“We believe that individually we can change the life of one Little, but together we will make a Big Impact in the lives of many Littles.”
Tim Andrews, Big Brother + Board Member
ACTIVITY IDEAS BY AGE
- Bake and frost cut out cookies
- Fly a kite on a windy day
- Go on a walk and collect interesting rocks, leaves or other items
- Feed the ducks at the park
- Make a present for someone special
- Play UNO, Crazy 8s or Old Maid
- Go for a walk and find interesting places to practice “balancing”
- Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich picnic
- Visit a pet store and decide which is the oddest pet
- Go on a Big or Little hunt and collect all things with the words Big or Little in them.
- Cloud watch on a bright summer day
- Start a scrapbook with a page for pictures of favorite things
- Go on a camera scavenger hunt to find odd objects to photograph
- Make greeting, get well or holiday cards for special people
- Visit the zoo at feeding time
- Read a selected book out loud and tape record it
- Play miniature golf or go bowling
- Play Monopoly, Life, Sorry or hangman
- Go on a field trip to the museum – focus on one exhibit and discuss it
- Go for a bike ride
- Make a lemonade or a hot cocoa stand – learn basic business principles
- Go to the library together
- Participate in seasonal activities
- Watch a TV program and identify negative stereotypes
- Look up your state on the Internet: what is the major industry?
- Build and paint a bird house – watch for occupants
- Rent rollerblades and learn to skate, safely
- Make a list of people you admire – look them upon the Internet
- Take a long ride on public transportation to the end of the line
- Visit the SPCA and offer to walk the dogs
- Mow the lawn or wash the car together
- Play computer and video games together
- Participate in a community service activity to show your Little the importance of giving back
- Plan or plant a garden or visit a community garden and offer to help
- Research what happened on the day and year each of you was born
- Visit the fish market, meat market or other place where food is not prepackaged
- Research jobs and discuss what each requires for education and experience
- Go out for dinner at an ethnic restaurant
- Explore a new radio station together – discuss ads and target audience
- Plan and shop for ingredients to cook dinner together
- Go to a concert featuring a favorite performer
- Try mastering something difficult: juggling, cooking a soufflé, water color painting
- Watch a professional or semi-professional sporting event
- Talk about what’s in today’s newspaper
Find More Events:
Kids Guide: Southern California’s best guide to kids’ services, family events and fun things to do!
Plan A Day Out: A search site for finding things to do with kids in Orange County based on date and distance.
Fun Orange County Parks: An unofficial guide to the parks and playgrounds throughout Orange County.
Our local community partners are offering a generous discount for our Bigs and Littles!
In order to receive a discount:
Bigs and Littles must visit the place of business together and the benefits of the discount are limited to the Big and Little only. You must present Big Brothers Big Sisters identification card to the staff at the establishment. If you do not have a identification card, please call your Match Support Specialist at 714.544.7773.
- 17582 E. 17th St., Suite 105, Tustin, CA 92780
- Buy any one regular priced entree, get the second of equal or lesser value for free
- To redeem your discount, show your BBBS volunteer ID card at the restaurant
- 7227 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
- Purchase an all-day pass and your Little gets in free! Receive unlimited access to glow in the dark mini golf, bowling, lazer tag, bumper cars and arcade games.
- To redeem your discount, show your BBBS volunteer ID card upon purchase
Is your business interested in partnering with us? Contact Isaac L. Stock at iStock@OCBigs.org to get involved!
ONLINE TRAININGS & RESOURCES
This training offers Potential Bigs an introduction to the enrollment process with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. It will take you through the enrollment steps, giving you a look at the process from the inside out. This module will also introduce you to what being a Big is about. The duration of this training is approximately 25 minutes.
The purpose of this training is to teach the basics of child abuse, identify warning signs, learn reporting procedures and understand the long-term consequences related to child abuse. We also hope you will learn skills and gain the knowledge necessary to understand your Little and what to do should they be a victim of child abuse. The duration of this training is approximately 30 minutes.
Child Abuse Prevention Center: The Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit directly serving at-risk children and families in crisis to prevent and break the generational cycle of child abuse.
Orange County 211: Are you or is someone you know dealing with financial difficulties? Need help with rent or utilities? In need of child care or seeking help with an aging parent? Looking for affordable housing, medical care or after school programs? Check Orange County 211.
Stop Bullying: Help identify bullying and steps to take in preventing or stopping bullying.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
Knowledge2Career Academy: A workforce development program, K2C Academy provides certifications, high school diplomas and workforce preparation at no expense to you. Contact Joseph Lopez at 949.375.8581 or Rachel Campbell at 657.205.9701 to get started in the program.
Western Youth Services: The Outreach & Engagement program connects at-risk children, youth and families to much needed resources and services, including support groups, case management and referrals. Contact Dania at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.680.0962 for more information.