Monthly Archives: June 2013


Monsters University Movie Night Dinner

Even though we went out to the theater to see Monsters University, I still cooked up a Monsters U Themed dinner to go with it.


Most of the ideas for the food came from the Monsters University website’s dining section.

Monsters University Menu:
Gross Beef Sandwiches (Cheeseburgers)
Onion Things (Onion Rings)
Whole Grain Flies (Wild Rice)
Hot Sludge Sundaes
Oozma Kappa Ooze (Juice)


Scarlett said the juice was “Monsters Drink like Monsters Inc!” which I though was better than what I came up with.



I hung up the Monsters U Campus Map on the wall for a (crooked) backdrop, but it was promptly taken down and studied by the kids.

I have to say, it was one of the yummier Disney dinners we have had so far!

The Mike Eye bottle labels are available for download here. Enjoy!


Family Game Night: Monsters Inc Scream Arena

When I bought our Nintendo Gamecube from a kid’s consignment sale, it came with a few games, including Monsters Inc. Scream Arena. It turned out to be a pretty fun game and a good fit for a game night during Monsters University week.


Tom and Luke were a team in the Scream Arena, competing against other monsters in timed tasks.


Of course, they were Mike and Sulley.


Tom explained how to play, and they made a great team!


Luke didn’t start of great (that’s him flying across the room as Mike), but he got better fast. And they had a great time playing.






At The Movies: Monsters University

It was exciting to take the kids to the movie theater to see Monsters University. Scarlett had only been once to see Wreck-It Ralph, so it’s a big deal when she gets to go to the theater. Luke has seen four movies in the theater, so he is a pro. Still, it’s something fun and different for him, too.


The AMC Hoffman Center had some fun stuff set up to advertise upcoming films, so we entertained ourselves before the show.

Whack A Minion – Despicable Me 2
Turbo Ride

I had a free ticket to the movie from Kelloggs, and Scarlett is 2 so she was free. Since we saved a bunch on tickets, we sprung for snacks to enjoy while we watched.


Scarlett brought Princess Aurora as her special guest.


The kids were well-behaved from the beginning. The both really liked the Pixar short The Blue Umbrella that played before the movie. As for Monsters University, neither kid was scared of the monsters, as they had been worried about. Scarlett developed quite an affection for “Michael” as she calls Mike Wazowski. Both Luke and Scarlett were pretty into the movie, and we only had to shush them a few times. Tom and I both thought the film was great as well.

All in all is was a successful trip to the movies!


Monsters University Activity: Visiting Harvard

Visiting Massachusetts during our Monsters University week was great since it was easy to visit about a billion colleges. We chose the big one: Harvard!

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We had planned to go to Harvard Square on our next trip up because they have a Curious George store there. Luke loves George! We stopped in to read and play before our college visit.
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He really was excited to see the doorman – even though he looks pretty grumpy.
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It was a fun little store, although on the expensive side. We left with a promise to pick up some George souvenirs at the next yard sale that has some :).

After a nice lunch of pizza and yogurt parfaits, we crossed the intersection to Harvard Yard.

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We checked out the dorms and libraries as well as enjoyed the chairs set up in shady spots on the hot summer day.

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Well…some of us enjoyed it. Some of us wanted to go home.

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Before we left, we popped into The Coop to check at books and sweatshirts. And a bear that rows crew…

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It was a nice, if tiring, afternoon out.


Monsters University: Scare School at the Disney Store

While we were visiting my family in Massachusetts, we found out that the local Disney Store was holding a special Monsters University event: Scare School!

The website site said: “Children age 3+ are invited to attend the School of Scaring and learn the fine art of scaring during a Scare Approaches 101 class. Before class, students will attend a Scream Orientation, listen to a special message from the Dean of the School of Scaring Abigail Hardscrabble, and receive a Monsters University identification card. Plus, each student who attends will also receive an official Monsters University gift.”

Sounded fun, so we headed to the mall and were there for the 10:30 class.

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At the back of the store, a countdown to the class was on the movie screen.

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When it was time to begin, a cast member came back to lead the class. She did some Monsters U jokes and trivia to warm us up.

