(Review) Splish Splash Keeps the Heat of Summer Away with Chills and Thrills for All

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This past July 4th my family and I decided to spend the day at Splish Splash, located at 2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY. Since we are always looking for ways to cool off as a family in the New York area, Splish Splash was the perfect water wonderland for us. The drive took about an hour from Queens. Having done some research in advance of our visit to Splish Splash, I wanted to share some of that with you here. First, my 8 year old daughter shares her thoughts here (she actually typed this):

“It’s full of water. There are so many rides that you can’t’ go on all of them.  Splish Splash has the best rides ever. Lazy River was very relaxing all you had to do was sit on the floatie while it went down the river.  After that we went to eat ice cream and funnel cake. The funnel cake had tons of sugar.  Dinosaur Falls was a twirly slide it wasn’t that scary but it was really fun”.

Before you head out to Splish Splash, here are some hints and tips to make your time there as enjoyable as possible.

Arrive between 9:00-9:30 in the morning and get a parking space next to the picnic area. This was very important to us, as we are a family that keeps strictly kosher and no outside food is allowed into Splish Splash. The parking prices vary; $12.00 per day for general parking and $20.00 for a parking spot closer to the main entrance. The picnic benches are near right next to the general parking. The walk is not so bad, and besides, the kids get all excited upon seeing the water rides awaiting them.

Here are the prices for entry into the park. There are seasons passes available and you can find out more about them here

  AT THE PARK ONLINE (SAVE $2)
General Admission $39.99 $37.99
Under 48” tall, Seniors 60 and over $29.99 $27.99
Children 2 years old & under Free Free

Once you are in the park and you do not want to schlep a lot of gear around with you, lockers are available for rent. We chose a small cubby type locker for under $3. Being that this is a day full of moments you want to capture with your camera, bring them. You can find waterproof fanny packs online, highly recommended. As far as towels, suntan lotion, and other items are concerned, a small beach bag or backpack will do.

I want to express how impressed both my husband and I were with the safety at Splish Splash. There are lifeguards at the end of each water slide. Something else that we greatly appreciated was that height requirements were easily visible and the beginning of each water slide and attraction. On their website, they strongly recommend all Guests under 48″ or who are weak or non-swimmers wear Coast Guard approved lifejackets where appropriate. In the wave pool, all guests under 48″ are REQUIRED to wear a lifejacket and be accompanied by an adult. Lifejackets are available in Guest Services. A $40.00 deposit or valid photo ID is required.

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Since there are 98-acres of water fun at Splish Splash, a very smart and savvy mom friend of mine suggested starting at the back of the park first. This way, the lines are not as long. If you do not have special dietary requirements, there is no shortage of food at Splish Splash. We noticed a lot of families eating the homestyle french fries and dippin’ chicken.  Since we keep kosher, we did find some treats to enjoy as we sat down by the Lazy River.  The Dippin Dots ice cream is (kosher) and the Funnel Cakes are (OU-D). My very smart kosher keeping mom friend brought a cooler of food and went back to her car to have lunch. She was the one that also advised me to arrive early and get a parking spot next to the picnic benches. We really enjoyed sitting by the Lazy River while the kids had ice cream and funnel cakes. I was transported into a complete place of vacationing. I felt like I was a million miles away from my home, I didn’t want the moment to escape me. I also wanted to mention that the background music at Splish Splash is excellent. I thought it was Pandora, but I was informed by Splish Splash that they create the playlist on their own.  It was the perfect blend of music from the 70s to current musical artists of today.

Since Splish Splash has the entire family in mind, we spent time in a few different places that families with young children will want to visit. We spent a lot of time at Pirates Cove, which has an interactive pirate ship complete with water cannons, climbing ropes and slides that translate to hours of fun. Height restriction of under 44″ unless accompanied by a child.  The kids also really enjoyed the Octopus Pool, perfect for little kids. Height restriction of under 44″ unless accompanied by a child. Other rides we really enjoyed at Splish Splash:

Max TraxExtreme body slide. This was amazing. I felt my entire stomach drop, such a thrill! With a drop 50′ straight down, I wouldn’t expect anything less!

Dinosaur Falls – Tube Slide Grab your raft for a daredevil expedition into the wilds of prehistory. Fortunately, the water runs fast, so you should keep just ahead of the dinosaurs. Be warned: the only thing bigger than their teeth is their appetite! Height restriction 42” (under 42” with an adult must be able to hold correct riding posture). Weight limit of 250lbs single rider, 400lbs combined.

