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Happy Kids = Happy Holidays!

by Melissa Thompson

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, the holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means…holiday break for kids is coming. Holiday break.  It sounds like fun. It should be fun. You start the break with images of snuggling up to read stories, making hot cocoa and going for adventures outdoors.  But sometimes it can be challenging for parents to figure out how to fill the hours of free time kids have over the holiday break. Before you know it, you are in survival mode – just trying to get through the break with your sanity intact.  That is why it is a prudent idea to start the break with a plan in mind. It certainly can’t hurt to have a few activities planned to fall back on to keep your kids entertained and engaged. Now is the time to plan ahead.  Here are five budget friendly ideas to keep your kids busy during the holiday break.

1. Creative Coloring 

A box of crayons and some paper can keep toddlers occupied, but as children grow, they may need a few more creative ideas for how to use those crayons to stay busy. Here are some creative coloring options:

  • Coloring wrapping paper. Who doesn’t need more wrapping paper for the holidays? This is a twofold activity. You get your wrapping paper at a low price, and you keep your kids busy awhile. Just buy rolls of cheap, plain-colored wrapping paper. (The cheap kind is thin, so darker colors work best.) Roll it out a few feet at a time on a table or a hard floor, and let the kids go to town.
  • Upside down coloring. Turn coloring on its head – literally – with this easy activity. Just tape coloring sheets to the bottom of a table, and turn your child into a tiny Michelangelo. This is a great way to keep them busy and build upper arm strength.
  • Color the windows. Kids love being able to use crayons on surfaces that are usually off-limits. Crayola makes some crayons specifically for coloring on windows. Grab a pack of these, and let kids decorate the windows for the holidays.
  • Try complex coloring sheets. Older kids may think freestyle coloring is boring. Try printing off complicated geometric coloring sheets. Kids can create gorgeous designs, and the challenge keeps them engaged longer. (Note: They may need colored pencils and a good sharpener to be able to tackle these detailed designs.) 30 Interesting Geometric Coloring Pages

2. Indoor Games

Probably the worst part of the holiday season is that it might be too cold to play outside for very long. And you probably don’t have a gym like your kids’ school does, where they can release their pent-up energy. Luckily, with some creativity and basic supplies, you can create your own indoor gross motor games to burn off that extra energy.

  • Obstacle courses. Obstacle courses are surprisingly easy to create, and you can customize them for kids of any age – even elementary-aged kids would love a superhero obstacle course. These can be heavy on the prep work, but one course could keep your kids busy the entire day. Worth it! Indoor Obstacle Course for Kids
  • Hopscotch. What better way to burn off energy than with hopscotch? Crafty parents can put together this adorable indoor hopscotch mat to use again and again! Here are some more ideas for indoor hopscotch: Indoor Hopscotch
  • Scavenger hunts. You may think scavenger hunts are just for outside play, but you’d be surprised. You can put together some fun indoor scavenger hunts. These are a great way to get kids to play independently or in teams while you get other stuff done. (Or just relax with a cup of coffee for 20 minutes!) You can come up with any number of scavenger hunts tailored to your kids’ ages and interests. Holiday Scavenger Hunt Ideas

3. Arts and Crafts 

Before the holiday break starts, plan some crafts for your kids to do during the break. Then, hit your local craft store sans kids, and pick up the supplies you need. Stick supplies for each craft into a gallon-sized bag, and write the name of the craft and any necessary instructions on it with a marker. This may seem over the top, but when your kids are in the throes of boredom two days into break, you’ll be glad you have an activity to pull out and run with. Here are some craft ideas to try:

4. Service Projects 

This is the time of year when many of us are trying to find ways to give back. Why not involve your kids in giving back this year? Some ideas include raking leaves or shoveling snow for older neighbors, baking cookies for local police officers or firefighters, or making up boxes of goodies for ill children through a program like The Jared Box Project. Another option is to make cozy fleece scarves for a local hospital or nursing home. Older kids can even plan, shop for and make a meal for ill or elderly neighbors, or the couple down the street with a new baby and no time to cook.

So, if your kids are bickering or complaining that they are bored, save the day with these fun, inexpensive activities and enjoy the holiday break!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #10 Easter Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Spring time is upon us. That means Easter is almost here and Memphis has plenty of events to keep us hopping! However, it’s happening on April Fool’s so be sure keep your ears up for any shenanigans.

Visit Carriage Crossing’s Spring Garden for a keepsake photo with the Easter Bunny and your little one! It will be located in Suite 547 between Talbots and Dillard’s.

  • Friday, March 30 – Bunny Hop 2018 – Collierville – 10:30am – 12pm

Join JA of Collierville, Main Street Collierville and Town of Collierville for dancing, games, the Easter Bunny and more. Please bring canned food to donate to those in need within the Collierville community.

