Grab your calendars & tag your friends, mommas! Here’s this year’s list of fun, free, kid-friendly activities going on this Summer in Toledo & surrounding area!
Who’s up for a mini-day trip? Thorn Park SPLASH PAD is the perfect day trip…play on the playground, have lunch, & splash…see details below.
What has the capability of taking you back to a significant moment in time, a special memory, in a split second? It’s the only sense that works in the opposite direction and actually has you reacting emotionally first. In fact, 75% of your emotions are triggered by this sense and are linked to pleasure, well-being, and memory. So much so that a survey found that 85% of all people remember their childhood when they caught the smell of Crayola crayons. The sense of smell is such a powerful sense that it not only contributes to our emotions and memory, but also to 80% of our taste, and though the expression “love at first sight” is used often, the more appropriate term might be, “love at first smell”, thanks to pheromones. So it’s fair to say that the sense of smell, the olfactory system is one of the most significant senses so why not have an experience that not only will take you back to a special memory in your life but will also have you making a special memory to cherish in the future? Call up your BFF, pick up your mom, schedule that date night, make reservations for a moms night out, or take the most amazing people in your life, your kiddos and go down memory lane together as you share the aroma of various scents while you create your own unique scent and lay down that neural pathway towards a new memory.Read more
Just because the weather isn’t cooperating doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Here’s a list of some awesome kid-friendly indoor destinations to visit in NW/NE Ohio and SE Michigan that will allow the adventures to continue no matter the weather!
(Always call ahead and check hours and admission prices before visiting…)
Omg, y’all it’s legit Fall!! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), boots, flannels, sweaters, apple picking, pumpkin patches, pumpkin pies, apple pies, cinnamon & sugar doughnuts, apple fritters, fall festivals, corn mazes, hayrides, and so much more! Fall is when the Midwest shines, but don’t blink, it goes by fast, so tag friends and make plans now! Here is this year’s Toledo Fall Family Fun Guide….
It is always advised that you call ahead and double check that nothing has changed before visiting any orchard, farm, etc.
Gust Brother’s Pumpkin FarmRead more
Days are longer, weather is warmer, and school is out, now what? Looking for some fun ways to fill your summer days? Whether you’re looking for fun things to do close to home, at home, or perhaps you’re ready to venture a bit further, we’ve got you covered! Here’s an awesome list of fun ideas for the 419 & beyond!Read more
Why Mother Son Dates?
–A close mother-son relationship is good for a boy’s mental health. A study presented at the American Psychological Association showed that boys who are close to their mothers tend not to buy into hyper-masculine stereotypes. They don’t believe, for instance, that you have to always act tough, go it alone or fight to prove your manhood every time you are challenged. These boys remained more emotionally open. Not only did they have better friendships, but also less anxiety and depression than their more macho peers.
-Teenage boys who are close to their moms engage in less risky behavior. It has long been known that good parent-teen communication can help lessen the influence of negative peer pressure. But new research shows that it is a boy’s mother who is the most influential when it comes to her son’s decision making about alcohol, drugs and sex. Some researchers speculate that the nature of mother-son communication accounts for the difference: mothers usually don’t have one big “drug talk” or “sex talk” but instead tend to weave the topic into other conversations or family activities.
–Far from making boys weaker, the love of a mother can and does actually make boys stronger, emotionally and psychologically. Far from making boys dependent, the base of safety a loving mother can create—a connection that her son can rely on all his life—provides a boy with the courage to explore the outside world. But most important, far from making a boy act in ‘girl-like’ ways, a loving mother actually plays an integral role in helping a boy develop his masculinity.
8 Mother Son Date Ideas in Toledo
NickelWorld is a unique concept in Family Entertainment. They have Over 100 Games!! All Games Operate with NICKELS!! While some Games Take Two or Three Nickels, MOST Games are one Nickel each to play!! PLUS, they have 13 FREE GAMES!! Most Games also WIN TICKETS to trade in for all sorts of PRIZES!!
Address: 2545 S Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43614
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11AM–10PM
Phone: (419) 385-3297
Admission: $2.50 to enter and then however many nickels you would like…$5 is usually more than enough
Sportway of Toledo
This seasonal go-kart racing facility also offers an 18-hole mini-golf course & batting cages.
