The Hamburg Journal offers a specially section for families. Find out what’s happening in East Lexington.


ShrinersShriners Hospital opens new playground 

Lexington Shriners Medical Center and patients cut the ribbon to the new $230,000 Susan and Steven Goldstein, M.D. Therapeutic and Medical Assessment Playground. 



Henry Clay High School debate team won its 7th straight state championship.


Doodle with Mo Willems

Mo Willems invites kids to his virtual studio for “Lunch Doodles.” Once a week, the famous author and illustrator teaches his audience to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing. Each session allows Willems to walk kids through his process, give them a tour of his studio, and answer questions while creating simple creatures and animations for them to try on their own at home.

Willems is best known for his #1 New York Times bestselling picture books, including Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, which was inducted into the Picture Book Hall of Fame. He began his career as a writer and animator on PBS’ Sesame Street, before creating other television work for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. He is currently the inaugural Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence.

If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!

New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1 pm ET on the Kennedy Center website and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. 


FCPS Updates amid COVID-19

At press, all Fayette County Public Schools were scheduled to remain closed to students until April 20, 2020, according to Superintendent Manny Caulk. 


March Madness

Coach Jason Pack guided the varsity and the JV boys’ basketball teams from Edythe J. Hayes Middle School to championships in the 2020 countywide tournaments, which concluded March 5 at host Tates Creek High School. 



Congratulations to Rose Linn of Frederick Douglass High School, the winner of the Lexington Sister Cities 2020 Young Artist competition. (Pictured Right)


FCPS recommends At-home Activities


  • Charades: Use picture flashcards for younger players. Instead of using hand gestures to describe the category, simply say what it is (i.e. an animal, an object, a character, etc.). Remind children that pantomime means to describe with gestures and not words. Set a timer allowing a certain amount of time to describe the idea and when the time is up, the turn goes to the next team.
  • Go Fish: Deal playing cards to players. Sort your cards and discard any pairs. (If a player has three of a kind, he discards two of the cards and keeps the third). The dealer then offers his hand, face down, to the player on his left. That player randomly takes one card from the dealer. If the card matches the one he already has in his hand, he puts the pair down. If not, he keeps it. Play proceeds clockwise, so the player to the left of the dealer then offers his hand, face down, to the player on his left. This cycle repeats until there are no more pairs.
  • Hokey-Pokey: Dance performed in a circle, or a song describing the simple movements of the dance. Everybody forms a circle. Example: ♫ Put your left foot in, your left foot out, your left foot in and shake it all about, You do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about! ♫
  • Hot Potato: Players gather in a circle and toss a small object such as a beanbag or even a real potato to each other while music plays. The player who is holding the object when the music stops is eliminated.
  • How Do You Doo: Similar to name that tune, except you take turns seeing how many songs you can get your team to guess in 5 minutes by singing only the word “doo” to the tune of the song. Supplies: pencil, paper, and stopwatch.
  • I Spy: One person spies something and keeps it a secret. The item must be something that all the other players can see, player describe by color, size etc.
  • Words within a Word: Take a word like “weather”. See how many words you can make using only letters in the word. Example: we, at the her, wet, hat, wart art, there 1 point for 3 letter word, 2 points for 4 letter, 5 or more letter 3 points   
  • Word Chain: Choose a topic, such as food. The first person says a word, the second person says that word plus his own, the third person says the first two words plus their own, and so forth, continue until someone can no longer remember the word chain.   
  • Rhythm Clapping Games: 1. Hit your upper chest with a fist or open palm. Boom! 2. Snap with your right hand. Snap! 3. Clap your hands together. Clap! Then do it double time   
  • War: Deal playing cards to players. Players simultaneously turn over their top card. The higher card wins the pair; the winning player takes both cards and puts them at the bottom of their face-down pile. (Ace is high card; 2 is low card.) In the event of a tie, the players have a “war.” Each player places three cards face down in the middle of the table and then turns a fourth card face up. The player with the higher of these cards takes all 10 cards which are now in the middle. If these two cards are also a tie, additional cards are turned face-up, one at a time, until one player wins; that player takes the entire set of cards.
  • Would you Rather: The more creative you are, the more fun this game can be. For this game, the players move to one side of the room or another depending on what they prefer given two options. For example, the first set of options might be wearing shoes or going barefoot. The person who is “it” would announce, “Would you rather wear shoes or go barefoot?” If your answer is you prefer to wear shoes, you would go to the left, but if you would rather be barefoot, you would go to the right. Keep track of the answers to see who has the most in common with each other.
  • Zip-Zap-Zop: Stand in a circle. Have kids practice saying “Zip, Zap, Zop.” One person starts by clapping and pointing to someone as she says, “zip.” The person she pointed to claps, and points to someone else saying “zap.” The person she pointed to then claps, and points to someone saying “zop.” Then it starts all over again with the next player clapping and pointing to someone saying “zip!” The game continues until someone gets out.


  • Family Talent Show: Showcase family members’ unusual talents.   
  • Host Family Show and Tell: Show off your favorite things and explain why it is your favorite.
  • Family Cookbook: Share family favorite recipes and secret ingredients.
  • Family Fort: Camp inside the house or build a cool structure with blankets, tents or any other creative material, tell scary or funny stories inside.
  • Coloring/Drawing Competition: Choose a theme and go for it. Choose most innovative, most creative, most colorful etc.
  • Fashion Show: Place random clothes/ accessories in a laundry basket. Design/coordinate your outfit for your runway show.
  • Paper Airplane Competition: Construct paper planes and see how far they go.
  • Kitchen Band: Create a band using spoons, pots and pans etc.
  • Cards/Postcards: Decorate and make cards for family and friends.

Activity ideas provided by FCPS  


This sponsored feature also appears on page 14 and 15 of the April 2020 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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