Activities for Your Daughter and Her Friends

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braceletsAs a parent or guardian, you may or will know that almost nothing makes you feel happier than supporting the happiness of your own child.

Each smile or hug from your child gives you the reassurance that you’ve done right by them, and as your child grows and comes into their own, that will mean everything.

Parents of daughters especially will know that keeping your young or teenage daughter entertained can get tricky. Making friends at that age can be hard, and you want to do everything you can to make sure your daughter can make the emotional and social connections she needs to flourish.

If you need some help in planning activities for your daughter and her friends, know that you’re not alone, and that it can really be a fun and creative way for you to feel connected to your child. Whether they appreciate your support at the time or feel warmth later on retrospectively, the most important thing is being there and being the loving parent they need.

There are several fun activities you can plan or set up for your daughter that won’t just feel like ‘mommy-approved’ fun but will actually result in an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Depending on what your daughter and her friends generally like to do, here are a few ideas to get you started.


Make Friendship Bracelets

This is a crafty activity that not only is fun to do—but your daughter and her friends will get something out of it as well. Sure, the experience of making something yourself can be rewarding on its own, but it’s even better when you’ve got a cute accessory to show off and cherish afterwards.

There are a number of routes you can go when making friendship bracelets. No matter what, you’ll have to gather up some supplies. The differences is in what materials you choose. You can make best friend bracelets with metal materials and clasps, or you can go summer-camp style with string bracelets.

Materials for both can easily be bought at your local craft store, and there’s often a huge selection of colors, charms, and other little accessories you can choose from to make the activity as personalized and relevant to your daughter’s personal style.

Cook or Bake Something Delicious

Not only is this a great way to be able to teach your child some basic cooking skills without earning an eye-roll, but it can also be super fun with friends.

Since everyone has different taste-buds, you might want to ask your daughter first about what she and her friends like and if there are any allergy issues to consider beforehand. Inviting your daughter’s pals over to cook will not only be an educational experience, but a bonding one—with something delicious to chow down on at the end, too!

You can gather all the ingredients beforehand, or even wait until everyone arrives, so you can all take a trip to the store together. For some recipe ideas, the internet is certainly your best friend, with several websites dedicated to helping you plan cooking time with your kids. Or better yet, personalize the experience even more by choosing a favorite dish in your household to replicate.

Tip: while meals are fun to cook, you can never go wrong with cooking or baking a creative dessert!

Make Your Own Facial Scrubs

For a relaxing activity with time for movies or other games in-between, propose the idea of making some DIY facial scrubs. Made with natural and fruity ingredients for skin health and a pleasant scent, this is an easy way to pamper everyone without actually venturing out to a spa.

Organize a Themed Movie Night

Choose or coordinate a fun theme with your daughter and her guests and set up a comfortable, fun movie night. Depending on your daughter’s interests, here are some theme ideas:

  • Princess or Female Hero Movie Night
  • Harry Potter Movie Night
  • [Favorite Actor/Celebrity] Movie Night
  • Mermaid Movie Night

Lay out some blankets and pillows, and make sure to stock up on popcorn! You can also go more extravagant by setting up some lights, getting a retro popcorn machine, or setting up a snack station, too. Whatever your daughter will love.







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Ice Age: Collision Course Presents Mission Control, An Interactive Experience!

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unnamed-11I am so excited to share this with my readers! Do your kids love Ice Age like mine do? Visit HERE to join Scrat on an educational journey through our galaxy! Where kids can have a fun and immersive experience, that puts them into the captain’s chair and shows them what it would be like to be in space with Scrat! So much fun!

unnamed-12Your favorite ICE AGE heroes are back and spacier than ever in this all-new animated adventure that’s mammoth-sized fun for the whole family! Leave it to our beloved scavenger Scrat to launch Earth into a cosmic catastrophe only Manny, Sid, Diego and friends can solve. Get ready for adventure when “Ice Age: Collision Course” collides on Digital HD September 30th and on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on October 11th.

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FREE Finding Dory Activities!

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With FINDING DORY swimming into theatres everywhere next month, here are some fun FREE Finding Dory activities for your family! I can’t wait for Finding Dory to come to theaters June 17th. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to see it. Are you as excited as I am? Click the image or the wording to download the activities!

