Activities of the Week

Take Time to Be a Dad Today! Here are some suggestions for easy, no-cost or low-cost ways to spend meaningful time with your family. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so some of these activities might not be possible for you and your children.


October 2, 2016 to October 8, 2016

As they explore the world around them, ask children what they see, what they think about it, and what it makes them wonder. For more on this Visible Thinking routine that encourages careful observation and thoughtful interpretation, see the Learning Lab from Smithsonian.

Enjoy the first day of fall.

September 25, 2016 to October 1, 2016

Visit the U.S. Forest Service website for coloring pages, instructions on how to make leaf rubbings, and other fun seasonal ideas.

Be more engaged in your child's education this year.

September 18, 2016 to September 24, 2016

Be more engaged in your child's education this year. Joining the PTA, reading to your child, and asking questions about what they do at school each day are all great ways to get started. For more, see this list from the National Center for Fathering.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 11, 2016 to September 17, 2016

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Find educational resources and fun activities to do with your kids on the Smithsonian website, including this series of easy-to-do storybook projects. 

Be prepared for anything this National Disaster Preparedness Month.

September 4, 2016 to September 10, 2016

Check out The Department of Homeland Security for information on preparing your family for all types of possible emergencies.

Get ready to go back to school!

August 28, 2016 to September 3, 2016

After a long summer off, prepare your kids for a happy, healthy return to school with these tips from Johns Hopkins, including how to create a better sleep schedule, prevent sports injuries, watch out for bullying, ease back-to-school anxieties, and more.

Make dinner together.

August 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016

Try a One Pot Wonder recipe from the Family Dinner Project! These meals are delicious, easy, and minimize clean up time afterwards.

Make a healthy summer snack.

August 14, 2016 to August 20, 2016

Beat the August heat with this easy and fun frozen fruit cups recipe from They show you how, step by step, in this how-to video.