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12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

June 11th, 2020 by tisner


Going into a self-quarantine can have many complex issues and complications beyond having enough food and supplies for two weeks. In terms of entertainment, it also probably means you’re in for a lot of boredom, a lot of Netflix, and a lot of browsing the internet.

But there is a way to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. According to Fast CompanyGoogle Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world..

Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch.

Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. This collection is especially good for students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while schools are closed.

Take a look at just some of Google’s top museums that are offering online tours and exhibits. Museums around the world are also sharing their most zen art on social media to help people cope with staying home. And if that’s not enough culture for you, New York’s Metropolitan Opera will be offering free digital shows every night at 7:30 p.m. Now you can even go “outside” with incredible virtual tours of some of America’s best national parks.

British Museum, London

This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.

MASP, São Paulo

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

Sadly, not all popular art museums and galleries could be included on Google Arts & Culture’s collection, but some museums are taking it upon themselves to offer online visits. According to Fast Company, the Louvre also offers virtual tours on its website.

To see more of Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, visit the collection’s website. There are thousands of museum Street Views on Google as well. Google Arts & Culture also has an online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.

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Get Ready for Grilling!

May 26th, 2020 by tisner


Ready for cooking and dining al fresco? If so, it’s time to make sure your grill is ready to cook up some tasty food!
 

Charcoal Grills 

  • dirty grate needs to be deep-cleaned:  burning off the caked-up food/grease is your first step.  Start a fire in the grill, wrap the grates in foil, put them in place, and close the lid.  Once the fire is out and the grates are cool to the touch, rub off the burnt stuff with the balled-up foil or a wire brush. 
  • Once the worst is off the racks, use a baking soda/water paste and a strong scrubbing pad or brush to remove as much of what’s left. Wash with warm water and good dish soap, and rinse well. 
  • Rub the grate down with a towel soaked in vegetable oil to start the seasoning process for non-stick cooking. 
  • Inspect the outside of the grill for over-wintered insects, debris and rust. If you find rust, wipe away as much as you can w/ a surface-appropriate cloth, and use a cloth dampened with a half-water, half-vinegar solution to remove the rest of it. Keep the grill covered to avoid moisture and more rust. 
  • Any baked-on grease or carbon flakes on the lid or bottom of the grill should be removed with a wire brush. This build-up can cause uneven heating, and as a result, uneven cooking. Wash the lid and bottom of the grill with warm soapy water, and allow to air dry, but wipe any pooling water off with dry paper towels. 

Gas Grills 

  • Before you get started on cleaning, check your propane line for leaks.  Learn how to do this simple test from this video from Weber. 
  • The grates on gas grills are normally made of cast iron and can take a steaming to clean them:  heat up the grill, and when the grates get hot, turn off the heat. Wearing a grill glove or mitt, use a wet grill brush to scrub and steam off any cooked-on build up. 
  • Grill burners can be unclogged with the straightened end of a paper clip, scrubbed with a wire brush, then wiped down with soapy water. 
  • Scrape the grease pan clean, and if it’s removable, wash it in hot, soapy water; if the pan is stationary, clean it as best you can using dry paper towels to remove as much grease as possible, then follow with hot, soapy water. 
  • Once the pan and burners are clean, wipe out the interior with a damp cloth, or scrub pad. Replace the burner covers and grease pan. 
  • Get the grates ready for future cooking by seasoning them.  Turn the grill on high heat for about ten minutes, and after turning off the heat, rub the grates down with paper towels or a grill towel soaked with vegetable oil. Doing this before and after every grill session will keep them clean and virtually non-stick. 

Cooking on the grill should be not only tasty, but safe! Use the right tools, and follow the guidelines in the owner’s manual.   Once the grill is cleaned up, it’s ready to help you create great Summer meals and memories! 

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Spring Crafts and Activities for Kids

April 28th, 2020 by tisner


While school is out, and there will be days when the rain and bad weather will keep us inside, why not set aside time for some crafty activities with the kids? If possible, head out to your local discount store, and stock up on crayons,
construction or cardstock paper, glue sticks,  child-safe craft paints, simple craft items (stickers, pompons, googly eyes, chenille stems, etc.), then bring on the smiles with these fun ideas: 

The Younger Set 

  • Introduce your toddlers to coloring with crayons! Having a set of the thicker crayons are perfect for little hands, give them some plain paper, and let them scribble away! 
  • Make these toddler-safe watercolors, have your older children help, and sit the younger one in a high chair and let them paint away, and if a little goes in their mouth, no harm! 
  • All your preschooler needs to make the sun shine bright is a paper plate, yellow pipe cleaners, yellow paint and a bit of glue! 
  • Bean art is back! Use a variety of beans to create animals, and paint over them with craft paint. 
  • A lint roller for crafts? Why not?! Attach foam craft sticker shapes to the adhesive side of the roller, dab some paint on each shape, and roll across any kind of paper. 
  • Everyone will probably enjoy making scented playdough! This involves a bit of cooking, but the older ones can be involved and help you choose color and scent combos. 
  • Fastest homemade pompon ball ever; all you need is a new skein of inexpensive yarn, string, and scissors. (This craft is best for those who can use larger scissors.) 

