Five Minutes with Houston Magician, Mr. Phil

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Mr. Phil is the Houston magician and owner of Magic Street Productions who runs the highly anticipated “Mr. Phil’s Magic Camp” for four magical week-long sessions each summer! Check out one of his performances here . We were able to steal a few minutes with him before he vanished; check out our interview with him here:

  1. What’s the hardest/coolest trick you’ve ever performed? “I would have to say the ‘Cups and Balls’ trick. You need to know all of your slights to perform this effect effectively.”
  1. Who’s your favorite famous magician? “Channing Pollock, he was a magician I watched on the old Ed Sullivan show and what inspired me to learn dove magic.”
  1. How/when did you know you wanted to be a magician?“At the age of 9 when I saw my first live magic show.  I just thought, “How cool is this?”  I was a hairdresser for 23 years and when that market crashed, I had the opportunity of doing my first school tour, which I did, and the rest is history.  I have been a full time magician for over 30 years now.”
  1. What’s your favorite part about teaching summer camp? “Working with the kids and seeing their faces when they have accomplished the trick.”
  1. What tricks/supplies are great for beginners? “There are so many but what my students receive are sponge balls, coins, cards, rope, and a lot more.”

 

Even at young ages, children are captivated by magic, make-believe and imagination! My 2.5 year-old and her toddler friends absolutely love Princess Sofia and Cedric, the castle’s magician. His magic tricks and shows are often a favorite feature of the episodes. (And yes, I may be watching too much Sofia the First.) When they are a little older, Mr. Phil’s Magic Camp is an awesome way to let them be a part of learning the skills and science behind the tricks. Attending camp also gives them the knowledge and skills necessary to create magic for others!

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What will children learn at magic camp? Children aren’t just learning one or two tricks or watching a professional magician perform. They will each leave knowing how to perform a full 30-minute magic show complete with take-home props. It’s truly an immersive camp where students learn the history behind tricks, the theory and techniques of the tricks, and then the actual art of the trick and the performance. This camp is all magic all week, so it’s a must do for any aspiring magicians out there. I know parents are always looking for ways to sneak in academics in to their children’s summer break so they will be pleasantly surprised with all of the things children will learn at Magic Camp (in addition to magic). Mr. Phil’s Magic Camp helps students develop social/communication skills, self-esteem, hand-eye coordination, motor skills, art, history, culture and the ability to multi-task (which is really such a necessary life skill that isn’t often practiced.)

 When is camp? Camp is held Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Currently, camp sessions are open on the weeks of June 11th, 25th, and July 23rd. One of four sessions is already sold out so if your little magician can’t wait for magic camp, you’ll want to register soon!

 What’s Special? The small camp size is amazing and really rare for summer camps. Camps are limited to 4 – 10 children so that each child really gets the time and personalized instruction necessary for them to really learn magic! Another bonus is that this summer camp runs from 9am-5pm so it complements working parents’ schedules quite nicely.

Looking for more magical fun with your children this weekend? Check out these simple and educational ideas:

  • Literacy and Math: Read One Potato Two Potato and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble for some magical (and mathematical) fun.
  • Theatre Arts: Order a magic trick book/kit (like this one) or look on YouTube to learn some tricks together and put on a show after dinner!
  • Learn a classic trick like the “coin behind the ear trick” and get some giggles from your little one. On our family cruise vacation last summer, our girls loved at dinner each night when our waiter would entertain with simple, classic magic tricks.
  • Science: Use this science experiment magic kit so your magician learns the science behind his tricks!
  • Music: Pick out music that would work well for a magic show or certain tricks and talk about how the music can enhance the suspense of the trick.
  • Art: Design your own banner for a magic show!
  • Social Studies and Technology: Use the internet together to research the “first magic family”.

 

By Mary West
Mama of 2 and teacher/tutor;
the only magic in our house is how quickly the dishwasher fills up!

