10 Reasons Why Franklin Park Mall is the Best Place for Moms to Shop (Includes $50 Giveaway!)

I met up with some other moms and their kids at the park the other day. The moms discussed the latest happenings in their lives while the kiddos played on the playground. I shared that I had just taken the kiddos back-to-school shopping at Franklin Park Mall, and let me tell you, if looks could kill. Lol! The other moms were all stunned. What’s more, when I told them I finished ALL our back-to-school clothing shopping at the mall, in one day, and saved money, their jaws dropped. I continued and explained that the mall has really evolved and made some awesome accommodations for us moms! So look out mall rats the mall moms are taking back Franklin Park Mall! We are coming with kids in tow, toddlers and tweens, diaper bags swung over the shoulder, we are baby wearing, double stroller pushing, breastfeeding, and ready to shop!!!


10 Reasons Why Franklin Park Mall is the Best Place for Moms to Shop

  1. Best variety of stores in Town– I adore the fact that it doesn’t matter what the occasion, or your budget; there is a store in the mall that will meet your need.  Mall17Need a gift for that kid’s birthday party that starts in two hours? Disney Store to the rescue! Mall2Did your child’s sandal just literally break while walking through the mall (true story)? The solution is a piggyback ride to Payless! Entering the 2nd trimester and your pants are getting snug? Destination Maternity has you covered momma! And you might want to stop off at Godiva Chocolatier to curb those cravings. Did your child decide to reclaim the coin they just threw in the fountain? Bath & Body Works has Hand Sanitizers to attack those germs! Mall3Looking to ramp up your culinary skills? William Sonoma offers classes and everything you need to make your kitchen into a chef’s dream come true! And there are SO many more stores, Click Here for Mall Directory.
  2. Moms don’t have to cook, do the dishes, or break the bank!!!- Franklin Park Mall has food that’ll tantalize the taste buds and price points that meet every budget. Mall34Whether you are meeting up with other mommas, dinning with the kiddos, looking for a quick bite, or want to linger a bit longer with friends Franklin Park Mall food court and restaurants have you covered! Mall22We opted to celebrate the occasion of back-to-school shopping with lunch at Bravo! Mall11Mall12(I am a fan of their kids’ menu; they have the usual suspects like chicken fingers and pizza but also offer healthier options too….and for me it just doesn’t get any better than their salmon salad!!)Mall13 Click Here for a Directory of Restaurants.
  3. Deals, Deals, & More Deals!!!- Oh my gosh… I am blown away by all the great deals that not only the individual stores offer, but the mall too! Mall36Franklin Park Mall now offers a Mall-wide rewards program called, Oh, So Simple Rewards. And like it says, it is oh, so simple, to register. You simply enter an email at a sign-up kiosk, swipe the credit card or debit card that you will be using to make purchases, shop, dine, see a movie, etc. Then for every $250 spent on that card $10 gets put back automatically on your card! Winning!Mall16 (And it adds up fast….just think, a date night, dinner, movie, movie with the kids, kid’s birthday party at Build a Bear, back-to-school shopping, shoes, shoes, & more shoes!! Means money back on your card ;))Mall
  4. Moms can get their workout in while they shop! – After a day at the mall my legs felt so toned. I didn’t even need to work out the next morning. Best part, you can just meet up with friends and stroll the mall then grab a coffee (Coffee Karma is opening soon!) or lunch, you don’t have to shop (can’t believe my fingers just typed those words, lol!).
  5. It never rains or snows inside the climate controlled environment– Don’t get me wrong those “other” places are nice too (the one in Maumee and the other in Perrysburg) but what I really like about the mall is that I don’t have to come in contact with all the elements outside each time I enter and exit a store. Mall14And as a mom with 3 kiddos there is nothing more annoying than having to put on ALL the winter stuff, mittens, scarves, hats, and coats to leave a store just to have them take it all off when they enter the next store…rinse and repeat!! FYI, if you are looking for a cute umbrella JCPenney had these adorable gems.Mall21
  6. Family Lounge & Nursing Moms’ Quarters– Franklin Park Mall offers a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for nursing moms and moms with little ones. Mall31The family lounge has tactile boards to engage preschoolers and toddlers while mom tends to the baby. Curtains are even available for those moms who wish to be more modest, otherwise there is a comfortable sofa and television.
  7. Awesome Community Events– Franklin Parks Mall partners with the Girl Scouts for their annual Lock In. Has, My Buddy, My Books, where children enjoy book readings by local celebrities, including Muddy the Mud Hen and there are crafts, entertainment, giveaways, and more! Summer Play Days at the Disney Store. My kiddos have so enjoyed the $1 Summer Movie Clubhouse features. And there is so much more, click here to see all the cool events going on at Franklin Park Mall.
  8. Gumballs & Fountain– No matter what you call it, rewarding good behavior, bribing, etc. it works!Mall33 I was shocked how fast my son tried on a shirt once I said he could have a gumball afterward. Mind you, I forgot to clarify that he had to take off the shirt he had on first, lol! Mall6And the Fountain is also another great incentive and the best part; the donations go to the conservation projects at the zoo!
  9. Parking Garages– This one is self-explanatory, but SO awesome! Franklin Park Mall has two parking garages making parking a breeze, which is much appreciated when you have little ones in tow. Added bonus, if you are lucky enough to snag one of the parking spots below you can continue to avoid the elements, i.e. rain and snow.
  10. Toledo Proud– Now there is a store in the mall where you can get  all your Toledo fan paraphernalia, Toledo Rockets, Toledo Mud Hens, & Toledo Walleye (latter two are coming soon)!! Mall1We had to get the little lady a Toledo Rockets Shirt (while on vacation each kiddos was allowed to pick out a shirt but she wanted her shirts to say Toledo, not Grand Haven, lol!).