Older Kids 

  • String art is a fun craft from beginning to end for the older set, and they just might be willing to set up some for younger siblings to try. 
  • Create a garland:  plastic eggs (make sure they have those tiny holes!) can be thread on thin twine or fishing line and made into a fun Spring garland. Or, for something to decorate the bedroom, cut small shapes out of colored paper or old greeting cards, and glue them together on either side of the string, and allow to dry. 
  • Do you remember making friendship bracelets? Introduce your kids to this nostalgic craft! 
  • Jazz up flowerpots with decoupage! Cut from magazines or print images of flowers, and using decoupage medium and a foam brush, adhere the images all around the outside of the pot.    
  • A small coat hanger can become the base of a mobile! Follow these instructions to create a friendship theme, but the possibilities are endless!                   
  • Origami is a craft that’s truly an art form. Older children can create many things, from tiny boxes to boats to float and animal faces.  Origami Instructions website is the perfect place for beginners to experts–all you need is origami paper or cut your own! 

Be sure to protect clothes from paint with an apron or even an old button-up shirt, keep scissors out of reach of the younger ones, and use only kid-safe materials.  Have patience when showing them a new skill and make clean-up a game after your project is over–think of it all as time spent together!  

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Support Local Businesses Without Going Shopping

April 21st, 2020 by tisner


Small businesses are the backbone of our country’s economy, and many of them–namely in the food service industry–are hurting right now. What can individuals do to help them now? Don’t think of it as helping a business stay open but
 helping friends and neighbors during a time of crisis! 

  • Do you already have a monthly purchase at a local boutique or a pedicure in your budget?  Go ahead and call them and buy a gift certificate/card/credit in that same amount. Using it for the future would be great, but once everything is back to normal, give the gift card to someone else, and continue your normal shopping with the store. 
  • If those same establishments have their own merchandise, why not buy a t-shirt, mug or car sticker along with your gift card purchase? 
  • If it’s allowed, order takeout from your favorite restaurants, whether it’s lunch or dinner. Many eateries are bundling dishes into family meals and offering curbside delivery, making it easier for you to order. 
  • Some local businesses have online shopping available; if so, do your shopping that way. Most business owners are certain that everything is handled properly and will offer shipping or pick-up at the door. 
  • Leave a review for your favorites at any online review site, business Facebook page, or other social media. Everyone needs the encouragement, plus, it helps others decide whether to do business with the establishment in the future. 
  • Don’t forget your local produce stands and farmers’ markets! Grocery store chains must wait for deliveries, so if they’re out of your favorite lettuce, call around to the local stands to see what’s available. 

Many businesses are offering free shipping for online orders and are making it easier to shop via social media. It may take some creativity, but we can all do our best and do our part to help our local businesses, our local economies, and our neighbors. 

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Tips for the First-Time Gardener

February 18th, 2020 by tisner


Gardening–no matter if it’s a veggie garden or a landscape filled with flowering plants, it’s no small undertaking. Many first timers
 spend a great deal of money on plants, fertilizer, and tools, only to find that their plants die or simply don’t produce as they’d planned. There are a lot of factors to a successful garden or landscape, and the basics are covered here in these tips! 

  • Start talking to gardening friends and family now. They have been where you are and know it’s not easy to have a magazine-worthy garden the first year. Find out what grows best in your area and choose a few vegetables to try. 
  • Your first plot needs to be small and in a part of your yard that gets at least six hours of sunlight per day. Shade in the evening is great to help cool plants on those hot Summer days, but full sun is best during the day. 
  • A soil test is important and is most easily done through your local cooperative extension service. The results normally include recommendations for improving your soil quality. 
  • Consider using a raised bed for your first attempt! It will make soil-amending easier and gives you more control of water retention/drainage.   
  • Purchase seedlings from your garden center instead of starting everything from seed. You’ll have a head start on the harvest!  
  • Don’t forget to add some flowering plants to your vegetable garden! Planting a few companion plants will bring pollinators and beneficial insects that help keep the bad bug population down. 

    Flower Gardening 

  • Once again, talk to your neighbors; look at what they are growing in their landscapes and flower beds, and ask them what is the easiest to grow and care for. 
  • Soil prep is just as important for blooms as it is for the vegetable garden; test the soil from the areas you’re planning on planting. 
  • Flowering plants have different needs when it comes to sunlight. While geraniums thrive in full sun, impatiens need mostly-to-full shade. Take care to note the sunlight recommendation on plant tags when you’re making your purchases. 
  • If you don’t have time to lug the water hose or sprinkling can all over the yard, you might want to plant in one main area, or purchase a soaker hose that will stay put so you only have to turn the water on. 
  • Planning is important, and you’ll save time in the nursery if you decide what you’d like to grow before you go. Check out this list of easy-to-grow flowers from HGTV. 

