Little Passports 5th Birthday Celebration Event

Little Passports Event

Little Passports is turning 5 and you're invited to their party!  San Francisco-based kids’ educational subscription company, Little Passports, is holding its 5thBirthday Celebration on April 26th, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum! Bring your entire family to this exciting event, where kids (recommended for ages 5+) can go around the world and participate in hands-on crafts, science experiments and educational activities. There will also be a“globetrotting” photo booth.  This event is free with museum admission. Where:            Bay Area Discovery Museum, Discovery Theater 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, CA When:              Saturday, April 26, 2014 Time:               10am – 12pm Snacks will be provided Kangaroo Mama was provided free product from the sponsor company for this post.   … [Read more...]

Cirque Dreams Holidaze In San Francisco Until 12/15

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When I first heard about Cirque Dreams Holidaze, I wasn't sure what to expect but watching their preview video clip (watch it at the bottom of this post) gave me some idea.  The show is intended for audiences of all ages, children included and so once I saw that, I knew I wanted to bring Kiggster with me for her very first theater experience!  She is 3 years old and most shows at the theater don't allow them in until around 5 so I jumped on the opportunity to take her on a date with me.  We headed for the Curran Theater on Wednesday evening for the opening night and started our adventure. The show was non-stop action from the time the curtains opened to the end, except for the short intermission in between.  I loved that the acrobatic performances were all set to a theme with a coordinating holiday song.  Each performance, there were about 20+, was different from the next and even while there were main performers, there was tons of activity going on around the main performers.  Which … [Read more...]

The Christmas Angel Review & Giveaway-Ends 12/15

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Wow, I can't believe it's December and I am writing a post that is Christmas related!  Time is flying by too fast.  So for the last 2 years, I have actually been looking into something like the Elf On The Shelf (EOTS), where kids can look forward to finding a surprise in the morning.  However, I never brought myself to make the purchase for one because I didn't like the message/purpose of the EOTS.  I didn't like that the elf was supposed to be Santa's messenger keeping tabs on children and if they were "good" they got gifts and if they were "bad" they didn't get anything.  I wanted Kiggster to behave not for gifts but because she loves and respects us.  Also, I hated thinking that EOTS always seemed to be a naughty elf who was checking up on all the kids but setting a bad example?!  So I was thinking of making the purchase this year but using the doll in my own way. Well, in searching for the right vendor to purchase it from, I came across The Christmas Angel and fell in love! The … [Read more...]

Peter & The StarCatcher: An Imagination-Filled Performance

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I had actually watched the clip about Peter and The StarCatcher awhile back and knew I wanted to go see it when it came to San Francisco but it wasn't going to be for awhile.  So it wasn't until I received the invitation for the show that I remembered and I excitedly RSVP'd for the show.  I realized going to the show that I had no idea what I was getting myself into because all I really knew was that Peter and The StarCatcher was the prequel to Peter Pan.  So going into our blogger pre-show event, I was able to meet some of the cast for that night's show and find out what they enjoy about the show.I had no idea but Peter and The StarCatcher was  actually a show put on by only 12 cast members even though they play over a hundred characters.  Plus every song, noise, and sound effect is made by all the cast members and 2 musicians!  There is not many costume changes or elaborate sets but it calls the audience to use their imagination through the characters.  They use props but even those … [Read more...]

Carrot-Shaped Calzone Recipe & Night Time Egg Hunting

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  We had a fun pre-Easter party on Friday and had our very first night time egg hunt!  It was a potluck and when I asked Honey what Easter themed dish I should bring, he said, "Rabbit!"  Um…no thanks Honey!  I definitely don't want to be remembered as the rabbit killer so the next best thing were Carrot-Shaped Calzones!  I found my inspiration on Pinterest and used this recipe from Inspired By Familia but I changed a couple things around.  Ingredients:  Pillsbury Pizza Dough Sausage Meat Spinach Bag of Shredded Broccoli & Carrots Parmesan Cheese Mexican Cheese Blend Stalks of Parsley for Decoration Italian Seasoning Basically I followed the instructions from Inspired By Familia except mine didn't quite come out quite as pretty looking!  I think mine turned out more rounded because I used bulkier ingredients like sausage instead of pepperoni.  I did nix the orange dye so that I could … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Craft Using Valentine’s Day Supplies

