Category Archives: Activities

10 Places to Cross Country Ski in Northern Michigan

By Eliza Foster at With snow finally accumulating around Northern Michigan, the groomed cross country ski trails are perfect! Strap on a pair of skis and take in the great outdoors up close as you glide along several groomed trails. From Traverse City to Boyne Falls, we’ve compiled a list of 10 places to cross country skiContinue Reading

Moonlight Snowshoeing

Written by Jim Joque Published on February 4, 2012   Clement C. Moore expressed it poetically in The Night before Christmas when he wrote, “The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the luster of midday to objects below.”  I think of this passage just about every time I snowshoe on a moonlitContinue Reading

Snowshoeing Games

Written by Jim Joque Published on March 22, 2005 Basketball, volleyball, football or kickball, you name it and it can be played in the snow on snowshoes.  All you need is a little creativity and modification to the rules.  The bases were loaded and a large orange beach ball was being rolled on a beaten-downContinue Reading

12 Great Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

Check out this link from the Appalachian Mountain Club for some ideas on what to do with your kids during the cold winter months ahead.

Water Balloon Toss

Water Balloon Toss Grab your brother, your sister, a parent, or a friend for this outdoor activity. You can play with any even number of people. YOU WILL NEED An even number of people Water balloons Clothes that can get wet or messy HERE’S HOW 1. Divide all players into groups of two and giveContinue Reading

Fun Summer Science Projects for Kids

By  Courtney Corda and Amy Cowen, Science Buddies As summer, with its longer days and less structured schedules, gets under way, keep in mind that learning happens all year long. During summer break, children forget some of what they learned during the school year, making it important to balance summer fun with activities that haveContinue Reading

A Big Pile of Fantastic Ideas to Get Kids Outside Making and Doing This Summer

By JESSICA LAHEY May 22, 2014 It’s May, time for teachers to revisit their bookshelves and think about summer reading selections. This year, I’m considering a different kind of summer reading for my kids, books that will inspire them to head outside and make, do and create.  My younger son, Finn, likes these sorts ofContinue Reading

The Snow Day book activities

Use this classic to find some winter fun. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Peter puts on his snowsuit and heads outside for some fun in the snow.  Follow along on his chilly adventure — an award-winning favorite! ACTIVITY:  Head outside and find out what you can use to make tracks, trails or otherContinue Reading

Over and Under the Snow book activity

Pair this beautiful children’s book with winter activities: Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner A beautiful book that takes the reader on a trip through nature, both above and below the ground.  Kids will learn about how different animals cope during winter. ACTIVITY:  Do some observations in your backyard to see what animalsContinue Reading

Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit

Sign up online for your free kit!  Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit: Do It Yourself! Do It Now! provides inspiration, information, tips and resources for those who are—or who might be—interested in creating a Nature Club for Families.  Do It Yourself Tools and Resources for families and caregivers on starting your own Nature ClubContinue Reading