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6 Things to Know about the Home Depot Kids Workshop

If you’re looking for a fun event to keep the kiddos busy, then check out the Home Depot Kids Workshop! It’s offered the first Saturday of every month and it’s fun for the whole family!  Here are some things you should know before you go!

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  • It’s FREE! – Yep, Home Depot Kids Workshops are free!  You will want to register at homedepotkidsworkshop.com so that the store can prepare for all of the kids.  But one important thing to note: Registering does not guarantee materials.  It’s possible your local store could run out of the materials for the advertised monthly project, but I’ve heard that they may offer a previous month’s project so that your kids don’t leave empty-handed.

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  • Arrive Early! – The event is held between 9am-12pm or until they run out of supplies.  Also, some stores hold the event indoors while others set it up outside.  My local store held the event outdoors and fortunately we never had any issues with running out of the monthly project regardless of our arrival time. I have, however, seen them run out of paintbrushes and paint but that was closer to the noon timeframe.   So I do recommend arriving early to get a feel for your store and to guarantee that your kids get all of the materials.  Also, dress appropriately in case your store holds the workshop outside as well.

 

  • Be Patient! – Especially with the younger kids!  The workshop is geared for kids around the 5-12 age range, but I’ve seen kids and adults of all ages enjoying the project.  The instructions include step-by-step details with illustrations and the projects are pretty basic so don’t think you have to build an entire house or something.  But the nails can be kind of small and you probably don’t want your two or three-year-old swinging around a hammer, so you will have to do some work if you plan to bring the younger kids.  My 3 (almost 4) year old had fun helping with the building process and then I gave her full creative control with the paint and stickers.  Also, you will be sharing tools and possibly paint/paintbrushes with others at your table so have some patience with the other kids, too!
  • There’s a Facebook Group! –  I mean, there’s a group for everything…right?! ūüėČ Someone (not Home Depot) created a Facebook group to connect people around the country and so that everyone can share their workshop experiences and finished projects.  And if you are searching for a particular project from a previous month, you can request that someone send you something that you missed.  They usually request that you send money for shipping, but nobody should ever ask you to send money for the project itself.  If you see anyone selling these projects or pins, please report them to the admin.  These projects are free and nobody should be making a profit from it.  And if you’d like to know what exactly you will be creating each month, you can also find the annual calendar along with the bonus holiday events posted within the group.  You can find the group here.

 

  • There’s SWAG! – Every kid receives an apron with their name on it; a unique pin that illustrates the project; and a certificate of completion!  If you forget your apron the next month, don’t worry, they’ll give you another…but it’s fun to see how many pins you can collect on your apron!  I’ve seen some aprons completely covered!

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  • Have Fun! – Most importantly, just have fun…because learning is fun!  Even if you arrive late and they run out of some supplies, just make the best of it!  You’ll enjoy watching your little builders focus on their projects and really showing their creativity!  Join in the fun and get messy too! (Most stores will have wipes on the table.) The employees really enjoy the event too so be sure to thank them for their kindness and positivity!  You’ll create lasting memories with your kids and they’ll love showing off their completed projects to their family and friends!

***Contact your local store to confirm time and availability!

Have you attended a Home Depot Kids Workshop?  What did you think?!

I’m off to review the next event!

~SM

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PAW Patrol is on a Roll!

If you have tiny humans that LOVE Paw Patrol then you’ll want to load them up and¬†head to the nearest Roll Patrol Road Tour! ¬†This is different than the PAW Patrol Live! Tour and bonus: It’s free!¬† So if it’s not in your budget to attend the PAW Patrol Live! Tour then I definitely recommend checking out the Road Tour.¬† Here’s a little preview of what awaits you and your little PAW Patrollers at the¬†Roll Patrol Road Tour!

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If you want to guarantee an entry into Adventure Bay and save yourself a little time, then preregister your family online.  If not, you may have to wait in a longer line and register on a tablet at the actual event.

You will then be given a wristband and the fun will be begin!

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The kids will love spending oodles of time in this life size and interactive PAW Patroller!  They can spend time in the command center, look out upon Adventure Bay, pose for photo ops, take a spin on the slide, and much more!

They can also pick their favorite PAW Patrol car and pedal along a kid-sized track!

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Then head over to the play table area to try out the newest PAW Patrol toys!