Sing and Shine this Summer at Houston Grand Opera

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My girls and I went to spend an afternoon at Houston Grand Opera’s Storybook Opera event at Discovery Green! First off, if you haven’t checked out Discovery Green and their free weekend and holiday events, it is definitely worth the trip! I will definitely be back! There are so many free, fun, outdoor things to do with multiple ages of children and lots of vendors for food/drinks when the kids (or mamas) need to refuel. During Spring Break, Houston Grand Opera hosted free First Songs and Storybook Opera events (Look for ‘HGO To-Go!’ events throughout the year!)  The event included a story reading, an author meet and greet, imaginative play, singing and dancing! My girls had so much fun buzzing around like bumblebees in the story (in true toddler fashion, Ruthie absolutely did NOT want to be a fairy), twirling to classical music with the “tooth fairy”, singing songs, receiving a copy of The World’s First Tooth Fairy Ever and even meeting author Zane Carson Carruth. HGO managed to incorporate learning opportunities with music, imaginative play, literacy, career exploration and movement into a fun and adorable program for multiple ages of children!  It was an awesome free event in the beautiful outdoor space of Discovery Green and definitely made me think about how amazing an Houston Grand Opera summer camp must be!

You’ve probably heard all about the benefits of musical exposure in early childhood and seen first-hand how children naturally appreciate music, but musical exposure continues to benefit children throughout their life. Kathleen Staten, HGO Education Manager, told us, “Encouraging your children in the arts has so many benefits beyond just the skills they might learn. It helps develop their brains, encourages creativity and provides a place for limitless exploration as they find their own identity.” If your songbird has dreams of singing onstage, what better camp than Houston Grand Opera, where they will be taught by the experts?

Three musical activities that will benefit children:

  1. Learning to read music. Check out these YouTube video on Music Sight Reading for a great introduction to sight reading!
  2. Learning an instrument. Check iQuriousKids.com for instrument lessons for all ages.
  3. Attending performances together. My girls loved the Storybook Opera performances in Discovery Green (scheduled year-round: Check here for updated events.)

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Why Houston Grand Opera Summer Camp? Students have the opportunity to learn from experienced, inspirational instructors in an authentic stage “classroom” inside the Wortham Center with access to all of the high quality materials that HGO uses for their major productions! Get your video-camera ready because opera camps end in a final concert, which both parents and students love. Not many summer programs include “performances/recitals” due to time constraints, so this is definitely something really special.

What will your singing star do at camp? “Opera camp is about so much more than opera! While the focus in all of our camps is on healthy singing technique, the skills involved in producing the culminating performances include collaboration, communication, self-confidence in presentation and so much more. Depending on the camp the students choose, they may focus primarily on vocal technique and music theory/literacy or, in our ‘Create an Opera’ camp, they get to be a part of the entire process! Students in ‘Create an Opera’ help write the story and music (with the guidance of professionals), create costumes, props and sets and then perform their work. The ‘Art of Opera’ provides a coveted chance for high school students to perform a full (small-scale) opera production with professional-level costumes, scenery, staging and live music in the Heinen Theater.”

Who can attend camp? Camps are intended for 3rd thru 12th graders. Some camps/programs may require previous singing experience, auditions and/or recommendations. If your child isn’t old enough to attend camp just yet, definitely plan to attend one of the HGO Storybook Opera or First Songs events soon! My girls couldn’t help but sing and wiggle along!

When is camp? Camps are held weekly in June. Each week has a different focus. Register for auditions and camps as soon as possible as camps are limited in space and fill up quickly each year!

In the comments, tell us your favorite opera or musical!

 

By Mary West
Mama of 2, Wife, Teacher/Tutor; My favorite opera is La Boheme!

iQuriousKids Calendar – April 21st to April 27th (Things to do in Houston)

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Earth Day: Picnic in the Park – Evelyn’s Park
Saturday, April 22th, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM | 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401.
Bring your family and friends to enjoy kids activities, live music, great food, and more at this Earth Day Picnic at Evelyn’s Park on Bellaire.

Children’s Theater Sketch Show – Garbage Island
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 | 10:30 AM | 100 Jackson St. Houston, TX 77002.
Rec Room Arts presents a new episode of its hit children’s theater show Garbage Island, a live interactive sketch performance for children ages 2 to 6.

Autism Speaks 8K & 1K Kids Fun Run – Sugar Land Town Square
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 | 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM | 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479.
Lace up your running shoes and join Autism Speaks in raising awareness during the 1st Annual Houston 8K & 1K Kids Fun Run at Sugar Land Town Square.

Earth Day Bash – Children’s Museum of Houston
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM | 1500 Binz, Houston, Tx 77004.
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! For 47 years, Earth Day has inspired awareness and appreciation for our environment. Spring into action and celebrate the wonders of the world during our Earth Day Bash. Explore nature’s creations, discover ways to make a difference, and practice protecting the planet we call home.

Tyke Hikes – Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Monday, April 24th, 2017 | 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM | 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024-7708  United States.
Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors.
Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as owls, squirrels, trees, and worms.

