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Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru at DTE Energy Music Theatre and Special Offer

313 Presents is excited to bring entertainment back to families who have been patiently waiting since early March. Dinosaurs are ready and raring to return from extinction, and following sold out weekends in San Antonio, Dallas and Oklahoma City, Jurassic Quest will be migrating to the parking area of DTE Energy Music Theatre on Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 16 with the first ever JURASSIC QUEST DRIVE-THRU!


The nation’s best touring dinosaur exhibit has been transformed into an interactive drive-thru experience, featuring over 70 moving and life-like dinosaurs, as well as the 50 foot-long Megalodon! Although the drive-thru experience means guests will stay safe inside their vehicle, they will still need to watch out for the swinging tail of the 80 foot-long Spinosaurus!


The Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru is the only place to encounter some of the largest dinosaurs to ever roam the earth, and some of the eeriest marine creatures to ever lurk the ocean’s depths, from the safety of your family vehicle. Guests will be among the first in the nation to go on a quest with an online audio tour that will lead them throughout the thrilling dinosaur safari. Your dino crew can time-travel and enjoy about an hour-long ride back in time. Guests are texted a link before their time slot, which will open on their cellular device upon arrival. The audio tour can play through phone speaker and through car speakers if your device connects in that way. The online audio tour link is also available at www.jurassicquest.com.


Jurassic Quest worked in collaboration with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur was painstakingly replicated in every detail. Guests will have the chance to drive through realistic scenes, without leaving their own vehicles, depicting how dinosaurs looked and moved.


In addition to the life-like dinosaur exhibits, there will be opportunities to visit with a one-of-a-kind baby dinosaurs and Jurassic Quest‘s team of dino trainers as well as the chance to capture the moment with a safari-style photo of your vehicle and family transported back in time via a Jurassic setting complete with a dinosaur backdrop. All attendees will leave with the same bragging rights, “We Survived Jurassic Quest 2020!” One photo per family is FREE and included in ticket purchase.


Jurassic Quest will continue to take extra precautionary measures to provide a clean and safe event. Food or beverage will not be available for purchase onsite, so guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks to enjoy during the ride. Merchandise will be available for purchase at the Dino Store, and all transactions are cashless and touchless, as staff will deliver items to vehicles. Guests are to remain in vehicles and wear masks in the event they exit the vehicle in allowed areas to use the restroom prior to or after the ride. Social distancing rules will be requested of all guests and maintained by Jurassic Quest crew, who will be sanitizing equipment, dinosaurs and workstations more frequently and thoroughly throughout the entirety of the event. Employees will be applying hand sanitizer and washing their hands regularly throughout each day, in addition to wearing masks. Guest safety and enjoyment is Jurassic Quest‘s top priority.


Guests must travel through the drive-thru in the comfort of their own vehicle - no rentals or golf carts will be provided and walkers are not allowed. To ensure participant safety, all guests must ride inside their vehicles (yes, pets inside vehicles are allowed), no riders in truck beds, however. Trailers are also not allowed – as they might tempt the hungry dinos too much. Oversized vehicles and vehicles with more than nine riders are allowed (at $80 per vehicle plus fees), but vehicles must be under 10 feet tall and under 25 feet long. A full list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found online at www.jurassicquest.com/drive-thru-faqs. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit www.JurassicQuest.com.


Whether they are big or small, young or old, guests of Jurassic Quest have a dino-mite time!


Performance Schedule:

August 7 – 11:00 AM

August 8 – 9:00 AM

August 9 – 9:00 AM

August 12 – 9:00 AM

August 13 – 9:00 AM

August 14 – 9:00 AM


Purchase passes here: https://313pres.co/3g9CMTW



Save 10% on passes with code DINO10

Piff the Magic Dragon: Live from Las Vegas from your Living Room and Special Offer

Ever since indoor gatherings have come to a halt, I am realizing how much I'm missing everything from summer baseballs games to the entertaining live shows at The Fox Theatre.  Even though it's summer and we didn't go to the movie theatre often it was fun to catch a matinee on a rainy day with the kids. 

Last winter we went to see The Illusionist at The Fox Theatre in Detroit and afterwards we thought it would make for a fun experience for our younger kids since magic is so much fun!  Now that we are in the mist of strange times because of the Covid 19 virus I find myself missing these opportunities and sad to see many of these live entertainers struggling to survive.  

I've got great news!  The live entertainment industry is getting creative and bringing "live fun" right to our couch using Zoom!

Piff the Magic Dragon: Live from Las Vegas brings the magic to you at home with a hilarious, interactive magic show to entertain the entire family, with the ease and convenience of Zoom.


Hot off his record-breaking Vegas residency, Piff presents a completely new show created for online viewing, featuring never-before-seen magic, with tricks happening in your hands and homes.


Passes ($35.75 per device) to access this live streaming event are on sale now and only available at https://passportshows.com/portfolio/piff-313-presents/.


Host the star of America’s Got Talent and Las Vegas’ ‘Best Headliner,’ ‘Best Comedian,’ and ‘Best Magician’ award winner in your very own living room.  And you don’t even have to put on pants.  Though we’d prefer if you did.


Piff the Magic Dragon: Live from Las Vegas is a one hour live performance coming directly from Piff’s personal studio in Las Vegas (formerly his single car garage), and takes his trademark magic to new heights.  As something completely new that can only be experienced online, don’t miss out!


Each pass allows viewing on one device, so you can choose to enjoy the show solo or bring the whole family in on the fun!  Capacity is limited so get your passes today!  Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the power of Piff.


