Watching Wildlife With Your Kids: A Fun Way to Get Outside Together

podcast iconDo your kids love bugs, birds and other critters?

Want to find ways to get them to enjoy the outdoors?

Start watching wildlife with your kids. To learn how to make it fun to observe wildlife in action, I interview David Mizejewski for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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parenting adventures podcast michael stelznerThe Parenting Adventures podcast is a show from My Kids’ Adventures.

It’s for parents (and grandparents) who are looking for creative things to do with their kids.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview David Mizejewski, a naturalist and spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation.

He hosted the Animal Planet show Backyard Habitat for four years, where he helped people transform their yards into habitats for birds.

He’s also made TV appearances on the Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America and many other shows.

David shares ways to make it fun to watch wildlife with your kids.

You’ll discover simple things you can do to get out in nature, whether you find wildlife or you let wildlife find you.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

Do your kids like watching wildlife? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 11, National Wildlife Federation's David Mizejewski shares fun ways observe wildlife.

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How to Build an Awesome Sand Castle With Your Kids

Have your kids ever had a disappointing sand castle flop?

Want to know the secret to building sensational sand structures every time?

Take your family’s sand castle creations to the next level with these easy tips.

Building a sand structure is a great way to bond with your family at the beach. Use these easy tips to create a castle masterpiece instead of a massive failure!

In this article I’ll share four simple secrets that will help you achieve sand castle success with your kids.

Want to create truly awesome sand castles with your kids? These 4 simple secrets will help your family achieve sand castle success every time you go to the beach.

Why Build a Sand Castle?

There’s no better beach project than to build a sand castle as a family. It’s practically a summer rite of passage. On the list of things you must do when you head to the beach: splash around in the water, look for seashells and build a sand castle.

Although it may seem like a piece of cake, building a sand castle is deceptively tricky. You can spend hours digging, patting and sculpting and still find that your finished product is not all you hoped it would be. There’s an easy way to fix that!

Work together to design your castle and plan the décor. Then create the best sand castle ever. And have fun. Fun is a huge part of sand castle building.

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How to Have a Farmers Market Treasure Hunt With Your Kids

Do your kids enjoy going to the farmers’ market?

Want to spend even more time wandering among the delightful sights, smells and sounds of your local market?

Discover more about the foods grown near your hometown with a fun farmers’ market treasure hunt.

Don’t just buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn where they come from and how they grow, and support local farmers in the process.

In this article I’ll show you how to make the most of your trip to the local farmers’ market by having a treasure hunt with your kids.

Want a fun way to teach kids about fresh, healthy food? Have a farmer's market treasure hunt, an exciting way to learn about fruits and vegetables grown nearby.

Why Have a Farmers’ Market Treasure Hunt?

Whether you regularly go to the farmers’ market with your family or as a special event, a treasure hunt will help you make the most out of your experience.

A farmers’ market is the perfect backdrop for a unique learning quest, where the treasure is the bounty of colorful produce.

Don’t just breeze past the vendors to pick up a few groceries—learn about them.

With the treasure hunt sheet as a guide, use this adventure to get to know those vendors by name, discover how the farmers get the food from the field to the market, and learn how to recognize the local produce that’s in season and more.

As a bonus, by showing interest, you may even get some extra free samples.

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Volunteer Opportunities for Kids: 6 Ways to Make an Impact at Their School

Do you and your kids volunteer?

Want to teach your kids the value of hard work and helping others?

Help out at school with your kids!

Most schools have lots of volunteering opportunities and would appreciate your family’s help, even when school isn’t in session. Volunteer together.

You’ll have a great family adventure and make the campus better for everyone.

In this article I’ll highlight several volunteer activities you and your family can do to make a difference at your children’s school.

Want a family adventure that teaches kids community service? Help your kids' school! These 6 volunteering opportunities will make campus better for everyone.

Why Volunteer at Your Children’s School?

There are boundless opportunities to help out at your kids’ school during summer vacation, on in-service days and other days off.

When you bring your kids along to help, you demonstrate the importance of community service and instill values that they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. Plus, they’ll feel good about contributing to improving their school.

And there’s plenty to do! Whether you work a few hours, an afternoon or a day or two, every little bit helps.

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29 Back-to-School Activities for Busy Parents

Do the words “back to school” make your kids run and hide?

Want to make the transition smooth and simple, and maybe even fun?

We can help. There are many things you can do to reintroduce your kids to the routine of the school year.

My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet to find things busy parents can do to plan for the upcoming school year. In this article we’ll share our favorites.

Do your kids dread going back to school? Make the transition smooth, simple, and fun with these back to school activities, crafts and recipes to do together.

Why Plan Back-to-School Activities?

It’s difficult for parents, as well as kids, to make the transition from the laid-back summer months to the schedule of the school year. It feels like we just settled into the summer routine of camp, playdates and later bedtimes, and now we have to go back to homework, the headaches of carpooling and all those after-school activities.

