My Ode To Flip Flops

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The post below is sponsored by Reef.com. All opinions expressed are my own.

Here in Michigan, we are just now being blessed with above-freezing days {with the exception of today’s snowy randomness!}. With the help of this blog, I try to give you all the reasons to move here and why I love it so much, but really, our temps aren’t the most enticing.

Still, the second those 50 degree+ days start to hit consistently, I am busting out my flip-flops. Because really, what is more comfortable and easy-to-wear than a great pair of flippy-floppies? {Cue “I’m On A Boat” by The Lonely Island}

I have a confession: I don’t like shoes. Apparently I missed that woman gene that is drawn to pretty pumps and knee-high boots. I prefer going barefoot, but that’s not always an option. So I settle for the best pair of shoes a shoe-hating woman can own: comfortable flats and flip flops. And boy, do I love those!

Give me your poor tired feet, and cover them in flip flops covered with sparkles and embellishments, or keep them plain and simple. I’ll wear them shopping. I’ll wear them to the zoo. I’ll wear them at the lake.

I’ve declared May 1st as the day I will officially bust out my flip-flops for good — no matter what Michigan weather throws my way.

Even though I have a bucket o’ flops {literally}, I am still dreaming about my next pair because a girl can never have too many, right?

I especially love the brand Reef because they are durable and oh-so-comfy. For me, it’s worth it to spend a few extra bucks for a pair that will last me and get me through chasing kids all summer long!

Lucky for me, Reef has tons of fab styles for guys and girls of all ages! Personally, I am loving these Guatemalan Stargazer ones:

Guatemalan Stargazer from Reef.com

Also, these Reef Dreams Glitter ones. Fun with a little bit of sparkle, yet practical at the same time – totally my style.

Reef Dreams Glitter from Reef.com

For the husband, these Reef Playa Cervesa ones, complete with a bottle opener on the bottom, would do. Perfect for enjoying a few “pops” while boating or playing by the lake. {Seriously, how functional are those? Awesome for enjoying a Michigan made Oberon!}

Reef Flip Flops with Bottle Opener – Reef Playa Cervesa from Reef.com

So, when will you be busting out the flip flops for good? Maybe if enough of us join forces, Mother Nature will listen to us!

See more fab styles by visiting Reef.com.

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Delicious Eats With Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak {+ Giveaway with 5 WINNERS!}

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet-up with some fellow fab local bloggers for a great event at Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak, orchestrated by my friend Metro Detroit Mommy.

If there’s anything I can tell you about bloggers in general, it’s that we LOVE to talk and we LOVE to eat — especially pizza!

The event kicked off with us meeting the super awesome local marketing manager for Blaze, Darla, and her telling us all about Blaze and how it got its start.

The pizza chain began in Pasadena, California and has quickly swept across the United States and for good reason! The food is amazing, fresh and best of all — affordable! I loved the environment as well — it was very fresh and clean inside the premises.

Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak, Michigan

Outside the Royal Oak, Michigan location. From BlazePizza.com.

Since I have kids, I am a huge fan of the fast casual concept because let’s face it: Nothing is quite as torturous as dining with a 3.5-year-old and 20-month-old! We need our food FAST and Blaze makes pizza in 180 seconds, which makes it an awesome quick-lunch option or for families.

You can build your own pizza with their variety of awesome toppings {some unique ones include: crumbled meatballs, 5 different cheeses, artichokes, arugula, zucchini and 6 different sauces}. Check out the entire menu here. There are also gluten-free options available!

The part that gets my husband excited? You pay $6.95 for UNLIMITED toppings. There’s nothing more frustrating to him than when he builds his own pizza and it costs us a small fortune due to all the up-charges!

Alternatively, you can choose one of their signature pizzas as well. I tried the Red Vine {Ovalini mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, basil, red sauce, olive oil drizzle, plus I added goat cheese and oregano}. Holy lord — it was good! I ate the entire thing without an issue, but most bloggers had some left over. Hey ya’ll — I’m eating for two here ;)

Red Vine Pizza at Blaze Pizza Royal Oak

Blaze also has delicious fresh salads, unique drinks like Blood Orange Lemonade {sooooo good!} and even dessert in the form of S’More Pies, which are just $2.

Overall, I loved how quick you get served, how cool and hip the environment was, and best of all — it was pretty much the same price I would pay eating fast food. I highly recommend giving Blaze a taste!

S'more Pies at Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak

Mmmmm…S’More Pies! From BlazePizza.com.

BLAZE PIZZA | 112 S. Main St. | Royal Oak, Mich. 48067

Another note to my friends who like to go out in Royal Oak: Blaze is open until 3 a.m. Thursday – Saturday! Perfect after-bar snack ;)

Follow Blaze on Facebook | Twitter, and be sure to tweet your pizza photos with the hashtag #HowDoYouBlaze.

GIVEAWAY

I am excited to be able to give away 20 PASSES to Blaze! To make it easiest for families to enter, I’ve split them up into 5 sets of 4 passes each. Treat your family or friends to some awesome pizza, courtesy of Blaze!

Important: These passes are valid at the Royal Oak, Michigan location ONLY. Must be 18 years of age or older and local to Michigan or willing to drive to Royal Oak to win. Giveaway ends on 4/26/14 at midnight.

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Good luck!

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24 Weeks Pregnant

24 Weeks PregnantOh man! Time is starting to fly and I am trying to squeeze in every possible major task I can before baby comes. We have been SO busy turning our home upside-down and purging things, painting all of our kid bedrooms and taking adventures as a family!

Speaking of adventures…We are heading to Myrtle Beach in a few weeks, and I am a bit nervous for the car ride — not just because of the kids — but because my bladder is the size of a peanut and I have to go quite often! The pain of it all is that I am so thirsty all the time now with being active with the kids. I don’t leave home without at least one giant Tervis full of water, and usually a bottle of water just in case! Making amniotic fluid is a lot of work ;)

Unfortunately though, my right leg has sprouted varicose veins, which are UGLY. Not too thrilled about those coming out before I get into my maternity bathing suit, but I did get a few with Karina and they went away post-pregnancy, so here’s hoping! With that said, I will be getting compression stockings this time around. Not the most attractive for summer fun, but I know it’s what I need to do to stay healthy since staying off my feet is not really an option.

Additionally, a few weeks back, I bruised a rib from coughing so much following a bad sinus infection. Talk about misery! I was sleeping horribly, but now am doing much better, even though I keep trying to roll on my belly at night. I miss sleeping on my stomach! Thankfully, a pregnancy pillow just arrived for me to review, so I am looking forward to testing it out in the weeks ahead.

With all that said, I truly am feeling great right now, so I am trying to get things done. Baby boy’s closet is already starting to fill up and I’m excited to visit Ikea soon to nab some fun things for his nursery. We’re painting the room a light gray and adding lots of pops of primary color. I have been so thrilled to buy boyish things! I know a lot of people say girls are more fun to buy for, but I don’t think so at all. But, I do have to say, the selections for boys are much more limited, so I know I will have to get creative to get the room I am envisioning.

I have my glucose test next month and then a few weeks after that, I will find out what is going on with my placenta and if it has moved up where it should be. That appointment will determine how I can deliver. Either way, I am confident it will all work out as it should.

Pregnancy can be tough, but I thank my lucky stars I get to carry this little boy into the world. Feeling his little bumps and nudges when I’m rocking Karina or saying a goodnight prayer with Kinley is the perfect reminder of how he is sure to make his way into all of our hearts in no time.

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs At The Wharton + Giveaway!

