Monday, November 24, 2014

‘Tis The Season For Giving

Verizon is Giving Back This Holiday Season with Access to Great Digital Content from Leading Technology Brands as Part of First-ever “Connection Day”




The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is about to become a little more enjoyable. Verizon Wireless has declared Nov. 26 “Connection Day” and is offering mobile users the chance to connect with everything they love in life – friends, music, books, news, and apps -- on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Verizon has teamed up with leading content providers to deliver exciting digital treats that any wireless customer can enjoy. Verizon is working with Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora on a variety of offers that will make the day before Thanksgiving just a little bit more entertaining.

On Nov. 26, all consumers, regardless of wireless carrier, can receive everything from movies to free wifi to audio books to streaming music, all compliments of Verizon. The complete list of offers includes:

  • Verizon FiOS: Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on November 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
  • Amazon: Selection of 10 free/discounted apps, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • Apple: A special offer from iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Condé Nast: Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Conde Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo (in-flight).
  • JetBlue: Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between November 26th and December 31st.
  • Pandora Media: Free seven-day trial of Pandora One.


Simply go to www.verizon.com/connectionday to preview the Connection Day treats. Consumers who visit the site before Nov. 26 can get a reminder to return on Connection Day to choose the gifts they are interested in.

And Verizon Wireless customers get a special treat. Starting today, MORE Everything customers who register for Connection Day at verizon.com/connectionday are eligible to immediately receive a one-time gift of 1GB of shareable data applied to their account. Plus, they’ll get another 1GB of data in their next billing cycle.

Not a MORE Everything customer? No problem. You’re eligible for a special discount on themophie powerstation 4000, a great tool to keep devices charged and connected.

“As we approach the holiday season, we wanted to show how much we appreciate our customers,” said Ken Dixon, vice president of marketing, Verizon Wireless. “We hope that not only our customers, but everyone, will take advantage of this day—a day to connect with family and friends, to learn something new about their device, or just to provide a little more entertainment during what can often be a hectic kick off to the holiday season.”

Connection Day – A big “Thanks” from Verizon during the season of thanks.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.
 
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.

In theaters Oct. 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.




Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tips on Traveling to Colonial Williamsburg with Kids


Recently Fun Things traveled to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg  is a great way to teach the kids about our history through a very hands on experience. Colonial Williamsburg makes you feel as if you have taken a time machine back to the 1800's.


Before You Go
I recommend going online before you go and doing a little research to plan out what you want to do and see. The Colonial Williamsburg website also has a kids section on their site with helpful information and games for the kids.  I would also recommend spending at least 2-3 days seeing all the events and programs available. There is so much to do and you want to make sure you catch everything.



When You Arrive
Start your visit at the Visitor Center where you can purchase Colonial Williamsburg tickets, make dining reservations and rent children's costumes at Costume Rental Center. The visitor center also has free parking and shuttle buses that take you to the different areas of Colonial Williamsburg. Williamsburg is a public place, so anyone can walk its streets and enter the stores and restaurants. Admission tickets are required to enter the "private" buildings like the capitol, the governor's palace, and any building where demonstrations take place. 


What to See

Babies: Please keep in mind the the streets are brick or crushed shell, so bring a stroller that can handle the rough terrain.  Also, many buildings can not accommodate strollers so you will need to carry your little one into the buildings.

Toddlers:  Take advantage of the beautiful gardens to let you toddler run off some steam.  The gardens are beautiful to look at and little ones love exploring.  Also the Market Square Stands is a great place for them to look at items and walk around in a less crowded area than the shops.

School-Age Kids: 
Make kids feel part of the action by renting a costume or buying a hat.  Make sure you stop by the visitors Center and pick up a kids map.  They can become a young citizen of Williamsburg, kids visit 5 historic sites and participate in the activity then receive a pin.  Have them talk to the locals to learn more about living in the area and how different it is from today.  When you're at the visitors center make sure you find out about the family programs going on during the day. They have demonstrations, kids games and talks about what it was like living in the 18th century.  Don't forget to make reservations for the family friendly ghost tour of the local taverns.





RevQuest: The Old Enemy
This is the perfect way to get your family immersed in the history of the Revolution.  
Each RevQuest player  is challenged to save the revolution by deciphering codes found throughout the Historic Area. Messages are sent through text messages on your phone.  My family and I loved how we learned about history while using our smart phones in order to send and receive clues.  RevQuest can be completed in 1 day or you can spread it out over 2 days.