Virtually all gardeners have learned by trial and error, and it’s likely you will, too. Don’t let a few failures keep you from falling in love with growing plants and vegetables. It’s such a rewarding undertaking, and recent studies are even looking at how digging in the dirt can improve your mental health as well! 

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To Do List: SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

January 14th, 2020 by tisner


Simplifying your life should be, well…simple.  But it’s not. It will probably tak
e some time and effort, but if you take the following steps, you will be on your way to a more peaceful life. (Click on the links for inspiration!) 

  • CLARIFY  

What is important to you?  Prioritizing is a first step in determining what you want out of life. Determining True Life Values 

  • CLEAN UP 

Clutter is not your friend. A tidy, organized space makes life easier.  If you’ve ever spent twenty minutes searching for your keys, that is time you will never get back. Taking the time to declutter your life will pay off in big ways!  How to Declutter Your Home 

  • CUT BACK 

Having too many material possessions can complicate life more than you can imagine.  They drain your bank account, your energy and your time.  They can keep you from truly experiencing life as it happens because you’re always in search of the next “thing”. Time invested in removing extraneous possessions from your life will be well worth it. Don’t Just Declutter, De-own! 

  • SAY NO 

Learn the power of saying no.  Say yes to invites and activities that matter to you…that inspire you.  Say yes to spending time with people you care about.  But learn to say no when the event or activity does not serve you in some way.  A polite “no thank you” will save your time and energy for what is meaningful to you.  Learning to say No 

  • DISCONNECT 

We spend more and more time plugged in.  When you are obsessively checking your email and social media accounts, life is passing you by.  Technology is wonderful, but it shouldn’t replace real life experiences. So, take time to disconnect from technology and connect with your surroundings and the people you care about. Disconnect! 

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Trick or Treat Home Safety

October 15th, 2019 by tisner


It won’t be long before the streets of your neighborhood are filled with children, and some parents, will be costumed and carrying bags and buckets for Halloween treats!  Since many homeowners don’t regularly use the front entrance to their home, they may 
not think about all the little feet that will be tramping up the path to your door.  Make sure everyone has a safe trip for their candy by following these tips before October 31! 

  • Do your own walk-up to your front door, and examine everything, including the driveway and front steps.  Make sure there are no loose pieces or large cracks that can cause anyone to take a tumble.  Porch railings should be secure. 
  • Yard decor should be fixed securely so the wind can’t blow it over, or curious little hands cannot pull it down. 
  • Battery-operated LED tea lights are inexpensive and much safer to use in place of lighted candles.  Many options are available for LED’s, including a flickering light that is perfect for your jack o’ lantern. 
  • Speaking of lights, make sure that not only is your porch light switched on, but that the path you’ve created is well-lit. 
  • Decor that hangs from the trees is scary and fun, so make certain they are hanging at least ten feet from the walkway, making certain they don’t obstruct anyone’s view. 
  • Take an afternoon close to Halloween to be sure any shrubbery, trees or edging isn’t in the way of where trick-or-treaters must walk.  Inspect for loose branches in nearby trees and remove them. 
  • If you have room in the garage, consider parking the car there.  The folks that are coming and going would likely appreciate the extra room to pass others. 
  • A constantly-ringing doorbell or persistent knocking can cause your pets some distress and a lot of barking.  Confine them to a room, or even better, to their crate.  Check out these other great tips about your pets and Halloween from the ASPCA. 

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Credit Card Mistakes You Might Be Making

October 8th, 2019 by tisner


There are practical
 uses for credit cards, such as rewards points, cash back on purchases, and airline miles to name a few.  Having a credit card can also have drawbacks if you’re not responsible with that piece of plastic.  Read on to see if you’re making any of these mistakes… 

  • Paying the minimum payment every month keeps your credit score in check, but the interest added to the balance can make a negative impact on your credit.  Pay as much as you can afford over the minimum billed amount, or, better yet, pay off the balance each month. 
  • Late payments not only damage your credit, but if you’re sending it late every month, the late fees and interest on the balance will max that credit card out, and it could take years to pay it off.  Set up an auto-pay plan or mail your payment a week in advance of the due date. 
  • Spending just to receive rewards is a good way to get you into credit trouble!  Sure, those rewards are great, but they’re usually a small percentage of your purchases.  The added interest will be far more than any rewards you’re seeking and will cost much more in the end. 
  • Cash advances may seem like help, but the interest on them starts as soon as that money is in your hand, and there are usually extra fees involved.  Cash advances are essentially cash loans and are treated as such.  Beware of “convenience” checks your card company offers to you because they are cash advances in disguise. 
  • Maxing out your balance, or worse, spending over your credit limit, is a good way to reduce your credit score.  The over-balance fees are tremendous, and not having any available credit left on the card will affect the credit utilization ratio. 
  • Tossing your statement without reading it can cause you to miss important announcements from the company, as well as fraudulent activity, or changes in your minimum payment due. 
  • Using your credit card at the grocery store or to pay utility bills will help in an urgent situation, but only if you can pay the full balance at the end of the month.  If you’re using a credit card for everyday purchases, it’s time to get your finances under control. 

