Monday, May 21, 2018


From my family's own experience at Goldfish Swim School we know that they emphasize water safety training with their students throughout the year.  With summer approaching and knowing that is a prime time for children to be spending time in and around the water, Goldfish Swim School puts an extra emphasis on safety during the month of May.  They want to make sure that as their students are enjoying themselves at beaches, pools and water parks, the kids are being safe as well as having fun.

In fact, last summer when my son got in an over his head situation while at a water park that could have quickly become dangerous, he used the water safety tips he had worked on during lessons at Goldfish Swim School to keep his cool.  He didn't panic, treaded water, looked for the closest point to get out of the water, and got the attention of a lifeguard to help him. You can read more about how Goldfish Swim School saved the day in this past blog post.

Did you know … According to the CDC (United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DROWNING is the leading cause of injury death to children ages one to four and the second leading cause after motor vehicle injuries for children between the ages of five and fifteen.

Being safe around water is an important issue for every family.  All kids need to have the knowledge and skills to be safe! Goldfish Swim School surprised my family with a Water Safety Month themed box of goodies to highlight the importance of this topic as we head into the Memorial Day weekend that kicks off summer activities for many families across the country. Check out what we unboxed:


Here are some tips based upon the items we discovered inside our Goldfish Swim School Water Safety Month box:

Make water and swim safety a FUN, FAMILY activity! Goldfish uses the Science of SwimPlay® in lessons to capture children's attention because they learn best through play.  My kids love how Bubble's the goldfish mascot! This cheerful goldfish provides a youthful vibe to the swim school and helps make communications with children relatable to them. The twins were delighted to get a Bubbles plush in our Water Safety Month box.

In addition to Bubbles, Goldfish also uses toys, prizes, and other tools to engage kids and make their learn-to-swim experience FUN!  The plastic Bubbles toys included in our box are always a hit with my kids.  Different styles are given out during the year tied to the swim school's theme of the month as a reward for children doing well in class.  These toys are great for playing with in a bathtub or pool and our puppy Penny has also taken a liking to chewing on these when she can steal one from the kids. Stickers and temporary tattoos like the ones also shown in the unboxing video are also given out to students.  There is a different type of reward given out each week of the month to help keep students excited about regularly attending swim class.

Any time kids are around water, designate a "water watcher" who will avoid cell phones, conversations, magazines and anything else that might distract the adult from watching swimming children. Often times children who drown are actually being supervised by an adult.  A water watcher lanyard is one way to remind people about the importance of this responsibility.

An illustrated booklet that highlights Goldfish Swim School's W.A.T.E.R. safety rules was also included in the box.   It is a great way to reinforce these water safety messages with children at home:

W -- WEAR your life jacket

A -- ACT to get help for someone in trouble.  Don't go in yourself to try and help.

T -- TAKE swim lessons.

E -- EDUCATE yourself on swim safety skills

R -- RESPECT. Play it cool and follow the rules!

Goldfish Swim School instills these W.A.T.E.R. safety rules with their students during swimming lessons, at special pool events like WATER SAFETY DAY, and through presentations for churches, civic organizations, libraries, youth groups and schools.  Contact your local Goldfish Swim School to find out about these free presentations.

According to the American Red Cross, the number one thing that parents can do to keep kids safe in the water is to enroll them in swim lessons.  Goldfish offers their trademark perpetual swimming lessons as well as special 1-week Jump Start Clinics during the summer. Jump Start Clinics include four or five consecutive days* of 30-minute swim lessons that focus on everything from teaching the fundamentals of water safety to fine-tuning stroke technique. These clinics are specially designed for families looking to get their kids water-ready in a hurry compared to the ongoing perpetual lessons that are for 30 minutes once per week that go on indefinitely through the year.


To help one lucky winner get a child in their life ready to swim for the summer, A GEEK DADDY is giving away a one week Jump Start Clinic at Goldfish Swim School good at any of their Metro Detroit locations (Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Canton, Clarkston, Farmington Hills, Macomb, or Rochester).  The participating child must be between the ages of four and ten years old. Who wants it?!

To enter simply email thegeekdaddy [at] yahoo [dot] com before 11:59 pm EST on June 1, 2018 with a message sharing who you would give these lessons to and why they would be appreciated. Please include your full name, mailing address and phone number so you can be contacted if you win. The winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entrants. Good luck!!!

