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Congrats to our winners of TWO passes to Sir George’s Day THIS Saturday at Knight’s Action Park!  Please be there for the grand opening and ribbon cutting is at 9:30 and park opens at 10:00 am.  Please bring your ID and your name will be on the SpringfieldMoms.org winner list.

Each winner receives TWO tickets for Saturday! Enjoy a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend kick off at Knights!

knightsWinners were drawn from all submissions and comments on our facebook page.

Stay in the loop on our facebook page for upcoming options to win more this summer!

  1. Jessica Shanle
  2. Sarah Hernandez
  3. Dana Baxter Cisne
  4. Pamela Hawkins
  5. Ali Griffith
  6. Vaneza Kurtz
  7. Lenzy O’Dell
  8. Jennette Nall
  9. Karee Birdy Smock
  10. Desiree Joelle
  11. Kaitlyn Keen
  12. Bobbi Pudschun

YOU can help our community today just by clicking! Camp Compass works to improve reading and math skills of homeless and vulnerable children by providing a 5-week summer camp experience that includes certified instruction, two meals a day and enrichment activities such as field trips and crafts. This project is one of 200 nationwide finalists in a competition for a $25,000 grant from State Farm. Your votes will help us WIN this grant to provide the transportation that is crucial to getting kids to our camp site. Please vote DAILY now through June 3 and please SHARE.

state-assist.com then search for Camp Compass and vote!

We asked for YOUR favorite summer activities, and we got a great response with ideas that should help you make plans for summer fun!zoo horse

“Henson Robinson Zoo and the State Fair!” – Ashley C.

“The State Fair.” – Melissa B.

“Swimming….Knight’s Action Park & Virden Public Pool” – Marcy R.

“Playing at Southwind Park.” – Erin C.

“Horseback Riding at Riverside Stables!” – Lenzy O.

“I love going to Decatur Zoo, St. Louis Zoo. Fishing in the creeks and playing in them.” – Heather P.

“Blues & BBQ!!!” – Jodie B.

“Summer reading program at the library and hanging out on the deck after dark on weekend evenings.” – Lisa W.

“Fishing at Sangchris and the water park in Peoria.” – Elizabeth A.

“Cooking out with family and friends and going to the park with all the kids having fun with all the family and friends,” – Erin camping cookingTonia Z.

“Camp Widjiwagan.” – Andrea R.

“Movies in the Park in Chatham!” – Tara K.

“New Salem! We are history buffs!!” – Becky M.

“Drive in movies, swimming, and back yard cookouts with family and friends.” – Jessica S.

“Anything outside!” Keely B.

“We love going to the zoo!” Laura B.

“Camping!! Biking and hiking!!!” – Jennifer B.family camping 2[1]

Congrats Jessica S. and Ashely C.! They were the lucky contributors who won gift certificates from Marco’s Pizza!

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Join us at a ribbon-cutting and open house for the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, a cutting-edge facility that will change the future of healthcare training and education in our region.Memorial Health System

The Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation is designed to develop the capabilities and expand the capacities of our community’s healthcare workforce, now and in the future, in partnership with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Be among the first to tour this exciting new facility.

Free parking nearby. See the website for more information, as well as a sneak peak!

memorialmedical.com

Three kidsYOU can help our community today just by clicking! Camp Compass works to improve reading and math skills of homeless and vulnerable children by providing a 5-week summer camp experience that includes certified instruction, two meals a day and enrichment activities such as field trips and crafts.  Summer learning loss is a major reason for the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers. Camp Compass’s academic and enrichment programming ensures the students return to school on the first day “ready to learn” and aren’t even further behind.  This project is one of 200 nationwide finalists in a competition for a $25,000 grant from State Farm.

