Toledo Fall Family Fun Guide 2019

Omg, y’all it’s legit (almost) 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….

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Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm

Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm is a working farm that provides a real farm experience to all visitors. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a wholesome and fun family atmosphere…visit the cows, pigs, goats, bunnies, roosters, etc. and don’t forget to pick put the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch!

Location: 13639 Mulberry Rd, Ottawa Lake, MI 49267

Phone: (517) 486-2237

Dates: Open Sunday, September 8 to Thursday October 31, 2019

Hours: Open every day from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M

Cost: FREE (but do bring some spending cash for a Hay Ride, donuts, cider, and other Fall goodies and decorations)

Website: https://www.gustbrothers.com/

MacQueen’s Apple Orchard

Famous for their Apple Butter Stir Festival held every year on the first weekend of October, MacQueen’s Orchards grows 16 varieties of apples and 10 varieties of peaches, plus they sell a large variety of all your favorite, seasonal locally grown vegetables year round. In the fall, (Mid-Sept-3rd Week of Oct.), you can drive your own vehicle in the orchard to pick your own apples, if you choose.

Location: 7605 Garden Rd, Holland, OH 43528

Phone: (419) 865-2916

Dates: Apple Stir & Crafts Festival 2019 Saturday, Oct. 5th & Sunday Oct. 6th for more farm fun!

Hours: Aug-Oct: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Varies depending on your purchases (and parking for the Apple Butter Stir)

Website: http://www.macqueenorchards.com/index.htm

 

Erie Orchards & Cider Mill

Erie Orchards and Cider Mill is a working farm with approximately 70 acres in production. Approximately 15,000 bushels of apples are harvested annually. They minimize the use of chemicals and use no chemicals which are absorbed into the tree. There is something exciting going on every weekend be sure to check the website for a full list.

Location: 1235 Erie Rd, Erie, MI 48133

Phone: 734-848-4518.

Special Event Dates: Literally an event every weekend September-end of October, click on website for details

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9am – 7:00pm and Sunday: 11am – 6:00pm. Note: the u-pick closes a 1/2 hour before the store closes each evening

Cost: Varies depending on purpose for visit and event

Website: http://www.erieorchards.com/?pg=events

 

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

Savor the fall season with your family at their farm! Located just two miles south of Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, OH. Opened from the 2nd Sat. of Sept. thru Oct 31!

Location: 7133 Seaman Rd, Oregon, OH 43616

Phone: (419) 836-7613

Dates: FALL Opening Day is Sept. 12th @ 10AM (Thursday special is Oreo Donut!)

Cost: Varies depending on purchase…FREE admission

Website: https://www.facebook.com/fleitzpumpkinfarm/?rf=593051204063529

 

Trabbic Pumpkin Farm

Experience the Fall Atmosphere in a Family and Faith Filled environment. From visiting the animals in the “Animal Kingdom”, to the rides, Cider and Doughnuts, if you love the Fall season, then the farm is the place to be. This year they are celebrating their 29th year with the pumpkin patch and it wouldn’t be possible without you. God has blessed them and the farm in so many ways over the past 29 years and they appreciate all of your business and support.

Location: 1560 E Sterns Rd, Erie, MI 48133

Phone: (734) 848-4049

Dates: September 14th – October 31st, 2019

Hours: 10am-7pm

Mon-Wed: 4-6:30pm (Corn Maze and Play area Only)

Thurs-Fri: 4-6:30pm (Corn Maze, Play area, Pumpkin Train, and Teddy Bear Spin Only)

Sat-Sunday: 11am-6:30pm (Hay Ride, Corn Maze, play area, Pumpkin Train, Teddy Bear Spin)

Cost: Admission is FREE (Bring money for Rides, Pumpkin, etc.)

Website: https://www.trabbicpumpkinfarm.com/

The Pumpkin Peddler

The fall season just isn’t complete without a hayride to a pumpkin patch, and The Pumpkin Peddler offer a memorable ride through the tree farm for you and your family to enjoy. There are thousands to choose from and your children can pick their own pumpkins right in the field. Your family can enjoy other activities as well, such as a pumpkin maze, face painting, and guessing the weight of a painted pumpkin. A craft store is also on site where they offer Indian corn, gourds, mini and pie pumpkins straw bales, corn stalks and more for your fall and Halloween decorating needs. Enjoy a cookie and some apple cider and your family outing is complete!

