Every month Target hosts “Target Free Sundays”. This programs provides FREE admission to museum’s and events around the country normally held on Sundays but there are museum that hold these events on others days of the week. As an example: The Atlanta Children’s Museum’s free day is on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
We’ve used this program to visit The Children’s Museum of La Habra, Orange County Museum of Art, Bowers Kidseum and Bowers Museum, one of favorite exhibits was the Terra Cotta Warriors.
In Los Angeles County you can visit museums like Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Museum of Latin American Art. In San Diego you can visit The New Children’s Museum (We had a blast at this museum).
This program has many participating museums throughout the United States.
pictures from molaa.com, bowers.org and thinkplaycreate.org
As I’ve said before celebrating the 4th of July holds a lot of memories for me. BBQ’s, family time, friends and fireworks. Now, a plea from me to anyone reading this post. Please, please, please, do not turn someone’s memory of 4th of July into the day they last their loved one. You are in control of that: you can designate a driver, take the keys from everyone at the beginning of the party & drink responsibly. I am not saying don’t drink, I’m saying don’t drink and drive.
FACT: In 2012, almost HALF of all crashes with fatalities during July 4th weekend involved a drunk driver, making it one of the deadliest holidays of the year. In addition to the dangers posed by drunk driving on roadways, the United States Coast Guard reports that alcohol was the leading factor in boating fatalities last year, contributing to 16 percent of boating deaths.
As part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown around the Fourth of July, law enforcement agencies across the country will be intensifying their efforts to deter and detect drunk driving. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. That’s why MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® includes support for high-visibility law enforcement efforts.
So this 4th of July, make the choice to be a designated driver or designate a no-drinking driver.
– See more at: http://www.madd.org/blog/2014/july/celebrate-the-4th.html#sthash.F1BXhw1N.dpuf
MADD Virgin Drinks and Walgreens think you might like some options. MADD Virgin Drinks are conceived and developed by Hill Street Marketing Inc. and offer a sophisticated and delicious alternatives for designated drivers and those who prefer not to drink.
MADD Virgin Drinks are sold exclusively at nearly 3,000 participating Walgreens stores across the United States. Walgreens and MADD Virgin Drinks will contribute 5% of retail sales in the U.S. and 10% of net sales in Canada to MADD and MADD Canada. These contributions will support MADD’s ongoing efforts to eliminate drunk driving and to continue offering support to the victims of this completely preventable crime.
MADD Virgin Drinks has a complete range of ready-to-serve Alcohol Free drinks.
Although these drink alternatives contain no alcohol, MADD Virgin Drinks will only be sold to adults 21 and older, as to not send a mixed message to those under 21.
Be a loving and caring Host for the 4th of the July, MADD encourage’s party hosts to always offer alcohol-free beverages for non-drinking designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.
This post is from MADD.org.blog
MADD and Uber are launching a national partnership for the Fourth of July holiday, one of the deadliest drunk driving holidays.
This Fourth of July, MADD will receive $1 for each rider in any of Uber’s 70 U.S. cities who uses the UberMADD promo code, and MADD will also receive $10 for each new Uber user who signs up and uses the UberMADD promo code on the Fourth of July.
MADD supports Uber, and other types of car services, as an alternative transportation option for adults who plan to drink alcohol.
Thank you Uber for helping to prevent needless deaths and injuries because of drunk driving.
Help us spread the word on social media about Uber’s support of MADD using #UberMADD!
Summer 2014 MADDvocate Magazine
This magazine is packed with touching and heart warming stories of loss and survival. Please take a look.
Last night was our end of year celebration for my Brownie troop. The majority of the of my Brownies voted on having a “candy” party at the park. They wanted to eat candy, play games, to have no parents or siblings in attendance, have music to eat pizza and have more candy.
I went to target and bought brightly colored plates, napkins, tablecloths and cutlery that all went in line with their “candy” theme. I bought popcorn, cookies and of course, candy. My head was spinning walking through the candy aisle. I had text my co-leader to refocus. I kept walking through the aisle, I couldn’t think anymore. Not only is this stuff unhealthy, it’s expensive.
Thanks to her, I was able to refocus and complete the shopping. I ordered 2 pizzas from Costco and (for my sanity) bought a veggie and fruit tray, which almost all the girls ate.
Here’s my agenda for the party:
Pre-meeting: 15 minutes/6:15-6:30
Playtime at the playground
Opening: 5 minutes/6:30-6:35
Flag, Promise and Law
Snack/Dinner: 30 minutes/6:35-7:05
Pizza time/Candy time
Games/crafts: 25 minutes/7:05-7:30
Make Felt Pipe Cleaner bubble wands and have some bubble time
Family/Closing Time: 15 minutes/7:30-7:45
Pass out Badge Bags
Special Thank You’s to parents who went above and beyond
Here’s how the party actually went:
Bubble time (without the pipe cleaner bubble wand craft) playtime at the park, eat, playtime at the park, get badge bags, special thank you’s and it was over.
So much for all the planning. It was their party, they re-planned it and had fun. One girl said “this is the best party ever”. This party was definitely girl led!
Talk about Taking Action – Melissa Bumstead did just that when she petitioned Mattel to produce more of the “Ella” Chemo Barbies.
Melissa’s four year old daughter Grace has has a rare form of leukemia and will receive chemotherapy treatments over the next year and half. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles had only six of the barbies to give out and Grace received one of them. Melissa took action by creating a petition to ask Mattel to make enough “Ella” Barbies for all kids with cancer.
Within 3 months she collected 100,000 signatures! Because of Melissa’s action, Mattel has agreed to make more and distribute the “Ella” Barbie to hospitals through out the country beginning in August.
This is her post from her change.org petition site in May 2014:
Victory – Melissa Grace’s Mom: Mattel called…they will annually make more Ella Barbies! That means that every year hospitals and foundations will receive a fresh supply of dolls, so there will be more Ellas for kids with cancer like Grace!
Melissa, children around the country will have you to thank for your selfless efforts. Thank you and God bless you for taking action and helping other children!