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Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2017 Family Fun {Sponsored} #DWHappyHauntings #DutchWonderland

10/19/17
I received tickets to Dutch Wonderland's Happy Hauntings for my family to review. All opinions are my own.

Happy Hauntings

My favorite thing about fall is the cooler weather and the chance to enjoy outdoor activities with my family.  This year, the weather has been much warmer and has fluctuated a lot.  But we made the best of our cloudy day and headed out to Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland this past weekend.

If you arrive when the park opens, you'll see Duke, Princess Brooke, Merlin, and the Knight to the right of the entrance.  There wasn't a line and the characters were all very friendly, although my three-year-old refused to have her picture taken.

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Trick or Treat Trail

We headed for Exploration Island soon after our quick visit with the characters at the entrance.  

The trail wound along the dino dig area and through the dinosaur path.  Each child gets a bag to put their treats in, and adults get a ticket to turn into one of the employees for candy too.


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The dinosaurs were dressed in cute costumes; we recognized one from last year but there were also new ones like Smurfs, Beauty & The Beast, and Ghostbusters.  Employees were also dressed in cute costumes to match the dinosaurs and were very friendly.  AK's favorite was the Smurfs and AB loved Beauty and the Beast.


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They offer non-candy treats for those who have food allergies {just ask the employee when your child walks up}.  We forgot to tell the employee at the first few stations, but they had stickers, yo-yos, spiders, poppers, bubbles, and spider rings.


Rides

There over 30 rides in the fall for different ages throughout the park.  Parents can ride on many of them with their little ones, which was great for our youngest.   


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Since this was opening weekend, it was very crowded and many of the lines were long.  {We waited about 30 minutes in line just for the Sunoco Turnpike cars.}  It's easiest to divide and conquer when you have two different age groups.  We had each child pick rides that they wanted, and we would split up and each take one to a different line.

AB loved the Monster Trucks and the train ride.  AK loved the frog hopper and the carousel.  




Character Meet & Greets

My girls had a really tough choice to make this year.  We usually visit Duke for his meet and greet, but since it was at the same time as Princess Brooke's story time, they chose to visit her.  {At least I got one photo with Duke so we didn't break our tradition}

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Princess Brooke read a fun Peppa Pig story and posed for photos after.  My girls loved it!


Food Options

There are many food options during Happy Hauntings including Merlin's Restaurant and the Millstream Eatery  Bean Sprouts has some healthier choices like sun butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese and veggies and smoothies, though the food was a bit pricey.

I suggest saving a bit of money by packing snacks/meals and going out to your car and returning to the park; they will stamp your hand at the gate. 



Tips:


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  • Measure your child to find out what color Gem they are.  The map and each ride has a sign to show how tall you have to be to ride and whether you must ride with an adult.
  • Merlin's Mahem has not been completed yet, but the train ride is now open again.
  • It's worth buying a Dutch Wonderland cup; it costs $7.99 and refills are only $.99 all season!
  • Visit the Trick-or-Treat Trail on Exploration Island as soon as you can (we went right when the park opened).  The lines get really long as the day goes by.
  • Save $ by packing your lunch and leaving it in a cooler in the car.  There are picnic areas outside the park and you can have your hand stamped to re-enter.

Check out this re-cap of our day:




My family had a blast at Happy Hauntings this year!  It's a wonderful place to make memories with your little ones this fall.


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Happy Hauntings Schedule:


Oct 14-15, 21-22, & Oct. 28-29


Saturdays 2PM-9PM and Sundays 2PM-8PM



You’re invited to a Spook-tacular Halloween Dance Party at the Celebration Theater on Sunday, October 22nd & 29th at 7pm! Join Duke, Princess Brooke, and the Knight of Safety for a kid-friendly Halloween bash featuring music, dancing and fun. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

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PBS KIDS Halloween Episodes Plus Pumpkin Activities @pbskids #PBSKIDS

10/17/17
Some of your favorite PBS KIDS characters are celebrating Halloween with spooky new episodes, games and activities.  These will also be available on PBS KIDS digital platforms, with a variety of Halloween-themed games on the PBS KIDS Games app and pbskids.org.

PBS KIDS is also offering PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games that can be used to enhance homework assignments and kick-start classroom discussions. These free resources are available to teachers nationwide on pbslearningmedia.org.



Episode Line-Up:


ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE

Premieres and streams October 23; re-airs October 25 and October 27-31



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This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating,
Francine meets an old woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn’s amazing haunted house (that’s scarier than math class!). Muffy and Bailey decide to cut through a dark, rainy cemetery. And as for Arthur, Buster and Ladonna? Their tree house sleepover seems to be haunted…but by what?

ODD SQUAD
Premieres and streams October 16

Odd Squad 2

“Haunt Squad/Safe House in the Woods”In “Haunt Squad,” Odd Squad is haunted by a ghost. In “Safe House in the Woods,” Owen and new recruit Ozlyn wait out a storm while transporting a dangerous creature.


SPLASH AND BUBBLES
Premieres October 16 and streams October 20

Splash and Bubbles
“Yuck or Treat/The Thing From Above the Reef” – In “Yuck or Treat,” after visiting a spooky cave, Splash and his friends visit the spookiest place they know, the cave of the old hagfish, who lives deep in the abyss. Then, in “The Thing From Above the Reef,” Dunk gets spooked by a creature in his home and thinks it’s a monster, only to discover a Baby Sea Urchin who is hiding from a giant “Thing” that circles in the waters above the reef – Mayor Sting!

CYBERCHASE
Premieres on the 24/7 channel and streams October 23 and airs on October 28, 29

A new Halloween episode marks the premiere of CYBERCHASE Season 11!

