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Jul 4, 2015

Walter Mary Burke Park - New Baltimore

The Walter and Mary Burke Park is just off 23 Mile Road.  The park is located at 36300 Front Street in the heart of downtown New Baltimore.  


This park offers a nice little beach for swimming, a dock for fishing, outdoor and enclosed pavilions, tons of picnic tables, restrooms, benches and two playscapes.


 Parking was wonderful, there were a ton of spots open close to the park entrance.  We walked down the short sidewalk and right down to the beach.  Rosa, Carlyn and I enjoyed playing in the warm water.  


The park hosts two play structures, one is huge and probably intended for children over the age of 4 (at least).  Carlyn navigated much of it with no problem, but I felt very nervous letting her climb so high.  The play structure was way above my head.


The second play structure was much smaller and more suitable for Carlyn, not that she wanted anything to do with it. They both enjoyed playing on the structures and moved on to the swings. 


Overall this park is very clean and a great small park for the summer.  Plus, it has the added bonus of being free!  

Where is your favorite swimming spot?  Please feel free to share in the comments below. 

Jun 30, 2015

Sesame Street: Count on Elmo - Info and #Giveaway

How exciting, it's a new Sesame Street DVD that is featuring one of our favorite characters, Elmo. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and Sesame Workshop, will release Sesame Street: Count on Elmo on DVD and digital July 7, 2015.  For more than 45 years, families across America have looked towards Sesame Street's beloved Muppets to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder by learning their ABCs, building their inner strength and developing their moral compass – along with a lasting love of learning.  These important lessons continue in the latest Sesame Street DVD, as Elmo and friends teach children to love math in Sesame Street: Count on Elmo. Reserve your copy from Amazon.com today.



Kids can rely on their Sesame Street friends for lots of fun, laughs and counting in Sesame Street: Count on Elmo. When the Noble Counting Prize committee is looking for the World’s Greatest Counter, Elmo knows that his friend The Count is perfect for the prize. Elmo, Grover, Abby and Cookie Monster try and capture The Count’s amazing counting skills on camera so they can enter him in the contest, but everything goes awry! Will The Count win the prize or will it be a Count-astrophe? Kids will learn about friendship and math concepts such as numbers, counting, and enumeration. With over 2 hours full of friendship and fun, kids will really enjoy counting along. Featuring the new song “Count on Friends,” this DVD also includes the bonus video Pre-School is Cool: ABC’s With Elmo.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to release Sesame Street: Count on Elmo as the next Sesame Street home video adventure,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President Family & Animation Marketing.  “Elmo has become one of the most loveable preschool characters of all time. We are very happy to be releasing Count on Elmo on DVD and digital, and helping Elmo continue to teach preschoolers in a fun and engaging way.”    

Celebrating its impressive 45th anniversary this season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in children’s television. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award. 

Enter below for your change to win a copy from Metro Detroit Mommy and Warner Bros. Home entertainment. 

Introducing Zoonicorns - Plush and Book Combos Make Reading Fun

Look what I discovered: Zoonicorns!!! They are a combination of a unicorn and a zebra who visit the dreams of young zoo animals and help them discover important life lessons through adventures. These creatures are super cute, compact and a ton of fun for children.

 

Enrich Playtime with Life Adventures and Important Lessons!
With Zoonicorns, children can enjoy hours of playtime accompanied by life lessons as they journey along with the Zoonicorns in the land of dreams while reading through the fun stories and letting their imagination soar with the uber cute plushies.

The Zoonicorn plush line is enhanced by the coordinating book series, where each Zoonicorn comes to life. Each plush is soft, cuddly, and stands at 7 inches tall. The Zoonicorns, make the perfect companion for playtime, bedtime, and on-the-go. Plus, because they come in a variety of colors and personalities, there is a perfect Zoonicorn for every child.

The Zoonicorn family includes:
Valeo (Blue): The Zoonicorn leader who overcomes his shyness when meeting new friends and loves hanging out with his buddies near the Africa exhibits!
Promithea (Purple): Reliable and shy, Promithea epitomizes intelligence and gentleness and is the perfect secret keeper for all of her pals.
Aliel (Pink): Spunky, fun, and always zooming at full speed, Aliel is friends with every animal at the zoo and makes a great companion for any child too!
Ene (Green): A charming practical joker who loves mischief and his naps! Great for snuggling when catching some Z’s.

