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    When you want to give your kids something *more* -- Amanda Rodriguez

     

    For CNN.com story by Kelly Wallace

     


    Here are some thing we are doing because I can't think about having any more toys to clean up:

     

    We are buying them snowboards (used) and giving them season passes and lessons to learn at a local place. We are taking them on a mini vacation to Great Wolf Lodge. We are signing my youngest son up for an art class and giving my middle son music lessons (he already takes piano so we're giving him another session).
    Also, my youngest got to go shopping to help fill the toy closet at Children's National Medical Center where he was a patient this year when he got really ill. He got to pick all of his favorite items (up to $250) to donate.

     

    Finally, one we did a couple of years ago that they loved was adopt an animal from the zoo. You can pair it with tickets to go for a visit to see your adopted animal and the zoo will usually send a gift to the child (depending on level of sponsorship) as well. It's cool for little animal lovers like mine because they are encouraged to learn about their animal, they get a fun zoo visit out of it, and they get to understand their contribution helps aid in conservation and animal survival while also doing a good deed!

     

    Pic 1: f Amanda Rodriguez’s sons who are 5, 8 and 11 –
    Pic 2: Amanda Rodriguez’s youngest, who is 5.

     

    Frederick, Maryland

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