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Meet the staff and leadership of area camps and learn all about your child's spring, summer, and fall enrichment options. Representatives from day camps, sports camps, overnight camps, enrichment camps, educational camps, and more will be on hand!
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Animal Explorers Camp at Humane Society of Memphis ARK Farms Bodine School Camp Bear Track Camp Manitowa Childrenâ€™s Museum of Memphis Christian Brothers High School Christian Brothers University Evangelical Christian School First Assembly Christian School Germantown Community Theater Harding Academy Healthy Kids & Teens Camp Get Fit High Point Climbing and Fitness Hutchison School Idlewild Presbyterian Church - Early Enrichment Center Kroc Center Lakeshore Camp Little Medical School of the Mid-South
Mathnasium of Memphis East Memphis College of Art Memphis Public Library Memphis University School Memphis Zoo Missouri Military Academy New Ballet Ensemble Orpheum Theatre Panther Creek Stables Pinecrest Conference & Retreat Center Lichterman Nature Center Pinot's Palette Cordova Playhouse on the Square Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative Riverview Camp for Girls School of Rock - Perkins Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Shelby Farms Stables/ Catch Em Lake St. Agnes/St. Dominic St. Francis of Assisi School St. George's Independent School St. Mary's
University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences & Disorders Urban Air Collierville Woodland Presbyterian School YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South Youth Academy of Dreams
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SUMMER CAMPS OUR COVER KID
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Panther Creek stables provides an inclusive environment with instruction in both English and Western disciplines for Campers ages 6-12 and Wranglers In Training ages 13-17.
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Sessions run daily 8:30am-3pm, before care/after care is also available. Our days will include learning horsemanship skills through riding lessons, ground lessons, games, and crafts. Join us in building some skills and friendship through our special addition days such as, Cow Work Wednesday and Friday Lake Day! Our WIT (wrangler in training) teen program includes one week of camp, and one week helping out as a counselor. No horse experience necessary, our programs meet riders where they are at and customize to any skill level. We look forward to seeing you soon! For more information contact our Equestrian Director: Peyton Murray at (662) 912-5440, or email email@example.com and sign up today!
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A UNIVERSE OF STORIES Read, dream, believe at your public library. by Jennifer Boren
Photographer: Bryan Rollins
GIVING BACK A local nonprofit makes it easier to volunteer. By Julia Baker
READY, SET, CAMP!
A CAMP FOR EVERYONE Check for ways to save money on camp. By The American Camp Association
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Prepare your child for a positive camp experience. By Jamie Lober
Bring only the necessities for camp. By Christina Katz
DEPARTMENTS 5 Parent to Parent Readers share from-theheart commentary
8 Dear Teacher When should summer babies start kindergarten?
6 901 Fun Shop, plan, and play with these family-friendly events!
26 Dad Libs A local dad talks about the year-round wonders of Overton Park
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PARENT TO PARENT
NO JUDGMENT, NO ASSUMPTIONS
I’ll be the first to admit, there were times during our child-free years my husband and I stared in awe as a child ran nonstop through the grocery store aisles while the parent continued to push their cart as if they did not know the child at all.
Tiger Read-N-Rec Summer Camp
Intensive language-based camp for children who have completed grades K-5. The three-week camp incorporates literacy intervention and recreational activities for school-aged children who are struggling with reading.
July 8–26 | 9 AM – Noon Monday – Friday
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Required assessment by appointment July 1–3
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Cost | $300 per week
(includes assessment) Financial assistance available for those who qualify.
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We felt we were witnessing what looked like a crime when a child screamed — ear-shattering screams — as their parent wrestled them to release a toy they had a death grip on but was not going to be purchased. On our drive home, we’d discuss what happened and revisit the “Perfect Parenting Plan” we were 4055 N Park Loop | Memphis, TN 38152 establishing for our future children, noting how we would have memphis.edu/csd/camps handled these situations differently, and silently judging the parent that accepted such behaviors. At that time, we were full of assumptions and not privileged 2/14/19 with the knowledge of naps that never happened or the endless 1819-CSD-856 Parent Magazine Ad.indd 1 energy given to a child on your worst day. No one told us that only one parent can sleep at a time, leaving the other delirious from exhaustion. We were also clueless about the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders, ADHD, autism, or even child abuse — things that might exacerbate outbursts. And then we had twins! I don’t recall exactly when our plan went out the window. It was somewhere between the day they mutually decided to dump bowls of spaghetti (sauce included) on their freshly washed heads while giggling hysterically and the night we were rushing to go to an event, only to realize they had gotten into the fireplace and were completely covered in soot from head to toe. Yet both times, we had no choice but to leave our home, put on our “everything’s fine” faces and head out into the judging world. Learn to swim in a safe, The moral of the story, as with every aspect of life: It’s not fair nurturing environment! to judge a person or assume you know the situation with no American Red Cross firsthand knowledge. You never know what a person may be classes begin in March, dealing with. Be kind. The first rule of parenting — and life — April, and May. Ages six should always be: no judgment, no assumptions. months through adult. Register online at cris.memphis.edu. Shera Cantrell is a native Memphian, wife of Bryant, and mother of
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Bryson & Peighton, age 10. We want to hear from you! Would you like to share from-theheart commentary on your parenting experience? Let us know what’s on your mind. Please send submissions for consideration with the subject line “Parent to Parent” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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STORY TIME NIGHTS Every Monday Night 6:15 PM - 6:35 PM Whitehaven Library
TEENS ART SQUAD Tuesdays March 12 - April 16 4 PM - 6 PM Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library 3:51 PM
TEEN OPEN MIC NIGHT March 27 | 3:30 PM - 5 PM Poplar-White Station Library
ADULTS EAT THIS BOOK March 16 | 11 AM - 3 PM Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
ALL AGES EAST SHELBY'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WELLNESS FAIR March 30 | 11 AM - 3 PM East Shelby Branch Library
LEMOYNE-OWEN COLLEGE SCIENCE ON WHEELS 1 PM - 4 PM March 11 — Whitehaven March 12 — Central March 13 — Raleigh March 14 — Parkway Village
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Shop, plan, and play with these family-friendly events!
FRIDAY SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW
March 1st through 3rd, Agricenter International hosts the Southern Women’s Show. The event kicks off on Friday at 10 a.m. and runs through 8 p.m., with Girls Night Out on Friday evening. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors will enjoy shopping, food, and fashion, health, and beauty booths. Savannah Chrisley from USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best makes a special appearance on Saturday, March 2nd. $12/adult, $6/child ages 6-12. Visit southernshows.com for kids’ activities and further details.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 9th, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts ChalkFest where attendees can enjoy art-making, music, games, gallery tours, and food trucks. Volunteers from Overton Park Conservancy will offer guided tours of the Old Forest at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and noon. Rain date: Sunday, March 10th. The event is free. Bring your own chalk or buy a box for $3. Call 544-6200 for details. LAURELWOOD SHOPPING CENTER • 389 Perkins Extd - 901.685.8417 @cottontailsmemphis @cotton.tails1
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SATURDAY MEMPHIS PARENT CAMP EXPO
Memphis Parent hosts the 2nd annual Camp Expo at Memphis Botanic Garden on March 23rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with local and regional camp staff, watch informational videos, and pick up materials to take home to plan the kids’ camp schedule for the year. The event is free and includes complimentary admission to Memphis Botanic Garden and My Big Backyard. Go to memphiscampexpo.com for a list of participating camps and further details.
