Family Fun in April 2015 in Southeast Michigan {Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing Areas}

April showers bring May flowers…So who’s hoping for some rain, and no more snow?!

My 2-year-old said it best the other day when she saw snowflakes falling from the sky: “Go ‘way snow!” Amen, girlfriend. Aaaaamen.

Lucky for us, there are so many fabulous events coming up that scream SPRING, so at least if the weather doesn’t cooperate, our brains will ;) Enjoy planning some fun today with this big list!

Family Fun in April 2015 in Southeast Michigan Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Lansing Areas

Family Fun in April 2015 in Southeast Michigan:

April 2 — Marshmallow Drop & Moon Glow {Howell} — Visit Genoa Park for this popular event for children, ages 0-8. The event begins with a fly-over helicopter dropping thousands of marshmallows and will move into a night-time egg hunt, so bring a flashlight! Register in advance to attend. $10/child. 

April 3 — FREE Admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science After 5 p.m. {Bloomfield Hills} — Thanks to the MASCO Corporation Foundation.

Chalkboard PlanterApril 4 — Home Depot Kids Workshop {Nationwide} — Visit Home Depot to build a chalkboard planter stand! Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. Kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a pin. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. FREE. Register here.

April 4 – Easter Egg Hunt at Carousel Acres {South Lyon} – Visit for an Easter egg hunt on the farm! Participate in an egg hunt, mingle with the Easter bunny,  visit with all the spring babies {calf, lamb, goat, bunnies, chicks and more}! 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. {egg hunt will start at 10:30}. $5 per child. This event requires pre-registration.

April 4 — Bald Mountain Rec Area Easter Egg Hunt {Lake Orion} — Visit the Cherry Ridge Shelter Area at 11 a.m. for an egg hunt! There will be two different hunting areas for specific age groups. There will be 3,000 eggs to be found with a special prize for who finds the golden egg in each hunt! This event is open to the public but parking is limited. FREE, but must pay park entry {free if you have the recreation passport}.

April 4 — Eggstravaganza at Maybury State Park {Northville} — Join in the fun of an Egg Scramble! Eggs filled with great prizes including candy, toys, patches and gift certificates. Meet Maybury celebrities Smokey Bear and the Easter Bunny, play games, get your face painted, make a craft and plant a seed. Event held rain or shine. FREE, but must pay park entry {free if you have the recreation passport}.

April 4 — Dog Loves Books at the Meadow Brook Theatre {Rochester} — Louise Yates’ New York Times Best Seller comes to life in ArtsPower’s newest musical about the irresistible Dog who loves books SO much that he decides to open up his bookstore. This delightful musical celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others. Ideal for grades K-5. Shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $15.

April 5 — HAPPY EASTER!

April 6 — DETROIT TIGER’S OPENING DAY!Lansing Lugnuts Logo

April 10 — Lansing Lugnuts Home Opener {Lansing} –Grab some inexpensive tickets and bring the family to watch the Lugnuts, Lansing’s own minor league team. Tickets are just $5.50 thanks to 1996 pricing when the Lugnuts began! [Continue reading…]

25 Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

25 Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

The post below is sponsored by Meijer. All opinions expressed belong to me.

We’re days away from Easter, and like you all, I’m scrambling to make sure everything is coming together. I’m hosting my family this year, so 20 people are coming over on Saturday for an Easter feast. I love having people fill my home — it brings me so much joy!

Best of all though, I love surprising my kiddos on Easter morning with treats from the bunny. It’s such a fun excuse to shop and welcome spring!

I went a little overboard on the baskets for my 4 and 2-year olds this year. I couldn’t help myself! Meijer had so many great things on sale, and many of the items we were in need of {we go through crayons, markers and stickers like water here}. I love that the toy department always has buy one get one half off — especially with Melissa & Doug items. Perfect for stocking up for future presents too!

Easter with Meijer

Can we just talk about the gummy bear Duck Tape? I’m in love! My 4-year-old is obsessed with our regular roll, so I know she is going to love the fun ones! 

They also had these cute bunnies for FREE when buying three cards from American Greetings. Every basket needs at least one token bunny, right?! They are so soft too.

Easter Basket for girls

After walking around the store and brainstorming, I wanted to share some of the items I found that I thought are great ideas for Easter basket gift ideas for kids:

  • Instead of a basket, get something your child can actually put to use – a fun container, bucket, backpack, etc. We love the fun colorful containers for small items.
  • Movies {Annie and Big Hero 6 are two that were recently released. Annie had a $5 off coupon too!}
  • Chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Play Doh, silly putty, kinetic sand
  • Gardening gloves and supplies
  • Bug house and magnifying glass
  • Craft supplies {crayons, markers, stickers, fun duck tape, coloring books}
  • Umbrella
  • Rain Boots
  • Sand Toys
  • Hooded Towels
  • Fun toothbrush
  • Kite
  • Play jewelry
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Non-toxic nail polish
  • Spring PJs
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike horn, basket or decorative items
  • Books
  • Bath toys
  • Fun cups {I love the Tervis cups for kids!}
  • Glow sticks
  • Gift certificate to visit a local attraction

Easter Basket Ideas from Meijer

There are tons of character towels and gardening gloves. Always a hit! I also loved the bike lights on the bottom right for night riding! 

When shopping Meijer, always be sure to check your mPerks and check out your personalized rewards. I save a ton of money this way!

Follow Meijer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more spring-friendly fun and ideas.

What are your favorite Easter basket gift ideas? Share your ideas in the comments. Happy shopping!

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