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PNA Preschool Co-op needs donations for its bi-annual kids gear sale

February 19th, 2013 by Doree

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op is looking for donations for its huge bi-annual Gently Used Kid’s Clothing and Gear Sale, set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, in the Brick Building. Clothing and gear for sale will include items for ages 0-10, plus maternity. Items include gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear and maternity wear.

Admission is free. All clothes are hung by size and gender. Fifty-percent discounts on many items begins at 12 p.m.

If you’d like to donate items your family has outgrown, email pnpckidssale@gmail.com for information about donation drop-off. Donations need to be made by March 10.

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Bumps & Babies Fair spring sale at Bitter Lake Community Center

April 9th, 2012 by Doree

The Bumps & Babies Fair Spring Sale is on April 14-15 at the Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N. The twice-yearly boutique and consignment event features thousands of new and gently used kids’ clothes, toys and baby gear.

The sale is from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Bring your own bags or baskets. Cash preferred, but credit cards will be accepted (but not checks). Sales tax will be added.

New this year, Seattle Gymnastics Academy will have a children’s play area set up.

Photo by J. Shelton Photography.

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Ridge Romp kids get cozy with reptiles

March 6th, 2011 by Dale

Scott Petersen, better known as The Reptile Man, brought a menagerie of reptiles to the Phinney Center for Ridge Romp on Saturday, building comfort and a better understanding of some often misunderstood and feared creatures.  

Kids laughed, shrieked with glee and eagerly reached out to touch an albino python, a tortoise and an alligator who he made fall asleep on command.

I learned a few new things too, including that there is a boa constrictor that lives in Washington State, the rubber boa. It uses its tail like a second head to confuse predators and distract prey.

While he held onto many of the reptiles, he got the kids involved too. Here they are holding an albino python and touching the rock-hard shell of a tortoise.

The Ridge Romp has two more musical acts, Ay, Margarita! with Mirta Wymerszberg on April 2 and The Harmonica Pocket on May 7.

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Sign up for PNA Kids! summer camps

March 15th, 2010 by Doree

PNA Kids! is now signing up children for its summer programs, including the second year of its preschool summer camps.

After the success of its first year, PNA Kids! will once again be offering Preschool Summer Camp at its Whittier site from July 6th – August 27th. The preschool staff has pulled together a great summer curriculum that includes engaging activities and fun for all preschoolers ages 3 – 5. “A Green Thumb” and “Kids in the Kitchen” are just two of the weekly themes this year. For kids 5 – 12, our Summer Safari is the way to go with two locations at the Phinney Center and Whittier Elementary. Daily field trips and themes such as “Travels in Time” and “Go! Go! Go! In the H2O” will keep the kids entertained. Check it out online or come by the Phinney Center and pick up a brochure.

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Kids gear sale rolls out the deals

March 13th, 2010 by Dale

Dozens of parents lined up for the Kid’s Clothing and Gear Sale hosted by Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op today at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

There were plenty of deals on everything from clothing (organized by ages 0-10), to shoes, toys, car seats and more.

The sale goes until 1 p.m. today and if you’re reading this in time, there will be 50% discounts on many items starting at noon.

If you miss this event, there will be another kids gear sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 10, hosted by the 65th Street Co-op at the same location.

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PNA’s Dragon Room Summer Program registration opens soon

March 5th, 2010 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhod Preschool Co-op (PNPC) is once again holding a series of camps for kids this summer.

The Dragon Room Summer Program is a series of week-long, half-day camps for young children sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) and held in the PNPC’s enchanted Dragon Room at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Open to PNPC families and community members, the Dragon Room Summer Program offers rich and diverse classes for preschoolers and elementary aged children. The classes are drop-off so do not require parental involvement, but you are always welcome to stay for all or part of the class to explore along with your child.

See the website for class descriptions and registration information. Registration opens to current PNPC families on March 29, to PNA members on April 2 and to the general public on April 5.

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Johnny Bregar at Ridge Romp Saturday

March 4th, 2010 by Doree

Johnny Bregar performs at Ridge Romp at the Phinney Center at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Bregar’s music is described as “Rootsy, jazzy, bluesy tunes that are simple and real; arrangements of childhood standards and sweetly humorous original songs. Music for kids that parents will love!”

Here’s the Ballard musician playing to the crowd at Land of Nod at University Village.

 

(Photo courtesy of Johnny Bregar.)

Bregar was a member of the popular Seattle band Big Spoon for years before getting married and having a son, and realizing he wanted better children’s music for his family to listen to.

Show starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday; doors open at 10 a.m. Cost is $3 per person (child or adult). Non-walking babes in arms are free.

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Ridge Romp full schedule set

September 21st, 2009 by Doree

Last week we told you about the upcoming season of Ridge Romp, the children’s entertainment series at the Phinney Center. At that time, they had half the season’s performers set, but now they’ve got the full list.

