Kid Friendly Activities

Top Children Friendly Areas of Interest

  1. Fort Play Playground – LaPorte, IN
  2. Lighthouse Landing Playground – Michigan City, IN
  3. Timbertown Playground – Three Oaks, MI
  4. Washington Park Zoo – Michigan City, IN
  5. Potawatomie Zoo – South Bend, IN
  6. Heston Steam Museum – Heston, IN
  7. Lakeshore National Park – Beverly Shores, IN
  8. Warren Dunes State Park – Bridgman, MI
  9. Harbor Country Local Beach – New Buffalo, MI
  10. Stone and Fish Lake Public Beaches – LaPorte, IN
  11. Redamak’s For the Best Burgers in the Midwest and Maybe this Planet!!! – New Buffalo, MI
  12. Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve – Niles, MI
  13. The Curious Kid’s Museum – St. Joseph, MI
  14. Stateline Blueberries – Michigan City, IN 

Rainy Day Reading Material

A Short Guide to a Happy Life – By Anna Quindlen (Thanks Peg!)
Trouble Free Travel With Children – By Vicki Lansky
Baby Days (Activities & Crafts) – By Barbara Rowley

Activities Do the Heart and Soul Wonders!!

Favorite Quote
We Don’t Always Get What We Want…
But We Always Get What We Need

Area Bike Paths

Held every year in & around Harbor Country
Last weekend in September
Contact Three Oaks Spokes Club, Three Oaks, MI

Kal Haven Old Railroad Bed Trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo 
(Paved path between Chesterton & Porter) Porter, IN

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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