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THE SPORTS ISSUE
Play it safe
Concussions â€” what to watch for
Keeping sports fun
Finding a good coach Felix, 1, Minneapolis
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10 Chatter 12 BaBy on Board Taking time to take care of yourself. 14 toddler tiMe Start small with your toddler for Earth Day. 16 ask the PediatriCian
How much is too much when it comes to kids’ sports schedules?
ConCussion disCussion Head injuries are on the rise, but so is awareness about what to do. By Cali Owings
32 ‘Put Me in, CoaCh’
18 in the kitChen
How to make the coach/child relationship successful.
20 tweens & teens
Barbecue ribs — in the oven!
How good coaches can keep sports fun for kids.
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22 hot stuff Everyday essentials for your culinary adventures 24 Grows on trees “Share/Save/Spend” jars and other tips for teaching your kids about finances. 26 Book shelf
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have so much to learn. That’s what I keep thinking as I travel down the winding, wonderful road of parenthood with my 5-year-old son. Every time I think we’ve figured it out, I realize there’s more to discover. I want to teach our boy everything. I want to empower him to take care of himself. But what are best ways to do that in a world of constant change and endless contradictions (especially when we feel so dang tired)? Here at Minnesota Parent — where I’ve recently taken over as Editor — we’re lucky to be surrounded by experts, including parents just like you and me, working every month to help us all do our best. Take this awesome April issue: You’ll find not only what to look for after your child bumps his head hard (with our feature on concussions), but also tips from our columnists to help you put the fun back into team sports, celebrate Earth Day with your toddler, and even how to take care of yourself (no, really, we mean it this time) after having your second child. With this issue, I’ve learned: Help is all around. Did you know, for instance, you can start talking to kids as young as 3 about how to manage money, thanks to cool new resources for parents (Grows on Trees)? There are even simple strategies to help left-handed kids feel less like they’re living in a right-handed world (Ask the Pediatrician). Suddenly, it doesn’t feel quite so impossible (except when I’m trying to get my kid out the door in the morning). In fact, I’m thrilled to be a part of Minnesota Parent because we’re going to have fun, too: Kids aren’t just exasperating and exhausting, after all. They’re downright hilarious (every day!) and often enlightening. They teach us. Speaking of enlightenment, I want to learn more about you: What parenting struggles are on your mind now? What do you want to read about most in our magazine? What tips can you share? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I expect us to learn a lot together.
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If you’re from the Twin Cities Metro area, chances are you’ve heard of the MayDay Parade, Ceremony and Festival, a can’t-miss event hosted each year by In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater (HOBT). This richly narrative parade, featuring larger-than-life handmade puppets, dancing, performances, stilt-walkers, costumes and a hearty dose of springtime cheer is celebrating its 40th year. While attending the parade is highly recommended, many don’t know that they can contribute to the construction of the beautiful puppets that will grace the streets next month. Throughout April, HOBT hosts free workshops in their building, allowing community members to join in the construction and creation of the puppets, floats, masks and costumes. No reservations required; just show up with your creativity! HOBT uses lots of recycled materials, so bring what you have, including plastic tubs with lids, latex paint, newspapers and brown paper bags. The workshops are held each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for a few hours each day. See hobt.org for more information.
Local yoga studio Blooma has been providing classes and resources for expectant and new mothers since their first studio opening in 2007, and now have three locations across the metro. For those expectant mothers that are not nearby a studio, Blooma’s newest creation should bring happy news: Blooma founder and doula Sarah Longacre has created A.M./P.M. Prenatal Yoga, an instructional video that guides pregnant women through a series of yoga poses designed to energize in the morning, and relax in the evening. Rent the video online, download it in HD or pick up a hard copy at one of the Blooma locations. Find out more at blooma.com.
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Recognized by the Autism Society as national autism awareness Month, April will bring two events to the Twin Cities for individuals and parents of children with autism or Asperger Syndrome. On Saturday, April 12, the Mall of America will host the Fraser Walk for Autism, presented by the Minneapolisbased Fraser School. The family event will have sensory-friendly activities, games, therapy animals and prizes, with proceeds benefiting the extensive Autism Services at Fraser. Register to participate at fraser.org.
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A second event, the Minnesota Autism Conference, will be held in Minneapolis from April 30 to May 3, featuring opening keynote speaker Garrison keillor with a talk titled, A Storyteller’s Chat about Fatherhood, on April 30 from 7–9 p.m. The event, designed for educators, doctors, employers and caregivers as well as parents, is open to the public and will provide a platform to exchange information and ideas related to autism spectrum disorders. Learn more and register at ausm.org.
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I think I’m just embarrassed to ask for help, and kind of worried about ‘putting people out.’
hen signing up for baby-related classes, expectant parents might schedule time to learn about labor and delivery, breastfeeding and basic childcare. But parents-to-be are unlikely to find a class detailing how to take care of themselves after bringing home their new addition. We’re supposed to have “self-care” figured out already, right? However, the arrival of a baby can throw a new parent’s personal life into a tailspin. This was certainly the case for me. Before my daughter Lydia was born, I spent ample time attending to my own needs. A typical day would often include a walk during my lunch hour, a long bike ride after work, a carefully prepared dinner and an hour or so reading a book. In addition to that, I saw my friends often.
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I took dance classes. I worked on my writing projects. In short, I had a life. All of this fell apart when I brought my baby girl home. I’ve never considered myself a martyr, and I figured I’d have no problem taking time away from the baby to focus on myself. Au contraire! Part of the problem had to do with the fact that my baby was colicky. She simply would not stop screaming unless someone carried her around for hours, bouncing her constantly. I didn’t feel comfortable subjecting my friends and family to this regimen and the constant, ear-piercing wails, and so we really didn’t have much help during those stressful early months. Part of the problem had to do with breastfeeding. (See my previous column, “Breast is Best.”) I was committed to
breastfeeding, but breastfeeding wasn’t committed to me. Lydia wasn’t gaining nearly enough weight, and to remedy this I worked with a lactation consultant. My life became defined by breastfeeding — every three hours I would nurse, supplement with a difficult-to-use tube feeding system and then pump. I did this for months. I was exhausted and depressed, and felt like a failure. Another part of the problem was that I really don’t like asking for help. It’s not that I’m type A and think I can “do it all” — if anything, I sell myself short with my assumption that I can barely keep my head above water. I think I’m just embarrassed to ask for help, and kind of worried about “putting people out.” All of these factors came together to create one very tired and overwhelmed parent. “At Amma, we tell mothers that they go through developmental milestones, just as their babies do,” said Sara Pearce, founder of Amma Parenting Center. “One of the milestones they need to master is how to ask for help and how to restore themselves.” After a few months spent attached to a breast pump when I wasn’t wildly bouncing my howling infant, it was clear that I needed some restoration. But what to do? My previous life seemed so far away. There was no way I was getting out of the house for a long, relaxing dinner in a restaurant with lots of wine. Pearce has some suggestions. “Try to focus on small moments, not big ones,” she says. “Sit on the couch and have some chocolate while reading a magazine. Take an extra five minutes in a hot shower. Sit down to eat. Phone a friend. You can build in multiple small restorative
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moments into your day more easily than going for a massage or even taking an hour to exercise.” Other veteran parents agree that personal time is essential. “[Taking time for myself] goes against every mothering instinct I have, but I always feel better afterwards,” said Jenny, a mother of two in northeast Minneapolis. “After our son was born we found we were happiest if we each had a designated night that was ours to do whatever (friends, music, art, classes, work out, sleep, shopping, etc.). I recommend this to everyone having a baby.” With the arrival of my second baby, Felix, I was better prepared to be “selfish.” This time around, I definitely take more breaks during the day (and not just breaks to load the dishwasher or fold the laundry). I hire a friend to babysit a couple times a week so I can work or just be by myself, sans baby. I even scheduled some “decadent” appointments — like a haircut and a massage — during the first three months that I would have dismissed as unnecessary and impossible the last time around. According to Pearce, this is a good idea. “There’s only so long a new parent can go without attending to his or her own needs,” she said. “A depleted parent isn’t giving his or her best to the children, so the whole family can suffer. It’s important to head this off before it starts.” Shannon Keough lives in south Minneapolis with her husband, Nick, and their two children. Send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toddler Time Jen
Earth Day the toddler way
ith Earth Day approaching, you might be wondering how to involve your toddler in the ecological discussion. They are old enough now to enjoy some Earth Day events, participate in eco-friendly habits such as recycling, and even start to see that their world goes beyond your finished basement. “Now wait, Jen,” some of you might say, “we already compost, shop consignment, bike to work, grow organic vegetables. What more do you want?”
