You Are Invited to the #free NYC Advance Screening of the Ugly Dolls Movie!

You Are Invited To The Free NYC Advance Screening of the UGLY DOLLS Movie! 

You are invited to the NYC Advance Screening

April 24, 2019

7:00 PM

AMC Empire 25

234 West 42nd Street New York, NY

Click on the link below for free screening passes. Please arrive early. Screenings are overbooked in order to ensure a full house.

http://stxtickets.com/UGLYDOLLS3d3k

In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection — a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different — ultimately realizing that they don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.

Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the views of the parent company represented. Giveaway screening passes provided by UGLY DOLLS movie. Contact me for collabs at Diane@3decades3kids.net OR @3decades3kids across all social media platforms.

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark Grand Opening!

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark Grand Opening!

If there is one place our family loves to visits it is definitely indoor waterparks. We have been to many and for the most part loved them all. There is one we have been watching since the groundbreaking- The Kartrite Resort & Waterpark!  The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark  is officially OPEN for business and for FUN! They will be bringing summer fun to the Catskills all year long. Fusing the style of Manhattan with the rustic charm of the mountains, this new luxe family resort features 324 all-suite accommodations; a two-acre indoor waterpark; indoor entertainment center including arcade, mini bowling and ropes course; seven restaurants and bars; relaxing spa; 11,000 sq. ft. conference center, and so much more. Our family is counting down the days until we can visit! How awesome does this place sound??!!

The best part is that the resort is located just 90 minutes outside of New York City on 1,600 breathtaking acres in Monticello, N.Y! As a guest you will be immediately transported from the moment you exit the freeway as the resort cheekily blends fun with style, contemporary with nature, thrills with relaxation for the ultimate new family adventure. Heated to a toasty 84 degrees year-round, New York’s Biggest Indoor Waterpark (80,000 sq. ft.) will delight underneath an energy-efficient, Texlon transparent roofing system. Designed by renowned waterpark design firm, Aquatic Development Group, more than 10 thrilling waterslides and adventures present their own personality – from the high-speed dives and drops of The Krakken and gnarly waves of the Flowrider surf simulator, to the serene, indoor/outdoor Affinity Springs warm spa. Open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., premium deck space, lush landscaping, warm climate vegetation including a living plant wall, and an elevated cabana oasis complete the newest four-season attraction. Perched on the mezzanine level overlooking the waterpark, 15 deluxe cabanas offer the perfect reprieve from the sun. Each cabana features lounge chairs and towels, 32” high-definition televisions, cooling fans, with mini fridge stocked with healthy snacks, water and assorted non-alcoholic drinks, with full food and beverage service.

Adventure continues on land with an endless selection of arcade games found at Playopolis, from the nostalgic to the latest interactive learning, with prizes redeemable at The Vault. Thrill-seekers climb the LED-lit rock wall, Scrapeskyer, or zip through Carabiners rope obstacle course, while friendly competition is found at Van Winkle’s mini bowling alley, Amazequest Laser Tag and more.
The Kartrite boasts eight uniquely themed bars and restaurants, serving locally sourced ingredients from upstate farms and craft purveyors. The funky signature Bixby’s Derby & Taproom prepares regional farm-to-table dishes surrounded by custom-built furnishings and sweeping Catskill views. Bathing- suit friendly Surfside Grill and Bar Mez open for waterside dining, while Harvey’s Wallbanger nods to the “great American” atmosphere, serving mixologist-worthy cocktails and casual fare. An energetic buffet, modern coffee shop and sweet-tooth tempting Pop’s Sweet Shoppe ensure every palette is pleased. Rest and relaxation abound at Chill Spa, the premier spot for massages, rejuvenating body treatments, healing wraps, and full nail service, including pampering pint-sized packages. At Sweat, guests enjoy 24- hour access to a state of the art fitness center.

With more than 11,000 sq. ft. of function space, this think tank resort hosts meetings, events and
celebrations for all sizes. Events are made easy with dedicated planners offering personalized attention, and team-building activities to encouraged attendees and their families come out and play. Resort rates will start at $249 in low season and $449 in high season, with a $35 resort fee per night per suite. For day visitors, waterpark day passes are available ranging from $59-99. For more information or to book a stay at The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark, visit
www.thekartrite.com.

So, who’s with me?! Are you planning to check out the new Kartrite Resort & Indoor Water Park? When we visit we will let you know all the ins and outs and our top tips on visiting and making the most out of your visit! If you visit before me, please let me know what you think!

Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not represent the views of the parent company represented. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social network platforms. 

Six Flags Great Adventure Will Operate Daily for Spring Break April 19 through 28

Six Flags Great Adventure Will Operate Daily for Spring Break April 19 through 28

 Believe it or not Spring Break is here! Somehow the winter is over and the nice weather is upon us. That can only mean one thing, Six Flags Great Adventure is opening for Spring Break and we are completely ready to go! Yep, it’s Go Time at Six Flags, are you ready?

