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Volume 5 / Issue 48

[ PARENTING ] Know Your Tendencies and Try Something New – Family

Wintertime at Disneyland –An unexpectedly Festive and Frosty Delight

[ EVENTS } Calendar of Events

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How to Know Your Child is Ready for Preschool

[ EDUCATION ]

Fitness Guide

Private Schools & Open Houses

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[ WOMEN & RELATIONSHIPS ]

PRESCHOOL GUIDE

3 Resolutions to Make You Happier

[ HEALTH & FITNESS ]

14 Helping Kids Be Goal-Setters

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[ TRAVEL ]

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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Something for Everyone

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Editor’s Note As parents, it seems that time literally does fly by. I cannot believe my “babies” are now middle schoolers and a 4th grader, as they were just born! Instead of focusing my efforts on the new year, I am taking time to reflect on the year left behind; the memories made, the lessons learned and the things in which I could have done differently, all with the intention of carrying that knowledge into the year ahead. Time is a very precious gift and as it continues to move quickly, I am aware of how little time I have left with my children at home. In all of the lessons I have learned as a parent, taking the time to appreciate each and every age, every milestone, every moment is the absolute most important lesson of them all. Enjoy every moment with your family this year and make it the best New Year yet! Tracie Brown Vollgraf Editor info@activefamilymag.com

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Carrie Contey is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting and family life. She guides, supports and inspires her clients to live with wide open and courageous hearts so they can approach family life with skill, spaciousness and joy. Carrie received her PhD in prenatal and perinatal psychology and is masterful at synthesizing and articulating the science, psychology, and spirituality of humanhood. She is the creator of “Evolve” a year-long “personal growth through parenting” program. She is also the cofounder of the Slow Family Living movement and the co-author of CALMS: A Guide To Soothing Your Baby. Carrie has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, NPR, CBS radio and in many publications including Time, Parenting and The Boston Globe. Currently she lives, works and plays in Austin, TX but spends as much time as she can traveling, speaking, creating things that make family life more wonderful and living her very own extraordinary life to the fullest! To learn more, visit www.carriecontey.com

Know Your Tendencies and Try Something New – Family by Carrie Contey, Ph.D. I’ve worked with thousands of families, researched development for years, and believe me – there’s no one right way to do healthy humanhood. This is why experimenting in family life is crucial. You are evolving, they are evolving. Choose to EXPERIMENT! Be curious about what works for you and your family. One way to start identifying opportunities for experiments, as in, “Let’s try something new…!” Is to know your tendency and try the opposite. Below I listed four possible scenarios that families grapple with all the time. Use these examples to get your wheels turning around your tendencies, and how you can experiment. When the situation arises: You feel rushed to get out the door in morning… And your tendency is to: Speed up, get annoyed and bark orders… Experiment with this: Slow down. Take a few breaths. Observe before making your request. Notice what your people are doing. Connect with them in their world before you say

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[ PARENTING ] what you need. Make eye contact as you let them know

Shake it up! Have a “fancy dinner” one night, and

what’s going to happen next. Finally, give yourself a

encourage everyone to pretend to be their most

moment to appreciate and delight in the fact that they

proper selves (you can even talk with accents). Or have

are part of your world!

dinner in the bath tub, on the living room floor, or on a picnic blanket outside. Remind yourself what dinner is

When the situation arises:

for beyond just getting some food into everyone – to

Your people argue and pick on each other…

connect and be together. Experiment with ways dinner

And your tendency is to:

can serve that goal.

Yell over them and try to shut it down… Experiment with this:

When the situation arises:

Pause. Give them space to see if they will work it out on

Your partnership gets ignored because it feels like the

their own. If you enter the dynamic, name how you’re

kid(s) have precedence…

feeling in a way that disrupts it, and still communicates

And your tendency is to:

what’s happening for you (i.e. “YIKES! I’m feeling frazzled

Point the finger at your partner for not making any

by all of this arguing!”)

effort… Experiment with this:

When the situation arises:

Take responsibility and give the love you’re looking for!

Your people complain, whine, or act in ways that are

Send a sexy text message during the day. Look your

challenging for you during dinner…

partner in the eye and thank them for doing something

And your tendency is to:

routine. (i.e. “Thank you for taking out the trash.” “Thank

Take it personally, feeling disrespected, resentful, and

you for picking up the kids.” “Thank you for being on this

dreading dinner time…

crazy adventure with me.”). Surprise them with a date

Experiment with this:

night and organize a sitter/etc.

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[ TRAVEL ]

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Something for Everyone by Elizabeth Kang If ever there was a perfect vacation destination for both adults and kids, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is it. With lush, tropical gardens, an exceptionally luxurious spa, and fun-filled children’s day camp, Hyatt Regency Maui is a family friendly resort that every member will be thrilled with. Hyatt Regency is located on the gorgeous Ka’anapali Beach, Maui, surrounded by 40 oceanfront acres of pristinely landscaped gardens, lush green lawns, and colorful tropical forests. The beach is clean, fine sand and crystal blue water — the exact thing you picture when you imagine a tropical getaway with the family. The resort offers so much for everyone. Read below for highlights of what makes Hyatt Regency Maui one of the most family friendly vacation destinations in Hawaii. Children Delights: Camp Hyatt engages children ages 5 to 12 in a variety of hands-on activities, games and learning experiences. 10 ACTIVE FAMIL Y | JANUARY 2018

The daily camp is divided into two sessions, (9 am to 3 pm, and 5 pm to 9 pm) which is perfect for parents who can choose to have a spa day to themselves or romantic adult-only dinner. Activities include traditional lei making, building sandcastles, fishing, hula lessons, swimming, and much more. Reservations are required and prices start at $55 for a half day (includes lunch.) Turtle Talk is a fun complimentary educational experience your little “kieki” won’t want to miss. A marine expert leads an engaging discussion on the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, and provides interesting facts such as how long the turtle lives, and how long it can hold its breath. Penguin Feedings is another “can’t miss” event at the Hyatt Regency, taking place daily at 9:30 a.m. on the property’s Penguin Habitat, which houses the endangered African Black-Footed Penguin. Children will love learning all about the species from the Hyatt’s wildlife team, while watching the penguins energetically gobble up their morning breakfast.


[ TRAVEL ] Napili Pool is where kids and teens are likely to want to hang out all day. Older kids will love 150-foot enclosed lava tube water slide and swinging rope bridge. And everyone will enjoy hangin’ in the whirlpool hot tub. Kieki Lagoon is the place to be for toddlers or younger children, who will be thrilled with the sandy beach play area, pint-sized jumping water fountains and smaller, 25foot water slide. The lagoon also features playful dolphin and turtle figures to climb on. Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice will be everyone’s favorite pit stop, offering traditional Hawaiian shave ice made with natural, homemade syrups from 100% cane sugar (no corn syrup) and fresh fruit purees and concentrates in traditional and local flavors such as guava and passion fruit.

flowers and plants, right on the water. The spa offers indulgent massages, facials and body treatments, as well as other pampering services. The spa includes a “Glamour Room,” where guests can opt to get their makeup, hair and nails done for a special occasion or a quick blow out and style for a romantic dinner. Cabanas are offered oceanfront or poolside, and are just the thing for a shaded, relaxing day. Refreshing ice water and fresh fruit is included in your cabana, whether you choose a two-person, private cabana or family tent (up to seven people.) Moana Athletic Club is open 24-hours, so adults can stay fit whenever they choose in a high-tech, fully equipped complimentary fitness center. Take advantage of the numerous daily fitness classes offered on property as well, including Barre, Yoga, Aqua Fit, and Pilates.