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With St. Patrick's Day only 2 weeks away, it's time to set our crafts, foods and decor mode in motion!  With that, I am very happy to Introduce you all to Jessica from Begin To Craft who is here to share a super easy St. Patrick's Day craft with you that utilizes some of your left over Valentine's Day supplies.  I definitely have a lot of those left over so I will need to put them to use with this craft so it doesn't sit idle for another year!  Hope you all will enjoy making it!   I want to express my thanks for allowing me to guest post here at Kangaroo Mom today. Thank you Kathy! I have 3 small children and we love to do craft projects around the house. You can find me and see our past St. Patrick's day crafts on my blog, Begin To Craft.    So it seems common knowledge that we crafty types like having things to do and decorate for each holiday. Being Irish just gives me even more reason to enjoy St Patty's … [Read more...]

You Color My World & You Make Me Happy Valentine’s Day Printables

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So for the last 2 years, I actually didn't give any Valentine's cards out for Kiggster's friends.  One, I felt they were too young to understand what it was anyways, two, I felt they probably didn't need more candy or other paraphernalia, and third, Valentine's Day always just crept up on me before I had time to think about it.  So this year, I was determined to do something for Kiggster's besties because she actually enjoys giving things to people and making some stuff.  So I decided since Kiggster's nickname sometimes is Rayne-bow, Rayne-drop and the like, I had use that theme when creating her Valentine's Day cards.  Since I didn't want to give out candy as I was sure there would be plenty going around already, I decided to go for homemade crayons instead.  However, these Valentine's cards would go well with store bought crayons also, which I have seen on sale right now at Michaels or sold in party packs for pretty … [Read more...]

DIY Upcycled Crayons Tutorial

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This project can involve toddlers but would probably be better suited for an older child if you want them taking part in the whole thing. Since I didn't want to give candy as I was sure there would be plenty going around already, I decided to go for homemade crayons, just like the ones I'd seen on Pinterest...oh yeah, Pinterest addict here!  I did end up doing some revisions to the ones I saw online and if you go on pinterest and do a search for recycled crayons, you will pull up a ton of different sources.  I didn't have tiny oven-safe silicone molds and I also could not find them in stores so I had to improvise on the tutorials that I found.  Since this is a project that involved an oven, wax, and melting stuff, I made sure I read all the directions and went the conservative route!  This is what I ended up with and you'll see some * signs for lessons learned after the activity. Supplies: Around 20 broken or unused crayons, I had a mixture of … [Read more...]

Chinese New Year: Traditions, Crafts, Free Printables & More

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2013 is the Year of the Snake and I was born during the year of the Dog.  What is your Chinese zodiac sign?! Since Chinese New Year (or as others know it, Asian New Year or Lunar New Year) is on Sunday, February 10th, there are tons of things to do and prepare...and even tons of things on the DO NOT do list!  I pick and choose the things that I like during this time because I don't want Kiggster to lose her culture but I also know I can't keep up with all the traditions (though with some things, I see them more as superstition but depending on who you talk to, you could get a different answer)!  Mostly I do things for fun and I want it to be that way for Kiggster too as she learns about her culture. So, ever wonder why during CNY (Chinese New Year), if you walk through Chinatown, you see a pattern between all the stores, vendors, and homes?!  Below is a cliff notes version of some of the things that could help you get one step closer to understanding … [Read more...]

Revamped Christmas Turned Valentines & Chinese New Year: Gingerbread Cookies

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I previously started a Revamped post to turn Christmas items and activities into Valentines theme.  Last time I posted about how to use your Gingerbread Houses to make a Valentines Love Shack but this post actually doubled for not only Valentines but Chinese New Year also!  Over the holidays, I purchased too many gingerbread cookie mixes and so of course, I couldn't make them all in time before the Christmas season was over.  So the first time we made the gingerbread cookies according to the package, we cut out different alphabets, snowmen, stars, Santas, and more. However, I was determined to use it before next Christmas so I decided to use it this last week to make some cookies with Kiggster. She loves rolling out the dough and cutting shapes out of them, which she did really well over the holidays and we even got some nice shapes out of them!  However, because she really loves to roll out the dough, sometimes, she gets over-zealous and rolls the dough … [Read more...]

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