CELEBRITY GUESTS AMY SEDARIS AND GABRIELLE UNION
JOIN SESAME STREET MUPPETS ON A VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT
(July 29, 2020 – New York, N.Y.) – Summer is in full swing on Sesame Street! Elmo and his friends are back with new games, activities, and celebrity guests – all from the safety of home – in a brand-new Max Original, Elmo’s Playdate: Scavenger Hunt, created and produced by nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop and available on HBO Max Thursday, August 6.
Silliness and surprise twists abound in the half-hour special, in which Elmo teams up with Abby Cadabby via video chat for a virtual scavenger hunt. Aided by Sesame Street friends Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Elmo’s dad Louie, and tiger Mr. Stripey, the duo invites children to join in the search for all seven items on their list using the printable worksheet linked here. Along the way, “Monster Foodies” Cookie Monster and Gonger whip up a tasty summer dessert, Amy Sedaris shares an easy craft the whole family can make, and Gabrielle Union leads Elmo and Abby in a sweet sing-along.
“Although summer looks different for many families this year, our Sesame Street characters once again show children that, with a little imagination, staying at home can still be fun,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Workshop Executive Vice President of Creative and Production. “We’re grateful to our partners at WarnerMedia and HBO Max for their continued support as we strive to meet the needs of children and families through learning and laughter in these challenging times.”
“The wonderful residents of Sesame Street always know how to make us smile and feel a little better,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, original content, HBO Max. “Our partnership with Sesame Workshop continues to bring joy to families through their educational entertainment made from compassion, understanding and fun.”
This special is the latest effort around the COVID-19 pandemic from nonprofit Sesame Workshop. Through Caring For Each Other, an initiative created by the Workshop in response to this crisis, families can access free resources specifically designed to provide comfort and manage anxiety, create routines, foster playful learning at home, and help children stay physically and mentally healthy.
Caring For Each Other is funded in part by Sesame Workshop’s new Critical Needs Response Fund, a crucial source of flexible funds designed to meet the urgent needs of children and families. To drive support for this Fund, Sesame Workshop has partnered with online fundraising platform Omaze to offer another virtual playdate – for one sweepstakes winner and a guest – with Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Abby Cadabby. The sweepstakes is now live and concludes on Wednesday, August 12. More details and official rules available here. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org.
About HBO Max
HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering, which debuted May 27, 2020. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content, HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. Website: HBOMax.com
I had the pleasure of receiving some items from Noodle & Boo and Tyler and I had our usual amount of fun unboxing the items they sent us to try out! I know you’re probably an unboxing junky like me and the next best thing to actually unboxing is watching an unboxing video, so before I tell you what’s IN the box, check it out…
Noodle & Boo products are made in the USA with only the finest ingredients, and are safe and gentle enough to be used on newborns and during pregnancy. And did I mention they smell exactly like a baby should smell?
I’m talking about that REALLY want to sniff a babies scalp smell. That innocent I’m only 1 week old smell that every newborn has, because why cover it up to smell like soap? Even if you don’t have a newborn, these products are just as great for toddlers and even the bigger kids like my son who is 8.
They have so many items to choose from, and most are sold in stores like target or off course online on their website too.
As a mom myself, I like to think of myself as a knowledge bank for new moms. Especially with a platform like this, I like to share only the best with you guys and right now, hand sanitizer is a must have. Anyone who is anyone is trying to get their hands on the good stuff, not the no-name “is this really just water” items the grocery and pharmacy stores are stocking these days, and well.. I’ll let you in on alittle secret.. pssst… they’ve got it! And not only is it real true hand sanitizer, it’s baby and kid safe hypoallergenic hand sanitizer, that you don’t have to be worried about touching your baby after sanitizer.
And what’s best is that new moms who may wasnt close family to visit their new bundle of joy during this crazy time can be sure to make them use it before touching the baby and they won’t smell like harsh alcohol. It’s 99% effective and perfect for toddlers too.
