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FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 2
alentine’s Day is around the corner and love is in the air, actually while I write this snow is in the air, and the day before it was 60 degrees. We’ve all accepted the unpredictable weather of our lovely state, and personally I enjoy the way winter does not stick around for long here in Wilmington. This year however, I will be cheering on the sports of winter from the comfort of my couch, while the Olympians battle for the gold in Sochi! So this February, I wouldn’t mind a little winter weather to set the mood. To help your family get into the spirit of the games, take a look at the article on pg. 27, “Sochi at Home”. Fun games and crafts should get the kids excited, and when they need to get a rid of a little energy, there are times listed for free ice skating and hockey days at Wilmington Ice House. February is also one of our Party Guide months! This year, if you’re looking for a way to promote a sense of giving – instead of getting – during your child’s birthday, there are some charitable ideas at the beginning of the Party Guide on pg. 30. The very brave parents who have decided to try a sleepover party should look towards the end of the Party Guide on pg.35. You’ll find a little advice on keeping your sanity and budget intact.
Returning to North Carolina! The popular LEGO® KidsFest tour returns with an exciting, interactive experience — packed with activities & creative fun for the entire family! Attend again, or come for the first time — there will be lots of new things to see and do! @ LEGOkidsfest
Are your kids LEGO fanatics? If so, you will definitely want to visit www. wilmingtonparent.com this month for an amazing contest! LEGO KidsFest is coming to Raleigh on February 28-March 2, 2014 – and we are giving away tickets! Enter the contest to win a Family 4 pack of VIK (Very Important Kid) tickets. These tickets grant access to the preview event on Feb. 28th and the general admission session that same night. Good luck! Don’t forget to visit Wilmington Parent’s online calendar, and keep the one starting on pg. 14 in a convenient location. While the weather fluctuates, the calendar will provide you with plenty of indoor activities and outside fun! Take a little extra time to spread lots of love this month, you can never have too much and everyone can use a little more! Happy Valentine’s Day!
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2014 Arbor Day Photo Contest
The LEGO® KidsFest makes its way back to the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC from February 28 – March 2, 2014.
Take a walk around Wilmington and let your child snap a few pictures of the many variety of trees growing in North Carolina. They could win a cash prize and will definitely learn more about the importance of local trees! The Urban & Community Forestry Program of the North Carolina Forest Service has announced their 2014 Arbor Day Photo Contest for students in 5th-12th grade. Students are encouraged to submit photographs of trees in or around urban areas, depicting this year’s contest theme, “Young and Old.” There are two divisions for judging, 5th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade. Judging will be based half on the photo itself, the accompanying caption and how well it expresses this year’s theme. The other half will be based on the young photographer’s statement showing that the student researched the benefits and importance of trees in our communities as it relates to the contest theme. For more information on the contest and to download and entry form, visit: www.ncforestservice.gov/Urban/arbor_ day_photo_contest.htm.
Participants can expect all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three acre activity and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. This year’s new activities include: LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family Art Gallery: create and exhibit a personal masterpiece for all to see LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City LEGO Star Wars™: build and display a Star Wars model Once again, show-goers will get to participate in: LEGO Model Museum, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, LEGO DUPLO, Mindstorms (Robotics), construction zones, life-sized LEGO models, LEGO Ninjago, and much more! Based on sell-out attendance in the past, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Five identical sessions are available. Tickets are $20 for kids; $22 for adults; 2 and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.legokidsfest.com Wilmington Parent magazine is also giving away 2 Family 4 packs of VIK tickets! These tickets grant access to the Very Important Kid preview event on Friday, Feb. 28th from 3-4pm as well as access to our general admission session that same night from 4-8:30pm. VIK ticket holders get to experience an exclusive master builder academy session with master builders and are the first to put their creation into creation nation. This prize is valued at $200! Visit www.wilmingtonparent.com to enter.
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Around the World in 80 Days! Join the Cape Fear Literacy Council for the most anticipated party of the year! Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Wilmington Convention Center. This elegant evening of globe-trotting adventure supports CFLC’s mission to eradicate illiteracy in the Cape Fear area. Enjoy a fabulous evening of cocktails, internationally-inspired dinner cuisine, silent and live auctions, casino-like games, and a night filled with live music and dancing! Visit www.cfliteracy.org for ticket information and details about this exciting and worthwhile event!
Now Enrolling for Fall and Summer 2014! Two year old program starts August 2014 The Children’s Schoolhouse is a small traditional Montessori School committed to a high quality of individual academic experience, administered with an enthusiastic but gentle approach. Now Enrolling students for 2, 3 or 5 day programs: ages 3-5, NC State recognized elementary kindergarten for 5-6 year olds, 1/2 day on-site Marine Science camp. Each classroom Directress is Montessori Certified Location: 612 South College Rd. (across from UNCW) Housed in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Lucy Hieronymus, Directress (910) 799-1531 TCSH admits students regardless of race, religion, national or ethnic origin
http://www.childrensschoolhouse.net “Sustainable Seas” Poster Contest The ocean and marine life are a part of who we are here in the Cape Fear region. Teaching our youth how to respect this relationship should be everyone’s goal. The “Sustainable Seas” art contest sponsored by JASON Learning, the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association, and the U.S. Coast Guard is a great opportunity for kids to learn more about the importance of sustainable development. Sustainable development is a way to use the resources we need to live healthy and fulfilling lives without endangering the future well-being of the planet and all the creatures that call it home. Having sustainable seas means using our aquatic resources to help meet our needs in terms of food, transportation, and recreation, but doing so in a responsible way. Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate and should create a poster about one specific thing people could do to create healthier, more sustainable seas. Submissions are due by February 28th. Twelve entries (six from grades K–5 and six from grades 6–12) will be selected as finalists, and two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) will be selected from among the finalists. For more contest rules and submission details visit, www.jason.org/ contest/2013-2014-sustainable-seas-art-contest.
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| growing up online
| By Carolyn Jabs
Common Sense about Selfies
hen the Oxford Dictionary pronounced “selfie” word of the year for 2013, they simply confirmed what parents already knew. Thanks to cellphones equipped with cameras, people—especially kids— are taking lots of pictures of themselves and posting those pictures on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and other social media sites. The urge to capture an image of one’s self has been controversial ever since Narcissus starved to death because he couldn’t look away from his own reflection. Today parents are asking whether a selfie is an unhealthy form of self-absorption or a creative form of self-expression? The answer, of course, is “It depends.” For better or worse, taking selfies and getting reactions from other people has become one way that teens answer the age-old questions: Who am I? And how do I fit into the world? Since there’s no way to put this genie back into the bottle, parents need to help teens think about the role that selfies should play in their lives. Instead of making hard and fast rules that will inevitably get broken, parents can use the selfie explosion as a teachable moment that will help children think about who they want to be and how they present themselves. Here are some topics worth talking about.
What’s the motive? People have lots of different reasons for taking selfies. Teens, in particular, may want to try out different looks, experiment with creative effects, record experiences or share those experiences with friends. In general, parents can encourage selfies that get a young person to reflect on their own experiences. Unfortunately, because selfies are posted in social media, many teens become hyper-aware of the effect they are having on others. In pursuit of “likes,” teens may post photos that reveal too much or are intended to provoke envy in others. Help your child understand that although everyone enjoys approval from other people, self esteem has to be based on something more solid. Is your child living up to their own ideals? Do they have the respect of people they trust? If so, likes and, for that matter, dislikes will matter much less to them. What’s the platform? Parents can learn a lot by knowing where a teen prefers to posting selfies. Facebook has earned the derogatory name of Fakebook because so much of what shows up there is carefully curated to make the person look happy, normal and successful. At the other extreme, Snapchat tends to be used for photos that are funny, outrageous or provocative. Because the selfie is supposed to disappear in a few seconds, there’s more of a sense that anything goes. On Instagram, selfies tend to be more carefully composed, and users are often aware that they are playing a part for the camera. Talk to your child about where he or she posts and why that’s the preferred platform.
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selective about what goes online. One research study found that, instead of promoting closeness, posting too many selfies actually decreases the sense of connection. You may also want to talk about how taking pictures alters, and may diminish, an experience. In one interesting study, researchers found that young people on a trip to a museum were much more likely to remember what they had seen if they weren’t taking photos.
What about editing? Loving the face and body you have can be challenging in adolescence, so kids are often tempted to use tools that will “improve” upon their looks. Some apps add filters, frames and splashes of color. Others make it possible to alter the photo itself, airbrushing out flaws and doing what one commentator called “selfie surgery.” Although girls seem more drawn to these tools than boys, there are plenty of selfies in which guys have substituted a better six-pack. Talk to your child about what tools they use to change their selfies. Is this a digital version of dressup? Where do they get their ideas about how people “should” look? What are the complications of looking one way in a photo and another way in real life? Are sexy selfies okay? In a culture saturated with sexual images, it’s not surprising that young people want to imitate what they see. This is one area where rules may actually be helpful, but before you talk to your child, think about your own sense of what’s appropriate. Are you okay with photos of kids in swimsuits? What about pajamas or underwear? Is it okay for a teen to post a selfie from bed? In front of the bathroom mirror? Coming out of the shower? How much make-up is acceptable? How do you feel about the sexy pout aka the duck face? Sometimes, for pre-teens and teens, the simplest rule is the best—if you’d be embarrassed to show the photo to your Mom, don’t put it online.
How about an unselfie now and then? Most adults find they are happiest when they think less about themselves and more about other people. Give your child a glimpse of this possibility by encouraging unselfies that highlight connections with other people or activities done for the common good. Some people have also begun using unselfies to promote ideas and causes that make the world a better place. You’ll find examples you can share with your child at www.unselfie.me. The point of all of these conversations is to bring selfies out of the shadows so kids can think more clearly about what they are doing. When selfies make young people more self-aware, they can definitely be a constructive part of growing up. v Carolyn Jabs, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. She has been writing Growing Up Online for ten years and is working on a book about constructive responses to conflict. Visit www.growing-up-online.com to read other columns.
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612 South College Road (across from UNCW) Contact name: Lucy Hieronymus 910-799-1531 firstname.lastname@example.org www.childrensschoolhouse.net A NewTwo Year Old Program begins in August 2014! Ages- 3 years through 6 years old Open House: Please feel free to call the school for a tour with the Director. Ongoing tours!! The Children’s Schoolhouse Montessori is Wilmington’s oldest Montessori School with 29 years of academic excellence. The school is an affordable small traditional Montessori school committed to a high quality of individual academic experience administered with an enthusiastic but gentle approach. Each classroom Directress is Montessori Certified. The school is well known for creating a strong Montessori foundation that successfully carries over into any school environment. The children love to learn in our warm and loving environment! Our Kindergarten program is a great place for children who have missed the cut off date or need an extra year to mature. Marine Science Summer Camp begins in June!
