“Noon Year’s Eve” for Akron Families
Parents, why not celebrate the New Year twice, once with your children and a second time while your children are safely tucked into bed? You will be a hero with your children earlier in the day and then, you come go out later in the evening and celebrate with other adults.
This year, there is a New Year’s event being held in the Akron area that will be a winner in your children. It called “Noon Year’s Eve” and is hosted by Pump it Up of Hartville. The event is family friendly and includes a countdown to noon, a sparkling juice toast, party hats, noise makers, and all the great things that make New Year’s fun in a kid-friendly environment.
The media alert information is below. Have a happy and healthy New Year and happy celebrating with your families.
WHERE: Pump It Up of Hartville, Ohio
1135 W. Maple Street, OH 44632
WHEN: December 31, 2009
1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
WHO: Local owner Melissa Duda welcomes all Stark County kids and parents to celebrate New Years Eve. Cost for each jumping child is $10
VISUALS: Stark County area kids and parents will gather at Pump It Up to celebrate the beginning of a New Year. Kids will be bouncing and jumping on the brightly-colored, two-story-high inflatable structures decked out in party hats, while ringing in the New Year with a sparkling juice toast and noisemakers.
MEDIA CONTACT: Patrick Roach, Fishman Public Relations
Today’s moms are busier than ever before with the demands that they have. Their demands come from every direction: their jobs, their children’s schools, and their home lives. Quite often, the only peace and quiet mothers get is when they crawl into bed at night. And even then, the majority lay awake thinking about the next day, stressing about money, and worrying about all aspects of their family’s lives.
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From this working mother’s viewpoint, juggling and struggling involves both laughing and crying. Quite often, it can be exhausting, stressful and confusing. You will forget your mom’s birthday, or your child’s costume for the school play, or, that ever-important deadline at the office that ended up being handled at the very last minute. Moreover, you will eventually realize that supermom is myth and trying to make that myth reality will only further exhaust, stress and confuse you.
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