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Camp Fair! See you April 12

Easter Fun Local egg hunts

Tidy Up Get inspired

CAMP GUIDE 119 area programs


SUMMER CAMPS DAY CAMPS

SPORTS CAMPS

SPECIALTY CAMPS

Camp Wa-Tam

KidScience Adventure

Camp Yu-Chi

Engineering

Doyle Adventure Camp

Camp Tiny Tots

Kamp Kennedy

Dance

UCP Camp Kaos Cloverleaf Ranch

Tennis Gymnastics Sailing

ARTS CAMPS

Animal Vet

Creating a Storybook

Outdoor Adventure

A Fairy’s Life

Boating

Mixed Media

Horsemanship Yoga

Sculpture

Fencing

Sewing

Volleyball Sports Clinics

Creating Animals

View camp dates and register at SantaRosaRec.com

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Dear Reader

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Bits and Pieces They’ve Got the Beat Cock-a-doo-dil-do!

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Love Your Mother Snack Around the World Come to Our Camp Fair!

Features 10 Free to Grow Why some kids love sleepaway camps.

12 Summer Camp Adventure Guide Get the scoop on 119 local programs.

Feast on Beauty Say Hello to SRJC

32 Calendar of Events Sebastopol Blossoms

33 Family Fun The Great Egg Chase

28 Mom Tidies Up The healing power of getting rid of junk.

30 Cyber Bullies What to do if your kid is a victim.

40 Upcycle Easter Creative ways to reuse plastic eggs.

42 Egg Hunt 101 A mom-humorist’s helpful hints.

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Doctor’s Confession to Petaluma

Dear Friend, I wanted to let everyone know what happened while I was in college. It was a moment that changed my life forever. But before I tell you about my experience, I wanted to tell you my story from the start. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. I am the guy in the middle, Dr. Taatjes. You know when I meet people in town and they usually say, “Oh yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Taatjes. You’ve been serving the community for Thirty years! Well that’s me. We are now centrally located in our beautiful new office to better serve the community. Thirty-four years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. Let me tell you my story. I was studying pre-Med in college, in hopes of becoming a medical doctor. Things were looking up, and life was good, until things took a turn for the worse. I began to have terrible back and stomach problems. For a young guy, I felt pretty rotten. My back hurt so badly that I had a hard time even concentrating in class. I was miserable. The medical doctors tried different drugs, but they only made me feel like I was in a “cloud.” I was just not getting better. A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor did an exam, took some films and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt — it actually felt good. I got relief, and I soon was off all medication. It worked so well that I decided, then and there, to become a chiropractor myself. Now for my kids, Hayden and Henry. They have been under chiropractic care their entire lives. And, unlike most other kids in their class, they never get the “common” childhood illnesses like ear infections, asthma and allergies. In fact, they have never taken a drug in their lives. And they are now 23 and 24! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their back problems and stomach problems. They come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, just to name a few. If drugs make people well, then those who take the most should be the healthiest,

Dr. Taatjes with his sons, Hayden (left) and Henry (right). but that simply isn’t the case. With chiropractic, we don’t add anything to the body or take anything from it. We find interference in the nervous system and remove it, thus enhancing the healing capacities of the body. We get tremendous results…it really is as simple as that. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “I have had a problem with migraines as well as low back pain. Even after seeing doctors and other health professionals, the pains remained. After coming to Dr. Joel, they have helped me tremendously. They even take away my migraines. They’re great!” (Judy E.) “I came in pending laser surgery for two herniated discs. Over a few months here the need for surgery subsided, and the pain has subsided to a mild discomfort with occasional morning stiffness. Over all, I feel better visit after visit. It’s a gradual process.” (Jaime O.) Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take credit. Find out for yourself and benefit from an AMAZING OFFER. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well write one for

a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article by April 30, 2019, you will receive my entire new patient exam for $99. That’s with x-rays, exam, report of findings…the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you $380 elsewhere. Great care at a great fee… Please, I hope that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care, just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll get great care at a great fee. My qualifications…I’m a graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic who regularly goes to monthly educational chiropractic seminars. I’ve been entrusted to take care of tiny babies to neighbors that you may know. I just have that low exam fee to help more people who need care. My associates, Dr. James Rogers, Dr. Shawn Lorenzen and I are ready to see if we can help you. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. Our office is called REDWOOD CHIROPRACTIC. We are located at 937 Lakeville Street Petaluma, and our phone number is 763-8910. Call Alex, or Brenda, today for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. -Dr. Joel Taatjes P.S. When accompanied by this ad. I am also offering the second family member this same examination for only $15.

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o you know how you are going to keep the kids busy this summer? “It’s too early to think about Sharon Gowan that,” you say. Let Publisher/Editor us tell you: No Sharon@family-life.us it’s not! Summer camp registration is happening now. But don’t worry. We are here to help you figure out the best program for your kids. Start with turning to our Summer Camp Adventure Guide (page 12) for basic info on more than 100 local camps—from culinary arts to circus arts, language immersion to STEM, and everything in between. Then come to our Family Expo and Camp Fair on April 12, 4–7 p.m., at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. Talk to camp staff in person, find out details about programs your kids

might be interested in, and sign up for giveaways and prizes. Local dance and music groups will perform, and Safari Encounter will bring live animals for kids to visit with. Office Manager

Once you’ve got the kids’ camps squared away, get ready for April’s next big event—Easter. Turn to “The Great Egg Chase” (page 33) for a list of local egg hunts and then read “Egg Hunt 101” (page 42) for a humorous take on this annual rush for colorful loot. We hope you have a wonderful spring. And we can’t wait to see you at the Camp Fair!

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Cooking with Kids

Passover Muffins Easy, Gluten-Free Snack

By Momma Chef

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or those of us celebrating Passover, we know the week consists of matzo, matzo, and even more matzo. I couldn’t handle how much sugared “cereal,” yogurt, and chocolate-smeared matzo my kids were consuming in the mornings. I did try making Passover pancakes, but my two boys asked me if I had just made them mashed potatoes in a circle. (In their defense, the first ingredient was potatoes.) My kids love my Super Easy and Kid-Approved Muffins, but we

do not eat these on Passover, so my challenge was set: Create kid-approved Passover muffins. They were so much easier to make than I had anticipated.

whole-wheat flour. And the muffins turned out great. My kids were so excited when they came out of the oven, I even got a big “thank you” from my middle son.

I had to use something other than whole-wheat flour (yes, these muffins are gluten-free). The grocery store was out of almond flour, my preferred substitute, so I picked up some coconut and tapioca flour instead. I did have to add some extra baking soda and eggs since these flours do not rise like white or

Karen Nochimowski, the mom behind mommachef.com, has loved cooking for as long as she can remember. After her friends and family begged to be let in on her culinary secrets, she decided to create a blog featuring the quick, easy recipes everyone loved. Every recipe has only six or fewer ingredients and takes only six or fewer minutes to prepare.

Simple and Delicious Matzo-Free Passover Muffins Ingredients • 1 ½ cups almond, coconut, or tapioca flour (or any combination of these 3 to equal 1½ cups) • 3 overripe bananas

Instructions

Tips and Tricks

1. In a large mixing bowl, blend all six ingredients with a hand mixer for three minutes.

1. Add ½ cup chocolate chips (my kids prefer semi-sweet).

2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups half full with batter.

• 3 large eggs

3. Bake at 375°F for 17–19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

• 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Serves: 12–14 muffins

• ½ cup honey • 2 tsps. baking soda

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2. The muffins will stay fresh in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for two days. After that, put them in the refrigerator. 3. If refrigerated, put the muffins in the microwave for 20 seconds to warm before serving.

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Bits & Pieces

TaikoProject

They’ve Got the Beat

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aiko drumming may be a Japanese musical tradition. But that didn’t stop TaikoProject, the first American taiko ensemble, from winning the prestigious International Taiko Contest in 2005. Since then, the Los Angeles group has performed at the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and a host of other national media outlets and venues. Locals can see them pound out thunderous, synchronized rhythms on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. Tickets are $35–­$85 and may be purchased at gmc.sonoma.edu. ¶

Cock-a-doo-dil-do!

