Adventure Kids Playcare Memorial – Grand Opening

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I took the kiddos to Adventure Kids Playcare‘s Grand Opening today. I have heard of Adventure Kids; however, this was our first visit, and this location is the closest to our place. Upon arriving, I was given a very detailed and informative tour of the facility. I appreciate the time the employees took in showing me around and answering all of my questions.

Socks are not required, but shoes are not allowed. Parents can choose to enter barefoot, with socks only, OR they provide shoe covers.

For the grand opening, play time was free. I think normally it is $11/per hours (and $40 per family membership fee). It is designed as a drop off childcare service, but parents can stick around and relax in the parent’s lounge, which has wifi and a television. They offer the kids breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an additional $4. Parents select food choices from a menu or they are welcomed to send the kids with meals from home (no peanuts allowed).

There were plenty of employees around to supervise the kids, but I am not certain I would feel comfortable leaving my kids there. It was overly crowded to the point where I could barely navigate through the building. I couldn’t find my oldest son for about 15-20 minutes, and that put me in an extreme panic mode. The employees were very helpful, especially Tyriek, and we were able to find him hiding in the toddler room. I am not sure if because it was the grand opening and the food and activities were free, and that’s why it was so crowded? I’ll have to visit at another time and access. I’d imagine they have a maximum capacity.

The facility has a parent’s lounge, a birthday/events room, a separate area for toddlers, an area for babies, a pretend-play section, soft playscape, basketball game, air hockey, and a ping-pong table. They also have a kitchen where they prepare the meals and snacks.

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I found the staff to be quite pleasant. The grand opening was wonderful. We arrived right at 1pm when the event started and stayed for a few hours. There were two face-painters, balloon animals, characters from Black Panther, an animal exhibit (although we didn’t stay long as the room got too hot and crowded, but my son got to hold a snake around his neck and also hold a tortoise), and lots of food (chicken, fish, pizza, hotdogs, burgers, salad, cookies, cotton candy, and MUCH more).

My kids really enjoyed themselves so I may add it to our “things to do around Houston” list. I could see myself having to finish up on work and taking them while I sit in the parent’s lounge with my laptop.

Disney Trip Update

I was able to snag “Free” dining for our upcoming Disney World vacation! I literally pulled an all-nighter to be among the first to catch this deal. It was intense! Guess who hung in there with me? My sweet Jayden Baby. We even ordered pizza at around 11PM.

Disney released the free dining promotion at 3AM CST, and the package offerings were extremely limited. I actually have changed my resort/package 12x, and yes, you have to pay a $200 deposit each time. It’s refundable, of course, but you can only imagine what my statement looked like with me changing multiple times daily.

Our trip total is just over $2,000 for 8 days! This includes a moderate room on-site, park hopper tickets, 1 quick service meal, 1 counter table meal, and one snack per day. Because we saved so much by getting free dining, we also opted to fly instead of drive. Renting an SUV for 10 days would have been $360 (not including gas). The flight was $1,000 but it saves time because instead of 16+ hours, we will arrive in just 2.5 hours. We also won’t be exhausted beyond belief by the time we arrive. We are flying with Southwest so we will also get a total of 8 checked bags for FREE. “If it’s free, it’s for me. If I gotta pay, no way!”

I actually think I may be more excited about the trip than the kids. Whenever RaShad is bored, he asks, “Can I watch Disney World stuff?” My face lights up! Music to my ears lol. I’ve also purchased him a few Disney World books as well as our continued Disney movie nights every Friday. By the time September rolls around, he is going to be extremely knowledgeable about Disney and the characters.

Another way I plan to save money is by giving the kids Tinkerbell gifts (also will help with behavior). Whenever I see something Disney themed, specifically with Mickey Mouse, I purchase it. I’ve found amazing deals from Party City, Target (dollar spot), and Dollar Tree. I’m hoping the kids will get these gifts and not feel the need to buy so many souvenirs. I do have a few gift cards left over so they will each get $50 to spend on whatever they want.

Only 120 days until Disney

Disney Themed Teacher’s Appreciation Week

This week was Teacher’s Appreciation Week, and I wanted to do something really special for RaShad’s teacher. She is AMAZING, and our family really appreciates her. I started brainstorming ideas over a month ago and changed my mind just 2 weeks before. I mean, it only makes sense to do a Disney theme since we are planning a Disney vacation in a few months and have Disney on the brain. She knows we’re in Disney mode as RaShad is constantly talking about our trip, and we have a Disney movie night every single Friday night. I took some of my favorite quotes from Disney movies and tied them together with a gift.

Monday: Alice in Wonderland
Quote: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” 

Gift: Breakfast – banana, muffin, yogurt

Alice in Wonderland themed gift | GirlGoneHouston.com

Tuesday: Cinderella 

Quote: “Well there’s one thing. They can’t order me to stop dreaming. “

Gift: Sleeping Kit – slippers, nightlight, towel, eye mask, loofa 

Cinderella themed gift | GirlGoneHouston.com

Wednesday: Ratatouille  

Quote: “This much I know. If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.”

Gift: Mickey Mouse decorated chocolate covered Oreos

Ratatouille Themed Gift/ Mickey Mouse Chocolate Oreos | GirlGoneHouston.com

Thursday: Frozen

Quote: “Some people are worth melting for” 

Gift: Ice Cream Kit – cones, wooden spoons, “Frozen” decorated bowls, caramel & chocolate, blue and silver candies, sprinkles

Disney's Frozen themed gift; DIY Ice Cream Kit | GirlGoneHouston.com

Friday: Snow White

Quote: “Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine”

Gift: Basket of sunshine – everything I could find that was yellow

Snow White themed gift\Box of Sunshine | GirlGoneHouston.com