Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baby Time at Juliette Hampton Morgan LIbrary

(Edited to add: The time on the flyer that I picked up shows 9:30 but on the library website it says 10:30, since you have to pre-register, I am sure they would let you know what is the correct time.)
Found a flyer about this at the library today! Sounds fun if you have a wee one.

Baby Time at Morgan Library is each Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Children's Room from now until May 27th.
This Baby Time is for babies aged 3 months to just before walking.
Toddler Time is at 10:00 for ages walking to about 30 months.
Bring a blanket big enough for you and your little one to sit on.
We will have board book stories, music, rhythms, and baby movements with time to chat with other mothers after.
Registration is required.
You can register by emailing your Name, Email Address, Phone Number and Name/Age of baby to Sharon Phillips, Children's Librarian:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Montgomery Zoo-Zoo Weekend April 2-3 & Why a Zoo Membership Makes Sense

Normally I stick to freebies, but I love The Montgomery Zoo so much that I wouldn't want you to forget about Zoo Weekend this Saturday and Sunday from 9-6.
Combo admission to the Zoo and Mann Museum is: Adults $14, Children (3-12yrs) $10, Toddlers (2yrs and younger) FREE.  Zoo only admission is: Adults $10, Seniors (65 yrs and older) $9, Children (3-12yrs) $7, Toddlers (2yrs and younger) FREE.  Montgomery Zoo members are FREE.  Group and military discounts are available.  Train ride: $3 per person. Giraffe Encounter: $2 per person. Pedal Boats: $8 for the first person, $10 for two, $12 for three and $14 for four; maximum of four passengers per boat, 30 minute ride.

You can check out their website for more details on Zoo Weekend Events.

I do want to highly recommend a membership to the zoo. Here's why: Take my family for example. Two adults, one child and one toddler-for all of us to go to the zoo, museum and ride the train it would cost a whopping $50. The family combo membership is $80, add the train for $25 and you get a whole year's worth of train rides and zoo and museum visits for only $105. The same amount as we would pay for two visits.
Another example for those with toddlers: My super smart stay at home mom friend has a baby who just turned one. She got the individual plus one membership to the Zoo only for $35. The baby gets in free anyway and now she and her husband or any other family member or friend can go to the zoo anytime they want to. She says the baby likes the (newly added) baby swings so they spend a lot of time there. 

We love having a membership. You don't feel pressured to see everything every time you go because you have to get your money's worth. If we only have one or two free hours we can still go, visit one or two animals and then head home. We can go to the playground, have a picnic and then leave if we want. If it's raining we just go to the Mann Museum and walk around. With the membership we also get free admission to The Christmas Light Festival and Zoo Weekend. (We went to the Christmas Light Festival at least 3 times during the holiday season.) We also get a discount at the gift shop and the concessions stands. But usually we bring our own food, because a picnic is more fun. If you want to check it out for yourselves you can look at their website. (They are not paying me to say this. But how I wish they would throw a free family membership my way for it. Wink, Wink.)

Home Depot Kids Workshop Saturday April 2

Saturday, April 2nd from 9am to Noon, kids (ages 5-12) can build a planter/ basket at Home Depot.

There isn't a sign up for the Home Depot workshops like there is for the Lowe's ones, so I would plan to get there early to make sure you get a spot. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekend Activies Roundup 3/25

Here are some fun, free things that I found to do around Montgomery this weekend. If you go to any of these, please come back and post how it went. I hate that I will miss that Spring Open House at Southern Homes & Gardens, but I couldn't turn down a trip to the beach.

Saturday 3/26/11
Southern Homes & Gardens Spring Open House
8820 Vaughn Rd, Montgomery

Fountain City Art Festival at Pratt Park

Lowes Build and Grow
10 am
Kids can build a Fortune Teller

Sunday 3/27/11
Art A La Carte at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Earth Fare- Free Cereal or Granola 3/23-3/27

Right after I posted the earlier deal for Earth Fare, I got an email about this great deal.

Go to the Earth Fare website, log in and click on Quimby the dog for a coupon for a free box of Earth Fare cereal or granola with $5 purchase.

Remember, you can always just write down the PLU# from the coupon instead of printing it out.

Montgomery Groupon- $20 for $40 at Health Wise Foods

Today's Groupon is $20 for $40 worth of vitamins, supplements and more at Health Wise Foods in Montgomery.

Free Organic Whole Wheat Bread at Earth Fare exp 4/5

Go take the Boot Challenge on Earth Fare's website to print a coupon to exchange your bread with high fructose corn syrup for a loaf of Rudi's Organic Bread at Earth Fare.
You don't have to print the coupon if you don't want to. Just write down the PLU# from the bottom of the coupon and redeem before the expiration date.