Drums of the Pacific Lu’au, voted best Luau in Maui, is a fun-filled evening the whole family will remember. No Hawaiian vacation is complete without attending a traditional luau, and Drums of the Pacific is exemplary, featuring a lavash buffet with traditional and contemporary Hawaiian delicacies, eye-catching entertainment with drums, fire and dancing, and traditional Hawaiian costumes. *Another wonderful aspect of this property is that it’s petfriendly, allowing dogs under 50 pounds to stay in room, so children can bring their best friend on vacation, too! Adult Fun Kamaha`o Spa is a standout among resort spas in the area. It’s location can’t be topped, surrounded by lush

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Romance Tour of the Stars ($40) is a unique experience offered at the hotel, where couples spend a romantic evening sharing champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries while stargazing, using a 14-inch high-power reflector telescope. The resort’s Director of Astronomy will teach couples interesting facts about the stars, and about how ancient Polynesians used the stars to navigate during sea voyages. (Family sessions are also available for $15 per child and $20 per adult.) Shopping is plentiful near the resort, with three main shopping hubs to choose from nearby. Whalers Village is a half mile from the Hyatt, which you can walk to, take the hotel trolley to or drive to, and discover designer boutiques, souvenir shops, art galleries and restaurants. Be sure to visit the nearby historic town of Lahaina, where you can easily spend half a day discovering quaint retail shops and savoring local food. Another retail therapy delight is the Outlets of Maui, which is a quick 5-minute 12 ACTIVE FAMIL Y | JANUARY 2018

taxi ride from the Hyatt. You’ll find deep discounts on designer, brand-name goods at the outlets. Dining on property is diverse and plentiful, with ten different options available, from casual swim-up bars to fine-dining accommodations. For truly indulgent date night or adults-night-out, make reservations at Son’z Steakhouse for succulent, juicy prime steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive selection of wines. Or take it up a notch further and arrange an oceanside dinner for two, where award-winning chefs prepare a delicious multi-course dinner that you can enjoy privately by candlelight, under the stars. The Hyatt Regency Maui is truly a one-stop vacation destination designed with every age in mind. It’s an immensely enjoyable experience every member of the family will remember and want to return to, year after year.


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Private &Schools Open Houses THE QUARRY LANE SCHOOL

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Dublin: Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 6363 Tassajara Rd., Dublin, CA 94568 Open House Jan. 28th 1pm - 4pm | Register on Website Jr. K & Kindergarten Information Meeting - Jan. 11, 9-11 am Register on Website Please call the Admissions Offices at 925-829-8000 to schedule a personal tour.

www.athenian.org/page Middle School – High School Middle School Open House January 6, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Gymnasium Upper School Open House January 7, 2018, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pleasanton East Campus: infant, toddler, preschool, pre-kindergarten and the KIDZONE (before and afterschool programs for public school students.) 3750 Boulder Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566 Pleasanton East Campus Open House - Jan. 28, 3-5 PM Register on Website Please call the Admissions Office at 925-846-9400 to schedule a personal tour.

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ST. ISIDORE CATHOLIC SCHOOL 435 La Gonda Way Danville, CA 94526 (925) 837-2977 www.stisidore.org TK/ Kindergarten Open House: Jan. 19th and Jan. 28th at 10am and Feb. 1st from 5:30pm – 7pm Grades K-8

Middle School Parent Information Sessions January 17, 8:30-9:45 AM Library Research Room Register at ravenna-hub.com and choose The Athenian School from the School Directory

975 N San Carlos Dr. Walnut Creek, CA 94598 (925) 933-0666 www.sevenhillsschool.org/page Preschool – Middle School Admissions Tour: Jan. 5th and Apr. 12th from 8:45am – 11am Register on the website

ST. RAYMOND SCHOOL 11557 Shannon Avenue Dublin, CA 94568 (925) 828-4064 www.straymondschool.org Kindergarten – Middle School Morning Tours: Jan. 19th from 7:45am – 10am Register on website

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Stratford School was founded in 1999 by Sherry Adams and Joe Wagner. www.stratfordschools.com

How to Know Your Child is Ready for Preschool by Stratford School Have you been thinking of transitioning your toddler to preschool but aren’t sure if your child is ready? Even though you are your toddler’s first and most important teacher, it may be time for your little learner to explore the world, meet new friends, and gain knowledge that will be with your child forever. Why is Preschool Important? “Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not,” says NIEER (National Institute for Early Education Research) Director Steven Barnett, PhD. In addition to these early learning skills, preschoolers learn how to socialize with their peers, share, and contribute to a group for the first time.

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[ PARENTING ] these skills at home and in a public setting, like out at Preschoolers must explore, experiment, and make

parks, is a great way to prepare.

discoveries for themselves through playful interactions with the environment as well as with other people in

Is Your Child Practicing Daily Living Skills?

order to make sense of their world. With a preschool

Can your child wash their hands alone? Are they

that promotes STEM and STEAM (Science-Technology-

attempting to dress themselves? These are skills a good

Engineering-Arts-Math) curriculums, allow children to

preschool will support in partnership with parents. Ask if

engage in fun hands-on activities at a very young age.

your prospective preschool curriculum includes a focus

With an early start your little one will be well prepared for

on autonomy skills.

the many years of learning to come. Here is a checklist to see if your little one meets the criteria for starting preschool. Is Your Child Potty Trained? Your child can attend most preschools sometime after their second birthday. Potty training is an important step toward being preschool-ready. Check with the director at school for guidelines and tips on toilet training readiness or plan to attend a local potty training workshop.

Is Your Child Ready for Exploration and Discovery? Preschool is an amazing time for a young child, full of rich learning experiences, meeting new friends and socialization. All children are eager to learn at this young age. An ideal preschool will provide your child with a world of new learning opportunities intended to connect them to their unique interests and abilities. If you have answered yes to most of the questions above, then your youngster is most likely ready to take on preschool.

Problems With Separation Anxiety? Has your child had the opportunity to spend time away

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to parents in a new setting, but most learn to quickly let go and enjoy joining the group. When choosing a new preschool, consider taking a tour of the facility with your child. This will help to introduce them to the new faces and surroundings they’ll be experiencing on a daily basis and help you look for signs that the preschool is a good fit. Does Your Child Engage in Routines?

support your child’s sense of security and understanding of their world. If your child is used to routines at home, then this transition will be most likely be an easy one. Most children are resilient and will easily adapt to new

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[ EVENTS ]

January Alameda County Little Ice Rink, Alameda South Shore Center 5pm - 10pm www.thelittleicerink.com

JANUARY 2

JANUARY 20

Family Storytime Bay Island Farm Library 7pm - 8pm www.alamedaca.evanced.info/ signup/EventDetails?EventId=2 880&backTo=Calendar&startDa te=2018/01/01

New Year Celebration with Traditions from Many Lands Amador Theater 2pm www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/ civicax/calendar/inc/blobfetch. aspx?BlobID=31426

Preschool Performance Series - Bri Crabtree Village Theater Art Gallery 10am - 11am www.danville.ca.gov/calendar/ev entDetailaspx?id=15032386089& dt=1/5/2018

JANUARY 5

THRU JANUARY 21

David Coulier Bankhead Theater, Livermore 8pm www.lvpac.org/events/list

Hometown Teams Exhibit Museum on Main Call for time www.museumonmain.org/ exhibits.html

JANUARY 6

JANUARY 1 - 15

JANUARY 6-7 Puppet Show: The Teddy Bear’s Picnic Children’s Fairyland 11am, 2pm, 4pm www.fairyland.org/events-andperformances/schedule-of-events/

JANUARY 6-15 30th Annual RV and Sports Show Alameda County Fairgrounds www.alamedacountyfair.com/ events_calendar

JANUARY 13 Zoovie Nights - SING Oakland Zoo 6:30 www.oaklandzoo.org/programsand-events/zoovie-nights

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JANUARY 5

Paws to Read Registration opens Today! Pleasanton Library Multiple sessions www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/ civicax/calendar/inc/blobfetch. aspx?BlobID=31393

Irish Jam Band Heritage Park and Museums 7pm www.dublin.ca.gov/758/ Programs-Events

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JANUARY 12-28 Old MacDonald: Beyond the Farm Bay Area’s Children Theatre Various Times www.bactheatre.org/tvy/ OldMacDonald

Preschool Performance Series: Magician Brian Scott Village Theater 10am www.villagetheatreshows.com/ev ent/69bc04ae104e3f17fabfde1fdb 078b58

The Jazz Room, Jazz Series Concert Village Theater Art Gallery 8pm www.danville.ca.gov/calendar/ev entDetailaspx?id=15032387904& dt=1/6/2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Family Music Fundraiser with Mr. George Center for Community Arts 10am - 1pm www.communityarts.org/Home/ Components/Calendar/Event/754 3/2188?curm=1&cury=2018

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JANUARY 11

JANUARY 15

Vicki Lawrence and Mama Bankhead Theater 8pm www.lvpac.org/events/list

Contra Costa County THRU JANUARY 15 Walnut Creek on Ice Civic and Broadway www.walnutcreekonice.com check website for times

JANUARY 2 New Year’s Ball Walnut Creek Library 10:15am www.nt-evanced.ccclib.org/ evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

How the West was Won (Film Showing) Orinda Theatre Square 6:30pm www.orindatheatresquare.com/ index.php/events

JANUARY 12 - 14 Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center Various Times www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/Parks/ theater/calendar.htm#011518


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January JANUARY 15-21

JANUARY 5

JANUARY 26-28

Annie Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center Various Times www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/Parks/ theater/calendar.htm#011518

Family Night CuriOdyssey 5pm - 8pm www.curiodyssey.org/activities/ family-events

Teddy Bears’ Picnic Bay Area’s Children Theatre Various Times www.bactheatre.org/tvy/ TeddyBearsPicnic

JANUARY 13 Fleetwood Mask: The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton 8pm

First Friday Santa Cruz MAH 5pm - 9pm https://santacruzmah.org/event/ free-first-friday-52

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JANUARY 13

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Planetarium Shows Fujitsu Planetarium Various Times www.planetarium.deanza.edu/ schedule.html

JANUARY 15 - 21 Annie San Ramon Performing Arts Various Times www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/Parks/ theater/calendar.htm#011518

Out of Area JANUARY 1 Polar Bear Skate Union Square 2pm - 3:30pm www.unionsquareicerink.com

JANUARY 1 - 7 ILLUMINODYSSEY A Winter Light Experience for Kids CuriOdeyssey Various Times www.curiodyssey.org/activities/ family-events

JANUARY 1 Dr. King’s Birthday: Community Dreams Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library All Day www.events.sjpl.org/event/ dr_kings_birthday_community_ dreams_1174

JANUARY 3 Slime Day Willow Glen Branch Library 3:30pm www.events.sjpl.org/event/ slime_day

JANUARY 5

JANUARY 18 - FEB. Ice Cream Museum, SF San Francisco 11am - 9pm www.museumoficecream.com

JANUARY 18 San Jose Japantown: Remnants and Relics Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library 11am - 6pm www.events.sjpl.org/event/ san_jose_japantown_remnants_ and_relics

JANUARY 18 Women of Steinbeck Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library 11am - 6pm www.events.sjpl.org/event/the_ women_of_steinbeck

JANUARY 20 Mochi Pounding (OMOCHITSUKI) Asian Art Museum 11am - 2pm www.asianart.org/events/1271?st arttime=1513555200

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[ PARENTING ] Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. She is an NBC contributor appearing over 100 times on the TODAY show and is the regular parenting expert on Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers. Her work has been featured on Dr. Phil, Dateline, The View, The Doctors, Fox News, The Early Show and CNN and well as in Newsweek, People, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, The New York Times and The Globe and Mail. She was an MSNBC contributor to two televised “Education Nation” specials. Dr. Borba is the awardwinning author of 22 parenting and educational books translated into 14 languages. Titles include: Don’t Give Me That Attitude!, Parents Do Make A Difference, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries, and Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me!, No More Misbehavin’, Building Moral Intelligence (cited by Publishers’ Weekly as “Among the most noteworthy of 2001”), and Esteem Builders used by 1.5 million students worldwide. She writes as the parenting expert for Dr. Oz’s website, as well a daily column for her blog, Dr. Borba’s Reality Check: www.micheleborba.com Twitter: @micheleborba

Helping Kids Be Goal-Setters by Dr. Michele Borba Parenting tips that teach kids to set resolutions and make them stick so they succeed! Do you know that goal-setting is one of the most highly correlated traits of peak performers and successful individuals? But goal-setting isn’t just for grown-ups. Studies show that goal-setting can help kids gain the sense of discipline and that internal drive it takes to stay motivated to complete the tasks they’ve set for themselves. And once they’ve learned how to set their own goal it shows in their performance as well as in their self-esteem! But there are other benefits for teaching goal-setting as well. Benefits of Goal-Setting for Kids ~ You’ll see your child start a school project–without waiting until the last minute–and finish it. ~ You’ll find your child doing his chores–without your nagging–because he knows he has to do them in order to start on his homework. ~ You’ll discover your child thinking through the jobs he needs to do for the

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[ PARENTING ] week and making plans to complete them.

Then whenever an appropriate moment arises, put your goal into the language of the Goal Formula and model it

~ You’ll also see your child’s confidence grow as he

so that you child sees formula in operation. For instance:

succeeds in the goals he’s set for himself.

