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Adventure Us: Virginia Museum of Transportation

While there are myriads of opportunities for adventure and fun in Roanoke and the surrounding mountains, we’ve found there are some familiar, comfortable places we return to again and again. One of those is the Virginia Museum of Transportation, or, as our kids call it, the “train museum”. We’re far from the only family for…
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Roanoke Wildlife

It wasn’t long after we moved here that we made a shocking discovery about who we shared our neighborhood with. No, I’m not talking about the local teenagers; I’m referring to something less noisy and more wily that, we realized, was also prowling about the neighborhood. Our neighbors first warned us to be on the…
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Roaming Roanoke: Salem Museum

This week for Roaming Roanoke, we mixed fun and education. We roamed to the Salem Museum! I featured the Salem Museum’s online video series last month. This time we visited the actual museum building! Part of the Salem Museum’s holiday exhibit includes a model train. It is set-up through the end of January. My 6-year-old…
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The 5-Minute Answer: What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services You may have seen someone write a note to communicate their order at a coffee shop. Or maybe you’ve seen someone use a device that speaks for them according to the buttons they press. These are examples of augmentative and alternative…
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How the New Normal Brought Back Family Dinners

The COVID-19 virus most certainly brought the world to its knees and created a new normal for most families; working at home was suddenly a new and welcome change for many parents, and family dinners are making a comeback. It’s a difficult job juggling work-at-home duties, chores around the house, pet needs, wrangling the kids,…
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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

November 26, 2020

By Pam Molnar Through the eyes of a child, Thanksgiving is a letdown holiday. Sandwiched between the candy rush of October and gift giving holidays of December, it seems like more of a holiday for the adults. To make matters worse, the kids are seated at a separate table, shushed during the football game and…

Celebrating Safely in 2020: Holiday Guidelines from the CDC

November 21, 2020

Our family will be spending Thanksgiving at home, but I wanted to share some holiday guidelines from the CDC. Maybe this will be helpful to anyone still on the fence about their holiday plans for this year! All of this advice – and more – can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html. The Stress of Disappointing Family The…

Back to the Movies: Frozen

November 20, 2020

Image from Frozen courtesy of Disney. Perhaps the biggest Disney movie since the Lion King, Frozen took the world by storm in 2013. It was widely believed to be the beginning of a Disney Renaissance. The movie led to merchandise that could be found everywhere, a musical, a sing along, a holiday movie and of…

Craft Corner: Borax Snowflakes

November 16, 2020

As winter quickly approaches this fun science project is a great way to spend a cold afternoon inside. Use pipe cleaners to create custom snowflake shapes or long, straight icicles that will magically crystalize overnight with only two easy household ingredients. Supplies Borax laundry detergent booster Pipe cleaners (white or different shades of blue) String…

Back to the Movies: Monsters Inc.

November 6, 2020

Monsters, Inc., the ComEd of the monster world. Our Pixar protagonists, James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski, work at the plant and they’ve got quotas to meet. Every night, they pop into the human world via children’s bedroom closets and scare the bejesus out of kiddos as they’re falling asleep. They bottle up those screams…

Back to the Movies: Hocus Pocus

October 30, 2020

On Halloween night, Max, the new kid in Salem, summons the Sanderson sisters, an infamous trio of witches, when he lights a candle in their old house. After being gone for 300 years, the witches are determined to suck the life of every child in town in order to live forever, unless someone stops them.Expand The ‘90s…

Books for Your Future Voters and Politicians

October 29, 2020

Election Day is coming up. If your kids have seen ads or heard enough talk at the dinner table and school to start asking questions or want to be involved, there are a few books that can help jumpstart their political careers, even before they’re old enough to vote. From biographies to explanations of change to activism,…

Get Kids Involved in Election Season

October 29, 2020

Election Day is coming up on Nov. 3 and with a presidential election this year, it’s a great opportunity to discuss the concept of voting with your kids. While politics might seem like a complicated topic for them, it’s never too early to teach our future voters. Here are some engaging ways to get your kids involved…

Election Day Activities for Kids of All Ages

October 29, 2020

Election Day is an important day to see how our U.S. government operates and Our future voters have a lot to learn about the election season. On Nov. 3, after you’ve finished voting, focus on a craft, game or lesson to help your child learn more. Here are some Election Day activities for kids of all…

Roanoke Valley Family Halloween Candy Showdown

October 23, 2020
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