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New Year's megalist: 100 New things to try this year

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2014: Your new year

It's a new year, so why not do some new things? From hobbies to bucket list items, we've got you covered with 100 new ventures to try out in 2014.

10 New things to do with the kids

2014: Your new year

Backyard camping

There's no need to go far when you can have yourself a camp-out in your very own backyard. Sleep under the stars or pitch a tent for a night filled with ghost stories and s'mores.


Book a hotel in your hometown and explore the city as if you were tourists. Have a bite to eat and enjoy all of the wonderful reasons why you decided that was the place to raise your family.

Adopt an endangered animal

No, you're not really bringing an endangered species into your home, but you can certainly theoretically adopt one for your family. With a $50 donation to the World Wildlife Fund, you can receive a gift bag with a plush, a photo and an adoption certificate.


Teach your kids the gift of storytelling by ditching the books once a week and creating your very own tales. Let them choose their own characters and build from there. Eventually, their own imaginations will be able to grow and build a fantasy land of their own. Create a keepsake by printing out their stories with the use of IlluStory.

Money savers

Educate your kids on the value of a dollar by teaching them how to save money and spend wisely. Forbes has some excellent tips on how to start with varying ages of children.

Prank call

Gone are the days of prank calling thanks to cell phones and caller ID, but it doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with the grandparents. Call a few relatives and pretend to be someone silly together.

Memory books

If you're like the rest of the moms of the world, you've got thousands of photos stockpiled on your phone and digital camera. Make something with them... with the help of the models in the pictures!


Help your children learn about their family history by setting up an interview with themselves and an older relative. Assist them to create a list of questions that will help you both gain some knowledge on the past.

The full act

Create a fun-filled day of being other people. Choose a favorite character or theme and decorate the home and yourselves to fit the bill. Speak like them and act like them the entire day. A great way to start is with National Talk Like a Pirate Day on Friday, Sept. 19.

Little Olympians

2014 marks the Winter Olympics, so start planning to create your very own in the backyard. Make your very own ice skating rink or downhill ski ramp and award each kid with little medals.

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