63 Million Things To Do With Your Kids Before They Grow Up

Ok, so maybe not actually 63,ooo,ooo things to do with your kids…but I think you get the idea! Let’s talk about all of the wonderful things parents want to do with their kids before they grow up (fly the coop, leave the nest, etc…etc…) We’re looking for parents to share their fun, family-friendly activities of some of the “must-do’s” before their kids grow up and out the door.

The idea came from an article published in Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine. The ideas were so cool and fun…it left us wanting more, especially since they had only 63 activities. We know there are many parents out there with potentially another million or more!  🙂 So share your ideas today.

If you want to read some of Spirit magazine’s ideas (as well as some of our readers ideas) click on the September issue below to read the article on page 22.

Have fun!

  1. September 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I would enjoy getting this discussion started with ideas of activities to do with kids before they are grown…special activities that are ordinary or out-of-the norm…free or low-cost, etc.
    For example, my daughter loved to make “forts” out of blankets strung across pieces of furniture…catch fireflies…go to the petting zoo at the county fair every year…read that “special” book…cook/bake international foods……you get the idea.

  2. September 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Hi, thanks so much for your participation. Feel free to share your ideas, and hopefully others will also chime in! Thanks also for the reminders about “how fun” it is to make blanket forts and catch fireflies. I don’t think our kids ever outgrow either. 🙂

  3. Bobbi Jo
    October 1, 2009 at 9:53 am

    This probably is a little off topic but I want to share this great idea for keeping family members,especially elderly, who live far away active in our children’s lives.
    We have a great aunt and uncle who live in assisted living in North Carolina. We have just started using Skype to do a long distance read aloud. If you don’t know Skype, it is a free way to SEE and talk to people over the internet. We picked the book , The Green Glass Sea, because it happens when our aunt was younger. She reads 2 pages then the boys take their turn to read. What a great way to begin conversations about history etc. We’ve already talked about her being too young to be a WAC so she joined the Canadian Army, Shirley Temples and war rations.
    Hope this helps other families connect too.

  4. Bobbi Jo
    October 1, 2009 at 9:56 am

    We harvested sunflower seeds from a huge head!!! Then we soaked them in salt water and roasted them. Delicious!! So tuck the thought away until spring and then plant some sunflowers – I know I will!

  5. Stephanie
    December 1, 2009 at 11:03 am

    For my daughter’s fourth birthday I had her, her sister, and two friends decorate cupcakes. Then we put them on a cake stand with a huge “4” candle on the center cupcake (decorated by the birthday girl). This was her birthday cake. They all loved being creative.
    We also go on “I spy” walks, make cookies (each girl gets their own ingredients, bowl, spoon), visit a farm to see animals, crops and machinery, scavenger hunts around the house, backwards day (eat breakfast for supper and turn clothes backwards), use water colors, put lose change in their piggy banks, attend library children’s hour.

  6. Maria
    January 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I like to make one on one time with my kids on a regular basis.
    My daughter’s birthday is on the 8th of October, so we go on a date ($20 or less) the 8th of every month or as close to that date as we can. My son’s birthday is on the 30th of June so we try to do our dates on the 30th of every month. It’s easy to keep track of this way and the kids feel special to be singled out for alone time with Mom.

  7. Bobbi Jo
    June 13, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Pick mulberries and eat them with ice cream. There are tons of trees at most parks – free for the picking. YUM!!

  8. Bobbi Jo
    October 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Teach your child to drive a stick shift!!! We laughed so hard!!!

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