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2017 Summer Fun Guide

Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide #SummerFun

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Schools out, warm weather has arrived, and it’s time to start having tons of summer fun! The first official day of summer is just two days away, June 21st. There’s no delaying the fun at this point, and why would you want to?

If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, indoors and outdoors, this year’s Summer Fun Guide has something (and probably more than one thing) you’ll love. And remember, you don’t always have to leave the house to have fun!

Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones {Giveaway}

These Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFunIs traveling part of your summer fun plans? Keeping the kids occupied can be tricky on long road trips or plane rides, but with the help of some Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear, the trip will be a little less stressful for everyone. Visit the giveaway and enter to win a pair!

Paw Patrol Action Bubble Blower

This Paw Patrol Action Bubble Blower from Little Kids made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Who doesn’t love bubbles? Summer fun will always be poppin’ with a Paw Patrol Bubble Blower from Little Kids! It’s minimal mess with maximum bubble blowing power. And no skills are required so it even great for the little ones.

H2O Go!

The H2O Go! made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFunH2O Go! is a super fun way to keep the kids active and cool at the same time. Get them outdoors, away from the screen and enjoying summer the way it was meant to be enjoyed!

The Wobbly Worm Game

The Wobbly Worm Game from Spin Master made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

From Spin Master, The Wobbly Worm Game is great for ages 3+ and can be played on any hard, flat surface. Kids try to toss and hoop the worm as he wiggles and wobbles uncontrollably, creating tons of giggles from them. It’s the perfect game for those rainy summer days!

Shibajuku Girls

The Shibajuku Girls made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Each with a different personality and style, Shibajuku Girls are the perfect companion for your little fashionista. Click through to find out more and determine which Shibajuku Girl is a great fit for the fashionista in your life!

Fashionable Threads for Kids

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If you’re going to have fun this summer, you have to make sure the kids have the right clothes because it’s going to be HOT. Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sandals and swimsuits are all must-have items. Check out Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack for all of your kids’ summer fashion thread needs. I’m talking cute AND affordable!

Blast Box

Blast Box from Zing made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

If you really want to have a banging summer, the new Blast Box game from Zing is what you need. Use simple strategy to hammer nails into a box and avoid popping the unseen balloons underneath. Who will be the last one with a balloon in the Blast Box?

Scoop Ball

These Scoop Ball sets made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Parents, this one is for you too. What would a Summer Fun Guide be without one of my all-time favorite games – Scoop Ball? I played this all the time in grade school and it’s just an all-around fun game, so go ahead and share some of your childhood fun with your kids!

The Story Box

The Story Box made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Not only are toys, games and experiences great for summer, but reading can be just as much fun. This is especially true when you receive new books and stories each month, tailored for the age of your child. That’s exactly what The Story Box offers!

Bonzai Spin Out Water Slide

The Banzai Spin Out Water Slide made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Take the fun outside and go for a spin on the Banzai Spin Out Water Slide. It’s a fun and easy way to catch some rays (and vitamin D), cool off and beat the summer heat.

Ottica Eyewear

Ottica made it into the Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide! Head over to the blog to see what else made the cut! #SummerFun

Mom and dad, I’ve got you covered too. If you’re heading outdoors for summer fun, you’ll want to protect your eyes. The sunglasses selection and service at Ottica is top notch. It’s truly function and fashion all in one.

Sun Basket

With all the summer fun you’ll be having, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to want to go grocery shopping, or even have the time to. But don’t worry! Sign up for Sun Basket and you can have healthy, easy to cook meals delivered right to your door.

What kind of summer fun will your family be having?

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Blast Box is a Banging Good Time #SummerFun

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~Thank you to Zing for providing Blast Box for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase.~




I love finding games that are great for the whole family to play and sometimes that’s hard because my kids are so young (5 y/o and almost 2 y/o). They don’t always quite understand the concept of certain games, even one’s that are age appropriate, and it can get frustrating for everyone.

Blast Box by Zing happens to be one that all of us enjoy and even the kids understand what it’s all about. Since getting the game, Blast Box has been played over and over and over. My son literally asks to play every day and I can already tell it’s going to be a major part of our summer fun plans.

How to play!