I’ve tried them and here are some of my favorites! Clock on photo to go to item page:
Kills 99% of germs
for complete care from head-to-toe
Hypoallergenic and paraben free
for clean and fresh ambiance
for bath time fun & relaxation
The last item smells soooo amazing you can smell it through the package! Great for mom and baby or toddler bath time.
About the brand owner:
Christine Burger, San Fran small business owner who 15 years ago created a company because she couldn’t find safe skin products for her babies, and now sells online and Target, has a major success on her hands. Made in the USA Instant Hand Sanitizer and Ultimate Cleansing Cloths (and many other products), has made Noodle & Boo a Go-To in this pandemic. Recognized for its commitment to formulations made with biocompatible ingredients, each product is formulated to the highest standards.
*Disclaimer: I received items in exchange for my honest review and all opinions are my own.
The Liberty Science Center is closed until further notice due to thr Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing implementations.
LSC in the House is the place where home scientists can conduct experiments, explore the world of LSC’s animals, find amazing movies to watch, and get inspired about science and technology without ever leaving the living room. Check out all the fun at the links below, and be sure to come back often. We will update our experiences regularly while so many of us are sticking close to home.
Check out their Facebook live streams!
Join us Mondays at 11:30 AM for LSC Junior live streams, Tuesdays at 1 PM for Live From Surgery medical presentations, Wednesdays at 11 AM for LSC’s Animal Updates, Thursdays at 1 PM for Planetarium Online presentations, Thursdays at 6 PM for Virtual Science Trivia, and Fridays at 11:30 AM for Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families.
Upcoming Facebook Live Streams:
Monday, May 18, 11:30 AM – LSC Junior: Story Time with Mr. Kengo
Tuesday, May 19, 1:00 PM – Live From Surgery: All About Bones
Wednesday, May 20, 11:00 AM – LSC’s Animal Update
Thursday, May 21, 1:00 PM – Planetarium Online: Five Planets in One Night!
Thursday, May 21, 6:00 PM – Virtual Science Trivia
Friday, May 22, 11:30 AM – Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families
Join the conversation by liking and commenting on Just For Moms above!
You and I as Mothers; sounds like something I’d want to read! Jersey Native Laura Prepon has published her new book and it’s on shelves now. Being a mom of a newborn is so difficult. But being a mom of a newborn, and a 2 1/2 year old, living in NYC must be the most difficult of all.
Laura is handling it with style and grace. She admittedly threw on the sweater she was wearing just for us, and that she is usually sporting a baby scarf shall these days since she spends most of her time breastfeeding her newborn son who’s name she would not spit out no matter how hard we tried!
We talked about her new baby boy and how much she was already prepared for isolation without even knowing it, about her daughter Ella “marking her territory” when new baby brother came home, and about the importance of routine in her home right now.
Limiting screen time is so hard these days when we are “sheltering in place”, but there are some great options like the Non-profit Child Mind Institute to get you and your children through these tough time. They have online times from 10am-4pm weekdays and cover topics for young children, teens, coping skills, special needs and more during this unreal time.
Here are some awesome screenshots from our zoom “Mom Time” as I like to call it. It actually gives me a reason to do my hair and makeup, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this to occupy my mind during this difficult time
Melissa was trying out Laura’s side pony and I think she has a new favorite hairdo!
I can’t even lie, any time I see a zoom chat of squares, I immediately think of the Brady Bunch intro. Maybe that’s a good idea for next time!
If you know an essential worker you’d like to recognize during this difficult time – send The Moms Denise or Melissa a message or tag #Mamarazzionline nominating them. Who know’s, maybe they’ll wind up getting to speak to someone awesome like Laura!
Gosh it’s finally starting to feel like Christmas now that we got our matching family pajama set from Yaffi Fashion!
