Build-a-Bear Making Four My Little Pony Friends! @Buildabear #MLP

Build-A-Bear Making Four My Little Pony Friends! IMG_20160627_190227

My daughter has been a My Little Pony fan forever, or at least for the past seven years! She loves the show and has a million of the little toys. A few years ago Build-a-Bear introduced their own version of the ponies. Twilight Sparkle was Emm’s first My Little Pony Build-a-Bear creation, soon followed up by Pinkie Pie and more. I have honestly lost track of how many MLP friends were made over the past few years.

BABW1BABW3The other day we headed to one of our favorite Build-a-Bear locations with four unstuffed friends. I’m not if you know but you can have unstuffed Build-a-Bear friends sent to your house and you can take them to any location to get them stuffed. This is great to know in case there is a sale online that you want to grab. In our case we had leftover review gift cards that Build-a-Bear had previously sent us. There was a 2 for $35 sale so we picked up 4 friends for $70. If you have been to Build-a-Bear you know that the friends can run from $15 to $20 to $25 and maybe higher.  In our case the four friends would have cost $100- $120 but we only used $70 because of the sale online. We used the extra gift card for three outfits! The one drawback to having the friends shipped to your home is the pressure of making time to get to the store for stuffing. It literally took months and months of looking at them in the box before we were able to make the trip. Why did we wait so long? 🙁



Well, anyway, the stuffing and store experience was pure joy! Stuffing four friends is no simple task. There were hearts to pick out and wish upon. Each one was loaded with a different scent which included cotton candy, mixed berries, bubble gum, donut, and more. They even had a pizza scent to go with the new TMNT! Emm did not choose the pizza scent. There were music chips to test out including the My Little Pony theme song. And the the actual stuffing. Emm worked the foot pedal as our helper coached. Before you knew it the My Little Pony Friends came to life one after the other. First Princess Luna next Princess Cadence, then Zecora and finally Trixie! Four new friends ready to be fluffed at the fluffing station. Next stop was the Dress Me Station where all the new dresses and crowns were fit to perfection. Our day ended with a fashion show featuring all four ponies and hosted by Emm! I suspect there will be a Build-a-Bear My Little Pony tea party coming up very soon. I will definitely be able to take a pony headcount at that point. We did purchase some Build-a-Bear cookies and lollipops for our upcoming party.

So, if you are looking to make memories with your little one, look no further than your own local Build-a-Bear. There is something for everyone and a million hugs along the way. Check out all things Build-A-Bear at

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Build A Bear partner blog. No compensation was given for this post. Gift cards were provided by Build a Bear in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinions of the parent company. Contact me at and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat: ThreeDecades


#Giveaway Day Out With Thomas at Delaware River Railroad Excursions #NJ #DOWT

Giveaway: Day Out With Thomas!! Thomas The Tank Engine™ at Delaware River Railroad Excursions On July 8,9,10,15,16,17

Thomas4-300x300Calling all Thomas fans! Day Out With Thomas will be back to New Jersey this July! We are ready to hope on board our favorite blue talking train and ride the rails of the Delaware River Railroad in Philipsburg, NJ! You can, too. It’s easy to find and just about an hour from NYC.

So, start your engines! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to team up with him for a day of family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016. Children everywhere can join Team Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into The Delaware River Railroad Excursions July 8,9,10,15,16,17 .  Day Out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016 is presented by Fisher-Price.


This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities.  The tour, now in its 21st year, will make 43 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2016.


Your day is sure to be fun with a 25 minute ride on Thomas the Tank Engine and don’t forget that Thomas now talks, so he will be able to greet everyone who is waiting to ride on him. You will also get to meet Sir Topham Hatt, controller of the railways! Of course he will be right there and ready for a great pic with the family. Besides those two exciting events there will be plenty to do before and after your ride. Stations are set up all over so be prepared to spend the day! At Thomas & Friends Imagination Station you can be a part of activities such as Storytelling, video viewing, music, Jugglers, The Zainey talking animal show, inflatable bounce houses, a petting zoo, mini golf, and train layouts. It’s definitely a day you will never forget.

