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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Provo Library Summer Reading Program

We signed up for the Provo Library Summer Reading Program!  Did you?

Rules (Borrowed from their website)
  • Each child will be given one Summer Reading Log.  If you lose your log, you must start over.  Please don't lose your log!
  • Make your own goal of how many minutes you will read each session and write the goal on the reading chart.
  • Read books checked out from the Provo City Library. The number of books checked out helps us to monitor the success of our Summer Reading Program.
  • Read six days a week.  You may read ahead or catch up if you get behind. You may read more than your reading goal, but you can only collect one set of prizes.
  • Bring your half-completed Reading Log (up to the blue star) to the library the week of June 25 - June 30 to receive a halfway prize.
  • Bring your completed Reading Log to the library July 23 - July 26 to pick up your prizes! The library will be closed on July 24, 2012.
  • Collect a Dream Passport from the Children's Desk. Attend a Canopy Capers, Toddler Time, Spanish Story Time, or a Make and Take Crafts program and receive a sticker on your passport per session attended. Collect at least eight stickers. From July 23 - 26, turn in your sticker-filled passport to receive a ticket to the Trick or Treat in July Party on July 28, any time between 10 am and 12 noon in the Provo City Library Ballroom. Children are invited to wear Halloween costumes!
Prizes for Summer Reading 2012 are a free book and a ticket to the End of Summer Reading Party!

End of Summer Reading Party:
  • Thursday, July 26, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Exclusive pool party and treats at the Veterens Memorial Pool, 450 West 500 North, Provo, for children who complete the Summer Reading Program.

Provo City Library stresses the importance of a relaxed but consistent daily reading.  The goal is to establish a regular daily habit of reading.  There are no rules as to number of pages, numbers of books, or specific genres of books.  Simply read each day, six days a week at your own speed. Parents and older siblings can read to children as well.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Baseball Game

Going to a baseball game was on our summer bucket list, so the first Saturday of summer we took the kids to a BYU baseball game.  It was the last game of the season, but if you are interested in going to a summer game the Orem Owlz are about to start their season.

I don't especially love baseball - in fact I can't make myself pay attention long enough to even see more than one play.  Still there is something exciting about sitting at the field with family or friends so I try to go once a year.

The day we went it was raining really hard.

Tips for outdoor activities with kids when it's raining:
Bring ponchos.  They sell crap ones that are good enough to use once at Walmart for 88 cents.
Bring hand warmers.  You should be able to find hand warmers for around $1.  Totally worth it.  Keeps those little hands warm and out of trouble.
Dress warm.  Cold kids are not happy kids.
We brought blankets too (that we didn't care about getting dirty or wet) for extra warmth.  Smart move on my part.  I'm a firm believer that there is no such thing as being over prepared.

Even though it wasn't ideal weather we still had a great time.  What's on your summer bucket list?

Nickel City - Orem

On day 4 of having my two nephews live with me everyone was especially well behaved, so I let them choose the activity for the day.  They chose Nickel City in Orem!

I had never been there, but it was a great place to take kids and wasn't very expensive.  They had games for people of all ages, so the 2 year old, 6 year old, and 10 year old all had enough to keep them busy for a long time.

Lily's favorite were the little rides.

If you haven't been to Nickel City - You just pay $2.25 per person to get in, and then everything costs a nickel to play.  Before we went I stopped at the bank and got everyone a roll of nickels ($2 for 40 nickels.)   Each kid had enough nickels to last them about an hour and a half.

They kids earned tickets to win prizes.  Both boys spent all of their tickets on candy, but Lily opted for a pink sparkly bracelet instead.

I definitely recommend trying out this place if you are looking for games like at Chuck E Cheese's or Provo Beach Resort for a much lower price.

Nickel City

1515 S. State Street
Orem, UT 84097


Monday-Thursday - 11 AM - 11 PM
Friday/Saturday - 11 AM - Midnight
Sunday - Closed