Top Toy Trends: Fidget Spinner

fidget spinners 275Hey, mamas! Have your kids mentioned a new toy called the fidget spinner?

It’s shaping up to be one of those things that takes off in popularity, much like silly bandz, bottle-flipping and homemade slime did. These small spinning toys are small enough to fit in a kid’s hand and pocket, and kids like to see whose spinner will spin the longest or who can perform the best trick with their spinner.

Lindsay Ramsey, who owns a local toy store called Kindness & Joy Toys, gave us the heads-up on this emerging trend, as well as a few tips for parents who are thinking of buying one.

1. Be sure that you’re buying a high-quality spinner. These toys aren’t particularly expensive (they sell for about $20), but not all spinners are created equal. Lindsay said some of the lower quality spinners have ball bearings that may drop out of the toy. After doing some research, Lindsay decided to carry a spinner manufactured by Top Trenz because it was voted as having the longest and fastest spin. (Spins are said to last as long as 3 to 4 minutes per spin.)

2. Unlike some of the fidget cubes which made clicking noises, fidget spinners are a mostly silent toy, which is great news for a busy mom who would rather not go crazy after hours of listening to an irritating sound effect. ;-)

fidget spinner3. They come in different colors and patterns, and a new variation even lights up when your kid spins it. (Kindness & Joy Toys will have the regular fidget spinners in stock as of Thursday, April 20th — but she has a shipment of light-up spinners arriving soon. Call Lindsay at 479-422-8776 if you’d like to reserve one.)

4. Some parents feel that these kinds of “fidget toys” are useful for kids dealing with issues like ADD, ADHD, anxiety, autism and more because they help the child release some nervous energy.

5. If you want a certain color, pattern or one of the light-up spinners, you may want to consider putting in a pre-order, since this is one of those toy trends which may make inventory sell out quickly as more kids catch the craze. Click here if you’d like to send an email to Kindness & Joy Toys about ordering a specific style/color.

Fidget spinners might not look like much in the package, so it’s one of those things you really need to see demonstrated in order to “get it.” We found this video on YouTube of two kids reviewing the type of fidget spinner carried locally at Kindness & Joy Toys. Take a look:

Our thanks to Lindsay for the heads-up about this fun toy trend. If you’d like to see fidget spinners in person, you can take a spin over to Kindness & Joy Toys in Fayetteville, located in the Shops at Sara Kathryn’s at 1160 N. College in Fayetteville. (For Benton County moms, you can order and then pick up on the second day at Shop for Mankind in Rogers.) Questions? Call the shop at 479-422-8776. Happy spinning!

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Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine at NWA Naturals Game April 21st

April 21 - Shimmer and Shine GraphicNote from the mamas: We partnered with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to bring you this sponsored post about an opportunity to see Shimmer and Shine at this week’s baseball game.

rp_Nickelodeon_Shimmer_and_Shine_Logo_Original-300x186.pngMamas, mark your calendar and grab a ticket because your little ones would LOVE this event. On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals will play the Tulsa Drillers at the Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. During the game, there will be a special appearance by Nickelodeon’s Shimmer & Shine! After the game, there will be a fireworks spectacular with Popular Player Walk-Up Songs (sponsored by SeaPak).

The first 750 kids who come through the main gates will receive a ‘Shimmer & Shine Teenie Genies Surprise Bottle’ toy, courtesy of Nickelodeon.

nwa naturalsThe first 20 kids who check in at Guest Services and use the code ‘Shimmer & Shine’ will receive a Naturals prize pack consisting of a Teenie Genies Surprise Bottle toy, 4 tickets to the Naturals game on April 27, and a surprise giveaway item.

During the game, fans will have the opportunity to pose for pictures and interact with Shimmer & Shine at various times on the concourse.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

GET TICKETS: Tickets for the game on Friday, April 21 range from $7 – $13 when purchased in advance at the Arvest Ballpark Box Office.

You can also purchase tickets at www.nwanaturals.com or via the toll free ticket hotline at (877) 444-2637. (Remember that ticket prices do go up by $1 ($8-$14) on the day of the game.)

See you at the ballpark this Friday!

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Where Kids Eat Free in Northwest Arkansas

Kids Eat Free, sponsored by Second ElmSometimes a mama just needs a break from the kitchen. Use the Kids Eat Free list to find a fun place to eat without breaking the bank. Click here to get the expanded, printer-friendly version of this list.

(Our thanks to Second Elm for sponsoring the popular Kids Eat Free list for Northwest Arkansas parents! Click here to check out Second Elm, a new downtown Rogers retailer offering backyard grills, hammocks, Life is Good merchandise, Yeti products and more.)

