You Should Totally Prank Your Kids

Do you have any good April Fools Day pranks up your sleeve? It will be here before you know it!

This year I am excited to play a couple of these pranks on my kids. (I am totally freezing their bowls of cereal the night before. Any probably fill their shoes with Legos, or something along those lines.)

I have pulled together some of my favorite ideas that I’ve seen online. These are pretty funny and I think my kids will remember them for years.

Have you ever done anything like this before? Just for fun.

you should totally prank your kids!

Good April Fools Day Pranks

Which one is your favorite? How do you plan to prank your kids for April Fools Day?

 

Jokes and Pranks You Can Buy

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Jokes on You Prank Kit

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Practical Joke Book 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Prank Kit 

The Most Amazing and Easy to Build Lego Ideas

Do your kids love building with Legos? There are endless possibilities for building projects. My boys spend hours upon hours building some of the most articulate projects and using such great imaginative skills!

Want to give your kids new building projects? Check out these easy to build Lego ideas that every child will love! While you’re here, make sure you check out all of our activities for kids.

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Easy to Build Lego Ideas

1. Lego Ducks Spring Lego Building Ideas For Kids- Little Bins For Little Hands

2. Two Ways to Build a Lego Catapult- Frugal Fun For Boys

3. Lego Leprechaun Trap- Brain Power Boy

4. Hex Bugs Lego Habitat- Little Bins For Little Hands

5. How to Build a Lego Table- Kids Activities Blog

6. Leprechaun Trap- Little Bins For Little Hands

7. Lego Candy Dispenser- Frugal Fun For Boys

8. Bridge Building- Frugal Fun For Boys

9. Building with Lego Candy- Kids Activities Blog

10. Easter Lego Designs- Brain Power Boy

11. Lego Ornament- A Mom With A Lesson Plan

12. Train Table to Lego Table- I Can Teach My Child

13. Lego Zip Line- Little Bins For Little Hands

14. Rocket Powered Lego Car- Frugal Fun For Boys

15. Building Reading Skills with Legos- Picklebums

16. Word Family Lego Buildings- I Can Teach My Child

17. Rubber Band Powered Lego Car- Frugal Fun For Boys

18. Lego Rainbow Build- Little Bins For Little Hands

19. Lego Instruction Book- Kids Activities Blog

20. Build a Lego Hat- A Mom With a Lesson Plan

21. Build and Design a Candy Lego Playground- Planet Smarty Pants

22. Lego Science: An Ice Excavation Experiment- Lemon Lime Adventures

23. Lego Inspired Retelling of The Very Hungry Caterpillar- The Educator’s Spin On It

24. Lego Race Track- Frugal Fun For Boys

 

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Which of these are your kids favorites? Aren’t you so excited to share all of these with your Lego loving friends?

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More Lego Ideas:

10 Activities for 2 Year Olds to Keep Them Busy {and Happy} in the Car

Finding age appropriate activities for 2-year-olds is sometimes a challenge.  As we all know, they have a short attention span and even when you find something that works once, there is no 2-year-old activity guarantee that it will work again!

Come to think of it, wouldn’t a 2-year-old activities guarantee be great?

ten activities for two year olds while traveling

Traveling with a Two year old can be especially challenging.  Their naturally wiggly bodies are strapped into a car seat for an undisclosed amount of time.

Car Activities for 2-Year-Olds

Since we have already arrived at the idea that no ONE activity will always be the answer, today I am presenting 10…just in case the first nine don’t work for YOUR child!

1.  Try listening to some new music or even playing an audio book.  Did you know many of your children’s favorite books are in audio form?  Audible.com has a whole section of books for ages 0-4!

2.  Let them zone out with some app time.  There are many great educational apps out there for to download for free on your iPod, iPad or Android device.

3.  Play some games like what’s missing?  Have your little one close their eyes and then hide something.  When they open their eyes they have to guess what disappeared.

4.  Bring along a new coloring book.  There are lots of great on the go lap desks and crayon carriers that are perfect for coloring on the road.

5.  Learn more about your kids by playing 20 questions.  Come up with some easy, toddler questions like If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?  

6.  Blow bubbles out the windows when you are on roads with lower speeds.

7.  Surprise them with a mystery bag.  Fill a bag with little items from the dollar store or even from around the house and let them dig in.  You can also make it more fun by having them guess what’s inside.

