How to Keep Children Safe at Summer Pool and Hot Tub Parties

By Sue LaPLante As summer approaches, you might find yourself and your family invited to pool and hot tub parties by friends and family. While your first priority is to have a great time at these parties, you also need to teach your children how to be safe around pools and hot tubs. We have…

Bookmarking the Great Outdoors

By Lady DIY If your kids are anything like mine, a camping trip typically means that we’ll be bringing home a lot of natural souvenirs. Feathers, rocks, sand and flowers are common keepsakes. This month’s Crafty project is a great way to preserve some of those memories. Supplies Needed: Pressed flowers Cardstock (this is a…

Mother’s Day Photo Box

crafty By Lady DIY Over the years, I’ve received all sorts of homemade gifts for Mother’s Day. Without a doubt, my favorite gifts are the ones that really capture my kids’ personalities at that time. This month’s crafty project is a great way to showcase your family and your favorite photos. Supplies Needed: 1 piece…

Horse Wonder: Exploring the World ​of Horses

By Diane Turner Maller ​There was a time when it was common place for parents to have at least one tale from a childhood memory that involved an encounter or “wild ride” with a horse to share with their children. Fewer and fewer parents now have direct horse knowledge from our own upbringing. In finding…

Health Benefits of Summer Camp

By Suzanne Koup-Larsen While it’s not a medical diagnosis, child-advocacy expert Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe the wide range of problems that people, especially children, experience when they don’t spend much time outdoors. Additional research suggests that physical activity and exposure to nature contribute to good health. Many camp programmers…

Growing Pizzas

By Stephen Muff From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the Beer Gardens of Deutschland, humans have been trying to perfect cultivation since the beginning of time. Yet, many of us parents have lost our green thumbs during the process of preparing snacks, doing laundry, reading books, and the like. Wouldn’t it be nice if…

Get Ready for Rail-Related Family Fun at the Railroad Museum

The California State Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, is a family-favorite destination perfect for everyone from young children to the young-at-heart. With the area’s only historic and authentic train rides, full-scale vintage locomotives, tiny toy trains, interactive exhibits and much more, guests can experience 150 years of railroad…

More Veggies… Said Hardly Any Kid Ever!

By Chef Chrissy Marie of Fruvey Kids “I DON’T LIKE IT,” echo’s through homes of many families around dinner time—but, I’m here to tell you, getting kids to eat more veggies doesn’t have to be a fight. Researchers have found many creative ways to introduce and serve fruits and vegetables to your pickiest eaters. Make…

Benefits of Team Sports

By Nora Heston Tarte No child is created equal. Some may thrive in athletics, while others may struggle to keep up. Some may need to learn how to cooperate with others and embrace a team mentality, while others may need help coming out of their shells. “I believe all kids can benefit from team sports….

Take on Tahoe

By Shannon Smith Sacramento families know how lucky they are to be able to jump in the car, take a short road trip and within a few hours find themselves exploring the beautiful Tahoe region. Who doesn’t love the snowcapped mountains, whether it’s just to play in the snow, ski, tube or snowboard. I just…

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