We compiled a list of the restaurants we know about, but we’d also like to hear from you.

If it’s not listed below, please tell us about your favorite Kids Eat Free restaurants around town. We’d also like to hear about those places that offer “kids eat almost-free” meals (as in super cheap). Click the words “post a comment” at the bottom of this post and share your favorites with everyone! Or you can email us at mamas@nwamotherlode.com.

If you’d like to receive a printer-friendly copy of the Kids Eat Free list, sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be able to download our free printable. CLICK HERE to sign up!

A word of caution, though! The hours and times of the following Kids Eat Free restaurants could change, so make sure to check with them first! We’ve linked to each restaurant so you can double-check. Also, keep in mind that these offers are typically contingent upon an adult meal purchase.

Where kids eat free every day:

The Catfish Hole, Fayetteville (kids under 4)

Grub’s Bar & Grille, Fayetteville, all day for kids under 12 (with purchase of a kids’ drink)

JJ’s Grill, Fayetteville and Rogers, all day for kids under 12

Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili, Lowell, 4 to 8 p.m.

Boar’s Nest BBQ, Fayetteville and Rogers. Kids eat free every day, all day. 12 and under. 1 kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.

Where kids eat free on Mondays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville, weekdays, 3 to 7pm (1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal)

Flying Burrito, Monday-Wednesday, all day

Slim Chickens, Fayetteville (College and Joyce locations only), all day

Las Palmas, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Tontitown, 5 to 9 p.m.

Bliss Cupcakes, with cupcake purchase, kids 10 and under get a mini cupcake, frosting shot, or candied pretzel free

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, one free kid’s meal with each adult entree. FYI, kids don’t eat free on Wednesdays at Village Inn, but you can score some FREE PIE that day after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).

Colton’s Steakhouse & Grill, Fayetteville and Rogers, 4 to 10pm (12 and under, TWO free kids’ meals per adult meal)

Wagon Wheel Country Cafe, Springdale. One free kid’s meal with an adult purchase. 4-8 p.m.

Mojitos, Fayetteville, all day (12 and under, 1 kids meal per adult meal)

Where kids eat free on Tuesdays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville, weekdays, 3 to 7pm (1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal)

Flying Burrito, Monday-Wednesday, all day

Denny’s , Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, 4 to 10pm (1 kid’s meal for 10 and under with each adult entree)

AQ Chicken, Springdale, 4pm to close (10 and under, 2 kids’ meals with each adult meal)

Applebee’s, 5 to 9pm (12 and under, 1 kid’s meal per adult meal)

Atlanta Bread Co., Fayetteville and Rogers, 4 to close (12 and under) Note: At the Fayetteville location, kids receive free face painting and balloon animals during the kids eat free time.

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, one free kids meal with each adult entree. FYI, kids don’t eat free on Wednesdays at Village Inn, but you can score some FREE PIE that day after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).

Mojitos, Fayetteville, all day (12 and under, 1 kids meal per adult meal)

Where kids eat free on Wednesdays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville, weekdays, 3 to 7pm (1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal)

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, Rogers, all day (for every 9-inch or larger pizza ordered, kids 12 and under get a free 6-inch pizza)

Flying Burrito, Monday-Wednesday, all day

Noodles Italian Kitchen, Fayetteville, after 4 p.m.

Firehouse Subs, MLK in Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, after 4 pm, with adult meal purchase (mention at counter)

Panda Express, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers. Free kid’s meal with an adult purchase from 5-8 p.m. Plus each location will have fun activities for the kids to enjoy during this time.

Where kids eat free on Thursdays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville, weekdays, 3 to 7pm (1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal)

AQ Chicken, Springdale, 4pm to close (10 and under, 2 kids’ meals with each adult meal)

Mariachi’s Mexican Grill at the Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville. 3-9 p.m. Kids 12 and under eat free with each adult meal purchases (includes kid drink).

Where kids eat free on Fridays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville, weekdays, 3 to 7pm (1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal)

Where kids eat free on Saturdays:

Steak ‘N Shake, Fayetteville and Rogers, all day (1 kid’s meal per $8 spent, dine-in only)

Where kids eat free on Sundays:

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Fayetteville, Springdale, Lowell, Rogers, Siloam Springs, all day (12 and under, 1 kid’s meal per adult meal)

Mama Fu’s Asian House, Bentonville, all day

Slim Chickens, Rogers location, all day

Arvest Ballpark, during select home games, with free Naturals Kids Club membership (Click here to see when the Naturals will be playing home games on Sundays)

Steak ‘N Shake, Fayetteville and Rogers, all day (1 kid’s meal per $8 spent, dine-in only)

Where kids’ meals are very cheap:

Backyard Burgers, 99-cent kids meals (up to 2) w/adult combo purchase, after 4 p.m.

