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October is National Bullying Prevention Month!

Published: 09/24/20
October is National Bullying Prevention Month!
In 2006, PACER Center started a groundbreaking movement to raise awareness about the devastating impact and often long-term effects that bullying can cause in our nation’s youth. The result was PACER’s creation of National Bullying Prevention Month. Each October, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center leads a campaign that unites individuals [Read More]
 

Ease Into Education This Fall

Published: 09/24/20
By: Courtesy of Family Features
Ease into Education This Fall
If there’s one constant this year, it’s change. With another school year comes even more change, but you can help your family make a smooth transition with some planning and preparation. Allow time for adjustments. After months of later bedtimes and laid-back schedules, kids and parents alike need a little [Read More]
 

Gaylord Hotels Unveils New Immersive Pop-Up Christmas Experience

Published: 09/24/20
Gaylord Hotels new one-of-a-kind marquee Christmas pop-up experience
As the holiday season approaches, Gaylord Hotels is excited to announce a new one-of-a-kind marquee Christmas pop-up experience that will debut this November at Gaylord Rockies in Colorado, Gaylord Palms in Florida, Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee and Gaylord Texan in Texas.  Called “I Love Christmas Movies,” the new experience presents [Read More]
 

Free Video Library on YouTube from Quarto Kids

Published: 09/24/20
Quarto Classroom Videos
Quarto Kids, the children’s division of book publisher The Quarto Group, has created a free video library on YouTube of expert authors using their educational books as teaching tools to supplement homeschool, remote, and regular curricula.  Quarto Classroom is a free video library on YouTube of Quarto’s authors and illustrators using their books [Read More]
 

Scholarship Program Seeking Alabama’s Top Youth Volunteers

Published: 09/19/20
2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Today through November 10, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) are calling on Alabama youth volunteers to apply for scholarships and national recognition through The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Alabama students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if [Read More]
 

Simply Put Partners With Disney’s Moana Star Auli’i Cravalho

Published: 09/19/20
Raise Awareness Of Undercounted Children in 2020 Census
simply put, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on social-impact publishing, programming and distribution to reach marginalized communities, announced that on September 17, 2020, in partnership with state and county agencies, early childhood educators and librarians across the U.S., will hold virtual pajama parties to watch the animated version of simply put’s [Read More]
 

Tips for Balancing Remote Work and Full-Time Parenting During COVID-19

Published: 09/12/20
By: Sheyla Scaffo, People Experience Associate & Executive Business Administrator
Tips for Balancing Remote Work and Full-Time Parenting During COVID-19
Many parents are currently navigating an entirely new normal: Working from home while taking care of their kids full-time. As school picks back up and many kids remain at home for remote learning, figuring out how to balance their schedule and a full-time job sometimes feels totally unmanageable. Most parents [Read More]
 

Gaylord Opryland Presents Goblins & Giggles Events

Published: 09/04/20
Gaylord Opryland presents Goblins & Giggles
This fall, guests are invited to Gaylord Opryland Resort to experience a memorable family vacation by enjoying a new Goblins & Giggles celebration, occurring September 11 through  October 31, 2020. Goblins & Giggles offers a wide array of family-friendly activations from spooky animal encounters and a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt featuring Spookley [Read More]
 

Children’s of Alabama Wins Excellence Award

Published: 09/04/20
Children’s of Alabama Wins Excellence Award
Children’s of Alabama was recognized by NRC Health as a recipient of its 2020 Excellence Award, which recognizes top-performing hospitals and health systems in overall patient-experience ratings. Children’s was named the top-performing hospital among 23 eligible facilities for Excellence in Patient Experience-Pediatric, earning top experience ratings from patients and their families [Read More]
 

Labor Day: What it Means

Published: 09/04/20
Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country, according to the [Read More]
 

Soft Drinks May Add Aggressive Behavior

Published: 09/04/20
Soft Drinks May Add Aggressive Behavior
Previous studies have shown associations between soft drink consumption and mental health problems in adolescents. The UAB study, led by Sylvie Mrug, Ph.D., professor and chair of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology, identified soft drink consumption as a likely predictor of aggressive behavior. It was published in the Journal of [Read More]
 

