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FUN at Home!

With all the program cancellations and facility closures, along with the "shelter at home" order statewide, we here at the Hesperia Recreation and Park District want to make sure you still have access to plenty of things to do to keep your mind and body active and having FUN!

Check-in f​​or updates; we will add to this list as we find more to do.  If you come across anything you'd like to add, send it to us at info@HesperiaParks.com!

Scroll down for Community Resources we've found so far, and please share with us if you know of any we've missed. 

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 Growing Seeds

Green bean seed sprouting in a clear plastic container

Supplies:

  • Several tall, clear plastic containers you can find (make sure it has a lid if you have a toddler)
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Seeds

Growing Seeds:

  1. Grab your containers, with lids and several packets of seeds.
  2. Depending on how many seeds you have, tell each child to choose 3 seeds they want to plant in their container, help lay them out so your kids can observe them. Talk about the different sizes, shapes, colors, and even textures of the seeds.
  3. Containers with lids will help prevent younger children from trying to eat their seeds. 
  4. Next, fold a paper towel in half and place 3 dots of glue (one for each type of seed) a couple inches from the bottom of the paper towel. Have kids glue a seed (or two) on each of the glue dots to prevent the seeds from falling to the bottom of the container. 
  5. After allowing the glue to dry a little, place the paper towels in the plastic containers. Have kids thoroughly mist the paper towels and add moistened cotton balls to help hold the paper towel in place.
  6. Finally, snap on the lid and label the seeds and the planting date. Time for growing seeds! Plastic containers are better than glass containers for younger kids.
    Note: After two weeks, seedlings may become too tall for the container, simply remove the lids and continue to check and mist seedlings every morning. 
    If you'd like to add soil to the seeds once they have sprouted, you can poke several holes in the bottom of the plastic container. Gently remove the paper towel and cotton balls before adding the soil. 

 

 

 Rice Krispies Nests

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 10 oz bag of marshmallows
  • 6 cups of crisp rice (or Rice Krispies)
  • Edible Easter grass
  • Robin egg candies
Rice Krispies Nests

Instructions:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat and stir in the marshmallows. Continue stirring until completely melted. Pour the mixture over the crisp rice cereal and stir until well combined. 
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and shape the nests. To make it easier, also spray a spoon and use it to help make the indents. You could do this by hand, but it would be quite messy.

To fill:

  1. Let the Rice Krispies cool in the pan, pull them out, and decorate! Break up the edible grass, and then fill the nest with the eggs.
    You can also use coconut dyed green for the grass. Recipe By: Crafty Morning 

 

 

Color Changing Flowers

Carnations in colored water

Supplies:

  • White carnations
  • Liquid food coloring in a variety of colors

Instructions:

  1.  To start you will want to trim down the stems of the flowers so they fit in your cups of glasses.
  2.  Add water to each cup.
  3.  Then put about 10-15 drops of food coloring in the water and stir around a bit.
  4.  Add at least one carnation to each glass of colored water.
  5.  Check-in on the flowers every couple of hours and observe any changes.

Observing the Flowers Color Change

  1. Flowers should begin to show color change after just a couple of hours.
  2. By the next morning, flowers should be showing more color in the petals. If a flower seems to not be showing color change as much as the other flowers, try trimming the stem a little more.
  3. Watch flowers over a couple of days and watch how vibrant the colors become.

 

 

 Flower Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:

Flower pretzel bites
  • Wilton white candy melts
  • Waffle pretzels
  • Pastel M&M's 

You will also need:

  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Place pretzels on parchment paper. 
    Note: You can use as many pretzels as you want, as long as they are in a single layer because they will not expand.
  4. Place one white melting candy onto each pretzel.
  5. Place pan in the oven for three minutes or until candy has melted. 
  6. Take the pan out of the oven and place an M&M in the center of the melted chocolate on each pretzel. 
  7. Place 6 M&M's of another color around the center M&M. These are the flower petals. 
  8. Place pan in the fridge for about 15 minutes or until chocolate is cool.
  9. Enjoy this tasty spring snack! Recipe By: Freebie Finding Mom

 

 

Butterfly Nature Craft

Butterfly template with leaves and flowers on it

Equipment:

  • Scissors

Materials:

  • Butterly template
  • Double-sided sellotape
  • Leaves, flowers, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Print off a butterfly template.
  2. Use double-sided sellotape on the wings and body to make the surface of your butterfly sticky. 
  3. Look for flowers, leaves, and grass to put on your butterfly and stick these in place. If you want to, you can also use this as an excuse to discuss symmetry.   

 

 

 

 Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Strawberry cheesecake bites

Ingredients:

  • 10 large strawberries
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature {do not substitute 1/3 less-fat cream cheese}
  • 2 T. strawberry jam {do not use strawberry preserves... the strawberry chunks get stuck in the tip when piping the topping onto the strawberries}
  • 1 1/2 T. confectioner's sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 drop pink food coloring gel or paste {optional}
  • White non-pareil sprinkles and/or pink sugar sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Place softened cream cheese, strawberry jam, confectioner's sugar, and almond extract, and food coloring {if using} in a small bowl; stir until well combined and smooth. Chill for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. While cream cheese mixture chill, rinse strawberries and pat dry with paper towels. Leaving leaves on, slice each strawberry in half lengthwise and set aside on a plate or serving platter with the cut side up. {If strawberry halves do not sit level on the platter, cut a very tiny slice from the rounded side of the berry half to create a flat spot for it to sit upon.}
  3. Spoon cream cheese mixture into a piping bag fitted with an extra-large star tip. {If you don't have a piping bag, you can use a baggie. Cut off one of the bottom corners of the bag and use it to pipe through.} Pipe cream cheese mixture onto each of the strawberry halves. 
  4. Top each strawberry half with white non-pariel sprinkles and pink sprinkles. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to about 3 hours. Recipe By: The Kitchen is my Playground

 

 

 Cherry Blossom Craft

Cherry Blossom Windsock craft

Supplies:

  • Blue cardstock
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pink crepe paper 
  • Glue stick or school glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

How to make: 

Step 1: Pour some brown paint onto a small paper plate. Use a paintbrush to paint cherry tree branches on your blue cardstock. Allow the brown paint to dry completely. 

Step 2: Cut six pieces of pink crepe paper about 18-24 inches in lengeth. Turn your cherry blossom craft face down. Use a glue stick to add glue at the bottom of the paper and place all six pieces of crepe paper along the bottom of your blue cardstock.

