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Holiday Traditions: Start One This Year! It’s that time of the year! The time to go caroling, the time to string popcorn for your tree, and the time to leave cookies and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer. It’s that time for traditions! Traditions need not be extravagant or complicated. Traditions can be very simple such as watching your favorite holiday movie or driving around to look at Christmas lights. Lupita Gomez Perkins, mother of five, repeats a tradition by giving a Christmas Eve present, every year, which is filled with pajamas, hot chocolate, candy canes, and a family movie. By repeating traditions and allowing them to evolve as your family grows, you can help to keep them enjoyable – and that’s the key. If the tradition is not enjoyable any longer, then let it go and make new ones. They can also be as simple as reading a holiday book every night, baking cookies for neighbors, spending time with the family that you don’t normally get to see, or hiking in a the same local park to find some natural decorations for your tree or other holiday accessories. The possibilities are endless. Read the Full Story
A Less-is-More Christmas Parents want to create a magical Christmas for their kids but often make it more complicated than it has to be. Christmas isn’t about perfect Pinterest reindeer cookies or piles of beautifully wrapped presents. It isn’t about crowded holiday calendars or running from store to store with wish lists and maxed-out credit cards in hand. Christmas is about family traditions, creating special memories, the joy of giving, and faith. What if, by simplifying, you were able to rediscover a more meaningful Christmas? Here are four ways to help you and your family find simple joy this holiday season. Read the Full Story
Trading in the Toys: Alternative Gifts for This Christmas Before Christmas, parents often look around their homes and think that their living rooms and children’s bedrooms are already overflowing with toys, so how will they possibly make room for the new onslaught of “Happy Holidays haul” from friends, family, and, of course, Santa? One way that families remedy this is by donating toys and clothes, which is a generous practice to instill in children; however, there is an additional option to consider, one that several local families have already adopted. While not restricting all toys this Christmas, families could considering replacing some of the usual presents under the tree with less traditional gifts that often take up less room and offer a longer return on value. Read the Full Story
Holiday Fun in the Kitchen: Kid-Friendly Pet Treat Gifts One of the best ways to bond with your children over this holiday season is to get them in the kitchen with you to do a little baking. Multitask by baking some easy pet treats that you can later give as holiday gifts to all the little doggies in your life. Turn off the television and all the distractions, put on a little holiday music and aprons, and get everyone baking! Read the Full Story
What Parents Need to Know About Ebola, Rotavirus and Influenza There is no doubt that flu season brings a great amount of stress to parents of small children. Not only are you concerned about your own well being, but you are also faced with the decisions of whether or not to get your child a flu vaccine, to keep them home when running a low-grade fever, and how to prevent your child from catching the illness from someone else. Read the Full Story
Tis The Season to Be Stress Free Although summer has given way to fall, the cooler temperatures may have you breaking into cold sweats as you transition from hayrides to yuletide. It seems the most joyous time of the year is also the most stressful. Keep these things in mind as you put the final touches on 2014. Read the Full Story

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Latest Family Events

Sun Dec 21 @ 2:00PM -
Ballet Magnificat’s “Most Incredible Christmas”
Sat Dec 27
Keeper Chats at the Zoo
Mon Dec 29 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Wild Winter Olympics Zoo Camp
Tue Dec 30 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Wild Winter Olympics Zoo Camp
Wed Dec 31 @ 9:00AM - 01:00PM
Holiday Spectacular! Noon Year’s Eve Celebration
Wed Dec 31 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Wild Winter Olympics Zoo Camp
Thu Jan 01 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Wild Winter Olympics Zoo Camp
Fri Jan 02 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Wild Winter Olympics Zoo Camp
Fri Jan 09
New Stage Theatre presents Peter Pa
Fri Jan 09 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Back to School Family Game Night