The #new Savanna Café at Turtle Back Zoo

The Savanna Café at Turtle Back Zoo

Have you been to Turtle Back Zoo recently? There are a few changes that may take you by surprise! If you have not been there in a few years you will definitely want to check out the new seals and stingrays. It’s amazing. This year the zoo added giraffes to the family! We finally had the chance to meet them and they did not disappoint. In addition to the giraffes, there is another new addition to the zoo, The Savanna Café. To say our family loved the café would be an understatement. It’s a wonderful addition to the zoo and a great place to cool down. If you remember the original café, it was kind of on the small side and had very limited choices. The new café is African themed both inside and out and the food choice are many and delicious. Check out our video that shows the food choices and a walk though the entire Savanna Café. If the video does not come up, click here:

Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not represent the views of Turtle Back Zoo. Contact me at and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms.

Sony Pictures and Madame Tussauds New York and the Void Team for Ghostbusters Experience!

Sony Pictures and Madame Tussauds New York and the Void Team from Ghostbusters Themed Immersive Virtual Reality Experience!



I have been a Ghostbusters fan from the minute the first movie hit the big screen. Every chance I get I watch it and have even gotten hubby and the kids on board being super fans. When we heard that Madame Tussauds in NYC had a Ghostbusters themed immersive virtual reality experience we HAD to go! It was so much fun. Let me tell you first hand, it was like being inside of the actual movie. For our family that was like a dream come true!

Sony Pictures and Madame Tussauds New York and the Void Team from Ghostbusters Themed Immersive Virtual Reality Experience! Do not miss this chance! Your selfie sticks ready! Madame Tussauds in Times Square is the only place with no ropes or barriers holding you back from getting photos with your favorite stars! Voted as one of New York’s most unique attractions, Madame Tussauds invites you to pose with over 200 figures of internationally renowned musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders, super heroes and more. You will need to watch out for Slimer!! 


Are you ready for this? Any fan young or old is going to absolutely LOVE it!! Included in the cost of admission, the Ghostbusters Experience is a multi-layered and sensory environment immersing you into a fantastical and spirited world, inspired by the 2016 film. From the eerie underground tracks of the NYC subway to the basement of a haunted mansion to Ghostbusters Headquarters to the streets of Times Square, brace yourself for several spooks and even catch a ride on Ecto-2. Armed with insider tips and tricks, you’ll eventually be given the chance to capture your own ghost with the famed spirit hunters!

Using a combination of virtual reality, real-time interactive effects, and a physical set, you’ll become a Ghostbuster and blast your way through a ghost-infested apartment complex with your own proton pack and gun. This marks THE VOID’s first public installation premiering here, at Madame Tussauds New York! THE VOID has received rave reviews from Time, BBC, Wired, FastCompany, Forbes, Tech Insider, and Popular Mechanics.


With several newly renovated spaces, the world famous wax attraction is bigger and better than ever! 3decades3kids Readers Save 15% Off Admission to Madame Tussauds in New York! – Valid for up to 8 people.

Madame Tussauds New York now has this highly anticipated “Ghostbusters Experience” and World’s First Hyper Reality Experience “Ghostbusters: Dimension”.


#GBXP and #notjustwax

MadameTNYCDisclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a USFG and Madame Tussauds New York partner blog. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the parent company being represented. No compensation was given for this post. Complimentary passes were issued in order to experience and facilitate the upcoming review post and giveaway. Contact me at and @3decades3kids and Snapchat: ThreeDecades.

Elena Of Avalor Disney’s First Latina Princess! #PressJunket #ElenaOfAvalor

Elena of Avalor Makes Her Royal Debut Friday July 22nd on Disney Channel and Disney Junior (7:00-8:00 p.m., EDT)elenaofavalorposterOur family is pretty much obsessed with everything Disney! Recently during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference I was thrilled to be in the presence of Nancy Kanter, executive vp original programming and general manager at Disney Junior Worldwide. She introduced the attendees to Disney’s first Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor. It was love at first sight for me. I immediately had a connection to her. I personally am not Latina, but have taught in the inner city for the past twenty years. I knew deep in my heart exactly what this would mean to every little girl I had taught along the way. It was like a dream come true to me and to the world.

 Little did I know that within a few weeks I would be invited to the  Elena of Avalor NYC  Press Junket and get to meet Aimee Carrero who Stars as the Voice of Princess Elena. It was so special to me to sit just a row in front of her as she watched with an very intimate group Elena of Avalor for the very first time. Of course, I cannot lie, by the time the screening arrived, my daughter had played the Disney Channel you tube previews and opening song so many times that I could sing along word for word. It was also a perk that my family was able to accompany me to the screening. We each had our own ideas on exactly what that very first episode would be like and many speculations on the amulet. So, the music played and the screening began and quite honestly it was nothing like I expected. It was so much better.

