Family Matters: Year of the Rabbit, cardboard boxes and school vacation plans.

Midwinter is here, which brings joys (Chinese New Year) and challenges (what to do inside this weekend?)… here are three tips for Rhode Island families.

Kido Tip 1. Celebrate the year of the Rabbit.

Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year (this year February 3rd) and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Teach your kids about rabbits and Chinese culture through books, food and crafts. Follow simple instructions from YINGMAI ARTS on how to make your own paper laterns for the festival.

Kido Tip 2. It starts with a box.

What can you do with a big box or bunch of little ones? A cozy house, a rocket to the moon, and a puppet theater are all within reach when you’ve got a box. Read Kidoinfo on how-to make your own puppet theater from an old refrigerator box

Kido Tip 3. Make plans now for public school vacation week.

After the valentines are unwrapped and all of the chocalates have been eaten, wrap your mind around this: public school vacation week is right around the corner. Have you made plans yet for what you will be doing with the kids all week? Line up babysitters, childcare swaps with friends and check the Kidoinfo calendar for local happenings. Rhode Island will be hopping with special events during school vacation week.  Unless your family’s heading South (or North), we recommend mapping out some vacation week plans now to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.

Every week on GoLocalProv I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings.

About Anisa Raoof
Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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