In our new series Been There, Friend of the Blog, Kate tells us about taking her 3 kiddos to the Grand Opening of a new Lego shop in Eugene.
Here's her report :)
Name of the place you visited:
Bricks & Minifigs Eugene
How did you hear about it?
What made you want to check it out?
People in many of my social media communities were SUPER excited about it. There is a store like Bricks & Minifigs in Corvallis (Brick Circuit) that some friends had visited and enjoyed, so they were eager to have one here.
Best thing about Bricks and Minifigs:
You can build you own Minifig for just $4. The kids loved picking a head, body, pants, hat/hair, and accessory. Plus extra accessories are just .50 each, so I got to be the fun parent and say yes to extras without breaking the bank.
Not so great thing about it:
The set prices seemed a bit high (but I tend to stock up from big box stores during sales, so I’m cheap).
Who should check it out?
I'd totally tell parents with Lego enthusiast kids, or grandparents, fun aunts/uncles wanting to treat kids to a new toy to go here.
Here's more about what I really think:
We went on opening day and it was PACKED. I was excited to see just how many lego fans live in Eugene. They had it really well staffed, so the checkout line moved swiftly and all our question were easily answered.
My girls were quick finishing building their Minifigs so they enjoyed playing at a duplo play table, and grandma was able to sit on the comfy seating right next to them. My 5 year old took his time building his Minifig and then had a blast digging around in the bulk bins with his dad making a spaceship.
They’ve got different sized containers/bags so you can buy pieces from the bulk bin. They also were really happy to have kids/adult just playing in the bins. It's rare that I take all 3 kids into a store and don’t feel in the way or annoying at some point, and we NEVER got that vibe here. We will for sure be back.
They’re working on a birthday party option! Much to the delight of my kids, the hold up on the party room is that they need to cut a hole in the wall between their store and party space. We heard that they will have more info and pricing up as soon as they get the door in.
They share a free parking lot with several restaurants, so I can see it being crowded at peak meal times, but there is also free street parking.
You choose! You could look and spent nothing, get a minifig for $4 (or more if you want a specific/rare one), or spend hundreds on epic sets.
Age recommendation: All ages!
Bricks and Minifigs Eugene
780 Blair Boulevard (by Laughing Planet)
Thanks so much, Kate!
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Today we are excited to hear from a new contributor to the GoMomGo blog, Chris Tee.
I LOVE gifts! Who doesn't love receiving gifts? They certainly do stir up the happiness flutters in me. But like every other tangible gift received and exposed to every day, appreciation for it gets lost and the gift itself eventually becomes background; it becomes obsolete.
Experiential gifts on the other hand affect us differently. They deliver a different kind of happiness--a more enduring happiness.
This will be our second year of giving experience gifts to our children. We are giving coupons for a fun local activities to do. For us it's a way of modeling appreciation for what we already have and recognizing how happiness cannot be found in acquiring more stuff.
Here's to having less to experience more.
A few questions for Chris about her family's Experiential Gifts tradition:
How did you decide what kinds of experiences to put on the tags?
This year my husband and I randomly chose to give seven gifts that could be experienced in town. All the gifts foster connection, fun, conversation/discussion, and trust.
Our experiential gifts this year are:
How do you give the tags?
The tags will be placed in their stockings on Christmas Eve and will be discovered by the kids on Christmas morning.
How did you make the tags?
I found goodie bag tags in the holiday section at Walmart and used those but you could find a group of gift tags at lots of stores, write on them, and then embellish them. I included little drawings of each activity.
Could you share an experience from when you did this last year?
Last year's gift was a bit larger scaled. The kids were 2 and 5 and had no idea what Great Wolf Lodge was, they were simply happy to discover an embellished piece of card stock paper with a hand drawn wolf paw print in their stocking. We also threw in tiny gifts like chapstick and small crafts. We filled Christmas day with crafting, going on a walk along the river path, making Christmas pizza, and drinking hot chocolate. Great Wolf Lodge was a fun four-day family experience the following week, which was followed by a short stay in Portland to play at OMSI, play downtown, and visit the grandparents.
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Chris!
We love how this can be scaled up or down in terms of budget or time & how it can be tailored to any experience you'd like to have with your kiddos. We also love how the tags don't have to be super crafty or fancy. They can be, but what's written on them is the important part. Enjoying time together is wonderful!
Some other Experiential Gift ideas we brainstormed:
Share your own idea in the comments!
We love to hear what you think!
Chris is a wife and a stay at home mom of two children. She and her family enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping, playing games, and exploring new places together. Chris writes about marriage and parenting, and shares about her insights on her personal struggles with the intention that others might find validation, encouragement, and perspective.
Read more posts from Chris here.
Today we are talking to Aloma Murray about the Sprout Children's Business Expo. Around GoMomGo HQ we are super excited about the Expo. It is going to be such a fun event!
