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.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month this November.

November 13, 2016 to November 19, 2016

Designed for students and teachers, the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest website from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The site includes a gallery, where kids can explore 25 works of art and interactive segments, and Meet the Artist, which introduces kids to five Native American artists and their modern creations.

Learn how to become President of the United States

November 6, 2016 to November 12, 2016

With the presidential election happening this week, it's a good time to teach kids the election process so that when they are old enough to vote, they can be informed about what their choice means and why it counts.

Get creative with leftover Halloween candy.

October 30, 2016 to November 5, 2016

Making your way through a mountain of leftover Halloween candy may sound like fun, but it's definitely not the healthiest plan! Check out this list of 15 ideas for what kids can do to "recycle" their extra candy from KidsHealth


October 23, 2016 to October 29, 2016

Get creative with your costumes and enjoy this fun, community-building tradition with your child, but don't forget to make safety your top priority. Check out these Halloween Health and Safety Tips from CDC for more information.

Make your own Halloween treat bags.

October 16, 2016 to October 22, 2016

Kids can learn to make three different kinds of Halloween treat bags for their trick-or-treating loot from this video from PBS. Choose from a ghost, bat, or skeleton theme and fill the bags with treats or even lunch for school!

Join the Lorax this Energy Action Month.

October 9, 2016 to October 15, 2016

Help protect our Earth from global warming this October, designated as Energy Action Month, with the Lorax's helper checklist.    


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.