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WHEN SHOULD SUMMER BABIES START KINDERGARTEN? Q My son is a summer baby who will be 5
this July. I’ve been told to meet with a kindergarten teacher to find out if he’s ready to start school. But I’m also looking down the line to middle and high school, when he may face another set of maturity issues — something no one can predict. I’d like to know what the experts think. Do most children with summer birthdays begin kindergarten as 5-yearolds? When is it a good idea to send a child to kindergarten as a 6-year-old? — Decision Time
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Experts are all over the place in answering this question. The highly regarded National Association for the Education of Young Children says to send children to kindergarten when they meet the age requirement. On the other side, there are books and articles galore about the wisdom of holding children, especially boys, back if they have summer birthdays. Over the years, we have received countless letters endorsing one view or the other because parents sent or redshirted (delayed the start of formal schooling for) their children. Since no one has a crystal ball, we advise considering: opinions of preschool teachers; children’s relationships with their peers; interest in academic areas, especially reading and math; the age of most of the children in the local kindergarten; and the appropriateness of the kindergarten curriculum for young children. It also can be helpful to visit the kindergarten that your son will attend and see if it might be appropriate for your child. Use the school’s readiness checklist or the one on our website (dearteacher.com) to get more information on your child’s readiness. Finally, remember, you are the one who knows your child best and will make the best decision for him. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that academic redshirting occurs at the rate of about 9 percent nationwide among kindergarten-age children. Boys are more likely than girls to be redshirted, and in affluent communities, the rate of redshirting can be as high as 20 percent of the students. Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@dearteacher. com or to the Dear Teacher website. Compass Syndicate Corporation, 2018 Distributed by King Features Syndicate
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A UNIVERSE OF STORIES
Read, dream, believe at your public library. by JENNIFER BOREN
This is the summer of space, so make plans now with your child to join 16,000 libraries across the United States as they embark on a summer reading adventure. Libraries across Shelby County have teamed up with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a consortium of states working together to offer exceptional summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, and the CSLP hopes this yearâ€™s theme, A Universe of Stories, will inspire children to dream big, believe in themselves, and create stories of their own. Here is a sneak peek at summer library programs across Shelby County.
MEMPHIS PUBLIC LIBRARIES
3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38111 Last year, more than 80,000 people attended the summer reading program at Memphis Public Library (MPL) branches, and this summer is gearing up to be the biggest system-wide reading event ever. The MPL summer reading program is called Explore Memphis, and it is open to all ages and Memphians. Explore Memphis will include events at all MPL branches, outreach programs off-site, and specially scheduled on-site programs for groups such as camps and daycares. There are three main components to the Explore Memphis program: reading, learning, and exploring. With their participation, patrons can earn free and discounted admission to a variety of Memphis attractions. The main kick-off event will be held June 1st at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and will conclude on July 27th. Readers can track minutes spent reading, and three grand-prize winners will be awarded a Kindle Fire at each library branch. Memphis Public Libraries plans to give away more than one thousand books to children and teens this summer.
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11968 Walker St., Arlington, TN 38002 This may be one of the smallest libraries in Shelby County, but last year nearly 400 participants registered for their summer reading program. The staff and library director, Molly Antoine, plan to make this summer even bigger. The Star Wars-themed kick-off will take place on June 1st, and each week will feature guest speakers and special events. McGruff the Crime Dog will teach safety tips on June 10th, and Samantha Cox with the Shelby Forest Wildlife Program will present a program on June 20th. The library will host the Dixon Gallery Art To Grow program on July 11th. Other activities will include cooking sâ€™mores with a solar oven craft, making ice cream in a bag, a life-size Candy Land game, and a special edition of Cupcake Wars where children can compete to win prizes by decorating cupcakes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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Saturday, March 9 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | FREE!
(Rain date: Sunday, March 10)
Bring your own chalk or buy a box from us for $3. Cash only please. Join local artists in transforming the Brooks Plaza into a colorful canvas at this exciting annual festival. Invite your friends and bring the whole family for a fun day of chalk art, music, gallery exploration, and more! - Musical Performance by Jeremy Shrader - DJ Siphne Aaye - Hands-on art-making - Food trucks: Gourmade, El Mero Taco, Cozy Café, and MEMpopS. - Volunteers from Overton Park Conservancy will give guided tours of the Old Forest at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
JOIN US FOR A FREE HOMESCHOOL DAY Thursday, March 21 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Topic: Writer’s Eye Drop-in art-making studio, guided tours, gallery guides and more. Art studio opens at 10 a.m. | Tours begin at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Regular museum hours: Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission every Wednesday.
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Free Diabetes Camp for Kids June 3-7
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. FREE for children 7–16 years old Baptist College of Health Sciences 1003 Monroe Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Camp Day2Day is a free five-day camp for children with type 1 and 2 diabetes and who have been diagnosed as prediabetic. With a focus on fun, this free camp includes swimming, arts and crafts, fitness, health education, group counseling, nutritional guidance, blood glucose monitoring, medication
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501 Poplar View Pkwy., Collierville, TN 38017 Join Stormin’ Bob Swanson, the singing weatherman, as he kicks of the Burch summer reading program on May 29th. On June 6th, the Memphis Astronomical Society will teach patrons about the many different types of telescopes and how to use them. Weather permitting, attendees will have the opportunity to go outside and view the night sky with one of the telescopes. Magician Scott Humston will put on a star-stopping show on June 18th. With the help of some lucky audience members, the Activated Story Theatre will perform the stories “Coyote and Eagle” and “Hina Goes to the Moon” on June 20th. There are many more out-of-this-world events — such as solar system painting and a Star Wars-themed party — planned. The Collierville Burch Library summer reading program will conclude on July 26th.
management, symptom control and coping mechanisms. Camp Day2Day is supervised by medical practitioners and health educators. Space is limited so register today!
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5884 Stage Rd., Bartlett, TN 38134 The Bartlett library will blast off with reading this summer. The kick-off celebration will be held on June 1st and promises to be an intergalactic time. Each week throughout the summer, the Bartlett Library has special events planned for children, teens, and adults. Jennifer Boren is the lead library media specialist for Collierville Schools and blogs at bookjabber.wordpress.com.
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A local nonprofit makes it easier to pick up volunteer experience. By JULIA BAKER
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Summer break will be here before we know it, and many parents are beginning to look into camps and extracurricular activities for their young children and teenagers to participate in during the downtime. One option to consider is volunteer and service work. And a local nonprofit organization, Volunteer Odyssey, facilitates an easy way to find volunteer work in Memphis with their VolunteerCompass search engine.
Founder and CEO Dr. Sarah Petschonek, who wanted to make it easy for prospective volunteers to find service opportunities, established Volunteer Odyssey in 2013. Initially, users would consult the organization’s online calendar for volunteering opportunities, but in 2017, they launched their VolunteerCompass search engine, which would ultimately make searching for opportunities even easier. Through this platform, users can search for service opportunities by zip code — and age group. Alexis Lynn, director of creativity & giving at Volunteer Odyssey, says, “Our platform is so robust that you can use different features when searching for volunteer opportunities. You can actually select age groups to see the different opportunities compatible with the ages of your children.” Furthermore, the search engine has been streamlined to make it easy for teens and families to search specific volunteering openings by date, skill, and cause. Lynn says that volunteering has numerous benefits for teens and families alike. “While teens are learning about themselves, volunteering can be great for finding out what they’re passionate about and for
learning new skills,” she says. “Teens can also put their volunteering experiences on resumes or college applications, and it could be a great way for networking.” She adds, “We believe that you’re never too young to start volunteering. If your child starts volunteering before they even understand why it’s important, by the time they come to that age where they understand the why behind it, it’s already stuck with them. It’s a really good way to encourage a lifelong volunteer. Also, volunteering as a family is free, a great bonding experience, and a great learning experience, as well.” Nine-year-old Max Koltnow, who has volunteered with his mother Jenny and brother Turner every Martin Luther King Jr. Day since he was 5 years old, agrees. “I think kids should volunteer, because you learn a lot when you do it,” he says. “You can find interesting things like I did, and you can experience different things.” At Max’s first volunteer experience with Room in the Inn, an ecumenical ministry that sets up emergency homeless shelters in participating congregations throughout Memphis, he helped to restore a shelter and, when finished, he donated a penny he found
on the ground to the organization. Two years later, Max recounted his positive volunteering experience in his journal (pictured on page 16). Max’s 12-year-old brother Turner also enjoys volunteering. “It’s put me in contact with people who need the aid,” he says. “And I think it makes me a better person, because it lifts my spirits knowing that the people that are benefitting off what I do to make them feel safe and comfortable.” Parents can rest assured knowing that all of Volunteer Odyssey’s 50+ nonprofit partners are verified. “Quality is very important to us,” says Lynn. “If someone goes and volunteers somewhere and has a bad experience, research shows that not only are they going to not want to return to that nonprofit, they’re not going to want to volunteer for another year. So it’s really important for us to provide quality and meaningful volunteer opportunities.” If you would like to get your child involved with volunteer work through Volunteer Odyssey, you may visit the website (volunteerodyssey.com), call (3521201), or visit the organization’s office (60 S. Main St.). A list of volunteer opportunities can be found on page 16.
