Stores Offering Free Kid Activities

This post was inspired by my friends who had babies recently but are getting to the age where they’re ready to rock and roll.  Free kid events at stores!  Although I have posted about it in the past…I was going through previous blog posts and some of the links have become extinct!  Here are some oldies but goodies, posts from my past:

Stores Offering FREE Kid Activities

Wanted to have the latest and greatest, here’s my updated list.

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lakeshore learning

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lakeshore learning

Lakeshore Learning – store offers a Saturday arts and craft activity.  Not only are the crafts cleverly designed but also very intricate and interesting.  We normally go for about an hour or so, doing the craft and then going around the store and playing with all the toys laid out on display.  We sometimes bring a friend or meet someone there.  On holidays they offer multiple things to do, perfect gifts for all the grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lowes build and grow kids workshop

Lowe’s – signup because supplies and slots go by for this bi-monthly clinic for kids…make a putting green, pirate ship, and many more fun things, again FREE!  Activities are from 10-11 and you get the Lowe’s apron on the first visit to collect pins for each craft.

 

 

 

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities home depot kids workshop

Home Depot – on the first Saturday of every month, visit here for another hammer and nails activity.  They’ll also get a kid-size apron and activity pin, FREE!

 

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities Michaels kid craft events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities Michaels kid craft events

Michael’s – Almost free, a steal at $2 an event!  They also have free kids events (adult friendly too!) frequently offered at local Michael stores.

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities disney store kids events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities disney store kids events

Visit your local store for more information. Details here. Events take place every day from July 2 – September 2. See a Cast Member to find out what times the events will be offered.

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities pottery barn kids events

Check out their activities here. Summer reading program, weekly story times, craft events! All FREE!

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lego store kids events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lego store kids events

LEGO stores offer all kinds of fun, FREE activities! A lot end with your child receiving a mini LEGO figure! Explore the store, even if you don’t buy a new Star Wars set.

 

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities barnes and noble kids events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities barnes and noble kids events

There are tons of great FREE events coming to your neighborhood Barnes and Noble! Right now there are kids activities, the launch of a new LEGO architecture studio, storytime, art activities, and other fun things to do.

South Texas Heritage Center at Witte Museum

Saturday, May 26, 2012, will be the grand opening of the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum.  This two-story, 20,000 square foot addition will serve as the permanent home for the Witte’s South Texas collections.  Visitors will be able to experience over 150 years of change and rapid growth in San Antonio and South Texas.

Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum

Some of the new exhibits include:

  • San Antonio’s Main Plaza – a look at the famous square in the 1840s
  • Life along the border
  • Early years in South Texas – indigenous people, early settlers, the Missions
  • Oil and gas industry
  • Gallery dedicated to the 19th and 20th century early Texas art collections

With high-tech guides along the way, families can learn from cinematic robots, touch-screen computers, motion-trigger audio personas, and incredible sound and lighting effects capturing the interest and imagination of visitors young and old.

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Kids will get to see what life what like for children in the 1800s.  A wagon display has a peek inside crate full of goods from that time period.  Families can work together to balance goods on a donkey’s back.  Kids can also carry two buckets of water with a yolk like kids back then had to.  In addition to the existing exhibits at the Witte, you’ll want to set aside a lot of time to really go through everything.

GRAND OPENING

Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum

 

 

 

Saturday, May 26: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, May 27: Noon-5 p.m.

Monday, May 28: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Address:  3801 Broadway | San Antonio, TX 78209

  • Witte Museum Boot Scoot and 5k Fun Run – opens the festivities with a morning run through Breckenridge Park
  • Demonstrations throughout the day
  • Cowboy/cowgirl dress up
  • Trick Roping
  • Horse interactions
  • Interactions with San Antonio Living History association
  • Much more!!!

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

The facility can accommodate up to 150 for a cocktail-style reception indoors and 250 for a seated dinner outside.  Please click here for more information.

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Love and Respect Experience | Dr Emerson

The Love & Respect Experience

A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

The Love & Respect Experience | Devotional by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

 

WARNING!! This book may change the course of your relationship for the rest of your life. For the better! Emerson (accessibly referred to by his first name) has come up with a year-long relationship devotional, based thousands of surveyed couples. It’s not a daily devotional because real-life couples can’t commit to every day. Life happens. And when it does, you want to have Love & Respect under your belt.

I love reading relationship books. I feel ridiculously empowered after understanding the ways other people might perceive things, especially in ways I had never considered. I felt just this way after reading this book. Being able to offer a comparable selection of self-help/relationship books to any mainstream bookstore, it’s hard to find something I haven’t heard before. Emerson surprised me with a couple great thoughts. I would recommend this devotional for any adult, whether you’re in a marriage, a couple’s relationship, or single. We have to nurture relationships all around us, at work, in our extended families, and networks…this book gives you the tools to understand where people of the other sex are coming from. And it’s not always even a guy/girl thing. Emerson very clearly states that there are two kinds of lenses people see through, pink and blue. Sometimes guys can see through “pink” lenses and girls can see through “blue.” Sometimes you see purple. The important part is to understand where the person is coming from, why they’re reacting the way that they are, and how to get off the “crazy cycle.”

