Visit an animal rescue center and play with the puppies. Take them a
bag of critter food and stay all day.
Visit a ghost town.
Go to the Zoo. (Our nearest zoo is six hours away.)
Go to a pet store where they'll let your kids hold the parrots and
Call your wildlife biologist and find out where the nearest raptor center
is. Go look at awesome birds.
Or just go talk to the biologist. He can tell you about great places to
go watch wildlife. He'll give you free posters.
Free posters from the Forest Service office too!
Go see your county extension agent. They sometimes have cool bug
The vet has gross posters about hoof and mouth disease and tape worms and
wood ticks. They're FREE! Your boys will love you!
See how much free stuff you can find in one day!
Make sock puppets and put on a puppet show. We still have old paper bag
puppets from years ago. Mr. Glad Sack, Mr. Bad Sack, Mr. Mad Sack...
Pull out the sheets and drape your furniture and make tunnels all over
the house. Your cats will love it too.
Visit a fish hatchery.
Go to a music store and play every instrument.
Go to a game store and play every board game you've never seen before.
Video arcade! They're still around, one near me still has a Pac Man
Go to tall buildings and ride the express elevators.
Go to an underground parking garage and sing, or if you can't sing howl
Find a pond and feed ducks.
Join a gun club and target shoot.
Craft stores offer kid classes.
Home improvement stores offer building projects for kids.
Fiber arts stores let you try their looms.
Electronics stores let you drive the little radio-controlled cars.
Visit a cabinet maker.
Make ice cream.
Make a braid rug.
Microwave old cd's then make a mobile.
Have a barbecue.
Visit art galleries, museums, national historic sites.
Call around to the museums in your area and find out what programs they
offer. Get on their mailing lists and go to the events.
Call the universities and do the same.
Find an astronomy club and go to star parties.
I have found so many interesting things to do around our little town just
by talking with people and asking questions. I ask everyone questions
about what they like to do, etc. I have met so many people with
interesting hobbies who have been happy to share what they know with my
son and show him their collections.
The man who runs the local green house lets us help transplant
seedlings. He grows worms too, and lets Dylan dig around in the worm
The guy who works at the newspaper speaks Chinese and draws cartoons.
He's given Dylan lots of pointers about where to get good paper and story
The old guy at the antique shop was a college professor and is a huge
Montana History buff, whenever Dylan has questions, we go browse the
The lady at the flower shop keeps birds and lets Dylan hold them when we
The mayor builds stock cars. He sometimes drives them to work. When we
see one parked on main street we stop in and say hello.
The old guy across the street collects Chalmers tractors and the man at
the sandwich shop collects John Deere. They love to show kids their
Cool things are everywhere, summer and winter. David and Dylan went to
the tennis court on Sunday and tried to play with snow balls. There's
no snow now so what ever we do this weekend will be wet and chilly, but
we'll find something.