You can get yours in time for Christmas too and get 10% off while you’re at it using code LOVEYAFFI10 for all products in Yaffi store.
Pajamas are a big part of our Christmas celebration here on our home. Growing up, my parents always let us open one gift from them on Christmas Eve and it was always our holiday pajamas. I was excited each year to see what they’d look like, and now in my home it’s no different eith my children as I’ve continued the tradition.
Although we broke tradition this year because the moment I saw this set online I just had to have them. When I saw the package arrive (only 4 days after I ordered!) I couldn’t wait to try them on and share with you all.
We put the pj’s on and got right in the mood to decorate for Christmas, and the tree is my boys’ favorite part to do. They like looking through all of the ornaments we’ve collected and made through the years and remember and cherish each moment which I love so much. Even our dog Sadie got in on the action! I think she was secretly wishing she had some matching cozy pjs too!
If you’re wondering where I got this set, click this link YAFFI FASHION and then when you click through what you want, it’ll bring you to three Amazon listing to check out. If you’re a prime member, shipping is even quicker.
Sizing is pretty straight forward for the sets, and I have to say they fit as they say – maybe even alittle bigger which is better to me. I believe the highest size in children’s is 8/9 year old but they actually fit both of my kids fine as you can see in the photos. Me and my husband both has a size medium and I thought they fit well also. If you gave a child bigger than 8/9, you can go for xs or small and it should be ok.
They don’t only have pajamas, they have other matching adult/child outfits and bathing suits which are really cute too! I actually tried a set for me and my youngest over the Summer and loved how it looked on us. You can check out the swimwear post here.
The material is good quality although in have a sence they may shrink a bit in the wash. That’s another reason I’m glad they run slightly big.
These sets would be PERFECT for family holiday card photos to send to friends and family.
This was such a treat and I can’t wait to wear them on Christmas Eve and take Christmas morning photos.
It doesn’t get any better than this!
You can get matching mommy/baby, dad/ baby, whole family, or even just husband and wife sets. Order yours now to have in time for Christmas!
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, and MATH. Also known as STEAM.
These days, children are becoming more and more advanced due to early introduction of technology and as such, so are their playtime choices.
As a parent, I understand that limiting screen time is important and with a child under 10, there is still imaginary play time to be had.
If you’re like me, you’ve been searching for items to wrap under the tree this year for your little one that meet the criteria of fun and keep their attention but also secretly teaching them skills.
Here are the top STEAM items this year to add to your holiday list!
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pixelate ANY design using innovative LIGHT TECHNOLOGY? Well you can thanks to the smART Pixelator from Flycatcher Toys! The smART Pixelator empowers kids to design and build 2D and 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights, and smART Pixel Beads, Sequins or Pegs. Right out of the box, kids have a choice of creating 50 step-by-step designs using Pixel Beads. A smART Pixelator app and any mobile device also let them engineer their own projects, encouraging customization and experimentation. Additional beads, sequins, pegs, and extension sets, including the smART Pixelator Bracelet Maker, are available to keep the fun flowing. Ideal for kids 7 to 107 years old. MSRP: $59.99
Entertainment at your child’s fingertips! With the Playtime Pad 7” HD Kid Safe Tablet your child now has access to an array of different educational experiences including PBS games, videos, and songs. Including parental controls you now can have complete control over your child’s tablet and entertainment. Sold in a kid-safe durable silicone case this tablet was made for kids for the ultimate entertainment and learning experience wherever they go. Available now on Walmart.com. Ages 2+ MSRP: $79.99.
