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Don’t Feel the Need to Explain Everything The Problem: From putting his coat on and getting into the car seat, to eating his veggies and taking a bath, everything with your child feels like a battle. The Solution: “Why” is a child’s favorite question. Children of all ages love to use oppositional behavior to test their limits. Parents often make the mistake of trying to reason with their child when she’s misbehaving, which usually leads to



EVERY SUNDAY: Fun Jump For all Fun jump participants, please wear socks, no jewelry and bring snack. 3:30 pm-5:30 pm Starz Gymnastics Family Day Open at 2pm. $2 games all day. Lunar Bowling Begins at 7pm. Eastridge Bowling Alley

MON-THURS. Homework Help Centers Exciting new opportunity! Students of all ages are invited to bring homework to the East Branch Library. Computers and a library staff member will be on hand to help access online tutoring, cool study resources, and research tools. You must bring homework or study materials to use Lab. 4:00 pm-6:00 pm East Banch Library



EVERY MONDAY: Kids Climb Kids will receive a day pass, gear, and instruction from staff. and how to have fun in a controlled climbing environment. Any age and experience level is welcome to attend. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Amarillo Rock Wall Climbing House

6 After School Spectacular Join us at Northwest Branch for a Valentine craft and cookie decorating. Call 359-2035 for more information. 3:30 pm-5:00 pm Northwest Branch Library



Sat. 25th & Sun. 26th Summer Youth Musical Seussical Auditions General information and music packets are available at the Amarillo Civic Center Administration office. For additional information, contact Linda Dee Hughes, 206-9575 or 355-0149. 8:00 am-5:00 pm Amarillo Globe News Center


EVERY WEDNESDAY Wee Wednesdays Open for children 5 and UNDER ONLY. 10:00 am-12:00 pm Jump-n-Jive Dollar Mania $1 Games, $1 Shoes, $1 Pizza Slice, $1 Hot Dogs, $1 Cokes, $1 Popcorn. Western Bowl

Harlem Globetrotters The Return Experience special tricks and magical fun first hand. And, to top it all off, you have exclusive access to get a free autograph when you meet Harlem Globetrotter players and our world-famous mascot, Globie, in person. 7:00 pm. Amarillo Civic Center


7 Safety Topics covered will be personal safety, fire prevention and home security. 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Habitat for Humanity

14 Origami Kids can learn the basics and make a creature of their own. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Southwest Branch Library

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15 Kids Workshop We are making a Fused Glass Valentine. $15 plus tax. Best for ages 7 and up. 4:00 pm-5:30 pm Brush With Art

22 STOMP STOMP makes it’s triumphant return to Amarillo! USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” See what all the noise is about! 7:30 pm-10:00 pm Amarillo Civic Center


WEDNESDAYS Buffalo’s CafeKids Night Kids eat free every Sunday at Buffalo’s Cafe! Restrictions do apply so make sure to chat with your server for all of the details. Join us for Happy Hour from 3:00 7:00 p.m. Buffalo’s Cafe is located at 2811 4th Avenue Canyon, TX 79015. Visit www.buffaloscafe. com or call 806-655-4400.







EVERY THURSDAY Laugh ‘n Learn Program Join us for music, play, and picture books to introduce your child to life-long learning in a 30-minute walk-in session. 11:00 am-11:30 pm Northwest Branch Library

Monster Trucks Amarillo National Center First Friday Art Walk 5:00 pm-9:00 pm The Galleries at Sunset Center Amarillo Bulls vs New Mexico Mustangs 7:00 pm Amarillo Civic Center

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Circus Gatti Shows at 4:15pm and 7:30pm. Amarillo Civic Center Storytime and Mommy & Me Activity Amarillo Author Barbara Daniel will read her book ‘’Not Far From You,’’ and kids will paint a heart ornament. This is a mommy and me activity, best for ages 2-5. $10 plus tax. Brush With Art



MOMS Club A non-profit organization dedicated to the support of stay at home and part-time working moms. All ages and backgrounds with kids of all ages. An easy way to meet other moms and a great way for your children to meet other children. Children are welcome at all events. 10:00 am Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

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EVERY SATURDAY Fun Jump 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. For all Fun Jump Participants, Please wear socks, no jewelry and bring snack. Starz Gymnastics NWA Top of Texas Wrestling 7:30 pm Wrestleplex

EVERY FRIDAY Laugh ‘n Learn Program 2 sessions on Fridays at 10-10:30, and 11-11:30. Join us for a 30 minute session of music, play, and picture books to introduce your child to life-long learning. Northwest Branch Library


