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Kidz Gear Makes Adult Quality Headphones with Kids in Mind

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones
~Thank you to Kidz Gear and Thomas PR for providing a set of Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones for review. As always, opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.~

Race car engines revving, Transformers crashing and fighting, gun fire blazing, soccer game commentary. These are just a few of the sounds that fill my living room on any given day. Can I just get a little peace and quiet, please?

My son loves playing video games (as does daddy) and while I do my best to limit his game time, I get tired of hearing the same noises over and over and over. On the few days I actually decide to do a little work, the sounds can be quite distracting and make it difficult to concentrate. It literally flushes my productivity down the toilet.

Just recently my son got the opportunity to try the Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear and they are a total game changer (no pun intended). Immediately upon opening the headphones, my son connected them to the PS4 controller just like daddy does and for that matter, couldn’t wait for daddy to get home from work so he could show them to him.

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

Connecting the headphones to the controller redirected all game sounds to him and the living room became silent. Finally! He’s occupied, the room is quiet and I can actually be productive at a little work.

What makes the Kidz Gear Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones unique?

  • Use with audio cable connection OR use Bluetooth wireless connection.
  • Rechargeable battery via USB cable.
  • Up to 10 hrs listening time when fully charged.
  • Speaker diameter of 30 mm is optimal for small ears.
  • Adjustable headset.
  • Each earbud is labeled with L or R so kid’s know which side is which.
  • Detachable boom microphone for hands-free calls or video gaming.
  • Headset controls on right earbud.
  • Convenient carrying case.

When playing video games, the headphones connect to the controller using the audio cable, but the headphones can also be used wirelessly on any device that has Bluetooth capability, like a tablet or cell phone. Obviously with the audio cable, it’s as simple as plugging them in. But connecting the headphones wirelessly to a device is super easy, too.

Connect Wirelessly

  1. Turn the Bluetooth function switch from off to on.
  2. Hold down the play/pause/answer button on the right headphone until the LED indicator blinks continually between red and green.
  3. Visit the Bluetooth settings on the device you want to connect and select “BTKG1.”

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

Voila! You’re ready to listen wirelessly!

One of the fun features of the Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones is the detachable boom microphone. It can be used for talking on the phone and even for taking some online tests and gaming. I’ve discovered that the boom mic only works when the headphones are connected wirelessly to a device, but not when connected with the audio cable.

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

Unfortunately, when I tried connecting the headphones via Bluetooth to our PS4, I received a message that the PS4 doesn’t support Bluetooth audio devices. Really, Sony? This bummed us out because we thought my son would be able to use the talking feature while playing his games.

But boy he loves taking phone calls with the boom mic. It’s literally hands-free calling for kids. I cringe every time my kids are on my cell phone talking with grandma and accidentally drop the phone. My heart skips a beat when it hits the floor, but with the Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones I can put the phone on the counter and they can still talk wirelessly to grandma while playing.

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

The only downside of the Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones is that even though there are built-in volume controls, they don’t work (they do work on the standard, wired set). But never fear! Simply adjusting the volume on the device will adjust the volume output in the headphones. So when my son’s using the headphones with his iPad, adjusting the iPad’s volume settings also adjusts the volume output of the headphones.

Yes, other headsets can be used for these same exact things, but because of the size and make of the Kidz Gear headphones, they’re much easier for kids to use and keep on their ears. Earbuds, in particular, are pretty much a no-go when it comes to kids and their small ears, and other headphone sets that have microphone capabilities can get pretty pricey.

Just imagine how upset you’d be if you spent a pretty penny on a set of headphones and they just ended up destroyed. Yeah, no thanks! This wireless set is just $29.99 and even comes with a nice little carrying bag.

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

In the end, I get a little more peace and quiet from video games and my son gets adult quality headphones made just for kids. Not only do I see him continuing to use his Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones at home for his iPad and gaming, but they would be great for long roadtrips in the car, airplane rides and even in waiting rooms. We have a weekend vacation planned next month and I will definitely make sure these are packed for the car ride!

Shop Kidz Gear:

The Standard KidzControl™ Volume Limit Headphones – $19.99 + free shipping

Unplugged Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones – $29.99 + free shipping

How will your child use their Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear?

