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pril showers and all that weather nonsense. I don’t think North Carolina has ever followed any pattern or cliche, but I really do hope to see an abundance of those May flowers that usually follow. Our unique beach community has always kept their own schedule when it comes to the seasons and this month we say - bring on the festivals and farmer’s markets! You will want to keep our calendar close at hand for the next few months to stay current with all the exciting seasonal events starting soon. The farmers will begin selling their produce at a couple locations in April, and of course April’s biggest event - The 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival! Wilmington Parent has chosen April as a time to dedicate our issue to the members of our community with special needs. This month we offer a section filled with resources geared towards helping those with needs that require more attention than the average person, and those who care for them. If you know someone who spends their days as a caretaker for someone with special needs, there is an article on pg. 24 that provides advice on how to Care for the Caregiver. One way is to help them find professional resources, so a good first step is to pick up a few issues of Wilmington Parent magazine this month and pass them out to anyone you know that might benefit from this special section.
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HAVE YOU HEARD….? After a little more winter paid us a visit in March, spring is finally in full swing! You can feel the excitement, and with the numerous outdoor events planned all month, we should have no trouble enjoying a little warm air and sunshine! One of the most anticipated events is back for its 70th year. The North Carolina Azalea Festival runs from April 5-9 and the children’s programming this year can’t be beat! Starting with the Azalea Festival Parade on Saturday at 9:30, and continuing with the Street Fair all weekend, families will find something for all ages. Sid the Science Kid and Peppa Pig will both hold Meet-n-Greets on Saturday from noon-2:30, the Bandit Flight Team will have a Pilot Meet-n-Greet on Saturday from 12-1, and the unforgettable Fireworks on Saturday night over the Cape Fear River! Most students will also enjoy Spring Break this month, and if you’re looking for something new to keep the little ones busy, be sure to check out The Pointe 14, the new theater located at 2223 Blockbuster Rd. They are especially thrilled to announce a unique special monthly event for families affected by Autism and other developmental delays. The event offers a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite film in a safe & accepting environment. Sensory Friendly Screenings are designed for a sensitive audience. The movie auditorium will have the lights brought up and the sound turned down. Audience members are welcome to get up, sing, walk, dance, shout - in other words, everyone can be just who they are! Visit www. stonetheaters.com for a complete schedule. Rounding out the Spring Break vacation will be a fun Easter weekend filled with Egg Hunts and sugar rushes! Although there is no shortage of eggs to be found all over Wilmington, I found three creative Egg Hunts that are worth a little extra attention.
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• The Night Hunt at Leland Municipal Park features an evening for adults and includes a flashlight egg hunt, live music with 120 Minutes (90s tribute band), plus food and beverages available for purchase, and prizes. The hunt for fun runs from 7-9pm and only costs $5. • The Egg Hunt and Carnival at Battleship Park on April 14 from 10am-2pm, features pony rides, bounce houses, candy, games, and Buddy the Battleship Easter Bunny. • The annual Alligator Egg Hunt at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher on April 8th offers children ages 3 to 10 a chance to meet a live baby alligator, create alligator egg baskets, and hunt for candy-filled eggs in the garden. Various times available between 10am-1pm.
Do you have a child that struggles with reading? Northeast Library, with the help of a few very special therapy dogs, offers a special program called Canines for Literacy. Independently reading children can make an appointment to read to a real, live reading therapy dog! Young readers can practice their reading skills in a comfortable and fun environment with a trained reading therapy dog and their human companion. Appointments are made for 15 minute lengths of time. Pre-registration is required, and appointments can be made by, using the Read to a Dog calendar or calling 798-6373. Have a tip, lead, or just an interesting bit of news to share? I want to hear all about it! Send me an email to email@example.com.
Dreampad The Dreampad is best described as a technology pillow used to reduce stress and improve sleep. The product is a comfortable pillow which uses technology to transmit relaxing sounds and gentle vibrations that only you can hear. Originally created as a therapy tool to calm highly stressed children, the Dreampad calms the nervous system, bringing your body and mind into a state of rest quickly and assists children with staying asleep throughout the night. ADHD: Through a pilot study at Dr. Edward Hallowell’s New York Clinic, results showed improvement in sleep as well as daytime performance. AUTISM: Conducted by Dr. Sarah Schoen of the SPD Foundation on children with autism, experts revealed that improvements were noticed in sleep initiation, duration of sleep, and all 15 children showed a decrease in sleep problems through using Dreampad. To learn more about the Dreampad, visit https://dreampadsleep.com.
Kidstir Cooking Kits One of the things I like about Kidstir - it was created by moms. Another thing I like? Cooking is an important life skill and should be taught early, but it’s even better when it’s fun! With Kidstir, your little foodie can make simple recipes at home - all while practicing science, language & math skills! The subscription service can be joined or given as a gift, or you can send one of the single kits, as well. This team of moms wanted to raise children who have a healthy and happy connection to food, and believe good food can be fun for kids. The subscription service kit for kids sends a box once a month. The box contains all the tools & recipes to make 3 themed healthy recipes. Snack Happy, Soup’s On, Breakfast in a Box, Taco Truck Fun Kit are a few of the themes. Kids as young as 4 (with help) can even cook! www.kidstir.com
Two Brothers and Olivia Sensory Jewelry Two Brothers and Olivia - The Original Cookie or Donut Sensory Necklaces lend help for children to comfort and soothe themselves when they feel anxiety and the need to chew their hands, nails, hair, and clothing. Resembling a cookie or donut, they are made of 100% high quality food grade silicone, free of BPA, PVC, and lead. Two Brothers and Olivia Sensory Necklaces have been recommended by pediatricians and therapists as a valuable tool for children with sensory needs, ADHD, Autism and Asperger syndrome. The necklaces can also serve a dual purpose for travel as they are versatile for a Mom to wear so her baby can teethe safely on the cookie or donut. Necklaces can be washed with soap and warm water. Also dishwasher and freezer safe. All necklaces have a breakaway safety clasp. www.twobrothersandolivia.com v
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GROWING UP ONLINE
What to do With All that Stuff!
By Carolyn Jabs
aising kids creates clutter. Most families do regular sweeps to get rid of outgrown clothes and toys. And most have favorite places to take donations—the rummage sale at the church, the food pantry for the community, the drop off center for Goodwill. Some community organizations will even pick up the things you no longer need or want. (To find one of these agencies, enter your zip code at donationtown.org.) And then there are the things that are hard to give away. Perhaps they were expensive—think cellphones and carseats. Or perhaps they are sentimental—think trophies, stuffed animals, books and puzzles. Either way, you feel a twinge when you think about letting them go, so they get stuck in drawers and closets. The best solution is to find the right destination for these items. Donate to someone who will appreciate them. Get them to a company or organization that can recycle them safely and perhaps creatively. Either way, parting with certain kinds of stuff can be easier if you go the extra mile. With the options listed below, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you made a responsible choice that clears the clutter for you and does something good for others.
Athletic and other shoes: Soles4Souls.com has distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes since they were founded after Hurricane Katrina. You can purchase a mailing label or find a drop off site on their website. They also accept gently used clothing. OneWorldRunning.com sends stillwearable shoes to runners in developing countries. Anything that can’t be worn goes to the Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe program to be recycled into running tracks and playgrounds. Their website also includes drop-off locations in many parts of the country. Binders: At the end of the school year, most families have a stack of ragged binders. If you turn them in at Staples or Office Max, you’ll get a $2 credit toward a same day purchase of a new binder. Then they’ll recycle the binders with the help of Terracycle, a company that is has partnered with major manufacturers to create innovative recycling programs for everything from toothbrushes and guitar strings to juice pouches and the blister packs from contact lenses. (terracycle.com/en-US/brigades) Books. Better World books has drop off boxes where they accept books of all kinds. Some are sold on their website and some go to literacy programs overseas. (betterworldbooks.com)
Carseats. A few organizations are trying to get used carseats into the hands of families that need them. A state-by-state list is available at recycleyourcarseat.org. Crayons: Crazy Crayons collects broken, worn or loose crayons. They will melt them down and turn them into new Eco Star crayons or multicolored crayons shaped like worms. (crazycrayons.com)
Cellphones. Even after you’ve disconnected your phone service, the phone can be used to make 911 calls. Secure the Call takes advantage of this fact, collecting phones and then distributing them to senior citizens organizations, domestic violence shelters, police departments and other agencies that can get them into the hands of people who need them.
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Their website includes a free mailing label as well as a list of community partners in every state. (securethecall.org)
Eyeglasses. Lions International collects used eyeglasses as part of their effort to improve vision for people around the world. A list of their recycling centers is available at tinyurl.com/donateglasses. Legos. The plastic in Legos is a kind that can’t usually be recycled, so don’t mix them into the bin. Instead, ship them to Brick Recycler. No need to sort the bricks. They will repackage and get them to hospitals, schools, orphanages and other places where kids will be very happy to have them. (www.brickrecycler.com) Markers. Crayola collects markers of all kinds and turns them into a clean liquid fuel for vehicles. They pay for shipping via Fedex but your local school will have to set up the collection system. (crayola.com/colorcycle)
Puzzles. Puzzlewarehouserecycles old puzzles by donating them to schools, homeless shelters, churches and jails. If you’re pitching a puzzle because it’s missing a piece or two, they also have a helpful list of piece replacement policies for major puzzle manufacturers in the More section of their website. (puzzlewarehouse.com/Recycle-Your-Puzzles) Stuffed animals. Stuffed Animals for Emergencies gets gently used stuffed animals into the hands of children and even service members who need a little comfort. Their website lists chapters in many parts of the country, and they also have advice about how to clean stuffed animals in preparation for donation. (stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org) Trophies: Some companies that make trophies reuse the parts to make new trophies. If nobody in your community does this, you might want to ship surplus trophies to the National Trophy Recycling program. (Tinyurl. com/donatetrophies)
Everything else. Freecycle runs a grassroots network made up of over 9 million members, organized into 5,298 local groups. Membership is free, and each group is moderated by a local volunteer. Once you sign up, you can list almost anything and, in all likelihood, it will be discovered by someone in your community who will be delighted to have it. (freeycle.org) Of course, you aren’t the only family that has stuff you want to discard. Many of the groups listed above provide everything you need to start a community collection drive—an activity that might double as a fundraiser or a community service project. Whether you donate on your own or with your neighbors, all of these programs do three important things: Keep useable stuff out of the local landfill. Get things into the hands of people who can use them. And get all that clutter out of your house! That’s a win-win-win! v Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing about families and technology for over twenty years. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart, a book that describes a highly effective way to address conflict in families, schools and communities. Available at Amazon and cooperativewisdom.org.
RAISING GLOBAL CITIZENS: 11 Ways To Remind Kids We All Share Planet Earth By Christina Katz
very April 22nd all over the globe, we celebrate Earth Day. But this Earth Day, before you remind your kids about the importance of conservation, planting trees, and recycling, why not remind them of a few profound truths about what it means to be a human being living on planet earth. If you can instill a healthy amount of awe in your kids about living on earth, you likely won’t have to work as hard to get them to consume less, dig in the dirt more, and sort their trash. According to worldometers.info, there are over seven billion people on the planet already and that number is expected to grow to nine billion by 2042. Think about it. Right now and on any given day, we are part of this vast collection of humanity sharing a tiny globe that orbits the sun at a rate of about 30 kilometers per second (or eighteen and a half miles per second). As we zoom around the sun, the planet that we are standing on is constantly spinning on its axis, one full turn per day. If this information doesn’t get your kids’ minds spinning about the daily scientific miracle of life on earth, I don’t know what will. But how often do parents stop and consider our place in the larger scheme of things? Considering the length of our to-do lists, probably not often enough. So these reminders are not just for kids, they are for the benefit of the whole family. Here’s what parents can do to instill a healthy appreciation for planet earth in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives: we can slow down, pay attention to the miracle that is our life on earth, and raise our family’s consciousness about our humble place in the vast scheme of things. You might think, “But I don’t want my child to feel inconsequential and overwhelmed.” Don’t worry. Learning about the world and our place in the universe has an inspiring effect on kids, and teaching them will likely inspire you to want to learn more too. Ready to remind your family that we all share planet earth? It’s easier than you might think. Weave a glimpse of the universe into your home décor. Bring some globally minded toys to your kid’s bedroom. Let kids see for themselves that although we all matter, no one person is the center of the universe. Here’s how: 1. Display a large flat map of the world prominently in your home 2. Keep a globe within reach 3. Hang a mobile of the solar system 4. Get a telescope or visit an observatory 5. Take virtual trips around the globe together using Google Earth 6. Watch A&E Television Network’s, Spaceship Earth as a family (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ B0095O5PX4/ref=dv_dp_ep6) 7. Display a “you are here” image of our place in the galaxy 8. Subscribe to National Geographic Kids or National Geographic Little Kids magazine 9. Watch the documentary, Babies, with the whole family 10. Take a trip to the closest science museum and visit the planetarium 11. Read Horton Hears A Who and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss out loud every year on Earth Day v Author, journalist, and writing coach Christina Katz loves being a member of the human race.
