10 Reasons Everything Is Awesome at the LEGOLAND Hotel

Our five-year-old's birthday wish was to spend the night at the new Florida LEGOLAND® Hotel. And quite honestly, I was pretty pumped to check it out myself. We took advantage of the Florida resident rate (35% off) and were set. There are always extra deals and promos here. I Read more

Park City, Utah Skiing With The Family

It's been awhile since the entire family went west, but it was time! I had a few snickers when I announced our plans to embark on a ski adventure with the entire family to Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. But, then again places that people don't Read more

The Newest Vacation Rental in Orlando

I'm so excited to share my most recent article in PLAYGROUND magazine. Friends from my hometown in Pennsylvania have created the most amazing vacation rental space here in Orlando. Click through to read about the inspiration behind this awesome home and how you can book your stay.   Follow our family Read more

Family Getaway Postcard Inn St. Pete Beach

A few weeks ago, our family, along with two other Orlando families,ventured to St. Pete beach on the Gulf Coast to celebrate a little friend's 8th birthday at the Postcard Inn. I was attracted to the aesthetics of this trendy spot since it was transformed from a Travelodge in Read more

Best Play Spots in Paris

It's almost three weeks since we returned from Europe, and I've finally sifted through my photos. I felt like my first post should talk about the fun playgrounds/parks in Paris. What an awesome experience to see the girls jumping right into the mix at playgrounds many miles from their Read more

Orlando

More Spooky Fun in Orlando!

Cranes Roost Halloween

There’s one more Halloween event in Orlando worth checking out! Wendy’s is hosting a Halloween get together on Halloween (Monday) at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs between 4-9 pm. Wendy’s has “rebuilt” their cheeseburger (i.e. fresher toppings) and wants Central Florida to weigh in and celebrate Halloween. There will be trick-or-treating around the park and if you come early you can meet Wendy herself. Yes, Wendy is a real person… a mom of 4 teenagers, and she and owns 33 Wendy’s locations. Cranes Roost is a beautiful location so come on out and get your trick-or-treating on!

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Halloween Fun in Orlando

Still looking for something to do this Halloween weekend? Fear not, Orlando has tons of fun activities going on for you and your family!

 

Sea World Spooktacular

Sea World Spooktacular  This Friday, you’ll find us at Sea World to trick-or-treat with the creatures of the sea. We go every year with our annual passes, but for those of you without an annual pass, kids are half price! For more information visit the Spooktacular website.

 

 

 

Flick or Treat With Orlando Magic

Flick or Treat Orlando Magic   The Orlando Magic are holding a free Flick or Treat event at the Amway Arena on Sunday, October 30 from 2-5 pm. Guests can enjoy a fanfest on Church Street, trick-or-treating inside the arena, mingling with Magic coaches, playing at Stuff’s Magic Castle and more.

 

 

 

History Center Trick or Treat Safe Zone

Orange County History Center A historically spooky event is taking place Saturday, October 29 from 11 am to 4 pm. This is a free event filled with trick-or-treating fun through three floors of the downtown History Center, pumpkin decorating and scavenger hunt.

 

 

Happy Haunting!

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PLAYGROUND Fall Issue

The fall issue of PLAYGROUND is available all over town! Pick up a copy for tons of fall tips, fashion and fun in Central Florida.

Parenthood comes with lots of joys, but also just a “tiny bit” of stress. Moms need a workout that is not going to add extra stress to that “tiny bit” they already have. The perfect fix…paddleboard yoga. It’s fun, it’s outdoors and it offers a great workout. Pick up the latest issue of PLAYGROUND magazine or click through the online edition to read my latest article – Time for a PADDLING.

PLAYGROUND Fall 2011

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Nemours Central Florida Lets Community Choose

Central Floridians have all heard about the new Nemours Childrens Hospital slated to open in September 2012. But, I don’t think anyone knows that WE, i.e. the community of Central Florida, have a chance to  vote on how best to use a $500,000 grant from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation of Winter Park issued to the new facility.

Nemours took a look at their programs and identified three that could be enhanced with this grant. Now through September 26,members of the community can go to the Nemours Facebook page and vote.

Vote For The Program Of Your Choice

Take a stand (from the comfort of your laptop of course) and vote!

If Facebook isn’t your thing, patients can also vote utilizing paper ballots at the Nemours Children’s Clinics in Orlando, Lake Mary and Viera.

The three potential programs include:

KidsTRACK Care Coordination  Imagine your child has just been diagnosed with a medically complex condition. When you have so many questions, where can you turn for answers and trusted advice? Through Nemours KidsTRACK (Teaching, Research, Advocacy, Community and Knowledge), a care coordinator will provide a single point of contact for families. Whether it’s helping set up doctors’ appointments and talking to insurance agencies, or prepare families to return home by providing training on proper use of medication, our care coordinators will be there for families every step of the way, ensuring a smooth transition from hospital to home life.

Hospital Healing Gardens   What if a hospital stay could also mean an inspirational and transformative healing journey for a child? Our Discovery Garden will create an enriching experience for patient families with an acre of interactive outdoor areas devoted to the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Children can explore in a garden filled with herbs and vegetables, create music on the xylophone benches and free-standing drums, experience a wide variety of fragrant flowers, and even find their way through hedge mazes and colorful sculptures.

