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July 10, 2018 > Join National Surprise Family Play Day!

Join National Surprise Family Play Day!

Submitted By Jennifer Hill

Life tends to get so overscheduled and busy these days. You?d think that summer would mean we might slow down a bit, but that?s not always the case!

August is just around the corner and we are running short on time to create summer 2018 memories with our families. What better way to do that than with a Surprise Family Play Day? What?s that you ask? A day of fun and surprise for your kids and family. Let?s take Saturday, July 14 as the official Surprise Family Play Day this summer and create some lifelong lasting memories with your family.

The surprise fun can be as simple or as elaborate as you?d like. And there are no rules as to who?s invited; limit it to just your immediate family, include the grandparents, an aunt or uncle, cousins, family friends, or anyone you?d like to share this fun day with.

What should you do? This can be as simple or as elaborate as you?d like. Here are some local suggestions to get your ideas flowing:

Wake the kids up with a dirt cup (chocolate pudding with Oreo crumbs and gummy worms) for a silly breakfast and announce an outing to Quarry Lakes in Fremont for some family fishing fun.

Teddy Bear Farm Picnic
Wake the kids up with a new stuffed animal, pack a picnic of everyone?s favorites, and head to Ardenwood Farm to enjoy a Teddy Bear picnic.

Hit the Water Park
Surprise the kids with the announcement of a day at the water park. Visit Aqua Adventure in Fremont or Silliman Aquatic Center in Newark.

Family Hike
We are so lucky to live in an area with not only great weather, but also some awesome areas to hike. From toddler-friendly Coyote Hills to difficult Mission Peak and many in between, you are sure to find something to suit your family. Pack a lunch and head out for a fun day in the outdoors.

Shoot Your Town A to Z
Wake the kids with a disposable camera or two and head out to shoot something around town that starts with each letter of the alphabet. At the end of the day, drop them to get developed, while teaching the kids patience, and then when you pick them up, relive the memories over and over again by putting them into an album.

Jump for Joy at a Trampoline Park
Get exercise and lots of family fun for all ages at one of our local trampoline parks or bounce play places.

Backyard Camping
Set up the backyard for a family campout either under the stars or in a tent. Play games, make s?mores, sleep under the stars.

Outdoor Movie Night
Plan an outdoor movie night or head to a drive-in theater (there is one in San Jose) and enjoy a family film. Stock up on some movie treats at the dollar store, pop some popcorn and relax.

Ride the Rails
Visit Ardenwood Farm to make this one easy and local from 10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy the farm for the afternoon.

Visit an Aquarium
Wake the kids with a fishbowl and a goldfish and announce your plans to visit an aquarium. If a live goldfish is too much of a commitment, fill the bowl with goldfish crackers or Swedish Fish. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium or the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco for a fun day trip.

There are three caveats: 1) Don?t tell the kids in advance. 2) Turn off your cell phone and leave the kids? devices at home. 3) Tell us about your family fun! Post on social media and use #MKPlayDay so we can see all the fun families enjoyed.

Wake the kids up on Saturday, July 14 with a fun plan for the day and enjoy! Visit for more family fun ideas.

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