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ALL MONTH LONG! History Walking Tours of Old Wilmington Daily (Year Round). Cotton Exchange, Downtown. This leisurely tour takes us back in time as we talk about: Three of the most historic homes in Wilmington. History of Wilmington’s downtown and how it developed. Cape Fear River and its importance to the area. Wilmington during the Civil War, what life was like. Victorian customs, Folklore and Much More. Under age 12 admitted free with 2 paying adults. Call for tour times. $12/ Adults. $8/Students & Seniors. Visit www.TourOldWilmington. blogspot.com or call 409-4300 for information. Lorikeet Landing! Landing mid-April and open every day. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Fins and feathers flock together in this live-animal exhibit featuring lorikeets. Delight in these small, tropical birds with feathers in dazzling color combinations from brilliant blues and vibrant greens to royal reds and sunny yellows. The free-flying birds land on arms, hands and sometimes a head. Guests may also purchase nectar cups to feed the birds. Space Place Daily. 9am-5pm. Cape Fear Museum. Designed and fabricated in-house with help from GE employees, Space Place is an interactive experience inspired by and modeled after the International Space Station—a spacecraft that orbits Earth where astronauts from around the world live and work. Hands-on STEM interactives in Space Place include a robotic arm, microscopic experiments and a glove box challenge. Visual elements offer real-time information about the International Space Station’s location and daily operations. Visitors will also discover how astronauts sleep in space, examine the water cycle aboard the space station and engage in several rotating activities appropriate for all ages from preschoolers to adults.
1 SATURDAY - APRIL FOOL’S DAY 22nd Annual Herb and Garden Fair 9am. Poplar Grove Plantation. Featuring some of our state’s best herb and plant vendors as well as local artisans and crafters. The weekend includes food, concessions and activities for kids. Admission fee of $5 includes a raffle ticket for goodies donated by vendors. Proceeds benefit the conservation and preservation of Historical Poplar Grove Plantation. Coastal Carolina Trainfest 10am. Coastline Convention Center. Come see examples of model railroads from six participating clubs including more than 15 operating layouts and a Lego layout. The event also features clinics, demos, and vendors. Kids under 17 admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Admission fee of $10 good for both days and includes free entry to the Wilmington Railroad Museum for both days. Visit www.coastalcarolinatrainfest.org for details. Children’s Story Fest 11am. Barnes & Noble. From 11am to 2pm local authors of children’s books will be reading their stories. Students from the CFCC Interpreter Education program will be providing translation in ASL. Free and open to the public. Call 509-1880 for details. Saturday Story Hour 11am, Saturdays. Main Library. Join Miss Shannon at the Main Library on the first and third Saturday of the month in March, April and May for a special, interactive storytime. It starts with a
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picture book and ends with a cool project or activity, with plenty of time to play, learn and laugh in between! Parent participation required. Ages 3-ish to 6-ish. No registration or fees. Contact Shannon at 798-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Celebration of Beauty and the Beast 11am. Barnes & Noble. Celebrate the release of the new “Beauty and the Beast” movie. In addition to a special Storytime, kids of all ages are invited to sing favorite songs from the movie soundtrack and participate in other fun activities. Attendees will receive a mini-poster and bookmark, while supplies last. Call 509-1880 for details. Museum Explorers 11am & 2pm, Saturdays. Cape Fear Museum. Ignite your curiosity! Discover history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear through interactive science investigations, hands-on exploration and unique artifacts. Our activities are designed to stimulate curiosity and encourage families to have fun together. Themes vary. Ideal for ages 5 and up. Approximately 45 minutes each time slot. Adult participation is required. Visit www.capefearmuseum.com for more information. Edible Books Contest 1pm. Northeast Library. This internationally celebrated event challenges participants to use edible products to present a literary theme such as a book, a book’s subject, or characters. All ages are welcome to enter! The Cape Fear Community College Student Pineapple Guild will be hosting a bake sale at this event to sell their homemade jams! Each jar will be $8--cash only. Proceeds from this sale will go towards the New Hanover County Public Library and CFCC Student Pineapple Guild. Super Saturday Fun Time 3pm Saturdays. TheatreNow. Join DOCK, the dog, and his twolegged friends as they uncover mysteries and discover artifacts (courtesy of Cape Fear Museum). Different adventure each week. Families welcome. $8/person. Visit www.theatrewilmington.com for tickets.
2 SUNDAY AUTISM AWARENESS DAY 22nd Annual Herb and Garden Fair 9am. Poplar Grove Plantation. See 04/01. Family Fun Day 9am - 5pm. Airlie Gardens. Visit the parks and Arboretum for a full day of family fun. Contact 798-7700 or visit www.airliegardens.org for more information. Coastal Carolina Trainfest 10am. Coastline Convention Center. See 04/01. Curiosity Carts 11:30am. Cape Fear Museum. Get your hands on history and science! Examine artifacts and science specimens. Gain insight into topics featured in museum exhibits. Carts are stationed in Museum galleries and feature short hands-on, facilitated experiences for visitors. Visit www.capefearmuseum.com for more information. Residents Free Day - Cape Fear Museum 1 – 5pm. Cape Fear Museum. NHC residents are admitted free to the Museum the first Sunday of every month. Call 798-4350 or visit www.capefearmuseum.com for information.
3 MONDAY Railroad Storytime 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Hear stories and enjoy creative activities in the Children’s Hall. $5/Family. Free/ Members. Call 763-2634 for more information. Storytime at Pleasure Island 10:30am, Mondays. Pleasure Island branch Library. Join our fun and educational storytime for all preschool ages (babies to 5 years of age)! We’ll enjoy books, music, manipulatives, and other pre-literacy activities. No registration or fees required. Mini Monets Clay & Sculpture Art Class 4:45-5:30pm, Mondays. Kings Grant Area. Let’s get our hands dirty with clay! All projects will be handmade in different types of clay and sculpting materials. This session is a great opportunity to create art in three dimension. Visit www.minimonetsart. com or call 399-1708 for more information.
4 TUESDAY Storytime at the Library 9:30am; 10am; 10:30, Tuesdays. Main Library. Babies up to 18 months at 9:30 are invited to bring an adult lap and enjoy up to 20 minutes of books, songs, fingerplays & rhymes. Toddlers 18 months to 3 years old are invited at 10am to 20 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in Story Place. Preschoolers aged 3 to 5 are invited at 10:30am to 20-30 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in our storytime room! Call 798-6303 for details. Happy Little Singers 9:45am, Tuesdays. Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center. Music and Movement program for children 6 months to 6 years. Sing, Dance, Instruments, Creative Play with your child. Drop-ins welcome, $10 per family. Please call or text in advance 777-8889. Art on Easels 2:30pm, Tuesdays. Northeast Library. We will have 5 double sided easels set up for children to come in and create a masterpiece. Try the theme of the day or free draw. No registration is required, so drop in, create, and then take your art home with you! Kid’s Cooking Club 3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays. Children’s Museum. Learn new skills and explore fun seasonal recipes. Then savor the flavor of your hard work. Kids Cooking Club is sponsored by Harris Teeter. Visit www.playwilmington.org for weekly themes and call 254-3534 to pre-register. Smart Start Circle of Parents Support Group 5:30-7:30pm, Tuesdays through June 6th. Bridge Church, 2101 Market St. A parent-led support group focused on all the perfect and imperfect moments of parenting children with special needs and special healthcare needs, and strategies to make our family lives more fulfilling and successful. Programming is provided for children ages 12 and under, and the whole family is welcome and encouraged to attend. Free dinner for all and activities for children will take place at each meeting. Please contact 815-3731 for more information. RSVP’s are welcomed by not required.
5 WEDNESDAY Storytime and Music & Movement 9:30am; 10am; 10:30, Wednesdays. Myrtle Grove & Northeast Libraries. Babies up to 18 months at 9:30 are invited to bring an
adult lap and enjoy up to 20 minutes of books, songs, fingerplays & rhymes. Toddlers 18 months to 3 years old are invited at 10am to 20 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in Story Place. Preschoolers aged 3 to 5 are invited at 10:30am to 20-30 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in our storytime room! Call 798-6303 for details. S.T.E.M. Explorations 10am & 3:30pm, Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. STEM programs explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by applying them in fun, hands-on activities. Children will learn about the scientific process while measuring and recording in mathematical terms, developing critical thinking skills in the process. Please preregister. Visit www.playwilmington.org for more information. Mini Monets Clay & Sculpture Art Class 4:15-5pm, Wednesdays. Carolina Beach Rec Center. Let’s get our hands dirty with clay! All projects will be handmade in different types of clay and sculpting materials. This session is a great opportunity to create art in three dimension. Visit www.minimonetsart. com or call 399-1708 for more information.
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6 THURSDAY Storytime at the Library 9:30am; 10am; 10:30, Thursdays. Myrtle Grove & Northeast Libraries. Babies up to 18 months at 9:30 are invited to bring an adult lap and enjoy up to 20 minutes of books, songs, fingerplays & rhymes. Toddlers 18 months to 3 years old are invited at 10am to 20 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in Story Place. Preschoolers aged 3 to 5 are invited at 10:30am to 20-30 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in our storytime room! Call 798-6303 for details. Messy Hands Toddler Art 10am. Main Library. “It’s the Process, Not the Product.” Toddlers and their adults will be introduced to a variety of hands-on art experiences. The focus of this program will be on child driven art exploration. Come join us for a half hour of Messy Fun, make sure to wear play clothes. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2-4. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required at www.nhclibrary.org. StoryCOOKS 10am, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. A cooking club for preschoolers where we read a story and make a dish inspired by the book. Visit www.playwilmington.org for more information and weekly themes. Nature Navigators 3:30pm, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Join us in exploring the beauty of the world around us! Nature Navigators will help foster a love of nature in children of all ages. From animal tracks to scavenger hunts come explore some North Carolinian nature with us! Ideal for ages 5 - 9. Visit www.playwilmington.org for more information.
7 FRIDAY Robotism Rocks 10am-3pm. UNCW Main Campus. Robotism Rocks! will offer this special event for participants diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are interested in robotics. Participants will have opportunities to explore and program robots while enjoying a robotics career showcase. Multiple types of robots and programming will be available to try for children across grade levels. Visit www.uncw. edu/youth for more information. Toddler Time 10am, Fridays. Children’s Museum. No registration necessary. Projects and activities for our youngest visitors (ages 4 and under) and their special grownups to work on together. Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org for more information. Little Explorers - Science Parade 10am, Fridays. Cape Fear Museum. Explore the world around us with hands-on activities, experiments and fun in Museum Park! Enjoy interactive story time, exploration stations and play related to a weekly theme. In event of inclement weather, program moved inside. Perfect for children ages 3 to 6 and their adult helpers. Adult participation is required. Little Explorers is sponsored by the PNC Foundation. Visit www.capefearmuseum.com for more information. Family Yoga Storytime 10:30am, Fridays. Main Library. Parents & children birth- 5 will have fun listening to stories while stretching and learning basic yoga postures with Miss Susan. Children must have an adult present. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or beach towel. No registration required! Call 798-6353 for more details.
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NC Azalea Festival Street Fair All Day. Downtown Wilmington. A free, family event. Vendor booths cover the entire stretch of the Street Fair, and there are many activities. Vendors include face painting, jewelry (made from sea glass to antique buttons), t-shirts, and photography, but there are also new vendors offering wine, hot sauces, candles, and local honey. The food vendors have the staples- funnel cakes, fresh made lemonade, gyros, kettle corn and ice cream. Visit www.ncazaleafestival.org for a complete schedule. Adventures in the Arts 3:30pm, Fridays. Children’s Museum. Please pre-register. Bring your child to express their creativity through various forms of art including-but not limited to--painting, sculpture, music, theater, dance, drawing, and printing. Visit www.playwilmington.org for details. Sound Adventures 4pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Creative dance & pretend play with Mr. Scooter for ages 4-7. Space is limited. Registration required at www.nhclibrary.org. Family Storytime: Last Stop on Market St. 7pm. Barnes & Noble. Family Storytime with activities. Call 5091880 for details.
8 SATURDAY NC Azalea Festival Parade 9am. Downtown Wilmington. One of Southeastern North Carolina’s largest annual event, with over 100,000 viewers each year. Our traditional parade route flows right through the heart of Historic downtown Wilmington. Floats, marching units and bands, clowns and horses, all highlighted by visiting celebrities, Queen Azalea and her court, and the Azalea Festival Princess await you! NC Azalea Festival Street Fair All Day. Downtown Wilmington. A free, family event. Vendor booths cover the entire stretch of the Street Fair, and there are many activities. Vendors include face painting, jewelry (made from sea glass to antique buttons), t-shirts, and photography, but there are also new vendors offering wine, hot sauces, candles, and local honey. The food vendors have the staples- funnel cakes, fresh made lemonade, gyros, kettle corn and ice cream. Visit www.ncazaleafestival.org for a complete schedule. Alligator Egg Hunt 10am & 1pm. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The annual Alligator Egg Hunt offers children an opportunity to meet a live baby alligator, create their own special alligator egg basket and hunt for candy-filled eggs in the Aquarium’s garden. Recommended for children ages 3-10. Limited space available. Registration required. Visit www.ncaquariums.com for more information. Happy Easter Egg Hunt 1pm. VFW Post 2573, Carolina Beach. Features face painting, crafts, coloring, cookie decorating, and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. $5 to participate. Call 399-1794 for more information. NC Azalea Festival Fireworks 8pm. Cape Fear River. A favorite Festival event, the fireworks are presented over the majestic Cape Fear River. Come early to pick out your best viewing spot!