Setup and play of Blast Box is super simple. For each player (up to four), a balloon needs to be inflated and placed under the box. Don’t worry, the game includes a handheld pump to blow up the balloons.

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The object of Blast Box is not to pop a balloon. Each player takes a turn with the spinner, which indicates how many nails they have to hammer into the box (if any). If you pop a balloon, you’re out and the last person standing wins. Easy peasy!

I love that it’s even safe for my youngest one to play. The “nails” are flexible plastic pieces and aren’t sharp at the ends. The tips are a dull rounded shape, but they’re pointy enough to pop balloons when hammered in.

And although a simple concept, Blast Box requires some strategy. In the beginning, we’ve found that starting around the outside of the box is a pretty safe way to go. But when you get to a point where there are multiple nails hammered into the box, it starts narrowing down the possible locations of remaining balloons.

You have to strategize and determine where it would be safe to hammer a nail without popping one of the balloons. It’s also a good idea to pay attention so you can see which nails actually did pop balloons. Maybe your next move should be in that same area, since you know a balloon has already been popped there.

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My kids must be lucky, or maybe I’m unlucky, but I actually understand how to strategize in this game, while my kids don’t really get it quite yet. They just love banging the nails in and hoping they don’t hit a balloon. Yet still, they beat me just about every time!

Tips

From playing Blast Box so many times, there are a few tips I’d like to share that will help make the game run smoother.

The first tip involves inflating the balloons. As I mentioned before, the game includes a handheld pump for easy inflation. The game also includes small cardboard balloon holders to keep the air in the balloons and also double as weights to keep the balloons in place under the box.

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I’ve found that the trick to easily attaching the cardboard weight without popping the balloon is to inflate the balloon, keep it on the pump, twist the end to tighten it and slip the twisted part into one of the cardboard slots. Then slip it through the second slot and remove the balloon from the pump.

Trust me, I’ve popped and fiddled with enough of the balloons to have a good grip on this, haha!

My second tip involves the box itself. If you’re playing on a flat surface, you may need someone to hold it in place. If not, there’s a good chance someone will knock into the box and when it moves, the nails will bend and allow space for the balloons to move underneath. Here’s an example.

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We got down to two players, but only one nail slot left. That just doesn’t make sense. If there’s only one nail slot left, then one of the remaining players should have already popped a balloon. When I turned the box over to check it out, this is what I found.

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You can see that some of the nails are slanted, making room for the balloons. This likely happened when my kids kept knocking into the box. The nails were already in place and when the box moved, the balloons pushed into the sides of the nails. So when the next nail was hammered in, it missed the balloon.

Playing in the grass (this is an awesome picnic game, by the way) or the carpet is probably ideal because the box won’t move as much.

Have your own banging good time!

Blast Box is so fun that it’s actually temporarily out of stock on Zing’s website! You can preorder it now ($19.99) for the next shipment, or you can head over to Amazon and get it sooner ($24.99). But note that even Amazon has a limited number available!

Would your family enjoy playing Blast Box this summer?

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*Thank you to Zing for providing Blast Box for review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

#SummerFun Is Always Poppin’ When You Have Bubbles

What is summer fun without bubbles? This PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower from makes blowing bubbles easier than ever and without as much sticky mess! Head over to the blog and check it out! #PAWPatrol #LittleKids #SummerFun #bubbles #bubblefun
~Thank you to Little Kids for providing a PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission on your purchase.~




What is outdoor summer fun without bubbles? My kids absolutely LOVE bubbles and could go through a whole bottle in one day. And I’m not talking about spilling the bottle, although the little one is good at that. It’s even fun for me to see the enjoyment in their faces when playing with bubbles.

But let’s be honest, bubble fun can get pretty messy and smaller kids typically have a harder time blowing bubbles themselves. That’s what makes the PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower from Little Kids perfect for my two kiddos. Minimal spill, minimal mess, no trouble blowing bubbles, and no bubble wands in the mouth!

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Little Kids recently sent us a Marshall Action Bubble Blower to play with and the kids love it, as do I. It’s so easy to use, even for my one year old daughter. After set-up (adding a few batteries and bubble liquid to the reservoir) it’s as simple as pulling Marshall’s head back and watching the bubbles flow from his mouth. He’s barking bubbles!

