The Playful Parent's blog

"Remember" the start of summer

Over the years, Memorial Day has become the unofficial start of summer and its true meaning is often lost in long weekend celebrations.  Memorial Day evolved from the original Decoration Day, first declared on May 30, 1868, to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War.

Hurray, Earth Day

Dare we say, spring has sprung?

Rah Rah Mardi Gras

Here comes February!  Scattered in with a couple of presidential birthdays and Valentine’s Day is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday on February 17th.

Frosty Fun

Tis the season for shopping, decorating and baking. Your kids are looking forward to their winter break and you’re scrambling to get everything done before then.  We’ve had an early start to the winter this year, having already seen a generous amount of snowflakes.  If you love snow-themed décor, here are some crafts you can do with the kids. Both projects are from Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids by Jessica Strand.

It's So ColorFALL Outside

Time flies again, leaving September far behind and October coming to an end.  One of the perks of being a northerner is most definitely enjoying this beautiful time of year courtesy of our deciduou

Nutrition and Knowledge

Well, it’s hard to believe it’s September already. The kids are back to school and settled into their new routines. Lockers have been organized and the shiny new supplies have already lost some of their luster. Also back is one of my least favorite tasks - packing lunches.

Stuck on Summer

We’re heading into the home stretch of a so-so summer.  Personally, it wasn’t hot enough for me and the pool days were too few and far between.  I’ve kicked into back to school mode already though we have a few weeks left and the kids are in desperate need of som

Hit the Road

Summer vacation is often times synonymous with road trip.  If you’re planning a trip with the kiddos in the next couple months, here are a few off-line entertainment ideas. 

Back in the Yard

Now that warm weather is here, it’s the perfect time to start planning your gardening projects.

May Flowers and More

May is a busy month for celebrations – Mother’s Day, First Communions, graduations and showers will keep our social calendar full.