8 Great places to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Kids in/near Toledo

Whether you are looking to just get out of the house for a couple hours with the kiddos on Dec. 31st, are looking for fun, FREE local Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve festivities, or looking to splurge, here is a list of awesome Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events going on in Toledo & surrounding area.





Noon Year’s Eve at the Toledo Zoo

Location: 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43614

Phone: 419-385-4040

Website: https://www.toledozoo.org/noon-years-eve

Admission/Cost: Zoo Admission is, Adults $18 -Children (2-11) $15 -Seniors (60+) $15 -Under 2 Years FREE (Parking is $7)….Members are FREE (parking is free for Members)

Date/Time: December 31st, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate all that we’ve done and all that we will do in the coming year. But midnight can come too late for the little ones (and let’s face it, sometimes the not-so-little ones).

That’s why Noon Year’s Eve is such a great family event! Your family can raise a toast to the New Year with some tasty juice, sing a round of “Auld Lang Syne” and watch the ball rise… all at the stroke of noon! There’s even a place where you can make a few ReZOOlutions to be a little greener in the New Year.

Join the fun from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. on December 31 and enjoy some of these activities:

  • Watch the ball rise at the stroke of noon
  • Celebrate with an apple juice toast (while supplies last)
  • Race down the Ice Slide in the Amphitheatre & enjoy the Ice Bumper cars (open at 11 am)
  • Enjoy an ice carving demonstration (will begin shortly after 12 pm)
  • Make some cool crafts




Walleye Drop

Location: N Madison St, Port Clinton, OH 43452

Phone: 419-635-7470

Website: http://wyliewalleyefoundation.com/walleye-drop/schedule-of-events/

Admission: FREE

Date/Time: Dec. 31st 10 a.m. – Varies

Event of Happenings:

Touch a Truck – 6:30PM-7:30PM (FREE-donations appreciated)

Ever wondered what is like to sit in the back of a police car or honk the horn on a fire truck? Now is your chance to find out! (Featuring emergency services, coast guard, armed forces, and various utility vehicles)

Minnow Drop and Kids Activities – 4PM -6:15PM (FREE-donations appreciated)

Location: Knights of Columbus Hall in Downtown Port Clinton

Let the little minnows enjoy the excitement of the day AND get them to bed on time. Join us for a smaller version of the Walleye Drop featuring games, snacks, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and a Walleye Drop fit for their smaller size! FREE!

CLICK LINK, http://wyliewalleyefoundation.com/walleye-drop/schedule-of-events/   for full schedule of events including Fireworks display!!!



2018/2019 Family New Year’s Eve Event at Dave & Buster’s!!

Location: Dave and Buster’s Toledo, 5001 Monroe Street, Dave and Buster’s S50, Toledo, OH, 43623, US

Phone: 419.481.9807

Website: Click HERE for tickets

Admission: TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED Package 1-$33.90 and Package 2-$38.90 (purchase tickets online…link above)

Date/Time: Dec. 31st 5 -8 PM

Dave & Busters is offering an exciting and FUN way for you & your family to ring in the New Year! We will offer loads of excitement with our New Year’s Eve package which combines all the Food & FUN that guests have grown to love at Dave & Buster’s.

Designed for families, this event will run from 5 -8 PM. Package descriptions are listed below:

1: LOL Fun Package PRICE: $33.90

– An appetizer buffet with family favorites
– Dessert
– Unlimited soft drinks
– $20 Power Card per guest
– A video ball drop to ring in the New Year

2: LOL Fun Package PRICE:$38.90
– An appetizer buffet with family favorites
– Dessert
– Unlimited soft drinks
– $25 Power Card per guest
– Unlimited Video Game Play (not available on Package 1)
– A video ball drop to ring in the New Year

The New Year’s Event will be hosted at Dave & Buster’s Toledo. As a guest of the
Family New Year’s Event, you will have access to the event space,
as well as our Million Dollar Midway, packed to the rafters with games and

Speaking of awesome gaming options, Unlimited Video Game Play will be added
to each guest’s Power Card who purchases Package 2! This option will allow
you and your family to play experience All-You-Can-Play FUN of our
non-redemption games from 5pm until our Kid Curfew at 10:00pm! As a guest
of Dave & Buster’s Family New Year’s Eve Event, you are welcome to stay at
Dave & Buster’s past the event end time, pending curfew time and if the building is open to the public.




