On MTV there is a show called My Super Sweet Sixteen. It is about people going over the top to celebrate their child’s 16th birthday. I was thinking how crazy it is to spend that type of money on a party. Last year I bought lots of pirate costumes, along with fake gold treasures, fake parrots, and fake swords after Halloween for my nephew’s birthday party in February. My brother-in-law made treasure maps where all the kids went hunting for buried treasure. They had a blast. I got the costumes and treasures for 90 percent off at Kmart. After holiday sales, along with a little imagination, can make for a great party. You will be surprised how your original idea will be a hit with all the kids. Other ways to save
■ Classic children’s books like The Cat in the Hat come to life at www.Seussville.com. Kids can log on for free, play games and engage in activities that will challenge them.
■ Calculate the savings if you and your child stopped buying lunch out every day and brown-bagged it. www.feedthepig.org
■ Traveling this Thanksgiving? Keep the kids entertained in the backseat by downloading children’s books at www.kids.audible.com
■ Artist Marilyn Scott Water has patterns for toys that just need to be folded. Free. www.thetoymaker.com
■ A national sports program called Kids Enjoy Exercise Now offers free one-on-one activities and non-competitive sports for kids with disabilities, ages 5 and older. www.keenusa.org
■ Have full access to a custom photo lab where you can create photo calendars, jigsaw puzzles, mosaics, trading cards and more from your digital photos. www.bighugelabs.com
■ Have your child become a Planet Protector. The official kit includes official membership certificate, Planet Protectors Club badge, activity booklets for grades K-3 and 4-5. http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/kids/ppcform.htm
■ November is Diabetes Awareness Month. If your child has been diagnosed with the disease, you’ll want a free Everyday Wisdom kit from the American Diabetes Association. www.diabetes.org/families
■ Get free Cancer Project’s Recipe Bookmarks. http://www.cancerproject.org/resources/bookmarks.php
■ Starfall is a free public service to motivate children to read with phonics. www.starfall.com
■ On November 22, Parents and American Baby will be giving out sample gift bags at 60 stores. List of participating stores at www.parentspromo.com
■ Join the Parents Community to match you with groups that have similar interests. www.parents.com/community
■ Disney is releasing UP on DVD , Nov. 10. Get a 3-D balloon-propelled house plus many other UP themed templates. http://family.go.com/entertainment/article-648972-disney-printable---up-house-with-balloons-t/#
■ Join Oprah and Say You’re One of Them author Uwem Akpan for a discussion simulcast live from Oprah.com, CNN.com and Facebook at 9 p.m. Nov. 9. RSVP now. http://www.oprah.com/static/webcast/cnn/webcast_register_cnn.html
■ Make handmade cards for the holidays, 7 p.m. , Nov. 11 at Eagle Creek Library, 101 N.Eagle Creek Drive . Materials provided. Call 231-5560 for reservations.
■ From 6-8 p.m. , Nov. 5 attend Discovery Night at The Living Arts and Science Center , 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. Duk Lee, professor at Ashbury College , will teach origami as an art form. Call (859) 252-5222 to register.
■ Join the Fayette County Extension Office on Nov. 20 for Holidays in the Bluegrass . 9 - 9:30 a.m., breakfast; 9:30 -10:30a.m., “Holiday Hospitality,” led by Rita Smart owner of the Bennett House; 10:45 – 11:45a.m., “Bringing the Outside In,” by Jamie Dockery, horticulture agent; noon - 1 p.m., lunch and fashion show; 1– 2 p.m., “Secrets from the Tavern” with Chef Jeffrey Newman, Boone Tavern Hotel. Cost: $15. Call for registration: (859) 257-5582
■ Applebee’s would like to say thank you to all veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11. Show proof of military service and eat free. http://www.applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx
■ Golden Corral has a free meal for anyone who ha s s erved in the military from 5-9 p.m. , Nov. 16. Locally, restaurants are at 185 New Circle Road, Lexington ; 110 Retail Road , Nicholasville and 100 Ikebana Path, Georgetown .