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| school notes St. Mary Student wins Peace Poster Contest
St. Mary Catholic School 7th grade student, Suzy Szymeczek, was selected as the winner of the Lions Club Peace Poster Contest. She and St. Mary Principal, Joyce Price, attended the monthly Lions Club Meeting where Suzy received a plaque and monetary reward for winning the contest this year.
New Hanover County: Traditional Schools: 2/14 – Half Day for Students Year Round Schools: 2/14 – Half Day for Students CFCI Charter School: 2/13 – Half Day for Students 2/14 – No School, Teacher Workday WEC: 2/14 – Half Day for Students Brunswick: Traditional Schools: 2/13 – No School, Teacher Workday 2/14 – No School, Teacher Workday Roger Bacon Academy/ Charter Day School: 2/14 – Half Day for Students 2/17 – No School, President’s Day Holiday Pender: Traditional Schools: 2/26 – Half Day for Students Penderlea Year Round School: 2/26 – Half Day for Students Pender Early College: 2/26 – Half Day for Students Visit www.nhcs.net, www.co.brunswick.k12.nc.us or www.pendercountyschools.net for more information.
A+ Algebra at Calvary Christian Maritsa Hartlove, a part-time math teacher at Calvary Christian, wants to congratulate her 8th grade Algebra students for their hard work! On Jan 7th, after a 3 week break for the Holidays, her 8th grade students all got 100% on their Algebra test. This is Ms. Hartlove’s first year teaching at Calvary and she has been so proud of the consistent improvement she has seen in her students. “We have been working so hard on difficult algebra concepts throughout the year,” say Ms. Hartlove. She said that after the Holiday break the students seemed refreshed and eager to learn. The algebra test had many difficult word problems on it and the students worked so hard to figure out all the answers. All the students scored 100%. What a great New Year’s present! Her class celebrated the next day with certificates, praises, and her A+ math board is overflowing with perfect papers. Their New Year’s Resolution is “hard work pays off!” Congratulations to these hard working students!
Thirty Seven NHCS Band Students Selected for Eastern District Honor Band High School band students from New Hanover County Schools traveled to Greenville to audition for the North Carolina Band Association Eastern District Honor Band on Saturday, January 11, 2014. For the auditions, the students were required to learn numerous scales, multiple octaves, the chromatic scale for their instrument, and a full solo selected by the state of North Carolina. Each student was then asked to perform for a set of judges for ranking against their peers in order to determine who would qualify for the Honor Band. Each of the four NHCS high schools’ bands had members selected, with a total of 37 students overall. Students from 30 counties and 64 high schools competed for a spot in the Eastern District Honor Band. Only 190 students are selected each year to be a part of the prestigious Honor Band. Selected band members: Ashley High School Paul Atkins Clara Hare-Grogg Jenny Harrod Seth Hollandsworth Avra Janz Josh Johnson Noah Marney George Mayo Zach Miller John Reyna Abby Shibley Madi Slaughter
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nfortunately, most people can say they know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. The statistics are astonishing. Every 74 seconds a life is lost to breast cancer.
The Susan G. Comen Race for the Cure is a major fundraising event in its second year in Wilmington, NC. Over 2500 runners are expected this year. The race is a chance to celebrate survivorship, honor those who have lost their battle, and most importantly, raise funds and awareness for the fight against this life threatening disease. The Race for the Cure is a perfect opportunity for your entire family to come together for a good cause. “In working with the Komen team, we’ve learned that parents have used the race as a way to introduce their young children to charity and supporting a cause,” says Mara Stimac, Account Executive at Sage Island. Instilling a charitable nature in kids can start as soon as parents see fit, and Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate wants to help teach kids about supporting a cause early, which may become a lifelong pursuit!
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Fun Events for Children on Race Day • They can design their own shirt and participate in the “Kid Dash” (which starts at 9:30am) • They can dedicate their “race” to someone – maybe a family member who has been affected • It’s a celebratory day, so they get to experience the “feel good” effects of giving back and supporting a cause • The Kidzone – an area dedicated to child-friendly fun on race day
Race Information March 1st 2014 7-10am Downtown Wilmington, corner of Market St. and 2nd The Race is a 5K (3.1 miles). 90% of registrants choose to walk rather than run the 5K. There is also a one mile walk. Visit www.komennctc.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/race-information/ registration and for fundraising information. v
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| By Jane Louise Boursaw
This month brings iconic Lego characters, yet more vampires, and a zebra born with half his stripes. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and on DVD and blu-ray in February. We all love those singing competition videos that go viral, and this one was made into a movie. It’s a feature film based on the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant in Wales by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for “Britain’s Got Talent.” He went on to win the competition, along with the hearts of millions.
- one of my favorites) who gets resurrected as a crime-fighting cyborg. Until, that is, memories of his previous life begin to make him doubt his corrupt corporate overlords. Gary Oldman (yes!) co-stars as the doctor who suffers a crisis-of-conscience after bringing life back to the man in the form of a mechanical body and reprogrammed brain, while Samuel L. Jackson plays a larger-than-life media mogul.
The Lego Movie
PG for mild action and rude humor. In theaters February 7. Ok for kids 6+. thelegomovie.warnerbros.com/ index.html. This computer-generated comedy centers on a lowly Lego figure (voiced by Chris Pratt) who joins a group intent on battling an evil force after a case of mistaken identity. From the filmmakers behind “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “Robot Chicken,” Will Arnett co-stars as the voice of Batman, who along with Superman, make appearances in the Warner Bros. picture. Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, and Alison Brie head up the rest of the voice cast.
PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material. In theaters February 12. Ok for kids 14+. www.robocop.com/.
PG-13 for sexual material and some language. In theaters February 7. Ok for kids 13+. www.facebook.com/ onechancemovie2013.
Remember how violent the first “Robocop” was? This remake is just as violent, if not moreso. No gun was spared in this reboot of the 1987 movie from director José Padilha. The story once again centers on a slain police officer (played by “The Killing’s” Joel Kinnaman
Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters February 14. Ok for kids 13+. va-movie.com.
Jane Boursaw is founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane, a family entertainment site specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at http://www.reellifewithjane.com or email email@example.com.
Jane’s Reel Rating System 1 Reel - Even the Force can’t save it. 2 Reels - Coulda’ been a contender. 3 Reels - Something to talk about. 4 Reels - You want the truth? Greatflick! 5 Reels- Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
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Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) is a dhampir, half-vampire half-human who’s training to be a guardian at St Vladimir’s Academy, along with others like her. In their world, there are good vampires (Moroi, who co-exist peacefully among humans, only take blood from donors, and possess the ability to control one of the four elements - water, earth, fire or air) and bad vampires (Strigoi, evil vampires who drink to kill). Rose and other dhampir guardians are trained to protect Moroi and kill Strigoi. But Rose must run away from St Vladimir’s, in order to protect her best friend, Princess Vasilisa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), from those who wish to harm and use her for their own means. Based on the book by Richelle Mead.
New on DVD | Blu-Ray: KHUMBA Not rated. On DVD/Blu-ray 2/11. Ok for kids 5+. Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels. Life is not all black and white for Khumba, a young zebra born with only half his stripes who’s rejected by his superstitious herd and blamed for a sudden drought affecting the land. Teaming up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich, Khumba sets out on a daring mission across the Karoo desert to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes. Liam Neeson, Jake T. Austin, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne and AnnaSophia Robb lend their voices to this cute story.
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HARRY AND HIS BUCKET FULL OF DINOSAURS Rated G. On DVD 2/11. Ok for kids 3+. Reel Review:5 of 5 Reels. Harry and his bucket of six Dinosaur toys that spring to life are about to go on wild adventures and explore Dino World! Several DVDs are being released on Feb. 11, including “Play Make Believe,” “Let’s Rock!,” and “Dino World Rescues,” all of which come with a 16-page activity book. The series won an iParenting Media Award for Preschool and was nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize and Best International Children’s Program by the British Academy of Film and Television Awards.
THE JUNGLE BOOK (TWO-DISC DIAMOND EDITION) Rated G. On DVD/blu-ray 2/11. Ok for kids 4+. Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels. Hard to believe this family classic hasn’t been released on blu-ray until now, but here it is, finally in digital high definition. Beloved characters, swinging music and new behind-thescenes bonus features make this Diamond Edition Blu‐ray a must-have for every family’s collection. Great opportunity for your little ones to meet those unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns “The Bare Necessities” of life. Happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear, wise old panther Bagheera, crazy orangutan King Louie, cunning tiger Shere Khan, and ssssneaky snake Kaa are all there.
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All Month Long! Cotton Exchange Tours Daily (Year Round). Cotton Exchange, Downtown. Tales of mystery of the Cotton Exchange ghosts. $10/Adults. $8/Students & Seniors. Free/Under age 12. Visit www.TourOldWilmington.blogspot.com or call 409-4300 for information. Horsedrawn Tours 10am – 10pm Daily. Water & Market Streets, downtown. Costumed driver narrates a unique adventure along the riverfront, driven by rescued horses. $12/Adults. $5/Children under 12. Call 251-8889 with questions. Visit www.horsedrawntours.com for coupon. Nano Exhibit Tues-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm. Cape Fear Museum. Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! Nano is a mini, interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on interactives present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real-world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Explore progressively smaller
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magnetic materials-magnetite sand, iron powder, and ferrofluid or build a giant model of a carbon nanotube! Spin disks containing small and large plastic beads, comparing the relative effects of static electricity and gravity on different size beads. A View from Space Tues-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm. Cape Fear Museum. Since the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite Sputnik in 1957, satellites have dramatically changed the way we study our planet. A View from Space, a new, bilingual (Spanish and English), highly interactive, hands-on science exhibit, will allow visitors to see the world from a satellite’s perspective. They can track a hurricane from space, send a satellite spinning into orbit around a model Earth, study incredible images of our planet captured by NASA’s Earth Observing System, and more! Visit www. capefearmuseum.com for details. Carteret Community Theatre Production of “Annie” February 6th & 13th at 7pm, Feb 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th at 8pm, and Feb 9th & 16th at 2pm. West Carteret High School, 4700 Country Club Rd. Morehead City. The Carteret Community Theatre, in conjunction with West Carteret High School, is please to present “Annie”! This family-friendly
show is a must see for all ages! Special pricing for this show is $5 for all students, $15 for adults and $20 for preferred seating. For more information about advance ticket sales please contact us at www.CarteretCommunityTheatre.org or call 252-497-8919.
