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FUN at Home!

This page was created to give families activities to do throughout the year, as well as delicious recipes to try, all from the comfort of their own homes. 

Check-in for daily and seasonal updates; as we will add and change activities according to holidays and time of year.  If you come across anything you'd like to add, send it to us at info@HesperiaParks.com!

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National Gorgeous Grandma Day

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Tie-Dye Beach Towel

Beach towels dyed with tie-dye, with name customization

Supplies:

  • Spray tie-dye kit
  • White beach or bath towels (the fluffier, the more absorbent)
  • Lots of duct tape
  • Really warm water to mix tie-dye
  • Color wheel (print out or keep on phone)

Directions:

1. Depending on the number of options available in the tie-dye set you’ve purchased, take a look at your color wheel and separate your bottles into primary, secondary, and tertiary categories.

2. Lay your towel out on a flat surface, smoothing it out. Using the tape and moving slowly, spell out your child’s name across the towel.

3. Next, on a covered surface or grass, put on your gloves and begin mixing up the tie-dye with the warm water.

4. With the gloves on, let the spraying begin! (Bottles get messy fast, make sure to have gloves on).

5. It’s perfectly fine to spray on tape.

6. Once the towel is fairly dry, flip it over and be sure to spray the backside! Flip back over and allow to dry completely. Wash the towels separately twice alone in the wash.

7. Viola! Monogrammed beach towels!

 

 

Funfetti popsicles

Funfetti Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dye-free sprinkles divided

Instructions:

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the yogurt, honey, milk, and vanilla extract until completely smooth.

2. Add in ¼ cup of sprinkles and mix until well combined.

3. Spoon the mixture into your yogurt molds.

4. Add the extra sprinkles on top of the yogurt. Slide in popsicle stick.

5. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until frozen.

Notes:

Popsicle amount: this recipe makes 6-3.1 ounce popsicles, depending on the size of your molds, you may need to make more or less of this recipe.

Yogurt: You can also use vanilla greek yogurt instead of the plain yogurt and honey. Still use two cups. Recipe By: Baby Foode

 

 

Giant Bubbles

Giant bubbles

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 cup dish soap
  • 2 tablespoons glycerin

Notes about recipe:

  • Distilled water is preferred, but you can also use tap water
  • Make sure you use baking powder and not baking soda
  • If you don’t know what cornstarch is, it’s the same as cornflour

Tools and Materials:
It will be a lot easier if you have these items:

  • Plastic bucket or dishpan
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon

Instructions:

1. Put 6 cups of water in bucket and vigorously whisk in cornstarch until it’s dissolved. Mix in the rest of the water and baking powder until it is all combined.

2. Add the soap and glycerin to the water mixture. Stir slowly with a wooden spoon. Don’t stir fast enough to make suds or foam in the bucket.

3. Let your homemade bubble solution sit for an hour or more before using.

Stir it gently for at least two minutes before making bubbles.

4. Stir every 10 to 15 minutes while you’re using it. The solids tend to settle at the bottom.

How to use giant bubble wand:

1. Hold the handles together and dip the entire cord or string of the wand into your bucket of solution.

2. Lift it up with the handles still together and slowly spread them apart into a window to form your giant bubble.

3. Bring the handles back together to close the strings and release the huge bubble into the air.

 

 

Edible Ice Cream Playdough

Edible Ice cream playdough

Materials:

  • Frosting- any color or flavor that you would like
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions:
1. In a bowl, put 1 cup of icing of your choice. (Note: Use regular frosting, not whipped)

2. Next, mix your powdered sugar in. Start with two cups and gradually work your way up to close to 3.

3. This is so much fun for the kids to make. When you start mixing, the powdered sugar in, it feels so soft and cloud-like. They will really love it!

4. You will know you have enough powdered sugar mixed in when you get your desired texture and it is no longer sticky.

5. Repeat the process for any other “flavors” of ice cream you would like to make.

6. For other fun flavors, you can always tint vanilla frosting and add in fun extracts such as mint. For the vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors, no extract is really needed. They smell just like the real thing already from the icing.

7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Before playing with it again, let it come to room temperature. If it has hardened some, just add a drop or two of olive oil and it will go back to being moldable. Recipe By: Crafty Morning

 

 

Bubble Art

Bubble Art

What you need:

  • Non-toxic bubble solution
  • Food coloring-concentrated (regular will be too dull to see on canvas)
  • White cardstock-12x12 size or canvas
  • Tape-masking tape for canvas or painters tape for white cardstock

How to make bubble art:

1. Start by taping your paper or canvas

Make sure to press the tape down firmly on all sides and edges so that the paint does not leak through. Even with doing this, you may have a small amount leak through.

For paper, you will want to use painter’s tape so that it doesn’t rip the paper off when you peel off the tape. For a canvas, use masking tape because paintes tape will not stick to the canvas surface.

Make a fun geometric design on the canvas, or you can add an intial on the canvas too.

2. Now, make your colored bubble solution! Use small bowls to pour bubble solutions into and then add food coloring to each bowl. Add 1 to 2 drops depending on how vibrant you want the colors to be. The more concentrated the solution, the more color that will come out when you blow the bubbles.