Sanctuary    Can a trip to the Emergency Department be made less stressful for families? The Emergency Department at the new Nemours Children’s Hospital will do just that, making the entire experience easier and more calming for your family. While you wait for test results, escape and relax with your child in one of our “soothing sanctuary” play areas or enjoy interactive entertainment like educational games, videos and activities. Our Emergency Department will also include a child-life specialist who will talk to families and their child, using technology to help explain information that can often be difficult to understand.

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Disney on Ice Giveaway Orlando

Disney on Ice Dare To Dream is coming to the new Amway Center September 9-11. The newest additions to the Disney Princess entourage, Tiana and Rapunzel, will be on hand along with some long time favorites. This show could also be called “Mia’s Heaven.”

Dare to Dream

Mamma Mia is giving away four tickets to the Orlando Disney on Ice Dare To Dream show! If you don’t win this giveaway, there’s still an opportunity to win by using promo code: MOM11 at Ticketmaster or the Amway Box Office to get $11 tickets.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment with the name of the Disney Princess you most relate to. (Gotta have a little fun with this.)

Additional entries:

  • Post this giveaway to Facebook and let me know so in a comment
  • Tweet this giveaway: Win 4 tickets to Disney on Ice Dare to Dream @mammamiafl
The show will take place Sept. 9-11. 7:30 pm on Friday, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. The giveaway will run through August 24. $11 ticket offer is not good on VIP or front row tickets. 

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. However, all opinions are those of The Mamma Mia Blog.

 

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Family Fun in Orlando

Whether you live in Orlando or you are visiting and looking for something to do outside of  “The Mouse,” my top ten family activities are sure to please. Check out who made the cut on my most recent City Guide at SheKnows.com.

 

Orlando Family Activities City Guide

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4th of July in Central Florida

 

Lake Eola

Looking for something fun to do this 4th of July weekend in Central Florida? Here are a couple ideas to get you going.

Fireworks at the FountainThe huge fountain at the center of Lake Eola has been restored to working condition after being struck by lightening last year. The refurbish is just in time for “Fireworks at the Fountain,” taking place on Monday, July 4. Festive food, fun and entertainment will begin at 4 pm. Enjoy an area just for kids too. Get there early for a great viewing spot. The fireworks begin around 9:30 pm.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach –  Grab your beach blanket and enjoy fireworks Florida style at Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach on Sunday, July 3.The fireworks begin at 9 pm.

Olde Fashioned Independence Day Winter Park –  The Olde Fashioned Independence Day will take place in Central Park with children’s activities, limited food vendors and entertainment. Pull up a lounge chair and relax. Once you have your fill in Central Park, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (home to the largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany work)will be offering free admisison. The Winter Park Historical Museum will also be open free to everyone in celebration of the recent nomination of the Downtown Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Review of SeaWorld One Ocean

You are seeing the advertisements and hearing the buzz about SeaWorld’s new killer-whale show, “One Ocean.” Check out my review of the show at The Theme Park Mom.

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Here Comes Legoland October 15, 2011!

After returning from a work trip to Atlanta, I found a box on my door step. Mia tore open the box (as she does with all boxes we ever receive) to discover a “box of fun” from LEGOLAND. Because they park is under construction,the folks over there decided to bring the familiarization trip to Mia and I in a box… complete with cozy blanket and snacks for watching the DVD that gave us an in depth look at the new park. We saw construction and learned about features for the new park, located in Winter Haven (about 45 minutes outside of Orlando and also 45 minutes outside of Tampa.)

General Manager Adrian Jones

Score, score for LEGOLAND!  My busy schedule would not have allowed me to get over there at the moment, but I’ve been chomping at the bit to get info on the opening and details about the park.

I get a lot of press releases and updates on new happenings in Central Florida and beyond. Legoland has been of interest to me (and Mia) since the first whispers of the plans a few years back. Seeing it come to fruition is amazing and exciting.

Details You Should Know:

  • LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre, full-day family theme park designed specifically for families with children ages 2 to 12. It’s the largest LEGOLAND Park in the world! The park features more than 50 family rides, shows and interactive attractions, restaurants, shopping and botanical gardens.
  • Guests can explore 10 themed zones (so prepare for a full day of fun). Everything from medieval castles to a complete

    Dragon Coaster

    mini land.. picture NYC made of Legos. Click here for the full download on each themed area.

  • LEGOLAND opens October 15, but if you buy your tickets before now, you can get $10 off standard ticket prices. Right now prices are – $65 for adults 12 and over and $55 for children between 3-12… under 3 is free. Buy your tickets by clicking here.
  • I’m always a fan of the annual pass! Savings and options for a full year. Annual passes for FL residents are $159 for adults and $129 for kids to cover admission, parking and food discounts… General annual pass is $129 for adults and $99 for children. (These prices don’t include tax)
  • This is important! LEGOLAND Florida has taken great care to preserve the soul of the park – the historic gardens established on the grounds of its Cypress Gardens predecessor more than 75 years ago. The setting has been restored to its pristine condition, and the collection of native plants, including azaleas and camellias, have been reclaimed and combined with a range of exotic species to create a horticultural masterpiece.

See you in October!!!

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PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest

As many of you know, I write regularly for PLAYGROUND Magazine in Orlando. For the third year in a row, the magazine is hosting the PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest. Hope to see you at Lake Eola this Sunday, May 1 from 10 am – 4 pm. The flier below says it all or visit the PLAYGROUND website for more info.


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