Fun 4 Gator Kids Blog

Fun 4 Gator Kids, the premiere resource of information of places to go and things to do with kids in the Gainesville, Florida area.

Stacy Fournier stays busy as a writer and director of marketing for Fun4GatorKids.com. But she does her most important work as a mommy of two mess-making, lip-gloss wearing, always-snacking little girls ages 9 and 4 (4 and three-quarters, to be exact). Her strengths are kissing boo-boos, building blanket forts, making silly faces, turning into the tickle monster and playing Don't Break the Ice. Her Fun4GatorKids blog will touch on everything from mommyhood to family-friendly places around town. Please feel free to comment! Enjoy!

Letting Kids in the Kitchen

Letting Kids in the Kitchen
​I wish that I could start this blog by saying that I am an amazing home cook who prepares meals, REAL meals, for my family every night. But I don't. And I honestly don't think I ever will be that mom. I did make a resolution of sorts, however, to stop all the eating out and start doing more cooking at home. But I don't just want to cook FOR m...
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January in Gainesville: What you need to know!

January in Gainesville: What you need to know!
​Happy New Year! Here's what you need to know for the month of JANUARY!​Time to Register for Preschool Getting into your top preschool pick can be just as tough as enrolling at UF! It's important to register your little ones ASAP as most preschools are on a waiting list by the end of February. In fact, my husband had to arrive at our daughter's pre...
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New Year's Resolutions for Kids!

New Year's Resolutions for Kids!
​For most adults, the start of the New Year means a list of resolutions. But resolutions aren't just for grown-ups! January 1 can be a great time for kiddos to think about the way they spend their time and to set goals for the coming year. Need some inspiration for goals that are appropriate for kids? Check out the list below! But remember, it's im...
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Make Christmas Eve extra special with these 5 tips!

Make Christmas Eve extra special with these 5 tips!
​For me, Christmas Eve is just as magical as Christmas day. Seeing the anticipation in my daughters' eyes as we get the cookies ready and read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas brings me such joy.There are a few other traditions we do on Dec. 24 to make the night extra special, like making reindeer food! Here is a list of things you can do with your...
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4 Adorable Holiday Fingerprint Ornaments

4 Adorable Holiday Fingerprint Ornaments
​ ​*Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Fun4GatorKids Blog to get an update every time a new blog is published!* ​My family always looks forward to decorating our Christmas tree each year. All of our ornaments mean something to us - places we've traveled, Baby's First Christmas, handmade ornaments by our girls. They all bring back special memories. But som...
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Fun Snacks to Pair with Classic Holiday Movies!

Fun Snacks to Pair with Classic Holiday Movies!
​ ​ *Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Fun4GatorKids Blog for updates on all of the holiday fun!* ​ Watching the Holiday Classics is one of my favorite family traditions! From Frosty the Snowman to Rudolph, my girls and I love getting in our PJs, grabbing a snack and turning on the TV to watch one of our many favorite movies. To make your holiday movie n...
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What you need to know for December: holiday events, lights & Santa sightings!

What you need to know for December: holiday events, lights & Santa sightings!
​ *Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Fun4GatorKids Blog for updates on all of the holiday fun!* ​It's the Holiday Season, and there is so much to do! From extravagant light displays to musicals and meeting Santa, you won't want to miss all of the fun and family-friendly events on the calendar. Here is a taste of the HUNDREDS of holiday events. Enjoy!&nbs...
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10 ways to make Thanksgiving fun for kids!

10 ways to make Thanksgiving fun for kids!
​*Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Fun4GatorsKids Blog so you don't miss all of our fun and exciting new posts!*Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Chances are you've planned your menu and will spend most of the day cooking a delicious meal. But the day can be long for little ones who lose interest in the parade and pass on all of those cassero...
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Complete Guide to Family Memberships around Gainesville 2015

Complete Guide to Family Memberships around Gainesville 2015
*Subscribe to the Fun4GatorKids Blog for updates on the latest posts!*​With the holidays just around the corner, are you looking around your house wondering where you are going to fit another toy? Or are you wondering what to buy the person that already has everything? Think outside the box this holiday season, and give the gift of a membership or ...
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FREE Holiday Events!