Ghost Tours
This is something I always wanted to do and my kids were finally old enough to come along.  There are two different tours, we did the Tarven Ghost Walk which is family friendly.  They tell different stories about events that have happened in the different buildings/taverns.  You do need to purchase separate tickets for the ghost. tour



Where to Eat and Shop
I would recommend making reservations for dining with Colonists.  Kids love interacting with the Colonists and experiencing what it was like dinning in the 18th century.  Colonial Williamsburg has four choices Christiana Campbell's TavernChowning's TavernKing's Arms Tavern and Shields Tavern.  And yes children's menus are available.
There is also plenty of shopping and dinning in Merchant's Square.  I would recommend the Cheese Shop if your looking for a quick meal like sandwiches.  You must try the House Dressing at the Cheese Shop. If  you want a sit down meal try Seasons.




Plan your getaway to Colonial Williamsburg today!  They have a special summer deal going on were Kids stay,play, & eat for free!



Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary tickets to visit Colonial Williamsburg.

Fun Things Visits Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Virgina



During Spring Break my family and I I had the opportunity to visit Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.  My family and I love to visit Busch Gardens because it has something for everyone. The park is spread out into different European countries.  In each country they have different rides and activities.  We also enjoy the beautiful flowers and the grounds especially after the long snowy winter we had.



Before You Go

I definitely recommend visiting the Busch Gardens website before you go.  This will give you a chance to get an overview of the rides and the park sections which are divided up by countries.  You can purchase tickets online too.  This will cut down on waiting in line.  Make sure you wear comfortable shoes there is a lot of walking and hills in Bush Gardens, so you will get a good workout.  Also, download the Busch Gardens App, I really liked using this app to help me remember where I parked the car.  It also gives you wait time for the rides, show times and it also has a map of the park. 

Once You Arrive

When you enter the park through England, look for the height check station housed inside English phone booths.  Your child will be given a colored wristband and a sheet indicating the rides they can enjoy. It definitely takes the guessing game out of which rides your kids can go on.  

Also, check out the schedule of different shows for the day.  I recommend  Pet Shenanigans, Entwined:Tales of Good & Grimm (which is in air-conditioning) and The Secret Life of Predators.  If you want to to dine with Elmo and Friends you want to make your reservations at Guest Services in England.



Food
There are many choices when it comes to food at Busch Gardens.  There are concession stands throughout the park.  Many of the countries have self serving restaurants that offer foods that are related to the country.

Toddlers
Younger children will want to head to Sesame Street Forest Fun for everything Sesame Street.  There are shows, a playground and a water playground to keep the little ones cool on the hot days.  The rides in this section are perfect for your little ones. They even have a roller coaster for kids 33 inches and taller. Also head to the Land of Dragons for more kids rides and a huge outdoor playground with climbing nets and a tree-house.


School Aged Children
Depending on the height of your child, they may be able to give the roller coaster a try if they are into adventure.  Kids under 52 inches will have plenty rides to try in each country.  Le Scoot (log flume), Europe in the Air, Curse of the DarKastle, Mach Tower and Verbolten.



Teens and Older
Busch Gardens is the perfect park for those dare devil teens.  They have a roller coaster to meet all of their needs.  Escape to Pompeli, Apollo's Chariot, Roman Rapids, Loch Ness Monster and much more.


Overall
Busch Gardens has something for everyone.  Rides for the younger family members and thrilling roller-coasters for the rest of the family.  Even is you're not a big ride person, the grounds of the park are gorgeous and you can catch a show or two. If your heading to the Williamsburg area for a family vacation, Busch Gardens should definitely be on your list to visit.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Disney's CINDERELLA - Teaser Trailer




The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever. 


 A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. 



 Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”) and starring Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham-Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”). The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”). “Cinderella” will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 13, 2015.



Monday, March 10, 2014

KaBOOM! is Searching for America's Most Playful Family

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Showing My Disney Side with a Disney Side @Home Celebrations Party

I was recently given the chance to show my #DisneySide during my daughters birthday.  I thought what a better way to show how much we love Disney then throwing a princess/prince party.  Everyone was invited to wear their favorite princess costume or prince costume to the party.

                I decorated the house using red table cloths make royal curtains and a royal carpet.  As guest were arriving I played the Disney Parks vacation playing DVD, many guest started to share their favorite parts about Disney.  

 I decorated the tables with Mickey table cloths , napkins and cups.


 We played Disney Bingo with the kids.  The adults had a blast answering Disney Trivia questions.



 We even had a special princess cake.


We took photos of everyone decked out in their princess and prince outfits.  As part of the thank you we sent everyone pictures of  them in their outfits with the castle in the background.  Thankfully we were given the HP photo card packs to help us print the photos out.  Our guest even had the chance to take a pack home to have fun printing out their family photos.

Overall are party was a huge success, everyone loved showing their #DisneySide and loved getting out of the house since we have had so much snow this winter!

**I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebrations.  The opinions expressed here are my own.**