While we know the Thanksgiving, is the start the season, our kids think it’s just another day. We also know kids get excited about this time of year for many reasons. They get a break from school. They get to enjoy spending time with another family member such as cousins and grandparents. But, do you know what your kids want YOU to do this during this holiday? We’re about to tell you!
Many of us will be prepping for the holidays early. We either plan to have family visit or travel for the holiday break. If you’re parents, there’s a good chance you will need some time away from the kids to get in some shopping. Parents know that they can get things done much quicker and easier when the kids are not around.
This holiday season, try not to spend too much time preparing for the celebration without help. Get the little ones involved, if you can. Teach them about cooking, manners and family traditions. Start a new custom or tradition. It’s never too late! Whatever the case may be, spending time making the event special doesn’t have to be hard and should be enjoyable. Regardless, kids love to see their parents happy, and this is the perfect time of year to show them how much you appreciate them as well.
Now that you have involved the kids a bit, call on someone to take the kids out to blow off some steam while you go shopping. The Wow Factory is a great place for kids to be active and explore. They can climb, play laser tag, crawl, jump and run through the Ballocity, play video games, and bowl! Your kids will have a blast and you will get some very valuable time to get holiday things done.
Don’t want to worry about dinner? We can provide that too. Our café has a full menu of food as well as snacks and desserts. We’ve got you covered, so go out and maybe enjoy a meal out for yourself.
If you have any holiday party needs or birthday party plans to attend to we can accommodate those as well. Book one of our party rooms and a party package and we will take the load off for you! Let us help make your holiday stress free.
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Gather up the kidlets and get over to the Wow Factory Holiday Break fun! Think about the many reasons why you need to spend some time here in the Coconut Creek area that doesn’t leave you full of stress. Instead, you’ll have holiday bliss to brighten your day and keep those kids occupied. Here are some reasons why you need to pack the car with all your kids and their friends and head on over the Wow Factory for some celebrating!
First, think about the time. The time you’ll spend watching the children jump, play, exercise and be entertained. Think about the moments where you can relax with a glass of wine or a friend and have a pleasant conversation while the kids run amuck! Think about the time you’ll be saving while Johnny is bored and in need of something to do.
Next, think about the mess in the kitchen at home and how there won’t be one if you and the fam eat at our fabulous café. We will take your order, serve you with a smile and won’t make you do dishes!
After you’ve thought about time and meals, think about the simplicity of it all. If you’re the type of person who likes to keep things uncomplicated, then coming to hang out at an inside gym is excellent. You can come to our facility located in South Florida, check in and let loose! It’s just that simple. No need for you to plan for months to find something fresh the kids will love. No need for running errands or stressing out over what you’ll do during the break time. Making an outing to the Wow Factory during the holiday break is a no-brainer!
In addition to families looking for something fun to do during the break, caretakers, teachers and event planners are welcome too! You know there’s no better solution than spending a day doing laser tag or having the kids practice their mountain climbing skills. No matter the preference, the Wow Factory has something for every age group.
Besides the fact Wow Factory caters to all ages, this is also an excellent place for you to plan large parties. With the holiday being here, chances are you’re looking for the ideal venue to host a party elsewhere.
So, plan ahead for the holiday break. You can give some gift cards for the holiday and come spend some time with us!
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If you’re a parent, your child’s welfare is at the forefront of your mind at all times. While their health and safety are number one, there’s a multitude of other issues you’re regularly faced with such as how to keep the little buggers entertained 24/7. Not only is keeping kids active a benefit, it’s also at times a challenge. We put together our top five activities that will be helpful if you find yourself drawing a blank. Ready, set, read!
Activity One: Reading
Activity Two: Making Play-Doh from Scratch
Activity Three: Teaching Everyday Skills
Activity Four: Exercise
Activity Five: Cooking
Activity One: Reading as a top five activities. The reason for this being our favorite is because reading gives both parents and children an opportunity to explore new lands, experience unique situations and solve problems. While many children shy away from reading, there are some that absolutely love it and can’t get enough. Encourage your children to read even when not in school. By using this a parent/child activity, you’ll also get a break.
