The Joy of Playing at the Play Football Family Festival

Play Football Family Festival Mama Latina

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There is something so wonderful about witnessing the pure joy of play for play’s sake. It’s Super Bowl week and I’ve just arrived home from an amazing football experience called the Play Football Family Festival.

Put on by the NFL in this year’s Super Bowl host city, Houston, Texas, the Play Football Family Festival has a simple purpose: To celebrate the coaches and students who bring passion, fun and excitement to the game. Students, coaches and parents met with NFL players, NFL legends, coaches and master trainers to learn more about and share their love for the game.

Parents ran drills (much to their kids’ amusement) to introduce themselves to elements of the game under the watchful eyes of some of the very best in the game. Kids ran drills, too, as well as grabbed autographs (awestruck) from NFL stars like Le’Veon Bell

… and Joey Bosa.

They took part in helmet fittings and just had fun playing around.

That’s right. Just playing for the sake of play. Look at the sheer joy on these faces as they run….


…and play!

The event closed with a talk given by NFL great Tony Gonzalez about the game of football and the many values it taught him. He made a point to tell the kids to read, study and practice.

He addressed concerns about safety and his thoughts about the appropriate age to start playing football, as well as how playing football can promote the life values parents want to instill in their kids. He told the kids that when you start playing, “Don’t expect to be great right away. It takes time…takes patience….takes perseverance…and it’s so much fun, once you get going, it will be the best thing you have ever done.” He told them as well, “You have to learn how to be great…so I encourage you…go get a book…(and)…read about your heroes.”

Tony Gonzalez and Kids at the Play Football Family Festival, Houston Tx

It was just a great day, full of learning and fun, but most of all a day of sharing the joy, passion, fun, and excitement of playing the game for the sake of play.

To learn more and join the conversation, follow @NFLPlayFootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #LetsPlayFootball, and be sure to check out

Enjoy the Game!

New Wild Kratts Movie and More on PBS Kids

All you Wild Kratts fans get ready. A new Wild Kratts Movie, “Creatures of the Deep Sea,” is premiering tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23rd, on PBS Kids. Join the Kratts brothers and their team as they discover the special challenges of deep sea exploration, as well as the deep’s vastness and wonders.

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There’s more. You may remember I mentioned a few months ago the new science inspired programs coming to PBS Kids. Well the time is now for Splash and Bubbles, a new series that follows the adventures of Splash along with his friends Bubbles, Dunk and Ripple, as they explore the underwater world beyond the confines of their home coral walls. It’s premiering Wednesday, November 23rd, too.

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Produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, Splash and Bubbles was created by an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital media innovators, and preschool educators. The show is designed to entertain kids ages 4-7 while feeding their natural curiosity to know what’s under the sea as well as generating excitement about marine life. In addition, they have integrated digital content online at to continue the exploration.

Don’t miss either show! Here’s a trailer with a preview of both.

Visit for your local times.

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10 Ideas for Kids Who Love Outer Space

A rose made of galaxies taken by Hubble Telescope

©NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Street lights do not exist in our neighborhood. Vast, starry space stretches out over our heads just outside the door on clear nights. Sometimes, after putting the kids to bed, I wander out to fill my soul with nature’s beauty and get a little peace and quiet. Sometimes, though, I’ll take the kids out, either before bedtime or, on rare occasion, after bedtime.

Related post: A Lovely Night Under the Stars

Seeing nature through the clear eyes of a child is thrilling, isn’t it? My sons, like all kids, are curious about science and space, and always have interesting questions like, “Are there more stars in the sky or fish in the ocean?” Both are avid readers of the National Geographic Kids Weird But True! books. Not too long ago, we read that if a spaceship were to try to land on Saturn, it would never find solid ground! I didn’t know that!

Related post: New Science Inspired Programs for Kids

If your kids are curious about Space and Science, here are a few ideas for them:

Ideas for Kids Who Love Outer Space

1. Space Matching Game

space matching game with pictures of NASA

This matching memory game features photos from NASA’s archives. The cards are round and show dazzling images of solar flares, planets, nebulae, the international space station and more. It comes with 56 cards and a very sturdy box. My kids always have fun and learn something with it.

2. Lego City Space Shuttle

Lego City Space Shuttle

Legos are fun and have a magical way of encouraging kids to imagine and build. We love Legos at our house!

Related post: How to Make a Lego Storage Ottoman

3. The Magic School Bus: The Secrets of Space

The magic school bus secret of space activities for kids

Kids design a solar system mobile, build a constellation box, construct a night-vision flashlight, and draw constellation cards.

4. There’s No Place like Space!: All About Our Solar System by Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz, Dr. Seuss

There is no place like space! Dr. Seuss book

In this book, little ones are launched on a wild trip to visit the eight planets in our solar system.

