More Summer Fun with the Kids

If you need some inspiration on activities to do with the kids, we’ve got you covered. Here are five fun things to do this week:

1. See how many Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books you can read this summer. Here’s a list you can bring with you to the library.

2. Have a recycled craft day. Materials are waiting for you in your recycling bin. Check out this easy-to-make rain stick that you can assemble from a paper towel roll, aluminum foil and some popcorn kernels.

3. Be a tourist in your back yard. Visit a local museum, zoo, festival, historic site or water park. It’s easy to overlook the things you see every day.

4. Visit a fire station. Call ahead to see if your local station offers scheduled tours. Many will welcome a visit from local children, and even let them sit in the driver’s seat!

5. Start a collection. Gather rocks, shells or leaves, and look for similarities and differences.


Summer Fun with the Kids

Two weeks into summer vacation and you’ve run out of things to do with the kids. No problem! Here are five things to put on your calendar today:

1. Make your own ice cream sandwiches. Bake your favorite cookies, and let them cool. Put a scoop of ice cream between two, press, and freeze. We recommend peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream!

2. Make a fort out of cardboard boxes. Visit your local appliance store for the really big boxes, and let your creativity soar.

3. Visit a farmer’s market or a pick-your-own farm. Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries taste better when they’re fresh.

4. On a rainy day, hold an A to Z scavenger hunt inside your house. Challenge the kids to find something that starts with every letter. For young kids, this can be educational, too!

5. Grill homemade pizza. Burgers can get boring, so make your own dough, par-bake it so it doesn’t fall through the cracks, and let your topping imagination go wild!


Gift Ideas That Treat Mom Like a Queen

Mother’s Day is the time to treat Mom like a queen, and every queen needs her throne. Pamper mom by giving her the best seat in the house. From glamorous to rustic and everything in between, there’s a look to match mom’s personal style.


Modern Mom Chair


Modern Mom

If your Mom likes sleek design with a pop of color, she’ll love the Willow Chair. Dressed in a refreshing patterned stripe of greys and raspberry, it gets its modern style from slim track arms and gently sloped sides.


Traditional Mom Chair


Traditional Mom

If Mom loves traditional styling and classic colors, the Bennett Chair is a great choice. The wingback style gets a contemporary twist with an updated base, and the upholstery is a timeless transitional pattern in soft grey with nickel nail head trim.


Urban Mom Chair


Urban Mom

For the Mom who likes the urban vibe, the Wyatt Chair is the perfect choice. The classic Chesterfield style looks totally fresh with deep, luxurious tufting surrounding the arms and back. Upholstered in 100% top grain genuine leather, Mom will love to relax.



Rustic Mom Chair


Rustic Mom

Moms who feel at home with rustic style will fall in love with the Maverick Chair. Its two-toned leather application is striking. Black genuine leather covers the entire inside of the chair and a black and white hair-on-hide applied to the outside makes the piece unique.


Glamorous Mom Chair


Glamorous Mom

The Marquesa Paloma Accent Chair offers a dramatic shape for the glamour-loving mom. Its exposed wood frame has a metallic silver finish, and the ruched fabric enhances the luxurious feel.

Gift Ideas For Moms Who Love the Outdoors

Looking for the perfect gift for Mom? Art’s Marketplace inside each Art Van Furniture store is filled with unique items you won’t find at any of the big box or boutique stores. If Mom loves to spend time gardening or simply enjoying the scenery from your deck or patio, here are a few things she’s sure to love.


Garden Stool collection Garden Stool Owl


Garden Stools

Bring home a colorful garden stool, in one of our four vibrant shades. This piece will be the perfect place for Mom to rest her favorite beverage while she unwinds on the weekend. Or bring home the whimsical ceramic owl garden stool. Who’s her favorite child? You!


Pouf Ottoman


Pouf Ottoman

Pamper Mom by giving her a place to put up her feet. Our funky and functional outdoor pouf ottomans are overstuffed to offer firm support, and they’re made from an upholstery grade textured polyester blend fabric, with mesh on the bottom for drainage.


Fire Urns


Fire Urn

Help Mom enjoy the patio at night with a beautiful fire urn. At 16-inches high, it can be used as a unique tabletop centerpiece or in the middle of a seating area. The warmth will take the chill out of the night, and the dramatic lines add to its beauty.