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Others might cringe at the very mention of Earth Day. You recycle modestly and you’ve considered going hybrid with your next vehicle, but you’re wary of the judgment that comes along with discussion of your family’s footprint. You’re not so sure you want to hear about what you “should” be doing to inspire ecological thoughtfulness in your 2-year-old. There’s no need to get stressed out or self-scrutinizing about the ways in which you might celebrate Earth Day with your children. Think about what sounds fun, doable and — most important — right for your family’s temperament. Because toddlers are still, for the most part, optimistic, this probably isn’t the time to go all out doom and gloom with a discussion of global warming. No. Save the Al Gore flick for the teenage years when you just don’t feel like handing over the car keys for the night. With a toddler it makes sense to start small. Helping with the recycling is great, as is making art out of reusable products — toilet paper rolls, clean foil, bottle caps, you name it. Your child will love finding stuff around the house or heading down to Artscraps in St. Paul — an innovative store that combines waste management with craftiness. The place is filled with unique recyclables, overstock, scraps and other landfill fodder. Again, save your “the world is
Easy Greening take a nature walk followed by a picnic lunch or a light dinner. Have story time by candlelight. Hug a tree. Create from-thepantry cleaning products in your kitchen laboratory. read about ladybugs. decorate reusable shopping bags. Visit a U-pick farm. Bike and trike to your next play date. Garden together. Visit the farmer’s market. Help your toddler make a soda bottle terrarium or an egg-carton garden — recycling and nature all in one.
We Specialize in Them. ending speech” for another time and — if the opportunity arises — engage in a lighthearted chat with your little earthling about how reusing helps the things he loves. Flowers, owls, fireflies, the lake up by Grandma’s. Of course, the best way for a toddler to start thinking ecologically is through exploration. You can start in your own backyard — digging for worms, smelling flowers, rolling in the grass and touching the trees. Additionally, Minnesota has about 70 state parks stocked with walking trails and wildlife. Get out there and enjoy, with no judgment about the depth of the woods you explore or the level to which you are happy to get your hands dirty. Just get out there. Even the most metropolitan Minnesota parent feels a sense of relief and calm when momentarily trading concrete for greenery. You’ll also enjoy the added benefit of a well-worn toddler at bedtime. Fresh air and exercise is magical in that sense. As for the big day? Earth Day falls on a Tuesday this year and you’ll find plenty to do across the state throughout that week. Most cities and parks have organized clean ups — totally doable for a toddler. For family festivals and activities look to Como Zoo’s Party for the Planet, Growing Green Babies in Edina or Midtown Global Market’s Earth Day Celebration, to name a few. Organized crowds not your family’s thing? Spend the day at a place that’s “earthy” year round. Dodge Nature Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, or even one of our national forests will do the trick. Toddlers (usually) like to try new things. They enjoy learning and helping out. Go with that, get outside and don’t take it all too seriously. Moving away from the gadgets and toys mindfully, even for a limited time, will cultivate your little one’s first love story with the earth. No judgment, no demands, just a little love.
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My kids love sports, but I’m concerned with overloading their schedules. How much is too much?
Being forced to play can be defeating.
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Participation in sports can be very good for children and teens. It can promote positive socialization and help them develop skills for working through disputes and disagreements. It also helps them stay busy in positive activities and prevents excessive use of video games and Internet-based activities. Playing sports can also help them achieve an hour of moderate physical activity per day, which helps prevent childhood obesity. Oftentimes, self-confidence and self-esteem can be enhanced through participation, a positive outcome. However, there are three general cautions regarding sports participation. Some children are not particularly interested, nor want to play, in sports. Being forced to play can be defeating. As long as they get some physical activity most days, this is not a big concern for their future health. Second, some children are not particularly gifted athletically, which is fine, and encouraging participation is still okay. But it is also important to help them understand that they may not be a first-line or star player, so they can set reasonable expectations
for themselves. The third, and final, caution has to do with the “sports schedule” overload. There are many areas that need to be developed in the first 20 years of life. If playing multiple sports takes up too much time, a child may not have an opportunity to learn additional meaningful life lessons or develop talent in academics, music and other important areas. Some families have their children focus on one or two sports and leave others to their peers. My father was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will not likely have a long time to live. How can I explain this to my children who are 4, 6 and 8 years old? Cancer is an extremely challenging topic. And children have a limited ability to understand concepts like this. To help them understand, you will have to say repeated, short messages in very concrete and specific ways. It is important to tell them the truth. This can be very difficult for you personally because of the likely upcoming loss of a parent. A basic message can be along the lines of, “Grandpa’s body works to have just the right number of cells, of the right type, in the right location at all times. “For reasons that we do not understand, a small group of cells from some part of his body — in this case Grandpa’s pancreas — started to grow without limit and spread to other parts of the body where they do not belong. “These cells will crowd out other important cells and block the body from doing the important things it needs to do. Because of these cells being where they don’t belong, at some point his body will no longer be able to continue function and he will die from this disease.” “For many types of cancer there are treatments — surgery, radiation treatments and drugs — that can help to slow, or even cure, cancer. “The treatments can be really hard on the body, though, and will often times be the cause of more serious illness. “Sometimes even the best treatments with the best doctors and hospitals do not work. In Grandpa’s case, the cancer in his body will eventually cause him to die.” As difficult as this is for you to tell them, they will ultimately appreciate hearing this message from you, their parent. Best of luck to you.
My husband is left-handed and my 3-year-old daughter is showing signs that she will be left-handed. Since this seems to be a “right-handed world,” what can I do to help my daughter adjust to right-handed predominance? The good news is that gone are the days when children were basically forced to do everything right handed — even if they preferred their left hand. Your daughter will likely learn a variety of techniques to help her adjust to many right-handed activities. If you know someone who is lefthanded — like your husband — they will be able to help her learn to do a number of tasks like tying shoes and grasping pencils and pens to write. Unfortunately, writing and drawing with rolling pens or markers may be messier because lefties will end up with more of the ink color on their left hand. The good news for left-handed writers is there are left-handed notebooks, which have the binding on the right, allowing for ease of use. Another trying activity can be cutting with scissors, unless they use a left-handed scissors, which can be tricky to find. Additionally, left-handed children can adapt to sports in a few ways. If they start early enough, some will learn to do things right-handed, since it can be tough finding left-handed equipment like baseball gloves or golf clubs. If your child wants to play football or tennis, they will benefit from enlisting the help of another left-handed player unless they can adapt to playing right-handed. Fortunately, some sports — including hockey, basketball, lacrosse and soccer — are more neutral for hand preference. This column is intended to provide general information only and not medical advice. If you have specific questions about your child, consult your health care professional. Dr. Peter Dehnel is a board certified pediatrician and medical director with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Have a question for Dr. Dehnel? Write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We recommend Wee Willy’s World Champion Original Formula Barbecue Sauce (made in Minnesota, sold at Lunds and Byerly’s).
Bake on rimmed baking sheets for 3½ to 4 hours or until the meat is extremely tender. Drizzle the ribs with the remaining sauce. — Adapted from various sources by Sarah Dorison
Tamari pumpkin seeds 1½ teaspoon oil
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
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¼ teaspoon of kosher salt ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese, grated ½ cup tamari pumpkin seeds (see recipe) Serves 4 Wash and dry the kale. Remove and discard the white center ribs from each leaf. Cut the kale into 1-inch pieces or smaller. (This first step can be done up to 2 days ahead.) Combine lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic and salt in a small jar and shake vigorously (or whisk with a fork in a small bowl) for 30 seconds. Toss the kale and the dressing. Marinate the kale and dressing for at least 30 minutes (up to 2 hours) in the refrigerator. Toss with Parmesan. Sprinkle with tamari pumpkin seeds (see recipe, below, left) just before serving. — Adapted fromTheJoyKitchen.com
Courtney Lewis, conductor Lauren Stringer, author and narrator Enjoy Stravinsky’s vibrant sounds of nature, plus the children’s book When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky will be narrated, as illustrations are projected above the stage. Most enjoyed by ages 9+.
Chris McKhool, fiddle and vocals Kevin Laliberté, nylon string guitar Drew Birston, electric bass Alberto Suarez, percussion With Gypsy jazz, blues, world, rumba-flamenco, funk, boogie-woogie and more—this musical romp around the world is enjoyed by all ages. Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. Tickets: Adults $15 (2 free children per adult)
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Putting the fun back in sports
ne of the best coaches I ever had as a kid was my older brother, Pete. He spent hours with me on our front lawn in the summer, patiently instructing me on how to position my glove to catch grounders, and how to keep my eye on the ball as I went after his pop-ups. On other occasions he taught me how to throw a football with a spiral, and he helped me practice my dribbling on the concrete slab in front of our garage. Pete didn’t work with me because he thought I could become a tri-sport athlete who would field scores of college scholarship offers. He didn’t push me to try out for teams because he wanted to live vicariously
through me. He did it because he enjoyed passing on his skills and his love of sports to his little sister. And I willingly participated because it was — dare I say it — fun. Fun isn’t always the first word that springs to mind these days when I think of youth and sports. Time-consuming, maybe. Competitive. Cutthroat, even. Although being involved in organized sports offers a number of benefits for girls and boys — it teaches them about teamwork, it keeps them physically fit, it helps them learn discipline and it gives them confidence — the increasing pressure society places on our young athletes to excel at an early age is taking its toll. Nearly 40 million American youth ages 6 to 18 participate in organized
sports, but it’s estimated that up to 70 percent of kids quit by age 13 because it’s not fun anymore. The top three reasons cited for the lack of fun? Adults, coaches and parents. The 70 percent statistic concerns Deborah Edwards, a former University of Minnesota Gopher Sports marketing executive. It’s one reason she is working to remake the culture of youth sports as executive director of the new Minnesota chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance. “We’re trying to change that ‘win-at-allcost’ mentality and focus on the other issues sports can teach kids,” says Edwards.