3. Mix the food coloring with the bubble solution

4. Now you can start blowing bubbles onto your paper or canvas

Keep blowing bubbles until you fill all of the areas around your tape. You want those areas to have enough bubble prints that you can see the design when you pull off the tape.

If you want the large circle bubble shapes, make sure to not blow too closely to the paper. Blow over top the paper and let the bubbles float down onto your page.

5. Carefully peel off the tape

For the paper version, you will want to go really slowly when peeling off the tape to avoid ripping the paper.

 

 

Raspberry Lemonade Slushies

May contain: juice, beverage, drink, plant, and smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Directions:

1. Toss ingredients in a blender and blend until ready. Recipe By: Cincy Shopper

 

 

 

 

 

 DIY Freeze Pop Sleeves

Freezepop Sleeves

Here’s what you need:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pen or marker
  • Freezepop (for measuring)
  • Foam stickers (or anything you want to use to decorate)

Directions:

Turn on the hot glue gun so it is nice and hot when you need it!

1. Start by laying the felt flat and placing a freeze pop (popsicle, etc.) on top. Fold the felt over to measure the amount needed to cover the freezer pop. Be sure to leave enough room for the glue! Mark a line where you will need to cut it.

2. Cut felt on the line. Use the hot glue gun to make two lines on the long side and bottom of the felt. (A single line of glue may not provide enough support to hold the freeze pop. Two lines of glue provide more reinforcement.)

3. Line up the edges and (carefully) press down on the felt to glue the sides together.

4. Allow the glue to cool and let the kids decorate!

5. This is a fun craft to let them personalize with their name, favorite colors, characters, stickers- whatever craft supplies you have lying around.

 

 

May contain: ice cream, cream, dessert, food, and creme

Disney's Frozen Dole Whip

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup pineapple juice

Instructions:
1. Blend all of the ingredients in a good quality blender or food processor, starting on low and slowly increasing the speed (start with just half of the pineapple juice and add more as you need it).

2. Enjoy immediately! You can also store it in the freezer for later, but let it thaw on the counter for 20 minutes before eating. Recipe By: Intrupix

 

 

DIY Kiddie Car Wash

Supplies:

  • 8 10 ft pieces of ¾” pvc pipe
  • 11 pvc t-joints
  • 7 pvc elbow-joints
  • 4 pvc cross joints
  • 4 pvc caps
  • 1 hose connector
  • 7 pool noodles
  • 5 sponges
  • Colored nylon rope
  • Plastic table cloths (you could also use trash bags)
  • Drill and 1/6” drill bit
  • Scissors
  • Hacksaw or pvc cutters
  • Permanent marker
  • For the decoration portion, you could really use a variety of supplies. To build the actual sprinkler, the cost is less than $25. Any additional cost comes from what you buy or have on hand to decorate with.
DIY Kiddie Car Wash

Instructions:

1. The first step is to cut the pvc pipes (sometimes they will do this for you at lowes). Cut 3 3-foot pieces, 26 2.5 foot pieces, 2 1-foot pieces, and 3 6-inch pieces.

2. Use one of the 6-inch pieces and attach it to the hose connector. For added stability of connection, glue together with pvc glue.

3. You will use the joints to connect all the 2.5-foot pieces together. The 3-foot pieces are the horizontal connectors at the top of the frame.The 1-foot pieces get capped off. The remaining two 6-inch pieces go at the top of the front, with caps on them and are used to stick the pool noodle on them.

4. Once the frame is built, you will need to drill holes in your structure. This is a bit of trial and error. You should end up with about 4 or 5 across each 3-foot piece, 2 or 3 on the vertical 2.5-foot pieces, and drill a hole in the top of the caps on the 1-foot pieces.

5. Once you have the holes and water working the way you want, then decorate! Pool noodles (cut in half), nylon cord, a few sponges, and some plastic table cloths. The “kiddie car wash” sign is just a folded plastic table cloth written on with permanent marker. Punch holes in the corners and attach to the frame.

6. All that is left is to turn the water on and have fun!

 

 

Watermelon Rice Krispies Treats

watermelon shaped rice krispies treats

What you will need:

  • 9 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 9 cups marshmallows
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • Red and green food coloring

Directions:
1. Mix in large microwave-safe bowl 4 cups of marshmallows and 3 tablespoons of butter. Place in the microwave. Start with 1 minute and move around. If it is still not melted, then put it in for another 30 seconds. The marshmallow will get puffy. Then add your green food coloring.

2. Now add in 4 cups of Rice Krispies to the green marshmallow mix.

3. Place this green mix around the greased pan making sure that it’s thinner than the red center.

Red Center:

1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, place the rest of the marshmallows and butter into bowl. Do as mentioned above in step 1, but this time add red food coloring.