Don’t let mistakes cost you money and a good credit rating!  Keep your balance less than 30% of your credit limit, maintain a manageable monthly payment, and your credit report will benefit.  Credit cards are good tools to use to build credit or keep your score high, but only if used wisely. 

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Get The Kids Involved in Your DIY Projects

October 1st, 2019 by tisner


Many people assume that children and home projects don’t go together, but why not?  Oh, sure, electric tools and saws don’t necessarily need to be handled by young ones, but there is so much more than can help you with than a major remodel!  
 

  • Start simple:  cleaning is probably the easiest way to begin engaging your children in home-keeping.  Most love to sweep, dust, vacuum and help with dishes.   
  • Little ones are naturally curious about what’s outside, so gardening can be a lot of fun, as well as being educational.  Not only can they assist with planting projects, but even preschoolers can be handy with a rake or help with weeding. 
  • When you’ve decided that your walls need new paint, sit down with the color chip cards, and let them help you decide on color.  Painting the sample swatches on the wall is a great way to introduce a paintbrush or roller, and simple techniques.   
  • Planning on purchasing a furniture kit?  Let the children help build it; learning how to follow directions that use symbols and handling simple tools is a great start to working those motor skills in a new way. 
  • Any small repair–tightening drawer pulls, replacing a door handle or sink faucet–can easily involve any age child.  Give them an age-appropriate job, such as passing needed tools, shining a flashlight or using simple tools under your watchful eye. 
  • Putting up new curtains or hanging decor on the walls are great ways to teach school-age kids about using a level or measuring tape.  Math skills in DIY?  Absolutely! 
  • Do you perform your car maintenance?  Everyone should know how to check the oil and other fluids, as well as tire pressure.  Showing your children that keeping the family car in good running condition is as necessary as taking care of the house! 

Get your family excited about helping, have patience, and keep them safe while you’re working.   You’ll find that while you’re spending time with them, those DIY jobs will start them on a journey of learning how to be a good homeowner and a handy one at that! 

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100 Family Friendly Summer Activities

August 22nd, 2019 by tisner

Stuck for things to do with your kids this summer? Would a hundred ideas help? Well here you are, then – 100 things to do with your kids during the summer holidays. Some are in your home, others are local, and some might require a moderate journey, but it all adds to the mix. So dive in! (Oh, that’s number 72).

We’ve put the entries into five rough categories, but there’s some crossover between them. The categories are:

Science and nature

1. Go rock pooling

Take a fishing net and a bucket to the beach, find a rockpool and see what you find.

2. Race sunflowers

On your marks, get set, GROW! Let each competitor plant a sunflower seed in a pot at the same time, an see which reaches a line on the wall first, or set a date and time and see which is the tallest by then.

3. Gaze at the stars

Unlock your inner Brian Cox by getting into the countryside and looking up on a clear night. You’ll see stars, planets and galaxies galore. Download an Android or iOS app to help you identify all the heavenly bodies.

4. Watch a meteor shower

A meteor shower happens when the earth passes through the remnants of a comet and the super-fast fragments burn up in the atmosphere. The brightest are the Leonids, Perseids and Geminids. Here’s a list of meteor showers for 20192020 and 2021.

5. Watch wildlife at night

There’s something rewarding about watching wildlife by night. Set up in a garden with quiet snacks, hot drinks, comfy chairs and blankets, and you might see bats, foxes, hedgehogs, owls, or perhaps even deer or badgers, depending on your location.

6. Hunt for a four-leafed clover

After telling your kids how lucky it’s supposed to be to find a four-leafed clover, find a field, park or garden and get down on all fours to see if you can find one of these elusive plants. Good luck!

7. Pond dipping

To pond dip, run a fishing net through a wild pool and empty the contents into a tray filled with water. You might find tadpoles, pond skaters, sticklebacks, nymphs and all manner of minibeasts. The RSPB has a great guide on pond dipping.

8. Plant flowers for bees

The worldwide bee population is in decline, so let’s do our bit and plant flowers that they are attracted to. Some popular plants include lavender, alliums, buddleja, catmint and dahlias, honeysuckle and snapdragon, but there are many more to choose from.