Six Flags Great Adventure, the World’s Ultimate Thrill Park, celebrates Spring Break April 19 through 28. The park operates daily and features cutting-edge thrills like CYBORG Cyber Spin and JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis, family favorites like Bumper Cars and SkyWay, and chart-topping coasters like El Toro and Kingda Ka. The whole family can embark on the ultimate animal adventure on Safari Off Road Adventure, see small, exotic animals up close on the Wild Walkway and check out the new show Quest of the Pinniped Pirates featuring playful California sea lions.

 You can visit Metropolis to catch a glimpse of the park’s record-breaking, new ride, WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth, opening in late May. Towering a staggering 17 stories tall, this jaw-dropping, spinning disk will reach speeds up to 75 miles-per-hour as it spins and swings to breathtaking heights. Our family is counting down the days!

In addition, Six Flags Great Adventure and its neighboring Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park are currently hiring for 4,000 fun and fast-paced summer positions. Applicants can visit the Six Flags Employment Center daily or attend a spring job fair May 4. Before attending any spring hiring event, new applicants must visit www.sixflagsjobs.com to complete an online application. More information is available atwww.sixflags.com/greatadventure/special-events/hiring-events.

 

Scouts BSA, Cub Scouts, Explorers, and families can participate in the 25th annual Scouts BSA Camporee. All scouts will receive limited-edition patches for attending. This one-of-a-kind camporee will begin with a cyber security presentation inside Showcase Theater at 9:30 a.m. Those who attend the presentation will have the opportunity to be first in-line for JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis and CYBORG Cyber Spin at 10:15 a.m. Following this event, students will be able to work with counselors in the park for Fingerprinting and Crime Prevention Merit Badges until 12:30 p.m. Scouts will also have access to the Fire and EMS Staff for a question and answer session.

See you at Six Flags Great Adventure! https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure

Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and are honest. They do not reflect the views of the parent company represented in this post. 3decades3kids is a Six Flags Great Adventure Partner Blog. We will be giving you an up to date info as the season unfolds at Six Flags, so stay tuned. Contact us for collabs at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social media networks. Thank you Six Flags. 

Disneynature Penguins Review and Interview! In Theaters Now

Disneynature Penguins Movie Review and Interview- In Theaters Now

Disneynature’s Penguins is a comedic and heartfelt story that showcases the importance of family and the natural world. It is the tenth film under the Disneynature branding, and it focuses on a lovable and charismatic penguin named Steve. Steve is an Adélie penguin, and the audience watches along through his journey from a young adult to a father figure in his own right. The film is narrated by Ed Helms, as he breathes even more personality into the Adélie penguins the audience sees throughout the film. While narrating the movie, Helms also slips into the character of Steve and narrates alongside his antics, adding some jokes and keeping the film moving in an extremely light-hearted way. Disneynature films have a way of bringing a certain educational value to the table, while keeping the movie itself rooted in what audiences come to expect from traditional film.

Penguins looks absolutely stunning, as it’s the first Disneynature movie shot for IMAX theaters. Wide shots of the Antarctic showcases hundreds upon thousands of penguins on the screen, and it truly is a sight to see in such a major way. From the countless Adélie penguins to the massive killer whales which make a brief appearance in the film’s runtime, Penguins is definitely a movie not to miss seeing in this format. The IMAX experience along with some incredible shots in the movie really encapsulate the below-zero temperatures, and submerges audiences into the depths of the arctic waters as well. Shooting in such a high quality format, our family was completely immersed when watching the penguins traverse extreme amounts of icy terrain, dive in and out of the water for fish, and encounter the dangers of the antarctic. From it’s largest shots of the world itself to the smallest details of a penguin egg hatching on camera, Penguins sets itself apart as a unique, enjoyable, and highly detailed experience for all ages.

The film’s journey explains the process of how penguins live in a new and original way. From showcasing a scene where penguins find their mates to an rock and roll song from the 1980’s to giving Steve a voice through the narrator, Penguins offers something unique that audiences won’t find in other films or television documentaries. There’s a sense of personality to every scene in the movie, and it works hard to keep families engaged and on the edge of their seats. From it’s most tense moments nearing the end of the film to its most heartfelt, Penguins is one of the most enjoyable films of the year so far.

After seeing the film, we had the chance to speak with some of the filmmakers involved with making Disneynature’s Penguins the incredible experience it truly is. We spoke to Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, the film’s directors, along with producer Roy Conli and Popi Borboroglu of the Global Penguin Society to figure out just how the movie became a reality.

To start things off, I asked the filmmakers how they decided to create a story out of the footage they collected throughout the course of three years.

Alastair Fothergill (Director): “I think one of the things about Disneynature that really stands out from the TV documentaries that Jeff and I work on is that story is everything. People come to the cinema and they expect a narrative. And, we worked on penguins a lot in the past and that’s why we knew that Adélie penguins were gonna be great, and we also knew it was going to be a male story. Because, male penguins have a big role in bringing up their chicks. And, that’s not true of many male animals, who don’t play so much of a part in the process.

Jeff and I wrote a script which would be a traditional movie script, you know, 30-40 pages long with input from Roy, and we knew we had a very strong seasonal story. These are birds where their lives are totally dominated by the coming and going of the ice..We knew the seasonal narrative would be the strongest narrative, but we did film it over three seasons, because it’s a very very very hard place to work.”