Step 3: Cut out several dozen squares from your pink crepe paper. Scrunch up one of the tissue paper squares to make a cherry blossom. Add a dot of glue stick on one of the cherry tree branches and place the pink cherry blossom onto it. 

Step 4: Continue scrunching up crepe paper squares and gluing them all over the cherry tree branches until it is full of cherry blossoms.

Step 5: Bend your cherry tree blossom craft into a circle and connecting the ends together. Place two staples at the top and bottom of the windsock to join the pieces together. 

Step 6: Cut a length of pink cardstock 1 inch by 8 1/2 inches. Add a generous amount of extra strength glue stick on one end of the paper strip and attach it inside the top of the windsock. Add glue on the opposite end of the windsock to create your handle.
Hang your windsock outside and watch it dance around in the spring wind. Or display the windsock indoors for colorful spring decoration. 

 

 

 No-Bake Batter Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups funfetti cake mix
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

White chocolate coating

  • 10 oz white chocolate wafers (or chopped white chocolate)
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
No-Bake Batter Truffles

Instructions: 

  1. Cover a large, flat plate or cookie sheet with waxed paper and set aside.
  2.  Slice butter into 8-10 pieces and add it to a large bowl, add funfetti cake mix, flour, and vanilla extract.
  3. Using a fork, work the butter into the flour and cake mix until fully combined and it resembles smooth cookie dough. To make the process easier, mix with the fork and after that, use your hands to combine all the ingredients. 
  4. Mix rainbow sprinkles.
  5. Measuring 1 tablespoon of truffle batter or using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough and using your palms roll it into a ball.
  6. Place truffle balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Place in freezer for 10 minutes before coating with white chocolate. 
  7. The amount of truffles you will get depends on how large or small you make them.

White Chocolate Coating:

  1. Add white chocolate wafers to a microwave-safe bowl, microwave for another 20 or 30 seconds, stir well with a spatula and if there is still chocolate that did not melt, microwave for another 10-15 seconds and stir well. 
  2. Using a fork, dip each dough ball into the melted white chocolate and place it on the prepared plate, top with sprinkles immediately.
  3. Place truffles in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until the white chocolate coating hardens.
  4. Store truffles in the fridge for up to 7-10 days. 
  5. Serve and enjoy! Recipe By: Sweet & Savory Meals

 

 

Trolls Mason Jars

 Trolls Mason Jar

Supplies:

  • Small mason jars 
  • Pink acrylic paint 
  • Spray primer (Krylon works well)
  • Googly eyes
  • Sharpie
  • Pink, green, and blue felt
  • A flower or plant that grows upwards (preferably in pink)
  • Hot glue (adults only) glue dots for kids to use

Directions:

  1. Spray the jars with primer according to package directions. 
    Adults only should do this part. It's recommended to prime beforehand but not necessarily needed. Without primer, they may not paint as smoothly and may require a few extra coats of paint. 
  2. Paint the jars with pink acrylic paint and let them dry. 
  3. Make your "flower headband" with blue and green felt. Cut to size based on the size of the mason jar lid, then hot glue (adults only) or use glue dots. 

 

 

 Foam Cup Bunny

Supplies:

  • Small foam cup
  • Pink paint 
  • Paintbrush
  • Pink and white cardstock paper
  • Black and pink marker
  • Wiggly eyes (googly eyes)
  • Pink fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners)
  • Pink poms 
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape 
Foam Cup Bunny

Directions:

  1. Gather all of your supplies. Start by painting the outside of your foam cup with your pink paint. Set it aside to dry completely. 
  2. While your paint is drying, cut out two bunny ears from your pink and white cardstock paper. Cut a section off of your pink fuzzy stick and tape it to the back of your ears.
  3. Glue your googly eyes onto your foam cup. Use your pink and black marker to draw a nose and mouth to your bunny. 
  4. Finish your bunny craft by poking the ears down into the top of the cup and then glue the pink pom onto the cup for the fluffy bunny tail. 

 

 

No-Bake Pineapple Cream Pie 

NO-Bake Pineapple Cream Pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tub (8 oz) whipped topping 
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crusts
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Drain and reserve aside 1/2 cup crushed pineapple. 
  3. Fold in whipped topping and remainder of the can of crushed pineapple. 
  4. Spread pineapple cream filling into graham cracker pie crusts. 
  5. Sprinkle with coconut* and reserved crushed pineapple. 
    ** If you don't like coconut, you can skip it. Or consider sprinkling with thinly shaved almonds to keep a layer of texture the coconut was adding.
  6. Chill in the fridge, for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Recipe By: A Mom's Take 

 

 

Spring in a Jar- Terrarium for Kids

 Spring in a Jar- Terrarium for Kids

Supplies:

  • Play clay or modeling clay
  • Small jars
  • A circle of scrap cardboard cut a little smaller than the mouth of the jar
  • Assorted spring-ish goodies: transparent binder dividers cut into strips of grass, sequins and spangles, fuzzy little chicks, pipe cleaners, etc.

How to:

Step 1: Use your fingers to smush some play clay and spread it all over the top and sides of your cardboard circle. The clay on the sides helps your scene stay in place inside the jar when you are all done. 

Step 2: Get to decorating! No need for glue or anything, just use more clay to stick everything together. You can make flowers using pipe cleaners. Pom-pom chicks, jelly beans, little plastic animal figures, or tiny felt flowers would all be adorable!

Step 3: When your little scene is just the way you want it, carefully pop it in your jar and screw on the lid. Easy peasy! 

 

 

 Paint Filled Eggs on a Canvas

Paint filled eggs with canvas

Materials:

  • Emptied eggshells (instructions below)
  • Paint
  • Tissue paper squares
  • Glue stick
  • Canvas panels (one per child)

Method:

Begin by emptying out the desired amount of eggs.

You can save your eggshells as you make breakfast and then fill them with paint once you have enough.

Emptying the Eggs:

  • Use a butter knife to gently crack the top of the egg(s). 
  • Then, carefully use your fingers to peel away enough for your yolk(s) to pass through. 
  • Break the loose shell fragments away before emptying the eggs to make sure shells don't end up in your breakfast.
  • Then, empty the yolk(s) into a bowl.
  • Carefully wash the empty eggshells with warm water and antibacterial soap.
  • Allow the shells to dry.

