This year the National Park Service has ten fee-free days on which you and your family can visit any National Park Service site for free. There are more than 400 parks nationwide, so check out the NPS website to find one close to you.
Activities of the Week
Enjoy a National Park for free.
March 21st is the first day of Spring.
Make spring cleaning more fun for your kids by putting on a family fashion show. Collect clothes that don't fit anymore to donate! Not only will your closet be cleaner, but you will be teaching your kids the importance of giving to others.
Start the conversation about drugs and alcohol.
Although this may be a challenging topic for many parents to discuss with their kids, it is incredibly important for a healthy, trusting relationship. For some effective approaches and advice for talking to your teens, visit the CASA Family Day Blog.
Talk to your daughter about a career in STEM.
On January 23rd, 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell was granted her medical degree, making her the first female to be recognized as a physician in U.S. history. Let your daughter know she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to, including a career in sciences and technology, where women are underrepresented. For more information about women in STEM, visit the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Help kids design their own placemat.
It can be hard getting kids to sit still during dinner, but letting them get creative by "designing" their own placemats can help keep their attention on the table at meal time. Learn more about this fun craft here.
Become a mentor.
Mentoring has proven to be a powerful tool for helping young people fulfill their potential. To find out more about the benefits of becoming a mentor in your community and how to do so, visit serve.gov.
Make a New Year's Resolution!
Set goals with your kids to change your lifestyle for the better, then check out Kids.gov for tips on how to reach those goals.
Look out for those in need.
With winter, comes hard times for a lot of families. You and your family can help out through a coat drive, by volunteering at a soup kitchen, or through another community volunteering initiative in your area.