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2012-07-03 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Free Summer Programs http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec/pro
The city of Tucson gets a fair amount of knocks in the news, but the parks and rec dept have managed to keep free and low-cost summer programs going for kids, teens and tweens as well as adults and seniors.  From martial arts to art, cooking and volunteering ... read more

2012-02-23 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Sergeant Popo Baby-sits: The Adventures of Crabby Abbi and Turner the Hun
ascott2327@gmail.com
by: A. Scott

My husband and I went to Seattle for 4 days and my father, named by the kids as “Popo”, is the only one available to babysit the kids. He gave updates for 4 days. Who knew that my father would last as long as he did. Needless to say, my ... read more

2012-01-31 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
The Vaseline Incident
Recently, I have been giving my 2 and half year old son, Turner, and almost 4 year old daughter, Abbigayle, a little bit more freedom in the house by allowing them to play upstairs in their rooms unsupervised.

At first, they were doing really good ... read more

2011-03-29 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Summer camp listings - Az Daily Star : Horse Summer Camp http://www.sarabandeacademy.com
Not only will the students learn how to ride but they will also learn all aspects of horsemanship including grooming, how to saddle, how to bridle, excising horses and barn chores. Beyond horse care, other subjects taught are horse heath; barn management ... read more

2010-11-05 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Children's Church Library Ministry https://sites.google.com/a/email.arizona
3809 East Third St.
520 325-1001
St. Mark's Presbyterian Church
We are creating a new children's library ministry at our church!

2010-07-27 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Free multiplication sheets (PDF) http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/m
Have your child warmed up and ready for school.  Yes, its drill - but its nice to go back to school knowing your times tables!

2010-07-22 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Monsoon - Nature activities
The monsoon season is a window of opportunity for desert nature observations.  Here are some activities to share with your kids - and they don't cost anything:

Night Toad Walk:  any area near a riverbed, Sabino Canyon, any park with signifcant natural ... read more

2010-07-04 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Independence Day! http://bteaching.com/?q=node/14
Our sister site, bTeaching.com, has some ideas for taking a closer look at the Declaration of Independence and shooting off a few mental fireworks of your own.

2010-06-12 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
bTeaching : Tips for teaching kids all ages http://bteaching.com
Check out ideas for fun learning games and everyday lessons to share with your kids.  A few minutes a day can make a big difference!

2010-04-29 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Little Monkies In Home Child Care http://bugsmom.weebly.com/
7711 W August Moon Pl
5205054782
I am a mom to a 3 1/2 year old boy. I offer reasonable priced child care. I am licensed, CPR First Aid Certified, I carry a fingerprint clearance card. I provide a day filled with fun activities including arts n crafts, story time, learning time, walks ... read more

2010-04-09 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Chess Fest & Community Dance Sat Apr 10
Free family fun this Saturday at several events around Tucson!

3rd Annual 9 Queens Chess Fest from 2-5 at Club Congress
http://9queens.org/2010/03/29/3rd-annual-chess-fest/

Family Dance 5PM  at the First United Methodist Church, 915 E. 4th St. ... read more

2010-03-29 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Summer camp listings - Az Daily Star
If you didn't save the insert from the Star on Mar 21, here are some of the summer camp listings online:

Academics

Arts

Sports

General
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2009-10-27 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Tucson Parent publication http://thetucsonparent.com
They publish a cool little booklet you can find in libraries and other parent-related venues.  The website also has school info.

2009-10-23 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Fun Free Activities for Kids
Singing, Journalism and Sonoran Arthropods (separate events!)
Free educational activities abound in Tucson this weekend:
10/23 Friday 6PM at the Red Barn Theatre the children's drama group starts practicing their holiday repetoire.  Non-religious fun ... read more

2009-05-31 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\
Books by Hannah Zaitlin http://www.amazon.com
Try Sally and the Snowstorm Scare, the latest children's book by Hannah Zaitlin. Find it on Amazon.com or Lulu.com!

