Virtual Foxy Boxy

for October 2020

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EXPLORE OUTDOORS

HICKORY KNOLLS NATURAL AREA + DISCOVERY CENTER

Venture out to the Hickory Knolls Natural Area this fall to experience the trails like never
before. St. Charles Park District staff recently installed an original walk-and-read children’s story
to educate readers about the history of the land and the many different animals that live in and
around the scenic open space.


Consisting of 13 story boards, “Hickory Knolls: A History of Our Home” follows Harley the hawk
and Greta the grasshopper as they journey through the natural area. Along the way, and with
the help of their animal friends, Harley teaches Greta about the changes that have occurred to
preserve the land they call home.

FOTF ACTIVITY | The Walk-and-Read story begins on the trail across the road from the Hickory Hideout natural play area south of the garden plots. The entire story walk is an estimated 3/4-mile. Inner loop story walk is about 1/2-mile.

Afterwards, enjoy the outdoor natural playground, Hickory Hideout, or head inside the Discovery Center! ALL FREE!

Click link below for more detailed info about the Walk-And-Read!

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EATERY OF THE MONTH

CAFE & BARR

Cafe & Barr (tribe) consists of a mother and her two daughters who decided to follow their dreams by opening a coffee shop and bridal shop (Love Theory Bridal, located right next door to each other). 

 

Cafe & Barr seeks to inspire creativity on all platforms. They do live musical performances, their walls are covered in local art, and they work with local artisans to sell some amazing artisanal goods.

 

The night life is amazing and they are still doing live performances outdoors through October where you can grab your favorite beer, wine, coffee, or tea drink.

 

Family-friendly, kid-friendly, and a great place to discover something new. Study with friends, work remotely, hold a party, just get your butts to the Barr.

FOTF DEAL | $10 MEAL DEAL... this includes a 12 oz Latte (milk of your choice, any flavors including Fall flavors) AND toast, bagel, or sandwich of your choice (specialty add-ons included)

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LOCAL HANDS-ON ACTIVITY KIT

SCENTCERELY YOURS

Scentcerely Yours is a custom-scent shop that helps you tell your unique story. Choosing from our array of over 100 fragrances, you can blend your favorite scents into a one-of-a-kind candle or other home or personal fragrance product that represents you like no other.

Scentcerely Yours recently added a new product to their line, the Sand Wax Candle.  Perfect for littles who may not be old enough for hot wax, this take home kit is the ideal activity to do with family and friends. Fantastic activity for supplementing e-learning at home!

 

Layer each scented color or shake it up to create a fun mosaic look. Let your child express their creativity in a fun and unique way while having a sense of ownership and pride in their creation.

FOTF DEAL| $13 SAND WAX TAKE HOME CANDLE KIT! Walk into Scentcerely Yours and ask for the "FOXY BOXY KIT" (normally $15)!

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Marshmallow Toothpick Challenge

STEAM ACTIVITY

MARSHMALLOW TOOTHPICK CHALLENGE

This challenge asks your kids to think like an engineer.  Challenge them with this task:

What is the tallest freestanding structure you can build with 20 marshmallows and 25 toothpicks?

 

This will involve a lot of trial and error and is perfect for ALL ages.  Seriously, challenge yourself to try to beat your kids!  My guess is that they have a solid chance at winning!

Use the PDF linked below from Community Resources for Science to determine a plan to start, scientific process questions to consider, and extension activities to push their thinking further!

CLICK BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MARSHMALLOW TOOTHPICK CHALLENGE!

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BREWERY OF THE MONTH

THE BEER CELLAR

The Beer Cellar in downtown Geneva is a store and tap room dedicated to selling fresh, thoughtfully-curated craft beer, as well as a small-but-mighty selection of wine, spirits, and coffee.

 

You can buy excellent craft beer to go, enjoy a draft beer on one of our 20 lines, or do both! Our mission is to provide you the best, freshest selection of beer you’ll find anywhere, and to be a fun, community-focused gathering place.

OUTDOOR PATIO to sit + enjoy our selection of beers!

FOTF DEAL | $5 OFF in-store purchase of $25 or more! 

 

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Bookstore Challenge Date

PRE-PLANNED DATE NIGHT

BOOKSTORE CHALLENGE

This date is GREAT on it's own, but why not combine it with an experience at Scentcerely Yours first, then walk over to Harvey's Tales to complete this date, then finish the night at The Beer Cellar to score the discount above!  All these shops are within a two-block radius from each other!

So here's how the Bookstore Challenge goes...

Click the link below to get your TASK CARDS.  You will each have the same tasks but you must separate to complete them.

Decide on a specific amount of time needed to complete the tasks and pick a meet up point in Harvey's Tales. You can collect the books or snap a picture of the book/page that meets the task. When you meet up, share your findings with each other!

 

The beautiful thing here is that you are essentially planning future date nights for the two of you! BOOM.

ENTER TO WIN A PRIZE!

Tag us in your photos on social media using @FamiliesOnTheFox and the hashtags #FOTF #FoxyBoxy

Once we see it, we'll enter your name into a drawing at the end of the month for an FOTF snapback hat!

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