1 Saturday – National Freedom Day Happy Little Singers 9:45am Saturdays. Ms. Susan’s Room. Ages 6 months to 6 years. Sing, Dance and Creative Play. $10 per family with one to two children, $5 each additional child. Drop-ins welcome. Call 777-8889 for more information. Chinese New Year 10am-12pm. Children’s Museum. Celebrate the Year of the Horse! Join us at for stories, activities, and food that celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Try your hand at creating lucky red messages using traditional Chinese characters, make paper lanterns, color a dragon puppet, and be sure to pick up a lucky red envelope with a New Year’s Challenge inside! Visit www.playwilmington. org for more information.
Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival 11am-6pm. Coastline Event Center. European style marketplace with a tasting tour of the best Carolina wineries, sample sweet sensations from the region’s signature chocolatiers and revel in the good things in life with specialty foods and fine artisan products. Enjoy entertainment, food demonstrations, raffles and of course more chocolate! Call 742-0120 for details. Super Saturday Fun Time 3pm Saturdays. TheatreNow. Join DOCK, the dog, and his two-legged 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 – Groundhog Day 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. Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival 12-4pm. Coastline Event Center. See 02/01.
Dance Storytime with Miss Susan 10:30am. Myrtle Grove Library. FREE movement and music class for ages 18 months and older. Adults are encouraged to dance with their kids. No registration required, but space is limited so arrive early! Call 798-6353 for details. Go Green Engineer Team – Pinball Wizard 3:30pm Mondays. Children’s Museum. “Pinball Wizard.” Hands-on challenges that focus on the engineering design process using simple materials. Ages 5-9. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 to pre-register.
4 Tuesday Leland’s Little Learners 9 – 10am Tuesdays. Town of Leland. Free program for children ages 3-5 seeks to stimulate the minds of Leland’s children through story time, arts and crafts/activitiesand time outside on the playground! During the program, parents or guardians must remain with their children. Please contact Amy Ryan at 332-4823 for registration or more information. Space is limited.
Wilmington Christian Academy Open House 9-12pm. Wilmington Christian Academy, 1401 N. College Rd. Visit our campus, tour the buildings, and meet the teachers and administrators. Explore the options available for your child from preschool all the way up to High School. Call 791-4248 for more information or visit our website www.wilmingtonchristian.com.
Railroad Story Time 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Hear stories and enjoy creative activities in the Children’s Hall. $4/Family. Free/Members. Call 763-2634 for more information.
Storytime at the Library 9:30; 10:00; 10:30am Tuesdays. Main Library. Lapsit, Toddler, and Preschool storytimes! Stories, songs, and age appropriate activities for each group. Call 7986303 with questions.
Family Storytime 10:30 Mondays. Carolina Beach Library. All ages invited for stories, fingerplays, and other pre-literacy enhancing activities. Meets at the Carolina Beach Community Building (directly behind the Library). No registration is required, but all children should bring an adult chaperone.
Happy Little Singers 9:45am Tuesdays. Ms. Susan’s Room. Ages 6 months to 6 years. Sing, Dance and Creative Play. $10 per family with one to two children, $5 each additional child. Drop-ins welcome. Call 777-8889 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.
Barnes & Noble Toddler Story Time 10am Tuesdays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly story time in the Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details. Petite Picasso1 & 2 10am, Tuesdays. Hullabaloo, Hampstead. Bring your petite-est Picasso for the 10am class (up to 2 ½) and your slightly older artists to the 11am class, all taught by Francesca! Visit www.hullabalooplay.com for more information. Kids Cooking Club – I Heart Waffles 3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays. Children’s Museum. “I Heart Waffles.” Harris Teeter sponsors fun time of learning new skills and seasonal recipes. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 to pre-register. Family Night at Chick-fil-A 5:30 – 7pm Tuesdays. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Don’t miss the fun family events. Call 256-0854 for weekly details.
5 Wednesday Storytime at the Library 9:30; 10:00; 10:30am Wednesdays. Northeast & Myrtle Grove Library. Lapsit, Toddler, and Preschool storytimes! Stories, songs, and age appropriate activities for each group. Call 798-6303 with questions. Happy Little Singers 9:45am Wednesdays. Ms. Susan’s Room. Ages 4 ½ to 8 years. Sing, Dance and Creative Play. $10 per family with one to two children, $5 each additional child. Drop-ins welcome. Call 777-8889 for more information. Preschool Science – Ice Paintings 10am. Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. Hands-on activities geared for little ones allowing them to explore the world around them. Visit www.playwilmington.org for details. Kindermusik for Babies 10:30am. Learning Express, Oleander Rd. Gentle music and movement with you, your child and Kindermusik educator Catherine Szuch. Ages newborn to 1 year. Reservations required. Call 313-3100 for details.
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Discover Science – Make Funny Putty 3:30pm Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. “Make Funny Putty.” Explore and learn about the scientific process through critical thinking. Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org to pre-register. Stop Animation 3:30pm. Wednesdays. Myrtle Grove Library. Create your own Stop Animation movie using ReadyANIMATOR,iStopMotion and iMovie! Appointments available at 3:30pm & 4:15pm. Registration required. Call 798-6393. Ages 8 & up. Limit two children per session. Call 798-6353 for details.
6 Thursday Storytime at the Library 9:30; 10:00; 10:30am Thursdays. Northeast & Myrtle Grove Library. Lapsit, Toddler, and Preschool storytimes! Stories, songs, and age appropriate activities for each group. Call 798-6303 with questions. Happy Little Singers 9:45am Thursdays. Ms. Susan’s Room. Ages 6 months to 6 years. Sing, Dance and Creative Play. $10 per family with one to two children, $5 each additional child. Dropins welcome. Call 777-8889 for more information. StoryCOOKS – The Biggest Valentine Ever 10am Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Cooking club for preschoolers. Read a story and create a dish inspired by the book. This week enjoy “The Biggest Valentine Ever!” Call 254-3534 to pre-register. Musical Munchkins 10am, Thursdays. Hullabaloo, Hampstead. Music time at Hullabaloo! Let your Munchkin stomp, dance, march to the beat. Try a musical instrument and more! Visit www.hullabalooplay.com for details. French for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Oleander Dr. Language Workshop for Children from the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Say “bonjour” to musical and prop-filled fun in French with Madame Marie Field. Ages 6 months and up. Reservations required. Call 313-3100 for details.
Winter Mayhem 1:30-3pm. Halyburton Park. Discover how nature in the park spends the winter in the woods as we journey into the realm of wildlife. Bring out your creative side as we build a wintery critter craft. $5/Participant, ages 6-11. Call 341-0075 for details. stART with a Story – Tacky the Penguin and the Winter Games 3:30pm Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Create a masterpiece that reinforces a fun book. This week’s book – “Tacky the Penguin and the Winter Games.” Call 2543534 or visit www.playwilmington.org with questions. Art and Craft Thursday 4pm Thursdays. The Art Works, 200 Willard St. All ages welcome! Enjoy a weekly Art/Craft project. $10/family with one to two children. $5/add’l child. Visit www. ms-susans-room.com for weekly events. Contact 7778889 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. 34th Annual NC Jazz Festival 7:30pm. Hilton Riverside Hotel. Fill your evenings with exciting performances by some of the greatest traditional jazz musicians from around the globe! Visit www.ncjazzfestival.com for ticket information.
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Adventures in Art – Marbleized Paper 3:30pm Fridays. Children’s Museum. Experience different forms of art each week. This week, Marbleized Paper. Ages 5-8. Space is limited. Call 254-3534 to pre-register and visit www.playwilmington.org. Clifford the Big Red Dog Appearance 4-5pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff Rd. Clifford will be giving out huge Valentine hugs! Bring the kids and a camera! No reservations needed. Call 509-0153 for more information.
Story time at Hullabaloo 10am, Fridays. Hullabaloo, Hampstead. Bring your preschoolers and listen to a story followed by a themed activity. Themes change weekly. Visit www. hullabalooplay.com for a complete schedule.
Art and Craft Friday – Hot Mess Finger Painting 10am Fridays. The Art Works, 200 Willard St. Children ages 3+ enjoy a weekly Art/Craft project. $10/family with one to two children. $5/add’l child. Visit www.
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Family Yoga Story Time 10:30am Fridays. NHC Main Library. Parents and children 6 months+ have fun listening to stories while learning basic yoga postures. Bring mat or beach towel. Call 798-6303 with questions.
Barnes & Noble Story Time – Too Much Glue 7pm Fridays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly story time in the Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details.
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Mini-Olympics 10am-12pm. Children’s Museum. Kick of the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia! Compete in some wacky Olympic games like the Foam Noodle Javelin Toss, the Balloon Flyswatter Challenge, and the Olympic Torch Relay. Receive your special medal at the Olympic medal ceremony at noon! Visit www. playwilmington.org for details.
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.
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34th Annual NC Jazz Festival 7:30pm. Hilton Riverside Hotel. See 02/06.
Battle of Forks Road Civil War Living History Weekend 9-5pm. Battleground of Forks Rd, next to Cameron Art Museum parking lot. Free. Cameron Art Museum commemorates the 149th Anniversary of Battle of Forks Road on the museum’s historic site with family fun interacting with Confederate, Union and U.S. Colored troops living history actors. Enjoy the battle skirmish, sutlers, period music, family art activities and more! Call 395-5999 for details. Backyard Birding and Bird Feeding 9:30-11:30am. Halyburton Park. Join park naturalist into the world of birds and discover what tasty treats and feeders will attract these fantastic creatures each season. Each participant will receive a sample seed bag, handouts, bird feeding chart, and more depending on the session. Each session will offer new info, ideas and material. $10/participant. Call 341-0075 for details. Clifford the Big Red Dog Appearance 10-11am. Learning Express, Oleander Dr. Clifford will be giving out huge Valentine hugs! Bring the kids and a camera! No reservations needed. Call 313-3100 for more information. www.wilmingtonparent.com
34th Annual NC Jazz Festival 7:30pm. Hilton Riverside Hotel. See 02/06.
9 Sunday Battle of Forks Road Civil War Living History Weekend 10-5pm. Battleground of Forks Rd, next to Cameron Art Museum parking lot. Free. Cameron Art Museum commemorates the 149th Anniversary of Battle of Forks Road on the museum’s historic site with family fun interacting with Confederate, Union and U.S. Colored troops living history actors. Enjoy the battle skirmish, sutlers, period music, family art activities and more! Call 395-5999 for details.
10 Monday Natures Valentines 10-11am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. $3 per participant, ages 2-5 welcome. Pre-registration required. Call 341-0075 for details.
