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Free Saturday Activity at Home Depot

If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday morning, Home Depot has a once a month Kids Workshop where the kids can use tools, glue, and paint to create different crafts.  This Saturday from 9AM-12PM, the craft at Home Depot is a wooden frame for the winter season.

I highly recommend getting there early so that you definitely get to make the craft that is scheduled for that month.  By the time we finished the craft at the last one that we attended, the kids that were showing up had to make an older craft because they ran out of the scheduled one.

It’s also super cute because the kids get their own Home Depot Apron (kids’ sized), a pin for the craft they made and a certificate of completion.  Home Depot does a really good job with this.

 

 

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Fun Indoors for the Upcoming Weather

Aside from Tuesday and Friday, the weather in Northern Delaware looks rainy this upcoming week.  What is the difference between “Scattered Thunderstorms” and “Isolated Thunderstorms”?  It sounds the same to me.  So, based on that weather report, here are some ideas of indoor activities:

Saturday, July 14:

1. 10:30AM Family Music Time at Kirkwood Library (Free)

2. 11 am is storytime at Barnes and Noble at the Christiana Mall. A really cute story area, great train set to play with, play area in the mall in front of Target if they get bored there. (Free- unless you can’t leave a bookstore without buying anything, which is totally me!)

Tuesday, July 17: Lots of ideas to choose from

1. 10:30AM $1 movies at Regal Theaters with their Summer Movie Express.  People’s Plaza is showing Kung Fu Panda 2 or Rango, Rt 202 is showing Adventures of Tin Tin or Puss in Boots.

2. 10:30AM Newark Library Storytime and Craft. This is usually pretty busy so be prepared for that. (Free)

3. 11AM Barnes and Noble Storytime (Free)

4. 1PM Family Movie at Newark Library (Free)

5. 10AM -3PM Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum (see previous post for costs)

Wednesday, July 18

1. 10:30 Regal Theaters- see #1 for Tuesday above.

2. 2pm “The Disenchanted Dragon” play at Kirkwood Library. (It’s also being done at 10:30 at Newark Library but I think it may be less busy at Kirkwood). (Free)

Thursday, July 19

1. 11AM Storytime at Barnes and Noble (Free)

2. Delaware History Museum– This is located in Center City Wilmington on Market Street.  Tickets are $6/adult, $4 for kids 3-18. They’re open 11AM-4PM.  The museum is great, lots of interactive stuff for the kids while learning about Delaware History.  What’s great though, and why you should get some friends together to go with you is that you also get into “Grandma’s Attic” in the same building.  Tons of Playtime Activities with a school setting, store, kitchen, puppets, dress up, books, etc.  LittleM had a great time there.  It’s open Wed-Fri 11-4, Saturday 10-4 and if you want to wait it’s FREE admission on the first Friday of each month.

Friday, July 20

1.10:15 Learn to make your own Sidewalk Chalk at Hockessin Library but registration is required so make sure to call them and reserve a spot. 239-5160. (Free)

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to keep everyone busy and entertained during this possible rainy week!  Let me know if you find anything else that you want me to add or share your adventures that you have during the rain!

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Summer Jars Finally Completed!

We finally finished making the summer jars!  Now we just have to complete all the fun activities that are in them during the summer! Look back at earlier post for the explanation of activities I put on the popsicle sticks and the inspiration for the craft here.

Here are a few pictures with explanation of how we created ours. We started with jumbo sized popsicle craft sticks that you can find at any craft store.  My husband was able to convince her to paint only the front of the sticks, as you can see here.

I save LittleM’s yogurt and fruit cup containers for paint activities.  We are not allowed recycle those containers here so I keep them to use for paint containers and then throw them out. Once the front of the sticks were dry, we were able to put the activities on them. I have plain white Avery address labels that I was able to type everything in their easy template, print them  out, and then it was the second part of the activity for LittleM.  Avery has a great thing with the labels where you fold the paper so the labels pop up making them easy peel.  I love it!  It made it so easy for LittleM to get the labels off the paper and onto the sticks.

We finished those 2 steps AWHILE ago.  Then the poopy hit the fan with family issues and my husband losing his job so we ended up going on a road trip.  These got put the the side but we finally got to it.

What I finished up by myself was the jars for the sticks.

I used 2 mason jars, paper, scissors, ribbon, a glue gun, permanent marker, and 2 very small metal frames I had for scrapbooking.

