Cheap Dinner!

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

-Julia Child

Who’s cookin’ tonight? NOT ME!

Head on over to Brann’s Steakhouse instead. Every Sunday, they have select kids meals for only $1.50! You can also ask your waiter/waitress for tokens for your kids to play the candy crane to win FREE candy! What an awesome tool to bribe them with to behave huh?! Ha! (Guilty!)

Don’t forget they have TONS of TVs…… so guys….. it’s ok to leave the house for dinner during football season!

Can’t make it on a Sunday but love their food?!? Or need a date day/night?!? Check out other Brann’s deals here: https://www.branns.com/specials/

**Let us know what dish is your favorite in the comments section!

Warm Memories,
Nikkie

FREE Ice-Skating for Kids!

“In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poor Charlie Brown! Just struggling over there while the rest of the group has it all together. If you see me out on the ice. That might just be me you’re seeing (Charlie Brown that is)! Anyone else own that too? But we’ll do anything to make awesome memories with our kids.

So go try out your ice skating skills at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, MI. The admission for this activity is super low! It also includes your skates. If you want to make it super cost friendly. Go now through February 22 for “Miranda’s Free Skate 4 Kids”. This event runs on Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. You’ll also be able to enjoy some FREE hot cocoa!

Adult Admission: $3.00
Child Admission: $1.00
For more information: https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/Government/Departments/Parks-and-Recreation/Rosa-Parks-Circle-Ice-Rink

**Please feel free to comment below with your Rosa Parks Circle experience!

Warm Memories,
Nikkie

Air Zoo

“America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.”

-Claudia Pemberton

Time to change directions from north to south! Next is the AIR ZOO! The Air Zoo is located in Portage, MI.

Your journey begins as you walk through a hall of clouds. Next, your family can enjoy some history of our military and the airplanes flown in different historical events. Plus, learn historical information about space. Moreover, hop on a few different rides that are available with admission! If your child likes science. They may also like to do the interactive activities like the floating balls, pop bottle rocket, and car building/racing. Feet need a rest? Check out the shows at the Missions Theater. Hungry? Check out the Kitty Hawk Café.

Special event from January 31 – March 1, 2020. Check out select airplanes by going to the Open Cockpits event. Open Cockpit time is only during Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You can enjoy experiencing airplanes by being right inside! The airplanes that are open change each day. This is included with admission.

**Air Zoo Admission**
Adults: $15.95
Kids (5-18): $14.95
Kids (0-4): FREE
US Military & Veterans Discount: 50%
Police/Fire Discount: 50%
Museums for All: $2.00

Find more information about the Air Zoo here https://www.airzoo.org/.

Our Family Experience!

In December 2019, my kids, husband, mom, stepdad, and I all went to visit the Air Zoo. With my husband in the military and my stepdad big into airplanes. It was nice having them there to answer any questions about what we saw. All three kids really enjoyed the rides. I think a favorite was the hot air balloon ride. But take caution if you get motion sickness easily like I do! They also got to build a wooden car then race them on a track. The kids had a lot of fun trying to get as much air pressure as possible in order for their vehicles to take off faster than the other. We all found the airplanes very interesting to look at too. The show we got to watch at Missions Theater was Salute to Heroes. I thought it was good and there are scenes that make it feel as if you’re in the airplane too.

We did not eat here though. We went to a small bar called The Hangar. It’s a great addition to your Air Zoo experience. Not only for its name but it also has airplanes hanging up in the ceiling. The food was awesome. Don’t let the small bar look on the outside fool you! I got the nachos which is a HUGE platter and very shareable! Oh and DELICIOUS! Everyone else loved their food too.

**Please drop a comment below with your Air Zoo experience!

Warm Memories,
Nikkie

Kids & Family Expo

“Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home.”

-Anthony Liccione

Where: Devos Place
When: January 25, 2020
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Adults $5.00, Kids (3-15) $4.00, & Kids (2 & under) FREE
Tickets Available Here: https://www.kohlerexpo.com/kids-and-family-expo
**All activities are included in the cost except for the zip line ($5)

The 7th Annual Kids & Family Expo is a fun-filled family event. There are activities such as a zip line, Home Depot kids workshop, petting zoo, rock wall, and more. Additionally, there are educational activities. You may even spot your favorite super hero or princess!