Go Green Engineer Team – Spaghetti Bridges 3:30pm Mondays. Children’s Museum. “Spaghetti Bridges.” Hands-on challenges that focus on the engineering design process using simple materials. Ages 5-9. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 to pre-register.
11 Tuesday Natures Valentines 10-11am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. $3 per participant, ages 2-5 welcome. Pre-registration required. Call 341-0075 for details. Valentines in the Woods 1:30-3pm. Halyburton Park. Join a naturalist on a hike as we trek through the forest looking for signs of nature’s love birds. Then show off your artistic skills by building a nature’s valentines craft. $5/participant, ages 6-11. Call 341-0075 for details. www.wilmingtonparent.com
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12 Wednesday Preschool Science – Clay Candy 10am. Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. Hands-on activities geared for little ones allowing them to explore the world around them. Visit www.playwilmington.org for details. Discover Science – Gumdrop Dome 3:30pm Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. “Gumdrop Dome.” Explore and learn about the scientific process through critical thinking. Call 254-3534 or visit www. playwilmington.org to pre-register. Snake and Turtle Feeding 4-4:30pm. Halyburton Park. Enjoy a brief presentation about the live animals on display in the Event Center and then watch them feed. At least one snake and a turtle will be fed during the demonstration. Ages 3 & up. $1/participant. Call 341-0075 for more information.
13 Thursday StoryCOOKS – Pinkalicious 10am Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Cooking club for preschoolers. Read a story and create a dish inspired by the book. This week enjoy “Pinkalicious!” Call 254-3534 to pre-register. Children’s Discovery Time 10am. Fort Fisher Aquarium. Creatures come alive in this story telling and critter-creating program. A special craft is included with each program. Ages 3-5. Call 458-6812 for ticket information. Kindermusik for Babies 10:30am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. Gentle music and movement with you, your child and Kindermusik educator Catherine Szuch. Ages newborn to 1 year. Reservations required. Call 509-0153 for details. stART with a Story – The Biggest Valentine Ever 3:30pm Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Create a masterpiece that reinforces a fun book. This week’s book – “The Biggest Valentine Ever.” Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org with questions. Film Club – Movie Making for Kids! 3:30-4:30pm. Main Library. Film Club is a threepart program series that teaches children how to make their own movies. Over the course of a month, children will drive the process of creating one short film. By registering for Film Club, your child will need to attend ALL THREE sessions: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27. Ages 7 to 9. To register contact Mr. Scooter at shayes@nhcgov. com or 798-6303.
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Dance Storytime with Miss Susan 10:30am. Northeast Library. FREE movement and music class for ages 18 months and older. Adults are encouraged to dance with their kids. No registration required, but space is limited so arrive early! Call 7986353 for details.
Kids Cooking Club – Valentine Punch and Cupid Cupcakes 3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays. Children’s Museum. “Valentine Punch and Cupid Cupcakes.” Harris Teeter sponsors fun time of learning new skills and seasonal recipes. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 2543534 to pre-register.
Trek Upon a Long Leaf Pine Forest Community 1:30pm. Halyburton Park. Explore nature up close as we take a hike through a long leaf pine savannah learning the many properties that make up this type of ecosystem. Hike through several trails inside the park, and then along the forest trail of the Gary Shell Cross City Trail. $5/Participant. Call 341-0075 for details.
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Film Club – Movie Making for Tweens & Teens! 4:30-5:30pm. Main Library. Film Club is a three-part program series that teaches children how to make their own movies. Over the course of a month, children will drive the process of creating one short film. By registering for Film Club, your child will need to attend ALL THREE sessions: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27. Ages 10 and up. To register contact Mr. Scooter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 798-6303. Photo credit: J’nelle Ruscetti
Wilmington Christian Academy Open House 5:30-7pm. Wilmington Christian Academy, 1401 N. College Rd. Visit our campus, tour the buildings, and meet the teachers and administrators. Explore the options available for your child from preschool all the way up to High School. Call 791-4248 for more information or visit our website www.wilmingtonchristian.com.
14 Friday – Valentine’s Day Art and Craft Friday – Making Valentines 10am Fridays. The Art Works, 200 Willard St. Children ages 3+ enjoy a weekly Art/Craft project. $10/family with one to two children. $5/add’l child. Visit www.ms-susans-room. com for weekly events. Contact 777-8889 or email@example.com to register. Adventures in Art – Foam Printmaking 3:30pm Fridays. Children’s Museum. Experience different forms of art each week. This week, Foam Printmaking. Ages 5-8. Space is limited. Call 254-3534 to preregister and visit www.playwilmington.org.
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Rainbow Loom Club for Rookies 4-5pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff & Oleander locations. For kids who are brand new loomers. Learn the basics with one of our teachers. Bring your loom and bands. Reservations suggested. Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 for more information. Seussical Jr. 7pm. Hannah Block 2nd St. Stage. The Thalian Association Children’s Theatre presents Seussical Jr. This magical show hones down the full-length Broadway production into a fast-paced, neon extravaganza. Visit www.thalian.org for more information.
15 Saturday Animal Sweethearts 9:30-10:30am. Halyburton Park. Hike the trails of the park and discover the many antics critters do to attract each other in an ever challenging world. $1/Participant. Call 341-0075 for details. 1st Annual YCC Beach Dash 1:30pm. Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach. Dash down the beach with six obstacles and blast stations throughout the course. Make it through a tunnel crawl, noodle forest, agility run, wall climb, balance beam and slide. The blast stations are full of surprises! Registration is now open on Sportoften.com keyword: YCC Beach Dash. Visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org for details.
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Rainbow Loom Club for Pros 2-3pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff & Oleander locations. Kids who are advanced beginner or intermediate level loomers. Bring your own loom and bands. Reservations suggested. Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 for more information. Rainbow Loom Club for All Stars 3-4pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff & Oleander locations. Loomers who are working on expert level designs or inventing their own. Bring your own looms and bands and your favorite creations to share. Work on new All Star level bracelets. Reservations suggested. Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 for more information. Seussical Jr. 3pm & 7pm. Hannah Block 2nd St. Stage. See 02/14. 18 | February 2014 | Wilmington Parent
16 Sunday Going Greener at the Bellamy Mansion Museum 1-4pm. Bellamy Mansion. Join us in educational games and fun activites in order to spread the word of going green! Also, musical performances by Catesby Jones and Susan Savia. Fun for all ages! Any additional questions, please contact 251-3700. Miracles in Motion 2-4pm. Olsen Park, Wilmington. 5K & 1 mile run, walk, roll. Race through the trails of Olsen Park or stick to the fully accessible 1 mile course. Visit its-go-time.com for more information and to register for these events. Seussical Jr. 3pm. Hannah Block 2nd St. Stage. See 02/14.
17 Monday – President’s Day 21st Annual UNCW Intercultural Week & Festival 10am-2pm. UNCW Burney Center. A full schedule of events has been planned to celebrate the rich diversity of cultures found within UNCW and the Wilmington community. Lectures, films, dance, exhibits, theater, music, performances, and food provide opportunities for all ages to get involved throughout the week. Events are free unless otherwise noted. Visit www.uncw.edu/international/iweek2013 for a complete schedule of events. Railroad Story Time 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Hear stories and enjoy creative activities in the Children’s Hall. $4/Family. Free/Members. Call 763-2634 for more information. Go Green Engineer Team – Memory Boxes 3:30pm Mondays. Children’s Museum. “Memory Boxes.” Hands-on challenges that focus on the engineering design process using simple materials. Ages 5-9. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 to pre-register.
18 Tuesday 21st Annual UNCW Intercultural Week & Festival 10am-2pm. UNCW Burney Center. See 02/17. Kids Cooking Club – Banana Dogs and Balls of Energy 3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays. Children’s Museum. “Banana Dogs and Balls of Energy.” Harris Teeter sponsors fun time of learning new skills and seasonal recipes. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 to pre-register.
19 Wednesday Preschool Science – Invisible Messages 10am. Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. Hands-on activities geared for little ones allowing them to explore the world around them. Visit www.playwilmington.org for details. 21st Annual UNCW Intercultural Week & Festival 10am-2pm. UNCW Burney Center. See 02/17. Kindermusik for Babies 10:30am. Learning Express, Oleander Rd. Gentle music and movement with you, your child and Kindermusik educator Catherine Szuch. Ages newborn to 1 year. Reservations required. Call 313-3100 for details. Discover Science – Penny Cleaning 3:30pm Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. “Penny Cleaning.” Explore and learn about the scientific process through critical thinking. Call 254-3534 or visit www. playwilmington.org to pre-register. www.wilmingtonparent.com
Childcare Listing Guide Childcare Childcare Network 8 convenient locations in Wilmington,Southport and Leland 866-521-KIDS www.childcarenetwork.com Ages 6-weeks to 12-years The Children’s Schoolhouse Montessori 612 South College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-799-1531 www.childrensschoolhouse.net Now enrolling students ages 3-5, for 2, 3, or 5 day programs. 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
Drop in childcare Power of Play Drop-N-Go 6644 Gordon Road Wilmington, NC 28411 910-332-1660 www.powerofplaywilmington.com Open Monday-Saturday during operating hours for potty-trained children ages 4-11. Simply Play Drop In Child Care 3818 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-0022 www.playsimplyplay.com Simply Play is an hourly drop-in child care center, specializing in part-time child care that’s fun, flexible and convenient. Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat. 8:30am-11:30pm
Nanny Services Nancy’s Nannies, Inc. 252-726-6575 www.nancysnannies.com firstname.lastname@example.org Providing Babysitting & Nanny Service, from Morehead City to Wilmington, NC since 1991.
Parents Night Out Carolina Gymnastics Academy 3529 Carolina Beach Rd. Wilmingon, NC 28412 910-796-1896 www.carolinagymnasticsacademy.com Friday & Saturday night, 6-10pm, for ages 3 – 10.
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20 Thursday 21st Annual UNCW Intercultural Week & Festival 10am-2pm. UNCW Burney Center. See 02/17. StoryCOOKS – Monkey & Me 10am Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Cooking club for preschoolers. Read a story and create a dish inspired by the book. This week enjoy “Monkey & Me!” Call 2543534 to pre-register. French for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff Rd. Language Workshop for Children from the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Say “bonjour” to musical and prop-filled fun in French with Madame Marie Field. Ages 6 months and up. Reservations required. Call 509-0153 for details.
drive the process of creating one short film. By registering for Film Club, your child will need to attend ALL THREE sessions:2/13, 2/20, 2/27. Ages 7 to 9. To register contact Mr. Scooter at email@example.com or 798-6303. Film Club – Movie Making for Tweens & Teens! 4:30-5:30pm. Main Library. Film Club is a three-part program series that teaches children how to make their own movies. Over the course of a month, children will drive the process of creating one short film. By registering for Film Club, your child will need to attend ALL THREE sessions: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27. Ages 10 and up. To register contact Mr. Scooter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 798-6303.