I cut a piece of ribbon that fit once around my mason jar.  Using my glue gun I put one piece of glue in the middle to stick to the back of the jar, then glued the two ends at the front of the jar.  I was so tired when I was making this that I totally forgot to take any pictures of any other steps.  Sorry.  The reason that I glued it on the front is because I put the labels for the jars on the front so the seam is easily hidden.

Here is the finished product.  I used the paper to write the 2 labels “To Do” and “Done”, glued those to the frames, then glued the frames to the jars.  Obviously they do not lay flat on the jars but I kinda like it that way.

Here is the finished product from the side. You can easily see our One Side Painted popsicle sticks in the jars! They are are an easy height for LittleM to reach when we get the “I’m Bored!” comment soon to come up. I’m also hoping to use these to help LittleM with her reading, having her help me read each stick and work on letter sounds. Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy crafting!

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Squeezie Sidewalk Chalk

LittleM and I tried an experiment yesterday.  I saw a great idea on No Time For Flashcards blog for Squeezie Sidewalk Chalk and thought it was a great idea.  The directions are very simple but I couldn’t seem to get the right consistency for it to meet my taste.  It didn’t matter though because LittleM still had a fantastic time, and that is all that matters.  Here are some pictures of our playtime.

The ingredients that you need include- a box of cornstarch, food coloring, a big bowl and spoon for mixing, squeeze bottles.  I bought the bottles at the dollar store in a 2 pack, as well as the food coloring.  I didn’t have any food coloring left at the house so I got some at the dollar store instead of the grocery store saving me more than $4.  The cost of this craft then was about $4 for 2 sets of squeeze bottles, 1 box of cornstarch, and food coloring.

Pour the cornstarch into the bowl and add water, stirring until it is thin.  Now, here is where I had problems. When I thought it was thin enough, it only came out in dribbles from the squeeze bottles, then I would add more water and it was too thin.  So trial and error at this point.

After it is the consistency that you think is thin enough, pour into the squeeze bottles.  Here is LittleM showing off her picture taking skills.  She’s getting really good with the camera.

 

Next add a few drops of food coloring to each bottle, put the cap on, cover the squeeze bottle hole and shake to mix the color.  Now you’re ready to play!  Note that this can get messy so make sure you child is not wearing anything that can’t get dirty.

Let the fun begin!

So this picture perfectly shows my consistency problem.  The hearts that I tried to draw show how the cornstarch mixture was coming out in dribbles.  I tried cutting the squeeze tops to make the holes a little larger but that didn’t work.  I ran inside to add a little more water and then it became too watery and started running down the driveway.  LittleM was much happier with it being runny though because it came out of the bottles easier.  Trial and error people, trial and error.

LittleM then started mixing the colors.

And now two at a time!

Our Pup decided he would come to oversee the crafting and get a suntan at the same time.

The end result.  Once LittleM ran out of liquid in the squeeze bottle she starting putting her hands in the wet mixture to swirl it around.  It did dry fairly quickly though and easily washes off the driveway with the hose.

Now for the messy results. Remember how I said don’t let the kids wear anything that can’t get dirty.

LittleM’s toes got decorated while she was playing.

As for her hands…

Her hands stayed a little blue for a while after we washed up afterward.  It took going to the pool that afternoon until all the dye came out of her hands.

All in all, it was a fun morning and LittleM had a blast.  Hope you have as much fun as we did!

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New Castle County Happenings Guide

Parents and Delawareans, if you haven’t ever taken a minute to look at the New Castle County Happenings Guide then you are doing yourself a great disservice.  This guide is put out by our County Executive every quarter to tell you about activities occurring through that season that you could be taking advantage of.  There are lots of free and payment required activities through Community Centers and the Libraries to keep you and the little ones busy until the next Happenings Guide comes out.

Just quickly looking at it, I found a dance class that I may sign LittleM up for in July.  They meet for 8 one-hour sessions and costs only $48 dollars.  I don’t think you can do better than $6 a class for beginning dance.

It also lists all the great programs that the Libraries run and during the summer our libraries offer some pretty great programs in New Castle County.  Story times with singing, story times with crafts, water fun days, bubble making days, creating your own sidewalk chalk, and puppet shows are just a few items to whet your appetite.  I am a huge proponent of the library, and we spend at least one day a week there, not just during the summer either.