Dragon’s Den – This is the only ride my youngest was not able to go on during our visit. This tube slide does have height restriction of 48”, and a weight limit 400lbs combined. This does require 2 people in a tube. If you are an odd number of people, like we were, you can definitely find a nice person in line to accompany you too.

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Lazy River – This was also an absolute treasure, full of surprise sprays of water along the way. The heat was defeated and I was transplanted to what felt like a tropical island, yet I had never left Long Island. This is the most relaxing tube ride, set on the gentle current of a beautifully landscaped river. 

Dinasour Falls – This tube slide was one of my daughter’s favorites. This fantastic swirl of a ride had us giggling with excitement; each twist and turn brought forth just enough water to keep us cool.   There are height restrictions 42” (under 42” with an adult must be able to hold correct riding posture). Weight limit of 250lbs single rider, 400lbs combined.

The day went so fast and soon it was time for us to go home. Splish Splash is a place I would visit again and again. Whether you are a mom with a toddler, or a family with teens, Splish Splash should be on your agenda this summer.

If you do visit Splish Splash this summer, share your memories on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SplishSplashWaterPark or send them a tweet over on twitter at https://twitter.com/splishsplashwp. Check them out on YouTube as well. I have shared a video you might like right here in this post. Give you the chills, doesn’t it? With this heat wave, that is a chill you want to catch!

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here in this post are my own. I was provided tickets to the park in order to experience Splish Splash and provide this review.

 

(Review) Tropics in the Big City of New York

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Contributed by Lauren Finkelstein of Save1person.org

Prime Time Parenting sent this mommy blogger and world saver (www.Save1person.org) on another delightful and fun adventure in New York City. I was sent to scout out the best coconut drink for kids.

Lauren Finkelstein of save1person.org

Lauren Finkelstein of save1person.org

Recently, I was in the Dominican Republic on a short holiday. And one thing I love about the tropics is when the locals come around with a coconut and cut it in front of you, and serve you the coconut water. It’s delicious. Who knew there’s a company that makes a drink like this for city folk too.

Vita Coco makes such a drink. I went to their event promoting their new kid drink Vita Coco Kids, and I served it to my son and he gave it the thumbs up: healthy, tasty, and filling. Who knew the tropics could be as close as Target or Amazon. If you want a taste of the Caribbean without leaving your house, you may want to check out Vita Coco or Vita Coco for Kids.

The story behind Vita Coco is fantastic, you’ve got to read it. Bring the tropics to you and your kids, check out where you can find Vita Coco kids and why it is so good for your entire family!

Keep up with Vita Coco Kids on facebook too!

Disclaimer. This was not a paid post. Prime Time Parenting was sent to find out more about this product in order to write this review.

(Review) Great Shoes for Girls When Heading to the Beach this Memorial Day Weekend

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The Causeway in Gloucester, MA

The Causeway in Gloucester, MA

I feel like my kids have been waiting for Memorial Day Weekend forever. Since the kids were babies, we have always spent it on the beach in New England. Now that the girls are older, they have already shown how excited they are by modeling their newest additions to their beach attire; sandals and shoes. Even on a very rainy day, my daughter couldn’t resist them!

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This colorful sandal is The Stuart Weitzman Rose Water sandal. Yes, Stuart Weitzman! Perfect for the beach or just a stroll on the boardwalk, this shoe has just the right amount of ‘beach bling’ that my daughter wanted in a sandal. I am happy with the quality of the shoe, which includes:

• Textile upper in a thong sandal style with a rolled toe post
• Inner elastic goring panel for a secure fit
• 2 flower ornaments with rhinestone accents at vamp
• Smooth lining, cushioning footbed
• Traction outsole

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This sandal is available at Nordstrom.com, SRP $53.95, sizes 8-5.

For a more covered shoe that can go with an everyday dress or more of a fancy beach luncheon by the sea, the Michael Michael Kors Claret ballet flat is just perfect.

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My daughter is thrilled with how easy this ballet flat is to ‘slip on’. When I asked her if they felt comfortable, she said that it felt like she was “walking on a cushion”. This is welcome news, especially since her last pair of fancy shoes required my assistance in fixing the strap every time we she wanted to put the shoes on, and off. Some other qualities that I love about the Michael Michael Kors Claret ballet flat are:

• Slip on design for quick easy on and off
• Lining with cushioned footbed for maximum comfort
• Durable, flexible rubber outsole
• Fabric cap toe with sequin overlay and bow accent
• Elasticized topline provides a secure fit

The Micheal Kors Claret ballet is also available at Nordstorm.com, SRP $63.95.

No matter what you wear to the beach this weekend, travel safe, where sunscreen, and take a lot of pictures.

Disclaimer: I was received a pair of each shoe in to order to write this review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Shopping For Gifts And Finding Much More at Red Envelope

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I am not sure about you, but the last time I tried to go shopping for a wedding gift with my kids I almost ended up buying an entire shelf of glass. Not because that was my gift of choice, but because my daughter was in awe of them. I couldn’t blame her, but her toddler hands were not steady and things were getting extremely stressful in there. I spent more time taking things away from her than shopping for a gift. It is experiences like these that leave us with few options when in need of a gift for a bride and groom. What is a mom to do? I have two words. Shop online! Even better; shop Red Envelope.

Since I was looking for a wedding gift, I conveniently found a nice selection of items in a drop down menu under ‘occasion’. While I had a certain price range that I wanted to stay in, I did not want to skimp on quality or presentation. Something I really like about Red Envelope is that the product reviews are listed on the same page as the description of the product. After looking over the items in the ‘wedding’ category, I narrowed in on personalized items. I wanted to give this couple a gift that they could use a lot. I had to make a decision and my top choices were the newlywed cooking kit, personalized tree initials wall art, personalized family story wall art, and the personalized cutting board. You see a theme here?

Since this couple observes the Jewish Sabbath, every weekend would be a time for serving special meals. I remember how much I enjoyed these types of items. I thought about how much I loved the cutting board I had received and how my husband and I used it slice our challah every Shabbos. Now, the option to give a personalized challah board was just what I wanted. This particular cutting board from Red Envelope is solid, handmade in the USA from sustainable solid maple. The deep moat for juices is another way to keep savory dishes on-board.

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I had four different designs to choose from. One of them, the pig, was not an option (they keep kosher). However, the silverware cutting board with “fresh from the kitchen” on it was just perfect. I personalized it and added the name of the bride. This personalization design will be lasered into the center of the wood board. This is a nice size board, 20″ x 14″ x 1″H.

This entire shopping experience was a pleasure. The kids were with me the entire time, but they were busy coloring with crayons. No schlepping into the car, out of the car, and back and forth necessary. This makes a very tired mommy, very happy! I forgot to mention how beautifully packaged and wrapped gifts from Red Envelope are. You almost don’t want to unwrap them!

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Next time you need to ‘run out’ to get a wedding gift, start out your shopping excursion closer to home. Even within a budget, you can find great gifts for the newlyweds. They will ship it direct to the new couple. I know that shipping charges can add up, but you may be able to find some discount codes over here first. You can also do a Google search for ‘Red Envelope Coupons’.

Disclaimer: This was not a paid post. I was provided a code to try shopping online at Red Envelope. The opinions expressed here are my own.

DISNEY ON ICE Family Four-Pack Giveaway for Opening Night at Barclays Center

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I returned from Walt Disney World just one month ago, but it has been all things Disney since I have returned. First, the pictures from all of the things we did during out visit to the New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. I am still singing along to the songs accompanying the new “Under the Sea” ride from The Little Mermaid. Whether you have been to Walt Disney World lately, or you are planning a visit soon, I have got a great Disney Giveaway for you.
Family Four-Pack for Opening Night at Barclays Center

Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove, which is coming to Brooklyn, January 23rd-27th! Leave your suitcases at home, this is a local trip. Discover endless riches when an extraordinary lineup of stories from the Disney animated film vault comes to life right here in Brooklyn
This production has something for every Disney fan. See how easy it is to get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn as you enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land!

Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’Army of Cards. Yes, the magic of Disney animation is here for you to enjoy and celebrate with your family.

I am giving away a Family Four-Pack for Opening Night at Barclays Center and this is how you could win!
1. Leave a comment below with the name of the first Disney animated film you ever saw!
2. For more chances to win, tweet out:

I want to #win a Family Four-Pack to @DisneyonIce Opening Night @barclayscenter from @primetimeparent http://tinyurl.com/badrmez

3. Share this GIVEAWAY on Facebook using the icon below

4. Share on google+

5. “Like” Disney on Ice on Facebook

6. Follow them on Twitter

7. Watch a sneak peak of this show and other Disney on Ice performances on youtube

This giveaway is open for US residents only. Giveaway starts tonight, January 10th and ends on January 17th at 1159amEST.

