SeaWorld Offers Free Admission for Florida Preschoolers

 

 

SeaWorld Offers Free Admission for Florida Preschoolers

Popular Preschool Card returns for year-round fun in 2018

 

 

Now through December 31, 2018, Florida kids ages five and younger can enjoy all the excitement of SeaWorld Orlando for free by registering for the SeaWorld Orlando Preschool Card.

 

SeaWorld offers an ocean of experiences that are perfect for pint-sized guests, from up-close animal encounters to breathtaking live shows. The Preschool Card also includes popular SeaWorld events such as the Seven Seas Food Festival, Electric Ocean, Halloween Spooktacular, and the fan-favorite Christmas Celebration.

 

This spring, preschoolers and their families can dive into Just For Kids, an event crafted especially with young guests in mind. From April 21 to May 13, families can spend their weekends dancing to the beat and learning together along with everybody’s favorite furry, finned and flippered friends during this special event.

 

Parents can add Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, to their child’s Preschool Card for only $59.99 to enjoy two parks all year. From Walkabout Waters to Kata’s Kookabura Cove, young guests can explore endlessly on interactive play structures, splash zones, and miniature slides designed just for them. With the upcoming opening of Ray Rush, a new family raft ride, the Preschool Card presents a great value for families with young children in 2018.

 

The 2018 Preschool Card is now available for registration exclusively for Florida residents. Advance registration must be completed online and is only valid for children ages five or younger at the time of redemption at the park. Please note registration is required by May 13, 2018.

 

To learn more and to register for the Preschool Card, Florida residents can visit SeaWorldOrlando.com/PreschoolCard.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Everyday Education – 7 Wise Ways To Take Your Child’s Learning Outside The Classroom

Everyday Education – 7 Wise Ways To Take Your Child’s Learning Outside The Classroom

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When it comes to learning experiences for your child or children, there’s no reason for information to begin and end with the classroom. Opportunities to expand your child’s desire to learn and engage with information exist in your everyday activities – from cooking to Saturday sports.

 

For more ideas on how you can incorporate and encourage more active learning in your child’s everyday routines, read on…

 

Fun & Games

 

Board games are one of the most time-honoured ways to spend evenings as a family – and for good reason. Board games can help your child develop reasoning skills, tactical skills and other problem solving tools.

 

In order to gain the greatest benefit from time spent playing board games, try to introduce a game which will continually challenge and test your child. Games with buildable or modular content are particularly great for this, and will ensure that your child doesn’t become quickly bored or restless with the routine.

 

Come Together

 

Another way to encourage and develop your child’s passion for learning is to provide them with an environment of like-minded children, such as a program designed for encouraging talented or gifted education.

 

These programs give children an opportunity to discuss and explore their ideas in an open, non judgemental environment, where there are other children who share their passion for learning and new ideas.

 

Cook Up A Storm

 

Cooking provides an excellent opportunity for you to help teach your child about how to balance seemingly disparate elements, while also encouraging their creativity.

 

Depending on the age of your child, you may be able to set an evening or afternoon each week aside where they are given full responsibility for cooking the household meals. A task like this can encourage your child to plan (resource plan, task plan) and to actively problem-solve.

 

If your child is younger or not quite ready for such a task, it might be more ideal to provide them with an appropriate cookbook and attempt to guide them through the process.

 

Get Involved

 

Involving your child in everyday household decisions and processes can also help them to understand the challenges involved in maintaining a family and a home, while also giving them a sense of personal responsibility.

 

Some everyday decisions and tasks in which you can encourage the input of your child include: home maintenance, decoration, gardening and budgeting. Each of these will require a different set of skills from your child (for example, budgeting will require some maths and problem solving skills, while decoration will encourage their artistic and creative skills).

 

Learning Journeys

 

Travel is an excellent way to teach your children about life outside of their own small community. Travel can provide your child and your family a good opportunity to discuss larger issues as you see them, and to provide context to their understanding of the planet.

 

Travel can be as short and uncomplicated as a camping trip or weekend away, or as complex as an overseas vacation. New experiences, new cultures and new locations all present wonderful opportunities to undertake a learning journey.

 

Have A Ball

 

Team sports are not only a great way to ensure your child is active and healthy, they also provide an extra opportunity to learn transferable skills such as goal-setting, team building and tactical approaches.

 

Try providing your child with a selection of different team sports and see which one (or multiple) they are most drawn towards. Some children will thrive on the fast pace of sports such as hockey, basketball or netball. Other children may prefer the pace and tactical approach of a longer form game like cricket or softball.

