Sunday, May 2, 2010

Family Fun - Making Memories Together

Notes from our Adoption/Foster Care Support Group

May 2, 2010


FAMILY FUN – MAKING MEMORIES TOGETHER

Guest Speaker from Northern Colorado Kids - Kristin Stephens

Notes from Kari:

How do we do it? Sometimes when we are in survival mode it is hard to think of fun things to do.

- Put a date on the calendar for family activities. If we don’t plan ahead they won’t happen.

- The kids like to look at the calendar and see what is coming up.

Ideas:

- A hike

- Picnic in the park

- Smores and Stargazing

- A trip to the zoo – a yearly family pass is pretty inexpensive, for foster families it is free

- Swimming

- Centerra Family Movie night

Suggestions on not only surviving your family outing, but making it a success:

- Pray together before you leave. This does not need to be formal.

- Depending on your kids abilities, you might need to keep it short and sweet.

- Be aware of what can trigger negative behaviors.

- EAT! Take snacks that you can sit and enjoy together.

- When going to a restaurant, go early before it gets crowded.

Poudre Valley Health System Family Activities:

- www.pvhs.org (choose “Health and Wellness” then “Healthy Kids Club”) 970-495-7511

- Fit Families on the Move is designed to keep families moving and active during the summer months. Registered families get T-shirts, a Fit Family activity calendar, and an all-access pass for over 50 free/low cost summer activities!!! Healthy Kids Run Series is for kids 5-12 years old. It includes 9 free 1 mile kids fun runs. Prizes can earn awesome prizes after they have completed 4 runs. Teens ages 13-18 can sign up for 9 5K runs (individual race registrations and fees required).

Check out: http://www.northerncoloradokids.com/ for family activities, coupons, kids eat free restaurant lists!

You will notice that there is plenty of room to add ideas. I am sure families attending tonight will have some great ideas to share too!!!! Please send me your ideas and suggestions also!! We all have different experiences that can be a support and encouragement to other families.

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