Additional Love & Respect Resources:

Website: http://loveandrespect.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/loveandrespect

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/loveandrespectministries

*They’re very engaged and active on their social media channels as well! Have had direct conversations through Twitter! 🙂

I review for BookSneeze®

God Gave Us the World | Lisa Bergren

God Gave Us the World

Written by Lisa T. Bergren

Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant

This delightful children’s story uses a wise mama bear to help her cubs understand- the beautiful world that God has made, full of all types of different bears. They journey across the globe to see bears in different habitats that enjoy different types of foods. The book has a very genuine tone and does not succumb to clichés or cheesiness which many children’s stories do. The mama bear also uses excellent imagery to really drive the important messages home.

 

The book also ends on a perfect note, using the example of the God being sad when we don’t take care of His earth…just like the brother bear gets frustrated and hurt when his younger twin siblings hurt his toys.

My 8 year old enjoyed the story but would definitely be appropriate for someone as young as preschool aged.

Discussion Questions

Another thing that I love about the publisher’s website, there is a FREE downloadable PDF of questions for the entire series to discuss with your child afterwards. Sometimes parents don’t want to come up with all the thought provoking questions…or maybe you’re a Sunday School teacher, looking for a new lesson. These colorful discussion questions are worth checking out here as well.

Coloring Sheets!

Download these printable PDF coloring sheets from the beloved series:

  • God Gave Us the World – Download
  • God Gave Us You – Download
  • God Gave Us Two – Download
  • God Gave Us Love – Download
  • God Gave Us Heaven – Download
  • God Gave Us Christmas – Download

Learn more about all of Lisa Tawn Bergren’s books, here. She’s the best-selling author of over 30!

Although Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes, my opinions, positive or negative are my own.

2011 Kids Summer Reading Programs

Free stuff for reading? Yes please! Check out this list of retailers and local libraries offering incentives for kids to read with their families or on their own this summer! Beat the heat and reap the rewards, literally! In no particular order here are a bunch of great programs!

 

 

2011 Kids Summer Reading Programs Barnes and Noble

 

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading program encourages kids to read by asking them to download a journal, read 8 books, and then pick a FREE book at the nearest store near you. Now through 9/6/2011!

 

Downloads:

 

 

 

2011 Kids Summer Reading Programs Borders Books

 

Borders book store is offering you a free book after the 10th book read! Now through 9/5/2011! Download the reading form here. You get to pick which 10 and Borders is offering a great selection of freebies to choose from (see complete list of freebies here!)

 

2011 Kids Summer Reading Programs Chuck E Cheese

Even Chuck E Cheese is getting in the spirit by offering this reading calendar in exchange for tokens!! Print our calendar here.

 

2011 Kids Summer Reading Programs HEB Buddy

 

From now until 10/1/2011, you can join the HEB Summer Reading Club and after reading 10 books you’ll get a cool prize!

 

After printing out the form (download here), mail it in to this address:

 

H•E•Buddy® 2011 Summer Reading Program,

10530 Sentinel, San Antonio, Texas 78217

 

2011 Kids Summer Reading Programs Half Price Books

 

Download your summer reading log from Half Price Books here and spend your summer keeping track of all the great books you read! Start turning in completed logs between July 25th through August 7th and receive $5 Back to School Bucks reading rewards cards!

 

2011 Kids Summer Reading Programs Scholastic Books

Scholastic if also offering freebies in their summer reading program here. Log your minutes to win rewards! This is by far the most modern and technologically filled summer reading program. Your child will sign up for an account where they log the hours they read each day. Meet the reading challenge each week and win FREE downloads and other prizes.

Give Best Gift Ever | UNICEF Charity

Did you wait until the last minute to purchase a Christmas present this year?  No fear!  UNICEF is here.

The best gift is a gift that keeps giving…and what could be better than a gift that literally saves lives, natural resources, and makes the world a better place!

A couple of Sundays ago, at my church Oak Hills in San Antonio, Max Lucado quickly showed a video of missionaries from our church sent to different parts of Africa to build fresh water wells w/ money raised from the Bibleland Children’s Sunday School classes.  Not only were the children there laughing and thanking us, they are now able to enjoy clean, fresh water without worrying about contamination, disease, and travelling many miles to fetch a tiny amount.

Check out all the ways to give back to children around the world:

UNICEF Charity gifts

About UNICEF:

Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, protection, emergency relief, and more.

