Monday, February 29, 2016

Hand Print Easter Bunny Craft: Easy Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Did you know that Easter is less than a month away? It's early this year and the kids and I pulled out some of our Easter decorations this past weekend including my favorite Easter Egg wreath. Grace was begging to do a craft today so we decided to create some new Easter themed crafts to add to our decorations.
Easy Crafts for Preschoolers

This hand print Easter bunny is cute, easy and requires minimal supplies. You will need:

  • Construction paper
  • White paint
  • Pink paint
  • Black sharpie

I couldn't get a picture doing Connor's handrpint as I was just trying to make sure he didn't get paint all over himself but you can see him working on a different Easter craft that I'll share later this week!
Paint all of your child's hand white except their thumb and help them make a hand print with their fingers together like bunny ears.
Easter crafts for classrooms

Wait for the hand print to dry and add pink paint for the ears and nose. Use a black sharpie to draw in eyes, whiskers, and the mouth. Add a cute Easter themed note and you've got an adorable Easter gift for grandparents or parents!
Hand Print Crafts for Easter
This quick craft would be perfect for a preschool class or toddler play date! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Free Kansas City Activities for Kids: Feeding Elk and Bison in Lee's Summit

We are officially sick of cold weather in our house and the kids are chomping at the bit to get outside. With a limited activity budget, I often struggle with ways to keep them entertained and honestly, some days we NEED to get out of the house before we all go crazy! While Kansas City offers plenty of fun kids activities, many are fairly pricey so I'm always on the lookout for cheap or even better, free kids activities in KC that my kids will enjoy. I've made some discoveries in the past few years that I can't wait to share and so for the next several days I'm going to feature some of our favorite free kids activities in KC. Some are hidden gems, others you might have heard of it, but they are all so much fun for kids.

The first one is a hidden gem that can be enjoyed year round. We bundled up on a cool day in January and headed to Fleming Park in Lees Summit. The Native Hoofed Animal Enclosure is a must visit for animal lovers!

Free Activities for Kids in Lees Summit

A friend invited us to go feed the elk and bison and advised to bring lots of full sized carrots. We stopped at the store and grabbed 4 large bags of carrots and headed out. The moment we stepped out of the van, the elk quickly came to the fence. They were ready to eat!


The kids loved feeding all of the elk. The full sized carrots were a must to avoid any bites.

It didn't take long for the carrots to all disappear! The kids were disappointed when we ran out and so were the elk. This big guy was a bit aggressive the day we were there and was hitting the fence repeatedly after we ran out. We got a little freaked out because one of the girls was standing fairly close to the fence the first time he did it and those antlers are no joke! So just be aware of the surroundings when you go, these are still wild animals.

After feeding the elk, we went to visit the bison but they weren't visible that day so we will visit again soon to see them.

This is a quick activity that is sure to be a hit for all ages! Stop by Costco or Aldis for cheap carrots or simply visit the park to look at the animals. We will definitely be making this a regular stop this spring and summer.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

LEGO KidsFest Kansas City Ticket Giveaway!

Disclosure: I will receive press tickets to this event for my family. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

Attention Kansas City, the LEGO® KidsFest Tour is coming May 13-15  to the Kansas City Convention Center and you won't want to miss it. My kids love playing with their LEGO bricks and they are so excited to go to this event. Read on for more details and make sure to enter to win 2 tickets to LEGO KidsFest in Kansas City at the end of this post! If you want to attend, make sure to get your tickets soon because other tour stops have sold out.


LEGO KidsFest will be in Kansas City, Missouri May 13-15, 2016 
bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three acre activity- and entertainment-packed family event. 

LEGO KidsFest is for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

Among the many LEGO attractions, families will find: 

* LEGO Model Museum: life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks 
* LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play 
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family 


* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* LEGO Disney Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book 
* LEGO Super Heroes: pose with a life-sized Spiderman model and more
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building


* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City 
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member 
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes 
* LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S. 
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment


Five sessions - all identical and 4 1/2 half hours in length - are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at www.LEGOkidsfest.com. Tickets are $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions, and $22 for both sessions on Saturday and the Sunday morning session.
On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more.