With more than just toy making in mind, Zoonicorn, LLC is passionate about developing products that enrich lives of children in meaningful ways.
"Dreams are one place that parents can't go to help their children," said creator Mark Lubratt. "The Zoonicorns exist to take anxious young zoo animals on fantastic and encouraging adventures in their dreams in ways that teach them an important lesson that helps them."

Get your Zoonicorn today on their website www.zoonicorn.com and you can like Zoonicorn on Facebook.

Jun 29, 2015

SPEND YOUR SUMMER IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER WITH SIDEWALK SALES - July 9th to the 11th

Nothing says summer in Downtown Rochester quite like Sidewalk Sales! Back for its 60th Year, Sidewalk Sales will kick-off on Thursday, July 9.

“Over the years Sidewalk Sales has become something to expect during the summer in Downtown Rochester”, said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.  “For many it isn’t summer without three days filled of shopping, dining and family friendly activities.”




Sidewalk Sales will run Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Saturday, July 11 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Come check out the awesome assembly and bargains of downtown Rochester merchants. Sidewalk Sale displays will be located along Main Street and side streets in Downtown Rochester.  As always there will be fun for all ages.  See schedule below.  Sidewalk Sales is presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, Renewal by Anderson, Rochester Hills Spine Care and The Stewart Team.

THURSDAY
12– 3 pm
• Spin Art (outside 423 Main)
• Face Painting (outside 318 Main)
6 – 8 pm
• Musical Entertainment (outside 318 Main)
All day
• Explorers Club Registration (DDA Booth W. Fourth & Main)

FRIDAY
12– 3 pm
• Spin Art (outside 423 Main)
• Face Painting (outside 318 Main)
6 – 8 pm
• Musical Entertainment (outside 318 Main)
• Chalk Artist David Zinn (outside 402 Main)
All day
• Explorers Club Registration (DDA Booth W. Fourth & Main)

SATURDAY
12 – 3pm
• Spin Art (outside 423 Main)
All day
• Explorers Club Registration (DDA Booth W. Fourth & Main)



Back again this year is the Rochester Explorers Club.  The Explorers Club invites kids of all ages are invited to get outdoors and explore everything that our community has to offer through an amazing array of adventures.  Kids can pick up their free Explorers Club Kit during Sidewalk Sales at the DDA Booth located at west Fourth & Main.
Continue the fun on Saturday, July 11 with Movies in the Moonlight and Jurassic Park.  Dinosaur Hill will join for the pre-show activity and host a dinosaur dig.  Movies in the Moonlight is located in the parking lot at the corner of E. Third & Water, one block east of Main.  Featured movies begin at dusk (approximately 9:15 pm) and pre-shows start at 8:30 pm.  Admission is free.  Movies in the Moonlight continues on July 25 with Big Hero 6 and August 8 with The Lego Movie.

Other downtown Rochester summer and activities events include the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market, every Saturday morning through October 31; Rochester Explorer’s Club, July 9 – August 8; Mini Market Thursdays on July 16 and August 20 and the Princess and Pirate Ball on August 2.  For more information on the Rochester DDA and downtown Rochester, including a complete schedule of events, please visit www.DowntownRochesterMI.com or call 248.656.0060.

Jun 22, 2015

Summer Fun at the Michigan Science Center

To ensure kids get a good dose of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education while out of the classroom this summer, the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is launching a collection of new STEM activities. One of the newest additions, making its debut on June 20, is MiSci’s “Robot Lab,” supported by Quicken Loans in the newly-dedicated ITC Gallery. Likewise, the IMAX® film “Journey to Space” will soar into MiSci on June 13.   

A Detroit Public School's Ronald Brown Academy student explores “Robot Lab,” the Michigan Science Center’s newest exhibit, which opened in the newly-dedicated ITC Gallery on June 20







“It is always important to stimulate young minds and keep them fresh – and it is critical to support kids and families in this during summer vacation. That’s why summer is a great time for MiSci to bring new things!” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “To keep STEM stimulation all year-round, we need great partners. ITC, Ford and Quicken Loans have all stepped up to the plate to help us create some really cool hands-on, authentic STEM experiences for families this summer. We are truly grateful for their support.”

