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Daniel the Tiger at The Fox Theatre Detroit on April 27 and Giveaway

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVEApril 27 at 2:00 and 5:30 PMFox Theatre-Detroit

The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back! Young fans and their families will get to experience Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the hit Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS series, in an all new way! 

The can’t-miss live stage show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! King For A Day, comes to the Fox Theatre for two performances on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! King For a Day, audiences “ride along” on an exciting adventure as Daniel learns what it takes to be king. 

Produced by Fred Rogers Productions and Mills Entertainment, the engaging, full-scale musical production is filled with magical moments and sing-along fun, and features favorite characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. It’s “royally” a good time for the whole family!

The first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid’s-eye view of his life. One of the key ingredients that makes the series a standout is its
groundbreaking use of catchy musical strategies, grounded in Fred Rogers’ social-emotional curriculum, that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and parents can sing – and use together – in their daily lives.

You can get your tickets here and the good news is you can get $5.00 off with promotional code SAVE5.


One lucky winner will win 4 tickets to Daniel the Tiger on April 27th to the 2:00 performance.  To enter, comment and tell us about your Tiger fan and why he or she would love to attend Daniel the Tiger. 

Winner will be randomly selected on April 10th and will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response within 48 hours a new contestant winner will be selected. 

Good luck and thank you for entering!

March is Reading Month- Ideas for Making Reading Fun and Giveaway to Junie B. Jones at City Theater

Schools nationwide will come together to celebrate March is Reading Month to spread awareness of the importance of reading each and every day! I bet many of you are volunteering to read to your child's class! There are many ways to make reading fun but before I dive in on all the fun ways to make reading fun...I'd like to share these eye opening stats.

I've received the above information from Nagy & Herman, 1987.

When I first read this I was alarmed.  It made me realize how important it is to read every single day. The more we read, the more we learn.  The more we learn, the more we can achieve.  The more we can achieve, the more we can make a difference.  
I have to remind myself that reading can be done in so many different ways.  For an example, my daughter is into reading to me and she is 3.  She's not reading the words but she is looking at the pictures and telling me a story based on the pictures.  This is reading and it is fun!  It is also a great way to develop vocabulary.

As an English Language Development Specialist (sounds fancy huh!) but in light I'm a teacher of English. I've found that reading comprehension begins with good reading strategies.  These strategies may include using pictures for clues, stopping mid text to go back and reread for understanding, and making connections while reading. We all can learn to become great readers as long as we practice reading!

Below I've shared some ways to encourage reading at home and make it fun. After all reading is for fun! 

Clap out Syllables

If you come across a word that is long and needs to be broken down into syllables...clap it out!

Example dinner ( 2 claps), holiday ( 3 claps)

Stop and Make Connections while Reading

Good readers can make connections with characters and settings within the book. If the setting is at a park, stop and a talk about a time when you were at the park. Kids love to talk about their past experiences and it helps students connect to the book which improves comprehension as you read.  

Role Play Characters

When we role play characters through movement and play, we are improving our vocabulary.  We are also retelling the book which develops our comprehension as readers. 

Recently, I've read the book The Mitten with my children. After I read the book aloud to them, they took turns retelling the book using animal characters from the book.  This was a great way to add play to our daily reading.  My daughter had so much fun that now she always asks to read the book and role play using her barn animals.

Create a Reading Space 

Do you have a special reading space in  your home?  If not, consider making a little reading nook area.  I've seen many cute reading spaces with little home libraries on Pinterest. Gather some fun pillows, bean bag chairs, a lamp, book shelves, and create a fun area. Then dive into a good book. 

If you just want to make if fun for the month of March, pitch a little tent in the basement or play area with sleeping bags and snuggle together and read.

Read Wordless Picture Books

Many advanced readers forget how wonderful picture books are. The illustrations are enjoyable for everyone, including adults.  When using picture books, readers can expand their thinking and vocabulary as they "tell" the story using their own creative thinking. 

A few of my favorite books are Fossil by Bill Thomson and Flashlight by Lizi Boyd.

Visit your Public Library

During March many public libraries host special events in honor of March is Reading Month. It is also fun to go and check out books.  I am amazed at what libraries have to check out.  Recently we fond Vox books which is audio books that read to the child.  This is great for early readers and English Learners. 

Giveaway Time!

If you live within the Metro Detroit area then this giveaway is for you!  We have partnered with 313presents.com to giveaway 4 tickets to Junie B. Jones coming to the City Theater.  

The winner will receive 4 tickets to the Saturday, March 23rd performance at 5:00 PM.  Tickets will need to be picked up at the Xfinity Box Office at Little Caesars Arena. 

For more information on Junie B. Jones coming to Detroit click here.

How to Enter! 

To qualify to win, please comment below on how you are celebrating March is Reading Month.  

This contest will run through Sunday March 8th and a winner will be randomly selected on the 9th.  We will announce the winner on Suburbia Mom's Facebook page and Instagram so be sure to be following us!  Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be randomly selected. 

Hosting a Party at Goldfish Swim School- Rochester Michigan

550 South St, Rochester, MI 48307, USA

Goldfish Swim School- Rochester partnered with Suburbia Mom to host a Valentine's Swim Party and I can't wait to share with you what an amazing party it was!