Guess where all of us mommas are meeting up next week?


Enter to win $50 to Franklin Park Mall!!!

To enter simply comment below and share what you like most about Franklin Park Mall. Also, I would advise following Franklin Park Mall on Facebook for up-to-date events going on and/or enter to receive texts on deals (they don’t bombard you with texts).

Winner will be randomly selected August 10th at 11:59pm. Good luck! And happy Back-to-school shopping!!


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50 Comments on “10 Reasons Why Franklin Park Mall is the Best Place for Moms to Shop (Includes $50 Giveaway!)”

  1. Lori
    August 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    I like the variety and the fact that I can get all school clothes shopping done in one place, one trip. Plus I always have coupons and rewards for the kids clothing stores making quality more affordable. I also like the family lounge and really appreciated the nice place to nurse when my daughter was a baby.

  2. Julia
    August 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

    I love the fact that everything is in one location. I can get all my daughters clothes and shoes in one stop. Plus they have great food choices 🙂

  3. lionssara
    August 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    I love how many stores they have, and all the food options! (Gymboree is my favorite!!)

  4. Cara Rawlins
    August 4, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    We love all the great stores Franklin Park has to offer! My kids enjoy perusing Build-a-Bear and Disney, so I can usually bribe them in JCPenney and Macys. And the food court can’t be beat!

  5. Kelly
    August 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    My daughter will say the new play area or the Disney Store. I say everything…from be able to breastfeed my son comfortably to shopping for the whole family under one roof. Great places to eat from fast to sit down as a family and enjoy!!

  6. judith schorling
    August 4, 2016 at 10:41 pm #

    Haven’t been there in years but might have to give it another try after reading this . Always thought it would be to pricey.

  7. Carla
    August 4, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    My kiddos like the fun little play area outside JC Penny.

  8. Andrea Pietras
    August 4, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    The food court never disappoints, even the picky eaters will find something to eat!

  9. Lisa Pietras
    August 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

    Love that there is something for EVERYONE!

  10. Megan
    August 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

    I love that Franklin Park Mall is a short distance away. It’s a one stop shop for the kids, husband and myself (rarely). I love that they have security everywhere to make us feel safer. It’s a given to eat in the food court every time we visit too!

  11. Angie
    August 4, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

    Bath and body works and Victoria Secret for mom and build a bear for the kids

  12. koolaidmoms
    August 4, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    Love that I can shop for both kids without having to get in the car and drive to each separate store!

  13. August 4, 2016 at 11:55 pm #

    Jamba Juice, kids play center, rental stroller carts. Family restrooms with mini toilet and sink for the kids, & 5 dollar Tuesdays @ theatre! Score!

  14. August 4, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

    Or favorite is the play area where the girls can run off some steam and H&M is on the cheaper side and cute stuff, also crazy 8 has great deals which I love too!

  15. Erin Gomez
    August 5, 2016 at 12:10 am #

    I love the mall to get some extra steps in and push the kids around in a stroller, nice and contained and also the climate controlled environment is oh so nice!

  16. Rachael Jasper
    August 5, 2016 at 12:27 am #

    Our newest favorite is the Disney store! My son absolutely loves it! I’m also excited about the new rewards program!

  17. judith schorling
    August 5, 2016 at 1:09 am #

    Haven’t been there in years but may have to check it out after reading this !

  18. August 5, 2016 at 1:31 am #

    What I like best about Franklin Park Mall is the train ride! My daughter loves to ride the train and wave at all the other shoppers while dancing to the music.

  19. Tori vogel
    August 5, 2016 at 2:17 am #

    I love the variety, it’s inside from the hot/cold/rain/snow and there is a play area to give my young ones a break from shopping

  20. Christina
    August 5, 2016 at 2:31 am #

    I love that the mall is very family friendly. From the private area for nursing. To the play area by JCpenny’s.

  21. Ashley B
    August 5, 2016 at 3:20 am #

    I love that there is something for everyone! Mom and Dad can get what they need and the kids can eat pretzels while they do that!

  22. Michelle Lindhorst
    August 5, 2016 at 3:20 am #

    I love that I can get all my shopping done for the entire family in one trip and everyone loves chick fil a!

  23. Christina
    August 5, 2016 at 3:29 am #

    I love that it is so family oriented. Especially the private area for nursing and the play area in front of JCpenny’s.

  24. Patty
    August 5, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    I love that I can get my wedding rings cleaned and they’re so sparkly and shiny again.

  25. Amanda Kollar
    August 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    I love that you have the option of stores in the mall, the DISNEY store and you taught me something about Bravo – I didn’t know they had a KIDS salmon meal (Ben is obsessed with salmon fish!) Thank you for sharing!

  26. Tessa
    August 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    Great write up again! I have to admit I’m a lover of all the dining options. All the store choices are a plus too.

  27. August 5, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    Auntie Anns pretzels, gets me everytime!

  28. Julia Moran
    August 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    I love taking the mini over to the mall on our little dates. We stroll around holding hands while window shopping. Our go-to spots are Build-a-Bear – always fun watching kids bring a new bear to life, Bath and Body Works to sample some lotions so we smell good, Food Court – grab our Chick-Fil-A and sit by the fire, then we stroll around to see what’s new, grab our Shopkicks and then usually wind up in the Disney Store or maybe even drop in for a movie. It’s our favorite thing to do for Mommy and Me dates.

  29. Tessa A
    August 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    Great review!! I like all the dining options best. All the different stores are a bonus too!!

    PS – hopefully I didn’t triple post, my replies never seem to show up…grrrrr

  30. August 6, 2016 at 1:07 am #

    I really like the events they put on for kids, like trick or treating or at the Disney store. It’s also a really clean mall which is so nice.

  31. Nicole Cassidy
    August 6, 2016 at 3:45 am #

    My favorite store is the Disney Store. Lots of variety for my Disney fanatic family.

  32. Jeanne Friedel
    August 6, 2016 at 5:59 am #

    Great place to shop till you drop! Love the new kids play area. Made for a great break from school shopping! The fountain is a favorite stop too. Thanks!

  33. Jacquelyn
    August 7, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    I like that the mall is ALWAYS well kept and is a safe environment to bring my son into. (: Also of all the stores in there gymboree and of course the Disney store have got to be my favorites!

  34. August 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    I love going to the mall and being able to get most everything that I need there! When my daughters are getting board of shopping, then I send them along with my husband to the play area, the fountain or to get a treat! Oh and who doesn’t love having lunch at Chik-fil-A!!!

  35. Shirley Vandusen
    August 11, 2016 at 2:04 am #

    I love the fun stores and kid friendly activities to do at the mall!!

  36. August 11, 2016 at 2:06 am #

    I love that there is something for everyone. I am one of those “I hate shopping” kind of moms, but when I go to Franklin Park mall even I enjoy myself. After perusing all of the stores I look at the time and realize it’s way past dinner…food court with several options too the rescue!

  37. maggie
    August 11, 2016 at 2:12 am #

    I love JCP! So affordable and so many options!

  38. Miranda Hall
    August 11, 2016 at 2:14 am #

    I also love that you don’t have to go outside! And the parking garages are the best also!!!

  39. Lauren Printke
    August 11, 2016 at 2:21 am #

    My kids love to go to the mall! They love riding the “rides”, walk around and of course get a yummy snack! Great place to burn some energy in the winter!

  40. Rebekah
    August 11, 2016 at 2:35 am #

    I like the variety of stores they offer. If it were up to Shaelin her favorite part would be the new kids area.

  41. August 11, 2016 at 2:58 am #

    We love the movie theater the best, does that count? Oh and I love the Claddagh, but that’s best without kids 😉

  42. Katie lepkowski
    August 11, 2016 at 3:07 am #

    I love the family restrooms. It is great because it is a big enough space to push a stroller in, it has a small potty and sink for toddlers (awesome), and a little play space area for them.

  43. August 11, 2016 at 4:17 am #

    My current favorite place is the nursing lounge. It gives us a moment to rest during one of full shopping sprees. I too love the salmon salad at Bravo it’s my go to meal there! Lastly I love hat I can always find something for my skinny older kiddos and my chubby little nursling

  44. Shelby Mattoni
    August 11, 2016 at 4:26 am #

    Love the Macy’s store:) Can always find some good things on sale!

  45. Shelby Mattoni
    August 11, 2016 at 4:28 am #

    Love the Macy’s store:)Can always find a good deal!

  46. Heather bryan
    August 11, 2016 at 4:48 am #

    I like all the community events they offer such as back to school one this weekend and the widest variety. There’s so much to do its great for any time but those rainy days are well spent with play area. They partake in holiday celebrations and we have become well known in the Disney Store with their summer programs!

  47. Crystal
    August 11, 2016 at 5:06 am #

    I love grabbing a drink at Teavana and letting the kiddos play down by J.C.Penney!

  48. August 11, 2016 at 5:16 am #

    Going to the mall is always a good outing. I shop, let the kids play, grab lunch, shop a little more, and end out outing with a cookie.

  49. Mallory
    August 23, 2016 at 6:21 am #

    I love the variety of stores, and how they group similar stores together- like how Sephora and Victoria’s Secret are near each other- at least for myself, I enjoy both stores and the convenience factor.

  50. Jennie
    August 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    I love the variety of the stores. You can get everything you need in one place!

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