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Enjoy the cooler weather with a walk in the park, take the kids for a bike ride or even visit a local farm.
FRIDAY, Jan 6
1. Hatha yoga with Rosie at 9am at Alshaheedpark. Please bring your own mat, towel & bottle of water. Men & Women, Celebration Lounge. Free
2. Kite flying with Alfarsi kites in Bneider from 1pm to 5pm. Exit Road 258. A great way to spend a few hours outdoors with the kiddos.
SATURDAY, Jan 7
3. Blind International Day 2km walkathon at 9am at Kuwait University stadium in Shuwaikh. Organized by KISR.
4. Yoga at 9am in Alshaheed Park Visitor’s Center with “Yoga with the 3” Women only. Free
5. Storytime with DAI at the Amricani Cultural Center at 3:30pm. Reading ‘The Curious Garden’. No registration required.
6. Gardening at #thesecretgardenproject. Baghdad Street, Salmiya from 3-5pm.
7. Open Day at Sadeer farms in Al-Abdaly. For farm visits and directions, call 9444-4911 or email email@example.com
8. Qout Market at Alshaheedpark from 9am-5pm. Circle of Peace.
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Al We are honored to announce the launch of our fourth annual print edition of the Kuwait Moms Guide.
Filled with everything moms in Kuwait need to know including helpful directory of services, interviews, articles and loads of information the KMG 2016-2017 is a resource moms in Kuwait can use all year long.
Now available at the following locations around Kuwait:
Sniggles baby boutique - Mayar Complex, Industrial Shuwaikh & Hayat Medical Center, Hawally
Elevation Burger - all branches
Destination Maternity - all branches
Artspace Cafe - Salmiya
Reach Education - Salmiya
The Reading Room by The Yarn at AlShaheed Park
That Al Salasil Bookshop - Industrial Shuwaikh
Fawzia Sultan International School - Hawally
Little Harvard Preschool - Mishref & Sadiq locations
Learning Steps Preschool - Sabah Al Salem & Egaila
Happy Chappies Nursery - Rumaithiya & Fintas
British Playhouse - Mangaf
British Orkids Nursery - Al Salaam
Bright Start Nursery - Fintas
Twinkle Star Nursery - Egaila
Bright Minds Learning Center - Sabah Al Salem
Reborn Kids Academy - Rawda, Zahra & Siddiq
Kids Inn - Nuzha
Kidz Nursery - Kaifan
Kuwait Dream Center - Khaldiya
Kuwait Montessori - Adailiya
Toddlers Town - Adailiya
Super Kids Nursery - Adailiya & Yarmouk
Young Ambassador Nursery - Salwa
Gulf Montessori - Salwa
Bright Little Buttons Nursery - Al Zahra
My Gym - Discovery Mall
Eye Level Learning Center - Discovery Mall
Mirror Mirror Salon - Jabriya
N-Style Salon - Bustan Complex, Salmiya
Fantasyland Salon for girls - Salmiya
Early Bird Cafe - Jabriya
Bloomingdales Nursery - Siddiq
Mom & Baby Lounge - 360 Mall
Applied Behavior Center - Burj Jassem
Pick up your free copy while supplies last. (We will be adding additional locations in coming days.
Stay tuned to Kuwait Moms Guide social media - on Instagram @KuwaitMomsGuide & Snapchat: Kuwait Moms Guide - for updates.)
There's lot of fun events and activities happening this weekend. Also, don't forget to pass by any Elevation Burger in Kuwait to pick up your free copy of the Kuwait Moms Guide.
FRIDAY, Nov 11
10-12 Nov – Nuqat at Amiricani Center from 10:30am-7pm. Registration required. Keynote & lectures & kids workshops are free including arts, gardening, storytime & reading & engineering. @nuqat
11 Nov - Weaving Stories exhibition & don't miss the Kids textile workshop at Al Shaheed park with Sadu House from 4-6pm. KD 10. #weavingstoriesq8
11 Nov - Hatha yoga with Rosie at 9am at Al Shaheed park. Please bring your own mat, towel & bottle of water. Men & Women, Celebration Lounge. Free
SATURDAY, Nov 12
12 Nov – Beach Clean Up with Embassy of Japan at Shuwaikh Beach from 10:30am-Noon. Meet at the parking on the seaside just before the Oil Ministry and the KNPC building. (The parking where the playground is located).
12 Nov – Gardening every Saturday at the Secret Garden in Salmiya, Baghdad Street, Lane 11 from 3-6pm. #thesecretgardenproject
12 Nov – Run Q8 5km / 10km fun run/walk at Marina Crescent. Register at http://www.runq8.org/ All proceeds will go to support the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center with FSRI.
12 Nov – KTAA Annual Bazaar will be held at Sadu House from 10am to 6pm. Handmade textiles, crochet, weaving, quilts and jewelry as well as other artisanal decorative & homeware. There will be a raffle draw by Q8Quilts. Visit https://q8textilearts.wordpress.com/ for more info.
12 Nov – Al Nowair Yellow Car Parade and bazaar at Anjafa beach. Call 9800-2077 to join.
12 Nov – Essence Travels Farmers Trip to Sadeer Farm from 11:30-5:30pm. Practice farming, lunch, farm art workshop & veggie picking. Call 6688-3404 or 2220-7227 for more details and to register.
12 Nov - Yoga at 9am in Al Shaheed Park Visitor's Center with "Yoga with the 3" Women only. Free
12 Nov - Storytime with @dai_Kuwait at Amricani Cultural Center at 3:30pm. Free.
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We have updated our list of Kuwait Moms Guide's favorite parks & playgrounds in Kuwait. There are so many of these hidden gems, perfect for kids to get outdoors and have some fun and explore.
KMG #59 has been sent to inboxes today.
In this issue find interesting articles, special offers, mom & baby coffee mornings, outdoor parks & playgrounds and lots more.
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I was inspired by a list of 30 things that mean a lot to kids published in Parents Magazine. So I’ve adapted it to Kuwait and added a few ideas of my own. Hope you like it.
(Thanks to Lana for sharing the original article).
Back to school can be a stressful time for parents and kids. Children are worried about their new teachers, which friends will be in the same classes and which ones won’t. There are a multitude of issues – uniforms, schedule, transport, bedtime, homework, after school activities, etc that need sorting. Here are a few tips and ideas to help make the transition for you and your children a bit easier.
Faye Sultan is the first female Kuwaiti swimmer. She talks about hard work, discipline and chasing your dreams. - Photos courtesy Faye Sultan
Faye Sultan was the first Kuwaiti female swimmer to compete in the Olympics. She placed first in her heat at the summer games in Rio this year, with a time of 26.86 seconds to finish 54th out of 88 competitors. Kuwait Moms Guide spoke with the young swimmer to learn more about what led up to her Olympic achievements.
Kuwait Moms Guide: Please tell us a bit about how you get involved in swimming?
Faye: My older brother was a competitive tennis player and I witnessed his dedication to his sport on a daily basis. He inspired me to pursue swimming competitively. I swam alone for a few years before joining Elite Swim team in Kuwait. I also trained with the National team before heading to London.
KMG: What other competitions have you swam in?
Faye: I have competed in the Junior World Championships in 2011, and the World Championships in 2013 and 2015. I have also competed at the NESCAC championships and the NCAA Div. IV championships, both for 4 years in a row.
KMG: What led you to decide to try for the Olympics in Rio?
Faye: I've been training and competing internationally for the past 10 years. Before college, I trained in Kuwait on the Elite Swim Team. The past 4 years, however, I competed and trained with the Williams College Swimming team. During this time, I was coached by the Williams college coaching staff.
KMG: Can you tell us a bit about what it takes to qualify for the Olympics and especially the obstacles you faced and how you overcame them?
Faye: In college, I had swim practice every afternoon, and then on alternating days I would have a morning lift and swim. I would work out 2-3 times a day, on average, and I would compete every weekend. There are a lot of ups and downs with any sport. For example, this season I was injured and I had a disappointing college season. I just had to keep my head up and power through. I ended up swimming my fastest time to date at Rio.
