Saturday, November 18, 2017

Giving Zoo Day

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Mom Among Chaos received free products in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own.
Giving Tuesday is on November 28, 2017. What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is an online movement that occurs the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. As a society, we focus on taking advantage of the great deals on Thanksgiving and Black Friday so on Tuesday it's our day to give and help out.

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This beautiful tiger named Kisa needs a new enclosure and your help! On Giving Tuesday the Detroit Zoo needs YOUR donations to help support Kisa and future generations of tigers.

The Detroit Zoological Society has set a goal of raising $40,000 for a new tiger exhibit at the Detroit Zoo! Donors have committed to matching the first $20,000 raised as part of giving zoo day! Also, if you donate $1,000 or more, you will be entered into a drawing to receive a VIP breakfast once the enclosure is complete.

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The Devereaux Tiger Forest will triple the space that the Tigers currently have and will allow visitors to have a close view of these spectacularly beautiful animals. Guest will enjoy an immersive, educational and awe-inspiring experience!

The new enhanced features include;

  • More open space
  • Trees
  • A waterfall and pool
  • A cave for relaxing in the shade
  • Naturalistic space
  • An 85-foot acrylic window for viewing

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Kisa the tiger and future generations need your love and support!

Mark your calendars for Giving Zoo Day on November 28, 2017. When you make a donation on Giving Tuesday, you become a Zoo Champion!

Visit https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/detroit-zoological-society for more information about the event!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Detroit Zoo Gift Ideas & Membership Giveaway

Mom Among Chaos received a membership to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

By giving to the Detroit Zoological Society, you can make a real difference in Celebrating and Saving Wildlife. From large transformative gifts with outcomes like the Arctic Ring of Life and Cotton Family Wetlands to general support that helps us provide memorable experiences and rich education programs, gifts of all kinds are important to the current and future success of the Detroit Zoological Society.

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) offers many gift ideas that allow the giver to give twice – recipients will love their “zoonique” gifts and the proceeds from sales will help support the animals at the Detroit Zoo.

Membership has its privileges. A Detroit Zoo membership provides a year’s supply of “Vitamin Z” with free daytime admission and parking to the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center, discounts at Zoo gift shops and many other benefits.
  • Prices range from $53 to $160.
  • Residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties receive $10 off all categories and can purchase up to four gift memberships at the discounted rate.

Membership Benefits
Free Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center admission and parking during daytime public hours, Wild Summer Nights concerts and MemberFest (admission to the Nature Center is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park)

Discounts on Zoo merchandise and classes

Advance ticket sales to Summer Safari, Wild Beasts Wild Wine, Zoo Brew, Zoo Boo and Wild Lights

Free subscriptions to Habitat, the quarterly Member magazine, and Zmail, the monthly email newsletter

Members-only entry at the Rackham Fountain Entrance (seasonal)

(Due to the close proximity of the Toledo Zoo and the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium in Auburn Hills, we are unable to offer a reciprocal benefit to their members.)

Detroit Zoological Society Members can purchase the Total Experience for $12 per person ($26 for non-members), which includes one ticket to the Carousel, a one-way ride on the Tauber Family Railroad, one ticket for the Simulator Ride and one ticket to the 4-D Theater. These tickets are valid through September 30. Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents receive $10 off any membership with zip code verification. All membership benefits and prices are subject to change. Members are required to present a valid photo ID and membership card at each visit. Children under 15 years old must be accompanied by adults. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please note: Your membership card and photo ID will be required at entry. You may enter through any gate.

Reasons to Become a Member

1.     Unlimited Admission for One Year
a.     Even if you visit a couple of times a year, it is worth it financially to get a membership to the zoo.  Being a member lifts a huge weight off your shoulders as far as your expectations for each visit.  As a member, you no longer feel that you have to see the whole zoo in one day.

Being a member allows you to visit the zoo at your leisure and pace your visit based on your children's ability, mood, the weather, your schedule, etc.  And the Zoo is open year round, making it a perfect place to go in the winter when you have cabin fever.

2.     Free Parking
a.     Along with free admission, you can park at no charge when you are a member.

3.     Zoo Member Entrance
a.      You can use the member's entrance, which is located at the west end of the bus lot. There is a little kiosk where you check in and then you go under the train tracks and enter the park just west of the Ford Education Building near the fountains.  This saves you time and energy.  

4.     Great Learning Resource
a.     You could go online and check out information about animals, but there is something about seeing animals right in front of you that makes the information stick a bit better.

Each visit allows children and adults to learn something new and see something new.  Read a sign that wasn’t read or a fun fact that wasn’t heard before.  The Zoo is a learning experience for everyone.  From biology to conservation to even map reading skills, there is a lot to be gained from a trip to the zoo.

5.     Discounts
    1. 10% off regular-priced merchandise at gift shops and stands
    2. Discounts on classes vary
c.     With your membership to the Detroit Zoo, you will receive a discount to Zoos all across the United States. 

