A Week Full of Some Great Disney Fun in New York

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Ahhh, Disney. Even though it has been over 3 months since I was at Walt Disney World, I am still living off the sweet memories I experienced while there. Every time I see another friend posting pictures from a Walt Disney World vacation, I go back to my own trip and smile. Everybody should have such sweet memories from a vacation. I seriously felt like a kid again. I actually was a kid (too many years ago to mention) when I first exprienced the magic of Walt Disney World.  Last week, I experienced more Disney memories. This time, the memories were created right here in New York.

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Last Thursday night, I can’t tell you who had more fun at Mickey’s Music Festival, DisneyLiveNYNJ at Madison Square Garden. The songs, sights, and scenery were fantastic. Some of my favorite characters from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Toy Story had my entire family (husband included) dancing in our seats. The show was narrated by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck. I love how classic Disney so nicely blends with the newer Disney characters. This show is running in the tri-state area until March 31! Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Retail Locations, the arena Box Offices or by calling 1-800-745-3000. To discover more about Disney Live! go to http://www.disneylive.com, or visit them on Facebook and YouTube. @DisneyLive is the Official Twitter Feed of Disney Live!

Speaking of new Disney characters, Wreck-It-Ralph has also made our lives that much sweeter this week. Since my kids have been on vacation and I work from home, keeping them busy while I’m busy is challenging. When two new books from the film arrived this week, my son just about flipped  He absolutely loved Wreck-It Ralph. He even had the opportunity to meet his two favorite characters, Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, while we were at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios last December.  Now he has something from the movie that he can’t put down!

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ONE SWEET RACE ($15.99 – available wherever books and eBooks are sold)
Explore the charming video-game world of Sugar Rush, from Disney Animation Studio’s latest film, Wreck-It-Ralph. This jacketed picture book features an original story about the film’s spunky heroine, Vanellope von Schweetz, as well as illustrations by one of the artists who worked on the film.

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* WRECK-IT RALPH READ ALONG STORYBOOK AND CD ($6.99 – available wherever books are sold, eBook available at Barnes & Noble and iTunes)  Jump into the action of the latest Walt Disney Animation Studios film Wreck-It Ralph with this exciting storybook and CD set! Video-game bad guy Wreck-It Ralph wants to be as beloved as his game’s good guy, Fix-It Felix. But when Ralph tries to prove he’s a hero by winning a video game medal, his actions spell disaster for the entire arcade! Featuring sound effects and the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch, this thrilling read-along brings the action of Wreck-It Ralph to life!

These new books have brought the film back into our home. I just love seeing how my son follows along with the storybook. His big sister has already read One Sweet Race to him a dozen times. He also really loves the illustrations which were created by one of the artists who worked on Wreck-It-Ralph. I also enjoy explaining to my kids about the creative animation team behind these memorable Disney characters. Who knows? Maybe one day they will grow-up to be illustrators!

Disclaimer: This was not a paid post. I was provided the tickets to review Disney Live! as well as the books to review. The opinion expressed here on my blog are my own.

Extended Clip from Disney’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

Disney Oz Picture

 

I just received this extended clip from Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful. My 5 year old saw it and can’t wait to see it again. This is a great movie for the entire family.

Thanks to my friends at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for sharing this clip with me.

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Hanukkah Hangout Brings Bloggers Together for a Night of Giving, Crafting, Creating, and Sharing

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Right before the busy stream of Hanukkah events began, Jewish bloggers gathered together at the Hanukkah Hangout for a night of Giving, Crafting, Creating, and Sharing. The price for entry was a toy for families affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The evening started out with a welcome by Hanukkah Hangout co-hosts Jodi Samuels (jdeal and Metroimma) and Abbey Wolin and Esti Berkowitz (SweetUP). What better way to get better acquainted than using no more than 140 characters as the perimeters. The crowd of bloggers represented both traditional and online media. In traditional blogger event style, iPhones, Androids, and iPads shared the event as it was happening using the hashtag #hhangout. Once all of the introductions had been made, the bloggers started “creating”.