Your votes will help us WIN this grant to provide the transportation that is crucial to getting kids to our camp site. Please vote DAILY now through June 3 and please SHARE.
https://www.state-assist.com/…/15…/close-the-achievement-gap

artAuction-kiddos-2015The Old Capital Art Fair is always a great time.  While you are Downtown, don’t forget to stop in to Urban Sassafras.  Urban Sassafras is located on the corner of Broadway and Adams.  Urban Sassafras will be hosting a kiddo-only art auction May 17 – 23. Artwork will be on display for friends, family & fans to bid on… all to raise money for the kid’s individual favorite charity!

To learn more check out their website here! 

We asked our readers if they would share their must have, go to items.  From toys to gear here is a list of items to help you make it through the day (or night).  Let us know if you have any must have items.

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Our Readers recommend:

  • The Chicco Travel Systems:  The easy to move car seat, cup holders, and height are the key selling features for this item.

Double Strollers

Our readers recommend:

Baby Gear

Our Readers recommend:

Monitors: Our Readers recommend:

Miscellaneous:

Breast Cancer AwarenessThe Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen recently awarded over $153,000 to Springfield area agencies for programs that provide breast health awareness, education, and screening. The Springfield area grants are part of the total funding of $583,243 the Memorial Affiliate provided this year throughout its 36-county service area. Much of the money for these worthy grants was raised during the Inaugural Springfield Komen Race for the Cure® last May. Nearly 2,500 participants, including 250 breast cancer survivors, joined the 5K run/walk and raised an estimated $220,000. Seventy-five percent of net proceeds from Memorial Affiliate events remain in central Illinois, and twenty-five percent supports the Susan G. Komen National Grant program for breast cancer research.

The Second Annual Springfield Komen Race for the Cure® to help fund efforts to fight breast cancer will be held Friday evening, May 15 in downtown Springfield around the State Capitol. Registration is now open at www.komenmemorial.org. A pre-race ceremony and street party, along with a very special parade of survivors, begins at 6:00 PM with the 5K run/walk kicking off at 7:00 PM. The evening is highlighted with a pink firework display in front of the state capitol around 8:45 PM.

Participants can register as an individual or create a team of friends, family, and coworkers, all supporting the Komen cause. Runners of all ages and ability levels are welcome, including competitive runners. This year will feature a special activities area just for Kids For the Cure. For an additional donation, decorative tulips can be decorated with the name of someone being honored or remembered for his or her fight with breast cancer as part of “Suzy’s Garden.”

Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, and every 13 minutes, a woman loses her battle against the disease. Men are not immune to breast cancer, either. More than 30 years ago central Illinois native Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister Suzy that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. Nancy’s promise became the Susan G. Komen organization and launched the global breast cancer movement. Thanks to events like the Race for the Cure, Susan G. Komen has invested more than $2 billion to fulfill the promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.

Here is a fun and easy way to enjoy some simple gardening with your kiddos.  IMG_2974

 

Materials:

  • Baby Food Jar
  • Googly Eyes
  • Grass Seed
  • Dirt
  • Water
  • red yarn or pipe cleaner

Plant the Grass Seed and glue the eyes and mouth on the Jar. Name your creation. For older children, ask them to make a hypothesis as to when the grass will start to grow.  Create a chart that documents watering and growth.  When the grass grows to give it a “haircut”.

 

artAuction-kiddos-2015Calling all young artists! Urban Sassafras will be hosting a special kiddos-only art auction May

16 – 23, 2015. For one week, your art will be on display in our shop for customers to bid on! The winning artist will receive a private US kiddos’ Party for themselves and 3 friends! This exciting party will include various art projects that are personalized and themed towards the special kiddo who wins!

Who may enter: Any child between the ages 2 – 10 years What: Any 2-dimensional artwork will be accepted

When: Final, signed artwork and entry form must be returned to Urban Sassafras, 200 Broadway, Downtown Springfield by May 8th

Where: All artwork will be displayed at Urban Sassafras May 16 – 23, 2014. Why: To raise money for the winning kiddo’s charity of choice!! Download The Entry form Here!