New Year’s Eve Family Fun

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New Year’s Eve – a time to ring out the  old year and celebrate the new. Make sure you check out our list of family fun events that happen all day and into the night! The Ball on the Square — Oakley Time: 8pm – 1 a.m. Cost: Free Information for 2013 has not yet… [read more]

Family Fun for New Year’s Eve 2012


New Year’s Eve – a time to ring out the  old year and celebrate the new. My husband and I love to spend our last night of the year with our kids doing something crazy fun. The definition of “crazy fun” sure has changed in the past 10 years of parenthood, but we’re okay with… [read more]

Summer Reading List for the Whole Family!

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I love to read.  When I find an author I like, I end up reading everything they’ve written.  Then I go into withdrawal because I need another good book.  It’s summer reading program time and vacation season, which means it’s time for a good book!  How do you find a good read?  Our writers have… [read more]

Guest Post: What’s the best gift for young kids?


I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. John S. Hutton, owner of my family’s favorite bookstore – blue manatee. Aside from having the best selection of children’s books in the city, what I adore about manatee is knowing what a labor of love the store is.  Everyone who works there is passionate about kids, reading, art and… [read more]

Lois Lowry comes to The Blue Manatee

P is a little young for her books, but I can’t wait til she can jump into Lois Lowry’s amazing collection!  The illustrations are just lovely, aren’t they? LOIS LOWRY ****************** blue manatee children’s bookstore & decafe Monday May 17th, 2010  7pm-9pm Check their website for more details.