‘Better Athletes, Better People’ Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national nonprofit organization that strives to develop “Better Athletes, Better People” by providing training and education to coaches, school officials and parents. PCA was founded in 1998 by Jim Thompson, a North Dakota native and graduate of Macalester College. The Minnesota chapter is its 10th nationwide. Since its launch last October, PCA-Minnesota has established partnerships with schools and youth sports organizations across the state. It offers live group workshops, online courses, books and other resources that focus on providing all youth with a positive sports experience.
PARENT TIPS FOR HONORING THE GAME Before each game, tell your kids that you’ll be proud of them regardless of how well they perform. Praise your children and their teammates during the game, and cheer good plays by both teams. Don’t instruct your child during game action or breaks; let the coaches coach. Mention good official calls to other parents, and keep silent when you disagree with a call. Don’t do anything in the heat of the moment that you’ll regret after the game.
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Thank the officials and coaches after the game. When reviewing the game, ask your child questions like, “What did you learn from that game?” or “What was your favorite play?” rather than immediately sharing your opinions. Give your children truthful and specific praise, like “You moved your feet well on defense.” Tell your children again that you’re proud of them, whether they won or lost. Source: Positive Coaching Alliance
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“Sports can teach many life lessons. It’s more than just winning and losing,” Edwards says. “You learn a lot of characterbuilding skills, how to put hard work and effort into something and to get rewards from that. It’s all about respect, too — learning to respect the opponent, the team, the officials, and yourself.” Edwards says another area of concern in organized sports is the trend of specialization at a younger age. If kids want to participate in a competitive sport like hockey, they often are expected to play year-round and attend elite training camps, which doesn’t leave much time to pursue other sports or activities. The message, which puts pressure on both kids and parents, is: “If your neighbor is going to that camp, you better go, or when you play in the fall they will be ahead of you,” Edwards says. Specialization is one of many topics that are covered in PCA-Minnesota workshops, which offer tips and tools for coaches to be successful at any level, from the youngest teams through high school. “We really want parents to know that there are resources out there to make good coaches great and to make poor coaches better,” Edwards says. Without my brother, Pete, I’m sure I wouldn’t have reached the pinnacle in sixth-grade softball — being named McPlayer of the Week. Not everyone can be lucky enough to have my big brother for a coach, but all kids should have the chance to challenge themselves, learn new skills, and fall in love with a sport for the right reasons.
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Stainless Steel Locking Tongs We love multi-purpose kitchen gadgets, and this one makes an appearance during most cooking sessions. Use it to serve, flip meats, toss veggies or salads and more. The scalloped edges allow for a great grip on a lot of food surfaces and they’re easy to hold. They lock closed for easy storage, and a gentle push on the ring pops them open — only one hand needed! Perfect for when you’re juggling other items. Available in a range of different lengths. amazon.com • $9
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Chef’n Strawberry Huller Honestly, we just pluck off the leaves and eat strawberries whole when the season rolls around! But we know that the kiddos can be picky about the lessflavorful white hulls, and it’s better to remove them if you’re baking or cooking with the tasty fruit anyway. This little tool lets kids get in on the action too, no need for a sharp paring knife. It removes the leaves and stems of the fruit without taking the good parts along with it. Just pop it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. At about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide, it’s easy to grip for small hands, but won’t crowd your kitchen drawer too much either. williams-sonoma.com • $7.95
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Teach your kids financial literacy
pril is Financial Literacy Month, but as parents, we know teaching money matters is a year-round affair. Each trip to the store. When a child asks us about how much the house is worth. After handing over allowance. There are plenty of opportunities to talk about money. The problem is, money conversations can be uncomfortable and overwhelming. Many parents lack confidence in their own financial capabilities. It’s not unusual for a mom or dad to believe they aren’t “good” with money, and to feel ill-equipped to offer the foundation for good financial practices. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of tools for teaching kids — and adults — about money. Most banks have lessons on credit cards and other financial products online. Some have created games to play, fully aware that reading page after page about how money works is not most parents’ idea of a good time. The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy has developed Moneyasyougrow.org, a site with lessons and activities for ages 3 to adult. And some Minnesota high schools have added financial literacy courses and requirements for graduation.
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But one of the best ways of learning and teaching about money is through experiences. I asked financial counselors, advisers and fellow parents for their thoughts on teaching kids about money, in honor of Financial Literacy Month. Teach the three jars philosophy. “It’s easy and fairly common to teach kids to save their money and then buy something with it,” said Kevin O’Laughlin, certified financial planner for Affiance Financial in St. Louis Park. “Unfortunately that misses the mark by not training children to save money for more than simply the next ‘thing’ they want.” He suggests using the Share, Save, Spend philosophy outlined by Minneapolis father Nathan Dungan. Get organized. “Remember to teach older teens about how important being organized is when it comes to money management,” said Berni Johnson-Clark, FamilyMeans CCCS Education Manager in Stillwater. “If the teen is prone to opening mail and tossing it aside, or not opening it at all, then how will that affect their overall bill-paying habits in the future?” Pay an allowance. “Allowance affords a perfect opportunity to teach kids about saving, charity and mad money,” said financial consultant Cassaundra Adler. “Kids view the value of items in Target differently when they have to pay for Pokemon cards themselves. It is amazing how they no longer need an item when they have to pay for it.” She, like many experts, does not advise tying allowance to daily household chores. Let them mess up. “The best way to learn is to let our kids totally screw up,” said Elizabeth Doherty Thomas, Roseville mom of two. “Better to let it be a wasteful $10 toy than to waste $200 of their first real paycheck.” Let them wait. “Let them experience the joy of saving and working toward a goal,” said Falcon Heights mom of two Joan Yager. Her daughter really wanted an American Girl doll. “To earn money she
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sewed and sold doll skirts and had bake sales with friends to earn money. I also commissioned her to make some Christmas presents. She did not regret that purchase. It meant a lot to her that she worked and saved for it.” Learn responsibility. Ashley Grant Hamershock, mom of two young boys, said advice she received during training for a job in college stuck with her. The trainer emphasized the importance of showing up, “Have a cold? Bring tissues. Car broke down? Call a friend. Call a cab. You get to work.” Talk about money. A lot. Mary Kate Boylan, St. Paul mother of four, is forthright with her kids about how shopping at secondhand stores stretches their family’s money farther. When at a department store “my oldest once … told me jokingly I had “ruined” it for her — all she could think about was how much more she could get at a secondhand store.” She also talks a lot about financial trade-offs “in an attempt to get them to understand that no one has it all. They wish we had more electronics, but they understand that we travel more than others.” Learning by playing. If your kids need a break from learning by doing, add a selection of money games to their screen time (see resources, top). Kara McGuire is a personal finance writer and a St. Paul mother of three. Send comments, questions and story ideas to email@example.com.
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Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship Tania Grossinger tells the heartwarming story of her unlikely friendship with American baseball star Jackie Robinson. After meeting at a hotel owned by her cousins when she was young, Tania and Jackie play a game of ping-pong and begin a lifelong friendship. The dynamic and buoyant illustrations compliment the story of trust, friendship, encouragement and perseverance. By Tania Grossinger Illustrated by Charles George Esperanza $16.95
Quacky Baseball The pressure is on for Thumby Duckling as his team, the Webbies, take on the Quackers in the season opener. The delightfully goofy ducklings don baseball uniforms and helmets and square off in this playful book, complete with baseball tips for readers, a scoreboard included on the pages to keep track, and baseball lingo to get you in the spirit of the game. By Peter Abrahams Illustrated by Frank Morrison $16.99
Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King As the sport of baseball gathered interest in the mid 1800s, amateur teams were popping up across the country and Lipman Pike, the son of Dutch immigrant, wanted to join in. Pike was growing up in a time that a number of Jews were immigrating from Europe, and his father encouraged his participation in American’s new favorite past time as a way to assimilate. Follow Lipman “Lip” Pike on his rise to fame as the “Iron Batter” (and the first Jewish professional baseball player) through rich and painterly illustrations. By Richard Michelson Illustrated by Zachary Pullen $16.95
THE CONCUSSION IT’S
spring, and that means (finally!) it’s time to get outside and play! And with all the excitement — and often fast and furious play — kids can get hurt. Bumps and bruises are common, of course, but what should you do when your little one suffers a head injury? Should you be looking for signs of a concussion? Experts in pediatric health and coaching say the answer is yes — even among younger kids engaging in low-contact sports. During the last decade, emergency room visits for sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents have increased by 60 percent, according
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to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. David Soma, who practices pediatrics and sports medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said it’s not just high-contact sports like football and hockey that lead to concussions. He’s seen patients between age 6 and 9 with concussions from playing games like soccer and baseball. In fact, the activities associated with the greatest number of brain injuries, according to the CDC, include bicycling, football, basketball, soccer and playground activities. “Whenever a child is involved in any sport — be mindful of the signs and symptoms of a concussion,” Soma said, adding that noticing those signs can be tricky because many of the telling symptoms
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DISCUSSION occur in the week after the injury. And, in many cases, children can have trouble articulating those symptoms.
