Make Holiday Memories

Whether you’re looking to keep the kiddos entertained or start a lasting family tradition, here are five ideas to help you kick off the holidays.   Countdown to Christmas Forget the cheap chocolate calendars and opt for a homemade Christmas countdown. Glue 24 plastic cups […]

Birthdays & Beyond

Put away the piñatas and bid farewell to balloon animals, because birthdays just got better. After hosting over 5,000 birthday parties—and being crowned ‘Best of San Joaquin’ nearly a dozen times—Zap Zone Laser Tag in Stockton is an interactive way to celebrate. Paul Clark was […]

Run Against Hunger

The holiday season has long since focused on family traditions and a full table, so this Thanksgiving morning, the Stockton Emergency Food Bank invites you to make filling someone else’s table a new family tradition at the 13th Annual Run and Walk Against Hunger. Children […]

Little Green Lies

I’m going to preface this story by saying I’m lucky; since birth my three-and-a-half-year-old has been a (mostly) healthy eater. Some nights he refuses to eat anything but hot dogs and French fries, but for the most part getting him to eat green vegetables and […]

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Theatre for Families

Make theatre your family’s next tradition. For children, attending live theatre performances at a young age increases their ability to feel empathy and demonstrate tolerance. It also enhances literary knowledge in a way reading and watching movies does not. Attending as a family is a […]

Raise Thankful Kids

Raise good humans—that’s the goal. Kids can start learning how to express gratefulness at a very young age, with a little guidance from parents.   Age 1+ Integrate thankful vocabulary young. The first steps to teaching kids how to be thankful are using the words […]

It’s a Jungle Out There

A visit to the emergency room is stressful regardless of age, but it can be absolutely terrifying for young children. Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Medical Center’s ER sees roughly 12,000 pediatric patients a year, and Leadership Lodi has teamed with the hospital to ensure a […]

What’s New at Dell’Osso

Over the last 20 years Dell’Osso Family Farm has proved that there is nothing quite like getting lost in an 18-acre field of corn or shooting targets with mini pumpkins to get you in the mood for Halloween. In addition to the ever popular corn […]

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Calling All Super Heroes!

Run with CASA on Oct. 7 at Lodi Lake Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San Joaquin County gives a voice to abused, neglected, and abandoned children that have become dependents of the County Court. The volunteers that make up this nonprofit work with the […]

Ginger Bugs

Mommin’ ain’t easy. Sometimes we need validation, adult interaction—and a healthy dose of caffeine! And sometimes (or, wait, is it all the time?!) our kids need a release, a play buddy, and a place to (safely) jump off the walls. Maybe that’s what makes Ginger […]

Celebrate Family in San Diego

With Kids Free October! Gearing up for a family vacation? Head south to San Diego where kids vacation free in October! It’s all part of the city’s Kids Free San Diego promotion, October 1-31, packed with free meals, free admission, free tickets, and more. We’ve […]

Grandparents Who Babysit

Ever feel bad asking your parents to watch the little ones while you and your spouse enjoy a (long-overdue) date night? Or just so you can catch a couple hours of “me time”? It’s time to put the guilt aside. According to recent studies, grandparents […]

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