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.

Check here for the most up-to-date list of upcoming events:


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 (ArtegonOrlando.com.) Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram#ArtegonMarketplace.

Orlando Homeschool Moms – Ikea KAMP Offers Great Supplement


Last year, we participated in the Ikea KAMP program. If you are not familiar with this program, Ikea Orlando Marketing Specialist Kendra explains the program:

Much like the IKEA name, KAMP is also an acronym. It stands for Kids, Activity, Meal and Play. Though it could also mean that our founder, Ingvar Kamprad, is pretty rad!

KAMP is a FREE, family-friendly service from IKEA Orlando. This planned activity takes place on select school holidays, for children ages 3 – 12, that explores countries where IKEA operates – learning fun facts and completing a small project.

Each child receives a t-shirt on their first visit that they can wear every time they come to KAMP, and a passport. Upon completion of their project, they may take their stamped passport to the IKEA Orlando Restaurant to receive a FREE kids’ combo meal that day.

IKEA Orlando KAMP activities are meant to be quick. Different from Småland, parents stay with their children while they complete their projects.

The program is loosely based on IKEA Tampa’s Kids’ Academy, with the addition of the passport and global studies. Other IKEA stores, both in the United States and abroad, have reached out to us regarding implementing the progam in their communities.

IKEA Orlando KAMP will return this year and will again focus on countries where IKEA has stores. The first two dates are in October. The children will explore Singapore on Thursday, October 23rd, and Iceland on Friday, October 24th.

ikea kamp

This is a great homeschool supplement! We participated in 14 activities last year, leaving us with a full passport at the end of the year. That resulted in basic information on 14 different countries. Princess World Traveler was always excited to learn about a different country each time we visited.

With every KAMP date we received a basic information sheet, a color sheet with the corresponding country’s flag and a simple, fun craft that reflected said country’s heritage. While the craft is simple and younger children enjoy it immensely,  I did witness older children(10-12 years old) enjoying the fun and showing off their creative sides as well. I’m always amazed at what a box of crayons can do!

The children are required to read the information provided on the country and fill out the passport with five bullet words from the fact sheet. Once that is completed, they will receive a “stamp” in their passport. That served as their “free meal” coupon for lunch or dinner that day.

Yes. You read that right. Free Meal.

Not only does Ikea Orlando provide a fun, FREE educational activity for the children, they also get fed. A trip to the cafe upstairs afterwards allows them the choice of a kid’s combo meal. How can you go wrong?

Have you participated in Ikea Orlando’s KAMP? Princess World Traveler is excited to fill another passport this year!

Impromptu Science Experiment

One of the main reasons why I love to homeschool is being able to take advantage of teachable moments as they happen.


Today I noticed that a rather large sheet of ice was forming at the bottom of our ice bucket. As I pried it out, it was a little larger than I anticipated. Immediately, I grabbed my 8×8 Pyrex dish and called my daughter, Princess Scientist, into the kitchen.  Science time!

ice project 2   ice project 1

Since this was so impromptu, I really had no idea what we were going to do with this large sheet of ice. We started off by sprinkling a little bit of salt on it – Princess Scientist likes the way the ice crackles when this happens. Then, we started dripping water on the ice. It started to crack a little & change.  Then we decided to add food coloring to the ice. What a beautiful sight that was!

After we played around and watched how the water carried the food coloring through the ice, we began to chart our “experiment”. We set the timer for five minutes & walked away. There was not much change after the timer went off, do she decided to increase the time to ten minutes. Still, not too much of a change, so we increased the time to fifteen minutes.  Lots of changes happened then. We  went two rounds of fifteen minutes and then just set the timer for an hour. By the time most of the ice had melted, I remembered that we had a thermometer. Ugh! Still, we used the thermometer & took the temperature before all the ice had melted and once again when it was all melted.

ice project progression

I love taking advantage of moments like these. Hopefully next time I remember the thermometer!

Do you take advantage of teaching moments? Share some in the comments below!

Teacher Appreciation Crafting Ideas from Little Passports

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Little Passports Teacher Appreciation Crafting Ideas

It’s time to appreciate those amazing teachers who take care of our children at school every day! Little Passports is sharing some fun crafting ideas that will get your kids excited to share their love for each and every teacher. If you are wildly impressed by your child’s instructor, why not give a subscription to Little Passports for their classroom! You could even get a group of other moms at school to pitch in on the subscription to make it very reasonable. A classroom subscription is the perfect way to give your favorite teacher a new way to share fun facts about the USA and the rest of our world with students. If you need some more creative inspiration, click on the links below!

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Teacher Appreciation Crafting Guide

‘Lost Treasure Hunt’ – Animated History For Kids

Lost Treasure Hunt

Lost Treasure Hunt

The other day I was on Facebook when the  photo on the right caught my eye. Lost Treasure Hunt? I knew I was a little out of the loop with most things, but generally if it is animated or geared for children, I am on top of those sorts of things! The post was asking for interested parents & educators to spread the word of a new show. An animated show that focuses on history, with a modern twist to it.  Animators from The Iron Giant,ShrekFrozen, and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs are a part of this project, with a pilot episode to air on Columbus Day. From the official Kickstarter page-

We want to get the pilot in the hands of schools and teachers who can use the Columbus material in classrooms.  If we can cover costs for presentation and distribution, Lost Treasure Hunt will be offered via American Public Television nationwide and showcased in the PBS Annual Meeting in May where the new slate of Fall programming will be unveiled.


-from Lost Treasure Hunt Kickstarter Page

Just from watching the video below, my Little Girl is hooked & she hopes to see the episode & others, too. Watch the video below & check out the official Kickstarter page for Lost Treasure Hunt. Even if you cannot help financially, if you like it, spread the word. Someone you may know might want to help.


‘Lost Treasure Hunt’ Brings Storytelling to Learning – from Animation World Network

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Little Passports 12 Month Subscription Giveaway + Melissa and Doug Toys

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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 simple..place 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!