How to Plan Your Weekend in NYC – Sponsored

Spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get away for a weekend. You can’t go wrong spending time in New York City while the weather is warm! If you’re not familiar with the city or you haven’t visited many times, it can feel a little overwhelming planning a trip. There’s so much to see and do, so it’s important to pack in the best things during your weekend getaway! Check out these tips for planning your weekend in NYC.

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5 Tips to Help Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer – Sponsored

The weather is warming up, and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the heat! Spring and summer in New Jersey means spending lots of time with friends and family on the beach and in the sun. When you’ve got kids to look after, it’s a great idea to be aware of some helpful safety tips. It can be difficult enough just to keep track of your kids when you’re at the ocean or a large pool. Keep these 5 tips in mind this spring and summer to help them stay safe.

1. Keep Kids Cool

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Medieval Times for Mother’s Day – Win 2 Tickets

If you’re like us, you still haven’t figured out what to do for Mother’s Day. It’s this Sunday, by the way. Medieval Times wants you to come to their castle between now and Mother’s Day and is offering some incentives to do so. And you can win 2 free tickets to go (after Mother’s Day), compliments of the castle – see info below.

They’re letting Mom in for free, for all shows through Sunday, May 13, 2018 when accompanied by one full-paid adult admission. But wait! There’s more! Upgrade one ticket in your party ($20) and all the guests in your group can add a special Mother’s Day package that includes:

1.       “Mom’s the Queen” sash (see our Medieval Times review of the show with the queen in charge)

2.       Souvenir glass of champagne or mimosa (cider or non-alcoholic drink for minors)

3.       Framed photo of mom (maybe she’ll let someone else in the photo with her?)

The fine print:  Mention codeMOM18 at the time of purchase. Not valid on prior purchases or gift certificates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations and payment required.

Giveaway

***Update – contest is closed. Congrats to winner Rebecca!***

And for the giveaway. Share a memory as a mom or of your mom in the comments below. We’ll choose one winner on Saturday, May 12 at noon EST. The winner receives 2 tickets to a Medieval Times show of your choosing. Bring your favorite child, bring a date or bring the whole family and pay for the rest of them. It’s up to you! We’ll contact you by email if you won. The giveaway is sponsored by Medieval Times.

Medieval Times: Kids Go Free This Summer in NJ

This summer through August 31, kids can go free to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ. Read our review of Medieval Times with kids.

When using the code KFB17 at purchase, you’ll get one free child admission with each full-priced adult admission. (Small print: not valid with other discounts, offers or group rates. Restrictions may apply).

To get tickets, make reservations by calling (888) 935-6878 or visit medievaltimes.com, and use code KFB17.

This post is sponsored by Medieval Times.

Hacks for Universal Studios Hollywood

Guest post by Dori Kaplan

This spring break, our family headed to Universal Studios Hollywood for our first time, and I can comfortably say it will be our last. While we enjoyed ourselves, we found the lines to be too long, and there wasn’t that much to do. The few rides they had were mostly simulators (note: anyone who gets motion sick easily should probably not go. My mom and aunt get nauseous on spinning rides and boats, so they were done with most of the rides pretty quickly. Even the Studio Tour included several 3D simulators that shook us around). Here are some nuggets of wisdom we can pass on after visiting the park.

Harry Potter World – copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

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iD Tech Discount Code for Summer 2017: Why Should Your Child Attend iD Tech?

This post offers an iD Tech discount code for summer 2017 at the bottom. Read why you should consider iD Tech this summer.

Minecraft is only one of the coding classes they teach – get an iD Tech discount code at the bottom!

Last year we signed my son up for a computer game programming day camp at a community college. It’s an understatement to say that he was bored and frustrated by the inferior level of education and experience in general. A friend of mine told me about her son’s positive experience at iD Tech camp, one of the few camps her son really liked and was excited to return to. He’s a really smart kid and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Her recommendation counted for a lot, so when my son was looking into week-long summer camp options, iD Tech came to mind. Continue reading “iD Tech Discount Code for Summer 2017: Why Should Your Child Attend iD Tech?”

Customized Invitations and Announcements – Endless Options from BasicInvite.com

This post is brought to you by BasicInvite.com, but all writing and opinions are my own.

When my kids were born, I printed out their baby announcements on special vellum paper, attaching it to card stock with ribbon and then sending them out to friends and family. This was not a good project for a new mom. It was time consuming and required my husband bringing home his office cutting device, standing over the printer feeding in the vellum, and then ordering new ink when I ran out. In decade-plus that’s passed since then, there are so many better options for designing and ordering beautiful announcements online, at a very reasonable cost.

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Baby announcements from Basic Invite.

We get our photo holiday cards online. We get customized thank you notes online. We’ve gotten birthday invitations online.

So when it was time to order my son’s bar mitzvah invitations, did I call to an invitation person? Continue reading “Customized Invitations and Announcements – Endless Options from BasicInvite.com”

What to do at Chelsea Piers with Kids

If you live or work in Manhattan, you might be more familiar with Chelsea Piers. With lots of sports classes for kids and adults, plus a workout facility, this is a regular spot for many. If you live outside of Manhattan though, there’s still plenty you can take advantage of during trips into the city.

Here are a few things to do with kids at Chelsea Piers:

Try out the high tech four story driving range at Chelsea Piers.
Try out the high tech four story driving range at Chelsea Piers. Photo copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan.

Bowling

Bowlmor at Chelsea Piers is not your neighborhood bowling alley. With fun lights and upscale décor, they also have high end pub food including burgers and pizza, tacos, brownie sundaes, plus some awesome signature cocktails (not so awesome when bowling with your kids in the middle of the day, however). Continue reading “What to do at Chelsea Piers with Kids”

7 Best Movies for Kids this Summer

This post is written and brought to you by Tesco.

The summer holidays are fast approaching and what better way to keep your little ones entertained on a not so sunny day, than one of the many blockbusters hitting theaters and DVD this summer? To give you a helping hand navigating the hundreds of new releases, we rounded up our top seven picks, guaranteed to keep the kids entertained (and maybe give you a laugh as well).

Jurassic World, photo courtesy of daryl_mitchell;Creative Commons license.
Jurassic World, photo courtesy of Daryl Mitchell; Creative Commons license. bit.ly/1Nai8Oc

 

 

Jurassic World (PG-13)

Much like its predecessor, Jurassic World is a state-of-the-art dinosaur theme park. Once visitor numbers start to fall, a hybrid dinosaur, Indominus Rex is introduced to bring the crowds flocking back, with disastrous consequences. As one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2015, Jurassic World can be pre-ordered at retailers like Tesco. Combining brilliant visual effects and a thrilling storyline it will definitely keep even the most boisterous of kids quiet for a few hours.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (PG-13) Continue reading “7 Best Movies for Kids this Summer”

What we can learn about sustainability from the rain forest

A few summers ago, my family went the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador. Seeing the dense forests, the foliage and meeting some of the people who live there was a fabulous experience for me and for my kids. Our guide spent a lot of time talking with us about the problems the native people there have had, most of which involve outsiders coming in and cutting down trees and drilling for oil. It’s a constant tug of war between preserving the rain forest and all its benefits, and making a living and providing the world with its constant need for oil-based products (including fuel) and lumber.

Brazilian rain forest, home to the Kayapo people.
Brazilian rain forest, home to the Kayapo people.

While I won’t get into all that here (it’s something I recommend reading more about, especially with your kids.), I was contacted recently by Pure Energies, a North American solar energy company. They wanted to share photos and videos from a recent trip that their CEO and some employees took, along with the International Conservation Fund of Canada, to the Brazilian rain forest. Continue reading “What we can learn about sustainability from the rain forest”