Monday, September 28, 2015

9/28/15: Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Show Giveaway

Our family loves all things Disney.  We just returned from a week in Walt Disney World and I was very excited to be invited to Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales at the Tsongas Center on November 14th.  It is a way to enjoy some Disney Magic at home.  Plus I am giving you a chance to win  tickets to the show.  Read on and enter below.
More about the show:
Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt.  Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairytale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life right in your hometown. 
This live show features dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, audiences will be captivated by the humor, fun and adventure of these spellbinding stories.  Dream with the princesses, cheer for the heroes as they conquer evil villains, and marvel as these classic tales are brought to life in a theatrical experience that’s pure magic.
 We love Cinderella, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast.
 This looks like a fantastic show!
The show is on November 16th and playing at 12, 3 and 6 pm.  Tickets are available here. Enter below to win 4 tickets to a show of your choice.
Here is a video trailer.
Disclosure:  I was provided with 4 tickets for my family and tickets for giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 21, 2015

9/21/15: Win 2 Tickets to Edaville USA for any Date in October

I have another giveaway for family fun at Edaville USA.  Enter below to win 2 tickets to see Thomas Land and Pumpkins Aglow.  You can chose any open date in October!
 We have always loved going to Edaville USA and now with the new Thomas Land there is so much more fun!  You can read my full post here on Thomas Land.
 Here you can see the rides.  Any Thomas and Friends fan will love it.
You can see all the rides here.
Make sure to see Sir Topham Hatt!
 Of course make sure to take a train ride with Thomas chugging along.
With rides, a train ride, Dino Land, and Thomas Land there is so much to see!
Plus in October you can check out their Pumpkins Aglow display.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or at the park entrance.  Enter below to win 2 tickets to be used any date in October that Edaville USA is open.

Disclosure:  I was invited by Mattel to attend the Media Grand Opening of Thomas Land at Edaville USA.  I was also provided with tickets to giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

9/19/15: Win Four Tickets to King Richard's Faire

I was contacted by King Richard and I have good news for my readers!  I have two sets of Family Four Packs of tickets to King Richard's Faire in Carver, MA to giveaway for September 26th or 27th!  Enter below!
More about the faire:
Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire's delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more. 
King Richard’s Faire has lots of fun entertainment running on 8 stages plus roaming entertainers and a live joust!  Here is the King and Queen in the Royal Parade.
Carvershire has been bustling with excitement as King Richard and Queen Anne welcome new entertainers and talented artisans to our enchanting village including: New entertainers abound in 2015: Draiku, a beautiful aerialist duo Topsy Turvey, two beautiful acrobatic stunt mavens Squire of the Wire, a comedy and juggling high wire act Great Cats of the World, our new exotic cat show Arethusa/The American Rogues musicians MisAdventurers with swashbuckling hilarity, and a new Princess Sing-Along with our favorite trio of princesses! AND our original and hilarious musical, complete with a corsage: "Promises, Prom-Misses" taking place at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. on the King's Stage.  The kids and I particularly like the Jousting.  
I am a planner so I always check out the schedule.
There are a lot of cool vendors selling unique items.

The Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, Mass. 02330, phone is 508-866-5391, email  Visit King Richard’s Faire on Facebook:

So don't get locked out of this fun escape from reality!  Win tickets now!  Enter below!
Disclosure:  I received the 2 sets of four tickets for giveaway and also a family pack of four tickets in exchange for review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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9/19/15: Suburban-ettes Perform at Groton Fest

We kicked off the baton twirling season with a performance at Groton Fest.  The girls did a sampling of their baton routines from last year and did an awesome job!
 Lauren has been twirling since she was 4!  I twirled for years when I was young and had no idea how much she would enjoy it.  She is having a blast and now in her 4th year competing.  Here is Lauren's Junior Team.  They have been twirling together for 3 years.
 They started off their show with their marching routine with all the girls.
Then her Junior Team did their Step In Time Routine.
It is such an adorable routine.
This is my favorite action shot.  They both caught it.
They also did a routine to Uptown Funk that they made up last year during their Twirl-a-Thon during the holiday break.
This one has a lot of props with trumpets, flags, hats, and batons.

The girls also did a little guitar action in another Pom Pom routine.
They were also in a World of Color routine.
Lauren doing flag.
Great job ladies!!!  You did awesome even with the sun in your eyes.
Check out the Suburban-ettes Website!  Your daughter might like to try something new and baton twirling is a ton of fun!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

9/5/15: Kennedy Space Center Visit and Lunch with an Astronaut

We recently went to Florida on vacation and had a fantastic visit to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.  Visiting Kennedy Space Center has a special place in my heart as I visited for the first time in sixth grade with my family and it inspired me to go in to Aerospace Engineering.  Ultimately I got a degree in Aerospace Engineering from WPI and worked for NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.  I was excited to bring my children now to visit and hopefully inspire them in math and science.
There is so much to do at the Kennedy Space Center Complex.  There is a bus tour, 2 Omni theater shows, the Atlantis Space Shuttle, Kids Play Area, Astronaut Encounter and more.  The bus tour takes about 2 hours but is a must see.  Make sure to prioritize what you want to do at the beginning of the day to make sure you will fit it all in.
You get on a nice air conditioned bus and there is a tour guide that tells you everything you are seeing.
Before getting on the bus they take some cute pictures.
You are able to get close to launch pads, and see the Vehicle Assembly building.
Plus they let you out at an area with the Saturn V rocket.  
In this picture you can also see Apollo 14.  It is so amazing being this close to the Saturn V rocket.
One of the highlights of our day was having lunch with an astronaut.  This can be purchased as a package or separately.  If you purchase it on it's own it is $29.99 for adults and $15.99 for kids.  You can see all options here.
It is held in a lovely room with a presentation screen.
There is a full hot buffet including grilled chicken, fish, pizza, and salad.  Plus there are desserts.
We had Clayton Anderson who spoke to us.  He was a really good speaker and did an interactive demonstration of some of the difficult things to do in space.  He also has a new book coming out that he was signing at the gift shop later in the day.  You can learn more about Clay here.
Here you can see Evan.  He was chosen to help with the demonstration.
He also answered questions from the audience and posed for a picture with all of us after.  Here is the building you eat lunch in.  It is right as you enter the complex.
There are also other cool friends you can visit along the way.
Wow he must be hot!
We loved exploring the Rocket Garden.
There is so much to explore.
It is a lovely view.
The major highlight of our day was seeing the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
You start by entering a theater and watch a short film, then you enter another theater and watch another quick film that surrounds you.  But then is the big reveal!  It gave me chills as they revealed Atlantis!
Absolutely gorgeous!
Absolutely breath taking!
There are also interactive exhibits in this building and fun activities for the kids.  Here you can see Lauren coming down the slide.
Lauren using the interactive training exhibit.
Lauren climbing through the kids play area.
Here you can see the kids play area from below.
Evan trying some interactive exhibits out.
Lauren taking control of Atlantis.
There is also an Astronaut Encounter where you can go and hear from an Astronaut.  We didn't go as we had lunch with Clay.
It was also a Launch Day when we were there.  At 6 am they had launched Atlas V MUOS-4.
John and Evan got up to watch the launch from our hotel in Walt Disney World.
 I could have just been in a Disney mood but I think this looks like Tinker Bell.
Evan and John excited to see the launch.
I highly suggest visiting the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

There is so much to see and do.
Who knows, it may inspire your children to learn more about science and engineering.
Find them online:
Twitter: @ExploreSpaceKSC
Disclosure:  I was provided with admission and lunch with an astronaut for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.