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‘hood MARCH 2021



Get Ready for Next Winter NOW

What to Do When Your Child Says

“it wasn’t me”

Keeping Kids Safe from Brain Injuries 2021

Summer Camps & PROGRAMS













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8 3 Tips for Dressing Your Baby for Springtime Fun

Spring is coming! Make sure you have the right clothing to greet the changing seasons.


child 11 What to Do When Your Child Says, “It wasn’t me!”

Admitting mistakes is tough. Learn how to help your child accept responsibility.

28 Active Children and

28 teen

12 Keeping Kids Safe


in every issue 29 Snack

Candied Rainbow Grapes

Make a delicious and nutritious St. Patty’s Day snack the whole family can enjoy!


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from Brain Injuries

Plan ahead and prevent childhood injuries with these tips.


their Glasses

Here are some essential tips on choosing corrective vision devices for active kids.

home 30 Get Ready for Next Winter Now

It’s never too early to get your home ready for next winter, so make sure your home is efficiently winter-proofed with an inspection.


Happy March! It is hard to believe we are talking about Summer Camps/Programs already! If you are thinking about getting your little ones into camps or programs this summer, you are not going to want to wait as spots are filling up quickly this year! You may notice there a few camps missing from our list this season, but don’t worry, they will be back next year! You can find a listing of our Summer 2021 camps and programs on our website at www.thehoodmagazine.com. March is all about St. Patrick’s Day and we have some craft ideas for you on our website! Make sure to check them out and be sure to use the hashtag #hoodmagazine to post pictures showing us how they turned out. Did you know March is also Colon Cancer Awareness Month? Make sure to check out our website to see how one local mom is spreading awareness about colon cancer. Another Spring preparation question: Do you have the proper helmet for your child when it comes to participating in sports or other activities? Lifescape teaches us about Traumatic Brain Injury this month and what you need to know to keep your child(ren) safe. We have a hard rule in our house when it comes to riding toys outside; helmets are required! It is important to protect those heads! Happy Spring!


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We are so much more than a magazine. We are here to meet you where you’re at in life. You’ll find us in the community, online and in our printed issues, which are always FREE! If you haven’t visited our website yet, you’ll want to check it out. There, you’ll find exclusive content not available in print! Here is what you’ll find this month:

Fun Snacks to Make with Grandparents

Changing seasons are a great time to change eating habits. Here are some ideas for helping our seniors to incorporate fun and healthy ideas into their meal planning this Spring.

St. Patty’s Day Pot of Gold

Every rainbow needs a Pot o’ Gold! This month, the Museum of Visual Materials shares some easy steps to creating a treasure to share. With a few craft supplies and a bit o’ golden wrapped candy, you can transform a basic terra cotta pot into a lucky and delicious gift for your family or friends!

Men and Mental Health

Taking care of your mental health is a crucial component of healthy living. For men, it can often be a complicated, stigmatized, or difficult thing to talk about. We’ll give you some pointers on how to take the first steps to addressing mental health issues.

Community Directories at Your Fingertips: Did you know that ‘Hood has Childcare, Camp, Preschool and Birthday Party Planning Directories that are available to you by just scanning this QR Code and going directly to our website? Resources for your busy life at your fingertips...courtesy of ‘Hood Magazine!

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Good Behavior Gets Good Things

Community Sponsors

If you are exhausted from trying to calm the chaos and breathless from repeating yourself, check out this article from Behavior Care Specialists! Jessica Herbert, M.S., BCBA, LBA, will help you learn what reinforcement is and how to use it to increase desired behavior in children.


Clearing Snow the Right Way

Spring in the Midwest can spell big trouble for yourself and your home. HouseMaster Home Inspections has gathered 8 tips and guidelines for keeping the snow, and the stress, from making a mess of your home as winter hangs on.



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The 21-Day Mortgage Close

Wondering how you’ll get your new mortgage closed with everything else you have going on? Dawn Van Nieuwenhyzen, Plains Commerce Bank Senior Mortgage Banker, has the answer: the 21-day mortgage close!

