Bavarian Inn Lodge: Exclusive Stay Discount! (Michigan)

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Living in mid-Michigan has it’s advantages.  One in particular is our proximity to Frankenmuth, a unique town with distinct Bavarian influences.  The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River, is in Frankenmuth and also one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants. The Lodge’s expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor.


The Bavarian Inn Lodge is so much more than a place to stay. Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.



And to help you make your own fun family memories, Don’t Make Me Nuts readers will receive an exclusive discount of $35 off a stay at the Bavarian Inn Lodge for Any Pool Access, Pool Level or Suite OR $25 OFF – Any Standard or Balcony Guest Room (w/Two Double Beds or One King Bed) Code #1239JD Call (855) 421-1366 valid through Dec 25, 2015 (excludes all blackout dates, log on to Bavarian Inn Lodge’s website and click on blackout dates under the stay drop down).

Keep an eye out for the details of our own trip in the coming weeks!

Michigan Renaissance Festival: Our Day Trip

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Nestled deep in the woods of Holly, Michigan, you’ll find fairies, knights, kings, queens, Celtic music, and pickles. Pickles? Oh yes, pickles. Big ones, too.  You may have to endure some yelling to get one, but we all agree it’s worth it…except my daughter.  Not only did the sun give her a run for her money this year, she did not like being yelled at…and for pickles, for that matter.  She can scarcely understand why anyone would put up with that to get one.  “Gross.”, she said, but my son?  Yes, you can see by the look on his face that this is going to be his first win of the day courtesy of the pickle cart near the entrance of the Michigan Renaissance Festival.  It’s our annual Labor Day event that welcomes the coming fall season.  The weather usually cooperates with our intent.  It’s sunny, but cool and breezy.  The leaves rustle on the trees warning us that they’re aging and starting to dry and turn.  We stroll along, listening to their song until we hear others on our path…



Silent Lion.  They’re arguably one of my son’s favorite things about the Renaissance Festival.  Mine, too.  Their haunting melodies pluck the strings of my son’s Mitchell heart.  He could stay here all day.  He has purchased a couple of their CD’s over the years and listens to them all year long.


And while music may not seem the most child friendly activity for very active children (ahem, or my baby), making wax hand keepsakes most definitely is.  Each year, the kids get to pick a keepsake to remind them of our trip.  I won’t go through all the things they’ve bought in years past, but  my son got a wooden axe last year.  My daughter got a beautiful headband.  This year, they both wanted wax hands.  I’m not particularly thrilled with the choice as they lack a great deal of durability, but we’ll do our best to keep them intact.   I have to tell you something about this picture of my son, too.  When we were looking at these, my daughter said, “Thomas looks scared.”  I said, “Really?  I thought he looked mad.”  I told her to go ask him what he was thinking.  He said he was scared because the wax was under his fingernails.  He was also worried about tree nuts.  So much for being Mom.  His little sister is much more perceptive than I.   Their closeness astounds me sometimes.



He IS happy here, though.  (Good call, Mom.)  There is so much for kids to do here and so much of it is free.  I’ll give you a short list of our favorite freebies in a minute.    My kids had a blast racing turtles.  You can’t see the turtles, but my daughter lost this race.  I love this picture because you can see that the people who work here are top notch.  They’re always willing to help and they deal with loads of people each and every day.


My little gymnast wants me to share this with you because she made it to the top without falling off.  She tipped, but righted herself and kept going…and with flip flops even!  She’s 100% my husband because this is totally NOT me.  I am 0% athletic, coordinated or anything else along those lines.



My tiny princess came home with a stash of magical coins that she’s keeping in the top drawer of her dresser.  She’s so proud of them.