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND FAMILIES IN MARCH AND BEYOND March 9th Neighborhood Christian Center Assist with setting up or working annual three-day educational festival Spring Jam. Ages 16 and up. March 23rd Living Lands & Cleanups @ Wolf River Harbor Cleanup of litter and debris. Family-friendly (all minors must be accompanied by an adult). Every Monday Monday Night Meal @ both Dorothy Day House locations (Dorothy’s House & Loretta’s House) Bring and serve a meal to residents. Family and group friendly.
Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Catholic Charities of West Tennessee Clothing closet volunteer — accept donations, sort through clothing, and greet clients. Teens and older. Every weekday Catholic Charities of West Tennessee Assist with providing weekly food boxes for impoverished people. Ages 12 and up. Every Wednesday night and Saturday morning Urban Bicycle Food Ministry @ First United Methodist Church Making burritos. Ages 12 and up on Saturdays, 16 and up on Wednesdays. Riding bicycles to hand out burritos. Ages 16 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by adult).
Every Saturday until March 31st Room in the Inn @ Emmanuel United Methodist Church Set up for weekly Saturday emergency homeless shelter. Family-friendly (16 and up can volunteer without adult supervision). Every Sunday Sunday Night Prayer and Dessert @ both Dorothy Day House locations (Dorothy’s House & Loretta’s House) Bring and serve dessert to residents. Family- and groupfriendly. Volunteer opportunities for disabled — call or visit Volunteer Odyssey, where they can personally set you up with a volunteer opportunity. Wheelchairs may need to be measured. For more information on these opportunities and others, visit volunteercompass.com.
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Summer camp is a time-honored tradition, rich with activities, newfound friendships and a lifetime of memories. Explore a few ways to make your child's camp experience smooth sailing from start to finish.
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According to the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, children who participate in summer programs, like experiential learning activities offered in an organized camp, are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide. Camp also enhances a child's physical and emotional well-being. Activities build social skills, teamwork, and independence, which all contribute to stronger self-confidence and leadership abilities. "I often hear from parents how amazed they are when their children return home after spending time at campâ€Ś about how they seem older and more mature," says Doug Berkel, a YMCA senior program director of youth development services.
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First, together with your child, decide what skills you want your child to gain and choose a camp that fits her needs and interests, as well as your family's values. Check out safety guidelines in the camp's parent handbook. Look for overnight camps accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). "ACA standards are the most universal and well-known standards adopted by most camps to ensure a quality and safe program," Berkel says. Day and specialty camps should carry a current state childcare license. Additionally, staff should be trained in emergency, communication, and safety procedures, behavior management techniques (including handling the common bout of homesickness), and child abuse prevention.
Day camps are a practical way to introduce children ages 5 to 12 to the camp experience. Most center on a theme, like sports, science, nature, technology, and the arts. Ann Bowley says that when her stepson Trevor was younger, he enjoyed planning out the day camps he wanted to attend each summer. However, as her son got older he grew more apprehensive about starting over with a new group of kids each week.
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"We talked to him about it and he never changed his plans. We just looked for school mates that might be in camp with him to help him be more comfortable," she says.
Specialty camps center around one activity, like music, art, sports, or science. These camps provide children the space to further explore and develop a skill that interests them. "Specialty camps tend to run partial days and could be a nice addition to regular day camps," Berkel says.
Overnight camps, typically in an outdoor setting, can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks and are generally offered for children ages 7 and up. If you aren't sure your child is ready, allow him to spend the night at friends' houses occasionally. Or, as Berkel suggests, take advantage of a weekend family camping opportunity, usually offered in the spring and fall, to familiarize campers and their families with the facilities and staff.
CONQUER CAMP BLUES
Preparation and an awareness of what to expect can ease the transition from home to camp. Before your child departs, go over a list of everything she will need. Pack a physical connection to home, like a favorite sleeping bag, stuffed animal, or pillow.
More than 10 million American children will participate in camp this summer. More than 95 percent of campers experience occasional homesickness.
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Nearly 75 percent of campers try new activities that they were initially afraid to do. Also, mail a card ahead of time to ensure it arrives before the end of camp. Tell your child how you look forward to hearing her camp stories but avoid saying how much you miss her, which can trigger homesickness and worry. Fourteen-year veteran Boy Scout leader, soccer coach, and father of eight, John Whiteside, is a camping pro. Over the years, he and his children have participated in multiple camps, including sports, band, and week-long scout camps. Initial nervousness isn't unusual. If your child asks to come home, Whiteside says to consider the situation but to encourage him to discuss his anxieties with the camp counselor and take it one day at a time. "Tell him, 'Yes, today was hard, but I think it will be better tomorrow,' and usually tomorrow is better," he says. While your child may struggle at first, chances are he'll come home a happy camper with a heightened sense of self-confidence, memorable stories, and a passel of new friends to boot. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is the mom of two boys who love choosing day camps each summer. She is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.
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to fill an empty spot. Camps also offer payment plans and partial “camperships.” Parents shouldn’t assume their income doesn’t qualify. Ask the camp what payment or assistance program they offer. Ask early.
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The American Camp Association (ACA) believes there is a camp for every child and every budget. ACA recommends looking for these four options when planning your camp search budget. Look for camp scholarships. ACA supports camp scholarships indirectly with the Send a Child to Camp fund for campers in need. The ACA camp
community generates a projected $216 million annually for camp scholarships. Don’t be afraid to call and ask if financial assistance is available. Look for assistance offered from camps. Camps offer special discounts — for everything from early registration, full-season, or multiple enrollments from one family to late registration
Look for assistance offered from the US government. Parents should inquire into whether the camp participates in income-eligible subsidy programs. If you are sending your child to a day camp, there are options for tax breaks. Families can utilize the ACA Find a Camp tool on acacamps.org or browse memphisparent.com’s Camp Guide to see local and regional camp options.
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Look for assistance offered by other organizations. Many organizations offer financial assistance for camp. Your church or synagogue may have a fund that supports campers. If the camper’s parent(s) or grandparent(s) served or are serving in the military, there may be funds available for camp. Other civic organizations and clubs, sororities, and fraternities, may have available funds.
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THE WONDER OF OVERTON PARK Magic awaits in the heart of Midtown. By JEFF HULETT
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What comes to mind when you think about Overton Park? Is it the greensward? Rainbow Lake Playground? The Memphis Zoo? Perhaps it’s the Levitt Shell or the Old Forest? There’s so much to admire, appreciate, and discover.
