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FUN at Home!

With all the program cancellations and facility closures, along with the "shelter at home" order statewide, we here at the Hesperia Recreation and Park District want to make sure you still have access to plenty of things to do to keep your mind and body active and having FUN!

Check-in f​​or updates; we will add to this list as we find more to do.  If you come across anything you'd like to add, send it to us at info@HesperiaParks.com!

Scroll down for Community Resources we've found so far, and please share with us if you know of any we've missed. 

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Fizzy Pots; St. Patrick's Day Science

Fizzy Pops

You will need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • 6 small black pots (or one pot is fine too)
  • Glitter and fake gold coins (optional)
  • Baster, squeeze bottle, or ladle
  • Tray

How to set up:

Step 1: Start by setting out a tray with your six little black leprechaun pots. You can do a rainbow of colors or you can simply set up one pot for this fizzy experiment.

Step 2: Next, you want to add food coloring to your pots. You can even throw in some coloring mixing skills here if you have the standard red, yellow, blue, and green liquid food coloring bottles. Alternatively, you can color 6 containers of vinegar that the kids can slowly pour into each pot of baking soda (after step 3 is complete.)

Step 3: Once the food coloring is added or you have decided to use separate containers for colored vinegar, go ahead and scoop in the baking soda.

Step 4: Time to observe what happens when you add the vinegar to the pots. Mix up a rainbow of fizzy fun with a simple combination of baking soda and vinegar.

 

 

Rainbow Waffles

Rainbow waffles with whipped cream clouds and rainbow sprinkles

Ingredients:

  • Waffle mix
  • Food coloring
  • Whipped cream
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray (if your iron requires it)
  3. Prepare waffle batter (homemade or box) and separate into six separate bowls.
  4. Add a couple of drops of food coloring to each bowl and mix until you get your six rainbow colors: yellow, green, purple, orange, red, and blue.
  5. To make the waffles neater, add the batter into pastry bags or ziplock bags and snip the corner.
  6. Add one color to the center, and continue adding colors until all are used. 
  7. Cook waffle according to your waffle maker directions. 
  8. Remove and allow to slightly cool. Break in half, decorate with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. Recipe By: Mommy's Fabulous Finds

 

 

Rainbow Pot of Gold Craft

Rainbow pot of gold chain with leprechaun hat at top

What’s needed:

  • Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Black cardstock

Directions:

       1. Cut 1 strip of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue cardstock.

       2. Interlock each color one by one in a rainbow pattern and staple each strip closed.

       3. Now take the green cardstock and cut a rectangle out, wrap to make a cylinder and staple. Then cut a black strip and staple a handle on.

       4. Cut two circles out of the green cardstock and glue to the top and bottom of the cylinder.

       5. Next, take a strip of black cardstock, add glue, and place around the bottom of the cylinder. Glue a gold glitter stock square on top of the black strip.

       6. Now, take a piece of your black cardstock and cut out a pot shape. Then glue cut-out glitter circles to the top of the pot.

       7. Cut one more black strip and loop it through the blue chain then glue both ends to the back of the pot. 

       8. Then, add glue to the bottom of the hat and carefully stick the red chain to it.

       9. Now you have a cute St. Patrick’s Day craft to hang on your front door or doorway!

 

 

Rainbow Weather Snack

What you need:

  • Graham crackers
  • Blue frosting
  • Marshmallows
  • Rainbow airhead candy
Rainbow weather snack; graham cracker with blue frosting, mini marshmallow clouds and airheads extremes rainbow

How to Make:

In order for the rainbow airhead to stand up, it helps to have a thicker layer of frosting, and putting the marshmallow clouds down first to “bookend” the rainbow and hold it in place. Also, trim down the rainbow just a touch so it isn’t too long.
For more cloud fun, use two different sized marshmallows. Marshmallow bits and mini marshmallows.
Recipe By: Kristen Duke

 

 

Leprechaun Lookers

Binoculars made from paper rolls designed with green paint, green pipe cleaners and green pom poms

Supplies:

  • 2 toilet paper rolls
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Decorations- pipe cleaner, sequins, pom-poms, and craft jewels. (All in which can be found at Hobby Lobby or the dollar store.
  • Hole Punch
  • String- can use embroidery floss

Directions:

  1.  Measure your paper and cut it the length of your paper rolls.
  2. Glue your paper onto your paper rolls. Glue the first part of your paper rolls, wrap it all the way around and glue to finish.
  3. Glue your rolls together. You can do this with regular glue, but they are much sturdier if you use hot glue for this step. ** If you wrap pipe cleaner around the rolls, you want to wait to glue your rolls together until you wrap the pipe cleaner.
  4.  Add your decorations! You can apply a dot of glue and stick items on.
  5.  Punch a hole on the side of the paper roll.
  6.  Tie your string onto your lookers. Just double knot the string at each hole and trim the extra.