Toddler Tuesdays: Brown Bear Brown Bear – Discovery Green
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM | 1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010.
The gentle rhyming and gorgeous, tissue-paper collage illustrations in this classic picture book make it a dog-eared favorite on many children’s bookshelves. On each page, we get to meet a new animal who nudges us onward to discover which creature will show up next!

Shadow Puppet Theatre – The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 | 11:00 AM | 4775 W Panther Creek ,The Woodlands, TX 77381.
Bring the kids for a story told with animated shadows created by manipulating cut-outs behind a sheet in front of a bare bulb lamp at The Woodlands Children’s Museum.

Freedom Train – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 | 11:00 AM | 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030.
A mother and son escape a plantation in Texas and journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad to Mexico in 1844. Based on actual events in Texas history. Written by Celeste Bedford Walker and Tim Fried-Fiori.

Thursday Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm

 

25 Skills Your Child Could Learn at an Alliance Fencing Academy Camp this Summer!

25 Skills Your Child Could Learn at an  Alliance Fencing Academy Camp this Summer!

To be honest, I didn’t really know much about fencing until my trial class this week. I mistakenly thought it was jousting as seen at The Renaissance Festival or Medieval Times, when it’s actually more similar to the light saber battles of Star Wars! I’m so used to bringing my girls to fun places and activities, that I was pleasantly surprised and a little nervous that I was the person getting to try a class at Alliance Fencing Academy. In a one-hour introductory class, I can tell you I worked physically and mentally harder and focused more than I have focused on something in years. While it was a serious work out, it was also surprisingly stress-relieving as it required such intense focus and precision that the thousands of other things running in my mind each day were totally gone! On my drive home, I thought about all of the things I learned or observed others learning. I was able to easily brainstorm the 25 traits that I really think are learned and developed during a fencing practice (and I was only there for an hour!) While fencing is certainly a sport to encourage the physical development of your child, I really feel like it will benefit their social, emotional, and cognitive skills as well. If your child is interested in trying a new sport or has always wanted to try fencing like his/her favorite Jedi, you’ll want to check out Alliance Fencing Academy’s summer camp or year-round club!
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What does Alliance offer? They offer competitive fencing club/classes, awesome summer camps for a whole week of each summer month, PE classes for homeschoolers, and even birthday parties for your children (perfect idea for the Star Wars lover!)

Why Alliance Fencing Academy? “Alliance (ALL) is the largest Epee club in Texas with over 300 members. We also have 108 of these members with a Rating of E or Higher. Rating are used to classify the fencers during events and A is the best rating you can get. We currently have over 30 A rated fencers.” My coach told me that he wholeheartedly believes “Alliance Fencing Academy may be the best fencing club in the United States. With 2 Olympians and multiple World Cup champions, it is definitely the program to check out if your child is interested in fencing!” We also couldn’t help but notice the wall overflowing with college pennants of all the former Alliance Fencers who are now collegiate fencers; pretty much speaks for itself. Check out this article to read about the owner and head coach of Alliance. He also coached the Women’s Epee Team in the Rio 2016 Olympics where two Alliance fencers medaled!

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Is fencing right for us? Has your child begged you to have endless light-saber battles like Star Wars? This could be a start; your child can have a pretty epic battle of their own in the safe environment of Alliance. Ms. Thow, the manager of Alliance, told us “you’ll never know if they’ll like it until they give it a try which is why they offer a thorough trial package so students can really get the full idea if it’s a good fit or not”. Any parent who has ever done one trial class and not been 100% sure will appreciate the opportunity to try out 2 or 3 classes before a big investment.

Who can enroll in fencing at Alliance? Anyone ages 6 and up can enjoy a fencing program at one of their locations (Houston/Memorial or Woodlands)! It truly can be a family sport since nearly all ages can enroll. You can visit iQuriousKids to browse through & enroll for Alliance Fencing Academy‘s Summer Camps & Classes.

What’s Special? The coaches are top notch. The coaches are as skilled in technique and ability as they are knowledge and teaching skills. I could tell the fencers were both extremely respectful of and close to their instructors, who could be observed fencing, giving assistance and gently giving constructive feedback. In my class, the coach tirelessly worked with me with kindness, patience and direct feedback to make sure I learned properly. He was really kind and forgiving considering I am no athlete and definitely not the champions he is used to working with! Another special feature is that students begin fencing the first day and they practice fencing during every practice session; students won’t grow impatient waiting to truly engage in their new sport. I really appreciated that the sessions were so organized; every minute the students were there to practice, they were practicing!

