Family Travel Stories

March 11, 2012
by Traci Bisson
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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Have Fun with Alice and Friends!

You’re invited to a TEA PARTY with Alice, the Mad Hatter, and all their friends!

Put on your party clothes and join us for “tea,” cookies and a fun, interactive experience with the cast of Alice in Wonderland!

Hosted by the Winnipesaukee Playhouse and Meredith Bay Coffee House.

WHEN: Sunday, March 18th
WHERE: at the Meredith Bay Coffee House
FOR: families with boys & girls ages 2-7
TIME: 45 minute sessions beginning at 10:00am until 3:15pm
COST: $15 for one parent & one child, $8 for each additional family member

For more information, or to register visit www.winniplayhouse.org.

February 8, 2012
by Traci Bisson
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The city of Dover has been named one of the top 100 communities for young people


The America’s Promise Alliance 100 Best Communities for Young People, presented by ING, recently recognized Dover, NH in a youth engagement study of 100 Best Communities.

 
The city was judged on many areas that focused on providing young people with opportunities to succeed. The America’s Promise Alliance is a national group that says it’s dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.
 
Watch the recent special on WMUR TV Channel 9 about this honor.
 
Congratulations Dover!

December 1, 2011
by Traci Bisson
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And the winner is…

Thanks to all who enetered our giveaway for the LEGO KidsFest tickets. And the winner, picked at random is…Steepledog. Please email me at traci (at) themomentrepreneur (dot) com to collect your prize.

Congratulations!

November 27, 2011
by Traci Bisson
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We are giving away tickets to LEGO KidsFest December 2-4

Are you attending LEGO KidsFest? The answer has gotta be YES! My kids are crazy about LEGO, and yes my husband is too! It does not matter your age, LEGO KidsFest in Hartford, CT at the Convention Center is the place to be next weekend.

We are giving away two tickets to the Sunday Session #2 (12/4 3:00pm-7:30pm). Just leave a comment below mentioning that you would like to win the tickets. A winner will be picked at random and announced on this blog on Thursday, December 1st.

What is LEGO KidsFest?
The LEGO KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to the Connecticut Convention Center December 2-4. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Universe and LEGO Games, group builds such as Creation Nation and the Mystery Mural, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space. 

Check out some of the activities happening this weekend:

  • LEGO Model Gallery: 40 life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
  • Mystery Mural: build a piece of a giant mural to help reveal the image 
  • Race Ramps: build your own custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family 
  • LEGO Games Arena: roll the dice to play LEGO board games
  • Construction Zones: creative free build, play and display areas
  • LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
  • LEGO Retail and KidsFest Marketplace: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
  • Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
  • Brickscapes: fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets
  • LEGO Universe: become a custom LEGO Minifigure in this multiplayer online game
  • And much more, covering over 150,000 square feet of space

Tickets are $18 for kids and $20 for adults. Children under 2 years of age are free.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.LEGOKidsFest.com.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below mentioning that you would like to win the tickets and then check back on December 1st to see if you are the winner! Good Luck!

November 18, 2011
by Traci Bisson
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Be sure to visit the Gift of Lights at NH Motor Speedway this holiday season

New this year to New Hampshire is the Gift of Lights at NH Motor Speedway located in Loudon.

Gift of Lights, an event that features more than a mile of lights, with hundreds of animated and sparkling displays,  kicks off its first season on November 18 and runs through the first of the year. The park will be open Mon. – Thur., 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Fri. – Sun., 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Your family will enjoy the variety of animals and holiday scenes, from dancing dolphins and gingerbread figures to nutcrackers and flying reindeer while listening to holiday music on 89.7 FM. The event is also not complete without a drive through the lighted tunnel.

Kids with Santa and Jerry Gappens, Exec. VP of NH Motor Speedway

There will be hot chocolate and other refreshments available as well as photo opportunities with Santa and other holiday characters at Santa’s Village at the end of the tour – located in the Speedway gift shop.

Admission is $15 per car; $1 per person for buses, with a $20 minimum. Get $2 off admission when you bring three canned goods to donate to New Hampshire Food Bank.