2. Now add in 5 cups of Rice Krispies to the red marshmallow mix. Place the red mix in the middle of the greased pan to create the meat of the watermelon. Now add chocolate morsels on top of the red for seeds. Ta-da! You are done. Recipe By: Inspired by Family Mag

 

 

Kool-Aid Slushies

Easy Kool-Aid Slushies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 1 kool-aid packet
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 4 cups of ice

Instructions:

1. Blend everything together

2. Blend until smooth

Notes:
1. Try mixing kool-aid flavors for a fun new flavor. 
Recipe By: Kid Friendly Things to Do

 

 

DIY Bean Bag Toss

Materials:

  • Printer and paper
  • Clay pot saucers- 8”- get five or six (if you want to use the 100 point value)
  • Spray paint-white
  • Spray adhesive and/or mod podge outdoors
  • Bean bags in various colors

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
DIY bean bag toss

Instructions:

1. Protect the work surface and place your clay saucers down. Spray them evenly with paint and let dry for at least 20 minutes. Turn over and repeat. Continue doing this until your saucers are evenly coated on both sides and dry.

2. Print out the included bean bag printable on presentation paper (which is more durable), then cut out the circles using your scissors. Point values of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 100.

3. Working one number and saucer at a time, coat the back of the paper with a light layer of spray adhesive.

4. Smooth your number down inside the saucer until it completely adheres. Repeat with the other numbers.

5. Seal the numbers to the terra cotta pot saucers with mod podge outdoor or another water-resistant sealer. Let dry for 24 hours before using.

Notes: Always remember to use spray paint in a well-ventilated area! To play, let each person take a turn with all bean bags. Add up the total score. The player with the largest score wins!

 

 

Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Bites

Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers

Ingredients:

  • 27 crispy crown potatoes (round tater-tots)
  • ¾ lb lean ground beef
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches onion powder
  • 3 slices yellow American cheese
  • 3 slices crispy cooked bacon

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Arrange crispy crowns in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes turning halfway through.

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix ground beef, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Shape into little patties about 1 inch round and relatively flat. Place in a single layer on separate baking sheet. Place in oven and bake 10 minutes flipping halfway through.

4. Divide each cheese and bacon slice into ninths. On a baking sheet, top each crispy crown with a burger, cheese slice, and bacon. Place back in the oven until the cheese is melted; approx. 2-3 minutes.

Notes:

You can bake both the crispy crowns and burgers in the same oven simultaneously just on different baking sheets. Recipe By: Small Town Woman

 

 

Game of Twister with Colored Shaving Cream

Twister with colored shaving cream

Supplies:

  • Disposable pans for mixing
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Twister mat

Directions:

1. Mix shaving cream with food coloring in a disposable pan, in red, yellow, blue, and green.

2. Scoop colors onto coordinating twister mat.

3. Play!

4. Squirt kids with a water hose.

 

 

Sponge Lei

Sponge lei

Supplies needed:

  • Colorful package of sponges
  • Knitting needle (or bamboo skewers)
  • Sturdy large needle
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

Directions:

1. Cut the sponges into a variety of shapes. Poke a hole through the sponge with the knitting needle or skewer. Try to remember where you made the hole and then push the needle with yarn through the hole.

2. These sponge leis will be a staple this summer!

3. Now just wet sponges and wear your necklace.

 

 

Garlic Toast Pizza

Garlic toast pizza

Ingredients:

  • Frozen garlic toasts
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of your choice (optional)

Instructions:

1. Bake the garlic toast according to package directions, but pull it out of the oven about 2 minutes before it is finished

2. Top the almost-done garlic toast with pizza sauce, cheese, and the toppings of your choice (use the sauce very sparingly, otherwise the middle can get soggy).

3. Place back in the oven on the broil setting for 2-4 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and starts to brown. Recipe By: The Lazy Dish

 

 

DIY Water Blob

Supplies needed:

  • 10’x25’ plastic sheeting-either 3 millimeter or 6 millimeter
  • Duct tape- you can find patterned or colored duct tape to make the water blob stand out more
  • Scissors
  • Hose and water
  • Small towel
  • These supplies are enough to make two water blobs AND they’re reusable to an extent.
DIY water blob

How to make:

Step 1: Cut your plastic sheeting to size

To begin, cut your plastic sheet to your desired dimensions. Then, fold the sheet in half and then line up along the corners.

Using the folded line means you only have to tape 3 sides, which saves a bit of time.

Step 2: Start sealing your blob

To get started, tape the corners to make sure there is a good seal. Make sure to overlap the corner pieces for extra support.

Then tear off a long strip of duct tape and lay it underneath the bottom layer of the sheeting. Fold against itself the top layer to create the seal.

Repeat this along the 3 sides, leaving a small gap at one corner for the hose to fit in.

Step 3: Fill your blob

Once you have sealed all sides, place the empty blob in the area where you want to place it (once it is full, you won’t be able to move it!)

Find a flat surface for your blob. If you put it on unleveled ground, it will make the blob heavier on one side.

After you have picked a good spot, have your little helper turn on the hose for you. If you have older kids, this is a great time for them to hold the hose in or push out any air bubbles in the sheeting.

When it is almost full, hold up the corner and turn off the hose. Grab the towel and dry off the corner. Seal the remaining portion off with duct tape. Check for holes and leaks and repair/reseal as needed.

