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Category Archives: things to do with the kids

Kanarra Falls

by heather
Shortly before we moved away from southern Utah we took our kids to Kanarra Falls. If you are ever in the area in the summer, I highly recommend it. It was 25 degrees cooler than St. George, and in late July it felt absolutely heavenly. My kids still talk about this hike on a regular basis and it was my favorite family activity that we did this summer. To get to Kanarravile you take exit 41 off I-15. Travel north until you hit the tiny town (the highway turns into main street) and turn Read more [...]

Death Valley National Park with Kids

by heather
Death Valley has always been a place that I've wanted to visit, but  we never seem to be passing by at a convenient time. When we've driven through California it was always for a funeral or in the summer, which is not a good time to visit Death Valley. March, however is a lovely time to visit Death Valley, so we made it a spring break destination. Death Valley National Park is in the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and "contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, Read more [...]

St George Children’s Museum

by heather
It's finally open! The long-awaited and greatly anticipated St George Children's Museum! It's even more awesome than I expected. And it's FREE! Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Mondays are open to members only. "As a gift to the community, there will be no charge for entrance to the Children’s Museum at the present time. Donations are accepted and are vital to keep the museum running and open to every member of our community. Please don’t feel obligated, but even small donations are appreciated." Read more [...]

Las Vegas Discovery Children’s Museum

by heather
To celebrate Thing 1's birthday this month we decided to check out the new children's museum in Las Vegas.  My kids LOVED it. The Las Vegas Discovery Children's Museum opened in March of this year. Sept- May the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. June- Labor Day, they open later, but are open on Mondays as well. The museum is closed for the 5 major holidays. Admission is $12 per person for everyone age 1-99.  However, an annual membership is $125, so for the price of 2 family visits + $5, we Read more [...]

5 Reasons to Consider a Family Holiday in Vegas

by heather
This is a guest post from Kendra @ Thorton Travel If you’re looking for a great place to take the family on vacation, especially over the holidays, consider Las Vegas. Despite the city’s reputation as Sin City, Las Vegas has plenty of fun activities the entire family can enjoy. As an added bonus, travel to Vegas tends to be less expensive than elsewhere because businesses know that most travelers plan on spending plenty at the city’s casinos and clubs. Check out these five fun family activities Read more [...]

Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum & Dinosaur Garden

by heather
Last week we met some extended family in Vernal to run the Dino Half Marathon. While we were there we felt it was imperative to check out some dinosaurs at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum and Dinosaur Garden. My kids loved it and if we were in the area I think we would go again (although I don't think I would drive seven hours again just for this). Admission is $6 for 12 and up, and $3 for 6-12. So my kids that are 1 & 5 got in free. (I couldn't find any coupons online, Read more [...]

Math Games for Preschoolers

by heather
Last week I attended another preschool parent meeting and I thought I would share some of the ideas that they mentioned. These are all cheap (or free) and simple things that you can do with your preschooler to help improve their math skills. Bead necklace: (Patterns) Give child a shoestring (or piece of yarn) with a knot tied at one end. Provide with a supply or large wooden beads or colored pasta. Show them how to make a pattern and have them try to make their own. Egg Carton Counting: (Counting) Read more [...]

Postcrossing

by heather
A few months ago my SIL introduced me to a site called Postcrossing. It's website that you join for free, the only costs involved are the postcards and the postage. After you register you are given a random person somewhere in the world to mail a postcard to. After your first 'sent' postcard is received, your name goes into the pool of random people to receive a postcard from someone else in the world. When you are given a postcard recipient, their profile will often tell a little bit about them Read more [...]

Teaching Your Child the Alphabet

by heather
Last week I attended a parent meeting for my son's preschool. The topic was on reinforcing the alphabet, because repetition at home leads to retention. I thought I would share some of the suggestions and activities that they shared, plus a few others that I have found effective. Helping Your Child to Learn Make it fun. Be enthusiastic. If they're having fun they won't notice that they're learning. Be creative. Learning can be very cheap. It's not about the money you spend on your child, Read more [...]

Fan Tent and Pillow Pit

by heather
This week I haven't made any breakthroughs in food storage consumption. I haven't read any life changing books and I still haven't found a magic wand that keeps my house clean and makes gold coins appear out of thin air. I've just been running and being mom. One fun thing we did this week on a rainy afternoon was set up a tent and pillow pit in our living room. It was pretty awesome if I do say so myself which I can because it wasn't even my idea, it was my husband's. Equipment required for the Read more [...]

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