Scare Up Some Fun at Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular on Weekends in September and October!

SCARE UP SOME FAMILY FUN AT SEAWORLD’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
Popular Daytime Halloween Celebration Returns Weekends September 23 – October 29
Halloween Spooktacular returns to SeaWorld Orlando this fall earlier than ever before on September 23. Guests of all ages can join everyone’s favorite furry friends from Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby and others take the stage in “Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween.” Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party and meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea. For this special event, children can dress in their Halloween costumes and take part in fun-filled trick-or-treating in the park.
The daytime Halloween fun takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 23 through October 29, 2017 and is included with park admission. Event hours are 11 a.m. to park close.
Halloween Spooktacular Highlights Include:
·         Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween – Celebrate a Spooktacular Halloween at SeaWorld with The Count, Elmo, Abby, and the rest of their Sesame Street friends! The Count is feeling lonely this Halloween, and it’s up to the loveable monsters from Sesame Street to get him into the Halloween spirit. Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song-filled stage show that invites guests to dance, play and sing along.
·         Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast – Back by popular demand, Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast features a delicious buffet enjoyed with the furriest characters in town, this breakfast is a fun-filled experience sure to delight kids and parents alike. Starting at $9 for kids and $19 for adults, reservations can be made online, at the Information Counter or by calling (407) 545-5550.
·         Penelope’s Garden Party – This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life with a live DJ, bubbles floating overhead, unique photo opportunities and colorful sea-themed characters.
·         Pets Ahoy Halloween – Guests can enjoy a special Halloween version of this side-splitting show with surprise twists, and a cast of unlikely characters that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end.
·         Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun – Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat from 11 a.m. to park close for ghoulish goodies. Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites including Tootsie Roll®, Airheads® and Junior Mints®, just to name a few.
·         Halloween Dance Party – Children join Princess Penelope and her under-the-sea friends for a Spooktacular Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air. The party kicks off in the front of the park every event night one hour before park closing.
Best Way to Play:
 
The best way for families to experience SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular – and save – is by purchasing advance tickets online at SeaWorldOrlando.com. Guests who purchase single-day tickets at least 1-day in advance can save $20 and visit the park for only $79.99.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. To keep up to date on park hours and events, follow SeaWorld’s social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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Traveling to Asheville, NC

Don’t get me wrong…I love the beach. But when the Florida heat gets to be too much, it’s time to head to higher ground and cooler temperatures.  My oldest daughter went to camp in North Carolina this summer, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to spend some time in Asheville after picking her up.  Although still warm in the summer, the higher elevation brings cooler nights and mornings, and much less humidity.

Asheville is located in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, and of course, the Biltmore Estate.  We knew this was where we wanted to spend most of our time, so we booked a hotel right in the heart of the Biltmore property at the Village Hotel.  Located in Antler Hill Village, we walked right out the hotel door to find the Biltmore winery, restaurants, historic barn, ice cream shop, live music, and beautiful views.  You could easily spend the day just in the village – my girls loved visiting the farmyard animals, enjoying root beer floats on the village green, exploring the old barn on the property, and sampling “real” homemade grape juice while the adults took advantage of the complimentary wine tasting at the winery.

No visit to Asheville is complete without a tour of the magnificent Biltmore House.  The home was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in 1895 and is the largest privately owned home in the country.  To say it is huge is an understatement!  As a huge Downton Abbey fan, I found the tour to be fascinating.  I was also surprised at how much my kids loved it as well.  We opted to purchase the audio tour device (there was a special audio tour just for kids) and I would definitely recommend it when touring the home.  After the tour, we had a delicious lunch at the estate’s Stable Cafe, where guests of the Vanderbilt’s kept their horses while visiting over 100 years ago.

The Biltmore Estate is a sprawling  8,000 acres and there are so many activities on the property – from Segway tours to horseback riding, biking to fly fishing – visitors could easily spend a week there and still not see and do everything the estate has to offer.  Christmas time is especially popular when the home is decorated with lights and more than 70 Christmas trees!

For more information on visiting the Biltmore Estate, check out www.biltmore.com.

Heather Little

My name is Heather Little and my husband and I have two sweet girls and one crazy dog. We moved to Florida 6 years ago and have loved every minute of it! I enjoy crafting, good food, shopping, and of course travel!

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@Motorishy Backseat Organizer

If you’re like me and traveling in the car with the kids this summer, or even just driving to school or practice, it seems like the backseat becomes a mess before you’ve left the neighborhood! 
Check out this backseat organizer from Amazon now with 25% discount and save your sanity! Eight different size pockets mean just the right place for everything and it easily straps to the back of a seat for easy access. 
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Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Traveling Made Easy with Florious Packing Cubes and Neck Stash Review and Giveaway

My family does a lot of traveling to area destinations during the year. Mostly theme park type destinations with 1-3 night hotel stays per trip…this means lots of dirty laundry afterwards for a family of 4! I always think to myself, there has to be a better way then to just throw all the dirty and clean laundry mixed in the suitcases together.

I was contacted by a company called FloriousFlorious has recycled unique products that are perfect for traveling. They offer a 4 piece packing cube/laundry bag set and a neck stash.

 

Florious is not your typical brand

  • Our products are unique. As travellers ourselves, we designed them for the strenuous demands of life on the road to meet our high expectations.

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  • We invest in organizations that embody our values of community, service and adventure.