Butter and Eggs Day

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ho knew a breakfast food would have the kind of charisma that would inspire thousands to actually celebrate it? But every year droves of revelers come to watch a parade that gives homage to eggs. First begun in the early 1900s in honor of National Egg Day, the Butter and Eggs Day parade and festival in Petaluma is now a huge affair, drawing 30,000 people. This year’s event is on April 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., in downtown Petaluma. The parade, which contains more than 130 entries, will start at noon. The festival will feature live music, art and crafts vendors, the popular Cow Chip Throwing Contest and, for kids, the Cutest Chick Contest. For details, see petalumadowntown.com/ butter-and-egg-days-parade.html. ¶

Love Your Mother

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irst celebrated in the United States in 1970, Earth Day is now a global event in which more than 190 countries participate. Santa Rosa’s 10th Annual Earth Day On Stage celebration will include more than 100 exhibitors offering earth-friendly products and crafts. Live performances will showcase the local arts scene while kid-centric activities will entertain the younger set. Local food and drink, as well as a beer and wine garden for Mom and Dad, will be available. Those who ride their bicycles to the event will get free valet bike parking. The free festivities will be held on April 27, noon–4 p.m., at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. For more information, go to srcity.org/2139/ Earth-Day-OnStage. Prior to the festival, at 9:30 a.m. at Olive Park, there will be an opportunity to help clean up Santa Rosa Creek. See srcity.org/ creekstewardship for details. ¶

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Family Expo & Camp Fair Come to Our Camp Fair!

I Snack Around the World

t may be only April, but it’s not too early to make plans for those long summer days. Come to Sonoma Family Life ’s free Camp Fair on April 12, 4–7 p.m., at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa for inspiration. Find out about everything from hiking, arts, and music camps to sports and horseback riding programs. Talk directly to camp staff, and check out family travel packages and party ideas, too. As you stroll through exhibits, take advantage of freebies, discounts, and drawings. After you’re done collecting information, visit our stage and see local music and dance troupes perform, or catch a glimpse of one of Safari Encounters’ wild animals. Learn more at sonomafamilylife.com. ¶

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hat do Greek children eat when they get the munchies? What about Thai kids? The Universal Yums Club has the answers. The Healdsburg Regional Library club provides kids ages 6–12 free snacks from different countries—Greek orange-peel– infused dark chocolate and tomato chips from Thailand, for example. It meets at the library in Healdsburg every fourth Tuesday of the month, 4–5 p.m.; the next meeting is on April 23. Find out more at sonomacounty. libcal.com/event/4358033. ¶

Day Under the Oaks

Feast on Beauty

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or a few verdant weeks in the spring, before the dry season sets in, the grass is green and wildflowers are blooming everywhere. To take full advantage of the flora, Sonoma County Regional Parks hosts a series of hikes called Wildflower Wanderings. The two-mile jaunt in Crane Creek Regional Park in Rohnert Park will focus on flowers that are not only pretty, but also edible and medicinal. The event, called Can I Eat This?, will be held on April 14, 2–4 p.m. It’s free; parking is $7. Register via parks.sonomacounty. ca.gov (search on “Can I Eat This?”), where there is also information about other hikes in the series. ¶ www.sonomafamilylife.com

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he Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) would like to introduce itself to potential students. And it wants more than just a meet-and-greet. Hence, the annual Day Under the Oaks, a multi-faceted open house of sorts, with music and dance performances, art exhibits, sports activities, science demos, and a planetarium star show. Since the event is held in concert with the Native American Celebration and Hui Pulama Mau (May Day Aloha Festival), there will be Native and Hawaiian dance performances, too. Along with the entertainment, there will be opportunities to find out about college classes, talk to faculty members, and register to become a student. The event will be held on April 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., under the heritage oaks at the SRJC campus in Santa Rosa. Admission is free. For more information, see duo.santarosa.edu. ¶ April 2019

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their comfort zones and exposed to new experiences and people that give them a broader perspective. They realize that they are part of something bigger than themselves and their immediate families. They may participate in community service projects that they would have not otherwise had the chance to do.

Free to Grow Why Kids Thrive at Sleepaway Camp By Sandi Schwartz

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e all want our children to be happy and successful. A child can only truly grow if given some freedom and the chance to gain confidence by exploring new ideas and activities. What better place for children to begin this process than at sleepaway camp?

Sending children away for camp may seem daunting at first, but if you ask kids who have spent several weeks bunking with their friends, they will tell you how it has positively transformed their lives. The many gifts of sleepaway camp include: Confidence Camp provides ways for children to feel a sense of accomplishment as they learn new skills and contribute to the community. When they succeed at a task, they 10 SonomaFamilyLife

are empowered and have more confidence when faced with the next challenge. They also learn from their mistakes and failures, which only makes them more resilient in the future. Some camp experiences, whether learning to swim in a lake or climb a ropes course, even allow kids to conquer their fears. Broader Perspective At camp, children begin to see the world and themselves a bit differently. They are away from

Community Sleepaway camp gives kids a sense of belonging, which will ultimately improve their ability to

Camp provides a chance for kids to slow down and listen to their own thoughts. cooperate, contribute, and serve their future communities as caring citizens. Campers also gain new social skills from being in a group setting. They must share a room with others, manage chores, resolve conflicts, communicate effectively, and be kind and accommodating to their fellow campers. Being part of a close-knit community can be challenging at times, but children who learn how to adapt and get along with others will benefit for a lifetime. Skills Sleepaway camp is chock full of unique activities and events that children can’t find anywhere else. Going to camp allows them to learn new skills, whether in sports, art, or outdoor exploration. Exposure to so many new programs enhances

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Sleepaway camp is chock full of unique activities and events that children can’t find anywhere else. to manage daily chores, show up on time to activities, and keep their belongings neat and clean. These are life-long skills that will help them succeed in whatever they do. Self-Reflection The school year is a busy time, but camp provides a chance for kids to slow down and listen to their own thoughts. Camp is the perfect environment for self-reflection and meditation. When kids take a break from television, video games, texting, and surfing online, they become more mindful of their surroundings and their own emotions. They are able to focus on the simple things in life, such as going for a hike, watching a sunset, singing around a campfire, and talking in depth with their friends. This change of pace can lead to emotional and spiritual growth. ¶ Sandi Schwartz is a freelance writer/blogger and mother of two. Find her at happysciencemom. com and sandischwartz.com.

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide 1

Start here in the 2019 Summer Camp Adventure Guide! Sonoma Family Life’s got the scoop on an abundance of local camps to get your summer planning off to a great start.

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Visit in person with camp staff at our Camp Fair on April 12, 4–7 p.m., at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. Get info on more than 100 camps, travel destinations, and kids’ activities as you browse fun booths staffed with representatives ready to answer your questions.

3 Ways to Plan an Awesome Summer

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Want to figure out which camps and programs you should investigate? Go to sonomafamilylife.com and check out our Virtual Summer Camp Fair. Or visit us at our Family Life booth at the real-time fair, and we’ll guide you through the exhibits ourselves. Let us help you prepare for a terrific summer! With so many amazing activities to choose from, you’ll never hear your kids say, “I’m bored.”

June 17 thru July 19

Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, Exploration Makes Explorers Summer Camps for ages 10 to 14. Featuring camps in robotics, music, art, ceramics, debate, storytelling, cooking, baking, outdoor skills, podcasting, broadcasting, sports, and more! Find out more, www.sonomaacademy.org

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide SONOMA COUNTY ONLINE Summit Academy. Grades K–12. A tuition-free online program that uses a cutting-edge, 21st century curriculum. Offering $500 in funds for all students who would like to enroll in July & Aug. See website for details. 818-450-9810. summitacademycs.org. CLOVERDALE

Cloverleaf Ranch summer camp Open Houses: April 28th & May 19th

Sonoma County’s #1 Summer Camp

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cloverdale. Ages 6–18. Campers take field trips, play games & develop positive relationships in a safe environment. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June– Aug. Extended hours available 3–6 p.m. 894-5063. bgccsc.org/cloverdale.

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COTATI City of Cotati Summer Camps. Spanish Immersion Camp: Ages 5–8. Fun activities that expose children to the Spanish language. All levels welcome. June 3–7. Jr. Farmsters Camp: Ages 5–12. July 29–Aug. 2. Skyhawks Mini-Hawk Camp (soccer, baseball, flag football): Ages 4–7. June 17–21. See website for times/rates. cotati.recdesk.com/community.

