Coming Soon: Ohio Renaissance Festival and Discount Code

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Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers. The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring many one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. See time-honored crafts of glassblowing, stone carving, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, and more demonstrated. The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob and a wide variety of the finest ales and wines. There’s something for everyone’s taste buds!


Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you’re a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.


Ohio Renaissance Festival Discounts – Get $4 off Adult (ages 13+) and $2 off Child (ages 5-12) tickets by using promo code “family” when purchasing discount tickets on our secure web site at www.renfestival.com. Tickets good any day of the 2015 season (Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Sept 5 – Oct 25). Online discount only. Not valid with any other offers.


Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes at the Nutter Center!

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Feld Entertainment and YoKids present Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes, coming to Dayton’s Nutter Center October 22nd through 26th! It’s a great way to experience the magic of Disney in your neighborhood!

From our last Disney on Ice Experience, our Princess had an amazing time!

From our last Disney on Ice Experience, our Princess had an amazing time!

Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail.  Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love.  See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora.  Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin.  And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true (along with some extra special guests).  High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away!  Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes where believing is just the beginning!

Tickets are still available, but going quickly! You can purchase them through this link today, or call a Feld group sales representative at (866) 248-8740! My family and I can’t wait to see Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes, and hope to see you and your little ones there too! Parking at the Nutter Center is $5, so make sure you bring cash!


I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Top 5 things to do in Dayton for Easter

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Looking for the top 5 things to do in the Dayton, Ohio area for Easter? I have compiled some of the greatest events for all budgets! Check out my list- and if you have an event you’d like to add, feel free to comment!

1) The Easter Bunny Express at LM&M Railroad-Enjoy a train ride to the LM&M Junction for a special visit with the Easter Bunny. All children will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt! Parents be sure to bring your camera to capture this special moment! Can’t find your Easter Baskets? No worries, LM&M will provide each child with an LM&M bag to use during the Easter Egg Hunt! The event takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. Adults: $18.50 | Seniors (62+): $15.50 | Children (5-16): $15.50 | Toddlers (2-4): $8.50 | Infants (1 yr. & under): FREE
2) Annual Easter Brunch at Flemings-Gather the whole family for Easter Brunch at Fleming’s. For $39.95, enjoy a three-course menu featuring our Signature Eggs Benedict, Prime Rib Hash and Prime Rib with a trio of sauces. The children’s menu includes three courses for $18.95.The Easter Brunch menu will be available on Sunday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3) Meet the Easter Bunny at the Greene– In a unique non-traditional mall environment, you can visit the Easter Bunny on Magnolia Drive (next to Von Maur). Photographer is available, but separate pricing. Hours vary, check website for details.


4) Breakfast with the Bunny at Scene75 Entertainment Center- for an eggs-tra special Breakfast with the Bunny in the Scene75 Bar & Grill restaurant on Saturday, April 19 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Our mouth-watering menu features all of your morning favorites like scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and lots more! Plus, you’ll have your choice of a hot or cold beverage. $7.00 per person pre-registered, or $9.00 per person at the door.

5) Young’s Jersey Dairy 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt– Held on Easter Sunday, over 4,000 eggs involved, this event starts promptly at 2 PM for children ages 4 and under. At 2:20 PM we do it again for ages 5 to 7. At 2:40 PM we have the final hunt for ages 8 to 10. We suggest you arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your age category. Barnabe, their mascot, will be present, so bring your cameras and have your child’s picture taken with him. The Easter Egg Hunt is held rain (or snow!) or shine and is FREE.

Another one I just found out about (yes, I know this goes over my 5 limit):

6) Easter with Walgreens on N. Fairfield Rd- on Friday 4/18 Walgreens will be having free pictures and crafts for the kids from 2-4pm. At 4pm, there will be an Easter egg hunt for kiddos 10 and under!



What to do in Dayton for Valentine’s Day!

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Today I’m being featured on WDTN’s Living Dayton to talk about what to do in Dayton for Valentine’s Day! I’ve come up with a great list that has something for everyone, no matter your budget! What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day?

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  • La Comedia’s Ring of Fire. Take a journey into the world of Johnny Cash with nearly 40 of the music legend’s tunes, including “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I’ve Been Everywhere.” and “I Walk the Line.” Without impersonation, but rather through words and music, Ring of Fire brings to life the stories made famous in Cash’s songs…songs about love and loss, success and failure, faith and redemption. Tickets start at $61. Visit their website for more information.
  • Wine Loft of Dayton Wine and Chocolate Flights. Enjoy their Red or White Wine + Chocolate Flights (featuring Winans Chocolates) for $2 Off when you make a reservation in advance. Also enjoy 20% Off their bottle list both Friday & Saturday nights. Call (937) 429-4424 or e-mail BHall@thewineloftdayton.com for reservations.
  • Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival at the Nutter Center. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! Save $5 on non-VIP tickets using promo code KS55.
  • Glen Helen Ecology Institute Full Moon Hike. Go for a moderately intense hike with a Gen Helen Ranger from 8-9pm. Weather dependent. Call for more information.
  • Spinoza’s Pizza and Salads. Located in the Fairfield Commons Mall, you can enjoy live music from the David Simpson Duo
    (Special Time: 6pm to 10pm) who provides a mix of Motown, Classic Rock, Funk, Old School! They will also be featuring at least 10 craft beers on tap.

Trying to stay sane this summer. Trying.

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We’re four days deep into summer vacation, and I already feel like I’m going to lose my mind. Not kidding.

You see, I work at home and I have a daughter who is 1) gifted and 2) extroverted.

In other words, my complete opposite. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter with all of my heart, and she IS my little buddy. BUT we’re like oil and water when we spend too much time together. I guess this is one of the pit-falls of having an only child. Her need to be entertained, and my need to be left alone (occasionally or pretty often depending upon how you look at it) just don’t mix. I remember BP (before Preschool) how tough it was. But I figured this summer will be different because she’s old enough (7 and entering 2nd grade) to entertain herself, right? WRONG. If anything she just wants to know more and have even more interaction.

I’m going to be doing a few things this week to kinda set up our summer. On the computer, I’m creating links to some of my favorite educational websites (Quaver Music and First in Math) and adding links to some of her favorite “fun” sites like Monster High, Barbie and American Girls.

IRL (0r in real life, for those of you looking at those letters thinking something entirely different) I’m signing her up for nearly every library program. We are so fortunate for having this in our area. We’re also continuing with her drum lessons, something she loves. Then there’s the Kids Bowl Free program, which I am a huge fan of. We actually sign up for this every summer, and it’s become a tradition for our family to get the family pass. At this point, I’m also looking into a Boonshoft Museum Membership. I think she’d really like it, and it’s a nice and COOL place to hang out in. Plus, she loves the bats. I also love this list from SavingsLifestyle.com of things to do in Dayton on the cheap this summer.

Has your summer started yet? And have you found that you need to make plans? I’d love some insight from y’all. And if you have any suggestions of “must dos” in the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana area, I’d love to hear them!