Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kids Activity Deals from Groupon & LivingSocial

Groupon is a great way to save on activities with your kids around town. I know we love many of the places that currently have deals available through Groupon: Xtreme Bounce Zone and TCBY. We liked The Jungle Gym's predecessor and want to visit Great Lakes Zoological Society.
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Deals include:
The Jungle Gym

5 or 10 Open-Play Passes to The Jungle Gym (Half Off)

TCBY Ann Arbor

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at TCBY Ann Arbor ($20 Value)

World of Discovery Reptile Zoo

$12 for a Family Zoo Outing for Four at World of Discovery Reptile Zoo (Up to $24 Value)

Xtreme Bounce Zone

Six-Visit Bounce Pass or a 2.5-Hour Weekday Pizza Party for Up to 30 Kids at Xtreme Bounce Zone (Up to 55% Off)

Zap Zone

$259 for a Supreme Glow Laser-Tag Party Package for Up to 20 People at Zap Zone (Up to $519 Value)

Paper Bag Puppets

On Tuesday, July 29 Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor will have two sessions of Paper Bag Puppets. The sessions are at 11a and 2p. The craft is designed for ages 5+.

Paper Bag Puppets is a free craft although spaces are limited so you will need to sign up in advance. Learning Express of Ann Arbor is located at 2465 W. Stadium Blvd in Westgate Shopping Center. You can signup in person or by calling Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor at 734-997-0707.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Upcoming Barnes & Noble Events

There are a number of fun upcoming events at Barnes & Noble of Ann Arbor, many of which are part of their Get Pop-Cultured Event.

Tuesday July 29 at 11a is What Do You Do With an Idea? Storytime. The event will feature the book What Do You Do With an Idea by Kobi Yamada.

Then, Friday, August 1 is Frozen Friday: Cool Off With Olaf! at 7p. There will be a story time, a sing-along, crafts, and activities.

Then, on Saturday, August 2 they will be celebrating Marvel's 75th anniversary with activities and  giveaways. The event will begin at 11a.

On Sunday, August 3 they will be celebrating the works of James Patterson. Since his books span the range from adults to teens and kids, there will be specials available for everyone. My daughter hasn't read any of his middle school books yet, but I may suggest them soon.

The Get Pop-Cultured series will wrap up on Monday, August 4 at 11a with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There will be activities for kids ages 5-10.

Saturday Story Time will return on Saturday, August 17 with Pete the Cat story time at 11a.

Other Story Times this summer are My Pet Book Story time at 11a on Tuesday, August 19 and Peanut Butter & Cupcake Story time on Tuesday, August 26.

Knot Detangler, Keens, Disney, and More on Sale at Zulily

Today's Zulily deals of the day offer some great deals for families.

Disclaimer: I am compensated for sales through Zulily links. I appreciate your support of my blog by shopping through my links.


I am sure other moms of girls with long hair know what a battle hair brushing can be. My daughter is 8 and is finally learning to brush her own hair (a shorter cut and bangs have helped). I have heard great things about the Knot Genie for brushing out the tangles. Several different versions of the Knot Genie are available including the Peaceful Powder Knot Genie Original Detangling Brush available for $7.99.
Peaceful Powder Knot Genie Original Detangling Brush

They also have Keen Shoes for Kids, Men, and Women.
Neutral Gray & Alaskan Blue Whisper Closed-Toe Sandal

Do you have an upcoming vacation planned for Disney? You can get discounted Mickey & Minnie apparel (as well as stuffed animals, accessories and more) with the Mickey & Minnie deals that are available today.
Hot Pink Minnie Leopard Bow Tee - Girls

Does your child love dressing up? If so, check out the Story Book Wishes costumes that include Princess and Superhero costumes among others.

Be sure to check out all of the Zulily deals while you are on their site.

Frozen Crafts at Learning Express Of Ann Arbor

Be honest, how many times have your children watched Frozen this summer? I have no idea since my daughter typically watches it on the iPad. I know she watched it at least once at a friend's house. Actually, I think she watches The LEGO Movie more.

