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Oct 1, 2016

MJR Fall 2016 Free Movies - Children's Fall Film Festival

Free movie details:

Admission is free to ages 12 and younger, with parent tickets $1. Tickets are distributed at each theater on a first-come, first-served basis and are not available in advance.

For showtimes, call theaters or check online at the Tuesday prior to show date.


3150 North Adrian Highway
Adrian, MI 49221
517- 265-3055

8200 Murphy Drive
Brighton, MI 48116
810- 227-4700

50675 Gratiot Avenue
Chesterfield, MI 48051
586- 598-2500

35400 Van Dyke
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
586- 264-1514

17400 Hall Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038
586- 263-0084

15651 Trenton Road
Southgate, MI 48195
734- 284-3456

100 East Maple Road
Troy, MI 48083
248- 498-2100

7501 Highland Road
Waterford Township, MI 48327
248- 666-7900

6800 North Wayne Road
Westland, MI 48185
734- 298-2657

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Sep 30, 2016

Cirque Dreams Holidaze - #discount Ticket info and #Giveaway {ends 10/22}

Metro Detroit Mommy and one lucky fan will receive tickets to this event in exchange for this promotional post.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2016 holiday season when it returns to the Fox Theatre to transform the stage into a wonderland of fantasy and disbelief Tuesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 27. Cirque Dreams, an American theatrical production company, brings its critically acclaimed entertainment brand to Detroit for seven glorious holiday performances as part of the Fifth Third Bank Theatre Series at the Fox Theatre.

Created by Broadway director Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News and "a delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load." The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle raves, "even the Grinch would be impressed with this Christmas wonderland." "Stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol' smile on his face," hails the Erie Times News about this "Broadway-worthy spectacle." "The perfect way to come in from the cold, forget the holiday stresses and find the magic of the season" proclaims The Oakland Press. Don't miss the international sensation that "Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center" according to the Washington Post.

Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. Many of these acts have been featured on America’s Got Talent and similar TV shows in other countries making Cirque Dreams Holidaze the greatest variety show on the planet! Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement. 

Ticket Information 

As a special bonus for being a Metro Detroit Mommy fan, you will have the opportunity to get the best ticket prices available through Olympia Entertainment. 

Discount Ticket Price (examples below)
$29.00 will be discounted to $26.45
$34.00 will be discounted to $30.95
$39.00 will be discounted to $35.45
$49.00 will be discounted to $44.45
$59.00 will be discounted to $53.45

Contact Ashley (group sales) at 
Phone to purchase tickets with discount-313-471-3095

Just ask her for the Metro Detroit Mommy Discount!  

Or purchase your tickets online:

Passcode: mommy

Show Times

Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30pm   
Wednesday, November 23 at 7:30pm  

Thursday, November 24 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 25 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm 
Saturday, November 26 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Ticket Giveaway

Use the form below to enter for your chance to win four tickets to the Tuesday Nov. 22nd, 7:30 pm **ticket date subject to change** performance.  

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Aquatots Halloween Bash - Novi, Troy, Sterling Heights, Canton

Aquatots Halloween Bash -  Novi, Troy, Sterling Heights, Canton
Date  10/23 

Sterling Heights  
44891 Hayes Rd.  Sterling Heights, MI. 48313, 
(586) 884-3633
10/23 2:30-4:30pm  

 43335 Joy Rd. Canton, MI 48187  
(734) 828-2000
10/23 3:00-5:00pm

44225 W. 12 Mile Rd., Ste C103  Novi, MI 48377 
(248) 845-4544
10/23 3:00-5:00pm

846 E. Big Beaver Rd.  Troy, MI 48083 
(248) 845-4545
10/23 5:00-7:00pm

Cost  $10 per child, parents are free

Splash into some fun on October 23rd with the Aqua Tots annual Halloween Bash!  This year, we are taking the pumpkins out of the patch and into our pool!  Dive into our floating pumpkin patch and join us for two hours of Halloween themed games, crafts, open swim, and snacks.  The event is only $10 per child with admission free for parents, who are welcome to join the swim!  Open to the general public.  Ages 4 months to 12 years old.

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Trick-or-Treat Trail - Marshbank Park

Trick-or-Treat Trail

Sunday, October 30, 2016 pm at Marshbank Park

NEW THIS YEAR: We've split the event into four sessions to cut down on lines and make the check-in process as smooth as possible.  You may choose your preferred session during registration:

Session One: 3:00 pm
Session Two: 3:30 pm
Session Three: 4:00 pm
Session Four: 4:30 pm 

Come trick or treat on a safe and friendly 1/2 mile paved trail.  Collect goodies from costumed characters, local businesses and organizations.  Don't forget to wear your costumes!

Early registration fee: $6 per child for residents, $8 for nonresidents

This event will sell out. No on-site registration will be available.