A robot that defies gravity?! That’s what you get with Air-Walker, a four-legged bot that uses an ingenious system of suction cups and pumps to crawl along smooth, vertical surfaces like windows. You can also build four other models with the same components and learn how suction and mechanical devices can be used in different real-world applications. A vacuum-suction machine sticks to and lifts flat panels, while a robot with just two suction cups rotates around a central pivot point. This hands-on construction kit brings engineering and physics to life as it demonstrates the power of air pressure at work. Ages 8+ MSRP: $39.95
Build your own adorable robotic pet hedgehog! With the 172 building pieces in this kit, you can assemble a real robot that looks like a cute hedgehog. The robot has a built-in sound sensor and is programmed to react to different sounds. After you build it, you can play with it by making different sounds and watching it tumble, roll, spin around, bristle its spines, and scurry around. Clap once, and the hedgehog will roll into a ball and tumble backwards. Clap multiple times, and the hedgehog will count your claps and tumble as many times as you instructed with your claps. You can also get the hedgehog to bristle its spines and act in a playful way with different patterns of claps. The hedgehog’s eyes light up with LEDs. By building the robot, you will gain experience in the inner mechanical workings that enable the robot to move how it does. Learn about gears, motors, sound sensors, LEDs, and the other components of this funny little pet. Ages 7+ MSRP: $39.95.
Lastly, there are the Magformers Amazing Sets. These are so cool because even without knowledge of how they work, somehow children automatically know and start building.
Click and create your own adventure with Magformers AMAZING Sets! Magformers are a magnetic construction toy where the possibilities are endless. Kids now have the opportunity to live out their dreams and become one of their dream professions such as a firefighter, a police officer, and a construction worker through one of the four new Magformers AMAZING sets! Great for children aged 3 and up. Create 50 ideas with the follow-along idea booklet or build your own adventure! Ages 3+ MSRP $59.99
With holiday shopping fully underway, many may be wondering: HOW CAN I STAY ON BUDGET? From nieces and nephews to neighbors and friends to even your own child, the list to “buy” that perfect present grows by the minute – and buying all those presents can certainly add up fast.
With that said, below please find a list of fun ideas that are ALL UNDER $50. From stocking stuffers to the coolest new “unboxing” gifts and new items from The Elf on the Shelf, we have your holiday shopping “on a budget” covered for everyone on your list!
Ambulance & Doctor’s Kit from Green Toys
The doctor is on the way! The Green Toys™ Ambulance & Doctor Kit comes with everything needed to play doctor, nurse, EMT – or all of the above! Made in the USA from super-safe, 100% recycled plastic, this 10-piece set encourages motor skill development, imaginative play, and pro-social behavior, while also helping to ease anxiety about doctor visits by making the components of a check-up familiar and fun. The ambulance has the features, size, and durability of a classic Green Toys truck, as well as lights that flip-up into a handle to create a unique carrying case. All the pieces included in the set – a stethoscope, reflex hammer, syringe, forceps, thermometer, and otoscope, as well as a doctor’s notepad and two sheets of assorted stickers – can be stored in the back of the ambulance for quick, eco-friendly transport to the next emergency. No BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Dishwasher safe. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks. For ages 2-8. MSRP $39.99.
Ecokins from Wild Republic
Ecokins is a new line of sustainable plush animals made using 100% recycled fill and fabric from Wild Republic. Everything from the biodegradable polybag packing down to the soy ink printed hangtag; Ecokins uses nothing but recycled and eco-conscious materials in its overall development. The new line includes an assortment of 14 animals in two sizes – 12 in. and 8 in. – including a black bear, polar bear, dolphin, African elephant, hippo, koala, snow leopard, panda, penguin, raccoon, red panda, sea turtle, wolf, and tiger. Ecokins complies with certified global recycling standards. Compliance to these standards is the first step towards cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the ocean, which is now an island the size of Texas. The product’s quality and affordable price make the transition to 100% sustainable materials an impactful change in the industry.