“Bonus” Features: The waiting area is roomy and comfortable for parents who wish to wait while their child practices. With televisions and multiple couches and sitting areas, it is arguably one of the best parent waiting areas that I’ve been to. The location is right around the corner from many restaurants and Memorial City Mall so it’s convenient to grab lunch or run some errands during long practice sessions.

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Things to Consider: My coach told me the long-term cost of fencing is worth consideration, but luckily Alliance offers a few sessions so that your child can really “try it out”. The beginner classes for children are very affordable and basic fencing equipment is provided!

Fencing is featured in many movies and shows.  In the comments, tell us your favorite fencing film!

By Mary West
About Me: Mama of 2 girls, wife, sister, daughter, teacher & tutor.
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iQuriousKids Calendar – April 14th to April 20th (Things to do in Houston)

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Animal Egg Hunt – The Houston Zoo
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM | 200 Hermann Park Dr Houston, TX 77030.
Watch the animals participate in their very own Animal Egg Hunt! Gorillas, meerkats, and even the elephants are receiving their own egg-themed enrichment throughout the day. Visit them at their habitats in the Houston Zoo and see them hunt, eat, and play with eggs of all sizes!
Don’t forget to grab your egg-themed scavenger hunt in the Zoo’s front plaza before you start your day. Find all the fun egg facts throughout the Zoo for an egg-stra special surprise (While they last)!

Easter EGGstravaganza – Blessington Farms
Friday, April 14th & Saturday, April 15th, 2017 | 10:00 AM | 510 Chisolm Trail Simonton, TX 77476.
Hunt for Easter eggs & redeemed them for candy and prizes. Enjoy combining Easter egg hunts and picking your own strawberries at Blessington Farms. Activities also include hayrides, barrel trains, giant slides, and animal encounters (including chickens, goats and camels).

Big Bunny Bash – Cinco Ranch Church of Christ
Saturday, April 15th, 2017 | 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM | 6655 S Mason Road Katy, TX 77450.
Bring the kiddos over to the family-friendly 2017 Big Bunny Bash to enjoy egg hunts, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, and even a petting zoo at the Cinco Ranch Church of Christ. Be sure to bring the camera to snap a picture with the Easter Bunny as well.

Spring World International Festival – Discovery Green
Saturday, April 15th, 2017 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM | 1500 Mckinney St Houston, TX 77010.
The SpringWorld International Festival is a one-day festival that showcases different cultures with art, music, food and more at Discovery Green park in Downtown Houston.

Fun Glow Run & Flashlight Egg Hunt – Jordan Ranch
Saturday, April 15th, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM | 30722 Sonora Ridge Drive Brookshire , TX 77423.
Families are invited to come to participate in a three-mile run, walk or bike throughout Jordan Ranch in Brookshire. After the sun goes down and once the race is done, kids and teens can join in the Flashlight Egg Hunt.

Magic in the Plaza – Sugar Land Town Square
Saturday, April 15th, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM | 15958 City Walk Sugar Land, TX 77479.
Bring your friend and family to see a magic show from Ted Schwank and The World’s Greatest Illusions Grand Production Show along with games, face painting and more at the Sugar Land Town Square.

Houston’s Got Bollywood – The Red Carpet – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Saturday, April 15th, 2017 | 08:18 PM | 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030.
NAACH Houston brings to you a brand new India House production with the sheer global spirit of Bollywood Dance Theatre, conceived & directed by Mahesh Mahbubani.
Lavish costumes, innovative choreography, dynamic dancers, and breathtaking visuals are all woven together, creating a spectacular Bollywood theatrical production.

EASTER IN HERMANN PARK
Sunday, April 16th, 2017 | 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM | Kinder Station, Hermann Park Conservancy, 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004.
Celebrate Easter in Hermann Park! In an ideal Easter setting, you’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast on Pinewood Cafe’s patio overlooking serene McGovern Lake followed by an Easter egg hunt, ride on the Hermann Park Railroad and pedal boat ride!

Tyke Hikes – Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Monday, April 17th, 2017 | 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM | 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024-7708  United States.
Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors.
Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as owls, squirrels, trees, and worms.