For me — a proud Midtowner coming up on two decades living in the area, filled with its daily hustle and bustle — Overton Park is a refuge of beauty, joy, and wonder. Whether riding through on my bike, taking in a concert, or just chasing my kids around, this escape from urban life is always welcomed — and sometimes, really needed. Through the frigid temperatures of winter and the muggy heat of summer, Overton Park is a treasure like no other in our city. Positioned beautifully in the center of Midtown and replete with everything from golfing to hiking to just plain playing, it’s no wonder everyone flocks here throughout the year, no matter the season. While it’s hard for me to say this (I turn 40 this month), I’ve been visiting the park for nearly three decades. As members of the Brooks Museum and Memphis Zoo, our family finds ourselves there in one way or another at least once a week. My daughter Ella was just at the zoo for a field trip last month, and before that, we were enjoying a rare warm winter day walking the paths of the Old Forest. From the slides to the swings to the tree you can climb through and play hide-and-seek in, Rainbow Playground is unmatched when it comes to play spaces for kids. But don’t get me started on the ropes course. My kids love to climb to the top but don’t quite know how to get down yet. Let’s just say my knees and back are sore just thinking about those imminent rescue missions. Who knows, maybe this year they will figure out how to get down by themselves? Then there’s the greensward, always abuzz with activities, including soccer, ultimate Frisbee, football, rugby, and more. Sometimes there are jugglers, hula hoopers, and tightrope walkers, too. You never know who or what you’ll see. Overton Park has also become home to countless festivals including A Day of Merrymaking, Latino Memphis Festival, and Palestine Festival.
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“Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Overton Park,” says Tina Sullivan, executive director of the Overton Park Conservancy. “A beautiful place for flying kites, meeting friends at the playground, and riding bikes, the park also boasts one of the best-kept secrets in Memphis — a stunning array of native wildflowers blooming in the Old Forest. Free to all 365 days a year and supported generously by community members, Overton Park is a place to connect with your community while being inspired by the beauty of the natural world.” My favorite view of the park is sitting directly in front of Rainbow Lake. From this vantage point, the trees behind the lake don’t even look real, especially when they are in full bloom. It’s also a great spot to dog-watch. My girls and I love watching the fearless, stick-fetching pups. Sometimes they go so far out, even when they are completely out of breath — I often wonder if I’m going to have to go in and help a dog back to shore. Did you know that many Memphians have never been to the park? It’s true; just ask some of your friends and neighbors. I’m always pushing this dialogue because any first-time visitor I’ve heard from, or taken myself, falls in love with it. “As a fairly new Memphian, Overton Park is just another example of the unexplainable pull Memphis can have on you,” says David French, president of the Memphis Branding Initiative and board chair of the Overton Park Conservancy. “From the wide array of festivals held at the park every year to the quiet solitude one can find there, Overton Park is special in so many ways.” If you’d like to support Overton Park, visit overtonpark.org/give. Jeff Hulett is a freelance writer, musician, and PR consultant in Memphis. He lives in the Vollintine Evergreen neighborhood with his wife Annie, two girls Ella and Beatrice, and dog Chalupa. He’s fan of dad jokes.
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Getting your child ready for a positive camp experience can be daunting, whether it is his first time going away or his third summer. Something as simple as giving him a voice as to what kind of camp he attends can put him at ease.
“Parents have many options based on interests, fees, and hours, so you can identify the ones that meet your needs and let your child look at brochures and camp guides to help choose their summer experience,” says Kirsten Gray, vice president of youth development at YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South. Once you have identified what piques your child’s interest, the selection process will be quicker. The options are endless. Christina Dembiec, director of education at the Memphis Zoo Camp, says, “We have specialty camps themed around our Lego exhibit and talk about the interconnectedness of ourselves and our planets and how we all have a role and are connected here.” Check out the camp ahead of time. Some camps have open houses or opportunities to meet
the staff, see the site, and take part in activities. It develops at his own rate. “You need to assess your is helpful when your child knows what to expect. child’s readiness to be separated from you for a The best camps allow your child to learn and have period of time,” says Tom Rosenberg, president fun at the same time. At Zoo Camp, for example, and CEO of the American Camp Association “He will leave with a respect for living things and (ACA). “So if it is overnight, part of that is hopefully a greater understanding and appreciation practicing with sleepovers at friend’s houses or of his connection to wildlife and wild places,” staying with family members occasionally.” says Dembiec. Reinforce that even camp directors or counselors Engaging experiences are the best. “Kids are may be homesick at the beginning, and that is interested in hands-on activities and performances normal. Even though camp is a great opportunity, like talent shows, whether it is singing, dancing, timing is everything. magic, or playing a musical instrument,” says Make sure your child has packed appropriately. Andrea Ballard, campus director at St. George’s “Each camp has items that are required, such as Independent School, which offers summer sunscreen, swimsuits, and towels,” says YMCA’s programs. Most importantly, you want to Gray, “but also check for items that are not familiarize yourself with the camp’s philosophy. permitted, such as personal electronics, and talk in Be mindful that every child grows and advance with your child about why these items CONTINUED ON PAGE 32
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must stay at home.” If it is permitted, send your child with a camera so he can capture memories. At the zoo, “The kids’ favorite part is when they get to meet animals up close and personal as they enjoy the joy of discovery,” says Dembiec. Every camp has its own mission and benefits. Antonio Perez, director of youth basketball programming for the Grizzlies Basketball Camp, says, “Fun and basketball instruction is a primary focus, but we want kids to learn about teamwork, leadership, having a good attitude, and respect, so it is a comprehensive experience.” At sports camps like the Grizzlies Basketball Camp, kids appreciate the exposure to local talent, awards, and autographs. “Camp is an opportunity to explore activities you do not always get to do during the school year, and you can learn what you love to do and also what you are good at doing,” says St. George’s Ballard. If you are unsure if camp is right for your child, view it as an alternative to screen time and a key to academic success. “Continued learning helps reinforce reading, math, and problem-solving, so we do not have as much learning loss over the summer,” Ballard says. Think about what it will do on a personal level. “For some kids, camp builds self-confidence and a sense of belonging, opportunities for leadership, and a chance to figure out what they are passionate or curious about,” says Ballard. Sometimes a child may find a new interest that he can pursue during the school year or even a future career. “One piece of camp is
entrepreneurship — we had one group last year decide they were going to open a restaurant and spent the week planning the menu, researching the recipes, and creating the signs,” she adds. It can be exciting to watch your child’s creativity unfold as he becomes a prospective business owner. Set an example by having a positive mindset, and realized that camp is a new and healthy risk. “Encourage your child to try something new for a short amount of time to see if he likes it,” says Ballard. “If you have concerns or your child has expressed concerns, communicate that to the teacher or director so they can navigate it and support your child as needed so his experience is positive.” A common question is how you can communicate with the camp or your child, so be sure to ask questions. Ready, get set, go! “Create a fun countdown for your kid to his first day of camp and talk to him about the exciting experiences he will have and the friendships he will make,” says YMCA’s Gray. There is no place like camp. “Camp is an extraordinary place where kids can unplug, leave phones at home, and have a human-powered community in a super immersive way,” says ACA’s Rosenberg. When your child knows what to expect, and he sees you have a good attitude about camp, it will be contagious. Grizzlies Camp’s Perez adds, “Parents like how camp uplifts their kids to make them feel good and special.”
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No one at your kids' camp is hoping you will overpack. Camp staff are busy scheduling the type of summer adventures that make lifelong memories. So resist the urge to pack too much. Keep your approach simple. Here are a few tips that will make your job easier and save you money and headaches. BE A FOLLOWER. Heed the camp packing list, even if you don't understand every piece of advice. The staff has done this before, and they know what is necessary and what is not. If you have a question, send an email in advance. Don't wait until the last minute to pack. Divide and conquer the list early by laying everything out where it can be checked and doublechecked. Expect it to all come back home in a jumble, of course.
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THINK DUFFEL BAG. If your camp does not tell you how to pack, invest in a large, sturdy duffel bag and do not overfill it. You want to leave a bit of room for everything to come home after camp when it's not packed as well as you packed it. In fact, tuck a collapsible nylon bag into one of the duffel bag pockets. It's sure to come in handy on the way home. If your camp requires a trunk, consider a soft trunk for easier mobility.