22,000 children die EVERY DAY from preventable diseases.  Imagine being able to buy a gift that saves the life of one or many children in poverty stricken parts of the world!  Several, charitable organizations like UNICEF let you do just that!  Dedicate the purchase in the name of a loved one or friend and send/print notification.

Right now the featured gift is a “Winter Child Survival Pack” that includes:

  • supplies to sustain child for 6 months!!
  • vitamins and minerals to grow healthy
  • measles and polio immunizations
  • enough water purification tablets for 50,000 liters of water!!

ALL of that is possible w/ a small donation of $81.35!  And if that’s too much they take general donations of $5 and more.

help provide clean, safe drinking water for an entire community

  • Education & Play – school supplies, soccer balls, and more give these children a chance for quality educations!
  • Immunizations – vaccinations for diseases that don’t even exist in modern countries ($20 buys 412 tetanus shots)
  • Water – water pumps, purification, and family water kits
  • Nutrition – baby scales, ready to eat food, vitamin powder ($18 buys 604 individual doses of vitamins and minerals!)
  • Emergency – high energy food, water kits, tents and more to help during emergencies
  • Health – first aid kits for field workers, mother/baby packs, for $80 save 1000k from deadly diseases

UNICEF Holiday Promotions from Corporate Partners

Did you know that as you’re shopping for people on other sites you could still be helping children fight preventable diseases?!

American AirlinesCauses on FacebookDelta Air Lines
FEEDGucciH&MIKEA |  Western Union

Click on the links for more details!  American Airlines is fighting diseases w/ incentives to donate to UNICEF by offering 2 AAdvantage miles in return for EACH dollar donated.  Donate right now!

The special edition “Gucci for UNICEF” Sukey bag, designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in grey “La Pelle Guccissima” leather, is being sold in Gucci stores in over 20 countries and from April 15, 2010 through February 28, 2011, Gucci will donate 25% of the retail price!

 "Gucci for UNICEF" special edition Sukey bag

UNICEF Social Media

Teacher resources for online charity UNICEF

TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of UNICEF-focused resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Education Department for educators, afterschool instructors, and parents. The units, lesson plans, stories, and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to water and sanitation.

*Teaser for my next blog “Teach UNICEF” 🙂

Back to School Sales for Teachers | Educators Discounts

I hope that even if you’re not a teacher, you share the information in this post with one you know!  I can’t think of a more intense profession – please take the time to thank the teachers in your life!

This post is chock full of deals, reward programs, and other incentives that teachers and educators might not have the time to find.  Check out these deals for back to school, a lot of which last all year long!  Most require sign up with proof of teaching license or school code but all programs are free with rewards offered to your school!

Barnes and Noble Educator Program

B&N Educator Program

  • Educator Discount, Resources & More
  • Save 20% off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use
  • Get up to 25% off the publisher’s list price during Educator Appreciation Days
  • Receive valuable email offers and information on special Educator events
  • Listen to popular stories being read online
  • Join by filling out this application and bringing it to any location! More FAQ
  • Coupon code: B8X7U8U, Exp: 08/17/10 (save 30% off the Back to School Category)

Borders Teaching Zone Reward Program

Classroom Discount Card – savings for teachers

  • Individual teachers, from preschool through high school, as well as school librarians and homeschool educators.
  • Save 25% off the list price of books and music CDs
  • Save 10% off the list price of DVDs for professional use.
  • Applications are available at all Borders stores, and signing up is completely free.
  • Follow on Facebook for more deals and events!

Half Price Books Teacher and Librarian Discount Card

Half price Books – Educator Discount

  • Half Price Books supports educators, school teachers and librarians in the community.
  • Educator’s Discount Card saves 10% all year round!
  • Just bring in valid ID and proof of current employment such as a pay stub or employee ID card.

Crayola Gold Star Teacher Program

Crayola – Gold Star Teacher Program

  • Sign up
    for the program to get great deals, printables, and other online resources!
  • Check out these resources, templates, and other freebies!
  • FREE science lesson plan for teachers

Office Depot Star Teacher Program

Office Depot – Star Teacher Program

  • Get 10% back in Rewards on ink, toner, and paper, plus 1% back on almost everything else.
  • Get discounts with these “My Star Teacher” reward partners
  • Find out more information about smart reward programs and going green!
  • $10 off $50 (Coupon Code: 75009959)
  • $15 off $75 (Coupon Code: 63427096)
  • $20 off $100 (Coupon Code: 40124581)
  • Expires 8/21

Adobe Software Student and Teacher Discounts

Adobe Software – Student/Teacher Discounts

  • Get up to 80% off Adobe software products!
  • FREE shipping!

AT&T Wireless Teacher Savings and Discounts

ATT Wireless

PBS Teacher Program

Join PBS Teachers!

