ROAR! Children’s Hospital of Dartmouth

How can an inpatient hospital visit be fun?
Stop on by a pediatric unit and you will find the most charming, funny, hopeful, beautiful, smart, resourceful, kind people you’ll ever be lucky to know. That would be the kids in treatment and the people taking care of them.

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Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-

We love you! Kyle spent 2 weeks there this summer after hamstring release surgery & although there were  hours every day of hard, intensive therapy he also had a lot of fun making friends, trying new contraptions, playing with the amazing nurses, doctors and therapists.

A special shout out to Frankie and his family for being the best roommates imaginable, keeping us laughing and in Ding Dongs the whole time.

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Georgia- the Wonder Dog!

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cups

Yup, we’re all totally obsessed with this…

It’s so fun, we couldn’t help but break it out during a family reunion. Cousins, from 5 to 21, gave it a try after watching the video.

Anna Kendrick, reprising her role in Pitch Perfect, is completely adorable in this David Letterman version:

Are you reaching for your own plastic cup right now?


growing into yourself- just like Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman is just cool.

Watch her here…


Sky High Fun!

What? A workout on a trampoline that really counts as a workout? Sky High Sports provides just that. I tried the Niles Sky High Sports AIRobics class today and it was a blast.

Can’t tell you how much fun a cardio workout is on a trampoline. Unlike a regular class, where you’re packed in like sardines & given dirty looks by the regulars, there’s plenty of room to spread out at a Sky High workout. Everyone looks silly, is grinning with abandon & sweating like mad- there’s no way even a newbie will stand out.

Of course, in addition to the AIRobics classes, Sky High offers birthday parties, dodgeball, special times for the under 6 crowd, and lots of free jumping times.

Bonus: The First Tuesday of every month has special times for special needs kids and their siblings, at a reduced cost. Yup- some joy the whole family can participate in.

Check out this VIDEO from the NBC Bay Area news team to find out more about the special needs aspect of Sky High Sports.

Happy bouncing!


Child’s Play

Special Gifts Theatre, is a very special place, indeed. Located in the north suburbs of Chicago, SGT provides a unique experience for children who may otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in a drama experience. For months the special ed teachers, therapists and theatre arts instructors, with the help of peer mentors, guide the two casts of children with special needs to perform in two spectacular shows. This year’s show, Beauty and the Beast, has an especially amazing actor playing the part of Chip!

See some behind the scenes of the 2009 production below:

To learn more about the history of SGT, click here.

Thanks to all the people at Special Gifts Theatre for making this such an amazing experience for the children who participate and their parents, too.

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what are you doing new year’s eve?

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Merry Christmas from our Crazy Characters!

Filmed Christmas Eve 2012

Hope you enjoy this video as much as I do!