Archive for July 6th, 2012
We’ve shared before about the fun that the kiddos can experience at the Home Depot’s Kids Workshops a few weeks ago. Today we have a guest post from Megan, aka Mrs. Wonder, of the blog SunshineWonderland.com, who shares her experience at the Lowe’s Build and Grow weekend clinics with her son.
For months I’ve wondered what my mother-in-law was going through when she took my son for their twice-a-month date to Lowe’s for their Build And Grow projects.
Every other Saturday, the routine was the same. He cheerfully waved goodbye as he leaped into her van when leaving and upon arriving he had to be carried out, ketchup on his cheeks from a lunch out with Grandmama, clutching a wooden toy with lopsided stickers.I finally went to check out the Build and Grow project day and was impressed.
Each child is supplied with an apron (and goggles if desired) and a free project. Hammer and project materials are provided, and also stools for the more vertically-challenged handy-kids. The projects are designed for kids aged 4-8, although my son is not the only habitual toddler/preschooler there on a regular basis.
Just know your kids well and be patient when helping them, but projects like these may surprise you with their abilities!
My mother-in-law places all of the pieces according to the diagram and has my son help find the right ones, and he helps hammer in the nails after she starts them, and puts on the stickers.While the stickers don’t last, the toys he made has well after the day is up. I just hid some away from his first time almost a year ago to give them a break. And he beams every time he sees his apron, now covered with iron-on project badges, and I love seeing him strut in it, even though it hangs to his knees.
I think the experience with the projects has not only taught him about using a hammer and nails, but also manners around them. He is patient and waits for everything to be ready before he starts hammering and loves to look at what step is next on the paper.
This summer, the Lowe’s ‘Build And Grow’ projects are featuring Deamworks’ Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and Shrek movie-themed projects. The next is a Kung Fu Panda Spinning Attack next Saturday or Sunday, July 14-15 at 10am on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. Oh and the project are FREE! Love Fun and FREE!
Go to http://lowesbuildandgrow.com for info about project days in your area.
Have fun hammering!
Update: Giveaway is now closed. The winners are Norma and Michelle Jurgens. Thank you all for entering.
The hubby and I snuck out for a mini date to our local Mimi’s Cafe, for an early dinner. We were there to help celebrate the launch of Mimi’s for Miracles, a national awareness and fundraising benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Today, July 6th is Mimi’s Muffins for Miracles Day. You can enjoy a FREE Strawberry Shortcake muffin, Mimi’s newest creation, with a donation and any purchase at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants.
You basically donate $1, $5 or whatever you would like to benefit hospitals like Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and Mimi’s is providing up to $30 in coupon savings for those making donations. Kids can do their part by creating a Mimi’s for Miracles coloring sheet with a get well message that will be displayed in CMN Hospitals. Not only is it a great deal but you will also be helping out a great cause!!!
Mimi’s for Miracles campaign will be taking place the entire month of July. Make sure to head out and support a great cause!
Mimi’s was gracious enough to give me two $25 gift cards to giveaway. It’s giveaway time!
All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know is who you would take out with your gift card. That’s it! Giveaway ends on Sunday, July 8th at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
Opening today at the Ronald Reagan Library is the largest display ever of rarely or never-before-seen items from the Walt Disney Archives. If you’ve ever attended the D23 Expo, you’ve seen just how amazing the collection of archives items are. Now through next Spring is an immense display of even more items. We were invited up for a preview last week and were blown away by some of the things the archive has kept.
There are so many more items to be seen. You can easily spend about two hours viewing and examining all the things on display, from original artwork, important documents, costumes and even Disneyland ride vehicles. This is in addition, of course, to the rest of the Reagan Presidential Library, the most popular of all the presidential libraries. The exhibit is included with the library admission ticket, however, due to the popularity of the exhibit and these busy weeks of summer ahead, it is strongly recommended that you by library tickets in advance and obtain a designated time to visit. This will guarantee easy access and allow you to avoid waiting in what will likely be long lines. The museum is open daily, from 10 AM to 5 PM.
From the Reagan Library website: A limited number of timed-tickets for same-day purchase, subject to availability, will be sold each day in the Library Admissions Lobby for those who do not purchase in advance online. As stated earlier, purchasing tickets at the Library (instead of in advance online) is not recommended, as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available for the time you request. Because they are timed-tickets, gallery entry times will be subject to availability. It is anticipated that exhibition tickets will be very popular and there is a possibility that entry times will sell out.
Tickets are $21 for adults, $15 for ages 11-17 and $6 for children 3-10. Under age 2 are free. My kiddos enjoy museums and the Reagan library is full of things to look and and interact with. The Disney archives display will captivate children of all ages.