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Bonding While Building plus LEGOLAND NYC Recap

10 Mar

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We’ve had LEGO DUPLO  sets around the apartment since my girls were little.  I always loved watching them build their own creations.  As they got older, their creations got more elaborate (see my daughters “NYC and “Bronx Zoo” pictured above).  My oldest received her first LEGO Friends set for her Birthday this year and has become a LEGO fanatic. She loves spending time on the floor building with her dad and sister.  We’ve since acquired more models, LEGO’s have gotten us through this long and frigid Winter.  Building is an awesome after school activity that sparks creativity as well as a great way to learn patience, turn-taking,  and problem solving while following and reading directions.

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Not long ago we attended a Legoland event in NYC! When my girls found out about the event they were ecstatic.  We entered the venue to find incredible LEGO Models.  Some models were of the new attractions at LEGOLAND Parks.  After they met LEGOMAN, the girls headed over to build a Chima Model with Master Model Builder, Gary.  They had so much fun building with him, they didn’t want to leave with their model unfinished but unfortunately we had to go.  They next day, they finished their models and my oldest was so proud she insisted on taking a picture to show Gary if we ever saw him again!

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Prior to the event, I had no idea there was a LEGOLAND Discovery Center just miles outside of New York City, in Westchester.  There are more than fifteen attractions included in your admission.  Take a factory tour, check out the new Chima 4D cinema experience, explore DUPLO Village, or build and sing with your favorite LEGO Friends.  The Discovery Center would be a great family outing one weekend or a great adventure over Spring Break if you are sticking around. If you make it there, Master Model Builder Gary built the MetLife Stadium.

All images in this collage were taken by Josh Wong Photography at the event!

All images in this collage were taken by Josh Wong Photography at the event!

There are two Legoland Theme Parks in the United States; Florida and California.  We were at Disney World a few years ago but my girls weren’t quite ready for Legoland and didn’t have as much enthusiasm for LEGO’s then.  This summer we plan to head down there to check it out so I was excited to learn of the new attractions and experiences at LEGOLAND® Florida.  New attractions include:

  • The LEGO World of Chima just opened last summer.  It  features an interactive water ride, the “Quest for CHI”, a “Speedorz Arena”, “Cragger’s Swamp” water play area, a 4D movie experience as well as character meet and greet sessions. 
  • DUPLO Valley, a new expansion area specifically geared to toddlers ages 2 to 5, will officially open to guests on May 23, 2014, just in time for family-fun over Memorial Day weekend.  DUPLO Valley attractions will include the DUPLO Train, a tractor ride, a new splash & play area to cool off and the DUPLO Barn with indoor farm-themed play areas.

We don’t have plans to make it to California but if you are there and your kids loved the LEGO Movie as much as my girls did, be sure to check out the Lego Movie Experience at the LEGOLAND® Resort!

Is your child the biggest LEGO® fan you know? LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester is seeking twelve children aged 5 to 10 to be part of our new Creative Crew! The Creative Crew will assist our Master Model Builder, with important tasks at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester. Contest Ends March 21, 2014!

Is your child the biggest LEGO® fan you know? LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester is seeking twelve children aged 5 to 10 to be part of our new Creative Crew! The Creative Crew will assist our Master Model Builder, with important tasks at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester.  Click the image to find out more!

 Click the image to find out more!

Disclaimer: I received a family pass to visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester for attending the event however this did not impact my opinions, as always all opinions are my own.  Information in italics came from a PR representative or a LEGOLAND website.  All photos unless noted underneath are my own.

Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

26 Nov

My girls have worked on their wish list for some time now.  See their picks for this Holiday season below:

Madeline's Holiday Guide

Easy-Bake Oven, $54.99:  Recommended for ages 8+, however I think this gift might really be for me :). Read my story about Easy-Bake Oven here.

Ice Skates, $34.99 +shipping:  Since the Ice Rink at Brookfield Place started going up, my daughter has expressed great interest in learning and wants her own pair of skates.  I found Lake Placid adjustable skates on amazon.  Ideal, so she can use them next year as well!

Zeenie Dollz, $49.99: Each Zeenie Doll has a cause and passion for the environment. They are made with non-toxic and recyclable plastics.  A percentage of every sale will be donated to organizations working to preserve the environment and protect all animals and the places they call home. My daughter received Kazumi and loved learning about her cause; fighting to protect the polar regions and defend against global warning, so asked for more dollz to protect our earth.  Other dolls include:

  • Evee, Protector of the Skies and Defender against Pollution
  • Lina, Protector of the Rainforest and Defender against Deforestation
  • Sini, Protector of Farmland and Defender of Mistreated and Abused Animals
  • Yana, Protector of the Oceans and Defender of Marine Conservation
  • Zennia, also known as Mother Earth, is the protector of our planet

Flutterbye Flying Fairy, $34.99, temporary price cut at Target $27.99: Flower fairy brings love and beauty to all who fly her. Magically guide her through the air with the movement of your hand.  She launches easily from her charging base, and she twirls and dances for 5 minutes with a 25 minute charge.