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? from Authentic Agility Games (Political and Religion version)
These days, discussing religion and politics can be a dangerous proposition. What if you had a fun way to help you talk to your friends, family, colleagues or peers about what you agree on and where your thoughts and beliefs differ? Authentic Agility’s newest card game, Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? encourages thoughtful political and religious dialog in a non-threatening and fun way. Curious about what makes people think and believe the things they do? Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? opens a door to understanding. Roll the dice, draw a card and ask one of the game’s 500 questions to get started. Everyone has an opinion and when they play, everyone has a voice. Play, listen and be heard. All proceeds from Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? go toward organizations that advance education and entrepreneurial initiatives. We know that education opens the doors to opportunities and entrepreneurship is one way to enter. Available on Amazon.com $24.99
Orna-POP!™ Advent Countdown (from The Elf on the Shelf)
Unboxing and blind bags continue to captivate children nationwide and the new Orna-POP!™ Advent Countdown is right on point, offering 24 days of magical popping surprises leading up to Christmas Day! Kids simply bop and pop the self-inflating Mylar ornaments for a variety of reveals—jokes, riddles, and games. Includes 27 Mylar ornaments, 27 silver cords to use in decorative displays (i.e. hang on your tree!) and a keepsake poster featuring North Pole characters!
Children will have a blast as they crack open their jumbo sea shell carrying case to find three Lil’ Shuckie oyster shells, a magic sand package, and 60 baby filler pearls to complete a bracelet! Use the shucking tool to open the mini oyster shells and discover stretchy slime and gorgeous pearls inside. The play value continues as kids can collect all 24 pearls, from “common” to “ultra-rare”; to make bracelets swap, or collect! Super sketchy glitzy slime is inside of each Lil’ Shuckie oyster! Perfect Slime kit and craft for every slimmer in your life. MSRP: $19.99, Canadian MSRP- $29.99. Age: 4+, available at Walmart.
Elf Pets®: An Arctic Fox Tradition (From The Elf on the Shelf)
The new Elf Pets®: An Arctic Fox Tradition is ready to take children on a magical adventure! In this story, children will discover how Santa is able to complete his Christmas Eve journey around the world in just one night. They might be surprised to learn that it involves an Arctic Fox that sets polar lights aglow and some adorable fox cubs sent to inspire a message of hope. The set includes a beautifully illustrated storybook, Arctic Fox cub plush, snow globe with glow-in-the-dark feature and official adoption certificate.
Ooze Labs: Soap & Bath Bomb Lab from Thames & Kosmos
It’s time to start mixing things up! In this pretend STEM scenario, you are a chemist for a bath and body products company and it’s your job to make and test different cosmetic products. Use the tools in your laboratory to employ different scientific techniques and essential chemistry principles to make soaps and bath bombs. Try out different additives to affect the color, smell, and other qualities of the products you make. Real science and pretend play come together in this activity-filled kit that can be used alone or as an extension of the Ooze Labs Chemistry Station (a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor winner!). As you mold different glycerin soap shapes, you learn about the chemical properties of soap that help it pick up and wash away dirt. While you’re concocting bath bombs, you learn about how acids and bases combine to form fizzing reactions, and what a pH level is. Expand your cosmetics knowledge with an overview of the biology of skincare and other science-related to soap and bath products. All materials and chemicals are non-toxic. Ages 6 + MSRP: $29.95.
Hook, Stack, Fold and roll your way into fun with the new Clicformers Friends Sets! Build and Create nine different adorable dogs including, a Welsh Corgi, Shiba, Golden Retriever, Poodle, French Bulldog, Border Collie, Dachshund, Chihuahua, and Shephard from one of their four new Friends Sets. Clicformers are perfect for STEM education and great for eye-hand-coordination development. All Clicformers sets are compatible with each other, creating endless possibilities! The new Clicformers Friends Sets include the Brave Friends Set, Loving Friends Set, Sweet Friends Set, and Pet Friends Set. Ages 4+ MSRP: $29.99.
