You know it’s coming. The dreaded “Mom, I’m bored!” which is why we’re getting a jump on our kids (for once). We’re sharing tons of clever, easy ideas to help keep the kids busy this summer. From scavenger hunts to family book clubs, even tips on how Liz makes her family move nights educational, we’ve got you covered.

Listen now, and then make sure you’re subscribed to Spawned with Kristen and Liz (that’s us!) on iTunes so you never miss an episode. Did you know you have a podcast app right on your iPhone? (And hey, Android users, there are lots of cool apps for you too).

(Etsy print via Wander Creative)

Links from the show

Great article from Quartz as to why boredom is good for kids.

Here are a few ways to make a summer bucket list. These are great summer bucket list ideas too!

Check out these fun craft kits for kids.

We’ve got some great tips to help kids read more in the summer.

Have you seen our Cool Mom Tech Science Guide yet? So many awesome science activities for kids!

How to get your kids involved in vacation planning! Check out what Kristen’s son helped her plan.

The Nintendo Labo cardboard toys are a cool way to turn screen time into learning time.

Here’s our new Out Tech Your Kids Facebook Group, where we talk all things tech and parents.

Try some of these handy screen time management tips that really work.

We love these educational YouTube channels and so do our kids!

And yep sorry, too much screen time during the day can affect your kid’s sleep at night.

10 nighttime summer activities that will make you the fun parent. And here are skills you might want to learn to make you an even more fun parent.

This week’s sponsor

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time, now on Blu-Ray and Digital | sponsor

We’re so thrilled to present this week’s sponsor, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, which is now available on Digital & Movies Anywhere, and on Blu-ray June 5. Whoo! You can watch this classic book brought to life on the big screen, right in the comfort of your home.

And, you won’t want to miss our fantastic 5-part Cool Mom Tech Science Guide for kids of all ages, in partnership with Disney’s A Wrinkle inTime. Developed with the help of experts and educators, our new Science Guide can help your kids get more learning out of the film, bring some of the exciting science concepts to life — though no time travel just yet, sorry — and help your own kids find their own paths. Because we know all kids are capable of doing the extraordinary.

Our Cool Picks of the Week 

Think Small: The Tiniest Art in the World by Eva Katz

Kristen: Hint Water! It’s such a smart way to get yourself drinking more water (which I seem to have trouble with).

Liz: A very sweet new gift-y book from our friend (and former CMP contributor) Eva Katz – Think Small: The Tiniest Art in the World

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