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And boy do they flow! It’s a constant stream of bubble fun. I really love the Marshall Action Bubble Blower, especially for my littlest one because she always has a hard time blowing bubbles with a wand.

She either blows too hard, doesn’t blow hard enough, puts her mouth on the wand or the wand in her mouth, and at some point spills the whole bottle of bubble liquid. It’s truly a waste of money to give her a bottle of bubbles with a wand.

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Our Marshall Action Bubble Blower takes most of the mess and all of the bubble blowing skills out of the equation so she can join in on the bubble blowing fun. She hasn’t quite learned the concept of turning Marshall around so that the bubbles don’t blow directly in her face, but she’ll figure it out eventually. I think she likes the bubbles in her face to be honest, haha.

My son sometimes has the same bubble woes as my daughter, but since he’s a little older he understands the basic skills needed for blowing bubbles with a wand and understands not to spill the bubble liquid. But he’d still rather have fun with Marshall. He loves to run around with Marshall in the air barking bubbles and when he stops to look back, there’s a massive stream of bubbles behind him to go back and pop.

As for the sticky bubble mess, Marshall needs to stay in an upright position. Both of my kids would tilt him forward or backward at times, and when tilted sometimes the bubble liquid spills out of the mouth. So there’s still a little mess, but compared to my daughter dumping out a whole bottle of bubbles or even my son spilling bubbles when dipping a wand, I’ll take this any day. I just needed to wipe their hands a little when they were done playing and also wipe off Marshall before putting him away.

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Aside from the sheer fact that the Marshall Action Bubble Blower is fun and easy to use, another pro is that the PAW Patrol character is one my kids are familiar with. They both love watching PAW Patrol.

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Little Kids also has a Chase Action Bubble Blower and to get his bubbles flowing, simply push the medallion on his collar. Still easy to use and tons of bubble fun!

We took Marshall to the local park on this particular day and even the other kids joined in on the bubble popping fun! I’m sure the other parents are mad at me for bringing Marshall along because now every kid at the park that day wants one. But summer is all about having fun and bubbles are classic fun!

Plus, these bubbles toys are ones that will last and won’t get lost. I can’t even begin to count the number of bubble wands my kids have lost over the past few years. And they really aren’t that expensive either. The Marshall Action Bubble Blower is just $14.99 on Amazon, and Chase is even cheaper than that at $11.27 (don’t forget Amazon prices change all the time)!

Does your family love playing with bubbles?

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*Thank you to Little Kids for providing a PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission on your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Rainy Day #SummerFun with The Wobbly Worm Game

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~Thank you to Spin Master for providing The Wobbly Worm Game for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase.~

When we think of summer, we imagine all the fun in the sun we’re going to have. But the reality is, not every day is a nice sunny one where our kids can play outside. On those rainy summer days, how do we keep the kids occupied inside without putting them in front of a screen?

The Wobbly Worm Game from Spin Master!

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What is The Wobbly Worm Game?

The Wobbly Worm Game is a fun game for ages 3+ and is perfect for up to three players. It can be played indoors or outdoors, but for the most fun and wobbles, its best on a flat and solid surface.

We first tried it on the rug, but realized Mr. Worm didn’t wobble as much. As soon as we put him on the wood floor, his wobbles and moves were all kinds of crazy.

The weather here has been pretty dreary today, but my kids are still having tons of fun inside with The Wobbly Worm Game. It really is a great option for rainy summer days!

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How do you play?

Each player has their own set of three color coordinated rings. The object of the game is to toss and hoop all three of your rings around Mr. Worm first. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Mr. Worm has got some insane wobbling skills and his movements make it difficult to win. You never know what direction he’s going to move in!

Check it out!

Why I Love It!

One of the things I love about The Wobbly Worm Game is that it’s adjustable and that means it grows with your kids. The shorter you make Mr. Worm, the easier it is to toss and hoop him. This is great for smaller kids, and when my daughter plays we always make it a little shorter so it’s easier for her.