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9 SUNDAY NC Azalea Festival Street Fair All Day. Downtown Wilmington. A free, family event. Vendor booths cover the entire stretch of the Street Fair, and there are many activities. Vendors include face painting, jewelry (made from sea glass to antique buttons), t-shirts, and photography, but there are also new vendors offering wine, hot sauces, candles, and local honey. The food vendors have the staples- funnel cakes, fresh made lemonade, gyros, kettle corn and ice cream. Visit www.ncazaleafestival.org for a complete schedule. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors - Storytime 11am. Barnes & Noble. From Drew Daywalt, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Day the Crayons Quit,” comes a laughout-loud picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors. Activities to follow. Call 509-1880 for details.
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Discovery Lab 2:30-4pm. Cape Fear Museum. Investigate, experiment, and explore! In the Discovery Lab, the whole family can drop-in for fun, quick experiments and hands-on investigations. Themes vary. Ideal for ages 5 and up. Adult participation is required.
10 MONDAY LEGO Checkout 9am. Main Library. Check out a box of Legos from the Main Library Children’s Department for use in the Children’s Room. Available all day every day for Spring Break. No registration. No fees. Pop-Up Library 10am. Castle Hayne Northern Regional Park. We’re taking the library outside! Come see what we have to offer: Get a library card. Check out books. Storytime for young children @ 10:30 & book making activity. Activities for school age children provided by NHC Parks & Gardens and Cape Fear Museum. Get your eBook questions answered. NHC Board of Elections will be there to register voters and answer questions. The Pollinator’s Journey 10am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” ages 2-5 out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. Your children will delight in the many nature themes we explore each month. Space is limited and preregistration is required for these popular programs. $3/participant. Call 341-0075 to register. New Choices Single Mothers Group 6pm. Main Library. This support group for single moms is presented by the YWCA in cooperation with New Hanover County Public Library. Learn about scholarships for going back to school, resources for job seeking, food assistance, and more! For more information about YWCA Outreach programs, contact Kelly Williams at 910-799-6820 ext 114.
11 TUESDAY LEGO Checkout 9am. Main Library. Check out a box of Legos from the Main Library Children’s Department for use in the Children’s Room. Available all day every day for Spring Break. No registration. No fees. The Pollinator’s Journey 10am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” ages 2-5 out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, handson activities, hikes and crafts. Your children will delight in the many nature themes we explore each month. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for these popular programs. $3/ participant. Call 341-0075 to register. Butterfly Crafts & Release 11:10am. Main Library, Story Park. Our butterflies should be ready to release! This is a tentative date depending on the Painted Lady butterflies. After storytime ends at 11:00 AM, we will make butterfly crafts and learn a little bit about our Painted Lady butterflies. If all the butterflies have hatched, we will take the butterfly habitat outside to release the butterflies into Story Park.
12 WEDNESDAY LEGO Checkout 9am. Main Library. Check out a box of Legos from the Main Library Children’s Department for use in the Children’s Room. Available all day every day for Spring Break. No registration. No fees. Preschool Math and Science Program 3:30pm. Northeast Library. Play, learn, and explore with your child. Math and science concepts will be introduced through interactive story times, hands-on science experiments and exploration stations. This program is designed for children between the ages of 3-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
13 THURSDAY Spring Eggventure 9am-12pm. Halyburton Park. Featuring kid-friendly programs and activities including Animal Eggs and Nests, Egglympics, Storytime, and a Spring Nature Hike. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Egg Hunts will take place at 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am for children age 2-3, 4-5 and 6-9. Call 431-0075 for details. LEGO Checkout 9am. Main Library. Check out a box of Legos from the Main Library Children’s Department for use in the Children’s Room. Available all day every day for Spring Break. No registration. No fees. Preschool Math and Science 10am. Cape Fear Museum. Come join us at the Cape Fear Museum to Play, Learn, and Explore with your child. Math and science concepts will be introduced through interactive story times, hands-on
CHILDCARE LISTING GUIDE CHILDCARE – PRESCHOOLS Childcare Network 8 convenient locations in Wilmington, Southport and Leland 866-521-KIDS • www.childcarenetwork.com Ages 6-weeks to 12-years
Rainbow Garden Preschool 1497 Country Club Rd Hampstead, NC 28443 www.capefearchild.org • 910-515-1100 3-5 day preschool inspired by Montessori and Waldorf philosophies for ages 2-6.
The Children’s Schoolhouse Montessori 612 South College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-799-1531 • www.childrensschoolhouse.org Since 1985. Preschool and North Carolina State Recognized Kindergarten Program. Spanish, Gardening for little hands. Now enrolling students ages 3-5, for 2, 3, or 5 day programs.
Rising Stars of Wilmington 6743 Amsterdam Way • Wilmington, NC 28405 910-452-2231 • www.childcarerisingstars.com Rising Stars of Wilmington offers quality and nurturing childcare and an age-appropriate learning environment for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. We are a 4 Star Program that offers low classroom staff to child ratios! Full Time, Part Time, After School, and Summer Camp are available! We also offer 3 meals a day at no additional cost to families! We open at 6:30am and we close at 6:00pm. Call today and schedule a tour!
Jenkins Preschool Academy 7888 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28411 910-367-7210 • www.jpawilmington.com Half day programs 9am-12pm, 2 or 3 day classes for 2-3 yr. olds, 5-day programs for 4 y.o. And PreK Friends School of Wilmington PreK 207 Pine Grove Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-8221 • www.fsow.org A truly unique and desirable educational experience. Montessori teaching principles are used for preschool. Gym & Learn Preschool Program Carolina Gymnastics Academy 3529 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington, NC 28412 www.carolinagymnasticsacademy.com Ages 3-5, boys & girls, 9am-1pm. A good mix of structure, instruction, and free play including developmentally appropriate academics, gymnastics class, arts & crafts, & socialization. Ongoing registration~choose 2-5 days per week! Learning Center 2320 Scientific Park Drive Wilmington, NC 28405 910-254-7384 • email@example.com Ages 6 weeks-12 years. 5 star program with degreed teachers,low staff /child ratios, and a Project Approach based curriculum. Full day, After School and morning programs available. Pax Natura Academy 4202 Wilshire Blvd. Wilmington, NC 910-791-2080 • www.childcarenetwork.net/159 Early Foundations Infant & Toddler Programs. Preschool for 2 & 3 yo. Kindergarten Prep for 4 & 5 yo. After School Program. Puddle Jumpers Nature Preschool 15670 US Hwy.17 N. Hampstead, NC. 28443 910-231-6775 Enrolling Adventurous Preschoolers ages 2-6! www.puddlejumpersnaturepreschool.com Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/puddlejumpersnaturepreschool/
SPEC 7, SPEC 2 165 Vision Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403: 4308 S. 17th St., Wilmington, NC28412 910-793-4884; 910-799-4160 • www.speckids.com SPEC provides a clean, safe, and nurturing environment for children to grow and reach developmental milestones. We care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years and provide 3 meals a day at no extra cost to our families. Our preschool curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of children as they explore and learn through teacher-directed and individual activities and play. As the children are ready, skills are taught and practiced to help lay the foundation that prepares them for Kindergarten. Topsail Montessori 301 Whitebridge Rd. Hampstead NC 28443 (910) 319-0813 • topsailmontessori.com Topsail Montessori is now enrolling students 2-12 years for our 2017-18 school year. Through self-directed, hands-on learning we accomplish our goal of building each child’s confidence, curiosity and a lifelong passion for learning. Apply for Full or Half day programs on our website or call to schedule a tour. Wilmington Christian Academy 1401 North College Road 910-791-4248 • www.wilmingtonchristian.com Ages 3 & up, WCA offers a year-round, full-day program including developmental, experiential & academic elements in a secure, faith-based environment. Wilmington Family YMCA’s Preschool 2710 Market Street 910-251-9622 x257 • www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org Preschool program begins September 1st and operates daily from 9:00am-12:30pm. Ages 3-5
DROP IN CHILDCARE Porter’s Neck Playhouse 7946 Market Street #200 Wilmington, NC 28411 910-319-7879 • www.PNPlayhouse.com The Play House is a drop in play center that cares for children 12 months and older. Daily play involves art, games, pretend play, dancing, relay races, puzzles and story time. No matter what time of day you stop in your child will have a great time! Promise. After school care available with transportation. Low hourly rates and affordable monthly packages available. Open at 7:45 M-F and Saturday from 10-5
PARENTS NIGHT OUT Carolina Gymnastics Academy 3529 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington, NC 28412 910-796-1896 www.carolinagymnasticsacademy.com Friday & Saturday nights, 6-10pm, ages 3-10. Drop your children off for supervised free play in our 15,000 sq. foot gymnastics facility. Run, jump, & flip with your friends all night long! Parents can relax at home, or get things done in time for the holidays!
The Little Gym of Wilmington 132 Racine Drive, Unit 1, Wilmington, NC 238403 910-799-3771 • www.tlgwilmingtonnc.com 3-12 years. The Little Gym of Wilmington Parentsʼ Survival Nights lets you enjoy some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or enjoy a meal. We schedule Parentsʼ Survival Nights for select Friday and Saturday evenings.
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science experiments and exploration stations. This program is designed for children between the ages of 3-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Preschool Math and Science Program 3:30pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Play, learn, and explore with your child. Math and science concepts will be introduced through interactive story times, hands-on science experiments and exploration stations. This program is designed for children between the ages of 3-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
The Wizard of Oz 7pm. UNCW, Thalian Hall. “Follow the yellow brick road.” Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents its annual screening of the classic The Wizard of Oz. “I’m melting ... what a world, what a world!” Tickets are $10. Visit www.thalianhall.org for more information.
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Easter Egg Hunt 9am-12pm. Children’s Museum. Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! We will have 2 hunts this year. The first at 10am for 4 and under and then the second at 11 am for all ages. We will also have fun easter crafts and springtime slime making! Don’t forget to bring your own basket! Free with Membership or admission! Alligator Egg Hunt 10am & 1pm. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The annual Alligator Egg Hunt offers children an opportunity to meet a live baby alligator, create their own special alligator egg basket and hunt for candy-filled eggs in the Aquarium’s garden. Recommended for children ages 3-10. Limited space available. Registration required. Visit www.ncaquariums.com for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt Carnival 10am-2pm. Battleship NC. Continuous games and egg hunts along with a bounce house, pony rides and more! Make sure to bring your camera and take pictures with Buddy the Battleship Bunny. Egg hunts will run throughout the event so that kids are guaranteed a chance to find eggs and will be able to “hunt” at their leisure. $5, 2 and under free. Call 251-5797 for details. Family Storytime: A Case of Stripes 7pm. Barnes & Noble. Family Storytime with activities. Call 509-1880 for details.
15 SATURDAY Community Egg Hunt & Car Show 9am-2pm. College Acres Baptist Church. Features coffee, donuts, popcorn, and snowcones, the STR8 Up Outta Memphis BBQ Food Truck, a bounce house, door prizes, the Easter Bunny, games for children, and an Egg Hunt beginning at 11am.
Alligator Egg Hunt 10am & 1pm. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The annual Alligator Egg Hunt offers children an opportunity to meet a live baby alligator, create their own special alligator egg basket and hunt for candy-filled eggs in the Aquarium’s garden. Recommended for children ages 3-10. Limited space available. Registration required. Visit www. ncaquariums.com for more information.
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Too Many Carrots - Storytime 11am. Barnes & Noble. When Rabbit collects too many carrots, which leave him unable to sleep in his cozy burrow, other animals offer to share their homes. Will Rabbit make his way back? Join us to find out at this special springtime Storytime featuring “Too Many Carrots.” Activities and coloring to follow. Call 509-1880 for details.
16 SUNDAY - EASTER Discovery Lab 2:30-4pm. Cape Fear Museum. Investigate, experiment, and explore! In the Discovery Lab, the whole family can drop-in for fun, quick experiments and hands-on investigations. Themes vary. Ideal for ages 5 and up. Adult participation is required.
17 MONDAY Railroad Storytime 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Hear stories and enjoy creative activities in the Children’s Hall. $5/Family. Free/Members. Call 763-2634 for more information. Dockside Girls Night Out 6pm. Dockside Restaurant, 1308 Airlie Rd. Enjoy a fun night out of networking, shopping and mingling at our Girls Night Out with Wilmington Housewives! Come out and have a great time, connect with others, enjoy great food, drinks, networking and shopping. There is nothing better than warm sunshine, ocean breezes, and a girls’ night out! It’s FREE to attend, but please register your ticket via Eventbrite. Our vendors will be doing giveaways and raffles all night :) Visit their Facebook page for more more information.
18 TUESDAY Smart Start Circle of Parents Support Group 5:30-7:30pm, Tuesdays through June 6th. Bridge Church, 2101 Market St. A parentled support group focused on all the perfect and imperfect moments of parenting children with special needs and special healthcare needs, and strategies to make our family lives more fulfilling and successful. Programming is provided for children ages 12 and under, and the whole family is welcome and encouraged to attend. Free dinner for all and activities for children will take place at each meeting. Please contact 815-3731 for more information. RSVP’s are welcomed by not required.
19 WEDNESDAY Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market 8am-1pm, Wednesdays through Oct. 25. Features fresh local fruits and veggies, dairy products, meats and seafood, baked goods, and sweets, plus arts & crafts, cut flowers, wine, and more. Visit www.poplargrove.org for more information.