Strike in the New Year at Bowlero!!

Location: Bowlero Lanes of Toledo 4398 Monroe St. Toledo, Ohio 43613

Phone: (419) 473-1257

Website: http://www.bowlerolanestoledo.com/

Admission: $15 early bird $20 at the door (unlimited bowling & shoe rental)

Date/time: Dec. 31st 6pm-9pm


Bring the whole family out! Take advantage of the early bird special, only $15 for unlimited bowling & show rental!! And FYI parents, there is a bar that serves food and adult beverages….and an arcade to occupy kiddos between games!! Also, everyone that comes in gets a spin at the wheel and a chance to win great prizes! You have 2 options for bowling and can begin check in at 5:30. Sign up early for discount and to reserve lanes!



New Year’s Eve Eve Celebration at Imagination Station

Location: 1 Discovery Way Toledo, Ohio 43604

Phone: 419-244-2674

Website: https://www.imaginationstationtoledo.org/visit/events/event/new-years-eve-eve

Admission: FREE with Admission

Date/Time: Dec. 30th 10am-5pm

Celebrate New Year’s Eve early with Imagination Station’s New Year’s Eve EVE Celebration! Ever wonder what’s really going on in your ear when you hear that annoying fly buzzzzzz? Want to drum up some ideas about acoustics? Design and create your very own noisemaker, and discover how sound and acoustics work together to create its festive music! At 2:19pm, make some noise as we ring in the New Year when over 19,000 bouncy balls will drop into the lower atrium!


Rink in the New Year at Ohio Skate!!

Location: Opportunity Dr. Toledo, OH 43612

Phone: 419.476.2808

Website: http://toledo.ohioskate.com/specials

Admission: $25 early bird and $30 at door

Date/Time: Dec. 31st Party starts at 7:00pm-1:30am ($25 early bird price and $30 at door)

7:00pm-1:30am New Year’s Eve Party!!! $25.00 Admission includes admission, skate rental, food, party favors, games, & hats & noisemakers for Midnight & door prizes!! (Chance to win a One Year Free Skating Pass to Ohio Skate Toledo & a free pair of skates!)



Noon Year’s Eve at the Library!

Location: South Branch Library 1736 Broadway St. Toledo OH 43609

Phone: (419) 259-5395

Website: http://events.toledolibrary.org/event/852176

Admission: FREE

Date/time: Dec. 31st 11:30AM-1PM

Join the celebration as Children’s Library program kicks off 2019 in style with games, music, & crafts a little early on New Year’s Eve! FREE! Countdown to noon and make some noise to help ring in the New Year!

Additional fun spots around town to take the kiddos New Year’s Eve….(have kiddos burn off all that excess energy so that Mom & Dad can an enjoyable New Year’s ;))

Playzone Toledo- https://www.playzonetoledo.com/

Sylvania Playland- http://www.sylvaniaplayland.com/

Skyzone https://www.skyzone.com/toledo/hours-and-calendar

Know of an awesome New Year’s Eve Bash that didn’t make the list? Please share!

Holiday Activities that Incorporate Faith

Holiday Activities that Incorporate Faith


This season, be intentional about including faith into your holiday cheer. Now is the perfect time to reflect on your relationship with friends, family, and God by bonding through Christ focused activities. Rekindle your faith while indulging in all the fun this time of year has to bring! 


