*FREE* Easter Egg Hunt at Artegon Marketplace Orlando

Easter Egg Hunt at The Village at Artegon Marketplace April 4HUNT THE VILLAGE AT ARTEGON MARKETPLACE – SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 12 NOON – 5:00 P.M.

Hop on over to Artegon Marketplace Orlando for a FREE family fun event. Hunt for Easter eggs scattered throughout the artisan village and in surrounding stores — some containing prizes from Artegon merchants. Visit with the Easter Bunny in the Great Hall and make a custom flipbook (between 1-4 p.m., free while supplies last). Register at guest services to win an Artegon Easter basket filled with merchant prizes, and take home festive Easter balloon animals.


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Build a Heart Box at Home Depot’s FREE Kids Workshop

Heart Box - Home Depot

The first Saturday of every month, Home Depot offers a FREE kids workshop. Sign up now for your child to participate in this fun, FREE activity! From the Home Depot website:

Heart Box - Home DepotLearn to Build a Heart Box:

  • Come learn how to build a heart box in time for Valentine’s Day
  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12
  • All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed

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FREE Valentine’s Arts & Crafts Program at Artegon Marketplace #Orlando

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FREE Valentine’s Arts & Crafts Kids’ Program on February 7th

In addition to experiencing Orlando’s most unique shopping, visitors to Artegon Marketplace Orlando are also treated to a busy schedule of special events and activities. From the permanent Sky Trail ropes course to weekend entertainment and seasonal events, there’s always something happening at Artegon Marketplace. Here’s a look at the full line-up of special and weekend events up ahead:


artegon marketplace valentines dayFREE Valentine’s Arts & Crafts kids’ program on Saturday, February 7th:

Children can make cards for loved ones and enjoy activities such as face painting, an obstacle bounce house, arts and crafts and live music. The fun takes place 12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.


Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1—1:00 – 6:00 p.m. A full day of entertainment includes Magic Shows presented by Y.E.S. Entertainment, music with the Acoustic Duo by Cinemark theatre, and Giant Puppets and Balloon artists walking throughout to greet every guest.

Saturday, February 14 — 12 Noon – 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 15 — 12:00 Noon – 5:30 p.m.

The Midnight Clogging Express and the Giant Puppets will be entertaining guests all weekend.

Saturday, February 21 — 12 Noon – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 22 — 12:00 Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Artegon’s resident juggler Cool Hands Luke performs both days, as well as Street Breakz and Street Beatz will be performing throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Saturday, February 28 — 12:00 Noon – 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 1 —1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Acoustic Duo, Fred and Danielle perform in the Great Hall of Artegon Marketplace.

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About Artegon Marketplace Orlando:

Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace that has transformed Orlando shopping into a new kind of experience. Located on the north end of International Drive and catering to local residents and visitors, alike, Artegon Marketplace is the area’s destination for one-of-a-kind stores, shops and foods. Unique to the shopping attraction is The Village at Artegon Marketplace, housing 165 artisanal shops and stores where local craftspeople sell and demonstrate their products and services. Guests can also discover the area’s only Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Sheplers Western Wear and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, plus climb a ropes course, take in a movie at Cinemark Theaters, and much, much more.  For operating hours, directions and more information, visit Artegon Marketplace Orlando ( Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram#ArtegonMarketplace.

These gorgeous pink and white Mickey Mouse cookies were given in lieu of cards at my family’s Valentine party this year. My favorite aunt brought them.

She used the cookie recipe on the Disney site and topped them with a colorful rolled fondant. The cookies turned out perfectly and looked too good to eat! Somehow, we all managed. 😉

I’ve copied Disney’s butter cookie recipe here:


2 cups of butter (4 sticks)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt


Beat butter together with the sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.

Add egg yolks and extracts and mix well.

Sift flour and salt together and add to butter mixture, beating until just combined. Wrap well with plastic and chill until firm (if rolling or shaping).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make cookie cutter cookies chill dough until firm (at least 1 hour). Roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes.

Cool on waxed paper and decorate

Happy Monday!

If I have learned anything over the years, music makes the day so much sweeter! I love having music in the background when I do anything. Well, the same theory goes for toddlers & preschoolers as well.

While there are so many different types of music one can listen to, the best kind of music is the song that you can sing along to! Kids love to sing. And you don’t have to be a singing superstar, either. Kids do not mind!

Props are great to go along with the songs, too! It helps teach the children to retell the song/fingerplay/story. My favorite Christmas song with a prop is “There’s a Little Elf”

There’s A Little Elf
Original Author Unknown
Sung to: “If You’re Happy & You Know It”

There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my nose,
There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my nose.
He is sitting on my nose,
Then off away he goes.
Now there’s no little elf on my nose.

