October on TV

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Here are the fun topics I discussed on the segment today:

Updated: You can watch the video of the segment here!

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Theo’s 9th Birthday Party

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Theo’s 9th birthday party theme was one that I’ve been excited to plan for awhile: LEGO! We had a wonderful party hosted by Play-Well, which is a brilliant concept for mobile Lego-themed events. Two party hosts arrived with bins full of hundreds, if not thousands, of Lego pieces and special parts for making actual moving vehicles: gears, chassis, meshing, arches, and trusses.

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The kids quickly got to work making a long bridge for their cars to drive across and designing their own vehicles using the available parts.

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My favorite part was that the two hosts were well-versed in entertaining kids (for 90 minutes!) and kept them busy and having fun the whole time. From bringing in the Legos, to having the kids willingly comply with taking their creations apart and cleaning up, they were a huge part of making the party a success. When they left, every single individual piece of Lego was picked up and put away, and we didn’t have to deal with the aftermath. Priceless.

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Thank you, Bobby and Cher, for being a part of Theo’s birthday celebration! All of the kids had a great time — and I know this for a fact, because I got an email from one of the guests’ mothers the next day saying, “He enjoyed building with his friends a lot. Thanks Christina for making Theo’s birthdays not just a place to have fun but also to learn.” (I swear I didn’t solicit this comment — but it certainly made my day!)

Since the kids were happily occupied, I was able to focus on my favorite part of planning parties — the decorations and themed elements. Weeks in advance, I got in the mood by creating some Lego builds of my own, using materials that we had in Theo’s big Lego bin at home. I actually had a lot of fun doing these and was reminded of how fun Lego-building is.

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I stuck to primary Lego colors and was so lucky to find Lego (or generic “bricks”) plates and napkins at the dollar store. I also found lots of brick-themed accessories on Amazon. For party favors, each kid got a box of “classic” Legos that they got to build at the end of the party.

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I used my familiar tactic of designing my own Costco sheet cake to my specifications so I could decorate it myself. I love the little minifigures holding the birthday candles!

It was a great party and I’m so thankful to Play-Well for contributing their talents and energy to a fun, educational, and playful environment (and for Theo’s swell Lego bowtie!).

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July on TV

July 2016

Here are the topics that I mentioned on the air today. You can watch the video here.

Art & Maker class by Clever Octopus at Salt Lake City libraries
Summer meals for children
I also wanted to add a note about the last topic which came up during the conversation. Lori Pritchard told me after the segment that in 2010 she did an investigative report on people abusing the free summer meals program. Apparently people who are not relying on these programs to eat are taking the meals and not leaving any for others who really need it. Please don’t abuse this program which is necessary for some children to get a meal in the summer while school is out.
Here is a link to Lori’s investigative report.