2009-03-30 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Mission Chess Club
3770 S. Mission Rd
594-5325
Learn how to play chess, teach others, or play chess online!  Kids, teens, everybody is welcome.

2009-02-03 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
SPARKS - learn to teach science to your kids - better than free!
If you're interested in getting your kids excited about science, SPARKS is a program you don't want to miss.  Three workshops this spring will show you how to find 'teachable moments' in a normal day, and provide hands-on experience to share later with ... read more

2009-01-11 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Getting kids up in the morning
Having problems getting kids back on the school schedule?  Here's an idea that helped some for us.  My kids love to play pretend games with Mom, but usually mom is too busy.  So, we set a special time when I'll play any game they want - at 6:30 AM.  From ... read more

2009-01-07 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Idea: Dinner Diary time
The new year is a great time for a family diary.  We started one we call the 'Dinner Diary' that we pull out at dinnertime and jot down some notes, funny things or just whatever the kids want to say.  

great for language development and getting the ... read more

2008-11-22 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
baby sitting in my home http://www.babysitters.com/crystal85730
S Evergreen Ave
520-571-0669
I have 10 ys of experience with child care, I have worked in a day care center, worked in my home as a child care sitter, I enjoy working with children.I do crafts,playtime,parks,and so forth.
I do smoke but out side. There is only one person in our ... read more

2008-11-10 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Free Books, Characters Come Alive at Story Town! http://www.makewayforbooks.org
3180 North Swan Road, Suite 100
721-2334
Make Way for the 5th Annual Story  Town

Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Jácome Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Cost: Free

Each year the plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library ... read more

2008-07-28 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
IdeaZine for Kids and Parents - Vol 2 July 2008
Nature Activities - Learning Ideas - Kid-Friendly Volunteer Opportunities - Science Training for Parents

Nature Activities
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Monsoon season is the time to get out in the desert!    Even if its not just the day after a rain ... read more

2008-07-08 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Himmel Chess Club
Fun low-pressure chess club meets Mondays 3:30-5PM at Himmel Library.

2008-07-04 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Declaration of Independence
WHEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and ... read more

2008-05-02 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\
Bad News, I'm In Charge
a funny book about a boy who rewrites the rules.  Inspired my kids to write their own 'new rules'

2008-05-02 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\
There's a Bird on Your Head
A recent Mo Willems, another great book especially good for emerging readers.  It lends itself very well to a funny two-person play.

2008-04-22 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Keeping it Fresh: the bTucson IdeaZine for Kids and Parents http://bTucson.com/mailman/listinfo/idea
We all have times when we feel inspired, and other times when the day  
seems to drag on in gray.  Here is a chance to share those  
inspirations and help the rest of us break out of the rut on those  
other days!  Questions and requests also welcome ... read more

2008-02-20 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Tucson MommyMixer: Need a Babysitter? http://www.mommymixer.com
512.480.3113
Come to MommyMixer, the hot new service that connects college students looking for fun babysitting jobs with busy families that need occasional help.  All this, while shopping at hip boutiques around town. There's no better way to get hooked up with the ... read more

2008-01-14 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\
: Vet Volunteers series
Finally found a chapter book my almost-7 yr old daughter really likes.  Its a realistic fiction series of adventures of volunteers at a Vet clinic, each focused on helping one type of animal.  We found it at Antigone books, will have to see if the library ... read more

2008-01-10 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\
Good Dino Books
Dinosaur books for kids vary a lot in quality, here are some winners we've enjoyed:

A Dinosaur Named SUE - for older kids, but good and very current, told with real detail including the arguments over the bones

Barnum Brown - also detailed, but ... read more

2007-08-19 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
¡Español para los Niños! (or, Spanish for Kids!)
I wish I'd learned a second language during those sensitive years when it is supposed to be so much easier to pick up!  So now with my 2-year old, I've been on the lookout for Spanish learning opportunties.  Between the public libraries and Parent Connection ... read more

2007-06-27 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\Picture Books\
Subway Mouse
uniquely illustrated book, story attracted both my 2 yr old and 6 yr old

2007-06-22 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\Picture Books\
: The Great Pet Sale
by Mike Inkpen.  "I liked that the rat keeps complaining - that was funny!" - Amber, 6yrs

2007-06-22 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\Picture Books\
: Igor, the Bird Who Couldn't Sing
by Satoshi Kitamura.