 

 

Hidden Pot of Gold Brownies

Ingredients:

Hidden pot of gold brownie cups with green frosting

For brownie cups:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

For the frosting:

  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • Green food coloring gel
  • Gold sprinkles (gold stars, or other gold decorations)

Instructions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2.  Melt ½ cup butter for brownie cups. Add to sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Stir with wooden spoon.
  3.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder just until mixed. Do not beat or overmix.
  4.  Scoop 2 teaspoon size amounts onto a greased muffin pan (with each cavity about halfway full).
  5.  Bake for 15-18 minutes or until releasing from edges and a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  6.  Let cool and use back of a wooden spoon to push down the brownie center for gold. Pour in gold sprinkles.
  7.  In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, beat together butter and 2 cups powdered sugar. Add additional sugar 1 cup at a time. Add cream (or milk) and food coloring. Beat for 2-3 minutes on medium until light and fluffy.
  8.  Using a piping bag and fluted tip, swirl on a dollop of frosting to each brownie cup to hide the gold surprise! Top with a shamrock decoration or sprinkles. Recipe By: Pizzazzerie Entertain in Style

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Unicorn

Supplies:

  • Paper plate
  • Green, white, yellow, and gold cardstock paper
  • Shamrock punch
  • Heart punch
  • Green yarn
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
St. Patrick's Day Unicorn made from a paper plate

How to Make:

Step 1: Cut out the unicorn horn from gold cardstock paper. Wrap green yarn around the horn and glue it to the back of the horn. Glue the horn to the back of the paper plate.

Step 2: Use a black marker to draw the unicorn’s eyes and mouth.

Step 3: Use green cardstock paper and the two punches to create two hearts and a bunch of shamrocks.

Step 4: Cut out the ears using white and yellow cardstock paper and glue them to the top of the paper plate, one on each side of the horn.

 

 

 Lucky Charms Cheesecake

Lucky Charms cheesecake with lucky charms marshmallows on top

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups lucky charms cereal
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 oz whipped topping, softened
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 2 ½ cups lucky charms marshmallows

Instructions:

  1.  Prepare 9 inch pie pan.
  2.  In a food processor pulse cereal, then add butter and pulse together until it is crumbly. Add the cereal crumbs into the pie pan and flatten onto the pie pan.
  3.  In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, then add whipped topping, marshmallow fluff until well combined. Then add into the pie pan.
  4.  Place in the freezer for an hour then serve. Recipe By: Simply Bakings

 

 

 

Pot O' Gold Punch

Ingredients:

  • Clear soda
  • Green food coloring
  • Reddi Whip
  • Wilton Gold Color Mist
  • Airhead Xtremes
Pot o' Gold punch with whipped cream and airheads extremes candy on top

How to make St. Patrick’s Day Drink:

  1. Fill a glass with clear soda.
  2. Add 1-2 drops of green food coloring.
  3. Next, add Reddi whip. Then give it a spray with the color mist. For an added touch, get some spray on the mug as well!
  4. Add a little more Reddi whip, then add an airhead xtremes.
  5. You can also pick up some edible glitter and sprinkle that on top of the Reddi whip.
    Note: If it’s cold out, you can also make the same topper for some hot chocolate. Recipe By: Mama Cheaps

 

 

Shamrock Art with Chalk Pastels

Materials:

  • Shamrock printable
  • White cardstock
  • Black pastel paper, black drawing paper, or you can even try black construction paper
  • Chalk pastels
  • Q-tips or pastel blending stick (optional) 
  • Paper towels

Tools:

  • Spray fixative (optional)

Instructions:

Shamrock chalk art
  1.  Print your shamrock template onto white cardstock and print it out.
  2. Use printer's tape to tape it down in the middle of your paper. You can use black pastel paper, drawing paper, or even try construction paper.
  3. Have kids choose the pastel colors that they want to use. They can choose to do a rainbow theme, different shades of green, or any color combination that they like. 
  4. Draw thick lines around your template with chalk pastels. 
  5. Use your fingers, a blending stick, or q-tips to smudge the pastels in an outward direction all the way around your template. 
    Have lots of paper towels on hand for kids to wipe their hands on in between colors. 
  6. Carefully, lift the template to reveal your design! Blow off the excess pastel dust outside and use a q-tip or eraser to clean up any smudges on the inside of your shamrock. 

