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Combat Childhood Obesity with Healthy Habits

We all know what we feed our children is important. Keeping kids away from sugary, high fat, and high cholesterol  foods are one of the best ways to combat childhood obesity.  It’s easy to do when you are there to guide them, but what about when you are not around?  The answer is to teach your kids about nutrition and making good choices. Are they always going to make the best choices? Probably not, they’re kids, but if we model making good food choices and indulge in moderation, we are setting them up for starting good habits.

Physical activity should also be modeled and encouraged.  Humans are physical beings, and we all know kids have lots of energy.  Physical activity is limited at school and often kids get no recess time.  Here are some ways to get the kids active.

  1. Limit Your Kid’s Time on Electronics and TV
  2. Enroll Your Child in Sports or Do some Physical Activity 60-Minutes per day
  3. Teach Your Kids to Love Water and Hydrate
  4. Keep a Strict Sleep Routine
  5. Let the Kids Be FREE to Play

Limiting your child’s time, they spend in front of the television and electronic devices is key to obtaining and maintain weight. What other choice will they have but to actually DO something.  Even if they just play with their toys, they are moving and using their imagination.

Next, enroll your kids in an organized sport or take them to an indoor park, etc., each child should exercise at least 60-minutes per day, every day. (The Wow Factory is a great environment for just that)

Water, water, water! Get away from the juices and sugary sports drinks.

Be sure to have a routine down each night before bed. Turn off the television, take away devices and other distractions.  Read a book and maybe meditate to bring the mind to rest.  Not only will it help your child but you will benefit too!

Last, make sure your kids have stress-free time to play. What does that mean? It’s not always necessary to hound them while they are playing.  Let them explore, discover and use their imagination.  Give your kids the freedom to express themselves and let them fail. They will learn from these experiences.

While we’re not experts at Childhood Obesity, we’re sure these tips are insightful. In the meantime, be sure to visit the Wow Factory and Wow Alley for some fun physical activity. See you there!

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Summer Camp Planning for Your Kids

While many of today’s parents start planning for the summer break, there’s a few of the summer camp programs that may seem a little under the radar when it comes to keeping kids busy. In cases where the child is enrolled in a summer camp program to substitute for things like child care, it’s imperative the facility incorporates a multitude of activities to keep kids occupied. In this week’s blog, we point out some planning ideas for when they go to their summer camp programs even if it’s at the end of the season.

Summer Camp Means More than Making Key Chains with Beads

When it comes to summer camps the first thing most of us think of is activities such as making ice cream in a bag or beaded keychains. However, there’s a lot more to sign up your child for these annual programs. Besides the fact that your kid will have less chance of becoming bored, it’s also an excellent environment to practice social skills. In fact, it’s good to look toward programs such as sports clinics to teach children ways of practicing their team building skills along with a plethora of others.

Don’t Assume Your Kids Will Eat Healthy While at Summer Camp

Another tip for summer camp is to check the menu if they will be providing lunch or snacks. Since it’s summer vacation for most children, a healthy diet can frequently be overlooked. Be sure to ask the facilitator of the summer camp what types of food will be provided. If the answer is pizza and chicken wings, you may want to pack a lunch or look for a place that offers more nutrition. Health and Safety First.

Safety First Before Drop Off

Safety is another key point to make here. If your kid is included in any camp activities or any other place, be sure to ask the instructors what they are doing to ensure your child’s safety. Don’t assume they have a strategy in place. Be certain there’s protocol when it comes to who or whom can pick up the child. Find out what they do if there’s any emergency, etc. If you don’t ask, you can be sure there will be a certain level of anxiety when you drop the kids off.

Lastly, do your research and find out what type of field trips and off-site activities are planned. If the facility has an outing planned at a place such as an indoor gym or recreation center, be sure you know the rules and regulations of the venue before allowing your child to attend. Better yet, volunteer at these events. Not only will you feel more comfortable, but you’ll also rekindle fond memories of when you were a child. Who knows, you might even get the day off of work!

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Daddy or Mommy Date Nights with the Kids

If there’s one thing, most parents will agree to, they love spending time with their children. In addition to that valuable time, it seems there’s just not enough of it so we all should agree the time spent should be of quality. This week’s blog we focus on date nights with the kids that are both meaningful and a great way to cherish the moments spent together.

