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Best New Books For Young Readers

2017 has been a good year for children’s books based on the rave reviews of the books currently on the market. Instilling a reading culture in your child is one of the best gifts you can give them. Our world has switched to a largely knowledge-based economy where success is not determined by what one can physically do, but by what they know. There is an undisputed correlation between a culture of reading and knowledgeability. If you can get your child interested in reading books early in life, they are more likely to continue reading as they grow up. Here are some interesting new books to instill the love of reading in your child.

  1. I am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer

Fewer people have impacted children’s entertainment like Jim Henson. As the creator of The Muppets and Sesame Street, his work has touched the lives of multiple generations all over the world. This picture book, which is targeted towards young children, shows a colorful and entertaining biography of the famed entertainer. With a humorous touch, it teaches children the value of having an active imagination and shows them that if one is focused and dedicated to their dreams, they can end up spending their lives doing what they love. Apart from the illustrations, the book uses a very simple language structure which makes it perfect for children who are reading at the beginner level.

  1. The Friendship Code: Girls who code, Book 1 by Stacia Deutsch

This is an interesting book that aims to inspire children, especially girls, to be interested in computer science. The author is part of an international non-profit organization that aims to address the gender gap in the tech industry. The story is based on a young girl who learns how to code so that she can solve mysteries with her friends and includes many entertaining characters. Even without the educational element, the book has a well-written story that would interest most young readers. Although targeted towards girls, it can still inspire young boys to be more interested in technology-based careers.

  1. The Door in the Alley: The explorers, Book 1 by Adrienne Kress

The door in the alley is a fast-paced adventure book that follows two protagonists who join an adventurer on a worldwide quest while being pursued by a shadowy cabal of villains. The book has a funny narrator and is bound to tickle your child’s funny bone. Apart from the engaging narrative, the book introduces young learners to new words which will significantly improve their vocabulary.

  1. All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle

All the way to Havana is written by famed Cuban-American poet, Margarita Engle, and it narrates the story of a Cuban family taking a road trip from their rural home to Havana. Despite being set in Cuba, the story does not delve into the complicated (and often divisive) politics that involve the country. There are no mentions of the revolution or the Cuban embargo. What your child will enjoy is a warm story of a friendly family traveling in an old rickety car that breaks down every few miles.

These four books are perfect for introducing your young ones to the joy of reading. Try one of them today!

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Wow Your Kids With A Party At The Wow Factory

If you are within Coconut Creek or the larger South Florida region, then the Wow Factory offers the best location for your kid’s party. Whether you are having a birthday party, a family get-together or just want to give your kids and their friends a fun day out; the Wow Factory offers the best value for money and an enjoyable experience. What would you, and your kids, experience at the Wow Factory? Read on to find out.

  1. An awesome party venue with Lots of fun activities

The Wow Factory offers more than just bowling, there are numerous fun activities for your kids to enjoy. There are more than enough bowling alleys so you can reserve as many as you want to ensure that your party enjoys their bowling uninterrupted. Apart from the bowling, there is a well-stocked arcade games section with many new and retro arcade games available. There is a laser tag arena within the complex as well as a rock climbing wall and a rope course. To have access to any, or all, of these facilities, all you have to do is book them in advance.

  1. Kids birthday party packages

If you are holding a birthday party for your child, and their friends, then the Wow factory has a number of special party packages for you. Starting at $399, your kids will enjoy bowling and any of the other fun activities within the complex. They will get pizza and sodas as well as a complimentary Wow Factory gift bag. The Wow Factory can also send branded paper or electronic invitations to your party attendants. The birthday girl or boy will also be given points that can be redeemed at any of the fun activities for free as a birthday gift. If you have more than 12 guests or want a more customized party experience (such as a special menu), then all you need is to inform the Wow factory in advance and your child’s party can be customized to suit your preference.

  1. An affordable and safe experience.

All our party packages, activities and food and beverage items are priced affordably to ensure that your kids can have fun without denting your budget. The Wow factory prides itself in being a responsible member of the Coconut Creek community and wants its services to be within the price range that can be enjoyed by all. All the activities that are held at the Wow factory are also adequately supervised by well-trained staff to ensure that your children will be safe as they enjoy themselves. From the rock climbing wall to the kitchen, you can be guaranteed that all safety measures are adhered to.

  1. Something for the parents

While the kids have fun, the Wow factory has something for the parents and chaperones to enjoy. Adults can enjoy bowling; have some snacks or sample from our wide selection of wines and craft beers. We have an impressively wide menu that includes tacos, burgers, steaks, tex-mex and quesadillas.

