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Belle Isle Aquarium and Conservancy

Belle Isle Aquarium and Conservancy

A few years ago, I had a membership to the Detroit Zoo and we always spent a lot of time in the aquarium house because it was easy for the kids to see the tanks and fish are pretty cool!  Plus, it was a warm shelter on those cold winter visits.   For whatever reason at the time, I never thought to visit the Belle Isle Aquarium.  Recently, we visited the Aquarium and it was the perfect dose of fun we were searching for!

Our Visit

We enjoyed looking at the different fish and learned a lot about the effects of plastic on our waterways. Did you know that gum is made of plastic?  We also learned about microplastics and how they have a big impact on our lakes and oceans. The aquarium had a lot of fish that you can find in the Great Lakes including sturgeons and bass.  They also had saltwater tanks with interesting marine life such as sea horses and an electric eel which was my son's favorite. 

The Belle Isle Aquarium is located on Belle Isle which is a Michigan State Park so it requires a state park pass to enter.  For those without the pass, you can purchase a day pass and enjoy a relaxing day at the parks and water’s edge.  The aquarium and conservancy are free to enter.  The aquarium is small and takes about 30 minutes to complete and once you are done we suggest walking over to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy and visit the different gardens.  Visiting the conservancy is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day. 


The aquarium and conservancy have a unique story to tell.   The aquarium is the oldest in the United States and was designed by Albert Kahn who is known as the “architect of Detroit” because of the his many architectural designs such as the Fisher Building, Cadillac Place, and Ford Motor Company's Highland Park factory where the Model T was constructed. 

Both the aquarium and conservancy closed in 2005 due to the City of Detroit’s hardships.  It was then reopened in 2012 and was taken over by the state making Belle Isle a state park.  Now the buildings are slowly being restored as they conserve all its beauty. 

Have you been to the aquarium or conservancy?  If so, please comment and share about your experience.  Any tips on visiting?

Sesame Street Live~Detroit~January 22- February 2 {Giveaway}

Sesame Street Live!

January 22-February 2

Fox Theatre

Sesame Street Live is coming back to Detroit in January.  Every year Sesame Street Live makes its bright and colorful appearance at The Fox Theatre during those dark long winter days.  It is always just what we needed to brighten our spirits.  I am dreaden the year that my kids are too old for Sesame Street but then again are we ever too old for Sesame Street?  I think not!  It's always a fun party!

Take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration when Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! visits Detroit Wednesday, January 22, 2020 to Sunday, February 2, 2020 for 17 performances at the Fox Theatre in The District Detroit. The inaugural production under Feld Entertainment’s new partnership with the non-profit educational organization, Sesame Workshop, features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sensory adventure live on stage.

From the moment the curtain rises, parents and children alike will be on their feet dancing along to a pop-infused soundtrack with new Sesame Street friends and live emcees Casey and Caleb. Planning a party isn’t easy when everybody has a different idea of fun, but with some help from the audience, it becomes the ultimate reflection of what friendship plus teamwork can accomplish.

Party guests will sing along to new and familiar songs, like “I Love Trash” and “C is for Cookie,” with Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster; dance to the beat with Elmo; explore a wintry wonderland when Abby Cadabby’s magic goes awry; take flight with Big Bird to learn about some of his fabulous feathered friends; and discover new cultures in an interactive Spanish lesson with Rosita. A unique, up-close-and-personal pre-show experience will be offered at an additional charge prior to select performances, allowing families the opportunity to tour the on-stage neighborhood of their favorite, furry friends before they arrive for the main show. The fun doesn’t end there. A variety of interactive activities give children the chance to create, discover and learn as they help decorate for the upcoming party.

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Ready to win 6 tickets to see Sesame Street Live?  Simply comment below and share with us your favorite character from Sesame Street. A winner will be randomly selected on January 14th. Tickets will be mailed in voucher form and can be redeemed at the box office at The Fox before the show.  The vouchers will be good for any show time of your choice. 

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Winter Break Staycation in Detroit

Winter in Michigan is cold but it doesn't have to be boring!  We are only a few days away from Winter Break which means my kids will be home for 16 days from school.  While this is a great opportunity to relax at home and make forts while binge watching old movies,  it is also a great opportunity to plan a staycation.

My list of things to do within the Detroit area is endless.  I am always finding new things to do and there's so much to see and do. Instead of creating a list for myself, I thought I'd share.

Rochester Big Bright Light Show

The Big Bright Light Show downtown Rochester is worth a visit!  Make a day out of it.  Head down early and go shopping on Main Street and then dine at one of the many restaurants.  Kids love dining at Red Knapp's Dairy Bar where you will find the best milkshakes around!  Since you are downtown Rochester it is worth heading over to the Royal Park Hotel lobby and checking out the Gingerbread Forest display.