8.  Let them color on the windows of the car with window markers.  Don’t worry – it all washes off!

9.  Bring a box of books for them to flip through and look at.  Mom and dad can crawl back and read a few as well.

10.  If all else fails, you can always watch movies.  Bring along your portable DVD player and rent lots of new movies.

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More Activities for 2-Year-Olds:

Check out several summer activities for kids that can be modified to include the toddler set like DIY Bird Feeder and Love Bug Rocks.

Also, there is a massive list of 40+ Activities for Two year Olds over at Kids Activities Blog.

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More Travel Activities for Kids:

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Usborne Travel Pocket Doodling and Coloring Book 

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Usborne Travel Book for Little Kids 

usborne travel activity pad

Travel Activity Pad 

100 things for little children to do on a trip

100 Things to do on a Trip 

Can Your Coloring Book Do This?

I came home from the store with three coloring books for our boys. I figured the three littlest ones would be most interested. I had no idea the 14 year old would want one, too.

I take them out of the bag and they all say, “Color Alive? How did you know about Color Alive, Mom?”.

“How do I know about Color Alive? How did YOU guys know about Crayola Color Alive….. this is a brand new product… “

Apparently they’ve seen the commercials. Let me tell you, this is a coloring book like you have never ever seen before. It’s an experience.

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Needless to say, the 14 year old got one of the coloring books. He is kindly going to share with the 5 year old.

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Just download the Color Alive app from the app store on your  tablet, mobile phone or iPod Touch. The app is free.

Once it is downloaded you just click Lets Get Started. Get ready for some Action coloring pages like you’ve never seen before!

Point the camera of the device at the coloring page. If you’ve colored the page these colors will reflect, otherwise, it will just be the black and white image like we have here in this picture.

Hit the 4D button… and boom….

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It converts… into the image on the coloring page but in 4D form. And you can move it around!

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It is so easy to install and interact with that while myself and one of the 9 year old twins were getting this set up on the mobile phone, the other twin grabbed his Kindle and found the app and downloaded it.

So easy!

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Once you absorb all of the coolness about this coloring book, sit down and color one of the pages…. like our 14 year old did.

Then point the device at it…. wait for it….

color alive is a free app for your android

 

BOOM!

A dragon that he can lift off the page and move it around. Watch out Luke, the dragon is right beside you!

Talk about changing coloring forever! We all just played with this in awe for the longest time. Bring your coloring to life like you’ve never done before!  Even my husband was impressed.

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Right now, you can get Color Alive in four coloring books: Skylanders™, Barbie™, Enchanted Garden™ and Mythical Creatures™. Each book contains 16 coloring pages, each featuring a unique character and animation, and comes with seven crayons, including one Magic Crayon that unlocks a special virtual effect such as Fire-Breath and Pixie Dust.

I grabbed these at Target.

Product Information:

    • $5.99 for 16-page book with 7 crayons, including the magical special effect crayon.
    • $1.99 for an 8-page bundle of coloring pages, including unlimited printing ability.
    • Retail availability: Available at retailers nationwide beginning January 2015.
    •  64 pages across four books, and a large variety of Crayola color combinations to bring to life (not just the crayon colors included with the books, either) will provide hours and hours of engaging, creative fun for kids and parents.

Go. Get these. Put them in your kiddos Easter Baskets! They will be amazed and impressed. You will thank me later.

Now tell me, can your coloring book do this? Oh, and don’t forget to join in on the Color Alive Sweepstakes!

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crayola for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Kid Color Pages for Easter

We love Easter and I am looking forward to church as a family, delicious dinner and an egg hunt.

I love our new tradition of telling the story Easter by way of Resurrection eggs.

Essentially these are 12 plastic eggs that have a treat inside to help tell the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross. There is scripture that goes with each egg as you tell the story.

This year I wanted to create some kid color pages for Easter that parents can use along with the Resurrection eggs. You can do one a day or you can do them all at one time.

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Each page also includes scripture so you could use these color pages to guide you as you create your own DIY Resurrection eggs.

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Here we opened the second egg in the carton which holds silver coins inside.

As you see, the scripture tells about how someone was paid thirty silver coins to hand Jesus over.

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Here is a peek at what is inside the 12 eggs.

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Print your kid color pages for Easter here.

This color page signifies the donkey that Jesus rode into the city.

Kid Color Pages for Easter

 

Here is the color page about the coins that were paid in trade for Jesus.

