Whether you’re a stay at home mom, working mom, or single mom, we all want to engage our children with books, crafts, games, cooking and service every month. But researching and planning can take time. Time often taken up with dishes, laundry, and carpooling. Don’t let these fun activities and events pass you by. Take a half hour to sit down with your calendar and plan what will work with your schedule. Try doing this a week before the month so you can gather books and other supplies you might need. You don’t have to do it all, but pick things that you think your family will enjoy.
Week of July 10th
Family Project: Shop the Farmers Market
Make an adventure out of the farmers market. Either before-hand or while you are shopping come up with recipes using items purchased at the market. As a family go on a scavenger hunt for these items. If you need a little help with recipes try some of our favorites.
1 c. diced ripe tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and ground black pepper
1 loaf French bread, sliced diagonally into 1-inch thick slices and toasted
In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and garlic powder. Mix well to combine. Season to taste, with salt and pepper.
Spoon tomato mixture on toasted bread slices and serve.
Got this amazing recipe here.
12 oz. Spaghetti- break into ¼’s
½ jar salad supreme
18 oz. Viva Italian
Fresh mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, 2-3 green onions or 1 red onion, celery, green pepper, cucumbers, water chestnuts, 1 can black olives.
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Cut all veggies into bite size pieces, omit those that your family may not eat. Mix salad supreme, Viva Italian, pasta, and veggies together and let chill for a couple hours.
For a list of farmers markets in the state, go here.
Week of July 12th– 17th
Fieldtrip: July 14th–Feed Sea Creatures
All of the public feedings include an interactive presentation by one of the aquarium’s education specialists during the feeding. They discuss all of the aspects of the animals being fed and answer questions from the public.
The stingray feeding includes all of the above in additions to an opportunity to purchase food in advance from the gift shop. An education specialist will teach visitors how to feed the stingray before feeding begins. Food is $6 per container and is limited to 10 people at a time.
Depending upon the day feedings start as early as 1pm and the last one is at 3pm.
Anti-Boredom Month: Put on a Play
Do you have little drama kings and queens in your home. Put all that energy into this worthwhile activity. Grab some neighborhood kids, paper, pen, and costumes for an afternoon of fun. Have the kids write a play and then perform it later for moms and dads.
Game of the Month: Basket O’ Games
Find a basket and put classic games like chess, checkers, tic, tac, toe, go fish or old maid in it. When the kids are bored send them to the basket!
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Week of July 19th– 24th
Fieldtrip: July 19th-20th–Days of ’47 Parade Float Preview
The entries in the 2010 Days of ’47 Paradee will be on debut at the Float Preview Party,11am-9pm at the South Town Expo Center. Admission is free. The Preview party is fun for the entire family with games, entertainment, activities, magicians, clowns, music and more. See the floats up close and meet the people who created them.
Anti-Boredom Month: Record Silly Stories
Grab the video camera for some silly fun. Have one family member start a story then each additional member adds on all the while the story is being recorded.
Family Fun: July 24th– Watch the Days of 47’ Parade
Gather the family for morning fun. If watching the parade is not yet a tradition, put it on your list. Have each family member pick their favorite float and be sure to tell why. Also make sure to talk about the amazing men and women in the armed forces and how they are sacrificing for our country.
If you have pioneer ancestors find a story or picture to share with your kids.
Days of ’47 Parade starts at 9am, starts at South Temple and State Street. Dozens of colorful floats, marching bands, horse, antique cars, clowns, parade royalty etc. This is one of America’s largest parades with thousands of spectators expected to line the streets. Televised on KSL 5.
Week of July 26th– 31st
Fieldtrip: July 27th-Tour the Sweet Factory
Sweet Candy Company is pleased to offer the public a free 40-minute tour. The tour ends with a visit to the outlet store, where you can purchase factory-fresh candy.
The factory tour will operate BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 3:30 pm.
Tours are not available on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or major Federal Holidays. For a leisurely tour and visit to their store, allow approximately one hour.
Anti- Boredom Month: Water Games
It would not be summer without water games. Give these favorites a try.
Moms don’t forget to join in on the fun, your kids will love it.
One person is designated as being It. Players run away from It, who tries to tag them by throwing a wet sponge. Once tagged, that person becomes the new It. The great thing about this game is that there’s no bickering about whether or not someone got tagged. The splatter on his or her back says it all.
Water Balloon Hot Potato
Fill a water balloon up and poke a hole through it. Sit in a circle and pass the water balloon around trying to get rid of it before the water runs out or pops!
Water Balloon Toss
Cut the bottoms off 2 milk jugs, fill a bucket with water balloons. Have 2 kids stand across from each other far enough to throw a balloon into each others milk jug. See how many time the kids can catch the balloon with the jug.
Service Project: Thank You!!
Write thank you cards or better yet make a candy poster for your local firemen or postman. Talk to your kids about what these men and women do.
Journaling for the Month
Ask your kids these fun questions to put in a scrapbook or journal. You’ll love looking back on the answers when they are older.
What’s the best birthday party you can imagine?
Which character traits of your brother’s and sister’s would you like to have?
What do children know more about than adults?
What’s your favorite ride at an amusement park?
What new person would you like to have as a friend?
(taken from Table Topics Family)