If you are looking for a place for your kids to take swimming lessons give Goldfish Swim School a try.  My family has had a golden experience there.  Stop by and check out the pool at a location near you.  When dropping by tell them A Geek Daddy sent you. Have a wonderful and safe summer everyone!

DISCLAIMER & RULES A Geek Daddy is hosting this promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US  resident over the age of 18 to participate who resides within the State of Michigan.  Each eligible entry will be assigned a number and one number will be randomly generated to determine the winner.  Attempting to utilize multiple email accounts or otherwise trying to participate in this contest more than once per person will disqualify an individual.  If you win this prize through another blog participating in this promotion you will be disqualified.  Goldfish Swim School is responsible for the fulfillment of this prize.  Entrant emails will be deleted at the conclusion of this promotion and not shared with Goldfish Swim School other than the recipient of the prize to assist with facilitating providing the prize.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog.

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Join me on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 11am - Noon ET as A Geek Daddy co-hosts another fabulous Toy Insider Twitter Party. This week's event is sponsored by SnapToys. We'll be chatting about SnapToy's new eco-friendly building blocks, #BiOBUDDi, and of course we'll be giving away some prizes throughout the hour. Make sure to RSVP here and answer the questions shouted out by my friends at the Toy Insider using the party's #BiOBUDDi hashtag in your answers for a chance to win some of these block play sets. Must be a U.S. resident over 18 years old to be eligible for prizes.

BiOBUDDi, from SnapToys, introduces the first 100 percent recyclable line of building blocks. A pioneer in sustainable and eco-friendly children’s building blocks, Biobuddi is committed to making a positive impact on the planet with its new line of educational building blocks. Products are manufactured in the Netherlands and made of bio-based materials derived from sugarcane. Blocks are compatible with all major building set brands. Designed for ages 18 months and up, the educational line has more than 13 products ranging from alphabet and numbers to shapes, animals, and more. All packaging materials are also 100 percent green and include fun stickers for customization and instructions with printed activities.

Four lucky winners will win an Animal, Shapes, Letters, or Educational blocks set. One grand prize winner will win a 60-block set AND a 27-piece block set of his or her choice!

Be sure to follow @Geekdad248 , @Snap_Toys and @thetoyinsider and tweet with #BiOBUDDi during the May 24th Twitter Party to learn about these toys and for a chance to win some for yourself! Plus read the Toy Insider's review of these great toys for a heads up on the information you'll need to know for the #BiOBUDDi trivia questions that need to be answer for a chance at the Twitter Party's prizes. RSVP now and I'll see you at the PARTY!!!



** Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me a FREE copy of the Blu-ray featured in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own**
Saturday evening was a family movie night watching an advance showing provided to us by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment of the straight to video release of DAPHNE & VELMA.  Available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2018 this live action adventure tells the story of how the leading ladies of the Mystery Inc. gang met each other in high school before they later teamed up in their cartoon escapades with Shaggy, Fred, and Scooby-Doo. The show features Sarah Jeffery (Disney's "Descendants: Wicked World") as Daphne and Sarah Gilman (ABC's “Last Man Standing”) as Velma and is suitable for all ages to watch together with a G rating making it a family-friendly selection for a movie night at home.

"The smart and resourceful women of Scooby-Doo fame come to life in this all-new mystery," remarked Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros Home Entertainment Vice President of TV Marketing, Family & Animation, to A Geek Daddy while promoting the movie.  "Young girls especially will be delighted to discover how these clever heroines come together for their very first adventure demonstrating that no mystery is too big for these 'meddling' girls to solve!"

In the cartoons, after the Mystery Inc. gang has broken up a crook's plot the bad guy normally bellows out the catchphrase "I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids." That cartoon theme of the kids meddling in a dastardly plot carries over to this live action movie.  Teenaged Daphne and Velma get caught up in a bizarre situation at their high school that they aren't sure whether is the result of scientific or supernatural causes.

Ridge Valley High is a school where state of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights.  It is an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright and optimistic Daphne Blake who is excited to finally go to school with her online BFF, the smart and analytical Velma Dinkley.  But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious behavior plagues the top-performing students on campus.

