9 Tips for Creating a Birthday Party Adventure for Your Child

Want to give your child a birthday party to remember?

Tired of uninspired activities and overpriced commercial venues?

Create a party that’s an adventure, right at home.

In this article I’ll show you how to choose an imaginative theme, transform your home or yard into a birthday party wonderland and transport partygoers to another time and place, all to celebrate your awesome kid.

It’s not as hard as you may think.

Want to host a birthday party adventure? Choose a theme, transform your home, and transport guests to another time and place, all to celebrate your awesome kid.

Why Plan a Birthday Party Adventure?

Every day with kids is an adventure, but their birthdays are extra-special, so give them a fun day to remember with their friends.

An adventure birthday takes all of the party elements that kids know and love (cake, presents and fun times with friends) and adds something extra: It’s a story, a show, a custom-made extravaganza with your child in the starring role. Who wouldn’t love that for their birthday?

Thinking up the games, costumes and decorations together is part of the fun, too. Your kids will be thrilled to see their ideas come to life in front of all their friends.

Kids grow up way too fast! So now is the time to give them the gift of an unforgettable birthday adventure!

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How to Make a String Laser Maze, Mission Impossible Style!

Do your kids like to play spy games?

Will they fearlessly face danger to retrieve secret treasures?

They’re in luck. Here’s a mission (if they choose to accept it) that requires courage, supreme cleverness and agility.

Only the wiliest secret agents need proceed.

In this article I’ll show you how to transform simple string into an obstacle course that will have your kids twisting and turning their way to secret treasures.

Mission Impossible? More like Mission Awesome! Read on to learn how to set up this challenge.

Mission: Fun! Transform simple string into a laser maze obstacle course that will have your spy kids twisting and turning their way to secret treasures.

Why a String Laser Maze?

In the movies, you often see spies go through extreme obstacle courses to get where they need to go. In this activity, we replace lasers with string to simulate a safe, fun spy mission for your kids.

To reach the treasure, your kids will not only have to think their way through the maze, but also their bodies will get a great workout. How many shapes can they bend their bodies into as they weave through the web of laser string?

You’ll have so much fun watching them, you’ll want to try it yourself.

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How to Create Arctic Adventure Tubs With Your Kids

Do your kids like playing in the winter snow and ice?

Do they like polar bears and other cold-weather critters?

Ever wonder what it’s like way up north in the Arctic?

Take them on an arctic adventure that’s as close as your own kitchen!

In this article I’ll show you how to make your own simulated arctic environment from stuff you already have at home.

Discover how to make your own simulated arctic adventure tub from stuff you already have at home.

Why an Arctic Landscape?

If you’re looking for an activity that costs nothing, requires less than five minutes of hands-on prep time and makes use of all reusable materials, then you’ll love to make an arctic landscape with your kids.

It’s easy to create an open-ended scene that inspires creative sensory play. In the spirit of the cardboard box, this activity is super-simple and guaranteed to be a hit.

The Arctic is cool—downright cold, actually! It’s the great unknown, a mysterious faraway place. It’s a vast expanse of wind-swept ice and frigid water, just waiting for adventure. It’s a blank slate demanding your child delve deep into his or her imagination.

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12 Fun Christmas Gift Activities for Kids

Do your children disappear as soon as the last present is unwrapped?

Dreaming of a Christmas day doing fun activities as a family?

If only there was a way to tie up togetherness with a bow, or fit fun (and inexpensive) family activities into a stocking.

There is a way! The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web to find 12 perfect pastimes that can be packaged up and presented under the tree.

In this article, I’ll show you how easy it is to give the gift of time spent together with a dozen ideas for fun-filled activities. Pick one your kids will love, print it out, package it up and play!

Make the holidays memorable and create something together with your kids. Find an activity your family can do together that can be packaged as gifts.

Why Give Activities as Gifts?

What do your kids really need from you this Christmas?

Their lists may be filled with overpriced electronics and noisy plastic toys, but half of those will probably be abandoned before the ball drops on New Year’s and the other half may cause your children to abandon you to a beeping screen.

A gift that would strengthen your family’s relationship and create fun memories without breaking the bank would be so much better. I’ll show you how. It’s easy.

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How to Have a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

What do your kids know about the first Thanksgiving?

Would you like to make the story of this incredible event more vivid for your children?

Send your family on a journey of discovery, starting with the sailing of the Mayflower and ending with the Thanksgiving meal itself.

In this article, you’ll find all you need to plan a quick and easy Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt that’s both fun and educational.