9. Make a solar oven

Take a pizza delivery box or a shoe box and replace the lid with tin foil with a few small holes to vent any steam. Leave it out in direct sunlight and it can cook food in half an hour, reaching more than 100 °C – so be careful, and treat it like a normal oven.

10. Go bird spotting

Whether you look out of the window at home or go to an organised bird sanctuary, watching birds and learning their names is a fun and educational pastime for kids of all ages.

11. Make a bug hotel

A bug hotel is a little refuge for our creepy-crawly friends consisting of pieces of wood, small tubes, layered levels and plenty of cubby holes. Place it outside and before long it’ll become home to spiders, beetles, woodlice, earwigs and all manner of minibeasts.

12. Watch a thunderstorm

A thunderstorm is nature’s power at its most awesome. If you get the chance, and you’re a safe distance away and not out in the open, it’s definitely worth observing the spectacular light and sound show.

13. Make paper airplanes

Spend an hour or two folding paper into different airplane designs. Test them out, and see how adding flaps, rudders and weighted noses affects the way they fly. Once you’ve got the perfect design, why not decorate it with pencils and felt-tips?

14. Find animal footprints

Go out into a woodland or a field and get down on the ground to see if you can find any footprints. It’s quite possible you’ll be able to identify foxes, rabbits, deer, squirrels, hedgehogs and badgers, as well as many birds.

15. Plant some veg

There’s a whole world of veg you can grow at home, and you don’t need a garden to do it. Carrots, leeks and onions can be grown in large flower pots or buckets, for example, and you can grow lettuces, herbs and cress on a window ledge.

16. Feed the water birds

Go to your nearest pond and feeding the ducks, swans, geese and their cousins – but remember, bread isn’t good for them. Feed them peas, oats, grain or a bag of bird feed that you can pick up from garden centers.

17. Make bird feeders

Alternatively, you can attract birds to your home by making bird feeders. Whether it’s a bird cake made of lard and seeds, or simply filling an old plastic bottle with bird seed, you’ll attract plenty of feathered visitors. Some more great ideas can be found here.

18. Go on a nature walk

Fill your lungs with fresh air and get out in the countryside to see what natural treasures you can find.

19. Go on a bug safari

Get down on your hands and knees, whip out your magnifying glass and see what bugs you can find and identify. You’ll find all sorts of insects, spiders, worms, centipedes and millipedes between the blades of grass and in the soil. Take a jar with you if you want to catch them for a closer look, and remember to always return them to where you found them.

20. Visit a zoo

Get closer to nature at a zoo. Nowadays zoos are centers of conservation and education, and can trigger a lifelong interest in wildlife.

21. Go to a planetarium

Lie back, let your eyes adjust and take in the wonders of the universe with an expert commentary.

Arts, Crafts and Cooking

22. Press some flowers

Could there be a more relaxing pursuit than trekking out into the meadows, picking a few flowers and pressing them for posterity? Whether you have a professional flower pressing kit or just press them inside books, you’ve got a memory that will last for years.

23. Make sock puppets

All you need is some old socks, material, buttons and beads to sew onto them – and a hand, of course – and you’re good to go. Kids will have hours of fun making and performing with their sock puppets.

24. Make slime

Kids are obsessed with slime. Although you can buy it ready-made, look online for some cool recipes, so you can pretend to be teaching them something. We’re not sure how this recipe ended up in the BBC’s Good Food section, but it’s a good one.

25. Make perfume

Grab a basket, ask the owner of the garden, and pick petals to mix your own recipe for the most fragrant perfume imaginable, and save £60 come Christmas …

26. Learn to blow a grass whistle

Hold a blade of thick grass between your thumbs, stretching across the natural curved gap they make, then blow through it, you’ll get a high-pitched squawking sound. Learn it while you’re young and you’ve got a skill for life.

27. Make a rain gauge

Take a test tube or long bottle, put a funnel in the top and leave it outside. Every morning, see where it has filled up with rainwater using a ruler. Empty and repeat every day and write the results in a rain journal.

28. Do leaf or bark rubbing

See the natural world in another dimension by rubbing the texture onto paper. For bark, place some paper against a tree and rub with the side of a wax crayon. For leaves, place them on a tabletop and put the paper on top, then lightly rub.

29. Keep a journal

Why not encourage your children to keep a journal or diary of everything they get up to over the summer holidays? They can include photos, drawings and scrapbook entries, and maybe even rate their activities so they can repeat their favorite ones.

30. Make a pasta necklace

Any pasta shape with a hole through it can be painted, glittered or decorated and threaded onto a string to make a fun necklace. Try penne, macaroni, rotelle, cavatappi, manicotti, rigatoni, ziti or even cannelloni and you’ve got a fine selection.

