Mommy & me: Kids' favorites you’ll like too

Jul 14, 2013 at 5:07 p.m. ET

There’s no reason you can’t also enjoy the things your kids love! These “Mommy and Me” picks are our top choices for quality time that’s fun for all!

Mother and kids doing crafts

Not all kids' activities are for kids and kids alone. These picks are great for both you and your children!

Tea time

What little girl doesn’t like a good tea party? Break out your best plastic tea set and fill it with tea, juice or even colored water. Dress up in your Sunday best and make sure to provide cookies! Your little one will be thrilled at the chance to serve you for a change, and you’ll have a blast teaching her how to hold the cup with her pinkie in the air while speaking in a British accent.

Get crafty


Break out those paints and colored pencils, but don’t sit on the sidelines while the kids have all the fun. Roll up your sleeves and create a masterpiece of your own, Mom! You’ll get a chance to teach them a few new techniques, and they’ll love that you’re right there sharing their fun.

Start cooking

Making dinner doesn’t have to be a chore. Let your children help you, and make it fun together-time! Start with simple recipes and let them do some of the measuring and mixing. Not only are you teaching them an important skill, but you’re giving them a huge sense of accomplishment by letting them partake in something so grown-up. As an added bonus, they’re much more likely to eat something they’ve had a hand in creating, making dinnertime much more fun for everyone.

Head to the zoo

Their eyes may fill with wonder as soon as they walk through the gates of the zoo, but there’s no denying that you get just as excited as they do to see all of those animals! Plan a day trip to your local zoo and spend the day ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all of your favorite creatures. Before you go, create a checklist of all the animals you want to see, and check them off together as you find them.

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