And among the numerous activities is an educational one!  Aaah yes, this is gold to a homeschooling Mom.  My kids loved the Glass Blowing demonstration and it’s completely free!  And here the short list of some of our favorite freebies.  50 kid friendly freebies are listed in the weekly schedule, too:

    • Puppet Show in the Children’s Realm
    • Make a Magic Wand in the Children’s Realm
    • Dance with the Maypole Dancers
    • Pet a Jousting Horse at the Stables in the Valley of Aberdare
    • Make bubbles with the Bubble Fairy
    • Watch the Joust
    • Find a Gem in the Gem Mine
    • Meet a Mermaid
    • Sprinkled with Fairy Dust by a Fairy

The fairy dust sprinkling brings me to another story. Each year, for as long as my daughter can remember, she looks for the “Green Fairy.” Maybe you’ve seen her. She has long blond hair and we often see her sitting near the entrance. My daughter hugs her and talks with her for a few minutes. When she leaves, the fairy gives her a sprinkle of fairy gems for her tiny hand. She puts them in her pocket, and then transfers them to a small, sparkly change purse she keeps under her pillow. The gems keep her from having bad dreams. They must work quite well because she rarely has a bad night.


There is so much more to do here than the few things I’ve mentioned.  The days are action packed with themed events that change each weekend.  You could spend the entire weekend here and still not see every show, take in every event, or eat in every location either!  There is so much to see and do.  Keep in mind, however, not every event is child friendly – particularly after 5pm.  These are noted in the schedule, so be mindful of that if you have small children.  We’ve never had any difficulty avoiding anything we feel is questionable.



And now, it is with great melancholy that I bid another summer farewell. They come and go so quickly nowadays. If you haven’t attended yet this year, you have one more very sweet weekend in which to do so. The Sweet Endings themed weekend is October 3 & October 4th. They’re also open on Friday, October 2nd. Renew your vows for free and/or score some free samples of chocolate in the Valley of Aberdare. You can also take in the Cupcake Crusades or the Cake Dive for brides-to-be. A ticket purchase will also net you a free beverage this weekend. Check out my previous post to save $3 on an adult admission ticket or a free child ticket with adult ticket purchase, too.

Note: If you have nut allergies, be aware that there are roasted nut carts at this event.    

Michigan Renaissance Festival: $3 Off Admission or Free Child Ticket Offer!

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The smell of incense.  Fairy dust.   Jousting.  Turkey legs.  Pickle insults.  Axes, purses, dresses and honey are just a few of the wonderful goods you’ll find…along with lots and lots of laughs.  Yes, if you’ve been to the Michigan Renaissance Festival, these are very familiar, smile inducing memories.  They are to us, too.  Each year, we round out our annual birthday celebration for the kids on Labor Day weekend with a Monday trip to the Renaissance Festival. It’s a tradition.


If you’ve never been, you’ve got to take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 37th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside the turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience! The festival runs on weekends and Labor Day from August 22nd thru October 4th! Festival Friday will be October 2nd this year.

And my fellow Michiganders, I happen to have a money saving deal just for you!  Don’t Make Me Nuts readers save $3 Off Gate Admission! With this Coupon, receive $3 off an Adult Admission or a FREE child ticket with the purchase of an Adult Ticket. Not Valid with any other offers.  August 22nd thru October 4th, 10am – 7pm, Rain or Shine! FREE Parking.


Michigan Renaissance Festival

12600 Dixie Hwy
Holly, MI 48442

New IHG Summer Share Forever Rewards Program! Plus, A Giveaway and My IHG Hotel Experience!

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Holland Harbor Light 2

You may remember that last summer we took the kids on vacation across the state to Grand Haven and Holland, Michigan to celebrate my son’s ability to travel now that he doesn’t have peanut restrictions anymore.  This was our first trip of its kind with the kids.  Ever.  And it was fabulous. And while we were determined not just to give the kids a great time (our main goal), we also didn’t want to have to worry about where we were staying.   After all, they were predicting rain off and on and we knew that might mean spending some more time in the hotel or doing indoor activities.

Well, in planning our trip, I did what you probably do – looked on one of those sites that has hotel listings for a particular area, searched, came up with some low rates, then proceeded to look at hotel ratings to find the best deal for a quality stay.    Know what I came up with?  The Holiday Inn Express in Grand Rapids.

