Bad Gift-Giving Is Not Grandma’s Fault

Pretend Claw

Christmas shopping is hard for anyone, but kids are nearly impossible. Their interests change daily, and the stores are constantly trying to trick unsuspecting family members into buying things that kids don’t ever need or want. This week, I ventured into a store to find a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toy. This seemed simple enough. […]

10 Strategies for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Old School

I feel fortunate that my first experience as a parent with parent-teacher conferences was when my oldest was a preschooler.  I didn’t know what to expect, felt overwhelmed, and I even cried* when I fully recognized the extent of  the teacher’s ability to nurture and teach.   But 6 years later, I have become much more […]

Kroger Holiday Open House

Head to your local Kroger for a Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 9th! All Richmond area Kroger stores are participating.  What to expect: ·         Holiday entertaining tips and demonstrations ·         Decorating ideas (table scaping, floral arrangements, etc) ·         Gift ideas ·         Children’s activities – varying from coloring, face painting, cookie decorating, etc ·         Demos and sampling of classic holiday […]

Grandparent Grandchild Event at Henricus Historical Park

Grandparent/Grandchild Event Taking place in November at Henricus will be a Grandparent/ Grandchild event on November 9. Scheduled from 1-4 p.m., activities will include Colonial make-and-take crafts with a focus on history, art and fun. Registration is required one week in advance by calling 804-318-8797. Price is $5 for adults and $3 for children for […]

Richmond Ballet Opens 30th Anniversary Season and You Should Be There

Fernando Sabino and Maggie Small in Phoenix Rising. Richmond Ballet 2013. Photography by Sarah Ferguson.

My son and I were looking at a sheet of stickers, pouring over the colors and designs, searching for the exact right one to pick to decorate each of our hands. “I don’t want the ballerina one, because only girls can be ballerinas,” he explained matter-of-fact-ly. “Oh, that’s not true!” I exclaimed. “Boys can be […]

More Fun For Less at Great Wolf Lodge!


Here’s a deal you definitely don’t want to miss! You can Save up to $60 when you stay two or more nights at Great Wolf Lodge! You simply use the code “MOREFUN” online or at (800) 551-9653 to book your reservations with this savings.  It’s really that easy!  Valid on stays now through December 19, 2013 […]

Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate: A Must See!

disney on ice lets celebrate

Last night my husband and I loaded a bit of a grumpy four year old and his monkey (his lovey, not a real one) into the car and headed downtown to the Richmond Coliseum for Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate. My son’s only exposure to Disney has been small segments of Disney Junior shows and […]

Mommy and Me (and Daddy, too!) Wednesday, October 9th


Join at this month’s Willow Lawn’s Mommy & Me and Daddy Too, which will be held outside at The Shops at Willow Lawn on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, for some free outdoor fun with the kids!  Don’t want to miss Rockin’ out with Rocknoceros which is ALWAYS a good time, […]

Winners 2013 Real Cute Kids Contest: Congrats to Everyone!


  We’d like to give a special thank you to Real Life Studios , Romp n’ Roll and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for making this contest possible! We’d also like to thank all of the wonderful sponsors who provided gifts for the amazing prize packages!   We’re proud to partner with United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and are making a donation for each entrant in this contest along with a donation […]

Central Virginia Dance Academy: Where Children Turn Energy into Beauty


Don’t you just love watching boys and girls perform with creative movement, ballet, rhythm, tap, jazz, and hip hop? Their ability to turn their creativity, curiosity and energy into dance is exciting to watch. Children can turn their limitless energy into beauty with dance of all genres. (See the video at the end of this […]