Monthly Archives: January 2015

Legoland Florida and Epcot – Our First Time

Epcot at nightWe go to Florida, a lot.  And each time, since we are there for a long time, we go to the Disney parks, or visit the different attractions there.  With so many activities in Central Florida, one can get overwhelmed.  This visit was no different.  We finally went to Legoland and for the first time, we visited Epcot at Disney World.

We were lucky that our friends were going to Legoland and invited us to tag along.  I was not sure about Legoland as I had heard it is a lot of rides for older kids, but frankly, Legos are fun for any age, even us older kids.  There is a Duplo young kids section too with younger kid rides.  I liked Legoland more than I thought I would.  I20150102_133012n fact, compared to SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens, I think I liked it better.  Parking was easy, and you walk in, and there is plenty to do and lots of play and build areas for little and big kids, and the rides are either family oriented or for thrill seekers.  There is something for everyone!   I highly recommend and loved the apple fries at this location – oh my god! So yummy.  Everything is pricey here, food-wise, so pack your own snac20150102_163419ks.  They allow you to bring your own food.  For lunch and dinner places near Legoland, there are plenty of places for family dining in Winter Haven, and surrounding areas.  The historic Cypress Gardens are also open for touring, and on a beautiful sunny day in Central Florida, Legoland, walking around the miniature lego towns was so much fun.  The space shuttle (made of legos) takes off!  Santa and his sleigh, complete with Rudolph and gang, made entirely 20150102_141633with legos is a great place for a photo.  We absolutely loved Legoland and high recommend it.  Legoland opens at 10am and closes at 7 pm.  Those are short hours for some to pay so much.  For me, this was a good thing.  It forced me to leave instead of wearing myself down and killing the family by squeezing in “just one more ride.”  Oh and be ready to hear the song, “everything is awesome,” over and over, but Legoland really is awesome, so no one minds.

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cities and landmarks built with legos

 

 

For the first time, we went to Epcot. We visited Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom in the past, and of course, everyone with young children visit Magic Kingdom.  We didn’t think the kids would enjoy Epcot when they were younger, but we actually liked it now that they are a little older.  20150105_145020Epcot is one of the largest Disney theme parks and requires a lot of walking, and the popular attractions and rides have a 40-inch height requirement so we are glad we waited until the kids were older and taller.  I am impressed with how many characters are available for autographs and pictures, but the lines are generally insane, so get there about 10 to 15 minutes before character arrival.  We kept missing all the times, and since Epcot is so spread out, we got to the characters too late. So, plan your walking/running accordingly.  I recommend getting your fast passes early and picking Test Ride Pluto4and/or Soaring.  You can only get a fast pass to one of these, but you can always pick an early time for one and then try to get a fast pass for the other one right after the right ends.  You will not need a fast pass for much else, but since we picked them out a few days beforehand, we went ahead and got a fast pass to the main entrance ride. This is the one that takes you inside the giant “golf ball” called Spaceship Earth.  We got one to the Nemo ride but you will not need it.  We also rode the fun, educational rides in and around the Soaring area, but you do not a fast pass to those rides/exhibits other than Soaring.  20150105_150605There are so many indoor places/displays for the kids to play on computers, displays, and create things.  It was really a fun place, and since we worried about rain, Epcot was the best park in case it did.  Sure, the world pavilions area is all outdoor walking, but there are plenty of indoor activities here, more so, I thought than any of the other parks.

20150105_152458For the food, it is pricey like Disney food would be, but there is a variety at this park compared to any other because of the world pavilions – Italian, German, and Mexican.  the kids loved our little boat ride in Mexico.  It was like “It’s a small world” without the annoying song playing over and over again.  Finally, we got to see Mulan and we really could not see Mulan anywhere else – she is in theMulan2 China pavillion every few hours.  The girls walked with Sleeping Beauty, and the only character we missed was Minnie.  Maybe we will catch her on our Disney Cruise for Spring Break. Stay tuned….

 

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Fat Cat’s Westminster #FatCatsFun

LogoFatCatI posted about Fat Cat’s in Westminster last week. Today, my family and I were able to go out and try bowling for 2 hours and we received our promo of 2 pitchers of soda, and a pizza with that.  Our shoe rentals were also included.  This is the Family Deal they are currently offering for up to 6 people and includes shoe rental, and 2 hours per lane.  For the four of us, it was a great deal.  We were able to bowl three games, and my husband finally broke 100 with his high score in the third game, so we all left happy and encouraged. 🙂

20150130_155846_resizedThe girls and I played a round of glow in the dark golf first, played some arcade games, and then took to the lanes.  The kids can have bumpers and a special ball roller to make it easier for them, and fun to learn bowling.  I didn’t bowl my best game, but we had a great time!  The girls were out of school and the weather didn’t cooperate all day, so it was nice to blow off steam, and do a variety of activities.  Now, my eldest is considering having her birthday party at Fat Cat’s Westminster.  I liked the pizza, but it could not feed more than 4 people.  So, if you have a party of 6 or more, you wil need more food.  Pintoro’s Cafe is a grill and bar inside of Fat Cat’s and boasts a decent menu with a variety of food and drink options, and M-F, til 3pm, they have special prices on appetizers, food and drinks.  Their prices are overall very reasonable on food and drink.