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*Thank you to Kidz Gear and Thomas PR for providing a set of Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones for my review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Exploring Outer Space with The Cat in the Hat {Giveaway}

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing me with a Cat in the Hat DVD and book for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

As you probably already know, last week was Dr. Seuss week and the Read Across America event took place on March 2nd, in light of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Not only did we have fun with Dr. Seuss activities last week and participate in Read Across America, but we also spent the week exploring outer space.

Each day my son did a different activity, all of which were space related. And everything he did led up to a special Friday movie. It’s just like when I was in school and the big box TV was rolled into the classroom. I knew right then my school day was taking a turn for the better. It was the same thing here. With a little help from NCircle Entertainment, he took an adventure through outer space with The Cat in the Hat! The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about all kinds of things, even outer space.

Monday

You can’t really learn about outer space without visiting, and you can’t really visit without becoming an astronaut, so that’s how my son started the week. On Monday he created his very own astronaut and started learning about the different things he might see way out of this world.

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

I found a large array of outer space printables just from searching on Pinterest, so that’s where all of the outer space activities and ideas for the week came from. His astronaut printable was a color by letter activity and the other coloring printable was a color by sight word. Both of these were perfect for his age!

Tuesday

Now that my son was an official astronaut, he had to figure out how to actually get to outer space. His solution was to build his own rocket ship. On Tuesday, we took to his painting easel so he could create one!

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

We actually started by painting his foot blue and orange, and then he stepped on his easel paper. The blue part would be the body of his rocket and the orange part, the fire coming out the engines. It was a nice starting point to get his creative juices flowing. After that, I let him do his own thing.

I did tell him his rocket needed some triangular wings (thinking of those at the base of the rocket) and he took it literally, giving his rocket green wings. They look like bird wings to me, but that’s the beauty of a child’s creativity. Besides, it’s his rocket ship and he can do whatever he wants to it.

Wednesday

Wednesday he did a little more research as to what he should expect to see when he gets to outer space. You know, just so he’s prepared once he gets there. With a couple of connect the dots activities, he realized there was a lot to see and explore – stars, planets, passing rocket ships and more!

Thursday

Now we’re getting somewhere. My son is an official astronaut, has is own rocket ship and is ready for exploration. Outer space here he comes! 5-4-3-2-1, BLAST OFF!

Thursday he started with four maze activities – exploring through his rocket ship, the moon, a star and finally, Saturn.

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

After he finished those, we participated in the Read Across America event by reading his new Cat in the Hat book, There’s No Place Like Space! It couldn’t be more perfect for celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and keeping with our outer space theme for the week.

Friday

Friday arrived and it was finally time to debut his new DVD, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Space. Following a robotic dog that came to earth, the Cat in the Hat took him on an out of this world adventure in the Space-ama-racer.

They meet Astronaut Audrey at her space station, at which time she introduces them to Space Rover (the robotic dog) who is helping her explore outer space. Before they know it, Space Rover gets tangled in some space junk while exploring and it’s up to Cat, Nick and Sally to save him. This is just the start of the adventure, as they follow Space Rover from planet to planet, through asteroids and so much more!

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

After watching the movie, I helped him cut out all of the activities he’d been working on during the week and using push-pin magnets, we placed them all on our dishwasher.

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

This allowed him to move the pieces around how he wanted and maneuver his astronaut through outer space. Along with the movie, it was a simple, but fun way to end his week exploring and learning about outer space. 

Want to have your own outer space week with the Cat in the Hat? Enter using the giveaway form below and you could win copies of the DVD and book to get you started!

Are you ready to venture to outer space with The Cat in the Hat?

Connect with In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveawayWebsite / Facebook / Twitter

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

One lucky Making Time reader will win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle that includes the DVD and book shown here! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on March 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.
*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. I received samples free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Babies & Kids

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Babies & Kids

~This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

Balance Beans by ThinkFun$17.99

Recommended for ages 5+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Balance Beans is a logic game, great for introducing children to elementary algebra. Using challenge cards and beans, balance the seesaw using trial and error, and learn math and reasoning skills in the process.


The Story Box – $17.99

Recommended for ages newborn to 6.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

What’s better than the gift of reading? The Story Box helps young imaginations grow by adding new adventures to children’s home libraries.


Educational DVDs from NCircle Entertainment$5.99+

Recommended for ages 1 to 92 (see what I did there, haha?).

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

NCircle Entertainment offers a large assortment of educational movies, shows and holiday specials on DVD. With characters your children already love, there’s sure to be a selection they’ll enjoy having handy.


