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By inspiringbr3907557, Mar 6 2018 05:12PM

We had such a fun time last Friday on Dr. Seuss's birthday! The Cat in the Hat stopped by to read his book to us! He even brought us some treats that looked just like him!

At Bright Minds, we love taking every opportunity we can to read to our children. And there's not a better day during the year to make it as fun as possible! They got to eat strawberry, banana, marshmallow skewers while listening to The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Oh, The Places You'll Go!.

Later that day, the kids got to crack, peel and eat their own green egg! What a fun way to practice fine motor skills. We had a blast and hope you all did too. A special thanks to Cat in the Hat for making the day extra special!

By inspiringbr3907557, Feb 9 2018 06:09PM

We can thank the Jewish population of Eastern Europe for the dense, chewy, doughy circles of wheat that have assimilated into our western diet about as easily as apple pie. Topped with a schmear of cream cheese, peanut butter and just about any other sandwich filler you can think of, the bagel is especially popular in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Often topped with poppy or sesame seeds baked on the outer crust, bagels may also come with salt sprinkled on their outer crust. The most popular bagel remains the plain bagel, closely followed by the sesame.

In order to celebrate these doughy bread rounds, why not consider enjoying one on February 9, otherwise known as National Bagel Day (and Bagel and Lox Day).

Bagel Trivia:

Bagels have made their way to outer space thanks to Canadian-born astronaut Gregory Chamitoff. He’s the first space monkey to have taken a batch of 18 sesame seed bagels into space on his 2008 Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

Freeze bagels as soon after purchase as possible, using a heavy air-tight bag with the air squeezed out of it. Freezing a stale bagel won’t magically make it not stale, so freeze when fresh. Day- or two-old bagels can be popped in the micro wave for a few seconds to refresh them. Be sure to wrap it in a moistened paper towel before zapping.

Believe it or not, it’s said a frozen bagel will help a crying, teething baby. Considered a safe and healthy teething ring, a frozen bagel must be carefully watched to ensure it doesn’t thaw enough so that bits are bitten off and swallowed.

The biggest bagel ever was created by Bruegger’s Bagels at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York in 2004. It weighed 868 pounds, was six feet in diameter and nearly 20 inches thick.

Ben & Jerry originally considered getting into the bagel business, but the equipment was too expensive.

Today our kiddos at Bright Minds will be enjoying bagels for their afternoon snack as we celebrate a tasty snack indeed!

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By inspiringbr3907557, Feb 1 2018 07:00AM

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Please take some time with your children this month and share some of these great videos about black historians! Grammy's Book Nook has some fantastic read aloud books that will teach our children some great facts about some very important people in American history.

Also, if you're looking for somewhere to take your family this month in Omaha, check out these events listed around our community!

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