April 14, 2020
Make the most of this crazy time by making some fun memories with your kiddos! Making an A to Z list with your family will give some structure and purpose to your days AND help keep your kiddos entertained!!
Monroe Street Arts Center
Many local art studios are offering fun Art-to-Go options where you can pick up craft kits to work on at home. And this is a wonderful way to support a local business!! DETAILS »
You don't need a bowling ally to have a blast bowling with the fam! Stack up some TP or paper towels, if you can find 'em, and use a soccer or playground ball to knock em' down! This will keep your littles busy for a while! DETAILS »
Yummy Sprout offers FREE FB Live culinary classes!
Kids love to be helpful and independent! Encourage them to foster those skills by cooking together. They'll feel great about being able to prepare a simple & healthy meal and will have fun doing it! DETAILS »
MSCR is offering a virtual Family Dance Party on Sunday mornings or simply turn on some music and wiggle your worries away any time of day!
MSCR- Madison School & Community Recreation
Turn up the music and have a dance party! You'll burn some calories and have a blast! If this isn't your thing, start with scripted dances like the Cha-Cha Slide or the Chicken Dance. DETAILS »
Check out TLG's FB page for classes!
The Little Gym of Middleton
Teach your kids about different muscles in their bodies and then learn an exercise to make that muscle stronger! Challenge your kids to do those exercises every day and help them chart their progress! DETAILS »
Build A Fort
Building forts with your kids is the stuff memories are made of! We have a bin of old sheets that we keep just for this purpose, but you can also grab some at your local thrift store! Battery operated fairy lights will make any fort more magical. DETAILS »
Mini Golf (In YOUR house!)
Mini golf in your own house?? Sure! Your kids will love designing the course and the possibilities are endless. A box of spaghetti over cans of soup, a bear holding a solo cup, books for ramps, painters tape to mark the course. Hours of fun await! DETAILS »
Take a hike!
Many of the more popular trails are closed, but there are still a lot open. If you can't find a hiking trail open, just take a walk in your neighborhood. Everyone always feels better after a little exercise and fresh air! DETAILS »
Icki Sticki - Verona
Ice Cream can make any day special! Grab some cones from the store for an extra special treat! Or, click through for a super easy Ice Cream in a Bag recipe! DETAILS »
There are a lot of variations on this one for even the littlest kids :-). Little ones can literally just jump over a rope on the ground :-). Slightly bigger ones can use a hula hoop for practice. Click through for more challenges for older kids! DETAILS »
Fly a Kite
Kites come in all shapes and sizes and cost anything from a couple of dollars to $25 or so for a nicer kite. There are also some simple tutorials online if you want to try to make your own! DETAILS »
Mail a Letter
When everyone is stuck at home, receiving a letter can be the highlight of your day! So, let's send letters or drawings to our friends and family to help brighten up their days! I bet you'll receive a letter back!! DETAILS »
Lay out a bag of mini marshmallows and a box of toothpicks and let your kids explore. Feel free to add challenges, like who can make the tallest tower! DETAILS »
Don't forget it's okay to do NOTHING! Boredom is when creativity happens, so if your kids are bored, that's okay! At our house, we call these "Do whatever you want days." Let the kids take the lead on entertaining themselves :-) DETAILS »
Perfect to have on hand... You can use plain paper from home, but Origami paper is really cheap on Amazon... ($3 for 120 sheets) Bigger kids will love creating simple projects themselves and younger kids will delight in and play with your creations. DETAILS »
Buy some or make your own! A playdough day will be sensory fun for your whole family! Click through for our favorite recipe for homemade playdough! DETAILS »
Quarantine Time Capsule
Create a Quarantine Time Capsule with your kids! Click here for some fun printables to get you started!DETAILS »
Read a Book
Take advantage of this slower pace to enjoy reading a book together! Most older kids will even still enjoy snuggling up and listening to their mom or dad read a book to them! DETAILS »
Even big kids and adults will get into the spirit of spreading joy by decorating your driveway with sidewalk chalk or paint! Hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, drawings and more! Click through for our favorite sidewalk paint recipe! DETAILS »
Make some tie dye shirts or kitchen towels! There are lots of variations of this activity - you could make "bleach" shirts using bleach spray in bottle, you can also spray the tie dye! Or, try taping off words, like Quarantine 2020 and spray over that! DETAILS »
Screens abound in the summer, so take a day and unplug. Yes... parents too! Put down the phones and ipads, turn off the TV and video games. It'll be a fun challenge for your whole family! DETAILS »
Take a virtual tour
So many fabulous museums, zoos, & theme parks are offering free virtual tours! It can be overwhelming to think about all the opportunities, but just try one! Click through for a big list of options DETAILS »
Make Sponge Bombs
Cut sponges into strips and tie them tightly in the middle with dental floss... dunk them in water and have a "sponge bomb fight!" DETAILS »
EXplore Your Neighborhood!
Take a walk and explore your neighborhood. There are lots of printable scavenger hunts, or keep it simple and look for a different color each day! Grab your kids and head out to eXplore! DETAILS »
Yoga is excellent for flexibility and mindfulness and is a perfect family activity to relax and center yourself during this crazy time! There are TONS of online videos for kids. DETAILS »
So much extra family time is amazing, but can also be draining if we don't all take breaks. Try instituting some "Zen Time" each day where everyone spends some technology-free time by themselves. Everyone will come out refreshed! DETAILS »
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SaferAtHome with MSCR!
Madison School & Community Recreation is offering free programs during the pandemic. Virtual arts, enrichment and fitness classes are available for all ages. MSCR Makes, a kid-friendly series of art videos is available online and don't miss the Family Dance Party on Sunday Mornings!
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