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FamilyFun February/March 2018

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big fun

“Because we imagine, we are free.”Posted on February 25, 2017, by @missmelis1112The Backstory“We had nothing to do on one brisk winter evening, so my husband, the kids, and I decided to ‘get lost’ and have a spontaneous adventure. We often go out and explore new areas. This time we went to the local lake and stumbled upon a huge, skull-like rock. My husband and kids love to build forts at home, so we all worked together to create the wooden structure around the rock. My husband and I rounded up the larger logs and driftwood to build the frame, while the kids found smaller sticks and placed them where they thought best.I loved seeing all three of my kids work together and feed off each other’s imaginations. After it was…

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who was your kid’s first crush?

My daughter was in love with Hans from Frozen, of all people! And she was only 3.Jessica Helinski Columbus, OHMy son was head over heels in love with the same girl since preschool and gave her a cupcake ring on Valentine’s Day. We moved school districts last year, and they still write letters to each other! They are too cute!Kerri Anderson Plum City, WIMy 6-year-old son completely loved his babysitter! He was heartbroken when she got married.Jennifer Cox Mountain Home, IDWhen my son was in preschool, he was in love with a girl name Rachel and talked about marrying her. One day I asked if he was going to marry her, and he said, “No, I don’t have a tux!”Mary Fessler Centerville, OHWhen my son was in kindergarten, he wanted to take a classmate…

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join us in the family kindness challenge

Volunteering in your community is a great way to spend a Saturday. (THOMAS BARWICK/GETTY IMAGES.)When it seems like there’s nothing but stres sful news in the world, there’s only one thing to do: Spread as much joy as you can! A new program called The Great Kindness Challenge: Family Edition encourages—and empowers— families to not only deepen their connections with each other, but their communities too.The program grew out of an in-school initiative created in 2012 by the Carlsbad, CA-based nonprofit Kids for Peace, led by veteran teacher and cofounder Jill McManigal. She and a group of students brainstormed a checklist of 50 ways to be kind at school during a single week. “It was a way for kids to do something positive to create a culture of inclusion, joy,…

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the great kindness challenge: family edition

▪ Smile at 25 people.▪ Take a treat to your local firefighters.▪ Do a household chore without being asked.▪ Donate something to an animal shelter.▪ Take a board game to play at a senior center.▪ Read a book to a younger child.▪ Make a thank-you card for your librarians.▪ Entertain someone with a happy dance.▪ Create a family gratitude jar.▪ Cheer for every player on both teams.▪ Deliver a special gift to a child in the hospital.▪ Make a new friend or welcome a new neighbor.▪ Send a card or gift to a military family.▪ Walk or pet an animal-but ask first!▪ Go a full day without complaining.▪ Hold the door open for someone.▪ Learn to say "thank you" in a new language.▪ Embrace your family with a big hug.▪…

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winter flicks

February 9PETER RABBITThe classic nursery story is brought to life with a mix of animation and live-action. The bunny with no pants battles Mr. McGregor to win the love of their next-door neighbor. Expect lots of attitude and hijinks from Peter as he stops at nothing to prevail.February 16EARLY MANGo on a journey back to the beginning of time in this hilarious stopmotion animated movie. Your whole tribe will love watching as the cavemen and women, led by main character Dug, compete in a soccer game to save their home from being taken over by Lord Nooth and the Bronze Age City.March 9A WRINKLE IN TIMEAfter Meg Murry’s scientist father goes missing, she and a friend embark on a fantasy adventure through time and space with help from celestial beings…

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arts and craftin’

Calling all little artists! The Museum of Modern Art has the perfect kit for every mini Matisse or Pollock. Designed by MoMA educators, each kit has guided activities relating to a well-known modern artist that are both educational and fun. Kids can paint and cut bright shapes like Matisse, try different brushstrokes and color-mixing techniques like Vincent van Gogh, or even create a splatter-paint work like Pollock. Ages 8 and up, $20 to $25; target.com ■…