Friday, July 29, 2011

That Is So Cool!

Danielle Hatch, entertainment writer for the Peoria Journal Star, wrote an article on local ice cream spots.  She has a really complete list of locations-

Want to turn ice cream into a learning experience?  Click on the post from last summer-

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Negotiating With Kids

Bed times, clothes, television shows, video games, food, curfews...when you have children there are thousands of things you negotiate from the time they get up (pancakes or cereal?)  to the time they go to bed (Okay, five more minutes!)  Evidently this is a life skill they are learning and children are not just trying to drive their parents's the article.  A good read-

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We're Gonna Rock This Town!

Okay, it might not be all rock and roll but there are a lot of FREE concerts around Peoria this week.  Get out and enjoy some summer music!

Tuesday, July 26th-Tower Park in Peoria Heights 
Peoria Heights Community Band  at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27th-Peoria Courthouse Plaza Brown Bag It Series
Peoria Park District Summer Band and Orchestra 11:30a.m.-1 p.m.

CEFCU Center Stage at the Peoria Riverfront
Peoria Municipal Band 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 29th-CEFCU Center Stage at the Peoria Riverfront
Change Up Band 7-9 p.m.

Friday, July 30th-Metamora Park on the Square
The Dynamics 7:30-9 p.m.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Soakin' Wet

Here are just a few more...

Splashdown-super easy!  Buckets, water and sponges.  Try to toss the sponge in your opponents bucket.  For detailed instructions

Drench Daddy-this is a hysterical game we played at a family reunion when my boys were little. It is a lot of fun for the kids and hopefully Dad is a good sport cause he is going to get wet!

You will need one empty beer bottle (or similar size) for each dad, a few buckets of water and plastic cups for each child.

Each dad holds the bottle on top of their head.  On 'GO' the children fill their cup with water and try to pour their water into Daddy's cup.  Of course, they miss and Daddy gets wet and there is a lot of laughing and giggling.  They more they giggle the harder it is to pour. 

First team to fill their bottle is the winner or everybody is wet so everybody wins!

Keep cool!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cold Feet

 It's July in central Illinois and it's hot!  Looking for ways to cool off with your kids?  The photo shows a fun game called sponge brigade.  Easy to do-just buckets and sponges.  For a full explanation go to
Check out some ideas from last year-

For even more summer water games click on the Family Fun magazine site-

Keep cool and drink lots of water!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pandamania VBS

Christian Union Church is MCP's biggest supporter.  CUC is having VBS next week (beginning Monday, July 25th).  If you are interested in lots of fun and fellowship for your child, go to  for more information.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Some Family Fun

Looking for some family fun this weekend?  Here are a few things you can do with your family-
Wednesday, July 13th-Head down to the riverfront and listen to the Peoria Municipal Band.  The performance starts at 7:30 at the CEFCU Center Stage and best of all it's FREE.

Thursday, July 14th-Another FREE concert along the riverfront at the CEFCU stage.  David Hoffman and Friends  will entertain you with some jazz music from 7-9 p.m.

Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th-The Peoria Chiefs are at home on Friday and Saturday.  Go to for times, promotions and ticket prices.

Love hot air balloons?  Balloons at the Park is held at Three Sister Park in Chillicothe  on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lots and lots of fun family activities- for times, events, bands and ticket prices. 

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Nine Things...

Great article I read on    Nine Things You Shouldn't Say to Your Child   I have said several...a good article to remind us how much of an impact our words have on our children (or anyone for that matter).

Monday, July 11, 2011

River City Rhapsody

We have company!  MTHS is hosting the River City Rhapsody tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 6:30 p.m. Have you seen or heard the bands practicing around town?  I have been driving back and forth on 116 and getting brief glimpses of a band practicing at GHMS. It is pretty amazing. We had a wonderful time with our music unit this past spring and if your child loves music this is a wonderful opportunity to see our nation's best drum and bugle corps.   For information and ticket prices-

Read the article from the Peoria Journal Star-

I also did a quick look on YouTube and each band has several clips from years past if you would like to preview. Bands are listed on both websites.

Friday, July 8, 2011

History Comes Alive!

FREE is such an awesome word when you are planning a trip.  This summer Springfield, Illinois has lots of free live performances and activities for visitors. You can 'meet'  President Lincoln, General Grant, make 19th century crafts, listen to the Lincoln Troubadours or attend an ice cream social...all at no charge. Springfield is an easy day trip and this is a good trip for children and adults.  For more information-

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Moonlight Madness

Here are couple of fun ideas to try this summer-

Moonlight Melts-This works on either gas or charcoal grills.  It's a banana, chocolate chips and marshmallows.  YUM-O! For complete directions click- and they ain't kiddin' when they say LOTS of napkins.

Tin Can Lantern-This is a super fun craft for a variety of ages.  Younger children can hammer holes around the can and older children can create patterns, designs, letters or words.  If you 'google' tin can lanterns or tin can lantern patterns, you will have more pattern ideas than you will know what to with. :-)

This is a fun activity for a family reunion or birthday party. Go to  for all the details.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

                                                        Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!