Abbey Wolin, SweetUP co-founder and founder of Not2Shabbey.com, gave a quick demonstration on how to take an ordinary piece of glass and make into something special. While some bloggers were with Abbey, the other bloggers competed in the Manischewitz Chanukah House Decorating Contest. Bloggers were split up into teams and created their own Chanukah House.

The bloggers were having so much fun creating and schmoozing that some of them did not get a chance to finish decorating their Chanukah Houses. However, the Chanukah Houses that were completed before the end of the evening were judged by a friend of our host for the evening. The decision was challenging, as each house had a unique and attractive design. The winning house was selected and the winners (Jessica Bernstein, Rafi Bernstein, and Gloria Kobrin) took home this beautiful kosher Godiva Chocolate package as their prize.

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Thank you to the sponsor of this prize package, LeChocolatier, http://www.lechocolatieronline.com/sweet-holiday-planter.html. You can also save 10% on your order by using the code hhangout when you check out!

The winning house!

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The neighborhood of Chanukah Houses created at our event

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Not to worry, each Chanukah House is still eligible to win the Manischewitz Chanukah House contest. All photos can be uploaded easily to the Manischewitz Facebook page up until December 15th. Who couldn’t use an extra $500 this year? Besides, it is a lot of fun and a great activity for a Hanukkah party!

Manischewitz also has a fun Chanukah Cookie Decorating kit that your kids will just love. Just make sure they use their fingers to spread on the icing, not to eat it. Yes, this is the mission impossible!

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Thanks again to all of our wonderful bloggers that came out to join us for the evening! Also, thanks to all of our fantastic bloggers that were tweeting and facebooking along with us that evening.

This holiday, consider giving back to those that suffered from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Many, many families have been affected and finding the extra time and money to give their children a gift this holiday season has had to take a back seat. Now, we can all help make this holiday special for them.

All toys collected from this event were donated to Achiezer.org.

LEGO Family Challenge, part of the LEGO Wild Forest at the Bronx Zoo this Summer!

One of the best ways to keep my kids busy when we unplug from all technology is a big vat of LEGOS. When my kids are building and creating, I am happy. Tomorrow, my kids will get the chance to check out how long it will take them to build their favorite animal out of LEGO bricks at the Bronx Zoo. What better person to learn the tricks of the LEGO trade than LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger. He will at the Bronx Zoo to compete with other families to find out who is fastest! Dan will offer tips and challenge participants to build wild animals including poison dart frogs, giraffes, and more.

Come join us!

Dates & Times: July 21, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; August 11, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: World of Reptiles lawn

For additional information go to: http://apps.bronxzoo.com/lego/

To save 10% on tickets, go to: https://tickets.wcs.org/mainstore.asp?vid=0&cid=1036 

And to get more fun facts, information, photos and more, “Like” Bronx Zoo on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bronxzoo

Disclaimer: Primetimeparent is participating in a sponsored ambassador program from the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium. As a part of this program she has received paid advertising compensation, a premium family membership and merchandise for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to programming.

Does your Child Have Any FRESH Recycling Ideas?

contributed by Audrey, givememmilk.com 

We don’t have to throw away our Fresh Direct boxes anymore. Fresh Direct wants to stir your children’s imagination with their “Family Fun Photo Contest”.  

It’s a classic experience for a child to receive a gift where they are more interested in the box it came in. The box becomes… a car… fort… doll house… These are only the beginning of what a child can dream of when given a box.

 Fresh Direct knows this. And they are crazy curious about how their young buyers are recycling their boxes once the Fresh Direct top quality items have been removed. 

Fresh Direct is more than convenience, more than everyday supermarket products. Fresh Direct carries a beautiful Kosher selection, gluten-free & organic health foods, local farmer’s market and baby items in their Baby Boutique. 

Enter & Win
“LIKE” Fresh Direct on Facebook
Enter a photo of your little creative master with their recycled box masterpiece by May 31, 2012.

Please visit www.GiveMeMilk.com & www.PrimeTimePregnancy.com & “follow” author on Twitter @GiveMeMilk @PrimeTimePreggo

Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored post.

