Earlier this Spring, my Daytripping boys took a trip to Florida to experience the Kennedy Space Center and some of the fun that the Space Coast has to offer. As part of the massive Cape Canaveral tour, they were able to get up close with the vehicle assembly building or VAB. This is the same building where all of the Apollo missions were prepared with the Saturn V rockets. It’s also where all 135 Space Shuttle Missions were made ready. The building is unbelievable in size. To help get an idea of the scope of the building, a portion of the American flag which is seen on the side of the building is also found painted on the ground below.
The Space Center is quite active. Even though the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA is busy at preparing the next generation of rockets for our country’s deep space exploration program. They have 2025 as the target to get us to an asteroid and early 2030s to get us to Mars. This place is still bustling with business!
You can experience all the space center has to offer in a single day. Admission is $50 for adults and $40 for kids. Admission includes:
- • Space Shuttle Atlantis • Twin IMAX Theater 3-D Films
- • Shuttle Launch Experience • Special Viewing for Rocket Launches
- • Angry Birds Space Encounter • Numerous Shows and Exhibits
- • General Bus Tour • Meet an astronaut
- • FREE 2-day admission to Astronaut Hall of Fame (if used within seven days)
The Kennedy Space Center is offering a special discount to anyone visiting with a $5 discount using code VISITKSC. This is good through May 31, 2015.
You may also call 866.554.0063 and provide the promotional code.
Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.
I grew up watching soccer (futbol) every Sunday. My papa is an avid futbol fan and there was always some game on our tv set every Sunday. We are all true soccer fans and now I get to pass on my enthusiasm to my own children.
My son started playing soccer and he absolutely loves it. He loves playing goalie and is counting down the days until soccer season happens again. With the kids and I out of school this summer we have enjoyed watching many of the futbol games during the past two weeks. We’re cheering for the Red, White, and Blue. We’re also cheering for el Tri color team. It’s been fun to be able to scream in excitement and shout back at the tv when things don’t go “our” way.
Pampers is bringing together our love of futbol soccer and our families by creating the Mi Equipo Mi Herencia Facebook Stadium App, found on the Pampers Latino Facebook page. Through July 15th, parents are encouraged to log on to the Pampers Latino Facebook page to celebrate their love of country and their favorite sport by participating in the “Mi Equipo, Mi Herencia” app and sweepstakes. Moms and Dads can upload and customize photos of their little fan in the Pampers Virtual Stadium, generating a shareable meme that friends, family and other fútbol fans will love. I created the photo above and sent it off to my mom and dad. They thought it was adorable!!! Not only will you have one very cute photo, but you will also be entered to win a year supply of Pampers diapers and wipes!
It’s Giveaway time!!
We’re giving away a Pampers Gift Packet that is futbolicious!
This Giveaway includes:
- Objectivo More Than a Game Infant Onesie
- Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin’ Soccer Ball
- Pele King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey Del Futbol [Book]
- Baby Soccer Slippers
- Soccer Mascot Plush
- Pampers Diapers
- Pampers Wipes
All you have to do is leave a comment letting us know how you celebrate your love of futbol and national pride. That’s it. Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends on June 28th at 11:59pm. Good luck!!
To celebrate the official start of Summer Vacay, we packed a big bag and headed down to the Legoland Water Park. We’ve had annual passes for over a year now, but because my son broke his arm last Summer, this was the first time heading to the Water Park. We were not disappointed! The Legoland Water Park is so much fun and here’s why.
The park is divided into two main sections, the water park, and the new Chima Water Park. My son couldn’t contain himself. I thought he was literally going to pass out from excitement. He is obsessed with Legos and he was in Heaven! It really is a kid’s dream land. The Water Park is located inside of Legoland. You can enjoy a day at Legoland and once you’re ready to cool off, you can pay an additional fee to get into the park, or… you can purchase an annual pass and enjoy Legoland, Legoland Aquarium, and the Legoland Water Park. We have an Merlin Annual Membership and we LOVE it! We really get plenty of use out of our passes.
The park is very clean and there are lifeguards everywhere you turn. I can’t really relax when the kids are near water, and I was definitely able to relax on our visit. There are plenty of areas to play in and also relax. There are plenty of places for the kiddos to play their hearts out and have fun. There are two large slides, a tidal wave area, water tables, a beach, splash pad, and of course one awesome lazy river. I loved that there were plenty of rafts, a very organized shoe cubby, and it wasn’t crowded. I could have spent all day lounging around the lazy river. My kids have not stopped talking about our visit and we have decided to head over at least once a week during the summer.