Making Paint Filled Eggs:

  • Once your empty eggshells are dry, it is time to fill them with paint!
  • Fill the eggs with varying colors of paint. You can use washable paint or acrylic paint.
  • Then, take a tissue paper square and use a glue stick to carefully secure the paper over the egg openings.
  • Cover one side of the square with glue, and then gently stick the tissue paper over the egg opening glue-side-down.
  • Repeat this for every paint-filled egg that you wish to make, and then allow the glue to dry. 
  • That's it! You now have paint-filled eggs!

Egg Crack Painting

  • Once your painted eggs are ready, head outside to create and play! 
  • Set canvases in the dirt or grass, wherever you are okay with getting paint, and let the kids throw the paint eggs at their canvas to make art.
  • Eggs may be able to be thrown a couple of times before they're completely cracked and emptied.

 

 

 

Dirt Cake in Flower Pots

Dirt cake in a flower pot

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages Oreos crushed (leave 10 or however many pots you are making whole to plug the bottom of your pot)
  • 2 packages chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Make the chocolate pudding according to the package directions. Whip the cream. Set aside. Cream the cream cheese with sugar and vanilla.
  2. Combine the pudding into the cream cheese mixture. Then fold the whipped cream cheese into the mixture. 
  3. Get your pots ready. Wash before using. Put a whole Oreo on top of the hole in the bottom of the flower pot so that the pudding does not leak out. 
  4. Layer some crushed Oreos on the top of the whole Oreo. Add the pudding mixture. Drop in some gummy candies. 
  5. Cover the top with more crushed Oreos. 
  6. Add some cleaned (run through hot water and let dry on a towel) fake flowers. 
  7. Let the pots chill for at least one hour or overnight.
  8. There you have it. A dessert that is fun to make, super adorable, and delicious to eat. Recipe By: Baked Bree 

 

 

 Egg Carton Flowers

Egg Carton Flowers

Supplies:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Egg carton (not foam)
  • Paper straw
  • Pom-poms
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush

Directions:

  1. First, you'll have an adult cut out four containers out of the egg carton. Trim around the edges so that it gives it a rounder shape for the petals of the flower.
  2. Squirt some acrylic paint colors onto a paper plate and have the kids paint their flowers. Use any colors you'd like or use a pastel palette. 
  3. After the paint's dried, you can attach the stem of the flower by gluing it to the back. You can use a paper straw since it is thick enough to hold up the egg carton, if you use something like a pipe cleaner it will just bend. Next, choose a colored pom-pom and glue that to the center of the painted egg carton.

 

 

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp sugar or honey; optional depending on sweetness of fruit
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Strawberries and cream popsicles

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the strawberries, water, and sugar. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until the berries soften and remove from the heat. 
  2. Allow the strawberries to cool completely then puree. 
  3. Once the mixture is cool, whip the cream and vanilla together for about two minutes to make a soft whipped cream. 
  4. Fold in the strawberries and then pour into the molds. Freeze for 4 hours or until set. 
    Note: If you prefer, you can substitute yogurt for the whipped cream. Recipe By: Kitchen Dreaming

 

 

Homemade Birdhouse #1 

Supplies: 

  • 1/2 gallon cardboard juice box
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Acrylic paint in preferred colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Circular handheld hole punch
  • 6-7" stick from outside
  • Twine 
  • Goo Gone (optional)
1/2 gallon cardboard juice box birdhouse

How to Make a 1/2 Gallon Carton Birdhouse:

Step 1: Clean 

The first thing you need to do is clean your carton and let it dry. If your carton has any stickers stuck to it, remove them with some Goo Gone.

Step 2: Cut

Next, take off the lid and cut off the plastic part of the pour spout (if your carton has that). Some cartons have the fold and pour spout, and if so, then you can skip this step.
The reason you need to cut off the plastic pour spout is that it sticks too far for the popsicle stick roof you will be putting on, so just cut the plastic down and don't worry about putting the lid back on.

Step 3: Trace 

Using a circular-shaped bottle (like a glitter bottle) trace a circle on the front of your carton near the top and cut out with scissors. This will be the hole for your bird to enter your birdhouse.

Step 4: Punch 

Next, using a circular hole punch, punch a hole about 1/2" hole below the large circle you just cut out. This will be for a perch stick. Make sure your hole is in the middle so that the perch stick will be centered. 

Step 5: Paint and Glitter

Now it is time to paint! Using whatever colors you want, paint your birdhouse.
If you're using glitter, paint the sides of the birdhouse and pour glitter over the paint before it dries.

Step 6: Dry 

After your birdhouse is all painted, let it dry. 

Step 7: Paint Again

Paint your popsicle sticks with whatever color you want. You need about 20-24 for your rooftop. 
If you don't want to paint your popsicle sticks, you can buy colorful sticks. It's up to you. 

Step 8: Heat Up

Plug in your glue gun and get it heated up.

Step 9: String 

Punch a hole in the top of the carton, right above the pour spout, in the middle. Insert a piece of twine, rope, yarn, fishing line, etc. Whatever you want to hang your birdhouse with. You need to add this before you glue the roof on. 

Step 10: Roof 

Once your birdhouse is dry, it is time to add the popsicle sticks right next to each other, on the top, making the roof.

Step 11: Perch

Now, find a good straight stick that you can insert snugly into the small hole you punched in the front for the perch.
Add some glue to the end and push the stick all the way back into your carton-so that the stick will securely stay in place. 

Step 12: Decorate

It's time to put your finishing touches on the birdhouse. Kids can draw flowers and butterflies, or whatever they'd like to. 
You can even put some of those glow-in-the-dark star stickers, to make it glow at night.

Use what you already have to decorate your birdhouse! Your kids will love this part! Get creative and let their minds go!

 

 

 Homemade Birdhouse #2

Supplies:

  • 1/2 gallon plastic milk carton
  • Plastic funnel
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Circular handheld hole punch
  • 6-7" stick from outside
  • Twine 
  • Goo Gone (optional- for removing stickers on your cartons)
  • Spray paint (2 colors)
  • Drop cloth
1/2 gallon plastic milk carton birdhouse

How to make:

Step 1: Lid 

Save your lid. Poke a hole through the top of the lid and push a long piece of twine through only one end of the hole. 
Part of your twine will be coming up through the hole and the other end will wrap around the side. Set your lid aside. 

Step 2: Cut

Cut out a circle on the front of your carton for your bird to fly into.

Step 3: Punch

Using a circular hole punch, punch a hole below the circle for the perch stick.

Step 4: Spray Paint

Take your carton and funnel outside and lay out a drop cloth.
Then, spray paint your carton, making sure to get it well coated.
Let it dry. 
Using a different color, spray paint your funnel.