Let me explain, I was a boymom for sixteen years before Emily was born. I never thought twice about how boys vs girls were presented in programming until Emily was born. By becoming a girlmom it made me take a second and very hard look at exactly how things are presented to little boys and little girls. Now that Emily is nine I am very concerned about the inner strength she will need to take on the upcoming years that are approaching rapidly. I am on a constant hunt for women that are role models for her to connect with. The entire “Dream Big Princess” brought tears to my eyes the first hundred times it played on our tv and each and every time I would find the courage without crying to grab my little girl and give her a squeeze and whisper, Dream Big Princess.


Elena is a perfect role models for girls. She is someone who believes in herself and is not on a quest to find Prince Charming. She finds what she needs within herself and her family. Can there be any better lesson to teach our own daughters? Elena is also geared for girls up to age eleven. Thank you, Disney! Thank you for not making this a preschool show because my daughter is nine and still wants to hang onto Princess Sofia. Princess Elena is all about empowerment, adventure and family. She is a hero and an adventurer!

You will not want to miss the premiere of Elena of Avalor. Gather the family. Both girls and boys will enjoy this show. There is something for everyone and lessons to be learned. There are many many conversation starters within the episodes that you can chat about with your family within the days following up. That is what I love the most. The fact that Disney helps me to be a better parent. Princess Elena will help me to bring up issues my own daughter may be having in her life. There is nothing more I could ask for than being able to talk to my children about whatever may be going on.

During the first episode Princess Elena is preparing for her birthday party when an evil sorceress appears and threatens the entire family. Elena saves her kingdom but is cast into an amulet where she can find safety. Her grandparents and younger sister are put into a magical painting where the four survive for forty one years until the spell is broken. Elena, her grandparents and her sister Isabelreappear to continue the celebration that was to take place many years ago in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor. Although Elena feels she is ready to be crowned queen, she quickly realizes it takes a little more learning before that can actually happen. Elena’s journey will help her to find the traits she needs to become as great a leader as the many who have been queen before her. The episode also introduces Zuzo, Elena’s spirit guide in the animal world, based on the belief of a Mayan tribe in southern Mexico. Our family loved him!

The stories incorporate influences from diverse Latin and Hispanic cultures through architecture, traditions, food and customs. Magic, mythology, folklore and music also play an important role, with each episode featuring original songs spanning an array of Latin musical styles including Mariachi, Latin Pop, Salsa, Banda and Chilean Hip Hop.

Our site had the pleasure of interviewing Aimee Carrero, the voice of Elena of Avalor. Please enjoy:

Princess Elena of Avalor will make her royal debut in the highly anticipated animated series “Elena of Avalor,” with a one-hour premiere event Friday July 22 (7:00-8:00 p.m., EDT), on Disney Channel. The theme song is performed by Gaby Moreno, Latin Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist, and Elena’s anthem “My Time” is performed by Aimee Carrero. In addition, this fall, Disney Channel will air a special TV movie titled “Elena and the Secret of Avalor,” which explains how Elena was imprisoned for decades in her magical amulet and eventually set free by Princess Sofia of Enchancia. I need to know the date, so I do not make ANY plans!

“Elena of Avalor” stars Aimee Carrero as the voice of Elena; Jenna Ortega as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui as the jaquins Migs, Luna and Skylar respectively; Emiliano Díez as Francisco; Julia Vera as Luisa; Christian Lanz as Chancellor Esteban; Jillian Rose Reed as Naomi; Joseph Haro as Mateo; Jorge Diaz as Gabe; Keith Ferguson as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez as Armando.

 The recurring guest voice cast includes: Constance Marie as Doña Paloma, Magister of the Traders Guild; Lou Diamond Phillips as Victor Delgado, a debonair villain who uses his charisma to deceive the people around him; Justina Machado and Jaime Camil as siblings Carmen and Julio, who run a restaurant in Avalor; Rich Sommer as Captain Daniel Turner, Naomi’s father and harbormaster; Tyler Posey as Prince Alonso, a charming prince from the Argentine-inspired Kingdom of Cordoba; Lucas Grabeel as Jiku, the leader of the Noblins; and Echo Kellum as King Joaquín, a monarch from the Caribbean-inspired Kingdom of Cariza, who is a trusted and close friend of Elena.


 The guest voice cast for season one includes: Tituss Burgess as Charoca, a magical volcano creature based on a Chilean myth; Ana Ortiz as Rafa, Mateo’s mother; Ivonne Coll as Doña Angelica, an absent-minded and overly dramatic ghost; Hector Elizondo as Fiero, a wicked wizard; Odette Annable as Señorita Marisol, Isabel’s enthusiastic young teacher; Danny Trejo as Antonio Agama, a popular Avaloran hero; Anthony Mendez as King Juan Ramón, a monarch from the Argentine-inspired Kingdom of Cordoba; Eden Espinosa as Orizaba, an evil moth fairy banished to the spirit world; Marsai Martin as Cat, a budding scientist and adventurer; Aasif Mandvi as King Raja, a monarch from the Indian-inspired Kingdom of Napurna; and George Takei as King Toshi, a monarch from the Japanese-inspired Kingdom of Satu.

 Latin Grammy Award winner Gaby Moreno performs the series’ theme song and will also voice a guest role. Born in Guatemala, Moreno performs her music, which ranges from blues to jazz to soul to R&B, in both English and Spanish. In addition to winning the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2013, Moreno was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2010 for co-writing the theme song to “Parks and Recreation.”

