The Town of Forest City is starting a new weekly series of activities that families can do together - right from the comfort of your own home!
New activities will be posted every Monday, and we invite you to take pictures of your family participating in the activities and share them with us by tagging our page and using the hashtags #ForestCityForCommunity and #FCForCommunity. We will share as many posts as we can! Please invite all of your friends to join in so we can reach as many people as possible! If you cannot post to social media, share your photos with Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget to practice social distancing and wash your hands. We hope you have fun!
HEALTHY KIDS WEEK — 4/27-5/3
The first activity is Healthy Kids Week! There is a different activity each day that promotes physical and mental health and wellness. You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs.
PET WEEK — 5/4-5/10
The second week of our virtual summer event series is Pet Week! There is a different activity each day all about man's best friend. You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs.
SCIENCE WEEK — 5/11-5/17
The third week of our virtual summer event series is Science Week! There is a different science project each day that you can easily do at home - with materials that you already have around the house! You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs. These activities have been modified from the NC SciFest produced by Morehead Planetarium Science Center.
Conduct an experiment demonstrating a force moving an object and understand Newton's laws of motion and how they apply to racing.
Learn how computers use data to find patterns which they can use to identify objects.
Explore the properties of soapy water and geometry by blowing bubbles.
Explore an engineering concept by using simple building materials to investigate which shapes are the strongest.
It doesn't have to look like an airplane in order to fly! Build different flying machines to experiment with the 4 forces of flight.
STRAW FLUTE SATURDAY
Explore how sounds are made by building a noisemaker.
The Public Science Lab at NC State University needs your help with this tasty citizen science project. To make your own sourdough starter, all you need is flour, water and a little bit of time.
CRAFT WEEK — 5/18-5/24
The fourth week of our virtual summer event series is Craft Week! There is a different DIY project each day of the week that are great for kids of all ages. You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs.
MINI BANJO MONDAY
Make some mini banjos from old jar lids and stretchy bands with a craft stick handle.
TAPE TRACK TUESDAY
Create an indoor race track completely out of masking tape.
WINDOW ART WEDNESDAY
Make beautiful artwork with multi-colored paper on your windows.
TIN CAN THURSDAY
To welcome the warm weather, make these colorful recycled can windsocks to hang up outdoors.
FAMILY TREE FRIDAY
We love these 12 different DIY ideas for displaying family photos and your genealogical history.
STICKY SLIME SATURDAY
Make the perfect slime with this easy recipe.
STORY STONE SUNDAY
Make up your own story with these homemade story stones.
SPACE WEEK — 5/25-5/31
The fifth week of our virtual summer event series is Space Week! These activities and DIY projects will teach you more about space, and they are great for the whole family. You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs.
This phases of the moon mobile is easy to make and only takes a few supplies, which you probably already have at home.
When Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei heard rumors of the first practical telescope at the beginning of the 17th century, he was quick to craft his own version and turn it toward the heavens. Following his pattern, you can make your own Galilean telescope at home and use it to study the stars, just like he did.
WORD SEARCH WEDNESDAY
We will provide a sky-themed word search for you.
Learn how to tell time by using the stars with two different methods.
Watch a movie about space.
STAR DECK SATURDAY
Here's a great free download that uses a deck of playing cards to introduce you to the night sky's constellations in a fun, entertaining way.
Check out this week's Sky At A Glance to see unique features of the sky today!
GREAT OUTDOORS WEEK — 6/1-6/7
The sixth week of our virtual summer event series is Great Outdoors Week! This week reminds us to explore our town's abundant natural beauty. You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs.
MUD PIE MONDAY
Is there anything better for kids than playing in mud - and not getting in trouble for it? It's a childhood sensory activity not to be missed! Just don't eat these!
Go camping in your own backyard.
WATER BALLOON WEDNESDAY
The possibilities are endless with water balloons!
Head out to the Thermal Belt Rail Trail for a walk, run or bike ride.
Take pictures of the natural beauty around you. Check out some nature photography suggestions below.
SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY
Keep the kids busy with this fun outdoor scavenger hunt! All you need to set up this backyard scavenger hunt for kids is to download and print out the scavenger hunt, grab some markers and a clipboard and head outdoors.
Create your own chalk with this simple recipe and decorate the sidewalk outside of your house.
OCEAN WEEK — 6/8-6/14
The seventh week of our virtual summer event series is Ocean Week! No matter how many times you've been to the beach, there are unlimited exciting discoveries to find about the ocean. You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs.
This activity is great to teach your kids more about the ocean while sneaking in some shape learning and writing practice too! Vertical surfaces like walls are fantastic for developing proper wrist muscles and form for writing so be innovative and find ways to get your kids writing on the walls... or easels... or white boards... you get the point.
TIDE POOL TUESDAY
Understand what low and high tides are and how they affect sea life with this simple tide pool science experiment.
Create an exciting ocean-themed discovery bottle which creates waves and bubbles when tipped from side-to-side! Lots of crafty, scientific and sensory fun for beach-themed summer play-time for kids and great entertainment for long car journeys too!
Check out these two crafts and decide if you want to make a jellyfish or an octopus - or both!
This fishing for letters game will be a favorite for your kids, and it's super easy to make. This fishing game will teach kids: letter recognition, persistence, hand-eye coordination and patience.
This sensory play idea is a huge hit with kids of all ages. Sensory play is so much more than squishing things - it's about discovering with all of your senses.
Seahorses are incredible creatures, and this activity can also help your kids with learning the alphabet.
SCAVENGER HUNT WEEK — 6/15-6/21
The eighth week of our virtual summer event series is Scavenger Hunt Week! The great thing about scavenger hunts is that they don't require much at all. They are easy, inexpensive and can be done using things you already have at home! You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs.
FIVE SENSES FRIDAY
NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY WEEK — 6/22-6/28
The ninth week of our virtual summer event series is North Carolina History Week! North Carolina has a very rich history, but how much do you know about it? Let's learn together! You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs.
TAR HEEL TUESDAY
WRIGHT BROTHERS WEDNESDAY
FREEDOM WEEK — 6/29-7/5
The tenth week of our virtual summer event series is Freedom Week! This week is in celebration of Independence Day and all things America! You can follow our daily themes or build your own activities based on your needs.