Family-Friendly Fundraisers: UPC Celebration, CHOI Sunny Day Jamboree, Frolic with the Fairies

Posted on: Mon, 02/04/2013 - 10:59| By: GinaBina

Save the date for these family-friendly fundraisers.  For the Love of the Children: A UPC Celebration & Fundraiser occurs February 8.  Children's Hospital of Illinois A Sunny Day Carnival Jamboree takes place on February 16.  Junior League of Peoria’s Frolic with the Fairies takes happens on March 9th.  Continue reading below for more info and links.  

February Parent Project Class: Teaching Your Child to Love Learning

Posted on: Sun, 01/20/2013 - 16:22| By: GinaBina

Projects are a fun way for parents, grandparents, or other significant adults to connect with and support children.  Join authors Dr. Judy Harris Helm and Pam Scranton as they lead a four-week class for adults on engaging children in project work.  Learn strategies for fostering their natural love of learning!

Class is in session Feb.6, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, & March 13.
Join us for a shared meal first at 5:30 (optional)
Class from 6:30 to 8:30
Child care provided!

Memorable Indoor Fun Activities! And Add Yarn to Your Shopping List!

Posted on: Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:49| By: GinaBina

If it’s bitterly cold for you to be outside, here are proven, fun, indoor ideas in our household.  They’re cheap and easy to do.  Read below about a  Yarn Obstacle Course, Cardboard Ramps, Blanket Forts, & Box Cities.  Enjoy creating these memories for the entire family, like we do!

Peoria Area Playgroups And Mom's Clubs

Posted on: Sun, 01/13/2013 - 22:36| By: GinaBina

Although there are plenty of ideas on the calendar and blog, joining a playgroup is great way to socialize for both parents and kids, especially during winter. It is unbelievable how many playgroups there are to choose from now, compared to when my oldest was a baby. I’ve made great friends to share motherhood stories and stresses, and enjoy watching my kids blossom with new friends. Usually from a playgroup list this long, it’s ok to try out 2-4 play groups, and then find where you click with chemistry.

Real Peoria Parents Fitting in Exercise

Posted on: Sun, 01/13/2013 - 21:51| By: GinaBina

I’m sure that most people have health-related New Year’s resolutions.  If you’ve fallen off the wagon, just pick yourself back up.  It’s ok to stumble, as long as you’re going forward.  Here’s some visual motivation to be healthy:  Being a parent who will play tag, play chase, give piggy back rides, climb monkey bars, ride bikes, and more.  Kids learn from example, and you’re their main example on what a healthy lifestyle is.