KMG: You are among only a handful of elite female Olympians from the Gulf - how does being a woman impact your identity as an athlete? What is your opinion on women athletes in the region, their access to sports, their support among the public, from the govt, etc?
Faye: It is a great honor to be able to represent your country on a platform as high as the Olympics, regardless of gender, but being able to do so while overcoming such obstacles makes it an even greater feat. There is a lot of talent in Kuwait and it needs to be cultivated. One way to do that is by having better facilities available to women.
KMG: How did it feel to be the first female swimmer from Kuwait at the Olympics?
Faye: It's an honor to be the first Kuwaiti female Olympic swimmer. My hope is that I will not be the last, and to see more women participating in the Olympics would be a great next step.
KMG: You won your heat but did not qualify, how has that result affected you? Will you try for the Olympics in 2020? What are your next plans?
Faye: I swam a best time, so I couldn't have been happier. I have been swimming for so long that a small break is long overdue. As for Tokyo 2020, it's too soon to tell.
KMG: What do you have to say to moms and kids - especially little girls - in Kuwait who might have Olympic dreams or are even keen athletes?
Faye: Dream big, and work hard for yourself and for your country. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy!
Lots of folks are spending part or even the whole summer in Kuwait. If you have kids this can be challenging because school is out and the weather is too hot to spend much time outside.
Thankfully there are about a zillion summer camps available this summer with everything from art to soccer, swimming to English lessons. But if you still need ideas to keep the kiddos busy, we’ve come up with some ideas for summer fun.
1. Learn a new skill or sport. Ice skating, bowling, swimming or any indoor sport activity (karate, zumba, ballet, soccer, dance, etc.) Choose just one activity or sport for the kids to focus on learning well this summer. Some of these can be challenging so please make sure to wear appropriate safety gear or to have qualified instructors/coaches/lifeguards available.
2. Hire a tutor or enroll them in a class to learn an instrument or language. Summer is the best time to start as they can practice three or four times a week and get the foundation of the new information before being loaded down again in the fall with school work/activities. Check out the Kuwait Music Academy, LAPALoyac, Art Center in Shuwaikh, InstitutFrancais, TheraSpanishPlay or check our list of After School Activities for more resources.
3. Tour the playplaces. For younger kids, Play at Discovery and Promenade malls, or Future Kids, Magic Planet. For older ones, the new Trampo / Clip & Climb in Murouj. There’s also Sirbb Circuit in the evenings for go-carting.
4. Read books. Take the kids to the book shop (see our full list of bookstores and libraries in Kuwait) and let them choose books for themselves. Sign up for a reading challenge, you will need a US address) or let the kids set up their own reading challenge. Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyya is also offering weekly storytimes on Wednesdays and Saturdays and has a reading library for children.
5. Rearrange / redecorate their bedrooms or even the living room. (This will require help from an adult to move around the furniture.) You don’t have to keep it that way forever, maybe just a week or so but see what ideas they come up with. To make it educational, let them draw the room first with all the pieces of furniture and then let them work from their own drawing, taking note not only of furnishings but also decorations, curtains, windows, doorways, pathways, etc. They can get really creative and use a cardboard box, tissues, paint chips, sticky notes and other items to recreate their room the way they want to rearrange/redecorate it.
6. If possible, take them to work to spend a day with you. Plenty of offices allow a ‘work with mom or dad day’ and you can give them small tasks and things to do. It’s good for children to see what their parents do for a living and you can explain to them the idea of work, the different types of jobs there are and maybe open a discussion (depending on their age) about what they might want to do when they grow up.
7. Learn to code. There are tons of free or low cost resources online for learning to code and even summer camps here that offer it. Introduce them to the concept and see if they want to take a class – online or in a camp: https://code.org/learn
http://lightbot.com/ (Kuwait Moms Guide’s children use this on our smartphone and iPad and its both fun and educational)
8. Let the whole family learn a new skill. Push yourself and the kids out of your comfort zone by taking a class or looking online to learn a new language or skill. You can also take a class in a subject that interests the whole family.
