Holiday Activities and Tips

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Find kid-friendly holiday recipes, kid costume ideas, travel tips, holiday crafts, holiday gift ideas and advice on how to tip babysitters and nannies.
Autumn
Halloween isn't just about the candy. When trick-or-treating is over, celebrate the day with some family-friendly Halloween movies. Make it an annual tradition. To get the best, parent-approved...
Nothing says Halloween like spooky ghost stories and other holiday-themed tales. Moms Jeana Atkins, from Grand Junction, Colo., Robbie Maclauchlan, from Lynchburg, Va., and Laura Hamilton, from Leavenworth,...
Fall brings with it so many fun traditions, drinking apple cider, making caramel apples and, most importantly, visiting the pumpkin patch! You need to pick out a just-right pumpkin to be carved or decorated...
One Halloween, Marilyn Rouse's 7-year-old daughter was set on being Little Red Riding Hood. The mom from Hudson Falls, N.Y., found a hooded, child-sized cape at a flea market. "It was red and...
Ghosts, goblins and haunted houses may be scary, but preparing for Halloween doesn't have to be. A nanny can be a lifesaver for families!Parents and nannies can work together to...
Halloween is lots of fun, but sometimes it can be downright overwhelming to think up unique decorating ideas to turn your home into a haunted house.Care.com is here to help. Check out these 101 design...
No matter how much ghoulish fun you and your little ones have on Halloween, nothing can be scarier than the messes left behind after a fun night of ghostly partying and sticky trick-or-treating. Cleaning...
Are you ready to give your pumpkin a unique look without using a knife? Then 13 is your lucky number this Halloween! With these no-carve pumpkin design, small children can get hands-on while creating...
Planning a Halloween party for kids but don't know where to start? Don't despair. Here are interesting and unique party games that will please trick-or-treaters of all ages. Pamela Layton McMurtry,...
Halloween kicks off the fall and winter seasons filled of our very favorite holidays and we know that you're prepping for your annual Halloween bash with friends and family. With the endless options...
After you carve your pumpkin into a jack-o'-lantern, you're left with a bunch of gooey innards and pumpkin seeds. Don't just throw those seeds away. Use them for these 14 fun ideas -- from...
Get ready for Halloween with a spooky haunted gingerbread house that you can make with family and friends. Include a haunted gingerbread house contest in your annual Halloween party or gather the family...
Thanksgiving is a time when families get together to share a meal and take time to be thankful for everyone in their lives. As parents, we know all too well that sharing that meal comes with a great deal...
In order for your kids to secure the biggest loot come Halloween, you've got to give them what they need to collect it in...the trick-or-treat bag. Make sure it's snazzy with these 17 trick-or-treat...
During the colder fall and winter months, we naturally crave our favorite apple, cinnamon and candy treats. Whether your kids are begging for a batch or you're throwing a fall-inspired party, candy...
From ghouls and ghosts to goblins and witches, nothing excites the dark side of our imaginations more than Halloween! Tasty treats inspired by the season abound, but finding delicious goodies that are...
Planning a Halloween party for kids can seem overwhelming. From decorations to invitations, there's so much to do. One of the hardest parts is picking out the food. But it doesn't have to be....
We've all been invited to the typical spooky costumed Halloween party where the typical bobbing-for-apples, cheap clown costumes and uninspiring magicians are always the same. Why not throw your own...
If you're looking for the perfect way to get scared or be the person behind the mask, why not find a parade nearby? A great way to show off your creative talent as well as your scaring abilities, parades...
Halloween kicks off the holiday season filled with food, friends and family and when you are planning for your annual parties, invitations are the first step. With so many options for the theme of your...
Halloween is on its way and one of the best parts is adorning the house with spooky, ghoulish decorations. Donna Finley, a parent of two young boys in Seattle, Wash., enjoys throwing Halloween parties...
As the air gets colder and the leaves start to fall, break out your glue gun and start crafting! Embrace nature with these autumn-themed DIY crafts that are perfect to do with kids of all ages. They're...
Pumpkin is a great substitute or addition to any of your favorite meals. When the leaves start to turn red and orange and the fall chill blows in, break out the squash and pumpkin and try your hand at...
The Halloween party at school is in two days?! Where did October go? It feels like the first day of school was just yesterdayIt's happened to every parent at some point -- you offered weeks ago to provide...
When the Halloween parties are over and the weeks between then and Thanksgiving fly by, we all start to feel busy with the rush of the holidays. Amidst all of the planning and the cooking for your Thanksgiving...
