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Story Time in the Park: Our Favorite Books

Story Time in the Park: Our Favorite Books

It is nearing the end of Story Time (sad!), and we decided to pull out a few of our own childhood favorites to share with the kids in the park.  It was tough deciding a favorite, especially since had used so many favorites in previous weeks, but we finally settled on a few. SONGS For song time, we did some old classics like such as: Open Close Them Wheels on the Bus If You're Happy and You Know It Eensy Weensy Spider The kids really enjoy these classic songs and even young kids … [Read more...]

Story Time in the Park: Dinosaurs

Story Time in the Park: Dinosaurs

DINOSAUR DAYS! I was especially excited about this story time in the park because it featured DINOSAURS!  My kids are both pretty crazy about dinosaurs and the kids at the park seemed to love them too!    I checked out quite a few dinosaur books from the library, but I had to narrow it down to two or three (books listed below).  For song time, I would have loved to sing the song "Dinosaur Walk", but it was a little too complicated for Story Time.  If you do a dinosaur theme at home, be sure to … [Read more...]

Family Friendly Summer Activities for Erie, PA!

Family Friendly Summer Activities for Erie, PA!

Welcome to the third annual Erie Staycation post here at Growing Kids Ministry!  You can check out Year #1 here and Year #2 here for even more ideas.  This year, I decided to start with asking some of "the locals" about their favorite activities here in Erie.   With two little ones, my outings generally consist of the zoo, the Children's Museum, and Chick-fil-A (all of which I would highly recommend, of course!).  I wanted to grab a few more ideas from my friends.  Here's what they … [Read more...]

Port Farms: Great Place for Erie Family Fun!

Port Farms: Great Place for Erie Family Fun!

Last weekend, we headed out to a new family favorite location -- Port Farms!  Located in Waterford, it's about a 40 minute drive from our Erie, PA home.  As our kids get older, the place just gets better and better.  They've got a giant "corn box", monster high slides, goats, tractor ride, Bunnyville, and lots more fun!  If you're anywhere near the Erie area, you should certainly take a trip!  Check out the pictures from our fun! Corn Box (Always the First Stop!) Goats! (For only 25 … [Read more...]

That Goose Just Bit Me!

That Goose Just Bit Me!

Today, I'm guest posting over at Crafty Mom 101 as part of Guest Post Month! Here's a little peek at my post to get you started: At the beginning of Summer, I thought about making a Bucket List.  My kids are now old enough to enjoy many of our local attractions so I wanted to make the most of this season.  Of course, I never actually got around to writing the bucket list, but I did have a lot of ideas floating around my head.  Walk to a nearby Dairy Queen to get ice cream?  Check!  Visit … [Read more...]

Story time in the Park: Sheep

Story time in the Park: Sheep

We've been doing Story Time at Whitford Park in Erie all summer and man, do I love it!  It's one of my favorite things in the ministry.  Recently, we had a sheep theme day.  Here's the details on books and crafts. Books We Read:  The Little Lamb Sheep in a Jeep Miss Jen Reading Stories This week, Miss Jen joined us as the story reader. She's an elementary teacher at a local school, so she already knew a few faces.  I love when we can make those kind of connections.   It shows that the … [Read more...]