Running out of ideas of things to do with the kids? We’re back with another week of suggestions, including Memorial Day crafts, science experiments and more. Do a few, do them all. Let them inspire ideas that work for your children’s ages and interests. And be sure to check out some additional ideas and helpful links with fun activities and educational websites at the end.

Monday, May 18:

Take a break from the electronics and bring out a deck of cards. There are a bunch of games you can teach the kids based on their ages. And if they’re not into playing games, try your hand at building houses!

Here are some tips & game suggestions:

How to Build a House of Cards

Spoons Family Card Game

Golf Card Game

Garbage Card Game

Tuesday, May 19:

Do some science today! There are plenty of experiments you can do with simple household items.

Here are some experiments you can do at home: 

Turn Milk into Plastic

Apple Volcano

Leak-Proof Bag Experiment

Dancing Rice Experiment

Wednesday, May 20:

It’s National Be a Millionaire Day! (Seriously, it’s a thing. Who knew?) For some fun conversation, ask your kids questions related to being a millionaire:

What would you do with a million dollars?

Would you give any of it away?

Can you name someone that has a million dollars?

How could you get a million dollars?

You could even play a game of “Would You Rather?” with them. Would you rather eat worms or have a million dollars? (Things like that.)

Thursday, May 21:

May is National Strawberry Month, and today is National Strawberries and Cream Day! Celebrate by making something sweet together.

Strawberry Recipes to Try:

Strawberries and Cream Cake

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

Strawberries and Cream Crumble Bars

Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars

Friday, May 22:

Honor the holiday weekend by making some patriotic decorations with the kids. Bonus, they can be reused for 4th of July!

Patriotic Wind Catcher

Popsicle Sticks Star Door Hanger

Patriotic Suncatcher

Red, White & Blue Candle Holders

Pom Pom Painting American Flag

Popsicle Stick Flag

Saturday, May 23:

You might not be able to celebrate Memorial Weekend the way you normally would, but we say it’s still a great time to fire up the grill for dinner and then enjoy some ice cream! To make it special, go all out with the toppings (extra Easter candy is great for this), make it yourself, or support a local spot that’s offering takeout ice cream.

Recipes to Try at Home:

3-ingredient No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

No-Churn Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Red, White & Blue Homemade Ice Cream

Local Spots:

Bredenbeck’s Bakery & Ice Cream in Chestnut Hill (2020 Happening List Winner) – The Ice Cream Parlor reopened Friday, May 22 for takeout! Also open for curbside pickup and delivery. Limited menu.

Bassett’s Ice Cream in Center City (2020 Happening List Finalist) – This Reading Terminal favorite is open for curbside and in-store pickup, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also get it delivered through Grubhub, Mercato or Caviar.

Scoop DeVille in Midtown Village and at The Bourse – Open for pickup and delivery.

Franklin Fountain in Old City – Open for pickup (call 215-967-1184 to order) or for delivery through Caviar or Grubhub.

Sunday, May 24:

We’ve been doing a lot of scavenger hunts during this time at home, but today it’s actually National Scavenger Hunt Day! Make your own summer-themed scavenger hunt where you have the kids look through the house for those seasonal necessities like sunblock, sunglasses, bug repellent and water bottles (either new, or find the items that tend to get lost in the winter!) Or, try one of these printables below.

Printable Scavenger Hunts:

Summer Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Printable

Summer Scavenger Hunt

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunts by Primary Playground

And here are some extra links/ideas to use any day or EVERY day!

Pick a friend or relative to Facetime every morning! Start each day with some connection and smiles.

Local kids entertainers Lolly & YoYo are hosting lots of free virtual events. Follow them on Facebook for details.

Philadelphia Zoo is going live at 2 p.m. on weekdays to host Philly Zoo at 2 on Facebook.

Elmwood Park Zoo is doing live Facebook videos every weekday at 11 a.m. introducing different animals.

Bucks County Library: Let’s Play School – activities for ages 3-5

6ABC’s Adam Joseph is doing live storytime on Facebook each morning at 9:30 a.m.

Cape May County Park & Zoo is doing daily virtual tours daily at 11:30 a.m.

50 Inside Activities to Burn Kid’s Energy

50 Plus Indoor Activities for Kids

Scholastic Learn at Home – free articles, stories, videos and fun learning challenges

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions

Printable Family Chore Chart

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