5. Hydro Rocket

hydro rocket toy for kids

Use water and air pressure as “rocket fuel” and see it take off.

6. Refractor Telescope Kit

Refractor telescope

Don’t have a telescope? Make your own! This kit includes an objective lens, an eye lens, glare stops, kraftboard tubes, instructions and a Scientific Star and Planet Locator. For ages 8 and up

7. Ready, Jet, Go!

Ready Set Go! © 2015 Wind Dancer Films

A new PBS Kids’ show focusing on astronomy, technology, innovation, invention, and scientific exploration. Kids follow Jet Propulsion’s (that’s his name) astronomical adventures while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way (it also has very catchy music.)

In the newest episodes (airing from April 11 to 14, 2016) Jet and his friends explore Titan, Saturn’s largest moon; they also take a trip out to Saturn to find if the planet has a cold or hot core; they learn the difference between an asteroid, a meteor, and a meteorite; and head out to view the Northern Lights. Sounds fun doesn’t it?

For videos, games and information about Ready, Jet, Go!, please click here. And please check your local listings for times and days in your region.

8. Star Garland

Make a mess-free, super easy Star Garland!

9. Hubble Space Telescope

A dead star photo taken by the Hubble Telescope

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Check out the top 100 pictures taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Photos like this incredible picture of a dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun. Isn’t it out of this world?!! Read more details about this picture here.

10. NASA Kids’ Club: a great site with activities and resources for parents and kids.

Which is your favorite?

Mama Latina Tips is a PBS Kids VIP (Very Involved Parent). We are very happy to share the great content has to offer kids and families.

New Science Inspired Programs on PBS Kids

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As a PBS Kids Very Involved Parent (Yes, that’s a thing!), I’m very happy to announce that PBS Kids is adding two new science inspired series to their already amazing programming for kids. You already know how thrilled I get whenever there are new science inspired programs on PBS Kids, since we all need to encourage kids to consider pursuing STEM subjects in school. Here are the details:


Splash, the new animated series that dives into marine biology and ocean science, is designed to encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore the diversity of our natural undersea world through the eyes of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish. Together Splash and his friends, Bubbles, Dunk, and Ripple, explore the world’s oceans in all their beauty and bring back what they learn to share with their neighbors.

Look for it this Fall, 2016.

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Ready Jet Go!

Ready Jet Go! is a new animated series created to engage children in learning astronomy, technology, scientific exploration and earth science concepts. Designed for kids ages 3-8, Ready Jet Go! follows Jet Propulsion, a new kid in town who also happens to be an alien from outer space. With his Earth friends Sean and Sydney, Jet goes on astronomical adventures exploring the solar system and how it affects our planet, while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way.

Each episode includes two 11-minute stories, as well as a live-action segment, and it premieres on-air Monday, February 15, on PBS stations nationwide (check your local listings). You can preview some full-length 11-minute stories right now and until January 29 on, the PBS Kids video app, and on PBS kids video on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. But that’s not all, two mobile-friendly web games, hands on activities for children and families, and a live stream of the International Space Station channel are available at

More details coming soon.

Mama Latina Tips is a PBS Kids VIP (Very Involved Parent). We are very happy to share the great content has to offer kids and families.

An Hour of Code Free for Kids

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Do you have kids, grandkids, nephews, or nieces? Then please read on because today my tip is for them! And please make sure to check out the STEM giveaway at the end of this post to find out how to enter for a chance to win a prize worth more than $100!

This week Dec 7-12 is Computer Science Education Week and the whole world is celebrating by inviting kids ages 4 and older for an Hour of Code to introduce them to computer science. They can participate from home, or you and your kids can look for a place close to home. Schools, and other organizations, are providing this service and it is FREE! We actually just signed our kids up for a free workshop at our local Apple Store for one hour of coding for kids.

Visit to see resources available for you and your family, and check out my post about coding for girls to see additional resources especially designed for them.

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A group of Latina bloggers, me included, have partnered to help parents nurture their kids’ STEM interests through a wonderful giveaway during this holiday season.

MommyMaestra, ModernMami, Qué Means What, Mami TalksHispana Global and, yours truly, Mama Latina Tips have prepared this amazing giveaway with fantastic STEM toys. The turn around is quick, just 7 days, because we would like to get the toys sent out to the winner as soon as possible.

To participate for your chance to win one (1) prize package with STEM toys is easy, just follow the instructions in the form below. Your first entry is easy, just click on the Free Entry button, that’s it! If you would like extra entries, a list will show up after you click the free entry button.

By entering this giveaway, you agree to the Official Sweepstakes Rules. No purchase required. Void where prohibited.

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Good luck and happy coding!