If you haven't already, you can still sign up for their website to get the coupon for the Free Dinner for Four (with $10 purchase.) When you sign up, you will get lots of great coupons in your email.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Faith Rescue Mission Thrift Store- March Mania Sale 3/23-3/26

March 23-March 26
1/2 off specially marked clothes and specially marked bric-brac.
2340 E. South Blvd, Montgomery
987 S. Memorial Dr., Prattville
410 Main St., Wetumpka
1612 Mill Square, Alex City

If you don't know how these sales work- there is usually a special color tag that is on sale. All the clothes have a little plastic tag on them (the kind that price tags are usually attached with) that denotes the price of the item. The tag is usually attached on the label of the item. For bric-brac, the stickers are different colors or the price is written in different colors. For example: all the "green tags" might be on sale one week.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Southern Homes & Gardens Spring Open House 3/26

The open house is (3/25-3/27) Friday and Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday Noon -5pm.
However, the big fun is Saturday 3/26 at the Vaughn Road Location (8820 Vaughn Road):
Free Seminars: Roses -9am, Perennials-11am, Walking Plant Tour -10am
Free Refreshments
Free Activities for the kids provided by Earth Fare
Free Tastings from Jim N Nicks BBQ & Nancy's Italian Ice
Live Music
Special Guests
Door Prizes
Store-Wide Specials and More!

Greater Montgomery Home Expo 4/1-4/3

Edited to add: The coupon for free admission on Friday is available to print on the GMHBA Home Expo website!

Coupon for free admission in today's paper!

Friday April 1st- Sunday April 3rd at the convention center in downtown Montgomery.
Going Green
Free seminars
Register to win: The Ultimate Backyard
Free Admission on Friday, April 1st 11am-7pm with coupon from $1 Admission on Saturday April 2nd 11am - 7 pm with coupon from today's Montgomery Advertiser. Page 3A.
$2 admission on Sunday April 3rd 12-5pm wiht coupon from today's Montgomery Advertiser. Page 3A.
General admission is $6.

I haven't ever been, but I'm thinking I would go to this with the free coupon, just to get some good decorating ideas.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Great Finds at the Dollar Tree- Bread, Home Decor, Educational Toys

Lately I have found some really great stuff at the Dollar Tree, of all places.

Long story long short. My Mom and Dad go to the Dollar Tree alot and they kept telling me that they were finding good hamburger buns and bread there. (I have bought bread there, it's Flowers Bakery bread at our Dollar Tree on Ann Stree, so the brands you may find are Sunbeam, Nature's Own and Nature's Own Whitewheat.) I normally buy the Arnold's whole wheat buns from the bread store for .99, so I was kind of ignoring their advice. Well, today I was at the Dollar Tree and I found a pack of 12 hamburger buns. But they weren't just hamburger buns, they were wheat buns. I was so excited. This is what the package looked like (we had already eaten some when I took this picture, sorry. Picture this, but with another row of buns.)

The package is plain, like a restaurant package. I got to looking at the only markings on it and above the date code (which says good until 3/21/11, so this isn't day old bread) it said CFA Golden Wheat Bun. That's right these are Chick Fil A buns! A 12 Pack for $1!
We had burgers with sauteed mushrooms, onions and gouda cheese tonight on these and they are so delicious.

Enough about the buns, you say. What else have you found at the Dollar Tree that's so great, Sharon?

I found these pretty wall stickers that I used to decorate over my daughter's changing table.
It says, "Once upon a time, there was a Princess..." There are other designs including alphabet ones that would be oh-so-cute in a homeschool room or even in a child's room to help them learn their ABC's.

Danny spotted these nifty little toys on a trip one night to pick up toilet paper.
Dinosaur fossil kits: An egg-shaped chunk of clay with tiny dinosaur bones in it.

Daniel had some fun chipping away at that for a good 45 minutes with the included plastic tool. (Goggles not included. Those were from Lowe's Build and Grow.)   After assembly, ended up with a cute little choking hazard artifact. (As an aside: I forgot to take a picture of the package so I found the package picture on an ebay post where someone had them listed for $5.99! You have to pay attention people. Those are Dollar Tree toys for $6.)

Have you found anything really great at Dollar Tree lately?

River Region Weekend Activities Roundup March 18

Are you used to the time change yet? I love the longer days but the older I get the harder it is to get up early.