Location: 20354 N Dixie Hwy, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Phone: (419) 409-0252

Dates: Month of October

Hours: Weekdays: Noon til Dark, Saturday: 10 til Dark, Sunday: 11 til Dark

Cost: Varies depending on purchase Admission is FREE

Website: http://bowlinggreenchristmastrees.com/pumpkin-farm.php

Country Lane Tree Farm Fall Festival Weekends

No other farm in NW Ohio or Michigan allows you to wander through their farm, alongside of peacocks, ducks and chickens, hold baby ducks, chicks and bunnies, and then feed all of their farm animals. Milking their REAL cow is always a big hit with the kids and adults! In addition to the farm tours, Fall season brings the Fall Festival that features 10 acre U-Pick pumpkin patch, a FREE Hayride, Family Farm Animal Tours, and NW Ohio’s ONLY Haunted Hayride! (see Panic in the Pines)

Location: 3525 N Bolander Rd, Genoa, OH 43430

Phone: (419) 461-1298

Dates: OCTOBER 5,6, 12,13, 19,20 and 26,27

Hours: SATURDAY and SUNDAY 11 am to 4 pm – NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED!!! Last Admission 3 PM. (All activities end at 4 PM!)

Cost: FALL FESTIVAL WEEKEND ADMISSION PRICES: Children under 2 are FREE, 3yrs – 12 yrs -$10/person, Adults – $5/person, Active Military – FREE

Website: https://www.countrylanetreefarm.com/

 

 

Little Boo At the Zoo

Little Boo is the pre-school pirates’ and princesses’ chance to delight without the fright! Toddlers and preschool aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick or treat throughout the Zoo and enjoy crafts and games sized just for them.

Location: 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

Dates: Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $8 for Members’ Children, $18 for Non-Members Children & $18 for Non-Members Adults

Website: https://www.toledozoo.org/boo

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Pumpkin Path

Pumpkin Path is when the Halloween fun really comes alive at the Toledo Zoo! In addition to costumed trick or treating for all ages, there will also be games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstration, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the ghosts and goblins!

Location: 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

Dates: Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $8 for Members’ Children, $18 for Non-Members Children & $18 for Non-Members Adults

Website: https://www.toledozoo.org/pumpkinpath

 

 

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Sandpiper Fall Color Cruise

Travel down the Maumee and enjoy the fall festival of color. Make sure to bring your camera for some of the most beautiful views along the Maumee River. As the leaves change, the river becomes even more breathtaking. This 2-hour cruise will leave you counting down the days until the next Sandpiper season.

Location: The Sandpiper is docked at Water Street and Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Toledo. For GPS directions to the dock, use this address: 1 Jefferson Avenue Toledo, Ohio

Phone: (419) 537-1212

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays in October @ 1pm and 4pm

Cost: Adults are $19 Children are $11 (12 and under) reserve your spot online today!

Website: https://www.sandpiperboat.com/public-cruises/

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Sandpiper Halloween Boo Cruise

Halloween BOO! Cruise is a family-friendly experience for kids of all ages. This 30-minute cruise features Halloween treats and fun. Dress to impress!

Location: The Sandpiper is docked at Water Street and Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Toledo. For GPS directions to the dock, use this address: 1 Jefferson Avenue Toledo, Ohio

Phone: (419) 537-1212

Dates: 24th, 25th, 26th, & 27th of October with various times each day, click on link below for times

Cost: only $5 per riders! Buy Tickets online in advance, these will fill up FAST!

Website: https://www.sandpiperboat.com/calendar

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Wheeler Farms Corn Maze

CLOSED DUE TO CROP GROWTH HINDERING THIS SEASON

Location: The Corn Maze 11455 Obee Rd. Whitehouse, OH 43571

Phone: 419.872.1731

Dates: Closed for the 2019 Season

Hours: Friday: 5pm – 11pm, Saturday: Noon – 11pm, & Sunday: Noon – 8pm

Cost: Adults (12-64):$10, Youth (4-11): $8, 65 & Over: $9, Under 3: Free with Adult

Website: http://www.wheelerfarms.com/corn-maze/

 

 

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PANIC IN THE PINES

Panic in the Pines is located deep within a 150 year old farm. Climb onto the hayride that takes you out into the Forest of Pines where flesh eating zombies are lurking around each twist and turn…waiting for the right victim.

