There has been a lot of press about the current health of
Americans. As we experience the impact of our sedentary
culture we have learned regular exercise needs to become an
important part of our daily activities. People are looking for fun
reasons to get off the couch and get moving. Some people have
the ability to get out and run Marathons, half marathons, 10k or 5k
all on their own. Some of us need more motivation! There
is a new fad sweeping across our county and the Tri-Cities is
excited to be part of it.
A Color Run is a 5k (3.1 miles) where the participants wear as
much white as possible. At each kilometer along the way there
are color stations where people throw powder paint on all the
participants as they go by. This will ensure everyone crosses
the finish line in full color! As a participant you can run
the distance and see what your time is or you can jog, walk, or
crawl to the finish line. This is fun to do alone and even
more fun with a group of people you love and enjoy spending time
On June 22nd
Kingspoint Christian School is excited to be hosting a family
friendly5k "KOLOR RUN" which will be held at the Fingernail
Building in Howard Amon Park. It is important for children to
get out and participate in healthy activities over the summer and
this is a great opportunity for families to have some fun and be
Requirements for this event:
PRIZES for both male and
in each age
Early Registration Fees:
Individual Registration $35 ($45 after June
Child Registration (ages 6-12) - with paid adult
$20 ($30 after June 1st)
Child ages 0-5 - with paid adult
Kingspoint Kolor Run T-shirt (not available to order after
June 1st) $15
Team Registration (min. 5 people) $30 per
person ($40 after June 1st)
Family Registration (up to 5 participants) $100
($125 after June 1st)
Registration sheets available for download at http://3rrr.org/event/kingspoint-kolor-run-3/
Mail or drop off your registration with payment at Kingspoint
Christian School, 7900 West Court Street, Pasco WA 99301 or
register on line at www.KingspointKolorRun.eventbrite.com
COMMENT with the
name of the last run you participated in OR your favorite Kolor to
be entered to win 1 free registration to the Kingspoint Kolor Run
($35 value)! (some restrictions may apply.) Winner will be
announced on June 1! Good LUCK!
The air is getting warmer, days are getting longer, the
kids are getting restless- there's no denying it, summer is just
around the corner! Whether your family embraces the
flexibility of a summer schedule or you cringe at the thought of
making arrangements to keep your kids occupied for 11 weeks,
deciding how they will spend their summer is often a stressful time
for families. While many parents of elementary aged children
aren't quite ready to send their young ones off to overnight camp
for week, summer camp programs have huge benefits for
Luckily, there are options for families to keep kids
closer to home while still reaping the benefits that summer camp
programs have to offer. Day camps are a time for kids to
expand their horizons and learn new skills that schools just aren't
able to provide. During the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities'
Spring Break Adventure Camp, children were given the opportunity to
explore their world through bird watching, fishing, and hikes in
our community. Through partnering with several organizations,
this week off from school was not a week off from learning, rather
kids were empowered to ask questions and search for answers outside
of the school setting. Campers in the program reported that,
"It was the best week ever!" and, "We had a fun time getting
to know each other and volunteers."
But is it worth it? Some parents feel that kids need
a break from structure during the summer, or that it's easier to
have a family member care for them rather than paying for
camp. While those are valid reasons to keep
your children home, the value of even one week in a summer
camp program that encourages an active lifestyle, outdoor play, new
friendships, and exposure to a variety of activities is
priceless. Many programs also offer partial scholarships to
families in need of assistance.
Summer day camp registration opens in the spring and some
programs fill quickly. Find out more about YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities
ENTER TO WIN!!!
COMMENT with your favorite camp activity to be
entered to win a $100 voucher for any 2013 YMCA Summer Camp ...
there are 4 to choose from! (some restrictions may apply.)
