Weekly family rail, with staycation tips, a review of “Year One” and more.
Tip of the Week
Has today's economy forced you to reconsider your family's annual summer vacation? If the answer is yes, you're not alone. In fact, a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll reported that 52 percent of respondents who had travel plans now intend to cut back on them in some way. The good news is that you don't have to miss out on the fun just because you aren't leaving. Discover Card offers some tips on how to make your staycation a breeze:
- Ready your home -- First things first: make sure you've got the right stuff. Hit your local retailers and take advantage of seasonal sales on patio furniture, umbrellas, outdoor games, kiddie pools, backyard tents and other summer-fun items. A few simple purchases can transform your backyard into a haven you won't want to leave.
- Party with the Joneses -- Pick a weekend and organize a block party for you and your neighbors. Get permission to close your street for the day. Barbecue, play games and listen to music to your heart's content. Gather forces and buy party supplies in bulk at warehouse clubs to cut down on costs.
- Go green -- Explore your local park and spend some time with Mother Nature. Or consider visiting a national park. Did you know that the government is waiving the entrance fees at 147 parks during three weekends this summer? Most Americans live less than a day's drive from a national park, making this special deal a great option for many families. Find a park near you at www.nps.gov.
Family Screening Room
Rated: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence)
Synopsis: When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient.
Violence/scary rating: 4
Sexual-content rating: 4.5
Profanity rating: 4
Drugs/alcohol rating: 3
Family Time rating: 4. This movie should have been rated R, so keep that in mind when considering it.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“Oracles of Delphi Keep,” by Victoria Laurie
Along the southern coast of England, atop the White Cliffs of Dover, stands a castle. And at that castle’s old keep is an orphanage. Delphi Keep has seen many youngsters come and go through its gates, and Ian Wigby and his sister Theodosia are happy to call it home. Life has always been simple at the Keep, until the day Ian and Theo find a silver treasure box. And within the box, a prophesy. Three thousand years ago a great Greek oracle wrote of a quest. A quest on which the fate of the world depends. A quest that names two children — Ian and Theodosia.
Did You Know
9.1 percent of children in the United States suffer from asthma, according to the CDC.
Kids Kitchen: Perfect Pineapple Pops
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple (packed in its own juice instead of packed in syrup)
- 1 can frozen pineapple or orange-pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
Drain the can of crushed pineapple so all the juice runs out. Put all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix them together. Spoon the mixture into the paper cups. Fill them almost to the top. Stretch a small piece of plastic wrap across the top of each cup. Using the popsicle stick, poke a hole in the plastic wrap. Stand the stick straight up in the center of the cup. Put the cups in the freezer until the mixture is frozen solid. Remove the plastic wrap and peel away the paper cup. You'll have pineapple pops to eat and share! Serves 6. (Kidshealth.org)
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