21 Friday 21st Annual UNCW Intercultural Week & Festival 10am-2pm. UNCW Burney Center. See 02/17.
stART with a Story – The Three Snowbears 3:30pm Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Create a masterpiece that reinforces a fun book. This week’s book – “The Three Snowbears.” Call 254-3534 or visit www. playwilmington.org with questions.
Art and Craft Friday – Finger Knitting 10am Fridays. The Art Works, 200 Willard St. Children ages 3+ enjoy a weekly Art/Craft project. $10/family with one to two children. $5/add’l child. Visit www.ms-susans-room. com for weekly events. Contact 777-8889 or email@example.com to register.
LEGOS in the Library 3:30-4:30pm. Main Library. Create Lego structures by yourself or with a friend. Ages K-5th grade. Monthly theme challenges will be given at the beginning of each meeting. Regular meetings will be held every third Thursday. There are no fees, but registration is required. Call 798-6303 to register.
Adventures in Art – Snail Homes 3:30pm Fridays. Children’s Museum. Experience different forms of art each week. This week, Snail Homes. Ages 5-8. Space is limited. Call 254-3534 to pre-register and visit www.playwilmington.org.
Film Club – Movie Making for Kids! 3:30-4:30pm. Main Library. Film Club is a three-part program series that teaches children how to make their own movies. Over the course of a month, children will
Rainbow Loom Club for Rookies 4-5pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff & Oleander locations. For kids who are brand new loomers. Learn the basics with one of our teachers. Bring your loom and bands. Reservations suggested. Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 for more information. Jammie Jam 5-7pm. Children’s Museum. Come in your pjs and bring a special stuffed friend! Make dreamcatchers, play games with folks from Cape Fear Games, munch on cookies and milk, and settle in for a cozy bedtime story. Visit www. playwilmington.org for more information. Seussical Jr. 7pm. Hannah Block 2nd St. Stage. The Thalian Association Children’s Theatre presents Seussical Jr. This magical show hones down the full-length Broadway production into a fast-paced, neon extravaganza. Visit www.thalian.org for more information.
22 Saturday – George Washington’s Birthday 21st Annual UNCW Intercultural Week & Festival 10am-2pm. UNCW Burney Center. See 02/17.
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64th Annual Tidewater Camellia Club Show 1-5pm. Parsley Elementary, 3518 Masonboro Loop Rd. This historic show is free and open to the public. Camellia experts will display over 1,000 blooms for evaluation by American Camellia Society judges. A children’s art display will be presented by local elementary schools students. A selection of camellias will be available for purchase. Call 509-1792 or visit our web site www.tidewatercamelliaclub.org- for more details. Rainbow Loom Club for Pros 2-3pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff & Oleander locations. Kids who are advanced beginner or intermediate level loomers. Bring your own loom and bands. Reservations suggested. Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 for more information. Special Olympics Polar Plunge 5K 2-4pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 5K run/walk, costume contest, polar plunge, and 20 | February 2014 | Wilmington Parent
live music! Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of NC, New Hanover County. Visit its-go-time.com for more information and to register for these events. Rainbow Loom Club for All Stars 3-4pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff & Oleander locations. Loomers who are working on expert level designs or inventing their own. Bring your own looms and bands and your favorite creations to share. Work on new All Star level bracelets. Reservations suggested. Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 for more information. Seussical Jr. 3pm & 7pm. Hannah Block 2nd St. Stage. See 02/14.
23 Sunday Friends School of Wilmington Open House 3-5pm. Peiffer Campus for 3rd – 8th grade and Pine Grove Campus for 18 months-2nd grade. Tour the campuses and grounds, visit classrooms, and meet dedicated faculty, administrators and current parents. Call 791-8221 for more information or to schedule a tour if you are not able to attend an open house event. Also visit www.fsow.org.
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Seussical Jr. 3pm. Hannah Block 2nd St. Stage. See 02/14.
24 Monday Bird Beaks 10-11am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. $3 per participant, ages 2-5 welcome. Pre-registration required. Call 341-0075 for details. Go Green Engineer Team – Blow it Away 3:30pm Mondays. Children’s Museum. “Blow it Away.” Hands-on challenges that focus on the engineering design process using simple materials. Ages 5-9. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 to pre-register. “Free Ice Skating Lesson” – Try Ice Skating! 5:45-6:45pm. Wilmington Ice House. Free fun on the ice for children ages 5 and up, teens, & adults. Call 686-1987 to register for this free event.
26 Wednesday Preschool Science – Make Magic Mud 10am. Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. Hands-on activities geared for little ones allowing them to explore the world around them. Visit www.playwilmington.org for details.
Bird Beaks 10-11am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. $3 per participant, ages 2-5 welcome. Pre-registration required. Call 341-0075 for details.
Discover Science – Sky Diver: Make a Parachute 3:30pm Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. “Sky Diver: Make a Parachute.” Explore and learn about the scientific process through critical thinking. Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org to pre-register.
Preschool Math and Science Program 3:30pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Math and science concepts will be introduced through interactive storytimes, hands on science experiments, and exploration stations. Ages 2-5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 798-6365 for registration.
Preschool Math and Science Program 3:30pm. Northeast Library. Math and science concepts will be introduced through interactive storytimes, hands on science experiments, and exploration stations. Ages 2-5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 798-6365 for registration.
Kids Cooking Club – Breakfast Sundaes 3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays. Children’s Museum. “Breakfast Sundaes.” Harris Teeter sponsors fun time of learning new skills and seasonal recipes. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 to pre-register.
Foster Parent Open House 6-7pm. Easter Seals UCP, 33 Darlington Ave. If you could make a difference in the life of one child, would you? Easter Seals UCP is looking for Therapeutic Foster Parents to make a difference in a child’s life. Attend our informative Open House to find out how you can help. For more information, please call 790-5921.
StoryCOOKS – Jamberry 10am Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Cooking club for preschoolers. Read a story and create a dish inspired by the book. This week enjoy “Jamberry!” Call 254-3534 to pre-register. Children’s Discovery Time 10am. Fort Fisher Aquarium. Creatures come alive in this story telling and crittercreating program. A special craft is included with each program. Ages 3-5. Call 458-6812 for ticket information. Wilmington Parent | February 2014 | 21
Kindermusik for Babies 10:30am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. Gentle music and movement with you, your child and Kindermusik educator Catherine Szuch. Ages newborn to 1 year. Reservations required. Call 509-0153 for details. stART with a Story – Owl Babies 3:30pm Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Create a masterpiece that reinforces a fun book. This week’s book – “Owl Babies.” Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org with questions. Film Club – Movie Making for Kids! 3:30-4:30pm. Main Library. Film Club is a three-part program series that teaches children how to make their own movies. Over the course of a month, children will drive the process of creating one short film. By registering for Film Club, your child will need to attend ALL THREE sessions: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27. Ages 7 to 9. To register contact Mr. Scooter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 798-6303.
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Film Club – Movie Making for Tweens & Teens! 4:30-5:30pm. Main Library. Film Club is a three-part program series that teaches children how to make their own movies. Over the course of a month, children will drive the process of creating one short film. By registering for Film Club, your child will need to attend ALL THREE sessions: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27. Ages 10 and up. To register contact Mr. Scooter at email@example.com or 798-6303.
28 Friday Art and Craft Friday – Paper Plate Flowers 10am Fridays. The Art Works, 200 Willard St. Children ages 3+ enjoy a weekly Art/Craft project. $10/family with one to two children. $5/add’l child. Visit www. ms-susans-room.com for weekly events. Contact 777-8889 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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Adventures in Art – Discover Klimt Tree of Life 3:30pm Fridays. Children’s Museum. Experience different forms of art each week. This week, Discover Klimt Tree of Life. Ages 5-8. Space is limited. Call 254-3534 to pre-register and visit www.playwilmington.org. Rainbow Loom Club for Rookies 4-5pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff & Oleander locations. For kids who are brand new loomers. Learn the basics with one of our teachers. Bring your loom and bands. Reservations suggested. Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 for more information. LEGO KidsFest 4-8:30pm. Raleigh Convention Center. Three acres of activities and entertainment for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages! Tickets to this event and the other sessions available throughout the weekend sell out quickly. Visit www.legokidsfest.com for ticket information. Fourth Friday Gallery Walk 6 – 9pm. Downtown Galleries & Studios. An after-hours celebration of art and culture through a self-guided tour. Free. Visit www.wilmingtondowntown.com or call 343-8997 for map of participants.
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School Project Challenge Mom finds Balance with Helping and Observing by Claire Yezbak Fadden
e watched as Seth attached the last piece of a strawberry splash fruit chew to his shoestring licorice and marshmallow replica of a DNA molecule. My husband Nick and I smiled at the finished product. Three weeks earlier, Ms. Scott, Seth’s high school biology teacher, challenged her class to be creative with this major homework assignment. “Think of new ways to display the double-helix structure of human DNA,” she suggested. “Have some fun with it.” “I want my model to be entirely edible,” Seth declared that night, excited about doing something out-of-the-ordinary. So, some eight packages of fruit-flavored snacks, a few marshmallows and a bag of red licorice later, I witnessed the multi-night construction come to a close. As my youngest child took pride in his efforts, I mentally patted myself on the back. I had come a long way as a recovering help-my-child-withevery-school-project mother. Other than driving him to the store to purchase supplies, Seth had done this assignment on his own. I took more satisfaction in that fact than the A he proudly displayed days later. My desire to help too much with homework started innocently enough. When Shawn, my oldest, was in kindergarten, he asked for something to take to school that started with the letter A. Casually, he mentioned that he’d get extra credit if no other student brought the same thing. The quest was on. Over the next few weeks, Shawn shared an abacus, bongos, a cloak and a deerstalker hat (think Sherlock Holmes) with his five-year-old classmates. By the time the kindergarteners had reached K, his backpack was laden with a kettle, a kazoo, a kaleidoscope and a kimono – each worth one extra credit point. I worked on curtailing my overpowering offers-to-assist by the time Jake, my middle son, hit fifth-grade. For Colonial Days he needed to produce something that portrayed life in the 1700s. After reviewing the options including churning butter and making candles, we agreed on sewing a sampler. When I drove Jake to school on Colonial Day morning, I was very proud of our hoop-framed, cross-stitched piece of muslin that read: Home Is Where the Heart Is. A convertible pulled up behind us and I wondered why the driver had the top down on this cold, rain-threatening
day. Then I saw him and his fifth-grader lift a five-foot wooden pillory from the back seat. I wasn’t the only parent who needed to lighten up about their child’s school project. I hoped that I’d found a nice balance between helping and observing by the time Seth reached middle school, but I was wrong. When the My Life health project came around, I was lured back into my old ways. Using words, photos and illustrations, Seth needed to design a four-sided packaging label that showed who he was on the inside and then attach the label to the outside panels of a cereal box. I was frustrated by my lack of artistic talent. How could Seth’s cereal box design compete with students of creative parents? While at work that week, I lamented this unfair assignment to my artistically gifted friend, Susan. “I can’t draw a stick man, much less illustrate a cereal box.” “It’s Seth’s project, right?” Susan reminded. “Well, yes, but every parent is helping their child,” I said, remembering the life-size punishment device that garnered an A+ for both student and parent. “Those kids with parents who can draw will get the As,” I said, convinced of the inequality. That night Seth was surrounded by photos, drawings, markers, paper, glue and scissors splayed across the kitchen table. He’d asked me earlier to find an empty cereal carton and now he was busy writing. Realizing that he had this under control, I reluctantly retreated to the den, occasionally calling out to see if he needed my help. He responded each time: “No, thanks.” A few weeks later, he came home from school with an evaluation sheet taped to his “Seth’s Life” cereal box. He earned an A++ and a “Super Project” comment from his teacher. In spite of living with a mom who flies the Let-me-help-you flag every chance she gets, Seth stood on his own effort. Like his older brothers, Shawn and Jake, he wanted to fly his own flag, and show his true character. On this day it was proudly displayed in the shape of an edible DNA molecule. v Claire Yezbak Fadden, an award-winning columnist and freelance writer, is the mother of three sons. Follow her on Twitter @claireflaire.