You walk in to the laundry room and find it piled high with dirty laundry. (No surprise in my house). It’s a perfect

The best news is that goal-setting is a skill that we can

opportunity to model the formula. Tell what you hope

teach our children at a young age.

to do, using goal language to your child: “I will get these clothes washed and dried by six o’clock” (what =

7 Steps to Teach Kids Goal-Setting

washing and drying the clothes + when = by six o’clock).

Here are simple ways to help kids understand what goals

The key is that your kid has now overheard you saying

are, and why using them can enhance their chances of

your plan.

success. REALITY CHECK: Studies find that kids are far more likely to Step 1. Define the term, “Goal”

adopt a new habit or skill if they saw it in action (instead

One of the easiest ways to explain goals is to link the term

of via the lecture or the worksheet). So reflect over just

to something children are familiar with such as hockey,

the last week. If you asked your child to describe your

soccer, or football.

behavior would he add “She’s a goal setter!” or “He makes a list of what he aims to do.” or “She tells me what

You might say to your child:

her plans are.” Bottom line: Are you a model of these steps to your child? If not, just tune them up in your own

“A goal is like a target or something you shoot for. A

behavior so your child has a real example of goal-setting

football player is aiming for a touchdown. A hockey or

to copy.

soccer player is shooting for a goal. Goals aren’t just for sports. Goals in life are something you shoot for to be

Step 3. Help Kids Create Their “Dream List”

more successful. People set goals for things they want

Explain to your children that “goals start with dreams.”

to achieve or get better at. Planning what you need to

Then take time to discuss their dreams, wishes or

work on is called goal-setting. It’s a skill that will help you

aspirations. Next, provide paper and colored marking

in school, at home, with your friends, or later in your job or

pens for each family member. Take turns writing or

as an adult. It’s a skill that helps you succeed.”

drawing dreams of what they wish they could “achieve or have or improve.” Reread the list and help your

Step 2. Share Your Own Goals and Aspirations

children select only dreams they actually have power to

To help children feel comfortable talking about goals,

make happen.

we parents need to share our own aspirations. So take time to share a few of your dreams and wishes and the

Three crucial questions assure your child’s success. These

resolution you plan to set for yourself like losing those

questions help you determine if the goal is achievable for

extra pounds, learning to text, finally reading and

your child:

finishing Moby Dick, taking that gourmet cooking class. Whatever!

1. “Does my child have the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve the goal?”

The secret is to purposefully model goal-setting when your kids can watch or listen. In fact, modeling is such a

2. “Does my child need much help from others to

simple way to learn the skill. All you need to remember is

succeed at the goal?”

the formula for goal-setting: I will+ what + when and then teach it to your kids.

3. “Does my child have enough time to achieve the

Goal Formula: I will + what + when: Goals usually start

goal?”

with the words I will and have two parts: a what and a when. The what explains what you want to accomplish.

If you answered “no” to any of the questions, you might

The when tells when you intend to accomplish it.

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[ PARENTING ] success the goal must be within your child’s ability and

Some kids need to write or draw all the steps. Other

should be realistic.

children can process this in their heads. Tailor the steps to your child’s ability and learning style.

Help your child recognize that goal possibilities are endless. Here are 15 goal categories for kids to consider:

1. Identify the what + when. First ask, “What do you want to achieve?” Help your child clarify his goal. Then ask,

Goal Possibilities for Kids: Grades. Hobbies or interests.

“When will you try to achieve your goal?” Here’s a few

Friends. Exercise. TV viewing. Free time. Savings. Sports.

examples using the goal formula: “I will get 9 out of 10

Homework. School. Reading. Behavior. New Skills.

spelling words right on my spelling test” “I will be one

Chores. New learning.

pound lighter on Tuesday.” “I will learn five math facts in 15 minutes.”

Step 4. Tailor the Goal to Your Child First-time goal-setters need to see some immediate

2. List what needs to be done. Ask, “What are all the

success. Have your younger (or first-time goal-setter)

things you need to do to achieve your goal?” Help your

set a goal that can be achieved at least within a week.

child write or draw a different task on index cards. When

Here’s a few goals children can achieve in a short time:

finished, reread the tasks and put them in order asking, “What should you do first, then second, and third…?”

Short-Term Kid Goal Possibilities • Finishing a simple school project

Keep arranging the strips in sequence, and then staple

• Reading a book (or a page a night)

the packet together. Encourage your child to use the

• Losing one pound

packet as he works on his goal. Each time a task is

• Writing all those thank you notes

finished, your child tears off a strip until no more remain!

• Cleaning a closet • Raking the front lawn leaves

3. Gather your resources. Ask your child, “Who or what

• Learning how to address an envelope.

do you need to help you succeed in your goal?” Help

• Practicing the piano 15 minutes a day (then increasing

your child list or identify all the needed resources.

to whatever length) • Making his bed every day

Suppose your child wants to increase his running time. He

• Picking up her toys and putting them in the toy bin at 3

might list a coach to talk to about running techniques,

pm every day • Brushing his teeth without reminders.

his Dad to help him practice running, and his Mom to drive him to the track. On the “”What” or “Things” side he might include: an alarm clock to remind him to wake up

Some children need to set even shorter goals: at the

earlier to get to the track, a stop watch to time himself,

end of the hour, or a day. Set the length of the goal

and graph paper to list his running times. Encourage him

according to the time you think your child needs to

to hang up the page to remember his plan.

succeed. Step 6. Track Your Child’s Goal Progress Step 5. Help Your Child Think Through Steps to Success

Write your child’s goal on paper and tack it up on the

Once your child identifies his resolution or goal he needs

refrigerator or bulletin board. Tell your child each time

to think through the steps to success.

he works towards his goals, you’ll mark the effort on the paper. Helping our kids see their goal progress motivates

The more children can think through their goal and

them to keep on trying.

identify what they need to do to achieve success, the greater the chance they will succeed.

~ Try visual reminders. Stickers or gummed stars are always colorful incentives for younger children to stick

These ideas help children learn to plan the steps they

onto the page to check their progress. Point out the

need to take in order to achieve their goals. Choose

improvements and say: “Look how much closer you’re

ones that may work best for your child.

getting to your goal!”

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[ PARENTING ] ~ Use a screensaver. Encourage tweens and teens

~ Success dinner: Have a Victory Dinner where you cook

to take a photo of their goal using their cell phone

your child’s favorite dinner and have a Victory Dinner.

then keep it as a screen saver to remind them of their intention.

~ Balloon pop: Take a dollar bill or a picture of an inexpensive prize and help your child tightly roll and

Step 7. Celebrate Family Goal Successes!

insert it inside a large party balloon. Blow up the balloon

Nothing is more affirming to children than succeeding at goals they’ve worked hard to achieve. It’s the tangible proof your child interprets as, “I really did it!” and a great way to nurture your child’s self-confidence. As goals are achieved, celebrate them as a family. You might:

and knot hte end. On the outside of the balloon use a black laundry pen to write or draw a goal your child wants to achieve. Tie string to the end and hang the balloon in a special place. Tell the child that the moment he achieves the goal, you will pop the balloon together.

