A while back, maybe a year or two, Joyce posted a very long and
wonderful list of places to go, things to explore out in the world
with kids. I know someone who could really use this right now and I
can't find it in my ever so organized files. Anybody know how to get
their hands on it or what it was called so I can search for it?


Pam Tellew


on 1/17/05 12:08 AM, warblwarbl2000 at pamtellew@... wrote:
> A while back, maybe a year or two, Joyce posted a very long and
> wonderful list of places to go, things to explore out in the world
> with kids. I know someone who could really use this right now and I
> can't find it in my ever so organized files. Anybody know how to get
> their hands on it or what it was called so I can search for it?

It wasn't me. I have a kid who loves to stay home :-) If you can remember
one item on the list I may have saved it and can search for it.

But in the mean time, here's something Deb posted 2 years ago about ideas
for the winter:

When you have snow, or can get to snow, snowshoeing is wonderful because
you don't need any special skills to strap on the shoes and go have fun.
Rental isn't expensive and most places offer group rates if you ever get
together with others for the day. We went snowshoeing on Christmas
day... Wonderful!

Don't be afraid to tell rental places you're looking for the best price.
Tell them you're homeschoolers, ask for a discount, you'll be surprised
how well it works.

Indoor ice rinks are fun, if you have one in a mall nearby.

We go to the indoor climbing wall at a mountaineering shop. The wall is
fifteen dollars per hour but we only ever paid the full price once, our
first time, and since then we often go for free, because we know the slow
times and because Dylan isn't loud or wild and any friends he takes are
nice too.

There are indoor archery ranges, look in your yellow pages or call a
sporting goods shop.

There are go cart tracks, and while the one near me (54 miles away) is
outdoor I've heard of indoor tracks. Make an appointment and go as a
group and get a good rate.

Paint Ball!

Bowling, if you like that.

Dinner theater.

Hot springs! Nothing like a skinny dip on a cold and rainy day.

Swimming, in a suit, at the public pool.

Spelunking. And if no one's experienced, a guided tour through a cavern.

A one time visit to a belly dancing class.
Dinner out where said belly dancers entertain.

Hike. Yes it can be wet, but that's half the fun.

Go play basket ball at the community gym.

Go to the police station and get a tour.

Go to the fire department and do the same.

We've gone on picnics on the coldest of cold days. There is a big
shelter, open at one end with a big fire pit that was built by the snow
mobile club up at a campground near us. We've gone there on cold day's
with thermos's full of hot soup or stir fry, built a fire, had fun.

The Forest Service rents cabins for recreational use. They're often
booked during hunting season, but you can get them for just one day,
build a fire, live like pioneers for a few hours. Take a deck of

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!
You're 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
like hyenas.

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 candles.
Make soap.
Make ice cream.
Make paper.
Make a braid rug.
Microwave old cd's then make a mobile.

Paper mache!

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
boards, etc.

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
antiques. <g>

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.

Deb L

Angela S

Here is a list of things to do that I put together a few years ago:

Play mailman - At our house we each live in a different room. We use a box
or container for our mailbox and we send each other notes, bills, and
homemade junk mail.

Listen to books on tape - They are especially great for in the car.

Finger knitting.

Finger crochet.

Plastic canvas and yarn projects .

Hand sewing (felt works well for little ones), make bean bags, rice bags (to
heat and sleep with), stuffed animals, doll blankets and pillows, and other
doll items.

Read aloud. Ask your friends or email buddies what their favorites are.

Make bubble gum - you can buy gum base on line in a craft kit for under $10
if you look around.

Make silly putty- recipes on-line .

Borax snowflakes- recipes on line.

Blow soap bubbles when it's below zero, they freeze and break when they

Rent a movie.

Go to a museum, children's, state, history, art, etc.

Play store - Price items in your home and use real or play money and take
turns being the cashier.

Scavenger hunt - inside or outside, finding the things on your list or find
things other have hidden.

Learn to follow a compass and make an Orienteering course to follow to find
a treasure.

Bury a time capsule.

Have some friends over for a club with a theme. My kids like Club Survivor
or Fear Factor, where they dare each other to eat gross things and win

Guess the smell...blindfolded

Guess the item (by feel) ...blindfolded.

Ask for a tour of a local business.

Make candles, soap, or candy.

Go for a nature walk and collect rocks and leaves. See if you can identify
the trees or leaves.

Visit a local farm and bring the animals a treat. Horses and goats love
carrots or apples.

Volunteer at a farm to brush the horses or goats, shovel stalls, etc.

Go skiing, snow shoeing, or sliding.

Go to the beach or go camping. It doesn't have to be 80 degrees out. The
beach is beautiful when it is 50 and sunny. The sand is warm and the wind
gives you healthy rosy cheeks.

Build a campfire in your yard (might need a permit) and toast marshmallows
or make smores.

Play a board game or a card game.

Write a story. Pick a topic and get going...You could have a story night
with a different topic each week. Mystery, Horror, Love, Family,
Non-fiction, etc.

Make your own newspaper about your family. You can put in pictures too.

Make paper Decorate your house for the next holiday...hearts on the windows,
snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, shamrocks, pumpkins, leaves, bats, etc.

Make tissue paper snowflakes.

Make a bank or mask from paper mache'.

Make clay pots with self drying clay.

Paint ornaments or little wooden figures from the craft store.

Paint a picture.

Tie dye your underwear, socks, or t-shirts.

String beads for necklaces or bracelets.

Make necklaces or bracelets out of cotton string.

Paint a clay flower pot with a whimsical motif.

Work with polymer clay, make pins, beads, little figures, or magnets.

Make cards with rubber stamps.

Make a bank from recyclable plastic containers.

Print out coloring pages with your favorite theme and color them.

Buy shrinky dinks, color and shrink them.


* game-enthusiast@....

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Pam Tellew

>Thanks Joyce. That's the one I remember. And thanks Deb! And Angela...I
>like yours too.