I Took the Kids to The Grocery Store AND It Was Fun

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When most parents think about going to the grocery store, the furthest word from their mouth to describe the shopping trip is fun. Trust me, I know as a mom of three boys. However, recently, the boys, their dad, and I took a trip to the Kroger Marketplace in Henrico, Virginia and it was a fun trip. Today, I’m going to do a recap of our little adventure and tell you why shopping at Kroger with the kids doesn’t have to be such a drag.

Let’s Talk About the Kroger Marketplace First

First, I just have to brag about how awesome the Kroger Marketplace is! Like seriously, this place is huge! It’s nothing like the Kroger that is around the corner for me for sure. Plus, their customer service is awesome over there.

Anyways, in case you’re like me and hadn’t seen a Kroger Marketplace before, you must check it out at least once.

Quick Highlights of What to Expect

  • Starbucks
  • Pharmacy
  • Soup & Salad Station
  • Fresh Seafood
  • Lunch Station

Basically, the store is like an enhanced Walmart. As they have clothes, home décor, and even appliances.

How Kroger is Making Grocery Shopping Fun (Even with the Kids)

When we were at the Kroger Marketplace it was their unveiling day for the Marvel Micropopz. My kids are all huge Marvel fans, so when I mentioned Marvel they were ready to go to bed early the night before just to make sure they were well rested to meet the Marvel characters who would be at the store the next day.

I mean I’m so serious, all three after bathtime on Friday night promptly announced they were going to bed…no asking for a bedtime snack, complaining about not being tired, or even me having to tell them when bedtime was. (That’s a good sign, right?)

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When we got there, we noticed the display for the Marvel Micropopz and they were excited to see the display – especially my oldest who is obsessed with Spiderman!

Once inside, the staff greeted us and told us about downloading the Kroger! Micropopz app and he even showed the kids the first scan station where Brute happened to pop up.

It turns out that throughout the store while you’re doing your shopping, you’ll run into signs or floor stickers with a scan code on it where various Marvel characters will pop up. You can let your kids do the scanning to reveal the characters and then it’s the perfect moment for a photo opt.

We had a bit of fun going to the different stations and were able to locate Marvels such as Iron Man, the Hulk, and Black Widow.

After we were done shopping and taking photos we even stayed and had a peaceful lunch from the lunch section of the store.

More on Marvel Micropopz at Kroger

By downloading the Kroger! Micropopz app, you’ll be able to see the Micropopz you’ve already collected and search for Marvel Hero’s throughout the store. When you find the augmented reality marker your kids can see the hero come to life! (If I say so myself I found this really cool myself as an adult).

There are 24 Micropopz available to be collected! Are you going to help your kids collect them all?


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  2. You had me at Starbucks! LOL! At first I thought “no way could shopping with kids be fun” until I continued reading and saw your fun photos! That DOES look like fun!!!

  3. That’s great that you had a fun time with your kids at the store! I bet my boys would have a blast too. They love superheroes!

  4. Whoa – that’s what your grocery store is like? Mine is not nearly as fun – it’s not fun at all! I really am not a fan of grocery shopping. I always overspend and get myself too many treats!

  5. I have to check out my local Kroger! Sounds like they are doing a smart thing to entertain their customers, especially kids.

  6. We don’t have a Kroger by me – but holy crap this is amazing. I would have fun doing all this with or without my son!

  7. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    I can only wish this was available when my kids were little. It would have saved me so much of my sanity! Haha. I love what Kroeger is doing to make grocery shopping a more pleasant (and peaceful) experience for families.

  8. We don’t have Krogers by us. This would be so cool if we did. My kids would really enjoy it.

  9. I love when its fun and the boys don’t fight with each other. Usually its a fight about who’s going to push the cart. And now that summer is here, they have no choice but to go everywhere I go. I really like Kroger chain stores and really like they have embraced cheap organic food options. It shouldn’t be expensive to buy organic.

  10. I love this concept. Shopping is becoming more an more a full experience. I hope one comes near me.

  11. Joely Smith says:

    I keep singing to myself “I took the kids to the store and I liked it” lol never mind – I’m crazy.
    I would go nuts seeing all that Marvel stuff at the store!

  12. Oh my gosh, some kroger chain stores, like King Soopers are pretty awesome. I love some of their fresh market grills…I think that’s what they are called? Its really neat to have freshly prepared food right there for you to order.

  13. Geraline Batarra says:

    Such a fun idea and I hope all supermarkets or grocery store will the same so that the kids will have a great experience while doing the grocery.

  14. Rosey says:

    Ha maybe my son would like shopping if there were superheroes in the store. Grocery shopping is his least favorite endeavor. 😉

  15. Becca Wilson says:

    I have never had a grocery store experience with my kids be “fun”. This looks like it definitely would be!

  16. I always shop at our local Kroger marketplace. There are so many things that make it a great experience with kids! We’ll definitely keep an eye out for the Marvel promotions, my daughters will love these!

  17. My kids LOVE the grocery store but ours has never done anything quite like this! How fun is that?!

  18. Ron Leyba says:

    Great fun indeed. Look at their happy faces. Love it!

  19. I have always loved Krogers! They have such an amazing selection! This looks like a blast!

  20. Fun! I no longer live in a Kroger area, but when I did it was my fave. Kroger rocks!

  21. Ruth I. says:

    Wow. Grocery shopping will surely be enjoyable with all these Marvel promotions. I am a fan so I know I will be more excited about it!

  22. Cindy Ingalls says:

    How fun. I wonder if they are doing this in other locations. I know my nephew would love this and maybe actually enjoy going to the store.

  23. This looks like so much fun! My kids would have flipped to see Marvel characters at the store.

  24. Ann Snook-Moreau says:

    What a fun way to keep kids occupied! Kroger is really making running errands more bearable for kids and parents alike.

  25. Well it sounds like you all had a fun time! That is something I would rarely say at the grocery store! My kiddo would love this!

  26. No kid will EVERRRRR take away the fact that the grocery store is like DISNEY LAND to me!! hahaahhahaha! When I have kids, I am going to make them feel the same way!

  27. I LOVE what Kroger is doing! I’ve been noticing that they were changing things up when I went shopping there. I wish stores had been more like this when my kids were little.

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