Toddler Tuesdays: The Goose Fairy and the Golden Egg. – Discovery Green
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM | 1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010.
Mandy has one task to accomplish before she becomes a full-fledged tooth fairy–to deliver a gift to a little girl named Estelle who has lost her first tooth. On the way, Mandy gets knocked off course and runs into a goose named Geraldine. On their journey to help Mandy become a tooth fairy, the two learn lessons of problem solving and working together, all while becoming the best of friends.

Charlotte’s Web – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Wednesday, April 19th & Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | 11:00 AM | 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030.
“Friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world,” says Wilbur the pig in Charlotte’s Web. And he should know. His life is saved by his kind and ingenious friend Charlotte — a barn spider with some serious web-weaving skills!

Thursday Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm

Camp Xtreme: Providing Exciting Opportunities for ALL Children!

Camp Xtreme: Providing Exciting Opportunities for ALL Children!

If you’re a parent of a child with special needs, you may have had difficult conversations in the past regarding options for awesome summer camps and/or extra-curricular activities. If you have been searching for an exhilarating, independent, challenging and motivating camp option for your child with disabilities, I think you and your child will be extremely excited to hear about the TIRR Foundation’s Moran Camp Xtreme in Burton, TX. A unique and special quality about Camp Xtreme is that they “believe that every individual, despite physical disability or mobility impairment, has a right to physical recreation, wellness, and participation in sporting activities.” All of their activities reflect this belief and campers will enjoy a week filled with awesome camp memories that every child deserves at least once in a lifetime.  Check out this video for a glimpse into Camp Xtreme.

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What will my child experience at Camp Xtreme? Your child will experience a week filled with summer camp experiences which they may not have had the opportunity to do anywhere else! At Camp Xtreme, the possibilities are endless. Activities such as horseback riding, zip-lining, yoga, archery, SCUBA, basketball, ROPES courses, kayaking, sailing, swimming and more are fully adapted for safety and enjoyment. Your child won’t be told what they cannot do; they will be inspired to do what they can!

What will my child learn at camp? Ms. Taylor, the director of marketing for Camp Xtreme, stated that some of the main skills learned are the social-emotional and life skills of “independence, self-awareness, and resourcefulness” in addition to the physical skills involved in the camping activities and the pride and accomplishment campers will surely feel after participating in them. Campers also grow in social skills, making friends and sharing camaraderie with fellow campers!

When is camp? Summer Camp 2017 is July 9th -14th in Burton. Sea Camp 2017 is October 13th -15th in Galveston.

Who can attend camp? Campers age 8-21 who enjoy new experiences, are able to perform all self-care, tolerate 12 hours of physical activity, and able to propel their wheelchair manually are able to register for camp. (See the website for more specific criteria for campers. If your child doesn’t meet the criteria, TIRR Foundation will also help you find another camp which they will enjoy!)

Feeling unsure about away camp? Parents can rest easy knowing that the ratio of campers to staff is 3:1 (wow!) and that medical staff is available 24/7. We know it can be nerve-wracking to enroll any child in an overnight camp, so we’ve included this parent’s testimonial from the 2016 camp to help in your decision process!

“As a parent of a special needs child, it is so much more difficult to let them have sleepovers etc., as you do not know if the other family is comfortable or capable of taking care of your child.  I think for me it was definitely separation anxiety.  This was the first time ever William was going to be away from home without Mom, Dad, brother, aunt, cousins, or grandparents with him.  He was definitely excited, I was anxious.

So we made the trip from Garland to Burton.  As we pulled into the camp, the grounds were beautiful and peaceful.  We unloaded and were very quickly and pleasantly welcomed to the camp by one of the counselors in a wheelchair.  That made me feel better, knowing someone else would understand the struggles William goes through.  We went inside to get William checked in, and I could see many children with different abilities.  William was definitely among his peers.  Something he doesn’t always get in school.  He already had a smile on his face from ear to ear, I could tell he was a little nervous but more excited. 

Next, we went to the walk the grounds and see the cabins.  I loved that everything was so wheelchair accessible.  I have been to a kids camp with William before and it was definitely not very wheelchair friendly and there were not many events he could participate in.  As we walked into the cabin we were greeted by IK.  This was his cabin counselor.  He definitely put me at ease.  He was kind and welcoming.  He greeted and spoke to William and then answered all of my questions.  The bathrooms were AMAZING!  I wish we had one like that at home!  Another thing that helped alleviate some of my anxiety.  I could tell William was getting more comfortable.  We could see the canoes and pier and William was thrilled that they were going to be fishing!  (He has asked me several times… but that’s not really my thing.)  He also saw the zip line.  This is what he was most excited to do, and what I was most worried about him participating in.  (Good Thing Mom did not stay at camp with him.) 

