Friday, May 27, 2016

Cirque Du Soleil's Kurios is a Spectacle not to be Missed!

Last night, I had the pleasure of taking the Monsters to see Cirque Du Soleil's Kurios and it was, without one bit of exaggeration, the greatest show I have ever been to. The show takes all the death defying stunts and insane contortion that's expected of a Cirque show and blends it with a hip steam-punk feel. I honestly felt like a little kid the entire show, grinning like a moron at all that I was seeing. My favorite acts were the amazing juggler, as well as the chair climbing act, though all of the performers were amazing. 

The atmosphere itself was also fantastic and very kid friendly. Various performers were entertaining guests as they arrived and everyone was given clown noses.

These kids were amazing!

She's running away to join the circus any day now...

Kurios is in Boston until July 10th, so you have plenty of time to catch the magic yourself. Get your tickets won't believe your eyes!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Edaville Opening Memorial Day Weekend: Giveaway!

With the warmer weather this week, I can practically taste's so close! Memorial Day weekend is my official start to the summer season and I will be spending it at one of my favorite places: Edaville! I can't wait to spend more time at the newest addition to the park, Thomas Land. Set in the lush New England landscape of Edaville USA, covering 11.5 acres and boasts 11 rides based on Thomas & Friends and the Island of Sodor. Thomas Land features a 20-minute long scenic train ride on a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine replica, and theme park favorites including a roller coaster, drop tower, Ferris wheel and tons more! This is the only Thomas Land in the United States, and the Monsters are pretty happy it is in their home state.

Last year we got to attend the grand opening of the park and it was awesome, so I really can't wait to see what this year has in store.

Edaville has given me four tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader. The only blackout date is May 28th, so this is a great opportunity to plan a fun summer trip. Enter below and good luck!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Shindigz Makes Personalized Parties a Breeze: Our Mad Science Birthday Bash

This month I threw Zoe Monster a surprise eighth birthday party. The theme was a little unusual: mad science (I had hired a local company to do a science themed show for the kids.) I wasn't sure how much  I would find, but luckily, Shindigz had more than enough items in my theme.

The mad scientist party supplies were adorable, featuring bright colors and lots of creatures. The best part had to be the personalized items though. We got a yard sign and a pinata both with Zoe's name on them. This added a great personalized touch to make my birthday girl feel even more special.

Shindigz had tons of themes to choose and most offer the chance to customize, so check them out for your next soiree! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island: Fun for Kids and Grown Ups Alike!

This April, Zoe Monster was turning eight and I was on a mission to make it her best birthday ever. Besides the super surprise party I had up my sleeve (coming soon to the blog,) I also wanted to make the most of April vacation and maybe get away for a night for some birthday festivities. I thought neighboring Newport may be fun, but wasn't exactly sure how kid friendly the hotels would be. I decided to do some research, and when I read up on Hotel Viking, I knew we had our destination.

Nestled right in the middle of the touristy section of Newport, Hotel Viking is a gorgeous and newly renovated hotel, offering all the class and charm of Newport, but also appealing to children. The hotel offers an indoor pool, spa services for children, and a kids club which offers the littlest guests a bag full of goodies upon check in. We booked our room for Zoe's birthday night and headed up. The hotel is absolutely beautiful, but not so stuffy that I was afraid of my Monsters destroying the place. The entire hotel was full of parents with children and enjoying all Newport has to offer. Our room was decorated in various black and white patterns with vintage prints on the wall. Two double beds would be perfect for some birthday R & R!

Although Zoe was itching to swim, we decided to walk down to Thames Street to grab early dinner first, and we were able to walk from our hotel in less than five minutes! We hit up the local arcade, did some shopping, and feasted on pizza before heading back for a dip in the warm indoor pool. The girls made some little friends in the pool and enjoyed a nighttime game of Marco Polo.

After a great night's sleep, we spent the morning at Spa Fjor. The spa offers kids manicures and pedicures and the girls loved indulging in their manicures. Our nail technician was beyond sweet to the girls and I absolutely loved that the spa does not cross contaminate nail polishes, instead giving you the bottle you choose to take home with you. The spa was a perfect way to wrap up our stay at Hotel Viking.

I cannot recommend Hotel Viking enough. With summer creeping up, this is the perfect summer getaway for parents. The kids club has so many perks including:

Complimentary Breakfast for children under 12 with adult purchase
Kids’ Club Welcome Bag upon arrival
Indoor pool (and whirlpool)
Seasonal Family Fun Room
Children’s Prince and Princess Menu of Services at SpaFjör
Children’s menu in One Bellevue Restaurant
Discounts to Area Attractions
Seasonal activities or crafts

When booking your summer travel, take advantage of the beauty of Newport and the luxurious and kid friendly Hotel won't regret it!