20 THURSDAY Messy Hands Toddler Art 10am. Main Library. “It’s the Process, Not the Product.” Toddlers and their adults will be introduced to a variety of hands-on art experiences. The focus of this program will be on child driven art exploration. Come join us for a half hour of Messy Fun, make sure to wear play clothes. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2-4. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required at www. nhclibrary.org.
21 FRIDAY Little Explorers - Deep Blue Sea 10am, Fridays. Cape Fear Museum. Explore the world around us with hands-on activities, experiments and fun in Museum Park! Enjoy interactive story time, exploration stations and play related to a weekly theme. In event of inclement weather, program moved inside. Perfect for children ages 3 to 6 and their adult helpers. Adult participation is required. Little Explorers is sponsored by the PNC Foundation. Visit www.capefearmuseum. com for more information. Sound Adventures 4pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Creative dance & pretend play with Mr. Scooter for ages 4-7. Space is limited. Registration required at www.nhclibrary.org. Family Storytime: My Name is Not Isabella 7pm. Barnes & Noble. Family Storytime with activities. Call 509-1880 for details. Star Party 7-10pm. Carolina Beach State Park. Join Cape Fear Museum, Carolina Beach State Park, and other community partners for an evening of stargazing and astronomy activities. Experience laser-guided constellation tours, planetarium shows, telescope viewings, and much more. Bring a flashlight! Rain or shine (check our webpage for weather and event updates). This year’s theme is Starlight, Star Bright.
22 SATURDAY EARTH DAY Dino Day 9am-12pm. Children’s Museum. Dino Day is all about hands-on exploration of Earth’s amazing past! Make your own dinosaur bone, dig through fossil pits, and create all different types of dinosaur crafts! This event is one for the books! This is our official NC Science Festival Event! For more information about the NC Science Festival visit www.ncsciencefestival.org. Flytrap Frolic 9am-1pm. Stanley Rehder Garden, 3800 Canterbury. The Flytrap Frolic is a free community education event featuring native and endemic carnivorous plant species that thrive in southeastern NC. Activities include a plant identification scavenger hunt, flytrap-themed crafts, feely-box exploration presented by NC State Parks, and live reptile and bird demos, Halyburton Park, the Carnivorous Plant Society, and others. Participants will have a chance to tour the garden and learn about the wondrous wetland ecosystem that is home to these unique, native carnivorous plants. New this year, our Americorps Member has coordinated with partner groups (NC State Parks and Airlie Gardens) to develop new carnivorous plant activities. Come join the fun! We Are The Dinosaurs - Storytime 11am. Barnes & Noble. Laurie Berkner’s chart-topping, beloved hit “We Are the Dinosaurs” is now a picture book! Featuring an adorable cast of characters and vibrant, playful art by Ben Clanton, We Are the Dinosaurs transports readers back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Don’t miss out! Call 509-1880 for details. Saturday Story Hour 11am, Saturdays. Main Library. Join Miss Shannon at the Main Library on the first and third Saturday of the month in March,
April and May for a special, interactive storytime. It starts with a picture book and ends with a cool project or activity, with plenty of time to play, learn and laugh in between! Parent participation required. Ages 3-ish to 6-ish. No registration or fees. Contact Shannon at 798-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Wilmington Earth Day 12-6pm. Hugh MacRae Park. This year’s theme is “Building a Better World.” The theme was selected to highlight the EDA’s commitment to working with groups and individuals of all races, ages, creeds, and sexual orientation, as we believe that all human beings can work together to help increase the environmental literacy of our citizens and build a better world. This is a family-friendly event encouraging children of all ages to become more aware of our planet. Specific details are to come! Along with the exhibitors, there will be a kid’s music area right next to the kid’s tent!
28 FRIDAY - ARBOR DAY Kids Exchange Consignment Event 8am-7pm. Elks Lodge, 5102 Oleander Dr. The Kids Exchange Consignment Event features clothes, toys, shoes, outdoor play equipment, maternity items, and more. Visit www.kxconsignment.com/ wilmingtonnc for more information. Little Explorers - Fun on the Farm 10am, Fridays. Cape Fear Museum. Explore the world around us with hands-on activities, experiments and fun in Museum Park! Enjoy interactive story time, exploration stations and play related to a weekly theme. In event of inclement weather, program moved inside. Perfect for children ages 3 to 6 and their adult helpers. Adult participation is required. Little Explorers is sponsored by the PNC Foundation. Visit www.capefearmuseum.com for more information.
5K Race for the Planet 8am. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The flat, mostly asphalt course runs through scenic Fort Fisher with amazing views of the ocean, maritime forest and historic Fort Fisher Civil War site. Our goal for this race is to plant the seed for eco-conscious living and raise funds for the Aquarium’s educational programs and green initiatives. Visit www.ncaquariums.com for more information.
4th Friday Gallery Night 6pm. Downtown Wilmington. The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County presents 4th Friday Gallery Night, a free monthly self-guided tour of galleries, studios and art spaces featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, glass, metals, wood, ceramics, mixed media and more. 4th Fridays also include opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other traditional and nontraditional art-related activities.
Family Fun Day 1-4pm. Bellamy Mansion. Free pony rides, face painting, caricature drawings, storytelling, live music, parrots, balloon animals, games, and more. Visit www.bellamymansion.org for details.
Family Storytime: Bunny’s Book Club 7pm. Barnes & Noble. Family Storytime with activities. Call 5091880 for details.
Discovery Lab 2:30-4pm. Cape Fear Museum. Investigate, experiment, and explore! In the Discovery Lab, the whole family can drop-in for fun, quick experiments and hands-on investigations. Themes vary. Ideal for ages 5 and up. Adult participation is required.
Kure Beach 70th Anniversary Celebration 7-10pm. Kure Beach. The event features live music with The Imitations (Friday, 7-10pm) and a Street Festival (Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm) with historical programming. Visit www.townofkurebeach. org for more information.
Blue Birds 10am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” ages 2-5 out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. Your children will delight in the many nature themes we explore each month. Space is limited and preregistration is required for these popular programs. $3/participant. Call 341-0075 to register.
Riverfront Farmer’s Market 8am-1pm, Saturdays through Nov. 18. Downtown Wilmington. Features local farmers, produce, arts and crafts, music, and more. Items change weekly depending on the season and include fresh fruits and berries, vegetables and herbs, eggs and cheeses, plants and flowers, meat and seafood, doggie treats, tea, honey, fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, wine, art, and more. Rain or shine.
Pop-Up Library 10am. Castle Hayne Northern Regional Park. We’re taking the library outside! Come see what we have to offer: Get a library card. Check out books. Storytime for young children @ 10:30 & book making activity. Activities for school age children provided by NHC Parks & Gardens and Cape Fear Museum. Get your eBook questions answered. NHC Board of Elections will be there to register voters and answer questions.
Kids Exchange Consignment Event 8am-5pm. Elks Lodge, 5102 Oleander Dr. The Kids Exchange Consignment Event features clothes, toys, shoes, outdoor play equipment, maternity items, and more. Visit www.kxconsignment.com/ wilmingtonnc for more information.
25 TUESDAY Blue Birds 10am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” ages 2-5 out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. Your children will delight in the many nature themes we explore each month. Space is limited and preregistration is required for these popular programs. $3/participant. Call 341-0075 to register.
Story Extravaganza 9am. Northeast Library. Join us for NHCPL’s 7th Annual Storytelling Festival for children! Live Performances, free comic books with Memory Lane Comics, Baby Obstacle Course, Freight Train Story Walk, art activities with The Children’s Museum, and car Seat Check at Fire Station 9! Free Admission.
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Healthy Kids Day 9:30am-1pm. Empie Park. The City of Wilmington and the YMCA present the 6th Annual Healthy Kids Day featuring a variety of activities including tennis, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and lacrosse sports stations; face painting and bounce houses; jump rope and hula-hoop contests; information booths and vendors; and games and prizes. Local food trucks on premises. Visit www.wilmingtonhealthykids.com for details.
Kure Beach 70th Anniversary Celebration 11am-5pm. Kure Beach. The event features live music with The Imitations (Friday, 7-10pm) and a Street Festival (Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm) with historical programming. Visit www.townofkurebeach. org for more information.
Kids Exchange Consignment Event 8am-7pm. Elks Lodge, 5102 Oleander Dr. Half Price Day! The Kids Exchange Consignment Event features clothes, toys, shoes, outdoor play equipment, maternity items, and more. Visit www. kxconsignment.com/wilmingtonnc for more information.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be - Storytime 11am. Barnes & Noble. From brave and bold to creative and clever, this rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, “The Wonderful Things You Will Be” is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids. Activities to follow. Call 509-1880 for details.
Nature Navigators 3:30pm, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Join us in exploring the beauty of the world around us! Nature Navigators will help foster a love of nature in children of all ages. From animal tracks to scavenger hunts come explore some North Carolinian nature with us! Ideal for ages 5 - 9. Visit www.playwilmington.org for more information.
4th Annual Pawz in the Park 11am-3pm. Battleship Park. A family- and dog-friendly event with food, vendors, raffles, silent auction, pet contests, DJ, dog parade, dog splash, police K9 presentations, and contests. Proceeds benefit participating non-profit animal rescue partners. Visit www. pawzinpark.com for more information.
26 WEDNESDAY Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market 8am-1pm, Wednesdays through Oct. 25. Features fresh local fruits and veggies, dairy products, meats and seafood, baked goods, and sweets, plus arts & crafts, cut flowers, wine, and more. Visit www.poplargrove.org for more information.
Free Family Concert 4pm. Kenan Auditorium. The Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings, directed by Steven Errante, perform a Free Family Concert at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNCW. Visit www.wilmingtonsymphony.org for more information.
To submit events to the calendar, please email email@example.com. Deadline for submissions to the May issue is April 9, 2017. www.wilmingtonparent.com
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VOTED BEST CAMP! -Wilmington Parent Magazine Camp Russell’s Reach Horsemanship Camp
SPECIAL SECTION: Summer Camp Guide
No Sleeves Magic.com
Address 8120 Sidbury Rd Wilmington 910-470-0490 • www.coastalriding.org Session Dates June 19-23,June 26-30,July 10-14,July 17-21,July 31-Aug 4,Aug 7-11,Aug 14-18 Transportation provided none Type of Camp horsemanship Categories for Camp ages 7-14 Description: Horsemanship Camp is a full day (9am - 3pm) filled with horsemanship, riding, and fun for riders at all skill levels! We emphasize a hands-on and safe learning approach! Camp includes daily riding lessons, horsemanship activities, games, and crafts for ages 7-14!
Cape Fear Academy Summer Programs
3900 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28412 910-791-0287 • www.capefearacademy.org Ages: Grades PK3-12 Session dates: June 5- August 4 with no camps the week of July 4 Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Summer, Half-Day, A couple full day Categories for camps: Enrichment, Sports, Academic, STEM Description: Cape Fear Academy is excited to offer over 110 unique camps this summer. Weekly programs are opened to the public and online registration begins March 3 at www.capefearacademy.org
Carolina Gymnastics Academy
3529 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington, NC 28412 910-796-1896 • www.carolinagymnasticsacademy.com Ages: 3-11 for Morning Camp, and 5-11 for the All Day Camp, Boys & Girls Session dates: June 12th-August 18th Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Full Day 8:00am-6pm & Half Day 9:00am-1pm Categories for camps: Sports & Free Play, Adventure Camp Description: Campers stay busy and active in our 15,000 sq. foot Gym, Outdoor Recreation Area, and Afterschool Building. Gymnastics Circuits, Bouncy houses, Outside water play, gymnastics free play, trampolines, and in/outside active play. Field trips to pool for All Day Camps. Carolina Ninja Warrior Contests every Monday for All Day Campers. New Astro Turf play surface with lots of new playground equipment! Campers bring lunch and 2 snacks from home. Early drop off and aftercare available for Morning Summer Camp, for a fee.
Childcare Network Adventure Summer Camp
Puddle Jumpers Nature Camp Authentic Childhood Summertime Fun!
Wilmington, Leland, and Southport 866-521-KIDS • www.childcarenetwork.net Ages: 1st grade to 12 years Session dates: Full Summer Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Summer, Full Day Categories for camps: arts, adventure, science, sports and/or academics Description: Full day summer camp. 6:30am to 6:00pm, field trips and daily activities, fun and educational weekly themes, Food is included
Children’s Schoolhouse Montessori Marine Science Camp
Limited Enrollment for Adventurous Campers ages 3-8
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612 South College Road (Across from UNCW and beside the OKAMI Restaurant) 910-799-1531 • childrensschoolhouse.org Ages 3 1/2 -6 years Session Dates: May 23 to June 12 ( 3 weeks ) Weekly rates available Transportation: No Type of camp- Half day 9am- 1 or 9-2:30 for older child. Categories for camp: Marine Science, Arts and Crafts, games, Daily Music and Movement in the Montessori classroom, playground or the gym. Description: Fun and creative experiences as we explore our awesome marine and coastal environment in the safety of the Montessori classroom! Sea life and coastal “show and tell” brought into the classroom on a daily basis. Children daily “dive” into great books about sea life and children who live near the sea! Additional themes include a young child’s introduction to protecting our marine and Cape Fear River environment and safety around the water. Each day surprises the children with new themes! Children bring a snack and a lunch each day. Contact the school for more information.
