Posts tagged "holiday"

Best gift cards for tweens and teens this holiday season

Best gift cards for tweens and teens this holiday season
Holiday shopping is particularly diffiucult when you have tweens on your list. They grow and change as quickly as fads come and go, so it’s tough to know what is the perfect present that will make them happy.  When I asked them, though, they thought the answer was obvious: gift cards. All the tweens with... Read more »

6 Holiday family travel tips from Colleen Kelly of PBS' "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly"

6 Holiday family travel tips from Colleen Kelly of PBS' "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly"
Colleen Kelly is both a mom of two and a travel guru who has visited more than 20 countries. Those two roles come together in her new PBS show, “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” the very first family travel show to ever go national. As a family travel expert, she circles the globe to helps her viewers get the most... Read more »

11 Veterans Day facts: How much do you know about Veterans Day?

<strong>When was Veterans Day first celebrated?</strong>
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Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of the fighting of World War I. The Allies and Germany agree to an armistice, or  temporary cessation of hostilities,on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. (Technically WWI did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.)<br> Image above is soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect. Image from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Monday is Veterans Day in the United States and a lot of kids are thrilled to have a long weekend, as are adults who work for the government, banks, schools, etc. But how much do you and your kids really know about this national holiday honoring those who have served our country? Here are 11... Read more »
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11 facts about Labor Day and its origins

<strong>Where was the first Labor Day observed?</strong>   New York City. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in the Big Apple. It was a tribute to working men and women and to show their solidarity.
Hooray for Labor Day weekend! For many, the holiday marks the end of summer. The origins of the holiday, however, have less to do with seasonal shifts and much more to do with labor movement and the need for a respite from grueling work schedules and conditions. In talking about the reason for the long... Read more »

Happy Flag Day: 13 facts about Old Glory

Happy Flag Day: 13 facts about Old Glory
“Hurrah for the flag of the free! May it wave as our standard forever.” – Stars & Strips Forever by John Philip Sousa June 14 is Flag Day! In honor of the occasion, here are 13 facts about the flag of the United States, one fact for each stripe on the flag (which represents the... Read more »

Monsters, Inc. 3D family movie review

Monsters, Inc. 3D family movie review
My tween and I met up with some old friends from the city for a movie today, and the lack of kid and tween movies this holiday season is appalling.  My tween had already seen the Cirque du Soleil movie and wasn’t impressed. I didn’t feel like having a discussion about prostitution and thus wanted... Read more »
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More cheap holiday gift ideas for kids and tweens

Putting this together is half the fun. Once assembled, it uses three infrared emitting diodes as its "eye" to escape any maze. One heads up, though, is that soldering is required.  There are similar robots that do not require soldering if you'd rather avoid that, like the cheaper Elenco Wake Me Robot. The Elenco escape robot kit can be yours for $33.99.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, time to get your tween a gift besides a hat. If you have gotten any, you’ve got work to do, the idea in here are many, so please scroll through! Forgive the rewritten lyrics, but requests keep coming in for tween gift ideas. These suggested presents all... Read more »

How I watched Rudolph, Charlie Brown and Frosty shocked my kid

How I watched Rudolph, Charlie Brown and Frosty shocked my kid
This morning my tween and I talked about favorite Christmas shows. We agreed that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is the best, closely followed by Frosty the Snowman for her and Charlie Brown for me. Not shocking, but what did completely surprise my tween was hearing how we used to watch such shows in the... Read more »

Holiday Mail for Heroes is easy way to give back this season

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The holiday season is supposed to be about giving, but when kids start filling out their wish lists or writing letter to Santa, the gimmes can easily run rampant this time of year. Here’s a simple way to remind your child(ren) that there are others who have more to worry about than whether Santa will... Read more »
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Cheap and fun tween gift ideas for under $15

Overlook the spelling of the game, because tweens love it.  Suggested by a Tween Us reader, it is a big hit with all genders and a pretty wide age span. Find it on at Target for $14.09 (Amazon has it for $18.)
Tweens are notoriously hard to buy gifts for, and the items on their wish lists can be pricey.  Gone are the days of the cheap Candy Land game and playing with the cardboard box.  Sniff, sniff. But that doesn’t mean it is time to turn into Scrooge. You can still bring smiles and laughter by... Read more »