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Dressing Your Baby for Springtime Fun Spring is coming! Make sure you have the right clothing to greet the changing seasons. You may have spent the last few months primarily inside, but now the sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, so it’s time to bust outside. Sunshine is good for the soul and fresh air is good for mom and baby! Because we live in the Midwest, we know temperatures can vary day-to-day, so as Spring begins, use these tips for dressing your little bundle to take in some much-needed outdoor time. 1. H  ats are not just for winter. Hats and babies go hand in hand all year long. While the warmer temps may allow you to pack away some of that winter gear, a lightweight, soft fleece or cotton hat is perfect for the Spring months. Babies lose 75% of their body heat through their heads, so wearing a hat outdoors is essential. What about on those really warm spring days? Well, you may not need a hat for warmth, but don’t forget the sun is powerful and you need to protect those soft fuzzy little bald heads from burning. Adding a sun hat to your baby’s Spring closet is important, too!


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2. L  ayers, layers, layers! Layers are our friends when it comes to dressing our little ones. Big, bulky coats may cause your baby to be too warm, not to mention they are complicated and awkward if you are trying to wear your baby in a wrap or sling. Instead, dress in light layers that you can easily remove if the weather is extra nice! 3. O  nesies and sleepers are great base items! Onesies worn under a baby’s clothes not only provide an extra layer of warmth, but also keeps your baby’s back and belly from showing if their shirt lifts. If your baby is not walking age yet, consider using a footie sleeper as a bottom base. These work great because your baby’s feet and ankles are covered and you don’t have to worry about them becoming exposed. If it’s an extra chilly day, you can even layer some cozy socks or slippers over the sleeper! l

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What to Do When Your Child Says

‘It wasn’t me!’

Admitting mistakes is tough. Learn how to help your child accept responsibility. Children 5-8 years of age will often push the blame to another person in order to avoid negative feelings and conflict. It is important to understand this behavior and what you can do to encourage your child’s self-responsibility. Why does my child blame? Children, like adults, do not like to be wrong or get in trouble. It is normal for your child to blame others for their mistakes. One reason for this behavior is your child yearns for a parent’s approval. Your child may believe you won’t approve if they acknowledge they made a mistake. Here are three reasons your child avoids responsibility or shifts blame to someone else: 1. S  elf-preservation: Admitting a mistake is difficult. Your child may be doing it to avoid a potential consequence. It is natural to respond to these situations by protecting yourself. 2. S  hame: Doing something wrong creates feelings of humiliation and guilt. It is easier to deny or blame than to admit fault. 3. E  xternalization: Children feel strong emotions and do not yet have the necessary skills to process through them. Instead of accepting and managing their feelings, your child may shift them to someone else or act as though it never happened.

•H  ow frequently does your child blame others? • Does it interfere with the daily functioning of those involved?

What to watch out for: It is important to observe and understand your child. When you have a good understanding of your child, you will be able to adapt to meet your child’s needs and comfort level. Ask yourself:

Remember, learning responsibility takes time and consistency. Provide opportunities to teach your child how to accept responsibility and how to learn from his or her mistakes. l

Excessively blaming others can be a sign of bullying. However, remember blaming is normal behavior for children 5-8 years of age. Keep an eye on the behavior.

Encouraging your child’s self-responsibility There are several strategies to help your child develop self-responsibility. •R  espond; don’t react. Avoid arguing, confronting, and overreacting. •M  ake it safe and comfortable for your child to come forward and tell the truth. •B  e empathetic and validate your child’s feelings and concerns. •A  llow independence in daily tasks and routines. •B  e available to help problem solve and work through difficult situations. •M  odel responsibility and honesty.


by Megan Johnke, OTD, OTR/L, LifeScape Director of Therapy

Keeping Kids Safe from

Brain Injuries

Plan ahead and prevent childhood injuries

Each year, millions of Americans participate in summer sports — from swimming, biking, and waterskiing to kayaking, rock climbing, and volleyball. Physical exercise is great, but these activities come with risks that can lead to serious injuries. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children. Each year, an estimated 62,000 children ages 0-19 sustain a TBI requiring hospitalization. These injuries result from motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries, physical abuse, and other causes. Each year, 564,000 children are seen in hospital emergency rooms for brain injury.