The cost is $3 per person (child or adult). PNA members also can buy family passes at the first show for $35 for the whole season (six shows). All shows start at 10:30 a.m. in the PNA Community Hall (in the brick building); doors open at 10 a.m. Here are the show’s descriptions, courtesy of the Ridge Romp volunteer organizers:

Sat. Oct. 3: The Not-Its! – “Meet The Not-Its! – Seattle’s newest, most rockin’ band making music for children. With the success of their debut album, We Are The Not-Its! released June 2009, it’s clear they are on a mission to make kids dance, with up-tempo, power-pop hits families will love. Featuring the vocals of Sarah Shannon (of lauded ‘90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl), The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, all nestled within ‘fantastic danceable pop gems about gettin’ fancy, birthday parties, bath time and intergalactic play dates.’”

Sat., Nov. 28: Alleyoop – “Alleyoop’s concert is a big hit with children of all ages, but most especially for children ages 3 to 9 years old. His original musical games, get the children involved. This is audience participation to the max. The children become the show! He plays guitars, ukuleles, and mountain dulcimer. He brings his pal, Billy Bear the Silly Bear, for a humorous interlude.”

Sat., Jan. 2, 2010: Caspar Babypants – “Chris Ballew, lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, lends his wacky chops to Caspar Babypants. ‘It’s not much of a stretch from The Presidents,’ says Ballew. ‘I’m still singing songs about bugs and animals. I’m still drawing upon the same influences — old folk music and blues.’”

Sat., Feb. 6, 2010: Valentine’s Performing Pigs - “The Pigs are returning to Ridge Romp. This is a not to be missed show of amazing (real!) performing pot belly pigs! Fun for the entire family!”

Sat., March 6, 2010: Johnny Bregar – “Rootsy, jazzy, bluesy tunes that are simple and real; arrangements of childhood standards and sweetly humorous original songs. Music for kids that parents will love!”

Sat., April 3, 2010: Charles the Clown – “Watch as Charles transforms into a clown before your very eyes! The show is filled with silly “mistakes” as Charles attempts to transform his persona.”

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Donations sought for day care auction

April 15th, 2009 by Dale

From the Greenwood-discussion list:

The Early Learning and Development Center’s (ELDC) Broadview Center, a private, not-for-profit preschool and child care center located at Fremont Ave. N. and N. 103rd St., is seeking donations for its second annual fundraising auction, to be held June 27. This is a great way for local businesses to establish goodwill with dozens of local families. For more information about donating, contact center directory Lindsay Johnson (206) 781-9604. For more information about ELDC, please visit http://eldc.org/default.aspx.

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Sign up now for the Dragon Room Summer Program

March 31st, 2009 by Dale

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op is offering their annual summer camp program for ages 3-7. 

The Dragon Room Summer Program is a series of week-long, half-day camps for young children sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) and held in the PNPC’s enchanted Dragon Room at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Open to PNPC families and community members the summer camp program offers diverse classes for preschoolers and elementary aged children - everything from space camp to yoga to woodworking. The program is partly a community service offering and a (low margin) fundraiser for the preschool, we’re told.  

More information is at: phinneycenter.org/pnpc/summer. Act fast as classes are already booking up. Registration is now open for Phinney Neighborhood Association members. The general public gets their shot starting April 6.

Thanks, Lexy, for letting us know about this program!

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Childish Things celebrates Spring Grand Opening

February 7th, 2009 by Dale

Childish Things, a store of new and used children’s items at 10002 Holman Rd., opened last fall, but it’s celebrating its Spring Grand Opening Sunday from 12-4 p.m.

From 12-1 p.m. you can get a chair massage while your kids play in the store’s play area. From 2:30-3 p.m. it’s French story time by Polly-Glot Tots. From 3-4 p.m., award-winning performer and childhood music educator Brian Vogan will play music from his Little Songs CD. Also from 3-4 p.m., there’s a special guest appearance by the Binky Fairy, sponsored by Little People Parties. The Binky Fairy will collect pacifiers from big kids who no longer need them, and will give them a small gift in return.

Refreshments will be served all afternoon, and social networking site Momslikeme.com is providing gift bags to the first 50 customers.

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Lead testing delay gives kid stuff crafters a break

January 31st, 2009 by Dale

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has delayed implementation of a law that could have forced some local crafters of kid stuff to implement costly lead testing or be considered illegal. There’s more in the P-I. One person quoted in the article said the law hurt many of the people who are trying to make kid-safe products.

“The irony is that many people who make handmade items do it specifically because they know those will be safe,” said Adam Brown, a spokesman for Etsy, a popular Web site offering handmade goods by 200,000 sellers.

The CPSC has granted a one year delay on testing and certification for crafters and childrens’ garment makers.

A couple months back, Wendy Powell at Childish Things raised alarm about the law, saying it could put consignment stores out of business as well. The CPSC later offered clarification on that point, saying consignment stores didn’t have to test their inventory, but that they should not sell items that were above the legal limit. But researching whether every used item is legal or not could pose its own challenges, one would think.

Thanks, Travis, for flagging the story for us.

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