FOR AGES 7–19

From coding and game dev to robotics and design, your child will develop in-demand skills and ignite lifelong passions—all in a fun, inclusive environment.

Summer Musical Theater Camp. Ages 7–12. Daily workshops, activities & fun. Hamilton Camp. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 10–22. Wicked Camp: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. July 8–20. The Best Musical Ever Camp: July 22–Aug. 2. $599/2 wks. All camps end with performances. Register by May 10 to get $100 off. 664-0123. funmusiclessons.com/summer-musical.htm.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Guerneville. Ages 6–18. Campers take field trips, play games & develop positive relationships in a safe environment. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. Extended hours available 4–5 p.m. 528-9777. bgccsc.org/ guernevillecamp.

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HEALDSBURG Boys & Girls Clubs of Healdsburg. Ages 6–18. Campers take field trips, play games & develop positive relationships in a safe environment. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. 433-4479. bgccsc.org/healdsburg. Fitch Mountain Summer Day Camp. Grades K–7. Arts, crafts, swimming & sports. 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. Sliding scale fee for qualified families. Part time & full time. 431-1412. fitchmountaindaycamp.com. Healdsburg Ballet Summer Dance Camp. Ages 3–adult. Classes in Princess-Ballerina,

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide ballet, jazz, hip-hop, choreography, pointe & variations. Visit website for schedule. 431-7617. healdsburgballet.com. Healdsburg Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp. Ages 5–8 & 9–15. Students explore media ranging from assemblage to sculpture & many in between. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. M–Th. Also Fun Art Friday. June 17–Aug. 9. See website for a complete schedule of weekly programs/rates/locations. 344-2248. healdsburgcenterforthearts.com. Little Lambs Summer Camp. Ages 3–8 (toilet trained). A mix of academics & play designed to allow children to progress at their own rates & to ready them for kindergarten. No religious affiliation is required. Call for a complete schedule. 433-5779. mylittlelambspreschool.com. Town of Healdsburg Summer Camps. Visit website for a complete schedule of weekly programs/age levels/camp themes. 431-3301. ci.healdsburg.ca.us.

OCCIDENTAL Westminister Woods Camp & Conference Center. Ages 7–18. Weeklong camp. Revel in the life-changing gifts of God: being loved unconditionally, laughing uncontrollably & growing unexpectedly. Visit our website for schedule/rates. Sliding scale. 874-2426. westminsterwoods.org. PETALUMA Adventure Recreation Center Summer Camp. Ages 4–12. Variety of games, activities, crafts & sports. June 3–Aug. 9. Half days: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $169/wk. Full days: 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $194/wk. Extended care available 3:30–6:30 p.m. $25/day. $80/wk. 763-3007. skillmeetswill.com/summer-camp. Boys & Girls Club of Petaluma. Ages 6–18. Various programs ranging from sports & fitness to science & arts. June 3–Aug. 9. $125/ wk. $1,125/9 sessions. Additional $15­–$20 field trips. Visit to register. 971-7786. bgccsc. org/petaluma.

Cinnabar Theater Camp. Musical theater acting camp, with productions of Frozen. Camp A: Grades 1–6. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. July 1–26. Performances July 26–28. Camp B: Grades 7 & up. 1:30–5:30 p.m. M–F. July 8–Aug. 2. Performances Aug. 2–4. $650/4-wk. session. Weekly themes. June only: Grades 2–5. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. M–F. June 3–28. $250/wk. 763-8920. cinnabartheater.org/camps. Club Pilate Summer Sessions. Ages 13 & up. Sign up for team classes. Get fit & have fun. Email petalumaeast@clubpilates.com for rates/ schedule of classes. Colors of Spanish Summer Spanish Immersion Camp. Ages 5–8. Age-appropriate, fun activities that expose kids to the Spanish language. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. June 3–7. June 10–14. $290/wk. See website for camp

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Chabad Jewish Center: Camp Aleph. Ages 4–11. Activities, trips, art & camp spirit, all infused with an atmosphere of Jewish pride. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 17–21. June 24–28. $250/wk. $450/2 wks. 559-8585. campaleph.com.

SIGN-UP FOR CAMP NOW! Adventure Camp•Sports Camp•STEM Camp•Kinder Camp•Explorers Teen Camp•Kids Club & Counselor in Training Program Call or visit us for more details & registration information. 707.544.1829 www.scfymca.org

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide locations in Sonoma County. 782-1084. colorsofspanish.org. Edventure More. Ages 4–13. STEM-infused activities. Kids develop their creative capacities & unleash their inner scientists & technologists. June 3–July 19. (Dates vary by location.) $289–$354/wk. Intro savings of $100/camper for 2+ weeks. 415-282-6673. campedmo.org. Empire Gymnastics Summer Camp. Ages 4.5–12. Trampolines, pit, rings, bars, beams, padded floors & game equipment. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. $260/ wk. $33/part time. $57/full day. Extended care available 8–9 a.m. & 4–5 p.m. $10/hr. 763-5010. regymnastics.com/camps. Fiddleheads Summer Camp Programs. Ages 4–15. One counselor per 3 children. Max 6–8 children per group. A harmony of excitement & relaxation thru a balanced flow of free play, story time, games, crafts & circle times. 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. June 17–Aug. 2. 2-wk. session only. Extended care available. $1,050–$1,450. Scholarships available based on financial need. 510-788-0876. seeds-of-awareness.org. FLAG Football Summer League. Petaluma & Santa Rosa. Grades K–7. FLAG’s goal is to provide a safe, fun, athletic & educational environment. Contact for schedule/rates. 322-6558. 1flagfootball.com.

science. Games & activities. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. M–Th. June–Aug. $325/wk. 10% discount for siblings or multiple sessions. 778-4787. petalumawildlifemuseum.org.

Spring Hill School Summer Camp. 18 months– Grade 5. June 17–Aug. 9. Visit website for a complete camp schedule. 763-9222. springhillmontessori.org.

She’z Moto Camp. Focused on inspiring & building the confidence of females who want to grow as riders or racers. Led by professional road racer Shelina Moreda. See website for schedules & pricing information. shezmoto.com.

Strides Riding Academy Summer Camp. Ages 6–12. Riding lessons, horse-themed games & crafts & summer camp fun. Riding groups arranged by skill level. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. M–F. June 17–Aug. 9. $395/wk. 799-5054. stridesridingacademy.com.

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Keenan Irish Dance School. Ages 4–7. Introduction to Irish Dancing. Drop-in rates. M–Th. July. Petaluma & Santa Rosa locations. See website for times/rates. 542-1367. keenanirishdanceschool.com.

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Synergy Health Club Petaluma Summer Day Camp. Ages 5–12. An adventure-filled summer with weekly themes. Every child stays active, inspired & entertained. Spaces fill up quickly. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 3–Aug. 9. See website for rates/schedule. 766-8080. activesportsclubs.com/camps. Thompson Quarter Horses Day Camp. Ages 5 & up. Horsemanship, safety, horse care & fun things you can do with horses. 9 p.m.–1 p.m. June 10–13 & July 8–11. $325/session. 280-4513. heidithompsonquarterhorses.com. Wise Girl Workshops. Grades 5–6 & 7–8. Improving self-esteem, making wise decisions, mastering anxiety & learning tools to cope with peers, family, technology & big emotions. New fitness program. 9–11:30 a.m. M–Th. $350–$395. sierradator.com.

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Camp Bohemia. Ages 7–13. Campers explore & connect with the inherent beauty & wonder of nature. Bohemia Ecological Preserve will serve as the learning venue. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. June 17–21. June 24–28. July 1–5. $375/ wk. 544-7284. landpaths.org.

Cloverleaf Ranch. Ages 4–17. A traditional camp experience with activities such as horseback riding, zip-lining, swimming, sports, archery, riflery, crafts & more. 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m. June 9–Aug. 9. Half days: $310–$498/ wk. Full days: $329–$530/wk. Residential camp (available for ages 7 & up): $1,200/wk. 545-5906. cloverleafranch.com.