In addition to a fun, family event, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. The Gift of Lights event will also be a Salvation Army collection site.

For more information, visit www.NewHampshireGiftofLights.com, or like their Facebook page for special announcements, contests and discounts.

September 29, 2011
by Traci Bisson
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Free scary face pancakes return to IHOP in October

IHOP announced today that participating restaurants nationwide will serve up ‘no tricks – just treats’ this October, featuring a month-long celebration with pumpkin pancakes as well as All-You-Can-Eat Buttermilk pancakes, culminating in a free Scary Face Pancake giveaway for kids 12 and under on Friday, October 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (one per child).

Additionally, parents can sign up all month-long on ihop.com for a wake-up call on October 28 from Count Spatula with a friendly and fun reminder about the free Scary Face Pancake giveaway.

“We are celebrating fall traditions in a tasty and playful way,” said Natalia Franco, IHOP’s senior vice president, marketing.  “Our ‘no tricks – just treats’ October is a seasonal celebration designed to excite the senses with unique additions to our regular menu and thank our guests for their loyal patronage with our free Scary Face Pancake giveaway.”

Count Spatula was the winning name chosen from more than 1,000 entries to the “name-the-Scary-Face-Pancake” contest last October.  The Count Spatula Scary Face Pancake is an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake.  It will be offered throughout October and, like all IHOP Kids menu items, is less than 600 calories.  On October 28, kids will be treated to a free Count Spatula Scary Face Pancake as an early Halloween treat.

For more information or to find an IHOP restaurant near you, please visit www.ihop.com. Prices may vary by location.

September 16, 2011
by Traci Bisson
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The 136th Annual Rochester Fair Starts September 16th!

It’s that time of year again – cooler weather, apple picking, pumpkins and the Rochester Fair. Midway rides, live entertainment and fun for the whole family for only $10!

The 136th annual Rochester Fair runs Friday, September 16th thru Sunday, September 25th. From midway rides to live entertainment and grandstand shows, the Rochester Fair is a time-honored tradition.

Live entertainment includes the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show, the Hollywood Racing Pigs, the Barnyard Cackle Review and live Circus Hollywood shows under the big top!

Admission and all mechanical rides is only $10 per person. Grandstand shows to see Monster Trucks such as Big Foot along with demolition derbies starts at $6.

WHEN: September 16-25, 2011

WHERE: Rochester Fair Grounds, 72 Lafayette St., Rochester, NH

FOR INFORMATION: www.rochesterfair.com

DISCOUNT: Visit www.facebook.com/rochesterfair and “like” the page for a special discount food coupon.

August 25, 2011
by Traci Bisson
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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day – free tickets

Smithsonian Magazine is offering Museum Day on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Register on their website to receive your free Museum Day ticket for two people to the museum of your choice. They have many places to choose from in NH, MA and ME as well as many other states. Another great opportunity to spend quality educational time with the family at a discount!

To learn more, click here…>

August 16, 2011
by Traci Bisson
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Bring your family to Futures at Fenway on August 20th

Pawtucket Red Sox mascot Paws (left) high-fives fans from atop the dugout before the PawSox game during Futures at Fenway.

This Saturday, August 20th, the Boston Red Sox will host their sixth annual Futures at Fenway, presented by Xfinity, Minor League doubleheader at Fenway Park.

Beginning at 1:05 p.m., game one will feature the Red Sox AA affiliate Portland Sea Dogs taking on the Binghamton Mets from the New York Mets organization. The second game will showcase the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox battling the Syracuse Chiefs, an affiliate from the Washington Nationals organization.

The afternoon of baseball will allow fans to enjoy moderate ticket prices starting at just $5, discounted concessions, and a fun-filled family atmosphere. Children in attendance will have the chance to take part in various activities throughout the day. From on-field promotions to autograph sessions with the stars from both games, fans will be a part of the action.

To learn more and purchase your tickets, click here…>

August 10, 2011
by Traci Bisson
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Back to School with Shaw’s: Pack Up The Fun With Your Kid’s Lunch

My kids go back to school in about three weeks. Of course the summer went by quickly, as we expected, but we are enjoying what little time remains.