2007-06-22 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\Picture Books\
: The Talking Cloth
by Rhonda Mitchell.  Flowing language, about cultural heritage with snappy realistic characters.  picture book

2007-06-22 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\Picture Books\
: The Wild Wombat
by Udo Weigelt.  Great story about how rumors work.

2007-06-22 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\Summer Reading Favorites\Picture Books\
: Pablo the Artist
by Satoshi Kitamura.  cute story about creativity & inspiration

2007-04-22 \Tucson\Community\Parenting\
Love 2 Sign LLC http://www.love2sign.net
Using American Sign Language to enhance communication and literacy in babies, toddlers, preschoolers and older children.

Offering classes and workshops for children and parents.  Teachers and professionals, too."

Local Events, Concerts, Tickets

Events by Eventful

Rittz Monday 11/06/17 07:30 PM at The Rock
with Sam Lachow, Eric Biddines, Ricky P., Stacc Styles, Murda D
The Atlanta metropolitan area stretches on for at least 30 miles beyond the Georgia Dome and the World of Coke. Peachtree Street (conspicuously void of actual peach trees) stretches up through several counties, changing its name a number of times, confusing the tourists and the transplants. Furthest to the north of the metro area, sits Gwinnett County; sprawling and well-populated by a mix of out-of-towners hoping to indulge in a slice of that oft-mentioned American Pie: a house in a subdivision with a yard for the kids. After closer observation though, it's apparent that the suburbs of Gwinnett are the digs to many who don't fit the cookie cutter, Stepford lifestyle. The county, more frequently being referred to as the Northside, boasts both million dollar homes on golf courses as well as drug hubs in neighborhoods riddled with gang activity. The Northside, essentially, is in stark contradiction to itself. Rapper Rittz is the Northside.Raised in Gwinnett County, Rittz embodies the same level of irony and self-conflict as his hometown. Born into a musical family, he, his twin sister and their brother had always been exposed to the inner workings of music. The fact that their parents were heavily into rock and roll ensured that the kids were always around instruments or in studios. The family moved from small-town Pennsylvania (Waynesburg) to the Atlanta outskirts when he was eight years old, and once Rittz got to junior high, his musical tastes evolved. Atlanta's booming bass and rap movement had traveled north on I-85 to get the entire metro area jumping."When I moved here, I was introduced to rap music. When I started rapping, I was listening to any early Rap-A-Lot records, like Willie D, Geto Boys Kilo [Ali] was like the first. So when I started at 12 years old, my early raps, I tried to rap like them," he explains, "But the early Outkast, and Goodie Mob was really the beginning of me wanting to rap and imitate them in finding my own style. Me and another guy were actually in a group called Ralo and Rittz [1995-2003], we were like the white Outkast, or we tried to be like that. I had a studio in my basement, and we put out a bunch of tapes in Gwinnett. I felt like we were one of the first, if not the first... There were only maybe one or two other people rapping in Gwinnett at the time, from '95 to 2000."During the earlier part of the millennium though, around 2003, Rittz had hit a wall. After eight years, he and Ralo had matured in different directions. His promising buzz had led to countless disappointments. "I won Battlegrounds on Hot 107.9, got retired and shit and felt like I was 'bout to make it. But, so many industry up and downs, with managers, contracts" He was dead broke, feeling dejected, and living with friends- ready to resign from the rap game before even taking his rightful place in it. It wasn't until 2009 when he'd randomly received a call from another flamespitter who was repping an area as under-the-radar as Gwinnett was. "I had some money behind me." Rittz says, "Everything was going good and then everything fell out, at the same time, I'm getting older, thinking it's time to hang it up. This isn't gonna happen and that's when Yelawolf put me on 'Box Chevy.' [on Yelawolf's Trunk Muzik]."Nowadays, the rap career of Gwinnett-raised Rittz is rapidly on the rise. From his affliation with one of the hottest new rappers coming out of the South to his first mixtape, Rittz White Jesus (hilariously inspired by a friend's term of endearment), everything is coming together now, two years after he nearly lost everything. These days he's booking late night studio sessions, and still clocking in to work early the next day. "I see both sides: the regular, working class type shit and then I've also seen a lot of the street shit that goes on here, some people that are blind to that here, may never have seen it." Rittz says he's "just a normal guy who raps"- a contradiction if there ever was one- but he makes you believe, with the humility of the everyman and the talent of a superstar.