Only found a couple of things going on this weekend:

Michael's Craft Stores
Saturday 10am-Noon The Knack Family Event – Clay Pot & Saucer Make-It Take-It with purchase of clay pot and saucer. Turn a clay pot into a giant decorative cupcake. *With purchase of clay pot. While supplies last. Ages 3+.

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores - Saturday 11am-1pm, Free Demo: Papercrafting with Cricut & Gypsy

There is not a lot going on this weekend, but the weather is going to be nice, so it's a perfect weekend to play outside at home or at one of our great city parks. Don't forget to check out the "supermoon" Saturday night.

Rest up because the month of April is going to be super busy!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Alabama Book Festival 4/16/11

Alabama Book Festival
Old Alabama Town
10 am to 4 pm
We had a great time there last year! In fact we've been for the past several years. Last year Scholastic was there giving out a free book to each child. There are lots of booths with interesting info, freebies and things to buy. Authors are there reading, selling and signing their books. Special children's activity area features games, arts and crafts and appearances by costumed literary characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Arthur and Clifford. Last year we saw Duck from Word World! Fun!
Vendors will be there selling foods and refreshments but if you want to be frugal you can bring a picnic lunch and blanket and find a spot on the ground at the adjacent Kiwanis Park. I suggest you bring water because it could get hot out there walking around.
Check out their website for more info!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Alabama Cattlemen's Association MOOseum

When you go to the Alabama Department of Archives and History Museum, you might also want to walk across the street (from the south entrance) and check out the Alabama Cattlemen's Association MOOseum. (Tip: We  like to park in the smallish parking lot that is right next to the MOOSeum to go to the Archives building and the MOOseum. It's on Adams Avenue and it's across from the south entrance of the Archives-the doors with "Alabama World War Memorial" inscribed above them.)
If you park in that lot, you'll follow the hoof prints around to the front of the building to the entrance. When you go in, the first room on the right is "Adam's Room" He's a virtual tour guide. The presentation starts when you go in the room (creepy) and Adam is a mannequin with a video of a person's face for his face (creepier.) My kids aren't old enough yet to be interested in the history of cattle farming and Daniel spends the whole time trying to figure out where the picture on "Adam's" face is coming from.  This is my husband's  favorite part, though. Go figure.

Moving on from there, you follow the signs to Slim's Buckaroo Cattle Club. My kids love to dress up in the cowboy hats and boots and pretend to be in a rodeo. Make sure to go play with the giant fabric build-your-own hamburger in Slim's Kitchen.

My favorite part is the Coco the cow and the display next to her of the giant cow medicine (she's not real, but I think she was once.) Right next to her you can weigh yourself on the cattle scale. (Always handy for a reality check. Might make you rethink stopping for that burger on the way home. Trust me-you will want a burger when you leave. I can't imagine why.)
There is a gift shop where you can buy beef-related paraphernalia. But I steer (!) my kids away from that or they want to buy everything.
The MOOseum never really takes us a long time to look at, which makes it good for a quick stop or a tag on at the end of a visit to the Archives.
The MOOseum is open Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Alabama Department of Archives and History Museum

We love this place! There are cool things for grown ups to see in the galleries, but I can't get my kids to leave the Hands On Gallery. There is a part called Grandma's Attic (that is way bigger than I remember it from when I was a kid) where there are old phones, toys, clothes, hats and other "artifacts" and they are all for kids to play with!! There are educational videos and drawers of artifacts to pull out and look through.
If you are a homeschooler (or even if you are not) you might be interested in the Discovery Boxes. You and your child can choose a box to explore that relates to an area that you are studying or that interests. There are boxes for such things like The Korean War, World War II, cotton and airplanes but many more are listed on the website. On the website under Education you can find Activity Sheets which include many interesting sheets you can print out and use with your kids. My favorite (because I am a nerd and I secretly hope my kids will be, too) is the History Hunts. Print out the sheet with pictures and bring it with you to circle the items as you locate them in the galleries-like a scavenger hunt!
The museum is open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. For directions and parking info check out their website.

Art a la cart-Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 3/27/11

1:00 PM -  3:00 PM FREE
Specially trained docents offer an art activity related to a temporary or permanent exhibition once a month. Activities usually last approximately 30 minutes and include a brief guided tour of the related exhibition. This program is fun and informative for all ages!
Children under 10 must have an adult chaperone.
No reservations required.
MMFA website

Fountain City Arts Festival 3/26/11

Saturday 3/26/11
9am-5pm at Pratt Park FREE
Featuring artists and crafters from around the Southeast.
Children's art pavilion
Check out the Prattvile website for more details!