To help kick off the summer fun, the Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring Ford Family Free Day on June 20, allowing MiSci visitors to experience the museum’s newest attractions with free general admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event also will feature special activities for families and educators.

New interactive exhibits
"Robot Lab,” supported by Quicken Loans, gives museum-goers the chance to learn the basics of computer language, manipulate Finch robots and compete in daily robot challenges. This tech-savvy exhibit is the first to be held in the newly-dedicated ITC Gallery, which is the result of a $250,000 donation from the electricity transmission company.

Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center (MiSci), and Gregory Ioanidis, ITC vice president and MiSci Board member, navigate the challenges of code writing at the media opening of “Robot Lab,” MiSci’s newest exhibit.


“As a company that promotes innovation and STEM education, we are pleased to now have a permanent place in this exciting STEM hub,” said Gregory Ioanidis, ITC vice president and Michigan Science Center Board member. “The ‘Robot Lab’ exhibit will be a great first addition to the ITC Gallery.”

In addition, MiSci also recently opened “Nano,” a hands-on exhibit, featuring the basics of nanoscience and engineering. Activities include building a giant carbon nanotube and exploring small magnetic materials.

“Journey to Space”
This new IMAX® film features interviews with astronauts and showcases past, present and future accomplishments in space travel. Audience members will learn about some of the challenges to landing on Mars and how the International Space Station is building a foundation for the next giant leap into space. This film, narrated by Patrick Stewart, incorporates interesting space footage, including the Hubble Space Telescope and unique views of Earth.

Summer camps
Students looking for even more science can register for MiSci’s Summer Science Camps, June 22 through Aug. 21. Camps will cover topics like marine biology, movie making, anatomy, robotics, dinosaurs and more. Before and after care are available, in addition to half days for pre-school and kindergarten students. Additional information can be found at www.mi-sci.org/family-fun/camps.

Extended hours
MiSci will be open with extended hours during the summer, beginning June 15. Summer hours are: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Gregory Ioanidis, ITC vice president and Michigan Science Center (MiSci) Board member, and Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center (MiSci), pose with Baxter the robot, during MiSci’s “Robot Lab” media event on June 19.
About the Michigan Science CenterThe Michigan Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires children and their families to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment. The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s largest screen at the Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium; the Toyota Engineering Theater; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,800 square-foot Traveling Science Hall for special exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; Kids Town just for pint-size scientists; along with, education and outreach programs. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, www.Mi-Sci.org.

Jun 17, 2015

New Qdoba Grand Opening in Chesterfield - #FreeQueso

Grab a friend, pull up a seat and dig into flavor because Qdoba® is celebrating opening day on Thursday, June 18 at its newest location, the 60th in Michigan, at 27363 23 Mile Road in Chesterfield. Doors to the new restaurant will officially open at 10:30 a.m.



If you visit www.qdoba.com/reserve/chesterfield you will receive a coupon for a free order of chips and Queso with purchase of any entrée on opening day, while supplies last. Opening day will also have a DJ and giveaways during the event.

The new restaurant encourages guests to order with abandon and load up on flavor from its all-inclusive menu in which guests pay a single price for any entrée. Guests can pile their meals high with fajita veggies and hand-smashed guacamole, layer on classic 3-Cheese Queso, spicy Queso Diablo and Bacon Jalapeno Queso, or craft a Smothered Burrito with one of four over-the-top Smother sauces. No disclaimers. No qualifications.

Whether it’s a party at home or an important meeting at the office, take any special occasion to the next level with Qdoba catering. For groups of 10 or more, Qdoba will cater with a buffet-style Taco, Nacho or Naked Burrito Bar, complete with delivery, napkins, utensils and chafing dishes to keep meals warm.

The new restaurant, which will be staffed with 35 new team members, marks the 60th location in the state for Qdoba. Anyone interested in joining the team can swing by www.qdobajobs.com to apply.

Discover more about the new Chesterfield restaurant, which will be open daily from 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. at www.Qdoba.com.


Qdoba Chesterfield
27363 23 Mile Road
Chesterfield, MI 48051
Phone: (248) 844-3668
Fax: (248) 844-3687
Hours: Sunday – Saturday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.


INSIDE OUT - New Featurette Now Available!!!


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 INSIDE OUT opens in theaters everywhere on June 19, 2015!

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind. 

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.