Water blob notes and tips

The kids’ heels pull on the sheeting, so you may need to do some repair work. This is fairly easy to do by wiping off the area and placing a piece of duct tape on it. The more full of water your blob is, the more pressure will be put on the plastic, and the higher the chance of holes or tears.

Air pockets are normal. They add a cool bubbly effect to the blob.

You can reuse your blob! Just pull back the host entry area you used to fill it up and drain it. Then, drape it over a table, some chairs, or even a fence to dry out a bit. If you don’t allow it to fully dry, mildew might set in eventually.

Add flat foam shapes before taping and watch them move as you play.

Add a sprinkler. If you want to add some water to the outside of the blob, you can turn on a sprinkler for more fun! Just watch out cause it will get slippery!

 

 

Ice cream in a bag

Ice Cream in a Bag

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream or half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ½ tsp sugar (turbino or granulated)

Directions:

1. Place ingredients into a tightly sealed sandwich-sized bag, pressing the air out as you seal it. Then put this into another tightly sealed sandwich bag. Fill a gallon-size resealable bag halfway full of ice cubes, and mix with 6 tablespoons of coarse kosher salt. Then put the sealed sandwich bag into the middle of the ice, and seal the larger bag. Doubling up the gallon size bags as well is recommended, especially if you have little helpers.

Making the ice cream:

1. To make the ice cream, get moving! You need to shake the bag for about 5-10 minutes. You can play games and toss the bag to one another to give the bag some shakes. Every time the bag is caught, give it a few extra shakes before throwing it again. This method will take closer to 10 minutes for the ice cream to form.

3. Then it’s time to share the ice cream! Recipe By: Growing a Jeweled Rose

 

 

Chalk Ice

Sidewalk chalk ice

Supplies:

  • Corn starch
  • Water
  • Sidewalk chalk- the leftover reminants of old chalk are perfect for this!
  • Ice cube tray-or small plastic containers
  • Mini craft sticks
  • This recipe will fill up 2-3 small ice cubes in a tray. If you want more of one color, double or triple the recipe.

Notes on staining:

  • Suggested- have a high pressure spray hose ready to rinse off when you’re done. Do not leave it sitting out in the hot sun for too long. Try testing the chalk ice in an inconspicuous area and then try washing it away with water. This sidewalk ice chalk should rinse off easily with regular water like sidewalk chalk does. However, it’s better to rinse it off while still wet once you are done with the activity.
  • Tip: Wet your sidewalk chalk before you paint, this will allow the paint to glide better on the surface when painting. It also makes clean-up much easier.
  • A note about sidewalk chalk: sidewalk chalk is designed to be washable but can sometimes stain newer driveways or sidewalks if the surface still has open surface pores in the concrete which can absorb the colorants. Always read the packaging of the chalk you purchase.

How long does the ice chalk last?

  • This ice paint will need to be used the same day. Once you take it out of the freezer, it will start to melt and the popsicle sticks may start to separate from the ice if it melts too much. If you want to make a large batch, use a few colors at a time and keep the rest in the freezer for another day.
  • Another option is if you do not want to freeze it- you can use it as paint with a paintbrush instead.

Clean-up tips:

  • Clean-up time! When you are finished, simply spray it down with a garden hose on the highest pressure setting.
  • Recommended- Spray while paint is still wet and do not let it dry in the sun. If this happens, get a brush broom to help scrub some of the paint off while spraying with water.
  • If you are still having difficulty cleaning up, wet the paint and wait 5 minutes. Then spray the area with the highest pressure setting on your nozzle and as close to the paint as possible on a slight angle.

Instructions:

1. Start by grating a sidewalk chalk piece into a measuring cup that pours. Use a small grater if you don’t have a small grater, then grate into a larger bowl and then transfer to a pouring cup. You will use about half a sidewalk chalk piece per color.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into the measuring cup.

3. Add 4 tablespoons of water.

4. Mix with a whisk.

5. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray or small plastic container.

6. Repeat for each color you’d like to make. Double or triple the recipe to make a larger batch. This recipe will fill 2-3 cubes.

7. Add mini popsicle sticks into the ice cube trays. You can lean them to one side to keep them standing up.

8. Freeze.

9. Once frozen, let the ice cube tray sit out for a few minutes so that you can easily pull the paintsicles out.

 

 

Watermelon Pizza

May contain: plant, fruit, food, watermelon, and melon

Ingredients:

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ cup strawberries, sliced in half
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup cherries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • Honey or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions:

1. Use a sharp knife, cut off a slice of watermelon right down the middle, about 2-3 inches thick.

2. Using a spatula, spread on an even layer of your yogurt around the watermelon leaving a bit of empty space at the top. (Where your “pizza crust” is)

3. Layer your fresh fruit on top as you please. You can add as little or as many toppings as you’d like!

4. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for a little extra sweetness if desired.

Notes:

Use a sharp knife to cut the watermelon, to get nice even cuts.

Use any berries or fruit you love on top of this watermelon pizza. Recipe By: Choosing Chia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Cup Instruments

Create these quick and easy instruments and allow your kids to make their own music as they play to the beat of their own drum. 