Important info:

When:                 July 8,9,10,15,16,17

Time:                  10 am to 6 pm

Where:              100 Elizabeth Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865



Tickets for Day Out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting .  Ticket prices are $21 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply)for  access to the event and the ride with Thomas. Other rides are available at additional fare. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit Follow Thomas on Facebook at and Twitter @ThomasFriends  #DOWT  #ThomasObsessed


GIVEAWAY: Our great friends at Day Out At Thomas are sending one lucky 3decades3kids reader for a day of fun to ride on the one and only Thomas the Tank Engine! Could it be you? Enter on the rafflecopter below to win a 4pack of tickets to ride Thomas. Winner’s tickets are ONLY GOOD on the following dates/times: July 8, 9, 10- at the 3pm, 4pm or 5pm ride. (USA/18+/Must live or be visiting the area in order to use tickets/no transportation included/ Prize consists of 4 one time use tickets to ride Thomas the Tank Engine on the date previously stated. Giveaway ends July 3 at 11:59pm. Winner contacted the next day and has 24 hours to respond to email and claim prize before a new winner is chosen.  

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Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Day Out With Thomas partner blog. . All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinions of the partner company. No compensation was given for this post. Giveaway/Visiting tickets provided by @DiscoveryTS Contact me at and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat: ThreeDecades

#Giveaway Celebrate Summer With Discovery Times Square @DiscoveryTS

Giveaway Celebrate Summer With Discovery Times Square
Summer is officially here and now it’s time to find things to occupy the family for the next eight weeks. We have just the plan to keep everyone happy. Of course you don’t have to be a family to enjoy this, you can grab your friends or coworkers and have an amazing time visiting all THREE exhibits that are currently at Discovery Times Square, NYC. Ranked among the top five most-visited museums in New York City, Discovery Times Square offers visitors educational and immersive exhibit experiences centered around history, science, art and entertainment.
To kick off the start of summer, Discovery Times Square and 3decades3kids is offering one lucky winner a Family Four Pack to all three exhibits currently at Discovery Times Square including:
Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition: Featuring over 70 original costumes and dozens of artifacts from all seven Star Wars films, this exciting exhibition culled from the collection of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, shows how costumes shaped the identities of these now famous characters from the menacing black mask of Darth Vader and the gilded suit of C-3PO, to the lavish royal gowns of Queen Amidala and the famous bikini worn by Princess Leia when enslaved by Jabba the Hutt.
The Vikings Exhibition: The Viking Age (8th-11th centuries) is brought to light through modern archaeological discoveries. Nearly 500 ancient artifacts—many never before seen outside of Scandinavia—reveal new insights into the legendary people characterized as heartless marauders. Artifacts on display will reveal glimpses into family and community, religion and rituals, travel and trade, aristocracy and slavery and the roles of women. The exhibition provides insight into the significance of Norse craftsmanship, the power of their mythology, and the symbolism of their ships.
Body Worlds: The original human anatomy exhibit shows the science and splendor of the human body, and deconstructs its form and function through the trailblazing science of Plastination invented by anatomist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens.  The exhibit features more than 200 Plastinated specimens that feature the various systems of the body.
 GIVEAWAY: Winners must schedule their visit on or before September 5th, 2016. Prize in non-transferable. Winner will be chosen via rafflecopter and notified on June 29th (morning). Winner will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize consists of one winner: Three- 4 packs of tickets to the exhibits listed. Winner will be provided with an email to set up a visiting date and instructions to pick of tickets. You must live or be in the NYC area in order to enjoy this prize. 18+ only.
Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Discovery Times Square partner blog. . All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinions of the partner company. No compensation was given for this post. Giveaway/Visiting tickets provided by @DiscoveryTS Contact me at and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat: ThreeDecades

@fathomevents Present Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Returns to Theaters for Two Days Only

Fathom Events Present Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory  Returns to Theaters for Two Days Only


Growing up there was one movie that I absolutely loved. I watched it over and over and over again. It was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I dreamed of actually going there and traveling down the chocolate river in a boat, finding the golden ticket and meeting Willy Wonka himself. In fact I still make my hubby laugh when I tell him that I had originally planned to marry Gene Wilder! When I heard that Will Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was going back to the big screen for two nights only, I kind of cleared my calendar asap! This is a movie I have to take my own kids to see on the big screen. Don’t get me wrong, they have seen it a million times with their Momma already. They have also developed their own love of the movie. And I still think there has not been a time up until the present that I have not shed a tear or two when Willy Wonka asked Charlie what happens to the boy who gets everything he’s ever wanted……I won’t spoil my favorite line, just in case you have not seen this precious movie yet. Marvelous Surprises Await as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Returns to Theaters for Two Days Only. Gene Wilder’s Mesmerizing Performance, Unforgettable Music and Pure Imagination Can Be Experienced on the Big Screen Nationwide June 26 and 29 as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics Series.


