In the next few weeks, I will need to attend a series of late-running formal dinners... with a five-year-old in tow. Please recommend your most magical, engrossing, dinner-table-friendly activity books, games, small toys, etc. for the early school-aged set, so we can keep her quietly in her seat and out of everyone's hair. [more inside]
I'm the program developer at a gymnastics club, and my latest assignment has be wracking my brain. We have outside daycare groups come and visit us once a week for around an hour, and my boss wants us to add on an additional activity to make us a more appealing choice. Help? [more inside]
Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids. [more inside]
What sort of exercises can I do with my 4 year old? [more inside]
I'm trying to get my five year old step son interested in gardening. We made a special flower bed for him and I to grow plants in together and he is really excited to grow "rainbow blossoms" in it. Help me make this as rewarding for him as possible! [more inside]
(asking for a friend) - Looking for eductional/fun activities for different kids age groups 5 - 12 using GPS units... [more inside]
What indoor games or activities would you recommend for entertaining a small group of younger kids during a dinner party? [more inside]
My Daughter and her amazing 2 children live with me. Granddaughter is two, Grandson is 9 months. Both of them have amazing personalities, they certainly won't grow up unable to express their needs or desires. Long story short they are very intelligent, curious busy children who require a great deal of attention and activity. We are searching for age appropriate, safe, stimulating activities that will enrich their lives while also giving them structure. They are both bright, determined, expressive children who exceed the expected development of other children their age. (I'm not tooting my Grandma horn, they really are quite unique and motivated at a very young age) So anyone else out there with children like this, I would love suggestions, activities, movies, books, toys etc. that would keep them busy, happy and challenged!
Northern California filter: I'm going to be spending the next 2-4 weeks in the San Francisco bay area with my 8-year-old son. We'll be free every Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and I need ideas for places to take him and adventures to have together. [more inside]
I've been asked to brainstorm for themes in which I can run a weekly or twice-weekly activity for an urban day camp for kids. Please help me come up with ideas! [more inside]
This summer, my 7-year-old niece will be staying with my wife and me for two weeks while she goes to a summer school/science camp. Her classes don't start until 1p. I need ideas for short activities and things to do in or near Berkeley, before her classes, from ~9a - 12p. [more inside]
Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact?
Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact? [more inside]
We live in London and have friends with two young boys (aged 6 & 8) visiting for a weekend (4th Dec). Any ideas about fun / interesting / exciting activities we can do? The cheaper the better - and hopefully interesting for adults too. [more inside]
I work with kids in an afterschool program ranging in age from 3-10. I'm contemplating having themes for a week where we do a lot of creative activities revolving around the theme. So, one week the theme might be "jungle animals" and we could make animal masks from paper plates, draw animals, make jungle animal puppets and do a puppet show, play a game outside involving jungle animals, read a picture book about jungle animals, etc. [more inside]
Concrete ideas of things to do with a nine-year-old boy in the Baltimore, MD area. I am going to be the Big Sister of a boy in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and as much as I love doing things this kid likes and things kids like in general, I'm having a heck of a time trying to come up with specific activities--for example, I can't exactly schedule an activity day for sword-fighting or reading. [more inside]
Midnight activities for a 4-year-old that he wouldn't get a chance to do during the day? My son is having an EEG tomorrow during the day. They want him sleep-deprived so he'll sleep without sedation. I'm supposed to get him up for the day at 3:30 am. He's not a morning person at all, so to keep him awake I'm looking for exciting things to do/observe/etc. that wouldn't be possible during his normal waking hours. We're in the east end of Toronto near the Don Valley, so both big-city and nature/wildlife type activities may be possibilities.
Things to do with a one year-old and a four-year old outside the house. [more inside]
Gym for 18-month-old children? I have been hired to teach a 45 min gym class to 18 month-old children and their parents once a week. I don't like gym. [more inside]
Local secrets to family entertainment in Seattle? [more inside]
I need geology-activites suitable for children for an Rock-hound-day. [more inside]
In Melbourne this weekend with my almost 12 year old daughter, staying in Carlton. What things are fun and don't require a car?
Australian, Indian or Mexican games/activities for children? [more inside]
ParentFilter: I've a 17 mo old child, and I'd like suggestions as to activities to educate and entertain him. [more inside]
NashvilleFilter: Help me reconnect with my family in Nashville, TN. [more inside]
My daughter's having a sleepover tonight for her 11th birthday. Six friends are coming over. I had lots of outdoor activities planned for the dusk and early evening hours, but now it looks like it's going to rain all day so the backyard will be a mess. Any suggestions for fun indoor activities? Nothing worse than a chorus of "I'm booooooored," you know. [more inside]