Learning Express of Ann Arbor will have Frozen themed Crafts on Saturday, July 26 at 11a and 2p. There is a $5 supply fee.

Spaces are limited, so you will need to sign up in advance. Learning Express of Ann Arbor is located at 2465 W. Stadium Blvd in Westgate Shopping Center. You can signup and pay in person or by calling Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor at 734-997-0707.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beat the Heat Today

How are you beating the heat today? Fortunately the heat is just a one day occurrence this week, so it is very manageable.

Outdoor Activities
With the heat, it is a great day to head to one of the pools or water parks in the area. We love Rolling Hills Water Park and have already visited once this year. We also really enjoyed Blue Heron Bay at Independence Lake when we visited last year. We definitely recommend either as a good choice to beat the heat today. The Ann Arbor Parks pools are also a good way to spend the day (Open Swim starts at 1p at all pools with Tot Splash starting at 11a at Fuller and noon at Buhr and Veterans and running until 1p at all pools).
Blue Heron Bay
If you do plan on a playground date, Gallup Park and Allmendinger Park has a decent amount of shade. Be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and the kids.


Indoor Activities
Indoor activities are a great way to cool off on hot days.

We had a great time last weekend at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum visiting their new H2Oh! exhibit and can't wait to have a chance to return for the L is for Laser exhibit.
H2Oh! at AAHOM
The Pittsfield Branch of Ann Arbor District Library is have a Jolly Paper Jellyfish craft event at 2p today for kids in grades K-5. My daughter really enjoyed when we attended Roller Coaster Engineering two weeks ago.

The play area at Briarwood Mall can also a fun, indoor activity for younger kids. We never got to use the new play area since my daughter was too big for it when it was added, but we scheduled various play dates at the old play area.

Other options to consider are indoor play areas and bounce houses. Xtreme Bounce Zone offers bouncing from 1p on Tuesdays and Thursdays (prior to 1p is Toddler Take Over just for kids 5 and under). Jungle Java, The Jungle Gym, and Chelsea Treehouse are all open for play today.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly Roundup

I guess everyone survived Art Fair week. This summer is flying by. Last week we attended the Townie Party on Monday night and then avoided the Downtown Area. My daughter was attending Girl Scout Day Camp at the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor Regional Center which is convenient to our home. She had a great time attending the session and is looking forward to her next Girl Scout Camp Session. We also had a chance Thursday night to relive the fun of the Star Wars Camp that she attended through Rec & Ed earlier this summer. They were running a second session last week and we were able to attend the pancake dinner followed by a game of Death Star (Dodge Ball) parents vs. kids. I definitely recommend the Hooked on Fun Camps through Ann Arbor Rec & Ed. This was my daughter's second year doing Star Wars camp.  There's still 5 weeks left in the summer to register your child for summer camp! You can find Summer Camp activities in the Ann Arbor with Kids Summer Camp Guide sponsored by My Urban ToddlerAnn Arbor Rec & EdPrecious Sprouts of Ann Arbor, and University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.


Looking at this week, there are a few fun activities around town. The Quality 16 Dollar Movie is Yogi Bear each weekday at 10a. Tuesday is Rave's Summer Movie Clubhouse showing of Walking with Dinosaurs. My daughter went through a total dino-loving phase so I'm sure she would still love this movie.

If you have young kids, I recommend checking out the Washtenaw Great Start Parent Coalition for Popsicles in the Park at Lillie Park from 10a-noon on Wednesday.

There are a few fun activities on Wednesday evening. The Wednesday Evening Farmers Market is having a Food Truck Rally from 4-8p. Then, the last Ann Arbor Civic Band Concert at West Park Band Shell at 8p. We really enjoyed the Civic Band Concert we attended two weeks ago.