LABEL ALMOST EVERYTHING. Use a black laundry marker or a silver Sharpie for black items. If you shop online, you can find a white laundry marker that will last a couple of years. But don't go so far as labeling socks. Buy inexpensive socks of the same type and make sure your camper can identify them. Keep markings simple for most things by using three initials. No one wants to have the label-crazed parent. However, mark important items like boots, sneakers, and water bottles with full names. Also label luggage.
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GO WITH WORN. Don't go on a spending spree and send your child to camp with a whole new wardrobe. These clothes will likely come home stained and ripped, if they even make it home at all. Suffice it to say, pack old clothing that won't be missed if it does not return. Anything of irreplaceable sentimental value needs to stay home, even if it's just an old T-shirt. Send favorites as long as they are replaceable. Have a variety of appropriate shoes. And if you buy new shoes, definitely break them in before camp.
PACK LIGHTWEIGHT LAYERS. If it will be cool or even cold at night, resist the urge to pack a parka. Go with lightweight layers. A T-shirt, sweatshirt, and a waterproof shell will be plenty warm enough for active kids. For cooler locations, fleece is lightweight and warm. Jeans will come in handy on cool nights by the fire. Don't forget a camp chair for damp mornings and evenings outdoors. And if you are going to pack anything extra, consider socks and underwear, a second bathing suit, and a backup water bottle. They won't take up much room.
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EXPECT DAMP. Sleeping bags should be easy to dry in the sun, just in case. Pack any stationery, books, and papers in plastic, zip-top bags. You can separate small clothing into zip-top bags when packing. Include a few spare plastic bags in a pocket to sort laundry into while at camp. To avoid mildew, remind your camper not to zip anything damp into a plastic bag. REPEL CRITTERS NATURALLY. Make sure camp cabins will be animalproof before sending candy or snacks. Beware of ants and other bugs. When packing toiletries, invest in insect-repelling natural brands for shampoo, conditioner, and soap. You can always transfer liquids into small, spill-proof containers and leave the remainder at home. Natural scents that discourage bugs include tea tree, rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and lemongrass. Try bath products with these scents and also pack traditional insect repellent.
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EASE PRESSURE. You’ll want your kids to write to you from camp, so include self-addressed postcards or stationery. Then, when drop-off day arrives, squeeze those campers tight, tell them you love them, and let them off the hook to enjoy a summer camp experience of their own creation. They may not write or call or even think of you much, and that's OK. If they send one piece of mail, let it be enough until they return. The less they think about you and home, the better job you did packing them up for independence.
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Mending Hearts is a performing arts day camp for children who have experienced the death of one or both parents. Surrounded by a community of peers who have experienced similar loss, campers explore their creativity through acting, singing, dance, and design classes.
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Extra socks and underwear Extra spill-proof water bottle Extra bathing suit Nylon laundry bag Bathroom/shower caddy Headlamp or flashlight and batteries Disposable camera Towels & bed linens Camp chair Raincoat or poncho Sunglasses Waterproof sunscreen Lip balm Feminine protection Insect repellant Back-up glasses or contacts Pre-addressed stationery A good book Playing cards and small games A few personal items (family photos, stuffed animal, twinkle lights)
SAVE ON CAMP SUPPLIES Forget what other kids bring Rock those hand-me-downs Borrow from friends or neighbors Shop resale Search for online coupons Leave irreplaceable things at home Break shoes in before camp Bring enough, but not too much Focus on enjoying the experience
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Many people choose teaching. But for some people, like Philip Tuminaro, a sixthgrade teacher at New Hope Christian Academy (NHCA), teaching chooses them.
“I believe that if you don’t know while student-teaching under the guidTuminaro was attending Liberty Unisomething well enough to show someversity in Lynchburg, Virginia, pursuing ance of mentors at Whitehaven and one else, then you really don’t know it,” Carver High Schools. a career in radio or sound production. he says. “Also, this gets them to come After he finished his residency, “But I found myself sort of bored and back and relearn what I taught them, Tuminaro taught senior-level classes disillusioned by it,” he says. “I had so I’ve just basically tricked them into at Kingsbury High School for six years. recently become a Christian, and I was studying. And they have fun with it, really trying to pray to God and ask “But my wife developed some health too.” what I should do with my life.” problems,” he says. “And it was hard Ultimately, Tuminaro aims for himkeeping up with teaching at Kingsbury That’s when a friend approached self and students to do their best, no and taking care of my children.” So he him with a proposal — to join him one began teaching at NHCA, where his matter what. “When you have those night a week at a juvenile detention kids could eventually attend. bad days, you just close the door and center playing basketball with kids and teach as hard as you can and push the helping them with their homework. “At Tuminaro is now in his third year students to go as hard as they can,” the time, I didn’t really have a desire to at NHCA teaching English language he says. “You’ve got to love them and arts. “My subject is a supplement to work with kids,” says Tuminaro. “But I cheer them on — or ‘go hard.’ For me the science and history classes,” he said, ‘Yeah, I’ll play some hoops. I love says. “I’m a reading and writing teacher, and my students, that seems to be a basketball.’” To his surprise, he seemed as well as sort of a tutor for those other cure-all.” to have a knack with the children, and, For Tuminaro, one of the most after sitting in and observing a couple subjects.” He also teaches economics, rewarding things about teaching has social studies, and discipleship classes of classroom teachers later on, he been seeing how far some of his stuat the school. decided he would switch his major. Tuminaro strives to make classes dents have come after leaving his class Once he received his teaching enjoyable. “My job never gets boring,” and graduating. “I’m always running license, Tuminaro moved to Memphis to pursue a graduate program through he says. “If you want to put the work in into former students from Kingsbury, and they’ll come up to me, shake my Union University that partnered with to make the lessons fun, you all get to hand, and introduce me to their family, have a fun day.” One teaching method the teacher residency training proTuminaro uses that the students really or they’ll tell me that they’re in college gram Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR). Through this program, Tuminaro enjoy is having them teach or quiz each or starting their own business,” he says. other throughout his lessons. “It’s really cool to see that.” worked toward his master’s degree
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Local and regional camp representatives will be on hand to provide information about what they have to offer for kids in preschool to age 18. FREE EVENT INCLUDES COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION TO THE GARDEN AND MY BIG BACKYARD FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. VISIT MEMPHISPARENTCAMPEXPO.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A LIST OF PARTICIPATING CAMPS.
1 ∙ FRIDAY
First Friday Fun. Westminster Academy. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Ages 2-5 years. This Mommy and Me series features stories, songs, and crafts. Free and open to the public. 380-9192. Southern Women’s Show. Agricenter International. March 1-3. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Girls Night Out on Friday evening. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Show includes three days of shopping, food, fashion, health, and beauty. Special appearance by Savannah Chrisley from USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best on Saturday, March 2. $12/adult. $6/child ages 6-12. Limited number of VIP packages available for $35. VIP packages include a threeday wristband among other goodies. Visit southernshows.com for kids’ activities. Call (800)849-0248 for details.
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FAB Fridays Laser Light Shows and Movies. Memphis Pink Palace Museum. Museum closes at 5 p.m. and reopens at 6 p.m. Show time varies. Visit memphismuseums.org for details. Stari-gami Family Campﬁre Party. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). 6-8 p.m. Families will go on a night hike to several origami sculptures, enjoy activities, and end the night with DIY s’mores in My Big Backyard. $12. Hot dogs, s’mores, and cocoa will be provided. Reservations required. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for tickets.