 

 

 

Great Events Kick Off This Weekend at The Bronx Zoo

This year, I am WCS Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium Blog Ambassador and I will be sharing their schedule of events and discount tickets, when available. Yes, a 20% discount – running from April 17th – May 6th, which provides a great short term discount on Total Experience tickets that will only be available for this time period.

This weekend at the Bronx Zoo kicks off with a Meet & Greet with Yo Gabba Gabba! and Storybook Fun with Curious George! That’s not all!

Your kids will love the Mainstage: Storybook Fun with Curious George. This is a high-energy, interactive live performance featuring songs, games, storybook readings, fun dances and lots of audience participation with one of today’s most popular storybook characters!
11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm

Adjacent to Grizzly Bears Meet & Greet with Yo Gabba Gabba!Meet Brobee, Toodee and Foofa from the rockin’. pre-school series Yo Gabba Gabba!
2:30pm and 2:30pm at Dancing Crane Plaza

Each weekend of Animal Tales Extravaganza includes an array of activities for families and children. The zoo’s Dancing Crane Pavilion will be transformed into an intimate story time corner, presented by Plum Organics.

Zoo-goers can take a break and read from a wide variety of animal-themed books from Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and Hyperion. Children can then stage their own animal tale with a puppet they create at the Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschools crafts area.

In addition, this year features a special production – Avenue ZOO – featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q.

Running each weekend on the zoo’s Asia Plaza Stage, Avenue ZOO highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in a fun, entertaining way. It is a musical tale in which Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not as scary as she thought. Avenue ZOO performances will be at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. each weekend from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, Sept. 9

Also, the main stage has something for everyone throughout the spring season. Highlights of this season’s main stage entertainment include:


· April 21 and April 22 – Storybook Fun with Curious George
· April 28 and 29 – Marvel’s Avengers: Heroes Saving the Earth featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and HULK
· May 5 and 6 – Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego: We Did It!
· May 12 and 13 – Sportacus from Sprout’s Lazytown
· May 19 and 20 – Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve
· June 2 and 3 – Ferdinand the Bull
· June 9 and 10 – Barney™ Sing-Along
· June 16 and 17 – Super Sprowtz™
· June 30 – Spider-Man takes over the zoo

I know that my kids love any opportunity to meet and take pictures with will their favorite personalities. At the Bronx Zoo, the Dancing Crane Pavilion has meet-and-greets scheduled with top children’s entertainment characters including Yo Gabba Gabba; Marvel’s Avengers; Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego, Sportacus from Sprout’s Lazytown; Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie; Buddy the T-Rex from Dinosaur Train; Maisy Mouse; Olivia™ and more.

Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken will present favorite songs from his collection along with Music Unites Youth Choir of Women’s Academy of Excellence on Saturday, June 2.

Actor LeVar Burton, host of the Peabody award-winning series Reading Rainbow will make an appearance on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 for a special storybook reading. LeVar will share his favorite tips and techniques to encourage young readers and host a special preview of the new Reading Rainbow iPad book discovery and reading application.

Find a full listing of Animal Tales Extravaganza dates and times is available HERE. For hour, direction and more info, go to: www.bronxzoo.com. Plus, buy tickets online and save 20% HERE.

I am so thankful for The Wildlife Conservation Society. Founded in1895, their mission is to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. During their 115 years, they have forged the power of our global conservation work and the management of our five parks in New York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. They currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Their parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, and help the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

This year, put The Wildlife Conservation Society on your agenda when in New York. Beautiful, fun, meaningful, and educational for the everybody!

Keep up to date with events at The Bronx Zoo on Facebook. If you tweet, follow them on Twitter @TheBronxZoo. Keep up with my adventures at The Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Zoo and Queens Zoo @primetimeparent.

 Disclaimer: My blog is participating in a sponsored ambassador program from the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium. As a part of this program I have received paid advertising compensation, a premium family membership and merchandise for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to programming.

 

 

 

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New York International Auto Show Ticket Giveaway! Kid Friendly and Fun!

