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Active, Outdoor Family Fun

Toledoans are outside now more than ever, and as families explore the great outdoors together, why not make it an experience? The ideas below provide family-friendly activities that get everyone moving while also supporting local businesses–all while staying outside. Nothing quite says summer like being outside all day, reveling in the natural beauty of the

Mask-Wearing: Tips for Kids

Tiffany Pottkotter, MSN, MA, LPCC, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at ProMedica.  As we approach a new school year with mask mandates for children, it is important for parents to help their kids adjust to mask-wearing. Experts agree it is imperative to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations and

Date Night Ideas: Get Outside and Move

Date nights were hard enough to come by before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now finding an available sitter, who responsibly socially distances, plus designating the time and money for a date night seem like an impossible luxury. Even if you manage to overcome those hurdles, what do you do? Where do you go? Most typical date

Child & Parent Empowerment

Teaching families safety, survival skills. Ashley Glinka is a pretty cool mom to twins and a 6-year-old, but she also is a former Federal Air Marshall who flew overseas anti-terrorism missions. Those experiences led her to create The Child & Parent Empowerment Program. The details The program is a two-hour class for parents, teachers and

Outside Is Open for Exploration at Metroparks Toledo

It’s that time of year in Northwest Ohio–the sun is shining and the weather is warming up–and Metroparks Toledo can offer endless outdoor (socially distanced) opportunities for families.  You might be familiar with our parks and trails, but let me offer you some suggestions to change it up a little bit for you and the