Enter if you dare into the Haunted Woods….where a crazed Psych Doctor and his staff work to keep the current patients locked up and try to pick out a few new ones to stay!

The Haunted Trail will take you back to what you may believe to be happy memories of childhood play…. BUT games can be misleading and not what they seem.

Haunt ticket booth opens at 7PM!

Location: 3525 N Bolander Rd. Genoa, OH 43430

Phone: (419) 461-1298

Dates: October 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th

Hours: 8-10pm…The first hayride of the night starts promptly at 8PM! All 3 haunts are outside so dress appropriately.

Cost: 3 Haunts- 1 price! $20 purchase tickets online, click link below

Website: http://www.panicinthepines.com/

 

 

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Wolcott Heritage Complex

Enjoy an afternoon of family time together. Listen to live music or enjoy a story at the log house. Youngsters can make a craft to take home and so much more. Cost: Free!

Location: 1035 River Rd, Maumee, OH 43537

Phone: (419) 893-9602

Hours: Saturday and Sundays from 12:00-4:30 (Tours Saturday at 12:30 and 2:30pm)

Cost: FREE

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/maumeevalleyhistoricalsociety/museum-complex

 

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Children’s Halloween Pizza Train

Magician Andrew Martin performs as Count Wakula. Includes pizza, salad, bread sticks, dessert and pop, coloring activities, costume contest with prizes, cider and doughnuts, and two hour train ride!

Location: 301 E Adrian St, Blissfield, MI 49228

Phone: (888) 467-2451

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019 Board @ 4:30PM leaves @ 5:00PM

Cost: $34.00 Adults, $22.00 Children (2-12)

Website: https://www.murdermysterydinnertrain.com/

 

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Sauder’s Village Family Fun Nights

There is something magical about being in the Village after hours! Register now to take part in their annual Fall Family Fun Night! Take a trolley ride, learn about pioneer life, decorate a pumpkin, warm up with some hot cocoa and enjoy a snack, take an evening train ride and other activities fun for everyone in the family. Space is limited, so register early!

Location: 22611 State Route 2, Archbold, Ohio 43502

Phone: Register early, call 419.446.2541 or 800.590.9755

Dates: Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2019

Hours: 6:00 – 8:00 pm each evening

Cost: $13 for adults, $7 for children (4-16) and children 3 & under are free. Discounted rates available for members. Pre-registration is required!

Website: https://saudervillage.org/classes-events/details/2019/10/18/default-calendar/fall-family-fun-nights

 

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Garrison Ghost Walks at Fort Meigs

Come to Fort Meigs for a “spirited” stroll this fall at the Garrison Ghost Walk. Tour the fort with your 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place.  The whole family will enjoy hearing tales from the past, and while the ghosts may not be real, the fun certainly is!  Proceeds from this event go to the Old Northwest Military History Association, the volunteer association for Fort Meigs. (Advanced Tickets required, Online ONLY)

Location: Fort Meigs 29100 W. River Rd. Perrysburg, OH 43551

Phone: (419) 874-4121

Dates: October 18-19 & 25-26, 2019

Times: 7 & 8:30PM (For ALL) 8:45 & 9PM (Adults ONLY)

Cost: $10 ages 13+, $5 ages 6-12, Not recommended for ages 5 and under

Website: http://www.fortmeigs.org/

 

Valentine Theatre Silver screen Classic, Young Frankenstein!

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American horror comedy film, directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character–a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman. Tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the box office window one hour prior to the show. Tickets are only $5 and Tall Drafts, Full Bar, and Popcorn are available for purchase!

Location: 410 Adams St, Toledo, OH 43604

Phone: 419.242.3490

Date: Friday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Website: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4891190/young-frankensteinsilver-screen-classic-film-toledo-valentine-theatre?country=US&language=en

 

 

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OctoBOOfest Downtown Perrysburg

Join Downtown Perrysburg Inc for another fun OctoBOOfest event, sponsored by Mercy Health. OctoBOOfest is their annual Fall festival filled with family fun events, including trick or treating, costume parades, and scavenger hunts. Click on website for more information on the fun activities to come!