~ Capture the image: Photograph your child achieving

The prize inside will be his reward for his hard work. In the meantime, the blown balloon serves as a reminder to

her goal and framing it.

work hard at the goal. ~ Victory log: Provide your child with a small notebook or journal (A Victory Log!) for your child to log each goal

Then, help your child set the next goal and the next and

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[ HEALTH & FITNESS ]

Fitness Guide Alameda County DUBLIN Resolutions Fitness 7100 Village Pkwy | 925.230.8579 www.resolutionsfitness.net Resolutions Fitness provides a variety of services. At home personal training, triathlon training, boot camps, weight loss programs, strength training and more. Orange Theory Fitness 5258 Dublin Blvd | 925.587.5182 https://dublin-ca.orangetheoryfitness.com The 60-minute group heart-rate monitored sessions at Orangetheory are a great mixture of cardiovascular and strength training. Using top-of-the-line, well-maintained gym equipment, your experienced and knowledgeable personal trainer will take you through intervals of treadmill training, indoor rowing, TRX suspension training, and weight training blocks.

FREMONT Mind Body Zone 3335 Seldon Court | 510.252.1193 www.mindbody-zone.com Offers personal training, body sculpting, piloxing, circuit training, private yoga and pilates instruction, state-of-theart equipment, and unique workshops. Classes available are: Pilates, yoga, and body sculpting. ClubSport Fremont 46650 Landing Parkway | 510.226.8500 www.clubsports.com Their 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center is filled with the latest cardio, circuit, and free weight equipment to keep you in shape and help you reach your goals quickly and effectively. With over 90 cardiovascular machines, chances are you’ll never have to wait to work up a sweat. Snap Fitness 24-7 43480 Mission Blvd Ste. #160 | 510.226.7627 www.snapfitness.com Snap Fitness club amenities provide member 24 hour access, free weighs, personal training, nutrition consultants and more.

LIVERMORE Anytime Fitness 1855 Holmes Street | 925.292.7196 | www.anytimefitness.com Cardio equipment, strength equipment, personal training, wellness programs, tanning, and new yoga classes! A variety of

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classes are available. LifestyleRX 1119 E. Stanley Blvd | 925.454.6342 | www.lifestylerx.com LifeStyleRx, is a 70,000-square-foot wellness center providing comprehensive, medical-based, high-quality education and fitness services to their members. Through their programs and services, they provide members the opportunity to achieve their maximum health, fitness and well-being potential. 24 Hour Fitness – Super Sport 2650 Kitthawk Road | 925.447.4496 | www.24hourfitness.com The Livermore health club offers a wide range of group exercise classes, personal training and a wealth of other benefits and features. Whether you plan to lose weight, tone-up, or train for a big event, the Livermore club offers a wide variety of gym memberships. They also offer a Kid’s Club to keep the kids entertained while you work out!

PLEASANTON Bikram Yoga/Studio 3283 Bernal Avenue Suite # 109 | 925.426.0460 www.bikramyogapleasanton.com Bikram Yoga Pleasanton is a 4934 square foot facility offering Bikram’s Beginning Hatha Yoga Classes. They have practice rooms with state-of-the-art heating & humidification systems that maintain even temperatures during class and controls humidity levels. They also have shower facilities for men & women and a spacious reception/retail area. 24 Hour Fitness—Super Sport 4770 Willow Road | 925.463.1515 | www.24hourfitness.com The Pleasanton health club offers a wide range of group exercise classes, personal training and a wealth of other benefits and features. Whether you plan to lose weight, toneup, or train for a big event, the Pleasanton club offers a wide variety of gym memberships. They also offer a Kid’s Club to keep the kids entertained while you work out!


[ HEALTH & FITNESS ] ClubSport Pleasanton 7090 Johnson Drive | 925.463.2822 | www.clubsports.com State of the art weight and cardio equipment, certified personal trainers, nutrition counseling, rock wall and climbing area. 10 indoor tennis courts, 4 outdoor tennis courts, 8 indoor racquetball/ handball courts, 6 land outdoor deep water lap pool, exercise pool, children’s wading pool. 9000 sq. ft. Kids World including age appropriate activities, fitness and exercise center. Downtown Yoga 220 Division Street | 925.819.9983 | www.pleasantonyoga.com Downtown Yoga is an award-winning Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Studio - has conducted over 20,000 yoga classes to thousands of people within and around the San Francisco Bay Area since 2002. They offer precise, knowledgeable and safe instruction to all levels and ages of students. Open 7-days a week, they have Introduction to yoga programs, classes for Beginners to Intermediate to Advanced students, kids programs, Prenatal yoga and Senior and Teen discounts.

The Big C 1381 Galaxy Way | 925.671.2110 | www.thebigc.com The Big C offers programs like Pilates, Indoor Cycling, Zumba, Yoga, Step, Fit 2 The Core (F2C), TRX and many more. They also offer executive lockers, weight room, swimming pool, sports courts, exercise studios and sauna and steam rooms. UFC 1975 Diamond Blvd. | 925.265.8130 | www.ufcgym.com Offering a full-range of group fitness classes, private MMA training, personal and group dynamic training, plus MMA style youth programming, UFC GYM creates something for all ages and fitness levels. Be sure to check out their Childcare!

Elite Training Center 1279 Quarry Ln | 925.967.3265 | www.elitetrainingca.com Elite Training has various specialized programs for advanced athletes, one on one personalized training for individuals with specific goals and boxing classes. Whether your goal is simply to get in shape with some of their fun Strength and Conditioning classes or engage one of their personal trainers, Elite has what you are looking for. Elite Center provides the entire family a supportive environment where you can get fit and healthy together. Tri-Valley Trainer 3724 Stanley Blvd | 925.413.2268 | www.trivalleytrainer.com Tri Valley Trainer exists for the sole purpose of helping to advance the cause, the quality and the popularity of the wellness lifestyle. They do that through: Private training for individual clients TRIAD ™ small group training combining cardio, strength and core in one fun, challenging time-efficient workout and periodic collaborative workshops with other wellness practitioners (medical, chiropractic, psychological, dietary, physical therapy, etc.).

Contra Costa County ALAMO 24 Hour Fitness —Active 140 Alamo Plaza | 925.362.1730 | www.24hourfitness.com Cardio Equipment, circuit training, free weights and personal training. 24 Hour Fitness Alamo offers a state-of-the-art facility that has just about every feature you could wish for in a gym membership. The Alamo health club offers a wide range of group exercise classes, personal training and a wealth of other benefits and features. Whether you plan to lose weight, toneup, or train for a big event, the Alamo club offers a wide variety of gym memberships and a Kid’s Club.

CONCORD In Shape 5294 Clayton Rd | 925.602.5600 | www.inshapeclubs.com In-Shape offers top of the line equipment, basketball and racquetball courts, yoga and Pilate’s studio, and an outdoor pool. They also have an amazing Kids Club.

