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Finger Lakes: 5 Activities You Can't Miss (Slideshow)

Finger Lakes: 5 Activities You Can't Miss (Slideshow)

Red Newt Winery and Bistro

To choose just one, or even a few wineries to visit in the Finger Lakes is tough. However, Red Newt Cellars stands out because of its bistro. If you want to try Red Newt’s wine selection, but aren’t sure of your favorite, the Tasting Salon allows guests to pair a section of wine with a variety of delectable treats, the majority made with local products.

Red Jacket Orchards

Perhaps you prefer a fruity beverage without the alcohol. If so, look no further than Red Jacket Orchards. Although you can find their products in several locations across the country, the farm store in Geneva, N.Y. sells its cold-pressed Juices with other locally made merchandise.

Schooner Excursions

If your stomach (or liver) needs a break from all the wine and local food of the Finger Lakes, letting the wind transport you around some of New York's greatest scenary isn't a bad option. The Schooner True Love appeared in the 1956 film, High Society, featuring Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars

Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars truly demonstrates the beauty of the Finger Lakes region. For just $5, you can taste the award-winning wines while overlooking the majestic Keuka Lake. Currently run by the third generation of the Frank family, the cellars continue to grow and expand.

New York Wine and Culinary Center

Ever wanted to pick up a new talent in the kitchen? Or maybe you prefer to just have someone else make you a delicious meal? The New York Wine & Culinary Center offers both with a bistro upstairs with a full dining menu, and culinary classes downstairs.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.


5 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Kids

Remember those elementary school days when you couldn&rsquot wait to get outside in the warm weather to play hopscotch and foursquare with the other kids? We certainly do!

Winter is officially drawing to a close. Now that the weather is getting nicer with each passing day, they&rsquore anxious to go outside and play. If you&rsquore struggling to think of fun activities that your kids can enjoy in the warmer weather, don&rsquot worry! We&rsquove got you covered.

First, make sure that if your kids are going to play outside that they&rsquore going to be safe while doing it. Have them put sunscreen on before going outside. Even though it&rsquos not yet summer, sunburns can happen any time of the year. If they&rsquore going to be riding a bike or skateboarding, make sure they wear a helmet. Safety always comes first and foremost when planning outside activities.

So what are the latest outdoor games and activities you can enjoy with kids in the sunny weather. To be entered to win a giveaway prize this week, simply create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. This week we're also giving away a family pack of 4 tickets to the LittleMissAnn Concert in New York!

To get the list started one of our members has provided this brilliant idea, and if you like treasure hunts, you&rsquoll love Geocaching.

· Cross Step: Draw a 10 x 10 grid on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk and have each player stand in a square. As each player moves, have him or her cross out the square they were standing in. The rules of the game state that you can&rsquot step into a square that has already been crossed out. When a player can no longer take a step, they are out. The last player standing wins!

· Kick the Can: This classic game is a mixture of hide-and-seek and tag. One person is designated as &ldquoit&rdquo and a can or similar object is placed in an open space. All other players run and hide while &ldquoit&rdquo closes their eyes and counts to a predetermined number. &ldquoIt&rdquo then tries to find and tag all of the players. Any player that is tagged gets sent to a holding pen that&rsquos generally in plain sight of the can. A player who has not been caught can &ldquokick the can&rdquo to set on of the caught players free. The game ends when all players have been tagged.

· Drop-and-Splat Painting: Before doing this activity, make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don&rsquot mind having get stained. You&rsquore going to need newspaper or a large piece of regular paper, plastic cups, water, straws, and food coloring. Fill several cups with water and take them outside. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors, and then lay the newspaper or paper on the ground. Put a straw in one of the cups of water and place a finger over the top of the straw so the water won&rsquot fall out. Hold the straw over the paper and release your finger from the straw so that water drops onto the paper. Have the kids experiment with releasing the water from different heights and seeing how the patterns will change.

· Giant Marbles: Collect as many different sized sports balls as you can find, then make a circle in the yard with rope or a hoola-hoop. Place the balls in the circle and spread them out a little. Standing about 10 feet away, players will use one ball as the &ldquoshooter&rdquo and will take turns rolling the ball to try and knock as many balls out of the ring as they can without the player&rsquos ball going out of the ring. If a player knocks any balls out of the ring, they get to keep them and roll again. The game ends when all the ball have been knocked out of the circle, and the player with the most balls collected wins.

· Shark: Create &ldquodens&rdquo on the ground out of hoola-hoops or towels. One child is the &ldquoshark&rdquo and all others are &ldquofishes&rdquo. Have the fishes start out standing in a den and when the shark says &ldquoFishes, fishes cross my ocean&rdquo, the fishes must move to a different den. If they are tagged by the shark while moving to a different den, they too become a shark. You can take dens away as the game progresses to make it even harder to move from one to the other, and make it harder to stay in the &ldquosafe&rdquo zone.

Now we&rsquod like to hear from you! What outdoor activities do you love to do with your kids? Are you excited to get outside with them now that the weather is warmer? Share with us some of you favorite outdoor activities in the comments below! To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, create a review for a children&rsquos toy or any children&rsquos product. Reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on March 26th, 2012.