31. Master a magic trick

It’s great to have a bunch of magic tricks to perform, but even better to nail one trick through practice, so that nobody has a clue how you did it. There’s plenty of inspiration in this video; once you’ve mastered one, move on to the next.

32. Make pizzas from scratch

Making pizza from the raw materials lets your kids experiment, learn to cook and spend some quality time with family. Here’s a simple and delicious pizza recipe on BBC Good Food for you to try. Bellissimo!

33. Learn to code

Have you heard of Scratch? It’s a language that’s designed for young coders that takes the most common computer programming elements and turns them into a visual, graphical system. It was designed for 8–16-year-olds, but children much younger can master it.

34. Make a mud kitchen

Younger kids just love playing with mud, so why not build them a mud kitchen? It can be anything from a washing basin on a table to a custom-built outdoor kitchen, but it’s guaranteed to get their imagination going.

35. Potion making

This one’s simple – get a jar and encourage your kids to fill it with petals, grasses, seeds, leaves, stalks – anything they find growing in the garden or park. Then stir, squish and crush it  until you get a potion that they’ll be convinced has magical powers.

36. Paint outside

All children enjoy expressing themselves with paper and paint, but how often do you take it outside? It brings a whole new dimension to the art, with different lighting, new sounds, fresh air and tons of things to inspire them.

37. Tie-dye a T-shirt

Take a plain T-shirt, tie it in clumps, dye it and dry it. When you remove the string, you’re left with psychedelic flower-like shapes that look amazing.

38. Make a daisy chain

Use daisies in the garden or park and make a necklace, bracelet or crown. You have to make a small slit in the stalk with your fingernail or a knife so you can feed the next stalk through it, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making impressive chains.

39. Do a treasure hunt

Bury or hide a treat in the house or garden, then write a clue to its location and hide it. Next, make another clue to find the first clue, and another clue to that one, and so on. Make the clues as hard as you like and go and chill out somewhere.

40. Make ice pops

Make some cordial and fill your ice cube mould or special ice pop moulds, remembering to put a stick in them. An hour or so later you’ve got refreshing, tasty treats and you’ve saved a fortune when the ice cream van turns up.

41. Bake cakes

It’s not always sunny in the summer, so take the opportunity to learn some kitchen skills, most importantly in the art of cake-making. This list should get you going.

42. Plant a fairy garden

Until your kids are old enough for Game of Thrones, why not entertain them by giving them a corner of the garden for pixies, fairies and elves? With a little rockery, some moss, a few tiny flowers and somewhere to call home, they’ll be enchanted.

43. Plant a dinosaur garden

If your little one has boxes of toy dinosaurs, why not let them create their own Jurassic garden? Indoors or out, all you need is a bit of sandy soil, a large pot or a deep tray, some rocks and some plants. Check out Pinterest for inspiration.

44. Make s’mores on a campfire

A great way to get your kids to love the outdoors is to get a fire going and toast marshmallows or make s’mores (melted marshmallow and chocolate between two crackers or biscuits).

45. Make a cupcake stand

This can be as complex or as simple as you like. At the simple end, cut three or four cardboard circles and glue them to sections of foil tube. Then paint and decorate to taste, and while the paint’s drying, you may as well make a batch of cupcakes.

46. Pick blackberries and make a pie

Blackberries grow wild all around the country, often on roadsides, but also around fields and parks. Take a basket out and go picking. When you’ve got a decent amount, it’s back home to make a yummy pie. Here’s one great recipe, but ready-rolled sweet shortcrust pastry will do.

47. Pick your own strawberries

Open Google Maps, zoom into your area and type in “pick your own strawberries” and you’ll be shown all the local farms that let customers fill their punnets with strawbs. You pay by weight on the way out. Strawberry season usually lasts from May to September in the UK.

Get active

48. Roll down a hill

Find a hill (preferably grassy), lie down and let gravity do the rest. It’ll get you dizzy, but kids love doing it – and find the spectacle of adults flying legs akimbo down a hill hugely entertaining. Good, simple fun.

49. Have a karaoke party

Invite friends round, fire up the music and let them sing their hearts out. You don’t need a karaoke setup and instrumental backing tracks – just singing along to the original recordings will do. You can hire karaoke machines with thousands of songs to sing along to.

50. Go cycling

Get on your bikes, find your nearest cycling path and explore. The number of purpose-built paths is ever growing, so look out for your local ones and get out in the fresh air with your bikes.

51. Visit a skate park

Is your little one mad on skateboarding, scootering or BMXing? Take them to your nearest skate park and let them try out their skills surrounded by like-minded kids.

52. Watch a sporting event

Britain loves its sports, but lots of sports go under the radar. Have a look around and you’ll find all sorts of unexpected spectator sports going on, be it athletics, equestrian, ball games, gymnastics, swimming, martial arts or wider sporting events that cover all bases.