DANVILLE The Studio 730 Camino Ramon #200 | 925.838.9200 www.thestudiolife.com With more than 120 classes offered each week, personalized training and expert advice on health and fitness The Studio can help you get exactly what you need. Some of the fun and innovative classes available are: Yoga, Pilates, Cycle, TRX, Kettlebell (coming soon), Barre, Outdoor training/boot camps, Toning/sculpting, Walk/hike club and Running club. Crunch Fitness 3464 Blackhawk Plaza | 925.272.5600 | www.crunch.com Crunch Fitness has a variety of amenities available to its members. Personal training, TRX, Studio, hundreds of classes, personal training, yoga, childcare and much more! Danville Fitness 101 Town and County Dr. | 925.743.3919 www.danville-fit.com Danville Fit has something for everyone. Group X classes, personal training, childcare and locker rooms. Danville Fit’s personal trainers focus on strengthening your core, improving balance and correcting your posture through fat reducing, total-body workouts and functional resistance training. Fit Personal Studio 294-B Railroad Ave | 925.362.8001 www.fitstudiodanville.com The Fit Studio staff has a passion for health and fitness and offer their clients training customized for their individual

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[ HEALTH & FITNESS ]

Fitness Guide

needs. Fit Studio’s personalized health and fitness programs focus on cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. One-on-one personal training, Pilates training and small group sessions are available.

Fitness 19 160 Market Place | 925.327.1919 | www.fitness19.com Fitness 19 offers cardio equipment, circuit training, free weights and a kid’s room.

LAFAYETTE

WALNUT CREEK

Absolute Center 3658 Mt. Diablo Blvd | 925.299.9642 www.absolutecenter.net Absolute Center offers personal training and classes in Fitness, Pilates, Yoga, Barre, Suspension and more.

East Bay Fitness 301 N San Carlos Drive | 925.364.0296 www.myeastbayfitness.com East Bay Fitness is the Bootcamp of all Bootcamps! Using the entire beautiful Heather Farms Park terrain, they spend an action packed hour challenging your body in the most safe and efficient way to sculpt and strengthen your physique.

Oakwood Athletic Club 4000 Mt. Diablo Blvd | 925.283.4000 www.oakwoodathlecticclub.com Oakwood’s Fitness Center is filled with the latest in resistance and cardiovascular equipment. Their free weight room has everything required to satisfy the needs of veteran weight lifters. To complement their selection of resistance-training equipment, they offer Cybex selectorized machines, and a complete line of Free Motion pieces.

SAN RAMON IM=X Pilates Studio 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd #112 | 925.791.5040 www.imxbayarea.com IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) is a new generation of Pilates and cardio inspired workouts enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of exercise enthusiasts who proclaim its “immediate results”! Founder, Elyse McNergney, created IM=X to offer a total fitness approach - one that integrates pilates exercises with strength and cardiovascular training. 24 Hour Fitness—Super Sport 4450 Norris Canyon Road | 925.244.9855 www.24hourfitness.com The San Ramon health club offers a wide range of group exercise classes, personal training and a wealth of other benefits and features. Some of their amenities include Kid’s Club, TRZ Suspension training, juice bar, and cardio equipment. ClubSport San Ramon 350 Bollinger Canyon Lane | 925.735.8500 www.clubsportsr.com ClubSport San Ramon offers over 80 thousand square feet of fitness facilities, including 8 full-lit tennis courts, a yearround heated pool, indoor racquetball and squash and much more. ClubSport San Ramon offers kid’s classes, such as karate, soccer and gymnastics which are included with your Membership.

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Forma Gym 1908 Olympic Blvd | 925.932.6400 | www.formagym.com Forma Gym offers 4 unique studios: Mind-Body Studio, Group Exercise Studio, Cycle Studio and a Pilates Reformer Studio. They also offer an active and educational Kid’s Club. Lynch Fitness 1530 S Main Street | 925.482.0696 | www.lynchfitness.com At Lynch Fitness, they specialize in functional training and circuit training. This means you aren’t lifting heavy weights, or doing limited movements on machines. Their nationally certified trainers will have you working with TRX equipment, rubber bands, bosu balls, ropes, and focus on keeping your entire body moving and activated during each workout. Renaissance ClubSport 2805 Jones Road | 925.938.8700 | www.renaissanceclubsport. com A full-service sports club. Offers cardio and weight training center, group classes, pilates, personal trainers, sports courts, aquatics, kids programs, Spa, Restaurant, Pro shop and more! Snap Fitness 24/7 1533A Palos Verdes Mall | 925.938.8006 www.snapfitness.com Snap Fitness of Walnut Creek is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week to service all of your fitness needs. They have state of the art equipment, personal trainers, and friendly staff to help with anything needed. Curves Multiple Bay Area locations | www.curves.com Women’s only gym offering Cardio and strength equipment incorporating circuit training.


[ WOMEN & RELATIONSHIPS ]

3 Resolutions to Make You Happier by Dr. Christine Carter I do understand why people don’t like New Year’s resolutions: they can be a source of failure, year after year. Folks often pick resolutions that are inherently unrewarding, that necessitate relentless hard work, or that remind them of their mortality in a way that makes them feel small instead of grateful.

This year, make the right resolution. Make the wrong one and you won’t keep it; you’ll just add another habit to the “fail” list. This year, pick just one resolution that research shows will make you happier. Here are are three of my favorites:

1. Spend more time with friends. Study after study shows that we tend to be happier when we feel connected to our nearest and dearest, when we feel like we are a part of a group or a clan. Even introverts don’t like to feel lonely; this may seem like the science of the blazingly obvious, but it bears repeating. Do you frequently feel isolated or lonely? Make a resolution to routinely reach Christine Carter, Ph.D.*, is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of “RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.” She teaches online happiness classes that help parents bring more joy into their own lives and the lives of their children, and she writes an award-winning blog for *Greater Good* (www.greatergoodparents.org).

out to others.

2. Every day, find a way to give something to somebody. My favorite happiness booster is to give thanks: to a higher power for the abundance that surrounds me; to my dad for taking my kids to ice cream; to my husband for all the ways he makes me giggle. Equally good is to give something else—a helping hand, a compliment, a much needed $5 bill—even if it is just a tiny act of kindness. In a world that is more focused on getting than giving, a New Year’s resolution to do one kind thing each day is a pretty radical act. When we make giving a habit, we make gratitude and kindness central themes in our lives. In so doing, we transform our lives with joy.

3. Get more sleep. The science around this is clear: You’ll be less stressed, less sick, and less grouchy in the New Year if you get more shut-eye. Try increasing your sleep 10 minutes a night for a week, and then another 10 the next week, and so on until you are regularly getting your eight hours.

