Thursday, October 23, 2008

Great New Kids Off The Couch Contest. Win a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card!

1) Sign Up for for your Free Kids Off The Couch membership with a kid friendly adventure delivered to your inbox each week, plus valuable discounts on local cultural events here

2) Select your favorite Kids Off The Couch Adventure

3) Briefly explain why you think it is the best in Blog Comments

4) Immediately become eligible to win a $50 gift card from Amazon.com.

(Contest expires 11/15/08. US residents only. Void where prohibited.)

64 comments:

Becky said...

I signed up for Kids off the couch a month or two ago and I love it. My favorite was the dinosaur one because we did it at the same time that they were learning about dinosaurs at school. We went to the dinosaur museum and my girls were thrilled to tell their teachers about it. I think it helped get more out of what they were learning.

agordon10 said...

City Savvy is cool. We have done similiar things going geo-caching and it is nice to pick place on a map and explore.

pj said...

Just subscribed.I have a preschooler crazy about animals, creepy crawlers n the like and I think the bat adventure would be a good teacher as we haven't done bats yet

pj said...

ooo ooo...animal acres too :>

ShaunJoy said...

I like the idea of taking kids to outdoor concerts. I know there are some in our town, but we've never gone. My husband and I are musical and we want to expose our children to a variety of music in hopes that they 'catch the love' like we did.

The fact that it's an outside concert is great because I don't think kids feel as 'trapped' as they would in a concert hall. They would feel more free to wiggle, lay on a blanket...and after all it really is a fun adventure!

shaunjoy(at)juno(dot)com

Anissa said...

Even though I have a boy, I think my favorite post is the preventing Princess Mania (as I see it all around me everyday). Girls need to see the alternative princesses out there and that they don't need Prince Charming to do everything for them. I've enjoyed many books about unconventional "princesses" and I hope that they can inspire other girls too.

Sarah said...

Visiting A Bat Exhibit or Learning More About Bats At Home would be awesome! I saw a bat flight years ago in NM and would love to have my daughter see something similar.

Days like These! said...

I like the 15 minute rule when watching a dvd with my son. It works like a charm.

samsakara said...

I love the post Treasure The Good Times where you go on a scavenger hunt. Any kid loves treasure maps and the thought of adventure. What a fun way to get them thinking and off the couch.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

robin_titan said...

My favorite is the endangered planet one i love learning about our planet recently i took an environmental science class and i could not believe all the crazy stuff humans are doing to our planet it's insane and those poor animals are victims too :(
it's the best book because i actually learn more information about our endangered planet, as surprising as that is sad though :(

Katie said...

I liked your post, "The Best Holiday Gift Ever." This is the perfect time of year to get the kids involved in charity work, be it donating money or time. The holidays are such a great time to start these traditions as a family. (I subscribed!)
katiekarr at gmail dot com

lace said...

I just signed up. This looks like a great way to incorporate more fun learning into the girls lives.

The butterfly activities would be great. We went to a local butterfly garden at the beginning of Spring and wanted more ways to increase her learning after visiting but wasn't sure what else we could do.

I look forward to more adventures in my inbox. Thanks.

Brian said...

I don't know about the *best*, but our kids were really intrigued by the Stellaluna book and movie, and your post on that gave us some ideas for expanding it.

I can't get your blog to come up on Google Reader. Does it have an RSS feed?

Brian said...

Ah, figured out the RSS thing - had to put kidsoffthecouch.blogspot.com. I was leaving out the blogspot.

Ginny said...

I've been getting your newsletter for awhile & really enjoy it! One blog post I enjoyed was ~ http://kidsoffthecouch.blogspot.com/2008/09/bringing-history-to-life-movies-that.html

Love it when I can teach the kids while they are being entertained as well. Sinks in better!

oona b said...

My favorite adventure would be
Don't Just Grin and Bear It with Arctic Tale + Save a Polar Bear and The Planet. We have been talking a lot about global warming with our daughter and this would be a good way to incorporate more learning with a film! Love your website!

rftcgirl(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather said...

The Best Holiday Gift sounds great! Just signed up!

Kimberly said...

I signed up too!!!

The Popcorn Night Adventure/Masters with Stellaluna looks like fun. My kids loved that book. In fact we still have it. It would be fun to do things to celebrate the book.

Thanks for telling us about this site and for the great giveaway!

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

aud1inok said...

Cherry picking sounds fun!

Angela said...

Signed up and I like the corn maze. There are a ton around where I live in New England, and it's about time I took the kids to one!