Holiday Inn Express Pool

And as it turns out, booking directly through IHG got us a lower rate than a third party site AND introduced us to the IHG® Rewards Club.   Actually, they guarantee the lowest rate anywhere or you get a free night.  And let me tell you, if you’re planning on taking any trips at all this summer, this is a reward program you need to know about because it’s a perk that makes having the lowest price room even better.

IHG® is a global company with 9 hotel brands, over 4,800 hotels and nearly 674,000 rooms in nearly 100 countries around the world including the familiar Holiday Inn (Express and Resort, too), Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites,  and more. I have to tell you that we were so impressed with our stay.  We reserved the King Two Room Suite since my mother was traveling with us and wanted her own room.  Not only was the entire hotel spotless, they opened the pool area early for us, so the kids could go swimming.  It was like having our own private, clean, and warm pool each morning.


And the bed?  OK, don’t laugh.  If I just tell you it’s the best bed I’ve ever slept on, you probably won’t believe me.  I dug up this OLD email from last November that I wrote to Holiday Inn asking them about the mattress at that location.  My husband and I loved it THAT much. So, if you’ve got some Summer Bucket List activities that’ll take you out of town, you’ll want to register now and make your guaranteed lowest price reservations because they’ve got a new promotion this summer that’ll earn you even MORE points.

As if the lowest price room guarantee isn’t enough, IHG has a new “Share Forever” Summer Promotion that allows members to earn points for their stay as well as share additional points with family and friends! Here is how it works:

  • Earn 500 Points for your next IHG hotel stay from May 1, 2015 – September 2, 2015
  • Earn another 500 points for that same hotel stay to share with another member! (Or keep the points for yourself!)
  • Earn from 68,500 to 115,500 “Share Forever” bonus points plus a maximum 58,500 bonus points to share, or keep.

IHG® Rewards Club gives you more options and more places to use your points. That’s just part of the reason it’s an award-winning hotel loyalty program and chosen by more guests worldwide than any other. Signing up at is completely free.  And I have to mention that, in addition to the summer program, you’ll also be privy to these member only benefits all the time:

    • The lowest hotel price on their site or you’ll get a free night’s stay. (This is so important!)
    • Points Redemption is ridiculously flexible. I’ll explain…

You can redeem your points for:

  • Reward Nights – Use your points to stay at any of their hotels worldwide with no blackout dates.
  • Shopping – They have an online catalog where you can purchase all sorts of products , jewelry, electronics with your points – from Under Armour goodies to an iPad, Samsonite Luggage, Camping Equipment, Golf Clubs, and more.  Points are plentiful, too.  With the points we earned last year in our 3 day stay, I could redeem them for several different items if I choose.
  • Exchange your points for Gift Cards
  • Exchange them for Airline Miles (over 200 airlines), Hotel Stays or Car Rentals – or all of them if you have enough for a free trip!
  • and more!

Join now below to start earning points and be entered to win up to 1,000 points to use on your next stay! It’s completely free to join.

IHG Share Forever Summer Rewards Program

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My Weekend Trip: Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, and St. Ignace

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We went “up north” this past weekend, as we Michiganders say, and stayed in Mackinaw City at the Bridge Vista Beach Hotel with an indoor waterpark for the kiddies.    The sunset looked like this every night we were there.  Lovely.




The water was surprisingly shallow on our beach, which was the only one on the strip, I might add.  The rest of the coastline wasn’t cleared beach.  I think they must have trucked in sand or something because people were WAY far out and it was only waist high.  No, I wasn’t one of them.  I’m not that brave.  After all, it is Lake Huron, and I have great respect for ALL water.  We had so much fun, though.  My crazy kids.  This particular evening event wasn’t planned.  They just decided to go to the beach after dinner.  One. More. Time.  Who am I to split hairs?  It’s only water.   It’s only bargain clothing.  They’ll only be 5 and 9 once.