Camp Chai. Grades K–7. Child-centered traditional Jewish Day Camp. Sports, swimming, arts & crafts, games, music, dancing, Jewish culture & Shabbat celebrations. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 17–21 & June 24–28. $295/wk. Financial assistance available. 528-4288. jccsoco.org. Camp Epic. Ages 4–12. Sports & entertainment camp. Activities include sports, trampoline time, bowling, arcade play & more. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. June 17–28. July 8–Aug. 2. $39/half day. $79/full day. 708-4625. playsportscity.com/camps. Charles M. Schulz Museum Summer Camps. Pre-K–grade 10. Take classes in cartooning,

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Fencing Adventure Camp. Ages 7–12. Teaches kids the art of the sword while they develop coordination, balance, grace & athletic ability. Beginners welcome. 9 a.m.–noon. June 24–28. July 8–12. July 15–19. July 22–26. July 29–Aug. 2. Aug. 5–9. $200/wk. EGF Sword & Gaming Camp: Role-playing & epic battles. 1–4 p.m. June 29–Aug. 1. Knight’s Adventure Camp: Aug. 5–9. $200/wk. Visit website for camp locations in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Petaluma, Rohnert Park & Sebastopol. 596-3626. egfencing.com. FLAG Football Summer League: Petaluma & Santa Rosa. Grades K–7. FLAG’s goal is to provide a safe, fun, athletic & educational environment. Contact for schedule/rates. 322-6558. 1flagfootball.com. iD Tech Camp. Ages 7–19. STEM programs held at 150 prestigious campuses. Students develop in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics & design. 888-709-8324. See website for location/rates. idtech.com. Ignite Martial Arts Summer Camp. Battle Camp: June 3–7. Toy Mania Camp: June

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Kinder Kickz Soccer Camps. Ages 3–8. Soccer games & activities for children. Geared toward improving motor, social & soccer skills in a fun & positive environment. 9 a.m.– noon. M–Th. Galvin Park. June 3–6 & July 22–25. $140/wk. 953-2603. Check website for schedule. kinderkickz.com. La Cantera Summer Camps & Lessons. Kinder Tennis: Ages 4–7. Introduction to tennis. MWF. 11 a.m.–noon. June 3–14. June 17–28. July 15–26. $75/session. Beginner/ Intermediate Camps: Ages 8–18. Games, competition, refreshments, prizes & awards. June 3–13. June 17–27. July 1–11. July 15–25. July 29–Aug. 8. 9–11 a.m. or 4–6 p.m. $190/ session. (Except July 1–11: $166/session). Team Tennis: Ages 8–18. Gives juniors a chance to play matches against other local clubs & programs. June–July. $40. See website for a complete schedule. 544-9494. lacanteraracquetandswimclub.com. Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. Ages 6–9. Crafting, nature discovery walks, stories, games, music & some stewardship & science activities. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. July 8–12, July

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One to One Learning Summer Workshops. Pre-K & up. Workshops. Educational games. Pre-K & pre-first grade preparedness. Call for rates/schedules. 539-0675. onetoonelearningcenter.com.

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Peace Camp. Ages 6–12. Singing songs of peace, making peace-filled art & learning how to get along with others. Swimming every afternoon at Finley pool. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Aug. 5–9. $99/wk. 510-845-8417. peacecamp.com.

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p.m. M– F. June–Aug. $205/wk. 573-1608. climbvertex.com. Summer Music Academy. Workshops: Ages 5–23. Students learn to play an instrument or enrich their music studies. Performances Academy: Ages 9–23. Students are thoroughly challenged to bring their musicianship to the next level. New location: Sonoma Academy on Farmers Lane. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. July 15–Aug. 2. Visit website for rates. Financial aid available. 546-7097, ext. 225. srsymphony.org. Summerfield Waldorf Summer Programs. Ages 10–14. Earth Ecology Camp: Growing, harvesting, cooking, wood craving & wetland studies. 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. June 24–28. $315/ wk. Fiber Arts in the Garden: Ages 10–14. Learn to wash, spin, dye & weave wool from our sheep. 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. June 17–21. $315/wk. Farm Camp: Ages 4–10. Campers experience rhythms & routine of a working farm. 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. June 17–26. M–F. $310/wk. Circus Camp: Ages 6–14. Learn clowning, juggling, tightrope walking, trapeze & acrobatics. Weekly free performance. 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. June 10–28. $300/wk. Trapeze Camp: Ages 8 & up. Campers progress

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Wonder Camp at the Children’s Museum. Ages 5–8. Offering a variety of different activities involving science, technology, engineering, art, music, drama & more. End-of-week open house, performance, or art show. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 10–Aug. 9. $330–$350/wk. Extended care available 8–9 a.m. & 3–4 p.m. for $10/hr. 546-4069. cmosc. org/summer-camps. Woodside West Summer Programs. Ages 2–12. Arts, crafts, swimming, bowling, dancing, music, cooking & more. 6:45 a.m.–6 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. Single days available. Call for rates. 528-6666. woodsidewestschool.com. Wu Academy Summer Camp. Kung Fu, Chinese language & painting, acrobatics, games & other activities. Visit website for schedule & rates. $125–$225/wk. Single days offered. 338-2233. wu-academy.com. YMCA Summer Camps. Adventure Camp, Sports Camp & STEM Camp. Ages 6–12. 7 a.m.–6 p.m. $214–$237/wk. $382–$424/2 wks. (3–day option/$48–$55 day). Kids Club: Ages 6–12. Traditional camp fun. 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $110–$125/wk. $197–$217/2 wks. (3–day option/$26–$29 day). Kinder Camp: Ages 2–5. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $352–$391/2 wks. Explorers: Ages 6–12. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. $245/wk. Counselor in Training Program (CIT): $210. Includes training & one session. Additional sessions of camp available. Visit website for a complete schedule. 544-1829. scfymca.org. SEBASTOPOL Applecreek Horseback Riding Camp. Ages 6–17. Learn about horses & styles of riding, from basic horsemanship to intermediate riding. Drinks & snacks provided. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. June 17–Aug. 9. $375/wk. Extended care available after 1 p.m. for $15/hr. 829-2804. applecreekstable.com. Camp CASTLE. Grades K–6. Weekly field trips, swimming, giant inflatables, walks, science, arts & crafts, cooking, sports &

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide wk. Early drop-off & late pick-up available. Visit website for a complete schedule. 569-4859. fanwar.com. Lessons from Horses: Summer Camp for Girls. Ages 9–13. Hands-on, collaborative therapeutic equine camp focuses on developing girls’ friendships, communication & self-esteem. Yoga, therapeutic horsemanship & intentional crafts. Visit website for a complete schedule. 634-4667. therapeuticranch.com. MainStage West Camp. Musical theater acting camp. Visit website for a complete schedule. 823-0177. mainstagewest.com/ education. Mt. Gilead Bible Residential Camp. Ages 6–18. Our campers grow in their faith, friendships & identity as a child of God. Goliath Swing, zip-line, swimming, climbing wall, laser tag, crafts & more. $89–$479. Visit website for a schedule of age levels/sessions. 823-4508. mtgilead.org. Rock Band/Funk/Diva Camp. Ages 9–17. A fun & interactive band experience where students/musicians take their places in a rockin’ band for a week. Includes a recording camp weekend. M­–F. Times vary. June 10 –Aug. 9. $275–$420/wk. 327-7572. thegreatburrostudios.com. Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Summer Camps. Intro to STEM: Ages 5–6. 9 a.m.–noon. M–F. June 10–14. $195/wk. Art Camp: Ages 7–12. 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. M–Th. June 24–27. $235/wk. Adventure Game with LEGO Materials: Ages 5–6. 9 a.m.–noon. M–W. July 1–3. $115/wk. Empire Juniors Volleyball: Ages 7–12. 9 a.m.–noon. M–Th. July 29–Aug. 1. $175. Fencing Camp: Ages 7–12. 10:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. M–F. Aug. 5–9. $200/wk. Gymnastics Camp: Ages 5–9. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–Th. July 22–July 25. $200/ wk. Skate Park: Ages 5–16. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. July 22–26. July 29–Aug. 2. Aug. 5–9. $250/ wk. Beginner Tennis Camp: Ages 10–14. 9–11 a.m. M–F. June 17–21. Intermediate: 9–11 a.m. M–F. June 24–28. $140/wk. 823-1511. seb.org/ summercamps.