Recognizing the signs Soma said parents should watch for symptoms in four key areas: physical, cognitive, emotional and sleep. Headache, balance issues and dizziness can be physical symptoms, Soma said. Feeling slow, foggy, having trouble concentrating and just feeling “off” are mental clues to concussion. Emotionally, a child might be irritable or cranky. Finally, sleep can be affected. Some children with a concussion are very sleepy, while others can’t sleep at all, Soma said. Misconceptions about concussion abound,
including the belief that concussions occur only if a person is knocked unconscious, even though less than 10 percent of concussions actually involve loss of consciousness, Soma said. And, sometimes, serious head injuries are passed off as “just getting your bell rung.” The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance aims to dispel such misinformation — and to spread awareness of the fact that concussions are traumatic brain injuries that require recovery time. In 2011, the alliance helped legislators create Minnesota’s Concussion Law, which established concussion protocols for all public and private youth activities that charge participation fees. “A concussion is a brain injury. It’s any blow
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Activities associated with the greatest number of brain injuries include bicycling, football, basketball, soccer and playground activities. SOURCE: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
or impact to the body or head that impacts or disrupts the normal function of the brain,” said David King, executive director of the alliance. Minnesota’s law has started conversations about concussions in a wide range of youth athletic programs, from high-contact sports like football and hockey to independent activities like swimming, dance and gymnastics. Because of the law, all coaches and officials are required to complete training about concussion risks, signs and symptoms. Coaches and referees are also required to remove athletes from a game or practice if athletes show signs, symptoms or behaviors associated with a concussion. After a player is removed, the player cannot participate until he or she no longer exhibits symptoms and is cleared by a medical provider. “This is not about not having youth engaged in sports or pulling youth out of sports,” King said. “It’s
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about giving them time to heal once they’ve sustained a concussion.”
Allowing recovery time While it’s not possible to prevent every bump, fall or collision on the court, field or playground, parents can help ensure a full recovery after a concussion. “The majority of kids who sustain concussions are going to have 100 percent recovery,” King said. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and others recommend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s five-step Return to Play Progression before players who’ve had a concussion get back in the game: First, an athlete must have complete rest. After 24 symptom-free hours, the child may try a few minutes of light aerobic exercise. The second step is adding moderate exercise with limited body and head movement. Third is a return to non-contact exercise that’s close to the athlete’s typical routine. It can be high-intensity, but should not include contact sport drills. After, a player can return to full-contact practice. The fifth and final step is a return to competitive play and the ability to participate in games. Usually, concussions will be resolved within seven to 10 days, Soma said. But the younger the child, the longer the symptoms usually last. For children with concussions, Soma said it’s best to err on the side of
caution. “Take it seriously because they do have a developing brain,” he said. Though annual sports physicals aren’t usually required for younger athletes, Soma said to let your child’s medical provider know that the child is participating in sports during your regularly scheduled visits. This will make it easier to track your child’s history of sports-related injury, even through the early years.
Strategies for safe teams Most youth leagues discuss their concussion policies and procedures with parents before the start of the season. The Minnesota Youth Soccer Association, for example, adopted a concussion policy and provided it to its 140 member clubs, which oversee 70,000 players ages 3 to 19. It supports the provisions in the state law and also requires coaches to notify parents if a concussion may have occurred. Association director Candace Daley said most clubs adopted their policy, but others created their own or follow more strict policies laid out by the Minnesota State High School League. Leagues can also limit activities that may lead to head injury. For soccer, Daley said the MYSA provides guidelines to teams for
“heading” or using the head to gain control of the ball. “From the safety standpoint, it’s just not the best way to control the ball or play the game,” she said. The association does not recommend any heading activity at all for younger players in practices or games. And even among older kids, they try to limit use of the move. Training now required by state law will help not just paid coaches but also volunteers, who make up the majority of coaches working with youth teams, said Daniel Klinkhammer, executive director for Minnesota Youth Athletics Services. Because volunteers don’t typically have backgrounds in sports injuries, they especially need free, easily accessible education in concussion protocols, Klinkhammer said. Later this year, Minnesota Youth Athletics Services will launch a one-stop shop to help leagues train and background their coaches. Daley said the new law empowers coaches and officials to remove players after a possible concussion — even if a player or parents say otherwise. “Parents sometimes get caught up on the emotional side. They don’t necessarily understand the impact,” she said. “Now we have a way to step in and pull a child from a game if we believe there’s a safety issue.”
CONCUSSIONS BY THE NUMBERS
increase in the number of children’s ER visits for sports- and recreationrelated brain injuries since 2001.
of ER visits for sports-related brain injuries involve children younger than age 10.
sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, treated in U.S. emergency rooms during a typical year among ages birth to 19 years. SOURCE: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION. SEE CDC.GOV/CONCUSSION/SPORTS/FACTS.HTML FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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Itâ€™s not so simple as that. How to make the coach/ child relationship successful.
By Kelly Jo McDonnell
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I grew up a coach’s kid. Our family activities revolved around sports. The
majority of my time was spent at a small Iowa gym, and having to shoot 10 free throws in a row before I could come in the house to eat dinner was standard protocol. Even the families we hung out with included other coaches. It was the norm. It wasn’t until my father, who is in the Iowa Coach’s Hall of Fame, passed away two years ago that it hit me. As I gazed at the massive visitation line, I was struck with how many people came up to me with a story to share about “Coach McDonnell”. Each story was heartfelt, and I could tell he had made a huge impact on their childhood. My father always said good coaches are what make the difference at a young age. But what makes a “good” coach, really? And what is it about a good coach that makes adults remember their coaching for years after the fact. We’re not talking about coaches like Bear Bryant. This is about the youth coaches that are introducing our kids to the sport they want to play — in short, usually their first coach. We as parents know that coaches and sports in general can be enormously
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influential in the lives of our kids. Involvement in sports helps with physical fitness, teamwork skills and discipline. According to Safe Kids USA, there are more than 38 million kids engaged in some form of sports each year, and almost 75 percent of American households with school-age children have at least one student athlete. Yet, this athletic involvement comes with its own challenges, chief among them, coaches and parents being too competitive. Translation: Sports can stop being fun. How do coaches, along with parents, walk the fine line? How do coaches ‘level the playing field’ so to speak.
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Coaches can point out the bad, but need to stay focused on the positive. A good coach knows the limitations and ability of each child.
Coaches are known for being able to handle pressure. Whether you’re on the sidelines of a NFL team or your son or daughter’s youth soccer team, the pressures are there. And the similarities of all “good coaches” are there, as well, especially the ones that thrive despite the pressures. Everyone will have a slightly different answer to the question, “What makes a good coach for my kid?” but similar themes rise to the top when talking to parents and coaches. Being positive and making the sport fun are at the top of the list, as well as being able to develop confidence in every player. Lori Juhl, mother of a traveling basketball player in the Centennial School System in Lino Lakes, said a strong coach analyzes each individual player and tries to develop those that are perhaps less talented than the others. “It’s important to keep the team motivated, and be encouraging to the players, not negative,” she said. “Coaches can point out the bad, but need to stay focused on the positive. A good coach knows the limitations and ability of each child.” Brent Cuttell, former President of Cottage Grove’s Youth Football, and current youth football coach, said it’s imperative to remember that this usually is the first time that a child is being exposed to a sport. “You have to understand and say, ‘Wait a minute, I’m more than a coach,’” he explains, “And it’s not about the Xs and Os, and not about if the kid is the next Walter Peyton or Peyton Manning. “Maybe the best thing that happens to this kid is that he starts the whole season, or that he just has fun, or that he improves. I think at a young age, the most important approach is to create a positive environment. The kid should want to play the next season.” Steve Eckes, current board member for the Andover Baseball association, and youth baseball coach and father, has similar views.
“Kids at this age, they don’t come pre-packaged with a perfect baseball swing. Every kid is different with different personalities. “If you can’t connect with them, you won’t be able to make them understand. You have to talk with them at their level, get down on your knee and talk face to face and be their friend. “They have to understand that you care about their development, and that means getting down to their level.”
