Free Spring Break Entertainment for Kids

Free Entertainment for Kids on Spring Break “Stay-cation” 
10 Web Sites to Keep Your Kids Entertained and Safe

In these tough times, a lot of families are opting for Spring Break “stay-cations” instead of big holiday trips. But if you’re staying home, it can be hard to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble. Many parents are naturally cautious about letting their kids loose on the Internet, but there is a lot of good, free, appropriate content available online – if you know where to look. Here’s a list of 10 web sites to bookmark that can help your kids beat Spring Break boredom if they’re staying home.

Best Set-and-Forget Web Environment for Kids

· KidZui – KidZui is actually not a Web site at all – it’s the Internet made just for kids. It gives kids access to millions of Web sites (including all of the below), YouTube videos, games and photos that have been vetted by a team of parents and teachers. Kids love the cute little avatars they can create and the safe social networking features, and parents love the fact that there’s no chance of enquiring minds stumbling across anything inappropriate.

Best Web Sites for Kids

· Club Penguin – A snow-covered virtual world where children play games and interact with friends in the guise of colorful penguin avatars.

· Lego.com – Ideal for the Lego fan, your child can watch Lego comics and movies, play games and construct their own Web page to show off their creativity.

· Nick.com – Your child can pledge to save the world, play games, check out the latest news on SpongeBob or create a virtual life on Nicktropolis.

· PBSKids.com – With games themed around Sesame Street, Clifford, Curious George, Arthur, Barney and other kid classics, your kids will have fun “interacting” with their favorite characters.

· Poptropica – This virtual online world lets kids create a character, play games, compete with other kids and travel between islands on a blimp to explore new areas.

Best Online Game Sites for Kids

· Cartoon Network Games – With more than 200 games featuring favorite cartoon characters, your kids can hunt monsters with Scooby-Doo, play Ninja Survival or follow the Path of a Jedi.

· Funbrain – Part of the Family Education Network, the site provides educational activities for parents and teachers, as well as interactive games to help your kids with math and reading.

· Funschool – This site, provided by Kaboose, is designed for elementary-age kids and offers free educational games as well as printable activities, coloring sheets and craft projects that will help your kids learn while having fun.

· Hot Wheels Games – For car fans, Hot Wheels has dozens of vehicle-related games that let kids drive through mazes, race friends and solve puzzles.

KidZui’s Cliff Boro believes that parents needn’t be afraid of letting their kids use the Internet. “The Internet is a wonderful tool that, when used appropriately, provides endless hours of free entertainment for the whole family,” he says. “And more than that, it’s a great way for kids to learn and discover new things without even realizing it!” And what parent wouldn’t approve of that?

Mommy Babble’s Disclaimer & Additions

I have not tried all of the sites listed above. I am just passing this information. Parents should always check out websites before their children visit them. As for the sites listed above… I do know that only part of Club Penguin is free, and according to my 13 yr old-you have to pay for the fun stuff. This article omits our favorite free websites; disney.go.com and pixiehollow.go.com.

Have a great spring break and please surf the net safely.


Monday Motivation

I have been kind of tired all day. I’m sure it is because of the time change and some stress I am carrying around. I wanted to share some Monday motivation with you today.

This comes from the book “Nurture” by Lisa Bevere.

“God is stirring those whose hearts are longing to see the loose ends tied up. These are connections we need to actively search out and begin to develop. Sisters, I believe it is our time. Nurture, the language of the feminine heart, is being restored as women arise, recognize each other, and begin to connect for strength and purpose.”

Women, God is using us-now more than ever before in history to nurture those in our families, church’s and communities. He is calling us to connect with other people, hurting people and love on them and help them give their wounds and hurts to Jesus. Allow God to use you in this awesome and mighty way.


Random Picture Challenge 7.0

I am now participating in the Random Picture Challenge that is hosted over at 4 little men. It is a lot of fun and a great way to get to know other bloggers. Twice a month I’ll be posting my entry here at Mommy Babble.
This week’s challenge was to post the 11th picture in either the 11th folder OR September 2007 folder. I chose to do September 2007’s 11th picture.

This picture is of my boys at Disney World. I was so excited about these cool shirts. I got them on sale for $5.00 each.


Goal for It

Back in January I did a series of posts on chores. Recently I learned of a great website that fits in great with the topic of chores and has applications for young children all the way up through college age kids. This website is Goal for It. Goal for it is very user friendly, automated and personalized.

Parent register for an account and follow a simple process to add a child and the chores and goals for that child. You can even set up “Moolah” points. With “Moolah” points your child earns points (which you have assigned) for each goal reached and then the “Moolah” is deposited into their “Moolah” bank. The child can spend their “Moolah” on items you have set up for them in the “Moolah” bank. At the end of each day you and your child log onto the Goal for It website and mark off the completed goals. This allows you time to discuss any items that weren’t completed and praise your child on their accomplishments.

For college age students and adults, Goal for It has a separate goal setting area. Parents can track goals for their college students who are hundreds of miles a way. You can also set personal goals and join the social network on Goal for It for inspiration and accountability.

