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Friday, November 9, 2018

A Christmas Story Metro Detroit & Giveaway

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I received tickets to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own. A Christmas Story Metro Detroit & Giveaway


My family and I attended this show last year and I can tell you out of all of the holiday shows that I've seen this is by far my favorite! I don't want to tell you too much, or I will let the magic of the show slip away. You NEED to see this for yourself!

A Christmas Story Metro Detroit & Giveaway


From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A Christmas Story, The Musical, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage at the Fox Theatre as part of the Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets (starting at $36) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box office and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

Fox Theatre Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling the Olympia Entertainment Group Sales Department at (313) 471-3099. Subscription packages include savings of up to 20 percent when purchasing three or more Fox Theatre Series titles.

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A Christmas Story, The Musical chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”).  An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A Christmas Story, The Musical, has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.

Hailed by The Associated Press as “a joyous Christmas miracle,” The New York Times writes “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.” A Christmas Story, The Musical premiered on Broadway in 2012 and was a critical and commercial success. The musical was nominated for three TONY Awards® including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

A Christmas Story, The Musical features a festive and nostalgic holiday themed score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (TONY Award for Dear Evan Hansen, OSCAR for La La Land), with a book by Joseph Robinette, based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite.  The tour features direction by Matt Lenz, with casting by Alison Franck. TONY Award® winner Warren Carlyle’s Broadway choreography will be reset for the tour by Jason Sparks. A Christmas Story, The Musical features scenic design by Mike Carnahan, with costume design by Lisa Zinni and lighting design by Charlie Morrison. The hounds will play themselves. 

A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced by Big League Productions, Inc. Led by President and Executive Producer Daniel Sher, Big League is celebrating its 29th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world. For more information visit www.bigleague.org.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, December 20                8 p.m.
Friday, December 21                    8 p.m.
Saturday, December 22               11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

 Enter to win 4 tickets to see A Christmas Story on 12/20/18 at 8 PM.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Toy Free Christmas

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own. Toy Free Christmas.
Today, I spent a few hours in the basement getting rid of toys. Toys that my kids adored, ones they played with for 2 seconds, and others that were never even opened. Honestly, when you think about it, kids don't even play with 90-95% of their toys.

So, today I'm making piles to donate. Another child just might find something that he or she will fall in love with.

Most kids today live in excess. They have phones and so many toys that just sit and collect dust.


Toy Free Christmas


This will probably be our first Christmas since having kids that I'm sure will be toy free. My 12-year-old is now moving past them and ready to pass her childhood toys along to someone else.

Even if you have smaller kids, it's a good time to take into consideration what your child might need.

A fabulous idea for a toy-free Christmas is swim lessons at Aqua-Tots Swim Schools!

Aqua-Tots Swim School offers gift certificates in any domination. Also, they come with a gift of an embroidered wet swimsuit bag, which is such a cute idea!

Not only is swimming great exercise for your child, but it also helps them learn water safety, build endurance, gain confidence, and grow physically and mentally.

So, this holiday season skip the toys and go with Aqua-Tots Swim Schools because knowing how to swim is a life-long gift.

Check out Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Metro Detroit's locations!

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


Friday, November 2, 2018

Meals with Santa



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 25, 2018
Time: 8 AM- 12 PM
Address: 27900 21 Mile Rd, Chesterfield, Michigan
If you have never witnessed Santa's REAL, LIVE reindeer you do not want to miss this breakfast! This is our third year of having Santa fly his reindeer to Sugarbush Tavern Chesterfield to have breakfast with you and your family while helping to raise funds to help families less fortunate with children in our community during the holiday season. A hundred percent of the donations are used to help brighten a child's Christmas morning while also providing winter gear and food!

Please join us for our annual Breakfast with Santa and his reindeer on Sunday, November 25. It is a donations only event that will have raffle prizes too! We hope you start your Christmas season off making memories and helping others with us!


Cherry Creek Santa Brunch
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Time: 10:30-3:30 PM
Cost: Different options
Description: Come to see Santa and all of his helpers at our Annual Santa Brunch! Lots of different food and drink options along with activities for kids of all ages! Please call 586-254-6001 extension 4 to make reservations today!


Wolcott Mill Heritage Holidays
November 30th & December 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15
Time: 6-9 PM
Address: 65775 Wolcott Rd & 65000 Kuntsman, Ray Michigan
Phone: (586) 749-5997
Cost: $5 per person
Celebrate this holiday season at Wolcott Mill Metropark’s Heritage Holidays. Stroll through our Historic Center’s magical holiday wonderland to enjoy spectacular lights, a visit with Santa, make holiday crafts and much more! 