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This is Mr. Worm at his tallest (3 feet). You can see he’s a bit tall for my daughter to play with, so being able to adjust the height makes The Wobbly Worm Game fun for the little kids too!

 

When Mr. Worm is at his fullest height, the movements are much less predictable and he wobbles uncontrollably. This makes the game more challenging, but also a better height for older kids (and parents).

The other thing I really love is it keeps my kids active even though they’re indoors. And in a pretty small space for that matter. On most rainy days you’ll find my kids running rampant through every room in the house, but when playing The Wobbly Worm Game they stay in one room and play nicely (well, whether they play nicely is on a case-by-case basis, haha).

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Another perk? The game is super affordable! Right now it’s just $14.00 on Amazon (hurry because you know Amazon prices can change quickly)!

Rainy Day + The Wobbly Worm Game = Summer Fun

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*Thank you to Spin Master for providing The Wobbly Worm Game for review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Summer Style with the Shibajuku Girls #SummerFun

Shibajuku Girls are the perfect dolls for the little fashionista in your life! Each with different personalities and personal qualities, Shibajuku Girls are showing off their uniqueness through their outfits and accessories. Which Shibajuku Girl complements your little fashionista? #ShibajukuGirls #ShibajukuStylin #SummerFun
~Thank you to Chiz Comm for providing a Shibajuku Girls doll for review. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase.~

Allow me to introduce you to the newest member of our family and the newest member of the Shibajuku Girls – Miki. Miki is quite the trendsetter and loves staying active, with dreams of one day starring in the Olympics and even traveling the world.

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Anyone who wants to travel the world is one after my own heart. And any gal who loves sports and staying active is cool in my daughter’s eyes. So this makes Miki the perfect personality for the ladies in the house.

I wish I could describe just how much excitement my daughter had when she saw Miki. I mean she was squealing with delight. I couldn’t get Miki out of her box fast enough!

What are Shibajuku Girls?

Shibajuku Girls are fashion-savvy dolls inspired by Japanese culture. The dolls are known for internationality, as each one embraces a mix of eclectic Japanese culture and Harajuku fashion, which features fun, original and fashion-forward styles.

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With a variety of fun and vibrant hair colors, accessories and outfits, each Shibajuku girl has her own personality and style. All you have to do is pick the perfect match for the little fashionista in your life and let the fun begin. My daughter has been having a great time using Miki’s hair clips herself and sharing Miki’s quirky, sporty style!

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These two clips of Miki’s are my daughter’s favorites.

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Meet the Other Shibajuku Girls

Miki was introduced in Series 2 of the Shibajuku girls, but Koe, Yoko, Suki and Shizuka were introduced in Series 1. This time around, though, the girls have got new outfits to fit their unique personalities and qualities.

Koe – An animal lover with electric blue hair, her love for furry friends is written all over her outfits and accessories. Koe is always rocking some kind of animal print and wants to own a zoo one day. How fun?!

Yoko – With a love for the color black and accessories suited for a rockstar, Yoko loves to look as edgy as she can. She is a superstar guitar player who dreams of one day becoming a writer. In her spare time she loves watching spooky movies and especially those with spiders. Eeeeek!

Suki – Suki is what I call a girly girl. With hair almost as colorful as her outfits, Suki rocks purple, blue and pink locks. When it comes to accessories, no amount is too much, and her earmuffs make her extra unique. Did I mention she loves rainbows and her favorite food is cupcakes? Yum!

Shizuka – She’s the quiet one. Smart and super shy, but you’d never know just from looking at her outfits. Shizuka is dressed from head-to-toe in hot pink, including her hair. And guess what? She’s super unique with one blue eye and one green eye! Watch out fashion world, Shizuka’s working on her fashion designs and they’ll be hitting the runway before you know it!

Namika (Series 1) – Namika is an earth-friendly gal. She loves learning, especially if it involves science, and enjoys hunting outside for bugs. Her favorite place to visit is the Great Barrier Reef. She’s a great friend and is always willing to lend a hand to anyone.

What makes Shibajuku Girls unique?

Aside from the different personalities, qualities and fashion styles that each Shibajuku Girl possesses, the dolls themselves are unique in their make. Each doll is 13” tall and has a fully posable body.

