Zoo Openings for spring {MI and IN}

Anyone living in Michigan and Indiana(or other cold, snowy locations), know that a lot of our zoos close for winter.  Typically they close in November until sometime in April.  A lot of zoos don’t close, but I find in these two states, a LOT do close or have very limited times. Here’s a current list of dates the zoos are opening, and any fun NEW things going on this year: April 1- Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City IN– already open- we were here a few years ago.  It’s a nice little zoo right by the beach in Michigan City.  We spent the morning at the zoo and the afternoon swimming in Lake Michigan. Makes for a fun family day. Potowatomi Zoo– South Bend, IN  opened April 1 Indianapolis Zoo– Indianapolis, IN already open.  They’re adding new exhibits to the Oceans area this year.  This is a GREAT zoo.  We were there several years ago. April 14- Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI ( a great little zoo that is really natural feeling.  This is one of the best “little zoos” I’ve been to)- They’re breaking ground this year on a new lion exhibit.  The giraffes will only be on exhibit when it’s 60F or greater outside. April 16- Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, MI.  The sanctuary is open year round but beginning April 16 they’ll start moving the animals from their indoor winter exhibits to the outdoor exhibits.  It […]

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photo booth fun

I’m prepping my supplies to take photos at my sister in law’s 25th wedding anniversary party in March… I was SOOO excited to find these props on Amazon this weekend… how fun will that be? 25th Anniversary – Photo Booth Props Kit – 20 Count I think the guests are gonna have fun with this!!  I’ll bring my black 10x 20 photo […]

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Free movies in Michigan

Celebration Cinema is getting ready to start their Spring Flick Family Film FEstival.  Free movies for kids and usually a low ($5 ?) ticket price for adults. Here is the schedule: Opens Friday 2/26:  Hotel Transylvania 2 Opening in March 2016: 3/4 Pan 3/11 Goosebumps 3/18 The Peanuts Movie 3/25 Alvin and the Chipmunks   List of theaters (all in […]

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Winter bulletin board

I take on a lot of activities that I really don’t have time for…just because I love to help out wherever I can at the kids school.  I took over the entry way bulletin board this year.  It doesn’t get changed often since I’m working a full time job, a direct sales job and of course occasional blogging.  I did […]

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PLanning for 2016

Are you a planner user?  Have you considered starting one?  This is what I’ll be using in 2016:   It’s $29.95 during December for this set.  I’ve already started to fill mine out and I’m so excited about this set.  I can’t wait to share photos once I get it finished for January. I am an Independent Consultant for Close […]

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Popcorn treats

I was in charge of coming up with ideas for the 5th grade class party this past week. I set up a table full of treats and snacks that they could choose from to create their own “trail mix”.  The assortment included: pretzels Capn’ Crunch holiday shapes lemon lime popcorn (see recipe below) m&m’s craisins marshmallows They each filled a […]

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Thanksgiving appetizers

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving with family next week and I’ve been searching for ideas of what we can bring along with us.  Or simple things we can gather supplies for and make when we arrive. Here’s a few of the great ideas I’ve gathered! Turkey themed appetizer:   Pumpkin shaped dinner rolls: Pumpkin pie rice krispie treats. A favorite at potlucks:  […]

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Things to Do in October 2015

It’s time to start filling your calendar for October… assuming you have time in between work, sports, school, etc…Here’s a few calendars for events coming up.. along with items listed, don’t forget your local trunk or treat/ trick or treat events, county fairs etc! ILLINOIS: Chicago events fairs, and festivals NEW YORK: New York city events, fairs and festivals OHIO: The Great Pumpkinfest at Cedar Point TENNESSEE: Nashville: Grand Ole Opry show schedule CALIFORNIA: Disneyland: Mickey’s Halloween Party FLORIDA: Disney World: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party PENNSYLVANIA: Hershey Park: Halloween Party MULTIPLE STATES: Celebration Cinemas Flick’s Fall Film Festival (free for 12 and under, $5 adults) Goodrich Quality Theaters Free-quent Movie Goers (FMG) Club (free for members and $1 for others)

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Upcoming FREE events and tours { Colorado, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois and others}

Looking for some end of the summer travel ideas to do before the kids go back to school?  Here’s a few that showed up in my inbox: COLORADO: Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver The museum is free from 4-8pm on the following days:  (these are a little later in the year) Tuesday November 3, 2015 Tuesday November 1, 2015 ILLINOIS: Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier:  Free every Thursday 5-8pm as a Target Family Night event  (website) KENTUCKY: Mammoth Caves Website link 08/25/2015 Location: Mammoth Cave National Park | Map Fee Information: Free of ChargeContact Name: Mammoth Cave National parkContact Phone Number: 270-758-2417 Join us on August 25, 2015 to celebrate Founder’s Day with a free Mammoth Passage Tour!  Pick up your free tickets at the visitor center for one of the times listed below.  Tickets are free but are required for cave entry.  The tour is limited to 40 participants and is on a first come first served basis.  The trip is approximately 3/4 mile round trip.  Enter the Rotunda, see the remains of an 1812 saltpeter operation, experience some of the most famous ares of the Mammoth Cave.  Enjoy a day out with the family, friends or experience the park yourself.  Either way it’s sure to be a fine time! Mammoth Passage Tour Times 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 & 3:30 MICHIGAN: Henry Ford Museum Website Link 09/07/15 Target Family Days January […]

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