A toddler’s first backpack with their own beautiful Dolce travel Rabbit toy. The Rabbit arrives with crinkle ears, a removable mouse, ribbons, and tactile fabric for fun on the go. Dolce stands for Develop, Observe, Learn, Create, Educate. Let your baby DEVELOP their sensory skills with the wide variety of high quality textured fabrics. Your little one will love to OBSERVE the fun colorful fabrics and LEARN to understand cause and effect through the many interesting activities in our toys. CREATE fun, learning, and roleplay with your favorite Dolce friend. Let the beautiful, interesting and activity-rich Dolce toys EDUCATE through play. Ages 0 months+ MSRP $39.99.
Last but certainly not least, the 1978 break through toy is back in 3’s. I am sure you heard the craze of the Costco 3 pack under $20, and although they’re likely sold out all over, you can still get this hot holiday toy for under $50 on Amazon! Even better, they have the zoo friends pack that has the cutest costumes!
This is perfect for background music at a kids birthday party. The adults will recognize the tunes, and even be able to sing along to their favorite hits with this adorable lullaby edition. It is actually fun trying to recognize each hit!
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Hip Kiddy Records, known for producing Hip Hop, R&B and Pop music for little ears, now premieres a new series of Lullaby Kreations, focusing on today’s hottest R&B and Hip Hop stars.
The brand new release – Lullaby Kreations of Khalid – is a tribute to the hottest R&B artist of today. Khalid, a platinum selling artist, received 5 Grammy nominations, including Best New artist at the 60th Grammy Awards. This album features Khalid’s biggest hits, set to soothing melodic instrumental lullaby tracks – perfect for little ears.
Last year, according to Soundscan, 81 million rap albums were sold making rap the largest and fastest growing in the business. Hip Kiddy is the first company to bring Rap to children, specifically, and attributes the enormous success of the Kids Rap’N the Hits series to the vibrant music of mainstream Rap! Because of the overwhelming success of the Hip Kiddy concept, they were inspired to create product for babies and toddlers.
All of the products in the Hip Kiddy catalog are vibrant and fun! Hip Kiddy believes that quality time spent with family and friends make for some of life’s best memories. Our products promote family interaction that encourages self-expression through music art and culture; in turn building a child’s self esteem and expanding their horizons.
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At least here in NJ at Six Flags Great Adventure. I don’t know about the other popular theme park ticket prices like six flags magic mountain or six flags great america, but I’d imagine all six flags have about the same pricing structure.
The best deal is the annual season pass that has a monthly reoccurring. For gold membership, it’s just $26 a month including tax for 4 passes. This includes free standard parking, entry to ther park any operating day, and bring a friend discounts. A six flags one day ticket will set you back $80+ if you buy it at the gate. That’s 11 months of payments if you gave the gold $7 a month plan. You can cancel any time after the first year, but why would you? You’re locked into that great rate!
This year they introduced diamond and diamond elite passes that offer even more, but your monthly payment will go up for it, so I stick to what works for my family.
Another way to save is coke cans or the leaflet flyers you can sometimes find at Dunkin Donuts shop counters. You can also check retailmenot.com or groupon since they’re known for deals and you may just get lucky.
If you know a boy scout or girl scout, you may just want to hit them up to find out if they plan on attending any scout days. If so, scouts in uniform can bring family members to the park on these days to receive a 50% off pass to enjoy the park with rest of the troops and dens.
Overall, the deals are out there, you just have to look. And with Freight Fest in full swing, the park is sure to be an exciting full morning to night day of fun.
Six Flags NJ Hours vary based on season so click and check ther current calendar.
Six Flags Parking Prices are free for members.
Six Flags Freight Fest is 6pm until close during the fall season leading up until Halloween.
Get the Six Flags free app to have access to coupons, local park info, and maps of the park.
On the app you’ll have access to bring a friend deals as well which is good for everyone! You get to bring a friend to enjoy the fun, and they get a discounted six flags ticket.
Alot of times they make these weekdays only, but there are the few tossed in for weekends. Sometimes cheap and someones even FREE! So my advice is get the app.