Once cheery and full of life, these students have become "zombiefied" lifeless shells of themselves.  These aren't scary zombies though just overachiever teens suddenly acting like they are sleep walking through life.  Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and restore these students lost vigor or will these two girls become the next victim of the phantom haunting their school?

Zikes! Will these meddling kids solve this zombie mystery?!  You'll have to watch the movie to find out!

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Who else is excited about seeing HAN SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY?!!!  A Geek Daddy's family is anxiously awaiting the movie's arrival at theaters across the USA on May, 25, 2018.  My kids have been having some fun while waiting for their chance to see this new Star Wars movie with some coloring pages Walt Disney Studios sent our way and I wanted to share them with you as well.  Go ahead and print out these coloring pages of Han Solo, Chewbacca, the Millenium Falcon and a new character named Qi'ra to pass the time while waiting for HAN SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY to fly into theaters:

Directed by Ron Howard, the film shows a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld where Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes. The movie is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.

My family is going to be flying to the movie theater faster then the Millenium Falcon made the Kessel Run when the release date for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY arrives!  My kids are roaring to go!!!  Enjoy the coloring pages and may the Force be with you!

Friday, May 18, 2018


Who else is looking forward to the new Han Solo movie?! Hey it is about time got his own film! To help celebrate its release, A Geek Daddy is co-hosting a Solo: A Star Wars Story prize pack giveaway worth over $100!

About Solo: A Star Wars Story

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018


Star Wars
Travel to a galaxy far, far away without having to blast off into outer space by simply taking a road trip to the City of Detroit.  From May 20 through September 30, 2018 the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will be hosting STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME; a special exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and in conjunction with Lucasfilm Ltd. This spectacular exhibit provides people with an up-close look at concept art and costumes used in producing the first seven space operas in the Star Wars saga of films.

A Geek Daddy was invited by the DIA to an advance preview of STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME before the exhibit opened to the general public.  It was a fantastic experience to have the chance to be able to check out 60 costumes that appeared on-screen in Star Wars movies along with more than 150 sketches used in helping produce the look of the characters and locations within the films.

This exhibit highlights the artistic elements used in producing the films that contribute to the wonderful imagery that has captivated movie goers for over forty years and made this sci-fi saga a pop culture sensation. Star Wars fans will be wowed to be able to stand next to the actual costumes and props used to bring some of their favorite characters to life on the silver screen while someone who may never have seen the films will still be impressed by the craftsmanship of the outfits and the artistry of the sketches used in bringing George Lucas' fantasy stories into reality.


Detroit Institute of Arts

Did you know actors don't normally get to keep the costumes they've worn while filming a movie? In most cases the movie studios and producers retain ownership of costumes and props after filming has wrapped up.  In the case of STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME, the items on display are owned by either George Lucas or Walt Disney Studios on loan to the Smithsonian Institute for use within this traveling exhibition which is concluding its national tour with this showing at the DIA.  See for yourself the actual costumes that were worn by actors while filming Star Wars scenes from the original (Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi) and prequel (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith) trilogies as well as 2015's The Force Awakens representing some of the most beloved and infamous characters in cinematic history.

Begin your trek through the exhibition by entering a room that pits the light side of the force against the dark side.  In the middle of the room is an impressive fight scene that depicts the villainous Sith called Darth Maul battling a number of Jedi.  A number of light saber hilt props that were used in the prequel movies are embedded with the border of the display.  Press buttons near some of the informational plaques about the costumes being featured in this fight scene to hear and see some of the light sabers being wielded by the Jedi activate before your eyes just like in the Star Wars movies.  This is an exciting way to begin your Star Wars adventure at the DIA that is sure to delight kids and kids at heart.

power of costume

There isn't a Jabba the Hutt on display; but any guy who grew up in the 1980's will recognize a particular costume actually worn by Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi while being chained to that monstrosity that is viewable in a Tatooine themed showcase.  A princess outfit from the original Star Wars movie and her Boussh bounty hunter disguise from Return of the Jedi are also on display to see.

