Family Fun in Southeast Michigan in August 2014

Oh man…It’s just about AUGUST! How crazy is that? This summer has flown. Hope you all are getting out and having fun before school starts back up! Here’s some ideas for family friendly things to do around Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Lansing and the surrounding areas in the month ahead. Mark your calendar and be sure to comment with anything fab I have missed!

Family Fun in Southeast Michigan in August 2014

Family Fun in Southeast Michigan in August 2014:

August 1 – Big Rig Gig {Orion Township} – From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., children can see dozens of trucks, tractors, diggers, bulldozers, bucket and back loader trucks at the Big Rig Gig at the park at the corner of Baldwin and Clarkston roads. Concessions will be available and the movie, Despicable Me 2 will be shown at 8:30 p.m., so bring a lawn chair. The event costs $5 per vehicle. {Thanks to reader Dave for sharing this with me!}

August 1-2 – Bath Days Festival {Bath} – Visit downtown Bath outside of Lansing for a parade, bath tub races, live music, kids events and more. FREE.

August 1-10 – Tarzan at the Warren Civic Theatre {Warren} – Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure, Tarzan features music by rock legend Phil Collins and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and musical hits make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience. Performances are Friday, August 1 & 8 at 7pm; Saturday, August 2 & 9 at 7pm; and Sunday, August 3 & 10 at 3pm. Reserved seating is $5-$12. {Find a community theatre near you with this list!}

August 1-2 – Family Camp Out {Brighton} – SELCRA is hosting a family camp out at Brighton State Recreation Area. Campers will be able to swim, canoe, kayak, paddle board, fish, enjoy nature hikes and more. Additionally, a movie will be shown at night by a campfire. Cost is $25/camping site.

August 1-2 – Milan Summer Fest {Milan} – This two-day family fun festival features events like a corn hole tournament, pancake breakfast, arts and crafts vendors, Backstreet Cruizers car show, bingo, live music, and much more. FREE.

August 1-3 – Buy Michigan Now Fest {Northville} – This festival is a weekend celebration of Michigan-made businesses and products. The family friendly event includes tasty treats, street vendors, live music, and children’ activities. Adults may also partake in local beers and wines in the Michigan Beer Garden. Admission and parking are FREE.

August 2 – Family Day at the Broad Art Museum {East Lansing} – Visit the museum for Family Day, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance. Scavenger hunts, hands-on projects, and live music by St. Martha Strings Ensemble — plus a special family tour at 1 p.m. FREE.

August 2 – Manchester Street Festival {Manchester} – Visit Manchester for a fun-filled day including a fun run, art fair, live music, fireman’s challenge, Kids Korner with bounce houses, bed races, and more. FREE.

August 2 – Home Depot Kid’s Workshop: Build A Mini-Crate Pencil Holder {Nationwide} – Build a pencil crate, perfect for back-to-school at this hands-on workshop, designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Register online in advance. FREE.

August 2-3 – Railfans Weekend at Huckleberry Railroad {Flint} All aboard! This weekend is dedicated to trains and train lovers! Celebrate Huckleberry Railroad with shop tours, demonstrations, model trains and a special photo run. Train/Crossroads Village combo pricing is as follows: Adult {13+}: $13, Senior {60yrs +}: $12, Child {25mos.-12yrs}: $10, 24 mos. & under are free.

August 2-3 – Arab and Chaldean Festival {Detroit} – The festival, which takes place in Hart Plaza, is the largest Arab Chaldean American cultural event in North Amrica and features a variety of Arab and Chaldean food, ethnic cultural gallery and an impressive entertainment program which will include a fashion show and a “Meijer Kids Zone.” {Unsure of an admission fee, but plan to bring money to park.}

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Letter To My Daughter On Her Second Birthday: My Dear Karina

Karina, Age 2

My Dearest Karina,

It’s hard to even write Karina, because to me you are Kar, Kar-Boo, Karina-Bo-Bina, Kar Bars, sugar booger, and more. Seriously, your list of nicknames may be slightly out of control. But truly, they seem to sum you up well: You are a little spark plug, and I can’t believe you are already TWO years old!

This past year has been C-R-A-Z-Y. Crazy busy. Crazy wild. Crazy beautiful.