LeapFrog LeapStart$27.96

Recommended for ages 2-4. Version for ages 5-7 is also available for $27.99.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The LeapFrog LeapStart interactive learning system prepares preschoolers for kindergarten and covers a variety of topics, including STEM, creative thinking and life skills.


KidKraft Transportation Station Train Set – $39.99

Recommended for ages 3+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

This interactive train set with play mat is sure to get the kids on the right track, train track that is. As they put their conductor hats on and choo choo through the city, their imaginations will ride the rails.


Fisher Price Stroll Along Walker – $19.99

Recommended for ages 9+ months.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The Fisher Price Stroll Along Walker is great for little girls learning to take their first steps. In addition to learning to walk, the walker offers features that are fun and entertaining to smaller children as well – a bear that plays 3 musical tunes, flip book, roller bar and spinners.


 VTech DigiArt Creative Easel – $43.99

Recommended for ages 3+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

From a light up dry erase board, to a chalkboard, to a drawing table, the VTech DigiArt Creative Easel will definitely bring out a child’s creative side. The light up feature even teaches young minds how to write their ABC’s, 123’s and even how to draw 100 objects and shapes.


Fisher Price 3-in-1 Musical Activity Gym – $23.88

Recommended for ages newborn+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Whether used for lay and play, tummy time or as a take-along, this 3-in-1 Musical Activity Gym will stimulate your baby’s senses while keeping him nice and comfy. Playtime couldn’t be more fun for baby!


 VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone – $10.99

Recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

There’s nothing baby’s want more than to play with your cell phone. Well, now they can have their own without destroying yours! The VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone features a touchscreen with 12 apps that respond to touch with music and lights. This little toy is full of role play fun and even teaches hand-eye coordination.


Playskool Love2Learn Elmo – $39.99

Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

What’s not to love about Elmo? He’s a childhood favorite of everyone, even today’s generation of children! Love2Learn Elmo is an interactive plush that when customized will call your child by name and has 350+ responses to the Love2Learn Elmo app games.


Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike – $62.99

Recommended for ages 9 months to 5 years.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike grows with your child from an infant trike, to steering trike, to learn-to-ride trike and then a classic trike. Three wheels that are so versatile and save you money as your little one quickly grows before your eyes!

Would a child on your holiday shopping list enjoy one of these?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may be compensated for your purchase. I did receive some of these items for review throughout the year, but others are items I have personally bought my children or would like to buy for my children. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Holiday Adventures with The Cat in the Hat + Giveaway #GiftIdea

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing product for my review. Opinions are still 100% my own.~

One of my favorite things about the holidays are all of the Christmas themed movies. From the old school animated cartoons, to modern movies and even episodes of TV shows. I love them all! In fact, I’m no stranger to watching Home Alone during the summer.

This year, NCircle Entertainment is helping us expand our holiday movie collection by adding a few children’s favorites, including a handful of holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat. How classic is that?

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! and The Cat in the Hat: Told from the Cold offer almost two hours of combined fun filled holiday entertainment. And of course, it wouldn’t be The Cat in the Hat without appearances from Fish, Sally and Nick, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Oh, and don’t let me forget The Thinga-Ma-Jigger. We can’t go on any holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat if we don’t have The Thinga-Ma-Jigger!

Here we go go go go,

on an adventure!

The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away.

Go go go go,

on an adventure.

We’re flying with The Cat in the Hat today!

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Yesterday the kids and I sat down to enjoy our new holiday features and then took a break for some coloring. Not only does NCircle Entertainment provide DVDs, but they also offer tons of educational activities, including coloring pages, mazes, word puzzles, matching and spot the difference activities and even fun online games. It’s all-around “Entertainment that Educates!”

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Since we’d been watching some holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat, I thought it was only fitting that we each work on a coloring page that featured The Thinga-Ma-Jigger and all of our favorite characters. It was very easy to print the coloring pages right from NCircle Entertainment’s website and we all had a great time expressing our creative side.

My kids and I had quite the day with The Cat in the Hat and your family can too! NCircle Entertainment is giving 1 lucky Making Time reader their very own copies of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! and The Cat in the Hat: Told from the Cold! Simply enter using the giveaway form below. And don’t forget to check out all the fun little extra activities and games NCircle Entertainment has to offer!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Buy The Cat in the Hat now!

