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2014 Top Toys from The Children's Museum Store {Review 3}

By Anna Shirley

The final review on top toys from the Indianapolis Children's Museum Store 2014 Top 10 Kid-Tested Kid-Approved Toy list is the Fashion Spotlight Magnetic Playset, #10 on the list. This was a perfect toy for my 4 year-old girls. My girls loved playing with the two different dolls and creating all ... Read More

Kid-Tested Kid-Approved Toys: Snap Circuits Motion {Review 2}

By Anna Shirley

I introduced the Indianapolis Children's Museum Store 2014 Top 10 Kid-Tested Kid-Approved Toys in my last post. For our second post, we will be reviewing #5 on the list - Snap Circuits Motion. I had heard vaguely of Snap Circuits before. I don't know why people weren't screaming in my face, "THIS IS... Read More

2014 Top 10 Kid-Tested Kid-Approved Toys {Review 1}

By Anna Shirley

About 5 years ago, I wanted to give a particular gift to my son's friend. I had something specifically in mind but the problem was that I couldn't find it anywhere in any of the "super" stores. I was determined to find it and thought to check the Children's Museum Store in the Children's Museum of I... Read More

Winter Farmers Markets around Indy

By Anna Shirley

One of my favorite things about the summer is going to any number of the farmers markets for fresh, local produce and food. One of the signs of the end of the summer is the end of the farmer's market. But Indiana has a number of winter farmers market that you should definitely visit. Not only will i... Read More

Yell Less, Love More {Book Review and Giveaway}

By Anna Shirley

At the bus stop one morning, I lamented to my friend about how I felt like I was constantly yelling at my oldest son. She told me about a blog, The Orange Rhino, which documented the journey of a mother who had committed to go a year without yelling. The thought of not yelling for a full year seemed... Read More

Step Right Up to the Creepy Carnival {Giveaway}

By Anna Shirley

This year the witches of the Children's Museum Guild have cooked up another amazing Haunted House. The Creepy Carnival has rolled into town. And when I tell you that it's creepy, it really is. Each room brings an element of what you'd see at a carnival with a crazy twist. I'm not exaggerating when I... Read More

LEGO KidsFest Stops in Indianapolis {Giveaway}

By Anna Shirley

For the first time, LEGO KidsFest stops in Indianapolis, November 7-9. Haven't heard of LEGO KidsFest? Let me give it to you in simple terms. It's awesome. Basically, it's an enormous traveling LEGO® expo full of millions of LEGO bricks with activities and attractions geared for all ages of LE... Read More

More Than Just Drinks - American Spirits at the Indiana State Museum

By Anna Shirley

It's true. My 4 year old was booked with the likes of Al Capone. Can't see her? Look closely. She's a wee gangster. We spent the afternoon at the Indiana State Museum exploring the brand new exhibit, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  I don't drink. At all. So how was this int... Read More

American Spirits at the Indiana State Museum

By Anna Shirley

I'm a sucker for Ken Burns documentaries. I found myself watching his Prohibition documentary thanks to Netflix. So I found it timely that American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition opens at the Indiana State Museum on September 20, 2014. Members will see the exhibit one day early as it open... Read More

3 Tools for Awesome Packed Lunches {Giveaway}

By Anna Shirley

I fancy myself quite the lunch maker as of late. Now that my oldest is in 3rd grade, I feel I've perfected my methods. When I picked him up on his second day of school and asked him how his day was, he said his day was awful. The reason why? He accidentally dropped his open lunch box and his pasta s... Read More