Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

After our trip to Put-in-Bay last year, the kids begged to return again this year.  So, this last weekend, we climbed inside the car and away we went.  We weren't quite as diligent with our starting time (partly because we stopped at the Original Breakfast Place before hitting the road), but we pulling onto the highway about 9:30 and on our way to our favorite Island Getaway. The boat ride aboard Miller's Ferry was a blast as usual and we were happy to discover that you can actually park for … [Read more...]

Summer Theme Nights 2017

Summer Theme Nights 2017

Summer is here and with it comes some amazing theme nights!  Check them out below!     … [Read more...]

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

The lazy hazy days of summer are upon us. If you’re a parent, the novelty of summer break is probably just starting to wear down a bit. My kids have slept in for the past few days, and the schedule definitely needs to be readjusted. While I’ve secured passes to a local theme park/water park, I’m also always on the hunt for inexpensive—or free!—ideas to keep those boys entertained…and away from their devices. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the screen recommendation for … [Read more...]

Tech or Outside Play: What do kids prefer?

Tech or Outside Play: What do kids prefer?

Today's blog post comes from guest writer, Hilary Smith.  You can read her bio at the end of the article. Can you remember the feeling of crawling into bed completely exhausted from a long day spent playing outside as a child? Quite a few of us can recall those days and evenings that were spent riding bicycles, playing “kick the can” with neighborhood kids, or chasing flickering lightning bugs into the twilight. We knew it was time to head in when the street lights popped on or our … [Read more...]

Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Last Monday, we hosted our first Arts and Crafts in the Park of the year.  I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of numbers, so I wanted a craft that could easily accommodate whoever came our way.  The winner?  Paper plate flowers! This craft was originally geared towards preschool and kindergarten, but we had kids of all ages wanting to give it a try during our Arts and Crafts at the park program.  It's a nice one, because you can make it as simple or complex as you like. Ready to get … [Read more...]

10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

Every year, we try to shake things up at church during the summer months.  We make each week a different theme and one of the top favorites is, of course, beach night.  Kids plan to get wet and we don't like to disappoint! If you're looking for some great water games for kids, keep reading for some fun games we're thinking about trying this year! #1: Water Balloon Baseball Just like the real game, but instead of pitching softballs or whiffle balls, big ol' orbs of water are lobbed at the … [Read more...]