 “Elena of Avalor” was created by Emmy Award winner Craig Gerber, who also serves as executive producer. Silvia Cardenas Olivas is the story editor, and Elliot M. Bour is the supervising director. The series’ cultural advisors are Marcela Davison Avilés, founder of The Chapultepec Group, co-founder of the international Latino arts initiative Camino Arts, and Director of Humanities Programs at the FDR Foundation at Harvard University; and Diane Rodriguez, Associate Artistic Director of Centre Theatre Group and co-founder of the theatre ensemble Latins Anonymous, who was recently appointed by President Obama to be a member of the National Council on the Arts.

Our site also had the pure pleasure of interviewing Craig Gerber and Silvia Cardenas. Please enjoy.

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Disney Channel Partner Blog. No compensation was given for this post. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect upon the opinions of the parent company represented. Diane Sullivan was invited to the NYC Press Junket for Elena of Avalor and to a media premiere screening. Please contact me at, @3decades3kids across all social media platforms and on snapchat: ThreeDecades


Dorney Park Celebrates Christmas In July Now Through July 25th! @DorneyParkPR #Snoopy

Dorney Park Celebrates Christmas In July Now Through July 25th Including Visits With Snoopy Santa! Bring A Donation for Toys for Tots & Pay Kids Price!dorneyparksantaxmas

Who loves Christmas? Who loves Snoopy? Our family does, that is for sure! So we could not resist telling everyone we know about Dorney Park celebrating Christmas in July! What an exciting time at the park and it’s a great time to save money on tickets and give back at the same time! Christmas is coming early with Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom’s Christmas in July celebration from July 18th – 25th! There will be something for everyone, including a traditional Christmas Dinner, Breakfast with Santa and pictures with Santa!  In addition, guests will enjoy their favorite Christmas music and décor along the main midway, bringing the fun and good spirits of the holiday season to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom!



Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots and pay kid’s admission price – a $19 savings off your ticket purchase!  Toy collection will be from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM during the week-long celebration. Get the family together and join us for a Christmas Dinner with all of your holiday favorites!  Christmas dinner will be served on Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM in Carousel Grove.  The all-you-can-eat menu includes turkey with cranberry sauce and cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls and Coca-Cola beverages.  Christmas Dinner meal tickets can be purchased for $18* per person, or $12* per person for Season Passholders.  Save by purchasing your meal ticket with your admission ticket – combination tickets can be purchased online for $52* or at the gate for $62* (*Prices plus applicable taxes and fees. Season Passholders can enjoy a complimentary Breakfast with Snoopy Santa and the rest of the PEANUTS gang on Sunday, July 24th from 9:00 – 10:30 AM in Carousel Grove.  A limited number of tickets are available.  Passholders can redeem their ticket to the Character Breakfast through the Season Pass Portal.  Print-at-home voucher will need to be presented for early access to Dorney Park and entrance for the event. Snoopy Santa will make a special appearance for pictures during this Christmas in July event!  Snoopy Santa will be available for pictures in Old Time Photo for 30 minutes at the following times daily: 12:30 PM; 1:30 PM; 2:30 PM; 3:30 PM; 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM.


 Guests can join the fun by purchasing or renewing 2016 Season Passes online or at the park for as low as $128.  In addition to enjoying unlimited visits to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, free season-long parking, exclusive passholder events, Bring-A-Friend-Days, in-park discounts on food and merchandise, passholders experience numerous other benefits.  Passholder fun doesn’t stop when the summer ends – passholders also enjoy unlimited entry to Dorney’s fall activities such as The Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt.   Regular one-day admission tickets can be purchased at the front gate for $57.00 for adults and $38.00 for seniors and children (plus applicable taxes and fees).  Platinum Season Passes, which provide you entrance to all Cedar Fair Parks, are also available. 


Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Dorney Park Wildwater Kingdom partner blog. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinions of the parent company represented. Complimentary passes provided in order to facilitate an upcoming review. No compensation was given for this post. This post is part of our #SweetSummer and #Roadtrip2fun Travel Series. Contact me at and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms and on Snapchat: ThreeDecades

You Are Invited To The Advance #NYC Screening of Kubo and the Two Strings! #KuboMovie

KYou Are Invited To The Advance #NYC Screening of Kubo and the Two Strings!


Kubo and the Two Strings

Advance Screening

This is a VERY special screening since the movie will not be in theaters until August 19. You will get to see it one month early!!

Wednesday, July 20th

AMC 34th St


RSVP Link:

RSVP Code: Kubo3D3K

Please remember to arrive early. Advanced screening passes are free but are overbooked to ensure a full house. When the house is full the line is stopped, but you should not have a problem if you arrive early. Have fun! Tweet me at @3decades3kids and let me know how you enjoyed the movie! #KuboMovie

 Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Kubo and the Two Strings partner blog. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinions of the parent company represented. Screening passes provided by Kubo and the Two Strings. No compensation was given for this post. We love movies and want to bring them to our readers through advanced screenings. Contact me at and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms and on Snapchat: ThreeDecades