2017 NYC Play Fair Ticket Giveaway!

The NYC Play Fair is only weeks away and I am giving you the chance to be in the building!

At Play Fair attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow from more than 70 exhibitors including Cartoon Network, Hasbro, Just Play, K’NEX, LEGO, Midtown Comics, ALEX Brands, Moose Toys, Spin Master, Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue, The New York Doll Company, Toys “R” Us, VTech, Kvellix, Inc. (NUTSO) and WowWee. See firsthand which toys, games, and entertainment will be the biggest hits this season, just in time for Black Friday. More information and scheduling of events can be found at http://www.playfairny.com/special-features.

WHEN: Play Fair 2017

Saturday, November 4th – Sunday, November 5th  

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Jacob K. Javits Center, Halls 1A and 1B

655 West 34th Street

You can purchase tickets at http://www.playfairny.com/ and save $5 per ticket with discount code TRU5 or scroll down below to enter to WIN 2 passes now through 10/31!

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Larger-than-life play experiences, stage activities, and consumer challenges. Highlights include: a Minecraft VR station, a NERF Arena, an augmented reality Ben 10 experience, Builder demos with Magformers, live product unboxings, and a Shopkins fashion show!

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ attempt by 12-year-old slime glue entrepreneur Madison Greenspan of Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue. Join Madison as she and her team attempt to make over 6 tons of slime!

Exciting photo opportunities with talent and costume characters from PAW Patrol®, Rusty Rivets, Toys “R” Us’ Geoffrey, Ben 10, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peppa Pig, SpongeBob SquarePants, Leapfrog’s Scout & Violet, Shopkins, and more!

Halloween Costume Parade, presented by Rubies Costume Company

Top 2017 holiday toys from drones and blasters to the best in kids’ crafts, collectibles, coding and more!

Interactive exhibits fostering team-work, discovery, and play.

Museum quality displays offering glimpses of vintage toys, rare variants, and mock-ups of upcoming toys to learn about the past, present, and future of some of America’s favorite toys and games.

Toy unboxings unveiling some of the biggest toys of the holidays.

Celebrity guests including Mindy Thomas, co-host of NPR’s “Wow in the World”, WWE ® Superstar Big Show and WWE ® Superstar Daniel Bryan, the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers, Mommy Tubers, Toy Bloggers, Toy Designers, and more!

Show exclusives and limited edition toys you won’t find anywhere else.

And a Race Around NYC – Take your Play Fair badge to dozens of shops, museums, restaurants, and landmarks to get discounts, goodies, and freebies all weekend long.

I know me and my kids are super excited to check out the entire line up and enjoy all of the fun!

Enter below to win TWO passes for the Play Fair for either Nov. 4 or 5!

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT + Farm Hopping in NJ

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week.  It was a really brisk morning this morning when I was up and out at 5am.. out first of the season where you see your breath when you speak and I don’t like it! 39º is what tree car read,  and it didn’t warm up much throughout the day either.

As I wind down for the night and am settles in to begin this post,  I thought the title would fit perfectly.  Before kids, weekend’s were occasionally for “bar hopping”, now it’s only right that they’ve been formally replaced with what I call “Farm hopping” haha!

What is farm hopping you might ask. Think about it.. there are so many to choose from locally,  why only pick one? Is there some rule? I mean,  there are ones that are totally FREE to go and enjoy the festivities,  so why not?

Lucky for me I got to sport around in the all new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S and since it is a V6 but eco friendly engine, it was super fun to take these trips.

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My favorite thing about getting to spend time in different vehicle models is seeing jyst how different they really are.  Although many standard features are the same from model to model,  there are some that just stand out (And some for a bad reason too).

This particular model was a Quartz brown exterior,  personally I love this color on any car. It just seems so high end and ritzy and I feel really fancy driving around in it. The interior was pretty nice too, tan and black,  although i would prefer a lighter tan as this is a bit on the yellow side (although I guess it’s good for young children because you cannot see the crumbs my boys have already spilled in it or “other” things that may happen that may be yellow in color…)

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The thing I missed the most during the week with this car has too accrual be TWO things.  My remote start for my 5am early mornings and the keyless entry that allows me to lock my keys in the car when I go into the gym. I’ll tell you though first hand, this model will not let you lock the keys in the car 😀🤣 and it’s a good thing because i would’ve done it twice out of habit. It tells at you and promptly unlocks the doors right after you hit lock.

