Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SNOW DAY AT GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL

It was -15 degrees outside but my kids were nice and warm inside our local Goldfish Swim School's shiver-free pool that is always heated to a comfy 90 degrees.  Because of bone-chilling cold weather my kids' elementary school decided it wasn't worth the risk of exposing students to the frigid conditions and called off classes for the day.  It was too dangerous to let the kids go outside to enjoy the snow day off school and they were going stir crazy inside the house.  Fortunately, a call over to Goldfish Swim School confirmed they were still open for the day so we headed over there to take advantage of their afternoon family swim time.

A nice perk of attending Goldfish Swim School is that they have an open swim time taking place every weekday afternoon that is included at no extra charge as part of a family's membership with the facility.  During the facility's break between morning and evening classes, families that have children enrolled in a swimming program or the Swim Force can take a dip in the pool.  Times and participation vary from franchise to franchise but for the location we attend open swim is Noon to 1pm Tuesday - Thursday and Noon to 2:30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.  It was a Friday so my kids had almost three hours to enjoy playing around in the pool during their day off from elementary school.



Moms and dads can jump in the pool along with their kids during these open swim hours at Goldfish Swim School.  Work with your kids to get some practice on their swim strokes or relax  in the pool yourself while watching them have a good time.  My kids always have no problem making new friends to pal around with whenever we go to an open swim.



While just swimming is fun in itself, open swim time also provides a time to bring out some of the pool toys. My daughter loves to put on flippers and practice her underwater swimming while pretending to be a mermaid.  While my son likes the floating mock ups of an automobile, airplane and atv that kids can spin around the pool on.  Plus there is a canoe kids love to paddle across the pool in.  Though they normally spend more time having spills than floating in it!  Plus both my children like to throw dive toys to the bottom of the pool and compete to see who can retrieve the most during open swim times.

Open swim times are a great way to entertain children while also having them get some exercise. Especially in the winter time when they aren't getting outside as much! Just come in during the designated times and swipe your key fob to check in.  Remember you have to be enrolled in Goldfish Swim School to take advantage of this exclusive benefit.  If you have children at home between the ages of 6 months and 11 years old and aren't having them participate in programs at Goldfish Swim School you really do need to check the place out!

Goldfish Swim School has franchises in 22 states as well as within the province of Ontario, Canada.  There are nine Goldfish Swim Schools here in Michigan including 6 in Metro Detroit as well as locations in Ann Arbor, Okemos and Grand Rapids.  Michigan is actually home to the very first Goldfish Swim School which originally opened in Birmingham, Michigan and based upon the great customer service, first class facilities, and wonderful lessons provided they have been expanding locations ever since.



If your kids are off from elementary school for a winter break, holiday or snow day, I absolutely recommend heading over to your local Goldfish Swim School for a jump in the pool.  Taking advantage of open swimming hours in the 90 degree heated pool at Goldfish Swim School on a cold winter day is always going to get you a thumbs up of approval from your kids!  For more information about the facility and its programs, please visit goldfishswimschool.com 


Disclaimer:  A Geek Daddy receives free products and services as a brand ambassador for Goldfish Swim Schools.  Opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Monday, January 15, 2018

THE CRAFT MOVIE THEMED PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY

January's featured film on COMET TV is 1996's THE CRAFT.  This horror film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True has developed itself a cult following during the years since its release.  In it four outcast girls turn to witchcraft to get back at kids in their high school who have done them wrong.  At first their magical spells positively impact the girls' lives but eventually lead to tragic consequences.



This supernatural take on a movie about teenage angst is being aired by COMET TV on Sunday, January 21 at 6pm ET/PT and Monday, January 22 at 8pm ET/PT.  To help get the word out about THE CRAFT being broadcast on COMET TV, A Geek Daddy has a prize pack themed around the movie to giveaway.For a chance to win please follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet the embedded message below before 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, January 28, 2018.  Must be a United States resident over 18 years old to be eligible for the giveaway.



The Comet TV  Prize Pack has:

1 - Limited Edition The Craft COMET TV T-shirt: An exclusive T-Shirt features all four witchy guardians of the watchtower on the front and a quote from the film on the back! Welcome to the Witching Hour

1 - The Craft Exclusive COMET TV Clamshell Box: Talk about retro goodness! This The Craft exclusive clamshell box features exclusive throwback artwork and will immediately take you back to the days of waiting in line for new release movies at the video store!

1- The Craft "Witching Hour Cleansing" Kit: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire! This kit will bring a little sage, crystal and spell scroll into your life. Perfect for getting in touch with your inner earth goddess!

2 - Exclusive The Craft COMET TV Tarot Cards : While you may not be able to tell your future with these two cards, they are exclusive to this set and feature The Craft artwork.

COMET TV is an over-air broadcast network that can be tuned in with a digital antenna and viewed subscription free.  No need for cable, satellite or Wi-Fi, to watch COMET TV.  In the Metro Detroit area of Michigan just tune to Channel 19-7 with a television antenna.  If the network isn't available to view locally, you can also watch it online via an iOS app, Roku, or cometTV.com.

Disclaimer & Rules:  A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by COMET TV and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  One entry per mailing address and winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  If you have already won this prize through another blog participating in this promotion, your entry will be disqualified.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. Boxes allowed for delivery of the prize. COMET TV will be responsible for shipping the prize to the selected winner.  A Geek Daddy is not responsible for delivery of the prize.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

POOPEEZ

Look! Is it a bird? a plane? No it is ... Pooperman!!!  Pooperman joins other characters like Beary Stinky, Old Fart, Poo-dle, Poo-F-O, and Turdle in the new POOPEEZ collection of squishy toy collectibles from Basic Fun. 

There are 36 mini-characters in all to collect that will be available on the shelves of Walmart toy aisles.  POOPEEZ can be found in toilet paper roll shaped blind packs that contain two mystery mini-figures with each of the characters inside ranging in difficulty to acquire from common to ultra rare.



Normally you wouldn't want to get a box full of poop left at your doorstep.  But I won't be mad that Basic Fun sent A Geek Daddy a promotional box full of POOPEEZ to flush out the news about these new toys.  My kids are at an age where they love collecting these type of blind bag mini-toys to play with and trade with their friends.  Plus they find potty humor hilarious.  So my son and daughter think POOPEEZ is a real toot!  They've been having a lot of fun joking and goofing around with the POOPEEZ that Basic Fun plopped on our front porch to discover.




In addition to colleting POOPEEZ figures in toilet paper roll packages there are also multi-packs available where you can see which characters are inside through the clear packaging.  Each multi-pack includes either a porta-potty or toilet accessory plus includes a selection of exclusive figures that aren't available in the tp roll blind packs.  The porta potty provides a nice storage bin for your POOPEEZ while the toilet bowl has some explosive launching action to it.



The POOPEEZ universe revolves around the porcelain paradise of Kerplopolis. Whenever a toilet is flushed in the real world a magical portal opens up to this bustling city where everything about poop is celebrated.  All of Kerploplis' citizens are colorful characters made out of items that have been flushed there such as poop, pee, farts and toilet paper.

Every city has its own problems and Kerplopolis is no different.  Follow the adventures of six heroes, T.P., Pooji, Lil' Squirt, Skid Mark, Dumpling, and the Toot Fairy, as they try to keep Kerplopolis from being a stinky place to live in cartoons that can be viewed for FREE on the POOPEEZ YouTube channel.  These characters animated journeys are filled with potty puns and jokes meant to garner smirks and get viewers to smile.



For more information, visit POOPEEZ.COM or follow the toy collection's social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.  Get a potty started with POOPEEZ!



Monday, January 8, 2018

30 Day Family Floss Challenge


Did you know more then 50% of people in a recent consumer survey reported that their parents didn't teach them how to floss?  In this survey conducted by Propeller Insights on behalf of DenTek, a worldwide leader in oral healthcare products, only one third of parents acknowledged their children floss every day with eight out of  ten of those whose kids don't floss every day saying their child's longest streak of consecutive flossing was 15 days or less.  So DenTek is challenging families to step up their flossing game in 2018 with a fun contest that provides the change to win prizes including movie tickets and gift cards.  Plus one lucky winner will be surprised with $2,500!!!

