Category: things to do

Going to the Movies…2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Going to the Movies…2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

[ 0 ] April 16, 2012 |

Just wanted to let you know that Kidoinfo will be taking a break from posting this week. We are taking a road trip to the TIFF Kids International Film Festival — first time attending a festival other than our beloved Providence Children’s Film Festival. Part vacation (fueling our family’s film passion) and part work as we will be interviewing people in the industry and previewing films for the 2013 Providence Children’s Film Festival.

While we’re gone, check out…

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My Favorite Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

My Favorite Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

[ 0 ] April 15, 2012 |

Earth Day is just around the corner and in my house, the excitement almost reaches that of the December holiday season. April 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of the big day and whether or not you consider yourself a Greenie, a Once-ler, or more likely something in between, Earth Day is a wonderful time to engage your family in healthy, fun, and meaningful activities.

My favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day:

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Family Matters: Make every Day Earth Day 2012!

Family Matters: Make every Day Earth Day 2012!

[ 0 ] April 13, 2012 |

Earth Day is April 22, 2012.

• Keep our air clean – Walk or bike when you can, instead of driving.
• Save electricity – Turn off lights, appliances, and computers when not in use.
• Help the trees – Read books from the library. Recycle newspapers, magazines, and cardboard.
• Learn how to reuse and recycle the right way.

Activities to celebrate our environment:

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Family Matters: Spring Family Traditions

Family Matters: Spring Family Traditions

[ 0 ] April 6, 2012 |

We don’t always associate springtime with tradition, but every season is an opportunity. Here are 5 ways to celebrate create spring traditions with your family. Pick one of these or make your own.

1. Food. Is there something you make every spring to celebrate the season or special holiday (Passover and Easter are right here, but Mother’s Day is on the horizon, as well as May Day)? Share its origin with your children by creating a special recipe card including a photo, the recipe and where the recipe originated from (e.g. family member, friend, etc.). Ask your child to share a memory about eating the food.

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Springtime Projects with Paint Chips

Springtime Projects with Paint Chips

[ 2 ] March 29, 2012 |

Here’s a fun idea that doesn’t require many tools and the main material is not only free but provides a little field trip! These projects are made from paint chips, the free cards displayed at paint departments that show ranges of related colors available from manufacturers. The white lines that divide the colors and the sturdy card stock make them perfect candidates for crafting. And did I mention they are free?

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Edible Rhody KIDS: Grow your Favorite Foods

Edible Rhody KIDS: Grow your Favorite Foods

[ 1 ] March 26, 2012 |

Welcome Spring! Edible Rhody Kids is created in partnership with Kidoinfo. Grab this season’s copy of Edible Rhody, available at various locations around Rhode Island. Read about how kids can learn to grow their own food followed by a list of resources, activities and books to share with your kids. Click on the chef’s hat for a theme-related recipe!

Ever wonder where the tomatoes in your taco come from?

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Family Matters: 5 Ways to Celebrate Spring with the Kiddos

Family Matters: 5 Ways to Celebrate Spring with the Kiddos

[ 0 ] March 23, 2012 |

1. Take a walk in your neighborhood/park/woods and see what is starting to bloom. Identify plant species or make it a scavenger hunt.

2. Create instant works of art with sunlight and found objects. Make a sun print using construction paper or with special light sensitive photo paper (available at Utrecht or Providence Children’s Museum gift shop.)

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Make Nature Faces

Make Nature Faces

[ 0 ] March 20, 2012 |

This is a creative way to explore nature with children. Grab a bag and take a walk around your neighborhood. Collect natural materials from your yard, a local park or while hiking. Almost anything can be used to create faces – sticks, leaves, pine cones, rocks, acorns, seeds, flowers, etc. Kids can sort or count the items before they begin. Arrange your found objects into faces (or robots, aliens…) Optional: Use chalk to outline the face first. Make your nature family then take a picture to document it.

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Reading and watching Dr. Seuss The Lorax

Reading and watching Dr. Seuss The Lorax

[ 0 ] March 16, 2012 |

My boys recently saw the animated film, The Lorax. They did not go in with high expectations for the film, more for the fun of seeing a movie with good friends and curious to how the beloved Dr. Seuss book with the same name would be adapted to the big screen. One of my sons liked it more than he thought (read review below), the other one not so much (review to follow).

I didn’t see the film but have read the book and love the way Dr. Seuss weaves a story that combines serious issues/conflicts and the repercussions that ensue depending on what the characters choose to do beckoning the reader to think about what they might do in the same situation…

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Looking for Leprechauns and other ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kids

Looking for Leprechauns and other ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kids

[ 0 ] March 14, 2012 |

Here is my list of things to learn and do in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. My favorite is taking the kids to the park in search of leprechauns.

Read a good book with your children first, like Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna and Lecia Balian; then find a park near you and take a hike in search of these mischievous characters. If it’s a nice day and you don’t find any, you and your kids may still enjoy the walk looking for early signs of spring. Check our events calendar for local parades and other happenings.

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