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New Year’s Resolution: Inspo 2021

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Inspo for 2021

So, we get another shot. The celestial odometer ticks one more trip around the sun. And here goes: some inspo for you to make your 2021 sunny and bright, youth services style!

Hygge for Children and Families

30 Phrases That Will Change a Kid’s Day (for the Better)

100+ Indoor Activities to Do with the Kids


Re-arranging your room is one of the best ways to blow out the cobwebs, literally and metaphorically. Wanna let your fingers do the heavy lifting? Try this free children’s room designer!

Virtual Room Designer

Create a floor plan with a bird’s-eye view

1. Choose an example from our gallery or create a new design

2. Start with your room’s shape and dimensions, add doors, windows & other features.

3. Browse our furniture and click or drag the icons into your plan.

4. Arrange the pieces to create your perfect set-up

You can choose just the right amount of furniture for your space. When you’re done, you can save, email and print your plans.

Just wanna spruce it up?

The 30 Best DIY Projects We Did This Year
Pass the time while social distancing—and upgrade your space. Read More

Stuff to look forward to!

2021 is going to be an amazing year, espc for streaming media. Here’s some of the highlights:

The Magical Reality Of Nadia Will Be An Animated Series

Comedian and political satirist Bassem Youssef has written–along with Catherine R. Daly, with illustrations by Douglas Holgat–an upcoming children’s book The Magical Reality of Nadia. And it will also be a children’s animated television series by Powerhouse Animation Studios. No date on the adaptation, but you can purchase the book in February 2021.

Here are 25 book-to-movie adaptations to look for in 2021.

Gavin Aung Than puts superhero sidekicks front and center in new kids’ series

You Can Never Have Enough Craft Ideas!

How to Make a Handprint Calendar for 2021

How to Make a Vision Board with Kids

New Year’s wish sheet.

New Year’s I spy

Freeze Time with This DIY Time Capsule

Bring the Force to Your Creations With These Star Wars Crafts
I’m still riding high from the announcement of all the new Star Wars movies and TV shows (and an incredible Mandalorian cameo), so I know more than a few of you have Star Wars on the brain this coming year. Here are a few projects to bring The Force into your New Year!
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DIY New Year’s Poppers
New Year STEM Activities
New Years Slime Recipe
New Years Pop Up Card and Template

Just for YA!

Comics A-Z: Villains Fana to Jiro HottaIt’s time for the villains to shine with this edition of Comics A-Z highlighting villainous characters in the panels.
B-List Bonanza: Bronze TigerB-list comics villains are getting the spotlight, but what about lesser known comics heroes? Get to know one such hero known as Bronze Tiger.

Melissa de la Cruz’s The Thirteenth Fairy is being developed for television.

Here’s the cover reveal of A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell.

His Dark Materials has been renewed for a third and final season at HBO.

Sofia Wylie and Sophia Anne Caruso will star in Paul Feig’s The School For Good and Evil adaptation.

Netflix just signed Locke & Key up for two more seasons!

Ear Worms Ahead:

Kill of the Night by Gin Wigmore. I first heard this on the Umbrella Academy soundtrack. 


Share this with the kids!

Cranberries are good for the environment
We’ve all seen the viral Ocean Spray TikTok featuring skateboarder Nathan Apodaca. But did you know cranberries are actually pretty sustainable? Visit a farm virtually and learn how cranberries are perennial, which means they come back every year, and their roots sequester carbon. Good thing to know for next Thanksgiving! Watch our educational farm visit here.
I also learned that farmers will keep 10 acres of pristine wetlands for every 1 acre of cranberry production. That’s because the wetlands filter and purify the water that gets used in the bog. Check out the newly launched NowThis Earth YouTube channel for more news around the environment and the climate crisis.

Et tu, 2020?

Adieu 2020 doesn’t sound as good as “et tu, 2020?”

So, we made it through 2020. You’re stronger for it, more creative than ever and probably have a better grasp of virtual programming than ever before.

Want you to know that we’re here for you, with lots of ideas, well wishes and positive energy.

Adieu, exeunt; 2020.

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