 
Now What - Newborn Care 101 Monday 11/06/17 06:00 PM at Northwest Medical Center
NEWBORN CARE 101 • FEE: $30 per couple A one-session class to guide parents with skills for newborn care during the first 3 months. Topics include: newborn characteristics • Daily care including bathing, feeding, sleeping, soothing and safety • Skills to calm your baby • Recognizing illness and knowing when to call the doctor.  CLASS IS HELD IN THE EVENT CENTER 6060 N. FOUNTAIN PLAZA DRIVE SUITE 130. THIS BUILDING IS NEXT DOOR TO THE WOMEN'S CENTER. Cancellation / Refund Policy Cancellation requests must be received in writing one-week before a given class is scheduled to begin in order to obtain a refund. **In the event that you're registered for a multiple-class series, the cancellation must be received one-week before the first class in that series. Please email elizabeth.olvera@northwestmedicalcenter.com  to request a refund or to reschedule a class. Class spaces are limited. A refund may not be provided if request is submitted after one-week before scheduled class.
 
Parent CPR (1-Session) Sunday 11/05/17 12:00 PM at The Women's Center at Northwest (Lobby)
PARENT CPR • FEE: $20 per person This is a non-certification class to teach CPR to those who care for children from newborns to the age of 8. We encourage you to wear your hair up, if it is long enough to obstruct your view. Also, wear comfortable clothing, due to the physicality of performing CPR on a mannequin. With that in mind, please be prepared for the hands on portion of this class as it requires a certain exertion of energy. CLASS HELD IN THE WOMEN'S CENTER CLASSROOM. PLEASE ENTER THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR OF THE WOMEN'S CENTER AND FOLLOW THE POSTED SIGNS.   Cancellation / Refund Policy Cancellation requests must be received in writing one-week before a given class is scheduled to begin in order to obtain a refund. **In the event that you're registered for a multiple-class series, the cancellation must be received one-week before the first class in that series. Please email elizabeth.olvera@northwestmedicalcenter.com to request a refund or to reschedule a class. Class spaces are limited. A refund may not be provided if request is submitted after one-week before scheduled class.
 
Create w/a Beat-After School Semester Punch Cards Monday 08/07/17 12:00 AM at Coyote Trail Elementary School
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Slim Shop Fit Martial Arts Presents: Parent Child Yoga Saturday 11/04/17 12:00 AM at Bookmans East Community Room

A simple yoga session is the perfect way to help your child maintain balance in their mind and body! Join Slim Shop Martial Arts & Fitness at Bookmans East (6230 East Speedway Blvd) for a free thirty minute yoga session. Yoga is a proven technique to alleviate stress, promote happiness, and grow in confidence. Master Vinueza offers a premier of Martial Arts, Tae kwon do, Zumba, Stranger Danger, and Bully Awareness classes for children and adults of all ages. This Personal Training program has a strong commitment towards personalized service and individual attention for those seeking to achieve a healthier lifestyle. This event will be hosted at Bookmans East on every first Saturday from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.


 

Summer Reading Favorites

Bad News, I'm In Charge
Books by Hannah Zaitlin
Good Dino Books
There's a Bird on Your Head
Vet Volunteers series
2010-04-09 Chess Fest & Community Dance Sat Apr 10
Free family fun this Saturday at several events around Tucson!

