Back to school: Make the First Day Meaningful

Student (and teachers) have many different reactions to school starting again. Some students are excited to see old friends, some are nervous about making new friends, some can’t wait to dive in and start learning, and others worry about what their teacher will be like and if there will be lots of homework. I can […]

Make Better Lunches This School Year with Giant/Martin’s Food Tips

During the Kids Healthy Ideas field trip at Giant Food and Martin’s Food stores, kids learn about creating a balanced lunch that includes different foods from the various food groups. Now Giant Food and Martin’s Food stores want to help families create healthy, balanced lunches for their students this coming school year. Here are some […]

5 Tips for Working with Parent Volunteers

It’s the beginning of a new school year – new students, new parents, and new volunteers. Make the most of the help parents and guardians offer by sending out a handout or online form to gather information about how they want to help in the classroom and the talents, skills they offer. This can help […]

Making the Most of the Library

The public library is a community treasure that can help grow our imaginations, expand our worlds and provide information for projects and school work. It’s a great place to explore year round – especially in the summer when the kids are out of school. Most public libraries offer free programs, book talks, arts and crafts […]

Tips for Sending the Kids to Overnight Camp

Sleep away camp is one of those experiences you never forget – good or bad. It can be an exciting opportunity for kids to really grow and learn about themselves and others. And usually, it is just so much fun! But it can be stressful for first time campers (and maybe even more so for […]

Kids Activities at Your Local Mariano’s

Mariano’s is hosting several fun events for kids over the summer. From making a kid-friendly snack creation to engaging kids with music about farms and eating healthy, several area locations want to make your next visit to Mariano’s filled with family fun. Here are some of the events you can find: Learn to make a […]

Giant Eagle Stores Great for Families

Giant Eagle wants to make exploring and shopping in their stores fun for families and students. The grocery store chain sponsors three programs aimed at kids – the Eagles Nest, Treat Cards, and Be a Smart Shopper field trips. Starting with the Eagles Nest Child Care, children ages 3 through 9 can play with engaging […]

Tips for Going to the Art Museum with the Little Ones

I recently went to the Art Institute with my 4-year-old and her pre-school class. I was excited because I hadn’t been to the world class museum in a couple of years, but I was a little anxious. Was I ready to walk around a busy museum with 20 energy-filled preschoolers? But it was wonderful because […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Family Vacation

Family vacations create memories, bond families, and can be wonderful experiences that broaden kids’ worlds. Yes, they take planning, yes, it can be difficult to find the time in your busy schedules (even in the summer), and yes, kids can be a handful when traveling. But the reward is the experience – meeting people and […]

Sustainability, Companies, and Kids?

Companies across North America are going green and opening their doors to teach school and youth groups about living sustainable lives! Every month, not just April, is the perfect time to reflect on the impact we are having on our environment. Humans put a lot of demands on our home planet and we should stop and […]