I know that if you have itty bitty kiddos, heading to the water park can be a little tough. Well not at Legoland. If you have younger kiddos, this is definitely the place for you. There are several toddler area splash pads, “water slides”, and even a toddler lazy river. It looked like everyone was having a blast.
If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kiddos, I would definitely recommend a day at Legoland. Pack a bag, bring some snacks, lunch, towels, goggles, and have some fun!
For additional info head here.
Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Junior. However, all opinions expressed are my own
This summer is all about making memories with my family. It seems like just yesterday my kiddos were toddlers, and in the blink of an eye, they are about to enter second and fourth grade. I cherish the memories of my childhood summers. I had a blast. My sisters and I would wake up as soon as the sun would rise, eat breakfast, and head out for a day of fun with our friends. We would play outside all day long. I think we would come in for food/water/restroom breaks, and that was it. We were dressing up, riding bikes, playing in our blow up pool, in the sprinkles and making some pretty cool memories. I want to make sure that my kiddos make some great Summer Memories and here is my plan.
We love Disney and my kiddos (my son especially), loves to watch Disney Junior on Disney Channel. We’ve been inspired by many of the kids’ favorite cartoon shows. My son loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates and we’re making sure to do some pretend play every day.
I want to make sure we head out on adventures and visiting some Magical places is definitely on the agenda. Summer is not Summer for our family without a visit to Disneyland. We can’t wait to head over for a day of adventure, meeting our favorite characters, riding our favorite attractions, and soaking in all of the magic that Disneyland has to offer.
I’ve been sharing some of the fun memories we’ve made so far this summer, and you can join in on our last few days. You can join other Disney Junior Fans and submit some Disney Junior inspired photos. You can submit your photos via the Disney Junior Facebook App and your photo could be shared on Disney Junior! That would be pretty darn cool! You can follow along on Twitter/Instagram by following the #DisneyJuniorFamily hashtag.
This season the great guys and gals from the SoCal Honda Dealers are on a mission to do good will and service for everyone in SoCal. They area a big baseball supporter and last week we had the opportunity to attend our favorite team in Red in Anaheim. My hubby and I had a great time attending a Friday night game a couple weeks ago, compliments of SoCal Honda. The home team won, which made the whole night that much better. It was a simple date night for the two of us, which was wonderful.
SoCal Honda can be seen everywhere now, all of the drag mats, which rake the field at least twice per game, now feature SoCal Honda. All of the helpful condiment stations within the concourse now are sponsored by them is well. The blue SoCal Honda logo can be seen everywhere.
Help is on the Way! During the game, SoCal Honda showcased on the big screen some of the up-and-coming talent within the MLB minor league system who will help the major league team soon. This happens during every game this season. There are some fine prospects heading our way.
If you make it out on July 4th or July 18th, the Street Team will be onsite in Anaheim with free merchandise for fans. There is so much good stuff this year. Most Fridays feature giveaways and Saturday nights feature fireworks after the show. It’s fun, safe and affordable fun for the whole family.
Learn more about the Southern California Helpful Honda group here.
I love Summer! Our family has a few Summer Traditions. We have to go to beach a couple of times, visit theme parks, a water park, and try to at least catch one outdoor music concert/festival. Last year we visited the Hollywood Bowl and this year we plan on doing it again as a family. I love that we can pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket, and enjoying a beautiful evening under the stars.
The Hollywood Bowl has quite a few family concerts this season.
Here is a list of them:
- July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell on July 2-4
- Grease Sing-A-Long July 13
- DreamWorks Animation in Concert – Celebrating 20 Years July 18-19
- The Beatles’ 50th at the Bowl August 22-24
- Fireworks Finale: The Simpsons’ 25th Anniversary September 13
Here is a list of the Latin concerts taking place this season at The Bowl:
- American & American Concerts: (Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gloria Estefan, Ruben Blades, Gustavo Dudamel) More Info
- Gilberto Santa Rosa · Sheila E. on July 23, 2014
- Gloria Estefan on July 25-26
- Rubén Blades, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil July 29
- Noche de Cine, Gustavo Santaolalla (Amores Perros, Motorcycle Diaries) July 31
- Caetano Veloso Sep 21
Make sure to take advantage of the Park and Ride lots or the shuttle. Parking can be really intense at The Hollywood Bowl. I would really recommend taking the shuttle to avoid the hassle. We’ve taken it a few times and I can’t imagine not doing it again.
