15 Feb

An Urban Dad’s Guide To Chuck E Cheese’s

Chuck E Cheese’s has become one of my family’s favorite places to visit! I can let my kids run wild why I have my own fun which makes it ideal for a rainy day or any day that we need something last minute to do.

We take full advantage of it and it’s definitely a Cool4Dads Certified Event

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08 Feb

How To Enjoy Toys “R” Us For Free 99

One of my favorite stores growing up was Toys “R” Us. Till this day that I don’t want to grow up jingle is stuck in my head!

My dad would take me there whenever I wanted to buy a new video game or other toys. Now with 3 sons I get to continue the tradition but unlike my dad, we don’t spend lots of cash there. Instead we visit the store when they are hosting a FREE event.

Yup you read that correctly! Toys R Us holds at least 1 FREE event a month and you can be part of it WITHOUT having to spend a dollar!

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01 Feb

Why You Should Never Miss An Event Starring Your Child

I was one of the lucky kids growing up!

My dad didn’t just donate sperm; he raised me alongside my mother. I was blessed to have him there every morning and every night. I was his twin and he was with me almost everywhere I went.

However; like many dads, my dad was never there to watch me receive an award from school, never watched me play on a sports team and was never there to see me receive my 2 degrees from college. Heck he didn’t even make it to my wedding!

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25 Jan

5 Ways To Teach Kids About Money Without Boring Them

I grew up on food stamps and welfare. I have no shame about it and learned very quickly at a young age the power of having and saving money.


School didn’t teach me a damn thing about money! My dad, experiences and books did that for me! Now I’m using what I learned from him and my own investments to help my kids learn about cash without making it boring.

There’s so many ways that a dad can teach his kids about money but these 5 things help me educate them without boring them to death!

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18 Jan

Surviving A Lego Session With Your Kids! #FatherhoodIsLit

Most parents swear by Legos, but it took me a while to appreciate their power.

Kit & Where To Buy: LEGO Jurassic World Raptor Rampage 75917 Building Kit
Price: $60 Affiliate Link Above
Dress Code: What ever you want
Time Needed: 3hrs/ 3 1 Hour Sessions
Age Range: all
Fun Factor: All The Way Up

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10 Jan

Attending A Free Kids Basketball Clinic With The Brooklyn Nets

A friend sent me a link to a FREE Monthly Brooklyn Nets Kids Basketball Academy which most NBA teams do as a way to give back to their community! I highly recommend you check to see if your city has something similar to it. Just go to google or click here and replace the Nets with your city’s team.

We took full advantage of it and it is definitely a Cool4Dads Certified Event

Price: Free
Dress Code: Come As You Please
Time Needed: 2 Hours
Age Range: 6-12
Fun Factor: All The Way Up
Registration Needed: Yes Here’s The Link

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17 Oct

How To Survive Coaching Youth Basketball For The 1st Time

Ever thought about coaching a sports team that your child was in but not sure how? I got YOU!

To ensure I had the quality time with my then 9 year old son, I challenged myself to coach his CYO 4th grade basketball team.

I was a 1st time coach and had a team of 1st time basketball players in a league where there was no mercy.

I survived coaching, it wasn’t easy at first but these few things really helped me!

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26 Sep


When I was a kid growing up in the South Bronx of NYC, climbing things was an everyday activity.

We would climb gates to get into the park, climb the side of a building to get our baseballs and would just have a crazy time climbing the spider like webs in the park.

I thought my son would inherit these climbing skills naturally but he can’t even climb a gate.

I Blame Myself For His Lack Of Skills

The climbing experiences that I had grown up with don’t exist for my son because we made his ipad his best friend. I let a digital device take the place of his outdoor experiences.

But I have a fix, a rope course. Our first was The Tree Top Adventures @ Turtle Back Zoo.

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12 Sep

Getting Started With Home Depot’s Kids Workshop

The Home Depot workshops are great and I definitely encourage all dads to check it out even if you are a non-handy person like myself. It is definitely a Cool4Dads Certified Event!

Price: Free
Dress Code: None but you don’t want paint on those fresh jordans
Time Needed: As Long As You Want
Age Range: All
Fun Factor: All The Way Up
Registration Needed: Yes but can show up without it

Every 1st Saturday of the month, Home Depot holds their kids workshop. These workshops are free and easy to do as a family. They also offer a new theme like an Angry Birds Bird House or A Car’s Race Car every month.

You can play the part of a super hero without needing to buy stuff from the store. Just show up and enjoy some free quality time together.

Did I mention they are FREE? Here are a few things to think about.

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