Fill Stockings with Love Not Things


‘Tis the season to hang your stockings by the chimney with care! Stockings are easily the most exciting part of Christmas. Your children will eagerly wait for Christmas morning to come, before peering inside their stocking to see all of the small surprises that await them. This year, let your family have an early peek! 


Make holiday stockings filled with meaningful letters of appreciation or photos of memories you’ve shared with your family. After giving the stockings to your family, help your children make their own for a classmate, neighbor, or cousin! This will help them focus on gifting more love than they do things. 


Put a Faith-filled Twist on “Elf on the Shelf”


Elf on the shelf is a popular Christmas game that’s perfect for getting your little ones engaging with the season. Put a twist on this beloved game in order to get them just as captivated by the holiday’s faith. There are tons of alternatives to the cheerful elf! Swap him out for a baby jesus or a structured character likeMelk the Monkey, who teaches specifically about God. Your children will still get to participate in the surprises that come with an Elf on the Shelf, but in a way that leads them into grace rather than mischief! 


Holiday Movie Night


On those snowy, colder nights, nothing beats cozying up on the couch for a movie! Get into the spirit of the season with Christ-centered Christmas movies that will remind your family of the true meaning of the holiday. Make your movie night one to remember by decorating your family room with colorful decor. Hang garland and white lights to set a dim ambiance. Sip on some holiday flavors by making a hot cocoa bar! Put out cinnamon sticks, peppermint candies, chocolate chips, and whipped cream to make the ultimate cup of nog. To really satisfy your sweet tooth throughout the movie, snack on these adorable Santa’s hat cupcakes.


Throw a Birthday Party for Jesus 


With all of the advertisements and holiday festivities taking up our time, it can be easy for the real reason for Christmas to become swallowed up. Remind your child of why Christmas is celebrated by planning a birthday party for Jesus. After all, Christmas is his day of birth! 

Not only will this give your family a reason to throw a fun celebration on Christmas Eve, but it will also encourage your children to focus more on giving back to Jesus than expecting gifts for themselves. 


Read Together


Take the time this month to read the Christmas Story from the Bible with your children, found in the book of Luke. Not only are there tremendous benefits of reading together as a family, but it provides a timely opportunity to teach your children about a significant story in the Bible. Read a piece each night before going to bed. Your children will look forward to seeing how the story unfolds! 


Bring Christ into your home decor 


There are tons of wonderful bible verses that would serve as a lovely addition to your home decor! Set aside time for a crafting day with your family. Get canvases, painting supplies, and print out holiday verses. Have your family each pick a verse and paint it onto their canvas. Hang up the canvases in the room you spend most of your time together, such as the living or dining room and kitchen. 


Send Christmas cheer to missionaries 


During this time of year, there are many missionaries that are unable to return home for the holidays. Help your family spread some holiday cheer to those away from their loved ones this season! Make homemade season’s greetings with personalized holiday messages, including a thank you for all of the work they’re doing to spread faith and help others.

ELF the Musical Family-4 Pack Giveaway & BOGO 50% off code

The gift of an experience is the gift that lasts a lifetime and no one can put a price on a treasured memory…or maybe we can? How does buy one ticket, get one half-off sound? Or better yet, free?

ELF The Musical will be live on stage at the Stranahan Theater, December 11 – 16! And Mom on the go in Holy Toledo followers have the opportunity to be entered to win a family 4-pack tickets to the opening night performance!! (Tuesday, December 11th @ 7:30pm)


Broadway’s holiday hit musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. With Santa’s permission, he embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York recall the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

ELF with bow


Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH, 43614

Show Dates & Times:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018: 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018: 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 13, 2018: 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 14, 2018: 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 15, 2018: 10 a.m.

Saturday, December 15, 2018: 3 p.m.

Saturday, December 15, 2018: 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 16, 2018: 1 p.m.

Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”


Buy One Ticket, Get One 50% OFF – Ticket discount valid thru Dec. 12

Here is the link to purchase tickets. Use promo code SANTA for the discount.