Little Monsters Summer Culinary Camp. Ages 5–12. Different snack, lunch, dinner meal & dessert to take home for the family on the days camper attends. Sign up for 1,2, 3, or all 4 days. M­–Th. June–July. $100­–$315. 955-0973. littlemonstersculinary.com. Town of Windsor Summer Camps. Preschool Camp: Art, story time, outside play, science, cooking & more. Ages 3–5. M–W–F. 9 a.m.–noon. June 17–Aug. 9. $135–$145/2-wk. session. 1, 2, 3 Exploring Spanish with Me: Spanish camp that exposes children to the Spanish language. Ages 3–5. T–TH. 9 a.m.–noon. June 18–27. $95–$100/2-wk. session. 1, 2, 3 Exploring Spanish with Me: Ages 4–6. T–TH. 9 a.m.–noon. July 16–Aug. 1. $143–$153/3-wk. session. Karate Summer Camp: Ages 5–13. M–F. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. June 3–7. June 10–14. July 22–26. $150–$160/ wk. Fencing Adventure Camp: Campers learn rules & develop skills. Ages 7–12. M–F. 9 a.m.–noon. July 15–19. $200–$210/wk. Youth Tennis Camp: Beginners tennis camp. Ages 7–14. M–TH. 8:30–11:30 a.m. June 3–6. June 10–13. June 17–20. $129–$139/wk. Sonoma County Premier Competitive Soccer Camp: Ages 7–12. M–F. 9 a.m.–noon. June 17–21. July 22–26. $120–$130/wk. Junior Golf Camp: Introduce kids to the game of golf & fine-tune the game to expand their skills. Ages 6–14. T–TH. 9–11:30 a.m. June 11–13. July 16–18. Aug. 6–8. $100–$110/wk. Windsor Performing Arts Academy. Learn to dance, sing & act. Ages 12–19. M–F. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. July 12–Aug. 3. $375–$385/wk. Play-Well Teknologies. 3 different Lego camps offered. Ages 5–14. M–F. 9 a.m.–noon. 1–4 p.m. June 10–14. $199–$209. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. July 8–12. $385–$395/wk. Camp Windsor: Weekly themes. “Super” Camp including science, cooking, art, sports, games, art, crafts &

swimming. Ages 5 ½–10. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. June 10–Aug. 9. $160–$170/wk. Extended care available: 7:30–9 a.m. & 3:30–5 p.m. Teen Excursion Camp: Fun-filled week of trips & activities. Ages 11–14. M–Th. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. June 10–Aug. 8. $215–$225/wk. 838-1260. townofwindsor.com/registration. Windsor Dance Camps. Ages 3–12. Dancers learn fun dances in ballet, jazz, hip-hop & acrobatics for the studio performance on Friday. Activities also include crafts, games, videos & more. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. M–F. June 24 –July 29. $300/wk. 578-3217. windsordanceacademy.com. Windsor Gymnastics Academy Summer Session. June 24–Aug. 18. Ages 5–12. Children develop strength, flexibility, coordination & self-confidence thru the mastery of fundamental gymnastic skills, in addition to games & other activities. Call for a complete schedule/rates. 838-4FUN. windsorgymnastics.com. MENDOCINO COUNTY Laytonville Camp Winnarainbow. Residential Kids Camp. Ages 7–14. Teen Camp Leadership. Ages 15–17. Drawing from the world of circus & theatrical arts, we teach timing, balance & a sense of humor. June 17–22. M–Sat. $995/wk. June 24– July 6. July 8–22. July 22–Aug. 3. $1,990/2 wks. Visit website for a complete schedule. 510-525-4304. campwinnarainbow.org. Leggett Redwood Adventure Residential Camp. Grades 5–11. Plus Family Camp. Archery, swimming & other outdoor activities. July 7–Aug. 5. Starting at $605/person. 703-9171. redwoodadventure.org.

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“Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved,” Kondo wrote. Even though everything I own is neatly stacked or stored in a bin, I rarely

I’ve never sewed a button on a shirt in my life, so why did I have a pile of buttons in my drawer?

Mom Tidies Up A Story of Transformational Decluttering

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oes this spark joy?” I asked myself. Cradling an apple spice candle in my hand, I sniffed the top of it. The scent was gone, probably from sitting in the attic for 15 years.

I tossed it in the overflowing trash pile. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed Press, 2014) had been a bestseller for 86 weeks when I first discovered it. (Now Kondo’s Tidying Up is a Netflix hit.) Reading it prompted a month-long marathon session of de-cluttering my house. I emptied every drawer, closet, and bin, resulting in 11 bags for donation and 10 for the garbage. I consider myself a neat freak, yet if I wrote a book about how I clean up it would end up in the clearance bin. My three children get annoyed with my 28 SonomaFamilyLife

get rid of things. Like Kondo said, I definitely was under the delusion I was living a clutter-free life. “You will never use spare buttons,” Kondo stated. She’s right. I’ve never sewed a button on a shirt in my life, so why did I have a pile of buttons in my drawer? I could no longer ignore the clutter. “If you see an (electrical or cable) cord and wonder what on earth it’s for, chances are you’ll never use it again,” Kondo wrote. When I looked at the bag of unidentified cords I owned, I realized I had not used any of the cords since I created the collection.

neat-freak ways. When they’re eating a meal, I’m right there wiping away the crumbs. Labeled bins hold their toys, clothes, or sports gear. If they don’t put their things in the proper place, they’re going to deal with my wrath.

The book got me to think about how I acquired each object I owned and why I held on to it. I realized that there was a pattern to why I kept items. I worried I might need it in the future or felt guilty about never using it.

When I first heard of Kondo’s work, I couldn’t figure out how she had sold so many copies of a book about the least exciting topic I could think of. But as I read it, I hung on every word. It was more captivating than a psychological thriller. The deeper I delved, the clearer became the book’s central theme—analyzing one’s relationship to material items.

It was time for me to initiate step one in her book: “start by discarding, all at once, intensely and completely.” According to Kondo, the process of discarding should focus on “what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” She suggests you do this by holding each item you own and asking yourself, “Does this spark joy?” At first,

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this question seemed ridiculous to me, but I tried it despite my misgivings.

need in your life and what don’t, and what you should and shouldn’t do.”

“If you only keep the items that spark joy, then you surround yourself with things that make you happy,” Kondo said. This reorganization of your material things can lead to a transformation in your life.

She says it will increase your confidence since the process involves making decisions about whether or not to keep items. You are also forced to confront the decisions you made

For me, the biggest transformation came through discarding my unused items. Kondo referred to this as “the magic effect of tidying.”

Even though everything I own is neatly stacked or stored in a bin, I rarely get rid of things.

She recommended saying to yourself, “Thank you for teaching me what doesn’t suit me.” This simple reframing thought process helped me to put my unworn red shirt with the tags on it in the donation pile. Kondo said when you are done tidying, “You can see quite clearly what you

in selecting your possessions and to hopefully learn from poor decisions. When I finished tidying I felt a sense of accomplishment. Opening a drawer and finding a pen instead of useless buttons gave me pride in my ability

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to get rid of unnecessary things. I experienced a life transformation as well. In the fourth grade, I wrote my first book, which my teacher typed using a typewriter, fashioning a cover out of cloth. I found this book while cleaning. It was a reminder of my love for writing, in which I had dabbled throughout the years. Once I “cleaned house,” I decided to actively pursue freelance writing, which has led to nationally publishing my work. Like Kondo said, I put my space in order—in a way that changed my life forever. ¶ This article was originally published in Sasee Magazine. Find Cheryl Maguire on Twitter @CherylMaguire05.

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or guardians aware of the situation. Make sure to save electronic and hard copies of all evidence, including screen shots of the offending posts. It is important to have a formal record of what has transpired if the cyberbullying amounts to a criminal

Cyber Bullies Practical Steps for Protecting Your Kids

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t was not supposed to happen, but it did. Despite your best efforts to the contrary, you discover your kid is the victim of cyberbullying. What do you do?