“Watts of Halloween Trouble” It's Halloween Haunt-O-Rama on R-Fair City, and Hacker has a wicked treat up his sleeve: to keep the kids out of Cyberspace forever by crashing Motherboard’s portal system. But when Buzz and Delete make a mistake, the portal system crashes too late, and the kids and Digit are trapped on R-Fair City! Now, the kids must find enough energy to power Digit’s portal rebooter and keep the amusement park going. But with the celebration in full swing, can they find big and small ways to save enough energy? And can they get back to Earth again?

Returning Favorites

CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST
Airs October 23, 25, 27 and 31
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN!
Airs and streams October 24, 26 and 30-31
 
Halloween-themed episodes from PBS KIDS favorites will also be streaming all month long on PBS KIDS digital platforms.
 

PBS KIDS Family Night Schedule
These specials will air on the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream in October.
 
ODD SQUAD: AGAINST THE ODDS
Airs/streams October 6, 7 and 8
 
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN
Airs/streams October 20, 21 and 22
 
ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREEHOUSE
Airs/streams October 27, 28 and 29



ALL ABOUT PUMPKINS

What would Halloween be without pumpkins? I'm sure you all are in the process of visiting pumpkin patches so you can decorate your pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

Check out these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas from Grow with Samantha's YouTube channel:



Have you ever wanted to roast your own pumpkin seeds?  Grow with Samantha shares her special recipe:

Have little ones at home?  Check out these pumpkin crafts and activities for preschool.

No compensation was received for this post.


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Tuesday Giveaway Linky 10/16

10/16/17
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Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

Are you having any good fall weather?  It's been kind of gloomy here lately.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! 

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.
Thank you for linking up!

   

PBS Kids Playtime Pad Tablet @pbskids #Sponsored #HolidayGiftGuide

10/13/17
I received a PBS Kids Playtime Pad tablet for review.  This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine.

My kids watch PBS KIDS on a daily basis because of their quality educational programming.  Some of their favorite shows are Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Super Why, and Peg Plus Cat.   They love the fun story lines, and I love that they are learning without even being aware of it.  

PBS KIDS has released a kids tablet that enhances learning, called the Playtime Pad, that is one of our top picks for our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

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The PBS KIDS Playtime Pad is a 7" Kid Safe Tablet that both my preschooler and my first grader can use.  It's a good size for little hands and has more than 25 educational games, 120 PBS KIDS video clips, songs, and over 100 hours of video that come pre-loaded.  It is wi-fi ready, supports BlueTooth, and includes PBS KIDS Scratch Jr, PBS Parents Play & Learn, and the award-winning PBS KIDS Video app. 


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The tablet comes with a USB cable, charger, instructions, and a bumper pad.   While the blue bumper pad is thick and has helped protect it from a few drops, it is too easy for my three-year-old to take off.  It would be more "kid proof" with an actual case.  We may purchase the i-Unik PBS Playtime Pad/Ematic Funtab 3 7 inch Handstrap Kid Tablet Case in the future.


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It is very easy to set up the tablet with the included instructions.  You set the date/time, and connect to your home wifi. It will also ask for your email address so you can set up an account.  They will send you an email that you will need to confirm (or you can choose to add a credit card for a small fee).  Once that is done, you can set up profiles for each child with their own icon.


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A nice selling feature of this tablet is that you can watch pre-loaded video clips, play the pre-loaded games, and listen to songs without any wifi at all.  This is great for after school activities,  appointments or in the car.  You'll need to hook up to wi-fi to use other apps and video streaming.


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My favorite feature of this tablet is the parental control settings.  When in Kids Play Mode, your child only has access to the apps that you approve.  This way, my kids can't access outside websites like Youtube.   

In order to exit Kids Mode, it also requires a parental password.  This is very reassuring as a mom who doesn't want her three-year-old web surfing and stumbling on inappropriate content!   You can also set time limits for screen time.


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If you exit Kids Play Mode, you have full access to the internet, all apps, settings, and Google Play.  


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Both of my girls enjoy coloring, playing games, taking photos with the dual camera, and watching their favorite PBS Kids videos!  


The PBS KIDS Playtime Pad is sure to be a hit with your kids ages 2-8!  PBS KIDS also has a streaming stick that plugs into your tv, the PBS KIDS Plug & Play, that would make a great holiday gift!

One hundred percent of the net proceeds PBS receives from purchases of the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad & PBS KIDS Plug & Play support the PBS KIDS mission to help all children, especially those at risk.


Where to Buy:  

The PBS KIDS Playtime Pad is available in stores like Wal*Mart, Best Buy and on Amazon for $79.99.



For more holiday gift ideas, visit our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (rolling out November 1st)

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Win 3 Months of #Netflix For You and a Friend @mrsdchastain #Giveaway

10/12/17
If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you know how much my family enjoys Netflix.  Not only can you watch your favorite movies and television shows, but you can also see original series for both kids and adults.  There's something for everyone!

If you haven't tried Netflix, or are a huge Netflix junkee, you will want to scroll down for this awesome giveaway!




Three Months of Netflix for You & a Friend Giveaway Event!
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I am excited to share that you can win a THREE MONTHS of streaming from Netflix for you & a friend. Entry is simple, follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter below! You will need to tag a friend, @Netflix, and @mrsdchastain. Make sure to come back here and follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter below.

Rules of Entry: Only one (1) Netflix Subscription code can be won by each entrant per calendar year Giveaway ends on 10/24/17 at 11:59pm EST, all entries must be cast by then to qualify. If selected, winners must provide their email as well as the email of their tagged friend upon request to receive the complimentary code. Open US only, must be 18+ to enter. Winner chosen via Random.org through Rafflecopter. All winning entries are verified. Please follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with our current giveaways. Good luck!

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