Grandparents Day always lands on the Sunday after Labor Day. With summer winding down, it's time to start finding some summer-fall activities to do, and what better than to spend a day with your favorite grandma or grandpa. Grandparents can be the most wonderful people, so let your kids spend the day with them. Here are twelve fun things that we have done in the past.
Missoula, MT is a strange little town. It has a university that is falling apart under restrained budgets. It boasts a nasty winter lasting from October 31 to April 30. It has hot, dry summers that will make your hyperpigmentation fall off.
Missoula is a nice town. It has a beautiful river curving through it that you could easily spend all day floating down or making rock dams. There are two ice cream shops: Sweet Peaks and Big Dipper. Sweet Peaks is better every time. There is a lot of bars, expensive boutique shops, and hamburgers to be eaten, if you're into American pub food. In the past year, we've learned a thing or two about MIssoula, good and not-so-good. Hiking and the river are great. But the main problem with Missoula is that there isn't anywhere indoors to go in the winter or summer that entertains children.
But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the summer heat!Here are our favorite things to do in Missoula, MT in the summer:
Birdwatching can be a really great way to spend time on a hike. To celebrate January 5th, which is National Bird Day, our family is taking a hike through the Rattlesnake Wilderness in Missoula, Montana. Some of the birds we are going to look for in this frigid weather are:
Birdwatching can be done in any city, town or national park. Not only that, it is great way to learn about the world and spend time together. And if you're a homeschooler like us, then it can fit right into your science lesson! Here are some tips on birdwatching:
Celebrate National Bird Day on January 5th or any day of the year.
Other than splashing around, there are plenty of things to do on rainy days:
We went to San Francisco this weekend and while we usually don't make plans, I wanted to share some of the activities that we do while in San Francisco.
I believe that a lot of parents avoid travel to bid cities with children because they do not feel that the children can handle the trip, but I beg to differ. You can take the city by storm with your children, seeing adult and kid stuff.
Here is what you need to bring with you to survive the trip:
Five Places to Visit in San Francisco with Your Kids:
Not only do these regions offer a energy outlet for your children, but you can enjoy the scenery and entertainment of each region.
Playdates can be awkward, but they don't have to be. And they can definitely be a disaster without the proper decorum understood by both parents and children involved. As a "strict" mother that expects manners from my child, I can find it hard to agree on playdates because many children that I have met as total assholes. Yup. I said it. They have no manners. They fuck up everything and their parents shrug it off.
No way. I am sorry, but when I was a child, I was expected to be on my best behavior. Clean up shit when I was done with it. Don't trash the bedroom. Don't color on the walls. Ask nicely for something to eat or drink. When did we stop doing this? Teaching our children courtesy and decorum? Having to clean up and be polite does't mean "no fun at all."
Of course, on occasion, I accept a playdate offer, but always make sure that the playing grounds are neutral. If it is held at my house, I politely inform that mother/father of our house rules...and if that isn't something the child can abide by, then we shouldn't have it in my home.
Either way, I like to make suggestions or offer fun activities that involve the whole group (of course, the parents get some non-kid time). Read below to find out great ways to have playdates without impeding upon anybody's preferences/rule/neuroticisms.
Before we moved, we had some really wonderful friends. During the summer we went up to their grandparent's home that had a pool. That was the start of learning how to swim. Mark and Cindy were kind and bought swim floaters for the girls. It made swimming safe, fun and really exciting!
I love volunteering. Giving back to my community is a great way to show my family the nature of altruism. Living in a big city gives me the chance to volunteer at some pretty neat places.
Volunteering is your chance to thank the city of San Francisco for all of the outstanding culture, art, nightlife, nature walks, and good eats that it provides you each and every day. San Francisco looks beautiful, yet there are many economic and social problems that cannot be solved through a paycheck. Hence, the need for over 10,000 volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this beautiful region, then check out one of these two amazing organizations that seek to provide San Francisco's needy a better tomorrow.
The California Dictionary Project
Each year, the California Dictionary Project seeks to give out free dictionaries to local third graders throughout the state of California. Why third graders? Last year, 53% of California fourth-graders scored below the national average in literacy. This is sub par for a state that values education above all else. Sna Francisco is at the heart of this project, as it is its birth place.The all-volunteer, non-profit organisation was started in 202 and is completely virtual.
