Liberty Science Center and Thomas & Friends Explore The Rails #LSCThomas&Friends

The Liberty Science Center has so much to keep kids and families active and learning, you can easily spend the whole day there and not see half of what there is inside (and don’t forget outside, weather permitting).  Right now, if you take the kids to the museum, you can visit the Island of Sodor and see your favorite tank engine, Thomas.

 

“Visit the Island of Sodor at Liberty Science Center!

In Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails, kids can learn, play, and solve problems with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends while immersing themselves in locations from the beloved TV series.

The exhibition combines play with important STEM concepts. Young learners can practice counting objects, comparing sizes, and learning colors. Older kids can practice their math skills, learn basic engineering concepts, discover science ideas through play, and see how technology works to keep engines running.”

Of course, the rest of the museum is still open as well. Climb a rock wall, crawl through the Touch Tunnel, see a movie in the IMAX theater, and much more. There is so much to see and do and touch and learn. The live animals are always a hit, and the fish are a must visit on every visit. You can also sign the kids up to do fun experiments that give them hands on learning experiences to help bring science fun to life.

If you’d like to win a family 4 pack of tickets, please enter to win using the RC form below. Ends Nov 12, 2017. Good luck!

 

Win 7th Heaven’s Creamy Coconut Mask #Beauty

Coconut water is something people love to drink (myself included) so why not check out this amazing mud mask, which features this key ingredient?  7th Heaven’s Creamy Coconut Mask provides the ultimate refreshment for thirsty skin.  It also feels great and smells nice- which are pretty cool bonuses.
Here is some additional information-
  • Features two key ingredients: ultra hydrating coconut water and super smoothing shea butter
    • Coconut water is rich in potassium, which enhances the body’s ability to hydrate
    • Shea butter has natural benefits that protect and nourish skin. It acts as a barrier to help prevent moisture loss, maintaining skin hydration
  • Other ingredients include pressed shea nut, ground cocoa and pulped coconut
  • After use, skin is hydrated and supple, never stripped of natural oils or tight
  • Comes in single-serve pouches; perfect for travel
  • MSRP $1.99 for a generous single 0.5 oz use
  • Available for purchase at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon Discount and Kmart
  • Cruelty-free, member of BUAV/Leaping Bunny and PETA

For your chance to win, please feel free to enter the contest using the RC Form below. Good luck! Ends November 2, 2017.

 

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Win Kids Plum Landing’s Rx to Explore Backpack

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With Spring arriving, you might be looking for more activities to do with the kids. WGBH Boston is engaging elementary school aged kids with Plum Landing’s Rx to Explore initiative—activity “prescriptions” that are designed to combat health issues related to sedentary lifestyles and to explore and share ideas about environmental science.
In these programs, parents and childcare providers write simple “prescriptions” for spending time outside, and kids “fill” these prescriptions by engaging in active, outdoor activities.
One of you can win a backpack to try out with your kids! Feel free to enter using the RC form below. Good luck! Ends 4/28/17

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Win a Copy of SING Special Edition on DVD or Blu-ray, out now! #SingMovie #ad #SingSquad

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Good news! SING Special Edition is now available on Blu-ray & DVD. If you haven’t seen it, now is the perfect time. Grab a copy and have a movie night with the family!

If you don’t know much about the movie yet, SING is a wonderful, funny, heartwarming film with great music and a fantastic cast. My son loved it, and is so excited to have his own copy. He has watched it about a zillion times now, and he said it’s one of his favorites.

Pick up a copy of the SING Special Edition Blu-ray in stores for your next family movie night, it’s the perfect movie for everyone. Do you watch “American Idol” or “The Voice” or any of those? If so, you will really enjoy it. We don’t watch a lot of singing shows, but we still thought this was a fun one.

And there is another bonus of getting the DVD, even if you already saw the movie in theaters. The music-filled comedy will include over 60-minutes of bonus content and will incorporate three all-new entertaining mini movies featuring the cast from SING as well as an exclusive Tori Kelly music video and a variety of musical extras.

The Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, SING features more than 65 hit songs including ‘Faith,’ a brand new song by the legendary Stevie Wonder (featuring Ariana Grande), marking his first song for a major film release in 25 years.

I think your family will really enjoy this one. Pick up your copy today!

You can also enter to win a copy here by entering the RC code below. Good luck! Ends April 15, 2017.
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Win Sci-Fi Junior High Prize Pack #ad #SciFiJuniorHigh

Disclosure- This post is written in partnership with Jimmy Patterson.