Step 5: Perch

Now, find a good straight stick that you can insert snugly into the small hole you punched in the front. 
Add some glue to the end and push the stick all the way back into your carton so it's gluing to the inside panel of the carton- so that the stick will securely stay in place. 

Step 6: Attach lid

Once dry, put glue on the inside of the lid and glue the lid back on to the carton making sure to hold the twine up and out of the way. 

Step 7: Funnel

Next, thread the twine up through the top of the funnel and glue the funnel on top of the carton over the lid.

Step 8: Decorate

Now, add your decorations to the carton.

Step 9: Finish

That's it! Now go hang it up outside and wait for your flying friends to come and enjoy their new house.

 

 

 

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia salad

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cool whip, lite is fine
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, light is fine
  • 11 oz mandarin oranges, drained
  • 10 oz maraschino cherries, drained, halved, and patted dry
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews, optional

Instructions:

  1. Fold sour cream into Cool whip in a large serving bowl.
  2. Fold in remaining ingredients making sure the pineapple, oranges, and cherries have been properly drained. 
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Recipe By: Mom on Timeout

 

 

 Spring Chick Succulent Planters

Spring chick succulent planters

Supplies:

  • Mini Terracotta pots
  • Paint 
  • Feathers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock
  • Googly eyes or black paint pen

Instructions:

  1. Paint the terracotta pots and allow them to dry completely.
  2. Glue feathers on the side of the terracotta pots and on the top rim of the pot.
  3. Use a pencil to draw on eyes, once you are satisfied with how they look, trace over them with a black paint pen. (If you are letting the little ones do every step themselves, googly eyes would be great!) 
  4. Cut a diamond shape (beak) onto the front of the pot. 
  5. Carefully fill the terracotta pot with soil to avoid getting dirt in the feathers and then plant your succulents inside.
  6. Now your cute spring craft is complete.

 

 

 Peeps Playdough

Peeps edible playdough

In a microwave-safe bowl put the following ingredients:

  • 5 peeps
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon Crisco (blue box)

Edible Peeps Playdough:

  1. Microwave for 30 seconds; stir. (You can add food coloring for more bold colors; peeps alone will give soft pastel playdough colors.)
  2. When the playdough is cool enough to touch (give it a good 30-60 seconds before you touch it) grab the marshmallow playdough and kneed the easy recipe until you get a smooth dough. It will only take 30 seconds or so. 

 

 

 Bunny Cup Snacks

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe zucchini hummus or 7-ounce container purchased hummus
  • 1 package organic baby carrots
  • 1 cup finely ground almonds
  • Celery leaves
Bunny Cups

Directions:

  1. Using a spoon, fill a clear cup with hummus.
  2. Use a spoon to shake a layer of ground almonds all over the top of the hummus.
  3. Take the pointed end of a knife and hollow out a small hole in the top of a baby carrot.
  4. Carefully fill the hole with a small bit of hummus. Then, stuff the carrot hole with a celery leaf (optional).
  5. Serve with additional carrots or your favorite whole grain chips for a delicious and nutritious treat!
    The size of your glass will determine how many bunny cups this recipe makes.
    Make sure to serve with additional baby carrots since the dipping is so much fun! Recipe By: Natural Green Mom

 

 

DIY Kite

DIY Kite

Supplies:

  • 1/4 inch wooden dowel (36 inch)
  • Twine or string
  • Small handsaw, to cut dowel
  • Lightweight craft paper, large enough to fit the frame of your kite (a roll of easel paper works well)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ribbon
  • Craft paint and brushes
  • Craft tube 

Directions:

  1. Begin by using a small handsaw to cut a 1 foot piece off the end of the wooden dowel.
  2. On a table, arrange the dowels into the shape of a cross. You want the horizontal piece north of center. Wrap a piece of string around several times to secure and tie off with a knot.
  3. Tucking it into the grooves at the end of each dowel, run a length of string around the outside to create the kite frame. Secure the ends with a knot and cut out any excess string with scissors.
  4. Cut a sheet of paper slightly larger than the kite frame, allowing about 1-inch excess on each end. Then use the scissors to cut around the kite, again leaving about 1-inch border.
  5. Fold over the edges and secure with glue.
  6. Turn the kite over and paint your design.
  7. Allow to dry completely (overnight is recommended).
  8. Once the paint is dry, cut a 12-inch length of string. Fold it in half and tie a loop at the end. Next, tie the loose ends onto the horizontal dowel. 
  9. For the tail of the kite, cut 6 4-inch pieces of ribbon and a length of string about a foot and a half long. Tie each ribbon around the string, knotting in the center. Then tie one end of the string around the wooden dowel at the bottom of the kite.
  10. Take a long length of string. The length depends on how high you want your kite to go into the air. Tie one end around the craft tube and secure with a knot. Wrap the remaining string around the tube then tie the other end to the loop on the back of the kite.
  11. Now you're ready to go outside and fly your kite!

 

 

 Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2-5 cups, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Strawberry Lemonade

Instructions:

  1. Use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries. Strain them through a fine-mesh sieve, if desired, to remove seeds.
  2. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together sugar and 2 cups water. 
  3. Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain the lemon juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher. Add simple syrup and pureed strawberries and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold. 
  5. When ready to serve, add 2 1/2 cups of cold water and stir. Taste, and add more water if it's too sweet. 
  6. Serve with ice. Recipe By: Tastes Better from Scratch

 

 

 DIY Kaleidoscope

DIY Kaleidoscope

You Will Need:

  • Pringles can {without chips}
  • Shimmery scrapbook paper or aluminum foil
  • Hammer and nail 
  • Clear glue
  • Tissue paper, glitter, and sequins

Instructions:

 Step 1: Get started on your simple kaleidoscope right away! If you are going to make a Pringles can kaleidoscope, remove chips {eat if necessary}, rinse, and dry the can!

 Step 2: Roll a piece of shimmer silver paper and put it inside the can. Mark and cut off the excess. You shouldn't have to tape it down, as it should uncurl nicely to fit the inside of the can. 

 Step 3: Cover the outside of the can with a colored paper {or you can paint it} and secure it with tape. Decorate if you like with markers, stickers, tape, or other embellishments!

 Step 4: Use a hammer and a nail to punch an eye hole in the sealed end of the can. 