Activity Two: Making Play-Doh from scratch is easy and not as messy as some may think. The best part is you can find most of your ingredients around the house. To explain why this made it to our list, is we enjoy squishing around with the substance too! Who doesn’t enjoy rolling around and forming little dough balls and then creating something awesome? We went the additional step for you and found the recipe, so you can DIY with the kids.
Activity Three: Teaching kids an everyday skill is valuable. Find ways to show them how to work with money. Take them out to the garage and give a lesson on tools and how to use them. The point is kids will retain pretty much everything you teach them at this age so why not give them the skills they’ll need to make a difference? Go the extra mile and activity will be in your top line-up too!
Activity Four: Exercising is one of the best activities for any kid-parent team. Whether you’re out bowling or joining little league, you’ll enjoy the time spent teaching your kid to be physically fit. Another important aspect is kids enjoy challenging and strategizing but it’s also important to teach them how to be okay with losing. Just stay positive and any activity involving athletics will surely be entertaining.
Activity Five: We’ve come to our final interest which is cooking. There’s just something about being in the kitchen, creating something and making a mess that seems to rank high with our attention. This truly is an enjoyable part of any parent’s day when they get to be side by side with their kids in preparing food. Even if it’s baking cookies from a package, there’s a bond that takes place. Don’t worry you can clean up the clutter in the kitchen later.
The important thing to remember here is by spending quality time with your kids, you’ll be keeping them busy and teaching them a wide variety of personal attributes. Any one of these activities will allow you to enjoy the process no matter what these entails.
Of course, our sixth activity we are extremely partial to is taking your child to the Wow Factory for some fun. But, we figure you already knew that to be number one! We hope to see you soon.
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No matter if it’s the first part of the season or the last, you will have a multitude of festivals to attend in South Florida. Besides, most of these incredible fun events will keep you and the whole family happy when partaking in the festivities. From hot buttery corn on a stick to take a chance at winning a prize or jumping on the rides, you can never be bored at one of the many winter festivals. In this article we point out some ideas for Winter Festivals and events, you won’t want to miss.
Take a peek at the Sun-Sentinel, and you’ll be in the know when it comes to upcoming events for the whole family. The month of October provides plenty of fun when it comes to hay rides, Oktoberfest, and Haunted Houses. The best part when attending one of these events is you don’t have to get all bundled up to enjoy them. For those who grew up in the North or Mid-West, you will be walking down memory-lane sipping warm cider or munching on a candy apple. No matter what your favorite food may entail, there’s always plenty of treats to go around for everyone. Don’t forget to check out the Boca Raton Pumpkin Patch and the Growfest as a way of supporting local businesses and turning your kids onto winter wonderlands.
Next, everyone enjoys a good concert during the winter months. Whether you want to be indoors or out, South Florida has incredible venues for you to enjoy every tune the artists put out. You can preview the month’s calendar on the New Times site for Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami Counties. If you plan on bringing along the kids, be sure to check the ratings or the music ahead of time to ensure the children won’t be subjected to language issues. Other than the parent guides, these types of winter events will keep you busy throughout the year.
We also find the local news tends to mention these festivals. But, so does SouthFlorida.com. Pull up the calendar any day, and you’ll quickly see there is an event every day and a celebration just about each weekend. There are even events where the dogs can take part. K-9 Water Festivals are ultra-pet friendly and allow you to bring Fido in at the right times.
No matter what the case may be or what you feel like doing, there are tons of choices. Don’t forget when you aren’t ready to head outdoors for fun, you can always spend a day with us!
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One of the most fun and educational experiences you can enjoy with your children is cooking. Not only are you teaching them how to feed themselves (which is one of the most important life skills); you are also spending quality time with them and allowing them to learn important skills such as measurement, timing, patience, and self-control. The best way to make your kids enjoy cooking with you is to make it a fun activity; they might lose interest if they feel like they are performing a chore. Here are some tips on how to cook with your kids.
