5 Fun Days Out With Kids For A Rainy Day

“Rain, rain go away come again another day” – thankfully there’s no reason to wish away rainy days any more because now there are so many great activities that can get you out of the house and doing something fun, no matter the weather outside. So put down the TV remote and  get out of the house to give one of these five days out a try the next time the rain comes. 

  1. Let the kids monkey around at a climbing centre
    Days cooped up inside can have both you and your kids climbing the walls so put that energy to good use and try climbing the walls at your local climbing centre. If you don’t fancy harnesses and heights then why not try your hand at bouldering which involves no equipment (except some climbing shoes which are usually available for hire) or find a centre with some auto belays and have a go on some larger walls. Climbing is a great workout and a full body energy burner that will be enjoyable for the whole family. Just remember that as with any sport, climbing can be dangerous and so will involve some parental supervision, but don’t let that put you off trying it. 
  2. Bowl a strike at your local bowling lanes
    Looking for an indoor activity that’s fun for all the family? Then why not visit your local bowling lanes and bowl away those rainy day blues. Bowling is a sport that’s very easy to pick up and great for kids, with simple lane adaptations available to make it accessible for all ages and skill levels. Most bowling alleys also have fun arcade games and great dining facilities on site making it the perfect way to while away an afternoon otherwise spent on the sofa.
     
  3. See history in action at a local museum. Become a tourist in your hometown and visit your local museum to get out of the house and learn something new. If you don’t have a museum near you then make a daytrip to one nearby and let history keep you entertained.  Most museums have kid-friendly activities such as treasure hunts, quiz sheets and interactive exhibitions which will keep your family entertained for hours while also keeping their brains active.
  4. Get wet anyway and go swimming
    Did you know that swimming has been proven to reduce stress levels in parents? Science aside swimming is another great indoor activity that will get you and the kids out of the house and having some active fun, making it perfect for a rainy day otherwise spent indoors.
  5. Visit an aquarium
    If you don’t fancy swimming yourself then why not watch the fish do it at your local aquarium. Unlike zoos, aquariums are usually entirely indoors meaning that although you’ll be surrounded by water you won’t be getting wet. What’s more, you can see and learn about all manner of marine life from clown fish to jellyfish, stingrays to sharks. Aquariums are often designed with children in mind and again will quite offer kid friendly activities and a range of interactive marine activities.

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Jason Beware – A Friday the 13th Fan Film

Jason is back like you have never seen him before!!! But you better beware, he’s got a curfew and has to have his snack before bed time. It’s not Friday the 13th, it’s JASON BEWARE!

Starring my own two little crazy kids, this fan film is a short one highlighting the return of the crazed Jason! We shot the film at a local park with just a few on-lookers seeing our gruesome scene. We laughed and played it off like we do this all of the time, which we don’t. LOL! Filmed on an iPhone 8+ and edited using Sony Vegas, with the bloody special effects provided by Mom.

Now, grab a handful of popcorn because this isn’t very long, but it’s definitely intense. Prepare for Jason Beware!

Behind the scenes, it was a hot one when we filmed, but we kept cool with plenty of water and plenty of breaks in the shade. Our next plan is to film Jason Beware 2 over the next few weeks with more actors and actresses! So be on the lookout for that in the coming weeks!!!

Mom also did some amazing photography work and has been editing like a crazy lady to have them ready to post. The full photo set is coming soon!

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Top Silverado Camping Parts | Get Your Silverado Camping Ready – The Haul

Summer is here and camping season is in full swing! St. Louis Dad is always looking for some of the best camping equipment and in this episode of AmericanTrucks’ “The Haul” YouTube Series, host Joe Dick selects his favorite camping gear for Chevy Silverado owners. Whether you are camping, tailgating, or just trying to have some fun during an off-road excursion, this video offers a few excellent suggestions to make your time with your truck, away from home, an enjoyable one.

Silverado parts included in this video: UnderCover Ultra Flex Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover, Smittybilt High-Performance Air Compressor, Barricade 3 in. Bull Bar, Smittybilt 2 in. Receiver Hitch Rack, ARB 82 Quart Fridge Freezer, Rightline Gear Full Size Truck Tent, Rightline Gear Truck Bed Air Mattress, Husky GearBox Under Seat Storage Box, Rugged Ridge All-Terrain Front & 2nd Row Floor Mats, Covercraft Carhartt SeatSaver Front Seat Covers, & Covercraft Carhartt SeatSaver 2nd Row Seat Cover.

View it here: http://www.americantrucks.com/the-haul-news-july2019-3.html

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How To Create A Garden That Encourages Your Kids To Stay Active

We all want our kids to be happy and healthy and encouraging them to get out and exercise is an important part of that. But unfortunately, that’s harder than ever to do because of the influence of screens on kids. Finding ways to get them away from screens and convince them to do something more active instead is a struggle for a lot of parents and they worry about their child’s health as a result. If you’re going to get them outside more, you need to find ways to make it more exciting for them. One of the best ways to do that is to create a great garden area that they’ll love playing in. These are some of the best changes that you can make to your garden to encourage your kids to play out there more often.

Open Up The Space

 

Kids need a lot of space to run around and play, so you need to make sure that the garden has a lot of open areas. If you’ve got big trees and bushes that are growing into the garden and taking up a lot of room, you need to know how to use a reciprocating saw because it will make light work of those branches. Cut away all of the trees and bushes and you’ll open up a space that the kids can play in easily.

 

Add Some Color

 

Kids respond well to color so you should try to make the garden as bright and colorful as possible. If you’ve got flower beds around the edges of the garden, try to fill them with lots of colorful plants. Just make sure that you check before you plant anything because you need to make sure that there isn’t anything that is poisonous if eaten. Kids tend to explore the world through touch and taste and if you’ve got young kids you need to be sure that they’re safe in the garden. You can also add a bit of color and make the garden more exciting by painting murals on the fences.

 

Grow Some Vegetables

 

Getting kids involved in a project is a good way to keep their interest in the garden, so you should try to grow some vegetables out there. They’ll enjoy planting them and watering them regularly and they’ll be excited to get out in the garden to see how they’re growing. At the end, they’ll learn a valuable lesson about hard work and patience when they finally see the end product, and they might even start eating their vegetables more often if they’ve grown them.

 

Play Equipment

 

You’ll need some play equipment out there to keep them entertained. You can pick up a cheap sandpit or just make your own with a few bits of wood and some sand. If you’ve got a big tree out in the garden, you could even try to build a treehouse up there. You can also get a swing set for fairly cheap and they’re easy to put together.

 

If you set up the garden so the kids love playing out there, it will be a lot easier to encourage them to stay active.

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