January 22nd, 2010

Have a Tea Party – Free Fun Friday

Tea parties these days are the classic territory of the little girl. She dresses up and serves a beverage to her favorite toys and maybe a friend or two.

Nothing wrong with doing this as a family, though.

Take some time and make it a little fun. Maybe make some cupcakes or another treat. If the kids don’t like tea, serve lemonade. Just relax and have fun.

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January 15th, 2010

Learn Family History – Free Fun Friday

What do you know about your family’s history? Have you discussed your family history with your children?

This can be a fun thing to do together, especially if grandparents or other relatives are visiting. Talk about things that each family member has done in their lifetime. Talk about family stories they know.

Many families have one or more members who really get into genealogy for a time. I had an uncle write a book on our family history, including plenty of stories about those ancestors he could find such information on. That book is a great resource for talking about my side of the family.

If you get into this one, it can last for years, and you can easily take notes and make your own family history book. There are tons of online resources to help you learn about your family history. It might just be your new hobby.

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January 8th, 2010

Catch Bugs – Free Fun Friday

No, don’t catch a cold. That’s the wrong kind of bug to catch no matter how easy cold bugs are to find this time of year.

Depending on where you live you may find a variety of bugs that are really fun for kids to catch. It might be fireflies, ladybugs, pill bugs… whatever’s available.

Of course you may have to wait for appropriate weather if things aren’t looking good for bug hunting in your area. But I’d still suggest dodging those cold bugs.

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December 18th, 2009

Tour Decorated Neighborhoods – Free Fun Fridays

At this time of year there are many homes and neighborhoods that have gone to great pains with outdoor Christmas and other holiday decorations. Take an evening with the family and check them out.

You can stick to your local neighborhood and often see some pretty nice displays, but in many cities there will be particular neighborhoods where most of the homes go to great lengths to create amazing displays. These may be listed in the newspaper or on local websites.

If it’s cold, bundle up and maybe plan to have some hot chocolate when you get home.

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December 11th, 2009

Have a TV Free Week

Turn off that TV! It may not sound like a favorite activity to the kids, but it’s a good one for the whole family.

Taking a break from watching television gives you more time to do things as a family. You can talk, play games, go special places… just have fun.

Yes, it’s hard missing favorite shows. But give yourself a little time and that might feel just a little less important to you. There’s a lot more to life than just seeing what happens to characters on a screen.

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