Millie said...

My son LOVES animals so I would pick the animal acres. Wow I love this blog its great I am so glad I found it and just signed up for the newsletter!

Kelly said...

Stellaluna was perfect timing! (of course you planned it that way because of the season, but still!) My son was just asking about bats yesterday and then I stumbled across this and got it from the library. So cute! I just signed up for the newsletter, this should be SO much fun, I love exploring different things with kids, they have such cool insight sometimes.

Karen said...

My kids are all into animals, so I'l pick "Arctic Tale + Save a Polar Bear and The Planet."

melissad.williams said...

The Corn Maze adventure sounds awesome! What kid doesn't love the challenge of a maze?

chris said...

I just signed up for your newsletter - looking forward to it!

sara said...

I just subscribed to the newsletter! I have 2 sons who love adventure! We have been on a Bat adventure (though I am sure they'd love another!) I thought the Boo AT the ZOO at the Bronx Zoo sounded like fun.

It has prompted me to look up our own zoo, of which we have a membership for, and see what they have going on!!

Thanks!

sara_mcclintock@yahoo.com

wild thunder said...

I like the South for the Winter
Fly Away Home + Birding at The Sepulveda Basin. It's close and we can do it often.

dcala said...

I just signed up. I have two kids that are always saying they are bored so hopefully this will help especially during the winter months.

- Marybeth I. said...

subscribed

http://www.kidsoffthecouch.com/archives/adventure.php?nAdventureID=369&nLocationID=8

teach your daughter that you make your own path in life - don't sit around for that prince to sweep you off your feet. Make your own dreams happen instead of waiting for someone to make them happen for you. This is a very important message to give to our daughters. Although it is fun to play princess and every little girl IS a princess, we need to teach them to be self sufficient.

SuburbanGypsy said...

I just signed up for Kids off the Couch and am so ticled about it. I read over a few of the adventures and am looking forward to Who's in the Kitchen?

One of my favorite mom/kiddo activities is getting them involved in the kitchen. There are always age appropriate tasks that each child can help with, everything from the little ones dumping already measured ingredients into a bowl to the older ones helping actually prep the food.

We have the movie Ratatouille, so Ratatouille and homemade pizza that we make as a family is exactly the family night activity that we would all enjoy. Next weekend, Ratatouille and Pizza. Love it!

Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway! Good luck to everyone!

SuburbanGypsy
thesuburbangypsy [at] gmail [dot] com

lisagee said...

Visiting A Bat Exhibit
--demystifying odd creatures is always good. Got to share the planet with them.

soonergal11 said...

Thanks for the blog! I signed up for the newsletter too! I have to say the animal acres would be GREAT! I am an animal lover and aren't most kids as well. It's so important to get kids involved with things they like so they will "want" to creative and fun things.

mverno said...

the corn maze

Cindy P. said...

We did the corn maze adventure. We had so much fun that we found another one and did it again.

imjasonc said...

The corn maze sounds fun. Always wanted to try that.

smerf said...

Dinosaurs! I love them, and what kid doesn't love them?

javamom said...

I am brand new to your site, and very excited to have found it! I just searched through your archives, and I think the first adventure I'll try with my daughter is Who's In the Kitchen? She likes to watch me cook, but I rarely relinquish control. I like the idea of tying it to a movie she knows and enjoys. What an inspiration, thanks!

Megret said...

The Chocolate Revolution Adventure is my pick -- we just finished reading the book and this was such a fun write up and idea post! Thanks!
(I did subscribe, by the way.)

Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

Terri said...

I just signed up. Sounds great. I like
U.S.A. Popcorn Adventure #55 Magic Forest. I like the movie selection and love the idea of planting a tree with the kids that they can watch grow along with them.

lighttraveler said...

It would have to be U.S.A. Popcorn Adventure #73 “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”. All kids just love going to the zoo and watching the animals.

julie said...

I just subscribed to your weekly adventure. I am always looking for fun things to do with my niece!

Lora said...

I like the Blog Metamorphosis. I work with kids everyday in an afterschool program and am always looking for themed activities to do with them that will get them outside. This website has some wonderful ideas for books, outdoor activities, and adventure!

Erica said...

I am going to use this site often. I love these ideas for adventures. I really love the U.S.A. Popcorn Adventure #10 - Winged Wonder The Butterfly + Butterfly Garden. I really think my little girl would love the movie and the butterfly garden. It would introduce her to these types off adventures in an easy way.

babychooch (at) gmail {dot} com

Melissa O. said...