 

It’s Electric

 

Learning devices and electronic/haptic technologies can also provide you with a convenient, take-anywhere way to keep your children moving forward in their learning journeys.

 

Devices such as iPads and tablets are able to be filled with apps designed to augment the school learning processes, and to expedite knowledge in core learning areas (numeracy, literacy, comprehension). Use of these devices at home can help to build confidence in your child, while also providing a fun and portable way for them to learn.

 

Creating spaces and opportunities for your child to learn is not as complex as you might imagine. Simple strategies such as involving your child in everyday household processes, and encouraging the uptake of games and sports can help to trigger and nurture a lifelong love of learning.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Magical Fun Day or Night with Playbrites!

Light up fun with Playbrites!

 

 

Playbrites are available in six different popular animal varieties. Each come with accessories such as a nose, mouth, ears etc…Think a cooler and light up version of Mr. Potato Head! The accessories easily store inside the animal so everything stays together and your child doesn’t lose any pieces (or Mom doesn’t step on any of the pieces!).  The top of the animal comes off so your child can light up their room or play tent with cool color features! Plus, it comes with a carry handle for easy transport to a friends house, grandma’s house, room to room…..travel possibilities are endless! Retail price on playbrites.com is $19.99 each. They do take 3 AA batteries which are not included.

 

Here are the cool features of Playbrites!

  • Changes six colors
  • Turns any ceiling into a light show
  • Magical tap light works night or day
  • Playbrites play faces pieces are mix and match
  • Handy travel handle included
  • Pieces store inside body
  • Alleviate fear of the dark
  • Promote restful sleep
  • Long lasting LED lights
  • Automatic shut off

 

 

My review:

Let me start out by saying, these are so much fun! My 9 year old daughter and 6 year old son are having a blast with them. At first, when I looked them up quickly, I thought they were to only be used at bedtime. How cool is it to have a light up toy to use at bedtime, but to also play with during the day?! My daughter was thrilled to receive the Unicorn since she is very much obsessed with them at the moment. My son loves dinosaurs, so he was excited to receive the Dino Dragon. After assembly which was super easy, the kids got right to creating their animal with the included parts. They really are adorable! I love how you can mix and match if you have more than one Playbrite. They are available in 6 different animal varieties: Unicorn, Dino Dragon, Bunny, Shark,  Kitty and Puppy.

 

Just press down on the unit to go through the many bright colors (red, blue, green, pink, orange and white). Turn your child’s room or tent into a magical light show! It was so fun seeing my children’s faces light up with the colors and designs on the wall and ceiling. They come with long lasting LED lights, so I am glad I won’t have to change the batteries every day so my kids can enjoy this. It also automatically shuts off, so you don’t have to worry if your child has left it on when you go out, or when they fall asleep.

 

 

In conclusion: I think Playbrites are wonderful for all children. I love how you can play with them during the day, and then have a magical light show at night. They are perfect for children who are afraid of the dark and parents do not need to worry because they have an automatic shut off. These would make the perfect gift for a birthday party and even for the upcoming Easter holiday.

 

You can purchase Playbrites at: playbrites.com, toysrus.com and in Toys R Us stores. 

 

*I received two Playbrites in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Scaffold Safety Protocols for a Commercial Building Project

Scaffold Safety Protocols for a Commercial Building Project

Many commercial property rehabilitation, renovation, and remodeling projects require the use of scaffolding. On the one hand, scaffolding represents one of the most widely used pieces of equipment in commercial construction projects. On the other hand, a considerable number of business owners, and associated contractors, neglect to implement suitable safety protocols when it comes to using scaffolding on a commercial building project of some type.

There are some very definite safety standards and protocols that must be followed when it comes to using scaffolding on a commercial building rehabilitation, renovation, or remodeling project. For additional information on the safety protocols discussed here, a business owner or contractor can access resources via the website maintained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.

Proper Scaffold Assembly

One of the most common types of accident associated with scaffolding involves the failure of planks or support structures. More often than not, these injury-causing scaffolding failures occur because the scaffold was not properly assembled in the first instance.

More than a few business owners, and a surprising number of less experienced contractors, presume that assembling a scaffold is a minor task. In fact, by its very nature, a scaffold consists of numerous pieces and parts. The failure to properly connect even a seemingly minor component of a scaffold can have dire consequences in the form of planking, or a similar type of, failure.