  • Exclusive Content from PBS!
  • Ability to Save, Rate and Comment on Classroom Resources (like their Activity Packs)
  • Online Discussions on Media and Technology
  • Just by signing up, you will receive a 10% discount on your next purchase at ShopPBS for Teachers.
  • Follow on Twitter – @pbsteachers

2010 office professional student discount

  • You must have a valid e-mail address at an educational institution ending with the domain suffix .EDU (i.e., leina@contoso.edu) OR have a valid email address at one of the educational institutions listed here.

Staples back to school discounts

  • 20% Off All School and Office Supplies (In-Store Only)
  • Valid 8/15/10–8/21/10

Michael's the Knack Faculty discount program for teachers

Michael’s has this program called “The Knack Faculty” which offers teachers and other educators tons of printable templates, ideas, and savings!

Make sure you take advantage of their teacher appreciation event:

Michael's the Knack Faculty discount program for teachers

What: The Knack Faculty Free Teacher Appreciation Crop Event

When: 8/27/2010 3:00 PM – 8:45 PM

“Create some fun for the classroom. Teachers and friends, join us for Teacher Appreciation Crop Event. Learn to create fun bulletin boards, bookmarks, signs and more. We provide the space and assortment of tools. Plus, we take care of the cleanup.”

Michael's 40% off regular price item

HP Teacher Experience

HP – Teacher Experience Exchange

FREE Summer Events for Kids | 2010

Find out how to keep your children entertained for FREE this summer! This blog post contains tons of places that are offering FREE events for your kids to participate in this summer. Don’t forget to check out my post on how you can get free stuff, just for reading to your kid here!

National Park Service

Don’t forget to check for “Free Entrance Days” where you and your family can enjoy nature, for FREE! Also check out offers by local parks who offer visitors other incentives! Check out all their events here for details, by state/date about fun, free activities!

Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter – @NatlParkService. Kids can also sign up to become “Web Rangers” and become part of a community with their own Ranger Station!

AMF Bowling

Join the AMF eClub will get your 10 FREE games, exclusive monthly offers, birthday offers, and news of upcoming events and promotions!

Kids Bowl Free

Find a local bowling alley that’s participating in the “Kids Bowl Free” summer program that offers 2 FREE games of bowling, all summer long! Specific details of the program are listed here. Simply register at your local bowling alley to take advantage of this incredible offer!

“This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.”

Brunswick Bowling

Kids can bowl FREE every day this summer! Use the Student Ball pass for FREE bowling, all summer long! (We did this last summer and brought a lot of different friends each time!) Sign up for great coupons for yourself too!

Regal Cinemas

Now playing – FREE family movies! Starting at 10am every Tuesday AND Wednesday, enjoy FREE tickets for the entire family. Showing movies like “Doogal”, “Wallace and Gromit” (one of my favorites!!), “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”, and many more, shows vary by movie theater!

Cinemark Movies


Although not free, it’s pretty close! Each movie ticket is $1 OR you can purchase all 10 movie tickets in advanced for $5!! Check out for your local theater’s listings.

Stores Offering Crafts and Activities for Kids this Summer | 2010

There are tons of FREE and discounted things for your kids to do this summer! Take advantage and don’t pay retail! 🙂 This blog post consists of all the fun activities we do during the week and on the weekends! Most of the programs we participated in last year. Also make sure to check out my blog post about 2010 Summer Reading Programs for Kids (to learn how to get free books, t-shirts, and gift certificates to reward your children for reading over the summer!) Some of the activities were mentioned in my blog post, 6 Kid Activities for the 6th Day of the Week!

Bass Pro Shop

I hope you have one nearby, they offer great activities over the summer (and throughout the year!) They will be offering FREE/Fun activities and make your own crafts! EVERYTHING is FREE! Activities include crafts, shooting galleries, casting ponds, family workshops, making s’mores, photo opportunities (FUN!!), shooting range, merit badge workshops, and more!

Bass Pro Shop Family Summer Camp Activities and Crafts

When: June 5 – July 11

Time/Day of the Week(s): Tues/Thur (at noon) OR Sat/Sun (at noon) { Schedule }

Cost: FREE

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics

Make sure you check out my recent blog post about these quality activities that occur every other week! Your child will enjoy getting the free Lowe’s apron, goggles, and hammering away at the wood craft of the week!

Lowe's Wood Craft

When: Indefinitely, not just for the summer!

Time/Day of the Week(s): Every other Saturday, next event is 6/12/2010, after that is 6/26/2010 – starts at 10am and supplies go FAST! { Schedule }

Cost: FREE!!

Home Depot’s Kids Workshops

Another fun, FREE activity, Home Depot activities are very similar to Lowe’s. Really quality crafts! Have made a wooden airplane, treasure box, pirate ship, and more!

Home Depot Wood-working craft

When: Indefinitely, not just a summer thing!

