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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3 Father’s Day Gift Ideas Dads Really Want

Is it hard to shop for Dad?

Are your kids looking for the perfect thing for Father’s Day?

It might not be a thing at all, but rather something fun to do together.

In this article I’ll share our favorite ideas for simple, fun activities to do with Dad on Father’s Day.

Need Father's Day gift ideas? The best gift may not be a gift at all, but a fun activity Dad can do with the kids. Read this article for many fun suggestions.

Why an Activity as a Father’s Day Gift?

Stop shopping for the “perfect” Father’s Day gift! We asked around, clarified and researched to discover an amazing fact: Most dads don’t want a tie (or cologne, or any article of clothing) for Father’s Day. That’s no surprise.

But what do they want? Most dads want to do something as a family (and a day off from the “honey-do” list) on their special day. They want quality time with the family, planned and organized by Mom and the kids!

So give Dad what he wants—a fun family activity. You’re sure to find something he’ll love to do in the suggestions below.

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5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Moms Really Want

Are you and your kids looking for great Mother’s Day gift ideas?

Want to make a gift for Mom that she’ll really love?

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures asked moms what they really want for Mother’s Day.

The answer may surprise you. Hint: It’s not flowers or chocolate.

In this article I’ll tell you what Moms really want, share several Mother’s Day gift ideas from around the web and even provide some tips that will help you and your kids create the perfect day for Mom.

Mother's Day gift ideas that moms really want and our favorite resources from around the web to help you and your kids deliver a perfect day for Mom.

Why Celebrate Mom?

Moms work hard to make sure their kids have only the best. Mother’s Day is the chance for kids to say thank you with handmade gifts, special treatment, lots of hugs and a bonus dose of love.

Whether you’re a Dad, Grandparent, Aunt or Mom’s BFF, you’ll want to do everything you can to make the day special.

Mother’s Day is an excellent opportunity to have an adventure with your kids. Go through this article, choose your favorites and create a memorable day that Mom will love.

So, what is it that moms REALLY want?

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10 Unique Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs With Your Kids

Looking for some new, creative Easter egg ideas?

Want to see the latest fabulous trends in dyeing Easter eggs?

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the web for unique ways to decorate your Easter eggs.

In this article I’ll share 10 creative Easter egg ideas from some of our favorite parent bloggers and websites.

With everything from paper eggs to alternative egg dyeing techniques, there’s something to fit every personality. You’re sure to find something to create with your kids.

Discover 10 creative and unique ways to decorate the Easter eggs with your kids from our favorite parent bloggers and websites.

Why Try New Easter Egg Ideas?

As kids get older, they might get bored with the colored egg wash they’ve done in the past. Youngsters may still like the idea of the annual egg dyeing tradition but want to try a new technique to show their own sense of style.

This roundup has 10 ideas to choose from!

You may have seen some of these egg decorations around and wondered how they were done. We’ve found all the best how-tos for you!

Try one of these unique decorating ideas and surprise your kiddos with some “egg”-stra special creations in their Easter baskets or on their Easter egg hunt!

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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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5 Daddy Date and Mommy Date Ideas for Quality Time With Each of Your Kids

Are your kids shouting over their siblings, clamoring for your undivided attention?

Do they crave a little one-on-one fun time with you?

Time to schedule a daddy date or mommy date with your child!

We asked top parenting bloggers about their best ideas for spending individual time with your children.

In this article, I’ll share five ideas for planning special “dates” with your kids and a few tips to help you make room in your schedule.

Five ideas for planning special one-on-one

Why Take Your Kid on a Date?

Your kids crave alone-time with you. It makes them feel special to have you all to themselves.

You know how important it is—and you love it too—but it can be hard to find the time!

What with work, school, homework and activities, how does a busy parent do it? And if you can find the time, how do you shake things up a little?

We had the same questions, so we asked some busy parenting bloggers to share their tips on making time and finding the right activities.

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11 Ways to Turn Empty Boxes Into Fabulous Fun for Kids

Looking for something fun and creative to do with your kids?

Got any cardboard boxes ready to recycle?

Create some corrugated family fun! The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have searched the Internet to find cool stuff you can make from cardboard boxes.

In this article I’ll show you how to “upcycle” cardboard into several different projects that your kids will love. So hold off on that trip to the recycling center and read on for some unexpected ideas.

Learn how to "upcycle" cardboard boxes into several innovating and entertaining projects that your kids will love.

Why Make Projects Out of Cardboard?

Remember when your kids were little and they seemed to enjoy the box as much (or more) than the present itself? Preschoolers and toddlers have a knack for turning a plain old box into a car or a boat or some other kind of adventure. Kids are wired to be imaginative and cardboard is the perfect blank canvas.

Feed their imaginations! The fun doesn’t have to end when your kids get a little older. They may just need some bigger ideas. Cardboard can be an awesome medium for anyone to make something fun out of. It’s free, plentiful, strong yet flexible and easy to work with.

This time of year, you might have a lot of extra cardboard boxes around the house. Take a look at those boxes and envision your kids creating something innovative and entertaining. Here are some ideas to help.

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11 Unusual Christmas Toys That Will Excite Your Kids

Tired of looking at all the same “top toys” and not seeing anything your kids will like?

Looking for something new and different to give the kids on your list?

Or maybe something that you loved yourself as a kid?

We’ve got some ideas for you…

My Kids’ Adventures asked top parent bloggers and experts on the web to tell us what favorite “unusual” toys they have at their houses.

In this article, we’ll share their best out-of-the-box gift ideas—and with 10 to choose from, you’re sure to find something perfect for your child.

Find the perfect out-of-the-box gifts your kids will play with long after the decorations are taken down.

Why Give Something Unique?

If you’ve started your holiday shopping, you’re probably seeing the same toys over and over. Every year has its “hot” item, its best-seller that’s nearly impossible to find.

But what happens when you manage to get those “top” toys? Your kids (and you, too) may be drawn in by the marketing and social excitement, only to find that the actual toy is not so cool after all. It may break or be relegated to the back of the closet within weeks.

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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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12 Tasty Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Make With Your Kids

Are you looking for some tasty new dishes to serve at Thanksgiving?

Do you want to bring your kids into the kitchen for a small cooking adventure?

Now you can invite your kids to help prepare some tasty side dishes the whole family will love.

We scoured the Internet and asked top parenting and food bloggers for the best Thanksgiving recipes kids and adults can make (and eat!) together.

In this article, we’ll share our top 12 Thanksgiving side dishes to make with your kids.

You’ll also find a few tips for making it an enjoyable experience.

Check out some simple side dish recipes our top parenting and food bloggers recommended for Thanksgiving that kids and adults can make (and eat!) together.

Why Cook WITH the Kids?

Do you kick your kids out of the kitchen, worried that they’ll just slow you down and make a big mess? (Oh, the mess!)

Messes can be cleaned up, but kids only grow up once. So open a fresh roll of paper towels and make some meal-prep memories with them.

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