Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer is Here!

Summer is finally here! And with that a whole bunch of new and fun activities for you do to do with your Littles. We would love to hear about what you all have been doing, but first here are some quick ideas!

-If your looking for something adventurous to do, try a hike at Larrabee State Park or around Whatcom falls. Pack some snacks and make a day out of it! 

More information on Whatcom Falls:

-If you and your Little are into arts and crafts, check out CreativiTea in Fairhaven, they have a few fun things going on this summer like Free Slump Wednesdays and The Adventures of Traveling Gnomes 

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-Readers? Then you should go down to Village Books in Fairhaven and join the Big/Little book club! There is no commitment, so you can pick and choose books that appeal to you then drop in. They are held on the last Saturday of every month. For a list of the books click here

-What says summer more than smores by the campfire? Go shopping with your Little and pick up the essentials; Graham Crackers, chocolate, marshmallows, and anything else you can think of! Try stuffing the marshmallows with Rolos, M&Ms, Caramels, chocolate chips... get creative! Replace the chocolate bars with Twix, Reeses, Crunch bars... possibilities are endless!

What have you and your Littles been up to this summer? Share your ideas with us here, on Facebook, or Twitter!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fathers Day!

It is almost Father’s Day.  Are you looking for ideas to either surprise the Dad in your house or ways to just spend the day with the family and do something memorable? Here are some ideas from the BBBS Staff! 
How about forgetting the traditional gift of a new neck tie and think about what your family enjoys doing together?  What are Dad’s favorite things?  It might be reading, listening to music, fishing, hiking, biking or something sports related.  Maybe he enjoys staying home and having a movie night or playing video games with the kids.  After you have his interests in mind, check out your local newspaper website listings for any area events happening around Father’s Day that the Dad in your life might enjoy.
Concert?  Movie?  or Just a Picnic!
Is a concert happening that he might like?  Pack a picnic lunch or dinner and surprise him by taking him to the event.  You could buy him tickets to an event and give them to him as a gift.  We have a fanatic soccer player in our group of friends and they are heading out to enjoy a National Soccer League match in honor of Father’s Day.  How about using those same picnic ideas above but take it to a local park, hiking trail or the nearest lake where he can fish?  For the avid camper in your family, pack up the family vehicle and head on out to your favorite campground for the weekend. 
Think Creative
Maybe your Dad wants to stay home and spend time with his family.  How about a marathon of board games for one night and get all the kids involved in a competition.  Buy a new board game or card game and learn the game together with Dad for his big day.  Add in some of his favorite foods and you have yourself a winning day.  Go Dad!
If your Father lives far away, sometimes a nice phone call is the best gift of all.  Or, if you both have the technology available. try a video chat or upload a video to Facebook or other site for him to watch.
Let your Dad’s interests help you plan a day full of fun with family to honor all he does and gives to the family.  Make it special with homemade cards, breakfast in bed and have the kids take out the trash that day to honor dear ole’ Dad!
Have a wonderful, fun Father's Day!