The Ann Arbor District Library has a number of fun events this week. For elementary school aged kids, they are offering Jolly Paper Jellyfish on Tuesday at 2p (Pittsfield), Pinwheel Flower Pots on Thursday at 2p (Traverwood), and Caped Crusaders on Friday at 2p (Pittsfield). Upper elementary (grades 3-5) can also learn coding at Hello World! Command Line for Kids on Thursday evening at Downtown Branch. For the tweens/teens (grades 6-12), they are offering a Tie Dye Workshop tonight (Malletts Creek), Community Vinyasa Yoga on Tuesday evening (Malletts Creek), See a Juggler! Be a Juggler! at 2p on Wednesday (Pittsfield), Super Comics Challenge on Wednesday at 6p (Malletts Creek), and Planet Rock Climbing (registration required) on Friday.

I also recommend a trip to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum now that Art Fair is over and downtown is a bit less crowded (and fewer road closures). My daughter really enjoyed the new H2Oh! exhibit last weekend and were disappointed to be there the day before the laser exhibit opened. We will definitely be going back when we have a day without camp. In addition, the museum will have a Pop Up Makerspace each weekday in July. That is a perfect way to get ready for this weekend's Maker Faire at The Henry Ford.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back to School Shopping - Check out these Deals from Zulily #sponsored

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Have you started thinking about Back to School? My daughter had to try on some jeans when we were packing for camp last night and she will definitely need new ones for fall as some were getting to short on her. Even her dresses and skirts are starting to get short (and miraculously for her, some skirts are even tight around the waist).

To gear up for school, check out these great Back to School deals at zulily!


When I was looking on Zulily for Back to School items, I came across the deals from T is For T-Shirt. One of my favorites is the I'm Going to Kindergarten Series. Unfortunately my daughter is entering 3rd grade, so the shirt doesn't work for her.

For my daughter, this soccer t-shirt would be perfect! She loves playing soccer and the season will start about the same time as back to school.


Aside from clothes, another part of back to school shopping is getting ready to pack lunches. A few years ago, I purchased sandwich containers and I love having them. Not only are they environmentally friendly, they also keep the sandwich from getting squished. As a Star Wars fan, my daughter would love the Star Wars ChillPak Food Container:
Star Wars ChillPak Food Container

So don't waste any time and check out the Back to School deals at zulily!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Make Your Own Art At Learning Express Today

Kids can get into the spirit of Art Fair today by making their own art at Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor's Origami & Kirigami workshops at 11a and 2p.

The workshops are free, but have limited spaces so reservations are required. Give them a call to see if they still have space.



Learning Express Toys of Ann Arbor is located at 2465 W. Stadium Blvd in Westgate Shopping Center. Their phone number is 734-997-0707

Friday, July 18, 2014

Art Fair Weekend Roundup

This afternoon and tomorrow are your last chance to check out the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Then, on Sunday it becomes easier to head back downtown as Art Fair leaves town. Art Fair runs until 9p tonight and from 10a-6p tomorrow.

In movies this weekend, Ann Arbor Parks is holding a Friday Flick showing of Finding Nemo at Fuller Park Pool. This weekend is also the opening weekend for Disney's Planes Fire & Rescue. My daughter and I didn't get to see the preview since it was Monday night and we were at the Townie Street Party before Art Fair. However, here are a couple of reviews from blogging friends: Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood and Yes/No Films.

The weather this weekend is looking great. With temperatures a little warmer than the last few days, it is a great time to head to the area pools and water parks. Fuller Park Pool will be having a Summer Splash Day on Saturday afternoon.

There are some cool events at the area libraries for the tweens and teens such as DIY LED Origami Light GarlandChopped, Jr. Competition, and Double Dash Duo Derby Dinner.

Ypsilanti's Youth Theatre is performing Treasure Island at Depot Town's Freighthouse. Another performance this weekend is Golden Gates Russian Folk Dancing Concert.

My husband has been at a conference this weekend and is scheduled to land in a few minutes, so I'm not sure yet we have planned for the weekend.

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