The first and most important goal should be to block the bully from doing any further harm. As Ruth Carter, a lawyer who specializes in social media and Internet law, succinctly puts it, “Cut off the bully’s access to your child.” You can block the bully by reporting the cyberbullying to the site(s) where it has taken place. Many sites have explicit policies (or “terms and conditions”) that forbid any form of bullying and feature a “report abuse” button that you can click. If you cannot find such a link, look for an email address for the 30 SonomaFamilyLife

site’s administrator(s) where you can forward a complaint. When a complaint is received, many site administrators will shut down the offensive account and even block the device that was used from accessing the site again. Alternatively, you can close down your kid’s account(s), although, of course, this will not prevent the bully from tormenting other kids. Aside from blocking the bully’s ability to reach your kid, collect evidence of the cyberbullying and, if the bully’s real identity is known and he or she is a minor, make the parents

Give your kid the opportunity to explain, at length and without interruption, what happened. offense. This will enable you to share it with the police and lawyers. As Drs. Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin of the Cyberbullying Research Center say, “The police should be approached when physical threats are involved, or a crime has possibly been committed.” Assuming that the bully’s parents are responsible and caring people, let them know what has happened and how it is affecting your kid. Akilah Thompson, founder and CEO of an anti-bullying organization called Generations Inspired, says, “It is important that both parties are aware of the situation and are working towards resolution.” Like you, they might be concerned to learn that their kid has been cyberbullying another kid and may want to put an end to it. Either way, it is important that you communicate with them in writing, so that you can document everything should you decide to press charges. It is also useful to reach out to other parents at your kid’s school to hear if they have had similar experiences. This would allow you to coordinate your interventions to a greater effect.

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Once you have done everything in your power to stop the cyberbullying— and have reported it to the relevant people—it is time to have a warm and caring conversation with your kid. Give your kid the opportunity to explain, at length and without interruption, what happened, why it might have happened, how it makes him or her feel, and, not least importantly, what he or she thinks should be done to avoid similar situations from happening in the future. Hinduja and Patchin say, “It is appropriate (and important) to solicit the children’s perspective as to what might be done to improve the situation. After all, any sustainable solution to the problem of cyberbullying needs to involve the kids themselves.” ¶

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y the end of March, apple blossoms are perfuming the air of Sonoma County. And on their heels is Sebastopol’s annual Apple Blossom Festival, complete with a parade, two stages of live music acts, and arts and crafts and food vendors. While live pop, blues, reggae, and jazz music may appeal to adults, a magic tent and visits with chicks and other farm animals will entertain the kids. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on April 13 with a parade down Main Street; the day’s activities go until 6 p.m. On April 14 activities run 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission on either day is $8–$10 or free for children younger than 10. Activities take place at both Ives Park and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. For an extra fee, children can take part in Fun and Games Rentals activities, such as tea-cup rides, water-race games, a train station, and Jr. Jurassic Adventures, all held in the parking lot across from the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. For more information, see appleblossomfest.com. ¶

Tuesday 2 Terrific Tuesdays. Crafts, fun

activities & snacks. $10. Tuesdays except Apr. 23. Noon–4 p.m. Fundemonium. 579 Rohnert Park Expy. W., Rohnert Park. 800-4060. fundemoniumtoys.com.

Wednesday 3 FREE Tax Help. Enter free AARP tax-preparation assistance, with IRS-certified volunteers. No age requirement. Bring photo ID for yourself & your dependents. Visit sonomacounty.libcal.com/ event/4834645 for a list of necessary documents. Wednesdays. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Runs thru April 10. Healdsburg Regional Library. 139 Piper St., Healdsburg. Other libraries will host this event. See sonomacounty.libcal. com for branches/times. Peace, Love, and Woodstock.

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& younger: free. Weekdays: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Weekends: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa. schulzmuseum.org.

Thursday 4 FREE Money Smart Story Time: Sammy’s Big Dream. Kids will

learn how to make savings a habit with the book Sammy’s Big Dream. Coloring activity featuring Sammy’s tips for saving money. Ages 3–8. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sonoma Valley Regional Library. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma. sonomalibrary.org. The Revolutionists. Full of suspense,

humor & an edgy take on modern feminism. $18–$28. Apr. 4–6: 7:30 p.m. Apr. 7: 2 p.m. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa. 6thstreetplayhouse.com.

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women go on a spiritual pilgrimage to India. $28–$30. Fridays & Saturdays:

Apple Blossom Festival

8 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. Thru Apr. 14. Cinnabar Theater. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. cinnabartheater.org. Barbecue Apocalypse. Comedy

about neurotic couples who squabble at a backyard BBQ, only to find that, while they were eating, the world came to an end. $16–$26. Thursdays– Sundays. Shows at 7, 8 & 2 p.m., depending on the day. Thru Apr. 20. Adult themes. Not recommended for kids. Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 5409 Snyder Ln., Rohnert Park. spreckelsonline.com. FREE Zumba for Kids. Dance & exercise moves for kids set to music. Ages 5 & up. 4–5 p.m. Petaluma Regional Library. 100 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma. Other libraries will hold this event. See sonomalibrary.org. FREE Apple Blossoms: Paper Flower-Making Sessions. Apr. 5:

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Family Fun

The Great Egg Chase Local Hunts and Bunny Fun

Searching for a kid-friendly way to celebrate Easter? Look no further. These local events promise plenty of eggs and visits with the rabbit (or beagle) of the hour. Geyserville While the Francis Ford Coppola Winery is no longer holding an egg hunt, it is hosting an Easter Carnival, on April 20, 10 a.m.–noon. Kids ages 12 and younger may try their hand at arts and crafts, play games, get their faces painted, and even see an animal show. Tickets are not required for adults, but are $12 for kids, with a limit of four per customer. See facebook.com/coppolawine for details. Healdsburg On April 20, 9–10 a.m., kids can search for eggs planted by the Rotary Club of Healdsburg at Fitch Mountain Elementary School. See healdsburgrotary.org/event/easter-egg-hunt-2. Kenwood The Kenwood Firefighters’ Association will sponsor a free egg hunt on April 20 at 9 a.m. sharp in Kenwood Plaza Park. Each age range will get its own hunting zone. Bring baskets. Petaluma Six thousand eggs will be hidden at the Adobe Christian Church Easter Eggstravaganza. And the hunt is only part of the entertainment. There will also be police and fire vehicles, live music, bouncy houses, and craft tables. The festivities will run 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on April 20 at the church; admission is $10 per family. For more information, see adobecc.org.

Snoopy transforms into the Easter Beagle— on skates!—at Snoopy’s Home Ice on April 20, 12:30–3:30 p.m. Admission is $5. See snoopyshomeice.com. Sebastopol The Kiwanis Club of Sebastopol invites children of all ages to hunt for eggs or treats at Ives Park at 10 a.m. sharp on April 20. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance, too. See sebastopolkiwanisclub.org/easter-egg-hunt. Sonoma For more than 50 years, Soroptomist International has been holding an egg hunt for ages 9 and younger. This year, it’s at 10 a.m. on April 20 on the Sonoma Plaza. Kids will be divided by age and should bring their own baskets. Each age group will get a chance to capture a golden egg. The event is free, but donations are accepted. Windsor Don’t forget to bring your Easter basket to the Kiwanis Club of Windsor’s 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. At this event, which is for kids ages 1–12, hunt areas will be divided according to age, and there will also be a section for kids with special needs. The Easter Bunny will be around for photos, and, for rumbling tummies, there’ll be a bake sale. The event is free and will be held on April 20, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., at Windsor High School. For more info, see facebook. com/kiwaniswindsor.

Santa Rosa Not just eggs, but bikes (one per age group) will be given away at the Exchange Club Easter Egg Hunt at Doyle Park on April 20. Kids will be divided into groups for ages 2–3, 4–6, and 7–8. Hunts start at 10 a.m. For more information, call Linda at 479-3340.

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Saturday 6 FREE Guided Farm Tours. Saturdays

& Sundays. 11 a.m.–noon. Arrive at 10:45 a.m. If no one shows at 10:45 a.m., the tour will not be held. Tara Firma Farms. 3796 I St. Ext., Petaluma. 765-1202. tarafirmafarms.com. FREE Excel for Youth Summer Preview. 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. The Cooperage. Sonoma State University. web.sonoma.edu/exed/excel. Pacific Cultures Day. Weaving demo,

origami canoe activity, Hawaiian candy lei making & other activities. Included with admission ($7–$10, free for ages 12 & younger). Noon–4:30 p.m. Museum of Sonoma County. 425

Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 579-1500. museumsc.org. FREE Occidental Fools Day Parade. 1–3 p.m. After the parade,

free live music by Gumbo Variations & children’s activities at Occidental Center for the Arts. Meet at Occidental Community Center to participate in parade: 3920 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. occidentalcenter forthearts.org. Annandel Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K. $50–$85.