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And have a blast at the kinetic sand table!  I really loved this stuff!

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And keep a lookout for an opportunity to meet your fave PAW Patrol characters!

Every location is a bit different, but at our event: Chase was on the case, Skye took to the sky, and Marshall was all fired up!  You will also receive a free printed photo at your meet and greet to commemorate your day!

So was there any SWAG?!

Well the event was free so it’s kind of swag in itself.¬† BUT we did get photos and some sweet headwear!

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A couple of things to know:

  • Plenty of staff were on hand to keep things safe and organized.
  • The event is outside so prep for the elements.¬† It was really hot the day we attended.
  • The event is free – but preregister to guarantee entry!¬† Also, many of the Roll Patrol events are held within another event.¬† For example, this event was an attraction within the county fair.¬† So fair admission prices were still in place.
  • It can get crowded so be prepared!
  • There’s a lot of interaction on the tour, but nothing to actually purchase (i.e. toys).
  • Every location could be a little different, so what you see here may be slightly different than what would be at your event.¬† Check the event page for more details!

Ready to hit the road?  Check here for the 2017 dates and locations!

And checkout #RollPatrolTour on Instagram to see more pics of last year’s event!

Overall, I really enjoyed the event and my daughter had a blast!¬† So I would say…mission accomplished!!

Have you experienced the PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Tour?  What did you think?!

I’m off to review the next event!

~SM

 

 

8 Awesome Things About the LEGOLAND Hotel!

It’s summertime!¬† Which means¬†it’s time for some family vacations and staycations.¬† Last summer we stayed at the¬†LEGOLAND hotel in California and it was the most unique hotel I’ve ever experienced!¬† Combined with the awesomeness of LEGOLAND itself, this is one summer vacation you’ll never forget!¬† Here are some AWESOME¬†things you should expect during your LEGOLAND hotel adventure!

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Legos!¬† – Well there’s the obvious…not only does LEGOLAND have lots of Lego building opportunities, so does the hotel!¬† There’s a pool of Legos when you first walk in the door and lots of Lego displays all throughout the hotel.¬† There’s¬†even more Lego opportunities in the playhouse that’s also in the lobby!¬† And stick around because there will be fun performances and even a Lego building contest.¬† And parents, all of this is conveniently located within a few feet of the hotel bar – which also offers a happy hour. ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

Dancing! – Next, you’ll find that the LEGOLAND hotel really appreciates dancing!¬† They offer nightly dancing events just for kiddos (or kids at heart).¬† It will feel just like a nightclub with a real DJ, strobe lights, and family friendly dancing music!¬† Your kids can let loose on the dance floor while you sit back with a nice beverage, or of course you could show off your moves, too. ūüėȬ†¬† Then hop in the elevator up to your room for another fun disco-dancing experience!

Themed Rooms! – After all that dancing, you’ll want to check out your room.¬† After all, this is basically the biggest perk of reserving a room here.¬† When booking your stay, you can choose from a Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure, Ninjago, or Lego Friends themed room.¬† We chose the Pirate themed room and it did not disappoint!¬† It included¬†a separate area for the kids with a bunk-bed, TV, and lots of space to play.¬† And there’s also a queen-sized bed for adults with another TV!¬† No detail was missed!

Even the fitness center is Lego themed!

Early Entry and Special Parking! – When you check- in you are given a nifty little wristband which grants you entry into the park an hour early.

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You also have access to a special parking lot which is super close to the park entrance and, or course the hotel.¬† Gaining entry to the park early allows you to beat some of the crowds and get going on the fun!¬† Here are a few things you can experience while you are at the park…

Duplo Playtown is a great spot for tiny tots and there are lots of rides for younger kids all throughout the park.¬† Make sure to stop by Miniland to check out the awesome city displays including replicas of the World’s Tallest¬†buildings.¬† The replica of Manhattan’s One World Trade Center is absolutely amazing so make some time in your trip for a little visit! ūüėČ

You’ll probably get hungry during the day, so there are lots of healthy restaurants throughout the park as well as specials for kids.¬† I highly recommend picking up a souvenir cup and refilling it during your stay – it will save money in the long run.¬† You also gotta try the apple fries!¬† Apples, cinnamon, and whipped cream make for a delicious treat!