Six Flags Over Georgia Announces All-New HALLOWFEST

Published: 08/29/20
Six Flags Over Georgia Announces All-New HALLOWFEST
The Thrill Capital of the South, Six Flags Over Georgia, leads the way for Halloween thrills and chills with a new event for the entire family—HALLOWFEST.  The event will feature Thrills by Day with plenty of family-friendly activities and Chills by Night with rides on monster coasters…in the dark and haunting Halloween theming throughout the parks.  HALLOWFEST will [Read More]
 

4 Tips for Welcoming a New Dog into Your Home

Published: 08/21/20
By: Courtesy of Family Features
4 Tips for Welcoming a New Dog into Your Home
As people continue to navigate the world of social distancing, animal shelters across the country have seen an increase in pet adoptions. People are craving connection and companionship, and few things compare to the loyalty of dogs – from their affectionate snuggles on the couch to their wagging tails when [Read More]
 

Vulcan Park & Museum Announces Access Program for Low-Income Families

Published: 08/14/20
Museums for All
Recently Vulcan Park and Museum announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums, to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. This program supports those receiving [Read More]
 

Interactive Virtual Fairy Tale Ball

Published: 08/06/20
Interactive Virtual Fairy Tale Ball
For the past 14 years, the Fairy Tale Ball has brought the magic and enchantment of fairy tales and superheroes to the city of Birmingham. Each year, this event generates valuable support for the children and families who rely on Childcare Resources, a local non-profit organization and United Way of Central Alabama [Read More]
 

Attend a Virtual College Fair

Published: 08/06/20
By: Courtesy Of International College Counselors
Attend a Virtual College Fair
Admissions representatives provide up-to-date information on their programs and share the latest policies regarding standardized testing, application deadlines, financial aid, and more. Students can log in using their phone or computer to attend college information sessions, ask questions, and schedule a time to meet one-on-one with an admissions representative. As [Read More]
 

Virtual Tailgate Party August 22, 2020

Published: 07/29/20
Annual Tailgate Party Goes Virtual
Members of Rotary International District 6860 have drawn up a new playbook for their annual Boiling N’ Bragging college football tailgate party to support the Children’s of Alabama Critical Care Transport with a virtual fundraiser. The Critical Care Transport program at the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital was established in [Read More]
 

Gaylord Opryland: Open with a Commitment to Clean & Endless Summer Fun

Published: 07/24/20
Gaylord Opryland is Open
Gaylord Opryland Resort is back open for summer and is bringing back its fan-favorite summer celebration, redesigned to offer the same all-in-one-place summer fun with peace of mind. Guests will enjoy the family-friendly activities and all-ages entertainment they know and love, with the confidence that their experience has been purposely redesigned to [Read More]
 

AccuWeather Summer Camp is in Session

Published: 07/24/20
Accuweather Summer Camp
Global weather and digital media leader AccuWeather is continuing to provide fun, science-based learning all summer long for children, parents and interested adults during lockdown restrictions and social distancing due to COVID-19. AccuWeather Summer Camp is a FREE, virtual educational series that draws upon insights from AccuWeather expert meteorologists, teaching hands-on [Read More]
 

McWane is Now Open Again!

Published: 07/17/20
McWane is Now Open Again!
On July 11, McWane Science Center marked its 22nd birthday. Birthdays are a time for celebration. This has been a challenging year, but this birthday McWane has something exciting to celebrate! This week, after four long months, McWane began welcoming visitors back into the Adventure Halls. Some things are a [Read More]
 

Mealtime Fun

Published: 07/02/20
By: Dahye Raine
The Unusual Quinns
Anybody with young children knows how mealtime can become a battle. What your kids loved yesterday is now the most revolting food on the planet. Alabama-based author and mom, Dahye Raine, has a solution in her newly-released children’s book, The Unusual Quinns, published by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Warren Publishing. With [Read More]
 