There are also Adult only programs at the libraries.  Classes to learn about technology, knitting clubs, movie nights, and book clubs.  Lots of opportunities to get out of the house, meet people and get involved.

Some of the programs require registration so make sure to call to reserve yourself a spot for the event.

So I say again, being the very pushy person that I am, take a minute to look at the New Castle County Happenings Guide.  You’ll be glad you did!

Happy Adventuring.

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Flower Crafts

“April Showers Bring May Flowers,” is a rhyme from my youth that I cannot ever forget.  This year though, we haven’t gotten much rain in April, more of it coming in May so the flowers may take a little longer to get here.  I think in our house, we’re going to have to add some flowers ourselves.

A fantastic blog that I follow with oodles of craft ideas is No Time for Flash Cards.  Her latest post has 21 ideas for flower crafts, and with many of the craft ideas she adds books for you and your child to read that would go along with the craft.  It’s really fantastic.

I am particularly interested in the  “Pop Out Flowers” that are in the above picture and use toilet paper rolls, which I currently have a ton of in my house.  I think that we’re going to add that craft with the family picture idea to create some Mother’s Day crafts for the Grandmothers and one for LittleM. 

I’ll let you know how it goes but I wanted to share this great resource with you because I find some interesting ideas on it.

Happy Crafting.

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Big Events This Weekend

If you’re looking for some good things to do this weekend, here are some big Events.

Saturday, April 28th is University of Delaware’s Ag Day in Newark, Delaware.  It is 10am-4pm and has a lot of family fun activities to participate in.  The food is good and you’ll be supporting different groups at UD, there are animals for the kids to see, good music to hear, lots of activities.  Parking is free and the kids activities (like face painting and pony rides) are not that expensive.  There are also a lot of plants to purchase to beautify your garden and support the University of Delaware Agricultural Program.

If you’re not interested in Ag Day, head over to Hagley Museum for NatureFest from 10am-3pm.  Cost is $3 per nonmember, children under 5 are free.  They will have hands on craft activities, nature walks, tree climbing, etc.  I know I’ve said this before but I always have a great time at Hagley.

Sunday, April 29th is the 8th Annual Wildflower Celebration at Mt. Cuba Horticultural Institution in Hockessin, Delaware from 10am -4pm. Parking and admission is free on this day, the only day of the year that they have free admission.  The first 100 families will also get a free potted wildflower to take home.  They also have what they’re calling “a family friendly adventure” about the journey from caterpillar to butterfly through different learning stations.  I have never been to Mt. Cuba but I love visiting Longwood Gardens so I’m interested in checking this out, and saving $15 dollars since we won’t have to pay the $5 per ticket.

If you’re interested in Baseball, make sure to check out the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Fridays (Including this Friday, April 27) for baseball and Fireworks. They put on a great family game and fantastic Fireworks display every time.

Saturday, May 5th the Home Depot has their Kids Workshop from 9am- 12 pm where the kids will be building their own planter boxes.  I definitely want to make it to that one because LittleM is all about building and growing plants right now.  Check your local Home Depot for availability of this project.

Happy Hunting for Adventure!

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Time Together

The weekend has gone by too quickly yet again.  The weather turned out to be pretty nice and we were able to spend time with my family (Parents and my brother and his family).  But I had to end the weekend as usual, explaining to LittleM that she needs to go to daycare tomorrow so that Mommy and Daddy can go to work.  It’s a conversation that we have to have all the time and it’s never a good one.  She has always had to go to daycare, so I’m not quite sure why we have to constantly explain this.  Hopefully summer will be here before we know it so that I can stop having the conversation for a few weeks.

Saturday’s adventure took us to Longwood Gardens, which was as great as ever.  My parents joined us and it’s thanks to them that we have the year membership to enjoy it.  LittleM enjoyed the music for a bit, had a great time making a rattle, and potted a Boston Fern (that I now have to try to keep alive- I don’t really have a green thumb). The rattle was very simple to make at home.  Get a smaller plastic bottle that you plan to recycle (personal water bottle, individual juice bottle, etc).  Put a few handfuls of birdseed inside.  Longwood had us add a few beads, a pipe cleaner, and a pompom.  Screw the cap back on and tape with electrical tape (or whatever you have at home) so the cap doesn’t come off.  Voila- handmade rattle.  LittleM had a good time shaking along with the music, but wasn’t too into letting Mommy and Daddy share her rattle.