The next morning, we took the ferry to Mackinac Island and it was the first time both of my children have been on a boat.  My tiny girl looked around for a while and then closed her eyes and started to sing.   She sang songs most of the way there.   She enjoyed that ride so very much.

On the island, we took a taxi to the fort, watched some re-enactments, and saw a canon firing.    Should you ever visit  Mackinac Island, you might want to consider a taxi vs. a tour.  The taxi to the fort was scenic (both up and down) and cost much less than a $120+ 1 hour tour of the island.    That is, if you don’t want to hike the hill to get up there or anywhere else, which you’re certainly welcome to do.  We brought my 81 year old Mom along, so a taxi was a must.



In St. Ignace, we had breakfast at the Hillside House Restaurant, visited the Mystery Spot, and spent a good deal of time at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture.  Surprisingly, these few things took most of the day, so we headed back to the hotel for a swim and more time on the beach.   For as little as we seemed to do, we thoroughly enjoyed our time together, and the weather was phenomenal.

What else matters, right?

Well, there is one problem.  All the deals I had ready for you didn’t get posted.  Meh, it’s ok.  We’ll pick up and move on from here.  After all, it’s summer.

So with that, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled program!  Well, sort of…

Groupon: $25 for $50 Deal to the Oakland County Fair! Includes Tickets for 4 Grandstand Event Admission & Parking! (Michigan)

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When  summer comes rolling around, there is nothing my son talks about more than the County Fair!  And if you’re a Michigan reader in the Oakland County area, you can snag a great Groupon that’ll save HALF on one of their fabulous annual Grandstand Events!

$25 will get us $50 in tickets for 4 admissions to any Grandstand Event and Parking at the Oakland County Fair!


Grandstand events occur on the following days:

  • Saturday, July 5, at 7 p.m.: Off-Road Demo Derby
  • Sunday, July 6, at 6 p.m.: Figure 8 Race
  • Monday, July 7, at 7 p.m.: Nashville in the Neighborhood
  • Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m.: Super-Kicker Rodeo
  • Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m.: Super-Kicker Rodeo
  • Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m.: Night of Destruction
  • Friday, July 11, at 7 p.m.: Figure 8 Championship
  • Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m.: Monster Trucks
  • Sunday, July 13, at noon: Firefighters Jackpot Muster & Antique Fire-Truck Show

Details:  Expires Jul 13th, 2014. Limit 2 per person. Redeem starting 7/5 for a ticket at venue. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Springfield Oaks County Park. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Oakland County Fair’s current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. For ADA accommodations, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher – availability is limited. Subject to weather conditions. Children 5 and under are free. Must use promotional value in 1 visit.
Student, senior, and military discounted tickets are available but this Groupon still offers the best deal available. Children 6–14 receive discounted $5 tickets and children 5 and under are free.

My Mother’s Day Weekend!

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 Holland Harbor Light 2


I’ve been gone with my family this weekend!  Before I get back to work, I want to share a few pictures with you and tell you about our trip.

We originally planned to go to the Tulip Time Festival and the Nelis Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan.  That didn’t quite work out.  We went to the carnival in downtown Holland, but never saw any impressive fields of tulips.  Now, if you’re a fellow Michigander, you can likely tell me exactly where they are.  Haha! We sure didn’t see them!  We did enjoy touring downtown Holland, though.

So, the carnival is what we decided to do on Friday after we ended up at the Boardwalk Deli in Saugatuck, a wonderfully beautiful place, by the way.  I regret not having dinner in that town.  Ahem, I should point out that we were actually trying to go to the Boardwalk in Grand Haven to see the lighthouse and Musical Fountain.  Siri got it wrong and my husband didn’t catch it.  Neither did I.  Mom, who came along on the trip, didn’t know what was happening either.   We were all completely taken with the scenery.

The kids had a fabulous time, though.  I mean, a carnival before Memorial Day?  Get outta town!  That’s just not typical around these parts.  They were thrilled and had a blast.