Running out of time for your kids to have the coolest costume on the block? We've got creative, trendy and adorable ideas galore for you or your caregiver to pull together in just four easy steps. Individual...
As the back-to-school chaos is settling down, the blustery autumn winds are picking up and that means Halloween is right around the corner. Your kids are probably brainstorming for costume ideas -- or...
The onset of October seems to divide families into two camps -- those for whom Halloween a big holiday, and those who don't realize it is upon us until October 30. Whichever camp you're in, Halloween...
For most kids, Halloween is a scream. Haunted houses, trick-or-treating, funny costumes, and handfuls of candy. What's not to love? Well, creating the costumes, monitoring the candy, keeping kids safe...
Getting kids dressed for school is a struggle in itself, so it's no wonder that dressing up for Halloween can turn into a disaster worthy of its own scary movie special. Growth spurts, temper tantrums...
Though kids may view Thanksgiving as the first stop on the school holiday vacation train, there's a lot more for them to know about it than simply no class, stuffed turkey and whipped cream-topped pumpkin...
Ghosts, goblins and...Angry Birds - oh my! Once school gets back in session, kids' thoughts quickly turn to their next big day: Halloween. But we all know it's not just about the costume. It's the spooky...
Everyone loves to dress up for Halloween, but when you have a little one in a stroller, it can be difficult to find a costume that's just right. Why not try dressing up your baby's stroller, instead?...
For kids, Halloween is a time to dress up and get free candy, but the holiday actually has a rich history. October is the perfect time to teach your kids about the origins of Halloween and help them understand...
Thanksgiving Day is so much more than the Macy's parade, a meal and a football game. The true meaning behind Thanksgiving is gratitude and appreciation for your blessings in life. But how do you teach...
Halloween is a time for jack-o-lanterns, costumes and, of course, candy. Enjoying a few snacks after trick-or-treating is part of the holiday fun. But when the sugar coma wears off, you may realize you're...
Halloween is all about the candy, right? While that may be true, it's still important to remember that too much of a good thing is, well, not such a good thing. Here are nine tips from Mimi Wu,...
Halloween is a time for harmless tricks, sugary treats and, of course, costumes. Who doesn't love dressing up for Halloween parties or trick-or-treating with the kids? Some people spend months brainstorming...
You're shopping for Halloween costumes with your 4-year-old son when he announces he wants the white taffeta princess costume with the tiara. Do you grab it with a smirk thinking of how he'll...
As a mom of two headstrong preschoolers, I can tell you that you have a very short window of being able to dress your child up for Halloween -- the way you want. By the time they're two or three -- they...
Do you love Halloween as much as we do? Here are easy tips to help you make it the best, easiest, most spook-tacular holiday ever!Halloween Costume Ideas48 Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas in 4-steps or...
Ghosts, goblins, mummies, pumpkins, witches, bats, black cats...these are just a handful of the types of Halloween-themed costumes and decorations you can find online and at most discount seasonal and...
Most children, mine included, eagerly anticipate Halloween, carefully choosing costumes and rushing through dinner so they can go trick-or-treating. Even though I love Halloween too, I have to prepare myself mentally for the peanut butter cups that will be in my food-allergic child's bag at the evening's end.
There's nothing quite like crisp, cool fall days to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. Between getting costumes ready and selecting the perfect candy for trick-or-treaters, there are so many fun...
All across the United States, the Friday after Thanksgiving is synonymous with great deals, crowds and all-around shopping madness. The official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Black Friday routinely...
Are your little ones constantly asking for scary bedtime or campfire stories? Halloween may be the preferred time of year for enjoying scary stories, but any time is right for sharing spooky tales with...
Halloween is supposed to be fun, but with the price of kids' costumes sky rocketing, it's hard for parents to get excited about a holiday that's going to cost big bucks. Fortunately, you can...
Halloween is just around the corner and whether it will be a scary holiday may depend more on the weather forecast than your costume. If you're planning an evening of outdoor activities, beware of...
Thanksgiving is often celebrated with turkey, mashed potatoes and football, but that's certainly not the only way to observe the holiday. It's important for children to learn that people all over...
Tired of buying expensive Halloween costumes that fall apart halfway through trick-or-treating? This year, dress your son up in a fun and creative Halloween costume that you can make yourself from things...
Your daughter will proudly step to the head of the Halloween parade this year with one of these creative costumes. Plus, you'll save money because you can make them all yourself from things you have...
Halloween can be a parenting highlight, filled with fun and excitement-your kid's in an adorable (or at least witty) costume, you've got candy galore to hand out to trick-or-treaters, and perhaps...
