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Give The Gift Of Family Memberships To Area Attractions: Zoo, Riverfront Museum, WPSP, Children's Museum

Posted on: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:49| By: GinaBina

Family memberships at Central Illinois attractions are worth the money. Besides visiting the attraction many times over, the reciprocal program is a great benefit. Since you're all ready being bombarded with Christmas ideas at the stores, I wanted to encourage you or ask the grandparents for a family membership to area attractions as a Christmas gift for the ENTIRE family. Although we love LEGO, we certainly don't need anymore LEGO sets scattered around the house.  Read below on the benefits of a family membership and reciprocity.   

Donate New Toys to Washington-based Threads Hope & Love with the Junior League of Peoria

Posted on: Wed, 11/27/2013 - 07:41| By: GinaBina

The Junior League of Peoria is partnering with Threads, Hope & Love NFP, a Washington, IL based not for profit organization serving those in need or in crisis in the Washington area with clothing, necessities, and a special Christmas toy distribution event.  The mission of Threads, Hope & Love is “Opening our hearts and hands to clothe those in need and help those in crisis.” The annual Christmas toy giveaway is fast approaching and, with over 1,000 homes destroyed in their community the traditional donor and volunteer base of Washington residents are understandably focused on clean

Our Favorite Spots To Enjoy Autumn Colors In Peoria With The Kids

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 14:04| By: GinaBina

Fall colors are magnificent!  We wish the leaves changed colors more slowly, so the season would be longer.  We are enjoying every minute of it!  Below is a list of places where we thoroughly enjoy this season.    
Grandview Drive & Grandview Drive Park:  Drive down Grandview Drive to enjoy the best views in Peoria, and let the kids burn off energy at the end at Grandview Drive Park.
The Tower in Peoria Heights:  The kids enjoy the elevator ride up the tower and the birds-eye view of the colorful Illinois River Valley.

Do An I Spy Hike At Forest Park Nature Center

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 13:59| By: GinaBina

My kids loved an autumn hike at Forest Park Nature Center. It’s a great way to exercise, to respect nature, and to create memories as a family. Below is a list of interesting things we spied.
Funky Fungi: The Nature Center has a Fungi of Forest Park Display, and we saw several of the mushrooms during our hike. On our hike, there were several awesome giant puffball mushrooms. The kids excitedly noted they were probably bigger than their heads.