Kid Color Pages for Easter

 

This cup signifies the special dinner Jesus had with his disciples.

Kid Color Pages for Easter

 

After the dinner they prayed in the garden.

 

 

Kid Color Pages for Easter

 

The men who wanted to kill Jesus then whipped him.

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The soliders then made a crown from thorns and shoved it on Jesus’ head.

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The soldiers then made Jesus carry a heavy wooden cross to the top of the hill.

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They soldiers then played a game and took all of Jesus’ clothes.

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After Jesus died on the cross one of the soldiers stabbed Him with a spear to make sure he was dead.

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Josheph wrapped Jesus’ body in cloth so he could bury him.

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Jesus was placed in a tomb and a large stone was placed in front of the tomb to keep bad people away.

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When two women came to the tomb of Jesus the heavy stone was moved and the tomb was empty. Jesus has risen!

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And this is the story of Easter.

You can print all of the pages here.

You can also learn more about where to get Resurrection eggs.

Happy Easter and enjoy with your kids, family and church friends.

25 Easter Basket Goodies for Girls (Candy Free)

Easter is just around the corner. Last week we worked on ideas for boys Easter baskets so this week we are all about girls! Although we do not have any girls in our house putting together baskets for girls is so much fun. There are tons of super fun ideas for girls! The items in the Easter basket are what kids crave the most so being creative is a must. I remember Easter baskets from my parent with my sister and I that had fun jewelry, nail polishes, and art supplies. As a mom I am sure that you want to give your little girl something she will truly love!

Each year I am sure you are much like me and are looking for fun, inexpensive goodies to fill your Easter baskets with. This year we want to stick with Easter basket goodies that are non-candy items. If your girls crave glitter, sparkle, and fun friendship art these ideas are perfect for your Easter basket creations!

Do you have any princesses in your house to create the best Easter baskets for? Search no more!

If you struggle with assembling your girl Easter baskets the following 25 non-candy items are perfect for creating an Easter basket your girls will love!

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25 Girl Easter Basket Ideas (Candy Free)

1. Mini Nail Lacquer Set- Perfect for girl time and manicures!

2. Disney Jump Rope- Fun in the sun and every girl loves a jump rope.

3. Fashion Headbands- For all hair types and a variety of fun colors.

4. Flitter Sunglasses- Cute composite lens with decorated plastic frames.

5. Personal Scrapbooking Kit- Fun opportunity for decorating and preserving fun memories with friends!

6. Friendship Stamp Set by Melissa and Doug- Loaded with stamps and bright pencils.

7. Mini Sewing Kit by American Girl- Felt Pieces and stitching guides for early learning.

8. Spirograph Tin Set- Girls will have fun using these tools to draw lots of elegant designs!

9. Crayola Glitter Glue- Washable glitter glue for art!

10. Playdoh Eggs- Filled with pastel colored Playdoh in a 4-pack set.

11. Cupcake Lip Gloss- Cute little cupcake holder with lip gloss in a 12-pack set!

12. Hairbrush- Perfect for detangling wet or dry hair.

13. Shimmer Novelty Pinwheel- Assorted colors and a fun spring toy.

14. Bubble Tub Colors- 50 bubbly tub tablets in 3 great colors.

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15. Kids Cupcake Maker- Cupcake just right for your little baker!

16. Little Mommy Baby Doll- Soft and cuddly baby for pretend play.

17. Bubbles- Great for girls of all ages and comes in a 32-ounce bottle.

18. Disneys Frozen Water Bottle- Every girl wants their own featuring Elsa and Anna from Frozen.

19. Silly Straws Mega Pack- Perfect for loading up the Easter basket and saving for later!

20. Frozen Elsa Shoes- Great for dress-up play that sparkles and shines with every step!

21. Princess Toothbrush- Extra soft bristles for easy brushing.

22. Stripes and Hearts Fashion Socks- 6 pack of socks that comes in a variety of sizes.

23. Rainbow Princess Tiara- Made of no-break material but accommodates all princess ensembles!

24. Best Friends Hair and Jewelry Set- Accessories for girls to share with their best friends.

25. Sofia the First Quartz Watch- Round faced watch that adjusts easily.

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Make sure to share all of these cute girl Easter basket ideas with your personal Easter bunny!

Don’t forget to check out our boy Easter basket ideas while you’re here!

Easter basket items for boys that are not candy

Spring Break 2015 in Dallas Fort Worth

Are you on the hunt for awesome things to do in the Dallas Fort Worth area for Spring Break 2015? Search no more!

