Is your kid a huge baseball fan? You can make his party a real grand slam with these neat ideas. A baseball party is fun, ea…

  • I have to confess to a crazy love for lawn games. Seriously, who doesn't love a good bocce ball match during a barbecue? With the summer months quickly approaching, I am loving these ideas for great lawn games for families. (Plus many of them include DIY tutorials!) Perfect for entertaining a crowd or a little family fun in the evenings, lawn games are the ultimate summer staple…

    Backyard Twister

    Backyard Twister

    1. Backyard Twister
    Everybody loves Twister, and this backyard version is easy to create. Make a circle template, grab a few cans of spray paint in different colors, and you're good to go!
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    Lawn Jenga

    Lawn Jenga

    2. Lawn Jenga

    Oversized Jenga?! Brilliant. You can make it yourself using lumber that's cut to size and sanded to create the requisite 54 blocks used in Jenga.
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    Patio Scrabble

    Patio Scrabble

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  • By Contributing Author, Cheapism.com

    If you've ever seen the MTV show My Super Sweet 16, then you know about the parents who spare no expense to indulge their child's every desire for one birthday party extravaganza. And judging from our research, this kind of out-of-control spending doesn't break out just for the Sweet 16, but for every birthday party leading up to it. Yep, we read about a themed birthday party for a child turning five that included pony rides, a rented merry-go-round, giant inflatables, hired magicians, and, well, more, for a total cost that reached upwards of $6,000. Umm, as frugal consumers, we'll pass.

    If you're one of those parents who aren't interested in keeping up with the Joneses, spoiling your children, or frittering away a good portion of your life savings, here are some ways to reign in the cost of a kids birthday party.

    1. Set a budget and stick to it. It's always a good idea to set a budget for any event, but a kids birthday party can easily s...Read More »

  • This is the life.

    I have such warm wonderful memories of my summers as a child: Pool parties, BBQ's, long lazy days and nights, sleeping late, sleepovers in the middle of the week, no homework, my birthdays. As a kid I wished it were summer all year round. Sometimes I still do, so it's important to me that my kids have a happy and relaxed summer too. Here's how we have fun:

    1. Long lazy days - Some of the best days when my kids were little were when they spent hours running around the house or backyard without a plan or care in the world. Finding things to play with (anything not nailed down), dressing up (usually capes), being creative (sidewalk chalk), and of course, getting wet. We're a family of fish and love to play in the water. Any water. Be it the pool, the sea, sprinklers, water balloons or the hose. Wet is good.

    2. Long lazy nights - Oh the joy of being able to stay up late and sleep in if we want to because there isn't school the next day. Movie nights, sleepovers (during the week,

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  • By Colleen Kane, CNBC.com

    Family Fun With a Purpose

    For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It's just a matter of picking from the wealth of options. To narrow it down, we've picked suggestions for eight types of kids, from budding chef to history buff, to drama queen, to animal lover.
    Here, assembled with input from Eileen Ogintz, creator of the travel resource Taking the Kids and the writers at Kids Can Travel, are plenty of ideas for educational family fun.

    See the full slideshow: Best Educational Trips for Kids



    Animal Trainer

    Animal Trainer

    Animal Trainer
    SeaWorld has a variety of special "trainer for a day" and camp programs for kids age 13 and up that enable them to see what it is like to be working with the creatures that they love-what it takes to care for and train for them. There are also day-long and overnight programs starting for preschoolers, Ogintz says.

    Similar trainer for a day programs are offered at various tourist

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  • With spring planting season coming up, I wanted to get a head-start with a gardening project that I could do with the kids indoors or out, even if the garden wasn't ready yet. Gardening expert Shirley Bovshow was on hand to help us make a great self-watering planter out of an old soda bottle. You can check out some of Shirley's other ideas on her blog (edenmakersblog.com).

    We used some pansies that we bought as transplants from a garden center, but you can plant seeds if you want - pansies, marigolds, maybe even some herbs or even some smaller vegetable plants! It's a great way for the kids to watch something grow and learn how to care for plants. They can even decorate the outside of the planters, too!


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