So Willy Wonka fans young and old it’s time to hold your breath, make a wish, count to three and visit a world of pure imagination on the silver screen this June as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory returns to cinemas for two special days, 45 years after it first astonished audiences as part of the Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series.

Starring Gene Wilder as famed candy man Willy Wonka, the film transformed Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory into a motion-picture classic with dreamy landscapes, cleverly choreographed musical numbers and indelible performances. This delicious cinematic confection includes all-new commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz both before and after the feature. As the Golden Ticket itself says, “do not be late,” because there will be four screenings only — two each day, on June 26 and June 29. Sunday, June 26, 2016 -2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time and Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 -2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.


Follow the five lucky winners of Wonka’s Golden Tickets as they embark on an extraordinary tour of the chocolate factory. There will be little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous as Charlie Bucket, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teevee, Augustus Gloop and Veruca Salt encounter a place where all of their dreams become a reality – and some of their realities become dreams. In addition to Wilder, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory stars Oscar® winner Jack Albertson as Grandpa Joe and, in his only screen appearance, Peter Ostrum as Charlie. Its score by Anthony Newley and Leslie Briscusse includes such essential songs as The Candy Man, Pure Imagination and the Oompa-Loompa songs.

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the author of beloved stories such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and The BFG. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and squiffling surprises for everyone. Visit for more information.

Tickets to TCM Big Screen Classics: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory  can be purchased online from Fathom Events.

The picture below is my own personal stash of Willy Wonka goods!

My own personal stash of Willy Wonka goods!

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Fathom Events Partner Blog. All opinions are that of Diane and do not reflect upon those of the parent company represented. No compensation was given for this post. Complimentary passes were provided. Contact me at and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat: Threedecades





#GIVEAWAY State Fair Meadowlands Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary @SFMeadowlands

State Fair Meadowlands Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary This Year -June 23 thru July 10 ( Closed Sunday June 26th)

Summer is officially here! Our family looks forward to State Fair Meadowlands every year! It’s a great time to gather up all the friends and family you have in NJ, NYC, PA area and have a down to earth good time. There is something for everyone of every age. My daughter’s favorite is the Pig Race! Every year she is obsessed with being chosen as a cheerleader and every year she DOES get chosen. Maybe because she has the loudest scream and cheer in the crowd. This year she is already gathering up her pom poms in hopes that her pig will win. It hasn’t happened yet, so please send me some good vibes here!! Maybe this will be the year. I will keep you posted after our visit. Also, before you head out please please please check out the days and what is going on during that day. There are special days with special rates and even free parking on some nights. Know before you go! Also, Sunday June 26th the fair is closed, so pick another date! See you at State Fair Meadowlands!! Tweet me when you are there @3decades3kids.


State Fair Meadowlands, the largest fair in the New York metro area with over 150 rides and attractions, will celebrate 30 years of operation this summer, running for 17 days from June 23 through July 10 at the State Fair Meadowlands Fairgrounds, next to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Fireworks and Gondola WheelThe fair – featuring acres and acres of delicious food, white-knuckle rides and world-class family entertainment – will kick off with a special “Throwback Thursday” preview night on June 23. Throwback Thursday celebrates the fair’s opening in 1986 with a bargain handstamp, for both admission and rides of just $19.86 (non-handstamp entry price is $7 for adults, $5 for children). Friday, June 24 is Dollar Day, with admission $10 for all ages, and just $2 each for rides, food, games, select food and drinks and parking. Families also won’t want to miss other bargain days, including Kids Go Free and Cheap Cheap Night.
“To commemorate 30 years of happiness and fun, this year we are bringing in electrifying new acts, as well as beloved favorites,” said Al Dorso, president of State Fair Meadowlands. “We are proud to present, for the first time, our headline show – the spectacular new High Dive Act. Watch courageous, death-defying daredevils as they dive from dizzying heights into a shallow pool of water. That’s one splash you won’t want to miss!”  
The following entertainment is FREE with fair entry ticket.Entertainment - High Dive

