Kid Friendly Activities

Top Children Friendly Areas of Interest

  1. New Buffalo Township Memorial Park
  2. Galien River Berrien County Park
  3. New Buffalo Lakefront Park & Beach (*)
  4. New Buffalo Township Library
  5. Oselka Park
  6. The Curious Kid’s Museum-St. Joseph, MI
  7. Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve-Niles, MI
  8. Warren Dunes State Park-Bridgman, MI
  9. Heston Steam Museum- Heston, IN
  10. Lakeshore National Park-Beverly Shores, IN
  11. Washington Park Zoo-Michigan City, IN
  12. Pottawatomie Zoo-South Bend, IN
  13. Timber Town Playground/Watkins Memorial Park
  14. Harbor County Local Beaches
  15. Stateline Blueberries-Michigan City, IN (seasonal)

* (We are cooking at the beach…Redamak’s Beachside opens Memorial Day thru Labor Day)

Area Bike Rides

Apple Cider Century Bike Ride is held every year in & around Harbor Country
the last weekend in September. For further information contact Three Oaks Spokes Club, Three Oaks, MI

Area Bike Paths

Kal Haven Old Railroad Bed Trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo
Prairie Duneland Trail path between Chesterton & Porter, IN
Harbor Country Trails and Harbor Country Back Roads

Beach Activity: Sand Castings

Sand Castings Materials:

  • Sand
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Plastic Spoon
  • Plastic Cup or Bowl for Mixing Materials
  • String or Wire – Cut into 2″ Pieces
  • Shells and or Small Rocks

Sand castings of hands and feet make for great wall hangings. Here’s how to make them:

  1. Create a work area either in the sand – clearing the top sand using a pie pan or tray. 
    The sand needs to be slightly damp (not soaked).
  2. Lay out the design prior to mixing the plaster. Design should be at least ½” to 1″ deep 
    for best results. Hands and feet are easy for a toddler or really any age to do.
  3. Check depth of the design; if it is too thin, the plaster mold will surely crack apart; 
    if too thick, the plaster won’t dry.
  4. Follow directions for mixing the plaster. Mix with water in plastic cup/bowl with a 
    plastic spoon. Mixture should not be too thick, neither too soupy.
  5. Slowly pour the mixture into the design/mold.
  6. Allow to dry for a few minutes before inserting the string. If you choose to use wire, 
    form it into a loop for wall hanging.
  7. Allow casting to dry thoroughly.
  8. Check it within 30 minutes before handling.

Hand - Sand Cast

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