Location: Downtown Perrysburg

Date: October 26th 11am-3pm

Cost: Admission is FREE

Website: : https://www.facebook.com/events/2412352012330908/

 

Hoen’s Greenhouse Autumn Harvest Festival

Bring the entire family for a weekend of warm autumn cheer at the Autumn Harvest Festival. Enjoy delicious eats and fall treats around a warm bonfire, a relaxing tractor hayride around the farm, or search the pumpkin patch for unique pumpkins and gourds. They’ll have a petting farm with some of your favorite barn animals, pony rides for the little ones, and plenty more outdoor activities and crafts for kids of all ages.

Location: 1710 Perrysburg Holland Rd, Holland, OH 43528

Phone: (419) 865-6566

Dates: To be Announced

Cost: Varies depending on activities/purchases admission is FREE

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

 

Roche de Bouef Festival in Waterville

The Roche de Boeuf Festival has something for the entire family to enjoy. Children will love the kids zone and parents can shop for beautiful art and one of a kind items. Take a journey back in time with Pioneer Village, see amazing cars in the car show, and enjoy wonderful music and entertainment throughout the day. The Roche de Boeuf Parade is the cornerstone of the Roche de Boeuf Festival. Local bands and organizations make their way through downtown Waterville as a kickoff to the Festival. Parade begins on Farnsworth Rd. The parade starting point will be on Farnsworth at Michigan Street. The parade will then proceed east onto Farnsworth to River Road and then to Waterworks Park.

Location: FREE Shuttle Service, pick-up locations Conrad Park next to the Waterville Library (800 Michigan Ave) and Waterville Landings (J&R Contracting) 1300 Michigan Ave.

Date: September 28, 2019

Hours: Parade Starts at 10 AM and Festival 9 AM – 5 PM

Cost: FREE admission

Website: https://watervillechamber.com/roche-de-boeuf-parade-and-festival/

 

43rd Applebutter Fest Grand Rapids Ohio  

What is Applebutter Fest? It’s historical reenactments, pioneer demonstrations, crafts, live music, food, and family fun along the beautiful Maumee River!

Location: Click on website for specifics….where to park and what streets will be closed

Phone: N/A

Date: October 13th, 2019

Hours: 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Cost: There are no participation fees other than a $15 per vehicle parking fee that provides the operating funds for the Fest. Parking in the official lots is sincerely appreciated!

Website: http://www.applebutterfest.org/

 

Downtown Sylvania Fall Festival and Parade!

A longstanding Sylvania tradition, the Sylvania Fall Festival returns this year with several dozen food, craft, informational and other vendor booths will line Main Street, Tree City’s historical throughway. Everybody’s perennial favorite, the fall festival parade, will energize the town from Monroe to Main Street. Catch a stage performance at the corner of Main and Maplewood, explore Sylvania Historical Village and celebrate community when you join us for the 34rd Annual Sylvania Fall Festival!

Location: Downtown Sylvania

Phone: 419.882.2135

Date: Sunday, October 20th, 2019 10AM-4PM

Cost: FREE admission

Website: https://www.sylvaniachamber.org/sylvania-fall-festival/

 

The Shops at Fallen Timbers Truck or Treat

 Bring the kids out in Costume for a family afternoon of Truck or Treat, Dance party, and Costume Contest! This FREE event is one for the whole family! Let the kids explore some of their favorite “big trucks” and get some early trick- or- treating done! Enjoy spooky Sounds, Character interactions, & Treats!

 This event will be located at the Main entrance of the mall, in front of Men’s Warehouse/Dillard’s

Location: The Shops at Fallen Timbers – Maumee, OH 3100 MAIN STREET, Maumee, Ohio 43537

Phone: (419) 740-7080

Date: Saturday, October 19th

Hours: 11 AM – 2 PM

Cost: FREE

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1379951865498296/

 

THINGS THAT GO! at Levis Commons

Get up close and personal with all your favorite things that GO at this year’s THINGS THAT GO SHOW at Levis Commons. Live Music From Mike Szafarowicz Music 10am -2pm, Free Train Rides On The JR Express, See ProMedica Air land at the event at Noon. Visit with the pilot and see the inside of the helicopter from Noon-2pm (weather, wind and emergency dependent), and much MORE, for full list of trucks click on link below…

Location: The Town Center at Levis Commons 3201 Levis Commons Blvd Perrysburg, OH 43551

Phone: (419) 931-8888

Date: October 5th

Hours: 10am-2pm

Website: https://www.shopleviscommons.com/event/Things-That-GO-Show/2145530884/

 

 

Want to add to the list? Email momonthegoinholytoledo@gmail.com

 

 

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

Website:https://www.etsy.com/shop/harperleejewelry

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!!