6.     Advanced Ticket Sales
a.     The Detroit Zoo offers a lot of fun and special events throughout the year.  Many of the events sell out quickly, but being a member gives you a chance to get tickets before the Zoo opens sales to the public.  A great perk when you are looking to attend Zoo Boo or Wild Lights on a peak day.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Meals With Santa Metro Detroit

Mom Among Chaos has teamed with a fantastic group of local bloggers to provide you with a comprehensive list of meals with Santa in Metro Detroit. You will find links to other counties at the bottom of the post. Make sure you share with friends!

Livingston-Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood
Oakland-Metro Detroit Mommy
Washtenaw-Ann Arbor with Kids
Wayne-Redesigning Happiness

Macomb County

Sunday, November 26, 2017
Time: 8 AM- 12 PM
Address: 27900 21 Mile Rd, Chesterfield, Michigan
Cost: Donation

Description: Grab your camera, kids, grandkids, and neighbors’ kids and join us to have pancakes with Santa Claus on Sunday, November 26 for a great cause! Sugarbush Tavern is sponsoring Anchor Bay Community Giving Tree's 11th Annual Breakfast with Santa. Your donation will provide you with pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and the reassurance less fortunate children in our community (Macomb and Saint Clair) will have the best holiday possible!

Wolcott Mill Heritage Holidays
December  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th, 2017
Time: 6-9 PM
Address: 65775 Wolcott Rd & 65000 Kuntsman, Ray Michigan
Phone: (586) 749-5997
Cost: $5 per person

Description: Experience the charm of holiday seasons past at Heritage Holidays, the special time of year when our Historic Center is transformed into a magical holiday wonderland. Take in thousands of twinkling lights and make memories throughout the night! Get your photo taken with the majestic Clydesdale horses, as well as a mini horse and donkey too. Enjoy wagon rides, make holiday crafts, and visit with Santa Claus as you get in the holiday spirit and kick off your yuletide season. Don’t forget to attend this year’s new addition— Doc Pawlaczyk’s Medicine Man Show, running each night at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The cost is $5 per person to attend and is a pay at the door event. Please visit our website for more information about this event ow.ly/d3wb30firmw.

Breakfast with Santa & Friends
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 10 AM-1PM 
Address: 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Cost: $13.95 per person. Three and under are free.
Description: Christmas carols, Santa visit, Elmo visit, puppets & dancers.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 11 & 1 PM
Address: 20505 29 Mile Rd, Ray, Michigan
Phone: (586) 752-5932
Cost: A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $35 annually for regular admission, $21 annually for seniors or $10 daily.

Description: Enjoy lunch and a visit with Santa. Make a holiday craft to take home. Go for a horse-drawn wagon ride, weather permitting.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 9-10:30 AM & 11-12:30 PM
Address: 51210 Alma Dr, Macomb, Michigan
Phone: 586-992-2900
Cost: Residents $6, Non-residents $11
Description: Parents, you and your kids won't want to miss this fun and festive morning with Santa as he has found time in his very busy schedule to pay the families of Macomb Township a visit. Santa has a special interactive show planned singing some of his favorite songs and telling some of his favorite stories. Afterwards, you will have a chance to visit with Santa and receive a holiday gift from him. Pictures are not provided so, please remember to bring your camera. Also included in this special morning will be continental breakfast which offers up pastries, fruit, and juice. Rumor has it there will be a special guest appearance by Frosty the Snowman and Freckle the Frog in his holiday best!  Location for the 2017 Jingle Bell Brunch will be at the Marvin Blank Senior Center.  Two sessions for the Jingle Bell Brunch will be offered. Session 1 will be from 9:00-10:30am and Session 2 will be from 11:00am-12:30pm.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 9:30 & 11:30 AM
Address: 51650 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, Michigan
Cost: $7 for resident. $14 for non-residents.
Description: Enjoy a family style breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and beverage, and give your little ones a chance to visit with jolly old St. Nick without having to wait in line at the mall. Bring your camera and a wish list. Mrs. Claus and some of her friends will be on hand to visit with and entertain guests. Breakfast will be served by volunteers from Eisenhower Key Club promptly after doors open at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., so please don't be late. No high chairs or booster seats are available.

Reserve your seats now, as there are no sales available at the door. Please indicate which seating as well as the number of children and adults attending. Bring non-perishable food items for the Feed the Need Program. Seating is limited, and the fee must be paid for any person that sits at the table, regardless of age or whether they eat. Fee is $7 per resident or $14 for non-residents. 