 Step 5: Glue sequins on the inside of the Pringle's can lid. Then add glitter and colorful paper or other embellishments.
Mix clear glue with a bit of water and glitter, lots of glitter. Tear and cut tissue paper to glue to the outside of the lid.

 Step 6: For your colorful lens, you want to use clear contact paper over the top to seal it.

 Step 7: Use scissors and cut the contact paper to fit your can. You will be putting the lid on over this, so make sure it is a close fit.
Next, you want to glue it to the top of the can. Regular Elmer's glue works fine.
It's very important to let everything dry really well. Put the lid on your simple kaleidoscope and head outside. 

 

 

 Marshmallow Jell-O Pinwheels

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz package
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
Marshmallow Jell-O Pinwheels

Directions:

  1. Lightly spray 8" square glass baking disk with non-stick spray. Wipe off excess.
  2. Whisk together water and gelatin in microwave safe bowl.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute. 
  4. Whisk contents well, add marshmallows and stir.
  5. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until marshmallows are dissolved. If they do not completely dissolve, microwave for another 15 seconds. 
  6. Pour contents into prepared disk and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
  7. Use a butter knife to loosen around edges.
    Roll up and place seam side down on cutting board.
  8. Use dental floss or twine to cut into slices by sliding under roll, wrapping over top and pulling ends.
  9. Refrigerate slices until ready to serve. Recipe By: Raining Hot Coupons

 

 

 

 Bubble Paint Flowers

Supplies:

  • White cardstock, white construction paper, or white watercolor paper
  • A straw
  • A dish with low sides or a pie pan
  • Green construction paper or watercolor paints for leaves
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Biocolor paint, Crayola color bubbles
Bubble Paint Flowers

Make Your Own Bubble Paint:

  1. Mix together 1 part acrylic paint, 1 part dish soap, 1 part glycerin, and 1 part water.
  2. Once you have made or prepared your bubble paint, fill a dish about 1/4 full and let the kids blow in it with their straws. The hydrangea-effect depends on the size of the bubbles, but it's more important to let the kids unleash their creativity and have fun with it, than get the perfect-sized bubbles. 
  3. The final product looks better with smaller bubbles, but kids will have plenty of fun making any size bubbles. Blow gently into the bubble paint to form a dome shape. Colors come out best if dome is kept fairly small. 
  4. Press the cardstock- or paper you chose-gently over the bubbles, making sure that the paper does not touch the liquid.
  5. Repeat these steps as many times as you like until your paper is covered with beautiful, multi-colored hydrangea blooms.
  6. As your bubble paint bouquets dry, make the leaves. There are several different ways to do this. You can paint the leaves right onto the bubble paint bouquet with watercolor paints, or you can cut out leaves from green construction paper and glue them onto cardstock. Apply glue only to the middle portion of the flowers, so that the edges could be raised. Then add the leaves, tucking them under the flowers. 

 

 

 Peanut Butter Cup Butterflies

Ingredients:

  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • Gummy worms
  • Pretzel thins
  • Icing, either store-bought or homemade-just make sure it's a bit stiffer consistency
Peanut Butter Cup Butterfly snack

Instructions:

  1. Take Reese's Peanut Butter Cups out of their wrappers. Place icing in a piping bag or a sandwich bag with the corner trimmed. Apply a thin line of icing down the middle of your Peanut Butter Cup.
  2. Place your two pretzel thins into the icing and slightly into the Peanut Butter Cup, being careful not to break the pretzel. Add another line of icing in the middle of your two pretzels and place your worm on top. Recipe By: Made to be a Momma

 

 

Rock Painting

Painted Rocks

What You Need:

  • Rocks- smooth rocks are best for most rock painting projects
  • Water-based acrylic sealer with a foam brush, outdoor acrylic sealer, or acrylic spray varnish (optional)
  • Recommended Rock Paint Supply Options:Patio paint or acrylic paint and paintbrush set and/or fine detail paintbrushesPosca extra fine tip paint pens, or Artistro extra fine tip paint pensExtra tip paint pens in pastel colorsMicron black outline and fine detail pensFine to medium black and white paint pen set Medium to broad black and white paint pen set (this paint pen set makes it easy to paint an acrylic base layer)Metallic brush paint pens

How to Paint Rocks:

  1. Collect, or purchase, smooth rocks or stones to paint.
  2. Wash rocks and allow them to dry in the sun.
  3. Set up an area to paint rocks. Put down newspaper or a piece of white poster board to protect the surface that you will be working on.
  4. Paint a single color acrylic base color on each rock that you will be painting and allow it to dry. This optional step is recommended for most painted rocks and rock painting designs. 
  5. Paint rocks in any way you like, or, use any ideas you'd like.
  6. Allow the painted rocks to dry overnight. 
  7. Use a foam brush to paint a layer of acrylic sealant, outdoor acrylic sealant, or use an acrylic spray varnish to help protect the paint (optional).
    Once finished, painted rocks can be displayed on your nature table, in flower beds, in the garden, or wherever you'd like. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Cup Instruments

Create these quick and easy instruments and allow your kids to make their own music as they play to the beat of their own drum. 

3 different sized paper cups with balloons stretched over top of all three to create paper cup drums. With paper straws next to them for drum sticks

What You Need:

  • Paper cups- assorted sizes are a good way to experiment with the different sounds they make, but one size will do too
  • Elastic Bands
  • Duct Tape
  • Beads
  • Rice, dried lentils, beads, or similar to make shakers
  • Straws, preferably paper
  • Balloons to make drums, or you could also use paper and tape it on

Instructions:

Paper Cup Drums-

Blow a balloon up and let the air out to give it a bit of a stretch and then cut the tip off. Stretch the balloon over the top of the cup, grab a couple of paper straws and now you have a drum! Try making them with cups of different sizes and experiment with the sound they make. Even create a whole drum set with cups of different sizes.

Paper Cup Shakers-

Fill paper cups with rice (or lentils, dried beans, or similar) and make shakers by sticking them together with duct tape. You will need to cut slits in the duct tape all around it horizontally so that it fits a bit better to the tapered edge of the cup. A bigger cup will sound different than a smaller cup, and filling it with different things will create new and interesting sounds.

Paper Cup Guitars-

Put a rubber band over your cup and it becomes a 'guitar' (with a little stretch of the imagination). To make it more interesting, use different sizes of cups and rubber bands and see the difference it makes.

 

 

 Virtual Theme Park Rides

Just because theme parks are closed, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the excitement of the rides. Click the links below and display these exciting rides on your big screen in the living room, or on any electronic device and get taken away on the thrills of these rides from the comfort of your own home.