Princess Leia costume

Speaking of Star Wars royalty, Padme Amidala played by Natalie Portman in the prequel trilogy has a gallery devoted to costumes worn by this character.  This room has a number of fancy gowns, military uniforms, and the wedding dress for her nuptial with Anakin Skywalker (aka Darth Vader). Take a moment to look at the intricacies of these costumes whose details can't fully be appreciated until seeing them in real life.

Detroit Star Wars exhibit

Look at this paw! Chewbacca doesn't wear shoes after all so I took a close up look at how the outfit used for the Star Wars movies handled that detail.  The exhibit has Chewie's original costume from 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope and you can see that it includes slipper like attachments meant to look like the alien's feet that even include toe nails.  An important aspect of the character that isn't much noticed because of the attention to detail by costume designers but on the other hand would have really stood out if done poorly.

Star Wars costumes

I know it is just a costume but it is amazing how realistic Chewbacca looks standing right in front of you.  For being more than forty years old the Chewbacca and Han Solo costumes from the original Star Wars trilogy look amazing.  Shout out your best impression of a wookiee roar then press a button on the informational plaque in front of you and Chewbacca roars back at you.  Another of the very nice interactive elements contained within this exhibition.


You know you want to see Darth Vader! Well visitors won't be disappointed as the Lord of Sith awaits your visit. You can't resist the power of Star Wars! Stand in front of the Darth Vader costume worn in Revenge of the Sith by Hayden Christensen for a fun Star Wars photo op.

Detroit Institute of Arts

I'm not going to giveaway all of the highlights of the costumes on display. Ewoks, Mandalorians, stormtroopers, and x-wing pilots … there are a whole lot more costumes on display.  You'll have to visit for yourself to take in everything there is to see within STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME.


In addition to costumes, there is also a tremendous amount of concept art on display in STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME. I'm a huge fan of Ralph McQuarrie's work in shaping the imagery of  science fiction movies during the 1970s and 80s. So I was in awe getting a first hand look at some of the concept art illustrations and costume sketches by him on display.

Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie

Concept artwork that helped the filmmakers visualize how they wanted characters to appear and scenes to be visualized are sprinkled throughout the exhibition.  There is a hand drawn sketch that costume designers used to work George Lucas in creating the cast of characters included within the iconic cantina scene from the original Star Wars movie.  That is one of my all-time favorite movie scenes that just left me in amazement when I saw it as a kid in the theater.  So I really got a kick out of examining this sketch outlining ideas for alien costumes to use in that movie.


I also found a showcase that combined concept art with costumes really interesting.  You'll see illustrations of characters with fabric swatches for consideration in their costume designs. Impressive, most impressive!

DIA Star Wars

In addition to the pieces by McQuarrie there are numerous examples of concept art being shown by a variety of other artists as well.  Make sure to take some time to enjoy and appreciate these artists work as you may your way through the exhibition.  It really caught my attention that between the drawings of Padme Amidala by Ian McCaig along with all her costumes that this character with her strong presence throughout the exhibition must really have a special place in George Lucas' heart.

DIA Star Wars


In addition to costumes and concept art, there are also a good number of props on display.  I was so thrilled to get up close to the R2D2 droid used in the original 1977 Star Wars film.  I got goosebumps just being near it.  This Star Wars fan was truly geeking out at this moment!

Star Wars exhibit

Also on display is BB8 who became a fan favorite in The Force Awakens.  I know seeing him will be the highlight of many kids visit.  It was nice to see some elements of the newest Star War trilogy incorporated into this exhibition including this BB8 model as well as costumes worn by new characters like Rey and Finn.


You'll also encounter one of the world's most famous puppets while wandering through STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME.  A Yoda puppet used in the filming of The Empire Strikes Back is the last thing you'll encounter before you exit.  So you absolutely leave the exhibition on a high note. Fun you will have at the DIA!

Star Wars


I remember as a child my parents bringing me down to visit the DIA when a special exhibit themed around the Muppet Movie (1979) was in town. It featured authentic puppets used in the movie as well as for The Muppet Show and Sesame Street television series. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Big Bird, along with Bert & Ernie were all there to see.  Forty years later, I still fondly remember that experience and I've had a life-long appreciation of the DIA since.  I'm hoping that STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME will have that same impact now upon my son and daughter creating a lasting memory and fostering a personal connection with the art museum.