FREE Holiday Events!
​​*Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Fun4GatorKids Blog!*Across Alachua County, there are events galore to celebrate the Holiday Season. From parades and festivals to Santa photo ops and tree lighting ceremonies, you won't want to miss all the fun events! Since the holidays can be tough on the budget, we've made a list of the fun FREE holiday events that...
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Here's what's happening in November!

Here's what's happening in November!
​*Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Fun4GatorKids Blog to get an update every time a new blog is published!*​While the busiest month of the year has come to an end, there are still plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in November! From UF Homecoming festivities to childhood classics coming to life on stage, here is a list of events you won't wa...
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Best places to trick-or-treat, plus fun ideas for leftover candy!

Best places to trick-or-treat, plus fun ideas for leftover candy!
​October is by far the busiest month of the year in Gainesville! So many fall and Halloween events to keep families busy and having fun! If you're anything like my family, you already have a big bag of candy from all of the events you've attended, and you are about to get a whole lot more on Oct. 31! Looking for the most festive and highly-recommen...
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5 EASY pumpkin recipes using less than 5 ingredients!

5 EASY pumpkin recipes using less than 5 ingredients!
It's that time of year when everything is PUMPKIN! Pumpkin flavored drinks, cereal,donuts...even Twinkies has released a seasonal pumpkin pastry. My pantry is full of pumpkin this and pumpkin that, and while I love filling my cart with all things pumpkin, there is also something fun about cooking fall treats, as long as the recipe calls for only th...
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Here's what's happening on Halloween Day!

Here's what's happening on Halloween Day!
With Oct. 31 falling on a Saturday this year, families can pack in a whole day full of fall fun before grabbing FREE Halloween dinner and heading to one of the many trick-or-treating events in the evening! Here is a taste of the many events taking place on Saturday, Oct. 31. The toughest part will be trying to decide which event to attend, or if yo...
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The Results are In from the "Best of Gainesville" Survey!

The Results are In from the "Best of Gainesville" Survey!
​Parents like hearing from other parents, which is why Fun4GatorKids recently surveyed hundreds of local families to find the "Best of Gainesville!" Families shared their favorite free activities, annual events, pediatrician, family-friendly restaurant and more! The results have been tallied and the recommendations are in! Here are the Gainesville ...
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31 Things to do in October!

31 Things to do in October!
​1. Fun4GatorKids October Events – Each week Fun4GatorKids visits a fun family-friendly place in the Gainesville area! Join us for our October weekly playgroups, which will include an exciting visit to a local pumpkin patch and a private play time at Bouncin' Big Junior Town Center! Join our Playgroup Page for all the details! We will be collecting...
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Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks

Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks
Every fall my family looks forward to visiting a local pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin. We can't wait to get our pumpkin home, cut it open and start carving! There are several genius carving tips and tricks that you can try as opposed to struggling with a knife to cut the perfect triangle eyes. Here are a few of my favorites...1. Make you...
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8 Fun Activities to get you Ready for Fall!

8 Fun Activities to get you Ready for Fall!
​Fall in Florida might not mean changing leaves and long-sleeves every day, but it's still exciting to embrace the season. From autumn activities to seasonal snacks, kids and parents can enjoy getting ready for the first day of Fall, Sept. 23! Here is a list of 8 easy-to-do ideas using household products and groceries.​1. Pumpkin Pie Play Doug...
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5 Ways to Thank our Officers and Firefighters!

5 Ways to Thank our Officers and Firefighters!
As a parent, I love watching my children learn new things, like how to read, tie their shoes or ride a bike. But then there are those things that we have to teach our children. Things that chip away a...
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What you need to know for September: programs, sports, clubs & more!

What you need to know for September: programs, sports, clubs & more!
Gainesville has so much to offer families! But with so many events, programs, sign-up dates and things to remember, it can be tough to keep everything straight. At the beginning of each month, I'll hi...
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