The most unique feature that helped us on our trips was the huge trunk capacity for such a small crossover suv. My youngest is now 5 but we still bring a stroller,  mainly to hold jackets and bags that I’m too lazy to carry and to avoid lockers that I’m too cheap to pay for.  Ok, it’s also to carry tired kids after a long day of fun back to the car.

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I did find it very unique but also a bit odd and concerning that the back seats EJECT fot you to get anyone into the third row or to fold the second row down for extra trunk space.  It did run through my mind for a split second that this could happen if my children were to accidently pull the lever on the side or the head rest although I’d like to believe there is some sort of safety feature regarding weight on the seat that prevents this.  I didn’t want to test this out with my children in the seats lol although they probably would enjoyed it on hind-sight, so if you know the answer,  please feel free to comment below because it’s really interesting…

This particular model also didn’t come with built in navigation, so that wasn’t very fun having to old-school it and use my cell phone on the center cup holder navigating me to our first destination of the weekend,  Turhune Orchards.

Don’t let the name fool you,  it isn’t only an orchard although they have a lovely apple supply of trees to pick fresh apples from,  and FREE apples put in giant boxes throughout the farm to feast on (I assumed they were washed 🤔) and the we’re really really yummy!

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Parking was easy because they navigate you in,  however it was crowded as ever since it was the first day of their “annual fall festival”. They take both cash and cards at the entry and it does cost a hefty $12 per person which I though was a bit much for what they offer, however once inside,  almost everything is included without an extra charge with the exception of pony rides,  pumpkins, and of course food.

They have a couple of food tents and the food was just OK and not really great in my opinion. They have chicken,  pulled pork,  and some various soups and salads but nothing really geared towards children,  especially my picky eater.  My favorite thing was the apple cider donuts and I ate more then I should have on my excersize diet that I’m currently on.

My kids really enjoyed the pumpkin painting, and pumpkins under 5lbs were just a few dollars and the painting was free. The corn maze was simple and cute,  and my 5 year old son and gid daughter proudly led us all through it without a problem.

The hay ride was short, but takes you around the beautiful fruit orchards and compared to may others I’ve been on,  it was a nice smooth comfortable ride.

They did have animals to see,  but I didn’t see very many.  If you want to fork up the extra dough on top of the entry fee, you can do a pony ride for the kids which is cute.

Would I go back? I’d have to say probably.  It’s a nice open family friendly space and had some nice activities for all. I wish they would lower their prices a bit for entry though, but the included activities make it worth it. Also,  they do have wine tasting which is always a bonus😉.

Check out more as well as their activities calendar at:

http://terhuneorchards.com

330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton NJ

Hours:

Farm Store

Mon-Fri 9am-7pm

Sat & Sun 9am-6pm

Winery Tasting Room

Fri, Sat & Sun 12pm-6pm
Bottles available in farm store daily

 

Next up on my list is Snyders Farm. This is an amazing place for young children. It will cost you $8 CASH ONLY per person to get in,  parking is simple,  and you must take the hay ride over to the farm area. We first visited this farm last year during a birthday party for my god daughter and we had a blast.  I wanted to see what it was like as a regular visitor,  and it didn’t disappoint. The activities are geared towards all ages, and it is a big enough farm that it doesn’t feel over crowded and the kids can run around safely.

They have a small animal farm with just a few goats,  many hay climbing sections, and my favorite,  the giant hay slide. We must have gone on this thing a dozen times and ir doesn’t get old.  Each time is just as fun as the last. It reminds me of the giant slides at amusement parks that you get into the potato sack and slide on down.  Only this,  you slide directing into a giant tub of corn! Yes, it will get in your shoes and everywhere else.

On the topic of shoes,  it rained while we were there and yes it did get muddy so don’t wear any nice shoes here.

More activities to highlight is the daily  surprise where captain America shoots CANDY to the kids from the sky out of a real CANNON, and no kid leaves without candy.  It is such a fun, unexpected treat for newcomers and it is so fun to watch all of the kids screaming with excitement.

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That’s not all that is shot at Snyder farm.  You can pay ($3 for corn, $5 for pumpkins) too shoot corn or pumpkins at cars! This was so fun for us all.

