Sep 192016
 

Storks the Movie 

Opening Day – September 23rd 2016

storks movie
The time is nearing where Storks the Movie is opening in theaters…are you excited?  Your kids? This movie should make you laugh out loud!  This is a family-friendly movie.

If you haven’t heard of the movie or would like a refresher:

About the Movie:
Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

Watch the Trailer….

If you’d like to see more trailers – head on over to the official Storks Website.  Tickets can be had by visiting the site as well.

Get Social with Storks

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Visit STORKS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storksmovie/
Visit STORKS on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storksmovie/
Why not print this activity out and have some fun?!  More activities can be found on the Stork Website
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Enjoy the movie!

DISCLOSURE:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Warner Bros. Pictures FCS received information to facilitate this post as well as a promotional item to thank us for our participation.

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Sep 072016
 

hopkinton state fair

Four score, well, okay, not that long ago, but well over forty-five years ago was the first time I went to the Hopkinton State Fair in NH.  Every Labor Day weekend my mom would take us kids to do two things.  One – get apples at the apple orchard because Macintosh apples were in their prime for being crisp and tart; and two – we went to the Hopkinton State Fair.

Of course, going to the fair was the ultimate activity of the two.  We got to go on rides, had lots of fun with the animals (pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, horses, poultry, rabbits), there was lots of food to be had and we all know that nothing compares to fair food, the Demolition Derby, tractor pulls, venturing through the booths where people would sell products and crafts.  Then there were barns that held the 4-H and Grange prize winners of different categories.  There was always so much fun to be had at the fair.

Here it is 2016 and that Labor Day weekend tradition of going to the Hopkinton State Fair is still going strong.  Our family goes every year.  There have only been a few changes over the years.

  • There are fewer people selling crafts and MLM products – kind of a disappointment since our family really enjoyed seeing all the crafts people made.
  • The Midway – there are two now and has been this way for many years.  One caters to little people and the other caters to those who are older.  Event-goers can buy single tickets or wristbands.  Wristbands cost $25, but you can ride on all the rides you want all day – definitely the way to go if you plan on riding a lot of rides – you’ll save a lot of money.  One will find old-time favorites like the Merry Go-round and the Ferris Wheel, to the more modern rides like the Zipper.  A few family rides are amongst the two midways.

Hopkinton State Fair - Hopkinton NH

Above is the Little People’s Midway – Below is the Older Kids/Adults Midway

Hopkinton State Fair - Hopkinton NH

 

  • Food oh my.  There are a lot more food stands.  There’s one stand that’s been there since I was a kid – Sam, Joe and Ed’s.  If I remember correctly, all that one could get way back when were Italian Sausage subs.  Now one can get those, meatball, and steak & cheese subs.

Hopkinton State Fair - Hopkinton NH

And if you’ve ever shied away from buying one of those big donuts at the fair, as we have all these years until this year, I urge you to try one!   I had it in my head that they would be dry, stale – just not tasty at all.  Was I SO wrong!  We bought one at Betsy’s Country Fair Donuts to try after a friend had talked about not being able to wait to have one at the fair.  Let. Me. Tell. You. – Oh. My. Goodness!  The glazed one was out of this world!  We wished we had bought more.  I wish I had snapped a picture of that goodness!

  • Games – tons of games with prizes to be won.

This young lady wanted a fish in the worst way.  She actually got two.  One was given to her and the other her grandfather won.

Little People's Midway &

  • Animals – animals galore.  Our favorites are the pigs and the goats.  We spend a lot of time in those barns and it seems like there are more animals than when I was a kid.

This guy was our favorite animal this year.  Super friendly and very lovable.

hopkinton state fair

  • A change that came a few years back was a Petting Zoo.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  There was a small one with a few animals, but that one doesn’t compare to the newer one. Charmingfare Farms brings in lots of goats – even Mamma’s and their babies.  They bring in lots of sheep.  There are Llamas.  Some years they’ve had horses – huge horses.  They’ve even had pigs – teacups and pot-bellied.  People can buy bags of food to feed the animals.  Kids just love going to see these animals; and quite frankly – it’s one of our most favorite spots.

These guys tore apart this young lady’s hair!  It was in a bun, but as you can see – it no longer is.

Hopkinton State Fair

All the goats are so friendly and trusting.  This little one sucked on her thumb for quite some time.

Hopkinton State Fair Charmingfare Farm Petting Zoo

This is one of the three Llamas.  She/he was the sassy one out of the three.

Hopkinton State Fair charmingfare farm

Sheep.  Yes, there were lots of sheep to feed and pet.