Campus Martius Skating Rink

Skating downtown during the holidays is so much fun.  The brightly lit tree and decorated area puts everyone into the holiday spirit. 

Detroit Institute of Arts

If you live within Oakland, Macomb, and Macomb counties, you receive FREE unlimited visits to the DIA.  On any given weekend you will find activities for families with children of all ages.  Everything from free movies at the theatre to arts and crafts. 

American Coney Island versus Lafayette Coney Island

On the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lafayette is where you will find the Detroit coney.  The Detroit famous coney is known for its chili, raw onion, and mustard.   Recently, we stopped into Lafayette and grabbed a coney dog.  The menu is simple with just coneys, fries, and soup.  Next time we will have to head over to American Coney to decide which one is our favorite place. The coney restaurants are right next door to each other and have been in rivalry since the 1930's on who has the best coney.  Decide for yourself and head downtown for a coney dog!

Belle Isle Conservatory

Do you want to escape a winter day and feel like you are on an exotic tropical vacation!?!  Visit the Belle Isle Conservatory and walk through The Palm House and learn about exotic and rare plants around the world.  Visiting the conservatory is completely free.  You will need a state park pass to enter Belle Isle.  

Spongebob has been a belly laugh for many families.  December 24-29th Spongebob is at The Fox Theatre.  A family night at the theatre is a special evening and makes for a great staycation.  Use the promo code PATRICK to receive $10.00 off your admission.  

List of staycation ideas in and around Detroit.

The Perfect Girls Night Out~Twas a Girls Night Before Christmas~{Giveaway}

Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical

Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8

From the producers of the box office smash Girls Night: The Musical comes the must-see holiday show, Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical. The Christmas sequel will play at the City Theatre from Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8.

Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical will feature the five ladies we have all come to know and love gathering for a night on the town to laugh, cry, gossip and just let their hair down during the craziest of times: THE HOLIDAYS! This musical is guaranteed to resonate with anyone who has survived the holiday season, from the long visits with in-laws to the overcrowded malls. Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical will feature the touching and hilarious writing by Roche that has entertained audiences worldwide, with classic Christmas songs and contemporary hits that will have everyone singing and dancing along.

Get your tickets here: https://313pres.co/2WRRAh3

Giveaway!  Now is your chance to win tickets to the perfect girls night out!  Suburbia Mom has partnered with 313presents to give away 4 tickets to opening night on Thursday, December 5th at 8:00 PM.  To enter use the link below. Giveaway ends on November 25th.   Good Luck and thank you for entering!

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The SpongeBob Musical Comes to Detroit~Giveaway

The SpongeBob Musical
Fox Theatre-Detroit
December 24-December 29th

The critically acclaimed, award-winning The SpongeBob Musical, declared “Brilliant!” by The New York Times, will play the Fox Theatre in The District Detroit for 8 performances starting Tuesday, December 24 through Sunday, December 29 as part of the 2019-20 Theatre Series.

“Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention” (Time Out New York) as Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in a neon-sparkly “party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. This “creative explosion” (Broadway.com) is “nothing short of genius” says TheaterMania, so bring the entire family to celebrate friendship and cooperation and learn the power of unity and inclusion.

The SpongeBob Musical explodes with energy and features an original pop and rock-infused score by a legendary roster of Grammy® Award-winning songwriters. Led and conceived by visionary director Tina Landau (2018 Tony Award® nominee) and a Tony Award®-winning design team, the production brings the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality. The SpongeBob Musical features a book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt, musical supervision by Julie McBride and Tim Hanson, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, make-up design by Joe Dulude II, foley design by Mike Dobson, and casting by Stewart/Whitley.

The SpongeBob Musical is a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C and songs by David Bowie & Brian Eno, and by Tom Kenny & Andy Paley. Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Additional music by Tom Kitt.

The Original Cast Recording is available now from Masterworks Broadway wherever music is sold and streamed.

Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in The SpongeBob Musical, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

About SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants launched on July 17, 1999, and has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base.  SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories, translated in 55+ languages, and averaging more than 100 million total viewers every quarter.  SpongeBob SquarePants is created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.  The character-driven cartoon 


What a fun outing The SpongeBob Musical would be during winter break!  Suburbia Mom and 313presents wants to give you an opportunity to win 4 tickets to the Thursday, December 26th performance at 7:30 PM.  To enter be sure to follow the link below on ways to enter.  Good Luck!
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