Due to the nature of live entertainment dates, times, performers, and prices are subject to change. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No exchanges or refunds. Tickets are subject to additional fees. Must use Code SANTA to receive offer. Discount not valid for Saturday Matinee (3pm), Sunday Evening, or Sunday Matinee performances. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets. Valid for Price Levels 2 (Orchestra) and 5 (Balcony). Discount valid through December 12 and cannot be combined with any other offers or applied to any other shows and events.

Register to Win:

One Family 4-pack for opening night, Dec. 11 @ 7:30pm


1-Share this post on Facebook

2- Comment on the Blog stating which ELF food group is your favorite…candy, candy cane, candy corn, or syrup?

WINNER will be randomly selected SUNDAY @ 2pm & posted to the blog and FB page


Shop Small, Shop Local 2018 Toledo Guide

There are so many benefit to shopping small, not just on Small Business Saturday, but every day!!

Benefits of Shopping Small, Shopping Local…..

  1. You’ll help create jobs in the community
  2. Your tax dollars stay local.
  3. Small businesses give back to the neighborhood.
  4. Shopping at one local business helps other local businesses.
  5. Small businesses offer more unique products.
  6. It helps keep communities diverse
  7. You lesson the environmental impact of your purchases.

Source: https://co-opcreditunions.org/6-really-important-reasons-to-shop-on-small-business-saturday/

Here are just a few of the many awesome local small businesses located in Toledo & the surrounding area. Please be sure to show them your love and “like”, and/or, “follow” them on social media, and be sure to stop in to the brick and mortar shops, introduce yourself, & inquire about deals, yes, small businesses also have some great bargains!

Bowinkles Children’s Boutique

Phone: 567-455-5939

Address: 5627 Main St, Sylvania, OH 43560

Website: www.bowinklesboutique.com

Hours: M-F: 10AM – 5:30PM, SAT: 10AM – 5PM, SUN: CLOSED

Shop local this holiday season with Bowinkles. New Fall and holiday arrivals plus all sales items Buy 2, Get 1 Free!

HarperLee Jewelry


Raw metal transformed into custom keepsake jewelry!

Julia’s Ornaments

Phone: Call or text 419-442-8037

Website: https://m.facebook.com/JuliasOrnaments/

Email: jmelvis@aol.com

All ornaments are handmade and hand painted….custom orders welcomed, such as names, birthdays, current year, player number for sport related ornaments, and colored glitter. Ornaments cost $10 & $2 to personalize.

LuLaRoe Em Elizabeth

Owner: Emily Sicilia

Phone: 419-806-9242

Website: www.facebook.com/lularoeemelizabeth

Clothing for all ages and sizes! Visit the facebook shopping group to enjoy weekly specials throughout the holiday season! Also contact Em to set up an appointment to shop the Toledo Boutique to take advantage of in person specials!

NeverMore Used Bookstore

Phone: (419) 593-0093

Address: 2856 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43613

Website: https://nevermore-used-bookstore.business.site/

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10am-6pm & Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm

Find that hidden gem or a favorite popular fiction or nonfiction book for a great price!! They carry books for the entire family…kids, teens, tweens, young adult, adult. They also take clean, good condition books on trade for in-store credit which buys you 25% off purchases!!

Reger’s Church Supplies & Religious Gifts

Phone: (419) 474-4740

Address: 4100 Secor Rd, Toledo, OH 43623

Website: https://www.regers.com/

Hours: Mon – Fri 9:30am – 5pm & Sat 9:30am – 3pm

Get all your Advent & Christmas products here! Reger’s Christian gift store serves all denominations of the Christian faith, including churches, clergy, and individual Christians.

Stella’s Lots of Knots

Owner: Stephanie Bird

Phone: (231) 736-8315

Website: www.etsy.com/shop/StellasLotsofKnots

Stella’s Lots of Knots is offering free shipping through the holidays or local pick up! Also, use coupon code LOCAL during checkout to receive 20% off your order!