Yes, the highlights of Thanksgiving Day are the watching the parade (and the game) and eating turkey. But this special holiday isn't just about the entertainment and the food. This year, start a new...
While some shoppers live for the thrill of Black Friday, others simply do not want to deal with the stampedes or pepper spray attacks. After all, who wants to get into a fight over a PS3 at 3 a.m. before...
Throwing a Halloween party for children is one of the best ways to make sure your kids have a safe and memorable time on All Hallows Eve. While throwing a holiday bash in your home can seem like an overwhelming...
On Halloween night, little goblins, ghouls, pumpkins, and ghosts take to the streets in their adorable costumes, and it's our job as parents to keep them safe, and help them have a good time!"Halloween...
Fall brings with it clear, pleasant days and crisp, joyful nights, perfect weather for an apple-picking outing with the family. You spent the summer playing together in the sun, but with your kids...
Halloween is quickly approaching, and one of the best parts about the fall holiday is preparing for it! From decorating your house to baking fun treats to hosting parties, there's a lot to plan, purchase...
Winter
The winter holiday of Chinese New Year can be a great time to celebrate your heritage or learn about a new one. Here are recipes, crafts and activities that parents, nannies and babysitters can do with...
The sounds, sights and smells of Christmas make the season special. Everyone has a favorite Christmas carol, whether it is secular or non-secular. Below are just 10 of the most popular Christmas songs...
Why buy pricey and boring Valentine's Day cards at the store, when you can spend a fun afternoon making them yourself? Here are our 10 favorite valentines that are just as fun to make as they are...
With the holidays just around the corner, you are probably feeling the pressure to complete a number of tasks and be in two -- or even three -- places at once. There is no way you can get it all done...
The holiday season can be a great opportunity to meet employers, earn extra cash, and even land a full-time gig. "Look at a seasonal job as an opportunity to build your network, get references,...
You have as much holiday spirit as the next person, but this time of year can feel overwhelming. With celebrations like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve all crammed into a...
Thanksgiving has come and past, lights are being strung, trees are being trimmed, and gift-lists are being written. This can only mean one thing: the holiday season is officially upon us. With the kids...
The holiday season passed by much too quickly and now you find yourself left with cold weather and restless children. Luckily, Valentine's Day is almost here -- which means plenty of amazing crafts...
Hanukkah comes with history and traditions, many of which are expressed through music. Teaching your children about the reason for the eight-day celebration and doing it in a fun, expressive way can be...
Is your holiday to-do list so long that it will take you until February to complete? Instead of stressing about everything that has to get done, hire a housekeeper or ask your current one to take some...
Yes, Valentine’s Day can feel like a hokey overly-commercialized holiday only meant to sell greeting cards, flowers and candy. But you still love it -- admit it. This year, go beyond the card and...
Valentine's Day is a special time to tell your loved ones how much you care for them, and what better way to do that than let your kids to get messy with new crafts! They can make heartwarming gifts...
Spoiled milk can be chucked in the garbage pail. Spoiled kids are not so easy to fix. And the holidays don't help the grateful spirit when there's so much "gimme-gimme" in the air. ...
Don't look now, but the holidays are almost here. Have you started planning a gift for your children's nanny? In addition to a holiday bonus, a gift from the heart will warm your nanny's soul....
Valentine's Day is almost here. Have you made your restaurant reservation, made heart-shaped treats for the kids, bought a romantic gift for your honey, picked out a sexy outfit and booked a sitter?...
St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner! Parents, nannies and babysitters can help the kids get into the Irish spirit with these fun recipes, crafts and leprechaun-inspired traditions. Éirinn...
St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner! Parents, nannies and babysitters can help the kids get into the Irish spirit with these fun recipes, crafts and leprechaun-inspired traditions. Éirinn...
The holidays can be both the most wonderful time of the year -- and the most stressful. And when kids are involved, trying to balance family life with holiday preparations adds a new element of challenge....
Mardi Gras is a winter holiday also known as Carnival. It's a weeks-long fun, chaotic celebration culminating in Fat Tuesday (which is "Mardi Gras" in French), the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning...
The holiday season shakes up everyone's schedule. The kids are off from school, families travel and social calendars become filled with family get-togethers, holiday parties, church activities and...
For children, Valentine's Day is a day full of homemade cards, heart-shaped chocolate boxes, and sugary conversation hearts. But as you get older, things get a bit more complicated. With all the expectations...
The holidays are a wonderful time for family gatherings, fun traditions, and great food. We bend over backwards to make sure our kids will eat dinner and enjoy it, but we don't always have to make...
