Happy Birthday!

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Tie one on

It's two o'clock in the afternoon, the sun is beating down, and directly across from you, holding the ball, is the undefeated tetherball champion of your school or camp. A crowd gathers. You serve; he returns. Then, you hit the ball at an angle he can't possibly defend. Victory and childhood fame are yours. The bell sounds, recess is over or the summer ends, and the game is forgotten - until now.

With the new portable, at-home tetherball system from Lifetime Products, tetherball lovers and champions can relive their glory days in their own yards. These sets are made in the USA and come with a 5-year limited warranty. Suggested retail price: $129.99. Available online at Lifetime.com and in-store at Costco and Dick's Sporting Goods. For more information, visit Lifetime.com.

Fun fact: Did you know tetherball was most likely developed after 1895, the year volleyball was invented? Since then, the game has become a favorite in backyards, schoolyards and summer camps. Enter to win.


Originally published in 1959, Happy Birthday To You! sold over 650,000 copies and helped readers young and old celebrate their special day. To honor this anniversary, Random House has published a party edition of the book, featuring a foil cover with its original full-color artwork. A great birthday keepsake! Ages 6-9. $14.95. Enter to win.

In addition to Happy Birthday to You!, check out the newest edition to the Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection: Happy Birthday, Baby!, based on the 1959 classic. This interactive book is filled with things to smell, touch and see, and gives babies and toddlers a warm welcome to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. Perfect for baby's birthday. Ages 0-3. $9.99. Enter to win.


At last, a fabulous book of fuss-free and imaginative cakes to make for kids of all ages - from a child's first birthday, to toddlers, teens and even us big kids! Birthday Cakes for Kids author and cake queen Annie Rigg takes the fear out of baking in this collection of more than 40 fool-proof recipes. No need for fancy kitchen equipment either, because most of the cakes use one master recipe. Plus, the ingredients are readily available at your local store. Try your hand at Princess Cupcakes, a Meringue Mountain or even a Jolly Green Dinosaur. Flipping through the big, colorful book will make your mouth water and inspire the best birthday treats ever! $19.95. Enter to win.

America's kids speak out

Dear President Obama: Letters of Hope from Children Across America is an inspiring and visually vibrant collection of nearly 200 letters and drawings to President Barack Obama from children in 29 states and every region of the country. Compiled and edited by author-journalists Bruce Kluger (USA Today, National Public Radio) and David Tabatsky (Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book), this collection is the culmination of a four-month effort in which the contributors, ages 4 through 18, not only wrote heartfelt letters to the President, but also collaborated with editors on the graphic look of their correspondences. Linda Ellerbee writes the forward in this honest, passionate and often hilarious book. $19.95. Enter to win.

Care for a spot of tea?

Author Bobbie Wolgemuth found through her experiences with her grandchildren that a simple tea party can be all you need to give children confidence, knowledge about the world and, above all, show them love.

Tea Parties with a Purpose: 10 Simple and Fun Party Ideas for Kids of All Ages contains a different tea party concept in each chapter, including themes such as Under the Sea, Teddy Bear Picnic Tea, Happy Day Tea, Snowflake Tea and more. There are crafts, stories, lessons, simple recipes and activities for kids that relate to each theme. Bright, colorful pages make this book especially fun to read through. $14.99. Enter to win.

A passport to fun

Pack your bags with Barney & Friends and join this loving purple dinosaur for a vacation filled with musical adventure and a whole new world of fun. From exotic new foods to exciting new friends, the trip turns into a singing and dancing celebration of the differences and similarities between cultures. The gang quickly learns that the things that matter most - like family and friends - are the same the world over. Don't miss a magical minute! $11.98. Enter to win.

Do something nice

Loukoumi, the fluffy, cuddly lamb, returns in Loukoumi's Good Deeds, the third title in the award-winning series of illustrated books by Nick Katsoris. The story continues with the adventures of Loukoumi and her friends Gus the Bear, Fistiki the Cat, Dean the Dog, and Marika the Monkey. Whether it's cleaning the house, lending a helping hand, or showing your grandparents how much you love them, kids will find that each good deed is unique in its own special way, and can make a huge difference in the lives of those around them. Features a bonus CD narrated by Jennifer Aniston and her dad, Days of Our Lives star, John Aniston. Ages 4-8. $15.95. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Enter to win.