Circus Gatti Shows at 12:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:30pm. Amarillo Civic Center Cupid’s Chase 5K run Great prizes, giveaways and walkers welcome! Registration begins at 8:00am and Run at 10am! Supports Community Options, Inc. (COI) 10:00 am Thompson Park Pool Great Day for a Story! 2:00 pm Barnes & Noble

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Regional History Day Grades 6th-12th are challenged to improve their research, analytical, and communication skills with this competition. Contact Millie Vanover at 651-2249. 9:00 am-4:00 pm Panhandle Plains Museum Great Day for a Story! 2:00 pm Barnes & Noble Amarillo Bulls vs Texas 7:00 pm-7:00 pm Amarillo Civic Center

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more arguing. Offer her a firm, nonnegotiable reason why she needs to do what you’re telling her. If she does something that can hurt her or another child, simply say: “We don’t do this -- it’s dangerous.” If she doesn’t want to be strapped into her car seat: “It’s the law, so you need to sit in your car seat or we are not going anywhere.” “Don’t banter back and forth with your child,” Dr. Phelan says. “You’ve made your decision and you’re done.” Be Consistent The Problem: You know you shouldn’t, but you sometimes let bad behavior slide to avoid a confrontation. The Solution: Your little one has decided to empty all of his toy bins onto the living room floor. He usually gets a time-

out for this behavior, but it’s the end of the day and you’re beat. Dr. Stoner says. Letting it go sends the message that this behavior is okay, so you have no one to blame but yourself when your child drives you crazy with it later on. “There has to be a consequence every time a child does something he shouldn’t. You can’t do it sometimes and not others. Initially, it’s a lot of work for the parents, but it pays off in the long run.”

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as tall as she is. She should stand against a solid background, if possible; all-white saves on printer ink. Print the photo onto postcard paper or white paper. Punch a hole at the top of the PVC pipe, then insert a lollipop. To hold it in place, tape the lollipop stick to the back of the image. Use a glue stick to mount the card onto a larger piece of card stock that’s been cut with decorative-edge scissors.



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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Opens: February 10, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 34 min. Rated: PG Some adventure action, and brief mild language Intrepid young explorer Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson), now 17, follows a mysterious distress signal to a remote island that’s not on

any map, and embarks on a daring rescue mission while encountering a vast array of mythological creatures in this follow-up to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Joined by his new stepfather (Dwayne Johnson), an adventure-seeking helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his headstrong daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), Sean navigates the crumbling stone corridors of Atlantis and comes face to face with bizarre life forms while on a mission to track down his long-missing grandfather (Michael Caine). Later, as seismic shockwaves threaten mass destruction, the group must race to escape the otherworldly paradise before the ocean swallows it up.






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WAFFLE HOUSE• 2804 W. 45th SUN-THURS- 4pm-8pm, Kids under 10 EAT FREE one child per adult.

RED ROBIN 8720 I-40 W • 806-359-9800 Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm • Fri & Sat 11am-11pm TUES.- KIDS EAT FREE! from 4pm-10pm with purchase of each adult entree.

JASON’S DELI- 34th & Coulter • 353-4440 TUES.- KIDS EAT FREE with adult meal after 4pm


DENNY’S TUES & SAT.- KIDS EAT FREE! Children 10 & under, with purchase of adult meal.

CHOP-CHOP JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 3300 S. Coulter • 806-457-0700 THURS.- One child under 12 EATS FREE with each adult meal purchased

MR. GATTI’S MON.- KIDS EAT FREE! With the purchase of an adult buffet and 2 drinks at regular price. 12 & Under. Limit 2 kids per adult. 5pm - close. 2 & under FREE.

HOME PLATE DINER 5600 S. Bell • 359-4444 SAT.- One FREE KID’S MEAL adult meal and drink purchase required.


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VILLAGE BAKERY CAFE 2606 Wolflin Village • 358-1358 MON.- 99¢ Cupcakes for kids 12 and under. One cupcake per child. Hours: Mon-Sat. 7am-6pm

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Kid’s Workshop 1st Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm, all ages. Call 457-0410 for more information.


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Submit Your FREE or Discounted Services For Children At No Charge! Email to: While the majority of the listings are places where kids eat free some of the restaurants charge a small amount – in most occasions $.99 so they are not actually “free” but a very good deal nonetheless. You will also find that some of the restaurants where kids eat free have certain restrictions whether it be limited hours on a certain day, the number of kids eating free per purchasing adult or age restrictions. Please call the restaurant location you plan on attending to get your free kids meal before you pack the kids in the car to go. Some of the individual restaurants may choose to opt out of the promotion or have slight differences. And please let us know if any of these special offers expire or have changed.



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