Coastal Athletics Summer Camps
Camp Director: Fletcher Bates • Indoor/outdoor facility 2049 Corporate Drive South, Wilmington NC 28405 910-452-5838 • www.coastalathletics.net Ages: Primarily ages 6-12. Ranging from 6-16 ** Each camp week targets a different age group Week 1: June 12 - 16: Baseball Ages 6-9 // Lacrosse (beginners) Ages 6-9 Week 2: June 19 - 23: Baseball Ages 8-12 // Lacrosse Ages 8-12 Week 3: June 26 - June 30: Baseball Ages 6-9 // Softball Ages 6-9 Week 4: off for 4th of july Week 5: July 10 - 14: Baseball Ages 8-12 // Softball Ages 8-12 Week 6: July 17 - 21: Baseball Ages 6-9 // Lacrosse Ages 6-9 Week 7: july 24 - 28: Baseball Ages 8-12 // Lacrosse Ages 8-12 Week 8: july 31 - august 4: Baseball Ages 8-12 // Softball Ages 8-12 Week 9: August 7 - 11: Baseball Ages 6-9 // Lacrosse Ages 6-9 Week 10: August 14 - 18: Baseball Ages 8-12 Week 11: August 21 - 25: Baseball Ages 6-9 Time: 8am-12:00pm Extended Stay Option 12:30pm-4:30pm Cost: $175/week or $40 daily. $20 Extended Stay (per day) Includes a snack and drink for each child on a daily basis. T-shirt for each child who attends a full week of camp. (Children signed up for extended stay must bring a lunch.) Transportation provided- No Type of Camp- Athletic camp Categories for Camp- Sports, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Multi-Sport Description- Coastal Athletics offers a fun summer camp experience for your athlete! All instructors have former collegiate or professional experience and have a passion for teaching the game to young players. Each week offers different age and sport options for your child to participate in. The extended stay option includes additional games and multi-sport activities.
Exceptional Educators Enrichment Camps
5022C Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403 www.exceptionaleducators.com • (910) 399-5211 Ages: 5 + (leadership opportunities for teens) Session dates: 6/19-6/23; 6/26-6/30; 7/10-7/14; 7/17-7/21; 7/24728; 7/31-8/4; 8/7-8/11; 8/14-8/18 Transportation provided: To and from daily field trips Type of Camp: Summer Camp for children with Special Needs Categories (themes): Music; Animal Activist; Ocean Exploration; Art; Cooking and Gardening. Camp designed with a therapeutic approach to summer fun.
Exceptional Educators Academic Camps
5022C Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 20403 www.exceptionaleducators.com • (910) 399-5211 Comics to Graphic Novels: Reaching the Reluctant Reader Ages: 12+ Session Dates: 7/10 - 8/18 Mondays and Fridays only from 10am - 12pm Transportation provided: no Type of Camp: Academic Enrichment - reading Category: Academic - Reading Reaching reluctant readers through engaging graphic novels.
5022C Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 20403 www.exceptionaleducators.com • (910) 399-5211 Ages: 12+ Session Dates: 7/10 - 8/18 Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 10am - 12pm Transportation provided: no Type of Camp: Academic Enrichment - math Category: Academic - math Addressing common math struggles for middle school and high school students needing ongoing math practice.
College Application/Readiness Workshop
5022C Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 20403 www.exceptionaleducators.com • (910) 399-5211 Ages: 16+ Session Dates: 7/10 - 8/18 Wednesdays only from 10am - 12pm Transportation provided: no Type of Camp: Academic Enrichment - College Preparation Category: Academic - College Preparation Prepare for the college application process through completing the Common Application; completing a college essay and learning about the social skills needed in college.
2017 Seahawk SOCCER CAMPS
at u n c w i l m i n g to n Boys2012 Camps Seahawk Girls Camps
Junior Seahawk Day Camps June 12-16 and July 10-14 June 19-23 Full Day (ages 8-12)at- $270 UNC Wilmington Full Day (ages 5-12) - $270 Half Day Option (ages 5-12) - $155 Half Day Option (ages 5-12) - $155
Residential Camp Girl’s Camps 20-23 Lil HawksJuly Camp (5-8 Years) June 11-15, 9-11:30am Residential ID Camp (ages $140
Lil Hawks Camp (5-8 Years) July 6-99-11:30am (Thursday - Sunday) June 11-15, $140 Ages 10-18 years old
Residential Only $560 Day Camp (5-12 Years) June 25-29, 9am-4pm $260 Visit website for more information Half-day option $140 Contact Paul Cairney
Elite Academy (10-18 Years) (910)(Overnight/Commuter) 962-3932 or July 19-22 $450/$350 Visit website for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
SIGN UP NOW FOR GYMNASTICS CAMP!
GET FIT - HAVE FUN - GO HOME TIRED! Join Anytime! Call Now or Register Online!
Contact Aidan Heaney (910) 352-4925
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WWW.SEAHAWKSOCCERCAMPS.COM High Quality Child Care That Will Last Your Child A Life Time
LEARNING CENTER • Infant & Toddler Program - Safe, nurturing & Loving environment • 2 to 4 year old Preschool Classes - Preparing your child for kindergarten • 2 to 4 year old Morning Program - 8:30 - 12:30pm Monday to Friday • School Age - After School & Summer Camp
3529 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington Basketball Center
Summer Warriors Program
Wilmington Basketball Center is offering a 2 days a week, 2 hours a day for rising 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th graders. The program will consist of 1 hour of Skills Training per session, 1 hour of 3 on 3 and 4 on 4 scrimmages.
Wilmington Basketball Center is offering a Summer Camp the week of July 10-14, ages 8-14 9:00am-12:00pm. Fun basketball activities all week.
Supervised after school program
Located off 23rd St. w/ easy access from MLK or Market St
Offering homework assistance, daily basketball instruction and competition!
7207 Ogden Business LaneWilmington, NC 28411
910-233-7468 • Sign up at wbcinc.org www.wilmingtonparent.com
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SPECIAL SECTION: Summer Camp Guide
15-18) Jr. Residential Camp (ages 10-14) Junior Day Camp (5-12 Years) June 18-June 22, 9am-4pm—$260 GK Academy (ages 10-18) Half-day option $140 Residential: $490/ Commuters: $370 Senior Elite Camp (10-18 Years) Visit 3,website for more $525 information June 29-July (Residential) Contact Aidan Heaney Visit website for more information (910) 962-7057 or Cairney Contact Paul email@example.com
Boy’s Camps Elite Residential Camp
Friends School of Wilmington Summer Camps
Lower Campus, 207 Pine Grove Drive Upper Campus, 350 Peiffer Avenue 910-792-1811 • www.fsow.org Ages: 2-14 Sessions Dates: Weekly, Monday-Friday, June 5 | June 12 | June 20 | June 26 | July 10 | July 17 | July 24 Categories: Art, Creative Writing, Coding, Environmental, Film, Lego, Mathematics, Maritime, Music, Reading, Spanish, Science, Sports and more. Description: Friends School of Wilmington opens its dual campuses to all students in Wilmington for a variety of weekly camps. Our programs offer indoor and outdoor activities with opportunities for fun, friendships, and exploration. Camps are grouped by age and our staff works to develop an outline that takes advantage of all that summer – and Wilmington – offers. By engaging in the surrounding area we provide an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere that allows for discovery, engagement and confidence building. Of course, lots of smiles and laughter as well! For more information on our camps, visit facebook/Friends School of Wilmington Summer Camp, FSOW.org or call 910-792-1811.
Drop-In Child Care & After School Center
Drop In Care, After School Center with free van service and homework help, Drop-In Summer Camps, affordable rates, friendly & attentive staff. Children ages 12 months and up.
Learning Center Camps
2320 Scientific Park Dr., Wilmington, NC 28405 910-254-7384 Session Dates: June 9th - Aug 25th Transportation provided--No Type of Camp; part Day and Full Day Categories for Camp Arts, Adventure, Science, Sports, Academics Description: Adventure field trips, Fun & exciting activities, Arts and crafts, Full Day and part Day programs, 7am-6pm Greater Wilmington Area 910-399-1708 • www.minimonetsart.com www.Facebook.com/Minimonets
Mini Monets: Fine Arts
7946 Market Street #200 Wilmington, NC 28411
7888 Market Street Wilmington 28411 Contact: Alethea Jenkins 910-367-0287 • www.jpawilmington.com firstname.lastname@example.org Wild West Camp: June 26-30 Circus Camp: July 10-14 Dinosaur Dig: July 17-21 Under the Sea/Pirates: July 31-Aug 4 Transportation Station: Aug 7-11 Ages: 3-5 Fee: $150 ( $30 deposit/ $120 due first day of camp) *subject to min of 7 campers enrolled one week prior
SPECIAL SECTION: Summer Camp Guide
Jenkins Preschool Academy
June 19-23 Rising PK-2 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Come join in on all the artistic fun! This creative children’s art class is taught by Mini Monets’ owner, Jennie M. Wenk, who has a BFA degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. This camp is perfect for young artists who are looking to explore new mediums and nurture their creativity through guided and self-directed projects. Students will use their imagination and artistic talents to create individual pieces of art. Cost: $160, Instructor: Jennie Wenk, Mini Monets owner
Mini Monets: Play with Clay
S UP R M MER OGRAMS SCRATCH FLAG FOOTBALL MICRO SPORTS SHOPKINS: WELCOME TO CFA SHOPVILLE! AMERICAN GIRL S® PAW PATROL: PUPS PLAYING AT CFA’S ADVENTURE BAY MINECRAFT CAKE DECORATING 101 & MUCH MORE!
June 26-30 Rising grades PK-2 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Let campers get their hands dirty with clay! Artists will be able to work in 3 dimensional art using different types of clay and sculpting materials.
Campers will be able to work on their artistic ability all while using clay! All projects will be hand made in different types of clay and is a great way to strengthen fine motor skills. This distinctive art camp is a great opportunity for artists to work on transitioning from drawing and painting on paper to making pottery and sculptures. Cost: $175 Instructor: Jennie Wenk, Mini Monets owner
Mini Monets: Comic Book Illustration
July 24 - 28 Rising grades 2-8 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If you find yourself constantly doodling far off places and creating exciting new super heroes, this is the camp for you. This camp will introduce the foundations for character design, layout, story boards, and illustration. These projects are designed to take you to the next level as an illustrator, preparing you for a career in illustration, comic books or graphic novels, and video game design. Cost: $160, Instructor: Jennie Wenk, Mini Monets owner
Aquarium Summer Camp at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach 28449 (910) 772-0500 • ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher Ages: 5-16 Session dates: June 19-Aug. 11 Transportation provided: Limited transportation accommodates only 13 children per week. Available on a first come, first served basis. A fee and pre-registration is required. Transportation runs morning and afternoon every day, except Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. Offering two pickup/drop-off locations this year, one at Monkey Junction and one at the Ft. Fisher Ferry*. Transportation Fee: $35.00 per camper. Type of camp: Full Day 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Categories for camps: Science Adventure Description: Outdoor adventure. Environmental education. Fun. Swimming, marsh exploration, live animal encounters, games and so much more. Knowledgeable, trained staff lead activities and engage campers in learning and fun. Camps run simultaneously for ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9-11. The Aquarium also offers several weeks of camp for ages 12-14 and an all new camp, Green Teens, for ages 14-16.
No Sleeves Magic Camp
3902 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28409 910-200-5300 • www.nosleevesmagic.com Ages: 7-13 Session Dates: June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31- August 04 Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Summer full day 9am-3pm (before and after care available) Categories for camps: arts Description: WARNING! Campers will experience one of their BEST summer memories HERE! Taking an adventure into the world of magic includes tricks, live shows, shirt, bag, pizza, wild games & more!
Porter’s Neck Play House Day Camps and Road Trip Series
7946 Market St #200 Wilmington NC 28411 910-319-7879 • www.PNPlayhouse.com Session Dates: Field Trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 20- August 10 Drop In Day Camps Daily Transportation provided for field trips yes Type of Camp Nature, Games, Team work Field Trips each Categories for Camp Drop-In Day Camps, Field Trips Description: Discover the joy of camps when you need them! Come for a day or stay for a week. Weekly themes will explore nature, art, imagination and the foundations of team work. See facebook page or website for details.
UNCW MarineQuest and ENGINEERING Summer 2017
TAKING PLACE NOW at CapeFearAcademy.org
For more information contact: Summer@CapeFearAcademy.org
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Registration Now Open! uncw.edu/Youth 910.962.2640
UNIVERSITY of NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON
An EEO/AA Institution
Puddle Jumpers Nature Camp
15670 US Hwy. 17 N. Hampstead, NC. 28443 910-231-6775 • www.puddlejumpersnaturepreschool.com Limited Enrollment for Adventurous Campers ages 3-8 Monthly camp options June -August Half Day 8:30am-12:30pm & Full Day 8am-3pm After Camp Care 3pm-6pm Adventure Camp Description: Nature Based, Authentic Childhood Experiences in the Great Outdoors free from the distractions of technology. Puddle Jumping, Fresh air, Sunshine, Climbing Trees, Building Forts, Tadpoles, Butterflies, Mudpies and More! Childhood is a Once in a Lifetime Gift! Puddle Jumpers Nature Camp is a Celebration of Childhood!