The Wow Factory has all the ingredients for a truly fun and unforgettable kids’ party. Bring your kids and let them discover the ‘wow’ effect of the Wow Factory.

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School Shopping on a Budget

Coconut Creek’s #1 Source for Back to School Tips

If you live in a place such as Coconut Creek, your kids are most likely heading back to school. While we’re sure many parents are elated their children will be back in full swing, others might be feeling a little blue. In fact, some cases parents experience some anxiety as there are extra expenses during this time of year. If that’s your feeling, we are here to help make things better by offering some school shopping penny savers for you to consider.

The Dollar Store is the Bomb Dot Com!

When you’re working on a tight budget, school season can be a bit of a strain. However, making a pitstop at the Dollar Store can save you a ton. You can find school supplies and a plethora of other items that can quickly fill up a book bag in no time.

Get Thrifty with Your School Shopping

Another great place to pick up school clothing can be done by checking out thrift stores and venues such as TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Regardless of the season, many of these places have some trendy and vintage items that kids just love. In addition to finding school clothing another excellent place to find deals would be on Facebook’s Marketplace and Apps such as Letgo.

Craigslist Freebies

Besides the apps and the latest shopping spots through social media, Craigslist is another resource for picking up pre-owned items such as desks and office furniture. Be sure to visit the FREE section as many South Floridians are commuters and place give-a-ways to whoever is interested. This is an excellent way to save big bucks, especially if you’re handy and like to restore things like book shelves.

The Big ‘A’ Has More Free Items Than You Know

Other than the screaming deals you find on CL, Amazon is one of the best places to shop. Type into the search bar FREE and see what pops up. Frequently you can score books and software at a deep discount. There’s even a chance to get them for $0!

End Caps Offer Big Savings Too!

On top of finding some cool stuff on the big A, shop for snacks and food items at Aldi or Target. Be sure to look at the end caps as these are generally where they put the best buys in the house.

Lastly, we understand being on a budget is a must in many cases. However, by using some creativity while you shop, you can stay within your means. Keep in mind; these are just a few tips we hope you can use to make the year easier.

We’d like to hear your suggestions on how you saved a few bucks this year. Drop us a line or visit our Facebook Fan Page.


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Help! My Kid Wants a Cell Phone

Wow Factory Parent Tips

I bet if you had a discussion with your grandparents about getting your child a cell phone, they would look at you with concern. We have to remind Grandma and Pa that it’s common for kids to have a mobile device these days. While they look at you with four eyes, you could potentially explain to them why it’s a good idea in the first place. However, you might agree there need to be some parameters. We’ll give you some ammunition or friendly fire responses for anyone who thinks your kids don’t need a phone.

1.)    A kid with a phone is more likely to be well mannered and follow the rules you set up for them. Boundaries seem to be easier, and kids do respond to communication by way of a cell.

2.)    A mobile phone is a great tool to use as leverage. People become attached to cell phones almost immediately. When parents reward or take away privileges, using a mobile phone as a tool, it can be most effective.

3.)    Caution with GPS tracking. Almost every phone has a GPS system installed. Don’t forget to disarm this unless you specifically want to know where your child is at all times. In that case, remember to scrub the phone and have a high-security system to block hackers.

4.)    Another good reply would be “We love sharing selfies, and my kid is the most beautiful thing on Earth. I just can’t get enough!” (watch the look on their faces just for fun)

5.)    Many parents create Screen Time and prevent the lucky son or daughter with parameters of when, where, how and why they use their devices. It might sound trendy, but, it works!

6.)    Set a safety procedure such as agreeing they won’t give out their cell number without asking permission first.

While these are a few quick tips for you to consider, they also make having a conversation with others more viable. Kids need to communicate with parents all the time. Today’s technology provides a way to be in constant contact. Who can’t agree?

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First Date Fun

When your crush finally agrees to go on a date, the feeling is ecstatic. You are now trying to figure out where to go out for a drinks or dinner. That is so cliché. There are better and more fun activities you can indulge your crush for a first date. If the connection you have is to last, then the first date needs to be fun and memorable.

Here are some awesome first date fun ideas.

A picnic

Most people will enjoy an outdoor stroll. A picnic is a nice change from the normal restaurant setting and a little more personal. All you have to do is pick a nice spot, and carry some snacks, drinks and a mat. Then you can talk about anything, from the nice landscape in the vicinity to your weird obsession for chicken salad sandwich.

