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Don’t Say “Don’t” I want to reduce how often I use the word “don’t.” That means I’ll say, “Pease be kind to your brother” instead of “Don’t talk to him that way.” I think it’s better for our relationship for me not to always be the source of negative reminders. When I do say “don’t” for an important
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the justification that I just want them to eat, no arguments. But then sometimes they don’t eat the peas and pizza anyway! May as well be trying for something a little more adventurous and expanding their palates. -- Melisa Make Exercise More Than a Game One son is a jock but the other is not. I want to make sure he doesn’t learn to dislike physical activity just because he’s not the pitcher on the Little League team. I want to try to find more ways to sneak non competitionrelated exercise into my days with the boys -- more bike rides, more walking scavenger hunts, more silly relay races, more dance contests. -- Katherine Go Domestic My resolution is to create a clean home environment for them -- to be a cleaning lady, stay on top of laundry and all household chores. I want the baby to have an area to crawl around in without clutter, my 4-year-old to be able to play
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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
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
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11 Concerts for Young People 9:00 am Amarillo Globe News Center Amarillo Youth Symphony Auditions 6:00 pm Amarillo Symphony Offices
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29 Amarillo Bulls vs Odessa Amarillo Civic Center
Amarillo Youth Preparatory Strings, Sinfonia & Phiharmonic Placement Day 4:30 pm Music Building at Amarillo College
Amarillo Reads Film Series: The Bronte Sisters 5:30 pm Southwest Branch Library
5 EVERY FRIDAY Freaky Friday 11:30 pm-2:00 am Eastridge Lanes Bowling Alley EVERY SATURDAY Fun Jump 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Starz Gymnastics
First Friday Art Walk 100 + artists who work in practically every discipline, divided into 55 studios all under one roof. 5:00 pm-9:00 pm The Galleries at Sunset Center Amarillo Bulls vs Corpus Christi 7:00 pm Amarillo Civic Center
12 Concerts for Young People 9:00 am Amarillo Globe News Center
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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
Great Romantics Amarillo Symphony 8:00 pm Amarillo Globe News Center
26 Amarillo Reads Downtown Lunchtime Book Club ‘’Jane Eyre’’ by Charlotte Bronte. 12:15 pm Central Library
Young Adult Event: Amarillo Anime Open to Middle school through college ages. 2:30 pm Central Library West Texas Wrestling Association 6:30 pm WWA Warehouse Amarillo Bulls vs Corpus Christi 7:00 pm Amarillo Civic Center
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21 Young Adult Event: Amarillo Anime Open to middle school through college ages. 2:30 pm Central Library Great Romantics Amarillo Symphony 8:00 pm Amarillo Globe News Center
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Pretend to Go Camping Build a tent in your living room out of blankets and chairs. Don’t forget to bring the flashlights, snacks, and books. Or make it an igloo and pretend to hunt for polar bears and go ice fishing. Create a Dress-Up Box On a rainy day, weed out unwanted dresses, hats, shoes, and costume jewelry from your closets. After your kids have picked out all the items they want for their costume box, take the rejects to a thrift shop.
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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.
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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: email@example.com 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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