First, it’s hard to remember, but I nursed you until you were more than 18 months old…and even then, you weren’t ready to give up. I have major guilt for weaning you, but I think you *finally* have forgiven me. I’m so sorry. The fact is, you are a happy child now and that’s what matters, right? Right. {sensitive subject for mama!}

On that note, I know the whole “breastfeeding makes kids healthier” notion can be controversial and not always true, but I have to say — you’ve held up your end of the deal! You’ve only had one ear infection your entire life. Pretty incredible how healthy you are considering you are my child who has licked a window at a bar in town, licked a sign at Lowe’s, ate various food off the ground, and more I probably didn’t even see. When doctors say those kinds of things build up immunities, I believe it. Disgusting at times, but I am SO happy you’re so healthy ;)

Health aside, one of my favorite parts of our day is when you and I are alone for a few minutes while I put you down for a nap. You pick out a few books, I read them to you, and then we rock a bit. For awhile, you would scream when I sang to you…and honestly, that stung since I love to sing. But the past few months, you have requested I sing, and you often say “again,” the moment I stop. Your current favorite is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” but also love a German lullaby I sing. You sing along in your little babble and it tugs at my heartstrings.

If we’re not confined to rocking, you LOVE dancing and start moving the second you hear music. I’ll never forget the time we went to a tractor show and you went nuts on the dance floor to a band playing 60′s music — completely alone. I adored your moves and your confidence. I hope it stays with you for the rest of your life.

You are such a lover, and so far, don’t have a shy bone in your body. You crack me up when you find the creepiest looking man at the store and wave and say “Hi!” to him. You are not afraid of much {with the exception of loud things like 4-wheelers and boats}, and can often be found getting into trouble, whether it’s wandering off somewhere or climbing to the top of a play structure that is way too big for you. Also, let’s not forget that time you fell into a river. Ugh. Everyone warns me that boys are crazy, but I think you have prepared us very well for the transition!
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Love the Pinkalicious Books? Check Out Pinkalicious The Musical In Detroit November 21-23, 2014

Pinkalicious Artwork

If you have a child in the 3-8 years old age range with an active imagination, this will be one show you do not want to miss! We absolutely love the Pinkalicious book series in our house and rent them from the library often. Even though Kinley LOVES the color blue and doesn’t like pink […]

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Looking For A Stroller? Consider The Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System #MC #UrbiniBaby

Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System

I participated in a Blog Blast on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received information from Urbini to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Please note: I only applied for this opportunity because I genuinely love this stroller and shopping for baby at Walmart.com As […]

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Enter to Win Family 4-Pack Passes for Oakland County Waterparks {4 Winners!} ENDS 8/5/14

Oakland County Waterparks

I received my own passes from Oakland County Parks and Recreation to the waterparks for the purpose of this post. Mother Nature’s thermostat has been cranked these past few days, which means one thing: WATER FUN. We are lucky to have tons of lakes, splash pads and more in this area, but two mega fun Oakland […]

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Bucketfilling from A to Z Book + Bucket Fillers Inc. Giveaway with Two Prize Packs {ENDS 8/8/14}

Enter to win a prize pack from Bucket Fillers, Inc.

I received a copy of the book Bucketfilling from A to Z from Bucket Fillers, Inc. in exchange for the post below. All opinions expressed are my own. I recently had the opportunity to check out the children’s book, Bucketfilling from A to Z, and again I am impressed at the latest children’s book from authors Carol McCloud […]

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Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Review #FireAndRescue

Planes- Fire & Rescue

Image from Disney press materials On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a sneak peek of Disney’s latest movie — Planes: Fire & Rescue. To be honest, I was excited for the excuse to go to the movies with my big kid {Kinley, age 3.5}, but not terribly excited about the movie. After all, […]

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To My Son Before You Are Born

To My Son {Before You Are Born}, In a few weeks {perhaps even days}, we’re going to meet for the very first time. You’re likely going to cause me an incredible amount of pain and then you’re going to make your grand entrance into the world and fill a section in my heart where I […]

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Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes Presale Code {In Auburn Hills Oct. 16-19}

Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes - Palace of Auburn Hills

Disney On Ice is one of our favorite shows to attend each year. I just received the special pre-sale code for the Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes show, coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills October 16-19, 2014. {See image below} Many of you will be thrilled to know that this show now […]

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My Maternity Photo Shoot with Deanna Spivey Photography, A Metro Detroit Photographer

Deanna Spivey Photography Maternity 2

Awhile back, my friend Deanna of Deanna Spivey Photography, asked if she could take maternity photos for me. My initial response was “no thanks” — simply because I’d just rather have photos of my family, not me, around my house. And let’s face it — this is my third baby, so it’s not exactly like […]

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Sibling Preparation: Getting Kids Ready For a New Baby

Getting Kids Ready for A New Baby

Nothing has been consuming my mind more over these past few weeks than how my girls, Karina – age 2 {in 17 days} and Kinley – 3.5, are going to react to their new baby brother, who is due to arrive in 3 weeks+/-. Kinley has been there, done that, and I know she will […]

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Our Experience at the Oakland County Fair

Oakland County Fair1

I received vouchers to the fair from Oakland County Parks and Rec in exchange for promoting. All opinions and experiences are my own. As I count down my final days as a mother of two, I am squeezing in everything possible before I’m home with baby for a few weeks while we adjust to being a […]

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