Tuesday, September 2, 2014

9/2/14: Huzzah King Richard's Faire Is Here

Huzzah King Richard's Faire is back in Carver, MA.  We were lucky enough to go on Labor Day and a lot of fun.  It is such a unique form of entertainment and fun for the whole family to experience.  
This Faire is the longest running Renaissance Festival and runs August 30th to October 19th on weekends plus Labor Day and Columbus Day.  Here you can see the Royal Parade with the King and Queen.
This guy was hysterical and kept saying he was sweaty.  To be fair it was 82 degrees when we were there.
One of my favorite things was the Jousting. 
 
There are three jousts during the day.  Each corner is represented by one of the people jousting.
 Here was our guy Joseph.
 The whole crowd gets in to the joust and it is a lot of fun to watch.
 There are several areas they compete in.  Here you can see they needed to collect rings as they went by.
Then they put armor on their head when they joust against each other. 
 I like to map our day of shows before we go.  Here is this year's schedule.  We also went to the Mud Show.  This is some dirty (but clean) fun.
 The shows are really impressive and there is even a Tiger Show.

Make sure to get a spot early for this show as it will fill up.  I suggest 30 minutes in advance.

The show at King Richard's Faire is put on by T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) and the R.S.F. (Rare Species Fund), based out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  We visited them when we were in Myrtle Beach.

They also had a lot for the kids.  There will be a Prince and Princess Contest on Saturday, September 20th with a Prince and Princess Contest.  Here is our Princess getting her hair wrapped.
 It looks pretty cool huh?
Evan enjoyed archery which was $4 for 12 arrows.


Lauren had fun too.
 There were rides - for an additional fee.  Usually around $2-$4.  Cash only.  There are games for kids to play and Knight School and Princess Academy in the Kid's Cove area.
Tickets are $29 for adults and $16 for children and you can buy tickets online here.  
You must pay cash so make sure you have cash with you.  There are also tons of shops with really cool stuff.
 
 This is the food area that is in a round, there are also other stands.  Note that you need to buy tickets to buy food.  All tickets cost $1.00 and are used to buy food and drink.  First scope out what you want and then purchase your tickets.
They are located on 80 acres of beautiful, enchanted forest off Rt. 58 in Carver, MA.  
They are also in the final four for the Providence Journal's Fall Guide Bracket Contest - a Facebook poll resulting in the most popular events getting a profile in their Fall Guide on September 12th. You can vote for them here: https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/fall_guide_bracket_4?from=user_link&ref_id=li7nak
Check them out on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/TheKingRichardsFaire 
Follow them on Twitter: @KRFaire
Don't get locked out of this fun event!  
Disclosure:  I received a family pack of four tickets in exchange for review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 1, 2014

9/1/14: Canobie Lake Park Fun

I love going to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH and have been going since I was a kid.  Now we take an annual trip with my best friend and neighbor and the kids have a blast.  There are so many fun rides, games and a water park to give you a full day of fun.
Make sure to keep an eye on their website and also join the Canobie Club to get all the latest updates and find out when the discounted tickets are on sale.  You can either buy the discounted tickets at a local mall or online.  
Discount coupons are also available.  Check their website for locations.  Plus now they have a Canobie Lake Park App you can download and use while you are in the park!  
 The kids are really growing up.  Now both Lauren and Evan are above 48 inches.  This is the first year they were both tall enough to ride some of the rides and sadly turned down on the kiddie rides as they are too big.  Here they are on the Skater.

They really liked this ride.
Another favorite was Wipeout.
 This one goes up and down and they were loving it.  They went on it multiple times.
 They did still go on the Dragon roller coaster.  This is a smaller roller coaster.
It was fun watching them go on the Jungle Bounce.  They still giggled.

I went on Untamed again which is a super fun roller coaster.  My friend's daughter wanted to ride and I was happy to go on.
 This roller coaster goes straight up and then right down and in to a loop.  It is awesome!
 The little area is nice where they have this ride.
The kids also went on the Boat ride. 

 They also went on the Boston Tea Party.  This soaks you.  They changed in to their bathing suits first.
 Here you can see the spray it gives off and the unsuspecting people walking by getting sprayed.
Here they are after the went on it. 
Since they were already wet it was time to head to Castaway Island and get more wet.
They had fun here in the water park. 
We also had fun riding on the sky ride.
It is nice to ride over the park. 
On the Sky Ride you have some beautiful views.  Here is the Caterpillar which I love.
 It is so pretty there.  My friend and I were lucky enough to take the Boat ride at the end of the day which is a nice leisurely ride.  

Our husbands took the kids on some more rides as we went on the boat.  What lovely views.

They also have Screeemfest coming up for Halloween time.
You should definitely go there if you haven't been.  I highly suggest going there if you have never been.  They also have Fireworks on select nights.  Just check their website.  
 Give Canobie Lake Park some love:
Twitter: @CanobieLakePark
Disclosure:  I was provided two tickets to Canobie Lake Park for this review.  No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

9/1/14: Day Out With Thomas at Edaville USA

Thomas has travelled from Sodor to Edaville USA in Carver, MA!  Day Out With Thomas, The Thrill of the Ride Tour is here and Thomas speaks!  I have some video in this post.
 This fun event offers a chance to ride with Thomas the Tank Engine plus enjoy the park.  The event runs from 9AM to 5PM on August 30th ­ September 1st, 6th, and 7th.  We have been going for years and love it every time.

You can even meet Sir Topham Hatt.
 Love him.
Of course you can take a ride on the train as Thomas pulls you on the tracks.  Pretend as if you are in Sodor as you listed to Thomas music on your journey. 
 This is the first time that Thomas has talked.  Check it out.  Evan particularly enjoyed this.

You can also enjoy live music and storytelling, Thomas themed activities, and lots more at the Imagination Station.  Get a temporary tattoo and get stamps along the way. 
In addition to spending time with Thomas, you have unlimited use of all their amusement park rides.  We especially like the bumper cars.
The Scrambler is lots of fun too.  The kids made me ride it with them two times in a row.
 You can even fish there.
The event costs $20 which includes entry to the park, one 20 minute ride on a passenger car pulled by Thomas, video viewing, coloring, temporary tattoos, storytelling, live entertainment and park rides. 
Tickets can be purchased online or at the park by visiting www.ticketweb.com/dowt or calling 866-­468-­7630.  For information on Thomas and Friends, visit www.thomasandfriends.com  Follow Thomas and Friends on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and Twitter @ThomasParent.  
I suggest you Like the Edaville Facebook page to stay up to date.  You can also follow them on Twitter: @EdavilleUSA

Don't let Thomas chug out of town before you get to meet him!
Disclosure:  I received a family four pack of tickets to this event to promote it.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.