46 Ways to Bring Fun to Your Family

Need something fun to do with your kids, fast?

Want to know which adventures are sure to please kids and parents, both?

You’ve come to the right place!

In this final article for My Kids’ Adventures I’ll share the top picks from our editorial team, writers and you—our readers—so you can zero in on the tried-and-tested fun.

Whether you’re looking for something new to do with your family or want to revisit an adventure you’ve enjoyed before, you’re sure to find something exciting to do together.

Want to know which of our 205 adventures are sure to please? Check out these top picks from our editors, writers and readers to bring fun to your family.

Why Bring Fun to Your Family?

My Kids’ Adventures was launched in July 2013 as a site for quick, easy, inexpensive activities that busy parents (and grandparents) can do together with their kids (ages 5-11).

With 205 articles on the site, each hand-picked to promote fun, adventure and togetherness among parents and kids, you’re sure to find activities your family will love. This list will help narrow it down.

Just choose something that looks like fun and do it with your kids. Do one today or this weekend—don’t wait for “someday.” Bring fun to your family now and build a lifetime of happy memories.

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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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12 Outdoor Games for Kids for Cool Fun This Summer

Do your kids like to play outside?

Are you looking for some unique outdoor activities?

Energize your summer with fun outdoor games for kids.

My Kids’ Adventures searched the web for fun games to play outside with your kids. Some are classics with a twist, others are supersized and many are both!

In this article I’ll share our 12 favorite outdoor games for kids of all ages. You and your family will enjoy them all summer long. Ready to go play?

Looking for summer fun? Try these 12 outdoor games for kids. From cool classics to giant-sized familiar favorites, you’ll find games the whole family will love.

Why Play Outdoor Games?

Playing games is an excellent way to have fun with your family. And games get everyone outside exercising. Play these games in your backyard, at a park, on the beach, on a camping trip, wherever. So pack ‘em up and head on out.

There’s a wide variety of options for all ages. Plus, most of the games we found cost very little or nothing to play. Whether you want a quiet game like Memory or an active game like an obstacle course, there’s something for everyone and every day.

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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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Father’s Day Recipes Your Kids Can Make With Dad

Does Dad like to grill?

Tired of plain hamburgers and hot dogs every time you barbeque?

Try these great grilling recipes with your kids for Father’s Day and make his day extra-special.

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for simple, delicious dishes to make for your Father’s Day cookout.

In this article I’ll share our favorite Father’s Day recipes: BBQ that goes way beyond ordinary, special sides and cute, tasty treats to make for Dad.

Choose one of each for a cookout menu that’s sure to please the whole family.

Tired of plain hamburgers and hot dogs when you BBQ? Try these Father's Day recipes with your kids and make his day extra special.

What does Dad really want for Father’s Day? We asked and dads answered: They want to take a day off from chores and responsibilities to focus on having fun with their kids. And one of the activities that ranked highest was to have a cookout.

So fire up the grill, grab aprons for the kids and prepare some delicious BBQ recipes for Dad together.

Give him a Father’s Day filled with good food, family and fun.

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14 Easy Breakfast in Bed Ideas for Mother’s Day

Want some creative breakfast in bed ideas for Mother’s Day?

Looking for something so easy that your kids can prepare it for Mom?

Grab some aprons and get ready to create a kid-friendly culinary masterpiece.

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for quick, simple morning meals you and your kids can make together to surprise Mom on her special day.

In this article I’ll share our 14 favorite easy breakfast-in-bed recipes that kids will love to create and moms will enjoy eating. (Because those two things aren’t always the same!)

14 easy breakfast in bed recipes you and your kids can make together to surprise Mom on Mother's Day, recipes kids love to create and moms enjoy eating.

Why Make Breakfast in Bed for Mother’s Day?

Breakfast in bed is a time-honored tradition on Mom’s designated day of rest and relaxation. What could be better than sleeping in a little late and having breakfast served to you by your favorite people?

Kids love to prepare something special for Mom, and moms love the thoughtful gesture—although sometimes the meal kids choose is a bit too sweet for her taste or too complicated for their kitchen skills, no matter how much help they get from Dad!

Check out this recipe roundup for a variety of breakfast-in-bed options that are fun, easy to make and enjoyable to eat.

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26 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Have rainy days got you down?

Are your kids bored and anxious for something to do when the weather is wet?

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web for fun ways your family can make the most of a rainy day together.

In this article I’ll share our 26 favorite rainy day activities for you and your kids to celebrate a rainy day. With silver linings from A-Z, you’re sure to find a fun way to bring some sunshine to the gloom.

Discover 26 rainy day activities to do with your kids. With silver linings from A-Z, you're sure to find a fun way to bring some sunshine to the gloom.

Why Play on a Rainy Day?

There are lots of adventures you can have with your kids, even when the weather is bad.

Rainy weather lets you experience the world in new ways from every one of your senses and discover a whole list of things you can only find in stormy weather, like rainbows and lightning, umbrellas and puddles. We’ve found activities to help your family explore them all: the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and yes, even some rainy-day–specific foods to taste!

Next time it rains, use this list to find something fun to do before your cooped-up kids start complaining about being bored.

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How to Celebrate Mardi Gras With Your Kids

Do your kids like things that are shiny, bright and loud?

Want an exciting way to help your kids meet goals?

Hold your own family Mardi Gras celebration! It’s a fun and festive way to kick off the start of a new goal.

In this article I’ll show you how to create a kid-friendly Mardi Gras celebration with costumes, games and cake.

Use the decorations as a Carnival countdown calendar that will help your kids meet a goal.

Create a kid-friendly Mardi Gras celebration with costumes, games and cake. Then use the decorations as a Carnival countdown calendar to help kids meet a goal.

Why Mardi Gras and Kids?

Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations have been held in countries around the world for centuries as a last hurrah before the 45-day period of fasting and contemplation called Lent.

Whether your family practices Lent or not, you can enjoy the colorful party atmosphere of Mardi Gras and all of its accoutrements—the masks, the beads, the parades, the music and the food—from your own home.

Since you’ll be mimicking the party, why not mimic the hard work that follows Mardi Gras, too? It’s tough to start new habits (or stop doing the not-so-good ones) no matter how old you are. This project can help.

Use the celebration with your kids to set them on a path of self-improvement and recycle that sparkly party gear into a colorful tracking chart that keeps the spirit of Carnival alive and helps you and your kids to stay dedicated.

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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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14 Easy No-Bake Valentine Treats to Make With Your Kids

Are you looking for some sweet treats to make with your kids this Valentine’s Day?

Looking for a favorite kid-friendly food with a Valentine’s twist for your festivities? Perhaps a heartfelt, heart-shaped snack to surprise your family?

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for unique valentine snacks that are easy and fun to make together.

In this article I’ll share our favorite 14 no-bake valentine treats to make with your kids.

Looking for a favorite kid-friendly food for Valentine's Day? Discover 14 unique no-bake Valentine treats that are easy and fun to make with your kids.

Why Make Valentine Treats?

Valentine’s Day is such a sweet holiday. What better way to celebrate the day devoted to love than to create something sweet and beautiful with your favorite kids?

Creative cooking projects are lots of fun for children of all ages. They’re a great way to share valuable life skills without it feeling like a chore. And when the end result is something cute that you can eat, everybody wins!

So tie on an apron, hand ’em a spoon and encourage your kids to play with their food by making some of the festive valentine snacks below.

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