Run In 54 – A Virtual Race Challenge

Published: 06/26/20
By: Courtesy of the Autism Society of Alabama
Run In 54
One in 54 individuals is affected by autism spectrum disorder – The Autism Society of Alabama created the Run In 54, a virtual race challenge so that anyone, anywhere can participate in support of friends, family and others who face challenges associated with ASD. The Run in 54 is a 3-part virtual race series [Read More]
 

Foley’s OWA is Back and Fully Opened for Business

Published: 06/17/20
Visit OWA
The Park at OWA re-opened Friday, June 5 after consulting with health officials on best practices for enhanced health and safety measures. The amusement park’s spacious layout and recent construction have been ideal for maintaining appropriate social distancing while offering a much-welcomed return to sun and fun. New policies include [Read More]
 

McWane Partners with School in Lunch & Learning Program

Published: 05/27/20
By: McWane Science Center
Lunch & Learning Program
Homewood City Schools provided free meals to children under 18 during the school closures this spring, and each meal packet included a Science Challenge card provided by the Education Department at McWane Science Center. What is the science behind the activities?  All of the activities on the cards were engineering [Read More]
 

May 25 – Happy Memorial Day!

Published: 05/22/20
Memorial Day
Memorial Day, previously known as “Decoration Day,” is actually a federal holiday for honoring and mourning members of the military who have died while serving the country. But with its timing at the end of May and many people’s three-day weekends, it has become a “start of summer” holiday for [Read More]
 

Getting the Most Out of Virtual Dr. Visits for Your Child

Published: 05/18/20
By: Dr. James M. Lewis
Virtual Dr. Visits
Teleconferencing apps like Zoom promote good communication between families and physicians while preventing exposure to COVID-19. Although direct human contact and the ability to check height, weight, blood pressure and pulse are missing, the strategy does provide the face-to-face interaction necessary to adjust medication or manage learning and behavior problems. [Read More]
 

Coping with COVID-19 at Home

Published: 05/18/20
By: Courtesy of Children’s of Alabama
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating stress in individuals of all ages. Children can be particularly fearful, as they may not fully comprehend what is happening. Nina Reynolds, Ph.D., provides tips for parents on mitigating anxiety and stress, as well as strategies for managing all the time both parents and children [Read More]
 

Shelter and Snap!

Published: 05/18/20
By: Lori Chandler Pruitt
Shelter and Snap
While global communities are practicing physical distancing, birds are actively socializing outside our windows, in our trees, birdbaths, and feeders. Depending on where you live, birds of all species are migrating, singing, preening, mating, feeding, flying, and building nests. KingBirder, the first online contest to combine the skills of birding [Read More]
 

Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank Needs Your Help Now

Published: 05/09/20
By: Contributed by Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank
Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank
Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank could use your support. They have responded without hesitation meeting the basic needs of local families. In the first five weeks of this crisis, Bunles of Hope distributed 100,000 diapers and 200,000 wipes. As the preferred regional partner of the National Diaper Bank Network, they are able [Read More]
 

Things You Can Do to Ensure Your Children are Safe Online During Quarantine

Published: 05/02/20
By: Dawn Hawkins
Ensure Your Children are Safe Online During Quarantine
COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2. Call it what you want, but the novel coronavirus is all anyone is talking about anymore. The COVID-19 health pandemic has closed schools, canceled most activities and isolated most everyone at home all at once. In the midst of the social distancing, self-isolation, quarantines, and lockdowns, we’re all [Read More]
 

ASF’s “Play On!” Features Shakespeare Monologue Series

Published: 04/24/20
By: Lori Chandler Pruitt
ASF’s “Play On!” Features Shakespeare Monologue Series
With audiences and artists alike separated from live performing arts by the COVID-19 pandemic, actors who have appeared on stage at Alabama Shakespeare Festival have shared their favorite Shakespeare monologues online. “Your Favorite Actors, Their Favorite Shakespeare” is Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s virtual Shakespeare monologue project where ASF alumni perform their favorite [Read More]
 

Virtual Events in Birmingham and Across the USA

Published: 04/18/20
Storyline Online
Online Storytime Storyline Online The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by [Read More]