Hopkinton State Fair charmingfare farm

  • The Demolition Derby – the derby is a HUGE attraction at the fair.  It’s always sold out, and now that one can buy tickets online, it sells out even faster.  We weren’t able to get tickets for Saturday’s show.  But – I was able to get a couple pictures from the outside.  Do you see all those people???  Amazing!

This is just part of one side of the grandstands where people are anxiously awaiting the start of Demolition Derby.

Hopkinton State Fair grandstands demo derby

Below – the crews are getting ready for the Demolition Derby.

Hopkinton State Fair Demolition Derby

We had a blast at the fair.  We’ll have to wait another year before we can go back to the Hopkinton State Fair – it only happens on Labor Day Weekend.  That’s a long wait.

The Hopkinton State Fair is on Facebook.  Like their page to keep up on all the excitement to come!

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Jan 282016
 

LEGOLAND sounds amazing!  What a great way to enjoy time with your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews – any child for that matter!  I bet the movie will be very enjoyable as well.

About LEGOLAND

  • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is built for kids. It is a multi-day destination offering more than 50 rides, shows and attractions designed for families with children, ages 2 – 12.
  • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is located in Winter Haven, Florida, just 45 minutes from Orlando attractions.
  • Guests will find themed roller coasters, family rides, hands-on building activities, oversized LEGO® creations, a toddler attractions area and an adjoining water park at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.
  • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort focuses on interactivity, education and fun; enabling kids to take control!
  • At LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, kids are encouraged to trade LEGO® Minifigures with Model Citizens, or employees, who are easily spotted by their colorful LEGO nametags sporting a fun and unique Minifigure of their own.
  • LEGOLAND® Hotel is located just 130 “kid steps” from the main entrance of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.
  • Learn more about LEGOLAND® Florida Resort at http://florida.legoland.com/

Have you visited LEGOLAND?  Share your experience with us 🙂

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Jan 232016
 

Harlem Globetrotters 2016 North American Tour Dates – Save 25%

harlem globetrotters 2016

Coming to an Arena near you – the Harlem Globetrotters 2016 90th Anniversary World Tour:

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to an arena near you during their 90th Anniversary World Tour.

On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment.

Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. You won’t want your family to miss it – use promo code FAMFUN to save 25% off your tickets.

Here are the available location and dates for this tour (more maybe added):

Erie, PA – 1/28/16
Ithaca, NY – 2/2/16
Frostburg, MD  – 3/7/16
Bangor, ME  – 3/15/16
Augusta, ME  – 3/16/16

Connecticut– Hartford-February 20 at 2:00pm, Uncasville February 18 at 7:00pm, Bridgeport February 19 at 7:30pm, Danbury- March 24 at 7:00pm
Delaware – Newark March 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
Michigan – Grand Rapids January 24, 2016 at 2:00pm, Yspilanti January 22, 2016 at 7:00pm
New Hampshire– Manchester March 25, 2016 at 7:00pm
New Jersey – Toms River March 10, 2016 at 7:00pm, Lincroft March 17, 2016 at 7:00pm, Trenton March 5, 2016 at 2:00pm, Atlantic City March 11, 2016 at 7:00pm
New York – Lake Placid February 17, 2016 at 7:00pm
Oklahoma – Oklahoma City February 6, 2016 at 2:00pm
Pennsylvania – Wilkes Barre March 5, 2016 at 2:00pm, Allentown March 2, 2016 at 7:00pm, Indiana March 29, 2016 at 7:00pm
Vermont– Burlington April 7, 2016 at 7:00pm

Corpus Christi, TX – 1/27/2016
Rochester, NY – 1/31/2016 and 2/6/2016
Albany, NY – 2/7/2016
Kent, WA – 2/12/2016 and 2/15/2016
Seattle, WA – 2/13/2016
Everett, WA – 2/14/2016
Yakima, WA – 2/17/2016
Eugene, OR – 2/18/2016
Kennewick, WA – 2/21/2016
Pullman, WA – 2/23/2016
Wenatchee, WA – 2/24/2016
Casper, WY – 3/8/2016
Duluth, MN – 3/24/2016
Minneapolis, MN – 3/25/2016 and 3/26/2016
Lincoln, NE – 4/9/2016

You won’t want your family to miss this event.  You also don’t have to pay full price to see it. Simply use promo code FAMFUN to save 25% off your tickets. Get your tickets {HERE} @usfg

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Jan 212015
 
ice castles

2015 Ice Castles Lincoln NH

NEW Location

ice castles NH

Join in on the fun and experience the magical formations of the 2015 Ice Castles in Lincoln NH. You can expect to find an acre-sized, all-ice castle, full of colorful fun and excitement.