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While the majority of TBI’s are mild (90%), including concussions, each incident needs to be taken seriously, and prevention is imperative. Plan ahead to keep this summer safe for your family with these tips: •A  lways wear a properly fitted helmet and replace it after a serious fall. Helmets are not

just for biking or motorcycles and should be worn while skateboarding, rollerblading, or riding an ATV or moped. •H  ave fun while knowing your limitations. Be sure to use proper safety equipment for things like rock climbing and have spotters for water sports like skiing and wakeboarding. •N  ever dive, even in familiar lakes and rivers. Depth can vary significantly in a small area and the “Feet first, first-time” rule can prevent a devastating brain or spinal cord injury. •A  life vest is essential for any natural body of water, even on a calm day. Undercurrents are invisible and can overpower even the strongest swimmers. Make it uncool to go without a lifejacket when enjoying the water with friends. •F  ollow age recommendations for driving UTVs, ATVs, etc. Supervise their use and take time to teach kids how to operate them safely before letting them go solo.

•E  ducate your teens on the signs and symptoms of concussion and brain injury, as they can be subtle. As with many injuries, early treatment is essential for making the best possible recovery. Call your child’s doctor if they have had a blow to the head or if you notice the following common signs and symptoms: - Tiredness or listlessness - Irritability or crankiness (will not stop crying or cannot be consoled) -C  hanges in eating (will not eat or nurse) -C  hanges in sleep patterns -C  hanges in the way the child plays -C  hanges in performance at school - L ack of interest in favorite toys or activities - L oss of new skills, such as toilet training - L oss of balance or unsteady walking - Vomiting We are all looking forward to the return of summer to be outside and get active. By committing to safety now, you can help assure a carefree summer of fun this year and every year. l

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Let the adventures begin! Registration opens on Monday, March 1st for ALL 2021 Summer Fun sessions. Summer Fun at CPK will be full of adventure as we explore summer topics such as camping, sandcastles, watermelons, and even bubbles! Exciting learning centers, sing-along time, Bible lessons, and tasty snacks will round out a great morning. CPK Summer Fun is for 3, 4, 5, and 6-year-olds. Children must be potty-trained and have preschool/large group experience. Each Summer Fun session meets for three consecutive weeks on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 11:30am. 2 02 1 S U M M E R F U N DAT E S

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Summer Camps & PROGRAMS

While the past year has seemed longer than most, this winter weather will soon give way to sunny skies and warmer temps. That means that it’s time to start researching those camps and programs that will keep your kids busy and learning over the summer months! Yes, we know that it’s only March but many of the organizations you’ll find in ‘Hood Magazine this month open their registration soon and they fill up fast! In order to get you the information that you need to have discussions and make decisions about summer plans, we’ve compiled a list that is full of fun learning opportunities and exciting adventures!

605 Ninja  www.605ninja.com We offer SO many fun summer camps for ages 6-14. Sweat, Train & Play like a Ninja Warrior with our Ninja Camps. Get your Circus on at our Aerial Silk & Lyra Hoop Camps. Learn to Vault, Roll and Trick in our super fun Parkour Camps.

AAGA the Coolest Summer Day Camp in Sioux Falls www.allamericangymnastics.com What are you doing this Summer? Bring your children to discover the amazing fun activities we have available at All American Gymnastics Academy. Come experience gymnastics, ninja, cheer, parkour, trampoline, inflatables, foam pits, zip lines, field trips, and much more in our 40,000 sq ft facility. Visit our website or call now to reserve your spot.