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The only downfall of this place is, #1 I cannot figure out where to actually do pumpkin picking or apple picking,  and #2, lack of food options! They only had one food truck when we were there and it was a seafood focused truck wick is odd to be the only option,  in october, at a kids fall festive area.. but i have to say,  their Chicken tenders and fries although expensive,  were really good. This place is tree opidumy of fall activities (besides pumpkin and apples).

The best part is that NOTHING (except food and any picking) is an extra charge once inside,  so this is definitely the best value.

Would I visit again? Absolutely! Hopefully next year on a less muddy day.

Check out more at;

Www.Snyders-farm.com

586 S Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ 08873
SEASONAL HOURS
Fall Festival
Weekends Only 11am – 6pm
Strawberry Season
Saturday & Sundays Only 9am – 4pm
Blueberry Season
Saturday & Sundays Only 9am – 4pm
Roadside Stand
Monday thru Sunday 11am – 6pm

 

Last on my list is Ort Farm. This is FREE to get in,  parking is simple too although a very crowded lot and you should be prepared to walk a little bit.

Without an entry fee, it really can’t be beat.  Free fun for all,  however if you want to do the routine stuff like hayride and pumpkin picking,  your gonna have to pay up.  The $1 per person hayride takes you to the pumpkin patch which is really huge.  Each pumpkin is .59 cents a lb which isn’t bad.  We got an 8 pounder and paid just $4 and change, while my cousins picked out a giant sized 25lb pumpkin for their little ones first Halloween. The pumpkins are in really great shape and many perfect ones to choose from preclipped, or that you can rip right off of the vine.

At check out they have amazing homemade salted caramel chocolate fudge,  and Apple cider donuts that I may or may not have consumed…

They have the hands down most unique  activity of all here though… MONSTER TRUCK rides.  A “hayride” like ride on REAL monster trucks.  Amazing! We didn’t do this because of timing and the line was super long,  so I am not sure of the cost but we watched them and they looked and sounded awesome.

We did however check out all of the animals which the had quite a few including chickens,  ducks,  pigs, goats, an adorable baby calf and some cool bulls.

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Across the street from this section was their corn maze.  This is the BEST corn maze I have ever been in.  I seriously couldn’t find my way out, even when using the provided map, aside from a 5, 8, and 9 year old leading the way… so I feel it was worth the $6 a person they charge to get into the maze. Apparently they do corn maze at night too and everyone gets a flashlight. I am too much of a chicken for that, but if you like the dark, I suggest you check that out because you WILL get lost in there.

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We didn’t eat any real food there due to time,  so I am not sure of the cost or if it is any good,  but I definitely smelled hot dogs and hamburgers and they did smell AMAZING.

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Would I go back? Yes! If you don’t feel like spending money but want fall activities,  this is the place to just soak in all the fall feelings.

Check out more info at;

Www.ortfarms.com

25 Bartley Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853

Activity Hours: Weekdays 12-6 (Hayrides/Maze/Animals/Play Area)

Weekends 10-5 (Hayrides/Maze/Animals
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Train Rides/Cannon/ Monster Truck)

 

Overall,  we have enjoyed all three farms and had fun “Farm Hopping”. And thanks to the Mitsubishi Outlander, we got to there and back safely!

Dino Days of Summer at Liberty Science Center – GIVEAWAY!

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Today we visited the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City thanks to @Jerseymomblog and it was so much fun! If you have kept up with my blog these past few years,  you know its a favorite of ours (see my post on the infinity climber launch!)

Every time I go to the Liberty Science Center it’s like nostalgia for me. I remember when it first opened in 1993, we took a field trip there for my second grade class. Back then it seemed so huge and never ending and now going as an adult it seems much smaller then I remember, but still so much packed into it and off course it’s always changing. I love knowing that my kids see it as I used to when I was younger, a world of amazing science and knowledge.

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Today’s agenda was the brand new “Dino Dig” exhibit.  With a huge focus on real replicas of dinosaurs and fossils, families can get in and dig deep for fossils outdoors and see real scale size dinosaur bones.

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I found it amazing that they took actual bones and fossils and casted them to create actual detailed replicas of the real things. It’s the closest to being a real paleontologist that you and your child can get without actually being one.  And what’s better than digging up dino-bones and fossils then doing it with a backdrop of NYC behind you?!