The kids have grown up being exposed to my passion for Star Wars.  We've watched all the movies together and viewing the animated television series has been a favorite way for us to relax around the house together. So my son and daughter are as excited about the content of this exhibition as this die hard Star Wars fan is.  So I'll definitely be heading back with them to enjoy STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME as a fun family bonding experience.

The Star Wars exhibition at the DIA has earned A Geek Daddy nod of approval not only because the items being featured are awesome to encounter but also based upon the visually stunning layout they are being displayed in.  The staging and lighting of the artwork, costumes and props being showcased combined with their pop culture appeal envelope the museum with an exhilarating vibe.  Most of the content of the show is also out in the open and not sealed off behind safety glass barriers providing for exceptional viewing that lets you feel like you can just reach out and touch the objects.  Don't try to do that though or a security guard may rip off your arm in a wookiee like rage!!!

Everyone who attends is also provided a portable device that provides an audio tour of the exhibit as part of their admission price with their being different versions to listen to for both kids and adults. These handheld digital docents are really convenient and a great way to immerse yourself in this Star Wars experience. A really nice touch by the exhibition organizers.

Star Wars


General admission to the DIA as well as tickets for this special exhibit are required.

General admission to the museum is $14 dollars for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $8 for college students, and youth at $6 with kids under 6 years old being admitted into the DIA for free. General admission to the museum is FREE for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents based upon their millage in support of the museum's operating expenses.

Tickets to STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME are $7 for youth ages 6 to 17 years old.  Children under 6 are FREE.  Adult tickets are $19 (Tuesday - Thursday), $24 (Friday - Sunday) with Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents receiving a $5 per ticket discount.

The museum will have extended hours during the Star Wars exhibition:

TUE & WED 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
THUR 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
FRI 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
SAT 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
SUN 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
MON Closed 

Star Wars
The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit's midtown neighborhood cultural center situated near the College of Creative Studies, Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Michigan Science Center and Wayne State University.  There is a paved lot on the north side of the museum and two parking garages in close proximity to the building with daily rates under $10.

The Detroit Institute of Arts has been recognized as one of the premier art museums within the USA. It is home to more than 60,000 pieces of art and historical relics including the first Van Gogh painting to become part of a U.S. museum’s collection (Self-Portrait, 1887), the first over-life-size enlargement of Rodin’s “The Thinker” sculpture (1904), and Diego Rivera’s world-renowned “Detroit Industry” murals (1932-33). For more information, visit

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Before teaming up with Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Fred, the ladies of Mystery Inc. were already snooping around their hometown as amateur detectives.  Check out an all new adventure featuring the smart and resourceful women of the iconic Scooby-Doo franchise in the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release of the movie DAPHNE & VELMA. The film starring Sarah Jeffery (Disney's "Descendants: Wicked World") and Sarah Gilman (ABC's “Last Man Standing”), will be available to add to your home entertainment video library on Blu-ray, Digital and DVD beginning May 22, 2018.

State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Jinkies! Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state - lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the next victims?

Find out by using the Mystery Video Decryptor & Soundboard Blog App below.  Help Daphne & Velma solve this case by helping them decrypt some video clues. Dial the knob and meters to just the right position to unlock footage and move to the next challenge. While you are at it trigger fun & spooky sounds right from the movie in the app's soundboard.  Then watch the movie DAPHNE & VELMA to see how everything works out.

PLUS! Watch the Daphne & Velma Slime Lab Video and learn how to make four different kinds of Daphne & Velma slimes with instructions from Velma herself, Sarah Gilman! Kids of all ages will love the gooey slime fun!

So who wants to see this origin story about these two iconic characters that generations of kids have watched in Scooby-Doo cartoons? A Geek Daddy has a Blu-ray of DAPHNE & VELMA to give away to one randomly selected winner.  Just follow my Twitter account @Geekdad248 and retweet the original giveaway message embedded below before 11:59 pm ET on June 3, 2018 for a chance to win.  Must be a United States or Canadian resident over 18 years old to be eligible for this giveaway promotion.

Zikes! Will these meddling kids solve this  zombie mystery?!  Looks like DAPHNE & VELMA will be a fun show to watch with my kids for a family movie night!

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 of Canadian 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. 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.