When I was a kid I could always count on my mom (or Santa) to fill my stocking to the brim with all kinds of treats and goodies, and DVDs make perfect stocking stuffers! If you want to ensure your child gets to enjoy these holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat, or browse some other holiday titles, simply visit NCircle Entertainment.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! – $8.99

The Cat in the Hat: Told in the Cold – $5.99

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Does your family enjoy taking adventures with The Cat in the Hat?

Connect with In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveawayWebsite / Facebook / Twitter

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on December 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*I received samples free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Singing Our Way to the Top with a Family Holiday Tradition

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad
 

The holiday season is among us and flying by, might I add. We’re accomplishing and marking off one family holiday tradition right after another. But one that doesn’t take place until Christmas Eve, is our tradition of family movie night.

Every Christmas Eve, right before the kids go to bed and Santa gets to do his thing, we gather in front of the TV as a family and choose a movie to watch. This year, we’re taking that tradition to the next level and instead of watching a movie at home, we’re heading to the theaters.

Why the change, you ask? Because we are just way too excited to see the new movie, SING© which hits theaters on December 21st. Since it’s a new release, we won’t be able to watch it at home so movie theaters, here we come!

We’re a family who loves singing and dancing, and music in general. That’s what makes the SING© movie the perfect choice for this particular family holiday tradition of ours.

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

To prepare ourselves for the movie, we’re enjoying some family fun time beforehand by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb® Micro”cones.” You see, the SING© movie is about 5 animals with different backgrounds and in different stages of their lives, entering a singing competition. And every singer needs a microphone, right? Well, in our case, a micro”cone.”

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

Before we could make our Holiday Honeycomb® Micro”cones,” we had to go to Target to get everything we’d need, including the key ingredient, Honeycombs®. My son spotted the bright yellow box almost immediately, as it was easily accessible to him on the bottom shelf and surrounded by other Post Cereal brands.

As soon as we got home, we got to work!

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

5.0 from 2 reviews
Holiday Honeycomb® Micro"cones"
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Serves: 12
 
These Holiday Honeycomb® Micro"cones" will surely get your family belting out some high notes.
Ingredients
  • 12 ice cream cones
  • ½ box Honeycomb® cereal
  • ½ bag salted pretzels
  • ½ package holiday M&Ms
  • 1 package white chocolate chips
  • 1 package small marshmallows
  • Red and green food coloring
Instructions
  1. Crush a handful of pretzels in a ziploc bag and a handful of Honeycombs® in another.
  2. Place a handful of marshmallows and handful of white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds (just enough to slightly melt them).
  3. Mix a few drops of food coloring into the melted marshmallows and white chocolate chips.
  4. Add the crushed pretzels and Honeycombs® to the mixture.
  5. Spoon the mixture into an ice cream cone, forming a ball-like shape.
  6. Let cool/harden for a few minutes in the refrigerator.
  7. Grab a Holiday Honeycomb® Micro"cone" and let those notes out! After your performance, enjoy your eatable microphone.

 

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

Here’s a little glimpse into the fun we’ve been having singing into our Holiday Honeycomb® Micro”cones.” My kids might look at me like I’m a little crazy, but it’s all in fun and something they’ll remember for years to come. And when they’re older, hopefully they’ll continue this family holiday tradition and maybe even enjoy the movie, SING© with their family.

As if this weren’t enough fun and excitement, you have the chance to see the SING© movie for free! By purchasing participating Post Brand Cereals and entering the SING© Movie Sweepstakes*, you can instantly win prizes like movie tickets (which you can use to see SING©, of course), speakers and so much more. And did I mention there’s a grand prize worth $100,000?!

What are some of your family holiday traditions?

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Keep the Kids Entertained this Holiday with Surprise Ride #GiftIdea

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea
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In my family, holiday get together’s are a time when the adults sit, chat and catch up with each other, while the kids run wild, pretty much destroying whomever’s home we’re celebrating the holiday at. This year that’s going to change! Well, at least the part where the kids destroy the home.

This year, Surprise Ride will be making an appearance at our holiday gatherings. Perfect for ages 5+, Surprise Ride is a monthly subscription box that offers 2 fun and creative activities for kids, along with snacks and fun little extras, all related to a single theme.