Go bowling

Even if your crush has never stepped into a bowling center, she will definitely enjoy the music, the funny shoes, and the beer pitchers. Also, bowling is not for experts – anyone can bowl. The fun activity will break the awkwardness of having to start new conversations. Plus, if you are an expert, you will enjoy teaching her to bowl.

 Visit the Zoo

We all visited zoos as kids, and we loved it. Relive these childhood moments with your crush on a first date. With so much to see, you will not lack something to talk about. And, it is also very romantic walking around the zoo holding her hand.

Attend a live music concert

You may not have the money to buy tickets to a large music concert. Fortunately, bars and local theatres often showcase talented local and international artists. During the concert, there will be plenty of time to grab drinks and foods and talk. Since the artists are constantly playing music, you do not have to spend hours conversing. It is also an opportunity to learn your date’s taste in music.

Stand-up comedy

Everyone enjoys a good laugh. What can be more romantic than laughing together with your crush? There are lots live comedy shows every weekend in all large towns and cities. In the happy mood, starting conversations will not be as problematic.

Food festival

Going to a food festival with your date is a nice way to know her delicacies. It is adventurous to walk around trying new cuisine. You will cherish those moments as you walk side by side discussing your love and hate for hot sauce, oysters, and everything else.

Watch a game

First, you need to establish if your crush likes sports. Then you can buy tickets to a sporting event. The arena setting provides a nice environment to start casual conversations. It is also fun to cheer the same team or jeer each other team as you snack together.

Amusement parks

Amusement parks can be as much fun for adults as they are for kids. The slides, swings, and face painting are childishly romantic. You also get a good excuse to eat funnel cake and cotton candy. A rollercoaster ride will provide a good opportunity to initiate hand holding.

To create a lasting impression on your crush, figure out a first date that is out of the ordinary. With these first date ideas, whether you kick it off or not, at least you will have fun.

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Uncommon Sports That Are Great For Kids

Your kid might not be the type that enjoys football, soccer, swimming, or basketball. But, these are not the only sports kids can play. The following sports are uncommon, but they are fun and demand the same physical agility as the common sports. One of them might motivate your kids to play and love sports and other outdoor activities.


Your kid needs not to be fast or physically fit to enjoy bowling. The sport improves fine motor skills, coordination, and balance. As a non-aggressive sport, injury risks are very small. However, first timers can get strained muscles. The handicapped scoring system guarantees participation from all players. Bowling centers are located all over the country and kids as young as three years can participate.


The popularity of television shows such as Arrow, Game of Thrones, and The Hunger Games have made the young generation take an interest in archery. It is a sport for kids who enjoy lone activities. Archery requires focus, concentration, patience, and persistence. Archery is best enjoyed indoors, but can also be taken outdoors in a golf course-like type of play. Typically, it is convenient for kids older than 10. But due to the popularity, archery clubs are training younger kids.


If a bouncy castle no longer interests your kid, how about signing them up for bossaball. The sport is a combination of volleyball, soccer, and acrobatics, which is played on an inflatable court. Your kid will definitely enjoy the bossa nova music and will bounce their hearts out on the court. Bossaball is for kids eight years and older.


If your kid is the outdoor type, then kayaking is an option. Being out in the water on a hot summer is a welcome idea for kids as young as six years. Paddling a kayak provides a full body work out. Your kid’s physical fitness and flexibility will improve. Kids can paddle single kayaks, or paddle larger kayaks in teams of four.

Table tennis

Unlike field tennis, table tennis does not demand too much physical activity. Nonetheless, it is a serious sport. Concentration, alertness, and eye-hand coordination are put to the ultimate test thereby improving brain function. If your kid picks interest in the game, you can buy an inexpensive table tennis set so that they can enjoy the game at home.

Speed Stacking

Speed stacking is not for parties only. It is now a recognized sport with dedicated organizations that hold competitions. Speed stacking involves stacking plastic cups in a pre-determined sequence in as little time as possible. Kids as young as two years can participate. It requires planning, quick thinking, and, of course, lots of practice. The game can be enjoyed at home too. All you need to do is to buy a speed stack starter pack and a timer.

Some kids have an imagination that is out of the ordinary, so they like doing uncommon things. So, do not be discouraged that they find sports boring. Let them try these uncommon sports. You never know – they might find bowling or archery very interesting.

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School Lunch Prep for The Week

Packing lunch for school-going kids is unavoidable, yet very mentally and physically involving. Often, the task involves preparing sandwiches at night or stocking up lunchboxes with leftovers in the morning.

