities.

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How to Have a Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt: A to Z Style

Want your kids to focus on the real world and less on the imaginary worlds in their video games?

Looking for a fun outdoor activity that doesn’t take a lot of time to plan?

Hand your kids a camera and head outside for an outdoor activity you can do together. Give it a shot—you may find that your kids like to play with your camera almost as much as their electronic games and gadgets.

In this article I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to plan an A to Z photo scavenger hunt that will get your family outside exploring your neighborhood or park and begging to stay out longer.

How to plan an A to Z photo scavenger hunt that will get your family outside exploring your neighborhood or park and begging to stay out longer.

Why an A to Z Scavenger Hunt?

Scavenger hunts are a great way to engage with your kids, but the thought of all the intensive preparation—the maps, checklists and other considerations—can be enough to stop you before you begin. My Kids’ Adventures makes scavenger hunts and treasure hunts easy. And this A to Z scavenger hunt is the easiest one yet! For most families, the school year is busy! There are so many things to get done: homework, reading, car pools and after-school activities all go by in a blur, leaving not much time for fun family activities. An outdoor letter scavenger hunt helped our family get outside doing something fun together without any preparation or mess. I wanted to share it with your family, too.

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How to Do a Library Scavenger Hunt Your Kids Will Love

Do your kids recognize your local library from the outside, but not the inside?

Has your family forgotten all the interesting things that a library can hold?

If your kids are like mine, you likely hear a round of “Awwww, Mom!” when you suggest a trip to the library to find some books.

But the public library can be a goldmine of fun discoveries for your curious little ones—not to mention a great outing when the weather is bad.

In this article I’ll show you how to explore your local library with your kids through a fun, engaging game they will adore.

Library scavenger hunt: how to explore your local library with your kids through a fun, engaging game they will adore.

Why a Library Scavenger Hunt?

As parents, we know the value of reading and developing a love of books. But sometimes getting your kids to appreciate the world of books can take a bit of creativity.

By introducing a game where your kids compete against each other and earn points for discovering library resources, you can gently nudge them into the world of literature without being pushy.

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7 Ways to Make An Art Museum Visit Fun for Kids

Do your kids race through museums with barely a glimpse at the art?

Do they spend more time in the gift shop than the galleries?

Give them a reason to stop and look, a mystery to solve, a connection to make with a masterpiece and they may start to appreciate art.

In this article I’ll show you 7 fun ways to get your kids to slow down and take a look at what’s in the art museum.

They may not become art aficionados in one visit, but they might just find something that captures their interests or inspires their imaginations.

Art museum fun: get your kids to slow down and look at what's in an art museum that will capture their interests and inspire their imaginations.

How Can I Get My Kids to Appreciate an Art Museum?

Art appreciation can be a hard sell for kids (and many grownups, too). Art is old and sometimes weird. Museums are big and quiet. How does a kid who only has 5 or 10 or a dozen years of experience in the world make a connection with something so intimidating?

The key is to get your kids somehow to own the experience of a trip to the art museum.

I’ll show you how.

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