Rising Stars of Wilmington Summer Camp
6743 Amsterdam Way, Wilmington, NC 28405 910-452-2231 Office • 910-452-3353 Fax Website www.childcarerisingstars.com Dates: June 10th – August 25th Transportation provided: Transportation provided only on field trips Type of Camp: Full Day Camp Categories for Camp: Summer Kick off; Team Building; Celebrating America; Cooking; A Camping We will go; Science; Friendship; Pottery; Wild, Wild West; Summer Send Off; Reading Enrichment Description: Join us for a fun filled summer with cooking, gardening, swimming, movies, magic shows, tennis, parks, museums, Kona Ice and many more. We serve three nutritious meals a day at no additional cost.
SPEC Summer Camp
NOW REGISTERING SOME SUMMER CLASSES AND CAMPS! The Little Gym of Wilmington
132 Racine Drive, Unit 1 Wilmington, NC 28403
New Kids Campus! NOW ENROLLING AGES 2-4 High School • Middle School • Elementary School • Preschool w w w.wil min gton c h r istia n .com • 14 01 N. C ol l ege Rd • 910.7 91.4248
YMCA Summer Camp Day Camps, Sports Camps & Residential Camps in Wilmington, Shallotte & Watha NC www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org/camp/summer-camp
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SPECIAL SECTION: Summer Camp Guide
165 Vision Drive & 4308 S. 17th Street 910-793-4884 (Vision Dr) or 910-799-4160 (S. 17th St) www.speckids.com Session Dates – June 12 – August 25 Transportation provided – No Type of Camp – Summer Day Camp Categories for Camp – Need categories Description – SPEC Summer Camp is a fun and inviting place for your school-aged child. We have many activities in the classroom as well as field trips to various locations throughout the city. We provide 3 meals a day at no extra cost to our families.
Wilmington School of Ballet
PRINCESS PARTIES AND SUMMER PRINCESS CAMPS Camps for only 100.00 in April!
The Little Gym of Wilmington
132 Racine Drive, Unit 1 910-799-3771 • www.tlgwilmingtonnc.com Ages: 3-12 years Session dates: March 21-25 (Spring Break); June 6- August 20 (Summer) Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Summer, Full and Half-Day Categories for camps: Sports/ Cheerleading/Gymnastics/Dance/Karate Description: The Little Gym camp magic is in the air! Join us this spring break and summer for half and full day options filled with gymnastics, sports, dance, legos, karate, painting, other fun themes and imaginative play! Anytime camps keep it flexible for you. Sign up for as little as one or two days or an entire week! Camps are for children ages 3-12 years old.
Topsail Montessori summer L.E.A.P Camp (3-6 years) and S.T.E.A.M Camp (7-12 years)
SPECIAL SECTION: Summer Camp Guide
www.princessforadayparties.com www.wilmingtonschoolofballet.com 910-794-9590
301 Whitebridge Rd. Hampstead NC 28443 (910)319-0813 email@example.com Session Dates: June 12th – July 14th Transportation provided: Transportation not provided Type of Camp: Summer, Full and Half Day options Categories for Camp: Science, Outdoor Adventure, Art, Play Description: Learn, Explore, Adventure and Play (L.E.A.P) at our hands-on science, art and performance camp this summer. Older children join us our project based camp where we will explore the sciences through hands-on, collaborative activities and field trips.
SUMMER CAMP June 15 – August 21
Weekly Themes, Swimming, Field Trips, Arts & Crafts. Breakfast, Lunch, and PM snack provided at no extra cost.
601 S College Rd Wilmington, NC 28403-5630 910-962-2640 • http://uncw.edu/marinequest/summercamps.html Ages: 4 - 17 Session dates: June 11, 2017 – August 4, 2017 Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Summer, half-day commuter, full-day commuter, full-day residential Categories for camps: marine science Description: MarineQuest summer camps are designed to make the learning process fun and engaging while providing real hands-on, field-based opportunities for students ages 4 to 17. MarineQuest offers over 30 unique curriculum programs that are age appropriate and include a variety of topics that are sure to please.
UNCW Engineering Expectations
165 Vision Drive/4308 S. 17th Street
910-793-4884 / 910-799-4160 www.speckids.com
601 S College Rd Wilmington, NC 28403-5630 910-962-2640 • uncw.edu/youth/programs/summerengineering.html Ages 4 - 14 Session dates: June 19, 2017 – August 11, 2017 Transportation provided: No Type of camp Summer, half-day commuter, full-day commuter Categories for camps: engineering
Description: Engineering Expectations is designed to hook kids on engineering by engaging them in creative thinking and out-of-thebox problem solving. We use a project based learning philosophy and have students complete hands-on engineering challenges through the use of the engineering design cycle.
Seahawk Girls Soccer Camps
UNCW Soccer Stadium/601 S. College Rd, Wilmington NC, 28403 910-962-3932 Coach Paul Cairney • www.seahawksoccercamps.com Ages: 5-12 DAYS CAMPS; 10-18 RESIDENTIAL CAMPS Session dates: Day Camp, June 19-23: Ages 5-12. Full Day Option, $270; Half Day Option, $155. Residential Camp, July 6-9. (Thursday-Sunday) Ages 10-18, $560. All meals included. Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Half Day / Full Day / Overnight Categories for camps: Sports Description: Only Girls soccer camp in Wilmington. Professional coaching staff. Camp curriculum implemented to improve individual technical skills in addition to fun games and competitive matches.
Seahawk Boys Soccer Camps
UNCW Soccer Stadium/601 S. College Rd, Wilmington NC, 28403 910-962-3044 • www.seahawksoccercamps.com Ages: 5-7, 8-12, 10-14, 15-18 Session dates: Day Camp 1, June 12-16: Full Day Option (ages 8-12), $270; Half Day Option (ages 5-12), $155. Day Camp 2, July 10-14: Full Day Option (ages 8-12), $270; Half Day Option (ages 5-12), $155. Residential Camp, July 20-23: Residential ID Camp (ages 15-18), $490 (Commuter $370) Jr. Residential Camp (ages 10-14), $490 (Commuter $370) GK Academy (ages 10-18), $490, (Commuter $370) Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Half Day / Full Day / Overnight Categories for camps: Sports Description: Professional coaching staff. Camp curriculum implemented to improve individual technical skills in addition to fun games and competitive matches
Wilmington Basketball Center Summer Camp 2017
7207 Ogden Business Lane Wilmington, NC 28411 (910)233-7468 • wbcinc.org Sessions Dates 7/10/17-7/14/17 No transportation provided Type of Camp: Basketball Description: SUMMER CAMP! Boys Summer Camp July 10th to July 14th. Daily from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Boys Ages 8 to 14. $110 per athlete. Skills work and Scrimmages! Admission includes T-shirt.
Sign up for 2017 Summer Camps at
Summer Camps- $175/week or $40.00 daily $20.00 Extended Stay ( per day) • Includes a snack and drink for each child on a daily basis •T-shirt provided to each child that attends a full week of camp
Join us this Summer!
Free Registration until May 1st- $50 savings If 1/2 of Summer Camp weeks are paid by May 1st- Get ONE Week Free for the summer.
Topsail Montessori invites children 3-12 to explore the sciences through hands-on activities, play and field trips. Spaces are limited, so enroll today!
6743 Amsterdam Way, Wilmington, NC 28405 910-452-2231 • www.childcarerisingstars.com
(910)319-0813 topsailmontessori.com 301 Whitebridge Rd. Hampstead, NC
SUMMER CAMP SPECIALS
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MEET THE EXPERT
BEST SUMMER EVER!
rading stories and sharing a favorite book with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff, teammates and friends. Always fitting in, just for being you. This is what the Y’s summer camp is all about- ensuring kids get more out of their summer break and have the BEST SUMMER EVER! This year the Y is offering more camps than ever before! With camp sites in Wilmington, Shallotte, and Watha, the Y is able to provide the ultimate summer camp experience to hundreds of kids throughout our region! Our traditional day camps include Preschool, Youth and Teen Day Camps for kids ages 3-15 in addition to our Leaders In Training Day Camp for qualifying teens ages 13-15. Day Camps give kids the opportunity to play, learn, create, swim, exercise and make new friends while participating in a variety of fun activities and games. Full-Day campers are provided with free breakfast, lunch and snack along with weekly field trips to local parks, aquariums and museums!
Regardless of the camp you choose, your child will have an unforgettable summer camp experience at the YMCA! Learn more about our wide variety of day, residential and sports camps at www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org/camps/summer-camp
Wilmington Boys Choir
Ronnie Wise, Music Director 16 N 16th St, Wilmington, NC 28401 910-762-4578 • www.wilmingtonboyschoir.org Ages: ages 7 thru voice chance Session dates: July 17-20, 2017 Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Half-Day Categories for camps: Music Short Description: - FREE to participate! - Open to boys age 7 thru voice change - Learn choral music ~ Participate in Voice Class - Play music games ~ Have fun at the beach!
Wilmington Christian Academy Summer Day Camp
1401 North College Road 910-791-4248 ext. 5520 • www.wilmingtonchristian.com Ages: 4-year-olds through rising 9th graders Session dates: June 5 - August 11, 2017 Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Weekly adventure camp Categories for camps: adventure Description: Summer Day Camp provides a recreational day camp for children of parents who need summer childcare. Daily activities include field trips to area amusements and sites of interest.
Wilmington Christian Academy Sports Camps
1401 North College Road 910-791-4248 ext. 5520 • www.wilmingtonchristian.com Ages: 2nd graders through rising 10th graders Session dates: June 5 – August 3, 2017 Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Weekly, half-day sports camps Categories for camps: sports Description: WCA offers weekly sports camps in basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, cross-country and lawn sports. Excellent facilities and enthusiastic coaches create an enjoyable summer.
Wilmington Christian Academy Enrichment Camps
YMCA Camps in Shallotte, NC
1401 North College Road 910-791-4248 ext. 5520 • www.wilmingtonchristian.com Ages: 4-year-olds through rising 10th graders Session dates: June 12 - August 3, 2017 Transportation provided: No Type of camp: Weekly, half-day enrichment camps Categories for camps: science, academic, arts Description: WCA provides weekly, half-day enrichment camps including culinary arts, science, photography, basic tools & maintenance, art, local history and much more.
Address: TBA 910-251-9622 • www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org Camp Type: Youth Day Camp, Leaders In Training Camp and Lacrosse Camp Ages: 5-15 Transportation Provided: No Description: Trading stories and sharing a favorite book with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff, teammates and friends. Always fitting in, just for being you. This is what Y’s summer camps are all about- ensuring kids get more out of their summer break and having the BEST SUMMER EVER!
Wilmington School of Ballet
YMCA Camps at Midtown YMCA
YMCA Camps at Wilmington Family YMCA
YMCA Camps at Camp Kirkwood
2250 Shipyard Blvd Suite 12 910-794-9590 • www.wilmingtonschoolofballet.com Ages-3+ Session Dates- Call Transportation provided- no Type of Camp- half day Categories for Camp- Arts Description- Princess camps ages 3-6, budget friendly “try-it” summer classes, ballet camps, International Ballet festival, and regular drop in ballet classes.
2710 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-251-9622 • www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org Camp Type: Youth Day Camp, Leaders In Training Camp, Preschool Camp, Swim Camps, Babysitting Camp, Art Camp, Soccer Camp, Flag Football Camp, Lacrosse Camp, Theater Camp and Water Adventures Camp. Ages: 3-15 Transportation Provided: No Description: Trading stories and sharing a favorite book with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff, teammates and friends. Always fitting in, just for being you. This is what Y’s summer camps are all about- ensuring kids get more out of their summer break and having the BEST SUMMER EVER!
709 George Anderson Dr. Wilmington, NC 28412 910-251-9622 • www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org Camp Type: Youth Day Camp, Leaders In Training Camp, Halo Hoops Camp and Flag Football Camp Ages: 5-15 Transportation Provided: No Description: Trading stories and sharing a favorite book with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff, teammates and friends. Always fitting in, just for being you. This is what Y’s summer camps are all about- ensuring kids get more out of their summer break and having the BEST SUMMER EVER! Address: 2015 Camp Kirkwood Rd. Watha, NC 28478 (910) 251-9622 • www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org Camp Type: Youth Day Camp, Teen Day Camp, Girls on the Run Residential Camp, STRIDE Residential Camp, Lacrosse Residential Camp, Soccer Residential Camp, Leaders In Training Residential Camp and YMCA Residential Camp Ages: 5-15 Transportation Provided: Yes Description: Located just outside Wilmington NC, Camp Kirkwood sits on 195 acres of pristine woodlands along with a 10 acre lake for water sports, hiking trails for nature study, a swimming pool for cooling off, and even more activities to ensure campers enjoy new and exciting adventures each day at camp!
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In addition to our Day Camps, the Y provides a variety of sports and specialty camps that focus on your child’s interests. Sports Camps include soccer, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, swimming, Girls on the Run and STRIDE while Specialty Camps include Babysitting Camp, Theater Camp, Art Camp, Water Adventure Camp, and Athletic Training Camp.
