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Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure Universal Studios

Red Fish Blue Fish MommyBKnowsBest

We are huge fans of Dr. Seuss, his books, and of course the new television show, Cat in the Hat on PBS Kids. So much so, in fact that when I asked Miss A what theme she wanted her 5th birthday to be she said, “Cat in the Hat.” And that’s exactly what we did. {I’ll post more on birthday party details another time.}

On our Spring Break trip to Florida in April, we got a Seuss-y treat when we arrived at Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure – Universal Studios. Not only did I get to do some research/gather party ideas, but we had a truffula-green-egg-and hammy-fish-splashing-whoobilee-sneetch-filled time!

Seuss Landing was magnificently themed, from the details of each ride, to street lamps, and signage. Here are some pictures from our fantastic few hours:

Seuss Landing MommyBKnowsBest

As you can see we enjoyed the Caro-Seuss-el, with it’s many Seussian creatures, but that wasn’t the only ride we had a great time on. Miss A and I really loved The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride, and all the fun Sneetches we got to see along the way, warning, this one has a really, really, really, long queue, but totally worth it to be able to ride above Seuss Landing and through the Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous, a very cool big top themed restaurant.

We also liked the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ride, well, all of us except Lil’ C, she wasn’t a fan of even the thought of getting wet, we ended the ride with a few tears, but Miss A loved making the fish car go up and down trying to avoid the water streams using the easy controls.

Red Fish Blue Fish MommyBKnowsBest

The only ride that really scared the kids was The Cat in the Hat indoor ride. We asked the ride attendee outside the entrance if the ride was “scary” or “very spin-y”. She told us that there were about 3 spins and they were mild. I guess we had a different definition of spin. For Lil’ C who is 2 and Miss A who was then not quite 5 years old, it was not a good ride. Both of them were a little scared from being spun around and all of the different pieces from The Cat in the Hat story moving or jumping out in front of us. I’m not sure what I would have thought if I was a kid, but it was a little intense for me. So just a warning if you have sensitive kiddos you may want to skip this one, but if you have daring, ride-anything children have at it!!

All in all, most of the rides in Seuss Landing were entertaining and enjoyable. We also loved the theming, play areas that were set up, and bush sculptures. Of course after watching The Lorax in theaters, we were very excited to also see parts of the book, {and movie accordingly} portrayed in Seuss Landing. Like the Lorax himself, the home of the Once-ler, truffula trees, and the, “Street of the Lifted Lorax Sign.” Miss A got super excited, because it’s one of the few movies she’s seen in the theater.

The Lorax MommyBKnowsBest

Honestly and truly, visiting Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure was like stepping into Dr. Seuss’ books, I only wish we had more time to enjoy more rides and details of this section of the park.

Don’t be a grinch!! Make sure you visit, and bring the kids to Seuss Landing when you come to Islands of Adventure Universal Studios, I promise you’ll have fun too!

And if you’ve been, we would love to hear your thoughts on Universal Studios Islands of Adventure as well. Leave a comment and make sure you visit my Facebook page http://facebook.com/mommybknowsbest for more pictures of our Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure Universal Studios trip. For the roller coaster fans, check out DaddyB’s site for his review on Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey, also at Universal Studios: http://www.thecoastercritic.com/2012/05/harry-potter-the-forbidden-journey-review.html

Thank you Islands of Adventure Universal Studios for having the B family visit. We loved our time visiting the park and the above opinions are my own honest words and thoughts. Your opinions may vary. 

Valentine’s Day in Charlotte – Weekend Away or Date Night?

GPI Valentine's Day

Living in Charlotte, North Carolina has it’s perks. I thoroughly enjoy raising my family here, have met some amazing people, and the city is just the right size, {for me}. Charlotte has so many different areas that appeal to many, and I hope my girls can grow up as Charlotteans.