3rd Annual 9 Queens Chess Fest from 2-5 at Club Congress
http://9queens.org/2010/03/29/3rd-annual-chess-fest/

Family Dance 5PM  at the First United Methodist Church, 915 E. 4th St.
http://www.tftm.org/
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2010-11-05 Children's Church Library Ministry
https://sites.google.com/a/email.arizona.edu/libraryministry/
3809 East Third St.
520 325-1001
St. Mark's Presbyterian Church
We are creating a new children's library ministry at our church!
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2008-07-04 Declaration of Independence
WHEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's GOD entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their CREATOR, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes d ...read more...
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2008-11-10 Free Books, Characters Come Alive at Story Town!
http://www.makewayforbooks.org
3180 North Swan Road, Suite 100
721-2334
Make Way for the 5th Annual Story  Town

Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Jácome Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Cost: Free

Each year the plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library transforms into Story Town - where costumed characters from your favorite children's books stroll around and library staff give live performances of beloved children's books. There will be art activities, free books, live music and dancing and more!

This year's featured books include Knuffle Bunny, Baby Rattlesnake, Bark George, Waking Beauty, and Frederick.

Schedule of Events

    * 11 am - Story Town opens
    * 11:15 am - Performance by Summer Thunder, Chinese music
    * 11:45 am - Live performance Knuffle Bunny
    * 12:10 ...read more...
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2012-07-03 Free Summer Programs
http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec/programs.php
The city of Tucson gets a fair amount of knocks in the news, but the parks and rec dept have managed to keep free and low-cost summer programs going for kids, teens and tweens as well as adults and seniors.  From martial arts to art, cooking and volunteering, check out the Parks & Rec programs page for more info.
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2010-07-27 Free multiplication sheets (PDF)
http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/multiplication-speed-tests
Have your child warmed up and ready for school.  Yes, its drill - but its nice to go back to school knowing your times tables!
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2009-10-23 Fun Free Activities for Kids
Singing, Journalism and Sonoran Arthropods (separate events!)
Free educational activities abound in Tucson this weekend:
10/23 Friday 6PM at the Red Barn Theatre the children's drama group starts practicing their holiday repetoire.  Non-religious fun holiday songs.
http://theredbarntheater.com

10/24 Saturday 9-12 AM there is a Young Reporter's training at KVOA channel 4 for 3rd-8th graders who would like to write for the Bear Essential News.  Call 792-9930 to sign up!

10/24 Saturday 12-2PM Also this Saturday, the Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute hosts its monthly community day.  Cool slide shows, free potluck lunch (don't worry they always have plenty!) and live bugs for kids from 12-2PM.  There is a more sophisticated scientfic presentation in the morning also.  
http://sasio ...read more...
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2009-01-11 Getting kids up in the morning
Having problems getting kids back on the school schedule?  Here's an idea that helped some for us.  My kids love to play pretend games with Mom, but usually mom is too busy.  So, we set a special time when I'll play any game they want - at 6:30 AM.  From 6:30 - 7AM, my time is theirs, but if they choose to stay asleep then they've missed out for the day.  We still do activities, read books, etc, but the special playtime half-hour is only if they are up in time for it (and we set the alarm).  They don't always make it but they do try!"
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2008-07-08 Himmel Chess Club
Fun low-pressure chess club meets Mondays 3:30-5PM at Himmel Library.
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2009-01-07 Idea: Dinner Diary time
The new year is a great time for a family diary.  We started one we call the 'Dinner Diary' that we pull out at dinnertime and jot down some notes, funny things or just whatever the kids want to say.  

great for language development and getting the kids to share stuff, looking back over the year
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2008-07-28 IdeaZine for Kids and Parents - Vol 2 July 2008
Nature Activities - Learning Ideas - Kid-Friendly Volunteer Opportunities - Science Training for Parents

Nature Activities
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Monsoon season is the time to get out in the desert!    Even if its not just the day after a rain, July and August see a great deal of reptile, amphibian, insect and bird activity.   Mammals too - the Star reported that at sunset, thousands of bats emerge from under many bridges around town, in particular the bridge at Broadway and Pantano.   From that spectacle, try heading to Sabino Canyon with a flashlight to see toads catching brown june beetles.  (We still have toads out regularly at night near the Santa Cruz river - I'm assuming they will be out at Sabino also).    