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream WIN Family 4 pack Tickets

Classic meets contemporary in Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! Join your favorite Disney Princesses in a celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories, including two-modern day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana; the always elegant Cinderella; and the princess who started it all, Snow White. Laugh at Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel; her unlikely companion, Flynn; and Maximus, the Captain of the Guard’s determined horse; embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths!

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Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White escapes from the Evil Queen in her search for her one true love. Watch as fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. And boogie to the beat of the bayou in a magical, musical journey that celebrates the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.

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All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to your hometown!

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Show Times Schedule: At Huntington Center Toledo, OH

Date Morning  Afternoon  Late Afternoon  Evening

Thursday, Dec. 3       7:00 PM

Friday, Dec. 4       7:00 PM

Saturday, Dec. 5 11:00 AM 3:00 PM   7:00 PM

Sunday, Dec. 6   1:00 PM 5:00 PM

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Exclusive Savings:

Opening Night tickets are just $12 – No code needed! Kid’s tickets start at just $12! – no code needed

(Discount does not apply to Rinkside, Front Row, or VIP seats. No double discounts.  Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply. Child discount applies for ages 2-12).

 

Ticketing Information:

Price Level Price

Rinkside $55.00

VIP $32.00

3rd $20.00

4th $15.00

Order Tickets Here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/65566/1599972

 

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Winner will be randomly selected November 20th @ 11:59pm. Winners name will be announced the 21st on this blog post thread and on Mom on the go in Holy Toledo’s Facebook page.

 

 

The Day the Water went Green & I Didn’t!!!

As many of you know I am very passionate about living a green and sustainable lifestyle. When my children were babies we used cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and our last baby even refused a bottle and strictly nursed (clearly my favorite! Haha! Just kidding!).  My household cleaning products consist of water, baking soda, vinegar, and rags. I read labels on products and look out for any carcinogens, pesticides, toxins, etc. I do not purchase paper towels or napkins (oh the heated conversations I had with my husband those first couple years of marriage, yes, napkins…I do realize how silly it sounds, haha!).  I am happy to say that we have been using cloth napkins for 9 years now…he has grown accustom to the environmental and financial advantages.  I do not purchase disposable dishes, utensils, or sandwich bags. We have a filter on our faucet for our water and we use water canteens and travel mugs when we need to take water with us. I am a ‘just say no’ to water bottles kind of momma! Now, it should be noted that my mommas is not. In fact she is the complete opposite of me. And we are related, crazy, right!? She has tons of water bottles and basically disposable EVERYTHING! I have been on her for quite some time encouraging less consumption! As of yet I have not made much segue, it kills me when I see all the bottle waters stacked up!!  WHY!! Why such consumption?

 

That Horrific Morning…..

August 2, 2014!!! This day will forever go down in history!! It started off like any other morning. I woke up around 7 pm, made my way downstairs to make some much needed coffee. Turned on the television as I walked through the living room then slide in dog pee as I entered the kitchen (I keep it real folks…and the truth is lately I have been slipping on dog pee at least 3 mornings a week…our dog is a diabetic and currently suffers from old dog syndrome, but damn he’s cute!). While cleaning the pee I overheard the news in the other room. It indicated that we should not drink our water…which let’s be honest it happens sometimes and we just boil it….next phrase out of the Newscasters mouth, DO NO BOIL!  My first thought was, what!?! My second thought was, oh crap that means no coffee!!! SH*T just got real!!!  I have a family of 5, a diabetic old dog, and household to take care of and I cannot do that sans caffeine!!! So the next logical step was, panic. So I tried it for a minute but it literally got me nowhere so I decided to maintain composure and go in search of caffeine, I mean water.  By then my 7 year old son was up so I brought him along thinking between his 7 year old brain and my non-caffeinated brain we should have the equivalent of one working adult brain and I figured we would be back in 15 minutes or so. Little did I know!!!

The Hunt for Caffeine, I mean Water….