Goal for it offers a lot and the best part is…it is FREE! Yes, free. Personalized and highly functional as well as free. Check out Goal for It and then come back here and let me know what you think of the site. I love your comments and enjoy your feedback!

If you missed the chore posts earlier this year, I’ll post the links here for you:

The Why’s of Chores The When’s and What’s of Chores The How’s of Chores To Pay or not to Pay




Beauty Giveaway

PhotobucketToday is the 3rd and final pampering mom giveaway for February. Today we have TOKI: The Collagen You Drink. TOKI reintroduces a youthful look and feel to skin with an extraordinary ingredient base that includes the moisture-rich retention of Hyaluronic acid in a mucopolysaccharide complex. This replenishes skin from within, and combines with Collagen Peptide and Vitamin C to restore a more youthful quality. When modified with HAI™ Amino Acid Extract from Hijiki seaweed for enhanced absorption, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles may be dramatically reduced. Your skin tone, moisture level and resiliency are revived. In as little as 45 days, skin texture starts to become smoother and tighter and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles may be diminished.

Initial Entry-Visit the TOKI website and then come back here and leave me a comment telling me the name of one publication that has written about TOKI from the website’s “In the News” section. Make sure you leave a valid Twitter ID or e-mail address with your comments. **This giveaway ends at 8:00pm on Monday 3/2/09**

Additional Entries-Earn one extra entry for each of these

1. Subscribe to my RSS feed (click on the orange icon in your browser). Leave me a separate comment telling me you did this.
2. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a separate comment with the URL of your tweet (after you tweet click where is says “less than 10 seconds ago…” that will bring you to a new screen. Copy what is in your browser bar and past it in a comment here.
3. Follow me on Twitter. I am @MomMaven. Then come back here and let me know your Twitter ID and that you are following me.



Giveaway-Facelift in a Capsule

Today is the second part of our Pampering Moms giveaway. AminoGenesis’ Tripeptinon™ capsules are called the “Facelift in a Capsule” and was awarded the 2006 editor’s choice award from Day Spa Magazine. AminoGenesis’ Tripeptinon™ capsules are designed to lift, firm and strengthen facial connective tissues giving skin the most youthful appearance possible. Created to be used in the evening as the last step. Apply after cleansing and moisturizing as a six week intensive treatment for very depleted, dull or weathered looking skin.
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Tripeptinon™ combines three powerful anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and anti-sagging technologies along with the base formula of 17 amino acids to address surface issues as well as underlying issues such as supporting and connective tissue. A 30-day supply is available at the Amniogenesis website for $79.00 or you can win it here from Mommy Babble!

How to Enter:

Initial Entry-Visit the Amniogenesis website and then come back here and leave me a comment telling which Amniogenesis product intrests you the most. Make sure you leave a valid Twitter ID or e-mail address with your comments. **This giveaway ends at 8:00pm on Saturday 2/28/09**

Additional Entries-Earn one extra entry for each of these

  1. Subscribe to my RSS feed (click on the orange icon in your browser). Leave me a separate comment telling me you did this.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a separate comment with the URL of your tweet (after you tweet click where is says “less than 10 seconds ago…” that will bring you to a new screen. Copy what is in your browser bar and past it in a comment here.
  3. Follow me on Twitter. I am @MomMaven. Then come back here and let me know your Twitter ID and that you are following me.

Contest for Your Jr. Chef

PhotobucketThe Jr. Chefs of America is a cool website aimed at encouraging good nutrition in kids through cooking. My boys love to cook and they each have one night a week that they are in charge of cooking dinner. I am encouraging both of them to enter this contest. If they do, I’ll post the videos here for you to see.

Jr. Chefs of America vision to inspire a new generation of smart eaters and build parents’ confidence about their children’s’ skills in the kitchen. Featuring original webisodes, this new website is all about kids teaching kids the joy of cooking. According to Connie Liakos Evers, MS, RD, author of How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, “More than 75% of children ages 6-11 do not eat the minimum of 3 servings of vegetables or 2 servings of fruit daily.”

Jr. Chefs of America realizes that the earlier a child can learn the importance of good nutrition and portion control, the more eager and knowledgeable they will be regarding eating healthy. In the site’s original webisodes, kids are teaching their young audiences about kitchen safety, cooking healthy, and responsible meal possibilities. Using easy-to-follow instructions, Jr. Chefs of America even contains kid-friendly recipes for kids to try using the website’s safe, one-on-one environment.

“Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults,” from  the New England Journal of Medicine. With childhood obesity reaching epic numbers, it is important for kids to learn the guidelines of healthy eating.  Instead of being pressured by their parents, this website brings the information to them by their peers.

Currently, Jr. Chefs of America is looking for more chefs to join their team.  Check out the details of the Webisode Cooking Contest:
–       Open to kids 10 – 18 years old
–       Deadline entry – April 17, 2009
–       Winners announced – May 11, 2009
–       Prizes are worth over $500

If your child enters this contest please share their videos with us!


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