 

 

Rainbow Cupcakes with Rolo Pots of Gold

Cupcakes with blue frosting, white frosting clouds, a rolo with gold sprinkles and an airheads extreme

Ingredients:

  • Cupcakes
  • Blue buttercream frosting 
  • White buttercream frosting
  • Pastry bag
  • Pastry tip with 1/4 to 1/2 inch opening (Wilton 1A would work great)
  • Airheads rainbow candy
  • Rolos
  • Gold coarse shimmer glitter

Tips:

  • You can actually ask your local grocery store to frost cupcakes with blue frosting and no decorations.
  • If you want to use the frosting in plastic containers from the grocery store, you might have to add some powdered sugar to stiffen it up to help it hold the candy rainbow.

Directions:

  1. Frost cupcakes with blue frosting. Pipe on fluffy white frosting with 1/4 to 1/2 inch plain round pastry tip. Frosting needs to be stiff to help keep the candy rainbow in place. 
  2. Cut airhead extremes in half and place the ends into the white frosting. Add more white frosting if you want extra "clouds." Be sure not to cut the airhead rainbow candy too long. This will make a saggy rainbow.
  3. Pipe white frosting on the bottom of the Rolo candy. Dip the frosting in gold coarse sugar. 
  4. Place the candy pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Recipe By: Skip to my Lou

 

 

Leprechaun Boogers Fluffy Slime

Leprechaun Boogers fluffy slime

Ingredients:

  • Containers
  • 2/3 cup Elmer's White School Glue
  • 3 cups shaving cream (the old school foaming kind)
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp saline solution (must contain boric acid as an active ingredient)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Glitter
  • Plastic gold coins (optional)

How to make:

  1. Add glue to the mixing bowl.
  2. Add water and baking soda. Stir until combined. 
  3. Add shaving cream.
  4. Add food coloring and glitter. Stir until combined. 
  5. Add 1 tbsp of saline solution and mix. You will immediately start to feel the change in consistency. The mixture will start to pull off the sides of the bowl. Add 1/2 tbsp of saline solution and mix some more. Repeat until final 1/2 tbsp of saline solution. Continue mixing and at this point, if you're still using a spoon, you can dig in with your hands and mix the rest of the way. 

Note: Slime is fairly sticky, add a drop or two of baby oil to your hands to cut down on stickiness. 

 

 

 Leprechaun Trap

Materials:

Leprechaun trap with rainbow on top and slide going down into a hat filled with gold coins
  • Large cereal box
  • (2) 12"x18" sheets of green construction paper
  • (1) gold glitter cardstock
  • Mini St. Patrick's Day hat
  • (2) shamrock necklaces
  • (2) gold straws
  • gold coins
  • (4) cotton balls

How to make:

  1. Start by cutting the front and one side off your cereal box.
  2. Hot glue the bottom of the box together. 
  3. Cover the box and front piece with green construction paper.
  4. Glue the bigger part of the box to the front flat piece.
  5. Cut up gold straws and use them for a ladder. Rainbow-colored popsicle sticks would work too. 
  6. Glue extra piece of staw on inside to give the slide a little extra support.
  7. Cut the pieces of the shamrock necklace apart and glue the large shamrocks to each end of the straws. 

Making Leprechaun slide:

  1. Now cut out two long strips from the glitter cardstock. Glue these back to back. 
  2. Glue the small pieces of the necklace to the front side of the slide and larger pieces to the back wall. 
  3. Take one of the hats and glue pieces of the glitter cardstock to it. You want them to be just strong enough to hold up the gold coins. 
  4. Glue the hat at the bottom of the slide and cover with gold coins. Now when the Leprechaun slides down to get the coins, he'll slip right through into the trap. 

Add signs:

  1. Print or write your own signs that lead the Leprechaun to use the slide. Make signs that say things such as "This way to gold" and "To the end of the rainbow."

Add a rainbow:

  1. Print or make a rainbow and glue it to the top of the Leprechaun trap, then add a couple of cotton balls on each side for clouds. 
  2. Now you're ready to catch a Leprechaun!

 

 

Crepe Paper Shamrock

Paper four leaf clover covered with green crepe paper

Supplies:

Cost- Under $5

  • Green crepe paper (can subsitute green tissue paper)
  • White cardstock
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Shamrock template

Directions:

Ages-Preschool and older

  1. Print template onto white cardstock and cut it out. 
  2. Cut (or tear) crepe paper into small pieces. 
  3. Working in small sections, apply glue to the shamrock.
  4. Crumple the crepe paper and glue to the shamrock until the shamrock is covered.  

