The Mom EXPO and Health Fair is returning to Houston on April 26 and 27, 2013. Events will be held at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker-Cypress Road. Featured are conferences focused on the Work at Home Mom and the Balancing Mom. In addition, there will be a large number of exhibitors and fun activities for children. For more details or to sign up as an exhibitor, check out www.houstonmomexpo.com.
Katy offers an extensive variety of activities geared toward seniors. This September’s calendar alone offers group walking, Bridge, piano lessons, Rummikubs, Dominoes, water aquatics, line dancing, Pinochle, an Astros game, Mah-jong, art and painting classes, crocheting, ceramics, jewelry making, a trip to Colorado, a trip to New Braunfels, Bunko, and Bingo. Wow! There is no time to get bored!
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 with the adoption of resolution A/RES/54/120, this day commemorates the achievements of the world’s youth and encourages their participation in enhancing society. It is a United Nations day of observance that targets young people between the ages of 15 and 24.This year’s International Youth Day (IYD) theme is “Change Our World.” The goal is to encourage youth to make contributions to their communities. The ten areas of focus are starvation, poverty, education, employment, health, drug exploitation, childhood felony, recreational events, young women with children, and the environment. In New York City over 2,000 youth will join together for activities, music and performances. Many other countries hold celebrations as well.
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It’s not always easy to keep your kids active and entertained when the weather is bad. Playing in the rain is always an option, but what are some indoor rainy day activities? Feel free to add any other suggestions in the comments!
Scavenger Hunt With some preparation, you can create a scavenger hunt that will have your kid(s) running around the house long enough to put up the dishes or make a phone call or just have a cup of coffee and check the news. I loved when my mom would put one of these together, and the prize at the end doesn’t have to be amazing – anything will do. It’s the fun of the chase that makes it fun! If you need inspiration, try this one.
Games My husband and I love playing Monopoly, so once Carina is a little older, we will definitely be buying the Junior Edition. Monopoly teaches math skills and is a great, low-stress way to talk to your kids about money. For something more physical, get the kids to practice their yoga poses with Twister, and little ones can call out the colors. Operation is always exciting and promotes hand-eye coordination.
Cooking/Baking If you don’t mind the cleanup, another great option is to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Handstand Kids has some great kits that teach about healthy eating while featuring languages and different ethnic foods such as Italian, Mexican, and Chinese. Each kit comes with a cookbook and matching kid-sized cooking accessory.
Books Reading is something that you probably already do with your child. To change it up a bit, ask them to put on a skit about something you read together or to play Charades. My parents sat through many hours of “plays” that my siblings and I put on for them!
Puzzles I remember having such a sense of accomplishment after sitting up late with my siblings and my mom putting together large jigsaw puzzles. These are a fun and interactive way to spend time with your kids, and when you finish, the puzzle could always become a framed piece of art for your playroom or one of the kids. This Times Square 1000 Piece Puzzle is so pretty and great for the older crowd. For younger kids, try the Melissa & Doug USA Map 51 pcs Floor Puzzle for a little geography lesson along the way or the Infantino Animal Peek-a-Boo Puzzle, Carina’s favorite right now.
Basic craft supplies While coloring is always an option and you may have a closet full of arts and crafts supplies, it’s nice to have unique ideas and instructions for actual projects. Consider purchasing a Kid’s Giant Busy Boxkit for plenty of craft options on a dreary day or on the go.
Movies Hopefully, the other activities on this list are entertaining enough that you only end up watching one movie.