Apple Tree Children’s Center www.appletreechildren.org Apple Tree’s Summer Camp Program is full of outdoor activities, field trips and hands-on projects help keep children’s minds and bodies active. It runs from June 1st to August 20th and includes themed weeks. Be sure to call and reserve your spot early and find out all that our program includes like hot lunches, snacks, sunscreen, and field trip costs.


Art Classes at the Museum of Visual Materials  www.sfmvm.com We are excited for a variety of fun arts and craft classes all summer long! Most classes are two hours long and only $10-$15! We will have something planned for children ages 3-14. Look for upcoming creative classes such as painting, paper mâché, air dry clay, oil pastel drawing, and more!

Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Summer Activities www.ogknights.org/parents/camps We provide a wide range of camps and activities to keep your child busy this summer. We have a variety of Pre K-12th grade options including athletics camps and academic summer classes to avoid the “summer slump.” We’ll make sure your child has the best summer ever! 

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Camp Invention www.invent.org/local Spark your kid’s creativity and confidence with our new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! Campers in grades K-6 will team up to take on fun, hands-on STEM challenges. From taking apart their own microphone to exploring solarpowered crickets and creating duck-launching devices, each activity is designed to give your young innovator an unforgettable summer experience.

Camp OnAqua www.catfishbay.com Camp OnAqua is a week-long day camp for kids ages 8 to 13. This camp gives kids the opportunity to experience water recreation in a fun and safe learning environment. Includes water skiing, fishing, canoeing, tubing, swimming, and more.

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Central Preschool & Kindergarten www.centralsf.org/cpksignup Summer Fun at CPK will be full of adventures as we explore summer topics such as camping, sandcastles, watermelons, and even bubbles!  Exciting learning centers, sing-along time, Bible lessons, and tasty snacks will round out a great morning. CPK Summer Fun is for 3, 4, 5 and 6 – year-olds. Children must be potty-trained and have preschool/large group experience.

CTE and Southeast Tech Career Exploration Camps www.ctecareercamps.com The SFSD Career and Technical Education Academy is planning to offer summer career exploration camps for middle school students. Please visit our website for the latest details, dates and registration information.

Code Ninjas Summer Camps www.codeninjas.com Code Ninjas Camps offer an immersive environment for children to explore technology and develop new skills. We offer a wide range of camps that will teach kids of all skill levels computer programming with engaging topics like coding, game building, Minecraft, Roblox & STEM. Check our website to see the full camp schedule with morning & afternoon options.

Destiny Youth Ranch www.destinyyouthranch.com We are a non-denominational, non-profit organization that runs camps and retreats where you can learn more about faith and horses in a quiet, small-town atmosphere! We always have great speakers, worship, crafts, games, campfires, and horses! We teach very basic horsemanship, riding in an arena, and then you get to hit the trail on over 45 acres of land!

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KIDS ER SUMM CAMP Kids being kids. Art creations, dynamic indoor & outdoor games and plenty of fun will keep the daily adventures going.

First Tee—South Dakota www.firstteesouthdakota.org First Tee—South Dakota is a golf and life skills youth development program that uses golf as its context. Participants will learn the fundamentals of golf while also participating in our life skills curriculum which includes core values and healthy habits.  These include meeting and greeting, how to manage emotions, resolve conflicts, communication, setting goals and more. Clubs are provided.


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Full-Time & Weekly Camps Available Register Today! www.wingsgym.com/camp-care/ 605-271-8242

Inspiration Hills Camp & Retreat Center www.inspirationhills.org Believe it or not…Summer is right around the corner! Join us at Inspiration Hills for a week to experience adventure, bonfires, swimming, horseback riding, chapels, worship and so much more! We feature a variety of different camps for all ages such as Day Camp, Saddle Up, Wilderness, Grand Camp, Lodge and Family Camp. See you soon!

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Kids Sewing Camp www.Fondersewing.com Let us teach your kids how to sew in our 5 day sewing camps. We supply the materials and sewing machines. Kids will make several different projects throughout the week and learn techniques used in all basic sewing projects! Many different weeks to choose from between June and August.

Lake Christian Camp www.myslcc.com Come and make great friends while experiencing a memorable week of camp on the shores of quiet, beautiful Swan Lake.  Just 45 minutes from Sioux Falls, youth experience Christ through daily chapel, outdoor quiet times, life giving campfires and nightly cabin devotions. Fun activities include archery, crafts, swimming, canoeing, and games. 

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Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota: NeSoDak, Outlaw Ranch, Klein Ranch www.losd.org At Lutherans Outdoors we provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to connect with one another. These connections allow each person to explore and play in a nurturing environment, which leads to a stronger faith foundation, discovering personal gifts, developing new skills, as well as building life-long relationships. 

Mathnasium of Sioux Falls www.mathnasium.com/siouxfalls Mathnasium gives you one less thing to worry about this summer and reduces the impact covid-19 made on your child’s learning progress. Instead of losing the average two months of math knowledge this summer, your child will grow his or her confidence in math...and actually enjoy doing it!

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Nordland Heritage Foundation www.augie.edu/camps The Nordland Heritage Foundation will continue to provide outstanding Language Camps where participants of all ages will learn basic skills of Norwegian and Spanish in a fun environment. Another camp option is designed to provide training for basic genealogy searches. Students will have electronic access to databases.

Sanford POWER  www.sanfordPOWER.com At Sanford POWER Academies we start you on the path to maximum performance. Our sport-specific coaches observe and adjust while paying attention to fundamentals. In a one-on-one or small group setting, they work with each player, developing a tailored plan through fundamentals and drill work. Academies include baseball, softball, basketball, golf, football, volleyball, and strength and conditioning. 

Safety Village of South Dakota safetyvillage.org Safety Town, Heroes Camp and Teen CRASH Clinic. The Safety Village of South Dakota is committed to reducing accidents involving children and teens by offering Safety Camps and Clinics to help identify safety issues, and to offer healthy injury prevention choices. We partner with community safety organizations to coordinate these comprehensive safety programs.

Sioux Empire Fastpitch Softball Association www.sefsa.org Now is the time to get your kids signed up for Summer Softball. Softball teaches many skills to last a lifetime. It teaches teamwork and offers new friendships. Give your kids a safe, socially distanced healthy outlet that encourages outdoor activity. Sign up today at SEFSAREG@gmail.com COED 4-6|8U Girls-Women’s League.

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Sioux Falls Tennis Association (SFTA) www.sfta.net/ SFTA has long been proud to host one of the finest junior programs in SD with our experienced, caring teaching staff. We have groups that cater to all ages and skill levels and optional playdays for upper classes. 10 & Under Tennis is used in our beginning groups to facilitate quicker learning and enjoyment. Come join the fun!

Soccer Sprouts www.sdsoccersprouts.com Soccer Sprouts is an education-based youth soccer program that helps children learn the basic FUN-damentals of soccer through fun games and activities, while also developing their gross and fine motor skills. Our PROFESSIONALLY trained coaches believe children learn by playing, and we strive to provide them with a solid foundation to enjoy soccer for many years to come.

Summer of Wonder at Boys & Girls Club www.bgcsiouxempire.org Kids are full of questions! This summer, kids will engage in a 12-week project-based experience that encourages exploration of topics through hands-on, investigative activities that promote critical thinking skills. We’ll dive into interesting facts using science experiments, art projects, field trips, games and more that help to combat summer learning loss and keep kids having fun.

Swim Jam www.safesplash.com/locations/sioux-fallssouth-sd Try our Swim Jams. SwimJams deliver two months of lessons in just two weeks. Same great curriculum, same great instructors, same great 4:1 swimmer to instructor ratio as regular lessons. Each class is 30 minutes, Monday – Thursday. 

Summer Skate Card Program www.skatecitysd.com Skate for as little as $1 per session all summer. Summer Skate Cards are regularly $12.00, but if you purchase yours early in April or May you save 50% on your cards! That’s just $6.00 per card! Cards are valid for use from July 1st to August 31st.  Purchase yours online or in-rink starting in April!