I have done all of the leg work for you, and I’ve pulled together a list of things to do here in North Texas. Spring Break is around the corner, so pin this to your favorite Pinterest board so you don’t lose it!

2015 Spring Break Activities for Kids Dallas Fort Worth

 

Dallas Area Spring Break 2015 Activities:

Here are five things you want to add to your list if you’re spending Spring Break in Dallas.

 

1) Dallas Zoo- they have a has Spring Camp for kids that is running from March 9th-13th. You can get all of the details here.

 

Each day of the camp is a different focus and theme: one day the kids will learn about plants, one day they will focus on animal communities, another day discovering creatures in your own backyard as well as animals of South America and more!

 

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Want to know what I love about the Dallas Zoo?

  • 106 acres large- tons of track to cover
  • open 7 days a week (annual family passes are super reasonably priced- even for large families like ours)
  • two of my favorite things about this zoo: they have a children’s zoo area dedicated to kids and a Nature Exchange store where kids can bring in pieces of nature they have found and barter and use them to buy other things in the store
  • and we love feeding the giraffes here

 

2) Klyde Warren Park- oh how I love this park! This is over a five acre park in Downtown Dallas built over Woodall Rogers Freeway. Coolest park on the planet! Every day there are acticities- there is no cost to get into the park. My boys love the playground area which is like no other playground they have ever played on before. And there are water sprinklers that come on when the weather is nice. Super cool and fun! We also love the food trucks that come to the park too. Easy to make it an all day event on a budget! Here is a list of things to do at Klyde Warren Park.

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The park is having their Spring Fling Day, Saturday, March 14 is our Spring Fling from 12 – 5 pm.  They will have everything you love about the beach without the sand! They are  featuring five different beach destinations – Coney Island, Venice Beach, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and South Beach. We’ll have activities like fun Caribbean music and games, a pirate ship obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, a caricature artist, lei making, and their very own mini boardwalk with carnival games, vintage arcade games, and mini golf. Learn more here

 

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3)  SPCA of Texas Spring Break Camp- March 9th -11th  from 9a-3p for children between the ages of 8-11. There are two locations Dallas and McKinney. Give your young animal-lover the chance to spend three fantastic days learning about and interacting with their shelter animals, and enjoy exciting activities with other  campers.

 

4) George W Bush Presidential Center- super cool and educational! This library center is located over near SMU this is a family field trip you will LOVE and is perfect for Spring Break week!

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What I love about this museum is it allows you to experience the complex decision making environment of the Presidency including:

  • defending freedom the immediate days following the 9/11 attacks including news footage and actual pieces of history on display from this time- chilling exhibit!
  • life in the White House with a life size replica of the Oval Office, which you can sit at his desk (with the red phone) and take pictures! <<— super cool!
  • the history of Bush’s life from the time he and Laura married, the twins being born, his governor races and terms to presidential, etc…. all covered
  • 70 million pages of paper record keeping including files from White House Staff Members, letters and correspondence from military families after the 9/11 attacks
  • interactive technology area: board room set up where you vote with your peers about global issues and other presidential topics

There are over 43,000 artifacts about history in one place! For the history buff family or the family just wanting to have an education outing!

 

5) Perot Museum- another super awesome place to take the kids.

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Right now they have the Sherlock Holmes exhibit (as well as TONS of other exhibits and attractions).

 

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (now through May 10, 2015) delves into the world of one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in literature and popular culture. In this extremely hands-on forensic experience, visitors will learn first-hand how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of literature’s most mysterious crimes. The fictional detective’s practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, revolutionized forensic science and remain relevant in modern-day crime investigations. Guests will venture to Baker Street to collect clues and solve a crime using the same interactive methods and investigative tools employed by Holmes more than a century ago. The bilingual exhibition (presented in English and Spanish) also includes a dazzling array of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, and film and television props and costumes.

