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Tennis Camp For Kids & Teens

06/22/13

Tennis Camp For Kids & Teens

It's usually about now that kids start whining, "There's nothing to dooooo."    But they don't have to be planted in front of the tube all summer. Send them to tennis camp. Memphis Tennis is offering tennis camps that run week-to-week through July 25th, and are geared for children ages 5 to 18. The sessions run Monday through Thursday, from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost $25 to $75, depending on the camp location. Camp is designed for beginner and intermediate players. If your child has never tried tennis, he'll learn how to swing a racket, return a ball, and move around the court. With drills, games, and competetion, tennis is a fun game that can be a lifelong sport.  Register online at tennismemphis.org or call Ken Smith,...

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Swimming Safety Tips

06/19/13

Swimming Safety Tips

In the summertime, swimming is the go-to sport for kids. But they aren't always under your watchful eye. Kids might explore other bodies of water, too, such as an apartment complex pool, a creek, or lake where they can be at risk of drowning. That's why it's important to talk to them about water safety. The YMCA offers these tips.   POOL SAFETY • Never take your eyes off of your children in the water, even for a moment. • Appoint a designated water watcher so you know who is supervising children while in the water. • While supervising, stay alert and avoid distractions like reading or talking on the telephone. • Instruct children to never run, push, or jump on others in and around the pool. • Have your child...

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Products We Like: BabyGanics Sunscreen

06/13/13

Products We Like: BabyGanics Sunscreen

Splash parties are the best way to beat the heat of summer. But outdoor play requires a sunscreen that's strong enough — and safe enough — for your children's delicate skin. That's why we like BabyGanics Cover-Up Face and Body Sunscreen. With these specially formulated, mineral-based lotions and sprays, your kids can lather up and have fun in the sun and water. Their sunscreen is rated at SPF 50, which helps keep harmful UV rays at bay. And while it's gentle enough for baby's skin, it's strong enough for your skin, too. More importantly, these contain no PABA, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, nano-particles, or fragrances. What more could you ask for? Check out BabyGanics products here. Available at Babies R Us, Target, and Bed...

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Memphis Parent Is Live on Local News 24's Noonday Broadcast

06/12/13

Memphis Parent Is Live on Local News 24's Noonday Broadcast

I was the featured guest on Local News 24’s live noonday newscast on Tuesday, June 10th. The station, WANT-TV, is the ABC affiliate in Memphis (formerly WPTY). News Anchor Joy Lambert gave me a call on Monday, hoping I could weigh in on fun summer activities for families — as if!! Her request was perfectly timed, since our June issue highlights lots of fun places you can take your kids to get wet and play. It turns out Joy and her husband are also new parents, they have an 8-month-old son, so we had to do a little baby talk before getting down to business. We also touched on the news team's move to the new station — which is gorgeous.  Once Joy introduced me, the interview went smoothly. Her relaxed manner really makes you feel at home. I also enjoy...

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Date Night Ideas: Orpheum's 2013 Summer Film Line-Up

06/05/13

Date Night Ideas: Orpheum's 2013 Summer Film Line-Up

As parents, we need two things to make family life a bit more sane: A night out alone with our honey, and a reliable (maybe even awesome) babysitter. Once those are in place, you can plan to spend part of your weekend nights this summer going to the movies at the Orpheum's 2013 Summer Movie series. This year's retrospective celebrates the Orpheum's 85th anniversary and gives a nod to its movie palace roots. The slate includes Thursday Night Chick Flicks, Friday Night Classics, and Family Matinees, all popular films from the past eight decades. So, line up a sitter or bring the crew, for night at the movies. The show starts at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • $7/adults, $5/children 12 and under. $50/package of 10 tickets. JUNE 7 - AUGUST 9 The Cameraman...

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Kids Fishing Rodeo at Meeman Shelby Forest State Park June 8

06/04/13

Kids Fishing Rodeo at Meeman Shelby Forest State Park June 8

Grab your kid, a fishing rod, and have fun this Saturday! Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is hosting its Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, June 8, from 8 until 11 a.m. This free fishing day will be held at Poplar Tree Lake. Fishing is allowed from the bank only, and boats may only be used to cross the lake. Limited help from parents is encouraged and live or artificial bait may be used. Trophies will be awarded for the largest fish, the smallest fish, and the most fish for kids ages 0 to 7, 8 to 12, and 13 to 16. Lots of door prizes will also be awarded, as well as a drawing for the grand prize, a new bicycle. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at the park's Nature Center. Donations are appreciated and will go directly to support park services and events. Go here...

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Ways to Help Families Affected by the May 20th Tornado in Oklahoma City

05/21/13

Ways to Help Families Affected by the May 20th Tornado in Oklahoma City

Looking for a way to help Oklahoma families in need in the aftermath of tornadoes of May 19-20? MetroFamily magazine in Oklahoma City compiled this list of outlets accepting donations of items and services. To find out about loved ones in Moore: safeandwell.org Donating Money Donations of $10 to assist those affected by the tornado can be made by texting STORM to 80888 for Salvation Army, texting REDCROSS to 90999 for Red Cross, or by texting FOOD to 32333 for the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund • Donations can be made online at unitedwayokc.org or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK  73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief. Or call (405) 236-8441. United...

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Summer Scholars Camp for AP Students and Aerial Camp for Tweens and Teens

05/21/13

Summer Scholars Camp for AP Students and Aerial Camp for Tweens and Teens

Summer Scholars Camp for AP Students This camp is designed to prepare high school teens for the challenges of a college-level Advanced Placement course. Campers will meet other students from across the region during this week-long prep. Camp is open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who are registered for AP courses during the 2013-14 school year. Campers can be first-time AP students, or students who have taken an AP class in the past. This is free to Memphis City School students, $100/non-MCS students.   Sessions: June 3-7 or June 17-21 Time: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch is provided. Location: University of Memphis To learn more, click here. or call 416-3471. On-line registration here.  ...

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Catch The WMB Quartet Live This Summer

05/21/13

Catch The WMB Quartet Live This Summer

Pictured left to right: Musicians Carl Maguire, Bradford Beard, writer Stephanie Painter, Alan Maguire, & Reginald White   I get to meet a lot of talented kids while on assignment for Memphis Parent magazine. In fact, several profiled for our Can-do Kids column have made music with prestigious groups like the Stax Music Academy Jazz Ensemble and Tennessee All State Band. This week, I ran into several young men I've written about who are now playing music together. Seventeen-year-old twins Carl and Alan Maguire from Houston High, played in the Stax's jazz ensemble this year. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Reginald White Jr., a senior at Southwind High, used his skills on the saxophone to qualify for All State Band. Until recently, these young men had never played...

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Summer Tips: All About Sunscreen

05/15/13

Summer Tips: All About Sunscreen

Healthy skin needs to be protected. With the approach of summer, we're spending more time outdoors with our family. So be sure you know what type of sunscreen to buy — and how to apply it. Just follow these five easy steps, recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. 1. Choose sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage. These will protect you from UVA and UVB rays. 2. Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the lotion and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn. 3. Use enough sunscreen. Most adults need at least one ounce of sunscreen, about enough to fill a shot...

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