No matter how old your kids are, parents will always treasure something handmade. This is especially true when kids are too young to buy anything and their creations are adorable.
The simplest craft kids can make for dad on Father’s Day is a card. Cards go a long way in showing kids’ creativity and allowing them to craft something special.
Use any kind of art supplies you have lying around. Crayons, colored pencils, markers and finger paints all work wonders for creating a card. Older kids can cut out construction paper and make something a little more substantial.
If dad is a big reader, creating a bookmark out of construction paper and other supplies is a fun craft for kids. It’s a little more personalized than a card and can incorporate elements from dad’s favorite books or memories. Mom can get the creation laminated afterward to strengthen the bookmark.
For a fun mix of commercial and handmade gifts, go to a paint-your-own pottery studio. These, most notably Color Me Mine, take the hard work out of pottery and let kids paint a piece of their own. These range from decorative pieces, to seasonal items to utilitarian pieces. Mugs and pencil cups are popular and, if painted by kids, make a great gift. Set aside about two hours for ample painting time, at least a week before Father’s Day, so the studio has time to finish glazing.
For traveling families, something heartfelt to differentiate luggage is a great idea. These can range from handmade tags to luggage handles. In addition to being thoughtful and homemade, this gift will remind dad of this Father’s Day every time he checks his luggage.
When it comes to avenues for creating gifts for Father’s Day, the possibilities are endless. Bake cookies or cupcakes and decorate with some of dad’s favorite things, create a book of drawings, or even collect a bunch of childhood artwork and bind it in a book. This same trend goes with creating a montage of family photos.
Finally, kids who are old enough can offer to help out with yard work and other routine chores around the house. Pitching in will definitely mean a lot to dad, even if he doesn’t get that coveted handmade card.
If you’re looking for a charming new island escape on the East Coast, get away to a locale many have yet to discover. Daufuskie Island considers itself the Nantucket of the South, a hidden gem off the Southeast Coast, near Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head. The luxurious environment is unpretentious, but filled with all the amenities discerning family travelers need.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
A beach vacation is a family favorite in the summertime; the weather is nice, towns are thriving and there are fun activities all season. For families looking for the ultimate summer beach vacation, consider Ocean City, New Jersey.
Prior to any family trip, every responsible adult will have a checklist to ensure the journey and destination can be made as safe as possible for everybody. A packing list can incorporate healthy snacks, bug repellant, a first-aid kit and minor illness remedies (cold and flu meds; anti-diarrhea pills) while pre-trip cautions — depending on the location — immunizations and family discussions on how to avoid injury.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
You don’t need a passport for a family-friendly island vacation — just a car to take you over the Causeway Bridge in Ft. Myers to Sanibel and Captiva islands in Florida. South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island offers sugar white-sand beaches, 20 swimming pools, watersports, golf and more than a dozen dining options.