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[ TRAVEL ]

Wintertime at Disneyland –An unexpectedly Festive and Frosty Delight

by Elizabeth Kang Disneyland parks need no introduction. Most families I know take at least one Disney Vacation every few years, if not annually. Those happy family mouse-ear pics in front Cinderella’s castle invariably start popping up on my Instagram feed during Spring Break and continue all throughout Summer Break. The handful of times my family has gone has always been during Summer, as well. I mean, the kids are out of school and taking paid time off is pretty much expected at work, so why not go then? This year however, my family got the opportunity to visit the parks in the Winter, during Disney California Adventure’s “Festival of Holidays” event, which runs November 10th through January 7th. We were blown away, entirely delighted, and thrilled to discover a new 26 ACTIVE FAMIL Y | JANUARY 2018

favorite season for a Disneyland Parks vacation. If you are the type of family who only go to a Disneyland Park once in a blue moon, or have never visited at all, I highly suggest planning a trip during the Wintertime Season. There is so much to see and do at Disneyland and California Adventure in the “cold months.” (Winter in Anaheim rarely gets below 48 degrees, so temperature is rarely an issue during this time, although rain is more common, of course.) In fact, spending an entire Southern California day outside is entirely more pleasant in Winter than in the fierce Summer sun. What better way to shake off the Wintertime Blues than a visit to “The Happiest Place on Earth?” There are so many great reasons to visit during Winter, from festive holiday decor, seasonal food, and


[ TRAVEL ] entertainment, to awesome promotional deals: Fewer Crowds: After the holidays, Disneyland and California Adventure quiet down and crowds lessen considerably. For those who want to avoid the usual long lines and hustle & bustle, January and February are fantastic months to visit, especially during the period after Winter Break ends and before Spring Break begins. Promotions: Those looking for a deal should look in January and February, when promotional deals are most likely to pop up. Examples include adult tickets for the cost of a kids’ ticket, or Park Hopper tickets for the cost of a one-park ticket. Holiday Themed Rides: A few of the rides get really festive during Festival of Holidays, and are a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. Mater’s Jingle Jamboree — (Found in Cars Land at California Adventure,) is a spinning car ride that takes you through Mater’s decked-out holiday junkyard. Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl — (Also found in Cars Land) is an all ages ride where spinning cars “dance” to festive holiday music. While you’re in Cars Land, don’t miss what turned out to be my family’s favorite ride, Radiator Springs Racers — an extremely fun racing car ride that features some festive Christmas decorations during the season. It’s a Small World, Holiday — This endearing Disneyland classic ride gets a charming holiday twist with Christmas music and plenty holiday magic featuring seasonal scenes from around the world. Perfect for kids of all ages (we took our baby on this ride.) Tip: For extra holiday magic, experience this ride at nighttime when it’s all lit up with thousands of sparkling holiday lights. Haunted Mansion Holiday — During Christmastime, this spooky Disneyland ride gets a holiday overhaul inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” This ride offers so much to see and take in, and my daughter delighted in seeing characters from the movie, such as “Jack” and his ghost dog. Tip: Although this ride allows “all ages,” it may be too spooky for toddlers and preschoolers. Delicious Seasonal Food: Disneyland’s famous Frozen Dole Whip and roasted turkey leg are both well known and loved, but for some outside-the-box and truly elevated theme park food, you’ve got to check out the Festive Foods Marketplace at California Adventure Park during Festival of Holidays.

Braised Lamb Cheeks with Mediterranean Cauliflower, Warm Polenta with Chilled Crab Salad, and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandied Vanilla Sauce are just a few of the numerous seasonal menu items found at the holiday themed food kiosks in California Adventure. The plates are smaller and cheaper than your average plate at the park, so you can try more (and you’ll definitely be tempted to do just that.) I was extremely impressed by both the quality and number of options from the holiday food kiosks. My husband loved the tender and flavorful Braised Pork Belly Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice, which tasted like something you would get from an upscale restaurant. I was smitten with my Holiday Eggnog Cocktail with Whipped Cream & Nutmeg. My little one loved her Holiday Ham Slider with Pineapple Relish. Each Kiosk has a different, fun holiday theme with three or four food choices, as well as a few dessert and beverage offerings. At the “Grandma’s Recipes” kiosk, patrons can choose from Beef Brisket with Brown Sugar Carrots or Sweet Potato Pie, among others, and wash it down with a Warm Bourbon Cider or non-alcoholic Merry Cherry Pineapple Punch. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free choices, as well as many kidfriendly options. Entertainment: In addition to the usual spectacular shows and events the parks put on, (Fantasmic! Fireworks! Parades!) there are a number of not-to-be-missed seasonal shows during the holiday season. World of Color — Season of Light Show. This was my family’s favorite show. It was just spectacular. Be sure to get a good spot before the show starts in front of the water at Paradise Pier. The 23-minute show sets dancing, colored water to holiday music and various Disney themes. It’s beautifully done, and my four-year-old danced the whole time. Tip- You can use the Fast Pass service to reserve a preferred viewing spot for this show. A Christmas Fantasy Parade — Everything you’d expect from a holiday-themed parade, complete with Santa on his sleigh. With two-showings a day, this parade is a fun way to rest your feet and enjoy a snack while taking in all the holiday joy. Festival of Holidays Entertainment — Numerous shows are scheduled at Paradise Pier celebrating various cultures and traditions such as Kwanza, Hanukkah, and Christmas. These shorter, less formal shows are a fun and diverse way to experience the season. JANUARY 2018 | ACTIVE FAMIL Y 27


[ EDUCATION ]

Preschool Guide ANTIOCH La Petite Academy 1350 E. Tregallas Rd., Antioch | (925) 779-0110 www.lapetite.com/your-local-school/antioch-ca-7223 Director: Lorna Hearn Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years. Infant/Toddler care now offered!

CONCORD Bright Stars Learning Center 3036 Clayton Road | (925) 363-4933 brightstarslearningcenter@gmail.com Director: Farideh Bavafa Ages: 2-6 yrs old Bright Stars Learning Center provides a healthy, safe, and creative environment in which your child can develop physical, emotional, mental, and social skills. Concord Preschool Program Centre Concord 5298 Clayton Rd | (925) 671-3404 Baldwin Park 2790 Parkside Circle | (925) 671-3118 www.cityofconcord.org Director: Sarah Jackson Ages: 2-4 yrs old Our preschool program is a positive first school experience for the young child. We offer programs for two, three and four year olds. By the time they graduate, they will be ready for Kindergarten and be well on their way - with many fond memories of preschool.

DANVILLE Dayspring School 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd. | (925) 389-2044 www.dayspringpreschool.org Janice Inman MS.Ed, Director Dayspring Preschool offers a variety of high-quality full-time and part-time preschool/pre-kindergarten programs to meet the needs of busy parents. At Dayspring Preschool, we value the importance of play, the role it has in brain development, and in creating a love of learning for young children. Diablo Hills Country School - Danville Campus 1453 San Ramon Valley Blvd. | (925) 820-8523 Director: Heidi Buechler www.diablohillscountryschool.com One of DHCS’ primary goals is to provide a loving and home-like atmosphere where children can learn to become competent in every aspect of their lives. What sets DHCS apart from similar preschools in the area is that we have smaller size classrooms and low teacher-child ratios to provide an intimate and focused learning environment. Another asset that sets DHCS apart is that it is locally owned and operated for the past 30 years.