Now it was time to say goodbye and let him enjoy his camp.  I felt teary, so I quickly had to give him a hug and leave as I did not want him to worry about me. 

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William was at camp for 3 nights.  We picked him up on Sunday morning, and he filled us in on all of the things they did at camp.  We had a couple of hours to drive home, so he had a captive audience.  He explained day by day what he did.  He LOVED the zip line by the way.  He made some new friends and may even see some of them at wheelchair basketball nationals.  I am so glad that Camp Xtreme exists and that we had the opportunity to attend.  It was such a blessing.  The counselors are all knowledgeable and kind.  William cannot wait to get back to camp, he is already planning on attending the summer camp. 

I am so thankful that William had this experience.  I think it helped him to become more independent, and me to trust that he is okay without me. 

Thank you Moran Camp Xtreme and all of the counselors for your time and effort in the lives of these children.  It really does make a difference that they can feel at home at Moran Camp Xtreme, and not be “different.”

-Wendy Hardeman, William Hardeman’s mother

 

By Mary West
Mama of 2 and Teacher/Tutor;
looking forward to a summer filled with swimming and sunshine with my girls!

iQuriousKids Calendar – April 7th to April 13th (Things to do in Houston)

iQuriousKids Calendar – April 7th to April 13th (Things to do in Houston)

Pre-Ester Events, Kids Night Out at Quillian Center & More, Houston is always eventful! Here are a few things to do we picked for you in the upcoming 7 days.

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 Night Out – Quillian Center
Friday, April 7th, 2017 | 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM | Quillian Gym, 10570 Westpark Dr. Houston, Texas 77042, United States.
Kidz Night Out is hosted several Friday nights per month, and it’s just for kids. Children between the ages of 5 to 14 will engage in a fun, energetic and safe environment focused on keeping kids active. They will have the opportunity to hang out with friends, interact with a professional and fun loving staff and participate in activities that will want them coming back for more!
The fee for Kidz Night out is: $25 for one child / $45 for two children / $60 for three children. This includes dinner, drinks, snacks and activities.

Easter EGG-Stravaganza – Blessington Farms
Saturday, April 8th & Sunday, 9th April 2017 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM | Blessington Farms, 510 Chisolm Trail, Wallis, TX 77485, United States.
Enjoy picking your own strawberries and fun in Farm Funland that includes hayrides, barrel trains, giant slides, animal encounters (chickens, goats, camels…yes, camels!!), Jump Pad, Fossil Dig and much more. Come interact with the birds in the Aviary where you can feed the Quaker Parrots or see the new Reptile Grotto. While at the farm join a fun Easter egg hunt where children will hunt for 10 eggs and exchange them for candy and treats.

Easter Games – Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM | 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, Texas 77338, United States.
Enjoy egg rolls, bunny races, spoon races, and other traditional Easter games at Redbud Hill Homestead. Bring a picnic lunch. Ages 12 and under. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, March 29th.

Disney’s Moana Movie Screening – Discovery Green
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 | 8:15 PM to 9:45 PM | 1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010 United States.
Catch a screening of the Disney movie, Moana, with the whole family at Discovery Green Park in Downtown. You are welcome to bring blankets,and chairs to view from the hill. Food, beer and wine are available at the Lake House. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages, please.

The 30th Annual Houston Art Car Parade – Downtown
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 | 2:00 PM | Downtown Houston, Houston, TX 77010 United States.
Join the artists as they get ready to roll in the largest parade of its kind in the world!
Food trucks, music, beverage and a whole lot of fun! Get there early for all the action!

Tyke Hikes – Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Monday, April 10th, 2017 | 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM | 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024-7708  United States.
Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors.
Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as owls, squirrels, trees, and worms.

Toddler Tuesdays: Egg-cellent Easter Parade – Discovery Green
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM | 1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010 United States.
Due to fresh grass, there won’t be an egg hunt but an Easter parade instead. Allowing each child to receive a handful of eggs. Pick up your Easter hat craft materials next to the Big Kid Small City tent. There will also be a bubble party, face-painting and balloon artists on-site. Abba Color Photography will have an Easter themed photo op for free. The park will also offer free pictures with the Easter Bunny from 9 to 10:15am, and again at 10:45am. There will also be Easter crafts with Big Kid Small City, and fun music to bust out your best moves!

Thursday Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm