Monster Mini Golf Review – Fun Family Activity

If you haven’t heard of Monster Mini Golf before today, then you are in for a scary treat.

Actually, it’s more fun than scary. Monster Mini Golf is a franchise that is opening new locations around the country. (There are about 15 active locations listed on the website as of this writing.)

It is an indoor mini golf place with a monster theme. I expected the location I visited to be more a little more elaborate than it was in reference to the décor, especially after reading that the founders had professional theater experience. It’s one of those cases in which I didn’t quite know what to expect, but when I saw it, I felt a little disappointed. (I’m sure kids would be more impressed than I was.)

Nonetheless, I went with a group of people and we all had a fun time. The crowd was a mix of families with kids and groups of young adults. Everybody was clearly enjoying the activity.

We all agreed that one of the best parts was the 80’s music playing throughout our time there. We also played some video games and skee-ball in the mini-arcade as well.

As my readers know, I love to save money so I was probably most impressed with what happened at the end. When we were turning our golf clubs back in after completing the course, the employee handed us a discount coupon good for one free game saying good-naturedly, “This is for whoever got the worst score in your party because he or she needs more practice!”

You guessed it, I was the lucky recipient of the free game coupon!

Reason Kids Don’t Like School

This blog entry, along with its companion entry, Reasons Kids Like School, examines what causes some kids to enjoy the school experience while others find it intolerable.

1. Lack of Accomplishment – Kids who struggle to be successful in the various areas covered by formal education are likely to develop negative attitudes about school because of a sense of failure. Adults would not gravitate towards activities in which they would not have a reasonable chance of success, so it is no surprise that kids won’t either.

2. Attention – For some kids, school feels like getting lost in the crowd whereas at home they are the center of the universe.

3. Dislike Of Learning- Just as there are plenty of adults who have no interest in learning anything new or being challenged by their daily activities, some kids feel this same way too. Since they find no joy in discovering new things, schoolwork is not stimulating for them.

Do you have any ideas to help expand this list? Please add them to the comments section.

Reasons Kids Like School

I thought I would do this entry and its next related entry, Reasons Kids Don’t Like School, as a point counterpoint type of things. Therefore, things on each list will correspond.

1. Accomplishment – Some kids like school because there are various ways for them to be successful there including academic, sports, and artistic pursuits.

2. Attention – Some kids who feel lost in the shuffle at home like the atmosphere at school because they get attention from adults and from their peers.

3. Excitement of Learning – Some kids get intrinsic pleasure out of literally learning something new every day. This is especially true in earlier years of education before many kids develop negative attitudes and associations with schoolwork.

What could you add to the list from your own experiences or from your kid’s experiences?

Romance For Parents

Obviously, becoming a parent in the first place came from being romantic. However, what about after the kids are born? Where is the romance then?

Like everything else these days, you can find some romantic tips and advice online.

Of particular interest to parents should be a romance article titled How To Romance Your Wife. There are more than enough reminders in society all around us everyday about romance when dating, but hardly anyone talks about romance within a marriage.

Don’t worry, ladies, the article is for you too. You can use the same ideas for ways to spark romance with your husbands. Read the article and re-explore the chemistry that led you to getting together and becoming parents in the first place.