Get more details about the tour and purchase your tickets here: 
http://legokidsfest.com/missouri-2016.htmlSAVE $2/ticket with the promo code KCBLOG. The code expires Friday 3/4, get your tickets now before they sell out! 


Giveaway

One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, May 13, 2016 (4-8:30pm). I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities. Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG!

Winner will be randomly chosen by USFG on Thu, April 14th and announced on my Blog and notified via email,


Enter here: http://www.usfamilyguide.com/LEGO_KidsFest/?blogid=1875

Monday, February 8, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Twitter Contest, Shield Invitation Free Printable Template, and Shield Favor Free Printable

Connor is obsessed with superheroes. He is constantly dressing up as Captain America and I can't count the number of times we've watched the original Avengers movie. Luckily, Mike and I enjoy it as much as he does and I was very excited to see the new preview of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War yesterday before the big game. If you missed it, it looks intense!


When the government sets up a governing body to oversee the Avengers, the team splinters into two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

While I'm excited to see this movie, I'm not thrilled that my two favorite heroes, Captain America and Iron Man, will be fighting each other. I can't make myself pick between them but if you can, check out this Twitter campaign to enter to win a chance to win a walk-on role in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War- Part 1:

As part of an exciting new Twitter campaign, 11 new character emojis are now available, and fans are encouraged to Tweet using #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan to declare their allegiance to their favorite Marvel characters. In addition, fans can create their own super team using the Captain America emojis and #TeamCapSweepstakes or #TeamIronManSweepstakes for a chance to win a walk-on role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War - Part I.

To learn more about Captain America: Civil War, check out the website, Facebook, Instagram, and follow @CaptainAmerica on Twitter.

Connor recently had his 3rd birthday and it was no surprise when he asked for an Avengers party. While he loves all of the characters, Captain America is his favorite so I used his shield as an inspiration for the invitation and favors.

I created this shield invitation using my Cricut and card stock. I created a template for those of you who don't have cutting machines to use to create this fun Captain America invitation for your own party.
Avengers Invitations

Click on the image below to download the free PDF template.  These designs are for personal use only. All designs are copyright of Moments That Take My Breath Away. Any use for commercial purposes is a copyright infringement. Print the template, cut out each piece, and trace the shapes onto the corresponding color of paper. Cut out your pieces and assemble them to create each shield.
Use a word processing software to create a personalized invitation for the back or simply write your party info straight on the back of shield.

I created a cup full of Avengers favors for each child and used small frisbees I found at Party City as the lids.
Boy Birthday Party Favors
 I made them look like Captain America's shield by attaching a small piece of card stock printed with the shield details. The kids loved their small shields!
Avengers Party Favors

I created a free printable for you to attach to mini frisbees to create your own mini Captain America shields! Click the image below to download the PDF. These designs are for personal use only. All designs are copyright of Moments That Take My Breath Away. Any use for commercial purposes is a copyright infringement. 

Who will you be rooting for in Captain America: Civil War? 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Monster Jam Kansas City Review

Disclosure: I received tickets to this event from Feld Entertainment for my family. I am not required to write a positive review and all opinions are 100% my own and honest. 


I can honestly say that going to a monster truck show was never on radar before having kids. But after having Connor, I knew that I would need to learn all of the things that come along with having a boy who absolutely loves trucks, so attending Monster Jam last night was definitely an experience for me!

I really didn't know what to expect at the show although I had been warned that it is super loud. The kids were very excited when we arrived:

The first half of the show was mainly races in the monster trucks, ATVs, and speedsters. This gave us time to see each truck and we picked our favorites early on. Connor and Mike both favored Grave Digger while Grace and I both chose Monster Mutt Dalmatian to win. For a monster truck, Dalmatian is pretty cute!

The races moved pretty slow for both of my kids and they had a hard time sitting still for all of them. While the ATV and speedster races were fun for a bit, the kids just really wanted to see the trucks.

I was surprised my how much audience interaction there was throughout the show and our whole family enjoyed cheering on the Zombie truck with our zombie arms!

Towards the end of the races Connor started to complain that it was too loud for him. We brought ear plugs for the entire family but next year I will definitely be buying the headphone ear protection that I think works better for little ears. Mike and Connor spent the end of the first half like this:

Amazingly enough, due to fighting a cold and not getting a nap that day, Connor began to fall asleep and slept on me through the ENTIRE second half. I felt bad for him because he was so excited to see the trucks but the poor guy was obviously exhausted. I couldn't believe he slept through all that noise!