  • Dinner and a movie may seem redundant. But, make it more unique by taking them to an iMax or independent film. Another great way to see movies with kids is to attend indie film events that may help inspire your children more than just entertain. Word of caution, however, be sure to check the ratings as not all flics are meant for young viewers.
  • Next, plan a day doing photography with your children at a local park or some other visually pleasing location. If you’re not great at taking pictures you can hire a part time photographer from places such as Thumbtack.com to ensure the time spent with your photo session is a good one.
  • Besides photo opportunities, pick venues that are ideal for the type of child you have. For instance, if you’re planning on a Mommy-Son Date night go to places like an indoor park where there’s plenty of video games or laser tag, and use the same theory for the dads. Reason being is you wouldn’t want to take your son to a fashion show or a daughter to a WWF unless they’re into that type of thing!
  • Another excellent date night or day with your kids no matter what the gender, visit your local zoo or places like Butterfly World, Seaquarium, etc., Most people love animals no matter who they are and this is an excellent way to build memories together.
  • Visit a local bookstore and spend a day at home reading. We love this idea as it’s tailored to both parents and children. Barnes and Noble or the library are excellent places to spend a few hours and its educational activity for both.

These are a few beautiful days not only to spend time with your kids, but they’re also memorable and keep the little ones from becoming bored. After all, every parent wants to build on their relationships and one day hopes to hear “I love spending time with my mom and dad.”

Until next time, be sure to stop by the Wow Factory to see what’s new!

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4 of the Best U.S. Theme Parks

Aside from the Wow Factory, there are a gazillion indoor parks on the planet today. Aside from the many venues, we thought it would be fun to blog about some of the best places to take your family when traveling abroad. Here are the top 4 to add to your bucket list of fun spots to visit.

In the not-so-quiet metropolis of Chicago, the amusement park called Six Flags Great America sits on a whopping 304 acres and is rated with a 5-star review on Google. Rides include “The Joker” is one of the coolest roller coasters in the U.S. with its twists and turns making you feel like you’re flying. Besides the many roller coasters, there’s plenty of fun including a water park for hot days. Be sure to plan a trip with the whole family for this incredible adventure.

Next park on the list outside of Coconut Creek is Disney’s Blizzard Beach located in Orlando. Only a 3-hour drive to the Magic Kingdom and you can experience huge waterslides, an outdoor pool that makes you feel like your careening down a snow-covered mountain and so much more. This is by far one of the best attractions in the world renown park. Dine at one of the many snack bars or restaurants and chill out on the polar patios, this is an excellent place to spend a holiday.

In addition to the list of cool parks, the Caribbean Cove in Indianapolis, Indiana offers plenty of fun for the whole family. This exciting attraction includes a 50,000 square-feet pool equipped with playscapes and a lazy river. Who wouldn’t love to have their birthday party celebration there? Adventurous and loads of splashing fun, the park is not only perfect for watersports it’s also a child’s fantasy land with arcade games and lots of lounging areas for a real time.

Other than the wonderful park in In, the largest water park in America is said to be the Pocono Mountains inside of Pennsylvania’s Kalahari Resort. Soak in a Jacuzzi with a tall drink or splash around in the 220,000 Square-feet facility that’s full of color and tons of excitement. The park also offers a full-service spa making this the ideal place for both parents and kids.

These are just a few of the many parks found in the USA that is sure to be added to your list of trips. We hope you found this information helpful. Be sure to check out the rest of the blogs for tips and trends.

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Special Rewards for Your Child’s Accomplishments

When it comes to your child, there’s virtually nothing you won’t do to make them happy. While we most certainly agree with that statement, we also suggest when a child does a good deed or makes a significant accomplishment, it’s important to reward them. In this week’s blog, we share a few ideas on how you can do this without becoming overzealous.

To create a reward system to help children meet individual goals, a teacher came up with the “Sticks” reward system. With this very good idea, you can teach your kids new lessons such as displaying acts of kindness to using manners. The system looks easy enough, and there are only three things necessary to make this system work. Here are the instructions:

  • Big Glass Jar
  • Tongue Depressors or Popsicle Sticks
  • Large Plain Sticker and Marker

Using the pen, write down the reward system on the sticker and place on the front of the glass. Then fill the jar with the sticks. For every good deed, you child earns a stick. After they collect 20-30 of them, the positive behavior can be rewarded with a prize such as an outing or some other significant gift.