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Micky Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-Thon Now on DVD- Preview and FREE Activities

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Micky Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-Thon is now on DVD. Here’s a few previews for you:



And make sure to check out  some fun, free activities for your little ones:

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Take the Tomorrowland My Little Dreamer Quiz

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Disclosure- I went on an all expense paid trip on behalf of Disney to cover the Blu-ray release of Tomorrowland and Aladdin as well as Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary.  All opinions are my own.

7BFE7E01-0CD0-4157-A4D0-8E46FCE11F8ATake the Tomorrowland My Little Dreamer Quiz and see what type of dreamer your child is.It’s a personality quiz to help you nurture your child’s interests. I took it for my older daughter and it was right on. She is my little artist who is very creative but very emotional. Read more below:


Once you take the Tomorrowland quiz, check out the fun activities, bios of Disney Dreamers, and more, too. There are activities for each type of child:
078D1180-DAEA-4233-92BE-748205165886It is so important to nurture your child’s unique talents and passions. Both my girls are artistic so we have a big art supplies cabinet so they can create all they want. My older daughter really wants to work with animals and help out so I’m looking into a place that she can volunteer with animals. My younger daughter is innovative and loves making new things. Her current passion is origami so I bought her some pretty paper and she’s having a great time getting creative and making things for friends and family. No matter their passion, kids just want to be supported and loved. 🙂


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Edu Science Wacky Lab Extreme Science Lab Review

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Amaze your friends and family with this Toys’R’Us exclusive Edu Science Wacky Lab Extreme Science Lab! My girls were soon excited when this arrived in the mail. They are hands-on learners for sure and love to try out new things. My oldest is 11 and has been dipping into experiments at school a little bit, but not as much as she would like. That’s why this kit is perfect for her!

She couldn’t wait to tear into the highly decorated box to see what was inside. That’s why I let her cover this one. She took all of her own pictures. Since there are over 100 activities to do in this awesome box, she hasn’t done them all quite yet. This science kit is perfect for those “I’m bored” moments.


The Edu Science Wacky Lab Extreme Science Lab includes test tubes with lids, rack, mixing tray, magnifying glass, pipettes, scoop, Petri dish, cups, energy stick, geyser and twister tubes, magnet, energy beads, string, bags of powders/crystals, water-absorbing materials, plastic loop, hex nut, PTC paper, color tablets, film canister, and instructions. Everything your awesome kids need to become a REAL scientist. Well, sorta.

You have everything you need to grow crystals, concoct different types of goo, create quicksand, make a tornado in a bottle and so more. The possibilities are actually mind blowing. And for the price… you honestly can’t beat it.


I’m quite impressed with this kit. Much more than I thought I would be. We have tried other science kits in the past and none have been this great. I will definitely be adding to her collection. It’s great to see an educational “toy” keep her attention for so long. She always tells me she wants to be a “CSI person” so this might be the start of her journey.

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Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars FREE Printable Activity Sheets- DVD Now Available!

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In honor of the Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars DVD which is available NOW, here are some fun activity sheets your Jedi knights!

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Little Passports Announces Early Explorers Subscription for Preschoolers

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Little Passports Announces Early Explorers Subscription for Preschoolers
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little passportsLittle Passports has a wonderful new program for preschoolers, called Early Explorers. Children ages 3 to 5 can experience the joy of learning about new cultures.

Each month, your child will be introduced to a new theme like animals, music, and landmarks. Early Explorers is designed with preschoolers in mind and provides fun and educational activities, souvenirs and stickers. During the first month, a Traveler’s Kit arrives in a fun orange suitcase. It holds everything a child needs to start learning about the world:

  • An activity book introducing new characters Max, Mia, and their dog Toby.
  • A wall-sized world map
  • Stickers and a wall decal
  • A luggage tag

After the first month, a monthly World Theme Kit arrives, which contains:

  • An activity booklet
  • Souvenirs
  • Flashlight Adventures
  • Stickers and wall decals

Early Explorers makes a unique holiday gift for children ages 3 to 5. Learn more about Early Explorers from Little Passports.

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Fun Facts From Big Hero 6- #BigHero6Event #BigHero6 #MeetBaymax #Balalalala

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Big Hero 6 is now in theaters.  Here are some fun facts for you about the movie.  


SLAM DUNK – Baymax is 6 feet tall and 75 pounds—until Hiro mechs him out. Baymax, in his super suit, is more than 7 feet tall and can lift 1000 pounds. “He’s all air,” says head of animation Zach Parrish.