Fun ThingsTo Do Check out thehoodmagazine.com or scan our QR code and click on the Things to Do tab! You can save our events right to your calendar, so you don’t forget the details! With the click of a button, you can share any event with friends or family and finalize all your plans too! Looking for something to do for particular age, no worries our calendar does that too!





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Washington Pavilion Summer Camps www.washingtonpavilion.org/summercamps Our camps are hands-on experiences that create memorable moments in a safe, one-of-a-kind environment. The Washington Pavilion provides wonderful opportunities for students of all ages to venture into the worlds of art, science, and theatre.

Wings Kids Summer Camp www.wingsgym.com Kids Summer Camp provides children with a family-oriented environment to experience athletic games, arts & crafts, music, and plenty of fun on a daily basis! Weekly themes with special guest appearances are sure to engage your child’s imagination. Qualified coaches and staff are committed to giving your child an exciting and rewarding camp experience.

YMCA Camp Leif Ericson www.siouxfallsymca.org/ymca-campleif-ericson Campers ages 4-15 are welcome to join us for the best summer ever! Activities include: boating, archery, BB-guns, crafts, fishing, music, nature education, games, field trips and MORE! 2021 programs are offered Monday-Friday in two-week sessions June 7th-August 13th.

ZooCamp www.greatzoo.org Get ready for a summer camp experience your child will never forget. With half-day and wholeday camps, ZooCamp has an adventure waiting for everyone! Each camp is themed, but all include games, crafts, snacks, train or carrousel rides, tours of the Zoo, and animal encounters. Register today at www.greatzoo.org!

As an added bonus, you can view the list of Summer 2021 Camps and Programs in print, online at www.thehoodmagazine.com or you can scan the QR code to get access to them on our website.

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For teens and adults wanting to get started in learning their family history. FOR MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION www.augie.edu/camps Heritage Park is located south of 33rd Street and between Grange and Prairie Avenues at 1111 W. 33rd Street. Open for tours June - August NORDLAND HERITAGE FOUNDATION

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snack by Dr. Angela Gulbranson, Visions Eye Care + Therapy Center

Active Children

and Their Glasses Here are some essential tips on choosing corrective vision devices for active kids. If you have an active child who needs to wear glasses, you’re familiar with durability concerns. When parents buy eyeglasses for children and teenagers, they have two main concerns – 1. Will the glasses get lost, and 2. Will the glasses get broken? Kids are meant to be active and to play sports. Wearing glasses doesn’t have to slow them down. There are a variety of different eyewear frames available specifically for kids. Frames by Miraflex® and Nano® are unbreakable with a fall or impact. These frames can come with an elastic band wrap for little ones as well as an active child who wants to run the soccer field without having to worry about his glasses consistently. In addition to a sturdy frame, lens material is also critical to consider for safety. Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses provide the best protection for your child as these materials are shatterproof. Sports goggles are another option that will work with your child’s prescription. They can wear these during indoor and outdoor sports. But what if the glasses are getting in the way when wearing a football, baseball, or hockey helmet? Contact lenses are a great choice and have many options, such as single-use daily lenses, which work great for sporting activities, or contact lenses that adapt to changing light for superior visual performance during outdoor sporting activities. Whether it’s a durable pair of glasses, sports goggles, or contact lenses, there are many excellent vision correction options for active kids. l

Candied Rainbow Grapes

Bright beautiful colors scream SPRING! This month we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day so we can’t forget to include rainbows! Ready to try something new? Here’s what you need and what to do: INGREDIENTS: • 1 lb of grapes; washed and removed from stem. • 1 box of Jell-O flavored gelatin. Grab multiple boxes for different colors of the rainbow. INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Grab a baking sheet and line with parchment paper. 2. Submerge washed grapes in a big bowl of water. 3. Pour each of your Jell-O boxes into separate bowls. 4. Take a grape from the water and use a toothpick to roll the grape in one of the Jell-O mixes. 5. Place the coated grape on the baking sheet. 6. When finished with grapes, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for one hour. 7. After the hour, remove the toothpicks and place grapes on a tray or in a bowl. l


by Foley’s Heating & AC, Inc.