2 ∙ SATURDAY
Chucalissa Family Days. C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family programs and craft activities change weekly. March 2: Music/ Coloring Books. 40
March 9: Mystery Box/Beading. March 16: Sports & Hunting/Pottery. March 23: Stone Tools/ Talking Sticks. March 30: Trash Talks/ Snake Painting. $6/adult. $4/child ages 4-11. Free for children 3 and under. 785-3160. Folding Fun Saturdays. MBG. Meets Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit the folding fun table at the visitor center and learn a new origami fold, explore plants that make paper, and try your hand at a paper airplane before you tour the Origami in the Garden exhibit. Free with admission. 636-4100. Magic Carpet Jam in Your Jammies: Breakfast with Siphne. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. 10 a.m. Children ages 2 and up are invited to put on their pajamas and join Siphne on a musical adventure exploring beatboxing and vocal percussion. $5/child. Free to adults. 537-1483. Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Meets first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. until noon. Drop in at the Dixon to create works of art, open-studio style. Free. 761-5250. Library Tunes & Tales. At area libraries including Central, Bartlett, Cordova, Whitehaven, Collierville, and Germantown. 11 a.m. Join the musical families of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as they present a story set to music followed by a craft activity. Free. 537-2500. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hyde Chapel @ Memphis University School. Through March 5 at 7 p.m. Watch this Shakespearean comedy where four young Athenians run away to the forest, fairies quarrel, and tricks
are played, but in the end, true love is happily restored. $15 at the door. Go to mus-theater. ticketleap.com/midsummer for tickets.
3 ∙ SUNDAY
Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community Bicentennial Exhibit FREE Community Opening Day. Memphis Pink Palace Museum. Noon until 5 p.m. Features performances throughout the day highlighting Stax Music Academy, Danza Azteca Memphis, Opera Memphis, Epke Abioto African drumming, and Playback Memphis. Free. 636-2362. Indoor Winter 2019 Beale Street Art Crawl. The Orpheum. 1-7 p.m. Dear Music Nonprofit Organization presents this event featuring artisans, live painting, entertainment, kids’ activities, artist award ceremony, and more. It includes an art competition open to Art & Design College students only. Visit bealestreetartcrawl.com/ artist-competition for more information. Camp Carnival. Memphis Jewish Community Center. 1-3 p.m. Families will enjoy the moon bounce, carnival games and prizes, face painting, and popcorn. Camp staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Free. Visit jccmemphis.org/ campcarnival for details.
4 ∙ MONDAY
Tea & Toddlers. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. Meets Mondays (excluding March 11) from noon until 2:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701-2871 for details.
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Toddler Time. UPP @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Wednesdays from
10:30 a.m. until noon. Play group for parents and toddlers. Free. 227-9558. Music for Aardvarks. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Wednesdays (March 20 & 27), from noon until 1 p.m. Early childhood music class for children ages 6 months to 6 years. Free. RSVP to email@example.com or call 701-2871 for details. Pointe of New Ballet Tours. New Ballet Ensemble & School. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Also on Thursday, March 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Take a tour and get a glimpse of dance classes, and sometimes rehearsals, offered by the school. Thursday tours begin at Dunbar Elementary and end at the New Ballet Studio. Space is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 726-9225 to reserve your place on the tour.
9 ∙ SATURDAY
ChalkFest. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy art-making, music by Jeremy Shrader and DJ Siphne Aaye, games, gallery tours, and food trucks. Volunteers from Overton Park Conservancy offer guided tours of the Old Forest at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and noon. Rain date: Sunday, March 10. Free. Bring your own chalk or buy a box for $3. Call 544-6200 for details. Rainbow Fish. The Orpheum. 10 a.m. Part of the Saturday Series, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents this puppetry production featuring two companion stories “Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea” and “Opposites.” $15/person. 525-3000.
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Caterpillar Club. MBG. 10-11 a.m. Also
on March 26 & 27. Choose Tuesday or Wednesday session. Children ages 2-5 join for stories, games, and craft. Led by instructor “Mister Drew” Massengale, this preschool program gets your little one discovering nature, hands-on, in the great outdoors. Six-class semester fee: $75. Call 636-4122 to register.
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Movies at the Orpheum: Space Jam (PG). The Orpheum. 7 p.m. A new year-round Movies at the Orpheum series begins this year. $8/adult. $6/child ages 12 and under. Group discounts available. 525-3000.
16 ∙ SATURDAY
Girl Scouts Day at the Stax. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Open to K-12 and families. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a museum tour, music workshop, and service activities around the Soulsville campus. Current Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to work toward badges while participating in the event. Free. Reservations required. Go to eventbrite.com to register. Eat this Book! Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. 11 a.m.3 p.m. Celebrate Memphis Food Culture in this first-ever festival featuring a bazaar with booths from local restaurants, chefs, and other food businesses. Free. 415-2700.
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Fiddler on the Roof. The Orpheum. Through March 24.
Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. Features Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and more. $25-$125. Call 525-3000 for tickets.
23 ∙ SATURDAY
Memphis Parent Camp Expo. MBG. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. At this second annual Memphis Parent Camp Expo, parents get a chance to meet face-to-face with camp staff, watch informational videos, and pick up take-home materials to plan the kids’ camp schedule for the year. Free. Includes complimentary admission to Memphis Botanic Garden and My Big Backyard. Go to memphiscampexpo.com for details. Cherry Blossom Picnic. MBG. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate the blooming of the cherry trees with an origami exhibit tour, activity stations, Japanese food trucks, and more. Free with admission. 636-4100.
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Spring Fling 2019 Garden Show and Plant Sale. The Agricenter. Also on Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Features educational seminars with regional/local experts, hands-on demos, gardening photo exhibit, recycling products and information, a seed starter booth, “Ask a Master Gardener” plant clinic, plant sale, homemade treats, food trucks, and vendors. Saturday’s event includes a Kid’s Corner plus “Garden Jumble” — a mini flea-market of gently used garden items. Free admission and parking. 752-1207.
Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Float. YMCA at Schilling Farms. Ages 3-5 at 6:30 p.m. (parent must accompany child in the water). Ages 6-8 at 6:45 p.m. Ages 9-12 at 7 p.m. Bring your baskets and collect floating plastic eggs at the indoor pool. $5. Sign up by March 27. Wear your swimsuit and bring your towel. Life vests are available. 850-9622. Town of Collierville Mother-Son Dance. H.W. Cox Park Gym. 6:30-9 p.m. Mothers and sons will join for an evening of dinner, dancing, and entertainment. Each son takes home a souvenir photo and photo holder. $55 for each pair. $15 for additional son. Register by Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m. Limited to first 350 registrants. 457-2777.
30 ∙ SATURDAY
PB&J: Mario the Maker Magician. Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. As seen on Sesame Street and the Sprout Channel, NYC Mario the “Maker” Magician makes his way to GPAC in his 1971 VW bus to entertain young audiences. $8/child. Includes up to two adults. Reservations required. 751-7500. East Shelby’s 20th Anniversary Wellness Fair. East Shelby Branch Library. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Features organizations such as the Health Institute, Latino Memphis, and A Step Ahead Foundation, cooking demos, yoga classes, children’s activities, games, door prizes, and food. Free. 751-7360.
ONGOING EVENTS MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS
Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Origami in the Garden. Through March 24. An exhibition of 17 outdoor sculptures and 3 indoor unfolded cast wall hangings created by American artists Kevin and Jennifer Box are on display throughout 31 specialty gardens. 636-4100. The Pink Palace Museum. Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community. March 2 through October. The bicentennial exhibit interprets events of the past 200 years that have shaped Memphis’ past and present and form the basis for our future. 636-2362. CTI 3D Giant Theater. The Mysteries of China 3D. Through May 24. 636-2362.
AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. Seasonal Stargazing. Ongoing. Perfect Little Planet. Until further notice. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Until further notice. 636-2362.
Mallory-Neely House Tour. Mallory-Neely House, 652 Adams Avenue. Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9/adult. $5/child (ages 3 and up). 523-1484. Junior League of Memphis (JLM) Bridal Show. JLM Community Resource Center. Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The show includes floral displays, event rental layouts, live music and dance performances, food, and vendors. $10. Visit jlmemphis.org for details.