Teach them kitchen safety
Even for adults, the kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in the households. When introducing your children to cooking, the first step that you should take is to teach them kitchen safety. Ensure that they understand that they are working with sharp objects and fire. If a child is too young to understand kitchen safety, then they are probably too young to participate in cooking. If you are using gas to cook then your children need to know how to safely turn your cooker on and off. Ensure that they understand the smell of a gas leak and drill them on how to react to it. As an additional precaution, you should teach them how to put out grease fires, and possibly, how to perform first aid on small burns and cuts. You should only proceed once everybody is aware of how to keep themselves, and others, safe in the kitchen.
Cook what they like
Every child has a favorite meal, and one of the best ways to get children interested in cooking (at least in the early stages) is to teach them how to cook their favorite meal. If your children love cookies, then you should introduce them to cooking by teaching them how to bake cookies. By learning how to make their favorite meals, they will be more interested in improving their cooking skills.
Introduce them to healthy meal options
Once they grow up, your children are more likely to cook the food items that you taught them to cook. Therefore, take this opportunity to introduce them to healthier meal options. Incorporate vegetables, white meats, and other healthy food items into your cooking lessons. Teach them how to make simple salads or healthy pasta dishes, and educate them on the benefits of healthy eating. Not only will they save money by cooking for themselves, they will lead much healthier lives too.
Don’t be too serious
Ensure that your children have fun in the kitchen. If you take your joint cooking sessions too seriously, you might negatively affect their enthusiasm to learn how to cook. When your child makes a mistake they should not be scolded, show them what went wrong and encourage them to try again. Children are very sensitive to negative feedback, especially if they were not initially enthusiastic about the activity. Make it a fun experience and your kids will learn an important life skill.
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The fall season presents an awesome opportunity for you and your kids to enjoy some fun art and crafts together. The changing colors of the foliage and the excitement of the upcoming holiday season create the perfect backdrop to inspire the inner artist in all of us. Art and craft projects create the perfect opportunity for you to spend some quality bonding time with your children and help them gain a finer appreciation for the arts. While most of these activities are supposed to appeal to young children, you and some of the older kids will have lots of fun taking part.
The defining feature of the fall season is the changing foliage cover and the trees shedding off their leaves. Leaf painting involves using leaves to trace out drawings on a piece of paper. With the abundance of fallen leaves during fall, gathering the required materials will not be difficult. You can enjoy simple leaf painting with colored pencils or introduce paintbrush-applied paints to make it more interesting. Encourage your kids to collect different types of leaves and use this as an opportunity to educate them about the trees and plants that are around them. Allowing your kids to express themselves in their paintings will also increase the hand-eye coordination, thereby improving their environmental awareness. It will also make them more artistically inclined.
The biggest fall holiday for children is Halloween. Engage your children’s creativity and imagination by introducing them to pumpkin carving. As with any art project involving your children, their participation in the activity is more important than the quality levels they achieve. Get different pumpkin sizes for the different age groups you are dealing with to make it easier for them to carve their pumpkins. Before they start doing the actual carving, ensure that they are aware of the fact that they will be handling sharp objects to avoid an unscheduled visit to the emergency room. As a bonus, you can display their carved pumpkins for Halloween to increase their sense of accomplishment.
While everyone has their favorite season, the fall, with its vibrant colors, creates one of the most aesthetically-pleasing environments. Introduce your children to the field of nature photography by encouraging them to go out and take photographs of the stunning scenery. You don’t need to give them expensive professional cameras. Just get a few budget disposable cameras and let them enjoy the scenery. Being out in the fresh air will also give them valuable exercise and they will be more aware (and appreciative) of the natural environment around them.
Hand Turkey drawing
As Thanksgiving approaches, and the weather becomes colder, keep your children engaged indoors by teaching them hand turkey drawing. If you have older kids that have surpassed the hand turkey drawing age, you can encourage them to create thanksgiving inspired paintings at home. This will keep them occupied and increase their motor skills and art awareness.
Apart from the skills that your children will learn by doing art and craft projects, the whole family can enjoy quality bonding time together and create fond memories.