  • Daily activities from Saturday, March 7 – Friday, March 13
    Free with general admission

o   10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – Science on the Spot (Level 4 – T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall) 
Enjoy live demonstrations inspired by nature and science. There’s always something new to learn!

o   11 a.m. – Bookworm Reading Time (Level 3 – Earth Lounge)
Sponsored by Primrose Schools
Engage with Museum educators through science and spring-related children’s stories.

o   11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. – Drop-in Experiments at the Activity Station (Level 2 – Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall)
Want to experiment with exciting science topics like DNA, liquid nitrogen or circuits? Join us as we explore science with our daily rotating experiments.

o   12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri only)  Portable Universe (Auditorium – Lower Level)
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin
Journey through the solar system and beyond in an immersive planetarium experience.
Free with general admission. Tickets available outside the Lower Level Auditorium. Quantities limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.

o   2 p.m. – Science Trivia at the Activity Station (Level 2 – Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall)
Do you know America’s famous scientists or how big the universe is? Share awesome knowledge and science know-how during a fun game of trivia.

OTHER SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES:

 

  • Monday, March 9

o   Story Time Under The Stars (10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. in the Forum, Lower Level)
Although the city lights can wash the brilliance of the night sky, children ages 4-6 and their adult companions can experience children’s literature and a brief tutorial on the moon, stars and constellations, all under a shining starry sky in the Perot Museum’s popular Portable Universe planetariumsponsored by Lockheed Martin. Free with admission, but space limited to 12 children and 12 adults per program. (Reservations required; sign up online, or walk-ups accepted as space allows). Story Time Under the Stars is sponsored by Primrose Schools.

  • Saturday, March 14

o   Discovery Days – Jr. Detectives (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
It’s elementary! Celebrate the new traveling exhibition, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, through a day filled with mystery and science. Solve a Museum-wide mystery, discover spy technology, try chromatography and use deductive reasoning to solve a case. Discovery Days are presented by Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds.

 

  • Sunday, March 15

o   10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – Science on the Spot (Level 4 – T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall)

 

o   11 a.m.  – Bookworm Reading Time (Level 3 – Earth Lounge)

o   11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Drop-in Experiments at the Activity Station (Level 2 – Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall)

o   2 p.m. – Science Trivia at the Activity Station (Level 2 – Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation all)

 

Now let’s head over to the Fort Worth area.

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1) Fort Worth Zoo

Spring break at the Fort Worth Zoo is March 7 through March 15. Wednesday, March 11 is half-price admission

The T is offering its Safari Shuttle for transportation from the T’s downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Zoo, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from March 7 through March 15

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Spring Break Camp is for first through sixth grade students. Activities include crafts, games, animal presentations and a daily trip into the Zoo!

Can’t-miss exhibits:

Red kangaroos

Two female red kangaroos joined the Zoo’s “mob” (a group of kangaroos) last fall, bringing the total collection to four. The largest of all kangaroos, the red kangaroo can stand as much as 6 feet tall and has the ability to leap 30 feet or more when moving at increased speeds. Nina and Claire moved here in October and can be spotted exploring their exhibit in the Australian Outback.

 

Cygnets

Check out the fuzziest additions to the Fort Worth Zoo. Two black-necked swan cygnets hatched in February and can be spotted catching a ride on their parents’ backs. The cygnets’ light gray plumage will turn white by the time they are 2 years old and they will develop distinctive black feathers on their neck and a bright red knob on top of their bill. As the fastest of all swan species, they will fly at speeds of up to 50 mph once fully grown.

 

Reticulated giraffe

Dilly, the Zoo’s tallest baby was born this January standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 132 pounds. Her birth marks a third generation of giraffes currently at the Zoo – Kala is mother to Tatu and Corrie, and Corrie is mother to Dilly (Kala is now grandmother to Dilly and Tatu is Dilly’s aunt). Look for the unique heart-shaped marking on her neck as she explores her exhibit with the rest of the giraffe herd in the African Savannahexhibit.

 

And of course, come see how Belle and Bowie have grown!

 

2) Main Event has five locations in the metroplex. Fort Worth, Lewisville, Grapevine, Plano and Frisco

 

The Spring Break Fun Passes start March 1st- April 8th. The pass includes mini golf, gravity ropes, rocks climbing, bowling, laser tag and billiards!

 

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Kids do need to be accompanied with a parent. Get all the details here.

 

3) Artisan Theater in Hurst is showing The Wizard of Oz over Spring Break! 

 

Based on the 1939 film starring Judy Garland, this beloved musical features classic songs such as “Over the Rainbow,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” and “The Merry Old Land of Oz.”

 

Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.
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There are morning, afternoon and evening performances throughout the week of Spring Break and the prices are very affordable.

