MAD (Mindie, Adam, Alex, David) Family Fun is the result of friends and family asking "How do you find so much fun stuff to do?" So, I decided to share with everyone! There are no BIG secrets involved, I promise. I just have a knack for finding fun and now I want to share it with you!

MAD Family Fun is a place to find activities, events and ideas to have more fun with your family. Enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Does your child get TOO much candy at Halloween?

Is there such a thing as too much Halloween candy? Maybe. But now there is a program that can not only eliminate some of it, but make your kids feel great and benefit our armed forces over seas. It is the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. Too find a participating dentist near you, click here.

What is the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program?
Dentists nationwide "buy-back" Halloween candy from children in their communities and then send the candy to U.S. Military deployed in combat through Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups. The troops love the candy--for themselves, but also to give out to the children in the communities they patrol.

Halloween at your local zoo

Halloween is just days away!!! Are you looking for something fun and safe to do? Why not try your local zoo. Ours, Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI has the Great Zoo Boo. There is trick or treating, a carnival, rides, and just lots of fun to be had. It has become a tradition with our family.

I know other Michigan zoos have Halloween events like John Ball in Grand Rapids and the Detroit Zoo. Don't live in Michigan? No problem! Check with your local zoo! Don't know what the closest zoo is to you? Then check here!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bubble Guppies Halloween Party Game

I don't know about your kids but my son went through a Bubble Guppies phase. And for Halloween I found this game for him. You get to create different pictures and can even print them out when your done!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Do you live near a Meijer store?

Why do I ask? Well because this Saturday (Oct 29) they are having their Halloween Carnival Events from 11am-2pm. The event features spooky crafts for kids, frightening face painting, treats, free giveaways and much more. So why not save your grocery shopping till then and take the whole family.

Which Halloween candy is healthier?

Okay this is a loaded question! Candy and healthy are not to words that go together. But for all of us parents out there that WILL raid our child's candy bags, here are some tips if you are trying to watch your waistline.

Round 1: Twix vs. Kit Kat
The Winner: Kit-Kat
Twix bars contain much more sodium. A serving of three Twix bars has three times more sodium compared to an average size serving of Kit-Kat.

Round 2: Tootsie Rolls vs. Candy Corn
This battle, however, has to be declared a tie.
You would have to eat about 26 pieces of candy corn to equal the same amount of calories you would get from eating 4 Tootsie Rolls.

Round 3: Sweettarts vs. Smarties
The Winner: Smarties
Each Smartie roll contains about 25 calories and five grams of sugar. A serving of eight Sweettarts contains about 50 calories and 13 grams of sugar.

Round 4: Bubble Gum vs. Tootsie Pops
The Winner: Bubble Gum
A piece of bubble gum has less than half the calories and sugar (25 calories, 5 grams sugar), on average, than one candy-coated Tootsie Pop (60 calories, 10 grams sugar)

Round 5: Peanut M&M’s vs. Skittles
The Winner: Peanut M&M’s
Even though Skittles have fewer calories than peanut M&M’s, that doesn’t necessarily make them the better choice.  Unlike Skittles, peanut M&M’s are lower on the glycemic index, which means they keep you satisfied longer, and don’t spike your blood sugar as high.


Does your child still need a Halloween costume?

What!?!?! Halloween is less then a week away and your child still doesn't have a costume!?!?! Don't worry! Here are some last minute ideas!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Coloring Pages

The folks over at have a wonderful selection of printable coloring pages just for Halloween. Click on over and check them out!

When a good kid goes “bad”

One of the best parts of being a parent is sharing the world with our kids. They are the reason we strive to provide awesome fun and educational experiences. But what do you do when a good kid goes bad? And what do I mean by “bad?”

Well as most of you know, MAD Family Fun is expanding. Our newest “fun tester” will arrive at the end of January, beginning of February. This new addition to the family was a very big surprise. Needless to say our current “fun tester” is NOT too happy about a baby brother. As a result he has gone “bad.” Back talking, being rude and disrespectful. I am so not a happy mom these days.

As a result of the “bad” behavior, fun has taken a downward plunge. Getting to do super fun stuff is a privilege not a inborn right. More and more it seems we have skipped events because of the “bad” behavior. Just this weekend we did NOT go to Spooky Science Saturday, Zoo Boo, or the pumpkin patch.

Now here is the ironic part. While we have skipped events as a form of, shall we say, punishment for our son, in reality the whole family is suffering. This was an unforeseen side effect. In fact yesterday, my hubby asked if we could get a babysitter for the boy so we could still go to the pumpkin patch and get fresh donuts and cider.

So what do you do when a good kid goes “bad?” Honestly I don’t know. Everyone is missing out on the fun around here and it stinks. Do we all get punished for our son’s bad behavior or does he get to do fun things despite his bad behavior? No one ever said parenthood was easy……….

Monday, October 17, 2011

NWF Photos caption contest

Are you good at making up silly captions? Well then enter the National Wildlife Federation photo caption contest! This is the photo that you have to caption. Good luck!

Friday, October 14, 2011

It is world egg day, who knew!

Ahh the incredible edible egg. Who knew it had its own day! Why not have breakfast for dinner tonight with some yummy eggs.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

You got to get some of these!

What do you need to get? The McDonald's Halloween Treat Pack!! It is a booklet of coupons full of savings. I paid $1.19 for ours and now we have the following coupons to get FREE

3 apple slices
3 small apple juice or white milk jug
3 hamburgers
3 small cones (ice cream!!!!)

I don't know about you but that dollar and change just brought my son tons of yummy fun, It definitely paid for itself a few times over. I have a happy kid and I am a happy momma!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spooky eats and party treats

Mr Food (the guy in the photo) has a wonderful FREE Recipe Book for Spooky eats and party treats! Check it out. My mouth is watering. The hot carmel apple cider looks yummy!!!!  Maybe with some spiderweb spread on the side......oh the possibilities!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Finger Sandwiches any one?

These ghoulishly funny Halloween snacks are great fun for the kids to help make and eat, and provide a healthy alternative to the usual massive sugar attack.


thin sliced white bread, crusts removed
cream cheese or peanut butter
strawberry jam

  1. Gently flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin to make them more pliable. Spread with some cream cheese or peanut butter.
  2. Roll up the sandwiches and make three indentations with a blunt knife to form the finger joints.
  3. Trim the ends of the fingers into a "V" shape and stick an almond on to each tip with a little cream cheese to form the nails.
  4. Now for the gruesome bit -- add a dollop of strawberry jam over the end of the finger for the blood!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Yummy pie

I don't know about you, but the cooler fall weather makes me want to bake. And nothing says fall like yummy pie! Here are some great looking recipes to help you get into the mood for some fall fun food.

Easy and fun Halloween game

This is a simple and fun game you can play at home with your little spooks! So suck it up and get to it!

Sunday, October 2, 2011