Goldie Blox and the Parade Float, $19.99: GoldiBlox was created to help engage and continue to spark girls interest in science.  In this much-anticipated sequel, Goldie’s friends Ruby and Katinka compete in a princess pageant with the hopes of riding in the town parade. When Katinka loses the crown, Ruby and Goldie build something great together, teaching their friends that creativity and friendship are more important than any pageantIncludes a book series plus construction set introducing Ruby, Goldie’s best friend and princess-turned-engineer. Builds spatial skills, engineering principles, and confidence in problem-solving.  Comes equipped with 9 design ideas, a DIY project, and unlimited building possibilities. Compatible with all other GoldieBlox toys.

Personalized Glow Pet, $29.99 + 8.99 to personalize:  My daughter had a hard time adjusting to daylight savings.  It was hard for her to go to bed because she is scared of the dark.  She has a Dream Lite that she loves and gives just enough light and she counts the stars to help fall asleep.  We were shopping one afternoon and she saw a Glow Pet.  It’s softer to cuddle up with because it doesn’t have the hard plastic on top.  I saw that you are able to personalize them so they won’t get mixed up at sleepovers.

Zazoo Alarm Clock, $89.99 available at Babesta TriBeca:  My daughter has been asking for this alarm clock for quite some time.  It has many cool features: alarm clock, rotating digital photo frame, music & audio book capabilities, and naptime photo alarm setting.

UGG Australia, $120 :  As the weather gets colder and she sees her friends wear their UGGS, she decided she needed to add them to her list.  She said she wants a pair that sparkle and shine.  I love the purple Bailey Bow Lizard for her.

Pelas Holiday Guide

FuzzyNation Stella Pug, $85.99:  The picture says it all.  There is nothing my little one loves more than accessories that sparkle and dogs.  I can’t remember when my daughter discovered this dog at Koh’s Kids in TriBeCa but every time we walk past, she has to stop to see Stella displayed in the window.  I finally stopped to find out who designed it and found out it was FuzzyNation, bringing the pets we love to fashion.

Disney Talking Sofia the First and Friends, $39.95 at Barnes & Noble:  We watch Sofia the First at home often.  We have dress-up clothes , play sets and books so it’s no surprise she chose this for the Holidays.  The talking Sofia doll has over 30 phrases to share with her friends: Clover the Rabbit, Mia the Bluebird and Robin the Robin.  When her animal friends come close to her, her amulet will light up and they will talk to each other.  So cool!

Disney’s Frozen Pajama’s, $24.95: We went to a preview with the MOMS but had to leave because my oldest wasn’t feeling well and got scared in the beginning.  My youngest loved what she saw and definitely wants to go see it again when it comes out November 27.  Since seeing a little of the movie, she has asked for Frozen Pajama’s.  She will love the skirt that goes with the set from the Disney Store.

LEGO Duplo Neverland Hideout, $24.99 on YoYo.com: We love to spend afternoons building on the floor.  Although, all items on the list look extremely girls, Pela is obsessed with Disneys Jake and the Never Land Pirates.  She has asked for this set with Izzy and Cubby so she can build their hideout!

Kid O A to Z Magnatab, $21.39 on Amazon:  Wanting to learn to write like her older sister, the Magnatab will help her learn to write letters and hold a writing instrument.

Our Generation 18 ” Holiday Doll with Wrap, $22.00 at Target:  Along with accessorizing, my daughter LOVES her dolls.  When I’m folding laundry or  doing dishes I sneak up to find her laying in bed talking to her dolls or pushing her doll around while carrying her purse (playing mom).  The Our Generation Dolls are $80 less than American Girl dolls.  My oldest received one and of course Pela asked for one too.  I love the Holiday edition doll!

Our Generation Doll & Me Fashion Set, $29.99 at Target: Both my girls love dressing like their doll.  I had no idea Target sold Doll and Me clothes until recently.  My oldest received the pink skirt and grey sweater set.  The quality is nice, it’s is adorable, and it’s a great price.  Another matching set will definitely under our tree for Pela.

Crewcuts  by J. Crew Girls Glitter Bow Ballet Flats, $69.00:  My fashonista loves dress shoes.  She refuses to wear anything else.  She fell in love with the Gold Glitter Ballet Flats at Crewcuts.

Happy Wrapping this  Holiday Season!

Disclaimer:  I received samples of some of the products featured.  All opinions expressed are my own.  All links direct you to a site you can purchase the product from.  All photos and information in italics came from the linked sites.