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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE....A NOTE FROM JENNIFER!

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE....A NOTE FROM JENNIFER!

Macaroni Kid Easthampton/South Hadley continuously strives to provide the best, online family resource for parents! If you're looking for fun things to do with your children in the Greater Easthampton area, SUBSCRIBE to our FREE E-newsletter! You'll get local, family-friendly ...

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Put Travel Under the Tree With Starwood Resorts

Put Travel Under the Tree With Starwood Resorts

There is plenty to love about winter: That first snowfall, cozy sweaters, cuddling in front of a fire, hot chocolate with marshmallows. Of course, a few weeks into winter, you may start to wonder what all the fuss is about. ...

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WIN a 4-Pack of Springfield Falcons Tickets!

WIN a 4-Pack of Springfield Falcons Tickets!

Win a 4-pack of Springfield Falcons tickets for a Dec. 28th Home Game! Enter by sending me an email at [email protected] with "FALCONS" in the subject line and you'll also receive our free weekly e-newsletter of local, family-friendly events. Share ...

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Christmas Cabinets

Christmas Cabinets

If your kitchen is like mine, you don't have any room on your counters for Christmas decorations. This bothered me since the rest of my house is decorated. Yeah, I put up a couple of Christmas pictures on the kitchen ...

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DIY Holiday Gift Wrap

DIY Holiday Gift Wrap

I am a holiday card hoarder. Last week while decorating the tree, my husband found all of the Christmas cards from last year in our ornament box. I just cannot throw them out. Then I read about upcycling last year's ...

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Santa’s Land at Buttery Brook Park

Santa’s Land at Buttery Brook Park

December 11-14 and December 18-21, 2014 from 5:30-;7:30pm Buttery Brook Park 123 Willimansett Road, South Hadley, MA With the park dressed up with lights and displays, the whole family will enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate ...

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Santa Arrives at The Southampton Fire Department

Santa Arrives at The Southampton Fire Department

Santa will be arriving on a fire truck at 6PM at the Southampton Fire Department. Santa will be there for 2 hours to talk with all of the kids and take pictures. There will be light refreshments and snacks. Where: ...

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Santa's Trains and Winter Wonderland at Look Park

Santa's Trains and Winter Wonderland at Look Park

Santa's Trains at Look Memorial Park features model trains and locomotives whirling through a whimsical wonderland of Christmas favorites and village landscapes in the Garden House. Chat with authentic engineers, view a plethora of holiday trees and visit with Santa ...

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Hatfield's 34th Annual Luminarium

Hatfield's 34th Annual Luminarium

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The 40 Force is Coming to the Southampton Gazebo

The 40 Force is Coming to the Southampton Gazebo

The Southampton Community Chorus, including members of the Children's Chorus, will be singing carols at the Town Gazebo located in front of Southampton Town Hall. Donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted at the gazebo to help serve the ...

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Solstice Celebration

Solstice Celebration

Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. At Arcadia we also have a tradition: we gather at sundown for music and community unity. Ward off the cold ...

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What To Do With All Those Christmas Cards

What To Do With All Those Christmas Cards

If you are like our family, you get numerous Christmas cards in the mail. Many families are now sending picture cards. I love receiving them and seeing how big the kids have gotten and taking the time to think about ...

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Adventures In Gingerbread at Springfield Museums

Adventures In Gingerbread at Springfield Museums

Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Second Floor, Springfield Science Museum Enter a realm of fanciful gingerbread houses created by local bakeries, schools, youth groups, individuals and families as part of our annual Gingerbread House Competition. Contestants were inspired by adventure stories, historic ...

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Bright Nights at Forest Park!  In it's 20th Year!

Bright Nights at Forest Park! In it's 20th Year!

For the 20th season, Bright Nights at Forest Park will come to light on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. It will sparkle and glow with more than 650,000 lights along a three-mile path that winds through historic Forest Park until January ...

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Start a holiday reading tradition

Start a holiday reading tradition

During this crazy time of year, it's easy to get so wrapped up in the gifts we're buying for our kids that we forget that the best holiday memories, the things kids really remember, come from the time we spend ...

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All Sorts of Holiday Family Fun!

All Sorts of Holiday Family Fun!

We can smell the holiday baking from here. Don't miss this huge collection from Kids Activities Blog of 75 of the Best Christmas Cookies. There are even gluten-free and healthy cookies on the list!If you are looking forward to entertaining ...

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“Alternative” Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

“Alternative” Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

It's the holidays and family members are asking for gift ideas for your kids. Or maybe your child is having a party but really doesn't need more stuff. Or perhaps your child is invited to a party and you have ...

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Gift Giving: The "Rule of 4"

Gift Giving: The "Rule of 4"

As a kid, I loved when there were TONS of gifts under the tree and stockings overflowing! When I became a mom I wanted to bring that kind of magic to my kids Christmas year-after-year - TONS of gifts that ...