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One of the most important, and often overlooked component of raising a child is encouraging them to have a hobby. A hobby can serve many purposes. It can mentally and/or physically engage a growing child, it can be a fun way to pass time, and it might even end up being a profitable career in future. Having a hands-on hobby is important for a growing child, especially if they end up enjoying it as a fun activity. Here are five relatively affordable hands-on hobbies that you can introduce your child to.
If you have some gardening space in your home, then this is one of the best hobbies to introduce your children to. As an outdoors activity, gardening can provide your children with valuable exercise time. Having them interact with soil, plants, and insects during gardening also helps improve their immune system as they come into contact with microbes. It also instills in them an appreciation for nature, which is a great trait. And if your garden includes vegetables, fruits, and other food items, then you can teach your children the valuable skill of being able to grow one’s own food while saving money. Gardening is also a very affordable hobby to involve your children with. It’s almost free.
Everyone loves baked goodies, that is one of the fundamental human truths. It is not difficult to motivate your children to take up baking as a hobby since the rewards of baking can be enjoyed after every baking session. Baking is a fun hobby that will give you valuable bonding time with your children. It is also relatively inexpensive and can save you some money as you won’t have to purchase your baked goods from commercial establishments. As an additional benefit, baking can teach your children a marketable skill that they can benefit from financially once they become adults. The baking experience can also be educational as they learn about portions, ingredients, discipline, and even patience.
Drawing is another hand-on hobby that you can introduce your children to. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to start them off with expensive art supplies. All you need is a plain drawing book and a few pencils to introduce drawing to your children. As a hobby, drawing will encourage your child’s creativity and will teach them to express themselves through art. This will help to intellectually stimulate your children as they grow. Encouraging your children to engage in art will also improve their observational capacity as they will be more aware of the environment that they interact with.
Depending on the martial arts trainers within your location, there are numerous martial arts disciplines to choose from. Martial arts are an attractive hobby for your children since they are already inherently ‘cool’, especially if your child enjoys action movies. Martial arts will engage your child physically, improving their overall physical health and stamina. With a good trainer, martial arts will also instill the element of discipline in your child. And this will serve them well as they grow up. An additional benefit is that they will learn useful self-defense skills.
It is important to engage your child in at list one hands-on hobby. It gives you an opportunity to bond with them and most of them will give them important life skills that they can enjoy throughout their lives.
The most effective way of teaching children ‘boring’ concepts is through play. While engineering concepts would not engage your child’s fickle attention spans, there are numerous engineering toys that would teach these skills ‘covertly’ as your young ones have fun. Simple skills such as problem-solving, cooperating with their playmates, increased motor skills, and persistence will create a valuable foundation for your child if they choose to enter the competitive engineering field. Even if your children do not choose to become professional engineers as adults, these skills can still be applied in many professional fields. Here are some of the best engineering toys currently available.
As of 2016, LEGO became the largest and most profitable toy company in the world. These educational toys have been very effective in teaching young children (and adults) the basic concepts of engineering skills. The beauty of giving your child a Lego set is that it stimulates their imagination. There is no limit to the creations that one can form using Lego bricks. Lego has also partnered with popular children entertainment franchises such as star wars, Marvel, DC comics, and Disney to create Lego sets that appeal to children. You will also find that, unlike other toys, children rarely outgrow their Lego sets. They can still be enjoyed as they grow up and become teens and beyond.
K’Nex 100 Model building set
The K’nex model building set is specifically made to increase your child’s engineering literacy. The standard set has more than 850 pieces and contains a manual that shows them how to build more than 100 different models ranging from towers, cars, and helicopters. It differs from LEGO in that you can create models with moving parts. Your children will enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from being able to replicate the models in their manuals on their own.
One of the largest toymakers in the world, Mattel, has embraced technology with the development of their new educational toy, Bloxels. Bloxels come with a board where you children can manually create video game levels by hand, before scanning them with their smartphones where they are converted into a video game format which they can play. Bloxels allow your children to exercise their imagination while teaching them the basic concepts of video game design. In a technology driven economy, it is never too early to familiarize your children with game development. They might even end up making a very lucrative career out of it.
