August is National Family Fun Month. Do you and your family have a lot of fun things planned? If not, here are some suggestions to get you going.
Plan a Family Game Night
Turn off the TV, hide the tablets and iPhones and break out a good, old-fashioned board game. Try Barbecue Party by Goliath Games, the game that decides who will be grill master or dinner disaster. Choose your card to see what you get to put on the grill for dinner, but watch out! This temperamental grill may jump, causing all the food to fall off. The winner is the first player to get 3 items off the grill before the food takes a spill. $19.99; 2 or more players. www.bbqpartygame.com. If the kids can’t sit still? Try Crazy Legs from Endless Games, a new game that gets players up and moving. Each space on the game board represents a new physical challenge for children and families to jump, twist, shake and exercise their way to victory. $16.99; www.endlessgames.com.
Throw a Popcorn Party
Everyone loves wholesome and healthy popcorn and snacks. Let the popping fun begin with Capital Corn & Confections. From sweet to savory, Capital Corn & Confections has created all-natural popcorn that is perfect for sharing with the entire family on movie nights, game nights, and more! Choose from 12 delicious flavor combinations to satisfy everyone’s tastes like Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon Bun, Red Velvet, Garlic Basil, Salt & Vinegar, Dark Chocolate Truffle and Sour Cream & Chives. $12.99; www.trentonpopcorn.com.
Star Gazing at Night
Grab a telescope and learn about the planets with your family. With Celestial Buddies, kids can expand their imaginations with a literal take on out-of-this-world pretend play. Each Celestial Buddy comes with a tag showing the actual object it personifies and some fun facts to give the toy educational value. Starting at $21.99. www.CelestialBuddies.com.
Family Bike Ride
Bicycling provides great fun and cardio activity for everyone in the family. Now you can cycle at night – safely and in style with Monkey Lights. Monkey Lights arerugged, practical, high performance bicycle light that keeps you visible in all weather conditions. They strap to your spokes and displays fun and colorful 8-bit graphics on your spinning bike wheel. Show your style with cutting edge themes: 10 full color, ultra-bright LEDs provide nearly 360 degree visibility. 19 themes and 16 colors with hundreds of combinations. Hub-mounted battery keeps wheel balanced. $39.99; www.monkeylectric.com.
Go for a Bike Glide
Okay, little Tommie can’t ride his bike yet, but that doesn’t mean he should miss out on the family bike rides. Learning to ride a bike should be fun, and now the whole family can share the fun with Little Tommie. Glide Bikes are pedal-less bikes that help children learn balance and gain confidence. And the best part … the whole family can ride Glide Bikes because there are models designed for all age groups and skill levels, from two-year-olds to adults. And with the pedal conversion kit, all Glider Bikes can be transformed into regular pedal bikes. So kids can do like Fred Flintstone and let their feet do the gliding .. and gain a valuable lesson in the process. Prices start at $89; www.glidebikes.com.
Take a Trip to the Zoo
Kids love animals. Parents love animals. Problem solved. Do it in style with Peek-A-Zoo, the super cute children’s clothing line features “headless” animals on bright colored shirts and infant onesies. They’re interactive and educational with fun animal facts on the back of every shirt. Each Peek-A-Zoo tee comes packaged in an animal cracker inspired box. Peek-A-Zoo tees retail for $22 and are sold in zoo and aquarium gift shops nationwide and online at www.mypeekazoo.com.
Go for a Family Hike
Nothing brings a family together like enjoying the outdoors together. But before you lace up those hiking boots, make sure you stay well-hydrated with VestPac, which allows you to carry more than a liter of water, hands-free. Besides holding plenty of H2O for the family, VestPac hydration packs also have a front pocket to fit your essentials such as keys, a cell phone and ID. $74.95. www.vestpac.com.
Scrapbook Your Summer Memories
Capture the magic of your family trip to Miami beach or Lake Tahoe. And what’s better than to enhance those precious family moments than to display the water-side pictures with Beach Frames. With each beautiful design from Beach Frames your family fun moments will be grandly displayed in top quality frames expertly designed and crafted in the United States. The entire collection is made from recycled/reconstituted beach wood and fits perfectly in any home décor. Make the fun family memories last forever with Beach Frames. $29 – $169; www.beachframes.com.
Family Cooking Night
The family that cooks together … bonds together. Kids enjoy watching the Food Channel … now let them put their creativity to the test in the kitchen. Cook up new dinnertime delights by adding Henry’s Humdingers raw honeys with spices to your marinades, dressings, sauces, meals and more. Team up the kiddos to try creating a meal with a grin from Grumpy Grandpa, a Spicy Red Pepper and Garlic raw honey or a dab of Diabolic Dad, a Habanero and Lime raw honey blend with some of their fantastic online recipes. All raw honey blends are created by young entrepreneur Henry Miller age 17 who also appeared on Shark Tank. $5.99 for a 6oz jar; www.HenrysHumdingers.com.
One More Trip to the Beach
Summer is not over yet! Plan one more trip to the beach or lake, but make sure to bring plenty of shade to block out the sun’s powerful rays. With beachBUB, struggling to keep umbrellas anchored in the sand is no longer an issue. This fantastic, portable beach umbrella base is so simple and so effective, it will turn one of your least favorite beach chores into one of your favorites. $19.95; www.beachbub.com.
Do you have any activities that your family does together for fun? What do you think about these ideas? Feel free to share your thoughts.
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