Welcome to the Mommy's (and Daddy's) Guide!
Here we post exciting things for parents that are inexpensive,
free (our favorite), or so awesome that it doesn't matter
how much it costs!We list the week's events and places
to go, review the ones we've gone to, and tell you about
the ideas we think are important as parents.We are based
in Lynbrook NY and our listings are always local- mostly
Long Island (usually Nassau County), sometimes the city,
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The Mommy's Guide GIFT GUIDE! TOYS!!!!

      Ah Toys, there are soo many out there that it may be hard to pick amongst them to find the perfect fit for your families- However, have no fear because The Mommy's Guide is here with our TOP PICKS of this years hottest toys. Now, I need to start out being very honest- these were sent to us for review-that does not mean they get an automatic listing on our Gift Guide, Oh no. We spend endless hours playing with these items, making sure they are the perfect fit for families with children for all ages. We make sure they are durable, fun, and enhances your child's play in one way or another.  Only the best of the best have made it on our list- and they are awesome guys. Like really really awesome- Like seriously guys....you know what I should just get started. So here it goes!

1- Kinetic Sand- Build N Float: If you guys are familiar with this product then you are well aware that it deserves to be on this list, Easy to clean, keeps the kids occupied for hours, and priced just right not to blow your budget. Plus the added bonus of the sand being able to float! .....Read our full review!

2- Colorforms:  They are back baby, and I could not be happier. I spent many, many hours as a child playing with my Disney's Gummi Bears (bouncing here and there and everywhere) Colorforms as a child and I am so happy to see this brand coming back to life with our childrens favorite characters! With three different sizes and portability, you can find the perfect set and the perfect price point, for your family!  Read our full review here! 

Uncle Milton Star Wars Science Review!

                             Uncle Milton Star Wars Science Review!

   Uncle Milton had a great line of science based toys- what makes these even cooler is that they are STAR WARS based.  Yes this is the year in our kids life that Star Wars is blowing up in the toy industry-not that they ever really left it- and I am sure your child has more than one item on there list if they are fans.  What they may not be seeing on commercials is this very cool line of toys that not only lets you play Star Wars but live it. You can live it man!
      With the Star Wars Science - Jedi Force Levitator uses static electricity to suspend objects in midair. The objects are of the mylar material and by using the Jedi Training Rod you can create the Force Push, pushing the object away from you and then pulling them towards you with your hands.  The look in your kids eyes the first time they do this is classic.  They just cannot believe that they can do this on their own.  The science lesson that comes with the set gives a great explanation and walk-through of how this works and then it becomes even cooler!

Cabbage Patch Rainforest Cuties From Wicked Cool Toys!


 Wicked Cool Toys has been bringing us some truly awesome toys these last couple of years.  Becoming a forefront in the toy industry in their own right, they have been bringing our kids' favorite characters to life with unique toys with franchises like TMNT, Wild Kratts and others.  But honestly I am here to talk about one awesome line that will be a must have for any parents that were once a true 80's child. Freggin cabbage patch dolls!     
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Play-Doh Star Wars Millennium Falcon Featuring Can-Heads Plus Glow Compound:Review

     Hasbro is clearly the king of (or queen, come one people) of toys, and we know that. Every year they come out with amazing toys by either revamping generational staples or creating new and innovative. The amount of toys they have created for this holiday season is incredible-however there is one toy in particular I wanted to point out one particular item that I truly love. 

Weekly Events, Christmas Events, Discounts, and MORE!

Helllo Everyone! This is our list of weekly events as well as seasonal activities! Check it out and see all the awesome things there are to do in the tri-state area!

Special offer for The Mommy's Guide Readers ONLY! Discount to Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester is waiting for you! Don't let the Back To School Blues bring you down! Head on over and get your discounted tickets today!
Click on Picture and Enter This code: MBMG-NZ15 For Your Discount.

                        Christmas Special Events!

Lantern Light Tours
Where: Mystic, Connecticut
When: Weekends starting Friday, November 27-Sunday, December 20  Tours start at 5pm Rain or Shine (or Snow!)
Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, offers a festive but historic holiday experience. Part walking tour, part live performance, visitors are taken on a 70-minute showcase through the museum's historic buildings and vessels.

