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.
Read the challenge, share it with your kids, give them some blank paper and some crayons, markers or paint and let their imaginations do the rest. Here’s the two-part challenge:
Draw a picture of your mom on on a piece of paper.
On the same piece of paper (or on a second sheet) write your name, your age and what you love most about your mom. (It’s ok to ask an adult for help with this part.)
Please be sure to include an address, email and phone number so we can notify our winners. The rest is easy.
To enter the contest, just pop those papers in the mail to the address you’ll find below or drop them off at Learning Express Toys in Barrington or Lake Zurich. Tell them it’s an entry for the latest 365 Barrington Kids Club contest and they’ll take care of the rest. We’ll share our entries here at 365Barrington, we’ll have a vote and we’ll announce the winners when we reveal our new contest theme at the beginning of the next month.
Sound easy? I sure hope so because I can’t wait to see these pieces of art. Plus, Learning Express is offering the opportunity for me to award prizes for multiple winners. If only one person enters the contest, they’ll take the whole prize, which is a whopping $100 to spend on anything at Learning Express Toys. And this is NO FUNNY MONEY, either. It’s kind of like winning the MegaMillions Lotto Jackpot, for kids!
But if we have multiple entries, we’ll split the prize to share with our top three winners. If no one enters the contest, don’t worry, I’ll draw a picture of my own mom for you all to see here at 365 Barrington. But please don’t make me do that. It would really be humiliating ;).
To make sure we are able to share this new mom art in time for Mother’s Day, all submissions must be received by the deadline which is one week from today, next Friday, May 11th.
If you haven’t been to Learning Express Toys, you HAVE to check it out. They’re one of my go-to spots for birthday presents, they have some the best toys on the planet and the kind of customer service that you’ll never find on any website. They also regularly offer fun promotions and toy tips which you’ll find on their Facebook page by clicking HERE. In fact, they just gave a $100 drawing prize to Lydia Holsteen, a mom who purchased one of the first “Deals” we offered before the holidays at 365Barrington.com, $35 for $75 at Learning Express Toys.
Did I mention the part about great customer service?
Here’s the address to submit entries by mail:
Post Office Box 365
Barrington, IL 60011
Here are the Learning Express locations for drop-off submissions:
Learning Express Toys – Barrington
Located in the Ice House Mall
200 Applebee Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Learning Express Toys – Lake Zurich
Near Dominick’s Food Store
315 S. Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
So…let’s get to it! We can’t wait to share our mom art at 365Barrington.com just in time for Mother’s Day next weekend.