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Once you’ve fueled up you can sit and relax during a 4D movie, LEGO friends show, or pose with a LEGO character!

After the shows you could hang out and ride some more rides, or you could head back to your hotel room.¬† Which brings me to my next point…

The Pool! – The LEGOLAND hotel¬†has an awesome pool so you’ll want to make some time to¬†relax and enjoy it a bit.¬† They also provide life vests for the kids and towels for all.¬† Lifeguards are on duty and they do a good job of keeping everyone safe.¬† On some evenings, they play a movie that you can enjoy while hanging in the shallow end or lying in a chair.¬† We went in August and the pool was FREEZING in the evening!¬† The kids didn’t seem to mind, but I didn’t last very long!¬† We also had a nice view of the pool from our hotel room!

You’ll most likely be wiped out from the day and you’ll probably hit up your pirate bed pretty early.¬† But you’ll want to wake up early to get started on the next day’s adventures!

Breakfast! – One of my fave things about this hotel is the breakfast!¬† Hotel guests can enjoy a¬†free breakfast buffet and it doesn’t disappoint! A hostess will ask your name to make sure you are¬†a legit guest and then seat you at a table.¬† You are free to indulge on all of the breakfast goodies while a server ensures you have all the utensils and drinks that you need.¬† Again, the breakfast is free but you’ll want to leave a tip for your server/busser.

The Aquarium! –¬† So technically, this isn’t associated with the hotel but I thought it was something I should mention.¬† Last time we visited LEGOLAND we hit up the water park, but because we spent time at the pool we decided to check out the aquarium.¬† It’s not very big, but it was kind of nice that it wasn’t super overwhelming and it was the perfect size for my littles.¬† And they had Legos all throughout the aquarium!

There’s also some extra fun for the kiddos!¬† They can pick up a¬†Log Book¬†and pencil and document their discoveries at different stations throughout the aquarium.

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After you spend some time under the sea, you can head back to the park to enjoy some more fun or back to your hotel for dancing and swimming.

And don’t forget to bring your minifigures along for the vacation!¬† You can trade them at various spots all throughout the park.¬† You can even build your own!

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And we can’t forget about the…

SWAG!! ūüôā

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The hotel toiletries are Coconut-Lime Verbena scented and they smell delicious!  The room is also full of snacks, drinks, hot chocolate, and coffee. Score!  And the hotel will give you a badge to celebrate your special occasion.  You can also collect Pop Badges for completing different challenges.  These are different than the occasion badges and you can learn more about those here.

There’s also secret swag hidden in your hotel room.¬† At check-in you are given a scavenger hunt sheet and your room contains a safe that requires a special code.¬† Complete your scavenger hunt to find the code and unlock your safe!¬† I won’t ruin the surprise for some of you…but if you are curious as to what’s inside the box, shoot me an email and I’ll send you a pic. ūüėȬ† Plus you may get¬†a coupon for a free¬†picture¬†book¬†from Shutterfly!¬† I took advantage and received my free book!¬† So it’s legit you just pay a few dollars for shipping!

Pricing: Since it was the summer, we paid around $250 for a one-night stay.¬† The rates are little bit lower during the off-months.¬† They also offer a military discount, but we found that booking online was cheaper.¬† Keep in mind, this is not a normal hotel stay so the pricing isn’t all that crazy.¬† The hotel itself is a unique experience and you will spend a lot of your time enjoying the amenities.¬† The price also included an internet and parking fee.¬† Be sure to check the website for vacation package deals and learn how to save if you bundle with admission tickets.

So bring the fam, sunscreen, and plenty of water and come enjoy the place where EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

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I’m off to review the next adventure! ūüôā

~SM

Have you stayed at the LEGOLAND hotel?  What did you think?!

Not All Heroes (or Heroines) Wear Capes

What does the word “hero” mean to you?¬† Maybe you think of someone who fights crime, dresses in costume, or someone with an intimidating name.¬† Or maybe you think of someone who saves people, stands up for what is right or acts selflessly.¬† Either way, whether we know it or not, real life heroes and heroines are a big part of history and now we have books that highlight these special people.

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National Geographic Kids has compiled a list of real life heroes and heroines and conveys them in a way that is relatable to kids!  These hardcover books are aimed at kids aged 8-12, but I did try and discuss them a little with my almost 4-year-old.  And my almost 2-year-old enjoyed flipping through the books and looking at all of the colorful pictures.