5K for ages 5–15: $30. Parking: $7. 8 a.m.–noon. (Registration: 7–7:45 a.m.) Spring Lake Regional Park. 5585 Newanga Ave., Santa Rosa. annadelhalf.com/ register.html. FREE Graton Area Disaster Preparedness Fair. Prizes &

games. First aid & emergency kits for purchase. First 100 families receive a tool for their emergency kits. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Graton Fire Dept. 3750 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 823-8400.

Sunday 7 The Composer Is Dead. Santa Rosa

Symphony family concert. Whodunnit for kids, with narrative text by Lemony Snicket. $12–$18. 3 p.m. Instrument petting zoo: 2 p.m. Green Music Center. Weill Hall. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. srsymphony.org.

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5 & up. Cloverdale Regional Library. 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. Registration required: sonomacounty. libcal.com/event/5163955.

Wednesday 10 Home School Day: The Great Outdoors. Dissect

owl pellets, plant a seed, experiment with solar power & more. 10 a.m.–noon. Also, ice skate at Snoopy’s Home Ice, noon–2 p.m. Kids: $8–$10. Adult chaperones: free. Ice skating an additional $5 per person (including adults). Advance registration required: schulzmuseum.org (find event in website calendar). Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa.

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information on camps, summer school sessions, tutoring & all-around family fun. 4–7 p.m. Coddingtown Mall. 733 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. 205-1539. sonomafamilylife.com.

Thursday 11 FREE Quest Forward Academy Open House. 6–8 p.m. 1500

Farmers Ln., Santa Rosa. 733-6452. questforward.academy. People’s Yoga Pop-Up. Taught

by certified yoga instructor Christina McGuirk. $5. Parking: $7. 6–7 p.m. Tolay Lake Regional Park. 5869 Cannon Ln., Petaluma. Registration required: tinyurl.com/yysehbbv.

Saturday 13 Kids’ Cowpoke Carnival. Games, crafts, cake walk, music, food, silent auction, raffle & more. Ages 2–8: $5. Others: free. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. McKinley School Auditorium. Enter at 810 Madison St., Petaluma. Proceeds

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benefit Petaluma Parent Nursery School. 778-4669. FREE Family Bicycling Workshop & Ride. Arrive at least 20 minutes

early to allow time to check bicycles & helmets for any needed repairs. Children must be able to ride a bike & be ready to take the road with their parents (recommended for ages 7 & up, no training wheels). 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First half is instructional; second half is a bike ride. Madrone Elementary School. 4550 Rinconada Dr., Santa Rosa. bikesonoma.org. Annual Earth Day Celebration. 11

a.m.–3 p.m. Event: free. Parking: $10. Quarry Hill Botanical Garden. 12841 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. quarryhillbg.org.

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FREE Sonoma County Teen Poetry Slam. Open mic. Ages 13–19. 3–5:30 p.m.

Rohnert Park–Cotati Regional Library. 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park. sonomacounty.libcal.com. Baile (Mexican Dance). Admission: TBD. Parking: $10. 8 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. sonomacountyfair.com. TaikoProject. Award-winning

American taiko ensemble from Los Angeles. $35–$85. 7:30 p.m. Green Music Center. Weill Hall. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. gmc. sonoma.edu. El Día Del Niño. Traditional Mexican celebration with presents, parade, music & food. Adults: $10. Kids: free. Noon–3 p.m. Celebración tradicional mexicana con regalos, desfile, música y comida. Adultos: $10. Niños: gratis. 12–3 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. cloverdaleperformingarts.com. FREE Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show. Learn

about honey bees thru storytelling & puppetry. Learn the bee dance, taste honey & see live bees in a safe observation hive. Ages 5 & up. 2–3 p.m. Central Santa Rosa Library. 211 E St., Santa Rosa. sonomacounty.libcal.com. Sheep Shearing Day. Demos, crafts & games. $2–$3. Ages 5 & younger: free. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Shearing at 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. 3325 Adobe Rd., Petaluma. 762-4871. parks. ca.gov/petalumaadobeshp. Apple Blossom Festival. Parade. 2

vendors. Children’s activities. $8–$10. Under age 10: free. Apr. 13: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Parade: 10 a.m.) Apr. 14: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Ives Park. 7400 Willow St., Sebastopol. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. appleblossomfest.com. SpringFest. Egg

hunt, carnival games, crafts, face-painting. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Finley Community Center. 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. srcity.org/2108/ family-fun-times.

Sunday 14 Beauty & the Beast. Clover Sonoma Family Fun Series. $12–$17. Lap passes available on show day for ages 2 & under: $5. 3 p.m. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. lutherburbankcenter.org. FREE Salud Windsor Health & Wellness Expo. Free health

screenings, a fun run/walk & exercise demos. Children’s cooking classes & games. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Windsor Town Green. Windsor. townofwindsor.com. Can I Eat This? Part of Wildflower

Wanderings hike series. 2-mile hike. Discover edible & medicinal flowers. Event: free. Parking: $7. 2–4 p.m. Crane Creek Regional Park. 5000 Pressley Rd., Santa Rosa. Register: parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov (search on “Can I Eat This?”).

Tuesday 16 FREE Pop-up Play. 3:30–5 p.m. Sonoma County Children’s Museum travels to Northwest Regional Library. 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. sonomacounty.libcal.com.

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Friday 19 Community Passover Seder.

7:30–9:30 p.m. Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma. 205 Keller St. #101, Petaluma. 559-8585. jewishpetaluma.com.

Saturday 20 Kids Free Day. Free admission for children when accompanied by an adult. Hands-on crafts. Woodstock-inspired photo op. Plus, at 2 p.m., meet cartoonists Ben Costa & James Parks, creators of the fantasy graphic novel series Rickety Stitch & the Gelatinous Goo. Adult admission: $8–$12. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa. schulzmuseum.org. FREE Rotary Club of Healdsburg Egg Hunt. 9–10 a.m. Fitch Mountain Elementary School. 520 Monte Vista Ave., Healdsburg. healdsburgrotary. org/event/easter-egg-hunt-2. Open Cockpit: Top Gun Weekend.

Look Inside these vintage aircraft: F-14A Tomcat, F-16N Viper & F-5E Tiger II. $5–$10. Ages 5 & under: free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thru Apr. 21. Pacific Coast Air Museum. One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. 575-7900. pacificcoastairmuseum.org. Family Hikes. 1-mile walk & citizen

science project. 1 & 3 p.m. Parking: $7. Spring Lake Regional Park. 5585 Newanga Ave., Santa Rosa. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. Easter Beagle. $5. 12:30–3:30 p.m. Snoopy’s Home Ice. 1667 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. snoopyshomeice.com. FREE Kiwanis Club of Windsor’s Easter Egg Hunt. Sections for different age groups & a section

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for special needs. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Windsor High School. 8695 Windsor Rd., Windsor. facebook.com/ kiwaniswindsor. FREE Kiwanis Club of Sebastopol Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. sharp. Ives

Park. 7400 Willow St., Sebastopol. sebastopolkiwanisclub.org/ easter-egg-hunt.

Sunday 21 FREE Adoption Outreach at Petco.

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Petco. 165 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. rpanimalshelter.org.

Family Farm Chores. Help feed

goats, chickens & Pete, the mini horse. Collect eggs, clean pens. Bring gloves, water bottles & farm-appropriate shoes. All ages. Heavy rain cancels. Registration is required. 8:30–10 a.m. Event: free. Parking: $7. Tolay Lake Regional Park. 5869 Cannon Ln., Petaluma. Registration required: tinyurl.com/yyfgmmfm. 789-9699.

Tuesday 23 FREE Universal Yums Club. Sample

snacks from around the world. For ages 6–12 only. 4–5 p.m. Meets every fourth Tuesday. Healdsburg Regional

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Thursday 25 FREE Dungeons & Dragons. 14

players (two tables of 7). 7th grade & up. 3–6 p.m. Sign up online to reserve spot. Sebastopol Regional Library. 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. sonomacounty.libcal.com/ event/4870563.