Thistle and Thorn

Phone: (419) 261-9166

Address: 2746 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43613

Website: https://www.facebook.com/LavenderBayLLC/

Hours: Mon-Fri. 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, & closed Sunday

Thistle and Thorn is a locally owned full service florist and gift shop. See coupon below to save $10!!

Show the following image at checkout to receive $10 off any Fall Arrangement!

Twice But Nice

Phone: (419) 475-7368

Address: 2850 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43613

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Twice-But-Nice-359138284202297/

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-7pm & Sunday 11am-5pm

Show the following image coupon to receive $5 off of $30 or more!!

Motherhood in your 20s vs 30s

This week’s podcast is up! (Click on link below) This week’s topic, starting a family in your 20s vs your 30s. Feel free to share with friends & engage in the topic via a comment below…when did you become a mom, in your 20s or 30s?


Santa Sightings around Toledo

Santa Sightings!! Are you serious Clark?! Lol!

Here are what we have thus far…be sure to check back, we will be updating as sightings of the Jolly man with the beard as white as snow come in…

SANTA’S GRAND ARRIVAL at Franklin Park Friday, Nov. 16, 10:00 am – Noon

Bring your littles to Macy’s court to welcome Saint Nick. Cheer as he rides in on the train at 10:00 a.m., listen to a story read by Crystal the elf, make a holiday countdown chain and of course visit with Santa and capture the moment with a professional photo memory.

Visit with Santa Claus @ Shops at Levis Commons November 17 – December 23

Bring the whole family (and your camera!) to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus (on special dates) – share your Wish List with Santa Claus in the updated Santa House courtesy of our friends at Arhaus.  Take FREE photos with your own camera and share on Social Media #LifeAtLevis for a chance to win great Levis Commons prizes!

Santa’s Magical arrival Nov. 23rd 5:30-7:30pm @ The Shops At Fallen Timbers

(In-between Forever 21 & Kay Jewelers) DJ kicks it off at 5:30pm & costume character from Laurels Princesses, Toledo Mud Hens, & BG…santa due to arrive on a lit-up firetruck at 6:45pm, followed by a magical fireworks show!!

Nov. 24th & 25th 12-3pm @ Duke Farms, 44 West Samaria, Michigan 48182

$5 gets you a picture with Mr. & Mrs. Clause (using your own camera, photographer will cost more), Bonfire w/s’mores, carriage rides, & visit in the petting farm!!

Have you seen him? Please comment below with any Santa Spottings around town…

Mom on the go Podcast!

Click on link below to listen to our first episode! And we need your help…each episode we will be debating hot topics related to motherhood, nothing is off limits, we will take on any topic nothing is too controversial! So, comment below with your topic ideas today & be sure to tune in to our next episode (published every Saturday morning). So grab some wine, basket of laundry, & listen in….


Healthy Recipes You can Prep in Advance

Happy National Food Day!!

National Food Day is observed annually on October 24. One of the targets that Food Day aims to help people is to “Eat Real,” which is defined by them as “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustainably raised protein.”  National Food Day involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that can be healthy, affordable and produced with care for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it. 

So, in an effort to “eat real” I’m sharing 3 meals that are full of veggies, plant protein, are inexpensive, easy to prep in advance, & taste great!

Pasta Night

What you need: basically any veggies you have on hand will work, the idea is to make the dish heavy on the veggies & light on the pasta. I used broccoli, bell peppers, 1/2 onion, some cauliflower I had leftover, can of diced tomatoes, & fresh tomatoes. Eggplant is also another fabulous veggie to add! You will need a box of your favorite pasta, basil or Italian seasoning, garlic, pasta sauce (not in pic), & a little fresh basil to add at the end.