Time/Day of the Week(s): First Saturday of EVERY month, starts at 9am – get there EARLY! { Schedule }

Cost: FREE!!

Lakeshore Learning Store

Another really quality craft activity, this one is fun and can kill a couple hours! After making the craft, walk around the store and play with all the displays set out on Saturday for kids to experiment with. A fully stocked kitchen, put on a puppet show, go fish, and much more!

Also, on special holidays they sometimes offer multiple crafts! Great gifts for grandparents! They also encourage parents to participate if you’re feeling particularly crafty.

Lakeshore Learning Store crafts and activities for kids

When: Indefinitely, not just summer!

Time/Day of the Week(s): Every Saturday from 11-3pm…try to not just show up at 2:45pm when they’re trying to clean up. The San Antonio location brings out supplies as long as there are kids which I’ve always appreciated. { Schedule }

Cost: FREE!!

Target Arts + Cultures

Target is supporting the Arts by offering over 2,200 FREE and reduced-price events sponsored by Target! Click on the link to find events near you!

Pottery Barn Kids Book Club

When: Indefinitely, not just for the summer

Time/Day of the Week(s): Tuesdays at 11am-1130am { Schedule }

Cost: FREE, after 5 visits get a FREE gift!

2010 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

This summer when your kids start to get bored, remind them that they can make money and get lots of fun free stuff, simply by reading a couple minutes each day!  We participated in a lot of these programs last year and had an incredible time!

Half Price Books Summer Reading Program - Feed Your Brain

Half Price Books Summer Reading Program - Feed Your Brain Across the nation, Half Price Books is offering their “Feed Your Brain” summer reading program from June 1,
2010
through July 31, 2010! This is a GREAT deal! If your child reads 15 minutes each day a week, you can pick up a $3 gift card! We made this a Saturday tradition, turning in our reading log and picking out a new book or two (from the children’s clearance section!)

  • Information for parents/teachers here
  • Feed Your Brain reading log (printed copies also available in-store!)
  • Official flyer to help spread the word at work!

Scholastic Summer Reading Program

Scholastic Summer Challenge

2010 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program

Barnes and Noble is also offering a FREE book for every 8 books you read this summer!

  • Download their passport and choose from a list of books for each reading level!
  • Here is a list of all the books your child can choose from
  • Educators download this reading kit
  • Parents can get additional information from this parent kit

Children can return their completed kits from May 25 through September 7th!

Borders Double-Dog Dare Summer Reading Program

Borders Summer Reading program double-dog dares you to read 10 books, record the names, and bring the printed form to any Borders store for a FREE book!

*For kids 12 and under, starts 5/4/2010 and lasts through 8/26/2010!

Pottery Barn Kids Book Club and Summer Reading Program

Pottery Barn Kids Book Club is every Tuesday from 1100am to 1130am. Visit 5 times and your children will receive a free gift!

National Amusement Bookworm Wednesdays

Bookworm Wednesdays from National Amusements is offering FREE admission to select children’s film after presenting a book report to participating Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas, or Cinema De Lux box offices! Checkout their locations. Print this form to complete the book report with your child.

HEB Buddy Summer Reading Program

HEB Buddy is also offering a summer reading program! Read 10 books and return this form by October 1st for cool prizes from HEB Buddy!

San Antonio Public Library Summer Reading Program

San Antonio Public Library wants you to join the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club! From June 15th through August 31st, you’ll get a certificate and FREE book for every 15 books you read!

2010 Earth Day Printable Activities and Crafts for Kids

Check out everything that you and your child can do for FREE this April 22, 2010 to build good habits for a lifetime! Doesn’t have to be isolated to the 40th anniversary of Earth Day either…check out these activities throughout the year!

PBS Kids Earth Day

PBSKids.org has dedicated:

Lakeshore Learning

I LOVE this store! Not only do they have great online resources, they offer a FREE quality craft each Saturday from 11am-3pm. We normally go and afterwards make the rounds to all the display toys, free entertainment!

2010 Earth Day Printable Activities from Lakeshore Learning

Earth Day Celebrated by Children’s Publishing Companies

Harper Collins Children Publishing Co.

The children’s book publishing company offers:

Read the following books online for FREE w/ your children:

  1. It’s Earth Day | Little Critter

    Its Earth Day | Little Critter

  2. The Greenest Day | My Little Pony

  3. Every Day is Earth Day | Fancy Nancy

  4. Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration

Scholastic

Scholastic has a GREAT site for Teachers, Kids, and Parents to help prepare you for Earth Day! Tons of fun, FREE printable activities, online games, and great website layouts!

2010 Earth Day Printable Activities and Crafts for Kids

Other Earth Day Crafts & Activities

Tons of fun activities and printable crafts for the kids and family to enjoy!