3 different sized paper cups with balloons stretched over top of all three to create paper cup drums. With paper straws next to them for drum sticks

What You Need:

  • Paper cups- assorted sizes are a good way to experiment with the different sounds they make, but one size will do too
  • Elastic Bands
  • Duct Tape
  • Beads
  • Rice, dried lentils, beads, or similar to make shakers
  • Straws, preferably paper
  • Balloons to make drums, or you could also use paper and tape it on

Instructions:

Paper Cup Drums-

Blow a balloon up and let the air out to give it a bit of a stretch and then cut the tip off. Stretch the balloon over the top of the cup, grab a couple of paper straws and now you have a drum! Try making them with cups of different sizes and experiment with the sound they make. Even create a whole drum set with cups of different sizes.

Paper Cup Shakers-

Fill paper cups with rice (or lentils, dried beans, or similar) and make shakers by sticking them together with duct tape. You will need to cut slits in the duct tape all around it horizontally so that it fits a bit better to the tapered edge of the cup. A bigger cup will sound different than a smaller cup, and filling it with different things will create new and interesting sounds.

Paper Cup Guitars-

Put a rubber band over your cup and it becomes a 'guitar' (with a little stretch of the imagination). To make it more interesting, use different sizes of cups and rubber bands and see the difference it makes.

 

 

 Virtual Theme Park Rides

Just because theme parks are closed, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the excitement of the rides. Click the links below and display these exciting rides on your big screen in the living room, or on any electronic device and get taken away on the thrills of these rides from the comfort of your own home.

Walt Disney's Space Mountain

Universal Studio's Jurrasic Park

Walt Disney's Frozen Ever After

 

 

Rain Cloud in a Jar

Mason jar filled with water and shaving cream at the top with drops of food coloring on the top with the colors seeping through to create a raincloud in a jar

Although outside has been hot and dry, doesn't mean we can't have a little rain. With these rain clouds in a jar, your kids not only will have fun, but they will also see, in their own way, how rainy day clouds give water to the earth.

 

Materials:

  • Glass jar or clear container 
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Dropper
  • Small cups
  • Water
  • Shaving cream

Instructions:
1. Begin by filling your jar or see-through container almost all the way to the top with water.
2. Layer shaving cream on top of the water to the top of the jar or container.
3. Fill some small cups up with water. If you are using liquid watercolors, you can pour them directly into the smalls cups instead.
4. Place a few drops of food coloring into each of the small cups and stir. Again, if you are using liquid watercolors, you can skip this step. Alternatively, you can drip the food coloring directly onto the shaving cream, but it will seep through much faster, and the colors will muddle together quickly, not allowing you to get the whole effect for long.
5. Using an eyedropper, have your child add drops of food coloring/colored water to the shaving cream cloud. 
6. Watch as the colors seep down through the "clouds" and begin to rain into the jar.

 

 

Obstacle Course Using Paper Streamers

Using a roll of paper streamers, tape lines across a hallway wall both high and low in a zig zag pattern. Challenge your kids to walk through without breaking the streamers!

Young boy with leg up to try and get through the paper streamer obstacle course set in front of him in the hallway

 

 

Create Your Own Egg Geode

3 different color dyed eggs with salt crystals in them to create egg geodes

 

What you will need:

  •   3-4 Raw Eggs
  •   Craft Glue
  •   Epsom Salt
  •   Food Coloring
  •   Small Containers
  •   Small Paint Brush
  •   Toothpick
  •   Water
  •   Small Pot and Stove
  •   Screw Driver (Optional)

Directions:
1. To make your egg geode, carefully crack your egg at the narrow end. It may be easier to do this by tapping with a small screw driver.
2. Slowly widen the hole in the egg until it is larger than a quarter.
3. Empty the contents of the egg into a bowl. You can use this to a make a recipe, of your choice, with the kids after.
4. Rinse the egg shell out. Then, gently rub your finger around the inside of the shell to remove the egg's membrane. 
5. Once the membrane is removed, turn the egg upside down on a paper towel and let it dry completely before the next step. *If you want, you can dye the egg shell before letting it dry. You can dye your eggshells separately, and then add a second color later for the crystals.
6. Once the egg shells dry, use a paint brush to coat the entire inside of the shells with a layer of craft glue.
7. Sprinkle Epsom salt onto the glue, shaking off any excess. This will act as a starter to help grow your crystals in your homemade geode.
8. Let the glue dry completely. 
9. Once the glue is dry, boil 1 cup of water.
10. Remove from heat source and stir 1/2 cup of Epsom salt. Stir it until it is completely dissolved.
11. Continue stirring in 1-2 tablespoons of salt at a time until it no longer dissolves. Your super-saturated solution should be thicker than water when you stir it.
12. Place each hallow egg into a small container. (You could also use a styrofoam egg carton for this part.)
13. Use a small ladle to fill each egg with your super-saturated salt solution.
14. Add a drop or two of food coloring and stir with a toothpick.
15. Place the eggshells somewhere they won't get disturbed. (The top of the fridge is a good place.)
16. Check your egg experiment daily, and use a toothpick to break any solid layers that may form on top. You want the water to be able to evaporate!
17. After a few days, the water will dissolve, leaving behind beautiful homemade geodes!

