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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Busting Boredom: Fun Activities for Your Kids

podcast iconDo your kids complain about being bored all the time?

Having trouble coming up with ideas for quick, simple activities to do together?

Time to start busting boredom!

To help you discover lots of fun, easy activities you can do with your kids, I interview Holly Homer 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 Holly Homer, the owner of KidsActivitiesBlog.com and co-author of the new book, 101 Kids Activities.

Her blog is a treasure trove of amazing kid-friendly and family activities. She’s a mom of three boys and a source of inspiration for millions!

Holly shares ways you and your kids can have fun as a family.

You’ll discover why it’s okay to be bored as a family and things you can do to eliminate boredom.

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

Do your kids complain about nothing to do? Start busting boredom! Holly Homer shares lots of fun, simple, kids activities in Parenting Adventures Podcast 6.

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How to Practice Fishing Skills in Your Own Backyard (No Water Needed!)

Are your kids fascinated by fish?

Looking for a fun, outdoor adventure that includes life lessons?

Plan a fishing trip with your kids. But first, help them hone their skills, right from home.

In this article I’ll show you some fun ways to practice fishing skills with your kids before you ever head to the water.

Want to teach kids to fish? Plan a family fishing trip. But first, help them learn fishing skills right from home with 4 fun ways to practice, no water needed.

Why Practice for a Fishing Trip?

Fishing is a fun activity everyone in the family will enjoy. It instills useful life skills, while showing your kids that patience pays off. And not much can top the feeling of catching your very first fish!

Anyone can fish. It just takes patience, practice and preparation.

If you help your children get comfortable with baiting a hook, casting a line and handling a fish before you head out to the water, they’ll be confident fisher-kids before you hit the shore.

Get your kids excited about fishing with these fun practice games. Then take them for the real thing.

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How to Make Strawberry Jam: Canning With Your Kids

Do your kids love to eat jam?

Want to show them how their yummy toast topping arrives at the table, step by step?

Discover the traditional process of canning strawberry jam with your kids! It’s easy, fun and very rewarding.

In this article I’ll show you how to make strawberry jam from fresh fruit and then preserve it by canning.

It’s a feel-good, do-it-yourself project that you can do with your whole family, in your own kitchen and enjoy the fruits of your labor for the rest of the year.

Ever wonder how to make strawberry jam? Discover the traditional process of canning with your kids. This strawberry jam recipe is easy, fun and very rewarding.

Why Preserve Jam?

If you think of canning as an old-fashioned pursuit best enjoyed by our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, think again. Canning and preserving fruits and vegetables is no longer considered old-fashioned. Walk into any bookstore or library these days, and you’re sure to find several modern cookbooks on the practice of preserving.

Like many homesteading activities that went out of style for a generation or two, canning is back in full force. It’s a traditional pursuit that is fun for the whole family. Plus, it’s a great lesson for your kids.

When a family cooks together, you form a special kind of bond. And it’s really fun to prepare and preserve something that you would normally buy in the grocery store. Your kids will learn how jam is made. They’ll gain pride and confidence, and you’ll all have yummy jam you can eat year-round!

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How to Have a Rock and Mineral Treasure Hunt With Your Kids

Are your kids fascinated by rocks?

Want to get them outside and excited about nature?

Then take your kids sifting for gemstones.

First, you’ll make a gem sifter. Then enjoy the thrill of discovering rocks in nature and exploring basic geology. It’ll be a rock-solid experience you’re sure to remember.

In this article I’ll show you and the rockhounds in your family how to have an exciting mining adventure.

Do your kids love rocks? Discover their inner rockhounds with a rock and mineral treasure hunt. Make a sifter, salt the mine, and dig for nature's treasures.

Why Go Rockhounding?

Rockhounding, also known as amateur geology, is an excellent way to get your kids excited to explore outside.

Go on a hike and collect rocks along the way. Or sift through the grit and sand of mines to discover treasures.

Identify the gems and minerals you find. Display your treasure or make a rock garden to remember the experience.

If you don’t have gems that occur naturally in your neighborhood, don’t worry. There’s a workaround you can use to make it a successful adventure for all the rockhounds in your family.

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Getting Kids Into Nature: Project Wild Thing

podcast iconAre your kids afraid of nature?

Want to discover why it’s important to swap electronic time for wild time?

To learn about the benefits of getting kids into nature, I interview David Bond 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 David Bond, a documentary film director and the man behind Project Wild Thing.