Head to the Garden to enjoy a 96-acre hunt with prizes for the adults as well! Everyone will enjoy kids crafts, lawn games, and outdoor activities throughout the day. You’ll also be able to take photos with the Easter Bunny and purchase concessions at an additional cost.

SRVS Kids & Families will be hosting their 22nd Bunny 5K at The Grove @ Oak Court Mall! Runners begin at 9:00 am and walkers start immediately after, followed by the 1 mile Family fun run/walk. They will also have children’s games, face painting, Easter egg hunt, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Be sure to sign up by the 29th.

Saturday of Easter Weekend, spend your time at the Yard for Smoke House specialties and spring cocktails, as well as a series of specialty events like an Easter Bunny dog costume contest and an adult Easter Egg hunt at 8 pm!

Join Pumping Station for their annual Roulette! Here are the rules: Two people face each other. They pick an egg and hope it’s not raw. At the same time, they slam the egg on their forehead. The loser get’s egg on their face, the winner goes to the next round. It’s simple and great fun!

Enjoy a fantastic brunch after your Easter service this April 1st! They offer a wide variety of food spanning multiple categories, and of course have plenty of delectable desserts for you to enjoy. Be sure to reserve your spot soon.

Enjoy crab cake Benedict, Cajun omelette, french toast, chicken tenders, and more at Tug’s this coming Easter morning! View their complete menu here.

Join Owen Brennan’s for their annual Easter Brunch. This honored event will sell out, so make your reservations as soon as possible. They will also hold a few seats and make them available for walk-ins.

Enjoy filet mignon, crab cakes, pork belly & eggs, and more at the Terrace at the River Inn this Easter! Reservations are now open and filling up fast so be sure to reserve your seats by calling 901-260-3333.

Join Paulette’s in Harbor Town for their annual Easter brunch. Reserve your seat now by calling 901-260-3300.

Brunch includes an endless buffet of traditional and not-so-traditional Easter brunch menu items. Price is $55 per adult, $25 per child, plus tax and gratuity.

By: choose901.com
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Memphis Summer Camp Guide 2017

by Melissa Thompson

With school out for summer, it’s time to figure out how to keep your kids engaged and entertained while they are on their break.  There are camps in Memphis for just about every interest you can think of.  Check out this sampling of some that are available this summer: (click on links for camp web sites)

Camp Invention
An exciting, weeklong summer adventure for K-6th graders awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. A nonprofit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, Camp Invention allows children to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Modules include challenges and achievements from the brightest thinkers around—the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame!

Memphis Library Camps
The Memphis Public Libraries are offering FREE Summer Camps again this year, at various Library branches, serving more than 250 students between the ages of 10 and 18, from June 12 – August 3. Students will learn cutting-edge skills like coding, music production, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Mathematics).

School of Rock Camp
At School of Rock Memphis, we offer 2 types of camps designed for different ages and skill levels:

Rock 101 Camp - Rock 101 Camp is designed for beginner musicians ages 8 - 12. Campers must choose a primary instrument for the week from electric guitar, electric bass, drums, keyboard, or vocals, but they do not need to have prior experience on the instrument. This camp focuses more on a fun approach to the fundamentals of rock n roll performance, and the camp does finish off with a live performance by the campers on Friday afternoon at School of Rock Memphis.

Performance Boot Camp - Performance Boot Camp is designed for intermediate to advanced musicians ages 10 - 17. Campers must have some proficiency on electric guitar, electric bass, drums, keyboard, or vocals which includes at least 6 months of lessons or training. This camp jumps straight into a more intermediate band rehearsal environment, and these kids will rehearse and perform an 8 - 12 song show on Friday evening. Our boot camp shows are off site at a real music venue in Memphis. This year's locations will be announced at camp time.

Shelby Farms Park
Want to explore one of America's biggest urban parks with new friends? Camps at Shelby Farms Park encourage kids to connect with nature through exploration, inspiration, discovery and fun! Campers will learn about wildlife, watersheds, local food systems, urban forests and about themselves thorough innovative, hands-on activities.

Art Camp at Memphis College of Art
Explore, discover, create and have fun in Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp. Classes range from exploratory creative expression to rigorous investigation of design principles.

Camp Conquest        
Camp Conquest is a Christ-centered, weeklong, overnight camp that encourages children and adults with special needs, chronic illnesses and disabilities to try things they never imagined possible. As they conquer activities like a 3 story lake slide, a 30’ rope swing, being covered in paint, riding a horse for the first time, canoeing on the lake, or climbing a 3 story rock climbing wall, campers build confidence that will shape how they view the rest of their lives.  It becomes more than a week of camp – it becomes a life changing experience!

 

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