If you will be in New York from April 6-15, you will be in town during the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center 11 & 12 Aves between 34-40 Streets.  This is an event that you can enjoy with your entire family. This year, the New York International Auto Show is even more kid friendly and here are some ways that your entire family can enjoy them!

 Plan ahead and check out the floor plans and schedule of events. You can schedule naps, snacks, feedings, and lunches so nobody gets too cranky!

If your kids like fun activities like simulators, video games, and movie cars, this is the place to be! I know my girls will appreciate these types of things and my 4 year old will be in awe of the movie cars.

 

If you have an iPhone, check out the iPhone app and have all the important show information fit in the palm of your hand.

 Share images of your family at the auto show. Filming and photography is allowed and encouraged.

 This event is stroller friendly and kids 2 and under are free.

 If you have never been, or this is a yearly event for your family, I am giving away 4 tickets to The New York International Auto Show. It is so easy to win.

  1. SHARE this contest with your friends on FACEBOOK
  2. Tweet out this GIVEAWAY on TWITTER:

I want to go to the @NYAutoShow and I just might #WIN 4 Tickets from @primetimeparent here http://bit.ly/4wxe8y

Extra Entries – Increase your chances to WIN

  1. Follow @primetimeparent @trumpetingmedia @nyautoshow on TWITTER
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Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. I did receive 4 tickets to The New York International Auto Show for sharing this post. This contest is open to US residents only.

You can also check out the New York International Auto Show on youtube.

 

FREE Mama Doni Concert At Streit’s Original Matzo Factory This Sunday, March 18!

PASSOVER PALOOZA! Lively and Unleavened!
WITH THE ORIGINAL MATZO GIRL, MAMA DONI

March 18 – At the Original Streit’s Matzo Factory, Lower East Side, NYC

Is it possible to make Jewish holidays fun and engaging for children? Yes, and I am proud to personally know one of the best and most talented musicians doing that today. Mama Doni and The Mama Doni Band. They are reaching Jewish children and their famliies as Jewish holidays are happening. Here are what other people are saying:

Her stage name may sound as if it belonged on a jar of pasta sauce, but Mama Doni is an indisputably Jewish performer. Doni Zasloff Thomas in real life, she specializes in putting a Jewish spin on all kinds of musical styles, including reggae, rock, disco and Latin.” – The New York Times

New Jersey’s Mama Doni makes a zany musical chicken soup of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer, and other styles.”
The Boston Globe

“Not since Woody Allen’s Radio Days has American Jewish youth culture been celebrated with such a sublime mix of silly and substantive.” – Miami Herald

Join Doni Zasloff Thomas, a.k.a. Mama Doni, in kicking off Passover 2012 with Passover Palooza, a free event at the original Streit’s Matzo Factory, 150 Rivington St., NYC, celebrating Jewish culture with a high-energy Mama Doni show, a tour of the matzo factory, a Behrman House Publishers Jewish book fair, giveaways of matzos, macaroons, CDs, and posters, and more!

Streit’s, the famous New York City family-owned matzo company, has been making matzos for 87 years, and, of course, Mama Doni loves matzo. In anticipation of Passover, Streit’s and Mama Doni present a new kids’ music video, “MISSION IMMATZOBLE,” all about the quest for Kosher for Passover food:

Mama Doni is the lead singer/songwriter of The Mama Doni Band, honored with a 2011 Parents’ Choice® Award for their recent release, Shabbat Shaboom, and winner of the Simcha Award for “Inspiring Joy Through Music” in competition with more than 100 bands from 15 different countries at the 2008 International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. The band celebrates Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in its interactive family rock concerts filled with catchy pop songs that break the mold of traditional Jewish music. Quirky, offbeat, and unpredictable, The Mama Doni Band offers up a contagious and unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer and “Jewgrass” – all woven together with a hip Jewish sensibility.

PASSOVER PALOOZA WITH MAMA DONI & THE MAMA DONI BAND

FREE MAMA DONI FAMILY CONCERT, STREIT’S MATZO FACTORY TOUR, & BOOK FAIR

WHERE: Streit’s Matzo Factory, 150 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002

WHEN: Sunday, March 18.