SASI Saturdays - our own Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute hos ...read more...
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2010-07-04 Independence Day!
http://bteaching.com/?q=node/14
Our sister site, bTeaching.com, has some ideas for taking a closer look at the Declaration of Independence and shooting off a few mental fireworks of your own.
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2008-04-22 Keeping it Fresh: the bTucson IdeaZine for Kids and Parents
http://bTucson.com/mailman/listinfo/ideazine-kids
We all have times when we feel inspired, and other times when the day  
seems to drag on in gray.  Here is a chance to share those  
inspirations and help the rest of us break out of the rut on those  
other days!  Questions and requests also welcome!

Departments: Mini-Adventures - Nature News - Learning Tips - Books  
Reviews - Quotes & Notes
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Mini-Adventures

Planning 30 minutes of something you've never done before can make  
even a busy errand-day memorable.  Here are a few we've tried recently:

A walk over the RattleSnake bridge : we've all driven under it, but  
walking over it is a bit of a thrill.  My daughters found it scary at  
first, then exciting, and there is a small playground on the other  
side if ...read more...
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2010-04-29 Little Monkies In Home Child Care
http://bugsmom.weebly.com/
7711 W August Moon Pl
5205054782
I am a mom to a 3 1/2 year old boy. I offer reasonable priced child care. I am licensed, CPR First Aid Certified, I carry a fingerprint clearance card. I provide a day filled with fun activities including arts n crafts, story time, learning time, walks, trips to park as well as field trips to exciting places!
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2007-04-22 Love 2 Sign LLC
http://www.love2sign.net
Using American Sign Language to enhance communication and literacy in babies, toddlers, preschoolers and older children.

Offering classes and workshops for children and parents.  Teachers and professionals, too."
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2009-03-30 Mission Chess Club
3770 S. Mission Rd
594-5325
Learn how to play chess, teach others, or play chess online!  Kids, teens, everybody is welcome.
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2010-07-22 Monsoon - Nature activities
The monsoon season is a window of opportunity for desert nature observations.  Here are some activities to share with your kids - and they don't cost anything:

Night Toad Walk:  any area near a riverbed, Sabino Canyon, any park with signifcant natural area like Feliz Paseos park, will likely have lots of toads out at night.  The most common in our area are the red spotted toad, a small (about the size of a child's fist) toad that seems to be not too shy of people.  They come out towards evening and into the night.  We have watched them eating termites and even fed them june bugs that we gathered nearby.  Couch's spadefoot and Sonoran Desert Toad may also be out and about, some of pretty impressive sizes.

Cicada Emergence:  Although many are already out and singing, if you find a plac ...read more...
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2009-02-03 SPARKS - learn to teach science to your kids - better than free!
If you're interested in getting your kids excited about science, SPARKS is a program you don't want to miss.  Three workshops this spring will show you how to find 'teachable moments' in a normal day, and provide hands-on experience to share later with your kids.  The workshops are free, with the requirement that you work a booth at a science fair one day in April - but you get paid $50 for the day.  You can't beat the price!

I had a chance last Tuesday to talk to Brooke Sanders-Silverman and Jennifer Phillips at the Tucson Children's Museum (Jennifer is the education coordinator and one of the trainers).   I asked Jennifer what SPARKS is all about:

- Teach parents of elementary school age children to identify and run with everyday teaching moments

- reach an underserved minority ...read more...
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2012-02-23 Sergeant Popo Baby-sits: The Adventures of Crabby Abbi and Turner the Hun
ascott2327@gmail.com
by: A. Scott

My husband and I went to Seattle for 4 days and my father, named by the kids as “Popo”, is the only one available to babysit the kids. He gave updates for 4 days. Who knew that my father would last as long as he did. Needless to say, my father has yet to watch the kids for more than one night!