Look for coaches with flexibility and a plan. Connecting with younger kids can be tricky, whether you’re a coach or not. And the most basic skill of taking charge and having a plan can sometimes be the most difficult for a beginner coach—making sure your practices are organized and well planned. “What I learned is, you should have your drills no longer in minutes than the age of the group your teaching,” said Cuttell, “If you’re coaching 9- and 10-year-olds, you can’t put in a drill of 20 minutes. They are going to lose focus. “Keep the drills short and effective and keep it active, that’s what the kids want. Long, drawn out practices and drills probably have a negative, more than a positive impact.” Eckes also keeps drills short and sweet. “Kids don’t want to stand in line, and kids get frustrated if they aren’t busy. They are there to have fun, not become Derek Jeter. “What I see when I see some coaches fail, is going into game mode; showing them the game without the fundamentals. Keep it like gym class, that’s what they like.” Coaches who refuse to be flexible pose challenges to the kids and their parents. “You have to be flexible with what your team is telling you they need,” stressed Cuttell. “You have to adapt to what you’ve been presented. You as the coach owe it to the team to adapt to them, without losing focus of the goal. “A ‘bad’ coach is somebody that is unwilling or unable to be flexible or adapt to their team. If you come with a Vince Lombardi attitude, it’s not going to work.”
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Robot Day Meet robots of all shapes and sizes from a variety of industries, see student-built robots complete missions, and explore other events for the little bot-head in your family. When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Where: The Works Museum, Bloomington Cost: All activities included with $8 admission Info: theworks.org or 952-8884262
ONGOING Alice in Wonderland Follow Alice down the rabbit hole to meet all your favorite characters. Recommended for children ages 3 and up. When: April 4–13 Where: Neighborhood House, St. Paul Cost: $12 adults, $10 children Info: cbproductions.org
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs The Big Bad Wolf is on trial for his part in the misadventure of the 3 Little Pigs and the audience decides the verdict! When: April 11–May 11 Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins Cost: $15 Info: stagestheatre.org or 952-979-1111
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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Farmer Brown’s cows go on strike to improve their working conditions in this musical about negotiation and compromise. Recommended for children ages 4 and older. When: April 12–26 Where: Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Anoka Cost: $10–$16 Info: lyricarts.org/on-stage or 763-422-1838
The Nightingale The story by Hans Christian Andersen shows audience members how it’s possible to lose track of what’s truly important when we chase after what’s new. When: April 25–May 10 Where: SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul Cost: $15 adults, $12 children/seniors
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Starry River of the Sky The moon is missing from the remote village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice. The world premier production of a Chinese tale by Grace Lin. When: April 25–May 18 Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins Cost: $15 Info: stagestheatre.org or 952-979-1111
Squish of Spring Free family activities to celebrate the seasons. This month: Play in the fresh spring mud! Design and take home a plant experiment to discover what kind of soil grows garden plants best.
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Friday 4 Maker Break Î Make kaleidoscopes, art books, Lego structures or duct tape wallets this spring break. For kids ages 6–12. When: 2:00–4:00 p.m. Where: St. Paul Public Library Cost: FREE Info: sppl.org or 651-266-7400
Monday 7 Twins Home opener Î In their first home game of the season, the Twins go up against the Oakland Athletics. When: 3:10 p.m. Where: Target Field, Minneapolis Cost: $22 and up Info: minnesota.twins.mlb.com
THursday 10 nature after dinner: snake! Î Meet a real snake, learn more about the reptiles and explore the natural world. For preschoolers to 4th-graders accompanied by adult. When: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Where: Dodge Nature Center, St. Paul Cost: $5 Info: dodgenaturecenter.org or 651-455-4531, pre-registration required
Farm Babies Î See babies of all kinds — chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids and bunnies! Tractor rides to the farm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Crafts, face painting and other special events throughout the month. When: April 1–30, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Family Farm, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Cost: Zoo admission: $12-$18. Info: mnzoo.org or 952-431-9200
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Animal Open House Î The Outdoor Center hosts the 25th annual event with special animal visits and shows. When: 1–4 p.m. Where: Eden Prairie Outdoor Center Cost: FREE Info: edenprairie.org/outdoorcenter or 952-949-8470
Harlem Globetrotters Î See the exhibition basketball team twist, turn, jump and dunk on the court with style. When: 7 p.m. Where: Target Center, Minneapolis Cost: $27–$130 Info: targetcenter.com or 612-673-1600
THursdAy 17 Teen Takeover Î Annual community spring party featuring music, making, marvels and activities by local artist and youth organizations, and special projects by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council. When: 5–9 p.m. Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: walkerart.org/calendar/2014/ teen-takeover or 612-375-7600
FridAy 18 raindrops and rabbits Puppet show Î Sing and laugh with Rabbit puppet and her wild friends as they celebrate spring, then enjoy a guided nature bingo hike. Best for children ages 3 to 8 with an adult. When: 10:30 a.m. Where: Maplewood Nature Center Cost: $2 per child Info: maplewoodnaturecenter.com or 651-249-2170, pre-registration required
sATurdAy 19 Earth day Celebration Î Entertainment, walking parade and treeplanting, plus cake to celebrate the nature center’s birthday.
GYMNASTICS TUMBLING TRAMPOLINE
When: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Where: Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville Cost: FREE Info: ci.roseville.mn.us or 651-765-4262
Lions Club Egg Hunt Î Entertainment and egg hunting in the park, as well as an egg hunt coloring contest with prizes. When: Check-in at 10 a.m. Egg hunt at 10:15 a.m. Where: St. Louis Park Middle School Cost: $2 per child Info: stlouispark.org, pre-registration required
An Afternoon with the Bunny Î Music, dancing, games, crafts and an egg hunt for children age 8 and younger. When: 3–5 p.m. Where: Eden Prairie Community Center Cost: $5 children 1 to 8, FREE adults Info: edenprairie.org or 952-949-8470, pre-registration required
Opening Weekend of National Park Week Î Free entrance to all the national parks for the beginning of National Park Week, April 19–27. When: All day Where: National Parks Cost: FREE Info: nps.gov
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Gleason’s Gymnastics School Strengthening children in mind and body through successful gymnastics experiences
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Out About Monday 21 Earth day Celebration Î Midtown Global Market and Do It Green! Minnesota will celebrate Earth Day featuring a variety of activities: children’s programs, seed planting, shopping tips and sustainable cooking demonstrations. When: Noon–4 p.m. Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: midtownglobalmarket.org
TuEsday 22 Franconia Earth day Celebration Î Learn and appreciation the environment by planting native trees and milkweed. Informal celebratory dinner with artists-inresidence at 7 p.m.
Shrek the Musical Î An ogre ventures out to rescue a feisty princess, accompanied by a talking donkey, and encounters a bad guy with a short temper. Experience the classic on stage! When: April 22–June 8 Where: Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis Cost: $16 adults and children, $10 lap pass for children 3 and younger Info: childrenstheatre.org or 612-874-0400
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When: 4–8 p.m. Where: Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer Cost: $10 donation for meal Info: franconia.org or 651-257-6668 or firstname.lastname@example.org, call or email to pre-register
Thursday 24 star Watch astronomy: red Planet Î Mars and Earth are having their closest approach in seven years. Get a look at the red planet and also explore other wonders of the spring evening skies. When: 8:30–10:30 p.m. Where: Staring Lake Observatory, Eden Prairie Cost: $15 Info: edenprairie.org/outdoorcenteror 952-949-8479
saTurday 26 ECFE nature Family Fun Î Make nature discoveries and meet new friends. For adults with children birth to 5 years. When: 10–11:30 a.m. Where: Maplewood Nature Center Cost: $2 per child Info: isd622.org/ecfe or 651-748-7280, pre-registration required
Family Earth day Celebration Î Learn about local earth-friendly businesses, enjoy refreshments, make an art project and enjoy a climbing wall. When: 12:30–3 p.m. Where: Wargo Nature Center, Hugo Cost: FREE Info: anokacountyparks.com or 763-767-2820
Saint Paul Farmers’ Market Downtown Location TUESDAYS
Opens April 26
Preschool Playdate Tuesdays
accepted at some locations. Spend $5 EBT, get $5 Market Bucks!
