Was it Jerry Seinfeld who said, "There's no such thing as fun for the whole family?" I disagree, but I've hit on certain tips that do help keep things fun. I'm not sure they're universally helpful, but they've helped me. As always, the first step is to follow the Eighth .... read more
We are surrounded my numbers and mathematical concepts every day. Whether it's numbers on a speed limit sign or making sure we get the correct change back at Starbucks, we rely on numbers and counting in nearly everything we do. And that's true for children as well! Take a loo.... read more
The mind of preschooler is an endlessly interesting thing. One surprise to many parents is that even when a child has known how to recite the numbers from one to ten or even up to twenty for many months, she still may not be able to look at a small set of objects and actually .... read more
Children have been fascinated by treasure hunts for decades. Secret clues hidden in carefully thought out spots eventually leading the seekers to their treasure have excited and entertained every generation. However, a new sort of modern day treasure hunt has suddenly be.... read more
When I was a kid, we had a small plot in the back of our house, just big enough to grow a few various and sundry things in. I don't really remember what we grew, but I remember having it. As I got older I began to take part in the activities of gardening. Like many families.... read more
We are a huge musical family. We just love peppering conversation with songs or singing on the road. The sillier, the better, and off-key is fine for the less musical-minded in our family. Of all the places we like to sing, our favorite place is on the trail because we're usua.... read more
Hiking can be an amazing experience, exposing you to wilderness and scenery that is astonishingly beautiful and giving you a chance to experience nature beyond the sidewalk and car window. If you think of it as a pre-parenting activity, or something to do when a babysitter com.... read more
Planning a day out with your favorite young nature explorer but unsure what to pack? If patience could be bottled, you should definitely bring a whole gallon for any hike with preschoolers. However for practical reasons, this list of 11 items are the essentials that ca.... read more
It’s that time of year. Everyone’s asking: Do you have any plans for spring break?Maybe you’ve got an answer. Ski trip, sun trip, visiting friends, travel here or there. And, even better, maybe you don’t. Maybe you are spending the week of spring break doing n.... read more
The national parks of the United States are among this country's greatest treasures. They celebrate the beauty of the land and honor the people and events that have shaped it.Our National Park Service comprises 398 national parks, monuments, preserves, historic sites, and more.... read more
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