Giveaway and Review: Ringling Brothers Presents Built To Amaze

Giveaway and Review
 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey
 Presents Built To Amaze

Recently we were invited to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Opening Night at 

Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. Our awesome night started with the All Access Pre Show Party (included with everyone’s ticket for free). I just love arriving one hour early and heading right down to the actual floor where the circus will take place. We had the chance to get an up close view of Asia (the elephant) paint right before our very eyes. The painting was later raffled off to a lucky audience member.

My daughter could not get enough of the clowns, tattoos, circus clothes testing and more.
My son loved the tall stilt walker!

If you are heading to the circus do not miss out on this fun time. Do your best to arrive one hour early, you will love it!

Asia painting a picture at the All Access Pre Party!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents the 143rd edition of their Greatest

Show On Earth. I’m sure everyone in the audience will be amazed! In a
typical Ringling Bros. style this show will be non-stop action and thrills to
keep us on the edge of our seats!
Children and adults alike will be in awe as they watch death defying
feats that only Ringling Bros. could perform.
From elephants to tigers we will watch in true amazement.

Of course we have a complete collection of Circus soviners .
This time my daughter loved the baby tiger in a purse. Adorable!
How could I say no?

You’re invited to join the Ringmaster as his Circus

Celebrity Ringside Guest!
This Exclusive, Electrifying adventure puts you at the center of the action.
Seats are extremely limited. CLICK HERE to learn more.

CLICK HERE for more information. You can also try on clothes
that are worn during the circus. Bring your camera, you will want to
take a ton of pics at this up close adventure. You will be amazed
even before the official circus begins! Don’t forget to enter for
a chance to win an original pachyderm painting, which is
painted right in front of you by one of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum
and Bailey Elephants! You will not believe your eyes
when you see how awesome an elephant can paint! And don’t
go back to your seats until you grab an autograph or two
from the circus stars you will be rubbing elbows with down on the circus floor!

Pink vs. Blue in this awesome segment of the circus!
This has been my favorite part since I was a child! I sit in amazement every single time!
Icee Time!

Upcoming Dates/Times/Locations

East Rutherford:
Wednesday, 3/6 7:30 PM
Thursday, 3/7 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
Friday, 3/8 7:30 PM
Saturday, 3/9 1:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Sunday, 3/10 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
Long Island:
Wednesday, 3/13 7:30 PM
Thursday, 3/14 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
Friday, 3/15 7:30 PM
Saturday, 3/16 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Sunday, 3/17 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, 3/20 7:00 PM
Thursday, 3/21 7:00 PM
Friday, 3/22 7:00 PM
Saturday, 3/23 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Sunday, 3/24 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
Tuesday, 3/26 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, 3/27 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Thursday, 3/28 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Friday, 3/29 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Saturday, 3/30 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Sunday, 3/31 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Monday, 4/1 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is sending one lucky reader to the circus
of your choice with a 4 Pack of tickets to the show.
It could be you!
Just enter on the rafflecopter below and we’ll see you at the circus!
Winner chosen at 11:59pm March 6, 2013 and contacted by email. 
Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize before a new winner is chosen.
Prize is delivered through voucher which must be exchanged for tickets at
the Box office of your choice. Blockout dates apply. I do not know what they are right now, but will post with an update when the vouchers arrive.
Disclosure: Review/Giveaway tickets provided by Ringling Bros.
All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan. Email me at

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Turtle Back Zoo

Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ

When the summer comes around, I am always look for a day trip to go on with the family. It’s fun to go somewhere close and fun. Recently, I was invited to check out the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ. I have gone to Turtle Back Zoo before, but I must say, every time I go the zoo gets bigger and better!

I absolutely love Turtle Back Zoo. It’s the perfect size zoo for a day trip and a place you can visit over and over again. My middle son and daughter loved the prairie dogs display. There is an underground tunnel that you can duck down into and go with your child, or older children can go into alone. When they pop up they are in the middle of a prairie dog habitat! What a super experience! My children loved it!