August 2, 2014 7:45am we arrive at Kroger’s. We walk in, me in my sunglasses, thinking those are more forgiving than my tired eyes and unwashed face…if only I could just splash a little water on my face! And I was rocking a hot bed hair too…looking back I guess I could have brushed my hair, after all there was no ban on brushing, oh well. We grab a cart and make our way to what WAS the isle filled with water, flavored water, and Gatorade, all of which were gone! We left the cart in the isle and made our way back to the car. On our way to the car a gentleman yelled to everyone GO TO MICHIGAN THEY HAVE WATER! So we all piled into our cars and drove to Michigan (BTW, Michigan is literally 8 minutes up the road so we didn’t go far). We get there and SHOCKER, they are all out of water!! At this point I am feeling like such a failure! There was no way I could go home empty handed. And I am starting to suffer from caffeine withdrawal, I am not going to lie, it wasn’t pretty! So I drove a half hour into Michigan and every stop was OUT OF WATER (later they actually typed up signs so you didn’t have to waste your time getting out of the car). Now the real irony was that I was driving all over the place for water while it was pouring down rain outside…in case you were wondering, God definitely has a sense of humor. Haha! What was initially going to only take all of 15 minutes had tuned into 2 hours, and we needed gas!  So I pull into a gas station and I finally had the brilliant idea to grab an iced coffee…what can I say, my brain doesn’t function well without caffeine! And of course I looked for water but they were all out! Thus the search continued!!

 

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Time to Eat some Humble pie….

After 3 hours of searching for water, numerous texts coming in from family and friends informing me not to drink the water and to rush out ASAP to grab some (talk about rubbing salt in the wound) I knew what I had to do. I knew it would not be easy. I knew I would have to take a huge piece of humble pie…well, maybe more like the entire pie.  I made a call. I called….I called my water bottle loving momma! And she hooked a girl up! She said we were more than welcomed to her bottled waters, disposable dishes, utensils, etc. And not once did she make mention of my green and sustainable ways not being conducive to the situation or say her way was right, nope, because she is one of the most classy, remarkable people I know…always willing to help, to lend a hand, to build you up. Yep, my water bottle loving momma saved this green and sustainable preaching momma, turns out we might just need each other after all, who knew! And hopefully all her consumption and my conserving will somehow balance out in the end, maybe?!

 

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It Kills me to admit….But I had to….I confess….

So this ‘go green’ momma used disposable dishes and utensil because we were not able to use the water to clean our dishes. Used wet wipes as baths for the kids. Hand sanitizer to wash hands. I used paper towels to clean up spills (dog pee) because we couldn’t use hot water to do laundry. And more bottled waters than I would like to admit to in order for the family to drink, dog to drink, and use for anything else…cooking, cleaning, brushing teeth. It kills me to look at the picture of all those items that go against a green and sustainable lifestyle. But I must admit a little wine in the evening and iced coffee in the morning made the experience much more manageable. And the people, oh, the people in Toledo and the surrounding area were absolutely amazing!!

A Huge thank you to everyone who offered their home to us to get showered/cleaned up, who offered water and other necessities, and to all those who helped others, your generosity truly warmed my heart. After witnessing all the kindness bestowed on neighbors this past weekend it has definitely confirmed what I already knew, Toledo is a great place to live because of the people!! God Bless all of you!

 

 

 

How to mini-Vacation on a Shoestring Budget: We did it in Dayton

Last week was our daughter’s spring break and we were all itching to get out of TOLEDO!! Since a long family vacation wasn’t in our budget we instead did a mini-vacation and you can too!! Here is how…..

1. Location: Plan your trip around family and/or friends.  You know that friend of yours that moved a few years back and she has always been bugging you to visit and stay with them but you feel like your family would be an imposition? Or, maybe your sister or brother just relocated and could use the company?  Kindly accept their offer, it is really easy, repeat after me, “Yes, we would love to visit”. We stayed with my sister in Dayton.

My sis: "Of course you guys can stay at my place...." I am so blessed.

2. Set ground rules for your stay. Express to your friend or family any specific that need to be followed during your visit such as nap time, food budget, avoiding souvenir traps, bedtime, etc. But do remember to have this discussion in a kind manner, after all, they are providing a place for your family to stay during the duration of your visit.   Also, do not be demanding, be appreciative and kind.  Bring your own towels, linens, food, etc. then be grateful for any towels, linens, etc. that are provided.  Do bring a small thank you gift for your friend/family, a nice bottle of wine, something from your home town is known for (glass figurine or chocolate) or something your friend/family enjoys.