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I’ve been playing around with Miki myself, and love how flexible she is as a doll. Like a real person, Shibajuku Girls have flexible joints not only at the neck, shoulder and hips (like typical dolls feature), but also at the elbows, wrists and knees.

I never had anything like this in a doll when I was growing up!

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It’s funny to watch my daughter sit and wave at Miki, as I bend her elbows and hand as though she’s waving to her.

On top of that, the eyes are made of glass, giving a more realistic look. I didn’t even notice this at first, but I love the overall attention to detail!

Get a Shibajuku Girl: Shibajuku girls are starting to take over some of my favorite retailers, including Target ($24.99) and Amazon (Series 1 – $29.99)!

Which Shibajuku Girl complements the little fashionista in your life?

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*Thank you to Chiz Comm for providing a Shiabjuku Girls doll for review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

6 Reasons to Visit The Strong National Museum of Play

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~Thank you to The Strong National Museum of Play for hosting our visit. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Just a couple of weekends ago we were visiting family in Rochester, NY and a friend suggested taking our kids to Strong. I was like, Strong? What the heck is that? The Strong National Museum of PlayI went online to check it out and knew right away our kids would enjoy it.

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At first glance it appeared to be a big children’s museum, where kids can spend the day and just enjoy playing with different set ups. Our kids have been to other children’s museums and loved it, so I thought this would be no different. Boy was I wrong! The experience is so much more than that!

The Strong Museum is NOT a children’s museum (I’ll explain this more in a bit), and even us adults had a great time. We all enjoyed it so much that a day trip to The Strong Museum is now going to be routine for us when visiting our family in Rochester!

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Enjoy $1 carousel rides on your way in or on your way out!

6 Reasons to Visit The Strong Museum

1. A fun-filled DAY!

When I say you can spend the whole day at The Strong Museum, I’m not kidding. There is so much to see and do, from hands-on exhibits, to fun crafts, historic displays and more.

We visited on a Sunday when the hours are limited to 12pm-5pm. We didn’t get there until around 1:30pm and in the few hours we explored, didn’t even see and experience all The Strong Museum has to offer.

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Ever wanted to visit Sesame Street?

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Just another work day at Sesame Street Taxi! And check out those celebrity riders trying to hide in the back. It’s Elmo and Cookie Monster!

 

But boy did it wear us out. We were all ready to go when closing time came. Our daughter actually fell asleep before we left and had to be carried out, and our son started snoozing on the car ride home. Yay for a nap, though!

The Strong Museum is a 285,000 square foot facility, 100,000 of which is actual hands-on exhibits and displays. There are two floors to the museum and we had so much fun on the first floor, that we had to rush through the second floor (hence we WILL be going back).

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And when you do stay the whole day, you don’t have to worry about getting hungry because there are dining options on-site. Grab a bite at Bill Gray’s Skyliner restaurant, in the lobby, or something quick at Subway, Taco Bell Express, Pizza Hut Express, or Louie’s Sweet Shoppe, all located in the food court.

2. Nostalgia

I experienced some pretty epic nostalgia as we explored The Strong Museum . From Reading Adventureland, which takes us right into the fairytale books we enjoyed as kids, to Bear Country where we can experience the Bear Family’s adventures, it was like reliving my childhood in action. Oh, and the kids enjoyed it too. I just don’t think they understood the excitement I had for it all.

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Trying to pull the sword from the stone.

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Take your pick of story. Little Red Riding Hood? Goldilocks and the Three Bears?
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The Giant and his bean stalk. The Giant talks and moves, too!

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How many Berenstain Bears books do you own? We have about 20!

3. History

It’s not even just the nostalgia of reliving our favorite childhood stories, but The Strong Museum is packed full of history. The Strong Museum is NOT a children’s museum, but is the National Museum of Play. Throughout the facility, and especially on the second floor, there are featured displays of historical significance in how play as evolved.

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From technology like video games and pinball machines, to more simple play like G.I. Joe, dolls and toy trucks, The Strong Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of toys and historical materials, all related to play.