“Piff is the best… a true original.” – David Copperfield



Download Zoom in advance of the event. Heck, might as well download it now: zoom.us

Join us when the “doors” to the waiting room open 15 minutes before the event’s start time. We’ll get you all checked in for the event at this time.

You will be allowed entry once the performance is ready to begin. Your video will be live, but your microphone will be muted to begin. You may be unmuted at times throughout the show to engage with Piff.


Enjoy the show!


Performance Schedule:

August 05 - 7:00 PM

August 16 - 7:00 PM


Purchase passes here: https://313pres.co/3h5BDNf



Save 20% on passes with code DRAGON20

Pandemic and Beauty

So much can change in an instant.  Never in a million years would I have ever predicted a pandemic.  But here I am living through one.  The world and local news along with death toll numbers make this a very scary time.  Reality is...this COVID-19 virus is something we just don't want to confront but the unfortunate reality is... it is staring us right in the face. It's heartbreaking to know the severity of this virus and the destruction it is doing.  Everything from taking lives, shutting down economies and taking jobs.  It is a very scary and heartfelt time for all around the world.

While social distancing we found these cute rocks hidden all through the woods. It brought pure joy.

It's scary for all the right reasons but I am also seeing so much beauty in all of this.  I am not sure if pandemic and beauty can even go together but I am trying to connect the two.  I've witnessed so many people step up and help others. For an example, the cashier at Costco telling me she is planning to give blood, or a friend that is making masks for the community of Detroit and placing them in the Little Libraries.  A charity organization called Fuel our Front Lines was created and provides snacks to those facing this virus day after day. A group of employees from General Motors have come together to make plastic shields for the hospitals using 3D printers.  Teachers are connecting with their students using Zoom and sending encouraging notes. Children are decorating their windows and doors with rainbows to remind us that after every storm there is a rainbow. My local fire department is doing surprise birthday drive bys for children spending their birthdays at home.  People are social distancing themselves to save lives and businesses have "paused" to help fight the spread. This pandemic will NOT win.  Together we will defeat this. 

Teacher Appreciation Week looked a lot different this year but it did not stop us from celebrating.  We had a car parade for our amazing teachers as they stood outside waving as we drove by.  

What beauty are witnessing from this pandemic?  

Please brighten our world by commenting below.

Social Distancing Day 1

Hi it's Danielle from Metro Detroit and I am practicing "social distancing".  Is that even a term!?!  May I also add that I am "reluctantly" practicing.  I am extremely social person and my extrovert ways make it exceptionally hard to stay put.  I'm the mom that overflows the calendar with activities and it's almost a given that I have one big thing planned to do over the weekends which usually means heading to Detroit. So staying home and NOT having anything in my calendar feels very strange. 

In case you are from another state, I'll fill you in quickly on what is happening here in Michigan.  

Last week on March 12th our governor closed ALL Michigan schools effective Monday, March 16th through April 6th.  At this time, there were only 2 known cases here in Michigan.  One being in the county in which I live. Since my school has spring break scheduled starting on April 6th, we are tentatively returning to school on April 13th.  Let me just say I'm not sure when we will return to school.

The schools quickly made a plan for remote learning and parents scrambled to figure out childcare and plans to work remotely from home. Everything changed in an instant.  My mind was blown.  While I love a chaotic schedule on the weekends, I thrive on a weekly schedule that is consistent and predictable.  Basically we do the exact same thing week after week and it works for us!  We have a schedule and everyone knows the routine.  So having an unexpected break like this is a huge curve ball for my family.  We were just beginning to plan our summer schedule which includes a lot of "social distancing" as an immediate family.  We have day camps scheduled, I have social groups to attend, lunch dates with girlfriends. and let's just say we are not "social distancing" from our community.  To sum this all up I guess you could say this new routine is going to take some adjustment.

I am a mom of two little kids that are so excited to be home with me as my preschooler calls it "play school".  I'm an English Language Teacher (EL) and my daughter always loves to play school.  She wants to be a teacher someday and if she chooses she will be amazing at it!

I am not sure what these next days will entail but I hope to share my little experience from Michigan.  I'd love to know what you are doing.  Drop a line or two below!  

Stay Safe and Stay Home

FREE Home Learning Resources for Children

We are going through a very "strange" time here in the United States.  Schools are closing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and parents and teachers are finding ways to support education remotely at home. 

Even as a teacher and parent, I find myself  scrambling to remember which resources are free and available for my use.  During a time like this, I thought it would be great to have a list of available resources.

As I organize my plans for the next few weeks, I thought it would make sense to start out with a list of available resources. It's amazing how many useful resources we have right at our fingertips that are free! 

I know many of you can help me add to this list.  Please comment on what your favorite free resources are and I will add to this list.  I hope this list is found useful during these unprecedented times. 

Special Read Alouds

Astronaut Read Alouds

Author Read Alouds

Literacy Resources

Scholastic Literacy Resources

Epic (Free 30 Day Trial)

Teachers Pay Teachers

Typing Pub for Kids

Squiggle Park Kids

Storyline Online

History for Kids


National Geographic-Kids

Live Web Cams

Smithsonian National Zoo

Movement and Music

Virtual Field Trips

Museum Virtual Tours
How about taking a tour of some of the most famous museums around the world? 


PBS Kids


Play Prodigy (Math Games)

Community Resources

Henry Ford Museum Curriculum Resources

Detroit Institute of Arts Educational Resources

Detroit Zoo Educational Resources

Virtual Classroom Resources



Free Printables from Websites/Bloggers

This Reading Mama

Little Dots Education

Podcasts for Kids

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