Friday 26 To Kill a Mockingbird. $20–$30. Thursdays–Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays: 2 p.m. Thru May 12. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa. 523-4185. 6thstreetplayhouse.com.

Saturday 27 FREE Wikiup Tennis & Swim Club Open House. Thru

Apr. 28. 1–6 p.m. both days. 500 Wikiup Dr., Santa Rosa. 544-2330. Valley of the Moon Chamber

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ome go to a yoga class to relax, while others take a hike in nature. The People’s Yoga Pop-Ups, which offer yoga instruction in local parks, aim to offer the best of both worlds. Certified yoga instructor Christina McGuirk will teach outdoor evening classes, 6–7 p.m., to students of all levels of experience. The class on April 11 will be held at Tolay Lake Regional Park in Petaluma. On May 9, the bends and twists will be at Riverfront Regional Park in Healdsburg, and on May 16 at Doran Beach Regional Park in Bodega Bay. Meet in the parking lot at each location. Admission is $5 and advance registration is required (go to tinyurl.com/yysehbbv). Parking is $7. For more information email Christina.McGuirk@sonoma-county.org. ¶

Ensemble. Debussy, Poulenc, Lauridsen & more. Apr. 27: 5 p.m. $75. Sonoma Community Center. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Apr. 28: 2 p.m. $35. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. 16290 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. Sonoma Community Center. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. sonomacommunitycenter.org. Children’s Day. Basket

weaving, candle dipping, beading, leather stamping & more activities. $2–$3. Ages 5 & younger: free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sonoma State Historic Park. Sonoma Mission Courtyard. 114 E. Spain St., Sonoma. 938-9560. parks. ca.gov/sonomashp. Debut Youth Orchestra & Aspirante Youth Orchestra. $5–$20.

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FREE 10th Annual Earth Day On

Multicultural music & dance performances, art exhibits, sports activities, science demos & a planetarium star show. Meet instructors & register for classes. No pets. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Santa Rosa Junior College. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. duo.santarosa.edu.

Stage. 100 exhibitors. Live music & kids’ activities. Noon–4 p.m. Courthouse Square. Santa Rosa. srcity.org/2139/Earth-Day-OnStage. FREE Earth Day on the Greenway.

Celebrate Earth Day on the Prince Memorial Greenway. Help with a cleanup of Santa Rosa Creek, native plant care & trail maintenance. Tools & refreshments provided. 9:30–11:30 a.m. Olive Park footbridge (near 105 Olive St., Santa Rosa). srcity.org/calendar. aspx?eid=924.

FREE Day Under the Oaks.

Mary Poppins Etiquette Tea Party. Mary Poppins will make an appearance. $54. Noon–2 p.m. Tudor Rose English Tea Room. 733 4th St., Santa Rosa. tudorrosetearoom.com.

Monday 29 Earth Day with Project Whole Child.

Upcycle egg cartons to make a flower headband, paint with bubble wrap, collage with recycled newspaper & race with solar-powered toy cars. For ages 1–5 & their caregivers. $5 per child & up to 2 adults free before 11 a.m. After 11 a.m., regular admission applies ($5–$12. Ages 3 & younger: free.) 10 a.m.–noon. Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa. schulzmuseum.org.

FREE Butter & Eggs Day Parade & Festival. 10

a.m.–5 p.m. Kids’ Parade: 11:30 a.m. Parade: noon. Downtown Petaluma. petalumadowntown.com. FREE Farm Trails Spring Tour: Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies.

Tours, tastings, workshops & demos. Animal cuddling. Thru April 28. Sonoma County farms. RSVP for map: farmtrails.org. FREE Senior Expo of Santa Rosa.

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Sunday 28 FREE Cloverleaf Ranch Open House. Visit facilities & learn about programs. Sonoma County Strong since 1947. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 3892 Old

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Upcycle Easter Plastic Eggs Get a New Life

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pril showers bring May flowers, right? Well, yes, but the month of April also brings a ton of plastic Easter eggs that somehow make their way from our kids’ Easter baskets to every crevice of our homes. We love them when they’re all wrapped up in pretty cellophane and in one place (on the store shelves), but after they’ve been filled with candy, hidden, hunted, and played with, what’s next for these kid-loving plastic eggs? Use empty eggs as counters. Grab 10 (or more) eggs and write the number one on the bottom and top parts of the first egg. Follow this pattern on each egg all the way up to number 10 (or higher if you use more eggs). Separate the eggs and mix them up. Have your child match the tops and bottoms together by numbers. (One goes with one, two goes with two, etc.) This fun game helps with number recognition and fine motor skills. To develop letter recognition, use the alphabet instead of numbers. Make your own maracas. Grab a bunch of eggs and fill each one with something different. For maracas, think of filling two eggs with dried beans. Be sure to run a 40 SonomaFamilyLife

Empty plastic eggs make the best bath toys. Think about it. They’re cheap and easy to clean, and what kid doesn’t like filling up things with water while in the tub? piece of tape around the egg to stop beans from flying out when your little one starts shaking them. For a longer lasting set of maracas, use a hot glue gun to seal the top and bottom of the egg together. Create a guessing game. Put rice in one egg, peanuts in another egg, skittles in another—basically anything small that can fit inside. Have the kids shake the eggs to try and guess what’s on the inside.

Go on a scavenger hunt. Who says egg hunts have to be about Easter? Gather up those eggs and fill them with clues! Each egg will hold a piece of paper inside with a note to find the next egg. For example, “Go to the place where you hang your backpacks up.” Fill and hide as many eggs as you’d like. Just make sure to fill the last egg with something special, such as a quarter or a handmade IOU for something fun like a trip to the ice cream shop. Depending on the weather, the hunt could take place in the house or outside. Make washing up fun. Empty plastic eggs make the best bath toys. Think about it. They’re cheap and easy to clean, and what kid doesn’t like filling up things with water while in the tub? Throw a couple of eggs in bathwater, and watch your child’s eyes light up. To clean the eggs after a couple of bath-time adventures, spray them with a little bleach water and let dry. Meagan Ruffing is a parenting journalist with a passion for crafts. Visit her at meaganruffing.com for more fun ideas.

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Humor Break add an extra festive touch with plastic eggs full of chocolate Santas!

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If you have a hunt at your place, you’ll discover all the unfound eggs the next time you mow the lawn. And those will be the ones you had put money in. #facepalm

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You can take advantage of this whole concept any time of year. Just tell your older kids you hid a

Egg Hunt 101 10 Mom Truths about Kids & Easter

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Easter egg hunts are solid proof your kids can find things if they really want to.

They’re also totally capable of picking things up and putting them in the appropriate container. Use this fact later to reason with them about cleaning their rooms. Oh wait, nope, that won’t work. Kids don’t do common sense.

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Easter is starting to feel as big as Christmas. Decorated food, gift baskets, a life-sized character to make your kids cry, the quest for a sugar coma, the need for multiple gatherings (because one egg hunt is just not enough). I thought I left all that stress behind at the start of the year!

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The Easter bunny is creepy as all heck. I don’t blame the kids for crying. I can’t look into his

Easter is a parental oxymoron. Any other time we yell, “What are you doing? Don’t pick that up!” But on Easter we encourage them to grab all the food they can find off the dirty ground. soul-sucking rabbit eyes. Let’s fire him and take pictures with cute, real bunnies instead.

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If you stock up on candy when it’s on sale after the holidays, you can

Easter egg hunts are solid proof your kids can find things if they really want to. golden egg in the yard with $20 in it. (Whether you actually do this is up to you and your conscience.) You’ll have the house to yourself for a couple hours and your kids will get some exercise. Double win!

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This all makes zero sense. What do eggs, bunnies, and sugar overdoses have to do with the Resurrection?

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Easter is a parental oxymoron. Any other time we yell, “What are you doing? Don’t pick that up!” But on Easter we encourage them to grab all the food they can find (usually from complete strangers) off the dirty ground.

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I’m not complaining, though. Parent tax law says I get 30 percent of the candy cache. And I get to pick the good ones. I am okay with this. L. J. Kunkel is a fitness trainer who spends most of her time chasing her 3 boys and 20 chickens. See more from her at fitmixmom.com.

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