Winner will be announced on June 1! Good
So you're planning your child's big day and you want everything
perfect for their birthday party. You've decided on a theme, picked
the day, and now you're deliberating how to make this the most
memorable birthday ever. How about hiring some entertainment? But
where do you begin? Here are a few suggestions to help you navigate
your way through the maze of decisions and questions you may
What type of entertainment should you
There's clowns, magicians, balloon artists, face painters,
ventriloquists, character actors, puppet shows, circus acts,
caricature artists, and many other options. The age of the birthday
child and/or party guests should dictate who is going to fit your
needs the best. Ask your potential entertainer which age groups are
best suited for their show. Do they offer a variety of skills for
an audience of all ages? How long is the show? Attention spans vary
according to age and the length of the entertainment will test
their mental endurance. A well seasoned performer will know exactly
what the limits of his/her audience is. Just ask them. They're a
wealth of knowledge.
Where do I find amazing
Most entertainment businesses have relatively small advertising
budgets so you may not find them in the usual places like phone
books. You could start your search on the internet, but that's not
always going to simplify things. Just because your internet search
doesn't turn up any local leads doesn't mean that your town is an
entertainment black hole. Consider talking to people you know. Word
of mouth can be a goldmine of information. Post an inquiry on your
favorite social network. Stop by your local party supply store for
decorations and party favors and while you're there inquire about
local entertainers. They may even have a business card to give you.
When you finally decide, book your entertainer as early as
possible. This will ensure that you get the day you want. Calendars
fill up quickly, especially weekends. It's not uncommon to book a
performance 3-6 months in advance. I highly recommend it.
What should I expect?
Entertainers are contractors just like the people who mow
your lawn or clean your house. A high level of
professionalism should always be expected. Arrival in a
timely manner, well groomedl of
, and prepared. When you're asking about their rates please take
in to consideration the amount of training, personal investment in
costumes and props, and dedicati
on to their art form. Prices will vary depending on travel
distance, length of show, and services rendered. A common
ke people make is assuming that it will always be an hourly rate.
Strolling entertainment for example is usually an hourly rate
versus shows which are based on package prices. Although tips are
never expected, they are certainly appreciated. A great entertainer
always pours their heart and soul in to every performance and a
gratuity is a fantastic way to show your appreciation.
How do I prepare for the big day?
Most variety artists are self contained and will bring all the
necessary equipment. Ask them how much room they will require. I
highly recommend doing any formal presentation indoors. There are a
million distractions ranging from the weather to your neighbor's
barking dog that can ruin a great performance. Acoustics also play
a very important role. A ventriloquist for example may be very
difficult to hear outside but can entertain a living room full of
family members easily. An area should be selected where the
audience will gather for the show. Children can always sit on the
floor leaving available seating for the adults. You may need to
move a coffee table but remember to keep it simple. We're there to
make things easier for you, not to complicate your busy day.
Sit back and enjoy the show!
Here are some tips to maximize your event planning.
1. Avoid food or drink during the performance. Many acts
require a lot of physical participation from the kids. This could
very well save you from some carpet disasters.
2. Always have at least one adult present during the show
to monitor and intervene if necessary. A good performer will be
skilled at audience control. However, it only takes one unruly
guest to derail a perfect party.
3. Limit distractions by turning off the television,
locking up pets, and asking adults to take their conversation
4. Consider having your entertainment at the very
beginning of the party. This allows your performer to start and end
on time which gives you more flexibility for the remainder of the
5. Most of all, have fun! Variety artists all have one
thing in common. We love to entertain. Our job is to help you and
all your guests remember your special day forever.
Keith Ramsay is a Richland firefighter, father of 3, and
owner/operator of Fired Up Magic Entertainment Services based in
Kennewick, Washington. He's been wowing audiences with his variety
arts skills for over 20 years. His award winning talents have
earned him accolades from performers all over the world and he was
recently chosen as a finalist on AMC Networks newest reality show
called "Showville" which premieres this spring. To discuss the
details of hiring world class entertainment for your special event
please visit www.firedupmagic.com or
Comment with your questions for our Birthday Party expert OR
your best birthday party idea to be entered to win a birthday party
package from Fired Up Magic (some restrictions may apply.)
Winner will be announced on March 31! Good LUCK!
Bring out the cowbells & the horns! It was our privilege to
enjoy a Tri-City Americans game last night.
As many of you know, MOM Magazine partners with the Ams
each year to give away tickets to our valued readers and honor some
amazing dads in the community. This evening, we honored Jason
Haynes (read more about him in the April/May issue!).
