77. Fly Kites & Explore Nature at Barrington KidFest 2013

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 To celebrate June as Leave No Child Inside month, the 2nd annual Barrington Area Kid Fest – a fun-filled event combining the 12th annual Community Kite Fly and 3rd annual Family Nature Fest – will be Saturday, May 4, from 11am – 3 p.m. at Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road (at Route 14) in … Read more…

254. KIDS CLUB: Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest

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It’s the first week of the month and that means it’s time for another KIDS CLUB challenge.  We also have five winners to announce from last month’s “What if You Were President?” contest, which we’ll get to in just a minute.  But first, let’s talk about this month’s contest.   This is one you can do with your whole family!  It’s a Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest and it’s a great way to show off your Jack-o-Lantern creations.

Here’s how it works.  After you carve your pumpkins this month, just take a picture once it’s all lit up and upload it in the form you’ll find below.  We’ll share your photos and announce the winners when we debut our next KIDS CLUB contest in the first week of November.  The winners will receive a gift certificate to purchase toys at Learning Express in Lake Zurich.

Which reminds me that we still have to announce our winners from last month’s “What if You Were President…” contest.  We have FIVE WINNERS for this one who all submitted great answers to this question:

If you were the President of the United States of America, what would you do to make our country a better place?

We were so excited to read our entries to this one!  Each of our five winners will receive a $20 gift certificate to make purchases at Learning Express Toys in Lake Zurich.  Here’s what our young winners say they’d do if they were President…

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230. KIDS CLUB CONTEST: What if You Were President?

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It’s the first day of the month and that means it’s time for another KIDS CLUB contest here at 365Barrington.com. Learning Express Toys is again offering prizes for our winners and, with toys on the line and politics on the mind, the stakes are high for this one! We have winners to announce today from last month’s Classroom Riddle ChallengeAnd, this month, our contest has a presidential theme.  All kids or “kids at heart” are welcome to enter, but you must be a youngin to win ;).

With the 2012 presidential election coming up in November, we’re asking the kids out there this one question:

If you were the President of the United States of America, what would you do to make our country a better place?

Entering this month’s contest is easy….

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218. KIDS CLUB: Take the Classroom Riddle Challenge

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It’s time for your little ones to have some fun here at 365Barrington.com with a brand new Kids Club Contest.  Plus, we have two winners to announce from last month’s Blue House Mystery contest.  This month we have a “Back to School” theme.  We’re calling it the Classroom Riddle Challenge and the best part is that Learning Express Toys is again offering prizes for our winners!

We have five classroom-related riddles in this quiz. And each kid who submits any correct answers will be entered into our drawing.

But first, let’s reveal our winners who correctly solved last month’s Blue House Mystery. Here was the riddle:

There is a one story house and everything is blue.
The lamp is blue, the floor is blue.
The walls are blue and
the roof is blue.

What color are the stairs?

And the two winners who correctly guessed the answer and will each win $50 gift cards to spend at Learning Express Toys are…

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188. KIDS CLUB: Solve the Blue House Riddle to Win

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On the first day of every month we host a special contest just for kids here at 365Barrington.com. Because today is July 1st, we have a brand new contest in the form of a riddle about a little blue house.

Any kids who can correctly answer the following riddle are eligible to win July’s Kids Club contest.  Learning Express Toys has given us another $100 worth of gift cards to give away at their stores in Barrington and Lake Zurich so the prize for our winner or winners is pretty sweet.  You’ll find details on how to enter the contest below, but first, take a look at our riddle.  You’ll need your thinking cap for this one ;).

There is a one story house and everything is blue.
The lamp is blue, the floor is blue.
The walls are blue and
the roof is blue.

What color are the stairs?

Before we share details on how to enter July’s contest, it’s time to reveal the winner from last month.  Because June is a month for celebrating dads on Father’s Day, we asked kids to draw a picture of their dads and share what they most love to do with their dad. Our winner is a ten year old boy named Patrick Wang who says, “My favorite thing to do with my dad is to play ping pong with him.” And here’s a look at the picture Patrick drew, winning him a $100 gift card from Learning Express Toys in Barrington and Lake Zurich…

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160. KIDS CLUB: Draw Your Dad to Win Father’s Day Art Contest

Liam, Age 6, "She loves me beyond the stars and moon."

It’s the first day of the month and that means it’s time for our monthly 365 Barrington Kids Club contest with cool prizes on the line, courtesy of Learning Express Toys. We have three winners from last month’s challenge, which was to draw a picture of your mom for mother’s day and to tell us what you love most about her.

Charlie, Age 4, “I love when my mommy plays games with me”

Seven kids from three different Barrington families submitted artwork for this contest and we’ve decided to split the $100 Learning Express Toys gift certificate to share with all three families. But we have another $100 to give away this month and have decided to give our new contest a Father’s Day theme.  Entering is easy.  Just share this challenge with your kids, give them some paper, markers, paints or crayons and let their imaginations do the rest…

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154. Discover “Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift”

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For the first time since publishing her children’s book, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift 15 years ago, Tower Lakes author, Sheila Glazov, will have the honor of watching a musical rendition of the story brought to life on stage this Sunday night.  Performers with Lake Zurich’s Trilogy School of Performing Arts have prepared a special interpretation of the book, which is a “family fairy tale” about a young princess created to help children of all ages build self esteem.

The musical version of Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift was adapted shortly after Sheila published the book’s second edition to include paragraphs about bullying in schools.  She wrote the story as a “fairy tale version” of her popular adult book examining behavior and relationships called, What Color is Your Brain?  A Fun and Fascinating Approach to Understanding Yourself and Others.

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145. KIDS CLUB: Brand New Barrington Area “Kids Fest”

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There’s a new event happening in Barrington tomorrow that’s all about encouraging kids to get outside, explore nature and have a blast while breathing fresh air.  Three local organizations are coming together to host the first ever Barrington Kids Fest at Citizens Park and they have a long list of exciting outdoor activities planned for the day.

This is the first year that the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, the Barrington Park District and the Leave No Child Inside initiative of the Greater Barrington and Lake Zurich areas are joining forces to create a unique Barrington Area Kids Fest.  They’ve decided to combine the 11th annual Community Kite Fly and the 2nd annual Family Nature Fest to form one all-encompassing outdoorsy festival and it’s totally FREE and open to all kids and families in the community.

A ton of local groups, organizations and businesses are supporting the event to provide families with action-packed recreational and educational activities designed to get everyone moving and active.  In addition to your kites, be sure to bring your bikes this year. One of the tomorrow’s highlights will be a family bike adventure through Cuba Marsh led by Barrington cyclist, Bob Lee…

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144. 365 Barrington “Kids Club” Mother’s Day Art Contest

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If you have kids, know kids or are a kid-at-heart, we have some exciting news.  Starting today, we’re carving out a new space here at 365Barrington.com that’s devoted to great stuff for children to do in Barrington and we’ve even invented a brand new monthly contest!  During the first week of each month, we’re going to challenge kids to share their own original artwork, based on a theme, with awesome prizes offered by our partner in this project, Learning Express Toys. Our first contest starts today as we debut the brand new 365 Barrington “Kids Club”, a new way to keep up on the latest local cool stuff for kiddos.


So here’s how it works:  Each month we’ll pose a challenge for kids to answer with a drawing and a few words, if they so choose.  Our first “Kids Club” contest has a Mother’s Day theme…

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