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   Make the kids LOL with 30+ hilarious jokes. ( pages/articles/thirty_ jokes_for_kids)
Play croquet or bocce ball in your backyard.
Duffels of discovery. While visiting the Botanical Gardens, kids ages 4-9 can check out a Discovery Duffel bag, crammed
full of kids’ activities and books aimed
at elevating the garden experience from “cool” to “amazing.” (
Collect rocks and paint them. Turn them into pet rocks, garden ornaments, or gifts for family members.
Adopt a new
pet. Check the local rescues and shelters to find that special friend. (
Plant a tree.
Color a mug
or plate with permanent marker and then bake
for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. (Use a microwavable mug.)
 Volunteer as a family. So many options to choose from, but find one your entire family is passionate about!
             Write and illustrate a comic book. Make it a group effort or let everyone do their own.
 Adopt an elderly neighbor and take care of his/her lawn all summer.
    Hammock Day. Yep, there’s a date for that: July 22. Whether it’s the real deal or a lounge chair, do some hardcore outdoor loafing.
Get up close and personal with some incredible marine animals at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. (
Make play dough. In a pan, mix together 2 cups of flour, 2 cups warm water, 1 cup salt, 2 Tbs vegetable oil, 1 Tbs cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity). Cook over a low heat until formed and not too sticky. Knead in some food coloring (liquid, powder or unsweetened drink mix) and scented oils.
Pet and feed the reindeer at the Reindeer Farm. (You will also get up close to Dolly the Bison, hand feed elk, pet and hold bunnies, and look for eggs in the chicken coop!) (
Visit a museum. From art and history to science and creative play, there are
a variety of interesting museums with hands-on exhibits geared toward kids, like the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Aviation Museum, Fairbanks Childrens Museum, and Museum of the North (shown here).
           Zoo knew? The Alaska Zoo offers extensive summer family activities, including live music on the zoo lawn, Fridays at 7 pm, and wildlife talks on Tuesdays at 7 pm. (
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