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Sponsor's Spotlight: Storyland Celebrations
Teresa Stevens, a former librarian, and birthday party hostess from Discovery Place, recently opened Storyland Celebrations, a birthday party venue with a literary twist, behind Brusters in downtown Indian Trail. We will be combining classic stories and well-loved characters with popular party themes such as super heroes and princesses. We will be doing finger plays, draw-n-tell stories, dress up, action songs, crafts and much more! The whole point is to bring reading back to kids in a fun way, celebrating with their favorite characters but focusing the theme with a famous story (for example, the princess party will hear "The Princess and the Pea" fairy tale, and then play a game of which princess can feel the "pea". Our parties will run from 2 to 2 hours and will include up to 12 children from ages 2 to 12 years old.  There are three party packages, from basic to super deluxe (which includes all kids in costume, and a package of 5 goody items out of a buffet of 8 items that each child selects themselves.

Storyland Celebrations will offer lots more literary fun!!  Primarily our focus will be on literary classes, specifically home school, and preschool classes. We allow your child to try out one of our eight session classes for free, if they enjoy it, and want to continue, they then register for the full time period. For those families with multiple children in classes (specifically home school) there will a discount applied. We will incorporate the NC Common Core Standards for literature during the lessons, as well as during group storytelling presentations.

Storytelling presentations can be done at our location, or we can come to you.  We'd love to do a presentation for daycare centers, or schools, mom's groups, church youth groups, or Scouts.  Our audiences are very interactive during our presentations.  They get to wear costumes, say lines from famous stories (for example - 3 little pigs), and ask to do it again. We even offer one free presentation to a group  for their review, and then work out a regular schedule for continued presentations.

We also offer open play time with our "literary" toys, which includes props, puzzles, puppets, and of course, great books! For our school-aged kids (5-12) we have a Kid's Lit Club to give them a relaxed opportunity the last Saturday every month, to meet other kids their age, play games, and do crafts all about that month's book theme.   Additionally, the kids get pizza, ice cream, and a drink, and the parents get 2 hours off by themselves (obviously an added bonus). Storyland Celebrations will have craft classes to go along with picture book classics, as well as Newbery winners combined with enrichment activities.
Teresa Stevens is CPR and First Aid Certified, and we use a wristband sign check-in/out sheet for security purposes. We also know how important sanitary care conditions are to parents regarding their children, so costumes and head gear are cleaned and sanitized after each use.


Email: party@storylandcelebrations.com

Website: www.storylandcelebrations.com                            

Facebook: www.facebook.com/storylandcelebrations


Invitation to free new website in Charlotte that helps moms better manage their kids? group activities
Hello Mommies,

I am a fellow member of the Mommies Network and the creator of a new website called 

Podanize, which helps moms, dads and group leaders better organize their kids'

group activities (e.g. soccer, scouts, school classes, etc.)

Kids today are overscheduled, and keeping up is a challenge:  

? What day did I volunteer at school to go read with the kids? 

? Who is driving to the scout meeting? 

? When am I signed up to bring the team's snacks?  

These are just a few of the many little details that busy parents have to keep straight.  

Try as we might, something inevitably falls through the cracks.  We all need a little help 

to stay organized. 

I?d like to invite you to join our brand new website.  To join, just go to http://

www.podanize.com and click Get Started to create a "Pod" for any real-world group, or 

even just your family for now. You can create a Pod if you?re a group leader or a group 

member. It?s quick, easy and free.  Then "get your Pod going" by adding discussions 

or events, and inviting others to join your Pod.  Podanize can also be accessed via a 

mobile browser, and our mobile app will be available in late 2013. 

Our mission at Podanize is to help ease the stress that comes with keeping our 

kids active and involved.  To this end, we welcome any feedback you have.  Podanize 

is for you and is built to get better over time by adding your suggestions ? I?d love 

to hear from you. Also, if you know of other moms (or dads) who might benefit from 

Podanize, please share this with them.

Podanize is ideal for all extra-curricular activities: soccer, little league, playgroups, scout 

troops, swim teams, theater groups, school classes, PTA, etc. The list is endless and 

includes anything with a need for ongoing communication and coordination.

Again, just go to http://www.podanize.com to get started.

Best,

Nikki Sacks

Co-Founder of Podanize



Sponsors Spot : Animal Grossology at Discovery Place
Animal Grossology: Turning "EWWW" into "WOW"

Slime, barf, and other smelly stuff - there's no denying it - kids are fascinated by some pretty gross things, especially when animals are involved.

Many animals are dirty and stinky, but some take their grossness to a whole new level.  Animal Grossology at Discovery Place in Charlotte hurls you into exploring the disgusting side of science where the grosser, the better.

Combining science and disgusting fun, Animal Grossology engages kids of all ages in real life lessons that are presented in a fun showcase oozing with science.  This interactive exhibition sparks children's interest in science while learning about some of the slimiest and ickiest creatures on Earth.

Kids get to enjoy hands-on stations and games that feature tons of gross topics including "Dung Ball Rally," "Blood Sucker Blow-up," and "The Slime Game."  These wacky games teach kids lessons such as why the waste of some animals actually helps others live, ways to avoid Lyme disease or West Nile virus, and the important purpose slime serves for animals and even humans.

Meet Sir Gus Flea and Helga the Hagfish as you become an expert on the science behind Animal Grossology.  Many people think leeches are pretty gross but they're often used after some surgeries to aid in the healing process.  Did you know that cows are one of the gassiest animals on Earth? They actually produce the greenhouse gas, methane.

You can also discover why the dung beetle is nature's living pooper-scooper and why scientists are studying slug and snail slime production for clues in treating cystic fibrosis.

Be sure to join us for a journey into the en-GROSS-ing world of animals.  It's a great way to show kids that learning can be fun.

Animal Grossology is FREE with Museum admission.


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