Î Preschool-age activites for little hands and minds, such as science experiments and performances. When: Every Tuesday, 10 a.m.–Noon Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul Cost: $13 for adults, under five FREE Info: smm.org/playdates or 651-221-9444
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Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate Î Activities, storytelling, films and artmaking for kids ages 3 to 5 and adults. This month’s theme: Sensory Overload: Get lost in the world of artist Edward Hopper and activate your imagination. When: Second and fourth Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: walkerart.org or 612-375-7600
WEDNESDAYS Playdate Wednesday Î Playdate for parents and children at the boutique store and play area. When: Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.– Noon Where: Teeny Bee Boutique, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: teenybeeboutique.com or 612-644-2540
Wee Wednesdays Î Crafts, educational programming, live puppet shows, dancing and meal deals. Designed for children 5 and younger. When: Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.– 1 p.m. Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: midtownglobalmarket.org/events or 612-872-4041
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Out About Crafts for Kids
Î Have fun learning a new craft each week. When: Every Wednesday, 5–7 p.m. Where: Riverview Library, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: sppl.org or 651-292-6626
THURSDAYS Target Free Third Thursdays Î Explore the museum free of charge. When: Third Saturdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Where: Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: mcm.org or 651-225-6000
Lil’ Explorer Thursdays Î Meet animal and plant visitors, see story time, play games and participate in skill-building activities. A program for preschool-aged children. When: Every Thursday thru April, 10 a.m.–Noon Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: comozooconservatory.org or 651-487-8201
Mommy+Me Music Class Î Encourage a sense of rhythm, music and movement. Designed for children ages 3 and younger. When: Every Thursday, 3:30–4:15 p.m. Where: Teeny Bee Boutique, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: teenybeeboutique.com or 612-644-2540
Okee Dokee Brothers: Through the Woods Premiere Î The songs on the new album by children’s bluegrass band The Okee Dokee Brothers are inspired by a month-long trek on the Appalachian Trail. Check out the world premier of their new video documenting their travels. When: Sunday April 6th, 11 a.m. Where: Riverview Theater, Minneapolis Cost: $10 Info: riverviewtheater.com or 612-729-7369
Passport to Invention
Family Fridays at the Global Market
Î The Bakken’s Student Workshop is open for young makers and inventors.
Î Free live music, a children’s play area, and free balloons for the first 50 children.
When: Every Thursday, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Where: The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis Cost: $25 for single-use pass, $20 per visit with purchase of three- or sixvisit pass Info: thebakken.org/passport-toinvention or 612-926-3878
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When: Every Friday, 5–8 p.m. Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: midtownglobalmarket.org/events or 612-872-4041
Î Explore nature themes through crafts, hikes, stories and songs. For children ages 2 to 5 accompanied by an adult. When: Second Saturdays, 9:30–11 a.m. Where: Tamarack Nature Center, Maplewood Cost: $9.75 adult and child, $6.50 additional child, $3.75 additional adult Info: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack or 651-407-5350, pre-registration required
Free Family Flicks Î Enjoy a free movie. First-come, first-serve to theater capacity. When: Every Saturday, 10 a.m. Where: Theaters at Mall of America, Bloomington Cost: FREE Info: theatresmoa.com
Free Sensory Flicks Î Enjoy a free movie, with accommodations for children with developmental disabilities. Lights are left up, sound is reduced and audience members are welcomed to dance, sing and move around during the film. First-come, first-serve to theater capacity. When: Every Saturday, 10 a.m. Where: Theaters at Mall of America, Bloomington Cost: FREE Info: theatresmoa.com
Free First Saturdays at The Walker Î Families can enjoy live performances, films, adventures and art-making, plus free gallery admission. Activities recommended for ages 6 to 12. This month’s theme: Close Encounters. Look closely and ask questions. When: First Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: walkerart.org/free-first-saturdays or 612-375-7600
Free Second Saturdays at The Bakken Î Enjoy science-related programming and activities as well as free admission to the museum. When: Second Saturdays each month, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Where: The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: thebakken.org/saturday or 612-926-3878
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Camp ResouRCe Guide academic Bell Museum Science Discovery Day Camps Unearth unforgettable camp experiences at the Bell Museum. Weeklong Science Discovery camps include outdoor adventure, space exploration, lab activities, real scientific specimens, University research…and lots of fun! June 9-August 29, grades K-6. New this year: half-day preschool camps! Minneapolis 612-626-9660 bellmuseum.org
Camp Invention Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Children spend their time building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle, and taking apart electronics to construct a pinball machine. 40+ locations in Minnesota, including: Apple Valley, Bloomington, Chaska, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Farmington, Fridley, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, New Brighton, Robbinsdale, Shoreview, St. Paul, Stillwater, Wayzata, White Bear Lake, & more! 800-968-4332 campinvention.org
Gifted & Talented Summer Institute, The (GTI) Find your challenge south of the river. A partnership of south metro school districts, managed by ISD 191 Community Education. GTI provides gifted and talented youth in grades K-12 opportunities for challenge and exploration. Classes run late June through July. Half- and full-day, weeklong course options in a variety of core disciplines. Eagle Ridge Jr. High 13955 Glendale Rd Savage 952-707-4150 giftedtalented.org
ICC Summer Engineering Camp Explore the world of engineering through hands-on project work, industry tours, and team design challenges; live and work at Wenger Engineering Center, Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, MN. Sr. High (Science): grades 11-12, June 16-20; Sr.
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High (Design): grades 10-12, July 6-12; Jr. High: grades 7-9, July 16-19. Itasca Community College Grand Rapids 218-322-2370 engineering.itascacc.edu
iD Tech Camps held at Macalester Weeklong, day, and overnight summer programs for ages 7-17. Students develop iPhone and Android apps, program in C++ and Java, design video games, produce films, build robots, create websites, and more. Small classes (8:1 ratios, guaranteed) led by tech-savvy staff. Also two-week, pre-college Academies for ages 13-18. Macalester, Stanford, Yale, & over 80 top universities nationwide 888-709-TECH (8324) idtech.com
Junior Achievement Summer Camp Campers will learn how to run a successful business through a variety of fun, interactive activities. Held at JA’s unique kid-sized city, this camp is the ultimate real-world simulation. The June session focuses on STEM careers; the July session will appeal to the budding entrepreneur. Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest 1800 White Bear Ave N Maplewood 651-255-0037 jaum.org
Mathnasium At Mathnasium, we make math make sense for students in grades 1-12. Our expert math instructors give individualized instruction using the proprietary Mathnasium Method in a challenging, encouraging, and fun environment, helping students catch up and get ahead! 5111 W 98th St, Bloomington 952-886-4382 9724 Schreiber Terrace N, Brooklyn Park 763-269–6969 1960 Cliff Lake Rd, Ste 112, Eagan 651-815–0303 16378 Wagner Way, Eden Prairie 952-500–2138 17581 Glasgow Ave, Lakeville 952-891-1100 13720 83rd Way N, Maple Grove 763-269–6969 4785 Cty Rd 101, Minnetonka 952-500–2139 3505 Vicksburg Ln N, Ste 900, Plymouth 763-567–8143 14043 S Hwy 13, Savage 952-226–3000 1140 Vierling Dr E, Shakopee 952-236-1699 4590 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park 763-269–6969 649 S Snelling Ave, St. Paul 651-698–6284 5871 Neal Ave N, Stillwater 651-300–2252 4711 Hwy 61 N, White Bear Lake 651-888–2541 7060 Valley Creek Plaza, Woodbury 651-330-4184 mathnasium.com
advertiser listings School Chess Association Summer Day Chess Camp All levels of chess instruction, professional educators tailored to the student’s individual needs. Fun activities include swimming, water slides, field ball, Magic the Gathering, soccer, tennis, roller skating, bowling, fishing, sign language, and role playing games. Program Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 23-26, July 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31, August 4-7, 11-14. Registration forms online or call Lorene 763-593-1168. St. Louis Park Recreation Center 3700 Monterey Dr St. Louis Park schoolchess.org
Science & Engineering Camps Works Museum, The Camps for girls and boys in grades K-7 who love to explore, design, and build! Kids learn how things work through fun, hands-on science and engineering projects. Discover messy chemistry, Lego Robotics, electricity, architecture, and more! Camps run June–August 2014. 9740 Grand Ave S Bloomington 952-888-4262 theworks.org
Summer@MPA Learn, Connect, Grow, Experience, and Explore with Summer@MPA! Engaging summer classes in Academics, Athletics, and the Arts for ages 4–18. Also featuring Middle School Adventure Weeks and Panther Camp—full daycare in a camp setting. Learn more online! Mounds Park Academy 2051 Larpenteur Ave E Maplewood 651-777-2555 moundsparkacademy.org/summer@mpa
Art Academy, The
City Pages Winner: Best of the Twin Cities! Year-round traditional drawing and painting classes and camps for students ages 5-18. Exceptional student/teacher ratio. Homeschool Program. A Renaissance Program for adults also offered. See samples of student artwork; visit our website. Call for a brochure. 651 Snelling Ave S St. Paul 651-699-1573 theartacademy.net
Center for Irish Music, The