53. Chalk on the pavement

Get a pack of colored chalks and send the kids out to see what they can come up with on the pavements. Hopscotch, treasure hunts, target games and other cool entertainment can be found, and it’ll all clean away next time it rains.

54. Make a den

Find a place with lots of fallen foliage and branches, lean the larger branches together like a wigwam or against a tree, then start filling in the gaps with twigs leaves until you have a basic shelter. Remember to leave a doorway!

55. Make a rope swing

Find a good solid tree with a sturdy horizontal limb, throw a strong rope over the limb secure it with a knot. Tie a 50cm branch to the dangling end for a seat. Give it a good test by yanking it hard, and you’re ready to swing.

56. Climb a hill

Your kids appreciate the sense of achievement.

57. Fly a kite

George Banks was right – flying a kite is a perfect way to bond with your kids, especially if you have a stunt kite, controlling it through dives and climbs. The normal warnings apply, of course: stay away from powerlines (risk of shock) and trees (risk of tears).

58. Have a picnic

Alfresco dining is always fun, so generations have enjoyed the simple pleasures of a picnic for its own sake. You can make it as simple or as over-the-top as you want, but surround yourself with friends and family and you won’t care about the ants and wasps.

59. Make a fort

Save those cardboard boxes from your deliveries, because they’ll come in useful during the fort season. Another activity where kids’ imaginations will run wild, the cardboard fort will keep them occupied for entire afternoons.

60. Visit a maize maze

Farmers often make temporary mazes in their cornfields so that families can go and get lost together. With cafes, petting farms, farmers’ markets and playgrounds attached, it’s a great day out.

61. Splash in a paddling pool

Assuming there’s no water shortage, splishing and splashing around a paddling pool is a lovely way for kids to stay cool and have some quality fun in the summer garden.

62. Go camping

Don’t be put off camping by spartan childhood experiences, because modern camping is (if you want it to be) a much more homely experience. Look around and you’ll find sites with electric power points, decent Wi-Fi, swimming pools, bars and entertainment complexes.

63. Visit a funfair

There’s always fun to be had on the rides, amusements and stalls of the funfair, whatever the age of your children. You might end up coming home with a massive stuffed toy, so make sure you’ve got room in the car or house.

64. Go on high ropes

High ropes attractions are popping up all over the country, with a few chains like Go Ape being the best known. Although safe, walking a tightrope or descending a zipline 10 metres in the air sure does feel risky, and that’s where the fun is.

65. Go canoeing

Many places that have canoes and kayaks and also offer lessons, so you’ll be feeling the water between your paddles in no time. Use this guide to find a great place to canoe nearby, then work out your best route when you’ve chosen it.

66. Have a water fight

If there’s one activity guaranteed to bring howls of laughter on a hot day, it’s getting soaking wet in a water fight. If you’ve got super soaker guns, great – but some old detergent bottles or a bucket of water and sponges will do the trick.

67. Jump waves in the sea

Another simple pleasure: stand on the seashore and jump over the waves as they come in. Kids never get bored of it.

68. Learn to skim a stone

Find a relatively tranquil lake and look for a Minstrel-shaped stone. Hold it between your thumb and forefinger and throw the stone from low down with an all-important backspin to keep it rotating fast. Then count the splashes as it bounces on the surface.

69. Go to a castle

You’re never got far to travel to find one, whether it’s a ruin or looking spectacularly intact. It’s a great opportunity as you’ll ever have to really fire up kids’ imagination.

70. Visit the seaside

Get your bucket and spade and go!

71. Build a giant sandcastle

Sandcastles are great, but could they be greater? There’s no limit to the size of your sandcastle, and with a team of friends and family members, there’s nothing to stop you building something quite spectacular.

72. Go swimming

Find your local pool and go with your kids. Whether you spend your time doing lengths, playing around with balls and floats or teaching or learning the art of swimming, you’re going to have a great time keeping fit, staying cool and bonding.

73. Perform a play

Get your kids’ friends together and leave them in a room for a few hours to dress up and come up with some kind of performance. Whether it’s a traditional fairytale, a family comedy or a talent show, it’s a joy for all.

74. Create an obstacle course

Arrange chairs, tables, cushions, boxes, cones, wickets, hula hoops, beanbags (anything kids can use to climb, dodge, crawl, jump and throw) and set it out so they have to get from A to B in the quickest time.

75. Go geocaching

Every day, you probably walk past a few geocaches without even knowing about it. They’re little rewards hidden by the geocaching community and there are more than 3 million round the world. Download the app (AndroidiOS).

76. Climb trees

An essential skill that seems to be getting lost in the younger generation, tree-climbing is fun and helps to build kids’ coordination, strength and confidence. Find some easy ones to start with and progress to more challenging trees as they get better at it.

77. Play football

Among the simplest games in the world for two or more people, if you’ve got a football you can play it anywhere, from the beach to the backyard. In short, always carry a football.