DenTek challenges your family to floss for 30 days straight.  To enter the DenTek 30 Day Family Floss Challenge print out their flossing calendar to keep track of each day of flossing through the challenge.  Then take a family photo and share your image across Instagram, Twitter or Facebook tagging @Dentek and using the hashtag #FamilyFlossChallenge.  DenTek will select winners based upon pictures that best highlight their products and brand image.  For more information about this contest including official rules and eligibility requirements visit DenTekChallenge.com.  The promotion runs through March 31, 2018.



Floss Like A Boss and enter the DenTek 30 Day Family Floss Challenge for healthier teeth and gums plus the chance to win some great prizes.  What a wonderful incentive to make flossing fun and a regular part of your family's pre-bedtime nightly routine!



Monday, January 1, 2018

TRAVELING DAD 2017 RETROSPECTIVE

As 2018 begins, I wanted to take a look back at my first year contributing feature articles for the Traveling Dad website.  Branching out from ageekdaddy.com, I started collaborating with other dads sharing parent focused travel tips and family vacation experiences on travelingdad.com last year.  Looking at 2017 in retrospective, a lot of my posts for #TDAD revolve around family-friendly destinations in Michigan but also covered spots like the War World I Museum in Kansas City, the High Line in New York City, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Universal Orlando Resort and Santa Claus' house in Alaska.  I also wrote some posts on informational topics like having fun bird watching with kids and tips for participating in cosplay events.

Here are some of my favorite Traveling Dad contributions from 2017:

DETROIT HOLIDAY STAYCATION

Read about my family's experience staying at the historic Double Tree Suites Fort Shelby Hotel and going to see the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade as a holiday staycation.

EXPLORE MICHIGAN'S WILD SIDE AT THE EDDY DISCOVERY CENTER

Visit the nature center at one of my family's favorite Michigan state parks in this Traveling Dad post.

A HIKE ALONG THE TEMBO TRAIL

Join my family for a trek at the Toledo Zoo as we encounter close up views of elephants, hippos and rhinos.

MICHIGAN SEA LIFE AQUARIUM

Did you know that sharks live in Michigan?  You'll find them at the Michigan Sea Life Aquarium.

Read these and other travel related pieces by myself and others at travelingdad.com regarding categories such as Disney theme park & cruise info, domestic destinations, international trips, credit card points and rewards plus dad travel 101 tips.  Additionally, I'll be posting more travel themed posts on ageekdaddy.com as well tagging mentions to them on social media using the #TDAD hashtag to go along with my Traveling Dad contributions.  Now a year is under my belt, I have a better feel for writing content for travelingdad.com and am excited about getting into a Traveling Dad groove for 2018.  Stay tuned for what hopefully will be a year filled with a lot of amazing family travel experiences that this Traveling Dad is looking forward to sharing with you.

THE TOY INSIDER 2017 RETROSPECTIVE

I just wrapped up my second year being a part of the Toy Insider's Parents Panel and being involved with it was one of the highlights of 2017!  As a part of this group of moms and dads, we each make regular contributions on thetoyinsider.com providing tips from parents for parents on a wide range of topics including educational tools we've used, our kids' favorite toys, and ways to get children engaged in imaginative play.  In addition to writing for the Toy Insider's website, Parents Panel members are provided samples of toys throughout the year so we can share reviews of our family's own experiences on our own websites, serves as Twitter party hosts where we give out some really nice prizes while having some fun conversations, and get inside access to preview events where we get to see the next hot toys before they even hit store shelves.

