Its time again for the DuQuoin State Fair- a true southern Illinois tradition. Once you are a parent, going to the Fair takes on a whole new meaning (and costs!) Here are quick tips to make it a day to remember.
Plan your trip in advance. It will only take a short time and will be well worth it. Check out the "lay of the land" Know where the restrooms are.
Check out the map and keep your eye out for the Refreshment stations, places where families can sit and relax
Bring the essential you will need and keep them accessible. Backpacks are always a good idea. If you have a young one, don't skip the stroller. You will be glad you have it by the time you reach the gates. Another staple is "wet wipes", even if your kids aren't diaper age. They are great on stick fair food, you can use them to wipe spills on clothing and are especially handy to wipe of chairs and benches when you are ready for a break.
Decide on your budget before you go. Know the costs before you go. The cheapest parking is $7.00 and that is for gates 3 and 4. If you go to Gate 1, parking will cost you $12. This year, for the first time, there is an admissions cost of $2.00 per adult ( 13 and over). Ride tickets are $1,00 and most rides require more than one ticket to get on. If your kids are older, you can talk with them and give them each their own budget. One might be more interested in fair food, while the other loves the rides. Be aware of any specials and although a $22 armband for rides sounds pretty expensive before you go, you might find it the best deal if you family really loves the rides. There is a kiddieland for younger children which is great. But remember, the fair is supposed to be an agricultural event and although the rides are enticing, there is lots more to enjoy and alot of it is FREE! The Fair offers a wonderful opportunity for kids to see animals "up front and close" and this year's FREE entertainment includes Alley Cats, Butterfly Encounter, Cirque Extreme, the Emerson Petting Zoo, Gavin the Hypnotist, Magic Mike and more.. Click here to see a schedule . The 1/2 mil track hosts a rodeo, tractor pulls, demo derby and motocross. And don't forget the petting zoo.
Bring cash- not alot of vendors accept debit cards,
Bring some of your own water and emergency snacks, Fair food is great, but also expensive. Bring some of your own to help keep costs down and tummies full! Prepackaged items are best because of the heat. Granola bars and fruit snacks are always great choices. It looks like it is going to be hot, so make sure if you take something that needs to remain cool, you have it in a cooler.
Get there early. Getting there early means parking spots closer to the entrance, making it easier if you have to go back to the car for something you forgot.You will avoid longer lines at rides and events and beat the evening rush of teens and adults coming to the fair for a night out. If possible, go on a week day and avoid the big crowds altogether.
Divide and conquer. While it is important for families to have together time, if your children are of mixed ages, consider splitting off at some point so one adult can go with the older children and another with the younger. If you are a single parent, consider "teaming up" with another family or ask a friend to go. This will reduce wait times when kids tend to get impatient and crabby.
Safety. Safety, Safety. Even the best family trip can get spoiled when someone gets hurt or lost. Bring your cell phone and for your youngest children, write the number on a small piece of paper and put it in their pocket. Point out people who work at the fair and encourage them to go to one of them or a vendor if they get lost. Avoid letting children wear clothing with their name. If you are letting your older kids go off on their own, set up a time/ place to meet and check in on a regular basis.
Pace yourself. You don't have to do everything. It is okay to save some things for next year.
Know when to call it quits. A big mistake parents can make is staying too long at
the fair. It is important to remember that kids, especially younger one, don't have the same stamina as adults. The ones you see running to the gates are often in their parents arms, being carried back to the car. Before exhaustion sets in and crying, tantrums or meltdowns occur, consider calling it quits for the day. It will help end the day ( and whole fair experience) on a good note and create memories your whole family will cherish.
The Preschool Countdown: What to Do and When
The last few weeks before starting preschool seem to fly by! As you begin the countdown to the first day, here are some things to keep in mind:
During the 2 Weeks Before Preschool Starts:
These strategies can ease the jitters of separating on your child’s first day at preschool.
Plan to stay a little while
.Staying for 15-30 minutes on that first morning can help ease the transition. Together, the two of you can explore the classroom, meet some other children, play with a few toys. When you see that your child is comfortable, it is time to leave. If he is having a harder time getting engaged, you may want to ask your child’s teacher to stay with your child as you say good-bye so that when you leave, he can turn to another caring adult for support.
Keep your tone positive and upbeat.