I’m super excited to be partnering with The Wharton Center for Performing Arts on Michigan State University’s campus in East Lansing for a fun, family-friendly giveaway! If you’ve never been, it’s a GREAT venue for performances and parking is a cinch with an attached parking deck :)

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Wharton Center

On Sunday, April 27th at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., the TRUE story of the three little pigs will be told. Featuring Paul Mesner puppets and based on the book by Jon Scieska, here’s the show synopsis:

Think you know the real story behind the huffing and puffing? Think again. There’s only one individual who knows the true story about one wolf, three houses and three little pigs: Alexander T. Wolf. In this revealing, no-squealing adaptation of Jon Scieszka’s popular book, A. Wolf has a chance to tell his side of the story. He only wanted a cup of sugar and he did have a cold. For years we have only known this story from the pigs’ point of view. Mr. A. Wolf tells all about what really happened to those three little houses made of straw, sticks and bricks and the three pigs who lived in them. 

How cute does that sound? Best of all, ticket prices are just $8! The show is recommended for age 4 and up.

The program is part of the Act One Family Series, which provide the perfect opportunity for parents and grandparents to introduce children to the performing arts. Shows are specifically designed to appeal to young audiences by national and international touring youth theatre production companies.

Additionally, one hour prior to performance time, there will be family activities while supplies last.

Learn more here: http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/the-true-story-of-the-three-little-pigs

Or follow The Wharton Center on Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube.

The Wharton Center - The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs

GIVEAWAY

I am excited to provide TWO tickets to a family for the 4 p.m. show {tickets will be at will call}. Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts below. Must be a Michigan resident age 18+ and willing to drive to East Lansing for the show. Giveaway ends on April 18 at midnight.

Best of luck!

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Day Out With Thomas At Greenfield Village April 26-27, May 3-4 and 10-11, 2014

Day Out With Thomas At Greenfield Village

A lot of times I get super excited about fun events coming to town and think immediately of my preschooler, Kinley. When I learned about Day Out With Thomas, I got insanely excited for my toddler, Karina. Because you guys? She LOVES trains, specifically Thomas!

For Christmas, we got a used train table from a friend, which both of my girls love {gender-specific toys — be gone!}. They play with it every day. Karina also got a book about Thomas and a stuffed toy and they are up there with her favorite items ever :)

Karina and Thomas

That’s why I am so excited to take my kids to Day Out With Thomas at Greenfield Village in a few weeks!

Here’s more about the event from the press release:

Preschoolers will get the thrill of their lives when Thomas the Tank Engine™ steams across the country this year.  When Thomas arrives at Greenfield Village for the Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014, he will not only take his fans for a ride, but also talk to them for the very first time on the tour!  The event, which takes place April 26-27 and May 3-4 and 10-11, 2014, will be hosted by Greenfield Village and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands.

Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. For three back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to:

  • Take a 25 minute ride around Greenfield Village on their favorite engine
  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway
  • Enjoy Thomas & Friends activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.

Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:30 am through 5 pm each day of the event.

TICKET PRICING

Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 are $11.75 for members, age 1 year and older and includes free admission to Greenfield Village. Ticket prices for non-member children age 1-4 is $11.75, youth age 5-12 is $27.75, adults age 13-61 is $33.75 and seniors age 62 and up is $32.75.

Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 866.468.7630 or logging onto www.ticketweb.com/dowt.  For more information and directions, contact The Henry Ford at 313-982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org

Due to the popularity of this event, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, as events sell out often!

For general information about the tour or to find a Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 event near you, visit www.ticketweb.com/dowt.

I will be receiving complimentary tickets to Day Out With Thomas in exchange for promoting.

Have you ever attended a Day Out With Thomas event? Sounds like something every family with girls or boys should attend at least once!

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When Your Child Is “Behind.” My Experience With Early On Michigan

A few months ago, I heard something that was a bit of a shock from our pediatrician. She was worried that Karina {then 18 months old} may be behind with her language development. She told us to wait until 20 months, and if there wasn’t a lot of improvement, to give Early On Michigan, a call to screen her for developmental delays.

Her language understanding is there — she can hear what we’re saying and react. She’s affectionate. She looks us in the eye. She giggles and has stranger danger — just like any kid at 20 months. But, her language is pretty limited. Sure, I get what she is saying most of the time, but outsiders do not. {For example, “apple” is “ba-bo” and “blankey” is just “b”}

Comparison is deadly, but no matter what you do — it’s there. Especially when you have more than one child.