Get Ready for Next Winter NOW

It’s never too early to get your home ready for next winter, so make sure your home is efficiently winter-proofed. There are many DIY techniques for preserving home heat, however, professional furnace maintenance and inspection is the most important. Thanks to a certain pandemic and typical winter weather, we’ve all been spending more time than usual in our homes lately. You may have found yourself realizing that perhaps your home is lacking in some areas regarding heating efficiency. Drafty windows or doors may have been easier to overlook when you spent more time out of the house, but now it’s a more noticeable issue. With warmer weather not too far around the corner, now is an excellent time to address the problems that cause inefficient heating scenarios so that come next winter, you and your house are ready. In older homes, leaky windows and doors can be shored up with weather stripping or plastic coverings as affordable solutions. If your budget allows, the ideal solution is replacing ill-fitting doors and old windows. Nothing says you have to do all of them at once. Many homeowners find that updating windows and doors in phases is affordable and minimizes the inconvenience of managing multiple window and door upgrades. If your home has a fireplace, be sure to close the flue when not in use. It’s easy to overlook but leaving it open equates to leaving a window open. Another simple technique for preserving home heat is

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to open the blinds and curtains on windows during sunny days, especially south-facing windows. The solar heat generated will lessen the load on your furnace. Preventative maintenance is always a prudent practice to avoid unexpected repair and replacement expenses. Scheduling regular inspections of your HVAC system is a simple and affordable option versus a middle-of-the-weekend system breakdown that could likely be avoided. If you want to make it relatively effortless, look into a maintenance service contract with a local HVAC company. Have a professional inspect your ductwork. Often there are pinholes, gaps, and ill-fitting seams that can significantly diminish your furnace’s efficiency. The other simple maintenance practice is to replace your furnace filter regularly. Finally, while the wind is still howling and cooler temperatures prevail, make a note of any and all spots in your house that are a source of air leakages, such as gaps around chimneys, unfinished spaces behind cabinets, utility cutouts, and recessed lighting. A bead of caulk can go a long way to addressing these sources of inefficiency. l

MER M U S nder! Wo


Kids are full of ques�ons and the world is full of crazy and interes�ng facts! This summer kids will engage in a 12-week project-based learning experience that encourages explora�on of topics through hands-on, inves�ga�ve ac�vi�es that promote cri�cal thinking skills. We’ll dive into interes�ng facts using science experiments, art projects, field trips, games and more that help to combat summer learning loss and keep kids having fun.

Locations in Sioux Falls, Brandon & Harrisburg K - age 12

What To Expect Targeted Programming We know as kids grow their interests and needs change; that’s why we target programming with ac�vi�es tailored by age group. Kids in K-2 and grades 3-5 par�cipate in age-appropriate ac�vi�es that challenge them to con�nue learning and build on the skills necessary as they grow. With special a�en�on paid to comba�ng summer learning loss, you can look forward to your child con�nuing to engage academically through fun, hands-on ac�vi�es that give them the freedom to be crea�ve, inves�gate and play. Adventure Pools, parks, adventure...it’s what summers are made for and we have a lot of exploring planned. Kids will enjoy two pool days and an engaging field trip each week. Field trips will o�en be built into programming themes taking our classroom ac�vi�es outside and enriching our field trip experiences. Impact Boys & Girls Clubs programming is na�onally tested and constantly evolving to meet the greatest needs of kids and families. Coupled with accep�ng, encouraging environments and caring staff trained to support children academically, socially, emo�onally and physically, our summer program’s goal is to create the greatest impact on those we serve. This summer is all about adventure and exploring as we inves�gate some of the world’s most interes�ng facts. Join us for a Summer of Wonder!

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