I wish he would have stayed awake because the second half was action packed! The trucks competed in jump, wheelies and a freestyle competition that had the crowd cheering. It's hard to truly understand how massive these trucks are until you see them in person.

The trucks get some serious air in the jump competition and I thought it was the best part of the entire show.

The freestyle was Grace's favorite part because the trucks crushed cars! She has talked about them crushing cars all day today.

Each event was scored and Grace and I were thrilled when the female driver of Scooby Doo was the overall winner for the night.
The commentators worked hard to make the night a family friendly event by constantly involving audience members and giving out prizes.  After the show the drivers were available for autographs and pictures but by the time we left the line was huge so we promised the kids we would do it next year. Overall we really enjoyed the show. Both kids say they want to go back again and they have been racing Connor's monster truck toys around the house all day, so I'll call it a success. Monster Jam was an experience we will never forget!

Monster Jam is at the Sprint Center in Kansas City for the rest of the weekend. Here is everything you need to know:
Saturday, February 6th @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 7th @ 2 PM

Tickets are available at the Sprint Center Box Office or online at AXS.comOn Sunday at 12 PM there will be a Party in the Pits and pit passes are available for $10 at the Sprint Center box office of online atwww.axs.com. The pit session requires a 2 PM event ticket along with the pit pass for entry. To learn more about the Monster Jam tour, visit their website, like their Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Easy Valentine's Day Craft for Kids: Doily Heart Painting

Valentine's Day is around the corner and the kids and I have been having fun decorating with easy crafts. Our windows are full of heart suncatchers and we have yarn heart pom pom monsters on the tables. Their dinosaur and puppy Valentines are ready for their friends but Grace asked to make a card for their grandmas yesterday and of course I couldn't say no to that. So sorry grandmas, you're seeing your cards before you get them! We pulled out some paint and a few things from my craft drawers and whipped up a cute Doily Heart Painting.
Valentine's Crafts for Preschoolers Heart Painting
 This super easy craft is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers since it requires very little setup. I found these heart doilies at Hobby Lobby. You could use acrylic or watercolor paint for a different look but we used fingerpaint because it is super easy to get off of clothes, skin and other surfaces.

I attached a single doily to a piece of card stock using Scotch Removable Double Stick Tape. This made the doilies easy to remove after we were done painting and I highly recommend it for kids crafting! I gave the kids each a brush and some red paint and they had fun covering their whole papers in paint.

Grace covered every inch of her paper while Connor was a bit more hesitant. We sprinkled some glitter onto the paper while the paint was still wet to add a little sparkle but that is totally optional.

We let the paint dry a little bit before removing the doily. We discovered that Grace put a lot of paint on her doily which made it harder to remove and the lines weren't as distinct as Connor's. So encourage your kids to put just a thin layer of paint over the doily.

The finished products after I added the word love:
Valentine's Crafts for Preschoolers Heart Painting

This would be a great craft for a classroom Valentine's party as it requires only a few supplies. It would also be a cute Valentine's gift for family members on a canvas. I love the way they turned out!

Monday, February 1, 2016

DIY Non-Candy Dinosaur Valentine Free Printable

ROAR!! With two dinosaur loving kiddos in my house, this Dinosaur printable Valentine is a perfect non-candy option that I know their classmates will love! I'm a huge fan of avoiding the Valentine's Day sugar rush and always appreciate it when their classmate's parents offer a non-candy favor. So I whipped up these cute dino themed Valentines and thought I would offer the printable for you to use too.
Non-Candy Valentine's Ideas for boys

I purchased a huge bag of mini dinosaur figurines several years ago and they've been sitting untouched in the closet. This was the perfect way to use them! I attached each one to the card stock using a glue dot.

These dinosaurs were about an inch and a half and I have seen many similar ones sold at party stores for favors.
Non-Candy Valentine's Ideas for boys

Click the image below to download the free printable Dino-Mite Valentine! These designs are for personal use only. All designs are copyright of Moments That Take My Breath Away. Any use for commercial purposes is a copyright infringement.

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