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A Wet n Wild Saturday at Emerald Pointe #WetnWildEP

On Saturday we took the boys to Wet-n-Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, NC. I grew up going to Emerald Pointe but hadn’t been in almost 20 years. It was the same as I remember just a little updated. When we walked into the park they were playing music that was popular during Joe and my childhood. It was a fun flashback to our childhood, except this time we had kids.

We had a private cabana that overlooked the wave pool and the kids loved watching all the people cheer when the bell would ring before a big wave.

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The boys spent a good bit of time reading over the park map to find the best rides and areas of the park to visit. Because all of our boys are still rather small we stuck primarily to the kid-friendly areas like Happy Harbor and the Kiddie Wave Pool.

Simon loved the Happy Harbor Slides, probably because they had orange slides and orange is his favorite color. Noah loved the geyser/volcano in the Kiddie Wave Pool. That boys is obsessed with all things volcanoes. Jude liked the Soak Zone because of the water squirting guns. Joe and I did take Jude on a few of the more exciting rides like Scooter Run and Serpentine Slide. And of course we had to take a trip down the Lazee River, my personal favorite. I think we all enjoyed the Leisure Lagoon. There was something for everyone and we all had a great time.

We paused for lunch in our cabana and took full advantage of the services provided by the cabana like a private locker, shaded table and wait service for food and beverages.

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By the time we left all the boys were exhausted but so happy with our trip. They were asking when we could come back again. Three of our 4 boys passed out before we even hit the interstate, that’s a sign they had a great time.

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• Gate price: $38.99
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Disclosure: I received free media passes. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

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Sesame Street Live Review – Raleigh, NC

This morning I took the boys to Sesame Street Live at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. We had a great time dancing along with our favorite Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster and Big Bird.

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The Let’s Dance show gave kids and their parents the opportunity to dance throughout the show encouraging everyone that they could dance and to just be themselves.

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Our favorite part of the show was the robot dance. Noah exclaimed, “MAMA, there are REAL robots!”

The show lasted about 1.5 hours with a 15 minute intermission which was just about perfect for all the small children in attendance.

There are 2 more Sesame Street Live shows in Raleigh this weekend and then they move on to another location.

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Disclosure: I received free media passes to list and review this show . The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

A Long Weekend

Like many Americans we enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend at the beach… well about 30 mins of our long weekend at the beach. With the purchase of our zoo membership we also get into the NC Aquariums free. So on Saturday we took a 2-hour road trip to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. I was surprised that the traffic to the beach was fairly light, I guess everyone drove down on Friday.

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Anyway, we had a great time at the aquarium and only left because everyone was getting hungry. The plan was to eat lunch across the way at the Fort Fisher Recreational Park and Beach access. However, the rain clouds rolled in right as we got out to eat lunch. As it sprinkled on our picnic table we quickly ate our lunch. The rain briefly stopped so we decided to take the boys to at least see the ocean. The waves were really rough and the clouds were dark but we promised them the beach. We spent about 20 minutes on the beach before the rain started up again, but not before everyone got sufficiently sandy.

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Since our beach trip was a bust we decided to head north to Wilmington where we just missed the rain. We stopped to get ice cream at Kilwins and then walked along the river front.

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The boys were so awesome the whole day and we all had a great day trip to the beach despite not actually being on the beach that long. Of course, all of their good behavior wore off just as we started to drive home. No one napped, not even Abel. Everyone was cranky but we made it home in time for dinner and bed. It was a pretty great day. The boys have already requested to go back to the beach on a day when we can actually play in the water and sand.

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Discount Code for Sesame Street Live (Raleigh, NC)

Sesame Street Live is coming back to the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC  – June 3-5

If you didn’t win my giveaway don’t worry I have a special discount code for my readers.

DISCOUNT
Use promotional code ERNIE in the discount offer post for $3 off select tickets.

*Offer excludes Sunny Seats. Cannot be combined with other offers or used on previously purchased tickets. Additional fees may apply.

    • Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

TicketsTickets can be purchased online at ThePNCArena.com, the PNC Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.
$18, $25, $35 – Gold Circle Seats
$62 – Sunny Seats
*Ticket prices include a 6.75% sales tax.

All children 1-year and older are required to have a ticket for entry.