Enjoy a cup of hot cider or cocoa as you watch the blacksmith working in his shop. Cut a log cookie with a two-man saw to make an ornament, and create memories with our photo vignettes! Visit the Clydesdale horses in their show stalls and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride too. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite decorated tree at the Festival of Trees! 

The cost to attend is $5. For more information, visit our website at http://www.metroparks.com/heritage-holidays/.


Re/Max Suburban's Santa Day
Saturday, December 1, 2019
Time: 11 AM- 5 PM
Cost: FREE
Description: Join Re/Max Suburban and their agents in welcoming Santa into town for the holiday! We will have hot cocoa, cookies, and most importantly, SANTA will be here with gifts for the kids! 

This event is free to all! Photos will be available by donation to Children's Miracle Network. 

A great time to have your Christmas Card photos taken!

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 10:30-2 PM
Address: 24800 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI
Cost: Purchase tickets online
Description: Come join the Women's Civic League of St. Clair Shores at our annual Brunch With Santa at Blossom Heath Inn! Enjoy a brunch buffet, a visit with Santa, crafts, music and more! Reservations required and can be purchased online via the link provided.

Lunch with Santa
Sunday, December 2, 2018
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. $7 for adults and $4 for kids

Description: Enjoy lunch and a visit with Santa. Make a holiday craft to take home and go for a horse-drawn wagon ride, weather permitting. Use your own camera to capture special holiday moments.  Please preregister, (586) 752-5932.

15th Annual Christmas Brunch
Sunday, December 4, 2018
Time: 9 AM
Address: 38775 Prentiss St, Harrison Twp, MI
Description: All proceeds will benefit Right to Life Charities
Fr. Borowski Activity Center
Extensive Buffet ~ Breakfast & Lunch Menu
Dessert ~ Activities & Crafts for Children
Adults: $10 ~ Seniors (62): $7
Children $5 (under 3 free)
Maximum $25/family
Special Guest: Santa
Santa will be on stage to listen to GOOD boys & girls!
Pictures with Santa will be available and printed on site for a
$5 donation


Friday, December 7, 2018
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, games, crafts, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Parents are encouraged to bring their own camera to capture these magical moments with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
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 2018 Jingle Bell Brunch will be at Township Hall located at 54111 Broughton Road.  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 8, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM-12PM
Address: 51670 Van Dyke Ave, Clinton Township, MI.
Cost: $8 per resident, $15 non-resident
Description: Enjoy pancakes, sausage, and a drink at our family-style breakfast and give children the chance to meet Santa Claus without having to wait in line at the mall. Mrs. Claus and her friends will be there to visit and entertain while guests enjoy crafts. Our wait staff is made up of Eisenhower Key Club student volunteers so don’t keep them waiting and get here on time.

This event is very popular so reserve your seat early. There are no sales at the door.

Register by calling 586-731-0300

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 9:30-12:30 PM
Address: 51650 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, Michigan
Cost: $8 for resident. $15 for non-residents.
Description: Enjoy pancakes, sausage, and a drink at our family-style breakfast and give children the chance to meet Santa Claus without having to wait in line at the mall. Mrs. Claus and her friends will be there to visit and entertain while guests enjoy crafts. Our wait staff is made up of Eisenhower Key Club student volunteers so don’t keep them waiting and get here on time.

This event is very popular so reserve your seat early. There are no sales at the door.

Register by calling 586-731-0300


Jingle Journey in Mt. Clemens
Sunday, December 9, 2018
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.


Dinner & Dancing with Santa 
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Time: 6-8:30 PM
Address: 5200 Cherry Creek Dr, Shelby Twp, MI
Cost:Ages 5 & Up - $21
Ages 4 and Under - $10
Non-Residents - Add $10 per family
Description: Join Santa and his friends for a family event at the Cherry Creek Banquet Center in Shelby Township. Arrive at 6 p.m. and get ready to dance with a festive DJ. A delicious buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and soon after you can meet Santa and his friends Frosty and Rudolph the Reindeer. Children will receive a small gift to remember your camera. Seating is reserved and no tickets will be sold at the door. The evening will conclude at 8:30 p.m.

Please call Parks & Recreation at 586-731-0300 for reservations by Nov. 29. This event is very popular so it may sell out before then. No refunds available after Nov. 29.