Fothergill referred to the script as a “jigsaw narrative,” but said the filmmakers always had an idea of the journey that they were going on.

Alastair Fothergill (Director): “But nature will always throw surprises, and that’s what’s so fun about making Disneynature movies. You go with a big script, the animals never read the script, nature always throws us some curveballs, and our job is to make sure in the end that there is a strong narrative. And, nature has the best stories. As directors, our job is to craft that from everything we film.

Producer Roy Conli followed up Fothergill’s response, discussing how the Disneynature films are, in fact, “true life adventures.”

Roy Conli (Producer): “I think it’s important to recognize — we call these ‘true life adventures.’ And, it really is in the spirit of Walt Disney and what he was doing between 1948 and 1960. I have a legacy now with Disney for about 26 years…and to be able to help craft these stories is really a true honor. And, it is in the spirit of opening hearts and minds.”

When discussing the character of Steve and selecting Ed Helms for the role of narrator and bringing a voice to the character, Conli went on to describe how he was the perfect fit for the role.

Roy Conli (Producer): “He has an amazing unassuming quality. And, if there’s a quality to Steve it’s that he’s unassuming. I always say it’s like Ed is kind of like the every-man and Steve is like the every-penguin.”

Roy also went on to discuss how things change when working on films, and how theme is the central element in which plot follows.

Roy Conli (Producer): “Theme could be consistent, and plot could change a little bit. If there’s something and it throws you a curve you go with it. And, you restructure a sequence and it makes it better.”

The directors went on to talk about how there were terabytes upon terabytes of footage filmed for the movie, speaking in data terms. Finally, I asked the filmmakers if there were any moments from the footage that really stuck out to them that they knew had to make it into the final cut of the film. Immediately, director Jeff Wilson had a scene that came to mind.

 

Jeff Wilson (Director): “Puking penguin! Puking penguin had to be in the movie. Like, there was no way that we were gonna let that pass. As a father, I knew that my three boys would see that and go ‘That was awesome, dad.’ You know, there was a penguin on the screen and he was vomiting his guts up, and you can’t let that pass.”

Alastair Fothergill (Director): “For me, it was the close-up shot when Steve sees Adeline and he realizes he may find a mate after all. There’s such a look of ‘Oh, God. Maybe!’ and his disappointment when the other girls went past first. I love all those close-ups.”

Finally, the team discussed how the name “Steve” was chosen for the main penguin in the film. Wilson made note of the fact that he was the only character with a name, and that the children in his family weren’t named in the film, because it kept the focus on the central element of the movie, which was the male Adélie penguin. The name was chosen because it was simple, and relatable on a level as he referred to the name “Steve” being associated with being goofy or clumsy in the U.K. The filmmakers wanted to keep the focus on Steve himself, and let audiences experience the world around him through the eyes of the penguin.

Overall, it was an incredible experience getting to learn more about what goes into the process of creating these amazing films from Disneynature. From the hard work and dedication that goes into filming a single shot, to editing together hours upon hours of footage, to making sure that the movie has the right movement and heart that people have come to expect in the cinema. Disneynature’s Penguins is a cut above other nature documentaries, and a movie full of comedy and heart in its own right.  https://nature.disney.com/penguins

Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the views of the parent company represented. Media invite extended for NYC Premiere and Round table interviews. Special thanks to Disneynature Penguins for everything. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social media networks for collabs. See you at the movies!

Giveaway and Interview-Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Now On Bluray DVD Digital

Giveaway and Interview-

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Now On Bluray DVD Digital

**Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed on this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.**

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is now on bluray/dvd/digital! We watched it on the big screen and loved it!

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Escape Room & Mystery Match Blog App:

• Welcome to the Interactive Nancy Drew Escape Room – to escape, you must solve riddles and find items to uncover the three numbers needed to open to door. Good Luck!

• In the Mystery Match Video Puzzle, use your mouse to click + drag puzzle pieces to unlock clips from the film.

Uncover the Mystery When Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
Arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on
Digital March 26, 2019 and on
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on April 2, 2019

Recently I had the chance to chat with Sophia Lillis via phone and it was quite enjoyable! I asked her about the one part of the movie with the pig man. She said it scared her more than the clown she has worked with in past. I found Sophia to be a delightful teen who is very in touch with herself and the world around her. She spoke about her views on bullying and how she never personally had been bullied but did (although she said it would be in another world) thought that getting even with the bully in the movie was SO much fun! I asked Sophia who her role model was in the industry. I never expected her answer- Bill Murray! What a great role model. She told me all about how she enjoys comedies and would love to be in one in the future!

Based on the Bestselling Book!  The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase on Digital starting March 26, 2019 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on April 2, 2019. Executive Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the film stars Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”), Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”), and Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” and“Alice”) and follows Nancy Drew in her new town, making new friends and on a mission to solve the case! The film carries a suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Digital, $19.98 for the DVD and $28.98 for the Blu-ray Combo Pack.

After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

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Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the views of the parent company represented. Media/Giveaway  provided by  Warner Bros Home Entertainment. Contact me at 3decades3kids@gmail.com or @3decades3kids across all social media networks.