 

 

DIY St. Patrick's Day Gnome

Materials:

  • Glue gun 
  • Scissors
  • Lime green and green felt 
  • Orange fab lab craft fur (or similar fur)- found at JoAnn's
  • Shamrock stickers from Dollar Tree
  • Plaid craft ribbon (optional) from JoAnn's
  • Medium wooden thread spool (can use woodpile brand from Hobby Lobby)
  • 1/2" wooden round ball (can use woodpile brand from Hobby Lobby)
  • Styrofoam ball 
  • Floral wire
St. Patrick's Day gnomes

How to make:

  1. Create a hat template by cutting out a 7"x7" triangle shape with a glue tab as shown. Use the template to cut the hat shape out of the felt. Then cut out a regular strip of felt to glue around the spool (torso).
  2. Grab a piece of floral wire down the longest side of the hat. The wire will allow you to bend the hat into whimsical shapes. 
  3. Roll the felt into a cone hat shape and hot glue the seam.
  4. Hot glue the rectangular piece of felt around the spool. The beard will cover the seam. Then hot glue the styrofoam ball on top.
  5. Place the top of the styrofoam, pulling the hat about halfway down. This will help you gauge how to cut the beard. The beard is going to cover up all the ball in the front and will extend down to the "ground" in front of the gnome. 
  6. Cut a triangular shape of fur and glue it to the front of the styrofoam ball. The beard will lay better if you also track the sides down to the torso with a dab of hot glue. 
  7. Replace the hat and pull it down just to cover the top of the beard. The hat will be a little longer in the back which will completely cover the styrofoam ball. 
  8. Hot glue a 1/2" wooden ball right in the center and directly under the hat for the nose. 

 

 

Shamrock Sun Catcher

Supplies needed:

  • Wax paper
  • Shamrock printable
  • Scissors
  • Green tissue paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
Shamrock sun catcher

Directions:

  1. Cut small pieces of the green tissue paper. You can use different shades of green or all the same. You can even throw in some white or gold! If your kids are learning how to use scissors, this is a great time for them to practice those fine motor skills. To make one shamrock, you won't need an exceptional amount of tissue paper- maybe cut up a square foot's worth of paper and see where you stand. 
    If you don't want to cut, you can also just rip the tissue paper into tiny pieces.
  2. Print off the shamrock printable and cut it out. Trim around both black edges- inside and out. Cut a square of wax paper this is slightly larger than your shamrock outline.  
  3. Use a brush to spread Mod Podge all over the wax paper. The kids especially will love this part. Tip: tape down the edges of the wax paper to the table so it doesn't slide around while the kids are using a glue-covered brush. 
  4. Cover the Mod Podge with tissue paper pieces. It may take kids a few applications of Mod Podge before they have the whole thing covered in paper. 
  5. Once your wax paper is mostly covered, paint a layer of Mod Podge on top of it all. Next, use Mod Podge or glue to add the shamrock on top of the green tissue paper pieces. 
  6. Allow the Mod Podge to dry, then trim around the outside black shamrock edge. Hang however you desire-punch a hole and hang with ribbon or just tape it to a window. 

 

 

 

 St. Patrick's Day Paper Wreath

Paper plate wreath with paper four leaf clovers covering it

Supplies:

  • Cheap paper plate
  • 2 colors of green paper
  • Clover template
  • Glue
  • String/ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Putting together:

  1. Print clover template on colored paper, or print on white paper and trace onto green paper.
  2. To make one wreath you need almost 2 full pages of clovers.
  3. After printing or tracing clovers (2 pages each wreath), cut out the clovers.
  4. Cutting out the clovers is a little challenging, so if you're doing this with young kids, be sure to have clovers already cut out.
  5. Now that the clovers are ready to cut out the center of the paper plate leaving the outside edges still attached. This is going to work as the backing of your wreath. 
  6. Now you can start gluing on the clovers to the paper plate wreath shape. Start with the bigger sizes and then use the smaller clovers as accents on top of the larger 4 leaf clovers. 
  7. For the most part, you want to alternate light and dark clovers. But you can design your wreath any way you want. 
  8. Continue decorating your wreath until you feel your wreath is done. 
  9. Lastly, attach a string or ribbon to your wreath to hang it. You can tape the string to the back if you want or punch a hole in the top of the wreath and hang it from there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!)

 

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Local Food Banks:  Click Here to View

 

Hesperia Unified School District:

Meal Service - Click Here

Parent/Guardian Info - Click Here

Supplemental Learning - Click Here

 

 

Barstow Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition:

Monday through Friday, 11:10 a.m.
Percy Bakker Community Center, 9333 'E' Avenue, Hesperia

Barstow Meals on Wheels Flyer; Weekday Lunch is still available for pickup only. If you would like to be on the home delivery program during this time, please call (760) 256-9111 and ask to enroll.