I am trying to prepare myself mentally and financially for going back to school, including spending less time with the kids, new clothes, fall sports and having to pack a lunch for the kids every day.

Our friends at Shaw’s offer tips and suggestions on how to make back to school lunches fun, affordable and most importantly, healthy.

Involve The Kids!

  1. Let the kids choose some options at the grocery store for their lunches (within reason). Kids are more likely to eat foods if they’ve been involved in selecting them.
  2. Let your kids participate in the creation of their lunch (i.e. make homemade trail mix with dried fruit and nuts or make homemade granola bars).
  3. Kids will feel that they’re playing an important role when they’re involved in packing their lunch – and it’s less likely to end up in the trash.
  4. Let your child choose a new fruit or vegetable they haven’t tried before – for example, a colorful pomegranate or star fruit.
  5. Make sure lunch is balanced. The new USDA food icon recommends half your plate be full of fruits and veggies, ¼ protein, ¼ whole grains, 1 dairy serving
    Make sure every food group is being met.
  6. Get a cool lunchbox. Kids will be excited to eat lunch if they’ve got a hip lunch bag/box.
  7. Choose a Rainbow of Color. Choose a different color each week (maybe month) and pack based on that (i.e. if September is red try for new fruit that resembles that color like watermelon, strawberries etc.)
  8. Serving fruit? Cut it up, there’s a better chance the kids will eat it – apples, pears, peaches, etc

What to Pack?

  1. Mini Pizzas – Your kid will be the envy of the lunch table when they whip out a nutritious pizza for lunch! Try adding marinara sauce with a sprinkle of cheese to a whole grain English muffin; warm in oven, let cool and it’s ready to wrap and pack
  2. Quesadilla – Add anything leftover from last night’s dinner! Cheese, veggies, grilled chicken. Pack with a a chunky veggie salsa.
  3. Switch Up The Spreads – Instead of using mayonnaise, try light pesto or hummus on your kid’s sandwiches – they taste just as great with half the fat.
  4. Pita Pockets – Instead of using bread to “sandwich” their meals together, switch it out with whole grain pita pockets – they’re fun to hold and portable! Pack the pita separate from the contents so it doesn’t get soggy.
  5. Pin-wheels – Another fun spin on a sandwich is to create a variety of healthy wraps (think turkey, hummus and avocado) – to make the wrap extra enticing, cut it into small bite-size pin wheels. Also try whole-wheat wrap pin-wheels with peanut butter and apple slices.
  6. Pasta – Kids love pasta – choose whole grain varieties! Pack it for lunch with marinara sauce + parmesan cheese.
  7. It’s All About Shapes – Let’s face it, kid’s love playing with their food, so why not make it fun for them? Try cutting their favorite sandwiches in various shapes (i.e. circles, triangles, etc.) – use large cookie cutters to get even more adventures with the shapes (i.e. dinosaurs or hearts).

Snacks in the Lunchbox or After School Snacks

  1. Fruit Kabobs – Cut up fruit into bite size pieces and put on a tooth pick or popsicle stick for a colorful lunch addition. Serve with honey or peanut butter to dip.
  2. Cheese & fruit on a stick in different shapes.
  3. Veggie Trees – with hummus, salsa and/or sour cream.
  4. Sweet potato fries
  5. Apple slices + yogurt dip – Make dip with light vanilla yogurt, peanut butter, cinnamon and raisins.
  6. Smoothie – Chocolate milk + frozen banana + peanut butter OR frozen strawberries + vanilla yogurt + soy milk.

About the Expert:
Jennifer Shea MS, MPH, RD is the Retail East Dietitian for SHAW’S on the East Coast.

Shea’s passion for health and wellness has led her to positions as nutrition and fitness consultant, nutrition expert and counselor, health educator and public speaker. She has worked with groups ranging in size from 1-200+ in both community and corporate environments. Shea is a source for local and national TV, radio, online and print media.

Jennifer currently resides in Boston, MA and is a long-time native to New England. In her free moments, she enjoys spending time outside running, hiking, relaxing at the beach, cooking, learning about food and wine, boutique shopping, listening to music and traveling. Shea has completed 9 marathons and countless half marathons around the New England area.

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