Kinley was an early talker. She “babbled” starting at 6 weeks and hasn’t stopped talking since. She sings, makes up songs, plays pretend and talks to herself constantly…and those are all things she has done from a young age.

Karina has never been a big babbler, but she has skills Kinley did not have at her age — she can build with LEGOs for long periods of time, she has fed herself from day one, she is extremely affectionate {Kinley is just now starting to become more of a lover…and I think it’s because Karina inspires her!} and she is SO brave.

Early On Michigan

It’s astonishing to me how different siblings can be from each other — but really, it’s absolutely wonderful, too!

As we approached 20 months, the worrying started to creep in. I watched videos of Kinley at the same age saying “Happy Birthday,” and grew concerned since Karina still hasn’t mastered a single two-syllable word. I observed other kids in her age range and could see she wasn’t talking/attempting language like they were {without her sister helping!}. After stewing over the fact I might be over-reacting, I went with my gut and scheduled an appointment with Early On Michigan.

Early On is a FREE program through the State of Michigan that works with children from birth to age three, that specifically looks for developmental delays and/or disabilities.

Two women came to our house {one was a former special education teacher and one was a speech pathologist} for the evaluation. My girls HAMMED IT UP. Seriously. They must have thought these ladies were the coolest people ever the way they kept bringing out “toys” to play with and showering them with attention!

They asked me questions about Karina’s development and personality, and interacted with her with several games to test her fine/gross motor skills, language, memory, and more. The entire evaluation took a little less than an hour, and I felt that it was pretty thorough.

At the end, we discussed what I needed to do moving forward.

It was determined that she is behind in her language skills {she is speaking at a 16/17 month level versus where she should be at 20 months}. But we also learned she’s ahead for her age in adult interaction, social skills and concepts, so that helped some of my mommy guilt fall to the wayside.

Our plan of action is to just work with her more during the next few months {incorporating more sign language, working with flash cards, and soliciting Kinley for help — she truly is her best teacher}, and re-screen her in a few months if her language doesn’t improve. Additionally, I have scheduled a hearing test just to be sure that isn’t an issue, though that isn’t suspected.

I am SO thankful for this program to put my mind at ease, or if needed, help my child, in the future. Early intervention is absolutely key when it comes to little ones!

The reality is there is such a huge range of what’s “normal” for a child, especially during these early years, and reading things on the ‘net will only scare or confuse you. Only a parent can determine when something is just off with their child. Don’t hesitate to ask your pediatrician questions or get an evaluation to determine where your child stands if you’re worried. I am so happy I did!

If you think your infant or toddler may have a developmental delay, contact Early On at 1-800-Early-On or complete the online referral form.

This is not sponsored in any way by Early On. I just really appreciated this program and wanted to sure my experience in case there is a parent in my same boat!

Was your child a late talker? What helped them develop their language over time?

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Think Build-A-Bear Workshop® For Easter Gifts {+ $25 Gift Card Giveaway!} ENDS 4/11

The post below is sponsored by Build-A-Bear Workshop®. All opinions expressed are my own.

I don’t know about you all, but there is nothing my kids love more than all of their “stuffie” animal friends. Kinley can honestly name each and every person and place where she got each one of hers. It’s truly amazing!

That’s why I have plans to take her to our local Build-A-Bear Workshop® for her next birthday. I know she will just love it, and to me, taking her to an experience rather than just getting a gift is so important.

I was beyond thrilled to receive the CUTEST bunny ever to give her from BABW’s Easter collection. She is going to FREAK. Because look at this thing. So adorable, right?!

Build-A-Bear Stripes-A-Lot Bunny

Get a FREE egg decorating kit with a purchase of $25 or more, while supplies last! 

I love everything from the packaging and “birth” certificate to the details on the shoes and skirt. When you receive something from Build-A-Bear Workshop®, expect GREAT quality and a friend that will last!

Build-A-Bear Bunny

I know my girls will love playing with Stripes’ house {box} too!

