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Clark Planetarium and Giveaway

by heather
While we were visiting the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, we also stopped by the Clark Planetarium. Admission to the Planetarium itself, is free for all ages. The Planetarium includes 19 interactive exhibits and depending on how curious your children are you can probably get through them in 45 minutes to an hour. The exhibits include playing with prisms and light, learning about the solar system, how much you would weigh on another planet, telescopes, meteorites, pendulums and powering light Read more [...]

Free Family Friendly Activities in Utah-Summer 2011

by heather
While I was in northern Utah recently I discovered a few events that I would be likely to attend if I didn't live a solid 4 hours away. But I am certain that this information will be helpful to someone out there who reads my blog, right? Also, the more research I did on this, the more I realized I can't fit it all into one blogpost. Expect more to come. Free Community Concerts- Utah Symphony July 6- 7:30 pm @ Abravanel Hall July 11- 8:30 pm @ Utah Cultural Celebration Center July 13- 8 pm @ Sandy Read more [...]

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

by heather
Last week we were in northern Utah with our kids and thought we try out the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. This children's museum is located in the Gateway Mall. Hours are from 10 am- 6 pm Monday-Thursday and 10 am- 8 pm Friday- Saturday. Admission is $8.50 for adults and children over age 1. Discounts for groups available. Parking rates vary, but you can get validated parking vouchers at the museum or stores throughout the mall. (With lunch and everything we were at the mall for four hours Read more [...]

Legoland California

by heather
 Last year I came across a free subscription for children to Lego Club Magazine. Thing 1 loves to get her own mail, so I signed her up. In one issue there was a coupon for a free child's admission to Legoland with the purchase of an adult admission. We agreed that it would be a good family vacation for 2011.  And I have to say that it was AWESOME. I believe that for my kids at their age (Under age 8), Legoland is better than Disneyland. Here are my reasons:Legoland is pretty much Lego Mecca, Read more [...]

Family Fun in Las Vegas Part 3: Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium

by heather
 I love aquariums. I find them fascinating and relaxing. So of course we had to stop at the one in Las Vegas. The Shark Reef Aquarium is located inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The hours are 10:00AM - 8:00PM Sunday through Thursday and 10:00AM - 10:00PM Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children over 4. (4 and under are free, and prices are reduced for Nevada residents.) I tried to find some current coupons or codes to this place without success. (If I find any I will Read more [...]

Oobleck

by heather
Yesterday I read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss to my kids. A good story, but not my favorite Dr. Seuss. My kids enjoyed the silly thought of something green falling from the sky. Then I told them that we were going to make oobleck and they were skeptical. (I learned how to make this in elementary school and I can't even count the times I have made it since then.) They looked at me with raised eyebrows when I started mixing and playing with the goo. But it wasn't long before my entire family Read more [...]

Ideas from Parents April 2011

by heather
5 Easy Ways to Go Green (And get your kids involved too)Pre-cycle- Consider the product and it's container before you purchase it. Does it really need that much packaging? Can you reuse the container?Bring Your Own Bag- Make your kids the "bag police", and have them remind you to bring your reusable bag with you when you go to the store.Conserve Water- Have each person use one water glass per day and mark it in some way.  (The author used decorated clothes pins.) Fewer half glasses of water Read more [...]

Easy Lemon Cake Truffles

by heather
I'm not going to pretend that these are healthy, but they are really fun, easy and tasty. It's the kind of project that is great to do with your kids. Just have them pull a stool up to the counter and dig in. My neighbor Charlie taught me how to make these a couple weeks ago. She makes them with neighbors, grandkids and kids in the daycare she works at. She used chocolate cake and frosting, but I have a general aversion to chocolate frosting and a serious weakness for lemon desserts. And as Read more [...]

Most Successful Toys at Our House

by heather
Last week a friend asked about a toy that my son was playing with. It got me thinking about the toys that have been most successful at our house. To me successful toys are the ones that we have gotten our money's worth from, that our kids don't seem to tire of, don't have any tiny pieces that get lost or broken like Littlest Pet Shops, were reasonably priced (I have never spent more than $50 on any single toy) and don't make my life more difficult in some way or another like Playdough.  It seemed Read more [...]

Christmas Traditions: Christmas Books Advent

by heather
I found this idea in a magazine years ago. Assemble 24 Christmas (or winter) children's books, wrap them up and every evening from December 1st to Christmas Eve, the kids get to unwrap one book. It helps them with the "IamsoexcitedandifIdon'topenapresentrightnowIamgoingtoexplode" phenomenon. Of course over the years I've collected more than 24 books, so now we start reading books on the night after Thanksgiving. Here are some of our favorites. Most of my books I have gotten at Seagull Book or at Read more [...]

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