Stuff for the bargain prices....

I try to scour resources to bring you mostly no cost items...there are other blogs with activities for kids at cost...I try to give you the most bang for the buck!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Maggiano's Kids cooking class 11/6

Maggiano's would like to invite children ages 6-12 to participate in our future chefs cooking class. The children will receive instructions from our Executive Chef Ron Fazio, on how to make their own lasagna and take it home to eat.
The class will be held on November 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the North Ballroom. The cost is $25.00 inclusive per child. Please call the banquet department at 804-253-0916 to reserve a spot.

11800 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Toys R Us 10/30

On Saturday, October 30, from 12 noon - 3pm join us for "Geoffrey's
Halloween Parade Featuring Crayola!" Kids can dress in their ghoulish
garb to meet Geoffrey and receive a complimentary, reusable
Trick "R" Treat bag. They can also decorate a special Trick-or-Treat for
UNICEF collection box to express their style before collecting change
for kids in need. This event is not available in Toys"R"Us Express

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

20% discount for a scream at Old Navy

Off one item...good through 10/30.

Get Your Flu Shot! Free Clinics in Henrico and Chesterfield

Get Your Flu Shot! Free Clinics in Henrico and Chesterfield via Richmond
The Chesterfield Health Department is offering a free flu vaccination clinic for adults and children aged 3 and older, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 4-6 p.m., at the Smith-Wagner Building, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle. Please call 768-7499 to schedule an appointment beginning Oct 28, 2010.
The Henrico Health Department is providing free flu vaccinations for everyone ages 6 months & up.
Tuesday November 9, 2010
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Richmond International Raceway
602 E. Laburnum Avenue
Immunization hotline: (804) 652-3166
Edited to add: On Friday, October 29, 2010 from 10am – 7pm the Chickahominy Health District will be offering free flu shots for the public at Bass Pro Shops in Hanover County. Please call the Goochland Health Department at 804-556-5843 for more information about the event.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Letter to My Daughter

I was forever changed by this letter....great words.  Thanks Vicky!

Hello my girl,

I  wanted to say hi and tell you how much I miss you and that I hope your classes are going well and that you are having fun too.
But I also have to have a mommy moment-  bear with me here.  I won't take long, and I won't be saying anything I haven't already said in one form or another,  but it is important.

You may or may not have heard about the NJ college student who killed himself last week because his room-mate had posted videotape of him having sex with another guy.  A terrible, senseless tragedy.

My mommy job requires that I remind you of two essential things:
Nothing ruins your life forever. NOTHING.
Nothing ruins your life forever. NOTHING.

If that young man had only waited a couple of weeks nobody would have cared- he'd have gotten past it.  People have short memories- life would have gotten better, much better.  His parents and friends? They loved him prior to the tape- they would have loved him afterward too.  A few awkward moments and then life goes on.

But when you are young you don't know that even the awkward moments are fleeting.  On this,  you just have to trust the old people.  Remember when you were really small and cried and cried over something?  Well,  it didn't last.  That's kind of what it's like- awful things happen, you feel like there's a rock in the pit of your stomach, somehow time goes by and it gets better.  I promise you, it ALWAYS gets better.

The students, a girl and boy, who were involved in the taping and posting-- they are being charged with bias crime, invasion of privacy and possibly other things.  Their college life is over.  They will have to live with this death the rest of their lives-- and their families are devastated.  What they did was so wrong- but also so kid-stupid.  Not to mention mean. And so their lives will be different forever- but even so- their families will love them and they will have time enough to hopefully live in such a way as to make meaning from their mistake.

So, my beautiful girl,  never, ever think something is unfixable.  NOTHING you do will ever keep us from loving you.  NOTHING you do could be so awful you can't get past it.

And if someone is mean to you, and it isn't something you can ignore-- seek out people to talk to about it.  Surround yourself with people who are supportive.  If you ever need help and don't know how to ask- try writing a letter instead.  And right now- before you might need such help- think about who you would talk to if needed.  In the midst of turmoil sometimes we don't always think as clearly- having a plan makes it easier to find help in crisis.  And remember there are always alternatives. Always.

Finally, don't be mean.  Don't let other people be mean.
Stand up for the underdog, protect those who aren't as smart or confident or easygoing as yourself.
Treat people's feelings like fragile little puppies- if you play with them- be gentle.

I love you so much and I know you really don't need me to tell you this stuff.... but it's my job.
Love and hugs,

Daycare Discount

Goochland Children's Fall Festival 10/30

Broken Road Farm Petting Zoo
Free Run Farm Pony Rides
Scavenger Hunt & Carnival Games
Dyno-Might Amusement Company
Face Painting plus Make & Take Activities
Monster Money w/Candy Bag of Treats
Pumpkin Patch...pick one to paint!
Halloween Costume Contest at 2pm
Little Screamer’s Haunted Hayride
TOT LOT w/Mini Golf & Treasure Hunt
Children’s Fall Festival
Goochland County
For more information, please contact
Goochland County Parks & Recreation (804) 556-5854
or visit us online at
Saturday, October 30th, 2010
Back-up Rain Date:
Sunday, October 31st
from 2PM until 6PM

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kids Night-Chick Fil A-Parham Road 10/26

PRINCE & PRINCESS NIGHT, Tuesday, October 26, from 5-7 pm for Family Night -- kid's come in your favorite Prince or Princess costume & receive a SPECIAL TREAT. We will have a REAL PRINCESS visiting as well! The Princess COW will also visit! Kids 10 & under get FREE four piece nugget kid's meal with purchase of any adult meal.