Another way to use popsicle sticks to teach your kids lessons is to use colored sticks to limit children with their media devices. Rather than giving gifts, you can give them time to play a video game or watch a movie. In many cases, this will help your son or daughter to become more disciplined with this form of control.

In addition to teaching kids’ self-discipline, you can create your own Wow Factory Dollars by making a sheet of fake dollar bills. Not only is it good to create a reward system it’s fun. Once your child earns enough fake money, turn in those fake dollars for the real thing where they are free to spend it at our facility. Many parents have found this type of lesson teaches kids to save money as well as work toward their goals.

Lastly, for your toddlers, there are many different tools to help children from everything to poddy training or chores. It’s never too soon to help kids develop life learning skills. If you look on Pinterest, you’ll find a multitude of great ideas that are bound to make a difference in any little one’s life.

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Teach Your Children to Give During the Holidays

With the way, today’s big world is operating many of our children seem to be getting the wrong impressions on what the holiday season should offer. It seems almost every year the kids are more focused on gifts and playtime and not enough learn the real ideology of the season. In this blog, we point out a few tips that will help your boys and girls remember to help make the world a better place.

Thanksgiving and Family Dinners are always a superb time to discuss how much you appreciate each other. After all, our young ones learn starts at home. Why not teach them to show their gratitude toward people in your family by letting everyone comment on who and why they are thankful? You can start a gratitude jar and decorate it for the holidays and then have each family member pull one of the remarks and read during the dinner. Announcing why we’re gracious is not only fun, it’s 100% heartwarming.

Next up, “Random Acts of Kindness.” It seems we all have a little too much on our plate today to take our mind off and place our energies elsewhere. Remember the old folks that live next door or a charity that has a worthy cause. Get your children involved in philanthropy and doing kind things for others without making a big deal of it. Perhaps they can volunteer to help take out the garbage for the senior woman living alone or bring them to charitable events for kids less fortunate to help open their eyes to helping others.

Hold a food or toy drive within your neighborhood. Anyone can do this activity. When you get, your kids involved, it becomes a unique event. Help them promote giving to other children their age by collecting food or toys, and they bring to a drop off center. Food drives are something you can do any time of year. These are events you can do anytime. The whole idea is to help you son or daughter be open to looking out for the needs of others. We call it humanity, and it makes a huge difference when more of us can be pro-active in the community.

Give your kids the ideas to do nice things for others, and you’ll be teaching them some value and morals important to their success on becoming great citizens.

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Best Mommy Bloggers on the Net Today

The all visual social platform Pinterest has exploded over the past few years. Recently the statistics point to Pinterest having over 100 million active users to the site per day. They’ve also introduced a new feature for mommy bloggers to find their next career move. Pinfluencers are dominating this site and you should too. Here’s some of the best Mommy Bloggers or marketers you should check out next time you’re on board. (no pun, really)

Joy Cho targets everything from baby clothing to recipes for a monster ball. She’s a designer by trade so you’ll catch a lot of fashion pins too. Her blog titled “Oh joy!” shows her sparkling family and has some of the cutest kids. Treat yourself to the many products that she features online. She’s got a terrific site, including throwing great parties for your children.

Now we switch to Josi Denise who takes a little more of a radical approach. She’s the “I’m going to tell you just like it is” mom. With a background in marketing and PR, she has a small following on Instagram, a modest 2400 followers, but you get a sense of who she is and how her life as a mom unfolds. Josi has a great disposition and attitude that allow her to use Mommy Blogging as a form of career.

There’s an estimated $2,000 each time you hit 1Million Followers. SmashleyAshley.com is a young mom who resides in San Diego with her perfect family of 3. You can check out her reviews on things such as Halloween costumes to a host of other family topics. She’s featured in the Huffington Post to Today Parents. The second you log onto her page, you feel like you’ve known this blogger for years. It’s great to see writers turn into superstars with the concept of becoming a brand influencer.

There’s a ton of other talented people in the category of Mommy Blogs. We’re just pointing out the most obvious ones to us. We certainly hope you let us know who your favorite blogger is.