Walt Disney's Space Mountain

Universal Studio's Jurrasic Park

Walt Disney's Frozen Ever After

 

 

Rain Cloud in a Jar

Mason jar filled with water and shaving cream at the top with drops of food coloring on the top with the colors seeping through to create a raincloud in a jar

Although outside has been hot and dry, doesn't mean we can't have a little rain. With these rain clouds in a jar, your kids not only will have fun, but they will also see, in their own way, how rainy day clouds give water to the earth.

 

Materials:

  • Glass jar or clear container 
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Dropper
  • Small cups
  • Water
  • Shaving cream

Instructions:
1. Begin by filling your jar or see-through container almost all the way to the top with water.
2. Layer shaving cream on top of the water to the top of the jar or container.
3. Fill some small cups up with water. If you are using liquid watercolors, you can pour them directly into the smalls cups instead.
4. Place a few drops of food coloring into each of the small cups and stir. Again, if you are using liquid watercolors, you can skip this step. Alternatively, you can drip the food coloring directly onto the shaving cream, but it will seep through much faster, and the colors will muddle together quickly, not allowing you to get the whole effect for long.
5. Using an eyedropper, have your child add drops of food coloring/colored water to the shaving cream cloud. 
6. Watch as the colors seep down through the "clouds" and begin to rain into the jar.

 

 

Obstacle Course Using Paper Streamers

Using a roll of paper streamers, tape lines across a hallway wall both high and low in a zig zag pattern. Challenge your kids to walk through without breaking the streamers!

Young boy with leg up to try and get through the paper streamer obstacle course set in front of him in the hallway

 

 

Create Your Own Egg Geode

3 different color dyed eggs with salt crystals in them to create egg geodes

 

What you will need:

  •   3-4 Raw Eggs
  •   Craft Glue
  •   Epsom Salt
  •   Food Coloring
  •   Small Containers
  •   Small Paint Brush
  •   Toothpick
  •   Water
  •   Small Pot and Stove
  •   Screw Driver (Optional)

Directions:
1. To make your egg geode, carefully crack your egg at the narrow end. It may be easier to do this by tapping with a small screw driver.
2. Slowly widen the hole in the egg until it is larger than a quarter.
3. Empty the contents of the egg into a bowl. You can use this to a make a recipe, of your choice, with the kids after.
4. Rinse the egg shell out. Then, gently rub your finger around the inside of the shell to remove the egg's membrane. 
5. Once the membrane is removed, turn the egg upside down on a paper towel and let it dry completely before the next step. *If you want, you can dye the egg shell before letting it dry. You can dye your eggshells separately, and then add a second color later for the crystals.
6. Once the egg shells dry, use a paint brush to coat the entire inside of the shells with a layer of craft glue.
7. Sprinkle Epsom salt onto the glue, shaking off any excess. This will act as a starter to help grow your crystals in your homemade geode.
8. Let the glue dry completely. 
9. Once the glue is dry, boil 1 cup of water.
10. Remove from heat source and stir 1/2 cup of Epsom salt. Stir it until it is completely dissolved.
11. Continue stirring in 1-2 tablespoons of salt at a time until it no longer dissolves. Your super-saturated solution should be thicker than water when you stir it.
12. Place each hallow egg into a small container. (You could also use a styrofoam egg carton for this part.)
13. Use a small ladle to fill each egg with your super-saturated salt solution.
14. Add a drop or two of food coloring and stir with a toothpick.
15. Place the eggshells somewhere they won't get disturbed. (The top of the fridge is a good place.)
16. Check your egg experiment daily, and use a toothpick to break any solid layers that may form on top. You want the water to be able to evaporate!
17. After a few days, the water will dissolve, leaving behind beautiful homemade geodes!

 

 

Online Painting Lessons and Supply Delivery

Different bottles of paint with paint brushes and a canvas. Supplies for the online painting class

Shine Bright Paint Parties is delivering paint supplies to the whole high desert so you can have your own paint party at home by following along with their live Facebook events!

Wednesday evening 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday afternoon 1-3 p.m.

From their Facebook post: 

"For those that have supplies, like our page and tune in! For those in need of supplies, we will be delivering canvas, easels, chalk, brushes, paper plates, water cups and paint to your door (all sanitized). The link to our website as well as our FB page are below. Please check us out and see what we do; we would love to share our joy with you!

If you’re in need of an ‘at home paint kit’, we are asking $30 for the 11x14 kit and $25 for the 8x10 kit (best suited for little artists). ALL of the kit supplies that yours to keep (easel, canvas, brushes, chalk, paint, paper plates, water cup). We will make canvas/paint deliveries every week for those that want to participate in classes and will be asking $15 (11x14) and $12 (8x10) for delivery of the non-reusable supplies (paper plates, canvas, paint). If you already have supplies, please just join our livestream and paint some fun.

Shine Bright was started in an effort to bring joy to families facing the challenges of special needs, if your family is facing a hardship or are a special needs family, let us know. We would love to bless you!

Our mission is to spread joy in this dark time and don’t want anyone to be left out. We are delivering to the entire high desert area (Barstow, Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Adelanto, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Helendale, Wright Wood, Oak Hills). Contact us today so that we can make your painting experience a fun and memorable one!

We deliver supplies on Monday and Tuesday, so please let us know what you need so that we can get the supplies to you! Each week we choose new paintings, but if you like one that’s been done, let us know! All of our paints are available on our FB page, we are happy to bring you the colors needed for any of our paintings! Also, if there is something that you or your little want to paint, let us know, we would love to hear your ideas!

Blue clouds with a orangish red sunset over the mountains with streams of sunlight shining onto a field of sunflowers painted onto a canvas

This process will be ongoing until we can paint with you in person again, so let us know how to serve you best! We currently accept Venmo, PayPal (please add $2 to offset fees) & Zelle (payment info below). We will not be accepting in person payments for everyone’s safety.

We are in this together and while we can’t meet in person to paint, we can still fill our world with color, love and joy!

https://www.facebook.com/ShineBrightPaintNight/

Www.shinebrightpaint.net

Payment info:
PayPal: ShineFoundationCa@gmail.com (please add $2 to offset fees)
Zelle: (760)373-0188 (Caleb S.)
Venmo: @ShineFoundation
PLEASE MESSAGE A DELIVERY ADDRESS WHEN SENDING PAYMENT 🎨🙏"

 

 

Water Bottle Holder Decorating Contest

great job!

