Family Friendly Travel: 14 Child-Centric Hotel Rooms

Red Tricycle compiled this list of 14 fun, family friendly hotels that have guest rooms and suites specifically designed with the little ones in mind.  This one in Orlando has kid rooms filled with Dr. Seuss-inspired furniture and decor.  And for parents who might feel overwhelmed by all the wacky colors, the adults’ room – seen just through the door – is much more traditional.  To see the complete hotel list, click here: http://redtri.com/cool-kids-hotel-rooms/

Why We &#9829 Art: Reasons 136 & 137

136: Art can take an ordinary object and escalate it to inspirational.  137: Art speaks to children and to our inner child.  Here are two experiential projects that exemplify both, using a universal favorite – balloons!

Martin Creed invited Chicagoans last fall to immerse themselves in rooms filled with balloons:
http://www2.mcachicago.org/2012/1351/

Christo and Jeanne-Claude built a monumental balloon that can be entered and experience from the inside:
http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/big-air-package

Why We &#9829 Art: Reasons 136 & 137

136: Art can take an ordinary object and escalate it to inspirational.  137: Art speaks to children and to our inner child.  Here are two experiential projects that exemplify both, using a universal favorite – balloons!

Martin Creed invited Chicagoans last fall to immerse themselves in rooms filled with balloons:
http://www2.mcachicago.org/2012/1351/

Christo and Jeanne-Claude built a monumental balloon that can be entered and experience from the inside:
http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/big-air-package

Daycare Diaries: All Together Now

One of the greatest things about daycare is that it’s often the first place where kids make friends. A 3.5yo girl at Cassatt Studio recently discovered this and, gesturing to the rest of the kids in the class, declared, “Look how many friends I have!”  Not only was it adorable, but also an important developmental step. Learning to make friends means learning how to share, to work together, and to get along with others; tools that will serve our daycare kids well for the rest of their lives.

Stress: A Child’s Perspective

One of our artisitter® caregivers was recently faced with a child in distress, but never one to accept defeat, she came up with a creative solution.  The evening started out as a celebration when he lost his first tooth.  He couldn’t wait to leave it under his pillow for this Tooth Fairy he’d been hearing about.  But alas, tragedy struck; the tooth disappeared!  The little guy was now obviously distraught.  So our artisitter® caregiver came up with a clever artistic solution and proposed a Tooth Fairy Reminder Card to put under his pillow in place of the missing tooth. One side was titled, “Tooth Fairy Reminder” and they wrote his name and date, and the other side he decorated with a silly face.  He was so relieved and could now go to bed confident that the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t forget him!

Stress: A Child's Perspective

One of our artisitter® caregivers was recently faced with a child in distress, but never one to accept defeat, she came up with a creative solution.  The evening started out as a celebration when he lost his first tooth.  He couldn’t wait to leave it under his pillow for this Tooth Fairy he’d been hearing about.  But alas, tragedy struck; the tooth disappeared!  The little guy was now obviously distraught.  So our artisitter® caregiver came up with a clever artistic solution and proposed a Tooth Fairy Reminder Card to put under his pillow in place of the missing tooth. One side was titled, “Tooth Fairy Reminder” and they wrote his name and date, and the other side he decorated with a silly face.  He was so relieved and could now go to bed confident that the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t forget him!

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