Disclaimer: This was not a paid post. The opinions expressed here are my own. I did receive tickets to Disney on Ice Treasure Trove in order to review the show.

If you do win this GIVEAWAY, you can purchase tickets. Learn more about the talent and excitement of Disney On Ice at http://www.disneyonice.com.
You can purchase tickets, ranging from $30-$100, here at the Disney on Ice webpage.

Show Times for Disney on Ice at Barclays Center are:
January 23, 2013 7:00PM (Opening Night)
January 24, 2013 7:00PM
January 25, 2013 7:00PM
January 26, 2013 11:00AM, 3:00PM, 7:00PM
January 27, 2013 1:00PM, 5:00PM

Are You Ready To Win A Week-Long Cruise For Four?

Take the Dramamine® Travel Challenge and you could! Imagine, setting sail for free with four of your friends, or family? Also included, travel gear from Dramamine and other great prizes!

The folks at Dramamine have been putting motion sickness at bay for many travelers for as long as I can remember. While the fantasy of cruising is all that, experiencing motion sickness is nothing to write home about. Now, Dramamine would like to give their fans a chance to share their travel story and win a week-long dream vacation aboard a magnificent cruise ship! All you have to do is tell the folks at Dramamine why you wish you had used Dramamine® for motion sickness relief on a recent trip. C’mon, you know who you are!

Now, here is what you could win:

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a week-long cruise package for four (4). The cruise package includes airfare and additional expenses. 

Four Finalists will receive a travel package containing headphones,
an e-reader (Kindle Fire*), a neck pillow, eye masks and Dramamine
® products.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited by law. Eligible entrants must be U.S. residents and at least 18 years old. All entries must be received between 9:00 AM EST on June 11, 2012 and 5:00 P.M. EST on September 30, 2012. Odds of winning depend on number of valid entries. For a copy of the Official Rules, please go to the Rules tab or mail a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Prestige Brands, Inc., 90 N. Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533, Attention: Dramamine® Senior Brand Manager.
* Kindle is a registered trademark of Amazon Technologies, Inc

Dramamine is also available for kids!

Disclaimer: This was not a paid post, I just wanted to share a chance to win a cruise with my readers! Good Luck!

Madagascar 3 Screening With The Moms and Jada Pinkett Smith

Contributed by Lauren Finkelstein of save1life.org

Prime Time Parenting sent this mommy to an afternnon of a lot of fun and laughter. This was had and more at the screening of Madagascar 3: Europes Most Wanted. Sure, this is a kid movie, but it is really good for all ages. This movie will take you on a journey as four lost zoo animals from NYC, stuck in Africa who venture off to Europe trying to find their way home, only to learn their real home is with their fellow circus animals who help them along the way.

“Moms and the City”, really know how to bring back hip to mommy hood by presenting these trendy events to mom bloggers and press.

The “Moms” bought in the one of the stars of the movie, Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of Will Smith (Men in Black) to talk about the movie and her experience of motherhood. Right from the beginning of the questioning, a blogger in the audience asked Jada about her family’s past and addiction, (Jada’s mother is a former addict). Jada, like a champ, approached the subject with brutal honesty.

Jada told the bloggers & press, that from the time her children were six, she told her kids about addiction and her mother’s trial and tribulations combating this disease. Jada said that when she told her kids the truth about her mother’s addictive past, starting at a young age, it built confidence and trust in their own relationship. Jada believes this brutal honesty builds a foundation of trust for a lifetime with your kids. And I think Jada is wiser beyond her years.

From laughing to crying to having aha moments, the Moms Rock for presenting events that make us laugh and make us cry.

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.

 

 

 

The Marvel Avengers Take The Bronx Zoo This Weekend

The Bronx Zoo will be the only place in the US that will have the 4 costumed characters appearing from the new film Avengers Assemble prior to the film release of Avengers Assemble (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the HULK)!

The Avengers will be performing an EXCLUSIVE Bronx Zoo show “Marvel’s Avengers: Super Heroes Saving the Earth” at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 on Sunday April 29th on the Animal Tales Extravaganza Main Stage

Guests will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the Four Avengers at 12:30 and 2:30 both days in Dancing Crane Pavilion

Guest can visit the Main Stage for special Avengers prizing from Disney Pictures, Radio Disney and Wyndham Resorts including a limited-edition Avengers comic book and Avengers screening passes.

You can still get 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. For more information, go here.

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.

 

 

 

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
  2. LIKE Trumpeting Media on Facebook
  3. LIKE New York International Auto Show on Facebook

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.