  • Kaboose – crafts, organic food information, lessons, including their “Go Green” checklist
  • Crayola – tons of printable crafts, ideas, and activities

Celebrate Earth Day 2010 | 40th Anniversary

Earth Day originally started on April 22, 1970 when it was originally founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson – designed to educate and appreciate the Earth’s environment.


EarthDay.org

  • Follow their tweets – @EarthDayNetwork
  • Become a Fan of Earth Day Network on Facebook
  • Sign the Petition! “Demand that our leaders pass strong climate legislation that benefits all Americans
  • FREE ride to Washington, DC for Climate Rally
  • Take action by committing to simple ways to positively impact the climate!

Earth Day Climate Rally | Washington, DC

When: Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Climate Rally | Washington, DC - Earth Day 2010

More information here.

How Green are You?!

Carbon Footprint Quiz

  • Find out how large your ecological (carbon) footprint is by taking this interactive quiz including information on reducing your footprint!

    Earth Day Carbon Footprint Quiz

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EAP)

Mission: Protect human health and the environment.

EPA Earth Day links:

If You Give a Moose a Muffin | Magik Theatre

The Magik Theatrehttp://www.magiktheatre.org

Phone: 210.227.2751

Directions:  420 South Alamo, San Antonio, Texas 78205  { Map }

Hopefully you read my other post on the beloved Laura Numeroff “If You Give a…” series that includes tons of printable education resources, online games, and party supplies related to the books that started with “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”…if not check it out!  While you’re at it, if you live in San Antonio, check out their most recent play, David Morgan’s adaptation of “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”…which includes tons of funny scenes (for kids AND parents.)

Check out all the shows planned for 2010!

The Magik Theatre also offers teachers a downloadable PDF for classroom study.

Get Tickets

February 16 – March 20, 2010
Tuesday – Friday 9:45 am & 11:30 am
Friday at 7 pm & Saturdays at 2 pm

Order tickets here.  If you get the Entertainment 2010 coupon book there’s also a buy one, get one free coupon included in the book!

Check out this video preview:

Azul: Lure of the Sea | Seaworld San Antonio

Thanks SeaWorld San Antonio for the VIP evening to remember!  During this latest preview, SeaWorld San Antonio debuted their newest show, Azul!  Officially opening March 12, 2010, “Azul” will replace “Viva’s” 8 year stint.  (I personally have seen Viva at least 15 times (a low estimate of 5 times a year)…)

Not only does this show feature original compositions from Germany and Montreal, it also incorporates gravity defying acrobatics, beautiful Pacific white-sided dolphins and beluga whales (including the adorable mommy and baby beluga pair).

After being wined and dined, VIP (VERY Important Person) style, Dan Decker SeaWorld San Antonio’s Exec. Vice President and General Mgr. (@DanJDecker) graciously welcomed everyone to Beluga Stadium (which included the Social Media Club San Antonio – my group!! and other hospitality and local tourism groups.)

Azul: Lure of the Sea follows a curious (and FUNNY!) tourist through his magical adventures in the sea…and did you know…I just found out the comic is actually married in real life to the acrobat-girl who soars gracefully through the air.

Park Hours & Show Times found here.

*Click on the date to see that day’s show schedule.

Annual Pass Coupons

Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/SeaWorldSanAntonio

@SeaWorldTexas Tweets: http://twitter.com/SeaWorldTexas

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Blog: http://www.seaworldparksblog.com/

FREE iPhone Apps | Retailers, News, & More!

Why would someone who doesn’t have an iPhone want to write a post about iPhone apps?!  Simple, I have tons of friends who have iPhones AND I’m really good at digging up unknown things on the web – why limit myself?!  Included in this post are the things I would look up for myself, and just want to know (including 35 iPhone apps you might not have known existed!)

Apple Deals

Did you know?! Apple now offers an Out-of-Warranty Service program that allows you to bring in your iPhone that would otherwise be ineligible for warranty service (for example stopped working but physically intact, water-damaged, cracked screen, etc.)  and they’ll replace your iPhone with a new or refurbished iPhone for the Out-of-Warranty Service fee listed below:

iPhone 3GS Out-of-Warranty Service
16GB & 32GB $199
iPhone 3G Out-of-Warranty Service
8GB, 16GB $199
Original iPhone Out-of-Warranty Service
4GB, 8GB & 16GB $199

*As of 3/8/2010 – it just can’t be shattered into a million pieces

  • Clearance Section – Check out the clearance
  • Educational Deals – Apple offers educational discounts for college students and faculty and staff at all grade levels to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices.

iPhone Apps Directory (online for easy browsing)

iTunes iPhone Apps w/o iTunes complete listing

Overstock iPhone App:

Overstock.com iPhone App

Pear Analytics – Website Analyzer – iPhone App:

Pear Analytics Website Analyzer

Website Analyzer allows you to quickly run an analysis on any website within about 30 seconds. Each site is scored from 0 to 100 and color-coded for easy explanation. You get a detailed report with simple explanations of each feature of how to improve your SEO (search engine optimization) capability.