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back off, memaw! Resolve Conflicts and Set Boundaries with Grandparents
ne of the trickiest parts of parenting is sometimes dealing with the people who love our children almost as much as we do: grandparents. Setting boundaries and insisting Grandma and Grandpa follow the house rules often leads to stress and hurt feelings. Here are some ways to have a peaceful relationship with grandparents.
Set boundaries. Of course, they want to see their grandchildren; however, parents and kids need some time with just each other. If your parents or in-laws are coming over too frequently -- especially if it’s unannounced -- let them know a schedule that works for you. Do this with any situation in which you aren’t seeing eye to eye. Keep in mind that your parents may have to set boundaries for you, too. It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking advantage of their willingness to spend time with your kids. Remember that they have their own lives, too.
Choose your battles, then let them have a little fun — they’ve earned it! What issues are you most passionate about? No TV? Lights out at 7? No solid food before age one? Hold your ground on what’s really important to you and then let Granny and Gramps spoil the kids a little. After all, isn’t that one perk of grandparenting?
Emphasize with their position and show appreciation. They love your children. They love you. They only know how to parent one way, and if you’re doing it differently, they may feel rejected.
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by Rachael Moshman Don’t forget to let them know you appreciate them. Being criticized for how they care for and show affection to your child is a tough pill to swallow, especially when they are helping you out. “Thank you” and “I love you” both go a long way.
Don’t expect them to change who they are. When you love someone, you accept them, warts and all. In some cases, that might mean your little ones’ first words are of the slightly vulgar variety because your mom has never been able to control her potty mouth. Your child is going to encounter people with all sorts of quirks. There’s no need to expect Grandma and Grandpa to be perfect.
Remember “parent” trumps “grandparent,” but only play that card when absolutely necessary. In her essay “Our Baby, Not Yours,” writer Barbara Graham talks about the struggles of falling in love with a grandchild and reconciling that she’s not the one calling the shots. The bottom line is, you are the parent, and you have the right to call the shots regarding your child. If you need to take a hard stand, it’s better the grandparent hear it from her own child. If the conflict is with your in-laws, let your partner take the lead. Sensitivity and clear communication are key to ensuring everyone feels respected and on the same page. And if you aren’t on the same page, sometimes being in the same chapter is good enough! v Rachael Moshman is a mom, blogger and freelance writer. Find her at www.rachaelmoshman.com.
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Super Smiles for Everyone! February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and St. Mary Health Center located at 412 Ann St. wants to make sure all children have an opportunity to smile! St. Mary Health Center is proud to offer a Pediatric Dental Clinic for children 3-18 years of age who do not have dental insurance or Medicaid. St. Mary’s Dental Clinic typically holds one clinic a month offering pediatric dental patients the following services: • Complete Dental Exams • Cleaning and Fluoride • Sealants • X-rays • Tooth-colored fillings • Extractions • Dental hygiene demonstrations • Dental emergencies • Head Start dental screenings • Treatment for special needs patients For more details and pre-registration email, firstname.lastname@example.org. This clinic is sponsored by The Eshelman Foundation, Ministering Circle of Wilmington and the Landfall Foundation.
Help Your Heart February is American Heart Month and we can all use a little more education about deadly heart diseases. Each year, nearly half a million women die from cardiovascular disease. As stated by Robin Harper, RN – the founder of the NHRMC Red Dress event, “Women can’t afford to wait until symptoms appear. They need to be empowered with knowledge early on so they can protect themselves against this deadly disease.” The Red Dress Luncheon is an annual event in February that uses the proceeds to provide free heart disease education to help women identify risk factors so they can be proactive in their health. This event also benefits the Marlene Sigler Cardiac Endowment to provide continuing staff education at the NHRMC Heart Center. This year’s event will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center and will feature cupcake centerpieces donated by Coastal Cupcakes. The 9th Annual Red Dress Project Luncheon To Benefit the Marlene Sigler Cardiac Endowment & Women’s Heart Health Education FEBRUARY 7, 2014 11:00 Vendor Show and Social Noon: Luncheon In the meantime, visit the CDC website, www.cdc.gov, for a “tip a day” throughout the month of February to learn more about heart disease prevention. You can also take these small steps to healthy heart living all year long. One Step at a Time
Run for a Cause, Run for Yourself Miracles in Motion Home Run 5K & 1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll February 16th 2-4pm Olsen Park, Wilmington Bring your family and participate in the Miracles in Motion Home Run 5K & 1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll – a race unlike any other in the city. Presented by the Miracle Field and Access Wilmington, the race offers a 5K Run and Fitness Walk through the trails of Olsen Park as well as a 1 Mile Course through the park that is fully accessible. Special Olympics Polar Plunge 5K February 22nd 2-4pm Carolina Beach Boardwalk This race is all about fun! Dress up or find your inner superhero. The day begins at 11am with live music. The 5K Run/Walk is at 2pm followed by the costume contest for all 5K and Polar Plunge participants. At 3pm, the Polar Plunge begins as hundreds of people plunge into the cold ocean at Carolina Beach next to the Courtyard by Marriott. All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of North Carolina, New Hanover County. Visit its-go-time.com for more information and to register for these events.
As you begin your journey to better heart health, keep these things in mind: • Don’t become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart. • Don’t go it alone. The journey is more fun when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you. • Don’t get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night’s sleep and do what you can tomorrow. • Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunchtime walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HeartMonth/
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Sochi at Home Olympic Family Fun Activities by Danielle Villegas
he 2014 Winter Olympics are here! Well, not exactly here. However, we can still cheer, cry, hold our breath, and enjoy the excitement of the winter games in Sochi, Russia from the comfort and warmth of our homes. From the opening ceremonies on February 7th to the final awards and closing ceremonies on February 23rd you and your family can participate in Olympic activities all month long!
Winter Olympic Bingo Sometimes the kids are not as excited about the idea of hours of Olympic TV coverage. Let’s be honest, it can get old after umpteen ski jumps and snowboarding runs. Keep everyone entertained with a game! Pick your favorite few events and print out some Bingo cards with unique Winter Olympic words. • Achievement • Arena • Bronze • Ceremonies • Countries • Hockey Stick • Ice • Luge • Podium • Skates These are just a few of the words you can add to your cards! Use some tiny candies or popcorn as Bingo markers and let the games begin! Also visit print-bingo.com/word-list/Winter-Olympics to customize your own cards for printing.
Russian Matryoshka Paper Craft Take this time for your family to learn a little more about an unfamiliar country. Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia/Abkhazia and Russia. Do a little research about the area and the local customs. Watch for information about Sochi in the TV coverage and talk to your children about what they have learned. Also, help your kids create some paper Russian Matryoshka dolls. This is an easy craft to get started on your learning expedition!
Look online for designs, make your own design on the computer, or visit www.dltk-kids.com/world/russia/m-matryoshka.htm for printable templates. • You will need these materials: crayons or colored pencils, scissors, glue, paper, printer • Print out your template • Color (where appropriate) and cut out the template pieces. • Glue the doll together in the following order: 1. large circle onto the matching circle on the doll. 2. head scarf onto the top of the doll. 3. bow at the bottom center of the head scarf. 4. head overlapping the bow.
Start your own Olympic journey! The Wilmington Ice House, located at 7201 Ogden Business Lane, is offering the following FREE family events in February and March! “Free Ice Skating Lesson” – Try Ice Skating! Monday, February 24, 2014 – 5:45 – 6:45 pm (1 hour) FUN on ice for Children (ages 5 and above) Teens & Adults/Parents welcome too! “Try Hockey for FREE” Saturday, March 1, 2014 – 11:45 am – 12:45 pm (1 hour) FUN on ice for Children (ages 5 and above) Teens welcome too! Anyone is welcome, but please arrive early to allow time to lace up skates and wear warm clothing, gloves and socks! The Wilmington Ice House only asks that you call and register for this event so they know how many people to expect. Visit www.wilmingtonice.com or call 910686-1987 for more information and to register for this event. Contact Skate School Director - email@example.com with questions. Visit the following websites for complete 2014 Winter Olympic schedules and more information about this year’s host country: www.olympic.org/ sochi-2014-winter-olympics and www.sochi2014.com. v
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Remember to Take Care of You! By Dr. Sandy Brannin, Wilmington Health
t 39 years old, I am a very busy woman and wear many different hats like the majority of you reading this article. I am a physician, wife, mother, cook, chauffeur, coach, volunteer, athlete, maid, tutor, friend, human toy...and the list goes on. The reason I am writing this is to reach out to individuals with multiple hats (like yourself) to remind you of the importance of taking care of yourself and making time for you. A very wise woman (yes, my mom) told me a long time ago, “You can’t take care of someone else if you are not taking care of yourself.” As a primary care physician I see many patients who come in with medical complaints that a lot of time are the results of failing to keep up with preventive care or health maintenance. I like to compare our bodies to a car at times. We do car maintenance and take it in for state inspections, oil changes, and tune-ups. We even wash them, sometimes name them, and even love them. You can trade your car in for a new model if it breaks down, goes bad, or you just don’t like something about it. We can’t do that with our bodies. We get one, so you better take care of it, hence, health maintenance. No matter what age, everyone needs a primary care physician to see at least once a year, such as a Family Medicine or Internal Medicine provider. Yes, there may be times that you walk in and are told that you are doing great, see ya in another year. But there are also times the engine seems to be running fine, and the mechanic doing the inspection finds something wrong. They tell you, “Good thing you came in for your inspection, if this had gone on much longer you would have had a major problem.” HINT HINT. Sometimes those little things that nag you can be masking an underlying problem. Don’t ignore what your body is trying to tell you. Things like fatigue, excess thirst, changes in bowel habits, not sleeping, chest pains, headaches, etc. may be symptoms of a bigger problem that needs checked out. Proper diet, exercise, rest, and just taking time for you are so important and will help prevent problems. You wouldn’t put diesel gas into your unleaded car, yet we put unhealthy things in our body. Exercise is so important, and it can be any form because each individual is different. Have a dance party with your kids; go for a walk with girlfriends; yoga or boot camps are fabulous too. We can’t all be runners, but we can all find some form of exercise to do on a regular basis. You owe it to yourself and your family to take the time to see a physician to make sure that your well-oiled machine keeps running to the best of its ability. Again, “You can’t take care of someone else if you are not taking care of you.” Dr. Sandy Brannin is Chief of Internal Medicine at Wilmington Health. She practices at our Mayfaire office, 6781 Parker Farm Drive, Suite 200, Wilmington. Learn more about everything Wilmington Health has to offer at wilmingtonhealth.com.
