No doubt about it, once the mercury starts rising, nothing gets kids smiling more than a cold, lickable popsicle—except maybe one that they’ve helped you make at home. And what could be more seasonally appropriate than using these beachy-keen sailboat, rocket, and sandcastle molds? Icy treats, Ahoy!
Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m a total Gleek. And an unabashed fan of Katy Perry‘s cheesy pop. And a sucker for cute toddler antics gone viral. My point? I had to share this seriously awwwww-inspiring YouTube video of a kiddo in full-on Warbler gear, belting out “Teenage Dream” along with Darren Criss. Who doesn’t need a little shot of adorableness in their day?
With summer vacation just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking up fun activities to fend off the inevitable “I’m bored” whining. Enter Kids Bowl Free, a bowling program in which hundred of alleys across the US (and Canada) allow children to play two games a day—gratis—all summer long. Better still, the program is already up and running for the season in some locations. To register for a pass and find a participating bowling center near you (as well as get program dates, times, and age requirements, which vary by location), visit kidsbowlfree.com.
Watch out Silly Bandz—there’s a new bracelet in town. When I stumbled upon the website for Braced-Lets—colorful, collectible bracelets made with actual orthodontic braces—I knew I had to blog about them. Not only are they great for stacking and trading, they’re the perfect present for kids and preteens sporting braces (as well as those who simply worship a metal-mouthed babysitter or older sib).
Few things in life are as wonderfully delicious as ice cream—except when it’s free, that is. Well, we’re happy to report that today, April 12th, is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. Scoop Shops across the country will be dishing out both new and classic flavors free of charge from noon to 8pm. So grab your coworker for an post-lunch snack, or stop by with your kids after school for a yummy Wednesday surprise. Click here to find a location near you.
You might not associate temperatures in the 40s with gardening, but mid-March is actually the perfect time to plant peas, according to gardening expert Rebecca P. Cohen, author of the new book,Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids.She recommends planting them in containers outside or, if it feels too nippy to be digging in your garden, on a windowsill. It’s an easy project for little ones to help out with—and peas are one of the most exciting vegetables to grow (add a stake to each container, and your kids will enjoy watching the peas vine up the sticks over the coming weeks). If you don’t want to deal with soil, you can even use wet newspaper with the seed pressed up against the glass, Cohen notes. Within seven days, your seed will sprout!
If you’re like me, your eyes probably glaze over the minute anyone starts using tech speak—but if you’re computer savvy enough to be reading this blog, then I’m guessing you’re on Facebook too. And if you’re on FB, you should definitely read on.
Just over a week ago, Facebook announced that it’s rolling out a new security feature that is designed protect your account from being compromised by hackers. (It works by enabling HTTPS encryption throughout every move you make on the site.) It’s great if you often log in from public places like your library or coffee shop—but to get the benefits, you have enable it yourself. Here’s how: