5/26/17

Dutch Wonderland Family Fun 2017 @funatdw #sponsored #DutchWonderland

I am a 2017 Dutch Wonderland blogger; as such I received tickets in exchange for my honest review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

School will be out before you know it and summer is right around the corner.  If you have children under 12 and a visit to an amusement park is on your summer Bucket List, Dutch Wonderland is a perfect choice.  We've made it a tradition to visit a few times a year, and are never disappointed.  


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We took my two girls, ages six and two this past weekend.  We've had a lot of rain lately, so we were glad that even though it was cool and overcast, we had a dry day to enjoy the park.


Character Meet And Greets
Dutch Wonderland, Princess Brooke, Merlin, Duke, Knight

When we arrived, we found Duke the dragon, Princess Brooke, Merlin, and the Knight of Safety there to greet us.  My six-year-old was excited to see them, but my two-year-old was a bit shy and took some warming up.


Dutch Wonderland

There are many opportunities to see characters during the day.  We usually try to stop by Story Time with Princess Brooke.  The girls enjoyed a story, some interaction with Brooke and the Knight, and were able to get their picture taken.  


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We also stopped by Duke's Meet and Greet before heading over to Exploration Island.


Duke the dragon



Exploration Island 


Exploration Island is one of our favorites because of the dinosaurs. You can dig in the sand pit for fossils, push the buttons to make the dinosaurs move, and feel like you've stepped back in time for a bit. 


Dutch Wonderland

Dutch Wonderland

Dutch Wonderland

The Sunoco Turnpike cars are always a hit! We took turns riding with each of the girls and letting them drive.




Rides 

There is a variety of rides for different ages; you can ride on many with your child and some are just for the kids.  AK has grown taller and was able to ride quite a few more by herself (though she can't wait to ride the big wooden coaster alone!).  AB was able to enjoy more rides this year too.  It warms my heart to see them riding together!


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Dutch Wonderland

Dutch Wonderland





Food Options


When your kids get hangry, there are many food options at Dutch Wonderland, including Merlin's Restaurant and the Millstream Eatery.   Bean Sprouts has some great healthy choices like sun butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese and veggies and smoothies.  


Bean Sprouts

Food Allergies

Since we have a little one with severe food allergies, we packed her food and bought lunch for the rest of us.  If you look at the website, they do not make any guarantees about their food being allergen free.  You can ask a manager about specific food allergy questions, but we found it easier to pack our own.

You can also save a bit of money if you pack snacks/meals {there are eating areas outside the park} and return; they will stamp your hand at the gate.



Coming this Summer 2017

This summer, we are really looking forward to the opening of  Merlin's Mahem, Dutch Wonderland's first suspended family roller coaster!  Merlin's Mahem allows riders 39" and taller to soar through the sky with Merlin on a quest to find his beloved dragon. 

They are in the construction phase right now, which means a few rides like the train and sky ride are temporarily closed.


This coaster will rise 60 feet in the air at its tallest point, with two helix turns, twists and dips.  Merlin will give clues and encouragement through on-board audio within the seats plus hidden clues during the ride.  It sounds like a fun adventure!

Get a sneak peek on Youtube:  https://youtu.be/8AZ5y7QpFBE



Tips:
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  • Don't forget sunscreen
  • 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.
  • While they are building Merlin's Mahem, the Sky Ride and train are not running due to the construction.
  • It's worth buying a Dutch Wonderland cup; it costs $6.99 and refills are only $.99 all season!
  • 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:







Dutch Wonderland Savings Promo


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Dutch Wonderland is a truly a kingdom for kids to make lots of fun memories!   I hope you'll take advantage of this discount and make some family memories of your own this summer.



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5/24/17

Max 2: White House Hero Blu-ray Giveaway #Max2 #sponsored

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.


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Max 2: White House Hero is now available on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD.  My girls love animals, especially dogs, so of course they were excited to see this film!   
Starring Zane Austin (Unremarkable), Francesca Capaldi (Dog With A Blog, The Peanuts Movie), Carrie Genzel (Watchmen), and Lochlyn Munro (White Chicks), Max 2: White House Hero is an uplifting film about family, friendship, and a four-legged hero. The film runs 80 minutes and is also filled with 15 minutes of extra treats including a behind-the-scenes featurette, “Kids on the Case: Making of Max 2,” and a canine blooper reel, “Max 2: A Ruff Life.”
Duty calls again, and our hero dog Max returns to action in "Max 2: White House Hero." His new assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president's Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex (Francesca Capaldi), tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

I recently had the honor of participating in a phone teleconference with two of the stars of the film, Zane Austin and Francesca Capaldi.   Scroll down to hear what they had to say.


Max 2: White House Hero 


Francesca Capaldi Bio:


Known for her starring role as Chloe James in Disney’s hit series Dog with a Blog, Francesca Capaldi has worked consistently in the industry since age four. After booking dozens of national commercials and guest-starring on shows such as A.N.T. Farm and How I Met Your Mother, Francesca stepped into the spotlight and garnered the adoration of millions of fans by landing one of the leads on Disney’s wildly popular show. She soon became one of the breakout faces of the channel and also guest starred on their hit show Jessie. She also did an episode on the new show Mack and Moxy; a children's education show that focuses on causes.  Francesca has starred in two motion picture movies, The Dog Who Saved Summer and 3 Day Test. You can also hear her as the voice of Little Red-Haired Girl in the full length feature, The Peanuts Movie. In January, Francesca was also named the new face of Claire’s Stores Tween line and is still collaborating with Claire’s. 


Zane Austin Bio:

Zane Austin is a California native, having spent all of his 12 years in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks. Growing up, Zane always gravitated towards performing: each year doing a lead role in his grandmothers original holiday plays and school plays and twice, winning the Performing Artist Award at school.  But it was when he was 8 years old, that Zane called a conference with his mom and dad, letting them know he wanted to be an actor. His Dad, a professional musician, was no stranger to show business, and he wanted to be sure that this was a serious passion before allowing his son to pursue it. Zane never waivered in his desire to do film and TV and after reminding his parents for 8 months that he wanted to be an actor, they helped him find an LA agent and  manager. He wasted no time in booking- landing a Roundtable Pizza commercial almost immediately and many other national commercials followed. Soon his dream came true and he snagged the lead in  Max 2, his first feature film. 

When he is not acting, Zane enjoys playing All-Star baseball, golf and soccer, doing parkour and he loves hanging out with his goldendoodle puppy, Wilson.  



Q&A:
(paraphrasing from my notes)


How fun/difficult was it to work with Max?

Z & F:  There were four dogs that played Max: Dude, Jagger, Carlos & Pax.  Dude was the stunt dog, Carlos was the face of the movie, Pax did the action; swimming and running.


Who was your favorite?

F:  Jagger is loving and gives kisses and is so sweet!
Z:  Jagger, he instantly came up to me.  I loved him at first sight!


What attracted you to the role?

Z:  I saw the first movie and loved it and wanted to be a part of it. Once I heard that I was auditioning for the role, I told my mom and dad "I just know I'm going to get this role."

F:  I went to the premiere of the first movie and thought it was great!  I am so excited to be a part of the movie and work with the dogs and have fun with a Russian accent.


Do you go to school in a classroom or have a tutor?

F:  I go to a public charter school M-T and Friday is a home school day.

Z:  I go to school five days a week until noon, then I home school in case of auditions or jobs.


Was this your first time working with animals?

F:  No, I worked on Dog with a Blog for three years and on the Peanuts Movie.  Plus I have done some commercials with dogs.

Z:  No, I have done a commercial with a dog plus I have a dog at home.


Did you have special training sessions with the dogs?

Z:  I met them before in LA and worked with each of the dog trainers so the dogs could get to know my voice.

F:  I went to a warehouse training with the dogs so they could get used to me before the set.


Do you have a pet at home?

Z:  Yes, I have a Goldendoodle named Wilson.
F:  No, but I want a malti-poo


Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

Z:  I really want to work with Steven Spielberg, that's been my dream.  I would also like to work with Chris Pratt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

F:  I love Spielberg! I would love to work with Meryl Streep who is an inspiration to me and Emma Stone; she's an amazing actor.


