Do You Wanna Build a Snowflake?


So do ya? They are easy to make and the best part is that it is for a good cause. The Marriott St. Louis Grand and the Children’s Miracle Network are hosting a free family fun event to get into the holiday spirit? Join us as we decorate snowflakes and give back  to Children’s Miracle Network! Space is limited so RSVP here: 

My family and I will be there the day of the event to create our snowflakes and hopefully help others make some awesome flakes as well. At the end of this post check out some of the cool templates I have found for making some incredible designs. I would like to get all of St. Louis Dad’s readers out to the Marriott on December 3rd to show our support for this awesome cause. Not only will you get to make some cool snowflakes but Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen is scheduled to be there. Kid-friendly food and drinks, as well as music and story telling will be available for the kids!

It is important to remember that all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian that is 18 years or older and you must present your voucher to enter. So be sure to RSVP TODAY!!!

Join us Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. for a free family holiday event! Come to decorate snowflakes, enjoy kid-friendly food and drink, music, story telling and even a special guest from Anna and Elsa! For every snowflake made, Marriott St. Louis Grand will donate $1 to Children’s Miracle Network. Space is limited, so sign up for your entry voucher today!

For anyone who cannot attend, the Marriot St. Louis Grand will leave the snowflake wall up all December to collect as many snowflakes as we can. At the end of the month, Marriott will donate that amount to the Children’s Miracle Network. For more information check out the event on Facebook!

As mentioned above, here is a great Pinterest board that I have put together with some fantastic ideas for creating snowflakes. Bring your ideas with you and make something spectacular!

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Worlds of Enchantment with Disney on Ice!

disneyoniceDisney on Ice is back in St. Louis at the Chaifetz Arena! This time the Worlds of Enchantment are coming to the home of Saint Louis University’s Billikens. Join many of your favorite Disney characters as they skate in fantastic choreographed fashion in an awesome family friendly event September 23rd through the 25th! That is plenty of time to pick up tickets to a show that fits into your schedule. Check out Disney on Ice’s website for even more info!

We will be at the show. Both of my kids love every single one of the characters Disney has brought to life. Disney on Ice is a great opportunity for the entire family to see some of their favorites come together in a really cool show. We have been to a few Disney shows and we have never been let down by the work put into such an awesome production. I love the look on both of my kids’ faces when the curtain lifts and the show begins. Like I said we will be there, and if you see me, say hi! I love meeting my readers.

For St. Louis Dad readers I have a special discount code you can use when you purchase your tickets. Save $5 by using the code GDAD when purchasing your tickets!

Discounts are ONLY valid on Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 5pm.

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Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic LIVE ON ICE! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure! Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within. Get warmed up for the show and be your best with exclusive moves taught by the mouse that started it all at Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.


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MaKey MaKey Project!

IMG_3388 Today I had the chance to play with a MaKey MaKey. What is a MaKey MaKey you ask? Well according to their website… “A MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.”

We had gotten a few of these at my work and I asked if I could play around with it to get an idea of what it can do. It is a pretty impressive idea. You take a simple interface such as a keyboard and mouse, strip it down to just a small circuit board. Get some alligator clips and the ideas are endless.

My first thought was to make some sort of game controller. I try to be crafty but sometimes I don’t hit my expectations. This might have been one of those times but still, the results are pretty cool. So I gathered up some extra cardboard from a Frozen toy, Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil, some Play-Doh, and the MaKey MaKey. I planned out how everything would layout on the cardboard. I did however did not account for the fact that whatever layout I do, I need to do it backwards so it appears the correct way on the front of the controller. I forgot that part so my controls are on the reversed sides of where they should be.

IMG_3390Once I had everything planned out I used the aluminum foil and made my pathways. This was pretty simple. I used clear tape to get everything secured. I also poked a small hole through the cardboard where the Play-Doh would attach to the foil.

If you do not have any foil you could use the lead from a pencil. However, I found that using it with the cardboard was not conductive enough for the MaKey MaKey. Paper worked fine, but not the cardboard so much. Which is a shame because I had originally planned to use pencil lead but I had to throw an audible and use some aluminum foil instead.

I also made what I call a “power ring”. For the MaKey MaKey to work properly you have to complete a full circuit. So you have to hold a grounding alligator clip. I found it easier to manipulate everything if I just take a ring of foil and attach the clip to that and then put the ring on my finger, hence “power ring”.

IMG_3392Now that I had my power ring and foil secured to the cardboard I needed to attach my alligator clips to the board and the MaKey MaKey. The MaKey MaKey is labeled so it is best to match that up with your labels on your cardboard leads. Did I mention it’s important to label? If you didn’t label, go ahead and do that now.

With everything labeled and attached it was time to get my controller buttons ready. I used two colors of Play-Doh and molded them into a few different arrows and circles. Then I attached the Play-Doh to the foil sticking out from the holes I poked earlier.

My controller is now complete. I plug in the USB cable to my computer and wait for the basic drivers to load. I fire up an emulator with Tetris running and see if it works. I configure the emulator to use my controller and I try it out. Success! Everything works! So after a few rounds of Tetris I get out the GoPro and record a video of everything you just read. Abby even stopped in to give the new controller a try. Check it out below!

Have you used a MaKey MaKey and made something cool? Tell me about it in the comments below! You can also check out some other really cool projects using things like bananas, humans, stairs, and more! Check them out here in the MaKey MaKey gallery!

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Most Requested Items Before Bedtime in 2014

Any kid will run any errand for you, ifThe data has been thoroughly collected and analyzed and the report is in! Actually, the data in this infographic is not even 100% accurate. It’s also not even 100% true, but it sure feels like it. Just about every night before bedtime it’s always something. Daddy I need water, Daddy I need milk, Daddy I want a snack, Daddy I want to watch Frozen, no not that Frozen I want Frozen SING-A-LONG! It is a never ending battle with my four year old and getting to bed at a decent time. I will say that there are times when she passes out all on her own and I carry her into bed. Those nights are spectacular. There is no having to get additional items just to keep her from throwing a tantrum and waking up her little brother.

“Daddy, can you turn on Frozen?”

So what we have here in this infographic is what I feel are the most requested items before bedtime this past year from my daughter. The big take away is that she watches Frozen far too often. Practically every night she watches the movie at least once. I have slowly but surely gotten her to watch other cartoons/movies, but it’s always her fall back. We of course have two different copies of Frozen. First we have the regular theatrical release and next we have the sing-a-long version. This one has all of the words to the songs at the bottom of the screen. My daughter can barely read, so it is a little odd that this version is requested as often as it is…

“Daddy, I need a snack…”

Next on the list is snacks. Fruit snacks, cookies, muffins, etc… If she doesn’t get something in her belly before bed we will hear about in the middle of the night. Personally, it’s no big deal if she wants a snack before bed. That is completely okay in my book. It’s only a problem when it’s actually time for bed and she’s wanting something else, or better yet, the next item in her request repertoire, milk or water. More often than not it is a request for milk. A drink is okay too, just as long as it doesn’t go to waste (if it’s milk).

“Daddy, strawberry milk please.”

The last item in the pie chart (mmm pie). Is her constant request for additional lighting in the room. It doesn’t matter that she has a night light, nor does it matter that Pawpaw built her a bed with cool Christmas lights built into it as an additional nightlight. To her it’s not enough, she needs more. She would rather sleep with the lights on than even just one turned off. I don’t know if it’s some kind of interrogation technique or what, but she has mastered it.


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