I have just begun my 4-day sabbatical with my 2 grandkids, Abbi and Turner, while Alison and Will are in Seattle. Already Turner has demonstrated a unique skill; snatching two handfuls of black potting soil from unsuspecting plants and stuffing his mouth full before I can catch him. Sneaky little guy, he is. He looks like an Oreo cookie without the cream filling.

Grandkids Update 1.3: As I type this I can hear crashing in the other room…I have given Turner a new nickname: Turner ...read more...
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2010-03-29 Summer camp listings - Az Daily Star
If you didn't save the insert from the Star on Mar 21, here are some of the summer camp listings online:

Academics

Arts

Sports

General
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2006-01-01 The Parent Connection
http://theparentconnectionaz.org
5326 East Pima Street
(520)321-1500
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2012-01-31 The Vaseline Incident
Recently, I have been giving my 2 and half year old son, Turner, and almost 4 year old daughter, Abbigayle, a little bit more freedom in the house by allowing them to play upstairs in their rooms unsupervised.

At first, they were doing really good; playing house while Turner permitted Abbi to dress him up as a princess. I can hear them running around upstairs with only the occasional cry for “Mommy”. I would go and break up whatever little scuffle they were having and go back downstairs.

As every parent knows, as soon as you hear silence, you immediately know that something is wrong. In this case, that silence never came.

I was sitting at my dinning room table with my husband when down came my son. Now for reference, I take a cup of water to bed with me each night and sometimes fo ...read more...
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2008-02-20 Tucson MommyMixer: Need a Babysitter?
http://www.mommymixer.com
512.480.3113
Come to MommyMixer, the hot new service that connects college students looking for fun babysitting jobs with busy families that need occasional help.  All this, while shopping at hip boutiques around town. There's no better way to get hooked up with the babysitter of your dreams!


Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
Max & Maudes
7111 N. Oracle Road
Casas Adobes Plaza
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


If you can make it . . .
1) Go to the Tucson link at www.mommymixer.com.
2) Fill out the form & make your payment to register.
$100 for new clients
$75 for returning clients
3) Come to the mixer and find great babysitters!


Space is limited."
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2009-10-27 Tucson Parent publication
http://thetucsonparent.com
They publish a cool little booklet you can find in libraries and other parent-related venues.  The website also has school info.
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2010-06-12 bTeaching : Tips for teaching kids all ages
http://bteaching.com
Check out ideas for fun learning games and everyday lessons to share with your kids.  A few minutes a day can make a big difference!
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2008-11-22 baby sitting in my home
http://www.babysitters.com/crystal85730
S Evergreen Ave
520-571-0669
I have 10 ys of experience with child care, I have worked in a day care center, worked in my home as a child care sitter, I enjoy working with children.I do crafts,playtime,parks,and so forth.
I do smoke but out side. There is only one person in our home that smokes inside and that is my dad.He has a hard time getting around so we let him smoke in the house.
I am also a retired nurses asstant. I have done that for 12 yrs. I am a 53 yr old female that stays  home and takes care of my dad also.
My rate that i charge is
6.00 per hr for one child
12.00 for 2 children of the same family
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2007-08-19 ¡Español para los Niños! (or, Spanish for Kids!)
I wish I'd learned a second language during those sensitive years when it is supposed to be so much easier to pick up!  So now with my 2-year old, I've been on the lookout for Spanish learning opportunties.  Between the public libraries and Parent Connection, we've made a pretty good start.

The Sam Lena and Quincie Douglas libraries have weekly storytimes en Español at 10:30 AM Thursday and 11 AM Wednesday, respectively (see  http://tppl.org ).  Once the librarian has read us a book in Spanish and explained the translation, it's easier for me to take it home and reread it to my kids.  Spanish is an entirely phonetic language, so once you know a few pronunciation rules you can read aloud even if you may not understand all the words!  

Then, the Parent Connection, an excellent family r ...read more...
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