There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my knee,
There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my knee.
He is sitting on my knee,
Just watch and he will flee.
Now there’s no little elf on my knee.

There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my head,
There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my head.
He is sitting on my head,
Then away he goes to bed.
Now there’s no little elf on my head.


The prop is a little elf made from simple art supplies :pipe cleaners, green, white & red beads & a small styrofoam ball. sequins & small straight pins or hot glue are also needed.

How to make Elf prop:
You will need:

pipe cleaners
Green, Red & White beads (approx. 38)
small styrofoam ball

What to do:
Use the pipe cleaners to make a body for the elf. Use a stick-figure as a model. Twist the pipe cleaners together so it makes a torso, arms & legs.

String 2 beads on the pipe cleaners for the torso. Stick the Styrofoam ball to the top of the pipe cleaner body. You can use whatever bead pattern you like. I used approx 6 beads for each arm & 12 beads for each leg. When done, twist up the end of the pipe cleaner to “hook” the beads in place.

Using sequins, create the eyes, nose & mouth. (I used very small straight pins to secure the sequins in place). This is definately a prop that requires supervision if you use straight pins. Hot glue is another method.

When you are done, use this elf with the song. He can sit on your nose, knee & head. When it comes time to put him in bed, be sure to whisper that part quietly & pretend to rock the elf to sleep.

Have fun!

With the holidays around the corner, there is so much fun to be had with arts & crafts & traditions! One easy craft to do (usually around December 1st) is the 25 Days of Christmas Countdown. This is an easy project, but does require adult help if using a stapler.
25 Days of Christmas
You will need:
-25 Strips of construction paper in green & red.
-A cut-out of a bell (usually in Yellow)
-A stapler or paste
-25 Days of Christmas Poem
The size of your paper strips will depend on the size of your paper chain. I tend to use small strips so the chain is not too big. Usually 4″x1″.
Place the strips of construction paper on a table & have the child sit with you. Using a stapler to fasten the strips (it seems to hold better than paste), have the child hand you alternating colors of paper strips while you make the chain. This is a great counting activity as well.
Once you have made a strip of 25 links, attach the bell to the top link. I printed out the poem & stapled it to the back of the bell so it is handy every night.
Every night before bed, I have Princess Peanut rip a link off & I read the poem to her. The we stand by the Christmas tree for a picture, as the chain will get smaller & smaller each night.

This project can be done at any time during the Christmas season. Of course, if you do this project after December 1st, just adjust the amount of paper links so when your child reaches the bell, it is Christmas Eve!

The 25 Days of Christmas Poem


December 1st til Christmas is the longest time of year.
Seems as though old Santa never will appear.
How many days til Christmas?
Its so mighty hard to count!
So this little chain of ringers will tell you the amount.
Clip off a ringer every night when the Sandman casts his spell
and Christmas Eve will be here by the time you ring the bell!

I love hand/foot print art projects!

What a great way to remember the size of a little one’s hand & foot…especially during the holidays. It is truly a precious thing.
Making Reindeer out of hand & foot prints is very simple. It does require adult help, but that just makes this project more special! There are 2 ways of doing this project….with paint or with construction paper. I prefer the construction paper way, as paint tends to crack after a few years & ruins the keepsake.
Santa’s Little Reindeer
What you need :
Red, Black & Brown Construction Paper
wiggle eyes or white paper to make eyes
Trace one foot with black.
Trace both hands with brown.
Trace a small circle in red
Cut out all pieces. Assembly is the foot down, toes up(this is the reindeer’s head). Glue the hands(thumbs out) to the top of the foot fore the antlers. Glue the red circle to the heel of the foot for the nose. Use white paper or wiggle eyes for eyes.

To use paint:
you will need:
Red, black & brown paint
wiggle eyes or white paper for eyes
sheet of white paper to place prints on


Have a sheet of white paper ready. Using a sponge, paint the bottom of one foot. Place the foot on the paper, pressing in the arch section to make sure that the whole foot is imprinted on the paper. Remove foot from paper & clean off paint.
For the hands(antlers), start with the left hand. Paint the hand with black paint & place it thumbs out on the top of the footprint. Clean the hand off & repeat with the opposite hand.


Using a thumb, paint it red & place it on the heel of the foot for the reindeer’s nose.


Glue eyes on after the paint has dried a few minutes.

Santa will enjoy his little “helper” reindeer!