Not only do the Ams provide the SuperDAD and his family with
tickets for the game, but they take them out on the ice just before
the game begins and share part of Dad's story.
Then, the GAME! Admittedly, I haven't been to a hockey
game before, so I was surprised at how much
is happening all of the time. From the giveaways throughout the
evening to the continual action on the ice (there were several
fights last night), you'll find something for everyone in your
family. While most parents seemed interested in the rubber
chicken toss (that offered a deal at Wingstop!), the kids put on a
show with shirts flying above their heads during a break in the 3rd
We truly appreciate the partnership with the Tri-City Americans
each year! We have one more ticket giveaway before the season
Our next game is March 16! Share the Dad in your
life's story in a comment below on our blog! You'll be
entered to win a set of tickets for this game. Winner will be
announced on March 4! (No purchase necessary to
It's that time again - I'm making my shopping lists to prepare
for the upcoming months. One cool new thing I have on my list for a
stocking stuffer is this mini marshmallow shooter from the Marshmallow Fun Company
- I just know my kids will love them.
What fun/unique things will your kids be getting this holiday
seasons? Comment below and we will randomly select one person on
December 9th to win a mini marshmallow shooter just in time to
stuff in a stocking.
I used Random.org to generate a number based on the number of
entrants. It produced number 17, so lucky blog commenter #17 -
Alison Bryant is the winner! Congratulations Alison, I hope you
have a blast at Disney on Ice! Please let us know how the show
THE TOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!
MOM Magazine is giving away a family 4 pack of
tickets to Disney on Ice to one lucky reader. In the comment
section below, tell us if you have ever seen a Disney on Ice show,
and if so, which one. We'll randomly pick a winner on October
DISNEY ON ICE
PRESENTSDISNEY•PIXAR'S TOY STORY 3
IS COMING TO PORTLAND, OCTOBER 27 - 30!
WHAT: Toy Story 3, the Academy
Award®-winning smash hit blockbuster, is so hot it's
cool as everyone's favorite toys take to the ice in
Disney On Ice presents Disney•Pixar's Toy
Story 3! An accomplished creative team and
a cast of world-class skaters are bringing Woody, the pull-string
cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl;
and the rest of the Toy Story gang to fans and families
around the country in this all-new, high-energy ice
Inspired by the #1 animated movie of all time, Toy Story
3, and memorable moments from Toy Story and Toy
Story 2, everyone's favorite characters are hitting the ice in
this sensational live production coming to Portland for seven
performances! Catch all the heroic action when Buzz
Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape
from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home,
in their most daring adventure ever. Plus a few new faces
join the fun, including Barbie's groovy bachelor Ken and
Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear. It's the biggest Toy Story
experience ever on ice, jam-packed with fast-paced adventure such
as Buzz's galactic battle with Emperor Zurg and a hoe-down on the
set of "Woody's Roundup." Relive the humor, friendship
and charm of Toy Story when Disney On Ice
presents Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3 takes family fun to
infinity and beyond!
October 27 - 30, 2011
Thursday, October 27th - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 28th - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29th - 12:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. &
Sunday, October 30th - 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Rose Garden - One
Center Court Portland, OR 97227
Ticket price levels are $17, $21, $36 (VIP) and $62 (Front Row).
Opening Night tickets available for only $11 each (not valid on
premium seating; limit 10 tickets per order). Tickets are available
at the Rose Quarter Box Office, all participating
Safeway/TicketsWest outlets, by calling 877.789.ROSE, or at
ComcastTIX.com. For groups of 10 and more please call
Congratulations to Amanda Walley! Using the trusty random number
generatorRandom.org, we pulled #2 as the lucky winner.
Amanda has won an express pedicure at Nouveau Day
Don't forget to take care of mom during this holiday season.
We're giving away a luxurious pedicure at Nouveau Day
Spa to ease those tired shopping feet.
Nouveau Day Spa Express Pedicure
A refreshing aromatherapy treatment to rejuvenate tired
(30-45 Minutes) $45 value
Answer this question in the caption section below for a chance
to win. Winners will be drawn randomly from all entries at 5 p.m.
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