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 Explore Caves With Your Kids: Spelunking Basics

Do your kids like to explore the great outdoors?

Want to add an exciting extra element to your next hiking, camping or vacation adventure?

Go spelunking (cave exploring) with your kids and introduce them to parts of the world they’ve probably never seen before.

In this article I’ll explain spelunking basics, and share what you need to know before you try caving with your family.

Ever been in a cave? Try spelunking (cave exploring) with your kids and discover incredible, hidden places, formed by nature. Caving basics for new explorers.

Why Go Spelunking?

There’s a reason that caves are a common setting in literature, TV, movies, mythology and even non-fiction stories: Caves are cool, dark and mysterious! These incredible hidden places, formed by nature, just beg to be explored by kids and grownups alike.

You probably won’t find a dragon or pirate’s treasure or even a hibernating bear on your spelunking adventure, but you and your family will see and experience wondrous things that stimulate kids’ imaginations and curiosity about the natural world.

When you explore a cave as a family, you’ll have both an exciting outdoor adventure and a fun learning experience that everyone will remember for a long time.

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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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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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Test Your Luck With a Superstition Obstacle Course

Do your kids love obstacle courses?

Want a fun way to play with superstitions and get kids active at the same time?

Set up a superstition obstacle course. It’s a fun way to get kids outdoors, keep them moving and play with the myths of good luck and bad luck at the same time.

In this article I’ll show you how to create an awesome obstacle course with your kids that turns superstitions into fun challenges and symbols of good or bad luck into games of skill and speed.

Want to test your luck and your fitness, too? Make a superstition obstacle course that turns symbols of good or bad luck into games of skill and speed for kids.

Why Set Up a Superstition Obstacle Course?

A superstition is a belief that certain things change people’s luck. Are they real, or are they just myths? This obstacle course will put 13 common superstitions to the test and challenge your family’s physical abilities, too.

Whether you’re superstitious or not, you and your family will have a great time as you set up your obstacle course, talk about good luck and bad luck charms and compete for the best time (or personal best) through the games.

Your kids may want to run through the superstition obstacle course again and again until they’re masters of speed and good luck!

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How Your Kids Can Make Impressionist Art: Monet Photo Project

Do you enjoy observing nature with your kids?

Have you noticed how the light at different times of day changes the way we see colors?

Make your kids’ “impressions” of the outdoors come to life with a fun and easy art project.

In this article I’ll show you how to transform nature photos into Impressionistic works of art with a simple photo transfer technique. Head outside with your kids and take some pictures, Monet-style.

Want a simple art project that shows beauty, nature and light? Get a camera. The Monet photo project is a fun way to turn outdoor photos into impressionist art.

Why Make Impressionistic Photo Transfers?

Impressionism is a movement in painting that originated in France in the late 1800s. Most Impressionist painters focused on capturing the “impressions” of light and color outdoors.

This project includes the essence of what an Impressionist observes so you can create a fun and easy photo project with your kids, Monet-style.

To make your own Impressionistic art, you and your kids get to spend time outdoors at different times of day to observe nature in the light and take pictures of it.

It’s a great way to nurture their creativity, look at the world in a whole new way and bring out their inner artists (and yours, too!).

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