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Garden Montessori School 495 Verona Ave. | (925) 837-2969 www.gardenschool.net Director: Jaye Perry Garden Montessori School is an enrichment-focused preschool and kindergarten preparatory program for children ages 3-6. Peekadoodle Academy 2425 Camino Tassajara | (925) 736-7335 www.peekadoodle.com/danville Director: Christine Pezza Peekadoodle Academy of Danville offers both part time and school day preschool programs that foster independent and creative thinking through a balanced approach to learning. St. Isidore Catholic School 435 La Gonda Way | (925) 837-2407 St. Isidore School is now providing a two-year kindergarten program. One year is transitional kindergarten and the second year is the standard kindergarten program. Students enter where it best fits for their age, academic needs, and social development. The transitional kindergarten program includes a developmental approach that prepares student for the kindergarten year. The focus is building literacy, math, and social development in a nurturing Christcentered environment

DUBLIN Valley Christian Preschool 7500 Inspiration Drive | (925) 560-6235 www.valleychristianschools.org Infants, Toddlers, Totally Two’s, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Transitional Kindergarten, Half-Day and Full Day Programs Quarry Lane - Dublin Campus 6363 Tassajara Rd | (925) 829-8000 www.quarrylane.org (Jr. Kindergarten to 12th)

EL SOBRANTE East Bay Waldorf School East Bay Waldorf School 3800 Clark Road | (510) 223-3570 x 2107 www.eastbaywaldorf.org/newsandevents/tours.php Enrollment Director: Pamela Hollings

LAFAYETTE Diablo Valley Montessori School 3390 DeerHill Road | (925) 283-6036 www.dvms.org Director: Suzette Smith Now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 school year. Please call the school office at (925) 283-6036 to schedule a tour and classroom observation


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Preschool Guide Michael Lane Preschool 682 Michael Lane | (925) 284-7244 michaellanepreschool@mail.com | www.michaellanepreschool.com Director: Kim Olson, M.S., Director At Michael Lane Preschool we learn to play and play to learn!! A play based program for learning through developmentally appropriate play. Building Bridges Preschool 1003 Carol Lane | (925) 283-6792 www.buildingbridgespreschool.com Ages: 2years to 5years Providing an environment that is small and intimate with smaller class sizes and low teacher to student ratios. Committed to providing a communitive learning environment that is safe, nurturing, and creative. The program is designed to create a successful well rounded child with the ability to confidently cross many bridges into Kindergarten.

LIVERMORE Valley Montessori School 1273 N Livermore Ave | (925) 455-8021 info@valleymontessorischool.com | www.valleymontessorischool.com Director: Lana Shartle Ages: 18 mo-8th grade Valley Montessori School educates the whole child and inspires a joyful pursuit of learning. Holy Cross Lutheran School 1020 Mocho Street | (925) 447-1864 school@holycrosslivermore.org | www.holycrosslivermore.org Director: Deanna Sullivan Ages: 2 yrs – 6 yrs old Holy Cross Lutheran School serves children 2 years to age 5.9 years in a loving, developmentally/age appropriate environment. We believe that children learn best through active, hands on activities which focus on all areas of development. We offer both Full and Half day programs, with individual programs for threes, fours and Junior Kindergarten children. Young ones receive the individual attention one requires in the preschool years. Primrose School of Livermore 2901 Las Positas Rd | (925) 215-7372 www.primroseschools.com/schools/livermore Primrose Schools® is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families. Our Franchise Owners, Leadership Teams and School Staff partner with parents to help build the right foundation for future learning and in life.

MORAGA Creative Playhouse, Inc. 1350 Moraga Way | (925) 377-8314 www.creativeplayhouseinc.com Director: Julieanna Wakileh Enrollment is year round. Please call Julieanna to schedule a tour. Spaces are limited.

PLEASANTON Quarry Lane - Pleasanton West Campus 4444B Black Ave | (925) 462-6300 www.quarrylane.org (Preschool & Pre-kindergarten) Quarry Lane - Pleasanton East Campus 750 Boulder St | (925) 846-9400 www.quarrylane.og (Infant through Pre-kindergarten) The Early Years Children’s Center 1251 Hopyard Rd. | (925) 462-2202 www.earlyyearschildrenscenter.com Director: Neeti Ghosh Ages: 2 yrs-5th grade Our experienced staff and innovative programs provide your child with an exceptional learning experience. Whether enrolled in Preschool, Full Day Child Care, or Before & After School Care, your child will discover that learning is fun, while making friends. Our communities of families and teachers will partner with you in your child’s education. Adventures in Learning 3200 Hopyard Road (On campus at Harvest Valley Church) | (925) 462-7123 www.ailpleasanton.com Director: Lynne Allen Primrose School Pleasanton 7110 Koll Center Pkwy, Pleasanton, CA 94566 | (925) 600-7746 www.primroseschools.com/schools/pleasanton Balanced Learning is research-informed and combines the best thinking of renowned early learning philosophers like Montessori, Piaget, Gesell and Vygotsky along with modern wisdom from the latest child development studies. Research shows that introducing a skill when a child is truly ready leads to mastery instead of frustration.

SAN RAMON Diablo Hills Country School - San Ramon Campus 50 Creekside Drive | (925) 831-1210 Director: Amber Pac www.diablohillscountryschool.com One of DHCS’ primary goals is to provide a loving and home-like atmosphere where children can learn to become competent in every aspect of their lives. What sets DHCS apart from similar preschools in the area is that we have smaller size classrooms and low teacher-child ratios to provide an intimate and focused learning environment. Another asset that sets DHCS apart is that it is locally owned and operated for the past 30 years. Gale Ranch Preschool 2200 Brookcliff Circle | (925) 648-1201 khansen@ymca-cba.org | www.ymca-cba.org Director: Kirsten Hansen Ages: 2 yrs – 6 yrs old The YMCA’s preschool programs provide high quality, childcare with

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Preschool Guide activities that provide the perfect blend of fun and learning for your children, allowing kids to be kids while ensuring that they’re ready to enter kindergarten. Panache Enfants 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd Suite 100 | (925) 549-2239 www.panacheenfants.com Director: Shilpa Panache or Jorie Robinson Ages: 6 weeks – 6 yrs In French, the name literally means children with energy and a flamboyant, confident style or manner. At Panache Enfants, we want to partner with parents to create confident, strong children who can take on the world of elementary education by storm.

WALNUT CREEK Grace Cooperative Preschool 2100 Tice Valley Blvd | (925) 937-3032 www.gracecooperativepreschool.com Director: Marlene L. Hall Ages: 2 yrs – 6 yrs old

Our school is a place where children learn though play. Our mission is to help children develop a positive sense of themselves by nurturing their inherent joys and energies. Through the creation of a supportive and challenging environment we develop their physical, social and cognitive abilities.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS Stratford School Stratford Achool Danville Blackhawk Stratford Achool Danville Sycamore Valley Stratford Achool Pleasanton Stratford Achool Fremont www.startfordschools.com Fountainhead Montessori School Danville Campus Dublin Campus Livermore Campus Orinda Campus Pleasant Hill Campus www.fms.org

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PLEASANTON WEST CAMPUS Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten 4444B Black Ave., Pleasanton, CA

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PLEASANTON EAST CAMPUS Infant through Pre-Kindergarten 3750 Boulder St., Pleasanton, CA

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