Kid Friendly Summer Activities

School is either out or almost out for your kids and you are wondering "What are we going to do all summer?" I have found a GREAT and helpful web site that has LOTS of summer activities. From puppet shows and free crafts at local libraries, to family mystery hikes in Cheynne Mountain State Park, to Bear Creek Nature Center Activities, to movies in the park, to special events coming to town..... check out all of these and many more at Macaroni Kid Colorado Springs. I love their calendar of events that tells you exactly what is happening, if and how much it costs, and all the other details you would want to know.

Have a happy, safe and fun filled summer!

Memorial Day ~ Remembering & Honoring

Memorial Day is more than going to a parade and having a BBQ or picnic! It is a day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country.

Since the late 1950′s on the Thursday just before the Memorial day, around 1200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, and tradition that continues to this day.

In 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Daythe Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts participate in what they call their Luminaria Program. They place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights

In the year 2000 the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution passed. At 3pm on Memorial Day all Americans are asked to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance & respect by pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence.

On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day flower.

Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.

New York was the 1st state to officially recognize Memorial Day.

Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.

Have a fun, safe, and memorable Memorial Day weekend !

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ~Francis A. Walker

Article taken from Macaroni Kid Colorado Springs Newsletter May 2011

The Circus is Coming to Colorado Springs

What is your favorite memory from the circus? I remember cotton candy, popcorn, high wire walkers, elephants, clowns (not my favorite, if I'm honest) and so much more. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Fully Charged Circus will be at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO from June 9 - June 12. For show times and prices click here.

Great Deals on Restaurants, Vacations & More in Colorado Springs

Wanted to pass on to you information about Rubber Dollar: Making Life Affordable. It's a great site that allows you to get deals on restaurants, vacations, entertainment, attractions, etc. in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. If you haven't checked it out, head on over there: Rubber Dollar.