Whether you need to prepare your child for kindergarten or any new school year, there are lots of fun and creative ways to ease into it together.

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Fun With Dirt: Exploring the Outdoors With Your Kids

podcast iconAre your kids’ hands way too clean?

Want them to spend more time outside and less in front of a screen?

Encourage them to play in the dirt! Once they start digging and building, they’ll be hooked on the great outdoors.

To learn more about getting your hands dirty with your kids, I interview Jennifer Ward for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

More About This Show

parenting adventures podcast michael stelznerThe Parenting Adventures podcast is a show from My Kids’ Adventures.

It’s for parents (and grandparents) who are looking for creative things to do with their kids.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Jennifer Ward, a prolific author of children’s fiction books (such as There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish). Her parenting books include I Love Dirt: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature and It’s a Jungle Out There! 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids.

Jennifer shares why it’s important to get your kids out in nature.

You’ll discover ways to have fun outside in the dirt with your kids.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

Want kids to spend more time outdoors? Time to have fun with dirt! In Parenting Adventures Podcast 10, Jennifer Ward shares how to get your kids out in nature.

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How to Have a Water Gun Target Practice With Your Kids

Do your kids need to burn off some energy?

Want a fun activity that’s both cool and crafty?

Have a water gun adventure with your family.

Make targets, practice shooting and then stage a water fight as a family. It’s good creative and physical play and it’s lots of fun.

In this article I’ll share how to have a have a water gun adventure that’ll keep everyone cool all summer long.

Want a summer activity that's cool and crafty? Have a water gun adventure with your kids. Make targets, practice shooting, have a water fight. It's a blast!

Why Have a Water Gun Adventure?

Kids love playing in and with water. It’s one of the staples of summertime. Whether they run through the sprinklers, play water balloon games or take part in a good old-fashioned water fight, they’re bound to have a good time, no pool or beach required.

Join your kids in the fun with a water gun adventure. This activity combines crafts and target practice while you prepare for the ultimate water fight.

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26 Summer Activities for Kids: How to Have Fun With Your Family All Summer

Do your kids have the summertime blues, complaining that there’s nothing to do?

Want to infuse some exciting new activities into the mix?

At My Kids’ Adventures, we’ve got you covered. There’s still plenty of fun to be had this summer (or any time of year).

We’ve searched the Internet for fun, exciting activities to do together this summer and listed our favorites below.

In this article I’ll share 26 fun summer activities for kids, from awesome art projects to zooming ziplines that’ll turn any day into a fun family adventure.

Do your kids have summertime blues? These fun summer activities for kids: awesome art projects to zooming ziplines; will turn any day into a family adventure.

Why Have Summer Adventures?

Family adventures build memories that last a lifetime, and there are so many different ways to have fun together: building things, cooking, crafts, creative play and exploring the great outdoors to name just a few.

Your kids will love to spend time with you and you’ll have the chance to talk, play and maybe even learn something new about them.

Whether you play games, cook, create art, build a fort, open a lemonade stand or plan a staycation, you’re bound to have a great time!

Find something here to fit any amount of time you have, from quick games you can play in a few minutes to projects you can work on all summer.

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How to Transform Trees Into Enchanted Gnome Homes With Your Kids

Do your kids like magical or fantasy characters?

Want to spend more creative time outdoors?

Create enchanted gnome homes for local garden gnomes and fairies!

It’s a fun project that promotes creativity and imagination, while using simple craft materials you already have lying around.

In this article I’ll explain how to build an enchanted tree home in your yard.

Do your garden gnomes run for cover when the kids go outside? Make them a place to live! Gnome homes are a creative outdoor project to grow kids' imaginations.

Why Make an Enchanted Tree Home?

When you create a home for neighborhood gnomes and fairies, you open the door to endless creative play.

Children love to use their imaginations to see magical characters come to life. So why not bring a little mythological folklore into your yard, and create an enchanted tree home for the neighborhood gnomes. You can invite some fairies to stop by too!

Being earth dwellers, gnomes appear to prefer living in a natural environment like the base of a tree. Trees make the perfect backdrop to build a fantasy home for magical friends.

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Service Adventures: How to Get Your Kids Excited About Helping Others

podcast iconDo your kids understand the value of giving?

Want to make community service part of your family’s normal routine?

To learn how to get your kids excited about helping others, I interview Dr. Deborah Gilboa for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

More About This Show

parenting adventures podcast michael stelznerThe Parenting Adventures podcast is a show from My Kids’ Adventures.

It’s for parents (and grandparents) who are looking for creative things to do with their kids.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a family physician, author and parenting expert on raising respectful, responsible and resilient kids.

She’s the author of three books on parenting and a forthcoming book, Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate! Her website is askdoctorg.com.

Deborah shares how to get your kids excited about helping others.

You’ll discover tips for things your kids can do to take part in community service.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

Do your kids understand the value of giving? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 9, Deborah Gilboa shares how to get your kids excited about helping others.

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