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Per Six Flags communication;
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!
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.
Let me start off by saying that this is NOT a sponsored post. I have no affiliation with Six Flags and this is just my own experiences that I want to share with you.
First off, before I even start, go get a season pass to six flags! Right now, it’s the best deal I’ve ever seen so I had to scoop them up for my family of 4. But you have to be quick because you MUST ACTIVATE the passes before Oct 31st, just 9 more days, to get the deal.
It’s only $6 a month (auto-pay) per person for minimum of 12 months, for a COMBO GOLD pass that includes the rest of this year free including Fright Fest and Holiday in the park, Free Parking, and Hurricane Harbor for next year. That is only $72 per person for the whole YEAR and a one day ticket is $72 if you were to go just 1 day,so even if you only go one time the entire year (which is not very likely), then it already paid for itself! That’s why I think it is so worth it. They do shows throughout the year, bring a friend free of discounted, and so many other deals.
During the end of the year, starting October, they’re only open Friday’s after 5:30pm and then on Sat and Sun all day. If you go during the weekends, you can spend the whole morning there and enjoy the fall and Halloween decor without and spooks or scares. Once the sun sets though, it’s a whole other story.
So should you bring your young kids to fright fest? I say go for it. My boys had a great time despite the scary zombies roaming around. My 8 year old absolutely LOVED the zombies. I on the other hand tried my best not to make eye contact and used the kids as a shield LOL! I get creeped out with that stuff… It did make it easier having the kids with me because they didn’t bother us as much.
My 4 year old didn’t mind the first time we went, I don’t think he noticed the zombies as much. The 2nd time, he was more aware of them and what was going on and he cried for a bit to go home. He kept looking over his shoulder and I felt so bad, but then I had a genius idea! I told him to switch jackets with his brother, and that it was so big on him, it was like a “blanket” and the zombies would think he was just a big blanket. It worked! He started to forget about it eventually and enjoyed himself the rest of the night.
I love carnivals, and theme parks, so of course I love Six Flags Great Adventure. I wish it was a little closer since it’s about an hour drive, but so was Sesame Place which we had a blast this past Summer and went a lot with our season passes there. It’s good to switch it up, so next Summer we’ll have these passes for the theme and water park at great adventure. Did I mention, if you love Pokemon Go, then you will be excited to know that there are many Pokemon hanging out here 🙂
My favorite thing is seeing my boys enjoying themselves on the rides. They have a bunch of rides for young kids and a large area with stands and arcades. They really wound up having a great time despite the initial fear of the zombies.
GET YOUR PASSES SOON! You must go BEFORE 10/31 to activate the pass to get the Combo Deal even if you buy the passes, it will not be combo unless it’s activated before then.
New Jersey are you ready to be home to The American Dream? Mall that is. It’s the long awaited monstrous mall that was once called ‘Xanadu’. That project was stalled due to funding, but the vision was always there and that vision, renamed ‘The American Dream Mall’ will call East Rutherford, NJ home!
It’s set to open Summer of 2017 and will be home to some of the most extravagant destinations such as Nickelodeon Universe. Although we will not be the first in the country to get this theme park, we certainly welcome it with open arms.
When you envision The American Dream Mall, think of the mall of America times 2, plus the Pocono Mountains, plus 6 flags all wrapped into one. Something for everyone
The Indoor skiing slopes will be the first if it’s kind in NJ with realistic slopes and ski lifts.
Here is a glimpse into just some of what it is expected to be;
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Andretti Thrill Park was on our agenda when visiting Palm Bay Florida during vacation this year. We are so happy that we went because it winded up being a highlight of our trip.
Traveling with children, you need to keep them busy and happy, while also making sure you have fun yourself and enjoy vacation. Andretti definitely pulled that off!
The prices were just right, Groupon had a deal to make all day wrist bands just $28.95 for the day per person. There was 8 of us there so that helped tremendously with being able to afford the day of fun.
We started the day outdoors and ran to the go karts first. It was 98° and sunny out, which is expected in Florida, but we knew to bring our sunblock and cooling towels and I am so glad we did. Make sure to bring water bottles as well to keep hydrated as there isn’t much shade in the outdoor activities.
There are 4 different go kart areas, 3 of which are included in the wrist band price. The first one we to is to the right out of the doors. It’s a basic circle set up and you can choose from single or double karts to ride. The next go kart area is a larger track and a bit faster karts. This was the one we favored the most and went on over and over.
The next is a junior go kart track and it looked really cute. Smaller karts and a small circle with only 4 karts available. My son didn’t get the chance to go on it, but I’m sure it’s tons of fun. The last one is a larger track with super fast karts. It’s additional fee and you must have a valid drivers license to use them. I didn’t get to go on them but check it out if you get the chance!
My 4 year old is 40″ so he just made the cut off for all of the rides. He went on his first “coaster” here and he screamed his head off but talked about it over and over after that he loved it.
The arcade is pretty small but had a lot of games for all ages. You have to purchase tokens on a card seperate than the wrist band. The prices are decent and they have deals for them too. The best part is that the large crane game was actually winnable. Usually these things are so rigged and frustrating, but my son actually won 4 times!
The batting cages were also such a fun experience for all of us. We cheered each other on and had unlimited batting fun.
My oldest son did the rock climing and after numerous attempts he made it to the top! He was so proud of his accomplishment he’s still talking about it.
We did laser tag upstairs and I didn’t notice until later in the day there is also a gym type obstacle upstairs too! There is bowling as well which also did not do.
We had an amazing day and all left smiling with shared memories. It was fun to feel like a kid again. The park was very empty I assume because the kids in town went back to school that week. I am not sure how it would be on a weekend.
The only down fall I would say is the employees they have working the rides there. I felt they were a little rude, specifically the Go kart attendees. They were blowing their whistles constantly and it left us unsure what they wanted. They should blow it for attention, then say what they want you to do. It was a real turn off and you can hear it going on at all areas outside, constant anything whistle blowing. Also while on the paddle boats, my son had so much fun going under the waterfall on the ride. When getting off, the worker said to him, an 8 year old “now you can’t go on the go karts”. I didn’t think that was right to say to a kid having a fun day. The ride is meant to get you wet, and is great during the heat, but that remark was unwarranted. They should have a sign staying wet clothes not allowed on Go karts. He dried off quickly and was able to continue to enjoy the other rides.
Overall, we had an amazing day and all left smiling with shared memories. It was fun to feel like a kid again. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area with children or adults of any age.
Andretti theme park address:
3060 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901
For more info go to http://www.andrettipark.com
* I was provided with tickets in exchange for this review. All views and opinions are my own.