Trust me! These videos are not staged or planned. I never leave the house with the intention to “make a Dadnamics video“. I can’t! I’m not that good.
Think of it this way. Dadnamics has become a way of life. A habit. Creative ideas flow when I am WITH my kids. Thus, for the second week in a row, the best tip I can give you is to find more ways to be WITH your kids.
Can you do that? Of course you can! Just live your life.
Valentines Day is usually a last minute trip to CVS for chocolate and cards. It may even include a trip to the grocery store for $8 flowers. I knew this routine was pathetic, so I sought to change it with a Willy-Wonka-style creative gift. We live nearby Saratoga Springs, NY, where the famous horse track brings in hundreds of thousands of tourists and summer residents. As a result, the town of Saratoga is awesome! It’s packed with quaint, 1950’s style shoppes and boutiques. Many people walk Broadway for the experience of it. They usually stop by the Merry-Go-Round, the duck pond & park, and a handful of their favorite stores like the Tea Shoppe, the Gelato store, and of course, the Saratoga Candy Company.
We had never been to the Candy Company before, so I thought it would be a perfect V-Day experience for my family.
Do you know the expression, “like a kid in a candy store“? Oh my, that is so profound. All of us were buzzing with excitement with the sights and smells of covered chocolate and candy assortments. I don’t know how we left that place without spending $100 (because candy stores are very expensive).
By the time we reached the car, the giddiness turned into a dadnamics video.
**WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS CHOCOLATE, LOTS OF IT.***
Along his journey from artist to engineer to entrepreneur, Ken Carfagno became a dad. And like many new dads, his kids inspired a long-forgotten gift. Ken could make up stories and draw his kids into them. This sparked a dream that lead to Dadnamics, the infusion of creativity, adventure, and silliness into dad time. And it lead to the Arctic Land experience.