An entertaining experience for children and adults alike…great fun to be had by families. Be sure to bring your camera!

2015 ice castles NH

2015 ice castles NH

During the day you can expect natural frozen ice tones (above) – and at night – expect to see colorful LED-lit ice set to music (below).

2015 ice castles NH

2015 ice castles NH

You can expect there to be sliding, stomping, squeezing, squishing and crawling through parts of the stunning Narnia-like display. The amazing ice features include tunnels, slot canyons, ice slide, archways, caverns, a frozen throne, and glacial waterfalls.

Details for 2015 Ice Castle Event Lincoln NH

Note NEW Location

Hobo Railroad
64 Railroad St
Lincoln, NH 03521

Hours of Operation

Sunday-Thursday: 2-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 2-10 p.m.

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Enter “awesomeice” to receive $2 off any ticket through the season at www.icecastles.com

Other Locations

Lincoln NH is one of four locations housing the Ice Castles event. Utah, Vermont, and Minnesota are hosting the event this year as well.

Have you ever attended an Ice Castle event? Details please…we’d love to hear details!

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Oct 012014
 

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters everywhere next Friday, October 10th!  BUT – you can see some of the clips from the movie right now!

About

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.

Take a peak at these clips of the movie:

Alexander – Clip “Stop, Drop & Roll”

Alexander – Clip “XOXO”

Alexander – Clip “Effort On The Potty”

Alexander – Clip “This Day Was Cursed”

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” OPENING In theaters Oct. 10, 2014.  Mark your calender so you don’t miss the movie!

Like ALEXANDER on Facebook: Facebook.com/DisneyAlexander

Follow ALEXANDER on Twitter: @DisneyPictures

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Jul 262014
 
water country

water country

It’s summer. It’s hot. It was a great day spent at Water Country! Located in Portsmouth New Hampshire, not far from the NH seacoast, is where you’ll find this gem of a water park. A water park that is celebrating it’s 30th birthday this year (2014) that is up to speed with modern water rides & slides, concessions, cool pools – for fun to be had for everyone, including the flock of seagulls (herring gulls) – an added touch of feeling like you’re at the ocean!

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Group of seagulls enjoying the pool

Water Country invited us to be 2014’s Brand Ambassador and we were more than happy to accept.  We were provided the luxury (for us) of having a cabana.  Ours was one that was located above the wave pool that overlooked the Wave Pool.  Being a bright sunny day, the view looking out of the cabana and into the park was gorgeous.

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View we experienced in stepping just a few feet outside the cabana. You can see the Wave Pool and a SMALL portion of the park.

There are several cabana options to choose from.  Some have table sets with lounge chairs and others don’t.  Some are larger than others are with smaller tables and chairs.  Some are just a simple little cabana with two lounge chairs.  Regardless of the size and contents, they all overlook the pool or are poolside.  And, one is sure to feel like they are a part of the excitement, while lounging around in style.  The cabanas are a great amenity for those who just want to lounge around or can’t be in the sun – it actually doesn’t matter what the reason is – it is just nice to know that they have a place for those who wish to be shaded comfortably.

Water Country Cabana

Our cabana overlooking the Wave Pool

Part of the luxury of utilizing a cabana is that one can take advantage of ‘Food Service.’  One can consider ‘Food Service’ to be just like having room service at a hotel.  Alternatively, one can actually either bring in their own food and drinks, or you can eat at one of the many food kiosks and stands.

Water Country actually lets you bring food and drink in coolers into the park provided you aren’t bringing in glass containers, alcohol or BBQ items.  There are several picnic areas throughout the water park.  Those are amenities that most parks do not allow/have.

Visitors actually feel safe enough to leave their coolers right at their chosen picnic table.  But visitors beware!  If you’re leaving your food out on the tables or chairs – you could experience thieves of the “feather” kind!  We watched a seagull empty a Goldfish bag.  We watched another help himself to loaves of bread.  They fight each other over their treasures – they don’t fight fair either!  It’s just like seeing them at the ocean.  You’ll find seagulls flying about throughout the park.  They perch above the concession stands.  They walk the cement.  They are fun to watch.

For those valuables that are better off locked up like money, watches, camers, Water Country has lockers you can rent.  They come in two sizes and are priced accordingly.

Water Country has no boundaries to catering to individuals of all ages where rides are concerned.  There are water areas designed just for young children and then there are those rides for the ones who love excitement.  If you’d rather take it slow and easy – there are water rides and slides catering to those individuals.  You’ll see baby boomers experiencing the fun of the rides and lounging about.