About the Book

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this gleefully illustrated space adventure is a laugh on every page. That’s a lot of laughs!

Kelvin Klosmo isn’t just the new kid at school – he’s the new kid in the galaxy! Welcome to Sci-Fi Junior High: an inter-galactic space station with students of all shapes, sizes, smells, and… slime content. As the son of Earth’s two most famous geniuses, Kelvin isn’t just the smartest kid in the world….he’s the smartest kid in the UNIVERSE. At least, that’s what everybody at Sci-Fi Junior High thinks.
So, maybe Kelvin lied a little about being a genius to fit in. And maybe a mad scientist is about to take over the universe unless Kelvin can stop him. Maybe everyone is doomed.
Well, at least Kelvin won’t have to worry about math homework anymore.
Sci-Fi Junior High is an out-of-this-world story about friendship, accepting our differences, and the fight against evil… bunnies. Yes, evil bunnies – don’t ask.

About the Authors

Scott Seegert is the author of the Vordak the Incomprehensible series. He lives in Farmington, MI with his wife, Margie, and their three children.

John Martin is an illustrator, graphic artist, and website designer. He is the illustrator for the Vordak the Incomprehensible series. He lives in Farmington Hills, MI, with his wife, Mary, and their three children.

You can follow online and on social media.

Visit jimmypatterson.org

Follow Jimmy Patterson on Twitter +  Instagram + Facebook

Follow John Martin on Twitter +  Facebook

Follow Scott Seegert on Twitter +  Facebook

Hashtag #SciFiJuniorHigh

One winner will receive the below prize package- ends April 1, 2017.

Smartest Kid in the Universe!

One (1) winner receives:

  • Copy of Sci-Fi Junior High
  • Kid’s telescope to explore the galaxy

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WIN Set of Kids National Geographic Books

National Geographic Kids Books is featuring SIX new titles that are perfect year round or for giving as gifts.  They are big, bold and beautiful hardcovers; cater to book enthusiasts and reluctant readers alike; and are fun, inspiring AND educational (but don’t tell your kids that last part!).

How Things Work (ages 7-10, $19.99) – Discover the secrets and science behind bounce houses, hovercraft, robotics and everything in between in this book that provides both the quick answers AND complete explanations for all things high tech, low tech and no tech (how DOES glue work???). Detailed diagrams, revealing photos, hands-on activities and and fascinating facts all help to demystify many common items — like how a microwave works, how an eraser makes pencil marks disappear and how an iPad or tablet can do so much —  and also delves into the more futuristic — but very real — inventions like bionics, invisible cloaks and  tractor beams.  “Tales from the Lab” and profiles of talented engineers, inventors and scientists provide plenty of inspiration.  How Things Work is perfect for the kid who thinks “just because” isn’t a REAL answer.  Several spreads from How Things Work can be found by clicking here.

Ultimate Oceanpedia (ages 7-10, $24.99) – Perfect for the ocean-obsessed, this book is the most complete ocean reference ever! Ultimate Oceanpedia is overflowing with amazing facts, photos, art and diagrams that take the reader on a journey through the ocean. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, turtles, sharks, fish, crustaceans, sponges — from the weird to the wonderful — they are all featured in breathtaking photographs with easy to read captions. Wild weather, underwater exploration and tips and pointers on how to help keep our oceans thriving round out this thick, keepsake volume.

Tales from the Arabian Nights: Stories of Adventure, Magic, Love and Betrayal by Donna Jo Napoli (ages 8-12, $24.99) — “A brilliant tapestry woven not of yarn but of stories, both fresh and faithful to its historical routes” — starred review, Kirkus

Do you have a child who loves magical stories about far away places? Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of princesses, kings, sailors and genies come to life in a stunning retelling of the Arabian folk tales from One Thousand and One Nights and other collections, including those of Alladin, Sinbad the Sailor, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. In this beautiful, gift-worthy book, beloved author Donna Jo Napoli not only brings timeless tales of royalty, adventure and love to life but also includes sidebars that connect the stories to history, culture and geography.  A perfect story time selection for bedtime or anytime.