We had planned to visit the museum on Dover’s Air Base today but after having brunch at my brothers house with his wife, daughter, and my parents, we decided to spend some time relaxing together and run some errands.  My niece (who is in elementary school) and LittleM had a fabulous time while we were eating trying on every single dress-up outfit that my niece owns.  It was pretty cute, and the focus that LittleM had on the princess dresses is making it pretty clear that we will be planning a Princess-themed birthday party this summer!

My husband and LittleM had a nice Daddy-Daughter Dinner Date tonight at Ruby Tuesday’s.  Mommy got a nice hour to herself, which I spent doing laundry and working out with my new Wii Active 2 (I’m currently in pain)!  Were you expecting me to say I was eating bonbons?  While I love my husband and daughter more than I could have ever possibly imagined, I will admit that it is very nice to occasionally have a few moments that I do not have to be “Mommy”.

Some upcoming adventures that I have found include the Newark Cinema Center 3. They have Tuesday buy one get one free movie tickets ($6 Matinee prices, $8 regular price) and are currently playing “The Lorax” (for you and the little ones), or “The Artist” and “Act of Valor” if you’re looking for a night out without the little ones.

There are great storytimes at the Christiana Mall Barnes & Noble during the day on Tuesday and Thursday this week at 11 am, and an American Girl Party at 7pm this Friday.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of adventures with your family. I know I did.

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So Much To Choose From This Weekend!

The husband and I have been talking about what to do this weekend.  There are a lot of options to think about so I wanted to share them with you in case anyone was looking too.

Saturday- March 3

1. Home Depot Kids Workshop– Check with your local Home Depot for availability but this is a FREE event from 9am- 12pm once a month that kids get to build a project.  Tomorrow is the #20 Home Depot Race Car.  The kids get the kit, paint, they get to hammer and build, a kid sized Home Depot apron to keep and a pin and certificate when they complete the activity.  LittleM made a jewelry box in February and had a blast doing it.  I would recommend getting there early though because we got there at 10am and by 10:30 they had already run out of the boxes and were giving kids other crafts to do.

2. Longwood Gardens OrKid Days– We have a membership to Longwood Gardens, so this will be free for us.  If you are not a member, the tickets are $18 per adult, children under 4 Free, children 5-22 are $8. There is a lot going on during the OrKid Days, which is free once you buy your ticket.  Be warned that your child will come home wet after playing in the children’s garden!  At 12pm and 2pm there is a concert by Daria- World Music for Children. From 12-3pm the kids can make a rattle craft, pot a plant, and visit the Orchid Discovery cart.  We have never had a bad time at the OrKid Days.  Tires the kids out too with all the walking and excitement.

3. 22nd Annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival– I have never visited this, but who doesn’t love chocolate?!  The offical description is ” It’s a fabulous day of chocolate, with tastes galore, vendors, a raffle, kids games and much more!”.  That’s a bit of a long drive for us though.

4. Hagley’s Dollar Days– Again, we have never had a bad trip to Hagley museum and it’s only $1 to get in every Saturday, February- March.  Beautiful surroundings to see the start of the du Pont empire, built on black powder.  Great for kids of all ages, lots of interesting exhibits to explore.

Ok, those are just ideas for Saturday.  I’m tired already just thinking about these and love all of the options.  How to choose just one to do?

Sunday- March 4

5. Delaware Museum of Art– This offers free admission to everyone on Sundays.  We took LittleM there one Sunday and it didn’t work out so well.  I would recommend older kids to go there.

6. Air Mobility Command Museum– Located in Dover, Delaware, on the Air Force Base.  It is a super interesting museum (that I can totally geek out at with all the history!) that is mostly outside because of the actual planes that they have on exhibit to preserve there.  But was it really awesome is that you are allowed to go into the planes (and even the cockpits of most) to get up close and personal with them.  Sunday is supposed to be a pretty good day weatherwise so I may be able to convince my husband to go!  It is free admission (they do have spots for donations though to help with the upkeep), free parking, open from 9am-4pm Tuesday- Sunday.  I highly recommend visiting this museum.  Great for kids to since they can run around outside and be inside all the planes.

Well, now I just have to figure out what we actually want to do this weekend because while I want to get out of the house, I also want to be able to relax a little!  Hope you guys have a great adventure this weekend!

Let me know if anyone is interested in joining us on any of our adventures this weekend.  It’s more fun with friends!

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