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Balloon Fun, Coconut Creek Style at the Wow Factory

While the Wow Factory may be known for laser tag and our ropes course, this amusement fun zone also welcomes individual personality and taste. This is particularly true when it comes to renting one of our birthday party rooms. We do allow minimum decoration, games and food. We put together a quick reference for creating some fun games that you can do with balloons that cost very little time and effort. Feel free to use these ideas when visiting us or at home.

For ‘Balloon Bop’ you’ll need to paper plates, a couple of paint sticks from the hardware store, a glue gun and one inflated balloon. Glue the paint sticks to the back of the paper plates. (One stick per plate). Be sure to glue the stick halfway to support the back of the plate. Let them dry and you now are ready for some balloon tennis by using the paper plates as paddles and the blown up balloon. This is a super idea that can be used anywhere. If you aren’t crafty, use a fly swatter from the dollar store.

For a quick fix on gussying up your helium balloons use soft mesh cloth, cut at the ends then secure with a tied ribbon. This balloon idea is super-fast and really makes the party look festive.

Balloon Emoji’s are a cute way to have some fun at your party that can go home with the child afterwards. This will take some preparation time.  You’ll need to pick up 1 balloon for each child. Be sure to get the aluminum foil balloons and not latex. Before your party cut out shapes to be used to make faces. Give one balloon to each child to decorate on their own. This is a fun way to see them smile and is an inexpensive giveaway.

Dartless balloons are an awesome way to living up any event and it’s super easy to put together. For this game you’ll need a variety of balloons that are blown up. A large piece of foam care, you can buy at Walmart of Michael’s crafts. You’ll also need tacks, and square pieces of paper with large numbers on them. The numbers roll up and put them into the balloon before blowing them up. On the back of the foam core, stick your tacks and then tape them down so they don’t move. Tape the inflated balloons on the board, then toss a bean bag toward the balloons. Each kid takes turns and whoever hits your child’s birthday age (number inside) wins a prize. It’s that simple.

Of course, these are just a couple of quick ideas for you to liven up the party. By using a little ingenuity and of course visiting places like Pinterest, you will be the party planner of the season.

For more ideas for your child’s birthday party, contact our party planners who can assist.

Great Gift Ideas, Custom Picture Books

Great Gift Ideas, Custom Picture Books

Tips from South Florida Indoor Activity Center – The Wow Factory
Seems that in today’s world with everyone snapping pics with their smart phones we forget that giving a nice framed picture or putting together some type of keepsake that’s personalized is still a nice gift to get. There are some really creative ideas with a few companies out there that can make your next gift really special. Here’s a snapshot of those companies and gifts to make using pictures and images.
If granny or granpappy is turning another year older and you are in a slump for what to get them, why not have a “Day in the Life” book made about them? Use pictures, keepsakes like flowers or material clippings and put them into a nice hardbound book. They will be tickled that you took the time to give it so much thought.
Baby’s first year photo albums are really nice but have you considered making one of these using a company like Shutterfly? They can put together hardback books with your own gorgeous pictures in great looking timelines, including text a terrific format and of course make it special using your own photos.
The cost is determined by how many photos and there are several formats to select from. The sizes are also another indication on what the charge will be. For example, an 8×8 retails at $19.99 and the 11×14 will start at $74.99. Remember that this is a book that they will have forever.
A mom I knew was really into cooking and wanted her kids to have a book that included her family recipes. She took fun pictures of her cooking with her children and husband and then created a beautiful book that she was able to give to the kids when they were older.
With mother’s day here another year, everyone was scrambling around asking each other what to get mom on this special day. After all, she’s the lady who has it all so what did we get? We had a huge picture book made for her including all the brothers and sisters and their families and kids. She enjoys looking at the book because it’s easy to pick up one book and look at all her favorite snapshots. A gift she’ll cherish forever.
Wedding Days are also a perfect way to tell the story. Elegant photos in a beautifully displayed book can be a favorite coffee table for the newlyweds. Tell the story of when and where they first met up to their special day and give the couple this as a one-year anniversary gift. They will love you forever!
These are just a few quick ideas on how to use these types of books. Don’t forget while visiting us at the Wow Factory, our staff is always happy to help you take great pictures. Just grab one of us and ask.
In the meantime, keep watching for our weekly blog for other tips, tricks and ideas for making your celebration awesome!

Make the next birthday celebration memorable for the kids, bring them to the Wow Factory for the Best Indoor Family Fun and Entertainment.