HIGHLIGHT ON: Lane’s Southern Orchards

Lane Southern Orchards, located about an hour and a half from Columbus in Fort Valley, GA, offers families an opportunity to have fun outdoors and enjoy delicious fresh produce. The farm includes 11,000 acres of peach orchards and pecan groves along with a six-acre strawberry patch and is the largest grower of peaches and pecans […]

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Rewild Your Child

This past year, we have all experienced an increase in screen time, either in virtual classrooms, virtual meetings, and virtual family visits while also experiencing a decrease in time spent outdoors. Even before the year 2020, there had been a decline in the amount of time that children spent outdoors. However, you can “rewild” your child […]

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Know Before You Go to a Chattahoochee Valley Library

By Jeannine Scott, Branch Manager, North Columbus Public Library  Now reopen, the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are excited to serve families in our community!  Our services may look a bit different, so here’s a know-before-you-go guide to make the best out of your next visit. All branches, 24-hour kiosks, and book drops are open You can […]

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Yoga – Shifting Their Focus

“Anything bad that’s happened to you I want to exit it out of your heads…A teacher made me upset, breathe in, breathe out, something happened that I did not like, breathe in, breathe out, someone did something to me unfairly…Deep breaths.” This is how yoga begins at St. Mary’s Elementary Magnet Academy in Muscogee County. […]

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Importance of Winter Outdoor Play

In the winter months, the reduced number of hours of daylight and chilly temperatures can make it more difficult to ensure kids get at least an hour to play outside each day. However, there are multiple ways in which kids benefit from playing outdoors in the winter that make it worth putting aside time for […]

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Get Ready For Summer!

Many parents are concerned that over the summer, their kids will experience a setback in academic skills, often referred to as ‘summer learning loss.’ Finding a variety of summer camp programs that involve both recreation and academic learning opportunities disguised as fun can help prevent the ‘summer slide’ in math and reading skills. In addition, […]

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Keepsake Handprint Hand Towel

Supplies Two white or cream tea towels Red, yellow, orange and dark brown fabric paint Paper plate Foam paintbrush Thin tip paint brush Directions Pour a quart size blob of each paint onto your paper plate. With your foam brush,  paint your child’s hand with red, yellow or orange paint. Press their hand onto the […]

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Inside look at Columbus Figure Skating Coach: Robbie Przepioski

It’s uncommon to have an ice rink in the south, but Columbus has one. It’s even more uncommon to have a nationally ranked skater in the south, but Columbus has one of those too! His name is Robbie Przepioski and he is the director of the Columbus Figure Skating Academy. He began a little over […]

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