Photo Credit: Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Saturday was a completely different story.  We started out early and made it to Grand Haven.  After all, it wasn’t THAT far from where we were staying – about 20ish minutes.  This is a MUST SEE location.  We’re all ready to move here.  We walked through the town including the lovely Central Park, where the kids smelled all of the tulips.  We shopped, ate lunch, and  stopped at the Grand Haven State Park.  It was cold, though, so we decided not to stay very long.   Work crews were putting together the play structures for the kids, but the swings were available.  That made my daughter happy, momentarily, before she got too cold.  On the other hand, I had a decent view of the lighthouse, but I couldn’t get close enough to take a clean shot.  It was just too windy and cold for me.   Plus, it’s scary.  Why?  Well, I love the water, but I have a healthy respect for it after nearly drowning twice in my youth.   That said, I want you to take a close look at  that picture above, and look for a rail of some kind.  Don’t see one?  Yep, that’s because there isn’t one.

I have a 5 year old.

I have a 9 year old.

My 9 year old is like me – apprehensive and cautious about everything.  I don’t worry much about him.  My daughter, on the other hand, would walk right down to that edge and fall or jump in.   There. is. no. guard. rail. of. ANY. kind.  And my daughter is completely convinced she’s a skilled swimmer.   She routinely scares the life out of me.  You have no idea.  I wouldn’t take her there for anything.  And if you have a risk-taker like me, I wouldn’t advise you to take yours there either.   Even with the best life jacket, the water is so cold right now that….well, I don’t even want to venture down that other slippery slope.

But, you know me, I worked in the pharmaceutical field for MANY years before becoming a stay-at-home Mom.  I view everything through the medical lens of potential danger.

Holland Harbor Light

After leaving Grand Haven, we decided to venture down to the Holland State Park to view this beauty – the Holland Harbor Light.  And yes, the same is true here in terms of danger.  There is a rail, but it has breaks in it.  It doesn’t exist in other places, so this is not a safe location for little ones at all.   It is so beautiful, though, and  warm by comparison to Grand Haven – and it’s not that far from it.   I’m sure you’re wondering how this is possible.  Yeah, I wondered that, too.  My husband said it was because it was later in the day.  One hour, my friends, if that.  It was one hourish later.  The shift in temperature was at LEAST 10 degrees.  So when we got home yesterday, I did some digging.  I’ll tell you about that in a minute.

Now, both beaches have this wonderful sand.  Oh my, it is lovely.  When we got to the HSP, the work crews were removing the snow fences, bulldozing the banks, and flattening the sand.  We had to climb over the ridges to get to the water.  For my 81 year old mother, this was a bit challenging, but she is the most determined person I know.  I cannot tell you how nice it was for all of us to be there for this.  There were just a few people here, and we had a wonderful opportunity to just ‘be’, enjoy the warmth, and watch them prepare for the summer season.    My daughter and I picked up shells and pebbles that had not yet been churned under by thousands of bare feet.   This is a memory I will cherish always.


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And once again, because I spent too many years in college, I went hunting for a reason WHY it was so much warmer in Holland.  Well, take a look at that dark brown area on the left of the mitten in the above map.  The white dot is the Holland State Park.  The arrows show the general current direction in the lake that corresponds to the wind direction.  In Holland, this is generally West to East.  In the Grand Haven area (the lighter brown area just north of the dark brown area), it can be West to East or Northwest to Southeast.  I can tell you that the wind in Grand Haven was out of the Northwest – and colder.  The variability is astounding if you’re not familiar with the area, which I am not.  I was only acutely aware of the extreme difference in temperature.  And while I’m at it,  I’d also like to point out that the very dark brown area in the Holland State Park corresponds to the number of current related accidents.   You can read more about that here.  Of course, (unlike me) keep in mind that this park sees nearly 2 million visitors each year, and that this chart represents an 11 year span of time.