 

 

 

Build a B​​ug Hotel

Build a Bug Hotel. Insects are essential to your garden, especially bees and ladybugs! Have fun making your own Bug Hotel, then watch your new little friends move in! 1. Gather your materials. The material you use will attract different types of insects. Ladybugs love hollow stems. Mason bees don't sting and live alone, so they like to find wood with holes to nest in. You can also use bricks, pine cones, corn cobs, sticks, or bark to attract other creatures. The possibilities are pretty endless. Think natural, and what's already growing around your yard or local area. 2. You'll need a house, or something to hold it all together. Cut the top and bottom off of a water bottle (making a tube to hang with string), cut the front off a milk jug weighted with rocks and stacked with TP or cut paper towel rolls, use a clay pot turned on its side, a wood box, etc. 3. Make or Bug Hotel nice and comfortable! Stuff it with all the materials so they don't blow away. Hang a "Welcome Home" sign, and enjoy! Draw pictures of your friends, name them, look up facts and write about them. Insects are awesome!

 

 

Healthy Granola Bars

Healthy Granola Bars. Next time you plan a day at the park, you might want to pack a healthy and delicious snack. We have you covered. Have fun making these Granola Bars jus the way you like for a yummy treat! Healthy Granola Bars (By Chocolate Covered Katie) 2 cups rolled oats, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup rice crispies, 3/4 cup oat flour (or blend oats to make your own), 1/4 cup raw agave or honey, 1/4 cup brown sugar or 1/8 teaspoon stevia, 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed banana, 1 teaspoon vanilla, variations (this is where you get creative. Add marshmallows, raisins, cinnamon, nutella, nuts, chia seeds, coconut, cranberries, peanut butter, etc.) Instructions: Line an 8" pan with parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (can be eaten raw). Stir together dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk liquid ingredients together in a separate bowl, then stir into dry. Transfer to the prepared pan. Smooth down firmly, using a second sheet of parchment paper or wax paper. Press down as hard as you can. For no-bake granola bars, chill until firm (will be firmer if you use coconut oil). For baked granola bars, cook on the center rack for 18 minutes, then press down firmly again. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

 

 

 

Creative Writing Contest

Click Here to view the winners!

Creative Writing Contest Winner paper; Hesperia Park is my favorite park because I can feed duck and play and have picnics and that's why I love Hesperia Parks.
Creative Writing Contest Flyer.pdf

 

 

 

Make an Ice Cream Truck Out of Boxes

Two little girls sitting in an ice cream truck made from cardboard boxes

Do you have a ton of boxes laying around from all those deliveries?  Use them to make an ice cream truck, food truck, or storefront.  Use your imagination!  Not only is it fun to make but fun to play in afterward.  
We got this idea from https://cortneywheeler.com/quarantine-activities-for-kids-our-favorite-things-to-do-at-home/, but there are a lot more examples online.

Ice cream truck covered with wrapping paper to give it a design with pink and white banner above window of truck, with drawn on tires and a sign saying the name of the ice cream truck company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Since we're talking about ice cream... this looks fun AND delicious!  Gather:  ice cream sandwiches (even different flavors if you'd like), whipped cream (or pudding, jam, or all of the above), and different candies and toppings of choice.  You can make either your own individual, personal-sized cakes on a plate OR put them all together on a lined cookie sheet to make one BIG cake.  Unwrap the ice cream sandwiches, use the whipped cream as frosting, and have fun decorating to your ♥'s desire.  

 

 

PieGraph Pizzeria Take & Bake Pizzas

4 boxes of pizza with a small to-go box with a sandwich from PieGraph Pizzeria

Try PieGraph's new Take & Bake Pizzas and Homemade Pizza Kits and get the whole family involved! 
According to their Facebook post:  "We have daily specials every day so we can save you and your family money as well. Our food is made fresh daily with fresh produce, not processed food. We have something for everyone along with our Gluten-Free Crust (100% Cauliflower with egg whites and cheese) also low carbs for you Keto Dieters. Our pizza and specialty salads, subs, wings and spaghetti are rated almost 5 out of 5 stars on all apps."
PieGraph Pizzeria (in the 76 station)
12720 Main St
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 947-3900
Hours Sunday thru Thursday - 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday -  11:00 am to 9:00 pm

PieGraph Pizzeria Take and Bake Pizza Kits; Now selling Pizza kits, and spend time with your family making your own pizza. Large 20 oz dough ball, our pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, garlic oil or any base you want with two toppings for only $9.95 you can make up to an 18" pizza depending on how you want your crust thickness. For pick up, call in or delivery. We can deliver any take and bake or pizza kits for free delivery if ordered by 3 pm same day delivery. $20 minimum

 

 

J Cruz Gymnastics Virtual Gymnastics Classes

$25 per household
"Our classes are geared to anyone who loves moving their bodies.  Whether gymnastics or any other sport is part of your daily life, we are opening up our virtual classes to others so we all can stay moving, stay strong and flexible.  Our classes run about 15-35 mins long depending on age and subject for the day.  No special equipment needed just an area that a cartwheel or handstand would fit."

For more info please send an email to Jcruzgym2014@gmail.com.
A waiver will be emailed.

Classes are:

Tuesday and Thursday
5:00 pm
: under 5 years, great for PreK and parent and me kids
5:30 pm: 5 and up, beginners grade school age

Wednesday
9:30 am:
under 5, great for the PreK and parent and me kids
10:00 am: 5 and up, great for beginners grade school age

J Cruz Gymnastics Virtual Gymnastics Classes $25 per household. Our classes are geared to anyone who loves moving their bodies. Whether gymnastics or any other sport is part of your daily life we are opening up our virtual classes to others so we all can stay moving, stay strong and flexible. Our classes run about 15-35 minutes long depending on age and subject of the day. No special equipment needed just an area that a cartwheel or handstand can fit. For more info please send an email to jcruzgym2014@gmail.com. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 pm for under 5 years, great for PreK and parent and me kids. 5:30 pm for 5 and up, beginners grade school age. Wednesday 9:30 am for under 5, great for PreK and parent and me kids. 10:00 am for 5 and up, great for beginners grade school age
J Cruz Virtual Classes Flyer

 

 

Mail a Hug

Has it been a while since you've seen your loved ones in person?  Here's a cute idea that's sure to bring smiles and make someone's day.  We found it on https://www.theleangreenbean.com/mail-a-hug/ where there are full directions and more information.

Mail a Hug. Photos of kids who have made a mail a hug drawing and sent it to their loved ones.

