Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Harmonica Pocket wants to give you stuff

As their way of saying thank The Harmonica Pocket want to offer you the following great deals:

1. CD Sale
We just discounted ALL of our albums on the CDBaby.com website. We honestly cannot sell the hardcopies any cheaper without losing money on the deal. We'll keep CDs at $10 bucks and digital downloads at $6 bucks into the new year. Here's the link: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheHarmonicaPocket

2. Twe're Twon Twitter
After our new fan and friend Tom K. couldn't find us on Twitter, he offered his help setting up a Harmonica Pocket Twitter account. We're hoping you'll click on through and follow what's shaking in our tiny world. If you're down with Twitter, take a peek at our current Ladybug One giveaway contest. We really want to give away as many downloads of this solar-powered record as possible. All you have to do is RT (Re-Tweet). Check it out: http://twitter.com/harmonicapocket

3. Another Free Song
I know sometimes the true spirt of these Winter holidays curdles under all the money-spending and consumption. So I'd like to give away the following mp3, which in a way is just about buying stuff, but it's more than that also. Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice, and Everything Else you are celebrating: http://www.harmonicapocket.com/listen/mp3/HushLillBabyHarmonicaPocket.mp3

Pump It Up Holiday Event

I just received their newsletter and just had to share the following information. I'm sure you will all love it!!!

Family Jump Nights for the Holidays

Bring the whole family to Pump It Up over the holidays! Our Thanksgiving Family Jump was so popular that we've added eight Family Jump Night sessions so there should be plenty of room for everyone. Two sessions each night at 7:00pm and 8:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, the 22rd, 23rd, 29th and 30th. It's great family fun and perfect for out of town guests. The cost is just $6 per child and $4 per sibling (plus taxes), adults & crawlers are free.

We'll also be holding our regular Pop-In-Play sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays over the holiday, except for Christmas Eve when we will be closed.

New X-Bounce and Lights Out Parties

New for 2010 - our X-Bounce party takes your party experience to the next level! We turn off the lights, crank up the music, hand out glow sticks, fire up our state-of-the-art special effects equipment and BAM! - the inflatable filled arena turns into an Xtreme fun zone. Recommended for ages 10-14.

For 7-10 year-olds we still offer our Lights Out party. Still dark, still fun, but tamer.
You can always find more information and details on their website: http://www.pumpitupparty.com/.
Send me pictures if you guys go to either event.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Kidz n Coffee

We headed over to Kidz-N-Coffee today in Lynnwood and it was so worth the drive.

Julie, the owner, is so nice and hospitable. After I checked Andrew in, Julie was right on top of making my White Chocolate Mocha. She was sweet and she seemed just as excited about meeting me as I was about finally getting to meet her in person.

While Julie was making my drink Alisha, the play area attendant, greeted me and Andrew with a friendly smile and gentle handshake. I loved that she even bent down to shake Andrew's hand and let him introduce himself to her. It was so cute. She also introduced her daughter to him. I felt a huge sense of relief in knowing that my son was going to be watched by such a loving person.

After Julie made my drink she added it to my tab and I found a nice clean table right in front of the play area. Andrew was a little hesitate to play in the enclosed play area without me for about 10 minutes. Alisha though was doing her best to comfort him and get him involved and playing with the other kids. She was so awesome! I can't say enough great things about Alisha. Andrew kept trying to get me to come in and play with him and she just kept trying to entertain him and distract him. I loved how quick she was to attend to him especially because I was actually trying to get some work done. He was fine after that and even got upset because we left to early for his liking.

After making my drink Julie walked around and checked to make sure we were all doing okay. She has set up a corner with what appeared to be a pair of very comfortable sofas and I think they even had a matching ottoman or coffee table with toys inside. The three moms chilling out there seemed very happy and comfortable. She also has 3 kid's tables set up and 5 or so grown up tables of all sizes and heights. It was nice to see that she wasn't afraid to approach her customers and actually treat them like friends not clients. It made me feel very welcome.
I know you'll enjoy Kidz N Coffee as much as I did when you go. You can just relax and enjoy your adult interaction, or in my case actually get work done, because the play area is fully enclosed so your kids aren't just running all over the place and there is plenty for them to do in there. The play area has a pretend kitchen, books, baskets full of cars, trucks, and dolls, and lots of games to play. It isn't big enough to accommodate any kind of climbing structures but Andrew didn't seem to miss them at all. He was very content playing with the handful of firefighter toys he found. The kids are even allowed to draw on the walls! There is chalkboard paint throughout most of the play area so the kids can draw, write or just be crazy with the chalk. I loved that there was a play area attendant so I didn't feel like I had to constantly look up to see what kind of "trouble" my son might be getting into because I knew that some one was there playing and interacting with him.
Kidz N Coffee was well worth the drive from Smokey Point. I'm so glad we finally made our way out there and I'm sure we will be back again soon. Thank you Julie and Alisha for showing us such a great time. Julie thank you for opening such a great place.

Things to keep in mind:
  • Kids must remove their shoes before entering the play area.
  • Free wi/fi but make sure you have a full battery. I'm not sure if you really want to chance a kid tripping over your cord. Although the play area is enclosed there were a few waddlers exploring the "dining" area.
  • No outside food or drinks allowed. You can purchase coffee, snacks and such there, check out her menu to see what kind of selection she has to offer. 
  • If you're not familiar with the area go slow. I missed the entrance to the shopping center today. It just kind of crept up on me.  I didn't see a sign for Kids N Coffee on the shopping center's marquee, she has a banner on the fence though.