78. Visit a city

Visit as much of your country as you can.

79. Go plane spotting

Do you know your Jumbo Jets from your A380s? There’s something exciting about being close to these huge airliners when they’re taking off or landing, especially in the rain. Lots of airports have viewing areas for people to do just that.

80. Skip!

Everybody used to know how to use a skipping rope, but it seems to be a dying art. Whether your kids go  solo or with friends, it’s great fun and really keeps them fit. Learn the old skipping songs for a real dive into childhoods of the past.

Rainy days

81. Dance in the rain

Don’t get down when it rains in the summer … get up! While nobody wants to dance in the winter rain, a summertime shower is a wonderful time to get outside and get soaking wet, especially if it comes after days of relentless heat.

82. Play board games

Offer your kids a board game and you might be surprised how engrossed they can become. As well as the classics like Monopoly, Cluedo, chess, draughts, Operation etc., you can find themed board games for every subject in comic shops.

83. Visit a museum

Every city has its general museums, but there are also car museums, space museums, science museums and even a pencil museum. In fact, search online for pretty much anything online with the word museum and you’ll probably find one.

84. Go to the cinema

Whether it’s rainy-day entertainment or a way of escaping the stultifying heat, a trip to the cinema is a perfect way to while away a summer afternoon. See a summer blockbuster or take advantage of special summer holiday ticket deals.

85. Go bowling

There are hundreds of ten-pin bowling alleys in the UK, and kids just love the satisfaction of knocking those pins over. They all have side-walls and ramps, too, so it doesn’t matter what their age or skill set, they’ll be able to take part.

Chill out

86. Read outside

How long has it been since you and your kids indulged in the simple pleasure of sitting outside in the sun with a book and a glass of something cold? You’ll wish you’d done it a lot more often when you do.

87. Blow giant bubbles

Every child has blown bubbles from the little container, but did you know you can make truly huge ones? You can buy the kits from toy shops or supermarkets, or you can save money by making a huge batch that’ll last you weeks as is explained on this site.

88. Ride a pony

Lots of kids love horses, but few get the chance to ride them. Take your horse-obsessed child to your nearest horse-riding centre and ride a pony. They’ll probably get the chance to feed and groom their ride, too.

89. Join a library group

Most libraries offer clubs and groups, especially throughout the school holidays, so go along and see if any of the ones at your local library interest you or your kids. It’s a great way of meeting like-minded children and parents.

90. Write a story

Sit down, switch off the telly and see where your children’s minds take them when you ask them to write a story. You can collaborate with them and invite friends and siblings to join in, too, and then illustrate the story to really capture the mood.

91. Have a sleepover

Get some midnight feast food in and invite your child’s friends round to spend the night. Depending on the size of the bedroom, you might want to convert the living room into a sleeping space – they’ll surely entertain themselves.

92. Watch the sunrise

Find a nice spot where you can see the horizon in a roughly north-eastern direction, get up nice and early and watch the sky turn from deep blue to lighter blue, red, golden and orange until the sun finally pops up. Use this tool to find out what time sunrise is in your location.

93. Watch the sunset

Watching the sun go down might not be quite as magical as seeing it come up, but it’s usually at a more sociable hour outside of June or July. Find a spot where you can see the western horizon, take snacks and watch as our star goes to sleep.

94. Have breakfast in the park

During the summer holidays, parks normally start to fill up at around 10am, so before then you might have the whole place to yourself. Find a nice spot and have a picnic in the fresh morning air. It’s a great way to start the day.

95. Have a pajama day

Do you really have to get dressed if you have no plans to go out? No! Stay in your PJs and have a day of lounging about, watching TV, doing your hobbies or playing with toys.

96. Blow a dandelion and make a wish

Here’s a simple bit of fun with a hint of magic – find a dandelion with its distinctive fuzzy head, and blow its seeds off and make a wish as they scatter on the breeze.

97. Make a stop motion film

Head over to your Apple or Android app store and search for “stop motion”. You’ll see plenty of apps that let you build a movie one frame at a time. After a bit of practice, they’ll be making cool films out of Lego and other toys, or making speeded-up films of domestic life.

98. Make a campfire

Gather firewood, select dry kindling and some paper or rag to get the fire started, then build your fire from the ground up, starting with the small stuff and finishing with the larger branches. Strike the match and watch it come to life. Marshmallows optional.

99. Go cloud gazing

Lie back on the grass or the beach and look up at the clouds. Young kids will love to spot shapes of familiar things in them, and older ones might be interested in identifying the different types of cloud that signify their altitude, speed and how they are formed.

100. Paint pebbles

Go to the park, a stream or the seaside and pick up pebbles, then bring them home and paint them. You can paint them into characters with facial features and personality, or maybe you’d just prefer to paint abstract designs on them.

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