Zyrtec Allergy iPhone App:

ZYRTEC® AllergyCast
The ZYRTEC® AllergyCast gives you the allergy and weather info you need to help. LOVE THE AIR..

  • Get the allergy forecast for today and tomorrow.
  • Know the top allergens to watch out for.
  • See the hourly, daily, or 10-day weather forecast plus the relative humidity.
  • Save your favorite locations then view them on a map along with the pollen levels for each.
  • Access details for ZYRTEC® products for adults and children.

WOAI News iPhone App:

WOAI Mobile Local News
The San Antonio, TX news experience you.ve been waiting for is finally here! Catch the latest news, sports and weather wherever you go with the WOAI Mobile Local News application. Mobile Local News takes the best features from the WOAI newscast and Web site and rolls them into a mobile experience that is a must on your iPhone and iPod.

KENS San Antonio News iPhone App:

KENS 5 San Antonio
Keep up with what’s happening in San Antonio with KENS 5 San Antonio on your iPhone and iPod Touch. The KENS 5 San Antonio application gives you news updates, the latest weather forecast, video, local sports info, movie show times and more – all at your fingertips.

Sky Mall iPhone App:

Sky Mall iPhone App

bebe iPhone App:

bebe iphone app
The bebe Mobile application allows iPhone and iPod touch users to quickly browse, search and purchase products available on bebe.com using a simple, yet stylish, interface. bebe clients have full access to their existing cart, payment and shipping options.

the Fray iPhone App:

*$1.99 – but I <3 the Fray…

The Fray Live iphone app

Dragon Diction – iPhone App:

*I also use the software for my computer and LOVE it!

Dragon Dictation iphone app
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it.s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

Skype iPhone App:

Skype iphone app
With Skype on your iPhone or iPod touch you can call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free. You can also call landlines and mobiles and send SMS anywhere in the world, at great rates. Skype is free to download and easy to use.

AT&T myWireless Mobile iPhone App:

AT&T myWireless Mobile iphone app
AT&T myWireless Mobile allows you to manage your AT&T wireless account from your iPhone or iPod Touch devices.

McCormick Recipe Finder iPhone App:

McCormick Recipe Finder iphone app
Never again be stumped for a delicious recipe idea. The McCormick Recipe Finder has a collection of over 1,000 trusted recipes, developed and tested by our kitchens.

The Weather Channel iPhone App:

The Weather Channel iphone app

The New York Times News iPhone App:

NYTimes iphone app
Take the high-quality news and information of The New York Times with you on the go.

Bloomberg iPhone App:

Bloomberg iphone app
Bring the power of the most trusted source for financial information to your iPhone, along with tools to help you analyze the world’s markets.

TV.com iPhone App:

tv.com iphone app
The TV.com application allows you to search and access millions of videos no matter where you go – now with more full episodes of shows!

Showtime iPhone App:

Showtime iphone app

Discovery Channel iPhone App:

Discovery Channel iphone app
With the FREE Discovery Channel iPhone application you.ll get new videos, daily news stories, quizzes, photos, TV schedules and more. Illustrating the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement, Discovery Channel creates the highest quality content to ignite your curiosity, immerse you in the how and why, and satisfy you with information.

IMDb iPhone App:

IMDb Movies & TV iphone app
IMDb is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information. IMDb is the leading app on the iPhone and iPod Touch to find US showtimes, watch trailers, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD releases, explore popular charts and share movie info.

ABC News iPhone App:

USA TODAY iphone app
Take ABC News with you while you’re on the go! Get one touch access to Top of the Hour video news briefs, local videos and weather, daily top stories and pictures, breaking news, emergency alerts and more.

Best Buy iPhone App:

Best Buy iphone App
The current version brings you all of Best Buy’s weekly deals, and more. Visually browse or accurately search our entire inventory. Dive deeper into each product through ratings, reviews, related items and enlarged views. Fill and manage your favorites and shopping cart on your phone.

Sports Illustrated iPhone App:

Sports Illustrated iphone app
Stay current on the hot sports news and topics of the day with Sports Illustrated’s free application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. SI’s world famous writing and photography get delivered directly to your device along with the latest scores of your favorite pro and college teams.

CNN iPhone App:

*NOT Free – $1.99

CNN Mobile iphone app

Dictionary.com iPhone App:

Dictionary.com iphone app
Dictionary & Thesaurus at your finger tips!

Wikipedia iPhone App:

Wikipedia Mobile iphone app
Wikipedia is now officially on the iPhone! This is our official application and we are working hard on making the absolute best Wikipedia app out there.

NASA Official iPhone App:

NASA App
The first official NASA App invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Google Earth iPhone App:

Google Earth iphone app
Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world’s population and a third of the world’s land mass.