 

 

Online Painting Lessons and Supply Delivery

Different bottles of paint with paint brushes and a canvas. Supplies for the online painting class

Shine Bright Paint Parties is delivering paint supplies to the whole high desert so you can have your own paint party at home by following along with their live Facebook events!

Wednesday evening 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday afternoon 1-3 p.m.

From their Facebook post: 

"For those that have supplies, like our page and tune in! For those in need of supplies, we will be delivering canvas, easels, chalk, brushes, paper plates, water cups and paint to your door (all sanitized). The link to our website as well as our FB page are below. Please check us out and see what we do; we would love to share our joy with you!

If you’re in need of an ‘at home paint kit’, we are asking $30 for the 11x14 kit and $25 for the 8x10 kit (best suited for little artists). ALL of the kit supplies that yours to keep (easel, canvas, brushes, chalk, paint, paper plates, water cup). We will make canvas/paint deliveries every week for those that want to participate in classes and will be asking $15 (11x14) and $12 (8x10) for delivery of the non-reusable supplies (paper plates, canvas, paint). If you already have supplies, please just join our livestream and paint some fun.

Shine Bright was started in an effort to bring joy to families facing the challenges of special needs, if your family is facing a hardship or are a special needs family, let us know. We would love to bless you!

Our mission is to spread joy in this dark time and don’t want anyone to be left out. We are delivering to the entire high desert area (Barstow, Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Adelanto, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Helendale, Wright Wood, Oak Hills). Contact us today so that we can make your painting experience a fun and memorable one!

We deliver supplies on Monday and Tuesday, so please let us know what you need so that we can get the supplies to you! Each week we choose new paintings, but if you like one that’s been done, let us know! All of our paints are available on our FB page, we are happy to bring you the colors needed for any of our paintings! Also, if there is something that you or your little want to paint, let us know, we would love to hear your ideas!

Blue clouds with a orangish red sunset over the mountains with streams of sunlight shining onto a field of sunflowers painted onto a canvas

This process will be ongoing until we can paint with you in person again, so let us know how to serve you best! We currently accept Venmo, PayPal (please add $2 to offset fees) & Zelle (payment info below). We will not be accepting in person payments for everyone’s safety.

We are in this together and while we can’t meet in person to paint, we can still fill our world with color, love and joy!

https://www.facebook.com/ShineBrightPaintNight/

Www.shinebrightpaint.net

Payment info:
PayPal: ShineFoundationCa@gmail.com (please add $2 to offset fees)
Zelle: (760)373-0188 (Caleb S.)
Venmo: @ShineFoundation
PLEASE MESSAGE A DELIVERY ADDRESS WHEN SENDING PAYMENT 🎨🙏"

 

 

Water Bottle Holder Decorating Contest

great job!

 

 

 

Build a B​​ug Hotel

Build a Bug Hotel. Insects are essential to your garden, especially bees and ladybugs! Have fun making your own Bug Hotel, then watch your new little friends move in! 1. Gather your materials. The material you use will attract different types of insects. Ladybugs love hollow stems. Mason bees don't sting and live alone, so they like to find wood with holes to nest in. You can also use bricks, pine cones, corn cobs, sticks, or bark to attract other creatures. The possibilities are pretty endless. Think natural, and what's already growing around your yard or local area. 2. You'll need a house, or something to hold it all together. Cut the top and bottom off of a water bottle (making a tube to hang with string), cut the front off a milk jug weighted with rocks and stacked with TP or cut paper towel rolls, use a clay pot turned on its side, a wood box, etc. 3. Make or Bug Hotel nice and comfortable! Stuff it with all the materials so they don't blow away. Hang a "Welcome Home" sign, and enjoy! Draw pictures of your friends, name them, look up facts and write about them. Insects are awesome!

 

 

Healthy Granola Bars

Healthy Granola Bars. Next time you plan a day at the park, you might want to pack a healthy and delicious snack. We have you covered. Have fun making these Granola Bars jus the way you like for a yummy treat! Healthy Granola Bars (By Chocolate Covered Katie) 2 cups rolled oats, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup rice crispies, 3/4 cup oat flour (or blend oats to make your own), 1/4 cup raw agave or honey, 1/4 cup brown sugar or 1/8 teaspoon stevia, 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed banana, 1 teaspoon vanilla, variations (this is where you get creative. Add marshmallows, raisins, cinnamon, nutella, nuts, chia seeds, coconut, cranberries, peanut butter, etc.) Instructions: Line an 8" pan with parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (can be eaten raw). Stir together dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk liquid ingredients together in a separate bowl, then stir into dry. Transfer to the prepared pan. Smooth down firmly, using a second sheet of parchment paper or wax paper. Press down as hard as you can. For no-bake granola bars, chill until firm (will be firmer if you use coconut oil). For baked granola bars, cook on the center rack for 18 minutes, then press down firmly again. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

 

 

 

Creative Writing Contest

Click Here to view the winners!