Scaffold assembly should not be something either a business owner or contract should garner experience through “on the job training.” Rather, in the absence of specific scaffold assembly training, and prior experience, a business owner best ensures appropriate safety standards through the use of scaffolding by outsourcing assembly.

Securing Sides and Edges

Another common danger zone potentially associated with scaffolding is unprotected sides and edges. Time and again, those involved in a commercial construction endeavor of some nature intentionally limit suitable guards and railings designed to secure and protect the sides and edges of scaffolding. The primary rationale for minimizing this type of side and edge securement is because of the belief that it interferes with efficient completion of tasks associated with the placement of the scaffolding in the first instance.

The failure to utilize appropriate securement associated with sides and edges jeopardizes the safety and wellbeing of workers. Beyond scaffold plank failure, falls represent another of the common types of accidents associated with scaffolding at commercial construction sites.

In addition, improperly secured sides and edges presents a hazard to third parties as well. The lack of suitable side and edge securement enhances the risk that equipment and materials will fall from a scaffold and injure a third party. The risk particularly can be significant when scaffolding is part of a remodeling or renovation project at a commercial property, a business in operation during the project. Customers or clients entering and exiting the premises are put at risk when scaffold sides and edges are not properly secured.

Proper Scaffold Use Training

In addition to ensuring that the physical securement and safety needs of scaffolding fully is satisfied, anyone involved a commercial building project necessitating the utilization of a scaffold must be thoroughly trained. Training must not be undertaken in a haphazard manner. Rather, a business owner or contractor should access a professional training course or protocol. For example, scaffolding use and safety training materials and resources are available via OSHA, at no charge.

Appropriate Liability Insurance

When scaffolding will be utilized on a commercial building project of some type, both the owner and contractor need to make certain that appropriate liability insurance is in place. The owner of a business or commercial property cannot slough off the necessity of maintaining suitable liability insurance that covers the utilization of and risks presented by the use of scaffolding. The legal reality is that the business or commercial property owner could be determined to share responsibility for losses, damages, or injuries sustained as the result of some sort of scaffolding mishap, even when a contractor is undertaken the actual work on a project.

Before commencing any type of project at a commercial building, the property or business owner should consult with an insurance professional. Typically, a commercial property or business owner will already have a connection with an insurance agent or broker that can examine existing coverages to ensure that proper protection is in place. If some sort of policy adjustment must be made to cover the utilization of scaffolding on the premises, the associated cost is far less than what a commercial property or business owner would face in the event of a scaffold accident without suitable coverage.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Twinkle Play Tents Review

If you have children that LOVE to play make believe, they will love this awesome product I was able to review with my kids. Twinkle Play Tents are fun for children of all ages, and will bring magic and make believe to play time!

 About Twinkle Play Tents:

Enter the magical world of Twinkle Play Tents, the light up play tent that interacts with you! From Jay@Play, the creators of the popular two-in-one FlipaZooTM, comes Twinkle Tents, magical play tents that light up and shine bright while you play your favorite music out loud!

Camp inside with your Twinkle Play Tent and watch the starry lights move and change color to the sound of your voice. Kids can go on an all-day adventure in the Dragon Lair or Princess Palace and get lost in a whole new world. Each Twinkle Play Tent comes with a travel bag, so you can take it everywhere you go!

 

 

Twinkle Play Tents comes in two different styles, Dragon Lair or Princess Palace. I have a 6 year old boy and 9 year old girl, so I decided to review the Dragon Lair.

When you receive the play tent, you must assemble. It is pretty easy to do yourself, but for me it was easier when my husband was able to help. The magic light does require 3 AAA batteries which are not included. The lights are LED, which is great because the batteries will last awhile in the magic light. There is an auto shut off, so when your child is not playing in the tent, the lights will shut off when it does not detect motion.

 

Once the tent was set up my kids were so excited to start playing in it! The tent is very brightly colored with really cool designs on it. My favorite part about this tent is that it is super tall! Most tents cannot fit my 6 year old standing up and this one sure can. Also, the lights are super cool…they light up different colors and change via sound or music. The kids love dancing in it and playing music so the tent lights up. You can also keep the tent doors closed, or tie them back so they stay open. . A carry case is included for easy storage or when your kids want to bring this to a friend or relative’s house.

If you are looking for a really fun and unique gift to give, Twinkle Play Tents would make an ideal one. This tent is sure to bring fun and magical playtime to any girl or boy!

Twinkle Play Tents are available at Walmart stores, Walmart.com and Twinkleplaytents.com . Price is $39.99.

 

*  I received a complimentary Twinkle Play Tent in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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