More about what Build-A-Bear Workshop® is offering this Easter season is below. If you’d rather go into the store to make your own creation, a gift card would be the perfect basket addition. Or, you can always make things easy and shop online!

Pretty Petals Bunny

Pretty Petals Bunny ($20) is perfectly pink and ready to hop into your heart! She is wearing her favorite springtime Fuchsia Tulle Flower Dress ($12.50), Fuchsia Glam Heels ($7.50) and Flower Headband ($3).

Chocolate Bunny

Chocolate Bunny ($18) has soft brown fur, big floppy ears and bright blue eyes. He is dressed casually cool in a Checkered Shirt with Bowtie ($7), Khaki Shorts ($7), Navy & Lime Boat Shoes ($7.50) and Lime Green Sunglasses ($4.50). Plus you can add a mini Bunny Easter basket ($5) or plush Easter egg ($3.50) to any furry friend!

Stripes-A-Lot Bunny

Stripes-A-Lot Bunny ($20) is ready for spring gifting with chevron striped fur and pink ears and paws. She wears a Turquoise Flower Skirt Outfit ($12.50), Rainbow Flats ($7.50), Spring Bouquet ($3.50) and Bear Flair™ Flower Bows ($5, 4 pc.). 

Soft & Sweet Lamb

Soft & Sweet Lamb ($18) has fluffy white fur that’s perfect for cuddling. She is ready for spring in her Fuchsia Flower Dress ($10.50), Fuchsia Glam Heels ($7.50 per pair) and Easter Hat ($6). Add a sweet scent like bubblegum to any furry friend with SCENTiments™ for just $3.50.

Additionally, these Build-A-Bear Buddies™ are super affordable and the perfect size for any Easter basket!

Build-A-Bear Buddies for Easter

Choose from Blue Waddles Duckling, Zigzag Bunny, Snuggly Heart Bear, Purple Fuzzy Duckling and more ($10 each). Dress any Build-A-Bear Buddies friend in the Yellow Egg Costume, Fuchsia Flower Dress, White Bunny Costume or Pink Plaid Dress ($7 each) for a heartfelt gift for someone special. 

Learn more by following Build-A-Bear Workshop® on Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram. Additionally, check out the iPhone app and blog, too.

GIVEAWAY!!!

I am excited to be able to offer the chance for one of you to win a $25 Bear Buck$® gift card to Build-A-Bear Workshop®. Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts below. Must be 18 years or older and a resident of the U.S. Giveaway ends on 4/11/14 at midnight.

Best of luck and “hoppy” Easter ;)

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Things To Do With Kids in April 2014 in Southeast Michigan

Can you believe Easter is just around the corner? That means so many fun SPRINGTIME activities! I found some neat gems this month of all price points.

This list includes family fun in Genesee, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. Enjoy and plan an adventure today!

Things To Do With Kids in April 2014 in Southeast Michigan

Throughout April – Goodrich Quality Theaters Free Spring Movies – {Various Michigan Cities} – See previously released kid-friendly films for FREE every Saturday and Sunday at 9 and 10 a.m. April films include: Puss & Boots, Rango, Shrek and Sponge Bob Squarepants.

Throughout April — Flick’s Family Festival at Celebration Cinemas {Various Michigan Cities} – Features FREE movies for kids 12 and under and just $4 for adults. Showtimes are available on the Tuesday evenings the week the movie starts. Upcoming movies include: Walking With The Dinosaurs, Frozen, The Nut Job and a mystery movie for the last weekend!

April 4 — Family Fun Friday featuring Junior League in the Kitchen {Lansing} – Visit Schmidt Community Center at 6 p.m. for a FREE night of fun, play, fitness and food! There will be fitness demos, healthy food tastings, raffle items and giveaways for all participants. FREE.

April 4 — FREE Admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science After 5 p.m. {Bloomfield Hills} – Get the scoop over at this post by Free Is My Life.

RIO2_Birdbath-feeder_gradient-3b2d7471April 5 – Home Depot Kids Workshop {Nationwide} – Visit Home Depot to build a bird feeder from the new film, Rio 2. 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 5 — Eggstravaganza {Brighton} – SELCRA’s 13th Annual Eggstravaganza will be filled with fun activities for kids of all ages. Pre-registration is suggested. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5/child.