One of the things I like about Surprise Ride is that I don’t even have to have a subscription to get their boxes, but can order a single Ride. And this means I can order as many Surprise Ride boxes as I want to keep the kids entertained during our holiday gatherings. With so many different Ride themes to choose from, the kids will get to enjoy different fun activities throughout the day.

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

My son recently got his first Surprise Ride box and it couldn’t have been more perfect for him. It was pirate themed! It was this first Ride that inspired me to get a few for the whole family and keep the kids entertained during the holidays.

The pirate themed ride contained the usual 2 activities, fun extras like stickers, a book and a bracelet, and even a Pirate’s Booty snack (told you everything was based around the theme). My son couldn’t wait to get started!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

The first activity was decorating his very own treasure chest and everything he needed to do this was included. In fact, he even had his own apron to wear to prevent getting paint on his clothes. Unfortunately, he was being his typical self and refused to wear it. Kids (insert eye roll, haha). But we ended up using it under his treasure chest while he painted so that he didn’t get any pain on the table.

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

Once the paint dried he added some jewels and gems to the outside, because what’s a treasure chest if it doesn’t look as good as the treasure it holds?

The only problem now was that he didn’t have any treasure to put in his treasure chest. The next activity in the Ride was going to fix this problem. It was time for a treasure hunt!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

He didn’t know it, but while he was decorating his treasure chest, I took a few minutes to hide the treasure and then created a map for him to follow. Again, all of the tools I needed to complete this were included in the ride, right down to the actual treasure.

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

His map read to start at the dining room table, walk between the living room recliners, tiptoe to the couch and then skip to the TV/entertainment center where X marks the spot!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

I did something fairly simple and although my drawing skills aren’t that great, he found the treasure using his treasure map. Now he had something to put in his treasure chest and boy was it sparkly!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

I also want to note that the treasure map itself is double sided, so I made a map for him to follow and later he can hide the treasure and make a map on the other side for me or his friends to follow. How fun is that and how perfect would that be for a holiday get together?!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Which Surprise Ride(s) will you get to entertain the kids this holiday?

*This is not a sponsored post, nor did I receive product in exchange for a review. The pirate themed Surprise Ride box was purchased independently by me. This post does, however, contain an affiliate link in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

3 Functional Decorating Ideas for Board Games + Giveaway

Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames

~This post contains affiliate links in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Product was also provided in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.~

As a working-at-home-mom, I spend A LOT of time in my home. Quite frankly, looking at the same four walls and the same decor gets old after a while. And coming up with new decorating ideas or DIY home improvement projects can be pretty tiring.

So when I’m looking for a change, sometimes it’s nice to be able to turn to something a little more simple. But what can be so simple that it doesn’t require much thought? I mean, we’re talking about decorating here. The answer? Board games! My guess is you’ve never even thought about using games for decorating, right?

Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGamesHave you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames

When you lay eyes on the brain games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic, you’ll instantly see what I mean about using them as decor in your home. While the design and pieces of each game are fairly simplistic, they are very well crafted and simply put, beautiful.

Quarto presents a basic board consisting of 16 circles, along with 16 game pieces of varying size, that are made of light and dark wood. Quoridor also offers a basic board. One that consists of grooves that hold wooden rectangular pieces to create fences. There are also four pawns of varying wooden color that must avoid these fences during game play.

Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames

Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames

Although there’s not a lot of intricate detail in either of these games’ designs, their clean lines and elegant feel are perfect for decorating with. In fact, the wooden colors and simplistic design compliment the shelving and storage in my living room.

Take a look at these three simple, yet elegant functional decorating ideas I’ve enjoyed in my home using both Quarto and Quoridor.

1. Display in game-play form.

This is probably the most uncomplicated way to use Quarto and Quoridor as decoration. By simply placing them on a table, large shelf or bar top, it displays them in their game-play ready form and shows off their elegant dimensions.

Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames

2. Shelf Display.

Hands down, this is my absolute favorite way of displaying Quarto and Quoridor. I happen to have two shelves over the TV in my living room, so I propped the games on the shelves and instantly fell in love with the character they add to the room. It’s simple, effective and pleasing to the eye.

Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames

3. Floating wall display.

This display won’t really work with Quarto, but is really cool for Quoridor. I placed two nails in the wall to prop the board game on and then placed the rectangular pieces into the grooves of the board. I ensured to make some level areas with those pieces so that I could place the four pawns on the board as well. How cool is this?!

Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames

Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames

To top it all off, these games aren’t just the most gorgeous games you’ve ever seen, but they’re functional. Yes, they make great display pieces, but at any point we want to play one of them, we simply pull it down and play. It’s functional decorating at it’s finest!

And let me tell you, we are a very competitive family. So when it comes to games, let’s just say it’s game on! Don’t be fooled by Quarto’s and Quoridor’s simplistic designs. They are brain games that will have you thinking about your next move and even anticipating your opponent’s moves. I wouldn’t be surprised if these eye-catching pieces create some game wars when you have guests over. I just hope you’re up to the challenge!

Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames

Want your own game set to decorate with? Both Quarto and Quoridor are available at Marbles, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and even local game stores. [Quarto: Marbles / Amazon] [Quoridor: Marbles / Amazon]

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But wait! Since Quarto is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and it’s my favorite for decorating with (and playing too!), Gigamic is going to give 1 lucky Making Time reader their very own Quarto game! Enter using the giveaway form below.

Connect with Have you ever thought about using some of your board games as simple, yet functional home decor? The games Quarto and Quoridor from Gigamic are perfect for just that! Their simple elegance will surely add some character to any room. Check out these 3 functional decorating ideas I've been enjoying in my home using both of these brain games. #functionaldecorating #BrainGames: Website / Facebook / Twitter

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on November 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.
*This post contains affiliate links in which I may receive compensation in exchange for this post.  In addition, I received both games free of charge, to provide a review. Opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You #Giveaway

In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveaway

Like most parents, I have days where my kids run around non-stop and sometimes I’m lucky if I get 30 minutes of peace and quiet. Even with just two kids it’s difficult to get both of them calmed down enough at the same time to enjoy some quiet time. But I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help me quiet them down.

One such trick is putting on a movie or one of their favorite TV shows. My kids will literally sit and watch their favorite movie on repeat 2-3 times. There may be moments during the movie where they have an outburst of energy, but for at least the first 30 minutes or so they are both calmed and quiet, allowing me to have a brief moment on sanity. Making time for sanity breaks is something I NEED daily.

Today was certainly no different. Sunday Funday consisted of the kids wrecking the house with their toys strewn all around, my boyfriend playing FIFA on one of the gaming systems, and me? Well I’ve been working, cooking and cleaning. Yea, not too much “fun” in my Sunday Funday. After listening to so much ruckus, it was time for my sanity break and today NCircle Entertainment came to my rescue.

In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveaway

I popped in our new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, which we received courtesy of NCircle Entertainment. The kids were immediately calmed down and glued to the TV, enjoying Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends as they went on their various adventures.

Based on the classic picture book, Guess How Much I Love You, the six stories on this DVD follow the same loving characters on a few of their autumn adventures. Just as we are starting to get into the autumn season, all six stories are set against a backdrop of yellows, oranges and browns, encompassing a true autumn feel.

In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveaway

One of the episodes appropriately titled Autumn Journey, has Little Nutbrown Hare and Little Field Mouse on a new journey in which they’ve left a trail of acorns so they can later find their way back home. To their surprise, when they’re ready to head home they discover that Little Grey Squirrel has unknowingly collected their trail of acorns. But not to fear! By working together they’re able to find their way back to the meadow.

Each and every story ends with Little Nutbrown Hare saying to Big Nutbrown Hare, “Guess how much I love you.” Well, guess how much NCircle Entertainment loves you. Enough that they’re giving away a copy of Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You to one lucky Making Time reader. That’s a lot of love! Enter to win using the giveaway entry form below.

Connect with In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveawayWebsite / Facebook / Twitter

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on October 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

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Making Time for Summer Fun: $1 Summer Movie Express

Regal Cinemas is offering $1 family-friendly movies all summer long, with their Summer Movie Express.

Although back to school shopping has already started for some, summer still isn’t over.  There’s still plenty of time to enjoy some summer fun before school actually starts!

Did you know that Regal Cinemas has a Summer Movie Express and is offering $1 family movie days all summer?  If not, you’ve definitely been missing out.  Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am-12pm, Regal Cinemas is showing two family-friendly movies, and admission is only $1 per person!

Regal Cinemas is offering $1 family-friendly movies all summer long, with their Summer Movie Express.

