Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5/17/17: TouchTomorrow STEM Event at WPI

Taking the family out for the day can get expensive so when I find a free fun event I jump at the chance to go.  I have an awesome STEM event for the whole family at Worcester Polytechnic Institute called TouchTomorrow!  It is totally free and is happening on June 10th from 10-4 on the WPI Campus.  I have gone in the past and we had so much fun!  Plus it was great for my husband and I to go back to our Alma mater.
Here is some more information about the event from past years, stay tuned to their webpage for the schedule for this year.  You can count on them having a family-friendly festival with hands-on experiments, virtual reality experiences, robotics presentation, research lab activities and more.
As an aerospace engineer I appreciated all of the Space and Robots exhibits by NASA!
Lauren got run over by the Roll-Over-Rover.  She was giggling the whole time.

Get a jump on the fun now by downloading this cool coloring page.  You can also Mad Libs type silly story.
WGBH Education/PBS Learning Media has been there!
There are always a lot of hands-on and family-oriented fun.  In the past you could make a pinwheel and explore wind with this Curious George activity.  Explore water flow and direction with this PEEP and the Big Wide World activity.  A “surprise” Design Squad activity.  Curious George was there in the past.

Innovators at Work - Faculty and current students open up their research labs around campus and share their innovations and discoveries with you. 

Come see what it’s like to be a student at WPI. 
Labs will open up in: Biology and Biotechnology Biomedical Engineering Chemistry and Biochemistry Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Interactive Media and Game Development Learning Sciences and Technologies Mechanical Engineering Physics Robotics Engineering.

In the past ther was a station to find out more about non-Newtonian fluids by mixing up some slime.  My daughter would love this, she makes slime all the time!  Here the kids are with Gompei the Goat who is our school's mascot!

There will also be lots of speakers.  When we went we saw Astronaut Cady Coleman.  She spoke about her experiences and showed some really cool pictures from her missions.  You can see the schedule here

We saw some awesome robots.

This event drew more than 10,000 people!  

The whole family had so much fun and it got the kids exited about science and engineering.

There was so much to do and see so prioritize what you want to see.  I recommend looking at the schedule online and decide what you really want to go to.  There were many food options, ample parking and by using the campus map you were able to figure out where you wanted to go. 
For more information on the 6th annual TouchTomorrow visit them online:
www.touchtomorrow.wpi.edu
@touchtomorrowpi #touchtomorrow
https://www.facebook.com/TouchTomorrowWPI
https://instagram.com/wpi_touchtomorrow/
The event goes on rain or shine.  Register now!
So much fun for the whole family!
Disclosure:  I was provided compensation for this post.  As always all opinions are my own.

5/16/17: Presale Code for PJ Masks Live at the Boch Center Wang Theatre

It was just announced that PJ Masks Live! is coming to the Boch Center Wang Theatre on October 7th and 8th and I have a presale access code for you to buy tickets before the general public!
Here is how to get tickets now!
Go here
Select the performance you want
Enter the presale code MOMS
More information about the show!
The Boch Center, The Madison Square Garden Company, Entertainment One (eOne) and Round Room Presents announced today that PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero, a brand-new, fully immersive musical production, will take the Wang Theatre stage for six performances on Saturday, October 7, 2017 and Sunday, October 8, 2017. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00AM. The live show is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity. PJ Masks, the hit series, follows the thrilling nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their animal amulets. Together, they embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 19 at 10:00AM and are available at the Boch Center Box Office, Bochcenter.org, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787), and via Ticketmaster. 
Disclosure:  I was provided this presale code to promote the show.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, May 12, 2017

5/12/17: Annie the Musical in Boston

On Wednesday night we went to Annie The Musical at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston.  The show was wonderful!!!  We all loved it.  The show was so well done and we all left with the awesome songs in our head.  The show is in Boston until May 21st so you have time to get tickets!  Discount code below.
We brought one of Lauren's friends to the show and she absolutely loved it.  Here you can see Lauren with my Annie doll from 1977.  I got that when I went to the show for the first time.
Last time we saw the show we went to the Red Carpet arrival.  Here you can see Gilgamesh Taggett who plays Oliver Warbucks.  He was perfect for the part.  Unfortunately this time we couldn't make the timing work to get there for their arrival.
 Annie had an amazing voice and acted perfectly for the part.  She sang beautifully and I especially loved when she sang Tomorrow.  The kids that played the orphans were all awesome.  They acted, danced and sang wonderfully.  Bunny Baldwin especially stood out as Molly.  She was so adorable and her acting was wonderful.  
Erin Fish played Miss Hannigan and was hilarious.  She was the perfect funny character that you want to hate but can't because she is so funny.  You can't forget Sandy.  What a well trained doggy.  She sat, she spoke, she came when called and was awesome.  Sandy is played by two dogs from shelters.  I love that.
 The sets were amazing also.  The transitions between the Orphanage, NYC, the Warbucks household, and the President's office were seamless.  
Even my doll from 1977 when I saw the show loved watching herself on stage. 
Save 25% on tickets to the following performances:  May 14 eve, 17, 17, 18, 21 eve.  Excludes Orchestra Pit and Orchestra rows A-D.  Us promotional code MOMS
www.anniethemusical.com
Here is a video preview of the show:

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, make sure you get tickets.  Ok, I had to, I love that song!
Disclosure:  I received 4 tickets to attend this performance of Annie and 4 tickets for giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

5/2/17: Win 4 Tickets to Water Country and Discount Code

CONTEST CLOSED:  CONGRATULATIONS KELLY D FOR WINNING!
We are finally putting the winter behind us and now that the weather is warming up it is time to think about some summer fun!  Lucky for you I have another giveaway!  As one of my lucky readers I am giving you a chance to win 4 tickets to Water Country!