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Sounder Sleep for Children with Special Needs By Malia Jacobson
arenting a child with special needs presents a myriad of unexpected challenges and joys. One that many parents don’t expect is a significant and stubborn lack of shut-eye that persists long past the newborn days. Children with special needs often face significant sleep challenges, a draining double-whammy that leaves millions of parents and children exhausted. Recent studies published in Pediatrics link childhood snoring and sleep apnea, or “sleep disordered breathing,” (SBD) to behavioral problems and an increased need for special education. In fact, SBD is strongly associated with conditions like Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. What’s more, sleep problems can be especially devastating to children with special needs, because the resulting sleep deprivation can worsen the symptoms of their existing medical or behavioral problems, says Carole L. Marcus, M.D., director CHOP Sleep Center in Philadelphia.
Night Rumbles: snoring and sleep apnea Most children snore once in awhile, and 10 percent snore most nights. But these nighttime noises shouldn’t be dismissed as “normal:” researchers now believe that snoring is on the same spectrum as sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by pauses in breathing that cause brief awakenings. Left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to behavioral problems and learning difficulties, even hyperactivity. A study by the American College of Chest Physicians found that children who snored loudly were twice as likely to have learning impairment. The potential impact is so severe that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children who snore be screened for sleep apnea, says Robert Heinle, M.D., of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Sleep Lab in Wilmington, Delaware. Other SDB warning signs include sleeping in strange positions, experiencing night terrors, bedwetting, or perspiring during sleep, says Renee Turchi, M.D., board-certified pediatrician with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
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How to help: The good news: nearly all otherwise-healthy children with sleep apnea respond well to having the tonsils removed, says Marcus. Back-sleeping can exacerbate snoring; regular snorers or those with sleep apnea should choose another position (“back to sleep” is still best for babies, though).
Beyond snoring: sleep and special needs Rates of sleep apnea and other sleep troubles skyrocket for children with special needs. About two-thirds of children with Down syndrome have sleep apnea, says Marcus; a larger tongue, a small mid-face, and lower muscle tone make these children more prone to SDB and apnea. Children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other conditions associated with low muscle tone also have higher rates of sleep apnea. According to multiple studies, over half of children with Down syndrome ages 7-11 wake during the night, and nearly 40 percent wet the bed. Children with autism can have difficulties with the circadian rhythm, the sleep-wake cycle that governs wakefulness and sleep, driving them to stay up too late, says Marcus. “Our brains regulate sleep, so if the brain is abnormal for any reason, sleep is going to be impacted, too.” How to help: Though some special-needs sleep problems are physiological in nature, such as those related to low muscle tone, many are behavioral, such as habitual night wakings, waking too early in the morning, or fighting bedtime. “Often, parents may not set the same bedtime limits for children with special needs that they set for other children,” says Marcus. Defining clear parameters for sleep—including when bedtime occurs, where a child sleeps, and what is an acceptable hour to wake in the morning—and gently yet firmly enforcing these household rules, night after night, can help get sleep on track for children with special needs. v Malia Jacobson is a nationally published health journalist and mom. Her latest book is Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades.
Natural Treatments GO THE for ADHD EXTRA MILE By Adam Breiner, ND
for your children
Use EEG neurofeedback to optimize your brain’s performance. “Neurofeedback is a safe, simple, and fun way to eliminate abnormal brainwave patterns and help kids and adults alike grow toward optimal health,” explains Dr. Breiner. EEG neurofeedback is a painless, non-invasive therapy that uses an electroencephalogram (EEG) to read and measure the brain’s electrical activity. During the session, special software prompts the brain to subconsciously eliminate abnormal brainwave patterns by rewarding the patient—for example, by providing audible feedback or making a movie brighter.
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Get tested for food sensitivities. Undiagnosed food allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances to certain foods—such as wheat or dairy—may bring on inflammation and symptoms of ADHD, so if you have been feeling scattered, anxious, or that your attention span has lessened, consider getting tested or try cutting out a suspected food for at least 30 days to see if your symptoms disappear.
Make smarter dietary choices. Eat a balanced diet of proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats, urges Dr. Breiner. “Your body is designed to eat these foods and will perform at its best when you stick to these guidelines,” he says. “And be sure to focus on the quality of your meat, vegetables, and dairy products. Buy free range and organic whenever possible.” Additionally, avoid the foods that could increase ADHD symptoms. Steer clear of processed foods with artificial dyes, which have been linked to hyperactivity in children. Quit or reduce your intake of gluten and grains, and avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates such as bread, chips, and white rice Exercise and move often. We are not designed to sit still at a desk all day, so it’s little wonder that children fidget in their desks and can’t concentrate when forced to sit for hours at a time. Dr. Breiner explains that exercise and movement is a powerful anecdote for helping kids and adults gain clarity, focus, and a general sense of calm and well-being. Remember, for generations, humans have had to climb, walk, run, and lift for their survival. We no longer have to move, but we desperately still need to!
Get a daily dose of “green.” Getting out in nature may help improve symptoms of ADHD. A recent study reveals that children with ADHD experienced a reduction in their symptoms after spending time in green outdoor settings. Get plenty of family “outdoor time”—the greener, the better! Let children do homework outside after school, go for scenic walks in parks or natural areas, and take every chance to enjoy the sunlight and fresh air. v Adam Breiner, ND, offers a natural protocol for ADHD that will put you back on top of your game.
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he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that cases of ADHD are up 42 percent from the previous decade. Whether this rise is due to environmental factors, increased awareness, overdiagnosis, or anything else, parents everywhere are wringing their hands. The lack of focus, impulsivity, and hyperactive behavior can have serious implications for kids’ academic performance—not to mention the many adults who find that the same symptoms are hindering their own success. Yet putting your child on ADHD medication is a serious step—and one that many people are reluctant to take. The good news, asserts Dr. Adam Breiner—who practices family medicine at The NeuroEdge Brain Performance Center, a division of The Breiner Whole-Body Health Center, in Fairfield, CT—is that there are better, more natural ways to treat ADHD in children and adults.
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The Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program The Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program provides quality Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. Serving the cape fear region since 1999. Adapted horseback riding for all ages and abilities. Offering Therapeutic Riding, Recreational Riding, Therapy animal visits, Veterans Programs, Field Trips and Student Mentoring Programs. 8120 Sidbury Rd WIlmington 910-470-0490 • www.coastalriding.org email@example.com 22 | April 2017 | Wilmington Parent
Clinic for Special Children Karen H. Harum, MD, FAAP Neurodevelopmental Disorders 5725 Oleander Dr. Ste. C1, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-319-7744 www.clinicforspecialchildren.net For over 25 years, providing subspecialty care and diagnostics for a complex array of neurodevelopmental problems, and now providing primary care pediatrics with a functional and holistic perspective. Coastal Therapeutic Riding 8120 Sidbury Rd WIlmington 910-470-0490 firstname.lastname@example.org www.coastalriding.org The Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program Providing quality Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies *serving all ages and abilities *PATH International Accredited Center Drs. Dimock, Weinberg & Cherry, DDS, PA Coastal Carolina Pediatric Dentistry 3505 Converse Dr., Suite 175 Wilmington, NC 28403 1003 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 1A Leland, NC 28451 910-794-2266 email@example.com www.ccpedo.com Our pediatric dental team is committed to providing your child with a positive dental experience while rendering excellence in total oral health care. Serving infants, children & adolescents 0-18 years of age, including those with special needs. Call our office for information specific to your child. Dr. Egg Pediatric Dentistry 6781 Parker Farm Drive, Suite 100 Wilmington, NC 28405 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dreggdental.com At Dr. Egg Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that each child is an individual and that each family operates in its own unique manner. We believe that if oral health and overall health are to be maintained, it is essential to work with the family as a unit as well as the child as an individual. Our goal is to promote and help families achieve optimal oral health and overall health, while helping to shape children into happy adults with a lifelong commitment to dental health. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Egg is trained to treat and care for special needs children. Exceptional Educators 5022 C Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403 910-399-5211 www.exceptionaleducators.com email@example.com Exceptional Educators offers supplemental services to children and teen with special needs. We serve a range of abilities and disabilities including Learning Disorders, ADHD, Autism, Developmental Delays, Behavior Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder and
Down Syndrome. We provide various services including elementary age after school camp, teen after school club, intersession camps, summer camps, tutoring and educational advocacy. Our staff includes masters level special educators, recreational therapists and social workers with qualified assistants in a 3:1 staff:student ratio. Our holistic approach aims to educate the mind, body and soul of all of our students and their families. The Hill School of Wilmington 3240 Burnt Mill Drive Suite 9A Wilmington NC 28403 (910) 685-3734 info@HillSchoolofWilmington.org www.HillSchoolofWilmington.org The Hill School of Wilmington offers a unique 1/2 day academic program for students with learning differences in Grades 1-8. Students attend the Hill School for 3 hours a day and attend their base school for the remaining part of the school day. The Hill School is the only school in southeastern North Carolina specifically designed to address the needs of students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder. Our teachers are highly trained using the Orton Gillingham methodology and work with students in a 4:1 student to teacher ratio, to focus on math, written language, and reading. In addition to our academic year program, we also offer a five week Summer Program and community outreach workshops held on the campus of UNCW. Mathnasium 6800 Parker Farm Drive, Suite 140 910-679-4328 firstname.lastname@example.org mathnasium.com/wilmington We administer assessments that pinpoint knowledge gaps that have occurred in their math studies. Dependent on the student’s needs, we develop a customized learning plan designed to build the student’s fundamental understanding of key concepts and skills. We are able to address their needs exactly where they are without repeating what they know well. We use different methods to teach math including written pages, pictures, games, and manipulatives. All of our instructors use consistent terminology. We strive to do our best to help all students understand math. Puddle Jumpers Nature Camp 15670 US Hwy. 17 N. Hampstead, NC. 28443 910-231-6775 www.puddlejumpersnaturepreschool.com Sandpiper Pediatrics 27417 Andrew Jackson Highway East Delco, NC 28436 910-207-0777 www.sandpiperpediatrics.com Sandpiper Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care for all of child’s medical needs. www.wilmingtonparent.com
Puddle Jumpers Nature Camp Authentic Childhood Summertime Fun! Shaver Chiropractic & Natural Medicine 4421 Junction Park Drive suite 100 Wilmington, NC 28412 www.shavernaturalmedicine.com Board certified in Pediatric Chiropractic, Dr. Shaver helps children with ADD, ADHA, Autism by aligning the spine to ensure the signals from the brain make it to the rest of the body. He does this with natural chiropractic adjustments and, through nutritional changes. Request a $25 new patient gift certificate for your child by calling 910-452-5555.
Well Within Chiropratic 3803 Wrightsville Ave., Ste. 8 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-515-4525 email@example.com www.getwellwithin.com Dr. Q provides specific advanced care and consultation for individuals with developmental, intellectual, or behavioral disabilities. He has advanced training in treating neurological, sensory, & nutritional deficits that are common with children with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. He
Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry Skip Tyson, DDS and Stephanie Heaney, DDS 2606 Iron Gate Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28412 910-791-7380 firstname.lastname@example.org www.catchasmile.net Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry has been treating children and adolescents in Wilmington and the surrounding area since 1997. Dr. Skip, Dr. Stephanie and the entire staff are very experienced in treating children with intellectual and physical disabilities and the medically compromised child. We welcome families that have children with unique and special needs and will provide a comprehensive and positive dental experience for them. It is important for all children and their overall health to have a “dental home” to provide routine dental care and to be there in case of emergencies. For those that need it, we offer sedation and treatment under general anesthesia. White & Johnson Pediatric Dentistry 8115 Market Street, Suite 204, Wilmington, N.C. 28411 910-686-1869 306 Dolphin Drive Jacksonville, NC 28546 Phone: 910-333-0343 www.growinggrins.com Special health care needs encompass a wide array of conditions. Dr. Halley White and Dr. Andrew Johnson understand health care for these individuals requires specialized knowledge, increased awareness and attention, adaptation and accommodative measures beyond what are considered routine. Our mission is to make each visit to our office individualized, comfortable, interactive and educational. Our office design allows care to be provided in an open or private setting. In addition, we offer patient care using measures such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), anti-anxiety medications, oral sedation and general anesthesia in a hospital setting.
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Wealth Coach of North Carolina Steven E. Krasnipol, CFP, Chartered Special Needs Consultant email@example.com www.wealthcoachnc.com 910-398-6405 What is Special Needs Planning? Special Needs Planning is a process to help secure your loved one’s future. It can be complex, as you blend your needs with your loved ones, as you determine how to utilize available government benefits, and as you assemble an effective legal and financial strategy. Why Plan? Special Needs Planning helps to ensure that you properly coordinate your financial and legal strategy for your benefit and the benefit of your loved one. What if I Don’t Plan? If you don’t put your plan in place, the government will step in with their plan. This rarely, if ever, coincides with your vision and goals for your loved one. As a family with a special needs loved one, you can stay focused on today, because we’ll help you for tomorrow.
works directly with you and your child to improve neurological function to see growth in: fine and gross motor skills, expressive and receptive language, sensory overload / deficit issues, and reoccurring behavioral concerns. Dr. Q’s goal is for your child to reach their optimal potential, which begins with individualized care and a holistic view of treatment. Schedule your consult today!