Tickets start at $20. To learn more about the upcoming season head here.
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign for a Hunger-Free Summer with The Motherhood. However, all opinions are my own.
Summer is finally upon us. It’s the time of year to have fun, play all day in the sun, and leave your worries behind. It’s also a time of year when many of our children go hungry. I work as a teacher in an economically disadvantaged area. The majority of the kiddos at our school receive a free or reduced lunch. For many of these kiddos, receiving a free lunch and/or breakfast, makes the difference in whether or not they go hungry that day. Yesterday was the last day of school, and for some of our kiddos it means going hungry because they will not have access to lunch/breakfast. When kiddos are out of school nearly 90 % do not have access to the free/reduced meals.
I’m thankful that there are programs and companies trying to make sure that not one child goes hungry this summer. The Conagra Foundation is continuing to raise awareness of child hunger and ending summer time child hunger.
The Conagra Foundation is helping prevent child hunger by funding 26 food banks in 18 states this summer with 20 to 50 thousand to fund their summer feeding program. Conagra’s Hunger Free initiative with Feed America has a goal of reaching 25% more children during the next five years and it looks like they are not only on track to meet it, but to exceed it! Wohoo!!!!
Here is how you can help! ConAgra Foods has partnered with Kid President to help spread the message. Simply view, like or share this video to help raise awareness for child hunger this summer. For each of these actions, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to two million meals.¹
1For every view, like or share of this Kid President video recorded on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+ from May 22, 2014 through July 31, 2014, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate 11.1¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. Minimum donation of 10,000 meals ($11,111). Maximum donation of two million meals ($222,000). Valid in U.S. only.
YOU can make a huge difference in not one, not two, but THREE children’s lives by liking, sharing, or viewing this video. I think we can all do that! If you would like to do more, Summer is the perfect time to volunteer. You can help end Summer hunger by volunteering at food banks and feeding sites. You can help with clean up and distribution at feeding sites or transportation. Head over to feedingamerica.org to find a food site/food bank near you.
To learn more about ending child hunger head here.
Yipee!!! Today is the official last day of school/work for me and I’m daydreaming of all the fun things I want to do with the kids this summer. As a teacher, I know the importance of reading (I teach Language Arts) daily. I want to make sure that we continue to do that this summer and plan on taking advantage of Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program, Imagination Destination.
The Summer Reading Program will keep your kiddos reading during the summer, and reward them. All the kiddos have to do is read any 8 books during the summer, record them in this reading journal, bring it to your local Barnes & Noble Store, and choose a free book, from their summer reading selection. How cool is that? Free, motivating and fun!
Also Barnes & Noble stores will have storytime during the week, and our local store has a pajamarama, every Friday evening. You bring the family down, kiddos in their pjs and have a good time. Other stores are offering Saturday summer camp, crafts, and more! You can find your closest B&N store here. For additional info head here.
I have two budding filmmakers at home. My kiddos love taking my camera or iPad and making dozens of movies a day. We love Apple Products and last year my daughter had the opportunity to participate in Apple Camp. What’s Apple Camp? Well let me tell you about this super fun little free camp at your local Apple Store.
At Apple Camp, kids ages 8-12, learn how to shoot their own footage, create an original song in GarageBand on an iPad, and put it all together in iMovie on a Mac. This free workshop, held at Apple Retail Stores, spans three days and ends with campers debuting their masterpieces at the Apple Camp Film Festival. Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly.
Head here to sign up to receive notification when registration is open. The kids will have a blast! I
Summer is so close, I can almost taste it!!! Some of you may already have kiddos out of school and some of you might have kiddos out of school in the next week or two. I finish teaching next Wednesday(hooray!!!), and my kids get out of school next Friday. We can’t wait to sleep in and have some fun this summer!
I’m in the middle of planning our summer schedule, and it for sure will include visiting Michaels at least once a week, for their Passport to Imagination Summer program. This year’s theme is museum road trip, and will make virtual stops at 7 of the country’s most fascinating museums! Kiddos 5 to 12 years old will have the opportunity to make some pretty cool stuff, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The sessions are two hours long and are only $2. Yes, you can send your kiddos to “craft camp” for $2 a session! You really can’t beat that!
For additional information, and to sign up your kiddos head here.