How to plan a quick and easy Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt that's both fun and educational.

Why a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt?

When you ask most kids to tell you about the first Thanksgiving, they’ll rattle off a thing or two about the Pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkin pie. Not a bad start, but there’s so much more to the story!

Get your children excited to learn more about the first Thanksgiving. Send them on a scavenger hunt to track down fun Thanksgiving facts and tidbits!

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How Yarn Can Transform Your Home Into a Treasure Hunt for Your Kids

Ever wonder what it’s like to get caught in a spider web?

Or to be a thief winding through a maze of lasers?

Looking for a fun activity that will get your kids (and you) all wound up?

Give them a stringing! It’s part treasure hunt, part obstacle course, part laser maze and all fun.

In this article I’ll show you how to turn a ball of yarn into an afternoon of tangled family entertainment.

String treasure hunt - discover how to turn a ball of yarn into an afternoon of tangled family entertainment (obstacle course, laser maze and all fun).

Why Surprise Them With a Stringing?

Picture this: You arrive home from school or work or practice or wherever you’ve been, open your front door and find that your house is full of string. It zigzags everywhere: upstairs, downstairs, over doors and under furniture. Every room is a maze of multicolored web.

And then you’re handed one end of the string and told that if you follow it in all its twists and turns, you’ll find a prize.

Sounds pretty cool, huh? THAT is a stringing and your kids will love it!

You’ll love it too, because it’s just as much fun to set up the string as it is to follow it to the end. Your prize will be the looks of surprise and glee you’ll see on their faces.

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How to Make a Treasure Hunt for Kids: Your Ultimate Guide

Looking for the ultimate boredom-buster for your kids?

Want to wow them with an awesome adventure made just for them?

Turn your home into a wilderness with hidden treasure and your kids as hunting pirates.

In this article I’ll show you how to create the ultimate treasure hunt for your kids.

Treasure hunt basics: create the ultimate treasure hunt for your kids, based on their ages and interests, even as their ages and interests change.

Why Plan a Treasure Hunt?

Ever hear “I’m bored”?

It’s what all parents dread hearing and one of the most daunting problems to solve.

It’s far too easy to let your kids plop down in front of an electronic device and zone out, but we all know it’s better for their health and creativity to fill that down time with fun, stimulating activities.

Surprise them with a treasure hunt.

It will give them something fun to do, and treasure hunts are a great way for you to get more involved with your kids and learn about their interests. We have as much fun planning our treasure hunts together as we do actually completing them.

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How to Create Harry Potter Potions: Fun With Your Kids

Want to bring the fictional world of Harry Potter to your own kitchen?

Looking for a way to wow your kids?

In this article I will show you how to do some simple Hogwarts’ magic with your kids, no trip to Diagon Alley necessary.

You’ll mix everyday items disguised as magical ingredients into potions that bubble, change color and grow.

And really, you can’t get much cooler than that!

Harry Potter potions: bring the fictional world of Hogwarts to your kitchen and wow your kids with something that bubbles and burns with bright flames.

Why a Potions Class?

Your little Harrys, Hermiones and Rons will have a blast brewing these mystical mixtures. Even Muggles who have never heard of Harry Potter will have fun conducting these cool experiments.

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Flashlight Fun: 3 Creative Activities to Fascinate Your Kids

Do your kids love flashlights?

Are you looking for some fun activities to bring out the creative side of your kids?

If so, keep reading to discover three fun indoor/outdoor flashlight activities that go far beyond finding your way through the dark.

Learn 3 fun flashlight activities that help you connect and fascinate your children with light, fairy tales and kid kodes.

Why Flashlights?

There’s something magical about flashlights. Kids find them fascinating.

Maybe it’s the sense of control or safety that comes from something so small it fits in your pocket. Maybe it’s the ability to create a spotlight in the darkness just for you.

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How to Entertain Your Kids for Hours With Adventure Tubs

Do your children like to explore?

Want a fun (and messy) activity that gets the whole family involved?

With simple household supplies and a lot of imagination, you’ll take your kids on an exciting journey that involves their senses.

In this article, I will show you how to create an adventure tub

It’s a simple, inexpensive project that your kids will enjoy for hours of messy, feel-good fun.

Use sensory tubs to create a great, inexpensive home adventure to distract the kids from electronics and engage with the family.

What Is Sensory Play?

Sensory play involves stepping back to let your child explore with all five senses. When you do this, something wonderful happens—kids take the lead using their imaginations!

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