The Book of Heroines and The Book of Heroes (ages 8-12, $14.99) – All kids are heroes in waiting and these two titles are sure to inspire.  In The Book of Heroines it’s all about Girl Power!  Looking for a leading lady? How about more than 100 of them?  True stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, ladies in lab coats ad everyday people who all have two things in common — they were girls and they changed the world.  From Michelle Obama, Jane Goodall and Wonder Woman to Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinem and Katie Ledecky, The Book of Heroines not only highlights how girls are just as tough as boys, but also challenges the reader to be a heroine herself and provides tips on how to unleash her inner heroine. Sample pages of Heroines can be found here.  The Book of Heroes highlights 100 guys who had the boldness, bravery and brains to meet the challenges of their day. Featuring a very diverse array of amazing minds, heroes from history, sports stars and even action heroes — like Abraham Lincoln, Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking and Steve Irwin  — boys will be sure to find more than just a few role models in the pages of this book and also perhaps inspire them that they, too, are capable of extraordinary things.

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 3 (ages 8-12, $19.99) – Did you know that one-third of the earth is a desert, that beets are sometimes used to give red velvet cake its color or that there are more caribou than people in Alaska?  Well, that’s only the beginning……5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 3 features gross facts about toilets and edible insects, gravity defying facts about things that fly, awesome new dino-discoveries and even facts about newborn octopi and how many oranges it takes to make one glass of o.j. — to name just a few!  This book is the ultimate boredom buster and is perfect for curious kids who love to learn about the weird, wild and wacky!

Make sure you

* Follow National Geographic Kids Books on twitter – @NGKidsBks

* Friend National Geographic Kids on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/NationalGeographicKid

to keep in touch with all the fun.

One of you will be able to win a set of National Geographic Kids Books Gift Pack Giveaway of the six books listed above (ARV $120.00).  US only please, sorry international readers!

Please feel free to enter to win by using the RC form below. Good luck! Ends March 15, 2017.
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Win $25 Gift Card, Pfizer Products, and 20th Century Fox Movies

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and 20th Century Fox. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Sick days stink, for adults or kids. Well, especially for kids.  Kids don’t understand really that with time, some medicine, and rest, they will feel better.  We all remember growing up the odd sick day here or there, being taken care of by Mom or Dad, and the simple things that made us feel better.  Of course, we could all use a few extra tips and tricks.  There are some tricks I have found with our little guy.

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  1. Baby him- he’s sick and is acting like it.  Give them some extra attention and care during this sensitive time. Yes, they can be annoying. This too shall pass.
  2. Sleep-  even if you have to get them to lay down on the couch in front of the TV with their favorite movie, rest is key.
  3. Liquids-  get them to drink lots of water to keep their body flushing out the bad stuff and cycling through to the good stuff that will fight off the germs.

One great way to keep your sick kid resting and feeling better is with a movie and the proper medicine.  20th Century Fox has some great kid friendly and adult friendly movies for these times including (Ice Age: Collision Course, The Sandlot, and The Peanuts Movie.  When pairing this with some pediatric Pfizer products, like Advil, Robitussin, and Dimetapp, your kid will be better before you know it.  With products for just about any symptom Pfizer is there to save the day and 20th Century Fox is there to distract and make giggles the emphasis instead of sniffles.

You can also get 10% off Pfizer Pediatric products and select 20th Century Fox DVDs (Ice Age: Collision Course, The Sandlot, The Peanuts Movie) at Target valid through February 20, 2017 through Cartwheel. Haven’t tried it? Now is the perfect time.

One of you can win a $25 Target gift card, Pfizer Pediatric products [Children’s Advil® Suspension, Grape, Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion, Children’s Dimetapp® Cough & Cold] and (1) 20th Century Fox DVD (such as Ice Age: Collision Course, The Sandlot, The Peanuts Movie) by entering the RC form below. Ends March 10. Good luck!
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Win Pet Prize Pack! #ADogsPurpose

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Have you heard about the new movie, “A Dog’s Purpose”? Are you planning to see it? Sounds adorable.  It opens January 27th, make sure you mark your calendars.

About the Movie

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.  The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.

Follow the movie on social media for updates! Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls).  The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.

Check out our newest addition, Teddy, as he graduated from his training class. I love this picture of him, so goofy and cute.

Here is a clip of the movie if you haven’t seen it yet-
The ones we rescue, rescue us. Watch the trailer for A Dog’s Purpose, in theaters January 27.

One of you can win a special prize for the pets in your life.

One (1) winner receives:

  • $50 gift card to PetSmart
  • A Dog’s Purpose Calendar, Bandana, T-Shirt, Tennis Ball Launcher, and Frisbee

Open to US mailing addresses only

Prizing and samples courtesy of Universal Pictures

Please feel free to use RC below to enter to win. Ends Feb 20, 2017. One winner per household. Good luck!

 
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