Can you imagine the look of excitement on the kids faces when they entered Goldfish Swim School-Rochester and found the cheerfully decorated tables loaded with pink and red balloons and the pool filled with floating pads?  It was a sight to see!  I instantly knew this party was going to be loved by all. 

When Goldfish Swim School hosts a party they certainly take pride in making sure it is stress and worry free for the host and your guests.  As the host, I didn't have to worry about a thing.  Everything from the cupcakes, decorations, and entertainment was taken care of.  Imagine only having to make sure your guests receive an invitation and getting a final head count!  That's all! The rest is taken care of by Goldfish and their amazing staff.

Goldfish special party package includes...

  • ­čÉčInvitations with a map to our facility and matching envelopes
  • ­čÉčTwo hours of private access to the facility
  • ­čÉčCertified lifeguards on duty to oversee all pool activities
  • ­čÉčCupcakes and beverages for the children
  • ­čÉčCenterpieces, balloons and tropical decorations
  • ­čÉčForks, napkins, cups, plates and table coverings

We started our party off with an hour of fun swim.  It was great to hear the cheer and laughter coming from all angles of the pool. Parties that include 24 guests or less are coordinated by two certified lifeguards that help with the event.  Safety is top priority at Goldfish and I appreciated the swim test swimmers must take to swim without life jackets. 

Once our time was up in the pool, we changed out of our swim suits and got ready for some cupcake sweetness...afterall it was Valentine's Day.❤ Guests mingled and enjoyed each other's company. The laughter and joy that once filled the pool area had now traveled to the party table and at that moment I knew my heart was full.­čĺŚ

If you are considering hosting a party in the near future, keep Goldfish Swim School in mind.  There are many locations around the Metro Detroit area. When planning a party with Goldfish you know your guests are sure to have a great time!  

Please note that if you are looking to host a party at Goldfish Swim School be sure to call in advance as party slots fill up fast.  Parties are hosted on Saturday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 at the Rochester location. Call your nearest location for party information. 

To keep informed of fun and exciting events follow Goldfish Swim School-Rochester on Instagram and Facebook and Suburbia Mom on Instagram and Facebook as we hope to have more fun swim opportunities.  

Did you come to our Valentine's Day Party or have you attended a party at Goldfish in the past?  If so, please comment below and share your favorite memory.  

Junie B Jones at Detroit City Theatre (March 23 and 24)

I can't help but get a smile on my face when I think of Junie B. Jones.  I just loved this book series as a little girl and still enjoy it today through the lens of students at school.  It won't be long and my daughter will be reading the Junie B. Jones series of books.  Now you can see Junie B. Jones on stage at the City Theatre in Detroit on March 23 and 24th. 

Junie B. Jones, a musical based on the books by Barbara Park, will make an appearance at the City Theatre in The District Detroit for five performances on Saturday, March 23 through Sunday, March 24.

Tickets ($25 general admission) 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. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more by calling (313) 471-3099.

Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.”

This new musical is based on four volumes in Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series of books, illustrated by Denise Brunkus and published by Random House: Junie B, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B, Boss of Lunch; Junie B, One-Man Band; and Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B (and Me!).

Junie B. Jones is a musical by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (The Broadway-bound musical based on the film Ever After, Dear Edwina, Taylor the Latte Boy) based on the best-selling books by Barbara Park. The production was originally directed by Peter Flynn (TheaterWorksUSA’s Nate the Great, Henry and Mudge, Artistic Director of Hangar Theatre) and choreographed by Devanand Janki (Off-Broadway: Zanna Don’t, Cupid & Psyche). The scenic design is by Luke Hegel-Cantarella (TheaterWorksUSA’s Corduroy), and the costumes are by Lora LaVon. This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 5 and up. The show was nominated in 2006 for the Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreography.

After a brief New York City-area tour in spring 2004, Junie B. Jones premiered Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in July 2004, and is now one of TheaterWorksUSA’s most popular productions. Junie B. Jones began its national tour in fall 2004, and a second national touring company began touring in spring 2005. The show returned for engagements at the Lortel Theatre in November 2005 and March 2008. Junie B. Jones is able, as are all TheaterWorksUSA productions, to play a wide range of venues, from large Broadway-sized performing arts centers in major metropolitan areas to elementary school cafeterias in small towns.

Performance Schedule:Saturday, March 23         11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.Sunday, March 24            11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

About 313 Presents
Headquartered in the heart of The District Detroit, 313 Presents is a joint venture between Olympia Entertainment and Palace Sports & Entertainment, offering fans, artists, booking agents and touring attractions an unmatched platform of premier entertainment destinations.  313 Presents is responsible for delivering unforgettable fan experiences via best in class booking, production, accounting, marketing and public relations services for world-class entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions at Little Caesars Arena, Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. 313 Presents also manages booking, marketing and production of events for City Theatre.

Valentine's Day Party at Goldfish Swim School Rochester

Valentine's Day is  one of my favorite days of the year.  Pink and red heart shaped cookies, sweet treats, and beautiful flowers make this cold winter day cheerful and bright.  

How are you spending Valentine's Day? This year I am so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Goldfish Swim School for a fun Valentine's Day playdate.  All your family needs to bring is your swimsuit and towel.  The event is FREE and sure to fill your child's heart with laughter and fun! We will enjoy a fun craft, treats, and splashing in the pool! 

I hope to see you there!  

Date And Time

Thursday, February 14, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 


Goldfish Swim School - Rochester
550 South Street
Rochester, MI 48307

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