Volume XI, Issue 28 ~ July 10-16, 2003

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Not Just for Kids

Moving Day Madness
by Martha Blume

Summertime is also moving time for many families. It’s transfer season for the military and for lots of other professions. Moving can be hard, but it can also be a grand adventure. Keep a positive attitude and have a great adventure. It will help your mom and dad be less stressed out, too.

Here are some things you should pack and put on a do-not-move pile before the movers come:

  • Your sleeping bag and pillow
  • Your favorite stuffed animal
  • Enough clothes for the trip
  • Toothbrush and other toiletries
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Snacks
  • Things to do in the car or plane
  • A book or two
  • Your flashlight
  • A camera: Take lots of photos of your move. Shoot pictures of your old house and friends, your school and other places that are important to you. You’ll be glad you did later. Don’t forget to exchange e-mail addresses with friends from your old town.
  • Your journal: Keep a journal to record all the interesting and exciting things that happen when you move as well as your thoughts and feelings.

What to Do in an Empty House
Sometimes your furniture and other stuff leaves home before you do or gets to your new home some time after you. What to do in an empty house? Lots of things.

  • You can run around the house screaming
  • When you run, you can stick your arms out and you won’t bump into anything
  • You won’t stub your toe on the furniture
  • You can play fort in your closet
  • You can eat off the floor (with paper plates)
  • You can climb and play in the kitchen cabinets
  • You can dance in any room you want to
  • If you know how, you can do cartwheels and somersaults in the living room
  • You get to go out to eat
  • You can sleep anywhere you want
  • You can make shadow pictures or play flashlight tag on the walls at night
  • You can play soccer in the garage
  • You don’t have to set the table or make your bed or take out the trash.

How to Play Flashlight Tag:
Play this in the dark. There are two ways to play.

  1. Active game. Use one flashlight. Tag your friends by shining the flashlight beam on them.
  2. Quiet, in-your-sleeping-bags, game. Each player needs a flashlight. Choose one wall or ceiling. The flashlight that is it must shine its beam on the other players’ light beams to tag them.

Kids’ Calendar

Friday, July 11
Free Friday Flick
Kids of all ages bring your families and a picnic to watch The Wild Thornberrys under the stars. Games and contests begin at 6:30pm; movie starts at dusk @ Kinder Farm Park, Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. free; rsvp: 410/222-6115 • www.kinderfarmpark.org.

Saturday, July 12
Kids of all ages celebrate John Paul Jones Day with a trip to the crypt where you learn about this naval hero. Slide show and demonstrations. 9am-4pm @ US Naval Academy, 52 King George St., Annapolis. free; $4 w/age discounts;
410/263-6933 • www.navyonline.com.

Fun Day
Kids of all ages run thru obstacle course, jump in moonbounce, ride ponies and more at the Children's Fun Day. 11am-5pm @ Bethel Way of the Cross Church, 5445 Cherry Hill Rd., Huntingtown. $5 donation per child; 301/855-5488 • www.Bethelwayofthecross.org.

Jelly Belly
Kids ages 6-9 discover the world of the jellyfish by catching one. Learn to make a jellyfish to keep. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. 10am-noon @ Flag Ponds Nature Park, Solomons Island Rd N., off S. Rt. 2 & 4, Lusby. $3 w/discounts; rsvp: 410/586-1477.

Sunday, July 13
Flower Power
Kids ages 16+ discover the role that wild flowers play in the ecosystem and learn to identify some common species on this guided walk. Bring field guide, water and magnifying glass. 8:30-11am @ Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Rt. 198 between BW Pkwy and Rt. 32. free; rsvp: 301/497-5887 • www.patuxent.fws.gov.

Thursday, July 17
Play Date
Kids of all ages come see Jack and the Beanstalk performed by The Lost Caravan. Lunch 11am, show 11:30am @ Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. $12; rsvp: 800/406-0306.



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