Address: 5950 Angola Rd, Toledo, OH 43615
Hours: Tues-Thurs and Sundays 11AM–11PM Fri. and Sat. 11PM-12AM
Phone: (419) 867-1006
Admission: Single Go-Kart $6 / 3 laps and Double Go-Kart $7 / 3 laps
Batting Cage…$1 = 1 token (15 pitches) $5 = 6 tokens (buy 5 get one free)
Mini-gold…18 Holes Adults $6 Kids – 6 & under $3
Northwest Ohio’s only full service hunting and shooting sports specialty store. Their ranges give you a place to practice year round. Use the indoor pistol range or indoor archery range throughout the year, in climate-controlled comfort. The outdoor 3-D range is available from March thru October.
Address: 10306 Airport Hwy, Swanton, OH 43558
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM–7PM Saturday 10AM-6PM Closed Sundays
Phone: (419) 865-4713
Classic, original dinner experience! Opened in 1948 and is still going strong! When you walk in you step back in time, the 13 chrome stools at the lunch counter have been there from the beginning, as has the wooden phone booth in the corner. And the food is still good, plentiful and inexpensive.
Address: 2103 N Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43615
Hours: Monday-Saturday 5AM–11PM Closed Sundays
Phone: (419) 535-9116
This entertainment center known for its large laser tag arena also has arcade games & hosts parties.
Address: 5836 Monroe St, Sylvania, OH 43560
Hours: Monday, Thursday, & Friday 4–10PM Closed Tuesday & Wednesday, and on Saturdays & Sundays 12pm-10pm
Phone: (419) 885-3460
Admission: Laser Tag Prices -$8.50 One game of laser tag, $15.00 Two game pack, & $19.00 Three game pack
All You Can Play Sessions $19.00 per person Monday, Thursday & Friday: 4pm – 7pm and Sunday, Monday & Thursday: 7pm – 10pm
Dave & Busters
Family-friendly chain offering a sports-bar-style setting for American food & arcade games.
Address: 5001 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623
Hours: Monday-Thursday and Sundays 10AM–12AM Fridays & Saturdays 10AM-2AM
Phone: (419) 481-9800
The restaurant is a kid’s favorite!! Request a table in a car…yep, you read right, a table inside a classic car! This bar & grill serves American, Italian & Mexican fare in a relaxed setting with eclectic decor.
Address: 930 N Telegraph Rd, Monroe, MI 48162
Hours: Open 7 days a week 10:30AM–2AM
Phone: (734) 243-0343
Phoenix Theatres Mall of Monroe Movie Theater
100% reclining seats! And Matinees, anything showing before 6PM is only $5!
Address: The Mall of Monroe 2121 N Monroe St
Phone: (734) 457-9080
Admission: General Admission-$8.75, Child, (11 and under) $6.00, Seniors, (60 and over) $6.00 Matinees before 6 PM $5.00
Whether you’re looking for a fun mother/son date day, daddy/daughter afternoon, a fun activity for the entire fam, date night, or fun ways to spend quality time at home with the kiddos, this guide has you covered!!
Please note, we are 10 months into this pandemic, it should go without stating that masks and social distancing are required and all establishments are sanitizing, offering sanitizing stations, and some require a reservation for parties over 6. FYI-if you see an image of people without masks it is an older image.Read more
I’ve been meaning to write this for some time now. It’s long overdue. But every time I escape into the computer room, open my laptop, my fingers barely graze the keys, and a silent alarm must sound altering the children that I’m about to give something else my undivided attention. For they all seemed to beacon before I can even type a word, “Mom, I need help submitting….”, “Mom, my screen froze!”, “Mom, I can’t type on my work in Google Docs”. It’s a miracle they aren’t banging on the door right now. I am currently hiding out in the bathroom, on the floor, with my laptop, fan on, so hopefully I’ll have a few uninterrupted minutes…I took this idea from the “Dad Handbook” ;), lol! So needless to say, this letter has been on my heart for some time, and it embarrasses me that I haven’t sent this sooner. I don’t know if you know this or not, but you’re such an important and significant part of my life. They say that life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away and though, an eloquent idea, I’d add that it isn’t just the big moment in life that matters, but the everyday that embrace life’s imperfections. Looking back on my lifetime thus far most of my life’s imperfections, serious contemplations, and happy memories either took place with you or you helped me get through them, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this time to express just how much you’ve played a role in those moments.Read more