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The Dino Dig Exhibit will run now through September 4th 2017.

Channel your inner paleontologist by digging fossils in 35 tons of sand at “Jack Horner’s Dino Dig. Meet Mac’s scariest residents and learn about the relationship with dinosaurs and reptiles.  Practice removing fossils from blocks of rocks and touch a creature that’s been around LONGER than a dinosaur,  horseshoe crabs!

Kids wearing dinosaur themed clothing can save $5 on child admission tickets during the Dino days of Summer!

Tickets are $21.75 For adults and $17.75 for children (2-12).  For more information visit LSC.org

I have a family 4 pack of tickets to give away to one lucky winner! You can use them to visit the LSC and enjoy the Dino Dig exhibit,  or one of the upcoming exhibits that will be there the following days;

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition – Now-Sept 4

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience – Opening October 28, 2017

Block Party Encore – Now – Sept 10

Thomas The train & friends: Explore the rails – Opening Sept 23, 2017.

Enter to win now until August 1st and let me know below what exhibit you’re most excited about!

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Also,  during our visit today,  we were greeted by the most amazing balloon dinosaurs.  Check out Twinsters Creations serving all Northern NJ – Twinsterscreations@gmail.com

*As a Liberty Science Center Blog Ambassador for the day, i have been provided with complimentary entry in exchange for my coverage.

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Beat the heat at the Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester New York

Looking for something to do to get out of the Heat this Summer and keep the kids busy? Why don’t you head on over to Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester New York!

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Legos are a family staple… they’ve been around for generations and families enjoy using them together and will absolutely love checking out all of the amazing Lego creations that are all over at the Legoland Discovery Center. They truly are great for the whole family.

Take a look at the last time that I visited the Lego Discovery Center. We had a blast. My boys especially enjoyed the crawl tunnels that they have set up in the middle of all of the other areas. It reminds me of the old discovery zone in a way.

One of our other favorite things that we did during our visit was check out the 4-D show that they had. Every month or so the show rotates to a new one so it’s always a new fun experience for the family. If you’re unsure what 4D is, it is where you can feel, see, and even smell what’s going on in the short 15 minute movie. The great thing is once you’re inside, all of these attractions are included with your visit including the movie.

I do recommend that you eat prior to going to the Legoland Discovery Center because their food options are pretty limited especially for young children that are picky but there are sandwiches and some other options if you would like to eat there or have a snack.

There is a parking deck located only a block away from the Legoland Discovery Center and if I recall it was pretty cheap and for yhe entire day.

Not to mention that the area is great and it’s a great day out for the entire family. There’s an outside mall that you can walk around and window shop or grab an ice cream and just walk down the Main Street of the strip.

The Legoland Discovery Center has given me a family pack of 4 tickets to give away to one lucky winner.

Enter to win now through July 1st, GOOD LUCK!!!

ENTER NOW!

Free Six Flags Great Adventure Ticket

Per Six Flags communication;

Six Flags Great Adventure
Jackson, New Jersey
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Donate Blood, Save Three Lives!

On Sunday, May 7 the Central Jersey Blood Center will host a blood drive in Six Flags Great Adventure’s Employment Center parking lot from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Each donor will receive one theme park ticket valid for Six Flags Great Adventure.

To access the Employment Center, drive 1/4 mile past the park’s main entrance on Route 537 West. Make a left into the park’s service entrance.

Blood supplies are typically low in the summer months and one donation can save up to three lives!

For the best possible donation experience, appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-in donors will be placed into empty appointment times on the schedule.

Sign up here or call 888-71-BLOOD for an appointment.

 

For future dates and events check below:

 

2017 NY Baby Show – Ticket Giveaway!!

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The 2017 New York Baby Show, on May 20 & 21 at Pier 94 in NYC will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country!

We didn’t get to attend last year unfortunately, but the year before, I had a blast. My kids were all behaved, so I think that helped a bit 😀.

You can expect to see a ton of vendors, amazing deals on baby/child products, and sneak peaks of items new to market… check out my previous year review of the NY Baby Show.

Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. 

I am giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. I have just 10 tickets (family or individual) to give away, first come first serve. Family tickets cover up to 2 adults and 4 children per ticket!

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If you did not score a FREE ticket, make sure to use my 50% off code good on any ticket!

Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual.

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