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Scarlett was into it. Luke was a bit unsure (he is suspicious of monsters.) They sat on the floor with the other eager kids.

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Before learning to scare, the kids got ID cards. They picked a monster photo and name.
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Predictably, Scarlett picked a pink monster and Luke picked a green one. They were supposed to use their first name and the first letter of their last name to make a monster name. Neither kid could figure out how to do that, so Tom and I named them” Luke AHHHH! and Scar Achnid.
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Once the video started, Luke decided to become a Scare School drop out. Instead he went to the LEGO store, and got himself some Jake and The Neverland Pirates Duplo blocks.

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Scarlett and I stayed behind to learn Scary Feet, roaring and even the “Aunt Phyllis”. She earned her very own Monsters University penant!


She also walked away with a Sleeping Beauty bean bag doll so it was a good time all around.


Movie of the Week: Monsters University

I’m SO EXCITED that Monsters University is finally out in theaters!

Monsters Inc is one of my favorite movies and I can’t wait to see a whole new film starring Mike and Sulley!


We are traveling up to Massachusetts for my mom’s retirement party this week, so I am planning a few Monsters U activities up there. Along with lots of swimming in the pool and visiting relatives of course! Hopefully we can make it to the movies and enjoy a monster-themed dinner as well. Yay!


Father’s Day Tribute to Disney Dads Dinner

After our day at the Sprayground, we returned home for a nice Father’s Day dinner. Since we are having a Disney-centric year around here, I decided to give Tom a Disney Dads themed dinner. Turns out that if you combine the fathers of Ariel, Belle and Jasmine, you get a nice Italian meal!


The Menu:
King Triton’s Sea Shells (Pasta Shells)
Sultan’s Salad
Maurice’s Baguette
Mufasa’s Jungle Cakes (Little Debbie Zebra Cakes)
Marlin’s Ocean Water

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Tom enjoyed the dinner in his honor as well as some gifts from the kids.

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We wrapped up Father’s Day by watching Finding Nemo – a great Disney Dad movie.

What a nice day to celebrate our favorite Daddy!


Summer Fun List: Our Special Harbor Sprayground

To celebrate Father’s Day, we took a trip over to Our Special Harbor Spray Park. This is one of our favorite summer spots, and this was our first visit this year. Very exciting.


Scarlett was a little shy but agreed to get her feet wet. Luke was afraid it was going to be cold, but ended up jumping right in.




I only got pictures of the stuff that wouldn’t drench my phone. Trust me, though, it was fun.



After we were sufficiently cooled off, we changed into our regular clothes and played for a bit at Chessie’s Big Backyard, the playground next to the Sprayground.


The kids even learned a thing or two from Dad.


Our first Summer Fun outing was definitely fun! Looking forward to a lot more.


Summer Fun List

The family and I came up with a list of stuff we’d like to do this summer. I think most of it is doable over the next few months.

I think we will enjoy ourselves!

UPDATE: Check out all our summer fun activities here


Disney Family Movie Night: Oz The Great and Powerful

So, our week of activities turned out to be all about The Wizard of Oz. But we still had Oz the Great and Powerful to watch for movie night and a dinner menu to go with it.

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(I used the lovely “You Are In Oz” printable found free from 36th Avenue here for the table.) 

 Our Oz The Great and Powerful Menu:
Oscar’s Carnival Corn Dogs
Evanora’s Bewitched Apples
China Town Chocolate (Pudding in  Scarlett’s tiny tea cups)
Glinda’s Pink Lemonade
Finley’s Frozen Bananas (Diana’s Banana Babies)

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There was a bit of a chocolate overload in this menu – oops! Luckily, the kids decided they just wanted regular bananas – Scarlett ate three! I figure with the bananas and the apples, it sort of cancels out the corn dogs. Right?


I love this movie. The kids got through about half before they decided they didn’t want to watch “grown up shows” anymore. I guess a little doll and a talking monkey aren’t kiddish enough for them? It’s probably best because they missed the scarier, witchier parts. I will watch it again and again, though.

My menu cards are available for download here. Enjoy!