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Fun Things to Do with the Kids this Summer

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Fun Things to Do with the Kids this Summer

In no particular fun activities to finish up the summer: water parks, museums, aquariums, planetariums, going to the library, minor league baseball games, a visit to the beach, going fishing or camping, visiting relatives, seeing local historical sites, picnicking at state parks or local forest preserves, or anything else that may be of interest and would be fun. Maybe family activities like long walks, bike rides, horseback riding, or things like a family game night with challenging multi-player board or card games would be in order. The bottom line is that children have to keep challenging their minds and continue...

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Best Zoos In America (in our opinion)

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Best Zoos In America (in our opinion)

For those considering a staycation, as opposed to a much more costly vacation a visit to a local or regional zoo might be something that the entire family will enjoy. Just load everyone into the family car, pack a delicious picnic lunch and off you go. A zoo will take you away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Alternately, if you are from a small town or rural area, it will open a window to places that are both interesting, as well as entertaining. From Wikipedia we learn that the term "zoological garden" refers to zoology, the study...

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Hot Books for a Hot Summer Day

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Hot Books for a Hot Summer Day

These days the weather is hot and we don't feel quite as comfortable as we like basking in the great outdoors. Of course we can find indoor activities to keep us busy, but reading a book takes us to a special place. We can take spectacular journeys without even leaving our favorite chair. That is the beauty of a book. Where else can you go to distant places, or become someone living a great adventure? You can learn about just about anything that interests you. With a book in your hands the sky is the limit. Having just become qualified...

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Great Games for a Family Game Night

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Great Games for a Family Game Night

One fun, but somewhat old fashioned way to spend quality time together as a family in 2017 is to enjoy a family game night. There are countless games that everybody in the family can play. Besides building family unity, it teaches children to think for themselves. It is so easy. To start off, have every family member choose a favorite game or two. Of course they must be classified as a board game, or perhaps a card game. With the plethora of games available you may want to add a game or two every once in a while to keep...

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The 4th of July—Do you know?

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As we approach our nation’s 241st birthday. I want to share some interesting facts that you can use to impress your family and friends. Did you know why we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th? Americans have always celebrated the special day on July 4th, simply because it was the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence. Another interesting bit of trivia is that most historians think the Declaration was actually signed on August 2nd, 1776, nearly a month after its adoption and not on July 4th as is commonly believed. Can you imagine celebrating this epic part of...

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