Where will we see you next?

Z:  I am doing commercials;  one with Amy Schumer and Old Navy.

F:  I will be doing more modeling, singing, auditions and going to school.




Help Max save TJ and Alex! Click anywhere on the game screen to jump over obstacles and make your best time. 





Giveaway:  

One reader will win Max 2: White House Hero on Blu-ray

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Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 6/06/17 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Disclosure:  I will receive a copy of the DVD.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

5/23/17

2017 Free Summer Reading Programs




It's hard to believe the school year will be winding to a close soon! Now is a good time to start preparing for those summer reading lists.

One of the best places to find summer resources is your local library.  Library programs will help your kids stay excited about reading and prevent summer learning loss.  We love our library and visit as much as we can throughout the summer!  They offer fun incentives too.



Here are some other great programs and resources:


Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program
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The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

 1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in this Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why. 

2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017

3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.





Pizza Hut BOOK IT!  Summer Reading with Candlewick Press


Summer reading
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Download and print fun activities at home.






Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Summer Reading Challenge
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May 8-Sept 8, 2017

Kids can log their reading minutes, earn virtual rewards, and enter to win prizes from Klutz.



Chuck E. Cheese's Reading Reward Chart
Reading Rewards
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Your child can earn 10 free tokens {with food purchase} for reading minutes each day.  Print out the reward chart at home and bring into Chuck E. Cheese's.




LifeWay R.E.A.D. - Summer Reading Program 2017
Photo Credit:  LifeWay

June 1-August 31, 2017
Grades 1-6

Lifeway has a Summer Reading Quest with Bibleman.  Read 6 books, fill out the journal with fun activities and memory verses, and take into your local Lifeway store to redeem a free book {from list selection} as well as a free devotional or Bible while supplies last.  The deadline to bring in your completed journal is August 31st.

Share your progress with #LifewayREADS on Social Media




Sylvan's Book Adventure Program
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Grades K-8

Kids find books they are interested in on their grade level, take quizzes about what they read, and earn points toward prizes.



What is your favorite program?  Happy Summer Reading!

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 5/23

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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.

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!   Have a great week!

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!

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Featured Giveaways

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Thank you for linking up!


Time for a break.

5/19/17

ROCK DOG Comes to Blu-ray May 23rd + Free Printable #sponsored #RockDog

I received a copy of Rock Dog on Blu-ray for review. All opinions are mine.


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From Academy Award®-nominated writer-director Ash Brannon (Best Animated Feature Film, Surf’s Up, 2007) comes the heartwarming and hilarious family film Rock Dog, on Digital HD May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 23rd from Lionsgate. 

The music-filled adventure about a dog’s quest to fulfill his dream features an all-star cast, including J.K. Simmons (Zootopia), Luke Wilson (Old School), Eddie Izzard (Cars 2), Lewis Black (Inside Out), and Kenan Thompson (The Smurfs 2).



When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.  A  film the whole family will want to jam to, the Rock Dog home entertainment release includes four behind-the-scenes featurettes looking at the making of every part of the film from voice recording, to animation, to music, as well as the “Glorious” music video. 

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Special Features:


  • “Finding the Fire: The Making of Rock Dog” Featurette
  • “Mic Check: Casting the Voices” Featurette
  • “A Rockin’ New World: Animating Rock Dog” Featurette
  • Rock Dog and Roll: Exploring the Music: Featurette
  • “Glorious” Music Video 


We missed Rock Dog while it was in theaters, and were eagerly anticipating its release to Blu-ray.  My two girls love music, and the songs in the film are fun and upbeat!  I think they were more fans of  "cool cat" Angus!  You can't help but giggle at some of the funny things that happen and pop culture references (a character called Fleetwood Yak, ha!).  

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There are many great lessons to take away from this movie; supporting your kids when their life goals are different than what you want for them, never giving up on your dreams, and to believe in yourself.  You'll have a rockin' good time with Rock Dog!




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Giveaway:

One reader will win Rock Dog on Blu-ray thanks to Lionsgate

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Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 6/02/17 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.


Disclosure:  I received this DVD for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  Lionsgate is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.


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