Sunday, May 19, 2013

Waco Area Vacation Bible School Directory - 2013

Churches all over Waco are hosting Vacation Bible School, fun Christian day-camps which are usually free for kids to attend!   Here's a few I found in Waco and surrounding area:


Woodway 1st United Methodist Church
Theme:  Everywhere Fun Fair
Ages: 3 - 6th Grade
Dates: June 23 - 27
Time:  6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Location:  Woodway
More Info Here

Trinity Lutheran Church at Badger Ranch
Ages:  3 yrs - Grade 5
Dates: June 23 - 27
Times:  (Light supper served before VBS each night at 5:45 pm)
VBS Times: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Woodway
More Info Here 

St. Jerome Catholic Church
Theme: Kingdom Rock
Dates:  June 23 -28
Location:  Waco
More Info Here


New Hope Baptist Church
Theme: Kingdom Rock
Ages:  Age 5 - Adult
Dates:  July 8 - 11
Times:  5 pm - 8pm
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

Western Heights Baptist Church
Theme: Colossal Coaster Worlds
Ages:  Age 4 - 6th
Dates:  July 8 - 12
Times:  9 am - Noon
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

Evergreen Baptist Church
Theme: Kingdom Chronicals
Ages:  Age 4 - 6th
Dates:  July 14 - 18
Times:  6:15 pm -
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

First United Methodist Church of Waco
Theme: Athens
Dates:  July 14 - 18
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

Cogdell Memorial Methodist Church
Theme: Everywhere Fun Friend
Ages:  Age 4 - 6th Grade
Dates:  July 21 - 25
Times:  6 pm - 8pm
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

Columbus Avenue Baptist Church
Theme: Colossal Coaster World, 
Dates: July 22-26
More Info Here

Bosqueville Baptist Church
Theme:  Colassal Coaster World
Dates: July 29 - August 2
Time:  Not Stated
Location:  Waco
More Info Here (Scroll Down Under Events)

Peace Lutheran Church
Theme:  Athens: Pauls Dangerous Journey
Dates: July 10 - 14
Times: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Location:  Hewitt
More Info Here

If your church would like their VBS listed here, please leave the details in a comment below, or e-mail me at ecarian at yahoo dot com

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gardening Coloring Pages

These sure look like more fun than the fire ants!  

Enjoy the following gardening coloring pages from the Dover Sampler.

Bugs (Dragonflies and Mantis)


More Butterflies

Garden Fashion

Garden Party Fun

Shared on Throwback Thursday.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Shop to Help West, TX

All of these items benefit the victims of the tragic explosion in West, TX.   Check individual listing to see how much is donated.*
















* 50% of the items shown above from Vinyl Designs (the pink West, TX ribbon and the Texas decal with 4/17/13) go to support victims of west, though it is not mentioned in the listing.  Also, the "Desert Photos Print Set shown above" is going to support West Victims even though it mentions Waco, not West (they are donating to the fund for West through the Waco Salvation Army).

Masons Mama

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Coloring Page to Celebrate Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880.  If you want to celebrate this date with your kids next month, you might want to download the free coloring page being offered at Dover (for a limited time) in their sampler here.  I'm mentioning it a little early since I'm not sure how long the sampler will be available and didn't want you to miss it.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Weekend Picks: May 10-12

Here are my pick of family friendly event this weekend.

VOTE in the Midway Bond Election
There's a $34,493,201 bond election this Saturday that could affect YOUR KIDS SCHOOL (if they go to a Midway School).  So, make sure to make time among the other events to vote!

Funky Junk Roundup
A shopping experience featuring a unique blend of arts & crafts, vintage finds & inspiration,  handmade items, antique d├ęcor, etc. Waco Convention Center,  100 Washington Ave - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday

Musical:  OKLAHOMA
A fun musical in, of course, Oklahoma at turn of the century.  Playing Thurs, Fri,  Sat and Sun.  For more info e-mail, or call Waco Civic Theatre at 254-776-1591

M.O.M. (Missing Orangutan Mothers) Day – 

This Saturday, May 12, 2013 from 11am-2pm the Cameron Park Zoo will be celebrating orangutan mothers.   Watch training sessions with zookeepers and our resident orangutans and learn what Cameron Park Zoo is doing to help orangutans in the wild.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Printables for Kids

You can download the following printable paper dolls, coloring books, and activity pages are available for just a little while.

Paper Dolls:

Red Riding Hood Paper Dolls

Mermaid Paper Doll

Literary Paper Dolls (H.G. Wells and Mark Twain)

Hollywood Stars (1930's, 40's and 50's)

Coloring Pages:

Graphic Design Coloring Pages

Art Nouveau Coloring Pages

Sign Language

Hearts and Roses

Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales

Garden Fashion

Various Intricate Designs


Intricate Animal Designs

Fairy Tales

Alphabet Animal Coloring Pages (Letters D, L, V, and Z)



More Eco-Games

Brain Teasers


Oragami Plane and Box

Pin Ball Mazes

Austin Day Trip - Mini Maker Fair

We went down to Austin on a spontaneous trip to Mini Maker Fair (found out about it the night before...we loved the regular Maker Fair and were sad to see it go, so when we found out someone had started up a smaller version, we jumped at the chance.)  If you ever get a chance to take your kids to this, do!  (It's not just for kids, but a lot of it is, and the rest is definitely family friendly).

There parked in the city to get some lunch, and had a mini-civics lesson when we passed a protest march (a peaceful one) for Immigration Reform.  (You can see a video here)

After lunch and a lot of walking, we got to the Maker Fair.  

No one was riding the bikes when we got there, but even better than seeing them go was getting a chance to MAKE them go. The kids got to flap the wings and move the head around on this owl bicycle....

This star wars ship was way cooler than my photo makes it out to be.

And yes, my friends...that is a Tardis Control Panel.

And you might recognize the two lego creations in the back
(if you've every played, or had a child who played, Minecraft).

There was so much cool stuff there.  Live animals (horses and a parrot). a tinkering area where they could make their own creations out of old computer parts, a planetarium, crafts, music, and more!  Just a ton of fun.  Really, it had a lot of what the original maker fair had (minus some of the big shows like the giant tesla coil and battling robots)...and for a fraction of the price.  We bought tickets online for $7 for the kids and $10 for us.  If we had known earlier we could have bought them for $5, and it was $10-$15 at the door if my memory serves me right.  

And then, of course, Austin itself is just beautiful.  We took this walking over the bridge into the city...

Masons Mama

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Printables for Cinco De Mayo

Here are some fun free printables for your kids this Cinco De Mayo...

*Starred links are from the Dover Sampler and are only available for a short time.

Friday, May 3, 2013

A HUGE Giveaway for Moms!

Not only could you win cool educational stuff for your kids, 
but you could win stuff for you, like a Spafinder gift card and an iPad 2!

 Click Here To Enter


I was not paid to post this but do get extra entries when people enter following my links.   I'm not affiliated with Educents and Educents is probably not even aware of this website.  The "share this with friends" links are available to anyone who enters the giveaway.