April 5 – “What DOES the Fox Say?” at Independence Oaks Nature Center {Clarkston} — From 1–3 p.m., kids can discover the answer as we explore the wild lives of foxes and their relatives. Through crafty games, a hike, and touching fox and coyote skins, visitors will learn where they live, what they do and what they really have to say. $4/person.

April 5 — Livingston County Women’s Expo {Howell} – Come and enjoy a women’s only day! Chair massages, free bra fitting, foot massages and more will be available during the event. FREE.

April 5 — Royal Easter Celebration with Elsa from Frozen at My Girly Party {Farmington Hills} – Get the scoop at this post by Metro Detroit Mommy!

April 5-13 {Weekends} – The Wizard of Oz presented by the Pinckney Players {Pinckney} – Escape and visit Oz in this beautiful classic presented by the local Pinckney community theatre.  $14/adults, $12 for students/seniors. Multiple shows at various dates/times.

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April 8 — Lansing Lugnuts Home Opener {Lansing} – Grab some inexpensive tickets and bring the family to watch the Lugnuts, Lansing’s own minor league team! Tickets start at just $12.

April 12 — Toys R Us LEGO Movie Build Events {Various TRU locations} – Get the FREE scoop over at this post by Five Dollar Shake!

April 12 – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Jungle Java {Canton} – Get the scoop over at this post by Metro Detroit Mommy!

April 12 — Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic {Nationwide} – Bring your kids to Lowe’s and they can build a recycling truck — so perfect for Earth Day! Workshop takes place at 10 a.m. and advance registration encouraged {link above}. FREE.

April 12 — Family Day at Kelsey Museum of Archeology {Ann Arbor} – Get the scoop on this FREE event over at Ann Arbor With Kids!

April 12 — Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at the Howell Aquatic Center {Howell} – Dive in for some EGG-sational fun, hunting for eggs underwater! Bring your own waterproof basket and swim from 1-2:30 p.m. $5/child. Adults are free.

April 12 — Awesome Eggs at Red Oaks County Park {Madison Heights} – Hear a story about and meet live animals that lay eggs. Visit a vernal pond to investigate local egg–layers’ habitats. Learn how to make natural egg dyes and decorate eggs! Bring six hard–boiled eggs/person for decorating. 10 a.m.–noon. $5/person. Pre–registration required.

April 13 — Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Jungle Java {Clinton Township} – Get the scoop over at this post by Metro Detroit Mommy!

April 14 – Macy’s 2nd Mondays at The Henry Ford Museum {Dearborn} – Introduce your preschool children to the wonders of The Henry Ford — all before nap time {10 a.m. – noon}. This month, kids will get to meet the Easter Bunny, have a scavenger hunt and a sing-a-long, and create some bunny ears. Additionally, Barry the Guitar Guy will be in the museum and there will be a giveaway with spring toys and fresh flowers. FREE for kids, adults can get 25 percent off their admission tickets with this coupon.

April 14 – Target Family Reading Night: Garden Party at Canton Library {Canton} – Attend a special family storytime and get a free book to take home! From 7-8 p.m. Recommended for children ages 4-8 with caregiver. Registration required.

April 16 — Sounds of Spring at Red Oaks County Park {Madison Heights} – Join us the third Wednesday of every month to share animal facts, and see and feel fur, feathers and scales. A nature film will be shown in the auditorium. 6:30–7:30 p.m. $2/person. Pre–registration required.

April 16 — Great Marshmallow Drop at Catalpa Oaks {Southfield} – Get the scoop on this fun event over at Oakland County Moms!