There are still three weeks left to enjoy this super fun deal.  This week (July 26th and July 27th), the movie choices are The Book of Life or Hotel Transylvania 2.  Both movies start at 10am on both days, so you can see one movie on Tuesday and the other on Wednesday, if you wanted to.  Or you can visit one of these days and choose which one of the movies you’d like to see.

Regal Cinemas is offering $1 family-friendly movies all summer long, with their Summer Movie Express.

How fun is this?  It’s perfect for getting the kids out of the house and spending a few hours watching cool movies.  Even if they’ve seen the movie before, it’s a whole different experience seeing it in a movie theater.  Plus, a portion of the $1 admission cost goes to help benefit the Will Rogers Institute.

Regal Cinemas is offering $1 family-friendly movies all summer long, with their Summer Movie Express.

Remaining Summer Movie Express Schedule

  • July 26-27: The Book of Life and Hotel Transylvania 2
  • August 2-3:  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Shaun the Sheep
  • August 9-10:  The Croods and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Check here for a participating Regal Cinemas near you!

My son absolutely loves Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and watches it over and over and over.  I’ll definitely be taking him to the movie theater next week to see that one!

Which movie would your child enjoy?

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Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children’s Museum

The Miami Children's Museum is a great place for your kids to roam free and have fun learning, while everyone enjoys a little family time!

I try my best to get my kids out of the house as much as possible, but being a working at home mom, I could definitely do better.  My 4 year old son is turning into a video game junkie and my 8 month old daughter is crawling now, so she gets into everything.

This past Friday I decided we were getting out of this house and we were going to have some fun, and everything else that needed to be done simply had to wait.  It just so happened to be the third Friday of the month and that meant free entry at the Miami Children’s Museum!

Thanks to Target (my most favorite store in all the world), the Miami Children’s Museum hosts a Target Free Third Friday every month!  From 3 pm to 9 pm, parking and admission is completely free for all ages.  And let me tell you – it’s super easy to have a fun-filled six hours at the MCM.

I cannot even begin to describe all the different exhibits the MCM has, so I’m going to share some of my son’s favorites, starting with the fire truck.  It’s the first place he goes every time we visit.  He gets to dress up like a firefighter, climb into a recreated fire truck, and use it’s huge steering wheel and simulation feature as if he were actually driving the truck.  There’s even a fire pole for the kids to slide down!

Making Time for Fun & Learning Miami Children's Museum

Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children's Museum

Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children's Museum

Another one of my son’s favorite exhibits is “The Sea and Me” room.  Inside this room there’s a large boat the kids can climb up on and fish right from the deck.  There are a handful of magnetic fishing poles they use to catch fish in the sea below.

Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children's Museum

Our next stop is the “Sketch Aquarium.”  I have to admit, this thing is pretty cool and even I get involved in this one.  You start by coloring your very own sea creature (shark, squid, seahorse, fish, or sea turtle) and then you electronically scan it into the simulator.  Wait just a few seconds and your sea creature magically appears in the virtual aquarium.

Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children's Museum

Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children's Museum

Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children's Museum

I mean, how cool is that?!   My son will stand and play with this interactive aquarium for at least 30 minutes, and watch his sea creature repeatedly swim across it.  That’s his shark there with his name across the top.

Next, we head upstairs for some more fun!  Our first stop on the second floor is the water boats.  At this exhibit, children have the opportunity to show off their driving skills by driving boats around the bay.  With a large steering wheel and a forward/reverse bar, it definitely takes some decent driving skills to keep from crashing.

If you can’t tell yet, my son loves anything that has to do with water.

Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children's Museum

Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children's Museum

A newer exhibit at the MCM is The Health and Wellness Center.  It provides kids with the opportunity to test their physical and mental strength through various physical training tasks and interactive challenges.

Making Time for Fun & Learning: Miami Children's Museum

My son couldn’t help but play a little game of matching to test his memory skills.  This is the first time we’ve had a chance to walk through this exhibit, but it quickly became one to remember.

This doesn’t even begin to make a dent in the various exhibits at the Miami Children’s Museum.  I could literally spend all day there with my kids, just as I can spend all day telling you about each and every exhibit.

If you’re ever in the Miami area and are looking for something that’s family-friendly, you should definitely check out the MCM.  Even better if you happen to be in town the third Friday of the month and can get free entry for the entire family.  It’s definitely something that we’ve marked our calendars for and will visit each and every third Friday of the month!

Which exhibit do you think your kids would enjoy?