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Monday, May 31, 2010

Borders Summer Reading Program

Borders has a summer reading program too!  It is called the Double Dog Dare.  Basically, you download a form at the link that I posted and keep track of the books that your kids read or they can track them if they are older.  After they have read 10 books, they/you return the formto Borders or Waldenbooks and they get a coupon for a free book!  The program lasts until August 26th!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Half Price Books: Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

Half Price Books has a fantastic summer reading program that starts June 1st!  It is called "Feed Your Brain."  Go to your local Half Price Books store and ask for a card to log your child's reading or so that they can log their own.  The kids have to read for at least 15 minutes a day for 5 days and log their hours. If your child is young, you can read to them and log the hours for them!  When the card is complete at the end of the week, bring the card back to the store and they can redeem it for a $3 gift card! And, the best part is, they can get another card to log more hours for the next week and get another gift card every week! They can do it every week until the end of the July. At half price books, racking up $3 gift cards each week for 2 months can buy a lot of great books!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Schedule at Mama's Hip

There are new things in store at Mama's Hip. I have updated the blog calendar to include their new events. They include a signing class, music and art classes and various times for playgroups.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jeanette's take on Seneca Park

Seneca Park is one of my favorite parks to go to with my kids. I can get some exercise done on their 1.2m flat, paved course and then my son gets to play on the playground. The bathroom facilities are right next to the playground. The playground area has one geared toward the younger kids and one for the little bit older along with swings. There are also a few picnic tables. In this same area are tennis courts, open spaces for picnics or kite flying, and a few geocaches (geocaching.com). There is also another playground in the park that is a short drive from the other playground. It is a bit smaller but is along a creek and near a trail. Check out the website for more amenities and a map.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Review of Paint Spot: By Jeanette

Looking for something different to do with my 2 year old with the rainy weather we have been having, we decided to check out Paint Spot off of Shelbyville Rd. I have been to these types of places before with friends, but never with my kids. It turned out to be a lot of fun. If you haven’t ever been to one of these places, you pick out a piece of pottery, paint it, and the staff will fire it for you.
The staff there was super nice considering I walked in with my 7 week old on the fussy side along with my toddler. We got there shortly after they opened at 10, so we were the only ones there. The staff helped get everything ready since I had my hands a little full with my kids. They have aprons for the kids to wear too, but if they are shy like mine and decided not to wear it, the paints are all washable. We picked out our piece and my son went to town painting. When he was done, the staff helped paint his hand to make a handprint on his piece. It takes a week for them to fire it so we look forward to seeing what it looks like next week.
Check out their website for discount days and other events. I will definitely keep this in mind to do again near holidays and birthdays

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Basketball Academy

The Basketball Academy is located just north of the Anchorage area in a business park on Stanley Gault drive. They offer summer camps for ages 5 and up that start in early June. Check out their options! Also, there is a coupon for $10 off the price for camp tuition in the most recent Valpak mailing!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Review of Charlie Vettiner Park: By Jeanette

Charlie Vettiner Park is a nice park, but my toddler is too young to enjoy its amenities. It has a very cool playground, but geared towards older kids. The swings are a small distance away and have both baby and bigger swings. The bathrooms are near the playground. Other things unique to the park include an exercise path, disc golf, dog park, fishing lake, basketball court, tennis, and lots of green open space to name a few. 

Review of Highview Park: By Jeanette

Highview Park is a quaint little park off of the Outer Loop. It has 2 playgrounds – one for bigger kids and one for younger. I feel comfortable with my 2 year old on both. They aren’t very big playgrounds and both are right next to each other. There are also big and baby swings there. They have tennis courts, walking path (0.33m), basketball courts, picnic tables and softball fields. There is also a bathroom facility. This is right next to the Central Government Center so occasionally we have seen the police helicopter take off and land – pretty exciting stuff for a toddler. 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Free Portrait Sitting with Photographer Jes Deis

On the first Monday or every month, local photographer Jes Deis will be at Mama's Hip offering free portrait sittings.  She will be there from 3-5pm.  Jes Deis specializes in portraits of families, infants, children and maternity shots but can also shoot weddings among other things.  You can see examples of her work on her website.    You should definitely head to Mama's Hip tomorrow if you want some great, unique and personal shots of your family or self.  Her session fee is usually $75 and at Mama's Hip, it's FREE!  Additional charges will apply when ordering prints.