DaddyB and I have not been on a date, with each other {meaning aside from our night’s out with friends}, in a very, very, very, very long time. And if I told you exactly how many years {yes years} it has been I know some of you would shout at me. So I’m keeping that info to myself. Needless to say, we have not ventured out on the dating scene here in Charlotte, however, my local site, TheCharlotteMoms.com affords me the opportunity to visit all kinds of great places here in Charlotte that I might not have seen otherwise. I’d love to tell you about two amazing places in and around Charlotte that I would highly suggest for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Harvest Moon GrilleIf you’re looking to stay in town, no matter the reason, and want great food I love Harvest Moon Grille. Not only do they tout, “Farm to fork” food, but their Executive Chef and Proprietor, Cassie Parsons puts her whole heart into her food, and you can tell. Named Restaurateur of the Year by Charlotte Magazine, Parsons not only manages the business side of things, but she’s also a local farmer and mom too. I was lucky enough to meet with her and enjoy some delicious dishes. Here’s some of the great food we tasted on our visit:

Harvest Moon Grille Collage

Make your reservations for Valentine’s Weekend or Valentine’s Day at Harvest Moon Grille here: http://opentable.com

GPI Valentine's DayIf you’re looking for something a little more romantic however, consider a weekend getaway without the kiddos. Asheville is close enough to have a great get away, but not too far from home and the kiddos. Asheville has a lot of great places that offer romantic settings, but I recommend Grove Park Inn. Grove Park Inn has a few Valentine’s Day packages that are already set up for you, but make sure you plan in advance, because spots book quickly.

Valentine’s Day Weekend events include their Starlight & Chocolate party, dinner at your choice of one of their fine restaurants, Valentine’s Dance with dance instruction, and “It Takes Two” cooking demonstration and a commemorative portrait to remember the weekend by. Also, add a special couple’s spa appointment to make it even more romantic.

Check out some of their package choices here: http://www.groveparkinn.com/Valentine and tell them you heard about them on MommyB Knows Best it’s definitely going to be a weekend you will remember.

Tiny Prints Holiday Party

Tiny Prints HolidayWith the holidays upon us there are so many different parties to attend. On my schedule we’ve had a Halloween play date, a couples Halloween party, a Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday party, and coming up we have a Thanksgiving Feast, Holiday Cookie exchanges, and other parties I’ve either been invited to or hosted myself for work, not to mention my own birthday party in December and parties that haven’t even been planned yet.

Last weekend, on behalf of one of my most favorite companies, Tiny Prints, I hosted a blogger holiday party and with a few tips I used it was a success.

Invite the Right People for the Right Event – If you are having a play date don’t invite people who don’t like children, pretty obvious right? However I’ve seen interesting mixes at parties because often times people don’t want to leave anyone out, but by being selective, {at times}, it can pay off. I invited some amazing bloggers including {in alphabetical order, so as not to show favoritism *LOL*} Faith, Jamie, Jessica, Kelley, Lisa, Maricris, and Susan.

Tiny Prints Attendees

Find a unique place or theme for the party – Sometimes when you are in a smaller city it’s hard to find new venues to host events at, and even if you choose to host events in your home, one key tip is to get creative. Thinking outside the box when it comes to venues and themes are what can make or break a party. Choose locations you wouldn’t normally think of but work out logistically and look on places like pinterest {which I have vowed to stay away from,} for ideas. I chose Fran’s Filling Station because the menu selection sounded different, and it wasn’t a chain and I’m so glad I chose it because the food and staff were amazing, and I’m dying to go back for round 2.

Find some entertainment or a purpose – While sometimes it’s nice to just get together with friends, when there is a purpose or something fun scheduled for a party people get even more excited to attend. At the Tiny Prints event, Chris Garner, local photographer and owner of TPS Photography, spoke about tips for photography which will not only come in handy for our blogs, but also for our own photos during the holidays. Whatever your purpose or entertainment make it a good fit for your attendees.