  • High Dive Act – If you’ve ever wondered what an Olympic diver does for a living when he’s not at the Olympics, wonder no more: These elegant, powerful divers will shock and amaze as they soar from an 85-foot platform into a pool of just 10 feet. Performing twice daily on weekdays and three times daily on weekends and July 4.
  • The Great American Thrill Show – an open-air performance of gymnastic acrobats and aerialists, dazzling audiences on the high wire and 90-foot sway pole; performing twice daily on weekdays and three times daily on weekends and July 4.
  • The Racing Pigs – back by popular demand for their 28th year. Throw your arms in the air and cheer them on as they rip up their real piggy racetrack! Performing four times on weekdays and five times on weekends and July 4.
  • Master Hypnotist Steve Bayner – this phenomenal hypnotist manages to be silly and amazing at the same time; take your chances and get up on stage with him! On the Main Stage daily.  Times to be announced.
  • Live Concerts on the American Stage, including Trixter, an 80s & 90s band, on June 23; RIFF, the band best-known for its music in films such as Lean On Me, on June 24; Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, featuring members of Billy Joel’s band, on June 28; Rubix Kube, the #1, 80’s tribute act, on June 30; Epoch Failure on July 2; Manny Cabo, NJ native from NBC’s The Voice, on July 3; Chase Bryant, July 7, a solo country artist who has hit #4 on the Billboard charts, and was named by Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know”; and Constantine Maroulis, a New Jerseyan known for American Idol, Broadway’s Rock of Ages and The Wedding Singer, on July 9.
  • Educational Petting Zoo – kids will love getting up close and personal with animals of the world; a perfect spot for ridiculous selfies! Open to the public throughout the fair (rides on the elephant are an extra fee). 

State Fair Meadowlands also features over 50 exciting rides and the largest Kiddieland in New Jersey. A family favorite, the Sky Ride, is back this year, providing sky-high views of the fair and NYC skyline, and for Batman fans, the Batcopter will provide rides with panoramic views of the fair in the original helicopter from the 1966 TV series.  
State Fair Meadowlands occupies over 35 acres of fairgrounds plus parking. Fair hours are Monday through Thursday, 6 pm to midnight; Fridays 6 pm to 1 am; Saturdays 2 pm to 1 am; Sundays 2 pm to midnight. This year, the fair will hold a Preview Night on Thursday, June 23, with Throwback Admission/Ride Handstamp, from 6 pm to midnight. Dollar Day is Friday, June 24, from 5 pm to 1 am. On Sunday, July 3, the fair is open 2 pm to 1 am; on Monday, July 4 from 2 pm to 1 am. Don’t miss Kids Go Free Night, on Wednesday, June 29, open 4 pm to midnight, and Cheap Cheap Night, on Wednesday, July 6, from 4 pm to midnight. The fair is closed to the public on Sunday, June 26.
Parking is free Monday through Wednesday, and $5 Thursdays through Sundays, plus Throwback Thursday, June 23, and on July 4. On Dollar Day, Friday, June 24, parking is just $2. The fair will again be offering free shuttle buses from/to Secaucus Junction; details to come. Visit for information about the event, Bargain Days and to buy Advance Sale Tickets.


GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a 4pack of tickets (two lucky readers will each win a 4pack of one day entry tickets).

1. Enter by leaving a comment below: What do you like about State Fair Meadowlands?

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Do ANY or ALL of the above to enter the giveaway. This giveaway ends June 24th at 11:59pm. Winner will be alerted on June 25th. If you live close I can drop off tickets, if they have to be mailed I will mail them ASAP on the 25th. Good Luck! USA only/18+. Winner will receive 4 one day admission tickets. Does not include parking/food/rides.

Giveaway ended: Winners notified.

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a State Fair Meadowlands partner blog. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinions of the partner company. No compensation was given for this post. Giveaway/Visiting tickets provided by @SFmeadowlands. Contact me at and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat: ThreeDecades