Penguin Ed’s Bar-B-Q, 99-cent kids meals, Tuesdays

Sassy’s Red House BBQ, kids 12 and under one kid meal for 99 cents with each adult meal purchased (Regularly $3.99)

Qdoba Mexican Grill, Fayetteville, Kids’ meals $1.50 on Saturday and Sunday

Flaps Down Grill, Springdale (inside the Springdale Airport), All-You-Can-Eat pancakes for kids 12 and under on Sundays: $2.99 Note: Flaps Down Grill also offers free plane rides for kids at lunchtime every third Saturday of the month.

Zaxby’s, all locations, Thursdays, buy an adult meal and get a kid’s meal for 99 cents (up to 2) Note: Family Night, all locations, $20 for four meal deals and six cookies, 5 to 8pm.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville. $1.99 kid’s meals (dine-in only, 12 and under, includes drink) with adult meal purchase.

Golden Corral, Fayetteville. Tuesdays, 4-9 p.m. 1/2 price kids buffet (includes drink) $2.99 per child for each adult meal purchase.

Ginger Rice and Noodle Bar, Fayetteville. Every day from 3-6 p.m. the entire purchase is 20% off (no specific kids menu).

The Grove Local Pub & restaurant, Rogers. Kids’ meals are $4 every day (includes drink).

Kids Eat Free, sponsored by Second Elm

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NWA Mom Prom Tickets On Sale NOW!

mompromhoriz ultimate tagHappy President’s Day, mamas! We wanted you to be the first to know that NWA Mom Prom tickets are on sale NOW! Click HERE to buy your ticket online.

friends2The NWA Mom Prom is a huge women-only dance party — a grown-up prom for women and moms age 21 and up. It is the ONLY event of its kind in the state of Arkansas, and proceeds help support a local charity. (This year’s charity is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Family Camp. Click here for more info on the camp.)

This year’s Mom Prom will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at The Ballroom at I Street in Bentonville from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, and space is limited. We do expect the event to sell out again this year, with a crowd of 300.

MPsponsor banner600x600For more details on this year’s Mom Prom, click HERE to visit nwaMomProm.com.

We want to say a huge “thank you” to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Generations Bank. This is a bank that has been in business for more than 100 years, so they know a thing or two about the importance of supporting families through the generations. They also know that mothers are a vital part of ensuring a family’s generational success. The bank has been an enthusiastic supporter of the NWA Mom Prom since we launched it in 2013, and we’re so very proud to have them as the Presenting Sponsor this year.

lisa mac logoYou’ll also be happy to know that the phenomenal Lisa Mac of Lisa Mac Photography will be shooting the professional prom pictures again this year, and you will be able to download them for FREE, print them and share them online. In our humble opinion, having beautiful, professional pictures of you and your friends is worth the price of the ticket — not to mention four hours of fun, desserts and memories you’ll keep forever.

Bubble and Fizz use this one250In addition to the free professional photos, you’ll also be leaving this year’s event with a wonderful take-away gift, designed and produced by Bubble and Fizz Shop. We are big fans of Bubble and Fizz products for ourselves, our kids and our husbands, too. Owner Heather Francis is creating a special package just for our Prom Moms — a champagne Mom Prom Bath Bomb and a floral-scented bath melt. We have a feeling you’re going to fall in love with these luxury bath goodies, just like we did.

collage1In addition to the Presenting Sponsor, Photography Sponsor and Take-Away Gift Sponsor, we also have several Glass Slipper Sponsors including BrightHaven Christian Learning Center and Hedberg Allergy & Asthma Center. We simply could not deliver a high-quality event like Mom Prom without the support of local sponsors like these.

Mustache Logo Both Cities250As you know, Mom Prom is a “no-men-allowed” event, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good-looking prom date. Back by popular demand, we’ll have several Celebrity Prom Dates standing by to have their picture made with you at Prom. In the past, we’ve had famous faces including Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Adam Levine, Will Smith and more. Our Celeb Prom Dates might be cardboard, but they are life-size and they NEVER ask to go home early and watch ESPN. Again this year, the Celebrity Prom Dates are sponsored by The Mustache Goods & Wears.

If you work for a local company that loves and supports local moms, click HERE for info on Mom Prom event sponsorships.

We hope you’ll join us on June 2, 2017 for the 4th Annual NWA Mom Prom. We’re so excited about this year’s event and can’t wait to party with you on Prom night!

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