Should I Visit Kalahari Resort In The Poconos?

Should I Visit Kalahari Resort In The Poconos?

Disclosure:Media Trip provided by Kalahari Resorts brand. Our opinions do not stand for the views of the partner company.

Searching out water park resorts can get really tough on both the mind and the wallet, so I would suggest getting as much information about each of the water parks you would like to visit before jumping in! Recently our family was invited to visit Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains. We have visited the resort before, but not since the big addition expansion to the water park. The first two times our family visited I thought it was really too big for us. Everything seemed so far away from the room, and it was super crowded both of those times. This visit was a bit different. It seems like Kalahari Resort in the Poconos has found its groove. There is a total sense of relaxation that surrounds you that just was not there the past two times. So immediately our family was thrilled about the new vibe. The trip only got better from there.

If you did chat with me in the past you may not have gotten the same reaction as you get from me now. I have changed my mind about Kalahari and its for the better. Honestly, you cannot help but feel some type of emotion as you drive up to the Kalahari Resort. The place is massive and adorned with paintings of savanna animals covering parts of the outside of the resort. As you go up the entrance way you will also be greeted with statues of animals along the way making you feel like you are not in Pennsylvania at all but maybe ready to go on safari. You can arrive before noon to check in and I would definitely suggest doing so. If you are shelling out the bucks why not make the most of the time. The rooms do not come available until later in the afternoon but there is plenty of activities to do while you wait. You are even permitted into the waterpark before your room is ready! Bonus! That means if you are traveling for one night, you can actually spend TWO days at the water park! Check out will be at 11 am the following morning, but you can spend all day at the waterpark and in partaking in resort activities.

Luckily for us our room was ready when we arrived. The last two visits we  stayed in the Desert Room which has two queen beds and a sleeper sofa. This trip we were surprised with the African Queen Suite! Woooza! What a room or should I say suite! If you can swing this room, GET IT!! It has a total of three rooms, three TVs, a fireplace and a balcony. There are also two full bathrooms and a mini kitchen with table and chairs. Problem- You will not want to leave the room to go out into the resort! I was absolutely in love with that suite! You know how I speak the truth- good or bad, this was good, very good! The one bedroom had a king sized bed and private bathroom, the second bedroom had two queen sized beds, and the living room had a pull out sofa, coffee table, comfy chair, fireplace and balcony. There really were three and a half rooms because the half room had a mini kitchen and table with chairs. Can I move into this room??!! 

Our balcony looked over the water park and outdoor pools. You could also see the indoor outdoor hot tub which is absolutely one of my favorite things about Kalahari! We later headed down and into the indoor outdoor hottub. It was freezing outside but the water was SO warm, you did not even realize it. I’m a big fan of outdoor hot tubs in the winter, I just love them!

After everyone checked out the room we swim-suited up and headed to the water park. Personally, I could not wait to see what the expansion looked like. I couldn’t imagine the water park being even bigger than last time. Well, it was, and it worked. It was perfect. The wave pool was great and a definite plus to the add on.  The wave pool is quite big so I would recommend staying pretty close to your kids. Kalahari does have a life vest policy for all children 48 inches and under that must be abided by for your child’s own safety. As you know my kiddies are all past that stage of life. On that note, let me say that going out as a family with  tween, teen and adult children can be very challenging. It’s hard to find a place where everyone can come together and just enjoy themselves. Kalahari met the standard and we all had a great time. It seems like waterparks are for ALL ages and there definitely was something for everyone in our family to keep them happy!

If you do have littles in your family rest assured, there is a huge kiddie zone that even includes the most adorable mini lazy river. This is in addition to the TWO lazy rivers that are for all ages. There are also more than one kid zone so your family will not get bored. I did not see a lot of melt downs during our time in the water park so the littles definitely were having fun. There are pint sized slides, swings, and water activity play stations. There are even savanna animals in the water for the kids to sit on. The last time we visited, Emm was still little enough to have fun in the kids zone and she absolutely loved it. Your kids will, too! We especially love the entrances to the kid zones, one that has two extremely tall giraffes nuzzling and the other called Coral Cove which tall aquatic entrance way just calls to you. Rest assured that towels are provided inside the water park as well as safes (additional charge- worth it) of different sizes.

So, up front, our main reason about visiting Kalahari Resort was to spend as much time in the water park as we could! We did enjoy both days there and if you are looking for a tip, here you go. After about 6 pm the lines were minimal to all the water slides, during the day there was a wait for everything. So, if you have sliders and riders in your group you might consider heading the water park a little bit later in the day. You can check out everything there is to do in the waterpark here: https://www.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania/parks-and-passes/indoor-waterpark/

We did leave the water park to enjoy the huge arcade that even has bowling and an escape room, and mini golf as well as to take part in the complimentary cookie decorating that takes place every day. There are plenty of activities for kids to take part of in the Adventurer’s Club! Once again, they have activities for all ages in your group which makes family time a breeze! When meal time rolled around I was thrilled at all of the on site choices and the range of what they had to offer. There is one thing I am absolutely obsessed with and it is getting tiramisu served in a chocolate molded cup! It is the BEST! I have gotten it each time we visited Kalahari and have even thought about driving there just to GET this amazing treat! It is not only Instagram friendly, it is delicious! There are many desserts and treats to choose from. My family has sampled many of them, including the ice cream, which is another mouth watering treat! When it comes to cute, Kalahari has it covered with the refillable character topped sippers and refillable popcorn bucket that also has a popcorn slide around it. It’s really a keeper and you can fill it up for $1.49. It’s a great water park treat for kids.