Tiny Prints GoodiesMake sure the guests leave with something in hand – aka Goodies. We all love them, let’s face it, when you leave a party with a goodie bag you get a little excited. Recently, I went to a Mom’s Night In, where we made pies and the hostess made pie pops {like these from Bakerella} and although my girls didn’t get to go to the Mom’s Night In {for obvious reasons}, they were able to enjoy the goodies. And I must say for this Tiny Prints event the goodies were pretty awesome! Read More

Discovery Place Kids – Can Can’s Masquerade

Baby C Dress Up

Above ALL else, my girls favorite activity for play time is playing dress up. No matter if it’s trying on fancy dresses and shiny, plastic jewelry, or wearing their favorite character costumes, they could play dress up all day long. They have danced, ran errands with me, and even eaten in their dress up clothes, and if I would allow it I’m sure they would have slept in them, tiara and all, {ouch!}.

Miss A Dress Up

 

 

 

 

Lucky for us, my girls ultimate dream is coming true. The biggest dress up night of their lives {yes all 4 years for Miss A and 1.5 for Baby C,} is coming on October 21st, and you can come too!

 

 

Discovery Place KIDS' Can Can

Can Can, Discovery Place KIDS’ awesome mascot, invites you to her Masquerade Ball at Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville. Put your fancy pants on, shine your dancing shoes, and get ready to celebrate the Museum’s one-year anniversary!

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served for the young and young at heart. Masks and costumes are welcome but not required, but of course you know my little ones will be dressed up for sure, and maybe mommy and daddy too!

Friday, October 21, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

Purchase tickets online http://www.discoveryplacekids.org/events/event/18/Can-Cans-Masquerade-Ball or call 704.348.1994 to purchase over the phone and for additional information.

Cost per ticket is: $25 per child (ages 1-13 years) & $50 per adult (ages 14 and up).
*Children younger than one are free

All proceeds from this event will benefit the educational programming at Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville.

So won’t you join me and my “dresser-uppers”, Can Can, and The Charlotte Moms {who are giving away 2 tickets through 9/25} for this fun night to celebrate Discovery Place KIDS’ first birthday?! We would love to see you come out and support the community and have fun with the kiddos too.

What are your child(ren)’s favorite characters to dress up as?

Birthday Bash – Sweet Tooth Unique Confections & Gifts

Sweet Tooth LogoFrom the first moment I walked into Sweet Tooth: Unique Convections & Gifts, I felt like I was at home in my hometown at a quaint cafe. I not only love the relaxed setting but the shop has so may great dimensions from Sweet Tooth’s own yummy treats to the cozy book corner, and even some amazing local crafts and gifts.

I really feel at home with I am at Sweet Tooth, perhaps because Sweet Tooth is a family-owned business. Located off Route 77 in Huntersville, North Carolina,  shop owners and parents, Sean and Diane Cox, make sure every customer is a satisfied one. They really make you feel like you’re one of the fixtures rather than a customer with dollar signs all over them, {that would look pretty funny wouldn’t it?}.

At Sweet Tooth, you will be tempted by such treats as DeLuxe ice cream, a variety of coffee and espresso drinks made from freshly-roasted Dilworth Coffee beans, a wide selection of SUGAR FREE items, and an array of both health-conscious and sinfully- sweet freshly-baked pastries.

Sweet Tooth is a great place to go to for your birthday party needs, they created these amazing owl pops for Baby C’s party made from moon pies, chocolate sprinkles, M&M’s, and white cookies. I was thoroughly impressed with the look for the finished product!

Sweet Tooth Huntersville Owl

Sweet Tooth not only makes great creations for parties, but they also have a party room, on-site that customers are able to rent out, while not a great location for a child’s party it would be great for teens and up!

If you’re in the area, I recommend you go check out Sweet Tooth’s warm shop and be sure to tell them MommyBKnowsBest sent you!! Find them here: http://www.sweettoothhuntersville.com/

What’s your favorite sweet treat for birthdays?

I received samples from Sweet Tooth in order to complete an honest review of their products. This in no way changes the opinions expressed in this post. The opinions in this post are mine and mine alone. Your opinions may vary.