Breakfast with Santa & His Live Reindeer
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 9 AM-11AM
Address: 38550 Van Dyke Rd, Sterling Heights, MI
Cost: $23 per adult, $15 per child
Description: Join us to visit with Santa for breakfast and to also meet his live reindeer on Saturday, December 15th - 9am to 11am. 

The event will include Breakfast with Santa, an opportunity to meet his live reindeer (bring your camera), face painting, dessert for the entire family and don't forget to write and mail letters to Santa right here at Ike's! This event will be fun for the entire family. 

Event Pricing: 
$23/per adult
$15/per child

To purchase tickets online, click here: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-his-live-reindeer-tickets-51118640229?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing


You can also stop in or call us to make reservations today!

PS: Seats are limited and will sell out, so purchase your tickets today.


Santa Visits the Nature Center
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 12-4 PM
Address: 4101 River Bends Drive, Shelby Township, MI
Cost: FREE
Description: Our animals are excited for Santa’s yearly visit to the nature center. Have you sent Santa your wish list yet? Give it to him in person right here. He may even bring Mrs. Claus with him to help give out treats.

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 11-1PM
Address: 10 N. River Rd, Mt Clemens, MI
Cost: $25 per family
Description: Celebrate the season! Holiday Events at our Y

We will have 13 spots available in two-time slots!
11:00am-12:00pm and 12:00-1:00pm. Reserve the spot for your family today

- $25 per family

Did I miss a Macomb event? Let me know in the comments!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Metro Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Parades 2018


Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood Livingston County Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Christmas Parades
Metro Detroit Mommy Oakland County Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Christmas Parades
Ann Arbor With Kids Washtenaw County Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Christmas Parades
Redesigning Happiness Wayne County Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Christmas Parade


Mom Among Chaos has teamed with a fantastic group of local bloggers to provide you with a comprehensive list of local Metro Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremonies. 


Macomb County

Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Square 

Saturday, December 2, 2017 (not updated yet)
Time: 5-8 PM
Address: Van Dyke, North of 12 Mile in Warren, Michigan
Phone: 586-268-8400
Description: Activities include:
  • Santa Claus
  • Free skating admission all day ($3 skate rental)
  • Petting farm
  • Reindeer
  • Caroling
  • Free ornament
  • Parade
  • Marshmallow Roasting
  • Light refreshments

Holiday Tree Lighting Afterglow

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Address: 20699 Macomb Twp. Recreation Center, Macomb, Michigan
Phone: (586) 992-2900
Description: Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites you to join us as we welcome the holiday season with our 11th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. This FREE EVENT begins outside with caroling, a greeting from township officials, the arrival and greeting of SANTA and concludes with the lighting of the tree. After the ceremony join us inside the recreation center for a warm festive celebration that includes visits with Santa, refreshment stations, children crafts & activities and “carol-o-ke” entertainment.

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 6 PM
Address: 7609 Auburn Rd, Utica, Michigan
Phone: (586) 739-1600
Description: Santa Claus arrives on top of the firetruck. The Mayor and Santa Claus will welcome all of the good boys and girls no matter the age. The lights will light up in a colorful display. Everyone is invited into the station for free cider and donuts.

Santa's Lighted Parade

Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 6-8 PM
Address: 2000 Stephens St., St Clair Shores, Michigan
Phone: (586) 445-5353
Description: Our Santa’s Lighted Parade will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 17, 2017 (this is the Friday before Thanksgiving).  Santa will receive the key to the city and the City Christmas tree will be lighted immediately following the parade, plaques will be awarded to the Best Lighted entries at the stage in Palmer Park.

Chesterfield Tree Lightning Ceremony

Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Address: 47275 Sugarbush Rd, Chesterfield, Michigan
Phone: (586) 949-0400
Description: We're kicking off the Holiday season with some festive fun including a small craft project, coloring contest, visits with Santa, cookies, sleigh rides, and more


Avoid the headache of searching for a spot on site and use our FREE shuttle service, provided by Richmond/Lenox EMS. Shuttle Pick-up and Drop-off is located at Green Elementary School, 47260 Sugarbush Rd.

Christmas in Fraser

Saturday, December 3, 2018 
Time: 5:30-8 PM
Address: 33000 Garfield Rd, Fraser, Michigan
Phone: (586) 296-8483
Description: Join us as we ring in the Holidays by lighting up City Hall! WE will sing Christmas carols, enjoy refreshments and welcome Santa to Fraser! All ages are welcome and encouraged. Please remember to dress for the weather.

