February 1, 2016

Brick Bash Ann Arbor

Attention LEGO Builders and fans, Brick Bash - Ann Arbor's very own celebration of everything LEGO, hits town on February 27, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Skyline High School (2552 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor).

For just $5/person or $20/family, families will find their LEGO dreams come true. See amazing LEGO models created by hobbyists from around the country, find thousands of LEGO, Duplo, and Bionicle bricks to play with and see LEGO movies featuring educational, hands-on building projects.

You can also find Brick Bash on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/brickbash - Hope to see you there!

January 29, 2016

Winter Fun Fest

Get your Winter Fun Fest passport stamped
at three events and get a free t-shirt and tote bag!
Many of my readers will know that I am a scout leader for both of my children. My son is now in Boy Scouts and I am his Assistant Scoutmaster and my daughter is a Junior Girl Scout. What makes scouting amazing to me is the amount of outdoor activities the scouts do. The non scouting part of me also likes to be outdoors - Playing sports, hiking, sitting in the woods or foraging for good eats. Basically the outdoors is a big part of our lives.

This winter your family can enjoy the outdoors too during the Winter Fun Fest happening throughout Washtenaw County. Winter Fun Fest runs from January 30th until Feburary 20th with over 20 fun winter events in three weeks! Whether you like warming up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa or tromping through the freshly fallen snow, we've got something for everyone to enjoy.

 At the first event you attend you can pick up your Fun Fest Passport - if you attend three events in the next three weeks, you will win a free T-Shirt or Tote! A full list of Winter Fun Fest events can be found here: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/activities/winter-fun-fest/2016-winter-fun-fest-calendar-of-events

Did I mention that these are free events? Certainly there may be some parks that require an entry fee but get ready to have some free fun with the family!

January 28, 2016

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan Opens March 25!

I am so excited to hear that the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan announced today that the grand opening will happen March 24-25. I will get to be part of the action participating in several preview events and perhaps even the ribbon cutting but wanted to share this news with my readers ASAP!

The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan will be a 32,000-square-foot indoor attraction at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, featuring millions of LEGO bricks and themed exhibits including a 4D cinema, two interactive rides, large soft play areas and much more.

“We are looking forward to opening our doors to children and families who are looking to experience a world of color, creativity and imagination,” said Hayley Anderson, general manager for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan. “LEGO has a long history of encouraging learning through play, and we believe that our attraction will soon be an integral part of the fabric of the Southeast Michigan community.”

The attraction will feature a MINILAND display, Inspired by the metro Detroit region’s sights and culture. MINILAND is a miniature LEGO brick landscape of local buildings, attractions and other notable landmarks, and is one of the most highly anticipated displays at each new LEGOLAND Discovery Center. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan’s MINILAND will include the GMRENCEN, Spirit of Detroit, Belle Isle, Motown Museum, Fox theater, Guardian Building, Comerica Park, Uniroyal Tire, Michigan Central Station, and the Heidelberg Project.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available online prior to the attraction’s opening date. Walk-up admittance will not be available. For more information about ticket sales visit the  LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan website or find them on Facebook at: www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan/ Also know that the Ann Arbor Mom blog will bring you an early peek at the exhibit and perhaps more...

January 25, 2016

Free Tickets: Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School

It's hard to believe we are already at the end of January. Many parents have begun considering mid-winter break and perhaps they are even dreaming of spring break and warmer temperatures! For those of you thinking of mid-winter break though, I have something for you. Why not get into the mood with a Not Just for Kids performance at the Michigan Theater?

The next Not Just For Kids performance at the Michigan Theater is Junie B. Jones and the Essential Survival Guide to School on Saturday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m. It’s live musical theater and is a great way to introduce your kids to live theater. I especially appreciate the break from screens which helps increase their love of reading!

The Not Just For Kids series is affordable entertainment for the family too, with tickets just $10 for Michigan Theater members and $12 for non-members. Tickets are available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com, at Nichola's Books or at the Michigan Theater box office. For Ann Arbor Mom blog readers though there is a special offer - FREE TICKETS! That's right, one lucky Ann Arbor family will be given a family (4) pack of tickets to see and the Essential Survival Guide to School. All you need to do is to comment below answering the following question:

"What one essential items do you need to get through the school year?"

A random winner from all entries received by midnight on January 31, 2016 will be chosen.

Ann Arbor Summer Camp & Day Camp Expos

Find details on Ann Arbor Summer Camps
and Summer Day Camps during the Summer
Camp Expo at Briarwood Mall.
It may be cold and the sun may not be shining much, but I know many Ann Arbor parents are beginning to plan what to do this summer when the sun DOES come out; Ann Arbor parents are already considering summer camp and day camp experiences when the kids are out of school for summer vacation! I know, I have already started looking too...

I am in the process of updating my annual list of Ann Arbor summer camp and summer day camp options for parents, but if you are anxious (and I know many of you are based on the e-mails I have received) then I have a solution for you!

On March 5, 2016, noon-4:00 p.m., Briarwood Mall will once again host its annual “Spring into Summer” Camp Expo. This year’s event will hist more than two dozen camps and will address a wide range of interests for children and young adults up to age 18. Some of the camps already slated to attend include Oz’s Music, Go Like the Wind Montesorri, Summer’s Knoll, and several YMCA day camps.

Attendees at the free event will also enjoy entertainment from Colors the Clown and various kids activities. Do you have a fun kids activity to include in the event? Be sure to register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/campexpo2016

For a complete list of participating summer camps, please Like the Briarwood Mall Facebook page.

Ann Arbor summer camps that wish to send me updates on their summer camp programs can contact me at tmayrend at gmail dot com - This year I will also have openings for sponsorship and special advertising deals for Ann Arbor summer camps and those in the surrounding communities!