(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) The Children’s Place Has The Styles to Keep Kids Cool This Summer

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to preview the summer collection from The Children’s Place in New York. Since we are already big fans of Children’s Place, we just couldn’t wait to see the latest and greatest styles for kids. We had just put our heavier polos, skirts, and tights away (yes, from The Children’s Place too) and were ready for the lighter fabrics for summer. We love that we can always find what we need here, and online, and with great prices too.

With two girls (little fashionistas) and one boy (he also has a flare for fashion) in tow, we found some great clothes and accessories to keep all of us cool this summer.

Sun protection is essential, so we stocked-up on these sunglasses and swim cover-ups
And hats

miara sunglasses

rhinestone sunglasses $3.00

swimming coverups

graphic rash guard $12.00

love this hat

Americana fedora $9.06

The girls just couldn’t resist these headbands

miara headband

triple crystal flower headband $3.00

The shorts and shirts for boys were just perfect, both price and style combined

tshirt

striped skull polo $7.00

pull on shorts

pull-on shorts $10.00

Flip flops for her

butterfly flip flops

butterfly flip flops $3.00

Since we put the winter pjs away, these lighter materials will keep the kids comfortable at night.

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mermaid nightgown $10.00

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ice cream pj set $10.00

Even if you can’t make it to the store like we did, you can always order online. Sign-up for updates and get special discount codes for your next order.

Disclaimer: This was not a paid post and the opinions expressed here are my own. I did receive gift card to shop at The Children’s Place in order to provide an accurate account of my shopping experience.

(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.

Look Up For Disney’s Planes On August 9, 2013

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Thanks to my friends at Disney Pictures, there is something from above the world of “Cars”. Up in the air is where “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing-and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013.

“Like” Disney’s PLANES on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyPlanes
“Follow” Disney’s PLANES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyPictures
Visit the website: www.disney.com/Planes
Disney’s PLANES releases in theaters everywhere on August 9th!

Skinny Cow Brings Licks and Giggles to Summer Heat Wave

The summer heatwave has all of us craving ice cream , any hour of the day. In fact, my kids woke up this morning and wanted nothing to do with cereal and milk. They were screaming for ice cream! I can’t say that I blame them one bit!

Last week, we tried out a new product from Skinny Cow™ and we were all screaming for more. Not only was it soothing and delicious (just look at these faces), it “beat the heat” and kept it away from us.

The journey to finding these delicious sizzling soothers was fun. We ventured out to a couple of our favorite retailers and found them at both Aron’s Kissena Farms and Target. My kids grabbed them from the freezer section, put them in the cart, and then we went home. These never made it into our freezer, the kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on them! The funny thing is, more of the chocolate got on them! That’s what stain removers are for!

We all devoured these savory ice cream treats within minutes. We tried the Chocolate with Fudge ice cream cone. The kids had a bit of a hard time unwrapping them, but it was worth the wait since it came out of the wrapper looking just like the picture on the package.

This is true to the description on their website. It is a Low-fat chocolate ice cream is beautifully scooped on a sugar cone and topped with rich fudge! Instant gratification!

Who is Skinny Cow? Since 1994, the Skinny Cow™ brand has made great-tasting ice cream snacks for dessert lovers who know that looking good and staying healthy doesn’t mean a life without indulgence. Since I am on the major weight loss wagon, enjoying a chocolate snack that is not going take all of my points is right on target. We will be trying out some of the other soothing ice cream snacks. You should check them out. You can see all of their products on their website http://www.skinnycow.com/products/

If you try these products, and love them, give them a shout out on Twitter, @TheSkinnyCow. You can also find them and “like” them on Facebook as well.

I was not paid to write this post, however, I was provided the coupons in order to review these products. The opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

Great Shopping and Free Shipping This Labor Day Weekend

Thanks to the folks over at FreeShipping.org, they have rounded up some Labor Day free shipping offers that will keep you smiling until next summer. Check them out! 

Lands’ End – Free shipping over $50.

JCPenney – Free shipping over $49 with code SHIP49

Pottery Barn – Free shipping on select items.

DSW – Free shipping over $35 with code SHIPR.

Kohl’s – Free shipping over $50 with code WOW50FS. (valid Sept. 2 to 4)

Nordstrom – Free shipping on all orders.

Zulily – Free shipping on orders of $60 or more with code FREESHIPZU855.

Nine West – Free shipping on all orders.

The Children’s Place – Free shipping on any order.

Victoria’s Secret – $15 off $100, $30 off $150, $75 off $250, $150 off $500 orders. Use offer code FALL11.

Spend a Nice Summer Night Out at The Herzog Food & Wine Tasting to Benefit Renewal

Looking for something to do on a beautiful summer evening in New York City tomorrow night? Herzog Food & Wine Tasting is the place to be. Sample food from many of NY & NJ’s finest restaurants. Taste their latest dishes alongside premium wine and hand-rolled cigars from the cigar bar.

The best part, besides all of the delicious food and wine, is that the proceeds from this event will benefit Renewal. Renewal has families in mind all the time. When the patient and family are overwhelmed by the pronouncement that one is suffering from irreversible kidney failure, Renewal is there to help. Why was Renewal started? With the increased frequency of transplants from non related donors, it was decided to start an organization dedicated to assisting people suffering from various forms of kidney disease. About three years ago through the initiative of a few caring individuals, Renewal was created.

Pomengranate Offers Summer BBQ Tips That You'll Kvel Over

 July 4th is just around the corner and BBQ grills everywhere are ready for the outdoor menu. For my family, this is the time of year when we pack up our kosher cooler with Empire Kosher chicken, hamburger meat, Empire hot dogs, and steaks and head out on the road. When we reach our destination, Gloucester, M.A, we get the kosher grill out of storage and fire it up.  Even if you are a seasoned BBQ cook, you won’t want to pass up this opportunity to gain a few more BBQ tips from POMEGRANATE, NY’s largest gourmet kosher retailer. Chefs from POMEGRANATE  will share some industry secrets about how to achieve the best BBQ results. 

The BBQ event will take place on Today, JUNE 29 at 6:30 PMRain date:  JUNE 30 (Open to the public; free of charge).  Come on over to the store’s parking lot at 1507 Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn and savor this gourmet outdoor kosher cooking event, part of its series of monthly culinary events being hosted by POMEGRANATE.    718-951-7112  .