Also, there are exhibits with great information and freebies. Don’t forget to sign up to win a Family Fun Bucket as you first walk in! A winner is called every hour.

My 2018 Review

My kids and I were able to enjoy this event with a friend in 2018. The kids had a blast with receiving freebies from exhibitors, seeing the policeman/firefighter station, building a bird house at the Home Depot station, and learning some martial arts. I enjoyed getting more information on things needed such as travel information and orthodontist contacts. Additionally, seeing my kids enjoying the time was a big perk!

The only negative I have about this event is downtown GR parking. Some places you’ll have to pay for. But there are some places to park for free. I would suggest getting there a bit earlier to avoid high paying parking.

**Please feel free to comment with your Kids and Family Expo experience!

Warm Memories,
Nikkie

World of Winter

The sky’s awake, so I’m awake, so we have to play! 

-Anna (Frozen)

Our first out of town experience is in Grand Rapids, MI! The 3rd annual World of Winter Festival is now going on through February 16, 2020. Go downtown Grand Rapids to enjoy the wonderful Michigan winter weather. All events are FREE or low-cost. Enjoy many family friendly activities as well as some adult only.

Some FAMILY events that stuck out to me were:
1. Prismatica on Monroe
2. World Market & Game Day
3. Movies on the Piazza
4. Lunar New Year

Some DATE NIGHT/DAY events that stuck out to me were:
1. Snowshoe at the Park
2. Downtown Market Ice Bar
3. Valent-ICE
4. Love on Ice

For more information. Check out the Grand Rapids World of Winter Festival at https://worldofwintergr.com/.

Please comment below with your experience of the World of Winter Festival.

Warm Memories,
Nikkie

WHITE OUT

Big brother and little sister sharing a moment. Be still my heart!

To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.

-Anonymous

Fellow Michiganders! Have you seen the snow outside?!?! Silly question. I know you have! It’s hard to miss.

So what do you think? Are you a snow loving person? Personally, I’ll take summer over the cold. But one of the positive enjoyments of winter is that it provides some FREE entertainment right outside your door! Yes…. get outside with your littles! To hear those belly giggles as they are flying down the snow hill. Seeing the bonds created between siblings as the older kids help the younger kids. Having a sledding intermission that includes a snowball fight. Stepping out of “Mom Mode” and hopping on that sled yourself. Letting those littles get a good laugh as they push you down the big hill. Hearing you scream as you end up backwards brings a smile to their face (evil laugh? still figuring that one out…).

All of the above is what I was just able to appreciate the last little part of my Saturday. Normally I rather stay in. But as I kept watching my oldest and youngest have fun together. I knew I was where I needed to be in that moment. These precious memories are worth a fortune. Don’t let them pass by. Before you know it. You’ll be wishing to hear those little kid giggles again.

Warm Memories,
Nikkie

*Our sledding adventure!

Tea Time!

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.”

Alice

Our first adventure is local! How many Disney fanatics’ are with me? If you are, this event is just right for you and your little ones.  Our local Hastings Public Library will be hosting a Mad Hatter Tea Party.

Where: Hastings Public Library (Community Room)
When: January 25 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Cost: FREE
RSVP: https://bit.ly/37u4XYX
Ages: 6 and older

There will be games, snacks, crafts, and more! Make sure to RSVP as there is limited seating. Adults must be accompanied by a child.

Let me know if you are attending. I will be there with my oldest daughter!

Warm Memories,
Nikkie

Introducing

Mama Bear Traveling Cents!

Hello all! Welcome and thank you so much for following my blog. I am a big supporter of doing family friendly activities to help bring families closer and creating memories that last a lifetime.

My goal for this blog is to bring attention to some local events (Hastings/Middleville), out of town events/fun spots, tips to help enjoy these moments together more, and other family fun activities. Not only will these all be family friendly. But also pocket book friendly too!

Why do this?

Today, families seem to be more interested in the next cool tangible object rather than bringing themselves together through fun moments. Whether it be traveling miles away, enjoying a local concert, or eating dinner at a new restaurant WITHOUT electronics. I hope to share places and information where families can be drawn back together.

Blog Success

The most rewarding outcome of this blog would be to see families come together through making memories.