The Strong Museum is home to:

  • The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (largest in the world)
  • The National Toy Hall of Fame
  • The World Video Game Hall of Fame
  • The Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play (187,000 volumes and papers of national figures)
  • The American Journal of Play (first of its kind)

4. Imaginative Play

The Strong Museum is truly an imaginative haven. The countless number of interactive exhibits makes it fun for everyone. My daughter had a grand time sliding down the treehouse clubhouse in Bear Country, making her own fairy wand and creating music with the colorful Crayola “drums.”

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My son loves video games, so when he saw the giant Super Nintendo controller, he jumped at the chance to play. This was a blast from the past for me too. I used to play Super Mario ALL the time.

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He also really enjoyed shopping at Wegmans. Actually, I think both kids enjoyed that. If you’re not from the northeast, you probably have no idea what Wegmans is, but it’s a really popular grocery chain.

We’ve visited children’s museums that have something similar, like the Miami Children’s Museum has a Publix to shop, Publix being a popular grocery chain in the southeast. But nothing compares to the Wegmans shopping experience at The Strong Museum. The kids even got a real receipt for their groceries! How cool is that?!

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I think the kids were supposed to be limited to five grocery items. My kids obviously don’t listen.
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Wegmans features an in-store cafe so naturally The Strong Museum’s Wegmans has to have the same. That is not real pizza, by the way, but doesn’t it look real?!

5. Outdoors brought Indoors

On top of all of the hands-on displays and historical displays, The Strong Museum is also home to The Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Admission to the butterfly garden is separate from museum admission, but for just $4-$5 per person, you can enjoy an indoor walk through the outdoors.

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As soon as you walk into the garden, you see a few butterflies floating around, but if you’re not looking hard enough you’ll miss a lot. Many of the butterflies we saw were just resting on plants. The garden features more than 80 different butterfly species that come from all over the world including Asia, Africa, and South America.

And it’s not just butterflies you’ll find in the garden, but you also might see moths, turtles, quails (watch out so you don’t step on them), a chameleon and let’s not forget the beautiful botanicals.

6. Variety of Programs and Events

As if all of this wasn’t enough, The Strong Museum features different programs and events every week. We visited on Over the Rainbow Weekend and got the opportunity to take a photo with Dorothy and Toto, Glinda the good witch, and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Upcoming events:

  • May 13, Fairy House Magic – Meet Leafy the Fairy and get a little sprinkle of fairy dust for good luck, visit the Discovery Garden to check out the colorful fairy houses, and more!
  • June 3, Fit Kids Day – Get active in the Fit Kids Fun Zone, discover the best places around town to exercise and more!
  • June 15 to June 25, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park – Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26 foot wide endurance zone that includes vertical nets, a spider web, log swings and rope bridges. (Requires additional ticket purchase.)
  • June 24 & 25, Have a Ball Exhibit Opening Celebration – Enjoy a comedic group perform ball tricks, in celebration of the most timeless toy ever – the ball. Then enjoy the exhibit itself by zooming a ball through a pipe maze, build a cup-and-ball toy, and more!
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Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on your way out and pick up something to play with at home!

What would you enjoy most about The Strong National Museum of Play?

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*Thank you to The Strong National Museum of Play for hosting my family for a day. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the museum. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the museum.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

#TTPM Spring Showcase 2017

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It has been a crazy couple of weeks of traveling and now sick kids, but in between it all I was able to fit in a visit to the TTPM Spring Showcase 2017 in NYC.

It just so happened to fall on “Take Your Child to Work Day,” which was perfect. What kid doesn’t want to play with toys all day? My two had a great time and even tried to walk away with a few of the toys that were on display.

This was my first ever event as a blogger and I learned so much! Not only about all of the new and upcoming toy releases, but about media events like this in general. But you don’t want to hear about that, right? You want to see and hear about the good stuff – the toys!

So many toys!

 

There were so many brands exhibiting at the TTPM Spring Showcase that we didn’t even have a chance to visit all of the tables before we had to hit the road. But of those we did visit, the toys were pretty epic and I can’t wait for some of them to come out!

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I think my daughter’s favorite was the Gazillion Giant Bubble Mill from Funrise (last clip in the video). Both of my kids love bubbles, but since the Bubble Mill is a nonstop bubble maker, it’s easier for my daughter to handle and much less messy than traditional bubbles, which she usually dumps out before she can blow any bubbles.

