BONUS: A “Bloopers” clip:
Last year, I switched from the iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy sIII. Let me just say… I love it! The kid loves it too. And, like most moms, I use it to keep him busy, when we’re somewhere that requires a wait.
Unfortunately, sifting through all the apps available can be a chore, and a bore. No worries, though! I’ve done the work for you… Here is a list of the top Android apps, for kids that we’re digging, right now (some have a minimal cost):
- Kids Doodle – Color & Draw
- How to make Paper Airplanes
- Funny Kids Cams
- Christmas Story: Elf Adventure
- Kids Piano
What are some of your kids’ favorite apps?
Hey, metro Detroit moms… looking for something to do with your kids this summer? Are they into engineering, robotics and/or architecture? Well, I have a very inexpensive solution for you.
Last week, I had the privilege of attending a “media moms” open house for The Robot Garage, a local business that aims to “provide a year-round PLACE for LEGO® and robotic enthusiasts of all ages.”
The Robot Garage works closely with leaders from the robotics and education community and focuses on hands-on S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences that are fun, educational and engaging.
The building is a converted warehouse, with added “garage bays” that section off to offer different things at once. The Robot Garage has 20-foot ceilings, brightly colored walls, and an unstructured studio setting with everything you need to spend a special morning or afternoon together with your children. I can’t wait to take the kid. In fact, I think we’re going to take him and a couple of his cousins next month, for his birthday.
Because the people at The Robot Garage are so awesome, they’re offering a discount on July summer camps. Just use promo code “mediamoms” and save $50 on regularly priced July camps*.
Their summer hours are as follows:
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays during the summer
*Offer subject to availability and only while seats remain available. No cash value. Not redeemable for other goods or services. Register online at TheRobotGarage.com or call 248-723-9100.
Summer is hard for kids.
Yeah, you heard me. Even though they’re out of school for the season, it’s hard. They’re always looking for things to do, and often there isn’t enough to keep those active little bodies and minds busy. And, when they’re not busy, they get in trouble. And, that’s no fun.
As a mom who works fulltime, outside the home (with a spouse that does as well), it’s super hard for me to find things for the kid to do, that fit into our work schedules.
Since summer is in full swing, I’ve been knee deep in “find things to keep the kid busy” research. Here’s a list of 25 ideas I’ve come up with so far.
- Story Writing
- Field Trips (Zoo, Museum, etc.)
- Bike Rides
- Roller Skating/Blading
- Hide and Seek
- Make a Fort
- Build a Tent
- Have a Water Gun Fight
- Have a Nerf Gun War
- Play Dress Up
- Play Computer Games
- Have a Scavenger Hunt
- Make Paper Bag and/or Sock Puppets
- Put on a Puppet Show
- Water Balloon Fight
- Architect (LEGO® bricks, Blocks, etc.)
- Board Games
So, there you go. There’s my list of ideas to keep kids busy, during the summer (or anytime, really). Feel free to add to this list, in the comments section below.
Disclosure: I was provided free tickets to attend the Day Out with Thomas event. All opinions are mine own.
The Day out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 provides kiddos the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities.
Thomas the Tank Engine pulled into Greenfield Village this past Saturday, the hubs, the kid and I were there to take part in all the fun. We had a wonderful time. The kid really enjoyed himself. And, since he didn’t remember the first time we went, four years ago, it was like his first time!
Kids, and their families, are invited to take a 25 minute ride around Greenfield Village on Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends themed activities including arts & crafts, model trains, storytelling and more.
From April 27-28, May 4-5 and 11-12, little engineers and their families are invited to take a Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:30 am through 5:00 pm each day of the event. Tickets for the Day out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 are $11.75 for members, age 1 year and older and includes free admission to Greenfield Village. Ticket prices for non-member children age 1-4 is $11.75, youth age 5-12 is $27.75, adults age 13-61 is $33.75 and seniors age 62 and up is $32.75.
Tickets are on sale now by calling The Henry Ford at 313-982-6001 or visiting www.thehenryford.org.
For my readers not living in metro Detroit, click here to see if Thomas is coming to your area!