Category: things to do

Family Matters: Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids

Family Matters: Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids

[ 2 ] November 4, 2011 |

We like to celebrate fall by making crafts that remind us of the season’s colors, shapes and textures or using natural materials found on our outdoor hikes. Many of these projects are simple and need little advanced planning. Although I show samples of  finished crafts, these activities are as much or more about the process, […]

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It’s Full Moon Madness at Audubon!

It’s Full Moon Madness at Audubon!

Just because the Halloween costumes and ghoulish decorations are packed away doesn’t mean all the autumn nighttime fun is over!

Audubon naturalists say evening is their favorite time to be out on the trails. And some kids will love another reason to roam around outside after dark. They can rustle through the leaves and listen for owls calling, look for signs of otter and beaver, hike through moonlit pines and discover the beauty of nature at night.

Here is a list of happenings…

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3rd Annual Children’s Books Authors and Illustrators Event at Barrington Books!

3rd Annual Children’s Books Authors and Illustrators Event at Barrington Books!

[ 0 ] October 27, 2011 |

Barrington Books, one of our favorite local independent book stores welcomes award-winning area children’s book authors and illustrators to its Annual Children’s Books Authors and Illustrators Event on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10am – 4pm.

This FREE festive, family event will feature many tricks and treats throughout the day, including book signings, costumes, crafts, a “spooky story hour” and more.

Event Schedule

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Joyful Learning

Joyful Learning

[ 0 ] October 24, 2011 |

By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum Now that kids are back in school, I’ve been contemplating the challenge of keeping learning a joyful experience rather than a task that must be endured.  At the Children’s Museum, we know that the best kind of learning happens when the learner wants to acquire new […]

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Family Matters: Fall Picture Books leads to other activities

Family Matters: Fall Picture Books leads to other activities

[ 0 ] October 21, 2011 |

There is no bad time for reading together, and fall days with their briskness just seems ideal. Plus, these books lead to other activities activities. Check for Beyond the Book for projects. How Do Apples Grow? By Betsy Maestro. Illustrated by Giulio Maestro Have you ever eaten a part of a flower? You have if […]

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Family Matters: Halloween Costumes

Family Matters: Halloween Costumes

[ 0 ] October 13, 2011 |

With Halloween just around the corner, now is the time to make some moves on getting the kidos outfitted. Here are 8 steps to get them suited up and ready for fun by the time the 31st rolls around.

1. Make costume planning a family event and an opportunity for conversation. Ideas for costumes may stem from books, movies, toys, games or their imagination. Talk to children about their ideas and why they want to be whatever they pick.

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Think Inside The Box!

Think Inside The Box!

[ 4 ] October 13, 2011 |

Who hasn’t noticed that every kid loves an empty box, often more so than the item that came in it? In my house, my kids are pretty much yanking the box out of my hands before I’ve had a chance to open it and planning some kind of reconstructive surgery to transform it into a castle, a dog house, a car, a dragon – whatever they can imagine.

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National Safe Schools Week (NSSW): October 16-22, 2011

National Safe Schools Week (NSSW): October 16-22, 2011

[ 0 ] October 12, 2011 |

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 1 million students across America take a weapon to school each month, and over 1.3 million students are injured or threatened with a weapon each year. National Safe Schools Week provides an opportunity to empower students to keep their schools safe by encouraging them to speak up […]

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Featured in the Providence Journal: Roll up your sleeves for a unique, homemade costume

Featured in the Providence Journal: Roll up your sleeves for a unique, homemade costume

[ 0 ] October 9, 2011 |

Making costumes is easier than you think. Rather than buying pre-made costumes, my family prefers making our own. My children are part of the creative process, often selecting characters from their favorite storybook or film. Over the years, I have shared some of our simple costume creations on Kidoinfo showing how you do not have […]

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Family Matters: Let Them Play!

Family Matters: Let Them Play!

[ 6 ] October 7, 2011 |

Seems obvious that kids of all ages need time to play. But how and when kids play seems to be at risk these days because of how it is defined and interpreted, growing use of media and the increasing pressures at home or in school to allot for kids time every moment of the day. I am an advocate for real unstructured “play” time at home and at school.

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