This volunteer project is great for the person that wants to heighten childhood literacy in San Francisco. You must posses internet skills, marketing and communication skills, as well as a strong work ethic. As a volunteer, your main goal will be to do fundraising to earn the money needed to purchase dictionaries for these children in need. To learn more information, please go to their website or call them at ( 415) 248 - 1660.
St. Ignatius Shelter Meal Program
Homelessness is a huge problem in the city of San Francisco, but there is none larger than hunger. Homelessness increases the number of people in the city that are hungry every day. Due to the monstrous amount of homeless people that are malnourished, the St. Ignatius Shelter set up the Meal Program to help eliminate hungry tummies on the streets of San Francisco. Volunteers are in the kitchen cooking meals for the homeless and the hungry, in hopes that these folks can make it through one more day. Volunteers will cook on the USF campus on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month and are welcome to come back to the shelter and serve the meals, as well. Go online to their website to find out what day would be best for you.
Volunteering gives back to the community in a way that money cannot. It links the haves and the have nots together. It demonstrates the high values of humanity that are still left in this city. Most of all, it is a chance for you to say thank you to the city that works and plays for you every day, all day.
Portland rain can really bring the family down. Not because we don't love the rain; because sometimes you just want to do something other than be out in the rain. Yes, in Portland, life goes on, rain or shine. Outdoors. Indoors. After all, we get something like 50 inches of rain each year.
But you know what? Sometimes my kids drive me crazy when we go to the Portland Children's Museum or some of the other things that we do on rainy afternoons. And sometimes they drive me crazy when we go to Powell's Bookstore.
But that doesn't mean we can't have a day of fun and adventure without going crazy. We definitely definitely have more fun together. Quite honestly, they don't ever drive me crazy the way some parents' kids drive them crazy...my kids don't throw fits. They don't do what they aren't supposed to do. Actually, the things that drive me crazy aren't that bad,really...I mean they only drive me a little nuts when they want to go to the same sushi place every time we go out. Or when they want to read a million books at Target.
But hey, sometimes you just gotta do something in the city without your kids making you feel like biting off all your fingernails. I get it. I have a brother who just about drove my mother mad. We can't all get kids are so well behaved...although, I am pretty sure those kids don't exist. Anywho, here are three fun activities to do with kids in Portland when it's raining.
This place is ideal for the work-at-home parent. The indoor playground is safe enough to allow your children to go off and play on their own, yet big enough that you don't feel squished. There are three or four levels, a ball-cannon section, slides, and gym equipment for your kids to wear themselves out on.
I love this place because it allow me to grab a bottomless cup of decaf and get to work using their free wi-fi connection. It's literally a home office with a playground. Of course, you should only feel comfortable working here if your kids are behaved...meaning they should know how to say yes, no, please, thank you, excuse me, and to get an adult if something is wrong. They should also know not to leave the building. If that is all good, then you and your kids will love this place.
The cost is steep, so I recommend buying a punch card because it will save you a ton of cash. Also you should avoid this place like the plague on the weekends because all of those parents who send their kids off to school on the weekdays, also also bring them here on the weekends. Oh geez, did I say that out loud? You passive Portland parents know who you are...with you ill-mannered children and cellphone addicted eyes.
Anyways, go here on the weekdays. You can go in an play with your kids too, which is super fun too. It's actually a great way to play with your kids.
Whomever said you can't enjoy a lunch outside on a rainy day has never dined out at Director's Park. Director's Park is home to the Teacher's Fountain in downtown Portland that has a beautiful fountain that is filled up through summer and fall. And even if you go when the water isn't in the fountain, you can stop by Director's Park for lunch at Elephants in the Park (or Elephant's Deli half a step away).
And while you are dining under the transparent cover of the rooftop, your kids and you can splosh in the puddles and dance in the rain.
Oh and guess what? They also have free wi-fi outside for days that you might need to just stream a documentary outside in the beautiful world. Hahahahaha
Hike in the Southwest Hills
A lot of the time a hike is just what everybody needs to get in the spirit love to hike from Washington Park, at the base near Providence park, to the Zoo through to the trail that leads you to OHSU's air tram, which you take down to the bottom.
Eat lunch at Bambuza. And then hike on through downtown Portland to the mall, the bookstore...make it an active day.
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