Urbanspoon iPhone App:

*I love this app!

Urbanspoon iphone app
Can’t decide where to eat? Urbanspoon can help. Shake your iPhone and the Urbanspoon slot machine will pick a good restaurant for you to try. Keep shaking until you find a restaurant you’re happy with.

Kayak Travel Discounts iPhone App:

KAYAK Flight, Hotel Search iphone app
KAYAK for the iPhone connects to kayak.com, the best travel search engine in the world. Compare hundreds of travel sites at once.

Southwest iPhone App:

Southwest Airlines iphone app
Traveling with Southwest Airlines is now even more convenient with our first iPhone app. Make reservations, check in for flights, and access your Rapid Rewards account directly from your iPhone. Plus, our iPhone app has DING! functionality built in, giving you instant access to exclusive, limited-time-only air fare deals.

Meebo iPhone App:

Meebo iphone app
Meebo is integrated, all-in-one instant messaging that connects you with your friends everywhere.

Target iPhone App:

target iphone app

Walgreens iPhone App:

Walmart Iphone app
With the official Walgreens iPhone app, there.s a way to order prescription refills on-the-go and prints of the photos you just took on your phone. You can also find your nearest Walgreens and the week.s hottest in-store savings on your way to the store.

Macy’s iPhone App:

Macy's iphone app

The Home Depot iPhone App:

The Home Depot iPhone App

Hope this was a helpful post!  I enjoyed finding out more about iPhone, I love my MacBook!

First Annual Lemonade Day in San Antonio, TX

Last summer, while visiting my sister in Houston, I vividly remember reading a front-page story that made me so excited!  It was about Lemonade Day, sponsored by Prepared4Life.org (P4L), a program the entire city of Houston supports that encourages kids to become young entrepreneurs, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, by teaching the fundamentals of business and financial planning.

Lemonade Day is a citywide program designed to teach children how to start, own and operate their own lemonade business.2010 lemonade day san antonio prepared 4 life organization

My daughter, imaginative and resourceful, has always wanted her own lemonade stand.  This program not only gives kids (many from high-risk neighborhoods) the opportunity to have a stand of their own, but empowers them with important planning information to maximize their potential for success.

It provides an opportunity for families, businesses, faith-based community organizations and schools to come together for a common purpose – to train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a free, fun, engaging, experiential activity.

Prepared 4 Life Lemonade Day San Antonio, TX

When:  May 2, 2010 | First Sunday in May

Background Information

Originally started in Houston by Michael Holthouse (the founder of P4L) a master entrepreneur himself.  After creating a company that surpassed the $100 million mark, 6 years after starting it from scratch (Paranet),  Holthouse created:

He created the Holthouse Foundation for Kids to help at-risk children acquire the skills and habits they need to become successful adults…He and his wife, Lisa, later founded Prepared 4 Life, a non-profit organization that started by offering after-school programs for at-risk middle-school children in Houston.

He got the idea from his daughter who woke up early in the morning, excited to start her own lemonade stand.  Together they put together a business plan taking into consideration marketing, location, and paying back her investors and from the ashes Lemonade Day was born:

The ideas was to give kids an engaging workbook that would guide them through the process of setting up a stand.  An adult member would help walk each child through the process, but would be asked to leave most of the problem-solving to the kids…It would teach young kids the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurial startups: setting goals, planning for success, securing a loan, choosing locations, procuring supplies, making their product, and turning a profit.

San Antonio TX Lemonade Day's Backpack Pickup Locations
Every Lemonade Day participant picks up a bag at a local station that includes a workbook for the kids and another one for the parents.

Although the kids are allowed to keep all of their profits, their encouraged to not only pay back their investors, they also are encouraged to donate a portion of their profits to a charity of their choice.

Exponential Success Over the Past 3 Years

Lemonade Day 2007
Lemonade Day 2007 - 2600 Participants
Lemonade Day 2008
Lemonade Day 2008 - 11,232 Participants
Lemonade Day 2009
Lemonade Day 2009 - 27,389 Participants

Lemonade Day San Antonio

Check out San Antonio’s local website: http://sanantonio.lemonadeday.org/home

Contact information (local & national):  http://sanantonio.lemonadeday.org/contact-us.aspx

*I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sara from the CE group who is San Antonio’s project manager for this HUGE undertaking!  By using the link above you can also contact her for more information on sponsoring, volunteering, etc.

**Local Restaurants – our volunteers will need refreshments!  Join the movement by donating meals/snacks for volunteers, your location could become a Lemonade Day backpack pickup location!

Sign Up Here!

I’ll be updating with more information as I get it as well!

– 2010 Lemonade Day | Informational Video –

– 3rd Annual Lemonade Day | Houston, TX –

Listen to why all the kids LOVED Lemonade Day in Houston, TX last year!


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