Our family had the chance to enjoy breakfast at the Great Karoo Marketplace Buffet. I would definitely recommend adding this to your reservation in advance. There was an extensive breakfast menu that included chef made omelettes, a meat cutting station, kid’s bar, fresh fruits and more. There is something for everyone. I also loved how there were four pancake syrups on every table! Yes, we tried them all! They had my favorite, Eggs Benedict, so my day was made! Thanks, The Great Karoo Marketplace!

Well, I think by now you get the idea. We enjoyed our visit to Kalahari Resorts! I’m glad we had the chance to go back and revisit after the expansion. I’m glad we had a chance to spend so much time in the water park. It was just amazing. As I’m sitting here now I’m thinking about how I wish I was there right now! Well, there’s always the summer, right?! Did I mention there is a full outside water park? Although it was iced over, it sure looked incredible! See you next time or as they say in Swahili- Kuona Wakait Mwingine!  Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the views of the parent company represented. Complimentary stay provided by Kalahari Resorts. Contact us for collabs at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social media networks. 

Fighting With My Family- Chatting With the Cast

Fighting With My Family- Chatting With the Cast

Recently I was invited by Annapurna to screen Fighting With My Family and then sit down with the cast to chat about it in NYC. Being a mom of three and seeing how children develop their own goals as they grow up really hit a chord for me throughout this movie. Although the movie is about WWE Superstar Paige (and it is), it’s more about family. You do not have to be a WWE fan to enjoy this movie! So, I guess you are wondering exactly what the movie was about, aren’t you? From the small town in the United Kingdom to the prestigious ring to the WWE Fighting with My Family shows off overcoming hardships as a family to achieve your dreams. The movie centers around Paige, a WWE Superstar with an origin story perfect for film. Growing up as part of a wrestling family, Paige and her brother dreamed of joining the WWE all their lives. From partaking in their own family wrestling events which had quite some popularity in their hometown to training towards their goal, they were dead-set on joining the biggest wrestling league in the world.

However, things become complicated after Paige gets accepted to continue to Florida after try-outs, while her brother doesn’t. So, now while her dream becomes a reality, she must leave everything behind including the one who was along with her hoping for the same thing. Fighting with My Family is a story of triumph, as Paige pushes herself to her limits and works to become one of the best and youngest fighters to compete. The movie includes cameos and scenes featuring WWE stars such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, along with a few others. Perfect for everyone in the family, the film showcases success through hard work, following your dreams, and giving your all to creating the best possible outcome. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will make you laugh for sure!
As we watched the movie I took note of the laughter in the theater. There may have also been a few tears of emotion. Fighting with My Family is a family movie, it’s a friends movie, it’s a date movie, it’s a go by yourself movie, it’s what ever you want it to be movie- but, you need to see this movie. You will enjoy it and get lost in the story, based on Paige’s real life!
We all live our life. We all have goals. But not all of us get our life and goals made into a movie! I could not wait to sit down with the cast of  Fighting with My Family to find out more about the making of this movie. I was thrilled to meet  Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Stephen Merchant as well as WWE Divas Champ Paige herself! Chatting with both the real life Paige sitting next the movie Paige played by Florence Pugh was quite an honor.
I could not wait to ask WWE Paige about what her real life family thought when the idea of  making a movie about her life rolled around.
How did your real life family feel when the movie idea was coming about?
Paige: They were very, very excited! My dad is always one of those people who says, “Don’t get your hopes up there because it may never happen.” He always  says we’ll see, we’ll see. If it does actually happen, I want Ray Winston to play me. Nick did all right! (about Nick Frost who plays Ricky Knight in the movie).  He’s not one of those people to give out compliments so he was just over the moon for Nick and the whole family. My family just loved the cast, every single one.
And what about your real life brother?
Paige: Jack, yeah my brother loved Jack.
Jack Lowden-Yeah, he gave me a lot of work to do. I had about six or seven weeks to put on as much weight as possible in size and muscle. I trained twice a day and ate four to five meals a day to get big. He’s a big guy.
Thoughts on the hardest scene in the movie?
Stephen Merchant- The hardest scence for me to shoot was that final match that Paige has because we had one hour at the Staples Center in LA. There were 20,000 real fans and WWE gave us one hour to shoot with the real fans after a real broadcast. Those were all real fans. Florence had to go out there in front of all those people, many who had seen the match for real and recreate it. Wayne Johnson came down and he kind of hosted the event. Paige hadn’t been wrestling in a while, people hadn’t heard her music in a while. When the music came on there were very mixed emotions of people that were so excited to see her again but then also really upset that it wasn’t her and it was a pretend Paige!
Florence Pugh- I would come out and they would be really confused whether they should be cheering or booing at me. It was totally bizarre to go out as someone that people adore because they’re really depressed that it’s not them. It was scary but we got it done in forty minutes. We had a lot of cameras.
So grab the kids, friends, family or go by yourself. This is feel good movie you will want to see on the big screen.
Fighting With My Family 
This February, show the world what you’re made of. Based on an incredible true story!
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Disclosure: Special thanks to Annapurna Pictures for the NYC Fighting With My Family Press Junket media invite. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the views of the parent company represented. Contact me for collabs at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social media networks. See you at the movies! Fighting With the Family now in theaters. 3decades3kids.net