Hosting holiday dinners is stressful. Throw in a picky eater or two? Consider that, mission impossible. Fret no more. We at Care.com turned to the experts for their favorite kid-friendly holiday recipes...
As the clock ticks toward midnight on New Year's Eve, we think, "This is the year I..." We have been trained to view January 1st as a day of opportunity. A day where wild ideas, practical...
It's fun to pick out presents for the people you care about -- especially kids. But what about when you're an employee? Should nannies and babysitters give holiday and birthday gifts to the kids...
Your nanny cares for your kids and keeps your life running smoothly all year long. Come December, it's important to say thank you for those efforts by giving a holiday bonus. According to a poll of almost...
When the holidays roll around, stress levels everywhere tend to get elevated. While the spirit of the season is about thankfulness and good will, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the frenzy. But if...
The holidays are here! And while the Norman Rockwell idea of Christmas is very nice, homes are often more about chaos than cheer. There are presents to wrap, social functions to attend, lists to double...
When Gina Linss and her husband Alex were invited to a New Year's Eve party last year, they were pretty excited. "It was going to be a really fun party, like the kind we used to go to before...
The holidays give us the opportunity to show our appreciation for the individuals we hire to support us in our goals: the people who care for our kids while we're at work, walk our dogs, or provide...
Don't you love the holidays? The sleigh rides, jingle bells and snowmen. Oh yeah, and the busy schedules, endless holiday cards to fill out and expensive presents to purchase and wrap. Before the holiday...
Are you a holiday tipper? If you said yes, you're not alone. 69 percent of people give holiday tips, according to an October 2014 Care.com survey of almost 1,300 members.(We'll just forget about...
When it comes to showing the love to those who love your kids, your pets, or your aging parents, don't be a Scrooge. Even in a challenging economy where companies have slashed or killed bonuses, downsized...
When "Jingle Bells" is playing all around you, it's easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit. A common trap people get caught in is overspending during this time of year. Families with small children...
The year is almost over and you're ready to celebrate with your hubby and friends. But ...what to do with the kids? You've brought them to parties in the past, but then you spend most of your time keeping...
Writing a letter to Santa is a very important yearly chore for kids. If your little one is planning on taking pen -- or crayon -- to paper to write a letter to Old St. Nick, here are a few guidelines to...
Christmas is approaching and soon children will be lining up to see Santa Claus and give him a list of Christmas wants. During this magical time, Santa is the ultimate fantasy and symbol of childhood innocence....
While February 14thmay bring up visions of a romantic dinner date and flowers with a significant other, parents know this holiday can be about the entire family. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy...
When Maggie Rogers thinks about the holidays, she's filled with dread. "I'd love to get together and see my family, but it's just so complicated," says Rogers, a New York-based stay-at-home...
Winter is here and it's bound to bring mornings when you ask yourself "should I really drive in this?" Even more stressful: "Should I ask my nanny to?" Work doesn't slow down...
The holidays are a time for family to come together to celebrate tradition and to learn the reason for the season. While Christmas and Hanukkah tend to be to be the dominant winter holidays in American...
As if you don't have enough on your to-do list already. But tell us, how many of those to-dos are for you? Chances are they're things like "start potty training" and "buy milk."...
Five hours of non-stop Christmas music. Four dozen sheets of cookies. Three screaming kids."Two" many hours of shopping. And one mom to keep it all together - and it's barely Thanksgiving....
The holidays are a time to celebrate and be with family. But with a plethora of decorations and changes in the weather, they're also time to take extra safety precautions to keep your children and pets...
Spring
Passover is quickly approaching and you may be looking for some entertaining yet educational activities for every kid in your family. Whether it's preparing for the Pesach Seder with decorative...
Happy Mother's Day. Feliz Dia de las Madres. Furaha Ya Mama Siku. It doesn't matter how you say it, the sentiment is the same: Happy Mother's Day, Mom. We love you. Thank you. You are the...
Tired of bouquets and candy? Give Mom something slightly unexpected this Mother’s Day. Some of these presents are store-bought, others are homemade handicrafts, but all will shower her with love....
Mother's Day is right around the corner! And there's nothing more special for Mom than a handmade card with a sweet message inside. Get creative with the kiddos this year with one of these cute...
Mother's Day is quickly approaching and your kids are itching to make that perfect something special for you, their grandma, nanny, aunt and any other special women in their lives. But what should...
Easter Sunday will be here before you know it. Start planning for the holiday and the arrival of the Easter bunny and the kickoff to the season of spring. We gathered our favorite kid-friendly Easter...