Kidcreate offers art camps for young artists ages 3-12. Camps are designed to inspire and educate in an environment filled with fun. Camp themes include Ballerina, Dolls, Messy Art, Lego’s, Star Wars, Glow-in-the-Dark, Masters on Canvas, Clay, and many more. EdenPrairieMN@kidcreatestudio.com, WoodburyMN@kidcreatestudio.com. 7918 Mitchell Rd Eden Prairie 952-974-3438 kidcreatestudio.com/eden-prairie-art-studio 1785 Radio Dr, Ste F Woodbury 651-735-0880 kidcreatestudio.com/woodbury-art-studio
Travel the globe without ever leaving our Big Top! Our full-day, weeklong camps explore a vast array of circus arts from Morocco to Mongolia, China to Russia. Reserve your spot now to be a part of one of the most talked-about and unique summer camps in the Twin Cities. 1270 Montreal Ave St. Paul 651-699-8229 circusjuventas.org
Loft’s Young Writers’ Program, The The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program offers more than 100 classes this summer that foster creativity, enrich talents, and create friendships. Classes run all summer for ages 6-17 at all skill levels. Open Book 1011 Washington Ave S Minneapolis 612-215-2575 loft.org
Adventures in Cardboard Summer Arts & Creative Play, Outdoors
Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD)
Summer outdoor mythic play near the Twin Cities! Weeklong, full-day programs. Construct a giant castle, get lost in colossal mazes, build suits of armor, outdoor live-action games of arms and armor, and swimming. For more info or online registration visit: julianmcfaul.com Fort Snelling State Park, Minneapolis Lake Valentine, Arden Hills Bryant Lake Regional Park, Eden Prairie
Join us at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for a series of innovative, hands-on, and engaging visual art and design camps and classes for kids and teens ages 5-18! Weeklong and multi-week options. Scholarships available. 2501 Stevens Ave Minneapolis 612-874-3765 mcad.edu/youth
All ages and abilities will explore and grow musically within the context of the Irish tradition. CIM offers creative and active introductory and intermediate camps on whistle, song, fiddle, harp, and drumming as well as mythology, travel-themed, and performance camps. 836 Prior Ave N St. Paul 651-815-0083 centerforirishmusic.org
Concordia University Musical Theatre Camp Take center stage at Concordia’s overnight musical theatre camp June 22-27! Students will explore musical theatre performance and technique with a faculty of theatre, dance, and music professionals in a state-of-the art theatre facility. Room and board included. For grades 7-12. 1282 Concordia Ave St. Paul 651-603-6209 csp.edu/musicaltheatrecamp
Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts Become a triple threat at Lundstrum Center’s musical theatre camps! All camp intensives taught by Broadway veterans and include level appropriate training in dance, voice, and drama, which students apply to full musical productions. June 9-20: Camp 1, ages 4-12; June 23-August 3: Camp 2, ages 13+. 1617 N 2nd St Minneapolis 612-521-2600 lundstrumcenter.org
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Camp ResouRCe Guide Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
Lyric Arts students explore and grow with high-quality learning and performing opportunities for students of all ages. Our popular half- and full-day camps Unleash your creative spirit offer a variety of ways for students to develop performing skills and build selfconfidence through exercises in stage 2121 W. 21st Street, Minneapolis movement, voice projection, acting technique, improvisation, and more. 420 E Main St www.be-ARTrageous.com Anoka 763-233-0804 ARTrageous Adventures MNP 1013 12.indd 2 9/18/13 4:47 PM lyricarts.org/workshops
Northland Youth Music Program (N.Y.M.P.) The Northland Youth Music Program has been providing summer music education experience at an affordable price with concert and jazz band programs for over 15 years. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend starting July 13, 2014. Program Office: 9670 E Elm Rd, Poplar, WI Summer Program: Superior Senior High School, Superior, WI Dorms at University of Minnesota Duluth 715-364-2234 218-340-0512 nymp.net
Sing Minnesota August 11-15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sing Minnesota is a weeklong day camp for girls and boys, ages 8-12 sponsored by the Minnesota Boychoir. While focusing on choral singing, campers also participate in other creative arts—drama and movement, visual arts, and outdoor fun and games! $325, scholarships available. Concordia University Buetow Music Center 300 Hamline Ave N St. Paul 651-292-3219 boychoir.org
Tech Camps held at Macalester, Stanford, and 80+ Universities Ages 7-18
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StageCoach Theatre Arts StageCoach Summer Camps give equal emphasis to the three main Performing Arts elements of dance, acting, and singing. Age appropriate camps for ages 6-16 provide real musical theatre experiences for your child, culminating in a fully staged musical. Edina & Minnetonka: 952-300-5893 St. Paul: 651-775-2849 St. Louis Park: 952-367-6032 stagecoachschools.com
SteppingStone Theatre School for Young Actors This spring and summer youth ages 2-17 will spark their creativity at SteppingStone Theatre. Young actors tap into their potential in unique ways—building confidence and acting skills while having tons of fun! Scholarships/membership pricing available. 55 Victoria St N St. Paul 651-225-9265 steppingstonetheatre.org
Theatre Arts Training (TAT) Children's Theatre Company TAT is a comprehensive program that offers a nurturing environment in which each individual child will find his or her unique voice while having fun and exploring the creative process within a community of their peers. (Ages 4-18). MIA 2400 Third Ave S Minneapolis 612-874-0400 childrenstheatre.org/education/classesand-camps
Triple Threat Training: Ordway’s Professional Musical Theater Intensive This two-week intensive in musical theater connects young people with experienced instructors to hone their vocal, acting, and dance technique, as well as enhance their audition skills! Audition required for admission. Auditions April 26th. July 14-18 & July 21-25, 2014. $750 Tuition for twoweek session (scholarships available) for ages 13-18. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 345 Washington St St. Paul 651-282-3115 ordway.org/education/triplethreat
Zenon Dance Company & School Summer Camps Weeklong camps for ages 6-14. Each day of camp includes two technique classes and a choreography class where participants will work together to create a dance performed on the last day! Hip Hop camps: July 21-25 and August 4-8. Interdisciplinary Camp: July 28-August 1. 528 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis 612-338-1101 zenondance.org
day American Swedish Institute Have fun exploring a different Swedish or Nordic theme each week including Pippi Longstocking, Vikings, or cooking through dance, studio arts, music, imaginative play, and outdoor games. Perfect for kids entering grades 1-5! Thursdays, July 10-August 21. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $50 per session. 2600 Park Ave S Minneapolis 612-871-4907 asimn.org
Animal Humane Societyâ€™s Unleashed Camp An animal-themed summer day camp at Animal Humane Society for students entering grades 3-10. Camp includes animal-related educational activities, animal interactions, special guests, field trips, and more. Register online today. Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, & Woodbury 763-489-2220 animalhumanesociety.org/camps
Archaeology for Kids One-Day Camp Get ready for an archeological dig at Historic Fort Snelling. Campers, ages 10-14, will spend the day with archeologists and historians who will help them learn how to do archeological work including research, digging and sifting at a recreated dig site, and working with scientific equipment in a lab. Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Ave St. Paul 612-726-1171 mnhs.org/summercamps
Arts on the River Day Camp Campers, ages 9-11, play music, create stories, build books, and bake bread all while exploring how the riverfront district was built, rebuilt and is now a rich cultural area. Children experience four top arts centers: Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and MacPhail Center for Music. Mill City Museum 704 S Second St Minneapolis 612-341-7555 mnhs.org/summercamps
Davy Crockett Summer Camp Campers will learn the skills Davy Crockett and others like him used on the frontier including tracking animals, using flint and steel, and 1800s soldiering. Campers, ages 9-12, will also learn about American Indian history and much more. Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Ave St. Paul 612-726-1171 mnhs.org/summercamps
Finishing School for Young Ladies In this one-of-a kind day camp, young ladies will dress up in Victorian outfits and learn about Victorian fashion, etiquette, dancing, and poise. Open to girls 9-12. Session I: June 16-18, Session II: July 14-16. $220/$200 for MNHS members. Alexander Ramsey House 265 S Exchange St St. Paul 651-296-8760 mnhs.org/summercamps
History Detective Camp Become a super-sleuth and use clues to solve a mystery at the Ramsey House. Kids will explore the Ramsey House, Como Zoo MNP 0213 V6.indd artifacts inside the home, letters, journals, and recipes. Campers, ages 11-13, will comb through the evidence to reveal the mystery. A new mystery will be presented each day. Alexander Ramsey House 265 S Exchange St St. Paul 651-296-8760 mnhs.org/summercamps
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Huck Finn Summer Camp Campers, ages 9-12, will explore the book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and its themes of adventure and childhood fun through hands-on activities in the unique setting of Historic Fort Snelling. Activities include fishing, hiking, cooking outdoors, canoeing, and more. Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Ave St. Paul 612-726-1171 mnhs.org/summercamps
ISD 191 Community Education Preschool Summer Adventures. Aquatics. Camps for the entrepreneur, medieval mastermind, and myth buster. Kin ball, dodge, and volleyball. Ballet, KidCreate Studio MNP 0414 V6.indd 1
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swing, and break dancing. Get on stage with “Sofia the First” and “Frozen”. #191summerfun. Various district locations in Burnsville, Eagan, Savage 952-707-4150 communityed191.org
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Little House in the Big Fort Summer Camp
Experience the life described in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s "Little House" books. Campers, ages 7-11, will sing the songs, 2:30 PMplay the games, and make the food and crafts that Wilder learned while growing up on the western frontier in the 19th century. Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Ave St. Paul 612-726-1171 mnhs.org/summercamps