Children pick up on the reactions of the trusted adults in their lives. So try not to look worried or sad, and don’t linger too long. Say a quick, upbeat good-bye and reassure your child that all will be well.
Think about creating a special good-bye routine.For example, you can give your child a kiss on the palm to “hold” all day long. Or, the two of you can sing a special song together before you leave. Good-bye routines are comforting to children and help them understand and prepare for what will happen next.
Resist the Rescue
.Try not to run back in the classroom if you hear your child crying, as upsetting as this can be. This is a big change and your child may, quite understandably, feel sad and a little scared. But if you run back in, it sends the message that he is only okay if you are there and it is likely to prolong your child’s distress and make it harder for him to adapt. Rest assured, teachers have many years of experience with helping families make the shift to preschool. Instead, you can wait outside the classroom for a few minutes to ensure that all is well, or call the school later in the morning to check in.
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If your child is starting preschool this fall, you may be approaching this major milestone with conflicting emotions. You’re probably excited about all the fun (you hope) your child will have and the new friends he’ll make. At the same time, you may feel a little sad that your baby is venturing out into the big world without you. These emotions are normal. Your child is also bound to have a host of feelings about this transition, feeling proud to be a big kid but at the same time worried about being separated from you and starting something unfamiliar.
Having Fun with Preschool Prep
There’s a lot you can do in the weeks before to get ready for the big day. But try to keep your efforts low-key. If you make too big a deal out of this milestone, your child may end up being more worried than excited. Here are some ideas to keep the focus on fun.
Your child may also have some questions or concerns about starting preschool, either before or after she starts in the fall. Help her get ready with these two key strategies:
Is your baby or toddler headed to daycare this fall? If so, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about how your child will handle the move away from the comforts of home — and it’s likely you’re going through a bit of separation anxiety as well.
“With the first, it was like someone was just ripping my guts out,” says Heather Wittenberg, a mom of four and a child psychologist who specializes in the development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
That gut-wrenching feeling is natural, says Wittenberg. But parents shouldn’t fret. Kids often adapt quicker than we expect, and attending a daycare where your tot can interact with new kids, other people and new experiences can be a good thing.
“We know from the research that a good daycare is very positive for your baby’s growing independence, learning and socialization,” Wittenberg says.
But to make that leap, we’ve rounded up a few tips to smooth the transition to daycare for both parent and child.
The live on-stage adaptation of the movie musical, Singin’ in the Rain will dance its way onto Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s McLeod Theater stage July 27-30. The production, the All-Southern Illinois High School Theater Project (ASHSTP), produced by McLeod Summer Playhouse (MSP) and Carbondale Community Arts, closes the 2017 summer playhouse season.
The 20th Anniversary All Southern High School Theatre Project presents Singin' in the Rain to cap the McLeod Summer Playhouse Season at SIUC in Carbondale! According to Carbondale Community Arts "what began as a student organized school musical in 1997 has become the largest high school theatre production in southern Illinois. This season ASHSTP celebrates its 20th anniversary, allowing 26 of the area’s brightest and most talented high school performers to work along side professional staff of MSP for a unique experience and intensive training in all aspects musical theatre performance. Talented area high school students bring this classic movie musical to life on stage!" Performance times are as follows.
Thursday July 27 - Saturday July 29 at 7:30 PM
Sunday July 30 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $20 adult / $10 Student / $8 12 & Under
Tickets are available from noon to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at the McLeod Theater or SIU Arena box offices or by phone at 618/453-6000. Tickets are also available online at playhouse.siu.edu. The theater box office will also be open one hour before each performance, but audiences are encouraged to get their tickets early as these performances often sell-out.
Extreme heat can cause children to become sick in several ways. Make sure to protect your child from the heat as much as possible, watch for symptoms, and call your pediatrician if you see any develop.
Prevent the Effects of Extreme Heat:When weather conditions do not pose a safety or individual health risk, children can and should play outdoors. A heat index at or above 90°F, as identified by the National Weather Service, poses a significant health risk. However, there are several steps you can take to beat the heat and protect your child from heat-related illness:
Never leave children in a car or in another closed motor vehicle. The temperature inside the car can quickly become much higher than the outside temperature—a car can heat up about 19 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and continue rising to temperatures that cause death. See Prevent Child Deaths in Hot Cars for more information.
Potential Health Effects of Extreme Heat:Extreme heat can make children sick in many ways, including: