Game of the Week: Bubble Trouble Challenge

Any Jumpee that’s mastered the underwater world of MarineLand to earn their swim tail will have no problem with our latest game of the Week – Bubble Trouble!

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After all, residents of MarineLand are equipped with the experience and skills that take center stage in this game. Play through level one of ‘Opposing Opposites’ today to go after any unearned JumpStars or extra coins!

February Activities: Throwing a Valentine’s Day Bash!

As far as children’s holidays are concerned, Valentine’s Day can often be overlooked albeit the festivity that surrounds this February day. However, it is important to remember the true meaning of the day isn’t just about eating tons of chocolate, it’s about teaching your children about friendship and showing their gratitude towards others. This holiday is a great opportunity to celebrate those you love most at home by throwing a Valentine’s Day party for your children and their friends. Here are some great tips for throwing a Valentine’s Day hangout that can be both fun and educational.

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Photo by hello-julie, ©2007 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

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Counting Down to the Holidays

Looking for ways to get the family excited about the upcoming holiday season? Design a 10-day countdown to allow them to get into the swing of things. To make it more interesting add a level of mystery to the planned activity of the day by writing each down on a piece of paper and tossing it into a festive holiday hat or decorated container. With each passing day, have your kids blindly select an activity to enjoy.

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Short on ideas? Here are some of our favorite Holiday activities that are not only festive but also perfect for the family.

  • Holiday Caroling – Gather your kids and local friends to coordinate a caroling adventure through your neighborhood or a local community center. Pick your favorite holiday tunes and practice a few times before heading out.
  • Cookie Swap Parties – Cookie swap parties are perfect for kids and adults that are big on baking or simply just fans of these festive sweet treats. To get started, get your guest list together and when everyone arrives, guest can swap cookie and recipes to share with their family and friends.
  • Ornament Making – For some hands on fun, invite your kids to make their very own homemade holiday ornaments, using easily found materials like cinnamon scented salt or modeling dough. Use cookie cutters to create festive shapes to hand around your home or tree.
  • Cookie Decorating – A perfect alternative to baking and a much easier feat to manage with younger kids, grab a fun selection of different colored icings, sprinkles and other edible food decorations and lay out some cookies for you kids or holiday guests to enjoy.
  • Holiday Movie Night – Bundle up and snuggle up by the television with your kids by sharing a holiday themed movie with them. You can even set out special treats to make the event feel more special than their average night in front of the TV.

Fall Inspirations for Your Home

Photo by Martin Cathrae, ©2009 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Photo by Martin Cathrae, ©2009 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Something about home decorations help make the holidays feel complete– that is, in addition to quality time spent with the family! We gave you recommendations for getting your home in the Halloween spirit and we’re back with some more ideas for Thanksgiving decorations! As you’re taking down jack-o-lanterns, ghoulish ghosts and the rest of your Halloween decorations, switch them out with some of these fall favorites.

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Halloween Ideas for the Whole Family

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Photo by Jennifer C., ©2010 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Halloween is sneaking up on us faster than a spooky monster in a haunted house. There are tons of different options for how to spend the night with your kids. Trick-or-treating, community events or a get together at your house are just a few options. Read on for our suggestions on how to make the night frightfully fun for your family!

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Family Activities for the Weekend

While traditionally celebrated to mark the, “the social and economic achievements of American workers” according to the US Department of Labor, Labor Day also allows families to have extra time to spend together on the weekend. How do you choose to spend those extra hours with the kids? Here are a few of our favorite family activities for your next weekend adventure. From exploring the great outdoors to gathering with friends for some fun festivities, the possibilities are seemingly endless!

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Taking a prolonged vacation come Labor Day weekend is not always in the cards, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take advantage of the long weekend in your own special way. Make new traditions with your family and visit our official Pinterest page for activity ideas that everyone will enjoy.

Quick activity ideas

– Family BBQ or cook together
– Block Party
– Park Day
– Family camp out or hike
– Beach Day

Kick Off the Back-To-School Season

While summer might have been a blast for your family, it is probably no surprise that a few of you parents are ready to kick off that back-to-school routine. Make the end of summer extra special by regrouping with some of the parents from your kids’ school at a fun and festive back-to-school themed party. A gathering like this will allow everyone to catch up on each others adventures from the past season and reconnect before all the hustle and bustle of the school year picks up. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for an end-of-summer or back-to- school bash!
backtoschoolNot sure where to start? Stop by our official Pinterest board for a few helpful ideas and areas to address when planning your gathering. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find!

Themed foods
Packaged meals in brown bags and lunchboxes
Make creative and clever food labels

Décor
Turn classroom décor into party décor
Send out invitations printed on college ruled paper

Activities
Back-to-school family photo booth (set up a camera and a themed background)
Educational Yard Games or trivia sessions with prizes

Giveaways
Candied apples – after all apples are a symbol of the school scene
A few simple school supplies – colored pencils, crayons, and more