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Pediatric Dentistry Douglas S. Fry, DDS
Valentine’s day at school Party Ideas for Room Moms
by Pam Molnar
very February 14th, thousands of students celebrate Valentine’s Day with a classroom party. They exchange Valentine’s cards, make a craft and play a few games. As a Room Mom, it is hard to come up with ideas that the kids have not seen before. If you are still struggling with ideas for your child’s classroom party, look no further.
Josh Howard, Eagle Scout now in the US Navy
Crafts Valentine’s Day Vases – Purchase vases from the dollar store, along with glue, paint brushes, Epson salt and red food coloring. Before the party, mix the Epson salt with the food coloring to give the salt a pink glow. Set up a station to include 6 gallon zip bags filled with the Epson salt mixture. Have the kids paint the outside of the vases with glue and when the vase is covered, place inside the zipped bag. Move the mixture around to cover the vase evenly. This works well with votive candles, too. Family Bracelet – The kids can make this project for their best Valentine (Mom) or the girls may want to keep it for themselves. Purchase elastic string and beads to make a family bracelet. Choose bead colors to correspond with birthstone colors – red for January, purple for February, etc. – and let the kids choose the bead colors for their family. Find heart shaped spacer beads to complete the design. Corkboard Frame – For this project, you will need ¼” thick corkboard cut into 4” squares, clear pushpins and colored yarn. Have the kids arrange the pushpins in the shape of a heart and wind the yarn around the pushpins to form a heart shaped frame. Ask the parents ahead of time for a photo of their child and have them available for the kids to put in the middle of the frame. Embellish the rest of the frame with foam stickers or jewels.
Games Musical Hearts – A Valentine’s Day spin on the two classic games: Musical Chairs and Hot Potato. Using hinged clothes pins, pass around a paper heart in while seated in a circle. Like Musical Chairs, play music as they pass the heart. If you break a heart, drop a heart or have the heart when the music stops, you are out. This game moves quickly! Twisted Hearts – Kids love the game Twister! Create a Valentine’s Day version by taping 16 colored hearts on the floor. (Not enough room for 16? Make smaller rows or use less colors.) Create your own spinner or create colored dice – one with the heart color and the other one with the words for right or left hands and feet. Plant a Kiss on the Mascot – Recreate your school mascot or shine a digital version on the wall. Make enough paper lips for each student. Blindfold the student and have a partner (like one from the Matching Hearts game) tell him where to place the lips. The closest lips win. Shakedown – Fill an empty wide mouthed bottle (like Gatorade) halfway with candy hearts. Use super glue to attach another bottle mouth to mouth and tape around it to secure. For this game, have the kids roll the dice and then try to shake down all the hearts except that number into the other bottle. For example, if they roll a three, they need to shake down most of the hearts into the next bottle, leaving three remaining in the first bottle. For an added challenge, give them a time limit or create two shakers and make it a race.
Dr. Doug Fry has been serving the Wilmington community as a pediatric dentist for over 26 years. Some of his former patients are now serving our country - with a beautiful and healthy smile.
2203 Delaney Avenue Wilmington NC www.drfry.dental.com • firstname.lastname@example.org 910-762-7736
The listing for The Providence Preparatory Academy published in the Jan 2014 was incorrect, please use this listing for information about the school. Providence Preparatory Academy 2730 Northchase Pkwy. SE www.providencewilmington.com 910-742-0712 Grades: K-6th grade Enrollment Period: Early 2014 Sports : N/A Art/Music: Art and Music Languages: Latin and Greek Open House: Info meeting & campus tour the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 9:30am. Mission/Vision/Goal : Providence Preparatory Academy exists to glorify God by partnering with parents, pointing students to Christ, and providing a classical Christian education.
Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. She has been a Room Mom for 10 years.
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Birthdays The NEW Trend in Gift-Giving
by Danielle Villegas
SPECIAL SECTION: Party Guide
birthday is a special time to celebrate another wonderful year in your child’s life. There are many ways you can enjoy this day, and gifts are often one of the highlights during the party. However, does your child really need a pile of toys or gift cards every year? Substituting gifts for donations to a special charity is not a new idea, but the trend is becoming very popular and can be just as enjoyable for the birthday child and party guests.
2. Activities. Instead of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, movies or kickball,
Try some of these ideas to make your party a success, and don’t forget to involve your child in the planning process.
• Stuff teddy bears for donation to Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital
1. Invite. On the invitation let guests know that the party will be to benefit the charity you have chosen.
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• Let’s celebrate Taylor’s love for animals! In lieu of gifts, please bring a bag of your favorite pet food for donation to Paws Place!
• Volunteer as a group – walk dogs at a local rescue, play with children at a family shelter, entertain residents of a retirement home, etc.
• Christopher would like us to use this special occasion to help the homeless. Please bring new or gently used sheets, towels and bedding for Good Shepherd Center.
3. Charity Party Favors. Ask the charity that you are going to support
On the invitation ask guests to bring an item to support the charity instead of a present for the birthday child. You might want to include some literature or a website address for the charity so that guests (and their parents) will be familiar with it before arriving at the party.
4. Close the Loop. After the party, take your child to deliver the dona-
consider an activity specific to the charity of choice. Be sure its age appropriate and enjoyable for everyone attending. Here are some suggestions: • Create care packages for people serving in the military • Make dog treats
• Bake cookies for the shelter at Good Shepherd Center
if they have t shirts or items for sale that will benefit the charity - then hand them out to the guests as party favors. tion. It will truly make the gifts they’ve shared more important and lasting in their memories. v
Party Ideas Animal Shelters Ask guests to bring items for the animals at the Humane Society, Paws Place, or one of the other many local animal rescue groups. Collect gently used items for the shelter and then pack the guests up and let them deliver the items together. If you call ahead some shelters will give group tours and even let you walk and play with some of the animals.
Cancer Awareness Take part in a local walk/run/marathon. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Blue Ribbon Run are both in March, but there are others all year long! Meet before the walk/ run for a birthday breakfast or meet after the event for a brunch. Instead of walking or running in the event put the kids in charge of a pit stop station and let them hand out water to the runners.
Betty H. Cameron Women & Children’s Hospital Let the guests make cards to cheer up the sick children at the hospital. Instead of birthday presents guests can bring books, toys and puzzles to donate to the hospital.
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Food Pantry Donations to local food pantries are always welcome. St. Mary Catholic School student, Emily Cox recently asked her friends to bring special gifts for her 9th birthday party. Emily requested canned goods for the St. Mary/ Tileston Outreach food pantry. She and a few of her friends, presented the food to Sr. Isaac. They learned an important lesson about the differences between having what we “want” and having what we “need”.
Good Shepherd Center Check with the Good Shepherd Center and see what items they need, as this list is constantly changing. You can ask guests on the invitation to bring some of these items instead of a birthday present.
Military Care Packages If you know of a man or woman in the Armed Services you could brighten their day with a care package from home. Send the package to the whole unit and lift all of their spirits by knowing someone cares about them. Find out what items are needed and acceptable to send overseas and send it with your party invitation.
