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4/16/2010
Places To Visit
  Park or Nature Centers- Take along frisbees or footballs, also take along food and enjoy a picnic! Also check out some nature centers and experience the outdoors!   Beaver Creek Reserve- www.BeaverCreekReserve.org Cty. Hwy. K, Fall Creek 715-877-2212 Thrill at close-up views of the residents of this 360-acre multi-use wildlife reserve and the skies above. Here visitors will find diverse woodland and prairie habitats and three different facilities: the Eau Claire county Youth Camp, the Wise Nature Center and the Hobbs Observatory. Over five miles of scenic trails give visitors the chance to view many of the reserve's inhabitants, including deer, bear, beaver, wild turkey, golden-winged warblers, tufted titmice, and lady slippers or jack-in-the-pulpits. Self-interpretive trails, wildlife photography blinds, butterfly gardens, feeding stations and boardwalks are designed to enhance your up-close outdoor experience.   The Greenhouse University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Campus 715-836-2637 Trek through a tropical rain forest or wander across an arid plain and wonder at the profusion of botanical species growing in the University's greenhouse.   Chippewa Valley Auto Tours Eau Claire Visitor Center 3625 Gateway Dr., Eau Claire 715-831-2345 Experience the Timber Trails of the Chippewa Valley where tall stands of timber once brought early settlers ...
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4/16/2010
Mommy and Me
Activities for Parents and Children to do Together!   1. A Game of Balloonatics You'll need:    • a colorful supply of balloons, both long and round    • two boxes, to serve as “goals”    • colorful markers to decorate your goal box (optional) What to do: If possible, print out these directions. Read them through with your child before you begin. With your child, gather everything you need. Together with your child, color and decorate your “goal” box, keeping in mind this game will be played as though you were playing hockey with balloons. Help your child blow up and tie two balloons per player, one round and one long for each. Decide if you will be able to play indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. With your child, place the goal boxes at opposite ends of the room, or a reasonable distance apart if outdoors. Stand, together, in the center of the room, with your long balloon poised as a hockey stick or tennis racquet, and the round one as a puck or tennis ball. Ask your child to say, “One, two, three, go!” and try to get your round balloon inside your goal, without using your hands, before ...
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4/16/2010
Winter Holiday Games
Try Some of These Games Over the Winter Holidays!   1. Candy Cane Pass- Supplies:    4 candy canes per team (have a few extras due to breakage) How To Play:    Player holds 4 candy canes between fingers and passes them down the line, teammate to teammate, without dropping.   2. Pass the Ornament- Supplies:    Straw for each child    Ornaments cut out of tissue paper (tree, bell, star, etc.) How To Play:    Pass the ornaments down the line, teammate to teammate, by inhaling and exhaling on the straw to hang on to or release the ornament. No hands!   3. Rudolph Dash- Supplies:    Vaseline    Cut circles out of red construction paper How To Play:    Have child put Vaseline on their nose and then put the red circles on their nose. Relay race to the finish with each new person adding their red nose. If nose falls, go back to bowl and add more Vaseline and reapply nose. 4. Santa Says- How To Play:    Played similar to Simon Says. The player up is "Santa". Player will say "Santa says hop on one foot". The children will hop on one foot. Player will say "Stop". The children are to keep hopping on one ...
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