Family

How to Create Holiday Magic — No Wand Required

Girl with a wand playing magician

What would the holidays be without our traditions, from the tree and the turkey to the football game and parade? Everyone knows apple pie will be served for dessert, your uncle will fall asleep on the couch, and the kids will ask to stay up all night.

While honoring those beloved traditions this year, we invite you to add your own creativity to the season. We asked RAC customers to share their ideas for creating holiday magic, and we offer them here, along with a few of our own suggestions as well.

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The Ultimate Potluck Thanksgiving

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A potluck Thanksgiving is a sure-fire way to ensure a stress-free holiday. When guests bring a dish, that’s less work for the host. Plus, it allows guests to enjoy (and share!) their own favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Whether you’re hosting or attending a Thanksgiving potluck this year, here are a few crowd-pleasing ideas to make the planning, preparation, and party more fun.

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6 Ideas for Free Fall Fun

Woman playing with leaves in a park in the fall

Doesn’t it seem as if the simplest activities these days cost a fortune? Taking a date to dinner and a movie could set you back $100. Even local high school football games can get expensive when purchasing tickets and concessions for a family of four.

Although budgets are tight this time of year, that doesn’t have to mean less fun for you and your family. We put together this list of ideas to keep your crew entertained this fall — without spending a dime.

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Super Fun Stay-at-Home Summer Camp Ideas

Sleeping under the stars. Best friend bracelets. Catching fireflies. There’s something special about attending summer camp that lives in a child’s memory long after the late-night storytelling has ended.

Want to create that summer-camp experience at home — saving money and spending quality time with your kids? It’s easy. Just borrow these fun ideas.

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5 Mom-Approved Tips for Getting Kids to Complete Chores

Ask any mother if her children listen, and when she’s done laughing, she’ll ask if you have any advice. It’s difficult enough to get kids to tune in. But when it comes to convincing them to do chores, the effort can feel herculean.

Not that we can blame them, because chores aren’t fun! So it’s a parent’s job to make them seem that way, whether it’s taking out the trash, dusting or vacuuming, or just picking up toys after playtime.

The secret? Learn from the experts: other moms. Here are five parent-approved tips for getting kids to complete their chores.

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How To Fill Your Basket for a Beach-inspired Picnic

Beach-inspired picnic with starfish cookies, goldfish crackers, and hummus veggie boat

It is so fun to spread out a blanket on the sand and nosh on your favorite snacks while you watch the kids play in the ocean. But what if there’s no beach nearby? No problem. You just need your imagination (and a little help from us).

Whether you’re headed for a nearby park or your own backyard, it’s easy to put together a family-friendly picnic inspired by a day at the beach. Bonus: When there is no sand, the kids can’t track it into the house. Here are some ideas for what foods to pack:

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