We love going on the water slides as a family and there are plenty of options for the daring or the more cautious riders.  

There is a lot to do with 26-acres of kids attractions and rides.  There are family slides, a wave pool, lazy river, and more.  There are even Cabanas to relax in and take a break during the day.
Here is a way to save $5 on tickets, use the link below!
There are so many slides for all types.  You don't need to be a thrill seeker to go on. My kids love these slides.  Lauren gives Water Country two enthusiastic thumbs up.
Love the whirlpool!
But if you are a thrill seeker there is plenty for you too.
Evan was daring enough to try this one out and loved it!
The wave pool is awesome too!
Here we are in the Adventure River.  This is one of my favorites.
This is Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror.
There are many kids areas to play in that are shallow.
Here is the Pirate area.
It is such a fun place to spend the day.
So gorgeous.
Head to Water Country this summer and have some fun!  Enter below to win 4 tickets.
Disclosure:  I received a family four pack of passes to Water Country in exchange for this post.  I also received the two tickets for giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, April 28, 2017

4/28/17: Win 4 Tickets to Annie in Boston

CONTEST CLOSED:CONGRATULATIONS ANNE  FOR WINNING!
The first Broadway show I ever saw when I was a kid was Annie.  Now as one of my lucky readers I am giving you a chance to win 4 tickets to see the show at the I still have this doll I got at the show in 1977!  Now I am giving you a chance to win 4 tickets to see it at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston on May 9th or 10th at 7 pm.

We saw the last performance of Annie at the Wang and loved it.  In fact before the show we got to attend a Red Carpet event and met some of the performers.
The kids loved the show!
Even my doll from 1977 enjoyed the show.
For tickets and information, visit: www.anniethemusical.com 
Here is a video preview of the show:

More about the show:
The Boch Center and The Madison Square Garden Company are proud to announce that the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE, now in its third smash year, will play Boston’s Boch Center Wang Theatre May 9-21, 2017.

Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. ANNIE has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who has incorporated selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award®-winning choreography. 
 The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design by Costume Designer’s Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Motown). The lovable mutt “Sandy” is once again trained by Tony Award® Honoree William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde).

 Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland). The tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC. The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 39 years. The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, make sure you get tickets or win tickets below.  Ok, I had to, I love that song!
Disclosure:  I received 4 tickets to attend this performance of Annie and 4 tickets for giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4/26/17: Win 4 Tickets to Story Land and Discount Code

CONTEST CLOSED: CONGRATULATIONS TO PAM B!
We have been going to Story Land in Glen, NH for years and love it!  I have amazing news for my readers!  Not only do I have a $3.00 off discount code for tickets but I am also giving away a family four pack of tickets!!!!  Read on to win!
Where else does Humpty Dumpty stay on the wall?
Story Land is such a unique amusement park that we love.  They have story book characters, rides suitable for little ones and lots of fun for the whole family.  The park is also not so large that you feel overwhelmed.
They have also added a really cool roller coaster called Roar-O-Saurus which is so much fun.  It is a really fun wooden roller coaster.  It is also an awesome addition for the kids that are a little older however I saw many younger children riding.  You need to be at least 42' to ride.
Lauren loved posing with some of the dinosaurs for me.
I promised you a discount code and here it is.
To get a discount pf $3.00 on every ticket you can buy tickets online here:  https://www.storylandnh.com/blogreader?promocode=EvenandLaurenSBlog17
Or enter the Promocode EvenAndLaurenCoolSBlog17
Also did you know you can enter one day 3 hours before closing and then come back another full day?  What a great deal!!!  The park is also so lovely and right in the a beautiful area.
Absolutely gorgeous with the train coming around.
You can also go visit Cinderella at her castle.  We tell the kids this is her summer home.
Her lovely castle.
There are also lots of fun shows.  This one is called "Fairy Tale High".  Look at the booklet you receive when you enter the park for showtimes.
There are lots of other fun rides.
These are the Flying Fish.
Antique Cars are always a hit.  I suggest getting to these mid-day as they are at the front of the park and everyone goes to them at the start of the day.
The swan boats are super fun to drive.
The Antique German Carousel is awesome.  Instead of the horses going up and down they go front to back.
The kids love it.
Here is Evan rowing on the Pirate Ship.  No Row No Go!
There is a fun little water play area.
Plus you can lock up the kids if they are bad!  Well not really but it is a good photo opportunity.
There is also a cute show mid-day where you can take a picture with the characters afterwards.  It is called Duke's Dance Party.
So many cute places to take pictures.
The annual picture in the pumpkin.
A new chair you can take a picture in.
The kids in the train.
I love this picture.  Every year Evan sneaks in to this picture with Lauren.
There are even cute animals to see.
At the end of the day there is a dance party and show with the characters.  I love this show as you get to see Humpty Dumpty.  He is adorable!
What an awesome day!  Enter below for your chance to win 4 tickets to Story Land!
Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets for my family to go to Story Land for promotional purposes.  I was also provided with four tickets for giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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