Oh, Walking with the dinosaurs is so awesome! I wish it was around here. My kids would just be thrilled!

tigger210 said...

I am so glad that I found your blog. I love it. I am a new subscriber. I was happy to see that in Your Primary Colors adventure that you encouraged taking kids to the polls. I have done that and I think that encourages kids to vote when they get older.

The Chocolate Revolution is a great idea. I am going to do that my kids. It would a great winter activity.
I love that fact that you tie in activity with books and a movie. Super!!
skstigger@hotmail.com

Betty N said...

This is my first visit to your site. I have signed up for your newsletter. I looked at several of your past blog posts. It is hard to pick a "best" one. Each one deals with a different issue but the common thread is the great information that you give: in one there were "red flags" to watch out for; in another great conversation starters, etc. For this contest I will go ahead and choose Artic Tale and save a Polar Bear and The Planet. I have eight grandchildren of varying ages and this material is appropriate and necessary for them. I like how you have: "Zoom in for a closer look" with links to click on. You pack a lot of information into a small amount of space.

kaylee8 said...

The Treasure the Good Times Scavenger Hunt is a great deal of fun!

Deb said...

I signed up. The corn maze adventure sounds awesome! There aren't any that I know of close by, but since I live in a rural area maybe I could organize a way to get one started. My kids would love it!

cathleen n. said...

Ooh, this is a doozy of a giveaway :) I'm a first time visitor, and being around kids everyday and trying to keep them entertained and inquisitive makes this site extremely valuable! The adventures are divine. I looked at many before deciding upon the Animal Crackers/Art Phobic adventure. I will definitely screen the classic Marx Bros. film for the kiddies and see firsthand how they like it! And, being an artist by trade, I love museums and am thrilled when I run into kids on field trips and overhearing their comments on pieces I have seen many times over. They have a fresh perspective and it helps me see art through their eyes. Culture should NOT be a dirty word! It's shared by everyone, but for kids it must be administered in small doses to start with. More parents should introduce their kids to the joys of museums, because the school field trips, while helpful, are sporadic. I wish I did more of that while I was a kid, because now I'm making up for lost time!

c81280 at hotmail dot com

Timster said...

I signed up for Kids off the couch a month or two ago and I love it.

makeetis said...

I just signed up for this but I went through some of the past adventure archives and I liked Take a Hike. My family loved the movie Bridge To Terabithia. Also my family takes a mini hike about once a month. Just little hills and fields but it works for the little ones. We talk about what we see. That was one of my favorite ones that I read so far. brewerchickey78 (at) yahoo.com

Brooke said...

Bee Movie + Honey Tasting is my favorite adventure. We loved the movie and I LOVE HONEY!!!

kerri69 said...

You know what i just subcribed about a month ago and the one with a list of things to do for the fall i dont rember them all but i do love youre blog and look forward to more

Marissa said...

I signed up I like the Stellaluna + Discovery Science Center's The True Story of Bats I like that i can show them the mammals of the night :) I like that it creates adventures for all ages! Thanks for having a very informative blog. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Gina said...

Wow! I just found this site and it is awesome. I read the Madagascar/Zoo adventure and I wish I'd found you yesterday. We went to the zoo today. Anyways, my favorite is the "Bridge to Terabithia" because I think it would engage all three of my older kids despite the age and gender differences, and because we could do it tomorrow.

Rockin' Mama said...

I've been a member for awhile! I like to take my son to the Noah's Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center
It's fun and educational

carynluvsnursing at yahoo dot com

Nicole said...

I am excited to find this site. It's great to have a few fresh ideas floating around in my head to attack at the right moment! Thank you. I signed up for the newsletter!

Ally said...

City Savvy is the best because kids need to be taught geography skills at an early age. I have a degree in Geography and you won't believe how many people don't know the capital of Paraguay or even what continent it's on.

Karen said...

Love City Savvy :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

outdoor concerts and the zoo..I love how my toddler love learning about animals and sounds

jdmimi [at] gmail [dot] com

Dana said...

i signed up for get the kids off the couch and i got my kids into sports and clubs for little ones. they love being active and dont miss the tv.

hhillpeople said...

You have the cutest polar bear!What a nice peaceful place on the Web.

ruppbc@yahoo.com said...

Outdoor concert is a great cultural event to expose kids to. Music, outdoors, meeting new people, learning about different syles of music and instruments. Fun AND educational!-ruppbc@yahoo.com

ruppbc said...

The corn maze would be perfect for our area! - ruppbc@yahoo.com