How to Make a String Laser Maze, Mission Impossible Style!

Do your kids like to play spy games?

Will they fearlessly face danger to retrieve secret treasures?

They’re in luck. Here’s a mission (if they choose to accept it) that requires courage, supreme cleverness and agility.

Only the wiliest secret agents need proceed.

In this article I’ll show you how to transform simple string into an obstacle course that will have your kids twisting and turning their way to secret treasures.

Mission Impossible? More like Mission Awesome! Read on to learn how to set up this challenge.

Mission: Fun! Transform simple string into a laser maze obstacle course that will have your spy kids twisting and turning their way to secret treasures.

Why a String Laser Maze?

In the movies, you often see spies go through extreme obstacle courses to get where they need to go. In this activity, we replace lasers with string to simulate a safe, fun spy mission for your kids.

To reach the treasure, your kids will not only have to think their way through the maze, but also their bodies will get a great workout. How many shapes can they bend their bodies into as they weave through the web of laser string?

You’ll have so much fun watching them, you’ll want to try it yourself.

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How to Have a Rainbow Treasure Hunt With Your Kids: St. Patrick’s Day Style

Do your kids spend way too much time in front of the TV and not enough time in active play?

Looking for a fun and active way to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day?

Head outside for a colorful springtime adventure with a St. Patrick’s Day twist.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a rainbow treasure hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day or any day.

After all, who wouldn’t want to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?

Head outside for a colorful springtime adventure and create a rainbow treasure hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy for St. Patrick's Day or any day.

Why a Rainbow Treasure Hunt?

A rainbow treasure hunt is the perfect way to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

The leprechaun is a primary symbol of the March 17th holiday. Tradition tells us that these fairies, dressed all in green, hide their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Leprechauns enjoy mischief and are difficult to catch because they’re always one step ahead. And if you catch a leprechaun, he will give you his pot of gold or grant you three wishes in exchange for his release.

What better way to celebrate springtime than to send your kids on a search through the rainbow for a leprechaun and his pot of gold?

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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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How to Create a Puzzle Treasure Hunt for Kids

Does your family like puzzles?

How about a treasure hunts?

Combine the two into an activity that’s fun for everyone.

In this article I’ll show you, piece by piece, how to put together a puzzle treasure hunt that will send your family on a search for clues through the house or around the neighborhood.

Learn how to put together a puzzle treasure hunt that will send your family on a search for clues through the house or around the neighborhood.

Why a Puzzle Treasure Hunt?

Treasure hunts can be lots of fun. There are endless variations so you can mix things up to keep them interesting and hold your kids’ attention.

A puzzle treasure hunt adds an extra element. It requires players to work together and problem-solve to reach the end of the hunt, because the players must put together a small jigsaw puzzle to reveal each clue. What a great way to foster cooperation and communication skills among your kids—all while they’re having fun!

A recent episode of The Big Bang Theory inspired my family to add this puzzling new twist to the good-ole family treasure hunt. Even if you don’t watch the show, I’m sure you and your kids will enjoy it just as much as we did.

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How to Hide a Geocache With Your Kids

Does your family love the thrill of electronic treasure hunts known as geocaching?

Want to create an outdoor adventure that other families can enjoy too?

Take your fun to the next level and hide a geocache with your kids.

With nothing more than a smartphone and a few items from around the house, you and your kids can hide a geocache for other families to enjoy.

In this article I’ll show you how easy it is to hide a geocache and share the adventure for months to come.

Hide a geocache and introduce other families to your favorite places, show your kids the value of giving back and create an outdoor adventure.

Why Hide a Geocache?

Have you introduced your family to the adventure of geocaching?

Geocaching is a hunt for hidden treasure using a GPS (or GPS-enabled phone). There are over 2.2 million geocaches hidden all over the world, ready for you to find. You simply log onto Geocaching.com to find the coordinates of a cache in your area, head outside and follow your phone to find the hidden treasure. Once found, you sign the logbook, trade one of the treasures found inside with something you brought to share and hide the cache container back in its place for the next treasure hunter.

It’s a lot of fun to find a geocache, but it can be even more fun to hide one.

Hiding a cache is a way to share your outdoor adventures with other families. And a cache hidden by kids for kids is extra-special—it creates more fun and adventures for everyone.

Hiding a cache will introduce other families to your favorite places, show your kids the value of giving back and create an outdoor adventure for other families with young kids.

