1. Visit the Museum of Science
I can remember how much fun this was when I was a kid. Along with the numerous shows and exhibits, the MofS also has various events and activities including podcasts, live animal presentations, planetarium shows and more. To view the daily schedule, click here.
2. Make homemade art
You may be surprised what's around the house that you could use as art tools. Paper plates and cups, yarn, markers or even some old holiday ornaments can make for a fun afternoon.
3. Plan a meal together
You never know ... you may have the next Food Network Star in your home. One day pick out a meal for dinner and show the kids how to measure ingredients. Then have them stir or mix with some of their favorite music in the background. Their math teachers will be happy to know their minds are staying sharp while on break, and their physical education teachers may smile knowing you are sneaking in some exercise into their daily routine.
4. Competitive cleaning
No kid likes to clean his or her room. But what if you made a game out of it? First one to clean their room gets to choose what movie to rent that night. Those who don't win can choose the snacks or drinks. Everyone is happy, including the parents who just got their kids to do a chore they hate.