Another wonderful feature of Turtle Back Zoo is something called a Zoo Key. A Zoo Key hangs on a necklace and can be used in story boxes that are found next to many of the animal displays. One side of the key plays a catchy tune about the animal, the other side tell some facts about the same animal. The Zoo Key is only $3.00 and well worth it!
The walk around the zoo was so refreshing and quite a learning experience. It was wonderful to see penguins, bison, elk, and highland cattle just going about their business as we looked on.
Of course we did have to stop at the beautiful animal themed carousel. What a delightful addition to the zoo!
As our day at the zoo continued we came across more and more exciting exhibits. While inside the Bear House, the bear walked right up to the window. What a fantastic experience to have just a window between you and a big brown bear!
If you are looking for a hands on experience with animals, Turtle Back Zoo is the right place. There are pony rides, a petting zoo, and my personal favorite The Aviary. On the way into the aviary you can purchase a flat stick coated with bird seeds and then feed the birds as they land right on your stick! Wow! If you love birds, this is the place for you.

So, if you are looking for a fun day out with the family, friends, or just a day to yourself, I cannot think of a better place that you could be than Turtle Back Zoo. We finished up our trip with checking out more exhibits such as the alligator, red panda, leopard, the reptile house and more! Of course we could not leave until we took a ride on the train that takes you on a scenic ride through the woods and we finished up with some ice-cream and cotton candy!
Wow! It’s hard to believe Turtle Back Zoo is right here in Essex County! What a treasure. If you have a chance, please check out Turtle Back Zoo! You will not be disappointed.
For admission prices and special events please check out:
Disclosure: 3decades3kids were guests of the zoo.
All opinions are that of 3decades3kids.

The Wiggles Big Birthday Tour and Family 4 Pack Ticket Giveaway!

IZOD Center




A Portion Of All Ticket Sales Will Be Donated To Reach Out And Read

Parents Will Have The Chance To Win A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity   The Fab Four from down under are back with this year’s most anticipated family event. It’s time for a party…The Wiggles Big Birthdayparty! Come along and Play your Ukelele’, ‘Rock a Bye Your Bear, and do the ‘Hot Potato’. Parents are now being offered the exclusive opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Al Roker and Kylie Minogue by becoming The Fifth Wiggle. One lucky winner will be chosen to perform The Wiggles’ hit song‘Fruit Salad’ live on stage in East Rutherford! Auditions are being held now online I know am having my husband try it out! He knows ALL the words to Fruit Salad and has been singing it for years! Good Luck, parents!
 Parents are invited to film a home video of themselves (not their children) performing their best rendition of “Fruit Salad.” The performance footage will be submitted to The Wiggles’ official YouTube site, where after going through an approval process, will be posted. Friends and family will be able to vote for their favorite. One lucky winner will be chosen for East Rutherford. The victor will ultimately be selected by The Wiggles, with 50% of the consideration resulting from online votes. For complete contest details please visit: 

The Wiggling commences at
 IZOD Center 
on Sunday, July 17th 
for shows at   12:30 PM and 4:00 PM. 
Tickets for East Rutherford are on sale now and are available through all Ticketmaster locations ( or by calling800-745-3000. Prices range from $15.50-$75.50 (additional facility fees, service charges and $.50 donation to Reach Out and Read may apply). $75.50 tickets in the Wiggles VIP section are limited, and will include the best seats in the house, an exclusive gift, an activity sheet and a chance to dance along with The Wiggles themselves!   Come and wiggle in the aisles for the Big Birthday Tour. The Wiggles are excited to bring their highly interactive, fun and educational message to East Rutherford! 

       Now For A Fruit Salad Yummy Yummy of a Giveaway:  One Lucky Newark Macaroni Kid Reader Can Win A Family 4 Pack of Tickets to The Wiggles “Big Birthday” at The IZOD Center on July 17, 2011 
12:30 show!

To Enter:
Pleae Follow 3decades3kids BLOG (to the right).
Please follow  @3decades3kids on Twitter.
  Please LIKE  3decades3kids on Facebook.  
Please follow ItsWiggleTime on Twitter. 
Please LIKE The Wiggles on Facebook.
For an extra entry leave a message on 3decades3kids FB wall saying that you want to win tickets to The Wiggles! 

One lucky reader will be chosen to win a family 4 pack of tickets on July 11, 2011 at 11:59pm  and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Reminder: Please leave a contact email and a separate comment for each entry.
 Good Luck! 18+ only. 