But there is a more effective way of preparing school lunches for your kids. Most of us have extra time to spare on weekends. You can use this time to prepare a week worth of lunch for your kids.

Buy enough containers

To pack a week’s lunch, you need at many containers or snack bags. Remember, you will need to pack these containers in the fridge. Therefore, buy the same type of containers so that you can easily stack them on top of each other. Most parents prefer smaller containers or divided containers as they can easily pack different type of foods. You will want to get the same.

Have a lunch menu plan

You cannot just start packing lunches without a plan. You need to decide what the kid will eat every single day. After deciding, visit the grocery and buy everything you need to prepare the lunches.

As you plan, consider your dinner plans for the week and anticipate leftovers. For instance, if Wednesday’s dinner involves grilled turkey, add extra pieces to put in Thursday’s lunchbox.

Observe a balanced diet

The lunch menu should have a main course, a side dish, fruit or vegetable, and a drink or smoothie. It is important to maintain a balanced diet so your kids can remain healthy.

Meat balls, egg muffins, fish sticks, chicken fingers, lettuce tacos, beef sticks, and sandwiches can serve as the main course. Kids need carbs such as bread, pasta, waffles, noodles, and tortillas. But too much of these foods can lead to obesity. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and other micronutrients.

It will be fun for your kids when they get a creative meal every day, but such a meal plan may dig deep into your wallet.

Some foods don’t last

It is fun just to pick a lunch box from the fridge and toss it in the kid’s backpack. That was the whole idea of packing lunches over the weekend, right? Nonetheless, your kids will not enjoy darkened avocado slices or browned apple pieces. Pack such foods in the morning of the day they appear on your meal plan.

Pack wet foods separately

Maybe your kid’s favorite is a chicken salad sandwich. Prepare and pack it on the weekend, and your kid will eat soggy bread on Thursday. Show your kid how to prepare the sandwich, then pack the bread and chicken salad separately. Similarly, noodle sauces and soups should be packed separately.

Involve the kids

Kids are eager to help in the kitchen. Often, they are ready to do more than they are allowed. Involving them in the lunch preparation process makes them long to take the food because they helped prepare it. Also, you get to know the food they like and the food they tolerate.

Packing a week’s lunch over the weekend reduces the morning rush. Due to the adequate planning, your kids will enjoy a tasty meal with sufficient nutrients. With the necessary ingredients, packing a week’s lunch for one kid will take less than one hour.

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Importance of Unstructured Play Time

Do you remember the endless hours of play you used to have as a kid? Do you afford your kid the same time of play?

Back in the day, kids met in some backyard and formed a pretend family. Others played pirates, tried catching butterflies or played football using a soccer ball. But nowadays, parents are so cautious that they supervise all hours of play time. However, psychologists have found that the unstructured, open-ended play is important for brain development.

Structured versus unstructured play

In structured play, there is at least one adult who is the leader, and a set of rules which govern how the game should proceed. Here, we are talking about sports and board games such as checkers.

Unstructured play, on the other hand, is child-directed. The child improvises the rules of the game.

So, structured play has set rules and structure, while in unstructured play kids determine the rules and the purpose of the game.

For example, building an imaginary city using blocks is unstructured play, but following directions to build a part of New York city is structured play.

The importance of unstructured play

Unstructured play promotes healthy brain development in children. These are some of the reasons it is important:

It encourages physical activity

The structured play-time kids get at school only affords them 20-30 minutes of physical activity. However, to maintain a healthy and fit body, kids need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. By allowing them unstructured play at home and with other kids in the neighborhood, the 60-minutes mark of physical activity can be reached.

It enhances social skills

During unstructured play, children learn to interact with each other. They collaborate to achieve certain goals, thereby learning teamwork and cooperation, while acquiring friendship skills. When there are disagreements, they practice their self-advocacy skills and learn problem-solving. All these are social skills they will need later in life.

It improves decision making and creativity

In the unstructured play, children must decide the direction the play is going to take. In a group, one of them should make the decision, while considering the input of the others – leadership skills. If the child is playing alone, they have to be very creative so that the game can remain interesting.

Helps identify a child’s interests

Unstructured play has no specific goal. Therefore, the child is under no pressure or stress of failing. So, in this category of play, children engage in activities at their own pace, giving them a chance to discover their interests and passions.

Unstructured does not mean unsupervised

That it is child-led does not mean parents cannot get involved. For safety purposes, parents should supervise, not lead, unstructured play – especially when the kids involved are preschoolers. Let the kids set the direction of the play. All you need to do is to watch from a distance and resist the urge to intervene unnecessarily.