And something else awesome happened….I enjoyed reading the books myself!¬† History is probably my least favorite subject, but I liked how the book was organized in a way where you could easily read all of the facts about each person.¬† I was familiar with most of the people in the book, but I was introduced to some new heroes and heroines as well!¬† I was also intrigued by many of the men and women in each book and it inspired me to learn more about their stories.

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I liked that the books highlighted important people from all genres, backgrounds and categories.¬† Some I had never even thought of as heroes and heroines before…like animals!¬† Yes, there is an animal section and I love it!

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Within the Heroes Book, there is a little section that highlights “Gutsy Gals” and within the Heroines Book, there is a “Daring Dudes” section.¬† I think this is an interesting aspect of the books that highlights the importance of each gender.

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And my daughter was super excited to see her favorite superhero showcased in the book!

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Yep, Wonder Woman!  She has a Wonder Woman costume from a couple of Halloweens ago, but she loves putting the costume on sometimes and pretending to save the day!

Another cool thing about the books is that they¬†each end with an “Action Plan”.¬† Basically there are suggestions for kids about simple ways they can be real life heroes and heroines in their own community.

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While my kids are still a bit too young to really understand these books, I think they are good to have on hand so I can show them how real life heroes and heroines can be present in our everyday lives.

Overall, I think these books are a great learning tool and educational resources for kids.  They are great to keep in your book collection and they would also make great gifts!

What qualities do you look for in a hero or heroine? Try asking your kiddos and see what types of responses you get!

Each book retails for $14.99 and can be found in most bookstores and on Amazon: Book of Heroes and Book of Heroines.

*Disclaimer:  I received this product for free from Moms Meet , May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I have agreed to use this product and post my honest opinion. The opinions posted are my own.

Can’t wait to review the next product!

~SM

 

 

Be a Real Life Superhero!

Do your kids love dressing up and role playing?¬† Well if they enjoy being superheroes and saving the day, then checkout Superfly Kids!¬† It’s a place where you can create custom capes for both yourself and your littles.¬† Yes, you can play dress up along with the kiddos!¬† These are great for both everyday fun and parties or special occasions.

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The steps are simple to follow to create a unique cape:

First you pick a size – I picked “sidekick” for my almost 4-year-old.

Then you pick a color – I picked “purple” out of 12 options.

Choose an emblem – I picked “heart” out of 8 options.

Then an emblem color, cape letter, and cape letter color.¬† I let my daughter help pick all of these options since she was the one that was gonna be rockin’ it.

Then you get to preview your creation and make any changes!

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My cape arrived about a week later, although per the website, it says it takes about 2-3 weeks.

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Then it was time to see my creation in person!

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Ta-da!  Pretty rad, huh?

Then it was time to put my¬†cape into action and my tiny hero couldn’t wait to test it out!

This is her superhero stance by the way.¬† And she’s about 37 inches to give you an idea on the size.¬† She’s kind of a smaller 3-year-old so it was a little big, but not enough to slow her down.¬† She also really loved the colors and that it had her initial on it.¬† She ran around in it all day without it falling off so I was pretty impressed as well.

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That’s her “flying” stance by the way.¬† Overall, we both really loved the cape and I think it would make a great gift for any hero in your life, big or small!

The best part about Superfly Kids is¬†that they offer “Cause Capes”. You can create, donate, or fundraise for a cape that will support a various cause.¬†¬†You can learn more about these capes and the supported causes here.¬† If you are interested in being a real life hero then I definitely recommend getting involved with Cause Capes!¬† You will bring joy and happiness to a child who is going through a difficult situation.¬† If you love scoring swag like me, then you’ll definitely love giving some back to a deserving child!¬† Generosity is a fantastic superpower! ūüėČ

Another way you can get involved is to donate or participate in The Super Run!  I actually ran this 5k earlier this year and thought it was a fun event for the whole family.  Check it out and look for a Super Run event at a city near you! You can refresh your memory on my experience (and the swag) at The Super Run with my previous blog post here.

I think the Cause Capes as well as the custom capes from Superfly Kids are a fun and creative way to turn the whole family into real life superheroes!

**Disclaimer: I received a free custom cape from Superfly Kids in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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