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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!

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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Kelsey and Abbi's Thankful Corner

Kelsey and Abbi are back at the Kids Kamp House, in their new Thankful Corner!

Kelsey shows us how to make fun and decorative Thanksgiving Placemats to liven up your table settings! Personalize yours with your family's names, what you're thankful for, or drawings.
You'll need:
 • Cardstock or Construction Paper
• Ruler
• Pencil or Pen
• Scissors
• Tape


You'll need:
• A Brown Paper Cup (or cover a cup with brown construction paper)
• Leaves cut out of construction paper OR real leaves you've gathered from outside
• Glue
• Sharpie or Black Marker


You'll need:  
• A rock
• Paint (Abbi chose Yellow, Orange, and Brown)
• Googly Eyes
• Red Glitter

Be sure to check back, as we'll be posting more Thanksgiving Crafts over the coming days!



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Apple Homemade Bird Feeders


  • 2 cups birdseed
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 4 apples
  • 8 small screws
  • twine

1. Bring water to a boil, add gelatin, and stir until completely dissolved
2. Mix birdseed into gelatin mixture
3. Cut apples in half, lengthwise and hallow out the insides with a spoon or knife
4. Fill each apple with birdseed mixture, set on a sheet pan, and put in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until firm
5. Poke a screw into the top of each apple and tie a piece of twine to it
6. Hang outside for all the birds to enjoy!
Recipe By: Natural Beach Living



Paper Plate Owls

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  • Paper plates-uncoated basic plates
  • Paint (acrylic recommended)
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon for hanging (optional)
  • Glue-tacky or hot glue

Note: You will want to find the cheapest, most basic plates as possible. Higher quality plates won’t be as easy to fold. Coated plates (shiny ones) will not allow the paint to adhere to them.


1. Fold both sides of plate in toward center
2. Then fold the top of the plate to make the owl’s head
3. Open up the plate and paint the inside- just the middle area inside the creases. Let dry. Then fold plate again and paint the head and wings
4. Use either hot glue or tacky glue to glue down the wings and head. Then paint feathers on the body. For younger kids, the feathers can be larger, there is no wrong way to do this!
5. Cut out the eyes, beak, and feet from construction paper.
Tip: Plastic caps work great to make perfect circles
6. Glue on eyes, beak, and feet, and your owl is now complete.
Don’t forget to add your ribbon if you want to hang your owl.



Mini Caramel Apples


  • Large Green Apples
  • Caramel Melts
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Melon Baller
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Step 1: Take your melon baller and scoop out sections of the apples (one apple makes about 12 bites). Pat apple bits dry with a paper towel to help the caramel stick to them better
Step 2: Melt your caramel and a bit of water on medium-low heat stirring occasionally until completely smooth. Allow to cool and thicken before dipping apples. The caramel will melt off your apples if too hot!
Step 3: Place a lollipop stick into your apple balls and roll them in the caramel, covering them, then place them on the cookie sheet lined with wax paper 
Step 4: Pop them into the freezer for a few minutes, otherwise it will just slide off, then enjoy!
Recipe By: A Little Craft in Your Day



Pinecone Hedgehog


  • Pinecones
  • Playdough (brown, beige, orange, and yellow all work well. You’ll need some black for the nose)
  • Alternatively you can use air dry clay
  • Googly eyes


Make one ball of playdough for the head and 4 rolls for the legs. Push them onto the pinecone, and voila! If you’re working with air dry clay, you’ll have a keepsake that will last you for a long time.
Add a small black playdough ball for the nose and a pair of googly eyes

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Fall Wreaths


  • Paper plate
  • Fabric leaves
  • Foam or textured sticker leaves, pumpkins, acorns, etc.
  • Cut up tissue paper
  • Cut up scraps of Fall colored paper
  • Fall colored pom poms (red, orange, yellow, brown)
  • Fall colored ribbon
  • Sequins
  • Buttons

1. Choose 3-4 embellishments to use for wreaths and put each in a bowl
2. Next, add some glue to the base of the paper plate and then start adding materials onto the top
3. Have fun creating until your wreaths are covered and colorful
4. Let wreaths dry and hang them on the door or somewhere else in your home to decorate for the season!



Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies


  • 8 cups Chex cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups whites chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin-shaped candy corn
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1. Add Chex cereal to a large bowl and set aside 
2. In a microwave-safe bowl add white chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave 15-20 seconds at a time, stirring and repeating until melted. Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice into the melted white chocolate and peanut butter and mix. Pour melted white chocolate and peanut butter over cereal and mix well until cereal is evenly coated
3. Immediately add powdered sugar and mix until coated. Place wax paper on baking sheet. Place Chex mix out on your baking sheet until dry
4. Add pumpkin candies, enjoy!
Recipe By: The Diary of a Real Housewife



Fall Leaf Sun Catchers

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What you will need:

  • 3-5 coffee filters
  • Fall leaf template
  • Scissors
  • Eyedropper or paintbrush
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic wrap

What to do:
1. Trace the leaf template onto the coffee filters. Cut out the leaves.
2. Have your child use either an eye dropper or a paintbrush to apply liquid watercolors. If you don’t have liquid watercolors, you can use food coloring that is slightly diluted with water (just a few drops of water to dilute)
3. For pretty fall colors use red, tangerine, orange, and yellow
4. Carefully move the delicate leaves onto a sheet of plastic wrap. For more vibrant colors, place leaves onto a paper towel instead
5. Make a circle of tape, with sticky side out and tape leaves to the window



Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups

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What you will need:

  • Clear plastic cups
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Chocolate crème cookies
  • Green sugar crystal sprinkles
  • Mellowcreme pumpkins
  • Gen gel (optional)
  • Fall leaf sprinkles (optional)
  • Paper straws
  • Craft sticks (5 each)
  • Hot glue
  • Paint or paint pen

1. To begin pumpkin patch pudding cups, prepare soft-serve chocolate pudding (can use instant pudding) and fill cups about ¾ full
2. Crush up some chocolate crème cookies using your fist, a spoon, or a food processor. The kids will love to get involved in this part.
3. Sprinkle a decent amount of cookie crumbs onto the top of the pumpkin patch pudding. This will be the “dirt”
4. Most pumpkin patches have grass still with the pumpkins, not just dirt, so add some of the green sprinkles around the top. You can make some spots not have any, some have some, and some spots have a little more than the rest. Just to make it look more like how grass would.
5. Place a few mellowcreme pumpkins on the top, push down gently into the “dirt.” You can also add the green gel for vines and sprinkle on leaf-shaped sprinkles if you’d like!
6. While the pudding sets, make the pumpkin patch signs. Start by gluing the craft sticks onto the paper straws. Make sure they’re centered and touch. Leave a small amount of the straw poking out from the top and a good amount below as it will be sticking into the pudding
7. If you would like to make the signs sturdier, flip the sign around and add some more glue around where the straw meets the craft sticks
8. Flip the signs back around, and using the pain or paint pen, write “Pumpkins $1.00” onto the sign and let dry
9. Once the pumpkin patch pudding has set, carefully stick the sign in near the back. If needed, place the pudding cup back into the refrigerator for a bit so the sign does not fall over
10. Serve chilled

Recipe by: Arts and Crackers



Cinnamon Roll Turkeys


  • 1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury Grands! Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls with Icing
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 5 candy corns
  • 5 red mini m&ms 
  • 10 candy eyeballs
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1. Heat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper
2. Set icing aside. Separate dough into 5 rolls; place about 3 inches apart on cookie sheet. Unroll each roll about 1 inch; tuck dough into roll to create neck of turkey.
3. Bake 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool 5 minutes
4. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp; drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Cut bacon slices in half. Tuck 4 halves of bacon into the back of each cinnamon roll so they stick up and look like tail feathers.
5. Drizzle tops of rolls with icing. Decorate turkeys with candy eyeballs, candy corn, and mini m&ms.  
Recipe By: Eat, Drink, and Save Money



Windy Fall Leaves Sensory Bottle


  • Quart Mason Jar or recycled water bottle
  • Goo Gone
  • Fall Leaves
  • Gold Glitter (optional)
  • Corn syrup
  • Superglue
  • Duct tape

