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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Exploding Soda and Flying Potatoes: How to Ignite the Science Spark in Your Children

podcast iconAre your kids interested in science?

Want to try cool experiments with your family?

To learn how to have messy scientific fun with your kids, I interview Steve Spangler for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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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 Steve Spangler, one of the web’s top science guys. His books include Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes and Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste.

Just search “Steve Spangler” on YouTube and you’ll find more than 1,300 videos that have a total of more than 145 million views. He’s a regular guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and has three sons who test out all of Dad’s experiments.

Steve shares ways to make science fun for kids by performing experiments as a family.

You’ll discover the reasons why science is so important for kids.

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Are your interested in science? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 12, Steve Spangler shares ways to make science fun for your kids.

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Watching Wildlife With Your Kids: A Fun Way to Get Outside Together

podcast iconDo your kids love bugs, birds and other critters?

Want to find ways to get them to enjoy the outdoors?

Start watching wildlife with your kids. To learn how to make it fun to observe wildlife in action, I interview David Mizejewski for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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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 Mizejewski, a naturalist and spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation.

He hosted the Animal Planet show Backyard Habitat for four years, where he helped people transform their yards into habitats for birds.

He’s also made TV appearances on the Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America and many other shows.

David shares ways to make it fun to watch wildlife with your kids.

You’ll discover simple things you can do to get out in nature, whether you find wildlife or you let wildlife find you.

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Do your kids like watching wildlife? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 11, National Wildlife Federation's David Mizejewski shares fun ways observe wildlife.

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Service Adventures: How to Get Your Kids Excited About Helping Others

podcast iconDo your kids understand the value of giving?

Want to make community service part of your family’s normal routine?

To learn how to get your kids excited about helping others, I interview Dr. Deborah Gilboa for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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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 Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a family physician, author and parenting expert on raising respectful, responsible and resilient kids.

She’s the author of three books on parenting and a forthcoming book, Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate! Her website is askdoctorg.com.

Deborah shares how to get your kids excited about helping others.

You’ll discover tips for things your kids can do to take part in community service.

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Do your kids understand the value of giving? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 9, Deborah Gilboa shares how to get your kids excited about helping others.

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The Art of Roughhousing: Why Your Kids Need It

podcast iconDo your kids like to wrestle, tumble or get tossed in the air?

Do you worry that you’re playing too rough?

A little horseplay is actually good for your kids’ development. It’s OK to take off the kid gloves!

To learn about the importance of roughhousing, I interview Anthony DeBenedet for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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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 Anthony DeBenedet, co-author of the book, The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It.

He’s a board-certified physician, a dad who likes adventure and an advocate for parent-child play.

Anthony shares why roughhousing is so important for your child’s development.

You’ll discover how to incorporate more physical play into your lives and tips for some games you can play.

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Do your kids like roughhousing? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 8, Anthony DeBenedet shares why roughhousing is important for your child's development.

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Balancing Work and Parenting: How to Be There for Your Kids

podcast iconDo your kids complain that you work too much?

Want tips on how to prioritize your responsibilities?

To learn more about balancing work and parenting, I interview Wayne Parker for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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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 Wayne Parker, who writes about fatherhood for About.com and blogs at PowerDads.com. He’s also the author of the forthcoming book, Power Dads: The 10 Basic Principles Successful Fathers Use to Raise Happy and Responsible Children.

Wayne shares tips for maintaining balance between work and family.

You’ll discover how to be more present when you spend time with your kids and how to have more quality time.

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Do your kids complain that you work too much? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 7, Wayne Parker shares tips for successfully balancing work and parenting.

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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.

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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.

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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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Exploring the Outdoors: How to Make a Family Adventure

podcast iconDo your kids like to play outside?

Are you looking for ways to get your kids more interested in nature?

To learn how to have amazing outdoor adventures with your kids, I interview Eugene Buchanan for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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parenting adventures podcast michael stelzner

The 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 Eugene Buchanan, author of Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids: A Guide to Getting Your Kids Active in the Great Outdoors.

Eugene is the former publisher of Paddler magazine. He’s covered the Beijing Olympics for NBC and written for ESPN, the New York Times, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure, to mention a few. He also has a site called Recreating with Kids.

Eugene shares ways you can get your kids excited about exploring the great outdoors.

You’ll discover the advantages of exposing your kids to nature, how to get them interested in outdoor pursuits and where to start.

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Make Believe: How Creative Play Helps Kids

podcast iconIs all of your child’s free time taken up by electronics?

Are you looking for ways to unlock your children’s creativity?

Creative play, also known as make-believe, is just the answer.

To learn why creative play is important for children, I interview Dr. Susan Linn for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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The 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 Dr. Susan Linn, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of The Case for Make Believe and Consuming Kids.

She’s also co-founder of the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood and did award-winning ventriloquist and entertainment work, some of which includes the TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Susan shares why creative play is essential to a child’s well-being.

You’ll discover how to limit screen time, encourage creative play and the types of toys that help a child express creativity.

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Do your kids spend too much time on technology? Learn why creative play is so important. In Parenting Adventures podcast 3, Dr Susan Linn shares her tips.

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Screen Time and Kids: Understanding How Tech Impacts Children

podcast iconAre your kids addicted to their digital devices?

Do you want to help them have a healthier relationship with technology?

To learn how you can help your kids make smart technology choices, I interview Dr. Jim Taylor for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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parenting adventures podcast michael stelzner

The 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 Dr. Jim Taylor, an international authority on the psychology of parenting.

He has written 14 books, including Raising Generation Tech: Prepare Your Children for a Media-Fueled World and Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child. Jim has published more than 700 scholarly articles and has made regular appearances on major television networks.

Jim shares how digital technology impacts our kids.

You’ll discover how to understand the benefits and challenges of technology, help your kids have a healthy relationship with tech and set appropriate guidelines, as well as rewards for living a less plugged-in life.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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