FamilyFun April 2015

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fun for little ones

18 months & up WHAT’S UP, DOUGH? Deck out your wee oneÕs Easter basket with a sugar-free, holiday-themed play dough kit. Fill cone-shaped cellophane favor bags (available at craft stores) with orange play dough, then tie the tops with short, curly green ribbon. Place the carrots in a basket with accessories, such as Easter- or springthemed cookie cutters and a mini rolling pin. 3 years & up FLIGHT OF FANCY Let your child’s imagination soar with a pair of pretty poster board wings she can decorate herself. you will need • Tempera paint and brushes • 1 sheet (22- by 28-inch) white poster board • 1 sheet (22- by 28-inch) colored poster board • Glue stick • Clear packing tape • Hole punch • 2 (10-inch) lengths of 5-inch-wide fold-over elastic 1. Have your child paint the white poster board. Let the paint dry. 2. Fold…

tourist towns

# 1 Sanibel, Florida, is all about simple pleasures, such as deluxe waffle cones from Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream. 1 Sanibel, FL 93 If you’re trying to get a handle on the appeal of this island town of Florida’s west coast, consider that the number one outdoor activity there is strolling along the beach hunting for seashells. Families come to Sanibel to unwind, and its broad, white beaches, gentle surf, and bountiful array of shells encourage them to do just that. As one Texas mom wrote of our top-rated attraction overall, “it’s just a relaxing place that lets kids be kids.” Yes, there’s also cycling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and even gator-gazing through the tropical foliage at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. But in laid-back Sanibel, doing next to nothing is…

how we have fun

“This collection of self-portraits is from a trip to Tom’s Farms in Corona, California, which has a petting zoo, restaurants, shops, and a nice, grassy picnic area. My friend Jessica and I visit it often with our kids. (Mine are Stella, age 9, on the far left, and Lucy, 7, in the center.) We usually bring along art supplies, and on this day, the children drew their faces. When they finished, the kids thought each other’s portraits were hilarious but were quite serious about their own drawings. We loved seeing how they pictured themselves.” Denise Bovey Upland, CA…

animal attractions

# 1 A whitehanded gibbon roams the largest indoor rain forest on the continent at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. 1 Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium 92 OMAHA, NE This world-class zoo was the most popular attraction in the Midwest region, and we challenge you to describe it without using superlatives. It boasts the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit and indoor desert, the largest indoor rain forest in North America, and one of the world’s largest free-fight aviaries. Other mustsees: a three-acre gorilla habitat and a 14,000-squarefoot butterfly and insect pavilion with a separate hatching room. No wonder one Minnesota family called it “the most amazing zoo we’ve ever seen.” OMAHAZOO.COM 2 Saint Louis Zoo 91 ST. LOUIS, MO Survey respondents love the fact that this zoo has no admission charge, but there’s plenty more to…


say cheese! WHERE IN THE WORLD IS FAMILYFUN? Our annual Travel Awards, starting on page 50, feature top family-rated destinations across the country. The next time you’re on an outing—whether to one of our award-winning attractions or just your family’s favorite local spot—take a photo of your gang holding a copy of FamilyFun and post it to social media with #WhereisFamilyFun. All the photos will appear on our Facebook gallery, and if we feature your photo in a future issue, we’ll pay you $100. Eggs-traordinary Easter Book Visit our Facebook page to get our free e-book—it’s got a dozen cute ideas. Click on the “Easter Activities” tab. WE’RE A FOOL FOR PINTEREST Love a practical joke? Check out our April Fools’ Day Pranks board on Pinterest for funny faux food recipes, such as this “chicken” made…

confidence wall

MY THIRD-GRADER, Ella, started her first choir audition by singing very softly. From the piano bench, Mrs. Schmidt, the music teacher, leaned in to hear her. As my 4-year-old, Sophie, and I watched, Mrs. Schmidt led Ella through a series of exercises: repeating a simple melody picked out on the piano keys, watching herself in a mirror as she made different mouth shapes to change her voice’s tone. But it was the last bit of the audition that impressed me the most. “Now, Ella, I know that singing for someone you don’t know can be challenging,” said Mrs. Schmidt, “but you did very well.” She began drawing bricks at the bottom of the audition assessment sheet. “This is your confidence wall,” she said. “And you just took a very important step…