Indeed, unstructured play is important to a child’s development. As many people put it, let a kid be a kid. By denying them unstructured play, you are robbing them of the chance to develop their creativity, social and decision-making skills.

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The Wow Factory: Book Your Summer Camp Outing at the Wow Factory

The Wow Factory is South Florida’s premier summer camp stop for awesome indoor activities that give a whole new meaning to summer. The Wow Factory has numerous fun activities to do this summer. The kids, teens and adults in your group will get to spend summer in a positive and fun way as well as in a safe and air conditioned environment! The Wow Factory is one of the top family entertainment centers that you ought to try out this summer. The activities are designed keeping in mind the particular age groups so as to ensure that there is something for everyone. There are various packages to suit your summer camps’ visit to the Wow Factory.

The packages for summer camp can be booked in 2 or 3-hour increments and can include lunch and/or bowling at the Wow Ally if you would like.   Included in the packages, as always is our ropes course, rock wall, laser tag, Ballocity and video games among many others. You will get to experience the maze of flashing video games.  It will be so much fun; you’ll wish you didn’t have to leave.

Ballocity is a Wow Factory favorite to keep the kids entertained this summer. It is the ultimate indoor playground for teens, kids and even toddlers. It is one of a kind industrial blast zone where the kids get to let off a little steam. It is an experience where they will have fun and learn as they maneuver through the obstacles, web tunnels and slides.

In addition to fun, the kids will be building confidence and strategy skills as they participate on the ropes course and in our Lazer Tag room. Kids can learn a lot though play as well as learning important social skills, which is a great reason why you should book your Summer Camp Outing at the Wow Factory.

You don’t have to worry about the kids’ meals if you don’t want to. The Wow Factory can reserve a party room for your camp and provide lunch so that all you have to do is show up and have fun!

Looking for the best place in South Florida to bring your summer camp? The Wow Factory needs to be on your list! Centrally located in Coconut Creek, FL, we are just a 45 minute drive from West Palm Beach and North Miami. Summer camps welcome but please call to reserve your spot.

About The Wow Factory Based in South Florida

The Wow Factory is located in South Florida and is one of the best facilities for summer camps to visit. The facility is packed with fun things that you ought to try out this summer. For more on summer camp packages as well as pricing, contact The Wow Factory planners via call 954-380-8600 ext. 200 or visit their website

The Wow Alley: Corporate Team Building

Looking for a unique and fun place to hold employee appreciation events, holiday parties, team building, company meetings and corporate outings? Look no further. The Wow Alley, located in Coconut Creek, FL is an amazing facility where one can hang out with the crew on special occasions to show them appreciation for keeping the company on its feet. Employees play a very big role in the success of a business and thus it is important to appreciate them with a day, night or weekend getaway for teambuilding away from the office.

Team building encourages teamwork and collaboration. The fun event helps people to connect in a different setting. It’s a great way to promote networking, socializing and the team members get to know each other better. By doing so, the team can adapt a comfortable and happy working environment back at the office. This is why it’s essential to hold corporate team building events every once in a while.

The Wow Alley provides a setup where team members can meet to discuss business or just have fun and enjoy time away from the office. There are private meeting spaces where gatherings can be held to discuss serious issues. After a meeting, some fantastic dishes will be served. The food can be served in-house or through a banquet menu in case of a large group. The dynamic environment allows for teammates and colleagues to interact, learn, and get to know one another.

Time away from the office is a good way to promote teamwork. Spending time at The Wow Alley will help boost the morale of the team. They will return to the office with renewed energy to keep the company on the go. It’s a good investment that can help improve the productivity of a business.

The Wow Alley allows companies to show full appreciation to the team by allowing them to rent the entire facility for business events or parties. The team can have the whole alley and enjoy the ultimate experience. The crew at the alley believes that it’s not too much for the team to have the entire private playground to themselves every once in a while. So why not go ahead and give it a try?

Planning corporate team building can be quite a hustle. The Wow Alley party planners are there to help managers plan every single detail of the event. Many team leaders avoid events because of the pressure of planning. The facility has made it all easy for companies. The enthusiastic event planners do their best to ensure that the team building objectives are met. With years of experience in events, party and teambuilding organization, the planners will assist with event ideas as well as the menu for the day.

About The Wow Alley

The Wow Alley is a boutique style alley located in Coconut Creek, FL serving Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, Boca Raton and other South Florida communities. It’s your perfect choice for group events and parties. To book a corporate event visit or call +1 954-380-8600

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