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Meditations on Gardening with Littles

"Look, Mama - worms!" Alice has a penchant for handling those wriggly masters of the soil.

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Your Spring 2017 Parenting Horoscope

Spring is here!

Well, kind of.

The weather is weird in the midwest, and the recent rain/snow has been bumming me out. You know what's fun when you're bummed out? Horoscopes! (You remember reading those in junior high, right?)

So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, find your favorite bunny slippers, and let's find out what the internet says the planets say are in store for us!

(Disclaimer: I'm not an actual astrologer. I have simply googled "zodiac signs" and "daily horoscopes" for the purpose of a fun little blog post.)

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Learn about Dabbling Ducks at Hands-on-Habitat!

Guys, I’m so excited that I’m just going to come out and say it: This month, Hands-on-Habitat is all about DUCKS!

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Baseball Is Back!

Baseball season is underway here at Werner Park! We've wrapped up a beautiful April here in Nebraska, and it's hard to believe that May is already here! We have so many fun things happening at the ballpark this month.

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Teaching Contentment in a Materialistic World

"My backpack isn't as pretty as the other girls' backpacks," my 4 year old daughter finally managed to pour out through tears last fall after preschool.

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My Child Is Not Your Billboard (Haha just kidding.)

Imagine with me, if you will, a fresh-faced mom-to-be. She's just graduated from college with an English and Theatre degree. She's living on a steady diet of mashed potatoes. She's got very strong opinions about the world, about corporate greed, about wooden handmade baby toys… and about children's clothing.

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Learning All About Amphibians at Hands-on-Habitat

Hello from Fontenelle Forest!

We are deep in the midst of a damp, rainy spring and the weather couldn't be more perfect for amphibian searching. A pond, a puddle, a field, a roadside ditch… amphibians are everywhere!

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Categories: lifestyle,


Reading with Stormy

Hey kids! It’s your old pal Stormy here!

I just wanted to tell you about all the reading I’ve been doing lately. The Storm Chasers have been running our Classroom Visits program since January, and we have visited 47 different schools in the area! That’s over 12,500 kids!

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2017 Star Wars Night Giveaway

It is a joyful time. Excitement is growing. Star Wars Night at Werner Park is fast approaching.

The Omaha Storm Chasers, clad in Boba Fett jerseys, will be meeting their opponent in glorious battle on Friday, May 5th at 7:05pm.

With the support from their rebel community partner, ParentSavvy.com, they are intent on making this a night to be remembered.

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Spring Style for Kids

Every year as it gets closer to spring, I can’t help but get excited about spring clothes… for my kids!

From local makers to big retailers, kid’s fashion is just getting better and better! No more boring onesies or pajama outfits (ok… I am so guilty of this as all parents are). I have gathered some cute outfit inspirations for active play dates to casual lunches and a special occasion like a wedding or Easter.

Let's break out of hibernation and get ready for spring!

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The Seven Things I Wish I Knew Before Giving Birth

It’s finally here. Nine months of glowing and growing great with child is coming to an end.

Your bags are lovingly and perfectly over-packed. The nursery is ready for its new tenant, complete with woodland decor and newborn outfits galore. You’ve debated the merits of different breast pumps and the kind of music your little one should listen to in utero. You’ve got your birth plan in hand and you’re ready to meet your much anticipated bundle of joy.

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3 Reasons to Keep an Actual Trash Can in Your Car

I drive a minivan. It's a beautiful thing.

Well, I suppose I consider driving minivans in general to be a beautiful thing. Our minivan's no stunner or anything, but we like it and it works.

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Watch Baby Plants Grow at Hands-on-Habitat

Isn’t new life amazing? I am constantly astounded by the reality that cells can align just perfectly, making a whole new organism where one wasn’t before. A new and complete life can be formed, whether an animal, plant, or fungus, ready to someday reproduce itself (or at least do half of the work). It’s CRAZY, guys.

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Language Skills of the Young

Speaking with my grandkids reminds me that my imagination is severely limited - as are my verbal skills. I know you have had these experiences where your kids or grandkids use the same everyday words we do - but somehow they are able to describe things in a really original way. 

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STEM and STEAM Learning

Have you ever heard of STEM and STEAM? I’m not referring to the branch of a tree or the vapor that water becomes when heated. I’m referring to an educational process that is at the core of all the exhibits and events we create at the Omaha Children’s Museum. 

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