 

 4 piece packing cube shoe/Laundry bag set:

Why Do Travellers Adore These Packing Cubes?

You get 3 sizes to meet your packing needs. There are so many ways to use packing cubes, here is one popular solution:

* Large (17.5″ x 12.75″ x 3.25″) for sweaters, pants and other large items
* Medium (13.75″ x 9.75″ x 3″) for shirts
* Small (11″ x 6.75″ x 3″) for socks, underwear, accessories

Tired of finding creative ways to separate out your clean from dirty? Our laundry bag will hold everything you put in your packing cubes. Nice!

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Each product purchase directly supports a small family run business and their adventures travelling the world, giving their kids an incredible learning experience. You will also support small, underfunded organizations caring for the planet.

This is a limited edition run of our breakthrough Florious Travel Packing Cubes + Laundry Bag and supplies will run out. Grab yours today from Amazon exclusively. Makes a fabulous gift for friends and family who travel anywhere.

 

These packing cubes are perfect for your suitcase! I love how they come in 3 different sizes. I can use the large one for my pants and jackets, the medium one for my shirts and the small one for my socks and underwear. I am very impressed with the material, it is very strong and durable. Part of the front is mesh so you can see what is stored in the cubes. The laundry bag is perfect for carrying our dirty laundry to the laundry room in the hotels we stay at. I just bring the cubes with me along with my dirty clothes in the laundry back and I am all set. I can sort and fold the clothes, and put them right in the cubes and carry back to my room. So easy! The price for his is $24.97.

 

Neck Stash:

Introducing the most advanced stash pouch on Amazon.

Your search for “the ONE” perfect solution for your valuables is finally over! As avid travellers we searched everywhere but couldn’t find what we wanted, so we designed our own. This one delivers you peace of mind and stress-free travel. There’s nothing else quite like it.

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* Easily adjustable neck strap for tall and short persons and anyone in between. Wear comfortably on the chest or position diagonally under the armpit for extra protection

* Each product purchase directly supports a small family run business while traveling the world, as well as small, underfunded organizations caring for the planet.

This Neck Stash has made my visits to theme parks more easily managed with my money/license/tickets/cell phone. Usually, I would crumple everything up and put it all in my pockets. This neck stash holds everything perfectly. I absolutely love all of the pockets and compartments this has. It is the perfect size to hold my iPhone 6, money, credit cards, park tickets, lip balm and more. When I travel out of the country, this will be a great passport holder as well. The straps are adjustable so I can wear this as long or as short as I want. I can hide it under my clothes or wear it on top of them. It is light weight and not heavy or bulky. The price for this is $14.97.

These products are perfect for traveling. I love how they are made from recycled pop bottles and are highly durable. I feel confident knowing these will last for many travels. Definitely check them out if you are planning a trip soon!

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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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Tips To Keep Kids Entertained and Engaged During A Tour

 

A guided tour is a wonderful source of both entertainment and education. However, a tour may not always be captivating enough for your little one. If you are gearing up for a family tour, make sure you have activities and gadgets that can supplement the fun. Whether it is an art, architecture, restaurant, wildlife, nature or city tour, there are effective ways of keeping your kids entertained and involved. Here are some tips to help you keep your children occupied and engaged during a summer guided tour:

Fun Family Games

When you are on the tour, have some games at the ready. There are classic games that may keep your kids entertained if they are of a younger age, like iSpy or a quantity game where they keep track of specific entities. You can also create a scavenger hunt before you go on your tour, so the experience is one that has an air of competition and mystery. For example, you could create a scavenger hunt for an art museum, where you children must identify different works of art — i.e. paintings by a specific artist, a style of art, a type of sculpture or a piece that’s from a certain time period. This kind of scavenger hunt should be scaffolded, so they are still involved with the tour but also have a side project they can use as additional entertainment. You can also play a quiz game to be administered throughout the tour or at the end of the tour. The quiz can consist of questions related to the tour, which will help fuel your children’s motivation to engage in the content of the tour. Make sure you provide a worthy incentive — a coveted prize — if they perform well on the quizzes.

Essential Gadgets

Your digital natives will crave technological stimulation while they are on the tour. Luckily, there are ways you can integrate tech devices into the experience. Ask the tour company that is guiding your experience if they have any devices your child can use during the tour. Museums and city tours will often have tour guide headsets that let your children explore in-depth information about what they’re seeing. This kind of gadget is perfect for children who have a natural curiosity and are active learners. However, if your children aren’t stimulated by straight-forward knowledge and require a more creative outlet, you can provide them with a tablet where they can create a visual depiction of what they are seeing. Tablet art and drawing programs make it easy for your child to draw their own art in response to the content of the tour.You can also provide them with a smartphone for looking up relevant facts and streaming videos. Avoid having to worry about data overages and bring a phone featuring a 4G LTE network.

Designated Photographer

Have your child act as the official photographer of the tour. You want a documented account of the experience, and this is a great way you can preserve your memories, as well as involve your child. A smartphone camera is probably the most age-appropriate option as it is a user-friendly device with an easy-to-access camera. Lend your kids a durable smartphone that can capture quality photos and video. Provide your child with some direction of the kind of photos they should aim for, so their photos are tour-focused. You could brainstorm this list with your child before you embark on the tour, involving them in the planning process. You could also map out video plot frames, representative of events that will likely occur on the tour. They can then record the tour with intention, so they may later edit the video and present it to the entire family.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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