Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Liberty's Kids - "Gem" of a cartoon prepares kids for the holiday

This cartoon series introduces children to the Revolutionary War and teaches them about the birth of our nation.  The series is well-done, with the voices coming from an all-star cast.  Cartoons are a dime a dozen these days but this one will actually teach your kids something important while entertaining them.

The whole series can be ordered on

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bike Parade Safety 101

It's hard to believe this will be the 5th year for this little bike parade!!  Along the way, we've learned some lessons and one of those is regarding bike safety during the parade.  If you have children riding their bike this year, please read the following tips:

Tip #1:  Stay with your children.  Some children in the past have been so excited about the fire engine,  they tried to "catch" up to them and ride beside them.    To avoid this dangerous situation, CERT volunteers, who help with event safety and security,  carry a banner behind the vehicles and make sure all children stay behind this banner.   You, as a parent, can help them do this by making sure your children know beforehand to stay away from all vehicles and most importantly, to stay close to you.

Tip #2:  Come prepared!  Kids and bikes equal the perfect recipe for scrapes and falls.  Make sure your child has a helmet and knee pads are not a bad idea either.  And don't forget to stuff a few bandaids in your pocket before you head out the door.  If you have any falls, pull out of the parade line to the sidewalk so you and child don't get run over by other little bicyclists behind you while you give some TLC.   After the parade, the CERT volunteers will have a first aid kit at their booth as well but maybe a free popsicle will prove to be just what the doctor ordered...

Tip #3:  Pull back if it gets congested.  The bike riders sometimes get too crowded together and are more susceptible to falls that way.  The biggest crowd will be right behind the CERT banner so if you have new and very young bike riders or just want your child to have more space, you might want to start out near back of parade where it's less crowded.