Step 1- Recycle a Bottle
Grab a mason jar or bottle from the recycle bin and peel sticker off (If needed, use goo gone to remove sticky residue)
Step 2- Add Fall Leaves
Add 10-20 acrylic fall leaves. Use mostly red and yellow with a few green for good measure
Step 3- Fill Bottle 2/3 with Corn Syrup
Fill the mason jar or bottle 2/3 of the way up with corn syrup
Step 4- Add Gold Glitter (Optional)
Sprinkle in a few shakes of gold glitter. Start with a small amount; you can always add a bit more.
Step 5- Fill the Remainder of the Bottle with Water
Fill the discover bottle up the rest of the way with water. The idea is to fill it to the top of the calmed down jar so that there is no air left in it
Step 6- Put the Lid on Your Fall-Themed Sensory Bottle
Place the lid on the diy sensory bottle and shake it up, but don’t glue it yet. This Fall sensory bottle DIY may look a little clumpy or murky for a few hours until the contents of your fall sensory bottle mix and settle.

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Troubleshoot how fast or slow the leaves move. If you want your leaves to move faster, pour some of the liquid out, and add more water. If you want the leaves to move slower, pour some of the liquids out and add more corn syrup. You can even add more glitter if you want to.

To add a science lesson, explain how the wind moves from an area of low pressure to high pressure. Use this autumn sensory bottle to help teach children about fall leaves and wind as they play.




Tissue Paper Pumpkin Favors

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  • Orange tissue paper
  • Green tape (floral, electrical, or painters tape)
  • Assorted candy
  • 9" cake pan
  • Scissors
  • Pencil 

1. Pile two pieces of tissue paper together and draw the outline of a circle. An upside-down 9” cake pan helps with drawing the circles, but you can use anything round that’s close to the same size
2. Using sharp scissors, cut out the circle. You need to end up with two tissue paper circles on top of each other. If you want to make more than one pumpkin, you could probably pile as many as 6 to 8 sheets of paper together to speed things up
3. Pile your favorite candy into the center of the circle. You’ll have to do a little trial and error to see how much will fit. The more candy you add, the more round and “full” looking the pumpkin will be. Pumpkins that don’t have enough candy will look droopy
4. Take the circles and the candies and center them over your hand. Use your fingers to gently bend the paper around the candy. Try to get the folds as neat and tidy as possible
5. Gather up the edges of the circle
6. Then pinch and twist them closed as best as you can. Just do your best and they’ll be great!
7. Cut a small piece of green tape
8. Wrap the tape around the twisted end of the pumpkin top
9. Twist it around to get a pumpkin stem



Fall Luminaries


  • Mason jars (can find some at the dollar store)
  • Mod podge
  • Fall colored tissue paper, ripped into pieces
  • Brown construction paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Candle

1. Start by painting one area at a time with mod podge, and add pieces of tissue paper to the entire area.
Keep a wet paper towel or wipe handy, to clean gluey hands.
2. Use the brown construction paper to create trees, and apply to jar using the same process as the tissue paper.
3. The final step is to go over all of the loose ends of tissue paper, that are sticking up, and put a coat of mod podge all over it.
4. Put a flameless candle or real candle on the inside, and watch as your Fall Luminaries light up beautifully.

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 Owl Rice Cakes


  • 4 rice cakes each (brown rice and plain)
  • 1 medium banana
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 cup cereal, cheerios
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1. Layout rice cakes on a baking sheet (this will keep the mess all in one area)
2. Slice banana and set aside
3. Spread peanut butter over each rice cake and then place 2 slices of banana towards the upper part of each of the rice cakes. This will serve as your owl's eyes. Dab a small amount of peanut butter on the center of the owl's eyes and add a blueberry for the pupil
4. Slice the apple in half and then slice the halves into very thin wedges (1/8 inch thick). Place 2 onto each rice cake, (peel side outward) to serve as wings
5. Peel carrot and slice thinly. Using 4 slices, cut into triangles for the nose
6. Finally, add some cheerios for feathers between the wings
Recipe By: Super Healthy Kids



Popsicle Stick Scarecrow


  • 12 popsicle sticks
  • Orange paint
  • Flesh-colored paint
  • Raffia
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange felt
  • Fall flower
  • Black permanent marker
  • Magnets
  • Hot glue gun and glue

First, you will need to trim two of the popsicle sticks, cutting off the round ends from both sides
Line up nine of the popsicle sticks to create somewhat of a square
Attach the two trimmed popsicle sticks across the back using a hot glue gun
(Adults: you can draw a diagonal line to show where the orange and flesh-colored paints should meet.)
Attach the brim of the hat (last popsicle stick), painted orange. The googly eyes, felt nose, Fall flower, and raffia hair using a hot glue gun. Draw on a cute scarecrow mouth, and your popsicle stick scarecrow is complete!