This is (below) the Tahiti Tree House.  It’s an area designed for older children (up to 54″).  There’s a lot to do in this area.  There are several slides, fun water guns, sprockets of water that come out of everywhere and see that big cup at the very top?  He fills up with water and once it’s full – he tips over!  A huge splash of water hits those near and far!

Tahiti Tree House

For parents whose children are able to play alone on this fabulous water adventure – there are chairs directly across from the Tahiti Hut to sit in.  The chairs aren’t as far away as they appear in the picture – you can rest assured that you can keep a close eye on your kids.

Tahiti Tree House

You see that black and purple tubing up on the left?  That is Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror.  Here’s a closer look at that water ride slide:

Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror

Now, I went on that once, and you won’t ever find me on it again in this lifetime!  Not being able to see what’s coming ahead – um yes, I’m good on not going there again.  It’s dark in there and it’s raging!  Rather, you’ll see me sitting in one of those lounge chairs basking in the sun long before that will happen again!  That said, the Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror water slide – is a HUGE hit with many.

Myself, I prefer the Adventure River (below).  I could ride around on a tube all day long.  One is not to worry – you will get wet as you travel the river.  There are sprockets of water coming out from the sides of the river walls.  There are falls of water coming down on you as you pass under the bridges.

Adventure River

Here’s another children’s slide – meet Ollie Octopus…younger children seem to enjoy Ollie.  I would have taken advantage of Ollie’s slides, but he doesn’t cater to adults 🙁

Ollie Octopus

Here’s a slide that is quite the trip – it drops pretty much 58′ straight down – Double Geronimo:

Geronimo

 

Don’t think that Water Country is just for kids, teens, or young adults!  They cater to the parents and grand parents of children.  They have ADA pool lifts for those with disabilities (using the pool lift would mean that either – the individual would need to be able to stand and pivot or they would need to be able to be picked up and placed in the lift.  There is no lift to lift the said individual with the disability out of their chair and into the pool lift).  There are facilities for those who use wheelchairs.

Looking for a group activity?  Water Country welcomes groups!  The day we visited there were groups from several different organizations.  I ran into a woman while waiting for the kids to finish a ride and we got to talking.  She had developmental disabilities and was visiting with a group from Massachusetts.  She was just so happy to be there even though she was allergic to the sun.  She felt the excitement.  She saw the excitement.  She felt the splashes of water from some of the rides.  She was having fun!  Then there were several other groups of children visiting from – I don’t know where – but they surely were having a blast!

The park opens at 10:30 AM and I would highly suggest that you get there close to opening time (There are days when the park’s hours are slightly different.  Be sure to check the calendar prior to heading to the water park).  There’s so much to do and as with any type of amusement park – you can plan on standing in line to get to the top of the ride.  Don’t let this discourage you though – the lines move fast!

Get social with Water Country on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Visit Water Country’s website to learn of all they offer!

**Product/Service was provided to complete this honest review.  All opinions in this post are those of a FCS Team Member

 

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Aug 052013
 
Classic Harbor Lines Sailing Boston

We set sail on Classic Harbor’s Schooner Adirondack III Boston Mass and what a time we had!  It was a hot, humid, cloudy day with a chance of thunderstorms, but the crew knew what they were doing from reading the radar and took us out on a beautiful excursion of  Boston Harbor as the radar said – you’re not getting the storm.  I was so excited to hear that news because I had never been on a sail boat – of any magnitude.

However – had the radar changed when we were out in the Harbor and should we have needed to take cover – going down under in the boat would have been okay.  This vessel was equipped with a kitchen, table, bathroom in addition to the seating atop.  The vessel was clean and well maintained.

Once aboard the Schooner we were introduced to the crew. The captain explained to us what to expect from the crew, the sail, and what we could and couldn’t do aboard the boat.  We were offered beverages during the sail…which was a nice touch since it was so hot.

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Aug 222012
 
Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror

My family had the pleasures of visiting Water Country and we had a great time!  Two of us had never been to a ‘BIG’ water park before and didn’t know what to expect.  Myself, I wasn’t quite sure whether I’d be sitting off to the sidelines while the kids experienced the park or if I would actually be going on the slides and rides after viewing the pictures on their website.  I was thinking maybe I was just a tad bit too old and wouldn’t fare well; considering I don’t like roller coasters or things that move fast that I have no control over – things that never used to bother me.  I have to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised and had a blast.  Be assured – you’re not too old to go!  During our visit, people of ALL age groups were there 🙂

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