By Tracey Black, REDBOOK.
Now that my kids are back in school, I feel a bit wistful of our carefree summer days. We went to the beach, chased butterflies in the backyard, and visited to every park in a 5-mile radius to our house.
My kids, on the other hand, love the fall. They like the shorter days and earlier sunsets (I, of course, beg to differ) because they love the idea of being up at night. It doesn't matter how much I explain that 7 p.m. is the same time whether it's full daylight or pitch black outside. They just think they're up past their bedtime.
So while the days get darker earlier and colder (I know I shouldn't complain, but I am from Hawaii), we like to find new ways to have fun indoors.
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Here are a few of our family-fun night activities:
1. Kid/Parent Date Night
My kids love one-on-one time with mom and dad, and changing it up to a "date night" out just makes it even more special. We've done everything from miniature golf to
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3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
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My daughter Harper was the one who found the caterpillar as she was arranging some flowers - by which I mean crushing them into a dolly cup. "What's this?" she said. "Part of the flower?" I didn't look up from the bale of cilantro I was trying to deal with. "Mm-hmm."
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"Part of the flower that
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