Creative Writing Contest Winner paper; Hesperia Park is my favorite park because I can feed duck and play and have picnics and that's why I love Hesperia Parks.
Creative Writing Contest Flyer.pdf

 

 

 

Make an Ice Cream Truck Out of Boxes

Two little girls sitting in an ice cream truck made from cardboard boxes

Do you have a ton of boxes laying around from all those deliveries?  Use them to make an ice cream truck, food truck, or storefront.  Use your imagination!  Not only is it fun to make but fun to play in afterward.  
We got this idea from https://cortneywheeler.com/quarantine-activities-for-kids-our-favorite-things-to-do-at-home/, but there are a lot more examples online.

Ice cream truck covered with wrapping paper to give it a design with pink and white banner above window of truck, with drawn on tires and a sign saying the name of the ice cream truck company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Since we're talking about ice cream... this looks fun AND delicious!  Gather:  ice cream sandwiches (even different flavors if you'd like), whipped cream (or pudding, jam, or all of the above), and different candies and toppings of choice.  You can make either your own individual, personal-sized cakes on a plate OR put them all together on a lined cookie sheet to make one BIG cake.  Unwrap the ice cream sandwiches, use the whipped cream as frosting, and have fun decorating to your ♥'s desire.  

 

 

PieGraph Pizzeria Take & Bake Pizzas

4 boxes of pizza with a small to-go box with a sandwich from PieGraph Pizzeria

Try PieGraph's new Take & Bake Pizzas and Homemade Pizza Kits and get the whole family involved! 
According to their Facebook post:  "We have daily specials every day so we can save you and your family money as well. Our food is made fresh daily with fresh produce, not processed food. We have something for everyone along with our Gluten-Free Crust (100% Cauliflower with egg whites and cheese) also low carbs for you Keto Dieters. Our pizza and specialty salads, subs, wings and spaghetti are rated almost 5 out of 5 stars on all apps."
PieGraph Pizzeria (in the 76 station)
12720 Main St
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 947-3900
Hours Sunday thru Thursday - 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday -  11:00 am to 9:00 pm

PieGraph Pizzeria Take and Bake Pizza Kits; Now selling Pizza kits, and spend time with your family making your own pizza. Large 20 oz dough ball, our pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, garlic oil or any base you want with two toppings for only $9.95 you can make up to an 18" pizza depending on how you want your crust thickness. For pick up, call in or delivery. We can deliver any take and bake or pizza kits for free delivery if ordered by 3 pm same day delivery. $20 minimum

 

 

J Cruz Gymnastics Virtual Gymnastics Classes

$25 per household
"Our classes are geared to anyone who loves moving their bodies.  Whether gymnastics or any other sport is part of your daily life, we are opening up our virtual classes to others so we all can stay moving, stay strong and flexible.  Our classes run about 15-35 mins long depending on age and subject for the day.  No special equipment needed just an area that a cartwheel or handstand would fit."

For more info please send an email to Jcruzgym2014@gmail.com.
A waiver will be emailed.

Classes are:

Tuesday and Thursday
5:00 pm
: under 5 years, great for PreK and parent and me kids
5:30 pm: 5 and up, beginners grade school age

Wednesday
9:30 am:
under 5, great for the PreK and parent and me kids
10:00 am: 5 and up, great for beginners grade school age

J Cruz Gymnastics Virtual Gymnastics Classes $25 per household. Our classes are geared to anyone who loves moving their bodies. Whether gymnastics or any other sport is part of your daily life we are opening up our virtual classes to others so we all can stay moving, stay strong and flexible. Our classes run about 15-35 minutes long depending on age and subject of the day. No special equipment needed just an area that a cartwheel or handstand can fit. For more info please send an email to jcruzgym2014@gmail.com. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 pm for under 5 years, great for PreK and parent and me kids. 5:30 pm for 5 and up, beginners grade school age. Wednesday 9:30 am for under 5, great for PreK and parent and me kids. 10:00 am for 5 and up, great for beginners grade school age
J Cruz Virtual Classes Flyer

 

 

Mail a Hug

Has it been a while since you've seen your loved ones in person?  Here's a cute idea that's sure to bring smiles and make someone's day.  We found it on https://www.theleangreenbean.com/mail-a-hug/ where there are full directions and more information.

Mail a Hug. Photos of kids who have made a mail a hug drawing and sent it to their loved ones.

 According to the website:

  1. Spread out a long sheet of butcher paper. 
  2. Trace the child’s head, arms, and upper torso onto the paper. 
  3. You can either cut it out now or decorate first and then cut. Thye used paint but markers or crayons would work just fine!
  4. Print or write out the message below to accompany the hug.
  5. Fold it all up, put in an envelope and mail!

Here’s the message we use:

“I miss you when you’re far away.
I’d love to see you every day.
But since I can’t come over to play,
I’m mailing you a hug today.

So although it might be quite a sight,
wrap my arms around you tight.
Repeat daily to keep your smile bright,
until we get to reunite!”

 

Craft at Home with JOANN

Subscribe to their YouTube channel to get new craft-at-home videos every weekday at 10am and 7pm! They share kid & family-friendly ideas in the morning and crafts for grown-ups in the evening.  Use the hashtag #handmadewithjoann to show them what you've made. (We'd L♥VE to see it too, so feel free to post it to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HesperiaParks/)

Click Here to go to the Playlist of craft ideas.