Magevney House Tour. Magevney House. Open first Saturday (March 2), 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. 523-1484. Soul Explosion 2019. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This family-friendly event aims to connect organizations with candidates for seasonal employment, academic enrichment, summer academies, and volunteer and internship opportunities. Free. 942-7685. Making Memphis: Storytelling with Jimmy Ogle Series. Pink Palace Mansion Theater. Through March 14. Mondays & Thursdays, from noon until 1 p.m. March 4: Memphis & The Civil War. March 7: Memorials & Historical Marker in Shelby County. March 11: Women in Memphis History. March 14: Memphis 1970s to Now. This Lunch and Learn series is part of
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the museum’s Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community bicentennial exhibit. Free. Reservations required. SneakFest Sneaker Expo. Mid-South Fairgrounds. Sunday, March 24, 1-6 p.m. Features DJ Xtra Credit with the Vibes, more than 40 food trucks, and a chance to buy/sell/trade sneakers. SneakFest is followed by Memphis Express vs. Birmingham Iron game at 7 p.m. @ Liberty Bowl Stadium. Combo tickets available for $25. Includes SneakFest ticket plus one game ticket and one game drink voucher. Go to sneakfest.org for details. Lest We Forget Commemoration: Dr. Earnestine Jenkins with Dr. Charles McKinney – Ripples from Slavery. Hattiloo Theatre. Monday, March 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hattiloo curates an eightmonth commemoration remembering the African-American community’s achievements, rejoicings, and struggles. The series uses theatre, film, scholarship, and music to share the 400-year history (1619-2019). Free. Reservations recommended. Email Elizabeth Baines at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservations. Memphis Women’s Summit. University of Memphis University Center. Thursday, March 28, 8:30-4:30 p.m. Junior League of Memphis presents this 4th annual community-focused, leadership conference featuring Dominique Dawes as keynote speaker. This one-day event includes breakout sessions with local leaders, a luncheon featuring a panel of top female leaders in Memphis, and vendor booths focused on women’s issues and interests. $150. Go to memphiswomenssummit.org for details.
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Mid-Day Mindfulness in Motion Yoga. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. Meets Fridays from noon until 1 p.m. Features simple, dynamic movement, gentle balance exercises, deep breathing, and guided relaxation. Free. RSVP to email@example.com or call 701-2871 for details. Saturday Childbirth Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. March 2 & 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. Call 226-5764 to register.
100 questions. Free. 754-8443. Work It Wednesdays. South Branch Library. Meets on select Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until noon. March 6: Resumes and Cover Letters. March 13: Apply for Jobs Online. March 20: Interviewing Skills. Each session will cover a critical skill to help stand out in the job market. Free. 946-8518. Breastfeeding Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30. Call 226-5764 to register. Sibling Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. until noon. $20. Call 226-5764 to register. Junior Artisans: Twisted Wire Bugs. Metal Museum. Saturday, March 9, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Children ages 7-10 use pipe cleaners and recycled metal utensils to create their own bugs. $15. Reservations required. 774-6380. Dynamic Dads. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, March 9, 12:30-4 p.m. Free. Call 226-5764 to register. Young Coppersmiths: Copper Bird Racers. Metal Museum. Saturday, March 9, 2:304 p.m. Children ages 11-13 create hollow formed copper birds and race down a string at the end of the class. $15. Reservations required. 774-6380. African Family Drum Circle. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Tuesdays (March 5 & 19), 3-4 p.m. Offers children the tools for developing lifelong safety, health, and learning habits. Free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701-2871 for details. Cut Paper Art Workshop. Morton Museum. Wednesday, March 13, 1-4 p.m. Teens explore the art of cut paper and create a design. Free. 457-2650. Mini Metalsmiths: Forged Clay Critters. Metal Museum. Wednesday, March 13, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Children ages 3-6 study animal sculptures from the permanent collection before they experiment with clay, hammers, and an anvil to create their own clay critters. $10. Reservations required. 774-6380.
Coolsculpting Launch Party. UT University Plastic Surgeons. Tuesday, March 5, 4-8 p.m. Drop in to learn about Coolsculpting from plastic surgeons, receive on-site consultations, and enjoy food, drinks, and prizes. Free. Go to bit.ly/coolRSVP or call 350-4858 to register.
Living a Plant-Based Life. Frayser Branch Library. Wednesday, March 13, 4-5 p.m. Angela Hyde conducts cooking demos promoting a simple and affordable plant-based diet. Also learn about natural remedies and natural preventive measures that result from a plant-based life. Free. 357-4115.
Citizenship Test Prep. Cordova Branch Library. Meet on Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Prepare for the civics test by going over
Calligraphy Workshop. Morton Museum. Thursday, March 14, 1-4 p.m. Teens learn the history of calligraphy and try their hand
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Open Late: The Art of Living Well. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Thursday, March 21, 6-8 p.m. Experience a sampling of the Art of Living Well programs at the Dixon, including meditations, yoga, and more. Free with admission. 761-5250
Unfolding Origami. MBG. Wednesday, March 6, 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and up join for a hands-on learning experience. $5/person. Garden admission not included. Call 636-4100 to register and pre-pay. Homeschool Day: Writer’s Eye. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Families take part in scavenger hunts, self-guided tours, a drop-in art-making activity, and docent led tours at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Free. 544-6200.
Cirque du CMOM 2019: What Goes Around Comes Around. Children’s Museum of Memphis (CMOM). Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m. The night features music by Nashville’s Universal Crush, food by local chefs, a silent disco, and online auction. $150. Go to cmom.com or call 458-2678 for details. 8th Annual SpeakEasy Gala. The Great Hall & Conference Center. Saturday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. Join the swankiest party in town and help raise funds for Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. Visit mosdkids.org for details. A Serving for Tennis. Agricenter International. Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m. The fund-raiser features food from Memphis area restaurants, music, silent auction, and the opportunity to vote for your favorite restaurant. $100. Search for the event on eventbrite.com for reservations. 10th Annual Broadway Gala featuring Alton Fitzgerald White. Hilton Memphis. Saturday, March 30, 6 p.m. Alton, Broadway’s longest-running Mufasa in The Lion King, performs a special one-hour show at the gala. The evening includes a buffet dinner, an Elizabethan midway of games, costumes, photo booths, and an opportunity to act with Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC) performers, and live and silent auctions. $125/ticket.
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THEATRE PERFORMANCES THE PRICE IS RIGHT Live! The Orpheum. Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. “Come on Down” to the Orpheum for this live, on-stage version of the popular game show. $40-$75. VIP available online. 525-3000. Memphis Made-Center Stage presents This Place, This Time with Siphne A. Sylve. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. Friday, March 1, 8 p.m. Siphne’s stage performance is in conjunction with her Levy Gallery exhibit. $20/adult. $15/ child. 537-1483. Dustbowl Revival. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. This eight-member Americana/soul band mashes the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party. $25. Call 525-3000 for tickets. Benise’s Fuego! Spirit of Spain. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. Benise, armed with his Spanish guitar and backed by a stage full of musicians and dancers, captures world music and presents to the audience. $35$95. 525-3000. Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Tribute to Memphis Legend, David Porter. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Robert Moody conducts this musical tribute to Stax legend and Hall of Fame songwriter, David Porter. $15-$88. Call 537-2525 for tickets. Italy’s Newpoli. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. Friday, March 29, 8 p.m. Emanating from Italy’s Mediterranean coast, Newpoli blends original music with traditional arrangements in this performance at Buckman. $28/adult. $25/ child. 537-1483. The Pirates of Penzance and other Gilbert & Sullivan Favorites. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. This New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production gives audiences a chance to get carried away by pirates. $35. Call 525-3000 for tickets.
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Make Your Own: Gold Leaﬁng. Metal Museum. Saturday, March 30. Two sessions offered from 10 a.m. until noon and from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Children ages 7 and up learn the simple technique of applying gold leaf to everyday objects. Bring your own object or pick from one of ours. $10. Reservations required. 7746380.
