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More Summer Camp Ideas

05/13/13

More Summer Camp Ideas

Summer is just around the corner, what will your kids be doing? If you're still looking for last-minute possibilities, we've got a couple of suggestions. JR. RANGER CAMP - AGES 6-14 Let your kid develop a love of the outdoors by attending a Junior Ranger program at T. O. Fuller State Park. The camp takes place June 3-6 and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to kids ages 6 to 14. Campers will learn about birds of prey, do some hiking, study wetlands, and play games. Registration deadline: May 31. For more information, email michael.champagne@tn.gov or pick up packets at the park's visitor center, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. BASKETBALL CAMP - AGES 7-16 With all the playoff activity, Grizzlie-mania has got area basketball camps hopping. Get in on the fun by...

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Fun Ways to Celebrate Mom for Mother's Day

05/10/13

Fun Ways to Celebrate Mom for Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother's Day all weekend long with one of these fun activities that will bring smile to your face as well as to your family. Get Your Greek On - The 55th Annual Greek Festival kicks off Friday, May 10. If mom loves trying new foods, get in line for the Greek dinner they serve here, it's delicious. Then head out to the marketplace, or watch Greek dancing. And don't forget to pick up an order of baklava, the gooey, honey walnut confection that is simply devine. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $3/adults, $1/ages 6-11. Free/5 & under. Tap Your Inner Engineer • If you've never been to the Memphis Train and Trolley Museum at 545 South Main St., Saturday, May 11th, National Train Day, is the day to visit. Amtrak, MATA, and the Canadian...

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High School Musical Awards May 23 at The Orpheum Theatre

05/09/13

High School Musical Awards May 23 at The Orpheum Theatre

The air will be electric at the 2013 Orpheum High School Musical Awards. That's when more than 200 teens from 24 high schools drama departments learn who this year's winners are at this popular awards show. The curtain rises on Thursday, May 23rd, at 7 p.m. Awards are given for acting and musical performance as well as technical, costume, and set design. The students who win for Best Actor and Best Actress will travel to New York City in June for the Jimmie Awards. Tickets are $15-$35. People's Choice Award voting begins on Friday, May 10, 2013. View the award nominations here. The 2012 winners for Best Actor and Best Actress — Sam Shankman and Sabaa traveled to New York City last summer to compete in the national awards, which honor the best teen performers...

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05/09/13

Online Shopping: 4 Maternity Sites We Like

I longed to feel pretty when I was pregnant. Which is not easily accomplished when you look like you've swallowed a beach ball. Thankfully, a lot of designers get that today, and the selection for maternity clothes is vastly improved. Here's a round-up of cute outfits we found while doing a little online browsing this week. Babies N Bellies.com has a super-cute selection of maternity casuals, as well as outfits for dressy occasions. I was surprised by their selection and the style. While trendy, they aren't too pricey, and many of their fashions look like they'd work post-partum, too, (provided you don't want to bury that stuff once baby arrives). Bonus: They offer a decent selection of Plus-sized maternitywear. • $39.99   Bella...

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May Means Free Summer Family Memberships at the Memphis Pink Palace

05/02/13

May Means Free Summer Family Memberships at the Memphis Pink Palace

This time of year, we're all itching for the carefree days of summer. But you know by mid-June, the kids will be whining about having nothing to do. That's when you whisk them away for an afternoon of exploring at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, for free.     That's right, through the month of May you can sign up your family for a free, 90-day membership to one of Memphis' most popular attractions. Your membership also gives you free admission to the Lichterman Nature Center, and the city's two historic homes in Victorian Village: the Magevney and Mallory-Neely House. Once you join, you'll receive email notices about other cool exhibits and special events happening all summer long at the Pink. Just go here to sign-up online and...

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Take It Outside! Books That Help You Explore the Great Outdoors

05/01/13

Take It Outside! Books That Help You Explore the Great Outdoors

As the weather warms up, kids want need to be outside playing. There are great adventures to be had, even in your own backyard. Here are are several new books that will make exploring more fun for everyone.     The Kid's Outdoor Adventure Book by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer offers a host of interesting activities that guarantee year-round fun. The book is divided into four sections, with activities that apply to each season. The authors round-up a serviceable collection of games (Kick the Can, Marco Polo), nature ideas (examine a bird's nest; wade in a stream, collect leaves), and many don't involve much time or investment on your end. An activity called the Nature Scrapbook, for example, is a perfect journaling idea for kids who enjoy...

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Our Weekend Picks for April 26-28

04/26/13

Our Weekend Picks for April 26-28

If you don't love music, you might need to have your Memphis citizenship revoked. Because music is really the heart and soul of the Bluff City. And this weekend shines a bright light on its evolution — from past to present. Live at The Orpheum through Sunday is Memphis, the colorful musical inspired by the story of Dewey Phillips, the manic disk jockey at WHBQ radio, who became hugely popular for playing a dizzying mix of country, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, and records from Sun Studio. Phillips is considered one of the pioneers of rock 'n' roll and the musical, which won a Tony for Best Musical, is a racous, riveting celebration of music and dance. I saw it Tuesday night and it's a great time. Perfect for date night. This weekend is also the 10th...

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Why Immunizing Children Matters

04/24/13

Why Immunizing Children Matters

“Vaccines are one of the Top 10 health-related 20th-century accomplishments in the U.S. because of the vast number of infant lives saved,” notes Judy Martin, chief of nursing with the Shelby County Health Department. That's an important fact to remember as we recognize National Infant Immunization Week.  Immunizations today protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. Routine childhood immunization not only prevents disease and death but also is a cost-effective health intervention, saving our nation about $13.6 billion. Martin points out that each year the Tennessee Immunization Program conducts a survey of 24-month-olds to keep track of the number of children immunized by their second birthday. The state's goal is to reach...

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Create a Safe Place for Children in Times of Stress

04/23/13

Create a Safe Place for Children in Times of Stress

Providing a safe, secure environment for your child is always important, but particularly during times of stress. Although events like the Boston Marathon bombings or the shooting at Sandy Hook happened far away from Memphis, television news can make it feel much closer. Seeing such violent images on TV, and noticing how those they love respond, can really create a level of anxiety for children. Our job as a parent is to protect our children. So during times of crisis, limit your child’s exposure to television viewing, newspapers, and radio broadcasts (during carpool, for instance). As adults, we can make some sense of tragic events. But for children, it can be hard to understand that those explosions or shootings aren't happening in their town or school. Children...

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Shopping: Summer Kids Consignment Store

04/16/13

Shopping: Summer Kids Consignment Store

When my son was a baby, we were still in graduate school. You know what that means. No money. So once he outgrew all those delicious outfits we received as shower gifts, it was time to find cute stuff — cheap. That's when I discovered consignment stores. Some of the ones I loved have moved on, but others, like Summer Kids, have taken their place. Summer Kids is great for budget-conscious moms. In case you haven't heard, they recently moved into the same plaza as Garden Ridge at Summer/I-240. Now they're in a much roomier, more brightly lit store; better to hold their wide selection of gently-used merchandise, from children's clothing & maternity wear, to baby equipment, kids shoes, diaper bags, even custom monogramming. Here's what I recently...

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