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican history and freedom that takes place every May 5th. It commemorates the Mexican army's victory over France in 1862. Get the family excited for the holiday...
When you think of Mother's Day, do images of carnations, Hallmark cards and Sunday brunches come to mind? It's one of the most celebrated holidays of the year, but when it comes to gift giving,...
How does your family celebrate Earth Day? From recycling to setting up a composting system, raising an earth-friendly family doesn't have to be as complicated as you might think. With April being...
Kids love dirt. They love water, grass, animals and all the natural resources the planet provides. In honor of Earth Day, point out what they really love: Mama Earth. Show the importance of nurturing...
Memorial Day often heralds the arrival of summer and that summer vacation is almost here. But this year, take some time to teach kids about what this holiday actually celebrates: remembering all of the...
Does this scenario sound familiar?  Right before Mother's Day weekend, your husband or in-laws announce, with glee, they have a big surprise for you for Mother's Day morning: a great brunch at...
One of the hardest parts of Mother's Day is coming up with a poem to write on the inside of the card. You can only use "Roses are red" so many times! This year create a Mother's Day...
Nothing says Mother's Day more than a lovely meal, fit for a queen. It's even better when the queen isn't involved in the cooking or the cleaning! This year, pamper mothers, grandmothers...
Take it easy (or at least easier) with these ideas for enjoying Mother's Day your way. Hire a Housekeeper (for a Day Anyway) No, we're not talking about a housekeeper IOU! Pick the day. Make the call....
We get it, whispering sweet nothings to your spouse when screaming kids are around might not seem like an attainable goal. But on Mother's Day, we moms have earned our right to be waited on and showered...
Between months of morning sickness, swollen ankles, and the eighteen plus years you will spend cleaning up after your child, it's only fitting that moms get a holiday to celebrate all of motherhood's...
After all those hours of labor and delivery, diaper blowouts, and round-the-clock feedings, shouldn't moms get exactly what we want for at least one whole day? In a perfect world, every mother would...
Summer
Any mom will tell you that you can't go into a road trip on impulse. You've got to have a plan. Survival is the operative word, and even the best moms can get derailed on a vacation. The Any Mommy...
Grandparents and grandchildren share a special relationship, so shouldn't there be a day to honor their love? As it turns out, there already is! National Grandparents Day is celebrated annually the...
Summer is most people's favorite time of the year. School is out, the weather is warm and it's time to relax and recharge. Jill Tipograph, an expert on summer and founder of Everything Summer,...
Flag Day occurs every June 14th and is a great time to celebrate the symbol of America. You can plan fun things to do and get kids in a patriotic mood. Here are 12 activities to get you started. Share...
Independence Day is a popular day for kids because of the excitement and pageantry that accompanies it. However, the Fourth of July is more than fireworks and barbecues -- this holiday marks the day our...
A handmade card or gift for dad goes a long way on Father's Day. Fill an afternoon with creativity, and maybe even a few giggles, as you and your children construct homemade wishes for Dad's big...
Anyone can buy a tie and call it a Father's Day gift, but this year, why not use the occasion as an opportunity for your kids to stretch their creative muscles, create a one-of-a-kind gift and build...
The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer and the kids are getting excited. You can almost hear it in the air, "Schoooool's out for summer!" As the school year winds...
Yes parents, this is a real holiday! Parents' Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday of July. It became an official holiday in 1994 and is a time to honor parents for the hard work they...
General Holiday Advice and Travel Tips
You know what they say: If you want something done, give it to a busy person. This is especially true around the holidays. Some people just seem to have a knack for staying organized and calm, while juggling...
Whether you're taking a plane, train or automobile, when talking about travel with kids, "vacation" can be a pretty loose term. How do you make your summer trip easier, more fun, and more...
As the winter holidays approach, you may find yourself eagerly anticipating being reunited with your far-flung sibs for a few days... Or then again, perhaps you find yourself dreading the reunion.
The holiday season is filled with excitement, euphoria and ... exhaustion. And nothing is more draining than traveling with kids during this time of year. Still having nightmares about that time you sat...
It might be Thanksgiving at your place, Hanukkah dinner at the in-laws or Christmas at your sister's. No matter the holiday or the location, one thing is for sure: Neither the homemade cranberry sauce...
For students, the breaks between school semesters can be a period for relaxing and refocusing. But many people also use it as a time to earn extra cash. Whether you're searching for a summer vacation...
Remember when spring break used to mean Tequila shots, dancing at clubs and lazy days sleeping at the beach? Yeah, we really don't remember those days much either, now that they've been replaced...
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