There are heaps of great websites for lifelong learning:
9. Help an elderly neighbor or relative for the day. This could involve helping the neighbor fix stuff around their house or do the grocery shop. Preferably someone you know well and live close to.
10. Create an imaginary land, draw it and then write a story about the place/people in the land. This is a fun collaborative project for older kids. Get large poster boards and let the kids draw several worlds/sections. Don't forget the 'action' what happens in the story?
11. Organize a community game for the neighborhood kids (soccer, water balloons, etc.) This will take some organization and requires that you know a few of the people in the neighborhood or apartment building.
12. Learn to juggle. Yes I know that sounds mundane but trust me, kids can spend hours on this and its great for gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and serious fun. Once the kids are good, hold juggling competitions and give out small prizes.
Here’s a few places to help:
13. Have a Yes Day. One of Kuwait Moms Guide’s favorite summer activities is to give the kids a ‘Yes’ Day. The rules are simple: From daylight to dusk, anything they ask, the answer is always Yes (within reason and as long as it’s not dangerous). Want chocolate cake for breakfast? Yes! Stay up late and watch cartoons? Yes! Color mom’s hair purple? Well, we can chalk it. My girls love their Yes Day and look forward to it all year long.
14. Create a comic book. This is a great one for middle school kids and they can take several days to finish it. Help them develop a basic story line and the main characters and then leave them to figure out the rest. Read a few graphic novels or comic books to them beforehand to help them understand the concept. You can download free printable comic book templates here: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/59444/comic-book-template
15. Take a yoga class as a family. A great way to introduce the kids to a lifelong healthy practice while also helping yourself get in shape.
16. Learn to craft. Knit, crochet, weave or sew and teach the kids. All three of the most common textile arts/crafts are foundationally simple techniques that children as young as six or seven can learn easily. The only supplies required are yarn, hooks and needles and (if you are weaving, a frame). There are several places in Kuwait to learn textile arts (Sadu House, Khayt Group, Fakhri Arts, Craft Center, Barakat, Needles & Yarn etc.) and literally thousands of beginning videos on YouTube for knitting, crochet and weaving including instructions for kids and lefties.
Check out these:
17. Bridge activities. It’s a good idea to keep the kids reading, writing and doing maths over the summer and you can find ‘summer bridge’ books that help kids transition up from their previous grade to one they will enter in the fall. Set aside an hour each morning (when they are fresh and less likely to be tired or cranky) and have them do some bridge work to keep their academic juices flowing.
18. Set up simple science experiments or better yet let older kids set up science experiments. Check out HooplaKidzLab or WhizKidScienceor http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/40-cool-science-experiments-webto get started. Be sure to have them print out and read through the Scientific Method (simple kids version) first and use a notebook to keep track of their experiments.
19. Take a round robin tour of the local museums. The classic car museum in Shuwaikh is a sure fire hit and its air conditioned. The local maritime museum in Kuwait City and the modern museum of art are both worth a visit (check timings during Ramadan and summer). There is also the Arab Fund building in Shuwaikh which has an incredibly beautiful interior and will amaze even younger kids. The Mirror House is a kid favorite and well worth the visit.
20. The malls of Kuwait can be a bit claustrophobic during the summer months, especially if you visit them often. Instead of going at the normal times, mix it up with an early morning marathon walk with the kids. Lace up your sneakers and walk from one end to the other. (There are lots of people who walk the malls for exercise as well as shopping and dining.)
Let them entertain themselves
Kids don’t need to be entertained the entire summer. In fact it is important to leave them to their own devices and give them a chance to combat boredom with creativity. The more they are on their own, the more likely they will come up with games and ideas and things to do that you haven’t even thought of.
Give them control over their own summer plans. Ask what they want to learn or do over the summer. Tell them to make a plan or search online for solutions of how they can achieve these goals. For younger kids that require closer supervision, ask them to choose among a selection of ideas (learning how to make pancakes, to build a fort, to learn an instrument, etc.). Help them be responsible for their own summer.
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