20150130_164901_resizedIf you check in on yelp, there are deals to Fat Cat’s, and many websites have BOGO coupons for the activities.  So, give them a try.  If you have up to 6 people and want the family fun deal, check out the coupon here, and for $69.99, you get two hours of bowling for up to 6 people, shoe rentals, two pitchers of soda or lemonade (you can add some money for an upgrade to beer), and a pizza. You can use this deal between 11-8pm.   It’s an economical deal, especially on weekends when the prices for bowling per hour/game are a lot higher.  20150130_155830_resizedThis deal expires tomorrow, so head out to Fat Cat’s Westminster for family fun soon.  I hear the snow is coming, so have some family fun indoors.

Disclaimer: I was compensated 2 hours of bowling, shoe rentals for the four of us, 2 pitchers of non-alcoholic beverages and a pizza in exchange for this review through USFamilyGuide.com. The opinions and views expressed are my own.

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Fat Cat’s Westminster – A great place on a cold, snowy day

LogoFatCatWhen the kids are out of school, and the weather outside is not so delightful, we like taking the kids to Fat Cat’s in Westminster to burn off some steam, and have great family time too!  We went over Thanksgiving break, and plan to go some more as the weather cools down again.  We played mini-golf there which is quite fun for younger kids learning to putt-putt.  It’s glow in the dark, pirate mini-golf.  We played the video games and laser tag game which is very neat and the prices are reasonable for the golf and laser tag games.  1t1a8402fatcatsThe Fat Cat’s Center boasts a snack bar with food, and a full bowling alley!  There is something for everyone, and now, with this deal, you can take the whole family for dinner, bowling, and great fun!   I saw their party packages when we last went, and they are reasonable and have a variety of activities for kids of all ages.

You can sign up at http://www.fatcatsfun.com/free_stuff for your next Birthday party and Fat Cat’s will even send you a free Birthday gift!  Also, go check them out.  Right now, with this coupon from Colorado Kids.Com, you get the following:

Family Special 69.99 per lane – 2 hours of Bowling and shoes for up to 6 people
2 pitchers of soda
1 Large, two topping pizza
Offer good for up to 6 people 11am-8pm

Disclaimer:  Colorado Kids moms-connect provided free family bowling and the package above for our family in exchange for this post and a future review of our experience.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Pick up Service from #Walmarttogo Grocery – It really is quick!

I posted before about Walmart Grocery To Go! delivery, but I have never tried pick-up service. I tried home delivery four times, and you can read about all my experiences on Get Clued In!  So, this time we tried pickup to see if it was really a “game changing time saver.”  It really is.

20150110_123124It worked great! And we did it with our kids in tow!  When the weather is nice like it was today, roll up your sleeves, head out to run errands, and make a quick 5 minute or less stop at Walmart Curbside pick up, and get all your groceries before you head home.  Make sure to register here for Walmart Grocery To Go, so you can set up your account, so when you are ready to order, you are good to go!   Pick your store, the one you will either pass by on the way home from work, or running errands, and you actually give Walmart a 4-hour window for pick up.  They call you at the start of your window to let you know to call them when you are 15 minutes out.  Once you are 15 minutes out, call them, and when you get there, you pull into a special marked area, and voila!  They come out, review your order, and load your car.  We had our items and loaded into the trunk within two minutes of arrival.  No fuss, no muss, no standing in long lines, no trying to find all you need from various Departments.  It is all ready for you and best of all, it’s FREE!  Delivery is approximately $7, and pick up is free.   And, they even gave ua free gift for our loyalty – a little Walmart care package.  Wow!  What a treat!

20150110_123117Holiday rush at the store? Fret not, order everything you need on-line. Oh, and be sure to indicate which items you are okay to substitute out because if they do not have the one you ordered, are you okay with generic or another brand?  Make sure to put that in, and check out. You pay on-line when you check out, but you are not charged until pick up because they might not have all your items.  Worked like a charm for us!

20140316-231926.jpgWhether you choose home delivery (a truck like the one pictured to the left will deliver all your goods to your home), or pick up service, save time, money, and hassles of traffic and lines of holiday grocery shopping, and order from Walmart Grocery To Go. Reduce stress of the new year and spend time on things that matter.

Disclaimer: As a participant in the Walmart Grocery to Go program, I’ve received a personal invite and payment for my time and efforts in creating this post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.  Don’t forget to CLICK HERE so we both get a $15 credit at WALMART To Go! 

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