Ray Township Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 7-9 PM
Address: 64432 Wolcott Rd, Ray, Michigan
Phone: (586) 749-5171
Description: 18th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Wednesday, December 6th. Santa Claus is coming to town! The fun starts at 7pm, to include wagon rides, food, crafts, games, the anticipated tree lighting, and of course, a visit with Santa! 7pm to 9pm. New this year is our North Pole mailbox, where you can mail your letters to Santa all throughout the month of December.

Shelby Township Christmas Aglow

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 7-10 PM
Address: 52700 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Charter Township, Shelby Charter Township, Michigan
Description: Welcome Santa, sing carols and join us to share in the spirit of Christmas as we light the big township tree. Visit with St. Nick afterward to deliver your wish list, enjoy kids’ crafts and partake in delicious cookies, hot chocolate, and a marshmallow roast. We’ve even got horse-drawn wagon rides and food trucks like Crepe-Day Twah and Mac Shack for feasting. This year’s theme is “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” so expect a fun guest.

For more information, go to shelbytwp.org/aglow




Tree Lighting Celebration Weekend

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Address: 17420 Hall Rd, Clinton Township, Michigan
Phone: (586) 226-0330
Description: Join us for two days of festive fun, all leading up to Santa arriving at 6:30 on Sunday, November 12 at 6:30 pm to light the tree!


DOWNTOWN MOUNT CLEMENS CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017 (NOT UPDATED YET)
TIME: 5-9 PM
ADDRESS: DOWNTOWN, MOUNT CLEMENS, MICHIGAN (VARIOUS LOCATIONS)
Phone: (586) 469-4168
Description: Downtown Mount Clemens hosts its 26th Annual Christmas Open House & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 18.  The festivities kick off at the Fountain Stage at 5:00 PM with music provided by the First Presbyterian Church Arts Academy. Santa Claus arrives by horse-drawn sleigh at 6:00 PM, and on his cue, all of the Downtown holiday decorations will be lit.  Free photos with Santa will be available from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.  Starting at 5 PM, "Santa Pass" reservations may be picked up at the Fountain Stage.  Santa Passes are in half-hour intervals so that families can explore the Downtown businesses and activities without having to wait in line for photos.  Passes go quickly and are issued on a first come, first served basis.  Other activities include free horse-drawn trolley rides and a variety of children's activities at different Downtown businesses.  Many businesses will also feature sales, giveaways, and refreshments.  



Did I miss a Macomb County event? Please let me know in the comments!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

4 Apartment Friendly Halloween Decoration Tips


Celebrating the Halloween season for the first time in an apartment? These tips are perfect for you!

The Halloween season won’t be complete without spooky decor and scary home accessories. And since you are now living in an apartment, decorating can be a bit challenging. Your options are quite limited plus you have to ask permission from the landlord or apartment manager first before putting up Halloween d├ęcor items.

But this doesn’t mean you have to pass on decorating for Halloween. Here are some Halloween decoration tips and ideas that can create spooky chills without damaging your rental unit.

Decorative doors

Decorating your apartment door is by far the easiest way to show your Halloween spirit. Artwork materials like construction paper, colorful tape,  and the likes are surely enough to do the trick. There are lots of free patterns online that you can download to help you create that perfect bat, witches and ghosts cutout. Adding a fake spider web at your door can also add something for your Halloween art.

Halloween themed candies

The Halloween night celebration wouldn't be complete without a bowl or basket full of candy. Although you might not fully enjoy this year’s trick or treats, it won’t hurt to fill up a dish, or two with Halloween themed candies. It’s a perfect and ideal decoration without changing anything inside your apartment. Head out to the nearest store and buy some Halloween candy.

Don’t forget the pumpkins

Don’t like carving pumpkins? Get some paint and draw all over it! If your art skills are not that great, you can always download some stencils online for free. Stickers and other stick-on artwork can also add more craziness to your Halloween pumpkin decoration. Some people even buy or create fake eyeglass and a mustache to dress up their pumpkins to be displayed at their front door.

Paper chains

If you feel like your decor is not enough to get that Halloween mood going at your apartment, paper chains are a good idea to boost it up. Create traditional paper chains using orange and black construction paper. Hang them above your door or across your room. You can also stick up something in your paper chains like fake spiders or insects to add a more eerie effect on them.

Aside from being so apartment friendly, these Halloween decoration tips are also budget friendly. Hope you like them!

About the Author

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