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Author: Parents & Kids Staff

There’s Something New at The Hattiesburg Zoo!

The zoo recently opened a new Australia exhibit. It features a walk-through habitat containing wallabies, emus and kunekune pigs. Yeah, we know what you might be thinking … what the heck is a wallaby? We don’t have wallabies here in the U.S., so perhaps an explanation is in order. A wallaby is basically similar to a kangaroo, only smaller. According to National Geographic online, they’re found in Australia and on islands nearby. They’re marsupials. In other words, they carry their young in little pouches. There were four wallabies given new homes in the Hattiesburg Zoo exhibit — one female...

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Random Stuff That Rocks: DayPak for Dogs by Outward Hound

If you do decide to bring along your four-legged hike buddy, let him carry his own stuff! A light-capacity pack featuring a saddlebag-style design has four expandable pockets for food, toys and other necessities. It comes with a D-ring for leash attachment and is available in three sizes. $12.79 – $17.79 depending on the size |...

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Random Stuff That Rocks: Water Bottle Filtering System from LifeSaver

  Admit it: when you go on a hike, or for a long run, the last thing you want to do is carry gallons of water in your backpack. Now you don’t have to! This 14 oz water bottle filtering system keeps its owner hydrated by re-filing it with lake water, the creek or even a mud puddle (we haven’t tried the mud puddle water ourselves, but it sounds convincing). It filters up to 2000 liters of water, kills 99.9% of all known bacteria and viruses, has failsafe technology (it stops working when filter replacement is needed). A great...

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Children’s Carnival at Sal & Mookie’s

Mark your calendars for a one-of-a-kind party in the neighborhood on Saturday,  April 21st, 10 am – 2 pm. This year Sal & Mookie’s is taking their Children’s Carnival all the way back to its roots – with a block party-style celebration in their parking lot, just like the original Carnival! They will have all the fun we remember – games, jump zones, live music, eating contests – with a few new surprises in store for this year! Parking will be available in the UMMC lot next to the stadium. Entrance fee is $1 for kids, $2 for adults...

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Kids Talk: Why I Can’t Wait to Visit My Grandparents

Laura Box, 12 years old  I enjoy spending time with my grandparents because they are always so generous. Whenever I go to see them, I’m always amazed at all the canned and pickled items my grandmother has made from the food that they have grown in their enormous garden. She tells me that she enjoys canning because whenever people come to her home, she always has something to give them. I don’t think anyone has ever left my grandparents’ home empty-handed. Also, when my grandparents come to visit, they fill our pantry with their jams, jellies, tomatoes, green beans and...

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