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From reading with Dolly Parton to drawing with Mo Willems, there is a lot to do when you are stuck inside. Here are some of the best resources for kids and grown ups looking for something to do.

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20 things to do this fall

Monday, September 21, 2020

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn. Celebrate the new season with a few socially-distant activities ...

The prettiest thing about fall, arguably, is the changing of the leaves. As it gets cooler outside, the leaves on Iowa's deciduous trees - including our elm, oak and maple trees - turn red, yellow, gold and brown. ...

Remember back in June when it was still light at bedtime? Now we're lucky if we can get in a game of kickball or a walk with the dog after dinner. ...

Print this page to finsh the maze and help the worm get out of the apple. ...

For most American kids, this year's summer break from school was the longest ever. ...

Do you have a hunch one of your classmates will be a singing superstar one day? An inkling the boy with curly hair likes you back? A feeling you know exactly what your cat is thinking? ...

Don't read this yet! Print this page (click on the printer icon at the bottom of the article), ask someone else to tell you what kind of word goes in each blank, then fill them in without looking. The sillier the better. ...

Print this page, then fold the image back and forth to see two versions of school in 2020. ...

Labor Day is a national holiday meant to honor the American labor movement, which is made up of workers who advocate for more rights, better benefits and higher pay. ...

Have you ever dreamed of being a professional athlete? When I was a kid, I wanted to play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...

Can you find the hidden items in this picture? ...

You've probably heard a lot of talk about germs and how to avoid them. Did you know that animals and people both have germs that we give to each other? Even pets and the animals used for food, called livestock, need to be protected from germs that can make them sick, just like we need to b ...

Lots of iconic musicians partnered with their family members to make it big. Follow their lead and start your own family band! ...

Print this page to try this musical maze. Click the Download button to get started. When the image opens in a new window, right click on it and select "Save image" to save it to your computer.   Download When you're done, share it with us by emailing kids@thegazette.com. This illustrat ...

Common household items can be made into several kinds of music makers. Here's how to make a banjo, maraca and xylophone. ...

No instrument? No problem: Beatbox

Monday, August 31, 2020

Very few Iowans get the chance to regularly visit the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City but, thanks to coronavirus pandemic, anyone anywhere can watch shows that would normally be performed exclusively on a grand stage in Manhattan. ...

Write lyrics to your own song

Monday, August 31, 2020

Even one of the best songwriters of our time doesn't fully understand how she writes her lyrics. ...

Two weeks ago, the weather turned scary. ...

When I was a kid, all of the people I saw reading the newspaper were adults. ...

Print this page to try this derecho-themed Word Search. ...

During the summer, one of the most fun things to do is roast s'mores over a campfire. For a fun twist on a classic treat, you can try making s'mores in a solar cooking oven, which uses sunlight to heat up the marshmallow and melt the chocolate. Setting up your oven is easy and requires onl ...

Inventions like the Hubble Telescope have enabled us to see more of the universe than we ever have before, and astronomers have made great strides in understanding the universe and all of its galaxies. But the universe is so vast, there are still so many things we don't know. ...

Do any of these lines seem familiar to you? ...

 Find the hidden images in this drawing, and you can color it, too.  ...

Deep in the Badlands

Monday, August 17, 2020

Our closest National Park is about 600 miles west, in South Dakota. There, the 244,000 acres of the Badlands National Park is known as the "Land of Stone and Light" and is home to many animals, including bison that roam the plains and bighorn sheep that climb steep rocks, according to the ...

No one knows who exactly created the first taco. A history professor who has traveled the world eating tacos (what a job!) told Smithsonian Magazine he thinks they originated in 18th century Mexico. ...

The best dessert for a taco dinner? More tacos. ...