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How Yarn Can Transform Your Home Into a Treasure Hunt for Your Kids

Ever wonder what it’s like to get caught in a spider web?

Or to be a thief winding through a maze of lasers?

Looking for a fun activity that will get your kids (and you) all wound up?

Give them a stringing! It’s part treasure hunt, part obstacle course, part laser maze and all fun.

In this article I’ll show you how to turn a ball of yarn into an afternoon of tangled family entertainment.

String treasure hunt - discover how to turn a ball of yarn into an afternoon of tangled family entertainment (obstacle course, laser maze and all fun).

Why Surprise Them With a Stringing?

Picture this: You arrive home from school or work or practice or wherever you’ve been, open your front door and find that your house is full of string. It zigzags everywhere: upstairs, downstairs, over doors and under furniture. Every room is a maze of multicolored web.

And then you’re handed one end of the string and told that if you follow it in all its twists and turns, you’ll find a prize.

Sounds pretty cool, huh? THAT is a stringing and your kids will love it!

You’ll love it too, because it’s just as much fun to set up the string as it is to follow it to the end. Your prize will be the looks of surprise and glee you’ll see on their faces.

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10 Ways to Turn the Local Park Into an Adventure Wonderland for Kids

Are you looking for something different to do at the park?

Do your older children complain that they’ve outgrown the playground?

These community resources have a lot more to offer than just swings and soccer fields (and sand in your shoes).

In fact, a visit to the park can be a brand-new adventure each time you go.

In this article, I’ll give you 10 ways to transform an ordinary park visit into a fresh family adventure that you’ll all enjoy.

Park adventures: here's how to turn an ordinary day at the park into something extraordinary and fun for everyone.

Why Plan a Park Adventure?

Parks are great—don’t get me wrong. Visiting the park is one of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy an afternoon together. Nothing beats a park for inexpensive outdoor fun.

But while the little ones never seem to tire of playing on the playground, by the time kids get a little older it seems that they’d rather plug into their electronics than play outdoors.

What’s a family to do?

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How to Make a Treasure Hunt for Kids: Your Ultimate Guide

Looking for the ultimate boredom-buster for your kids?

Want to wow them with an awesome adventure made just for them?

Turn your home into a wilderness with hidden treasure and your kids as hunting pirates.

In this article I’ll show you how to create the ultimate treasure hunt for your kids.

Treasure hunt basics: create the ultimate treasure hunt for your kids, based on their ages and interests, even as their ages and interests change.

Why Plan a Treasure Hunt?

Ever hear “I’m bored”?

It’s what all parents dread hearing and one of the most daunting problems to solve.

It’s far too easy to let your kids plop down in front of an electronic device and zone out, but we all know it’s better for their health and creativity to fill that down time with fun, stimulating activities.

Surprise them with a treasure hunt.

It will give them something fun to do, and treasure hunts are a great way for you to get more involved with your kids and learn about their interests. We have as much fun planning our treasure hunts together as we do actually completing them.

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How to Have a Family Treasure Hunt: Geocaching With Kids

Does the thought of tracking down hidden treasures pique your kids’ interests?

Using your smart phone, you and your kids can take part in a global adventure hunt not far from your home (and with almost no prep work).

Welcome to the world of geocaching.

There are more than 2 million hidden geocaches scattered across the globe, waiting for your kids to find—wherever you are.

In this article, I’ll show you how fun and easy it is to enjoy the hunt and ensuing excitement of finding a cache wherever you may be.

Discover how to have a family treasure hunt using geocaching, the global treasure hunt where your smart phone helps you find over 2 million hidden caches.

Geocaching has been around for years. You’ve probably heard friends or family members rave about how much fun it is to go on these GPS-led treasure hunts. But what is it, exactly?

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How to Create a Backyard Treasure Hunt, Minecraft Style

Are you looking to create a fun adventure in your very own backyard?

Do your kids place more value on their videogames than the real world?

How about bridging the two? Minecraft is one of the hottest games for kids.

Did you know you can create “adventure maps” in your own backyard?

Whether your kids are into Minecraft or not, this article is sure to get them outside for a fun adventure.

Here's how to create a minecraft inspired backyard treasure hunt to get your kids off the computer and into the backyard.

Why a Backyard Treasure Hunt?

My kids have been creating adventure maps on Minecraft for a long time now, so I thought it would be fun to create a real-life adventure map in our backyard.

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