Hope you have read some of my posts on thetoyinsider.com!  Here are a few of my best Toy Insider posts from 2017:

GET KIDS BUG-EYED ABOUT LEARNING

SUMMER STAY-CATION:  FUN IDEAS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

KEEP KIDS ACTIVE: FUN WITH FLYING DISCS

GAMES EVERYONE KNOWS (BUT DON'T KNOW HOW TO PLAY)

MAKING LASTING MEMORIES WITH FUN FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS

I'll be continuing on with the Toy Insider's Parents Panel into 2018 so keep an eye out on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds for announcements about my blog posts for them, contests and giveaways, toy reviews, Twitter parties and more.  Plus you can CLICK HERE for a listing of upcoming Twitter Parties as well ... I always have fun joining in on them and each one always gives out some great prizes to a few lucky participants.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE GIVEAWAY


Both of my little ninjas are really into the LEGO NINJAGO toys and television show so they were really excited about seeing The LEGO NINJAGO Movie while off from school for the Christmas / New Year holiday break now that it is available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital for viewing.  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment kindly sent us a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital combo pack of the movie to watch.  So we popped up some popcorn and enjoyed an afternoon watching The LEGO NINJAGO Movie.



In the battle for NINJAGO City, Lloyd (Dave Franco), high school student by day and Green Ninja by night, gets thrown into the ultimate adventure with his secret ninja warrior friends!  Led by the wise and wisecracking Master Wu (Jackie Chan), they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad.  On their courageous journey, they learn to band together to unleash their inner power in an epic showdown to save the city.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie was one of my kids' favorite movies they saw at the movie theater this year so they were ecstatic to be able to add it to our home's library of films so they can watch it over and over again.  The movie is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for mild violence and rude humor.  It is filled with martial arts fighting scenes along with the tongue-in-cheek humor that LEGO movies, television shows, and video have become known for.  This animated action flick is family-friendly and is sure to entertain kids.  In addition to the animated movie there are a number of bonus features included on Blu-ray that my children really enjoyed viewing:
  • Team Supreme: Building NINJAGO featurette 
  • Rumble in the Bricks featurette 
  • Which Way to the Ocean mini-movie
  • Zane's Stand Up Promo mini-movie
  • The Master: A LEGO NINJAGO Short mini-movie
  • Oh, Hush! music video
  • Everybody Have a Ninja Day music video
  • Baby Fight deleted scence
  • Gimme Some Outtakes spoof video
  • LEGO NINJAGO TV Series Sneak Peek
  • Commentary by Director Charlie Bean and Crew


Who is ready to get their Ninja on?! To share my family's enthusiasm about The LEGO NINJAGO Movie being available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital, A GEEK DADDY has a prize pack to giveaway! Just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter form below before Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm Michigan time (Eastern Time USA) for a chance to win a The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Blu-ray+DVD+Digital combo pack along with a LEGO NINJAGO toy.  Must be a United States resident over 18 years old to participate.

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In addition to being available on Blu-ray and DVD, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie digital version is connected to the Movies Anywhere service.  Movies Anywhere simplifies digital movie collections and enhances viewing experiences by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers.  Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and LucasFilm), Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros.  With this service you can purchase a movie through iTunes and watch it on non-Apple devices like an Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Android smart phones or Roku streaming devices.  You aren't locked into a retailers hardware so you can also get a movie from Amazon and watch it via Apple TV, iPhone or an iPad.  Movies Anywhere gives consumers more control of how they watch the movies they purchase or redeem through codes included within Blu-ray and DVD packages.



Ninja go! Have yourself a great time watching The LEGO NINJAGO Movie on Blu-ray and DVD available now at retailers across the United States including Best Buy, FYE, Target Toys R Us and Walmart. Or purchase a digital download of the movie from Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, or Vudu and watch it through Movies Anywhere.  For more information about The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, head over to legoninjago.com


Disclaimer & Rules:  A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  One entry per mailing address and winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  If you have already won this prize through another blog participating in this promotion, your entry will be disqualified.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog as this is a free giveaway opportunity. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. Boxes allowed for delivery of the prize. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be responsible for shipping the prize to the selected winner.  A Geek Daddy is not responsible for delivery of the prize.