Richmond Family Savings

Last week to save using Richmond magazine's coupons!
Remember to pick up your Richmond Family Magazine at Martins, Kroger and a variety of other vendors.

This week's deal includes free 1/2 doz donuts, $1 play all day at Kangaroo Jac's, and 20% off The Nutcracker Performances.

Halloween/Harvest Fest events 10/29-10/31
13th Annual Pumpkin Festival 10-3, Rides, Face painting, moon bounce and more, corner of Gayton and Quiocassin

Description : Shoppes at Innsbrook
Pumpkin decorating with The Pumpkin Lady
Learn the Monster Mash & Thriller Dances
Kids' Costume Parade led by C-Mor the Dinosaur
Adult Costume Contest and Treasure Hunt
Trick-or-Treating  MORE!!!!!
Date : Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time : 2:00pm-6:00pm

Fairmount Baptist Church Fall Family  Festival
The 2010 Fall Family Festival will be Saturday, October 30 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm in the Fairmount Family Life Center. The Fall Family Festival is an event for all ages and attracts many people from within the church and the surrounding community. It is an excellent time to invite your friends and neighbors to join the rest of the Fairmount Family for a great time to fellowship together. There will be many fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Games are a big feature at the Fall Family Festival and there will be food, door prizes, pie judging, cars room, Beanie Baby room (new this year), cake walk, limbo, and a new special feature called “Picture This” where a family can get their picture taken as a souvenir of the Fall Family Festival. There will also be costume judging (no scary costumes, please) and much more. This year will again feature events such as a hayride (weather permitting) and bounce house. This is an excellent opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to come out to Fairmount and share in the fun of the Fall Family Festival.

 West End Assembly of God
Friday,  Oct 29th

Fun and Frights Night
For all ages. Join us for a hauntingly good time! Enjoy a live (well, "undead" might be a better word) performance followed by the movie "Gremlins." You won't want to miss this dance and movie spooktacular! Information: Henrico Theatre, 328-4491.
Thur & Fri, Oct 28 & 29, 7 p.m.
Henrico Theatre. $1 per person.
Tickets purchased at the door.
Monster Mash
For all ages. Celebrate the Halloween spirit with the ghosts of Dorey Park. Activities include hair raising arts and crafts, frighteningly spooky contests and games, and rocking monster music! Take a trip down the spooky trail provided by the Varina High School Key Club. Participate and win great prizes in the costume contest at 8 p.m. Information: Rachel Leyco, 501-5134.
Fri, Oct 29, 6 9 p.m.
Dorey Recreation Center. Free.

Saturday Oct. 30  Trick or Treating will officially be from 4-6pm, though some merchants may continue after that.

School: Ratcliffe Elementary School
Date/Time: October 29, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Event: Fall Festival

School: Chamberlayne Elementary School
Date/Time: October 29, 5 – 8 p.m.
Details: This community event will include games, food, music, raffles, and prizes. There will be a costume
parade at 5:30.
Event: Second annual Fall Festival
School: Highland Springs Elementary School
Date/Time: October 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
Details: Families and neighbors in the school community are invited to attend this fun-filled event. The
Henrico County Fire Department will have a fire engine that kids can explore, and there will be games, food,
a cake walk, a bake sale and a haunted house.

Event: Gatorval Fall Festival
School: Greenwood Elementary School
Date/Time: October 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Details: This family fun day will include games, food, a bake sale, used book sale, a cake walk,
entertainment and an inflatable obstacle course.

October 30:
-Rockin with Renew Crew Fall Festival,, 10 am – 2 pm, Byrd Park Carillon
-Spooky Party, Children’s Museum (admission fee)

Bass pro Shops
Crafts, trick or treating, Click link for specifics and locations

Monday, October 4, 2010

Midlothian Day Parade 10/16

The 2010 Midlothian Day Parade in Downtown Midlothian , the 18th annual, will take place on Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 9:00 AM, in Downtown Midlothian. The Parade takes place "rain or shine". It will begin at Village Mill Drive aqnd Midlothian Turnpike, and proceed east to its conclusion at the Village Marketplace Shopping Center. Visit the Parade Route page for additional route details.
Regularly noted as one of the top events in Chesterfield County, the Parade will be comprised of over 90 units, including marching bands, floats, 500+ marchers, and lots of clowns. Over 2500 spectators, the largest of any event in Downtown Midlothian, are expected to attend, packing Midlothian Turnpike with smiling eyes and festive attire.