 

Phone: 817-284-1200

Artisan Center Theater

444 E Pipeline Rd

Hurst, TX 76053

 

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4) LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER LEGO® NINJAGO TRAINING CAMP in Grapevine at Grapevine Mills Mall 

 

Brand new for Spring Break you can Test Your Ninja Skills In The Laser Maze. Enhance your coordination and test your reactions with ninja missions, grow your creativity by building Ninjago out of LEGO® bricks, then demonstrate your agility and skill by taking on the laser maze.

How fast can you make it through?  There’s only one way to find out!This is a very interactive attraction where kids will stretch and work their way through lasers abd get their Ninja move on. This training camp is included in your  general admission to Legoland Discovery Center. Want an even bigger deal? Buy the combo to also hop over and see the Sea Life Aquarium.

Check out our segment on Good Morning Texas about these Spring Break activities!

  More Spring Break Activities:

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Many local libraries are hosting movie nights and reading hours. Check out the following (as well as your area library)

Also check out these other local attractions in your area to see what is scheduled for activities for kids over Spring Break:

In Dallas check out the Visit Dallas website for free things to do in your area!

Looking for free and affordable things to do at home with your kids over Spring Break? Check out my list of over 80 activities for kids over Spring Break.

 

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Traveling? Here are 10 ways to keep kids busy in the car!

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Activities for Kids: 10 St. Patrick Day Crafts

Right now everyone is thinking of pink and red, but soon it will be all about green and rainbows.

For St. Patrick’s Day of course!

I can’t wait to share some old Irish folklore with my kids this year.

To help us all celebrate the holiday a little better I’ve rounded up 10 great St. Patrick’s activities for kids.

 

Activites for Kids 10 St. Patrick's Day Crafts

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Create a Fruit Rainbow :: as we grow

Bell Pepper Shamrocks - Simple craft for kids! (11)

Do a Little Pepper Stamping :: Train Up a Child

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Make Wee Little Shamrock Men :: sweet and lovely crafts

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Whip up a Simple Clover Leaf Lei :: simple as that

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Leave Leprechaun Tracks Everywhere :: A Differentiated Kindergarten

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Enjoy a Tissue Paper Shamrock and Rainbow :: Rockabye Butterfly

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Use Potatoes to Paint :: No Time for Flash Cards

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Do a Little Shamrock Color Sorting :: Crystal and Co

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Use Wee Fingers to Create a Pot o Gold :: B-Inspired Mama

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Turn Yee Self into a Leprechaun :: Paging Supermom

Aren’t all of these so much fun? Hours of crafts and entertainment as we enjoy the luck of the leprechaun. Check out all of your St Patrick Day crafts for tons of awesome ideas you can create with your little ones.

{I am sharing this awesome educational activity on these linky parties. Linky parties are a great way to grow your blog!}

Kelley is the mastermind in charge of her family.   She loves to spend time crafting, cooking and making her kids laugh. She believes she was destined to be a comedian but has put her stand up dreams on hold to raise her two kids. She blogs about her family at thegrantlife.com and often entertains her readers with her wise cracks.

25 Candy Free Easter Basket Goodies for Boys

Easter is an exciting time for kids. I remember Easter as a child. It was always fun to sort through all of the fun things placed in my Easter basket by The Easter Bunny. The thrill of the hunt for the eggs, time designing eggs, and the abundance of Easter basket treats are all highlights of the big day! My boys love Easter!

Each year I look for new ideas or items that I know they will enjoy! We all know that Easter brings and overstock of candy. The contents of the basket is what is most important to my kiddos and I am sure it is to yours as well!

Do you have some Easter baskets for boys to create? Search no more! Easter basket items for boys that are not candy

My boys look forward to their Easter baskets every year. I enjoy seeing the looks on their faces when they discover all of the fun goodies inside each of their baskets! When putting the baskets together for all of these boys I need a little motivation and creativity to give them something special!

The inside of the basket is where all of the fun happens so filling it with their favorites is important!

Do you struggle with creating an Easter basket your kids will love? Here are 25 awesome Easter basket stuffer ideas that will work perfect basket your boys will love!