Parking
Cars and Vans: $15

Disclosure: I received free media passes to list and review this show . The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

Sesame Street Live comes to Raleigh, NC – GIVEAWAY

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Sesame Street Live is coming back to the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC  – June 3-5

Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the Robot,’ Cookie teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Favorite friends join the audience on the floor – dancing with fans, not just for them. It’s Sesame Street Live like you’ve never experienced it before!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win 4 tickets for one of the upcoming Sesame Street Live performances at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Ends 5/17/16.

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Giveaway ends on May 17, 2016. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

    • Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

TicketsTickets can be purchased online at ThePNCArena.com, the PNC Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.
$18, $25, $35 – Gold Circle Seats
$62 – Sunny Seats
*Ticket prices include a 6.75% sales tax.

All children 1-year and older are required to have a ticket for entry.

Parking
Cars and Vans: $15

Disclosure: I received free media passes to list and review this show . The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

Beach Getaway

This past week Joe and I (along with Abel) got to take a short trip to the beach to attend a wedding. Joe was a groomsman in his friend’s destination wedding and we got to take advantage of the wedding destination! Abel got to come along for the ride since he is still breastfed and doesn’t always sleep through the night. Plus he’s never been to the beach before.

We stayed at the Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. I grew up going to Wrightsville Beach (or the surrounding area) so it’s kind of nice going some place familiar. I basically know my way around and I know some great places to hang out or dine. Although things have changed quite a bit over the past 25 years that we’ve been vacationing in the Wilmington area.

Overall, we liked staying at the Shell Island Resort. All of the rooms are on the ocean with a great view, they are also all suites meaning they have a kitchen/living/dining and bedroom. This was great because we were able to set up Abel’s pack n play in the living area and we had the bedroom all to ourselves. The wedding was held on the beach in front of the resort so all we had to do was walk downstairs to attend the wedding and reception. This was great because when it was time for Abel to go to bed I just took him upstairs and Joe got to stay at the reception. Although our room was directly over the reception hall so we could very clearly hear all the dance music. Luckily, everything wrapped up around 9:30pm. We liked our stay at Shell Island it’s not the nicest hotel we’ve stayed at but it was a good getaway and we might even consider taking the whole family back sometime.

In addition to all of our wedding duties we got to go out and do a little fun exploring in downtown Wilmington. I’ve always love walking around downtown there are so many great little shops and restaurants right on the river front. Although this time it seemed as if a lot of the unique shops had disappeared and been replaced with more touristy shops. I was kind of disappointed but we still had a great time walking around, enjoying the gorgeous spring weather.

It was nice to get away even with 1 child in tow. (He was a big hit at the wedding!) I missed the boys a lot but I was glad they all didn’t come with us. They got to stay home with Grandma and Grammy (2 grandmas for 1 weekend) they were super excited!

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Big Fun Inflatables – Knightdale, NC

You may or may not know that our family lives in my childhood home. When my parents built this house back in the late eighties there wasn’t much in our small town. Now 20 something years later we have all of the necessities you might need on a daily basis. But up until recently if you wanted to something fun to do you’d have to drive into Raleigh.

But now Knightdale, NC has a bounce house and party center, Big Fun Inflatables.

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Big Fun Inflatables is a local family owned business (ahem, my awesome neighbor!) They have a great facility in Knightdale where you can join open play, host a party, enjoy a parent’s night out and more. They also have a bounce house rental service so you can bring the bounce house party to your house/location.

Last year for Jude and Noah’s birthday party we rented a bounce house for our back yard party. The kids had an absolute blast.

 

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Big Fun Inflatables opened their Knightdale facility in January and we were fortunate enough to go to an pre-grand opening event and the boys had so much fun.

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I’m considered renting the party space for one of the boys’ birthday this year because I know they love it and it really is a great deal for a birthday party.

So if your in Knightdale or East Raleigh you should totally check out Big Fun Inflatables, your kids will love it!

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I received no compensation for this post. I just think my neighbor is awesome and want to help promote her business.

ABC11 Science Club

As a homeschool family we are always looking for new resources to expand and make learning fun. I’m thrilled to share out newest resources, The ABC11 Science Club.

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The ABC11 Science Club, sponsored by BASF, is an interactive experience targeted to students in grades 4 to 6. Our goal is to make science fun, and bring it into homes across the Triangle. Each week our host, Lily, demonstrates science experiments on air and invites viewers to follow along! Segments air on Wednesdays during ABC11 Eyewitness News at 4:28 pm EST.

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A few of the experiments are:

What we love is that all of these experiments are easy to do at home and can be recreated with thing you most likely already have on hand.

This week plan on starting the Avocado Tree project. I’ll try to keep you updated on our progress.