3. Travel: Keep the travel short and sweet when possible.  Try to minimize your travel trip to a location that doesn’t require more than one days travel. Also, if you will be traveling in the car all day locate a park at the halfway point for children to run around and blow off some steam (you will be happy you did so once back in the car).

4. Means of transportation for travel: Gasoline prices are ridiculous so in order to keep our trip within our budget I swapped cars with my hubby.  He stayed in town for work and drove around in the Yukon while I took the kiddos on our trip to Dayton in his Cadillac.  True, the Yukon has so much more space and it also has a DVD player but it guzzles up the gas.  So, instead of using $80 for gas I only spent $45. And since we wouldn’t have the DVD player the kiddos were each allowed to pick out a Playaway View from the library as entertainment for the travel (these are FREE as long as you return them on time).  We also played a few games and sang some songs along the way.

5. Food: Traveling can make fast food very tempting, it is at every exit/rest area and it is convenient.  Sure grabbing a bag and unwrapping dinner, passing it around, and tossing the trash back in the bag is convenient and requires no pre-trip preparation.  However when traveling on a shoestring frequent fast food stops can quickly add up and so does the cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium. So, for your wallet and heart’s sake steer clear of fast food. Instead pack snacks and meals for the family before you hit the road.  Remember to bring a cooler for any perishable foods. For our trip I packed my version of a kid’s happy meal.

I made PB & J sandwiches; packed carrots, juice box, napkin, and fun Easter candy treat in Easter buckets.  The buckets not only contained crumbs and trash but the kiddos thought it was so special and fun.  I ate carrots and an apple while I drove, both are eating while driving friendly foods. Also, go through your pantry and refrigerator and pack food for your vacation.  Milk, OJ, cereal, fruit, veggies, PB, Jelly, bread, Coffee, and pretzels are my go to foods.  Try to limit the food you purchase while on the trip but you are on vacation so be sure to budget in a splurge for dinner one night, a snack another, and of course a coffer or two or even a glass of wine for mom and dad.  When dinning out at a restaurant with the entire family it is wise to discuss your budget with your children before you enter the restaurant.  If everyone gets water you are already saving money right off the bat.  One of the best options for dinning out with the entire family is pizza.  On our trip we ate dinner at a local pizza establishment and the large pizzas were only $13.  Or, if pizza isn’t your forte splitting entrees is another great idea when vacationing and if you eat your dinner earlier you can usually get the lunch price.

6. Attractions:  Seek out local attractions that are free such as mega playgrounds like the one our kiddos enjoyed in Dayton. 

Ask around, the locals are always eager to share all the wonderful attractions their town/city has to offer.  Like the Yellow Springs Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm we visited…..

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Old McMaxwell had a farm..

These guys reminded me of my kiddos, all they have to say is “ma..ma..ma…

Time for that special treat!!

I love the name. 

Yep, that water looks all natural! Our toddler kept trying to jump in, she would have been dyed blue! Remember the movie Meet the Fockers?

I had a tough time taking pictures and running after our toddler…this is one of the girls together, cute photo huh?

Look online to see if there are free museums in the area like the National Museum of the U. S. Air Force.

We just so happened to visit on Family Day. They had a lot of fun activities for the kiddos.

Lastly, checkout your local memberships for reciprocity at other establishments located near you vacationing destination. Our Toledo Zoo Membership got us into Boonshoft Museum of Discovery for FREE!!

7. Mommy Mentality: This is one of the most important tips.  As we all know moms are constantly modeling their behavior for their children and vacation is no exception.  It is important that moms express enthusiasm for the attractions you will be visiting on your trip.  As moms we know the difference between a deluxe vacation and a mini-vacation on a shoestring budget. However moms have the power to make that mini-vacation on a shoestring budget into a deluxe vacation memory.

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So, our grand total for the trip:

Gas- $45

Food/coffee-$40

Entertainment $8 for putt-putt & IMAX tickets $25

Souvenirs- $35

Total= $153

Spending quality time with family and seeing some amazing attractions while making wonderful memories= PRICELESS

So, where have you mini-vacationed? I would love to hear some suggestions for places we should visit in the future. We are trying to decide where to go this summer, tell me about your home town, should it be our next destination mini-vacation?