Jingle Journey in Mt. Clemens
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time: 1-4 PM
Address: 15 Union St, Mt Clemens, Michigan
Phone: (586) 465-2488
Cost: Entrance fee
Description: Enjoy a Jingle Journey in Mt. Clemens with a visit to the Anton Art Center, Crocker House Museum, and the Michigan Transit Museum. A free shuttle bus will provide transportation 
between these sites.
Between the hours of 1-4 p.m., you will find Christmas activities for the whole family. Santa will be here at the Crocker House for “take your own” photographs in the nursery. Elf on the Shelf will be telling her Christmas story and carols will be played on the old pump organ. The kids can make their own scrap-art cookie and then enjoy coloring while eating cookies and watching old silent Christmas films from the turn of the century. You will then find trolleys of the season in the historic Mount Clemens Depot and “make & take” crafts at the Anton Art Center. Entrance fee at each location.

Friday, December 15, 2017
Time: 6-7:30 PM
Address: 29448 John R. Rd, Madison Heights, Michigan
Cost: $10 for residents, $11 for non-residents
Description: Enjoy a dinner, along with some festive activities and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras to capture this magical time with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Registration deadline is Wednesday, December 13th, 2017. The cost is $10 for residents and $11 for non-residents.

Pancakes with Santa
Saturday, December 3, 2016 (not updated yet)
Time: 10:30 AM
Address: 5460 Arden Ave, Warren, Michigan
Phone: (586) 268-8400
Cost: $5 per person
Description: Includes: pancakes, sausage, juice or milk. Kick off the holiday season with a hearty family breakfast with the jolly old elf himself. Proceeds benefit Warren Civic Theatre productions. Be sure to bring your camera to take photos.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Aqua-Tots Gift Cards

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This blog post is sponsored by Aqua-Tots Swim Schools. All opinions are my own. This blog contains ads. Aqua-Tots Gift Cards

If you're anything like me, Santa could definitely skip our house. Our kids have everything they need. Plus, let's not forget the terror of trying to open the packaging on kids toys. When our kids were little, we would spend half of the day battling with opening boxes.

Aqua-Tots Gift Cards

I know when I give a gift I want it to be heartfelt and something that the child will remember.

I don't want to waste my money on a toy that will be in the donation pile a few weeks later. Which seems like most of the time my kids would play with something once and then be done with it.

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Aqua-Tots gift cards are a fabulous idea for the holidays because your child will carry the skills of swim lessons with them for a lifetime. They also will gain confidence as they learn and grow!

I'm a terrible swimmer. I took lessons as a child and never quite got over my fear. Before my girls could even walk, I had them in swim lessons. I love water, and I wanted the girls comfortable and safe in it.

My daughters are fifteen and eleven. They are both mermaids in the water. My youngest still loves playing daily in our pool during the summer. This fills my heart because swimming is good mentally and physically.

Aqua-Tots gift certificates are available in any denomination. Also, right now when you purchase a gift certificate you will receive a special gift!

Another idea, one which I loved because my parents did this for my kids is you can purchase prepaid plans for 6 months and 12 months. 

So, this holiday season skip the toys that will be in the donation pile in no time and go with Aqua-Tots gift cards!

 Aqua-Tots Canton 
43335 Joy Rd., Canton, MI 48187
(734) 828-2000

Aqua-Tots Novi 
44225 W. 12 Mile Road, Ste. C103, Novi, MI  48377
(248) 845-4544

Aqua-Tots Troy 
846 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI  48083
(248) 845-4545

Aqua-Tots Sterling Heights 
44891 Hayes Rd., Sterling Heights, MI  48183
(586) 884-3633

Aqua-Tots Auburn Hills 
 (248) 537-4005
750 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI.  48316

Aqua-Tots Farmington Hills 
31221 W. 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI.  48334
 (248) 537-4004

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mannheim Steamroller Giveaway

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Mom Among Chaos received tickets to giveaway. All opinions are my own. This blog contains ads.

Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller and the industry’s largest independent record label, American Gramaphone, announced that his annual Christmas concert tour will begin on November 13, 2017. The ensemble will perform at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, December 16 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets ($30, $45, $55 and $70) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling 313-471-3099.

Grammy Award® winner Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.  The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and multimedia effects in an intimate setting. 

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests. and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry.

“Our first Christmas tour was 33 years ago in 1974 when we played in five cities.  Currently, we play an average of 75 cities each year and it is a real privilege to continue sharing the holiday spirit through our performances,” said Chip Davis. 

PBS stations nationwide will be broadcasting “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live” this year. The milestone special was filmed two years ago to mark the group’s 30-year anniversary of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking Fresh Aire compositions.  This year’s tour includes many of the performances in the PBS special broadcast.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre.  Their holiday CD’s have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year. 

Having 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum, and 4 platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of artists that include U2, Jay-Z, and The Beach Boys with such certifications.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year.  They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT. www.magicspace.net

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.  This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th-century instrumental rock sound would never sell.  In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category. His first Christmas album in 1984, revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music, the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists.  With more than 28 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold.  He is also one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offering a rich array of lifestyle products on www.mannheimsteamroller.com including hot chocolate, food, apparel and novelty items.  His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic.

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