It is well-known that your loved ones’ health, safety, and well-being are of the utmost important to Able Cleaning, Inc. But what is life without a little FUN?!? August is National Family Fun Month and we are happy to provide our readers with many ideas that will keep your family busy for a long time to come! Please follow us on facebook for more ideas!
1. Family Picnic in the Park.
- Safety items – Pack a small bag with any items you may need while on your family outing. Band-Aids, bug repellent, sunscreen, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, extra napkins, jackets and an extra blanket all ensure your time together will be comfortable and safe.
- Bring seating –If there aren’t any picnic tables at your location, make sure you pack enough chairs and/or blankets for the entire family. It’s also a good idea to bring an umbrella or an outdoor tent for shade — especially if you have a baby.
- Food and drink – Prepare enough snacks, and pack more than enough food for the day. Being out in the sun, running around and/or engaging in activities can increase an appetite — especially for kids.
2. Visit your local fire house.
3. Attend a local minor-league sporting event.
4. Hold a foursquare tournament right in your driveway!
5. Three words: Capture The Flag.
6. Introduce the kids to new cuisine.
7. Do a family volunteer day and let your child pick the cause.
8. Gaze at the stars and teach the kids how to read them.
9. Family Treasure Hunt.
- On your own, plant little dime-store jewels and treasures in the garden. Then draw up a map with directions. (For an ancient look, let some coffee soak into the map to brown it with age; while the paper is wet, rip it around the edges).You can even hide the map somewhere in the house and let the kids find it while making the bed or putting away toys.
10. Put on a family Magic Show.
- For some magic tricks you can teach your children, click here.
11. Teach the children how to cook.
- Kids especially love making pie crusts, biscuits, and pizza, because they can squish the dough with their fingers. Watching yeasty dough rise and then punching it down is especially entertaining.
12. Daughter dress-up day.
13. Develop new hobbies together.
1. Horseback riding, Pottery, Painting, Yoga… the list is endless!
14. Play kid-friendly card games.
- Play different card games based on the age of your children
- Go Fish, Spoons, Old Maid, Concentration and Snap are the favorites for children
15. Watch kid-friendly classic movies.
1. For 100 kid-friendly classic movies, click here.
16. Help grow your garden together.
- Simple Mom’s blog suggest herb gardens and container gardens are the easiest for your children to learn. Having them help with watering bucks are their own tools is always fun for them.
17. Living Room Forts!!!
18. Family Car Wash in the driveway.
19. Who doesn’t love sidewalk chalk!?!
20. Go for a family bike ride.
21. Teach your children to fish.
22. Backyard Obstacle Courses are always huge hits.
23. Hold a Children’s Craft Day.
24. Family Game Night.
- Guess Who, Candyland, Monopoly, MouseTrap and Operation are always big hits with kids!
25. Visit a factory.
- Many factories offer tours so kids can see their favorite products created from start to finish. Get info on visiting more than 500 factories across the nation from factorytoursusa.com.
26. Visit your local community park.
- Community parks offer an endless array of free and low-cost day camps and activities, including swimming, improv, arts and crafts, music, archery, tennis lessons — even nature and farm programs. Kids ages 5 and up can also participate in team sports leagues. For dozens of programs, call your city parks department or check out the National Recreation and Park Association Website, nrpa.org.
27. Play hometown tourist.
- For historic locations, local trivia, and under-the-radar spots to explore, hit up virtualtourist.com.
28. Go Bowling!
- Hundreds of alleys across the country participate in the summerlong Kids Bowl Free program, which allows children to play two games a day on the house. To register for a pass, roll on over to kidsbowlfree.com.
29. Attend storytime at the local library.
- Barnes & Noble, Borders, and most independent book shops, as well as libraries, host story hours for kids. Find schedules and other information at bn.com, borders.com, or by phoning your local library or bookstore.
30. Visit a museum on a budget.
- Some 120 museums across the country will admit you and your kids for free the first full weekend of every month if you flash your Bank of America debit, credit, or ATM card. Visit bankofamerica.com/museums for info. Not a cardholder? Not to worry: Many museums, big and small, offer free (or heavily discounted) admission for families one day a week. Put in a call to your local museum to inquire about dates and fees.
31. And saving the best for last……
The favorite family game of our fearless leader – Bob Phillips —-
Here’s Bob in his glory days: (Or how he remembers them, anyway)