Holiday Lights Spectacular At Jones Beach! How I love that it is back!
Where: Wantagh, New York
When:Friday, November 20-Sunday, January 3 Dusk
Immerse the family in 150 holiday light displays that span 2½ miles at Jones Beach. While you're there, be sure to check out the Chrysler Holiday Village for winter fun, including ice skating, a hay maze through the lights display, a 'smores station, photos with Santa and more. Wednesdays are pet nights so bring your furry friends.

Adventure to Santa I CANNOT WAIT TO GO TO THIS!!!!
Where: Yonkers, New York-Right by Legoland!
When:Through December 24
  An immersive journey to the North Pole with Shrek and his pals. In this interactive experience, kids begin a quest to find Santa and, along the way, build their own digital sleighs, hop on a life-sized sleigh ride and go through the North Pole Customs Shop before meeting Santa.  Right in the Middle of the Ridgefield Mall- You can go to Legoland, shop, eat, its a great way to spend a day! 

Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
Where: The New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx NY 10458
When: 10:00am - 6:00pm Weekends, Monday holidays, Friday, Nov 27 and Dec 14-Jan
Info: Weekdays: $20 for adults, $18 for students, $10 for children ages 2-12; Weekends, Monday holidays, Friday, 718-817-8700

The Three Bears Holiday Bash
Where: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater West 79th Street and West Drive inside Central Park
 Info:  Starts Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Monday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm, with an additional 2:30pm performance each Wednesday
Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm $10 for adults, $7 for children under age 12
 RSVP requested: 212-988-9093 http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/arts/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre/

Macy's Santaland: 
Where: Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th Street, New York NY
When: Everyday!  7:00 am-9:00 pm
Website:  http://social.macys.com/believe/#home/events/details/13826

Colorforms are BACK BABY!



Colorforms are back baby, and I could not be happier. I spent many, many hours as a child playing with my Disney's Gummi Bears (bouncing here and there and everywhere) Colorforms as a child and I am so happy to see this brand coming back to life in a way that saves the integrity of the brand, and still makes it appealing to children of today as well.  

    This is a toy that has everything a parent and child is looking for in a product.  They have the characters your kids want to interact with, as well as different sizes and varieties, making them perfect for playing on the go or at home. The price point is also on the mark, meaning that there is a set that will fit any budget. 
      Let's start with the Create a Story set. We received the Frozen playset (which WILL be flying off the shelves like hot cakes might I add). Unlike the sets of our childhood that only had one background for our Colorform play, this boxed set includes 4 different backgrounds that sit upright on the inbox fold-able easel,
     Each set comes with 48 Colorforms, and each one has one sheet that is super special to the character line, for example Frozen has a Sparkly sheet of Colorforms.  Now I know what you are thinking, how can it get any better? This box set retails for $9.99... Let me give you a minute to let that sink in... $9.99.  What kind of toy can you get now a day that includes popular franchise, high replay value, quality and affordability?  Hardly any, but wait there is more!
     Along with the newly updated boxed set, Colorforms have released two other kinds of play-sets, my favorite, the Colorforms Take a Long Sets. That is right, Colorforms can now hit the road for all your holiday traveling.  The Take a Long Assortment is a portable set that has a handle for easy carrying, even in the tiniest of hands, 36 Colorforms (again with the one sheet that has a special feature) and a multi-fold built in backer card with re-sealable storage so none of your friends get lost in transit. This retails for $5.99 and is a PERFECT stocking stuffer! The third Colorforms option is bringing you the toy that
we love in a whole new way.  Colorforms Big Wall Sets include one large removable sheet that sticks to your wall effortlessly and with no damage to your paint, and eight large Colorforms to play with!
     What a GREAT IDEA!  Those wall decals are such a huge hit, and every kid wants to play with them, but can't--well now with Colorforms they can!  Want them off the wall? Well you can pack them up and put them away, saving them for another day of play. This set is only $29.99, again super cost effective, and in this case a HUGE bang for your buck!
    I am so happy that Colorforms have come back into my life- and the life of my children. I expect they will have memories just like I do about the hours they spend playing with this classic toy. They are available at all major retail stores, especially Toys 'R Us!

  ^^^^We received products for review- no other compensation was given, all opinions are our own. ^^^^

Kinetic Sand- Build N Float Review

  If you guys are familiar with this product then you are well aware that it deserves to be on this list.  I have to admit that in the beginning, I was not a fan of the
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