Guys and Dolls Jr. Germantown Community Theatre. March 2, 2-5 p.m. & March 3, 6-8 p.m. Children ages 5-18 are asked to prepare 16 measures of a song from a musical and dress to move. There will be cold readings from the script. Show dates are August 2-18 and rehearsals begin after Memorial Day. 453-4779.
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Barnes & Noble Booksellers The Avenue Carriage Crossing Mall, 8533264 Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 1-6. Barnes & Noble Booksellers 2774 N. Germantown Pkwy., 386-2468 Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 2-8. March 2 & 5: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Event Storytime. March 9 & 12: You Are My Happy. March 16 & 19: How to Catch a Leprechaun. March 23 & 26: Little Blue Truck’s Springtime. March 30: We are the Gardeners! Leprechauns & Limericks Event. Saturday, March 16, 2-2:30 p.m. Celebrate the release of new book Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles with fun leprechaunthemed activities. Free. Costume Story Time Biscuit the Dog. Sunday, March 17, 3-3:30 p.m. Join for a special story time with Biscuit. Free. Escape This Book Event. Saturday, March 23, 2-2:30 p.m. Ages 8-14. This young reader event focuses on the new book series, Escape This Book! It’s a choose-yourown-adventure meets I Survived activity book. Activities include brain puzzles, games, and more to get the final clues. Free. Story Time at Morton Museum of Collierville History 196 N. Main St., 457-2650 Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 5 and under. Enjoy a new story theme each week with songs, related craft, and snack. Free. CENTRAL 3030 Poplar Ave., 415-2700 CLOUD901 Classes & Events: CLOUD901 is the library’s state-of-theart Teen Learning Lab that includes a music studio, a video production lab, an art studio, Makerspace, gaming zone, and a performance stage. Open to teens ages 13-18 with a Memphis library card. Go to memphislibrary.org/cloud901 for a class list. Front Porch Music Series – Diana and Gary Kabakoff. Tuesday, March 12, 7-8 p.m. This cultural series aims to bring people together in an intimate public space to experience the rich variety of music in Memphis.
Bilingual Story Time – Cantos, Cuentos, y Juegos. Saturday, March 16, from 11 a.m. until noon. Rhodes College presents this story time featuring stories, songs, and games in English and Spanish. Birth of the Bluff City: 1865-1900. Saturday, March 23, 1-2 p.m. Celebrate the 200-year history of the city of Memphis. Tour through the history of the bluff city using drawings, photographs, and historical maps from the library’s collection. Saturdays at 3 Performances: Paula Amrod and Friends. Saturday, March 23, 3-4:30 p.m. The Beethoven Club of Memphis presents P. Brent Register and Friends. Tuesday, March 26, 7-8 p.m. A chamber music recital featuring the world premiere of Bedtime Stories (Beyond the Window) for soprano, flute, oboe, violoncello, and piano by P. Brent Register with text by Pamela Chillemi-Yaeger. Robert Patterson conducts. Memphis Birth Collective Presents Parent Topic Night. Thursday, March 28, 6:30-8 p.m. Postpartum Health with Beth Shelton. BARTLETT 6382 Stage Rd., 386-8968 Newspaper Potting. Tuesday, March 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Children ages 6-12 create newspaper planters, fill with dirt, and plant a seed to take home. Pi Day. Thursday, March 14, 2-3 p.m. Ages 9-12. Math meets food in this tween program as children delve into the number Pi and make a mini no-bake pie. CORDOVA 8457 Trinity Rd., 754-8443 International Story Time. Saturday, March 9, 11-11:45 a.m. Learn about the country of Ethiopia with stories, music, crafts, and snacks. The Kids on the Block Puppet Theater. Saturday, March 16, 11-11:45 a.m. Watch a puppet show and make your own puppet to take home.
Family Pajama Story Time. Thursday, March 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Families are welcome to bring their blankets and stuffed animals to enjoy this pajama story time.
Dixon Art Classes for Teens: Colorful Collages. Tuesday, March 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Teens create a silhouette of foliage on construction paper using sharpies and isopropyl alcohol to give the art an abstract effect.
Make-n-Take Craft. Friday, March 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Children ages 6-12 learn how to make a hand puppet of their favorite character using a single sheet of paper.
Spring Fling with the Cordova Garden Club. Saturday, March 23, 11-11:45 a.m. Share stories and snacks, then decorate your own flower pot and plant a flower to take home.
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Kids Career Day - Dentist. Saturday, March 30, 11-11:45 a.m. Learn about being a dentist. Share stories, healthy snacks, and a fun craft.
CORNELIA CRENSHAW 531 Vance Ave., 525-1643 Kids 7-14 learn to code in a fun, motivating way by building video games. An exciting and rewarding STEM learning environment. Half Day and Full Day options available all summer. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dr. Seuss Scavenger Hunt. Monday, March 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Children ages 6-12 take part in a Dr. Seuss scavenger hunt.
Spring Fling. Wednesday, March 13, 1-3 p.m. Children ages 6-12 learn about seeds and planting flowers.
Arts & Crafts. Thursday, March 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Children ages 6-12 make Dr. Seuss puppets.
Women’s History Moment. Saturday, March 23, 2-4 p.m. Celebrate Women’s History Month learning about medicine and aromatherapy. EAST SHELBY 7200 East Shelby Dr., 751-7360 High School Science. Meets on Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Teens explore different subjects each week. March 2: Biology. March 9: Chemistry. March 16: Physical Science. March 23: Physics. Book Making Club for Kids. Meets Mondays from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The Memphis Public Libraries Young Authors Writing Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children ages 6-12 can drop in and work on their books. FRAYSER 3712 Argonne St., 357-4115 Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Saturday, March 2, 2-3 p.m. Children ages 3-5 listen to books by Dr. Seuss and enjoy a sweet treat.
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Teens Exploring Art: Knitting. On select Tuesdays (March 5, 19, & 26), 4-5 p.m. Teens learn the basics of knitting.
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Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. March 1, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. & March 2, 1-3 p.m.
Pi Day. Thursday, March 14, 1-3 p.m. Children ages 6-12 learn about the use of the math symbol Pi and how it affects our lives.
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Building. March 11: Puzzle Time. March 12: Lego Builders. March 13: Jelly Beans/Marshmallow Tower.
Explore STEAM: Tech it, Think it, and Grow! Thursday, March 7 & Wednesday, March 20, 4-5 p.m. Children ages 6-12 explore STEAM activities using high-tech to no-tech tools. Teens’ Art to Grow with Dixon. Thursday, March 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Join for an hour-long art session. GASTON 1040 S. Third St., 942-0836 Children’s Activity. Children engage in different activities on select days in March. 1-2 p.m. March 9: Magnetic
LEVI 3676 Highway 61 S., 789-3140 Levi Branch Career Day. Thursday, March 14. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development Career Coach bus will be on site to assist adults and high school seniors with their job search, resumes, and interviewing skills. WKNO Young Authors Writing Contest. Saturday, March 16, 4-6 p.m. Children ages 6-12 write and illustrate their own story. A party will be held for all who sign up, and a winner will be selected. POPLAR-WHITE STATION 5094 Poplar Ave., 682-1616 Teen Flower Crowns. Wednesday, March 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 20 marks the vernal equinox aka the first day of spring. Teens celebrate by making flower crowns at the library. RALEIGH 3157 Powers, 386-5333 Celebrate Purple Day. Tuesday, March 26, 1-3 p.m. Wear purple for international awareness about epilepsy. Watch a movie and take home bookmarks. Health Matters Series – Celebrating National Nutrition Month. Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. until noon. Methodist North Healthcare professionals present this series of informative and engaging discussions on a variety of health topics. RANDOLPH 3752 Given, 452-1068 Art to Grow for Kids. Monday, March 11, from noon until 1 p.m. Join the Dixon program to create art from The Living Collection about mushrooms. Children ages 6-12 use glow-in-thedark polymer clay to create their own mushroom sculpture.
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