Great Wolf Lodge, Poconos

 Great Wolf Lodge Poconos

Recently my family took a trip to Great Wolf Lodge Poconos. It’s only a little over an hour from the NYC area, but a world away. Since our three children go from teenage to preschool, it’s hard sometimes to find a resort that will keep everyone happy, but at Great Wolf Lodge we never have that problem.

It’s always gives you a cozy feeling driving up to the  big cabin looking resort and entering the grand lobby. As soon as we arrived the kids could not wait to check out the room. There are many types of rooms to accommodate your family size and liking. Our family favorite is the Kid Cabin Suite, complete with bunk beds and an extra bed (for our three children). The room also has a pull out couch and a queen size bed. There is even a fireplace to keep you warm! All rooms have a refrigerator and microwave, 

so you don’t have to worry about bringing along some goodies or drinks!

After checking out the room, we headed directly to the waterpark. Wow! It was hard to imagine that we passed by mounds of snow on the way into the lodge, since the 

waterpark was a warm 84 degrees! The guys headed for the new Double Barrel Drop water slide and Emily and I grabbed a tube and went over to the wave pool, followed by the mini water slides that were just her size! When the guys were done with all the waterslides we met up in the lazy river and then played a little water basketball. It was great family fun!

When dinner time rolled around we feasted at the Loose Moose Cafe on an endess buffet from seafood and steak to soft serve ice-cream. During the meal our waitress even surprised us with some wolf ears to wear! It was a real Howl!! 

After dinner the kids each chose a wand and topper and headed into the hallways to play “MagiQuest”. The game takes a while to complete if you want to fight the dragon, so be prepared to leave at least 2 hours open if you are going to play! 

By 8pm Em was in her pjs along with a bunch of children who were  all ready for the lobby show at the clock tower, followed by storytime with Wiley and a meet and greet! Right after story time we made a stop at AnimalLand, the stuffed animal making station. We now have a wolf, panda, and poodle as additions to our family. Soon after, everyone headed back to the room for some more family  fun and a great night’s sleep!

In the morning we were awoken by Emily’s head peeking out of the Kid’s Cabin and announcing it was time to go back to the waterpark. So, we followed her lead, stopped for breakfast first and then back to the waterpark for a few hours!Emily wanted to enjoy Scoops Children’s Spa, but there were no appointments. We will have to call sooner next time. The boys checked out Gr8 Space(a teenage hangout) and the Race Zone (where you can build your own car and then race it). We made one last stop at the Northern Lights arcade for just a little bit more fun!  I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying their stay at the Great Wolf Lodge! We are looking forward to our next trip already. There is only one problem I could find about Great Wolf Lodge….having to leave it!

Freckleface Strawberry The Musical

Freckleface Strawberry The Musical!

Recently, my family and I went to see Freckleface Strawberry The Musical at New World Stages. The musical is based on the book by Julianne Moore. I really did not know what to expect. I have been to many Broadway shows and my children have been to a few, but this was our first time to New World Stages. 

I was pleasantly surprised to see how many theaters were housed there. We made our way down to Freckleface Strawberry and got seated. The theater was medium sized, so every seat was a good one. We were seated in the back and Em could see the entire show easily. The musical was filled with plenty of fun and quite a few “entertaining” songs, not to mention “non-stop” jokes!

Seeing that the musical lasts about one hour and is 3 scenes long, it was very easy for my little one to keep focused and “in” the fun! My other children enjoyed it also. There was enough entertainment to keep everyone smiling and laughing throughout the show. One drawback- be ready to sing “Little Freckeface Strawberry” over and over during the days following this show!

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Sea World Orlando

Sea World Orlando

Recently our family had the pleasure of visiting Sea World Orlando! Our day was filled with fun, learning, and a lot of splashes!
Sea World immediately captivated my family. Our first stop (which was a hard choice) was to feed the dolphins. It was great for all the kids and hubby and me, too! We all lined
 up, held up the fish and “like magic” the dolphins appeared.
 Emily, Adam, and Louie all had a chance to not only feed, but also pet the dolphins. After leaving the dolphin area, we made a quick stop at the Stingray area where everyone took turns petting stingrays.

Next on our list was Manta! Now that is some roller coaster! Before actually boarding the ride you walk through a wonderful tropical fish paradise. It surrounds you. As you get closer to boarding the ride you realize you will be hooked on to the belly of the Manta, you ride this face down. It gives you the feeling that you are actually flying and comes very close to the water. Manta has a bunch of loops that make this ride unique and tons of fun! My oldest son had to admit that it did top his old favorite of Kraken!
The rest of our day was filled with seeing penguins, sharks, sea turtles and sea lions! Of course I cannot forget to mention the Polar Bears! They are always a favorite of mine and so is the Wild Arctic Ride!
My 3 year old daughter had a ball at Shamu’s Happy Harbor. It was just her size! Our night was topped off with “Shamu Rocks” followed by fireworks! I could not have asked for more! My family LOVES Sea World and looks forward to our next visit!

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2010 Holiday Blizzard!

The Holiday Blizzard!

Wow! When I heard the original forecast about the impending snowstorm, I was very skeptical. As the first snowflakes began to show themselves, I stated to believe that the actual storm would really happen. But, I had NO idea what was to come. The snow fell and fell and fell. The blizzard seemed to be never ending as inch after inch of snow white flakes piled up on top of the steps, sidewalk and roads. The cars seems to disappear.

As the night went on thunder and lightening filled the sky. It was a storm like I had not seen in a long time. When all was said and done, our family woke up to over 3o inches of SNOW!! The kids jumped with happiness when they opened the front door! It was Emily’s first big snowstorm and my sons had not seen a biggie like this before in their lives. They headed out for some “snowfun“!

Wow! I’m really not a big fan of snow at all, but it was pretty….I just hope it’s not a prelude to the winter of 2011! Happy Snow Days!

A New York City Christmas!

A New York City Christmas!

Even though I did not actually spend Christmas in New York City, I did spend a lot of time there leading up until Christmas. It seems no matter how much time you have in NYC, it’s never enough!

I felt especially blessed to share the holiday experience with my family. I was lucky enough to see Tiffany’s lit up as a gift box and their gigantic crystal light display illuminating the streets. Radio City always know how to do it up right with wooden soldiers that go alongside the famous sign as they tip over every few minutes!

Of course my yearly favorite was Rockefeller Center where people lined the surrounding streets shoulder to shoulder trying to get a glimpse of the humongous tree. But the crowd was well worth it! The tree at Rock Center was just breathtaking! It’s really an experience you would not want to miss if you are in the area.

The windows all the way down 5th Avenue were adorned with different scenes, one more beautiful than the nest. I think no matter what street you walked down from Times Square up to Central Park you were able to be taken in by the city lights! It’s makes me sad to see the Christmas season come to an end, but I do look forward to the Christmas lights in New York City every year!