Whole Foods Healthy Kids

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Whole Foods has really gotten smart.  Instead of just catering to adults, the popular grocery store is striving to be as family friendly as possible, hosting events and making changes to be as kid friendly as possible.  Whole Foods has truly become a healthy kid’s playground…read more to find out why! Spoiler alert: Whole Foods means Healthy Kids.

Story time at Whole Foods

Monday mornings mean one thing in our house.  No, not tears that Daddy has to go back to work and that the weekend is over (ok, I admit, that happens sometimes), or planning a meatless meal like many families all over the country….it means storytime at Whole Foods!

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As a Reading Specialist, I absolutely love introducing my kids to different experiences with reading in order to foster a love of reading in them.  Thankfully, all of my hard work has paid off and my kiddos LOVE looking at books, having us read them stories, and now my boys love to read to one another.  It turns my heart to mush every single time.

We have been to a ton of storytimes at places like the library, bookstores, and other businesses, but I can only give a 5 star rating to one place–Whole Foods!

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 Here is Great Nana taking a trip to storytime with us…isn’t she cute?!

During this free hour, Whole Foods provides delicious and organic snacks for the kiddos (and coffee for parents) and has a qualified reader come and engage with the group of children to truly make the stories they are reading come alive.  Most places typically just have an employee read a story or two, but Whole Foods really dedicates themselves to finding quality performers who keep wiggly kiddos entertained.

Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Foods even has a Whole Kids Foundation that hosts many free and fun activities that you and your family can sign up for, such as decorating pumpkins, creating rock gardens, etc.  Many Whole Foods locations have started to host cooking classes for the entire family, which is a great way to teach your kids about healthy food.

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Whole Foods Market is currently partnering up with WTTW to create a new TV show that features local museums.  I hope they showcase our favorites, such as the Shedd, MSI, Chicago History Museum, and Nature Museum!

Whole Foods Family Fun

Although we can find doing all of our shopping at Whole Foods to be super expensive, we always grab a few groceries after story time, so it is incredibly convenient and a great way to get your kiddos excited about grocery shopping.  My boys love oohing and aahing over the gorgeous displays, from the gelato to the fresh flowers.

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We also like to eat dinner at Whole Foods every once in a while when we are on the go from one class to another.  It is great that we can get a quick, healthy, and hot meal for the entire family so I feel less stressed and guilty about not making a home made dinner.  There are also play spaces sprouting up in many of the eating areas, so it really is a treat for all of us to dine at Whole Foods.

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Oh, and don’t forget that some Whole Foods locations are parent friendly, too!

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Looking for other great ways to experience STORIES?

Learn about the best local libraries, our favorite bookstore, and what a story time typically involves, as well as the best story teller in Chicagoland–The Story Book Mom!

Looking for other fun places to do CRAFTS?

Check out our weekend fun at Mariano’s and how we get down and dirty at The Home Depot.

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Comments

  1. AliceWilliam says

    I didn’t know that Whole Foods had book club and reading time. I shop regularly there. I’ve noticed they have interesting programs going on. I always pick up their monthly calendar. Thanks for sharing, I will keep this in mind. 🙂

  2. dogear6 says

    I’d have never thought of that as a place for a kids activity, so it was great tagging along with you! And Nana’s a good sport for coming with too and letting you take her picture.

    Nancy

  3. Erin@thelumpyplace says

    I’m going to have to check our local WF calendar! This sounds great….I’m a former English teacher and currently a school librarian, so I TOTALLY get the “heart turning to mush” when your kids are “reading.” 🙂

    • queenofthelandoftwigsnberries says

      So you have achieved my dream career change! My hope is to move from being an English Teacher/Reading Specialist to a school librarian in hopes of having more time for my little guys at home while still fostering the love of reading in my students…any and all tips are very much welcomed and appreciated!!

  4. joanneviola says

    Would you believe I have never been to a Whole Foods? I think after reading this post, it may be time to change that! Thank you for taking me shopping with you 🙂

  5. Anita Ojeda says

    I had no idea that grocery stores had story time! That’s too cool (and something to remember when I one day become a grandma ;)). Thank you for getting the word out!

  6. rightintyme says

    What fun!! I love to hear stories where people are getting involved with reading to children not just reading but engaged reading. Reading is slowly becoming a lost art. Cheers to Whole Foods I never knew that they offered this!!

    • queenofthelandoftwigsnberries says

      I wouldn’t worry about your little guy not wanting to sit still at all. Sometimes my 19 month old will bring me a book to read and be up and about after only a couple minutes. I have learned through my teaching experiences to just keep reading the book even if you have a wanderer. Many different research articles I have read say that just having reading in the background, much like a television or radio in the background, has a positive effect on little readers, even if they don’t seem like they are paying attention.

      • Lora says

        Thats good to know! I cant wait until we can snuggle up together and i have his full attention. I suppose thats a lot to ask of a 15 month old 😉

  7. AJ @ NutriFitMama says

    I have been wanting to take the kids to one of the kids’ events at Whole Foods. Whole Foods really does offer a lot of fun things! I know the one here does some type of music thing for kids once a week and then there are different cooking classes, etc throughout the month. I love Whole Foods 🙂

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