 According to the website:

  1. Spread out a long sheet of butcher paper. 
  2. Trace the child’s head, arms, and upper torso onto the paper. 
  3. You can either cut it out now or decorate first and then cut. Thye used paint but markers or crayons would work just fine!
  4. Print or write out the message below to accompany the hug.
  5. Fold it all up, put in an envelope and mail!

Here’s the message we use:

“I miss you when you’re far away.
I’d love to see you every day.
But since I can’t come over to play,
I’m mailing you a hug today.

So although it might be quite a sight,
wrap my arms around you tight.
Repeat daily to keep your smile bright,
until we get to reunite!”

 

Craft at Home with JOANN

Subscribe to their YouTube channel to get new craft-at-home videos every weekday at 10am and 7pm! They share kid & family-friendly ideas in the morning and crafts for grown-ups in the evening.  Use the hashtag #handmadewithjoann to show them what you've made. (We'd L♥VE to see it too, so feel free to post it to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HesperiaParks/)

Click Here to go to the Playlist of craft ideas.


 

Recreation BINGO

Running out of things to do at home? Hesperia Recreation and Park District is here to help! Play Recreation BINGO with our original BINGO card. Challenge your friends, family and/or classmates to compete to get a BINGO! Take pictures and/or videos and share with us on our Facebook or Instagram!

Hesperia Recreation and Park District Bingo. Bingo sheet is 5 squares by 5 squares with different activities written in each square of things you have done during quarantine or ideas of things to do. Listed are the activities in order going from top to bottom of each row. Starting at the far left row. Start writing a journal, create a new board game, build your own obstacle course, make your own hopscotch, do yard work, wave "hello" to the mailman, start/plant a garden, write a letter to a friend, have a picnic in your living room, build a fort inside, teach your pet a new trick, play soup-can bowling, free space, make a time capsule, read one book, learn to sew crochet or knit, bird watch, build a bird house, complete a 100 piece puzzle, create your own word search, start a virtual book club, make your own playdough, watch the sunrise, make a dance video
Recreation BINGO - printable

 

 

Beachbody Kids Workouts

With school out, use Beachbody's workouts for kids to stay healthy and fit!  Celebrity trainers Tony Horton, Shaun T, and Leandro Carvalho are temporarily providing these workouts for free during the stay at home order.  Make fitness FUN and a part of your daily routine!

https://vimeo.com/showcase/6880106

May contain: person, human, apparel, clothing, people, and shorts

 

 

Customize Your Zoom Background

Nickelodeon offers free customizable Zoom backgrounds!  If your new norm consists of non-stop video conferences and virtual classroom time, you’re probably familiar with the Zoom app.  But did you know that you can customize your background? Hide that messy kitchen (no judgment!) or add some humor with their downloadable backgrounds here:
http://www.nickelodeonparents.com/customizable-nickelodeon-zoom-backgrounds/

Then find the full instructions on how to upload to Zoom here: 
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background

Spongebob Squarepants Pineapple house Zoom background

 

 

The Genius of Play

This website has TONS of great resources for parents and kids, to keep kids engaged and entertained during the stay-at-home order.  https://thegeniusofplay.org/  

Use the links below to easily navigate to a category that meets your children’s interests.

 

 

Daily Home Work-ins by Planet Fitness

https://www.facebook.com/pg/planetfitness/videos/

 

Hesperia Pizza Factory's Pizza Making Kits 

Pick up pizza making kits from Hesperia Pizza Factory, support your local businesses, and have a FUN night with the family!  Give them a call in advance and they'll get them ready for pick up.  They do deliver with a $15 minimum.  Calling ahead is probably best, but they do have a few on hand if you're in a rush. 

Pizza Factory pizza and Pizza kit

(760) 948-8024

14135 Main St, Ste 101
Hesperia, California 92345

Do you know a Hesperia business offering family-fun activities?  Let us know!  We'd love to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Become a Cat and Kitten Foster Parent

Experienced Cat Foster parents are needed by the Hesperia Animal Shelter.  Now, that sounds like a good time!

Hesperia Animal Shelter; Mother cats and kittens Foster parents needed immediately. Please email jnunez@cityofhesperia.us or call (760) 947-1085

 


Owl Spotters Wanted

Become a citizen scientist and help save wild burrowing owls. This is AWESOME!
Help scientists classify burrowing owl photos, noting how many birds, ages (adult, juvenile, or fluffy chicks), activity (eating, mating, other), and prey items (as fierce little hunters, it could be anything from a grasshopper to a snake!). There may also be “visitors” at the burrow, like roadrunners, coyotes, or rabbits. You get to classify and decide! 

Click Here for more information and to get started!

 

Livestream Concerts

Click Here for a list of virtual concerts online from various artists.


 

Watch a live, virtual classical concert

Click Here for an updated list of free classical concerts you can listen to and watch online:  https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2020/03/16/free-online-classical-concerts

 

See how this classroom raised trout:

Teachers! Click here for more information on CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's Classroom Aquarium Education Program and how to join: https://wildlife.ca.gov/CAEP.

 

 

Visit Aquariums, Zoos, and Parks ... virtually

 

 

Tiger laying on grass
  • Our friend Allison shared this great resource, an interesting article, she found about the San Diego Zoo and animal conservation. Animal Conservation.  Thanks Allison! 
Cheetah

 

Yosemite National Park

 

Live Storytime, Concerts & More

Please be patient with the hosts of these streams as the technology is new to many of them. 
 

 

  • Kids' cooking lessons with $5 Dinners:  You can find the menu for the week, shopping lists, and previous videos on the $5 Dinners website. This is the $5 Dinners Facebook page, where you should be able to watch the Facebook Live videos weekdays at 10:00 PST.
Easy and Fun Cooking Lessons for Kids Live on Facebook. Join Erin Chase and her boys weekdays @ 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time
(That's 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time)

 

 

 

(This list will be updated and added to regularly.  Keep checking back!)

 

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Local Food Banks:  Click Here to View

 

Hesperia Unified School District:

Meal Service - Click Here

Parent/Guardian Info - Click Here

Supplemental Learning - Click Here

 

 

Barstow Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition:

Monday through Friday, 11:10 a.m.
Percy Bakker Community Center, 9333 'E' Avenue, Hesperia

Barstow Meals on Wheels Flyer; Weekday Lunch is still available for pickup only. If you would like to be on the home delivery program during this time, please call (760) 256-9111 and ask to enroll.