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She also loves the Minions so we spent some time playing with all of the Minion toys. One that I wasn’t able to get a good clip of was a Minion that is controlled by your iPad. How fun is that?!

My daughter will be so excited when Despicable Me 3 comes out and it might just be her first movie theater visit. Despicable Me 2 was my son’s first, now that I think about it. We just can’t get enough of those Minions!

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It’s hard to tell which was my son’s favorite because he enjoyed playing with so many of the toys, but if I had to narrow it down I’d probably say the Fast & Furious cars (clip included in the video) from Universal Brand Development.

He stood there and played with a car in each hand, for at least 5 minutes. He didn’t want to leave and when I did finally get him to move on to something else, he tried to take the cars with him!

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Aside from that, he really enjoyed all of the Cars 3 toys. He’s been a big Cars fan since he was two or three. One year we threw him a Cars party (I think his 3rd birthday). So I know he’s super stoked for the new Cars 3 release.

He played with Mattel’s Disney-Pixar Cars 3 Crazy 8 Crashers Smash & Crash Derby Playset (that’s a mouthful) for a bit, trying to knock Miss Fritter’s bus out of the way for the derby win.

And this only scratches the surface! There were so many more brands and so many more toys at the showcase.

Vtech & LeapFrog

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Super Impulse Ltd.

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Beach House Group (Antsy Pants)

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Spin Master

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KidzGames (Kap It)

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DC Super Hero Girls

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 The Toy Box

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Whiffer Sniffers

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Jay at Play

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LEGO

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PlayMonster

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Tucker Toys

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Alex Brands

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Zing Global Ltd.

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Pacific Cycle

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Is that enough toys for you? This isn’t even all of them! Those I included in the video aren’t pictured here, so be sure to check it out. And like I said earlier, we didn’t have time to stop at all of the tables, so just imagine everything that could be missing.

What toy or new movie are you most excited about?

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The Learning Resources #Giveaway @LearningHandsOn

Enter the Learning Resources Giveaway and make learning fun again! One winner will receive a Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register and a Smart Market! #giveaway #LearningResources #learninghandsonThe Learning Resources Giveaway! The Fun Way To Teach Kids About Money! (Ends 5/20) @LearningHandsOn

Deliciously Savvy is hosting a giveaway in which one lucky winner will receive 2 fabulous toys ($70 value) from Learning Resources, that make learning fun – the Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register and the Smart Market. Find out more and enter to win below!


First, a big thanks to the sponsor, host, co-hosts and everyone who’s making this giveaway happen!

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Plus, a big thank you to all of the fabulous bloggers helping to promote this fun learning giveaway!


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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid only in the United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway will end at 11:59PM (EST) on 05/20/2017.

Tell me which learning toy you’re most excited to give your child and then enter using the giveaway form below. GOOD LUCK!

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By Supporting Our Blogs Via Social Media You Are Helping Us To Provide Fabulous Prizes For Amazing Future Giveaways! Good Luck & Thank You!

Deliciously Savvy did not receive any form of compensation for this giveaway. Once winners are selected via the Giveaway Tools process, the product will be shipped. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. No other blog associated with this giveaway is responsible for the product shipment. Learning Resources will be providing the prizes above to the winner and can take 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Thank You for stopping by! Any Questions or Concerns email me at mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

If you have any questions or are a brand/company and would like to work with Deliciously Savvy please contact Melissa here.

*Making Time was in no way compensated for this post and did not receive any product. I am strictly taking the position of sharing the giveaway and am in no way responsible for prize fulfillment. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands and hosting blog.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Playgro Music and Lights Comfy Car Giveaway

Enter to win a @Playgro Music & Lights Comfy Car! #giveaway #Playgro #comfycarPlaygro Music and Lights Comfy Car Giveaway! (Winner Chooses Color) Ends 5/04 @playgro

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Deliciously Savvy is hosting a giveaway in which one lucky winner will receive a Playgro Music and Lights Comfy Car in winner’s choice of colors. This adorable little play center retails for $80 and is hours of fun for your little one. Enter today to win!