Charlotte Nature Museum Giveaway {CLOSED}

Charlotte Nature MuseumThis past week our family had the opportunity to visit the Charlotte Nature Museum and we had a ton of fun, visited with beautiful owls, got to touch Texas tortoises, and even crawled through groundhog holes! For our complete review and more pictures check out my post on The Charlotte Moms here:

If you’re interested in getting your own tickets to The Charlotte Nature Museum, you know you want to! WIN 5 tickets for admission to the Charlotte Nature Museum.

How To Win:

Using the ENTRY FORM directly below this post (NOT the comment form), submit your name, an email address that you check regularly, and the entry/entries you are submitting all at the same time. There is no need to fill out separate entry forms for each item you complete. *Please note the Mandatory Entry MUST be typed into the form BEFORE you can qualify for additional entries.


Giveaway ends March 17th @12:00 am. The winners will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

 

New Pictures of Discovery Place KIDS and a note

DaddyB, Miss A, Baby C and I went to Discovery Place KIDS for the first time as a family. I was able to go to a few places that I had missed during the Media Day, checked out the Nursing Nook (which is amazing) and we also got to see a fun show put on by the Discovery Place KIDS volunteers. Here are a few NEW pictures from our most recent trip:

The Doctor’s office that we somehow originally missed, had a working scale, eye exam chart, a baby weigh station, sink and fun pictures on the wall!

Discovery Place Kids Drs. Office

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Discovery Place KIDS Sneak Peek

Discovery Place KIDS LogoI kept a secret from you…shame on me!! But I was actually invited earlier this month to attend the Discovery Place KIDS media event. I was ecstatic to be able to check out this great new children’s museum, (the only children’s museum in the greater Charlotte region.)

Sorry adults you must be accompanied by a child to be admitted, so if you’re not a parent you need to find a pint-sized cutie to borrow for the day (legally please!)

Have you ever considered purchasing a membership to the Discovery museums? Membership is available, but not limited to all three museums including Discovery Place (science center in Uptown), and the Charlotte Nature Museum near Freedom Park and Discovery Place KIDS. I’ve been eying the family membership to at least Discovery Place KIDS because if I take Miss A at least 6 times just the three of us (Baby C is free since she’s under 1) then we get our money’s worth. ****WARNING Insanely long post to follow with some greataction photos, prepare yourself! This is my longest post to date since there is so much to tell you about. (I’m hoping to make a post with just pictures or segments on each exhibit in more detail so be on the lookout in the future.) For photos only go to my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/mommybknowsbest Read More

Discovery Place KIDS Opening Weekend

Discovery Place KIDS LogoI’m beyond excited about the opening of Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville, North Carolina this weekend. Every Sunday we pass the building on our way to church and both Miss A and I have been waiting to see the “Now Open” sign up. Well, guess what??? This is the weekend!

At 9:00 AM Saturday, October 23rd, Discoverpy Place Kids will open it’s doors to the public for the first time. Discover Place Kids is the only children’s museum in the greater Charlotte region and is the third Discovery museum member in the Charlotte area among it’s older brother and sister Discovery Place (science center in Uptown), and the Charlotte Nature Museum near Freedom Park. Read More

Little Gym of Huntersville / Lake Norman

The Little Gym of Lake Norman/HuntersvilleCommunity, health, and teamwork are three important things that I strive to teach my girls on a daily basis. I never knew until recently that I could get this trio of values all rolled into one, until I enrolled Miss A in classes at The Little Gym of Lake Norman/Huntersville.

Here’s a story about  how we started attending The Little Gym, (maybe you can relate): It was a dark and stormy night, wait, that’s not the right story. Let me try again, once upon a time…in a land filled with toys, there was a desperate mother who loved her children, and knew a very big event was upon her. She feared that the toys would over-run her entire house as Princess A’s third birthday was drawing near. So what did this poor mother do, you ask?? She pondered her options, analyzed the Princess’ favorite activities, and then realized that it would be wise to ask the royal grandparents for birthday money towards programs at The Little Gym of Lake Norman/Huntersville instead. What a smart mother!! Read More