#Giveaway- Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet On Bluray/DVD Feb. 26

Giveaway- Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet On Bluray/DVD Feb. 26th

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes the action-packed adventure Ralph Breaks the Internet. Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a part to save her game, Sugar Rush.

Available to own February 26, 2019

In this special multi-screen edition of Ralph Breaks the Internet, Ralph and Vanellope find themselves in way over their heads, so they must rely on the citizens of the internet – including Yesss, the head algorithm and heart and soul of the trend-making site, BuzzzTube, and Shank, a tough-as-nails driver from the gritty online auto-racing game, Slaughter Race – to help them navigate their worlds. Available for order https://www.shopdisney.com/ralph-breaks-

Digital Code redemption requires prior acceptance of license terms and conditions. Code is only for personal use and redemption is limited to recipient of the combination package or a family member. Codes may not be sold separately. Code (and iTunes Code) subject to expiration. Visit MoviesAnywhere.comRedeemDigitalMovie.com anddisneytermsofuse.com for code redemption and other applicable terms and conditions.

The bare necessities

Tech Specs:

  • Blu-ray feature film + bonus
  • DVD feature film + bonus
  • Digital copy of feature film
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.39:1
  • Sound: English  7.1 DTS-HDMA, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital / French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital / Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Subtitles: English ESL, English SDH, Latin Spanish, French-Canadian
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Blu-ray: For Region A use (Americas, East and Southeast Asia, U.S. territories, Bermuda) only

GIVEAWAY: One lucky 3decades3kids reader can win their very own copy of  Ralph Breaks the Internet! Please enter on the rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on March 3 at 11:59pm. (18+/USA only please).

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Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the views of the parent company represented. Media Invite provided. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social media networks. 

#Giveaway- The Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Signature Collection 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray on Feb. 26th

Giveaway- The Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Signature Collection

4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray on Feb. 26th

It our house The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite princesses. She’s someone that my daughter, like myself, has loved forever. We were both thrilled to hear that The Little Mermaid was making its way back to new release. In honor of The Little Mermaid’s 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Arielalong with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula — is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26.

The Signature Edition of “The Little Mermaid” showcases its award-winning musical score and iconic songs such as “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World” with a sing-along mode allowing you to accompany this beloved cast of characters on their journey. Never-before-seen bonus features bring legendary composer Alan Menken and some of Disney’s most recognizable leading ladies together around a piano to reminisce, sing and celebrate “The Little Mermaid.” The latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office” compares Walt and Ariel’s love of collecting treasures. Available on Amazon for pre-order: https://www.amazon.com/LITTLE-MERMAID-Blu-ray-

GIVEAWAY: We are thrilled to partner with Disney Pictures to give one lucky 3decades3kids reader a copy of their own to add to their blu ray library. Enter on the rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on March 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm. (18+/USA)
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Disclosure: All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the views of the parent company represented. Media Invite provided. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social media networks. 

You Are Invited To The NYC Advance Screening of Fighting With My Family

You Are Invited To The NYC Advance Screening of Fighting With My Family!

 

Over the weekend I had the pure pleasure of seeing the movie Fighting With My Family and interviewing the cast in NYC! First off, the movie was an incredible surprise. It’s for everyone and is filled with quite a few laughs along with following a heartfelt story of  WWE star, Paige! Best news is you do not have to be a WWE fan to enjoy this movie! It’s just a feel good movie that will leave you with a smile on your face! What’s the movie about? Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are estatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushed her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Merchant, Florence Pugh, Zelina Vega, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, and Lena Headey

Director: Stephen Merchant

You are invited to the NYC Advanced Screening of Fighting With My Family:

Tuesday, February 12th

 7:00PM

Regal Battery Park.

Click the link below to claim free passes to the movie. Please remember to arrive early since screenings are overbooked in order to ensure a full house. Tweet us what you think of the movie at @3decades3kids and follow us on Twitter to get a tip on when passes will become available!

Disclosure: Giveaway screening passes provided by Fighting With My Family. Contact Diane at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social media networks. Our views are honest and do not reflect the views of partner company represented.