GO AHEAD – Artists looked at actors like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Gary Cooper and other cowboys to study cool, emotionally reserved traits while developing GoGo Tomago’s look and personality.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BLINK – Baymax sports a standard nine-frame-blink, says head of animation Zach Parrish. “We play with the speed of his blink throughout the film, but for the most part, it’s a standard blink. It’s the amount of time we give the audience to think before he blinks that says a lot—the longer it is, the more time he’s processing. A double blink shows confusion. We used that a few times in the film. That could be an acting choice for a human character, too.”

NEED FOR SPEED – Artists looked at speed skaters to inform the body type and movement for GoGo Tomago, a passionate student of speed.

DUUUUUUDE – Artists studied snowboarders, skateboarders and surfers to develop movement and posture for Fred.

CHILL OUT – Wasabi, at one time, was a very Zen character with very Zen dreadlocks. When filmmakers tweaked his personality, they initially decided the neatnik wouldn’t be a fan of the not-oft-shampooed-do and gave him a haircut. The look didn’t last. It turns out, everyone was just too attached to his cool locks.

LOOSE TOOTH – To ensure Hiro’s charming gap-toothed grin stayed intact from any angle, controls were added to his teeth so animators could make adjustments as needed.


ROBOT LOVE –Ryan Potter, who voices Hiro in “Big Hero 6,” was obsessed with building robots as a kid. “I was 9 or 10 when I got a robotics kit,” he says. “I absolutely love science.”

MORE ROBOT LOVE – Genesis Rodriguez, who lends her voice to Honey Lemon in “Big Hero 6,” was on her school’s robotics team. “I was a welder,” she says. “So I made sure my weldings were just perfect and very aesthetically pleasing as well. People didn’t expect us to be so good. That was the beauty of it. We were just this bright group of girls who had an idea, executed it and beat the guys.”

SMART GUY — James Cromwell, who lends his voice to Professor Robert Callaghan, studied at Carnegie Mellon University (then called Carnegie Tech). “Big Hero 6” filmmakers spent time at the school, learning all about the innovative field of soft robotics, which ultimately inspired Baymax, a huggable vinyl robot that takes care of people.

FULL CIRCLE – As a child, Damon Wayans Jr., who provides the voice of Wasabi, wanted to be an animator when he grew up. He even studied animation after graduating high school before he decided to pursue acting.


LET IT GROW – The “Big Hero 6” animation team topped 100 members (103, to be exact). That’s about 15 more animators than 2013’s feature film “Frozen.”

MARTIAL ARTISTS – Filmmakers selected karate to broaden Baymax’s skillset—but animators had to adjust some of the movements to work for the voluminous character’s build. A few members of the team visited a nearby martial arts studio to get a feel for the practice. Pros were asked to attempt some of the moves while on their knees to simulate Baymax’s signature proportions.

I CAN FLY – Filmmakers consulted with flight specialist Jason McKinley, who worked on both “Disney’s Planes” and “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” to choreograph and execute the flight sequences with Baymax and Hiro.

670’S A CROWD – Walt Disney Animation Studios’ proprietary system Denizen allowed filmmakers to create bigger, more believable crowds for “Big Hero 6.” created around 670 unique characters, compared to 270 in “Frozen,” 185 in “Wreck-It Ralph” and 80 in “Tangled.”

  • Each of the 670 characters has up to 32 different clothing look combinations, plus 32 different hair and skin tones. That means, filmmakers could invite 686,080 unique characters to the San Fransokyo party before there were any exact repeats.
  • Denizen was made available to everyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios and employees were encouraged to model themselves in the system to join the crowd. More than 200 characters were created, and employees will see themselves up on the big screen—walking among the “Big Hero 6.”

COUNT ON IT — The “Port of San Fransokyo” scene has over 6000 people in it.

  • 23 districts were built in 3D.
  • 83,149 lots of the 150,000 in all of San Francisco were built.
  • 18.8 million building parts.
  • 215,000 streetlights.
  • 260,000 trees.


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Personalized Coloring and Activity Books Under $5 Each- Plus Personalized Stickers, Books, Banks, Bookmarks, Puzzles , Wall Art, and More!

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Head on over the FreckleBox and grab these adorable PERSONALIZED coloring and activity books for your little ones.  Great stocking stuffers!  They have holiday versions as well as other themes so you can order a bunch at this price and save for later.  They’d make great party favors, too!  While you’re there make sure to check out the other personalized items like stickers, books, coin banks, bookmarks, personalized puzzles , wall art, and more!
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