Easter basket ideas for boys

25 Easter Basket Ideas for Boys

1. Character Water Bottle- Inexpensive and every kids loves their own!

2. Superhero Sayings Bracelets- 24 pieces enough for everyone and includes a superhero saying.

3. Stickers- Over 2000 stickers and perfect for creative inspiration!

4. Crayola Art Pad- 40 pages for fun drawing.

5. Assorted Mini Glow Sticks- Contains 50 pieces (my boys love these!)

6. Toothbrush- Kids get to decorate this one with the include wrap adhesives.

7. Lego Mini Figurines- Includes an assortment of Lego favorites!

8. Bubble Blowing Machine- Makes 500 bubbles per minute!

9. Dinosaur socks- 3 pack and vary in sizes to fit many little feet.

10. Pull Back Racers- Friction driving mini cars for your car lover!

11. Sidewalk Chalk- Jumbo pack washable chalk.

12. Play Doh Plus- Softer playdoh in an 8 pack.

13. Hatch and Grow Dino Egg- Hatch and grow a giant dinosaur!

14. Birdhouse Kit- Build and paint your own birdhouse.

 

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15. Water Game- Handheld water game with rings.

16. Slinky- 5 pack and hours of fun for kids!

17. Bathtub Crayons- Art in the tub with this assortment of color crayons.

18. Bug Catcher Kit- Super fun kit for catching and examining crawly backyard bugs!

19. Small Sand Castle Play- Small bucket with 8 play pieces for sand castle building.

20. Kids Animal Print Sunglasses- 1 dozen set with plenty to spare.

21. Easter Themed Temporary Tattoos- 72 tattoos to show off Easter excitement!

22. Wiki Stix- Rainbow pack of fun perfect for modeling creations.

23. Textured Dinosaur Stencils- Melissa and Doug tracing fun.

24. Pretend Bugs- What boy doesn’t love these?

25. Go-Fish Card Game- Classic family fun game.

Pass this info along to the Easter bunny, you know!

24 Letter Q Crafts and Activities

Are you searching for some fun letter Q crafts to do with your preschooler as you explore this new letter? Letter Qq can be a tough letter to cover!

My site has lots of options and I have also pulled together some great ideas from others who have some tips on teaching the letter Qq. I know that when learning letters I want activities that are going to make the process fun and exciting while also helping them remember details other than the letter and its sound.

Check out these 24 activities and crafts for your toddler, preschooler, or early learner that will help make learning this letter super fun and easy! This list is ideal for a number of learning styles! If my kids have fun doing these activities I know yours will! While you’re here make sure you check out all of our letter of the week crafts!

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24 Letter Q Crafts for Preschoolers

  1. Letter of the Week Q is for Quilt Craft- have fun making a pattern in your quilt as you learn the letter Q!
  2. Q Craft and Q-Tip Painting- painting with Q-tips and letter Q fun.
  3. 20 Q Preschool Books- great list of preschool books covering letter Q.
  4. Letter Q Kids Book Activity- fun with letter Q inspired by the Queen of France.
  5. Fine Motor Activity with Q-tips- fine motor skill development.
  6. Letter Q Letter Cutting- cutting and craft with letter Q.
  7. Quick Q Salt Box & Paint Bag- Fun tracing letter Q with different textures.
  8. Quicksand Pudding- letter of the week snack.
  9. Driving & Tracing Letter Q- Fun with the shape and tracing of letter Q racetrack and car.
  10. Letter Q Coloring Page- FREE printable for coloring.
  11.  Letter Q WorksheetsFREE printables for letter Q with tons of tracing fun
  12. Letter Q: Q is for Quarter- FREE printable using dot stickers
  13. Q is For Quicksand- sensory play using sand, cornstarch, and water
  14. Letter Q Do a Dot Printable Worksheet- find all of the letter Q’s on this one page worksheet!
  15. Handwriting Practice for Preschoolers- handwriting ideas and crafts
  16. Book The Quilt Story & Activity- book that covers letter Q and a fun activity to go along with it.
  17. Taste & Smell Quinoa- exploring the senses by touch and smelling before and after cooking.
  18. Free Book of Rhymes & Songs For Letter Q- tons of rhymes and songs incorporating the letter Q sound.
  19. Letter Q Questions- fun question cards to make and ask family
  20. Hand Print Art Letter Q- creating hands on fun creating letter Q
  21. Magic Letters Activity with Letter Q- create magic painting with white crayon and watercolors.
  22. Letter Q For You Activity Pack!- a complete activity pack with flash cards, do-a-dot, letter lacing, and much more!
  23. Letter Q Quarter Stamping- exploring letter Q by stamping.
  24. Tot School Letter Q- activities including patterns, painting, and counting.

24 letter q crafts for kids

Which activity do you think your child will love the most?