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First, a big thanks to the sponsor, host, co-hosts and everyone who’s making this giveaway happen!

Sponsored By: Playgro

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Plus a big thank you to all of the amazing blogs helping to promote this fabulous giveaway. Thank You!


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Enter to win a @Playgro Music & Lights Comfy Car! #giveaway #Playgro #comfycar

1 Lucky Winner Will Win A Playgro Music and Lights Comfy Car Of Their Own! Winner Chooses Color & ARV is $80.

Giveaway Dates: 04/10/2017 9PM EST until 05/04/2017 11:59PM EST. Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents only. Have Any Questions? Please Email mcushing7@hotmail.com.

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or associated with Facebook,
Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid only
in the United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
Giveaway will end at 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/04/2017.

Tell me which color you’d choose if you win and then enter using the giveaway form below. GOOD LUCK!

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By Supporting Our Blogs Via Social Media You Are Helping Us To Provide Fabulous Prizes For Amazing Future Giveaways! Good Luck & Thank You!

Deliciously Savvy did not receive any form of compensation for this giveaway other than receiving the above items in order to facilitate a review. Once a winner is selected via the Giveaway Tools process, the product will be shipped. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. No other blog associated with this giveaway is responsible for the product shipment. Playgro will be providing the prize above to the winner and can take 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Thank You for stopping by! Any Questions or Concerns email me at mcushing7@hotmail.com.

If you have any questions or are a brand/company and would like to work with Deliciously Savvy please contact Melissa here.

*Making Time was in no way compensated for this post and did not receive any product. I am strictly taking the position of sharing the giveaway and am in no way responsible for prize fulfillment. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands and hosting blog.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

RockAbye “Cutest Rockers in the World” Giveaway

The RockAbye "Cutest Rockers in the World" Giveaway! 1 lucky winner will receive a RockAbye rocker of their choice (up to $160 retail value)! Giveaway ends 3/29/17. Head over to the blog to enter! #giveaway #RockAbyeDeliciously Savvy is hosting a giveaway in which one lucky winner will receive a RockAbye Rocker of their choice and I’m excited to be spreading the word! There are so many gorgeous styles to choose from, whether a boy or a girl… and they are just so adorable and timeless for sure! A true collectible. Enter Today & Good Luck!

You can read Deliciously Savvy’s RockAbye review here.


First, a big thanks to the sponsor, host, co-hosts and everyone who’s making this giveaway happen!

Sponsored By: RockAbye

The RockAbye "Cutest Rockers in the World" Giveaway! 1 lucky winner will receive a RockAbye rocker of their choice (up to $160 retail value)! Giveaway ends 3/29/17. Head over to the blog to enter! #giveaway #RockAbye

Connect with RockAbye: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

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Plus a Big Thank You To All Of The Fabulous Bloggers Helping To Promote!


And now, the reason you’re here – the GIVEAWAY!

1 Lucky Winner Will Receive a RockAbye Rocker Of Their Choice! Up to $160 RV

Giveaway Dates: 03/01/2017 9PM EST until 03/29/2017 11:59PM EST. Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents only. Have Any Questions? Please Email mcushing7@hotmail.com.

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or associated with Facebook,
Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid only
in the United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
This giveaway will end at 11:59PM (EST) on 03/29/2017.

Tell me which rocker you would choose if you win and then enter using the giveaway form below. GOOD LUCK!

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook!

By Supporting Our Blogs Via Social Media You Are Helping Us To Provide Fabulous Prizes For Amazing Future Giveaways! Good Luck & Thank You!

Deliciously Savvy did not receive any form of compensation for this giveaway other than receiving the above items in order to facilitate a review. Once a winner is selected via the Giveaway Tools process, the product will be shipped. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. No other blog associated with this giveaway is responsible for the product shipment. RockAbye will be providing the prize above to the winner and can take 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Thank you for stopping by! Any Questions or Concerns email, please email mcushing7@hotmail.com.

If you have any questions or are a brand/company and would like to work with Deliciously Savvy please contact Melissa here.

*Making Time was in no way compensated for this post and did not receive any product. I am strictly taking the position of sharing the giveaway and am in no way responsible for prize fulfillment. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands and hosting blogs.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.