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Birthday Party Listings Battleship North Carolina #1 Battleship Road, Wilmington 910-251-5797 http://www.battleshipnc.com
For kids of all ages, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is the best place in Wilmington to hold your next birthday party. You will instantly become the coolest parent as your party will be the most talked about among all the children. For only $200** you will receive the following: * A private space onboard the ship for two hours. * Admission for the birthday child and his/her guests (including adults). * A sailor hat and a Battleship t-shirt * Tables and chairs. **This fee does not include any food, drinks, or decorations.**
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Cameron Art Museum Heather Ivady 3201 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28412 910-395-5999 email@example.com www.cameronartmuseum.com
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Cameron Art Museum offers facility rentals for private social or corporate events and birthday parties. Areas include a large Reception Hall, Courtyard, Café and Grounds. Access to exhibition wings available with option of guided tour (limitations could apply). The Reception Hall is a stunning option for larger events. The open and airy Café overlooks the Courtyard. This area is perfect for smaller, intimate functions and is available for rent outside of normal café hours. The Courtyard is a secluded outdoor area for functions of all kinds. With special lighting and garden views your event will be a unique experience. Free parking. Carolina Gymnastics 3529 Carolina Beach Road 910-796-1896 Register online @ www.carolinagymnasticsacademy.com
Enjoy a private party in the gym! The birthday child and friends can play in the gym, and jump in the inflatables, the tumbletrak, and the foam block pits, while parents relax and socialize. Our coaches supervise gym time and they also help serve cake, clean up, and load presents into your car after the party. A stress free time for parents; a safe and active party place for boys & girls, ages 2-12. Cost is $250 per party for 1.5 hours - 30 children maximum, Saturdays only. The Children’s Museum of Wilmington 116 Orange Street Wilmington, NC 28401 910-254-3534 x 132 www.playwilmington.org firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum is pleased to offer parties featuring great themes that provide a worry-free experience for parents and an exciting time for children. Our celebrations will make everyone SMILE! Come And Party With Us! Exclusive use of a private party room for 2 hours, full day admission for all party guests, Children’s Museum of Wilmington birthday invitations and envelopes, a fun, educational activity includedfor all children, party supplies include table decorations napkins, plates, cups, linens, forks, candles and cake knife, a goody bag full of fun trinkets, a FREE child’s return guest pass for each, guest, birthday child receives a Children’s Museum of Wilmington t-shirt and 4 free guest passes, Set up and Clean up by CMOW’s friendly staff Our theme parties are exciting and complimented by fun table decorations, props and party music. Birthday Parties are held in 2 great locations in The Children’s Museum: Secret Cove under the Sea Room and Make Merry Birthday Room. Themes include Princess Party, Pirate Party, Science Party and Art Party. Glitz & Glam Wilmington School of Ballet & Creative Arts Center 3834 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 29403 910-794-9590 www.glitzandglamwilmingtonnc.com 910-794-9590
Glamilicous parties!!!!! Spa fun, make-over magic, fashion runway and more. Glitz & Glam offers glamilicous parties that make everyone a star! Glittery updos, make-over magic, fashion show glamour, sparkle nail fun, karaoke party, and the latest dance moves - don’t miss the fun! Choose from the party themes: pretty princess, Magical Fairy, Fashion Runway, Pop star, “spa-sational,” Diva Dance, Ballerina, or princess & pirates. Add onto the fun with a bounce house or outside playground time! Check us out at www.glitzandglamwilmingtonnc.com or call 910-794-9590 to book your party today!!! Kid to Kid 3501 Oleander Drive, Wilmington 910-833-8857
Kid to kid offers a wide selection of NEW Melissa & Doug products as well as many other great toys, clothing and shoes. Call on us for your party needs! Lily Nicole & Co. located inside Blue Moon Gift Shops 203 Racine Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 910-799-5793 bluemoongiftshops.com
Moxie & Mabel Heirloom Quality Dresses, Robeeze Shoes, Beba Bean, Bella Tunno, Isabel Garreton, Zuccini Kids, JP Lizzy Diaper Handbags, Handmade Baby Photography Outfits and Ecofriendly Products. Many of our products are made in the USA. FREE gift wrapping too! Mini Monets Mini Monets Birthdays Greater Wilmington Area 910-399-1708 www.minimonets.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/minimonets
Does your artistic child have a birthday coming up? Why not celebrate with an art project designed by your child! Art projects range from drawing or painting on canvas or a clay sculpture. Mini Monets will come to your party, bring all the supplies and materials, and the party guests get to keep what they make! Children 2 - 12 years old enjoy projects and the cost starts at $10 per child. Please call or email for more details. I look forward to celebrating with you soon.
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Celebrate your child’s special day with a birthday party at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Program birthdays include a T-shirt craft with T-shirts and all art supplies included, a live animal presentation, use of the Aquarium’s classroom and a self-guided tour of the Aquarium. You can choose the following themes for a live animal presentation: Amphibians - Frogs, toads, salamanders; Reptiles - Turtles, alligators, snakes; Invertebrates - Sea urchins, starfish, crabs Cost: $205.00 for up to 12 children and 12 adults, $10.00 for each additional child, $6.80 for each additional adult Time Length: 2 hours. Parties are recommended for ages 4-10. •Aquarium Outreach Programs - Let our education staff bring a fun, interactive program to your classroom or other location. Each program is specifically adapted to fit your needs, customized for age, size and focus of your group. Live animals, props,hands-on learning activities and costumes make Aquarium Outreach parties enriching for groups of all ages. Please contact Special Activities Coordinator at 910-458-8257 Once Upon A Child 4719-J New Centre Drive Wilmington, NC 910-452-9976
www.onceuponachildwilmington.com Once Upon A Child offers many types of new and used gifts for your next occasion. Be sure to stop by our newly remodeled store to get a cool gift at a great price! Power of Play 6644 Gordon Road, Wilmington, NC 28411 Phone 910-332-1660 Fax 910-332-0640 PowerofPlayWilm@yahoo.com
Birthday parties at are POP are stress free! Our party hosts are trained, friendly, ready and willing to assist with you with every aspect of your party from decorating to cutting the cake, passing food out, cleaning up and taking pictures! All you have to do is enjoy your child’s special day!Play time for your birthday party includes our indoor jungle gym, trike track, Playnation play sets with slides, see saws, roller racers and 12 imagination stations. Call us today to plan your party. www.wilmingtonparent.com
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No Sleeves - Voted Wilmington’s Best Party Entertainer since 2006! If you want to give your child one of the craziest and most FUNnominal Parties they will EVER have, then take a RUN on the Wacky-Side with No Sleeves Magic! We provide an adrenaline rush of Magic mixed with comedy that is great for the whole family. So....sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh, because No Sleeves will make your event an unforgettable success! To find out which package is best for you, contact one of our PARTYOLOGISTS, or visit our website. We have different themes to suit your event, and we even offer magic PartyGrams and summer magic camp programs.
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Ribbet Salon & Shop for Kids Amy Haley, Manager 3610 South College Rd, St E Wilmington, NC 28412 email@example.com 910 399-4252 www.RibbetSalon.com
We offer salon parties for girls and Nintendo Wii parties for both boys and girls. Over 40 games to choose from or bring your own. Use our large party room for your own dance party, crafts, food and fun! Available Monday through Saturday. Simply Play 3818 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-0022 www.playsimplyplay.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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Simply Play offers private birthday parties in their award winning 3200 square foot play center. You are welcome to invite 30 of your closest friends, play for 2 hours and the cost is only $175! Staff members will be available to assist with your party needs and play a few games too! Simply Play makes it easy for you and your friends to enjoy the party! No stress about setting up or cleaning up! Parents are welcome to bring party decorations and food. We celebrate children ages 1-12. Simply Play birthdays are Simply the Best! Tmuffin Gaby Merediz 3534 S. College Rd Unit I, Wilmington 28412 910-367-5722 Gaby@tmuffin.com http://Tmuffin.com
Pinterest-style parties let you leave the crafty stuff to us! Let us plan your child’s birthday party, from mailing out invitations to coming up with crafty decorations. We offer private and semi-private birthday party packages at affordable rates starting at $99 for a private party.
We bring the party to you! Backyards, hospitals, churches, company parties and more (Military Thank You Discount). Our hostess will set it up and take it all down. We provide all the bells and whistles from table settings, chairs, decorations, balloons, party favors, props for photo ops, goodie baskets/bags and all supplies for cake time. All you have to do is be there and enjoy. Our party packages starts at $175.00 for 8 children, $8.00 for each additional child or call for a large group pricing. We have something for everyone. Add-ons available for each party such as a bounce house, a visit from a Princess, special up-dos, mani’s or pedi’s, or a UFO landing in your yard! Parties include: Princess Party, Ninja Turtle Party, Super Hero Party, The Enchanted Tea Party, Spa Party, UFO Laser Encounter and Carnival Party. YMCA Birthday Parties Corey Maarschalk 2710 Market Street 910-251-9622 ext. 255 email@example.com www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org
We now offer a new Party Package! We have our wonderful Pool parties and now we offer a 16ft Inflatable Slide party’s with your choice of a fun sports activity or utilize our Outdoor Playground. During your party we provide a fun Party host, receive a special Y-birthday T-shirt and provide a private room for your birthday food and celebrations. Call us to Book your Party today! Yvonne’s Photography 4718 Oleander Dr. Wilmington NC 28403 910-793-3990 www.yvonnesphoto.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Capture ALL of your birthday memories with a Birthday session at Yvonne’s Photography. Both In Studio and On Location sessions available. CALL TODAY FOR DETAILS.
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Sleepover Parties Sanity on a Budget
irthday parties can be expensive, if you don’t watch your bottom line. And parties at home can quickly add up to the same amount you’d pay to throw a party elsewhere. But, surprise! You can throw a twenty-four hour slumber party for your child’s birthday that won’t break the bank or cause mom and dad to have a nervous breakdown. Here’s how:
Use Evite. Save on follow-up calls, postage and invitations by using Evite.com for your party invitations. After everyone has RSVP’d, you can easily follow up about party details such as what to bring, allergy or medication needs, and pick-up times.
Don’t decorate. Think home protection rather than party decorations and invest instead in plastic tablecloths, eco-friendly plates, napkins, straws, and silverware. If you want to make the sleeping room a bit more magical, why not pull out a couple strings of Christmas lights and twinkle up the windows? Give goods, not goodies. Gather small gifts for your guests that go with your sleepover theme and avoid the usual sugar-overload and tiny trinkets that go home in a traditional goodie-bag. Check out local dollar store or dollar aisle at your local department store for ideas. Manicure or pedicure kits might be perfect for a nail art party. A pair of mini-binoculars would work for a spy-themed party. An eye mask makes a good choice for a spa party. And rock star sunglasses are a fun touch for a Karaoke party. Give the gifts to guests as they arrive to put a smile on their face and get them engaged in the fun.
Pizza is perfect. It’s not really a slumber party without pizza, and this is good news for mom and dad. Pizza in bulk is cheap and satisfying but if you prefer to cook yourself, make everything the morning of the party and simply reheat at dinnertime.
Make the cake (or go with fondue). Bakery cakes can be costly. So why not bake your child’s favorite cake at home instead? Or skip the cake and go with chocolate fondue instead! Dunk pieces of pound cake, strawberries and bananas into 8 oz of chocolate chips melted with 1/3 cup of half and half. Give progressive gifts. Instead of spending on the party separately from your child’s gifts, combine the two. Make some of you party purchases tie-in with the party theme. For example, your nail art, spy, spa, or Karaoke items can be opened as gifts. Group games, like Twister, also work well. Or wrap a new DVD to watch around 9 pm to help everyone decompress before bed. Fill tummies for better sleep. Offer a midnight snack with a glass of milk. Ice cream sandwiches make a nice midnight snack when contrasted with homemade hot chocolate. Or get a roll of slice-and-bake cookies or scoop-able cookie dough, and fill the house with fresh-from-the-oven before-bed bliss. For the uber-ambitious, make the dough the morning of the party and refrigerate until bedtime. Breakfast on the cheap. Pancakes from scratch are inexpensive. Cook up some bacon or sausage for protein and put everything in the oven to stay warm while you work on cranking out pancakes with a choice of bananas, blueberries, or strawberries cooked in.
Kick ‘em out of the house. You need a chance to tidy up before parent pick-ups begin. So have everyone get ready to go and then send everyone out for a game of tag or dodge ball while you clean up. v These days author Christina Katz burns the midnight oil writing books, but she still fondly remembers her first sleepover. Her latest book is Permission Granted, 45 Reasons to Micro-publish.
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Does your child or grandchild have a birthday iN march? 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: 2/11/14. 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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