Category: family matters

Bring the kids! Holiday Meal Drive Open House Set for Saturday, December 15, 2012

Bring the kids! Holiday Meal Drive Open House Set for Saturday, December 15, 2012

[ 0 ] December 11, 2012 |

A great way to do something to help our community with the kids this holiday season.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank will open their doors to the public on Saturday, December 15, 2012, from 9 am to noon for a Holiday Meal Drive Open House at 200 Niantic Avenue in Providence.

All ages are invited to bring donations of non-perishable food, sort their donations, take a tour of the facility and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Celebrity guests include Miss Rhode Island and Miss Teen Rhode Island. Scavenger hunts for children and adults will also take place.

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Holiday Tradition: Hack a Gingerbread House (or a Whole Village)!

Holiday Tradition: Hack a Gingerbread House (or a Whole Village)!

[ 1 ] December 7, 2012 |

Creating a gingerbread village has become an annual tradition in my family. Even though I love to make the houses for it with my kids, I am a better crafter than a baker. And since I have not mastered the art of creating an edible gingerbread house, I have hacked together gingerbread houses that look pretty good in the end and are fun for the kids to assemble.

I use a combination of ready-made gingerbread kits, graham crackers, old Halloween candy, and a low-temp glue gun to construct our village. Add some lights, trees, figurines, and cotton batting, and you have a miniature winter wonderland. If you want a pre-assembled house or to bake yours from scratch, check the list of helpful resources below.

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Family Matters: Interested in improving your Neighborhood Park?

Family Matters: Interested in improving your Neighborhood Park?

[ 0 ] November 30, 2012 |

Providence is a magnet for people who make things happen – using talent, sharing ideas, or forming partnerships. The newly formed Partnership for Providence Parks is an amazing city-wide public/private non-profit geared toward helping the people and community partners help our parks be active, vibrant, healthy, playful and unique places.

To support this mission, the partnership has designed the Winter 2013 Providence Parks Academy. Thanks to the support of community partners, the Parks Academy will offer the following workshops:

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Participate in the National Day of Listening the day after Thanksgiving

Participate in the National Day of Listening the day after Thanksgiving

[ 0 ] November 21, 2012 |

On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps—a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving oral history—asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. Listen to stories. Share stories.

This year, we celebrate the National Day of Listening on Friday, November 23, 2012.

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Family Matters: Thanksgiving crafts for kids

Family Matters: Thanksgiving crafts for kids

[ 1 ] November 16, 2012 |

Thanksgiving is coming up quicker than ever this year, but there’s still time this weekend and next week to do some fun, seasonal crafts with the kidos. Here are some of my favorites, created by some fantastic bloggers.

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Family Matters: Hurricane Sandy: 12 + ways you can help

Family Matters: Hurricane Sandy: 12 + ways you can help

[ 0 ] November 6, 2012 |

We feel fortunate that we survived Hurricane Sandy unscathed. Many of our friends in Rhode Island and beyond were not so fortunate. We have gathered a list of ways to help those in need after this devastating storm. Here’s a list of charities we know are doing good work in the midst of Hurricane Sandy that could still use all kinds of support—whether it’s money, foods, supplies, or even your volunteer time if you live nearby.

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Family Matters: Fall Projects + Setting Back The Clock

Family Matters: Fall Projects + Setting Back The Clock

[ 0 ] November 2, 2012 |

Fall’s leaves are a perfect reason to work together as a family and have some fun doing it as well.

As we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, here’s hoping there are moments in your family’s life to be able to enjoy the bounty of colorful leaves on the ground. It’s the perfect weekend to use yard-clean up as a family activity as well as a craft project! Also, let’s get ready for turning those clocks back on Sunday.

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Family Matters: Best Halloween Events for Kids in Rhode Island

Family Matters: Best Halloween Events for Kids in Rhode Island

[ 1 ] October 19, 2012 |

Kids love Halloween (and so do their parents), but it can be a bit tricky navigating all the events out there. We’re lucky here in Rhode Island some truly wonderful, family-friendly events that are not about being scary and only eating candy but are all about the costumes, pumpkins, parades, friends, and fun activities. Check […]

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Family Matters: October Craft Ideas

Family Matters: October Craft Ideas

[ 0 ] October 5, 2012 |

You do not have to be an uber crafter to get in the Halloween mood. There are plenty of ways to get crafty with kids—some ideas require a bit more planning or set up (making shadow puppets) and other projects (drawing on pumpkins with markers) are perfect if you are short on time or would rather not make a mess.

To make crafting fun for children, it’s helpful to remember that they often enjoy the process more then then the end result. You may want to choose projects for the experience. For example if you make a pumpkin mosaic the kids may prefer shredding different shades of orange paper more than where they glue them. If you are looking for a finished product, prep things in advance depending on the child’s age or skill level and make your own craft alongside them or work on your project while the kids are sleeping or off at school.

Have a spooky October with this round-up of cool, crafty Halloween projects.

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Family Matters: 15 Fall Family Traditions

Family Matters: 15 Fall Family Traditions

[ 1 ] September 28, 2012 |

Now that it’s fall, our family welcomes the change of season and we look forward to carrying on traditions that celebrate autumn, the natural colors and the holidays including trips to favorite spots, foods made from local harvests, and activities rooted in fall.

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