Up to 6 kids eat free at Earth Fare with paid adult meal on Thursdays!

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I just found this out on the Earth Fare website! The coolest part (for your child’s body) is that they offer many choices that can be made wheat free and offer healthy sides, such as carrots with hummus or ranch and grapes.
The coolest part (for your wallet) is that they allow up to 6 free kids meals with the $5+ adult meal purchase! If you’re short on funds, this would be a great healthy and cheap small birthday party. You could take the kids out to eat together for $5, then go to a local park.
*Kids must be present. At my local store, it’s from 4-8pm on Thursdays. You can check their site for a confirmation of the day and hours of this nearest you.

While you’re there, be sure to check their coupons and sign up for their mobile coupons! They even have an app and recipes that can be found on their site.

The best combination of all is saving while taking care of your family’s health 🙂

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Five Great Ohio Bike Trails to check out with your family!

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This awesome article outlines 5 great Ohio Bike Trails. Depending on your children’s ages, some may be great options to get some exercise and enjoy the summer weather!
If your children and their friends are old enough, this would be a fun and free or cheap birthday party or kid event to hang out together and all get some exercise. Their parents could drop them off (be sure to remind the parents that all need a helmet!), everyone could ride the trails together and you can carry drinks and snacks (maybe bananas, freeze yogurt tubes the night before so they can thaw and soften during the ride, granola or trail mix and some water) then return to the starting point to be picked up and open presents. If you wanted to hand out favors, Target has bike horns or water bottles in their dollar section often during the summer months!
If you have any additional ideas, please feel free to share them!

Fun free things to do in the Akron Ohio area

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Fun free family activities in the Akron area:

Barberton Edgewood Park & Spray Fountain
Some call them spraygrounds, spray fountains… whatever you call them, they’re fun and this one is FREE!
At Barberton Edgewood Park, they have both a playground area and a spray area with fun water features. If you need to cool off (and if we finally have no rain!), this is a fun and free local activity.
1170 Liberty Ave Barberton 44203 11:00am-8:00pm
Contact 330-848-6739 with questions

Flicks on the Falls
In Cuyahoga Falls, at the River Falls amphitheater, they have a free outdoor movie nearly each Thursday dieting the summer. There’s free parking at the decks on 2nd St, which is accessible from both Portage Tail and Broad Blvd.
Cartoons and/or entertainment before the movie begins just after dusk and the movie begins at dark, but keep in mind these times will vary.
Check out the 2015 schedule here!
You can bring your own snacks and drinks! Concessions will be available for purchase and, in previous weeks, there was a man making balloon animals for donations.
Strollers are welcome and you may bring your own chairs or blanket, but stadium style seating is available. It fills up early, so I’d recommend arriving well before the movie and enjoying a look at the fountain/spray area. You can even play in the spray while you wait!
They ask that no pets be brought to the outdoor movie area.
Contact the Development Department at 330.971.8135 or development@cityofcf.com if you have any questions.

Green Children’s Concert Series
Thursdays
11:00 a.m. @ Boettler Park on Massillon Rd in the Freda Hunter-Bates Pavilion

Akron Downtown @ Dusk Concert Series
Thursdays
Akron Art Museum 6:30-8:30pm
One South High Street
Akron 44308
Contact 330-376-9185 with questions

Akron Art Museum
Bring the kids to check out the art museum! Admission is free on Thursdays!
One South High Street
Akron 44308
Contact 330-376-9185 with questions

Summer Sand Pudding by Ma Nouvelle Mode!

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I just love this idea from Ma Nouvelle Mode! It’s called Summer Sand Pudding and it’s made with Vanilla Wafers (my favorite!), a few Oreos, pudding, Cool Whip, and optional cream cheese!
It’s so easy and adorable. For the full recipe, check out Ma Nouvelle Mode!

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Image credits and thanks to: Ma Nouvelle Mode

Choking Hazards for Children Under 4 You May Not Know!

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Quick! What are the top three choking hazards for children?
You likely said small building bricks, bouncy balls, marbles, gumballs, hard candies, batteries, which are all choking hazards…But did you know the top three choking hazards for children are hot dogs, grapes, and raw carrots?

In these summer cookout and picnic months, many people often forget about the choking hazards for children under age 4 that are readily present at your average dinner table.

Grapes need to be quartered, as do hot dogs. Personally, I have this simple hot dog slicer that my son loves to use all by himself (He’s 7 with special needs).
It has a cutting edge that isn’t sharp and even has a ketchup holder. I’m not sure if it’s recommended for the dishwasher, but I put it in the top rack.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping foods including hot dogs, nuts, chunks of meat or cheese, whole grapes and hard candy away from kids younger than 4. Any food given to babies and young children should be chopped into pieces no larger than half an inch. Popcorn is also a commonly overlooked choking hazard in young children.

Please take careful inventory of this list compiled by WebMD:
•Carefully supervise young children during snacks and meals.
•Don’t feed your child while he or she is crying or breathing rapidly.
•Discourage talking, laughing, or playing while a child has food or beverage in their mouth.
•Seat children, especially toddlers, while eating.
•Don’t give children foods that may cause choking. These include hard, smooth, or chewy foods that must be chewed with a grinding motion or foods that are round and could easily get stuck in the throat.
•Cut food into small, pea-sized bites.
•Mash grapes, beans, or peas before serving.
•Dice hot dogs and sausages before serving.
•Avoid seeds, bones, and foods that can’t be cut into smaller pieces (such as nuts, popcorn, and hard/chewy candies).
•Only serve peanut butter spread thinly on bread or crackers. A spoonful of peanut butter can block the windpipe.
•Don’t give kids small items that may cause choking, such as marbles or jacks.
•Follow age guidelines when selecting toys for children.
•The safest toys for small children are said to be at least 1.25 inches around or 2.25 inches long.

Please share this with anyone who has small children or babysits young children. Spreading the knowledge can help prevent deaths!

Massillon Museum Free Summer Fun Activities

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From their website:

“FREE family activities
First Saturday of every month.
Open to all ages.
Drop in any time between 12-2pm!
Explore a different theme each month.
NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR DO THE MU! Just show up on the day
and have fun!”

Upcoming Programs 2015:

Saturday, July 11
(note- it is the 2nd Saturday!)
Civil War dolls
with MassMu staff
Learn how to make your own corset and steampunk goggles in preparation for the Steampunk Soiree (inspired by a Civil War Ball)!
Noon to 2:00 pm – Free / Public / No reservations – Intergenerational drop-in workshop

Saturday, August 8
(note- it is the 2nd Saturday! August 1 is the Annual Downtown FunFest)
Steampunk’d: Steamscapes
with MassMu staff
Learn how to make your own steampunk landscape in preparation for the Steampunk Soiree (inspired by a Civil War Ball)!
Noon to 2:00 pm – Free / Public / No reservations – Intergenerational drop-in workshop

121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon OH 44646   |  330-833-4061