Children ages 3 to 12 only please.

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Sep 29, 2016

National Coffee Day & $25 GC Giveaway

Today is #NationalCoffeeDay, celebrate with Dunkin Donuts and celebrate 66 years of great tasting coffee with a $.66 cent medium hot coffee.  YUM.

National Coffee Day is Today, Thursday, September 29, and Dunkin’ Donuts will hail the holiday by raising a cup to its loyal guests with a coffee offer in celebration of the brand’s 66-year history of keeping people running with great coffee each and every day. Dunkin’ Donuts today announced that on National Coffee Day, guests can enjoy any medium-sized cup of the brand’s signature hot coffee for the special price of 66 cents at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Get more details here:

Or enter below for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Dunkin Donuts.

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Sep 28, 2016

The Bat Zone at Cranbrook Institute of Science

This past weekend we were invited by Cranbrook Institute of Science to check out their Bat Zone tour free of charge so we could share our experience with you.  Last time I went I wanted to check it out, but we were there on a weekday, and the Bat Zone Tours have limited times:

Bat Zone Tours:
Saturdays 12:30 and 2:30pm

Sundays 1:30 and 2:30pm

During the tour we had the opportunity to live bats up close! The Organization for Bat Conservation's Bat Zone hosts bats found around the world--Vampire bats, Big Brown bats, Dog-faced Fruit bats, Straw-colored Fruit bats, Golden Flying Foxes, Malayan Flying Foxes, Egyptian Fruit bats and more! The nocturnal wildlife sanctuary may offer you the opportunity to see other night-time animals including a two-toed sloth, owls, skunks and flying squirrels.

So, here's the thing... this was cool.  It was really cool, the sloth was beyond cool.  No seriously, it was really interesting.

Our tour guide, Ian, was very entertaining and knew a lot about the bats and other animals in the conservatory.  He's high energy, unlike the sloth, and the two of them together... it's just too much.  

The sanctuary has two large rooms with three large enclosures in each.  

But I have to tell you, the sloth stole the show....

This large bat has a six foot wingspan. WOW!

I won't spoil the educational value in the tour, but I learned a lot about bats.  I highly recommend this tour for children 6 and up and maybe younger if they have an interest in bats.  Rosa (age 7) said she enjoyed the tour, but Carlyn (age 4) and Naomi (age 1) only made it about 1/2 way through the tour before Chancellor took them back to the main part of the museum.

With Halloween just around the corner, the Bat Zone would be a great way to incorporate a learning and fun experience into the festivities.

You can find out more about the Bat Zone here:

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The Sandusky Hotel you want to AVOID

This summer we took an awesome vacation and visited all of the Cedar Point parks so we could share our experience with you.  Lots of great fun to be had:
Metro Detroit Mommy: Cedar Point Family Care Center
Metro Detroit Mommy: KidTrack At Cedar Point
Metro Detroit Mommy: Cedar Point - Halloweekends
Metro Detroit Mommy: Soak City at Cedar Point
The Newly Renovated Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point
Metro Detroit Mommy: 9 Tips for Visiting Castaway Bay
Yes, Cedar Point is Great for Families With Small Children

But I have to tell you, staying at a quality hotel... worth more than what I "saved" at the cheapest hotel in the area, Roadway Inn North in Sandusky, Ohio.

I only took a few pictures, I wish I had taken a slew more, the issues were endless.

First... I checked in as the only adult with three kids and we were given a second floor room. The access to the room was a set of stairs that were carpeted, falling apart and steep as heck.. three kids (one is an infant), luggage, stairs.. FAIL.

We get upstairs and the whole hotel has a bit of a funk.

The room was adequate for sleeping... but maintenance was a huge issue across the board.  Not only in our room, but the stairs I mentioned earlier needed work, the swimming pool area had missing tiles in the ceiling, the hot top wasn't open, the hotel room door at the top of the stairs didn't close all the way and more.

pulling out of the wall

pretty sure this is not up to code like this

coming out of the wall

maybe some better screws? 
Then we had an issue with our key card working on Sunday night.  No biggie, except it is late at night, with three groggy kids, we get to the top of the stairs and the key doesn't work and I am the only adult.  So I had to drag three kids to the lobby and get the issue fixed.  The employee tried to blame it on being close to my phone, but I didn't need an explanation or to be blamed.  Funny enough the room key we left in our room on the night stand didn't work either.... So maybe they were deactivated?  IDK... All I know is it wasn't fun.

The general smell and cleanliness of the hotel was a huge issue.

And the only reason I am posting this is because I left feedback with the hotel management and they said they weren't aware of any issues... really you can't see that the stairs are literally falling apart?  You can see missing tiles in the swimming pool?  You didn't know the hot tub was closed?  So in my mind, things aren't going to change.. and I would hate for you to have the same experience I did.

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