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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How to Make a Survival Shelter From Leaves and Debris With Your Kids

Do you and your kids love survival shows like Man vs. Wild and Survivorman?

Have you ever slept outdoors in a tent, lean-to or teepee you built yourself?

Want to share an experience like that with your kids?

Even if you have little or no experience in the great outdoors, you can help your kids learn some basic survival skills and enjoy some creative fun together!

It’s easy—we’ll practice with a toy model first.

In this article I’ll show you how to make a fun outdoor shelter out of leaves and debris, and share an important survival skill with your kids without them even knowing it.

How to make a fun outdoor survival shelter out of leaves and debris, and share an important survival skill with your kids without them even knowing it.

Why Teach Your Kids How to Make a Shelter?

A shelter is the first thing to consider if you’re ever lost in the great outdoors. In fact, if you get lost, you should make some kind of shelter first—before finding food or even water.

A debris hut is an easy-to-make outdoor shelter that can shield you from the elements like rain and wind, help you stay in one place and make it easier for searchers to rescue you.

Even if you don’t need to make a shelter for survival, it’s a pretty cool thing to know how to do and it’s lots of fun to build together with your kids.

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How to Create a Family Bucket List With Your Kids

Do you encourage your kids to dream big?

Are there adventures you’d love to experience together as a family?

Write them down so you’ll have options on hand at a moment’s notice.

In this article I’ll show you how to create a family bucket list.

First you and your kids will share dreams of places to go and things to do together. Then you’ll organize, prioritize and turn your wish list into tangible goals with a fun family project.

Want to have ongoing adventures with your kids? Create a family bucket list of things you'd like to do and a bucket full of memories to remember all the fun.

Why Build a Bucket List?

A bucket list consists of things you want to do in your lifetime (before you “kick the bucket”).

The expression has been expanded to include goals people want to achieve within other time frames as well: before certain birthdays or life events, before holidays or vacations come to an end, before the kids reach a certain age, etc.

The bucket list concept has been around for a while and got a boost in popularity by The Bucket List movie, but it may be new to your children. Once you explain that it’s a way to think of the fun things you’d like to do together, they’re sure to get on board right away with lots of ideas!

It’s fun and exciting to come up with goals using input from the whole family. Kids love to feel that their contributions count.

For this adventure, you’ll actually make a special bucket, then gather, create and preserve a bucketful of family memories.

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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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15 Fun Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Your Kids

Do you want your kids to learn about the traditions of other cultures?

Are you seeking entertaining activities that are also educational?

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with fun adventures your whole family will enjoy!

In this article I’ll share 15 fun and festive activities you and your family can do to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with 15 fun and festive activities you and your family can do to experience the Mexican culture and tradition.

Why Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is also called “El Día de la Batalla de Puebla” (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). Although it’s often confused as Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s unlikely victory over France on May 5, 1862, near Puebla, Mexico during the Franco-Mexican War.

Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico. However, cities across the United States—especially those with a large Mexican-American population—go all-out to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage on May 5.

It’s a great opportunity to learn about and experience some Mexican culture with your kids, wherever you are.

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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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15 Spring Activities to Do With Your Kids (Indoor and Outdoor)

Are your kids eager to go outside and play as soon as the snow starts to melt?

Looking for some springtime fun for your family, if only it would stop raining?

You and your kids can celebrate spring, no matter what the weather is.

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have scoured the web and found 15 spring activities your family can enjoy either indoors or outdoors (or a little bit of both).

In this article I’ll share our favorite 15 for spring activities (think indoor-outdoor adventures) that you can enjoy with your kids, regardless of the forecast.

Celebrate spring, no matter what the weather is with 15 spring activities for kids that your family can enjoy either indoors or outdoors (or a bit of both).

Why Spring Activities?

Spring is around the corner! We look forward to warmer days, flowers and more opportunities to get outside and play. But sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, sending blustery weather our way.

Below, you’ll find a range of activities as dynamic as the weather. Use this list on warm days when you want to grab the kids and do something together outside, and on those grey, rainy days that are best spent indoors. Some activities have an element of both, because, well, some spring days are like that!

We can’t help but feel hopeful in the spring. As winter thaws, it’s an exciting time for new beginnings and growth in nature. Kids feel the new energy too, and want to get into the spirit of the season. The activities below can help.

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7 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts to Do With Your Kids

Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids?

Hoping to bring some luck o’ the Irish to your family (or at least some good old green fun)?

Look no further. The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for St. Patrick’s Day crafts that are easy and fun to make with your kids.

In this article I’ll share our favorite lucky seven St. Patrick’s Day crafts to do with your kids.

Bring some luck o' the Irish to your family with seven St. Patrick's Day crafts from around the web that are easy and fun to make with your kids.

Why St. Patrick’s Day Activities?

You don’t have to be Irish to join in the spirited fun of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. The holiday celebrates the Irish and Irish-at-heart with food, fun and lots of green for shamrocks (the leaf of the clover plant) and leprechauns (little green “fairies”).

Green beer aside, there are lots of ways to celebrate—and decorate for—St. Patrick’s Day with kids. We hope you’ll like this roundup of seven super projects, recipes and games from around the web.

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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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10 Ways to Help Your Kids Overcome Boredom

Do your children constantly complain that they’re bored?

Are you wondering what you can do about it?

The answer: plenty! Sometimes all it takes is a good idea and a little nudge from Mom or Dad to get kids started on a project that holds their attention for hours. And I’ve found just the place to find those good ideas.

In this article, I’ll share 10 boredom-busters from the book, Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen.

Need to overcome boredom with your kids? These 10 boredom busters to get kids started on projects that holds their attention, inspired from the book Unbored

Why Boredom?

Boredom is part of growing up. Even kids with tons of books, toys and electronics feel sometimes like they have nothing to do. And that’s not always a bad thing. Getting bored once in a while promotes creativity, allowing kids’ minds to wander to interesting places.

The trouble with our society is that we, along with our kids, have become passive consumers. So when your 10-year-old son complains about being bored, you simply drive to Game Stop, pick up Super Mario Galaxy (nevermind that he has 20 other games!) and get on with your busy day.

But what if instead of buying him a game, you could help him make one?

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