While most building block toys use square and rectangular building blocks, wedgit includes different shaped building blocks to further engage your child’s imagination. Wedgits will not only teach your children the basics of construction, they will also learn about angles and balance, which are all useful concepts that will help them in their future engineering endeavors. Wedgit provides a manual that has some models that your children could attempt to re-create, or you can leave them to exercise their creativity by coming up with their own creations. There are numerous wedgit sets to choose from with different difficulty levels for different age groups.
Most of these toys are reasonably priced and will work towards instilling valuable engineering concepts that they can apply in their future careers.
Today’s world can seem daunting at best. However, there’s plenty of positive environments you can dive into without being bombarded by fake news, and a whole other slew of topics. If you’re someone who likes to work in a creative field, you already know we’re influenced by what’s around us. From color, to emotion, we should allow ourselves to be free and mindful to look for innovative solutions. Being around kids is one of the best ways you can learn or re-learn to be more creative. In this week’s blog, we feature ways you can relate during your visit.
Whether you’re a mommy blogger or a teacher, take one look around you. Once inside, you’ll quickly be aware how much energy flows through our doorway. We’re not talking electricity, we’re talking about the patrons and their excitement! We’re almost convinced kids cannot maintain composure while at this indoor park. You see them literally hanging from the ceiling and walls! That’s okay parents, it’s supposed to be that way. If you want to learn how to spark some creativity, observe the flow of what’s happening and apply some of that to your work. Too bad you can’t bottle it up and sell it right?
Next, look at how kids react to one another while at the Wow Factory. They seemingly play effortlessly with children they don’t know. No matter what the race, color, ethnic background etc., these kids mesh well as they are looking for one thing, to have fun. We as adults can all learn from this factor.
Now that we’ve discussed some obvious behaviors that can stir creative juices, think about the color schematics. If you work in Interior Design, Marketing or even Advertising, you now these are fields that insist on finding ways to incorporate your surroundings in your work. I.D. people can use what they see as a child’s dream room, marketing people can reflect on what and why boys and girls select the arcade game to get inspiration, and advertising people can develop solid campaigns based on their visions. Getting inspiration is really very simple. Just come by and spend an hour and you’ll soon see how the Wow Factory Makes YOU More Creative.
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If you grew up in a household where your parents spent their leisure time at the local bowling alley, then this blog is for you. Depending on how old you are, you might remember the swanky bowling shirts, the dazzling bowling balls, and the matching shoes as well as smell like French fries when they return. If this doesn’t bring back fond memories of this nostalgic sport, then what does?
Memories continue with a walk down memory lane, or in this case memory alley, perhaps some of you remember the show “Bowling for Dollars”? The 1970’s show wasn’t created at some big Hollywood studio; rather the production crew went to local alleys from around the country to film people with a high score and form. If you grew up in the Midwest, you or your grandparents might have found this show to be engaging as the viewers had an opportunity to win money while the contestants pulled their name from a horizontal counter.
Other than the game show, contestants most likely know some celebrities from today love the game. People like the Kardashians, Katie Perry, and the Beckham Family are big fans of the match. It’s always fun to know the game draws high profile people just as much as the average Joe. Why wouldn’t they love the game? It’s a great way to build family flashbacks they can cherish forever.
Besides the memories, in remembrance of the oldest bowling alley in the United States, we have to pay homage to our fellow kingpins at Holler House in Milwaukee. This home housed the oldest bowling alley in the United States and celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2008! This venue still carries it’s age-old tradition today of donating a signed bra in remembrance of the owner’s wife, who used to love the game and drinking with her friends than giving her bra after a good night! Too funny.
Anyways, the game of bowling is one that can be full of adventure, achieve skills and bring friends or family closer together. It’s great to reminiscence on all the wonderful times you have had while listening to the thunder from the ball hitting the pins, drinking cold beer and smelling all the snack foods. Who can think of any other activity where you can relive your past while introducing this game to your future?
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