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Summer Tips for Children to Recharge and Relax

It’s important that your summer plans work well with your schedule and your children’s routine.  A full summer schedule defeats the purpose of children who are rested, academically engaged, physically moving, and happy. Dr. Paula Rainer says “planning out a schedule will help you to have a relaxed and recharged summer as a parent.”  Dr. ... Read More

McWane Science Center Becomes a Sensory Inclusive Organization

McWane Science Center has partnered with KultureCity to become a Sensory Inclusive organization to better serve our visitors with sensory processing needs. With this partnership, McWane Science Center will foster an inclusive environment for visitors with sensory processing needs by providing tools for a better experience in our center. KultureCity is a transformative movement to ... Read More

What Moms REALLY Want for Mother’s Day

I read an article that gave statistics on what Moms really want for Mother’s Day.. At the top of the list, with 44% of the vote was “spend extra time with loved ones.” Cue my confused look. By “loved ones” do they mean the masseuse at the spa from which I requested a gift card? ... Read More

Summer Camp Spotlight: McWane Science Center

A week of fun and learning awaits your child at McWane Science Center Summer Camp. Weekly camps June 5th through July 28th. There will be no camps the week of July 3th-7th. All new this year: All camps for students entering 1st through 7th grade will be full day camps. Pre-K-Kindergarten will remain half day camps from ... Read More

Preparing your Child for Sleep Away Camp

Summer is just around the corner and if you’re already having second thoughts about having registered your child for their first sleep away camp, that’s completely understandable.  Or maybe you’re on the fence about signing them up because you’re just not sure if they’re ready yet.  Here are 5 ways to prepare and decide if ... Read More

Parenting with a PhD: 13 Reasons Why You May Not Want Your Teens to Watch

Netflix’s recently released “13 Reasons Why” has quickly sparked a great deal of controversy for its graphic handling of sexual assault, bullying, and suicide. To be clear, these are all topics that we must discuss with our kids at some point – sticking our heads in the sand won’t protect them. Unfortunately, experts in the ... Read More

10 Things Kids Should Know Before Staying Home Alone

After you take the plunge and leave your kids home alone for the first time, you will feel much better about it if you know that they know what to do in a given scenario. Here are some things your kids should know before you leave them home alone for any amount of time- First ... Read More

Summer Camp Spotlight: Red Mountain Theatre Company

RMTC camps teach theatrical craft while providing performance opportunities for youth. The curriculum includes vocal, dance, and drama training and culminates in a staged performance, where students perform for live audiences. Summer Blast Students Students learn a repertoire of musical theatre songs and dances during a weeklong workshop, culminating in a performance for family and ... Read More

Kulture City

KultureCity and The Gardens partner for Earth Day celebration

KultureCity, one of USA Today’s 2016 Top Nonprofits in the U.S., is a Birmingham based, impact driven nonprofit focused on helping autistic individuals realize their potential by providing tangible help and equipping businesses and the community to relate to children with autism and their families. “The KultureCity Sensory Friendly Initiative was born out of the ... Read More

Day out with Thomas

Giveaway: Day Out with Thomas, Friendship Tour

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Calera, Alabama on May 12-14 & 20-21, 2017. Day Out ... Read More