To prep in advance: I like to use a ziplock bag & sharpie to help prep my meals…it’s extremely user-friendly, simply write the ingredients that you need to prep in advance. For pasta night I needed to wash and cut veggies into bite sizes. Placed in ziplock bag, made certain I wrote pasta night on the can of diced tomatoes & pasta box so neither was used for another meal.

Day of the meal: put foil on roasting pan, preheat oven to 400, open bag, dump veggies on pan, & roast veggies for 25 minutes.

Remove, place veggies in large pan on range at low-medium heat. Add can of tomatoes, basil/Italian seasoning, pasta sauce and cook with lid on for 10 minutes stirring every few minutes. Meanwhile boil pasta. When pasta is done add it to pan with the veggies, stir, remove and place in 13×9 Pyrex (or whatever dish you have on hand), stir in fresh basil, & enjoy!

Sweet Potato, Chickpea, & Coconut Curry

What you need: cauliflower, 2 sweet potatoes, 1 onion, 3 garlic cloves, fresh ginger if possible or 2 teaspoons ginger seasoning, can diced tomatoes, can chickpeas, can of coconut milk, 2 teaspoons curry seasoning, turmeric, cinnamon, & chili powder. Cilantro & lime (optional)

To prep in advance: clean & cut cauliflower, sweet potatoes, & onion into bit sizes and place in ziplock bag. Label cans for curry night so that they don’t get used for anything else. Place ziplock bag in fridge.

Day of the meal: take bag of veggies out of fridge and place veggies on foil covered sheet pan, roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven & place in a deep pan on top of the range at medium heat. Add diced tomatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk, garlic, ginger & seasonings. Cook for 1/2 hour stirring occasionally. While it’s cooking make brown rice.

Taste…add more seasoning if you wish, depends how you like it & who you are cooking for, children don’t like it too spicy. You can always leave seasonings on the table for people to add to their individual dish. Place rice in bowls, add cauliflower, sweet potato, & coconut curry on top of rice and garnish with cilantro & lime (optional) and enjoy!

Teriyaki Stir-fry

What you need: broccoli, carrots, green beans, red and orange bell peppers, 1/3 of an onion, brown rice, rice noodles, pineapple (optional), bottle of favorite stir-fry sauce. (Chosen Foods, in the organic section at Kroger has some delicious options)

To prep in advance: clean all veggies, cut broccoli into bite sized pieces, slice peppers lengthwise, & dice onion. Place all veggies in ziplock bag.

Day of meal: remove veggies and place in a deep pan on top of range at medium heat. Add preferred sauce and cook for roughly 25 minutes, until veggies are tender. If you are including pineapple, clean & slice it, place on grate on top of a sheet pan, roast at 450 for 15/20 minutes. Cook rice and/or rice noodles. Serve & enjoy!

Bonus:here are some snacks you can prep in advance….

Do you have a favorite “real food” dish your family loves? Please share.

You’ve been BOO-ed?

Door bell rings, dog barks, you rush to the door & no one! Are you the victim of ding-dong ditch? Nope. An adorable black & orang jack-o-lantern bucket full of Halloween tricks & treats is on your front-door step, you’ve been BOO-ed! BOO-ing neighbors has quickly become a fun Halloween tradition that has expanded into the workplace and with close friends & family.

How it works…you put together a fun gift basket of sorts (see images below for ideas) filled with tricks & treats, secretly leave it on a neighbor’s doorstep, coworker desk, etc. (the key is to try and be Anonymous) with BOO-ing instructions and BOO sign.

The lucky BOO-ed recipient is then suppose to post their sign near their door alerting others that “We’ve Been BOO-ed!” That way, new BOO recruits won’t leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep. The BOO-ed recipient is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction of Halloween fun!!

Here are some fun BOO-ed basket ideas:

Click on link for Free “You’ve been BOO-ed” Printables….


So, all that’s left to be asked is, who you gonna BOO? Don’t want to go it alone? You can Boo together…go in on a basket with a neighbor or friend. And remember, have fun!!