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EASTHAMPTON COMMUNITY CENTER

EASTHAMPTON COMMUNITY CENTER

The Easthampton Community Center proudly serves the needs of families in the Greater Easthampton area by providing community dinners and services like the Open Pantry and Clothing Closet. Get your copy of the ECC Newsletter---Clothing Closet: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday ...

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Cool Tech Toys for the Holidays

Cool Tech Toys for the Holidays

With the holidays around the corner, our friends at WowWee sent us a few tech toys to review and share with readers. For holiday fun with a techy theme, here's a few toys to add to your list. They are ...

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Science Adventures Delivered to Your Door!

Science Adventures Delivered to Your Door!

With gift giving planning now in full swing, you may find yourself with grandparents asking for suggestions for great gifts for kids. We have a suggestion that is fun, educational, and around much longer than a day. In fact, this ...

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FREE Macaroni Kid Family Fun and Crafts E-Book

FREE Macaroni Kid Family Fun and Crafts E-Book

Macaroni Kid readers get your free copy here MacaroniKidCraftsEBook.copyright2014.pdf

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RUDOLPH THE RED–NOSED REINDEER®

RUDOLPH THE RED–NOSED REINDEER®

The RUDOLPH THE RED-;NOSED REINDEER® television special first aired on NBC December 6, 1964. Fifty years later, it has become a beloved Christmas classic—capturing the heart and wonder of generations of fans. Now with the all new Rudolph collection of ...

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Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy Dec. 19th - Dec. 29th

Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy Dec. 19th - Dec. 29th

YOU'RE INVITED! Disney On Ice presents Worlds Of Fantasy Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt. At Agganis Arena in Boston Dec. 19th thru Dec. 29th. Experience a magical Disney fantasy live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of ...

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Make A Better World for Kids Mobile Game

Make A Better World for Kids Mobile Game

According to Online Education1, 65% of households in the United States play video games, and of those 'gamers,' the average time spent online is 18 hours per week. In fact, many parents and children depend on video games and apps ...

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MAKE TIME FOR READING

MAKE TIME FOR READING

As we settle back into our busy school routines, it can be hard to make time for kids to sit down with a book between soccer practice, piano lessons, and homework. But studies show that reading with our kids is ...

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The Gift of a Good Morning

The Gift of a Good Morning

Ah…winter mornings. Cold and dark, the alarm goes off at 6:10 to give me enough time to let the dogs out, make lunch for the kids and wake my son for middle school. More often than I care to admit, ...

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Turn Your Favorite Recipe Into a TasteBook!

Turn Your Favorite Recipe Into a TasteBook!

Recipes connect us to our loved ones, and we want to cherish those memories. Maybe you have hand-written recipes filed in a recipe box, or have them printed out or saved in your email. But wouldn't it be great to ...

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Aqua Lagoon Water Park Reviewed by a Macaroni Mom

Aqua Lagoon Water Park Reviewed by a Macaroni Mom

Last Friday, my family and I visited the Aqua Lagoon Water Park at the Clarion Hotel. It's located at 1080 Riverdale Street in West Springfield. The water park features 3 large tunnel slides, a large splash pad and a pool ...

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Target + Toms for the Holidays

Target + Toms for the Holidays

I was at Target this weekend and was thrilled to discover that Target has partnered with Toms for the holidays. And clearly, I wasn't alone: in the 20 minutes we were there, not less than six different people stopped and ...

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PLAYGROUPS AND STORY TIMES FOR LITTLE ONES

PLAYGROUPS AND STORY TIMES FOR LITTLE ONES

Easthampton Family Center Learn and Play (Monday, Tuesday & Friday, September - June) Spend time talking with other parents and caregivers while the little ones have fun with playmates in a place they'll want to come back to again and ...

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WHO'S THE BOSS?

WHO'S THE BOSS?

When you were a kid, did your parents make you hug or kiss all the relatives or friends at a dinner party? It's a tricky topic -; how do we teach our kids to express personal boundaries in a way ...

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LOOKING FOR FAMILY DAY TRIP IDEAS?

LOOKING FOR FAMILY DAY TRIP IDEAS?

Did you know that there are over 600 hyper-local Macaroni Kid editions across the country? Each has it's own publisher mom (and a few dads) sharing kid and family-friendly events and activities going on in their community. Plus, there are ...

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5 Legitimately Funny Books to Read  with Your Kids

5 Legitimately Funny Books to Read with Your Kids

Brought to you by Brightly, a new resource to help parents grow readers.How many kids' books have ever made you straight up LOL? I can't count all the great children's books that have made me smile or even tear up ...

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BOOST YOUR TODDLER'S BRAIN DEVELPOMENT

BOOST YOUR TODDLER'S BRAIN DEVELPOMENT

As a parent we are always wondering - what can we do to help our child? We are told that 85% of brain growth occurs during the first 3 years of life and that this is a is critical time ...

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