My Guys at Holland State Park

We spent the entire afternoon at the Holland State Park, and it wasn’t long enough.    This is my husband and my son walking along the beach.   My daughter, in the blue shirt, is off to the right feeding a duck.  The lovely people seated next to her gave her a small piece of bread.  My girlie has never been so close to a duck.  As usual, she wanted to hug it and hold it.  For her, that was the highlight of the day.  For me, it was being with my most favorite people, and being able to share this Mother’s Day weekend experience with them.     I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I can’t wait for our next adventure.

Giveaway: LEGO® KidsFest Tickets (Michigan)

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LEGO KidsFest


Saturday Session 1 is at limited availability and Saturday Session 2 is SOLD OUT!

LEGO® KidsFest is returning to Michigan!  If you’ve got a LEGO fan,  you will not want to miss this event taking place at  the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, April 25 – 27, 2014!

And if you aren’t familiar with it, LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

It’s LEGO heaven for kids, and the event includes these fun interactive stations and MORE:

LEGO Model Museum
It’s a photo worthy area that allows you to see just what can be built using LEGO® bricks.

LEGO Club & Master Builder Academy
This is the inside connection to becoming a LEGO Master Builder.  It’ll provide new skills and techniques that will help your child become a better LEGO artist.  It’s educational, too, as it sneaks in a basic understanding of engineering to assist them in constructing the sturdiest, stable towers and more.

There are only 7 Master Model Builders in North America and two of them will be in Michigan for LEGO KidsFest!

The LEGO Movie

LEGO Mixels
Meet the new, goofy characters with their own unique strengths and weaknesses that come together for fun adventures.

Brick Battle Zone
Get your challenge ON and show your skills!  Participate in Relay Races, Tower Speed Builds and Bridge Building contests.

LEGO Castle
Build an impenetrable  fortress with other Knights and Damsels to defend the kingdom.

Challenge Zone
The LEGO emcee challenges you to build!  From your favorite fast food item to zoo animals, your creativity will be put to the test!

And 18 more fabulous stations including LEGO Ninjago®, LEGO Hero®, LEGO Chima®, LEGO Friends®, and much more!


Friday, April 25
4 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 26
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm – LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

Sunday, April 27
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm

One of our fabulous DoNuts readers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, April 25,  2014   (4-8:30pm).  I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook and Twitter  for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.    Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG on Wednesday, April 2!

Enter HERE

As I mentioned, this event has been selling out in prior cities, so purchase your tickets early if you plan to attend!

Disclosure I am a U.S. Family Guide Blogger.  While I received no financial compensation for this, I received four complimentary tickets to the opening night session on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 4-8:30pm and two tickets to give away to a lucky reader.  The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own.

Groupon: $25 for $50 Oakland County Fair Tickets, Event & Parking! (Michigan Only)

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When  summer comes rolling around, there is nothing my son talks about more than the County Fair!  And if you’re a Michigan reader in the Oakland County area, you can snag a great Groupon that’ll save HALF on this fabulous annual event!

$25 will get us $50 in tickets for 4, admission to any Grandstand Event, and Parking at the Oakland County Fair!


  • $25 for admission for four (up to a $40 value) with parking (a $10 value) for any grandstand event at the 2013 county fair (up to a $50 total value)
  • When: Any date between Friday, July 5, and Sunday, July 14
  • Where: Springfield Oaks County Park
  • Door time: General admission begins in the morning, and grandstand events begin at 7 p.m., except the family contests at 12:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Limit 2 per person. Redeem starting 7/5 for a ticket at venue. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Springfield Oaks County Park.
  • Refundable only on day of purchase.
  • Subject to weather conditions.
  • Children 5 and under are free.
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit.


Grandstand events occur on the following days:

  • Friday, July 5: Off-Road Demo Derby
  • Saturday, July 6: Figure Eight Race
  • Tuesday, July 9: Rodeo
  • Wednesday, July 10: Rodeo
  • Thursday, July 11: Demo Derby Night of Destruction
  • Friday, July 12: Figure Eight Race Championship
  • Saturday, July 13: Monster Trucks

Student, senior, and military discounted tickets are available but this Groupon still offers the best deal available. Children 6–14 receive discounted $5 tickets and children 5 and under are free.