Hello there, Hola

Hello, let me introduce myself. My name is Amanda Chavez. I guess you could call me the new brains behind govalleykids... but maybe brains isn't really accurate! I am a born and raised Appleton girl. Married my high school sweetheart, Alberto (sorry that's kinda corny!). Now I'm a white...
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5 Tips To Start A Great School Year

With the countdown to school upon us, it's time to get some tips to navigating a successful school year for both first-time and seasoned parents of school-aged children. Get Acclimated Start your school year right with a visit to the school, even if your child has attended the school before. Most...

Choosing a School for Your Child

Are you looking at different school option for your kids? Hare are some questions to consider when selecting a school for your child. Location How far are you willing to drive to school? Is bussing an option from your house? Is it a need for your family? Do you...
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The Only One Club – Celebrating Traditions

The following post first appeared on chambanamoms.com, a resource for young families in the Champaign-Urbana, IL area (the same concept as Go Valley Kids except in Champaign-Urbana). If you have friends or family members who live in that area, please make sure they know about it.  A special thank you...

Go Valley Kids Beach Guide

I know what you are thinking. A beach guide in August? Come on! Although I was hoping to get this guide out much sooner than I did (*sigh*), I hope you might be able to hit up one of these beaches before the kids head back to school or...

Splash Around: Pollock Community Water Park

The heat of the summer is on, and one of the best ways to soak up the summer months is to splash around at a pool. Yeah, we all hated last week with temperatures pushing 100s, but to be honest, we suffer through the bone-chilling months of January and February so we have...

Fox Cities Passport to Nature – Explore the Outdoors

Parenting = a monumental and often thankless job. Any parent will tell you this. We change diapers, endure sleepless nights, discipline, research the best schools, and tirelessly, attempt to guide our kids through life. At the same time, any parent will tell you in the same breath, that it is one of the...