Disclosure: The Wiggles provided both review and giveaway tickets.All opinions are that of 3decades3kids.

Cheeseburger In Paradise

Cheeseburger In Paradise
Since May is National Hamburger Month, 
my family and I could not help but celebrate. 
Since Cheeseburger In Paradise had such a 
great deal on mini-cheeseburgers, 
$10 for 10 minis, we could not say no!

I don’t think I could ever pass up a reason to go to
 Cheeseburger In Paradise. 
If you are a Jimmy Buffet fan or just like the island feel, Cheeseburger in Paradise 
would be a great choice for you. 
Every time I visit Florida, I never leave without a trip to Margaritaville. 

But, since there are none in my local area, 
Cheeseburger In Paradise, 
also a Jimmy Buffet restaurant is a great choice.
The restaurant has a total island feel, 
complete with palm trees and 
beach scenes painted on the walls. 
You can also catch live bands there (check schedule for times).
The menu is filled with American, Cheeseburger, 
Seafood and Caribbean food choices. 
There is a tiki bar in the center and outside dining.
 There is something for everyone!

 There are so many choices
 and if you have children, don’t worry, 
this restaurant is child friendly!
 There is a special children’s menu
 in the form of a great fun book 
which will keep the kids entertained for more than 5 minutes!
If you have never dined at Cheeseburger In Paradise, 
what are you waiting for?
 It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
You can follow/like Cheeseburger in Paradise on
Facebook and Twitter 
for up to the minute information and deals.
I personally, signed up for the text alerts.
 The first text is a free appetizer! 
We are going back soon!
See you in Paradise!
All opinions are that of 3decades3kids
Special thanks to Cheeseburger In Paradise

AMC Dine-In Theatres FREE Dessert Coupon! Ends 3/31

 AMC Dine-In Theatres
The Best Of Both Worlds!
*free dessert coupon at the bottom of this post
AMC Dine-In Theatres
Until a few weeks ago, I never even knew that a theater like this existed. Imagine the concept of dinner and a movie? Not a foreign concept, right? But, at AMC Dine-In Theatres you can have both under one roof, or should I say, under one movie theater roof?
My family and I have been lucky enough to preview two different AMC Dine-In Theatres. It’s very nice, but does take a little bit of getting used to on everyone’s part. 
First of all, the seats are numbered and your number appears on your movie ticket. I’m not sure how I feel about this because I love to choose my own seat at the movies. At the preview we were able to sit where we wanted to, so it was not an issue as of yet. 
Let me explain how the theater works. The two we visited did it differently with pricing systems, so I guess you have to check the individual location to see how they do it. At Essex Greene, the ticket price is $2o, but that includes $10 towards your food. At the AMC Bridgewater, it’s a $10 ticket plus $10 towards your food and beverage purchase during non-peak hours, so it’s a $20 ticket total, and $15 towards your food and beverage purchase during peak hours, so it’s a $25 ticket total. For Menlo Park, the ticket pricing will be the same as Essex Green. For more information on the pricing and the theatres, please visit:
Once you are seated into a very comfy seat, you can check your menu. There is a little waiter light/ button that you push for service. The waiter comes and takes your order and delivers it before or during the movie (depending on when you place your order). This was actually less disruptive than you would think because there are many less seats in the new theaters. There are only 4 seats per row and 3 sections to each row.There is also no concession stand, so every item is delivered to your seat, including popcorn served in a giant bowl, big soda glasses (with no lids) as well as refills! The concession stand has been replaced by a bar for before and after movie “fun”. Once again, not sure I am a fan of “drinking” at the movies. There is a special theater for age 21 and above where drinks are served throughout the movie.
As the film comes to an end you are presented with you bill. This I was not thrilled with because if you are involved with the ending of the movie you really do not want to be bothered worrying about getting the bill paid.As a whole I enjoyed the AMC Dine-In Theater. It was fun and different. I personally like to chat during dinner, so it would not be my choice every time I went to a movie. I did however like how you could get a cup of coffee!

There is still time to ENJOY a FREE dessert with the purchase of any entree! Ends March 31, 2011