Rice Krispies Treats Pumpkins


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  • Rice Krispies
  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Food coloring (red and yellow. Or orange)
  • Mini Rolos
  • Green M&Ms
  • Parchment paper

You’re pretty much making regular rice krispies treats, except before adding in the rice krispies, add food coloring to the marshmallow and butter mixture.
Amount of food coloring depends on the type of food coloring you use. Start with a few drops, check color, add more drops if needed.
Start with yellow food coloring. Add the yellow, then mix it all up, then add the red, a drop at a time until you get a good orange color.
Then add rice krispies and stir all together to combine
Roll rice krispies into balls. Coat hands in cooking oil (not too much) to keep rice krispies from sticking to you. After you’ve rolled them, place them on parchment paper
Gently press a Mini Rolo into the top of each  pumpkin for the stem while the rice krispies are still warm. If rice krispies get too hard, use a small round object to make a small indent for the chocolate to sit in
Then for the leaf, gently press a green M&M into the rice krispies treat (about half way in so it sticks) right next to the Rolo
And easy peasy, you have your cute lttle pumpkins!
Recipe By: One Little Project



DIY Glitter Garland


  • Artificial leaves
  • Elmers glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

1. Begin by covering your first chosen leaf in a thin layer of Elmer's glue
2. While the glue on your leaf is still wet, pour glitter over top of your leaf, making sure it is fully covered. 3. Gently shake off excess glitter from your leaf.
4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with your remaining leaves
5. Place a small line of hot glue on the back of your leaf and place on your ribbon
6. Continue hot gluing your leaves onto the ribbon, making sure to leave a bit of space between each leaf
7. Once all of your leaves are attached, your garland is now complete



Maple Tree Leaf Globe

Items needed:

  • Canning jar with lid
  • Hot glue, glue gun
  • Twigs or sticks
  • Twine
  • Silk leaves
  • Red, yellow, and orange metallic confetti (chili pepper garland works well, cut into small bits to look like leaves)
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1. Begin by filling the jar with water. Basic tap water is fine. Since the confetti will be weighted, there is no need to add any oils of any

kind. The water is enough.
2. Flip the lid over and add a generous dab of glue to the center of it. Hot glue is best for this. Press a twig or a stick to the glue, allowing the little branches to branch out and up. It should resemble a tree. Give your little tree some time to dry in place.
3. Line the rim of the jar with glue. Quickly turn the lid over and insert the branch into the jar. Work slowly so you don’t bend and snap it. Screw the lid in place. Allow for several minutes to let the glue dry.
4. While the glue dries, you can decorate the lid with twine and silk leaves. Simply snip, tie, and glue them in place to your liking.
5. Now just flip the jar over and give it a good shake. The red, yellow, and orange metallic confetti will twirl around the jar like a blustery fall day.



Paper Cup Instruments

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

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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


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

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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.



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

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!

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Create Your Own Egg Geode

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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)

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

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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!

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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!

Payment info:
PayPal: (please add $2 to offset fees)
Zelle: (760)373-0188 (Caleb S.)
Venmo: @ShineFoundation



Water Bottle Holder Decorating Contest

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Build a B​​ug Hotel



Healthy Granola Bars

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Creative Writing Contest

Click Here to view the winners!

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Creative Writing Contest Flyer.pdf




Make an Ice Cream Truck Out of Boxes

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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, but there are a lot more examples online.













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

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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



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
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

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

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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 where there are full directions and more information.

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 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:

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!

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!

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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:

Then find the full instructions on how to upload to Zoom here:



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.  

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

Don't miss Kidz Bop's Daily Dance Break!  




Daily Home Work-ins by Planet Fitness


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. 

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(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!

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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:


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:



Visit Aquariums, Zoos, and Parks ... virtually



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  • Our friend Allison shared this great resource, an interesting article, she found about the San Diego Zoo and animal conservation. Animal Conservation.  Thanks Allison! 
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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.
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(That's 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time)




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




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

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