July 27, 2014

Discounted Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets

I know it's not a local event, however the  Michigan Renaissance Fest (12600 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI) is a great experience to have at least once in your life. Mom, dad and the kids are sure to enjoy spending the day on the grounds exploring all there is to see, do and eat!

When I was in college I spent a season at the festival as a street performer. it was a lot of long days and hard work, but I loved it. It was an experience like no other. I've been wanting to take my kids to the festival for the past few summers, but for one reason or another, we were unable to go. When I saw this amazing ticket deal though, I couldn't pass up going.

Get your discount MichiganRenaissance Festival tickets today! 
Right now CBS local is offering deeply discount tickets - $10/adult and $6/kids ages 5-12 - That's over a 50% discount on Michigan Renaissance Festival tickets! I know that the day will cost much more with food and all, but for this price, I can afford to take the entire family for a day of fun.

From past experiences, I can recommend getting there early to park. It's difficult to say how different things will be now, I noticed that a few friends still performing (like my friend Rob from Pippin Puppets) with many new acts being offered. I can't wait to share the experience with the kids! The festival runs weekends now through September 30, plus Labor Day and Friday, September 14.

One hint to new comers. Don't ask any of the street performers where the restrooms are...  Then again, go ahead and prompt your kids to do it for you. You may get a big surprise!

My friend Rob of Pippin Puppets with my kids in 2013.

Now I need to go try and dig up a photo or two of my Ren Fest days...  The kids will get a kick out of that!

Disclaimer: I do have an affiliate link through CBS Local and may receive compensation as a result of blogging about this deal. My tickets were however purchased.  

July 24, 2014

Movies-in-the-park: Frozen

I certainly hope this is not an homage to weather this summer or a forecast of the winter to come, but the next Movies in the Park feature for Ypsilanti Township is Frozen. Saturday, August 2 is a great night to enjoy a movie under the stars at Ford Heritage Park (Ypsilanti Township). Plan to bring blankets, chairs and possibly a picnic dinner to enjoy too!

The evening events typically are all about family too - Music, games, raffles prizes, activities plus the the feature presentation at dusk (9:00 p.m.).  The movie will shown on a giant video projection system complete with concert stereo sound so that families can have the best experience possible.

The next Movies in the Park will be held September 6. This is a FREE event for ALL ages!

July 23, 2014

The Super Run Comes to Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Mom blog is all about affordable family activities. It seems of late that my kids (now 8 & 10) are getting into more "active" activities and fewer of the free crafty things. As it happens my son has really begun enjoying the various runs around town. Put those two things together and what do you get? The Ann Arbor Super Run!

On Saturday, September 6 Ann Arbor (Specifically Gallup Park) will be over-run with super heroes fighting for a good deed. Families are encouraged to run (or walk) in the 1K or 5K. While there you will also find free activities for kids including bounce houses, face painting, DJ's, and magicians. Often too the vendors offer things like painting canvases, bubbles and stickers too!

Want to WIN free entry into the Super Run? Keep reading for details...

By the way if you are a local business that would like to promote yourself, I have been told that you may receive a free space so long as a family friendly activity or giveaway is provided!

Now a bit about the organization. The Super Run is a super hero themed family fun run, that partners with local charities to raise awareness and funds for their cause. For Ann Arbor, our Host charity is the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, who seek every day superheros for the more than 13,000 foster children in Michigan. They have support from their partner charities: American Association for Cancer Research, Children's Hospitals National Foundation, and more.

As a parent I very much appreciate the price for this run too. For the bargain price of just $10 your children can participate in the 1K race PLUS they receive their own swag which includes an authentic super hero cape, a Super tattoo and a "Be a hero. Help a cause. Join the run." silicone awareness bracelet!
To register for The Ann Arbor Super Run visit the website at:
Big discounts are available until July 28!

While this is a very inexpensive run for the family, it gets even better when the Ann Arbor Mom blog offers a FREE entry to the Ann Arbor Super Run. One lucky winner will win (1) Adult Race package with an extra special "Super Mom" cape (Dads just consider it Super MAN) that is being created especially for the Ann Arbor Mom blog compliments of www.superflykids.com. To win simply comment below on What makes you a Super Mom (or man). A random winner will be chosen from all entries posted by August 13, 2014.

For more information or to register for the run, visit the Ann Arbor Super Run website. You can also find details online at Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesuperrun. Proceeds from the Super Run will support Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

July 1, 2014

Nature Connection Kids Club at Heavner Canoe Rental

A friend shared a great new kids program called the Heavner's Kids Club for kids ages 3-8.  Every Tuesday, July 15-August 26, find opportunities for outdoor play, education, exploration, and adventure at Heavner's. Sessions will be located at several State Recreation areas and Parks with activities from 10:00 a.m. - noon unless otherwise noted. 

So get outdoors with the kids this summer. You will have fun, great some great exercise and make memories together. This summer you will find: 
  • July 15 Canoeing, Live Music, Bonfire, and Picnic* (Proud Lake State Recreation Area) 
  • July 22 Kensington Farm Center Guided Tour and Picnic* 
  • July 29 Guided Hike, Nature Photography, Scavenger Hunt, Crafts, and Picnic at Proud Lake State Recreation Area
  • August 5 Kensington Nature Center Guided Tour, Hike, and Picnic
  • August 12 Belle Isle Zoo Tour, Canoeing and Kayaking, and Picnic
  • August 19 Kayaking, Fun with (Live) Music, Bonfire, and Picnic at the Proud Lake State Recreation Area
  • August 26 Beach Party 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with Swimming, Canoeing/Kayaking, Fishing, Games, and Picnic at Island Lake State Recreation Area - Please provide your own lunch. 
 A parent/guardian must accompany each child to the Kids Club and older siblings may attend. There are only 30 spots are available each week so be sure to reserve you space early.

Parents may sign up for individual sessions for just $12/day for the first child and $10/day for each additional child. Parents and guardians get free admission for the program. If your family attends three sessions, they will receive a free 2-hour self-return canoe or kayak rental (valued at $27.00). In addition, each child will receive a t-shirt with an original Kids Club art design.

For further information and to register for the Kids Club, please call the Proud Lake livery at (248) 685-2379, or visit the Heavner’s Kids Club website.

June 18, 2014

Free Family Art Night

I am happy to promote the FREE Family Art Night at the Two Twelve Arts Center (216 W Michigan Ave, Saline, MI 48176) happening throughout the summer. Each night will have new and exciting projects created by "activity Rob". 
Take the family to enjoy the Free Family Art Nights
at the Two Twelve Arts Center in Saline.
Wednesdays, June 20-Aug 20.

The program is hosted on select Wednesday's throughout the summer from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for children and adults of all ages. Family Art Nights start June 18 and run every Wednesday (except Independence Day week) through August 20.

What will you and your family create this summer?