CARING FOR THE CARETAKER:
How To Support Parents of Special Needs Children
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For over 25 years, providing subspecialty care and diagnostics for a complex array of neurodevelopmental problems, and now providing primary care pediatrics with a functional and holistic perspective. Karen H. Harum, MD, FAAP Neurodevelopmental Disorders 5725 Oleander Dr. Ste. C1, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-319-7744 www.clinicforspecialchildren.net
By Christa Melnyk Hines
hen Tracy Glock’s 13-month-old daughter Kira was hospitalized with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, she was touched by the outpouring of support she and her husband received. During those eight difficult months, the community rallied around the family. Friends and acquaintances babysat Kira in the hospital while her mom and dad worked, and many others helped by delivering meals and even mowing the family’s lawn. Although Kira, now seven, has recovered from the frightening ordeal, she still faces many daily challenges. As a child with Down syndrome and autism, learning and development takes longer and requires more patience compared to the typically developing child. Like many parents who have children with special needs, Glock says finding time for herself is difficult. While many of us know how to help a family in crisis, how do we support parents who often put their own needs last as they focus on the daily challenges of caring for special needs youngsters?
Offer to babysit. Finding trustworthy, alternate caretakers is a huge relief for parents who regularly juggle doctor’s appointments, school issues and therapy, not to mention jobs and other children. Because special needs children require more attention from their parents, healthcare providers and therapists, other youngsters in the family may feel slighted. “Children always struggle and this is the case whether they’re special needs or not,” says Nancy Masannat, mom to two children, including Emy, 16, and Kyle, 14, who is on the autism spectrum. “There’s going to be sibling jealousies.” Having access to a qualified babysitter you can trust with your special needs child, can give you an opportunity to spend much-needed, one-on-one time with your other children too.
Listen. Ask your friend how she’s doing and then simply listen. Avoid offering platitudes or suggestions to help her fix problems. “We all just like to be heard. Everybody likes to vent,” Masannat says. “Just listen to what the issues are without judgment. That’s a huge help for everybody, but primarily when you’re dealing with something that someone else might not understand.” Educate yourself. Get to know your friend’s child, including her disability, her personality quirks and her individual needs. And ask your friend about her specific parenting challenges. “It shows that you care and will help you provide more effective support,” says Heather Trammell, mom to two special needs children, including Beth, 14, who has Down syndrome and Marie, 11, who has high-functioning autism. Both girls also have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. To find support groups in your area, consult with the therapists and teachers your child already works with, your library, your church and online. For example, www.autismspeaks.org, which includes resources for families or the National Down Syndrome Society, www.ndss.org. Also check out Facebook and MeetUp.com for local support groups. v
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Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines, and her husband are the parents of two sons. She is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.
A Brighter Summer Ahead We make math make sense.
GOOD AT MATH By Erika Lewis
ant to help your kids in math? A good start may be to change the way you talk about it. We need to erase the all-too-common phrases “bad at math” and “not a math person” from our vocabulary. Sometime in the last few decades, we started lumping people into two categories – those who are good at math and those who aren’t. Truthfully, since I have a math background, I kind of liked the distinction. It’s only when my son recently challenged the concept of math people and not-math people that I started thinking about the damage this kind of labeling can do. It is true that math comes easier for some kids than others. So does reading. But we don’t give slower readers a pass; we work with them until they’re good at it. We need to treat math just like reading. Anyone can and must learn to do it. Higher math skills lead to higher standardized test scores, better college acceptance, and better job opportunities. Our job as parents is to help our kids reach their potential in every subject. Most kids can do algebra, geometry, and even calculus. We are short changing them when we use terms like “bad at math” or “not a math person” – to describe them or us. We’re implying that math ability is a characteristic like blond hair that some people have and some don’t, rather than a skill that you can build by learning and practicing. By using those phrases around your kids, you may be erecting a mathematical glass ceiling. Especially when they’re young, when our children still think we know everything and want to be just like us, hearing this can send the wrong message about their future math potential. New math concepts can often be overwhelming, and kids will get frustrated and say they can’t do it. Reading Shakespeare or their first Spanish class could leave them with the same feeling. You might also be overwhelmed by some math. My kids were in elementary school the first time I couldn’t do their homework – and I have a college degree in math! Still, I couldn’t for the life of me remember how to divide fractions. A quick glance at the math book and I was able to help, but by the time they got to high school, they were finding help on YouTube and bypassing me altogether. If you look at a math problem and can’t figure it out, it’s probably something you’ve never learned or something you’ve forgotten. When our children get overwhelmed by math, as with anything they’re trying to learn, we should encourage them and give them extra help if needed. Some people are able to go further in math than others, but we don’t want to set the bar low just because of our own math background or current math skills. Rather, send the message that anyone can be good at math. Some can be great at math. Give your children the tools and support to find out which they are. Erika Lewis, a retired software engineer and has a degree in Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill. Erika is a STEM advocate and has worked with various schools. After reading about the U.S. dropping in a global ranking of math students, she took up the cause of changing the way we talk about math. v
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Preparing for Allergy Season S
pring is finally here! That brings warm temperatures and with that everything blooms. While the flowers and trees are always so beautiful, they unfortunately bring about the ‘allergy season’. This time of seasonal allergies can be dreadful thanks to all the many symptoms allergies cause from runny noses to scratchy throats. If you suffer from allergies, you are far from alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, approximately 50 million people in the US are affected by allergic rhinitis (aka hay fever). Below are some ways to hopefully assist in making it through the allergy season with a few less sneezes and sniffles.
Medicine. The most immediate way to alleviate symptoms is taking allergy medicine. Luckily, there are many over the counter options from pills to nasal sprays. For those that have stopped taking their allergy medicine during the winter months, start those back ASAP as it takes a couple weeks for them to kick in upon starting back regular doses. Spring Cleaning. Get rid of things that aren’t needed but collect dust, and in turn dust mites, which often cause more allergy symptoms than pollen in some people.
End of Day Routines. While these are a good idea to do every day during the allergy season, they are especially helpful to do on days spent outdoors. First, take a shower in the evening to wash off all pollen. Second, after
removing dirty clothes keep them in a separate room from sleeping and living quarters. For example, a laundry room or closet with the door closed.
Laundry. As mentioned above, keep dirty clothes which will have pollen on them in a separate room but also try to do laundry more frequently than normal to get rid of the pollen completely. Also, wash clothes weekly in hot water to decrease allergens and dust mites. Avoid hang drying whenever possible. Outdoors. The early morning hours between 5 and 10 a.m. are typically the highest pollen count times, so avoid being outdoors during these times. Also, keep up to date on the pollen counts and allergens through either the local weather channel or Weather.com. On the high pollen days it’s best to limit outdoor time.
See an Allergist. In addition to taking medicine, if your allergy symptoms are severe and/or can’t be controlled, it’s time to see an allergist. They can run tests to determine allergens and also provide allergy shots also known as immunotherapy to vastly eliminate and often completely remove allergy symptoms. v Suzy Fielders is a working mom of a spirited 10 year old daughter. She has a BA in Psychology (with an emphasis in Child Development) and Communications and a MA in Communication Studies. She works in marketing; public relations and is also a freelance writer. For more of her work visit: suzyfielders.wordpress.com
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SM OO THIE
This smoothie blends real frozen strawberries and mangoes with pineapple juice, orange juice and a bit of all-natural Monin syrups
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2017 Healthy Kids Day Mark your calendars for this exciting event on Saturday, April 29 from 9:30am-1pm at Empie Park - 3405 Park Avenue. Free admission and free events include: • 1 Mile Fun Run • Sports Stations (Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Lacrosse) • Obstacle Courses for kids ages 2-5 • Face Painting • Bouncy Houses • Community Booths • Animal Rescue Groups • Jump rope and hula hoop contests on Center Court • Zumba • Tons of free giveaways and prizes! • Food will be available for purchase by local food trucks
North Carolina Ballet Intensive
sponsored by The Wilmington Ballet Company 8 weeks of Internationally and Nationally Renowned Ballet Instruction Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Conditioning, and Contemporary • Early Bird pricing structure Professional and Trainee contracts available for 2017-2018 performance season
The event is presented by the City of Wilmington & the Wilmington Family YMCA. For more information, call 341.4631 or visit www.wilmingtonhealthykids.com
Free Family Yoga Every Friday at the Downtown branch of New Hanover County Library, from 10:30-11am, enjoy a free yoga class! Parents and children birth - 5 are invited to have fun listening to stories while stretching and learning basic yoga postures with Miss Susan. • Children must have an adult present. • Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or beach towel. • No registration required! • Call 798-6353 for more details.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Easter Eggs These all natural, vegan Easter Egg snacks are fun to make and are perfect for families who want to watch their junk food intake. Ingredients: 2 ½ Cups Rolled Oats 3 TBS PB2 (or any powdered peanut butter) ¼ Cup Maple Syrup 1 tsp Vanilla 5 tbs Almond Milk 1 tbs Peanut Butter ¼ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (optional) Sprinkles for decoration Plastic Eggs
Dr. Sam Smith, Dr. Stephen Anderson and Dr. Natalie-Anne Reinhart
Directions: In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl add maple syrup, vanilla, milk, and peanut butter. Stir until mixture has been combined, add the dry ingredient to the large bowl and mix with hands. Once combined add chocolate chips and sprinkles. Stuff mixture into plastic eggs and let closed eggs sit in the fridge for 1 hour. Once done, gently open them from the plastic eggs and decorate with sprinkles. Source. www.savynaturalista.com
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School’s Out! NEW HANOVER COUNTY: Traditional Schools: 4/10-13 - Spring Break 4/14 - No School, Holiday Year Round Schools: 4/3-7 - Intersession 4/10-13 - Spring Break 4/14 - No School, Holiday 4/17 - No School, Teacher Workday CFCI Charter School: 4/10-13 - Spring Break 4/14 - No School, Holiday 4/17 - No School, Teacher Workday Isaac Bear ECHS: 4/10-13 - Spring Break 4/14 - No School, Holiday WECHS 4/10-13 - Spring Break 4/14 - No School, Holiday BRUNSWICK: Traditional Schools: 4/10-13 - Spring Break 4/14 - No School, Holiday Early College High School: 4/14 - No School, Holiday Roger Bacon Academy: 4/14 - No School, Holiday 4/21 - Half Day for Students PENDER: Traditional Schools: 4/10-13 - Spring Break 4/14 - No School, Holiday
North Carolina Connections Academy Opens Enrollment for 2017-18 School Year North Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school, is now enrolling students in grades K-11 for the 2017-18 school year. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, North Carolina Connections Academy will add eleventh grade to its high school program, and will add 12th grade the following school year. North Carolina Connections Academy, is in its second year as a virtual public school under the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools, Department of Public Instruction. It brings full-time, public education to students across the state, and enables students to learn from wherever there is an Internet connection. North Carolina-certified teachers work closely with students and Learning Coaches—a parent or other adult—to develop customized study programs that meet student’s individual needs. Currently, North Carolina Connections Academy serves approximately 1800 students and the cap will be increased to 2100 students for the 2016-17 school year. For families interested in learning more about the high-quality online program, and to learn about the eligibility requirements for enrollment in North Carolina Connections Academy, visit the school’s website at www.NorthCarolinaConnectionsAcademy.com.
Free 2017-2018 School Year Athletic Pre-Participation Screening Exams
Each year, all North Carolina students who plan to participate in athletics or cheerleading must undergo a state-mandated screening examination. For many years, physicians in the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society, in concert with the New Hanover County Health Department and New Hanover County Schools, have offered free screenings for New Hanover County athletes and cheerleaders at designated times. Exams for the boys will be on Thursday, June 01, 2017. Girls’ exams will be on Thursday, June 08, 2017. Exams are at the New Hanover County Health Department at 2029 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. The waiting area for students is the Health Department’s parking lot facing 17th street in front of the Health Department Clinic building. After lining up at the entrance, students will be seen on a first come, first served basis, this year, instead of by school groups. Physicians are required to see the two-page medical history, emergency information, and parental permission forms which are available in the schools and at the Board of Education. These forms must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian before the exam is begun. Forms may also be downloaded from www.nhcs.net. If there are questions, email MedicalSociety@NHPCMS.org or call 251-6100 ext. 270
Penderlea: 4/14 - No School, Holiday Pender Early College HS: 4/7 - No School, Teacher Workday 4/14 - No School, Holiday Visit www.nhcs.net, www.co.brunswick.k12.nc.us or www.pendercountyschools.net for more information. 28 | April 2017 | Wilmington Parent
Open Choice and Year-Round School Applications Due If you plan to apply for an alternative school assignment, the deadline to submit applications is approaching. Student Support has begun accepting applications: Grades 1-5 Codington, Eaton, Freeman, Snipes year-round, and The International School at Gregory - Deadline April 28 for initial lottery draw Open Choice Grades K-12 - Deadline April 28 Download the application at www.nhcs.net/forms.htm and return to the address listed on the form.
Noah and Elijah 4/27 • 6yo
Eric S. 4/20 • 6yo
Bentley 4/21 • 3yo
Clayton J. 4/13 • 9yo
Duncan B. 4/18 • 14yo
Andrey K. 4/30 • 8yo
Chloe and Madison H. 4/9 • 9yo
Jade • 6yo
4/3 • 5yo
Dylan Z. 4/26 • 4yo
Mason P. 3/29 • 5yo
Spencer 4/10 • 3yo and Alex 4/25 • 1yo
DOES YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD HAVE A BIRTHDAY IN MAY? Honor them by having their photo published in Wilmington Parent. Here's how: e-mail image (size not to exceed 1mb) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for publication: 04/12. We have a limited number of spots, so if you sent your child’s picture and do not see it this issue, please check back next month!
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