The Perfect Spring Break Staycation

By Trish Healy
Glamp Out HeroSpring Break is almost upon us. So for many of us Moms that means scratching our heads looking for new and inventive ways to keep the kids entertained.

But you don’t need to head out of town for a memorable vacay. Why not give the kids a spring break escape at home with a stay-cation they’ll never forget?

WonderTent Parties has created a range of memory making at home SleepOver and GlampOut experiences designed to bring the WOW to spring break sleepovers. (more…)

What is Your Child’s Learning Style?

By Alex Munchak
Alex MunchakEvery learner is different; therefore, it is crucial to understand your child’s unique learning style in order to help support their study/learning habits. A short online quiz can help assess your child’s learning style, and in turn, allow you to best support their educational journey at home.

This information can also better inform your choices for after-school activities such as camps, sports, and extracurricular classes. (more…)

Excessive Sugar Consumption Leads to An Early Grave

By Lauren Rashap
Lauren RashapAccording to research presented by Dr. Mercola, there are “strong associations between excessive sugar consumption and rising rates of obesity, and major diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s”. I always try to present in my newsletters that the easiest way to stay away from high sugar meals begins in the kitchen, cooking from scratch with whole foods, real foods. Adults, please be aware that heart disease is not only an adult disease, but high sugar diets are also a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease in children. For those of you who have kicked your sugar habit, or are signing up today for on my easy ‘3-Day Sugar Cure Cleanse’, now it’s time to pass the gavel to your sugar-consuming children. (more…)

CHOOSE WISELY: Why Should You Attend a Summer Camp & Teen Programs Fair?

JillLevinSummer may seem far away, but before you know it, it will be June. Do you have a plan for your children?

NOW is the time to choose a summer OVERNIGHT camp or teen program for your child or teen. How do you decide which one is right for you?

Tips on Trips and Camps summer program advisors are always available to talk by phone, but why not take it a step further and attend a Tips on Trips and Camps Fair? (more…)

Parenting Kids in a Hypersexualized Culture

By Liz walker
By Liz walkerOver the past few months, with the #MeToo campaign dominating the media, it has been impossible for the public to ignore the voices of women sharing their stories of harassment and abuse. Although we live in unsettling times, as parents, we are in a unique position to curb the ongoing sexual aggression and objectification that girls and women encounter daily, by building resilience and resistance in our kids to the onslaught of hypersexualized images. These images, that form the wallpaper of our lives, normalize and legitimize an atmosphere that promotes the kind of behaviors that women are protesting in the #MeToo campaign. (more…)

Teaching Kids About Money

By Winnie Sun
Winnie SunWhat mom doesn’t want her child to grow up to be smart about money? It’s never too late for a kid to learn, but the sooner you start teaching–and modeling–wise financial behavior, the better.

Research shows that money habits often are set by age 7, so introduce your children to money as soon as they can count.

Here are some methods I use with my own youngsters:
*Introduce your child to the concept of using a shopping list and have him help you find items on your list. Tell her why you shop at discount stores. As she gets older, have her calculate the unit price to figure out what item is the best deal. Make a game of finding items on sale and show him how to compare prices on national brands with those of store brands. (more…)

Birthday Party

Automobile Driving Museum
Celebrate your child’s birthday at the Automobile Driving Museum! We offer fun activities in our 1950’s retro-themed Ice Cream parlor that children are sure to enjoy. Two hours of party time includes seating for up to 40 people, a scavenger hunt, art projects or fun activity, a Hot Wheels car for each child, general admission to the museum and a photo opportunity in a 100 year old classic car!
$250-$275 with start times at 10:30am or 2:30pm Tuesday-Sunday.
The Automobile Driving Museum is an excellent place to teach children the history of the American Automobile while viewing some amazing collectible cars. On Sunday, we take the public for rides in our vehicles so they can experience what it was like to be in the automobiles during their time!


Ensuring a Smooth Transition from High School to College

BY Crystal Lee
Crystal LeeThe transition to college comes with lots excitement… and, more often than not, also a hefty dose of anxiety. College is often the first time your child will live away from home and be entirely responsible for his or her life. Not only will he or she be handling more rigorous academics, but he or she will be navigating a new social scene, juggling more competing responsibilities than ever, and managing higher levels of stress. Without proper planning and support, your child may struggle or flounder.

For the smoothest transition possible, take a team approach to planning. Gather your child and all the important adults who have contributed to your child’s success in high school (e.g., parents, school personnel, psychologist) to discuss your child’s strengths and needs in all aspects of life. Remember, college is more than just academics. It takes academic aptitude, social skills, emotional resilience, and basic life skills to thrive in a college environment. (more…)