A Week of Free National Parks Admission Starts Saturday, April 21

It’s increasingly difficult to come up with family activities which would not cost an arm and a leg which is why I’m so thrilled to learn that starting April 21, and stretching all the way through the following weekend, entrance fees are being waived at all national parks that usually charge for admission.

The occasion is what’s become an annual event, National Park Week, which in 2012 is scheduled for April 21 to 29. It’s one of several periods during the year when normal admissions fees are waived. Other no-fee dates include Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 29), and Veteran’s Day (November 10 to 12 this year).

How much you’d save on entrance fees depends, of course, on which park you’re visiting. Normal admissions fees range from $25 (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier), to $20 (Yosemite), to $15 (Badlands), to free all year-round (Great Smoky Mountains, Redwood National Park). The Parks Department likes to point out that 397 national parks and monuments, in fact, never charge admission.

So what are you waiting for?   Pack your sleeping bags and go explore your wild side.  🙂

Source: Time

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Build Your Child’s Reading Skills This Summer!

Looking for ways to get your child to read when school’s not in session? iVillage has partnered with PBS Parents to bring you a free, four-week reading challenge that will help you make reading a fun, easy part of everyday life for your kids.  Sign up today and starting on Monday, July 5, you’ll get daily ideas to help you turn everyday activities with your kids into adventures that build reading skills.

What I really like about the site is that it also includes great reading guides:

Kid’s guide to reading fun
Great books for kids of all ages
10 ways to grow a bookworm

What are you waiting for?  Sign up and get reading!

For all BoA cardholders: Get free museum tickets in 2010

Here’s a great money-saving, family/friend bonding tip:

Bank of America cardholders can get into select museums, zoos, science centers, botanical gardens and more for free with the Museums on Us program. All you need is your Bank of America ATM, credit or debit card and a photo ID.

Get the full list of participating locations, as well as eligible weekends through September 2010, here:  http://museums.bankofamerica.com/

Nov 7: Money Matters for Kids

Money MattersMoney Matters for Kids: Earn it, Save it, Spend it, Share It! Traveling Exhibit and Workbook Launch * Nov. 7, 10 AM
It is never too early to teach our children to be financially literate.  When we start young, we can be wise savers, careful spenders and smart consumers!  Through a sponsorship grant by Citi Foundation, Museo Pambata presents a traveling exhibit and workbook on financial literacy for children. The traveling exhibit and workbook feature information, puzzles, games and ways to understand money and how significant it is in our lives. Similarly, a box of activity cards which comes with the workbook provide ideas for a child to further inquire about the meaning of money in their lives.

Oct 3: Expo Kid @ Rockwell

Expo Kid

Everything for kids under one roof

October 3, 2009, Saturday, Rockwell Tent

* Interactive Activity Areas
* 30+ Exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services for
kids of all ages.
* All day talks and demos for moms, dads and kids at the stage area.

Come to EXPO KID and experience active fun, learning, imagination-building, and just smply having a grand time with your kids!

Featuring interactive activity areas and all-day talks and activities
showcasing some of the most progressive and creative kids activity providers today:

* My Masterpiece Multi-Arts School
* KidsAhoy
* Multiple Intelligence School
* Kiddieparty.com

Program Schedule:

10:00 AM Formal Opening
Kids Bazaar open to the public

10:30-11AM Yoga Kids

11-11:30 AM Balloon Show by Jiggles the Balloon Lady
11:30 AM-12NN Raffle

12NN-12:30 GSK Book Launch

12:30-1PM Games and Raffle

1-2PM The Bumblebee & Co 2009 Collection – A Halloween Costume Fashion Show

2PM-230Pm Science Exploration by KidsAhoy

2:30-3PM Little Theatre by KidsAhoy

3PM-330PM Drum Jam! by Dona Esteban
Enrich your child’s creative expression, coordination, team spirit and musicality through dynamic rhythms!

330-4PM Tumble Tots

4-5PM My Masterpiece multi-arts show

5PM-6PM Batang Pinoy by KidsAhoy

6PM Onstage Games

Raffle draws
8PM Closing

An Expo Kid Bazaar of 30+ vendors and exhibitors of unique finds for kids and everyone in the family.

Expo hours: 10am to 8pm

Entrance Fee: P 25/head
*All proceeds from registration will benefit Mio Mendiola, a 5-year old boy fighting leukemia. (
www.miofightscancer.com).

Michael Jordan on Failure

I really love the message that Michael Jordan is saying in this ad — “I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

One of my biggest challenges as a mom is getting my 6-year old to take mistakes or defeat as a learning experience and not a personal failure.    Teaching him to read bigger words usually ends in tears of frustration and sobbed-out phrases like “I can’t do it.  It’s so hard. ”   Saying “try and try until you succeed” will only get you so far until it become too repetitive and ignored.

I’ve always wondered how other parents nurture their kids.   How do you teach them to be competitive yet sportsmanlike?  How do you teach them that losing is not the end of the world?

Aug 15: Free Parenting Seminar with Queena Lee, Randell Tiongson & Francis Kong

SCHOOL TALK PHILIPPINES PRESENTS:

Today’s Issues on Academic Excellence, Values Formation & Education Funding

A parenting seminar that talks about parenting issues on: Academic Excellence, Values Formation & Education Funding.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Eastwood Cinema
City/Town: Quezon City, Philippines

Featuring: QUEENA CHUA LEE, RANDELL TIONGSON & FRANCIS KONG

to register, please go to
http://www.schooltalk.ph/forums/blog.php/school-talk-presents-todays-issues-on-academic-excellence-values-formation-education-funding/

school talk poster