Finally, someone took the liberty to put all of the things I’ve been thinking together and publish it! Parents please read this and take it to heart.
Rules of the Playground Courtesy of Babble.com
There’s still time left to enjoy one or even two of these events around town! Check out my Top 10 List of Orlando Holiday Activities at SheKnows.com City Guide.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST!
Holidays in Orlando!
Everyone knows I love great products (travel specifically.) Making travel easy, stylish and fun is oh so important. Here are a few travel must haves for your holiday journeys!
The Text Hook
Cutest kids suitcase ever! Being comfortable while traveling is important, but never sacrifice style. Words to live by for sure. My daughter Mia is swooning over this travel accessory. We’ll see if Santa delivers! It’s Harajaku Mini, Gwen Stefani’s line, which is now carried by Target.
I have to talk about one of my favorite products again. The Text Hook is amazing for travel. It secures your smart phone to your stroller (or other travel item with a bar) for easy hands free use. Kids will stay occupied at your departure gate watching their fav movie while your smart phone is perfectly positioned. No holding necessary.
Super cute DJ style headphones for kids! Mia has the panda bear headphones and loves them. Several websites carry these headphones so shop around for the best prices.
Mia made her TV debut on The Daily Buzz and BodyCheckList.com talking about one of the fabulous Produce for Kids Ideal Meals. Healthy eating shouldn’t have to be hard and getting kids involved in cooking is key. Watch our segment below.
Cooking Healthy With Kids Featuring Mia!
The Holiday Travel Series continues… This deal is more of a staycation for us, but perhaps a few Mamma Mia readers will be traveling to Orlando this holiday season.
I’ve never been to ICE! at the Gaylord Palms here in Orlando, but I’ve heard it is absolutely amazing. The great deal taking place this weekend might just persuade me to go! Guests who purchase advance tickets for Saturday, Nov. 19 will receive 50% off the ticket price and also support Give Kids The World. Half of the cost of each ticket will go to the charity!
ICE! At Gaylord Palms
ICE! features over 20,000 square-feet of ice sculptures in a room that is kept at a frigid nine degrees fahrenheit. This year’s ICE! features friends from “Shrek the Halls.” The crew from Shrek comes to life through huge ice sculptures. There are also five ice slides that are 30-feet tall.
Tickets during the Give Kids The World special are $12 for adults and $8.99 for kids. The discounted tickets must be purchased in advance using the promo code SEGKW online.
If you can’t make the special discount day, ICE! will run through January 2. Regular price tickets are $22.99 for adults and $13.99 for kids.
Even though we are in the sunshine state, long pants and closed toe shoes are required at ICE! Hats and gloves are recommended. A winter coat will be provided to each ticket holder for use while at the event.
Starting this week through Christmas, I’ll be writing a holiday travel series to help everyone get prepared for the upcoming holiday travel season. Expect tips and news that will make your holiday travel a little easier.
CLEAR at your local airport
Many of us, myself included, are begining to look at booking holiday air travel and figuring out how to get our family from point A to point B. The question I ask myself when traveling with the family is, “How can I get there in the least amount of time, keep everyone moderately happy and not break the bank?”
I have seen the CLEAR lines at the airports and thought these were for “on the go” business travelers only. Think again weary parents in long security line… if a parent has a CLEAR membership, kids under 18 can also utilize the service free of charge. CLEAR members skip through long security lines… saving a ton of time. A one-year membership is $179 and the second family member (over 18) is only $50 per year.
Just in time for the holidays, CLEAR is offering Mamma Mia readers a special 3-month FREE trial! No need to deal with unpredictable security lines, the stress of rushing to your gate, or the time you waste getting to the airport early. Click here to get your pass and try CLEAR’s enhanced travel experience. Just enter The Mamma Mia code (CMNDST11) in the promo code filed on the payment page.
Happy (and quick) travels!
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!
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.
There’s someone in this world who ranks pretty high on my special list… And, she just happens to be my sister. While most days you’ll find my sister Abbey writing scientific documents with facts and figures, she took a step away to write this post on her recent trip to the Philadelphia Please Touch Museum with my fabulous nephew. Enjoy!
While looking for things to do on a recent weekend trip to Philly with my almost two year old son, I came across info on the Please Touch Museum. From the website, it seemed appropriate for a wide range of ages so I figured it would be something my son, the friend I was visiting, and I could all do together.
Once inside, Keefer started out cruising in the stroller but that was soon a lost cause. It is the “please touch” museum afterall! Keefer loved the grocery store. (Go figure) He grabbed a shopping cart and headed straight for the produce section where he stocked up on cauliflower, multiple heads of lettuce, and a few tomatoes (all plastic of course). During the shopping excursion, he also grabbed a few boxes of cake mix and a giant plastic turkey. He knew exactly what to do when he went to the register and another young museum-goer scanned his items.
There was a “garage” where kids could play on cars, fill up tanks, drive a bus, or play on a model monorail. Some other cool things were the Wonderland area, where we ran through a maze and were able to sit down for tea with some lifesize replicas of the Alice in Wonderland characters, River Adventures, and Rainforest Rhythm.
My friend and I had as much fun playing as Keefer did! The only dissapointing thing about our visit was the museum closed at 5 and we didn’t get there until 3 due to our lengthy drive from the Pittsburgh area. It would be nice if they had at least one day where evening hours are offered to accomodate those parents who work during the day (like myself.) The Museum is open 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am – 5 pm Sunday. The price tag seemed a bit steep for our short visit but would be worth it for a whole day of fun. Admission is $15 per person – one flat rate and kids under one are free.
Check out Please Touch online for more details!