April 17 — Marshmallow Drop & Moon Glow {Howell} – Visit this unique Easter egg hunt and springtime celebration just for kids ages 0-8 years old. The event begins with a fly-over helicopter dropping marshmallows with special ones sprinkled throughout that can be turned in for prizes. After, there is a nighttime egg hunt at dusk, so be sure to bring a flashlight! $10/child. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

April 19 – Spring Egg–Venture at Independence Oaks {Clarkston} – Enjoy an egg–cellent story about the wide variety of animals that lay eggs. Meet some live egg–layers and hike through their habitats. Learn to make natural dyes, and dye some eggs! Bring six hard–boiled eggs/person. 10 a.m. – Noon. $5/person.

April 19 — Breakfast With The Easter Bunny at The Howell Nature Center {Howell} – Enjoy a pancake breakfast with sausage and all the trimmings, and a special guest — the Easter bunny! Children will get to visit with him, receive a special gift, and enjoy an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. events. $8/adults, $6/kids and children under 2 are free. Reservations required.

April 23 – Great Lakes Zoological Society: Meet the Animals at Canton Public Library {Canton} – Have you ever been ‘sniffed’ by a snake? Or tickled by a tortoise? Here’s your chance to meet and learn about new animal friends visiting from the Great Lakes Zoological Society! Come explore the different colors, textures and behaviors found in the animal kingdom. Program times are at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Registration required.

April 24 – Save the Whales Earth Day Craft Party at Canton Public Library {Canton} – Children ages 4-9 will hear a story, make a craft and have an ocean-themed snack. Registration required.

April 25 – An Evening of Amphibians at Red Oaks County Park {Madison Heights} – Male frogs put forth a nightly chorus to attract a mate. Identify different types of frogs based on their calls, make a craft and enjoy a game. Then go outdoors at dusk to hike and listen for frogs and other sounds of spring. School–aged children/adults. 7:30–9 p.m. $3/person. Pre–registration required.

April 26 – Spring Star Party at Independence Oaks {Clarkston} – Identify Leo the Lion, the “star” of the spring night sky, and more in Starlab {indoor, inflatable planetarium}. Telescopes provided by the Oakland Astronomy Club {weather permitting}. Make a magnetic space toy and enjoy a snack. Suitable for school–aged children/adults. Event is from 9-11 p.m. $4/person.

April 26-27 {+ May 3-4 and 10-11} — Day Out With Thomas at Greenfield Village {Dearborn} – During Thomas’ annual visit to Greenfield Village, he is the centerpiece of six days of family fun and entertainment. You can ride Thomas around the village and meet Sir Topham Hatt™ face-to-face. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. MEMBERS: $11.75 per person, age 1 year & older. NON-MEMBER: Prices include admission to Greenfield Village and the Thomas the Tank Experience: Seniors age 62 & up: $33.75, Adults age 13-61: $35.75, Youth age 5-12: $29.25, Child age 1-4: $11.75. All infants under 1 year are free.

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April 27 — The True Story of the Three Little Pigs at The Wharton {Lansing} – Think you know the real story behind the huffing and puffing? Think again. There’s only one individual who knows the true story about one wolf, three houses and three little pigs: Alexander T. Wolf. In this revealing, no-squealing adaptation of Jon Scieszka’s popular book, A. Wolf has a chance to tell his side of the story. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Tickets start at $8. {Look for a giveaway in the coming weeks!}

April 27 – Family-Friendly Film at the Michigan Theater - The Labyrinth {Ann Arbor} – Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. 1:30 p.m. Adults – $10, seniors/children 13+ – $8. Free for kids 12 and under.

April 27 — Party for the Planet at Potter Park Zoo {Lansing} – Celebrate the 44th Earth Day at the zoo! Enrichment items will be given to our animals from 1-3 p.m., and some of them are made by our BIG Zoo Lesson kids.  You’ll be able to get up close with a selection of our education animals and learn about them from their handlers.  Cost is general admission.

April 27 – May 4 – Bookstock Used Book and Media Sale {Livonia} – This is a fabulous reason to not only get excited about reading/literacy, but also to support a variety of non-profit organizations in Detroit and the metro area. There will be tens of thousands of pre-sorted books {ALL kinds, including children’s book}, CDs, DVDs and more. {Look for a more detailed post coming soon!}

What did I miss? Where are you heading with your family this month?

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