Playworks Summer Camp 2014 Discover Minnesota! June 9–August 29. Open to kids entering grades 1–6. Children explore their world through field trips to zoos, museums, beaches, parks, and more. Plus, arts & crafts, science, playtime with friends. $65 registration fee. FT or PT. Daily. Meals Included. 2200 Trail of Dreams Prior Lake 952-496-6811 playworksfun.com
Soldier One-Day Camp "New recruits" will learn about the lives of soldiers during the 1820s at Fort Snelling. Campers will learn to march and drill, watch musket and cannon firings, and more. For ages 8-12. June 7, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9. Historic Fort Snelling 200 Tower Ave St. Paul 612-726-1171 mnhs.org/summercamps
St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 Academic & Sports Camps Art, basketball, bowling, football, golf, science, soccer, softball, volleyball, and wrestling camps led by varsity coaches and professional faculty June, July, and early August. As low as $50/week. Grades 4-9 for most camps. 1200 Oakdale Ave West St. Paul stcroixlutheran.org/camps
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Textiles & T-Shirts: Fashion Design with a Historic Accent Campers, ages 12-16, use 21st century technology to create their own designs inspired by historic textiles. Campers look at historic textiles, talk to design pros, then create an original, wearable T-shirt incorporating historic inspiration and your textile ideas. Funding by Best Buy Children's Foundation. Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W St. Paul 651-259-3015 mnhs.org/summercamps
Horseback Riding Golden Ridge Stables Want to Hug A Horse? Our amazing summer day camps include a daily riding lesson and “hands on” horsey fun. Year round quality lessons for youth and ladies on well-mannered school horses. Conveniently located via Cedar Avenue or I-35 South; just 15 minutes south of MOA. Visit our website for details! 8315 W 190th St W Lakeville 952-469-4640 goldenridgestables.com
Lost Creek Ranch Lost Creek Ranch Camp Confidence is the best overnight camp for horse crazy kids! Campers get their "own" horse. Ride a minimum of four hours every day! Individual attention. Make new friends and begin a lifelong passion for horses. Less than one hour from the Twin Cities. N6842 570th St Beldenville, WI 715-273-6070 lostcreekranch.info
Sunnyside Stables Horsemanship Summer Camp Sunnyside’s camp is a place to discover horses and new friends. Each day includes riding—rain or shine, as we have an indoor and outdoor arena as well as scenic trails. You will discover the basics of grooming, saddling, body language, posture, contact, and balance to develop independent riding skills. 15400 Emery Ave E Rosemount 651-226-2027 sunnysidestables.org
Summer Engineering Camps (Itasca Community College – Grand Rapids, MN)
Explore engineering applications & careers • Engage in hands-on team projects & experiments • Build professional & problem solving skills • Enjoy recreational & traditional camp activities
Session 1 Senior High Engineering Science Camp June 16-20 (entering grades 11-12, fall 2014)
Session 2 Senior High Engineering Design Camp July 6-12 (entering grades 10-12, fall 2014)
Session 3 Junior High Engineering Camp July 16-19 (entering grades 7-9, fall 2014)
Call Kim Damiani at 218-322-2370
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Totino-Grace Summer Camps
Horseback riding weeklong day camps, group and private lessons for 8 year-olds and up. Two-day pony camps and private lessons for 4-8 year-olds. Individualized attention and structured lessons in Western and English riding. We have a professional, patient, and caring staff, as well as safe horses in a clean, modern facility. We are dedicated to giving your child a safe and enjoyable riding experience at an affordable price. Family owned! 5676 170th St Hugo 651-429-1303 woodlochstable.com
This summer, Totino-Grace can help your child explore new activities, expand current interests, discover talents, and develop emerging skills. Totino-Grace offers a variety of fine art and athletic summer camp experiences for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Hockey and Swim camps will be held offsite, please see website for details. 1350 Gardena Ave NE Fridley 763-571-9116 totinograce.org/summercamps
Other Minnesota Children’s Museum At Minnesota Children’s Museum, hands-on play builds lifelong learning. Each of our seven galleries is uniquely designed with a child’s busy brain in mind. Every visit is packed with experiences guaranteed to nurture problem solving, fuel fun, and cater to the curious at heart. 10 W Seventh St Downtown St. Paul 651-225-6000 mcm.org
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Venture Photography At Venture we capture your precious moments in time and beautifully present them in our stunning hand-crafted product. Our innovative photography, exceptional quality, and first class customer service continues to redefine family photography, creating lasting memories for generations to come. 6551 York Ave, Edina 952-345-3392 venturephotography.com/minneapolis
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YMCA CAMPS Ages 7-17. Located on Lake St. Croix, two miles south of Hudson, WI. Campers participate in a wide variety of traditional camp activities or select a specialty camp such as horseback riding, rock climbing, sailing and canoeing. Three-day, one-week or two-week sessions.
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CAMP WARREN Ages 7-16. Camp Warren, located in the north woods on Half Moon Lake near Eveleth, MN, offers girls-only sessions the first part of the summer and boys-only sessions later in the summer. Camp Warren has a strong tradition of progressive activities including sailing, archery, tennis, photography and horseback riding.
YMCA FAMILY CAMP CAMP DU NORD All Ages. Located on the edge of the BWCA on Burntside Lake, Camp du Nord offers a totally unique week-long camping experience for families. Cozy woodland cabins with kitchens range from rustic to upscale. Tent camping sites, full/partial food service also available. Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, nature and arts programs are offered as family activities and for childrenâ€™s age groups. Relax at days end with an authentic Finnish sauna.
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YMCA DAY CAMP AGES 4 - 14 YMCA Day Camp provides a week full of exciting camp activities like canoeing, archery, fishing, camp crafts, cookouts, swimming and more! Day camps facilitate a great introduction to camping in a safe environment. Kids are home each night. Bus transportation is available at most locations.
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YMCA Camp St. Croix â€“ DayCroix 532 County Rd. F, Hudson, WI, 612-465-0560. Traditional day camp is located on 400 acre site overlooking St. Croix River. Camp Guy Robinson 3100 217th Ave NW, Oak Grove, MN, 763-785-7882. Traditional day camp is located at Lake George Regional Park. Camp Heritage 7732 Main Street, Lino Lakes, MN; Traditional day camp held across from Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes. YMCA Day Camp Ihduhapi 3425 Ihduhapi Rd., Loretto, MN 55357, 763-479-1146. Located on Lake Independence. Day Camp Ihduhapi offers the beautiful, north woods feel of camp. Camp Kici Yapi 13220 Pike Lake Trail NE, Prior Lake, MN 55372, 952-835-2567. Traditional day camp is located on 80 acre site in Prior Lake. Camp Kumalya 1515 Keats Ave. N., Lake Elmo, MN, 651-731-9507. Traditional day camp held at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Lake Elmo. Camp Manitou 9910 Briarwood Ave NE, Monticello, MN 55362, 763-535-4800. Traditional day camp is located on 1200 acre site on Lake Bertram and Long Lake in Monticello, MN. Camp Spring Lake 13690 Pine Bend Trail Rosemount, MN 55068, 651-456-9622. Traditional day camp held at Dakota County Spring Lake Park Reserve in Rosemount. Camp Streefland 11490 Klamath Trail, Lakeville, MN 55044, 952-898-9622. Traditional day camp is located on Lake Kingsley in Lakeville.
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Camp Agawak for Girls, est. 1921, is much more than a traditional camp. It’s an oasis for growth, friendship, and self-discovery. Quality instruction in over 40 activities. Schedules tailored to camper interests. Excitement, adventure, friendships, and fun awaits each camper. 7851 Agawak Rd Minocqua, WI 715-356-5383 agawak.com
Camp Birchwood At Camp Birchwood the experience is about lifelong skills, friendships, and memories that develop at camp. We provide campers with opportunities for making their own choices, encourage them to challenge themselves and to discover who they are through a long list of available activities. Northern Minnesota 800-451-5270 218-388-4402 Girls Camp: campbirchwood.com Boys Camp: birchwoodforboys.com
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program called Hot Hatha. It gives people an opportunity to restore mind, body and spirit. Plus, being in a hot room every day is a pretty magical way to spend the winter. What’s your philosophy toward parenting? Ryann: Freedom within structure. Our
daughter Emily gets a lot of free and unstructured time to play and be creative, both alone and with friends. Phil and I trust each other and are relaxed in our own different styles. Phil: We do have different styles, but we Real PaRents
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about hot yoga and wanted to try it. I wanted to impress her, but had no idea what yoga was. I found a Moksha studio and went alone and made sure they remembered me. When we went back all the staff yelled, “Phil, awesome to see you again.” I turned to Ryann and said, “See, I love yoga.” Afterwards, Ryann turned to me and said, “That was the best thing I’ve ever done.” We opened two studios in Canada and then moved to Minneapolis to open Modo Yoga.
always back each other and remain unified when called upon so that Emily can’t “slip one by us.” You’re both open about the fact that you went through a divorce, but still maintain your family status as well as running the business together. Can you tell me more about that? Ryann: We feel really fortunate to have
the studio as a grounded home base for Emily. We both see her every day, which has helped us make this transition with grace. Do you have advice for other parents that have divorced or may divorce? Ryann: Celebrate all the great things you
have together and create boundaries for your new relationship that will make room for everyone to grow. Phil: Live deliberately. Do positive things
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