July 29, 2014

Argh! Fun times at the Pirate's Dinner Adventure!

Argh Matey! 
We had the best time recently at the Pirate's Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, CA. If you are looking for something fun and different to take the kids to and keep them talking for a while, this is it! My girls were so excited when we told them that we were going, but had no idea what they were in store for. 
These little girls could not wait to get in and see what all the fuss was about! I couldn't wait either, all I knew was that there may or may not be a dragon. Yup, a DRAGON!
It is rare when I make an appearance in any of our photos, so this selfie was the best I could do to prove that I was in fact there with my family. 
The show is incredibly interactive and fun for the whole family. From the time you show up, the pre-show introduces all of the pirates and characters and this is when you learn who you will be cheering for throughout the show. We had the purple pirate and he was such a goofball and so much fun to watch! 
Most people want to know how the food is.Well, let me tell you, it is tasty and plentiful! The portions are perfect and definitely fill you up! For the Adults, your options are Soup or Salad, Beef skewers or 1/2 a Chicken, and rice or potatoes, and veggies. The kids meal consisted of Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, and Mac N Cheese and my girls sure gobbled it up. Oh and how could I forget dessert? A warm brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate drizzle. 
Now, let me get back to the details of the show, as you can see my daughters could not tear themselves away! 
This guy right here was our pirate, the purple pirate. He was hilarious, as you watch the show, all the characters have a part and talk and fight, but we couldn't take our eyes off of our pirate, he was always doing something goofy or silly in the background of the scenes. 
The gypsy was my daughters favorite character, they are still talking about the beautiful gypsy girl and how amazing she was. She was definitely talented, even my husband was mesmerized by her.  
I don't want to give away too many details of the story, so here are just a few shots from our view, and of the pirate ship. 
The whole show was super fun and entertaining and the service was great. Our server almost never left our table. They did an amazing job. 
The colors of the lighting, sounds, songs, effects and story line are all amazing. 
They could not believe they got to meet her, the lovely gypsy woman in person. They loved her!
So now that you've read my review and seen a few sneak peek photos, are you ready to take the kids? Well, guess what, I have got a special deal to share with you. 

You are so welcome! Now tell me, have you been to the Pirate's Dinner Adventure? What was your favorite part? What are you most looking forward to?

July 28, 2014

Family Jam at the LA Zoo

I've said it many times before on this blog, living in Los Angeles, the LA Zoo is one of our favorite places to visit! There are celebrations year round at the LA Zoo, from Boo! at the Zoo, to Reindeer Romp, ZOOdiac Lunar New Year Celebrations, and the Spring Fling Bunny Hop, there is always some fun going on! 
We recently were invited to check out one of their fun Summer celebration, Family Jam at the L.A. Zoo sponsored by Rio 2 Blu-Ray/DVD. My girls were so excited when they found out that they were going to be at the Zoo at night!

You know you've got a fun night ahead of you when you are greeted at the gate by jugglers! How fun right?! 
 After receiving our scavenger hunt map and while entering the LA Zoo we were met with friendly animal encounters such as this beautiful parrot, a snake, and an armadillo. 
The scavenger hunt took place in the recently opened Rainforest of the Americas exhibit, since many of the animals in Rio 2 are from the Rainforest, the hunt was both fun and educational. Me and my girls visited the exhibit when it first opened, so they were really excited to show their daddy all of their favorite spots. 
At the very end of the scavenger hunt, there was more fun to be had with Radio Disney. My girls showed up just in time to play a round of hot potato and win some prizes. If you ask them, they'll tell you this was their favorite part of the evening. We now are in love with Radio Disney!
 Did I mention the food trucks yet? Mmm, the trucks were located all around to satisfy everyone's tastes! I saw a pupusa truck that I really wanted to try but ended up eating our first Tornado Potato! Yum!
Unfortunately, this was the best shot of the night. I wish I could capture all of the fun it was to see the animals in their habitat during the evening. The Koala's and Kangaroos were really active, you can hear their different night sounds from the animals and of course, my favorite was the gorillas. Their habitat was just so amazing as the sun set and all of the Gorillas were out and active and watching everyone watch them. 

Connect with the LA Zoo for the latest news, contests and events coming up like Roaring Nights and Brew at the Zoo! 

Learning Fun with Disney Junior! #Ready4Preschool #CollectiveBias

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What better way to get my littlest #Ready4Preschool than with some friendly familiar faces from Disney Junior? While visiting Walmart the other day I found some super fun learning activities and with the help of Sofia the First, Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc Mcstuffins and Jake and the Neverland Pirates (not pictured) my daughters have started to get ready for back to school. 
Once I saw the Learning Easel Activity Center, I knew we had to have it. This is such a fun tool to have at home to help make learning fun. The easel features one of our favorites, Sofia the First and has pockets to hold letters, numbers, words, pictures, and number sentences. In my house, my daughters love to learn but can get very distracted or bored right away while being at home. This Learning Easel Activity Center helps give them more structured learning, it's like being in a classroom. 
I also found these Learning activity packets for under $5. Each pack has a different focus: letters, numbers or first words and fun ways to learn and practice them. For us, learning continues from the moment I pick them up from preschool and walk home. It must be the teacher's spirit that lives deep down inside of me. As we walk home, we talk about what they learned in school, about the nature we see around us, spell the names of the streets and sing songs. 
 Once we get home it's time for preschool homework, and now we can have fun reinforcing what they are learning in school with the new easel. My girls can have hours of learning fun with the easel and all of the cards it comes with. I am all for anything that makes my job easier, as a parent, that's all I can ask for. 
 What's your favorite number? My littlest is still trying to get the hang of her numbers, 1-10 she's got, but she could use some help with numbers 11-20, and those little number sentences are perfect for my oldest who is just going into kindergarten. 
Oh and for added fun and practice, flip the easel over and find a white board ready for the kids to practice their writing skills. This may be the most fun part for my girls, they love the dry erase boards. 
Look at all the fun Disney Junior back to school stuff you can find at Walmart and for such a great price! 
  • Learning Easel Activity Center
  • Learning Schoolhouse Activity
  • Counting Learning Activity
  • First Words Learning Activity
  • Rhyming Learning Activity
  • Alphabet Learning Activity
  • Numbers Learning Activity
  • Colors & Shapes Learning Activity
We are heading back to school in 2 weeks, so as our Summer break winds down, we have some fun stuff to help us stay sharp and ready for the first day of school.