1:00 p.m. FREE Family Concert (geared toward kids ages 12 and under and their families).

2:00 p.m. Streit’s Matzo Factory Tour and Behrman House Publishing Jewish Book Fair.

ADMISSION: FREE FREE FREE FREE

INFO: 718-813-7170 http://www.mamadoni.com

Elmo’s Birthday Party and Elmo’s World: Favorite Things DVD Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago I went to a birthday party with my kids. The guest of honor, a three and half year old red monster named Elmo. I think I was more nervous and excited than my kids. 

The party location was at the Sesame Street corporate offices in Manhattan. When we arrived to the party room, it was full of moms, kids, press, and all out fun. There were two very talented balloon artists (I think that is what you call them) creating balloon versions of Elmo and Abby. In an adjacent room, a couple of long tables were full with young children coloring and creating projects with stickers. The food included Apple & Eve, Sesame Street themed juice boxes, Earth’s Best cookies, birthday cake, and more. We were only able to eat the items that had the kosher symbol on them, which included the Apple & Eve and Earth’s Best products. My 5 year old daughter kept asking everybody if the food was kosher, what a little mamala she has become! I kept looking around because I knew that the guest of honor would be making his appearance at any moment. My 3 year old son was with me on that one.

An announcement was made and we were treated to sneak peak of Elmo’s World: Birthdays,” from Elmo’s World: Favorite Things DVD. My kids loved the video, and we even have a copy to give away (see instructions below). 

Following the presentation, Leela from Sesame Street introduced Elmo. He is even cuter in person. They sang a couple of songs together, which the kids just loved (and so did I!). Then, the lights were dimmed and a woman came walking into the room with a very nice cake and 3 and a half candles for the Muppet of honor. You can see it in the video below. Elmo made a wish, and the crowd was invited to meet him. Imagine an entire room full of kids gitty with excitement. I was thrilled to have my kids in a picture with so many Sesame Street Celebrities! Leela, Elmo, and Elmo’s creator Kevin Clash. Pinch me now! 

Leela Sings Happy Birthday To Elmo

Once again, my daughter, at this very moment, inquired if the cake was kosher. Yes, in fact, the cake was from Costco which has a kosher bakery. Sweet, but that’s not all. 

We were provided with a goody bag of Sesame Street goodies complete with the new DVD! For all of you families looking for a great family vacation, Beaches Resorts for Everyone by Sandals has kids programs like the Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street. I want to go! These fun activities include: Birdwatching with Big Bird, Story Time with Elmo, Weekly Parades, Sesame Street Character Breakfast, Character Tuck-ins with Sesame Street Friends, and Birthday Parties with Sesame Street Friends. I can’t wait to check it out! 

Do you have a favorite Elmo moment? Share that with me in the comments below and you could win a copy of Elmo’s World: Favorite Things DVD. For more chances to win: 

  1. Follow @primetimeparent, @sesamestreet, and @sandalsresorts on twitter
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    I just might win Elmo’s World: Favorite Things DVD from @primetimeparent, she is gving away a copy at http://bit.ly/4wxe8y 

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 This contest runs until Saturday, February 25, and ends at 12:00am. This contest is open to US residents only. 

I was not compensated for this post. The opinions posted here are my own.

Sharon Osbourne and David Arquette Help Unveil New Disney Junior Toy Line at Toy Fair 2012

This past Monday, I had the opportunity to cover a very special Disney Junior event for Nancy Horn, a.k.a., themamamaven.com. When she asked if I could cover this event for her, I said “yes” the minute I heard Disney mentioned (and he even had a chance to finish her sentence). I still remember my first visit to Disneyland (over 35 years ago). The other day my sister found our original tickets from 1971! Like most of the world, those memories transport me back to my childhood and times with my family. Now that we are all living away from home and we insist that our parents call us when they get home, memories from simpler times are golden. As a mom, I am now sharing these wonderful moments with my children. Even after so many years, Disney continues to make me feel like a kid again. I was so thrilled to see and hear first hand some very exciting announcements from Disney Consumer Products. Continue reading