 

Recreation BINGO

Running out of things to do at home? Hesperia Recreation and Park District is here to help! Play Recreation BINGO with our original BINGO card. Challenge your friends, family and/or classmates to compete to get a BINGO! Take pictures and/or videos and share with us on our Facebook or Instagram!

Hesperia Recreation and Park District Bingo. Bingo sheet is 5 squares by 5 squares with different activities written in each square of things you have done during quarantine or ideas of things to do. Listed are the activities in order going from top to bottom of each row. Starting at the far left row. Start writing a journal, create a new board game, build your own obstacle course, make your own hopscotch, do yard work, wave "hello" to the mailman, start/plant a garden, write a letter to a friend, have a picnic in your living room, build a fort inside, teach your pet a new trick, play soup-can bowling, free space, make a time capsule, read one book, learn to sew crochet or knit, bird watch, build a bird house, complete a 100 piece puzzle, create your own word search, start a virtual book club, make your own playdough, watch the sunrise, make a dance video
Recreation BINGO - printable

 

 

Beachbody Kids Workouts

With school out, use Beachbody's workouts for kids to stay healthy and fit!  Celebrity trainers Tony Horton, Shaun T, and Leandro Carvalho are temporarily providing these workouts for free during the stay at home order.  Make fitness FUN and a part of your daily routine!

https://vimeo.com/showcase/6880106

May contain: person, human, apparel, clothing, people, and shorts

 

 

Customize Your Zoom Background

Nickelodeon offers free customizable Zoom backgrounds!  If your new norm consists of non-stop video conferences and virtual classroom time, you’re probably familiar with the Zoom app.  But did you know that you can customize your background? Hide that messy kitchen (no judgment!) or add some humor with their downloadable backgrounds here:
http://www.nickelodeonparents.com/customizable-nickelodeon-zoom-backgrounds/

Then find the full instructions on how to upload to Zoom here: 
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background

Spongebob Squarepants Pineapple house Zoom background

 

 

The Genius of Play

This website has TONS of great resources for parents and kids, to keep kids engaged and entertained during the stay-at-home order.  https://thegeniusofplay.org/  

Use the links below to easily navigate to a category that meets your children’s interests.

 

 

Daily Home Work-ins by Planet Fitness

https://www.facebook.com/pg/planetfitness/videos/

 

Hesperia Pizza Factory's Pizza Making Kits 

Pick up pizza making kits from Hesperia Pizza Factory, support your local businesses, and have a FUN night with the family!  Give them a call in advance and they'll get them ready for pick up.  They do deliver with a $15 minimum.  Calling ahead is probably best, but they do have a few on hand if you're in a rush. 

Pizza Factory pizza and Pizza kit

(760) 948-8024

14135 Main St, Ste 101
Hesperia, California 92345

Do you know a Hesperia business offering family-fun activities?  Let us know!  We'd love to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Become a Cat and Kitten Foster Parent

Experienced Cat Foster parents are needed by the Hesperia Animal Shelter.  Now, that sounds like a good time!

Hesperia Animal Shelter; Mother cats and kittens Foster parents needed immediately. Please email jnunez@cityofhesperia.us or call (760) 947-1085

 


Owl Spotters Wanted

Become a citizen scientist and help save wild burrowing owls. This is AWESOME!
Help scientists classify burrowing owl photos, noting how many birds, ages (adult, juvenile, or fluffy chicks), activity (eating, mating, other), and prey items (as fierce little hunters, it could be anything from a grasshopper to a snake!). There may also be “visitors” at the burrow, like roadrunners, coyotes, or rabbits. You get to classify and decide! 

Click Here for more information and to get started!

 

Livestream Concerts

Click Here for a list of virtual concerts online from various artists.


 

Watch a live, virtual classical concert

Click Here for an updated list of free classical concerts you can listen to and watch online:  https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2020/03/16/free-online-classical-concerts

 

See how this classroom raised trout:

Teachers! Click here for more information on CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's Classroom Aquarium Education Program and how to join: https://wildlife.ca.gov/CAEP.

 

 

Visit Aquariums, Zoos, and Parks ... virtually

 

 

Tiger laying on grass
  • Our friend Allison shared this great resource, an interesting article, she found about the San Diego Zoo and animal conservation. Animal Conservation.  Thanks Allison! 
Cheetah

 

Yosemite National Park

 

Live Storytime, Concerts & More

Please be patient with the hosts of these streams as the technology is new to many of them. 
 

 

  • Kids' cooking lessons with $5 Dinners:  You can find the menu for the week, shopping lists, and previous videos on the $5 Dinners website. This is the $5 Dinners Facebook page, where you should be able to watch the Facebook Live videos weekdays at 10:00 PST.
Easy and Fun Cooking Lessons for Kids Live on Facebook. Join Erin Chase and her boys weekdays @ 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time
(That's 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time)

 

 

 

(This list will be updated and added to regularly.  Keep checking back!)