The Sprout Children's Expo is....
an opportunity for children to experience what it's like to be a vendor, to create a product or service and offer it for sale to the public. This experience is meant to encourage kids to explore their passions and think about how they can create their own income doing something they love.
I got the idea to start the Expo when...
I wanted to create an experience for my kids to be their own boss and earn some of their own money. I realized there wasn't much out there as far as education and encouragement for becoming a business owner. It is such an important option kids should know about and have the opportunity to explore.
I wanted to focus on child run businesses because... I think kids are amazing and creative and I think it's fantastic to help empower them now, while they are young, and provide them with opportunities to be in charge and make decisions and make mistakes.
The Expo is for people who... want to shop for unique locally made items made by kids, and for kids want to create a product or offer a service for sale. The Expo is for kids who want to explore entrepreneurship and experience what it's like to be the vendor.
I want shoppers to know that...
the Expo is going to be full of amazing items. These kids are so talented and creative. I will be doing my holiday shopping at this event for sure and will be so excited to share not only the items with the people I gift them to but also the story behind who made it, how old they are and what their goals are for their business. I encourage people to come and shop for themselves, for their holiday gifts, and particularly to take the time to chat with these kids. Ask them what their goals are, how they came up with the idea, why they chose to make this particular item this way.
My big dream for the Expo is...
I would love to see this become a semi-annual event with ongoing workshops and education throughout the year.
You should come to the Expo because...
it will be a one of kind opportunity to purchase local kid made products and support and encourage them. Bring your kids and maybe it will inspire them to see other children their age making and selling their own products. It will be inspiring and a lot of fun.
Sprout Children's Business Expo
Friday, December 1
207 East 5th Street, Eugene
Suite 220 (upstairs)
Can't wait to see you there!
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Time to be a Hero!
You know that part in Elf where Buddy & his stepbrother drag home a giant tree to decorate? And then it cuts to his dad's wife, Emily saying to his dad, 'I don't see what the big deal is, they were just having a little fun.' And then Buddy's dad has a little melt down? While I really hope my kids never bring home any part of our local park beyond pine cones, I admire Emily's outlook on Buddy. She just loves him where he's at: an adult child in green tights who thinks Candy Canes are a major food group.
The holidays are such a good time to keep that in mind & love the people in our lives right where they are, giant bags of maple syrup spaghetti and all :)
I love how Christmas movies create such a sense of tradition and nostalgia! Today we get to share a new movie that should be given the chance to join the classics on your family's list.
The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.
THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS releases in theaters on November 22.
While we're at it, who would love to add to their favorite holiday movie tradition with some new DVD's? The stars of The Man Who Invented Christmas, Christopher Plummer & Dan Stevens, are no strangers to being a part of lovely holiday classics. I mean, come on! Captain Von Trapp & The Beast? Love!
Tell us your very favorite movie to watch as the holidays approach & you'll be entered to win this awesome three pack of movies on DVD! The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, & A Christmas Carol could all be yours!
This contest ends Sunday night at 6pm.
When the fall air turns crisp and the leaves look like a Rainbow floating through the air, my need to get crafty with my children is strong! What amazing foggy mornings and beautiful afternoon sunshine we have been experiencing this last few weeks in the southern end of the Willamette Valley! A friend of mine all the way in New Hampshire shared with me a craft she was doing with her two precious loves and I decided this was the year we would try dipping leaves in beeswax to preserve them.
As we move towards Thanksgiving I always get a little sad to put away the fun décor and long for the color explosion out my window to not dwindle. Dipping leaves in Beeswax provides a sensory experience for the young and the old to enjoy and is fairly low cost and easy to do!
Around 30 minutes to dip the leaves depending on the quantity you dip. I hope your walks, drives, or bike rides to collect leaves last much longer! Let your children pick the most beautiful and perfect leaves!
An array of beautiful fall leaves
Fishing line or yarn
Beeswax pearls or pucks
Tips and Tricks:
I found little hockey puck pieces of Beeswax at Sundance Market on 24th and Hillyard. You can also find beeswax at Capella, Market of Choice, Whole Foods, Glory Bee, and Hummingbird Wholesale.
Really, out your door and throughout your neighborhood I am certain you will find plenty. However some very beautiful places to visit this time of year include:
Enjoy creating some festive fun with your sweetie pies!
Erinmarie Langsdorf is the mama of two sweet kiddos. She is a science teacher, turned stay at home mom who would not ever dream of letting grass grow under her feet. Erin's family loves good food & all the outdoors Eugene and the surrounding area graciously gives for FREE. Watch for more from Erin as she shares awesome kid friendly meals & all she's learned & loves about cargo biking!
Today we get to giveaway a 4 ticket Family Pack to Saturday's event!
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