Project Wild Thing is an amazing documentary that explores David’s new job as the marketing director of nature (a.k.a. the great outdoors).

Project Wild Thing is more than just a film. It’s a movement and message, as well as an app, to encourage families to spend more time outside.

David shares what inspired him to make this film.

You’ll discover the importance of incorporating nature into your kids’ lives, even if only for a few minutes a day.

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

Have trouble getting kids into nature? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 5, David Bond shares Project Wild Thing, his documentary on selling nature to kids.

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5 Cute Picnic Food Ideas Your Kids Will Love to Make and Eat

Tired of the same old picnic food?

Want to add some fun to your next outdoor meal?

Make your picnic extra-special. Use the food art ideas below to create the ultimate fun picnic with your kids.

In this article I’ll share five simple, kid-friendly picnic food ideas to help make your next family picnic something extraordinary.

Want to make your picnic extra special? Turn it into a garden. This project has 5 adorable picnic food ideas to make your next family picnic fabulous.

Why Flower Garden Picnic Foods?

There’s nothing like an outdoor picnic. It’s fun to enjoy food you’ve prepared with the people you love in the great outdoors.

When you create cute food art that looks like flowers and other things from the garden, you double the fun with your kids—first by creating the food art and then by eating it outdoors.

These five cute picnic food ideas will bring excitement into your backyard, encourage your kids to eat healthy food and set the stage for an afternoon of fun!

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4th of July Party Ideas for a Fun Family Celebration

Want to celebrate the 4th of July with a bang?

Looking for some kid-friendly ways to amp up any Independence Day party?

Bring on the red, white and blue! The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have scoured the web to find the best ideas for having a blast with your family and friends this 4th of July.

In this article we’ll share our favorite festive foods and adorable ways to decorate and dress up for the Fourth.

We’ll even show you several ways to make fireworks of your own—no gunpowder required!

Want 4th of July party ideas to celebrate with kids? Bring on the red, white and blue! Find festive foods and adorable ways to decorate and dress up for the 4th.

Why Celebrate the 4th of July?

Nothing says summer like an outdoor party. And what better reason to celebrate with friends and family than the 4th of July?

Independence Day is a national holiday in the U.S., commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Each year, Americans celebrate July 4th with parades, picnics, barbecues, carnivals, concerts, fireworks and more.

How will your family spend the Fourth this year? Chances are, you’ll attend or host some sort of grand celebration. Show your national spirit and perk up your party with some fun and festive 4th of July party ideas below.

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How to Paint Fireworks With Your Kids

Do your kids like to watch fireworks?

Want to try out a new painting technique?

Create the explosive effects of fireworks with this fun and easy art project.

Your one-of-a-kind piece of art will capture a spectacular nighttime display.

In this article I’ll show you how to use a fun, unique technique to paint fireworks in an illuminated city sky.

Want to create the explosive effects of fireworks in paint? This unique kids' art project will blow you away. It's easy to paint fireworks in an illuminated sky.

Why Paint Fireworks?

Fireworks light up the sky with booming excitement. The fantastic display of colors can take your breath away and create quite an experience for the whole family to enjoy.

You sometimes see fireworks at a festival, a ballgame or other special event. Fireworks are a key element to holidays like Chinese New Year or the Fourth of July. If you haven’t experienced fireworks in a while, make it a point to seek them out. Or watch fireworks videos online.

As entertaining as fireworks are, they are over quickly. When the smoke clears, you’re left with an amazing experience and some nice memories. Recreate the fun with your kids and paint your own fireworks!

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Exploring the Outdoors: How to Make a Family Adventure

podcast iconDo your kids like to play outside?

Are you looking for ways to get your kids more interested in nature?

To learn how to have amazing outdoor adventures with your kids, I interview Eugene Buchanan for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

More About This Show

parenting adventures podcast michael stelzner

The 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 Eugene Buchanan, author of Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids: A Guide to Getting Your Kids Active in the Great Outdoors.

Eugene is the former publisher of Paddler magazine. He’s covered the Beijing Olympics for NBC and written for ESPN, the New York Times, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure, to mention a few. He also has a site called Recreating with Kids.

Eugene shares ways you can get your kids excited about exploring the great outdoors.

You’ll discover the advantages of exposing your kids to nature, how to get them interested in outdoor pursuits and where to start.

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

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