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15 May 2014

Push Away The Screen: Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate

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Push away the screen and head on down to the Tampa Bay Times Forum where you can catch the first tour stop of Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate! The new Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate, is coming to Tampa Bay on May 15- 18, and our city is the first stop on the 17 markets that they will be heading too!

The Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate show looks to have a wide range of characters for all my kids to get excited about! Everyone from the Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto will be there as well as a few friends too: Toy Story’s Buzz and Woody, Alice, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum from Alice in Wonderland, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen will celebrate a jazzy Mardi Gras jubilee, and Mickey will help celebrate Chinese New Year with Mulan and Shang!

Check out the Let’s Celebrate show this weekend and celebrate kids being kids and enjoy the show. It’s is sure to bring a smile to everyone who is in the audience!

And if you want to keep up with the show in real time, they will be on Twitter with #DisneyonIce and #LetsCelebrate

For more reviews of the show, visit a few Tampa blogger friends of ours at TampaMama, DadScribe and MommyGuru!

Tickets are still available as of May 15, 2014 for Tampa Bay.

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22 Dec 2013

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus present CircusFit for Fit Kids Everywhere!

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Each year, we go to see the Circus! I am always in awe of the performers and what they are able to do! This year, they come to America with a 90-city tour, that begins here in Tampa Bay with their new show: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends! This show is set to let you eyes feast on fanciful and mysterious acts that will have you in amazement! This is still “the greatest show on Earth!”

My kids have visited the circus each year and it is always a new show when it comes to town. Never the same. Yet the acts in each show are just amazing to watch! They are all so talented and so athletic that I often wonder if my 4 and 8 year old gymnast will one day run away with the circus because they have a talent that they have learned from a young age!

I recently learned of a program that is supported by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Fit! They have partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to help children remember how FUN it is to be FIT! They have a curriculum that it is FREE and available for download so that teachers and community leaders can implement bringing fitness, nutrition and healthy living to classrooms and after-school programs anywhere!

At Fit Kids Playground, we fully believe that fitness should be made fun and coming from a clown, childhood obesity is no laughing matter! This is a wonderful way for kids to want to have fun, be silly and get fit all at the same time! I hope that more teachers, preschool coordinators or community leaders learn about this opportunity and curriculum that is available to everyone for free. It is a great way to head to the circus and talk about how all the acts use healthy habits to keep them doing the amazing things that they can do.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, an insiders tip is that opening night is typically less in cost, but there is only one show. There is also an additional add on this year to get a VIP ticket to the Ringmaster Zone! This is a limited ticket and allows you access to a personal and once-in-a-lifetime experience that will have your family walking with clowns, petting elephants, shaking hands with the Ringmaster and standing in the infamous motorcycle Globe of Steel! How fun!

And of course, for any show, arrive an hour early for an all access Pre-Show pass to meet the clowns, watch jugglers and mingle with the shows stars! Take lots of pictures and be sure to show them off to your friends! It is really like you were a part of the circus!

We have been provided with a family-4-pack for tickets to the Tampa Bay show happening January 1-5 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 8 shows in all. We are so excited to help kids push away the screen with “the greatest show on Earth!”*

Disclosure: I have been provided with tickets for my family as well as a family-four pack to a Tampa show.
*This giveaway has ended.

11 Oct 2013

Elmo Can’t Stop Singing! Sesame Street Live hits Tampa Bay!

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Can't Stop Singing

Can’t Stop Singing

Sesame Street Live is the hottest ticket on the street in Tampa Bay! November 1-2, Sesame Street Live will take over USF and preform “Can’t Stop Singing” where all your favorite characters will become under a spell because Elmo got a hold of Abby’s Cadabby’s magic wand and now they all can’t stop singing!!!

We love Sesame Street and hope your kids will enjoy the fun loving and educational characters live in person!

Tickets are on sale today for more cities all over the US and Canada and will be going fast! Enjoy the show!!!

02 Aug 2013

TradeWinds is THE Place For Families to Push Away the Screen!

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I live in Florida. It is hot in Floria during the summer. It is even hotter outside in Florida in the summer. Therefore, when I do plan an activity for the kids and I to do outside, it typically will involve water. Lots of it too.

We took the opportunity to spend the day at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort as guests and experience what they had to offer families that stayed as resort guests. Let me tell you that summer in Florida never felt so good!

The TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is located on St. Pete Beach and living in Tampa, is only about a 40 minute drive, but so worth it to drive and play for the day or the weekend.

You are instantly transported to another level of vacation, even if it was just for a little while, I felt like I was on an island in the sun with my toes in the sand. It was beautiful.

With 4 kids in tow, we hit one of the 2 pools we had access too (they do have a third and it is for adults only…I know, right? How nice!) We played and played until they wanted to hit the beach where a flurry of kids activities were awaiting!

Everything from a 200 ft water slide, to bungie chord jumps, to a water play island in the Gulf and of course the beach (and a Cabana for Mom and Dad) made this day “the BEST DAY EVER” according to my kids.

We laughed, played, had lunch on the beach, had poolside snowcones and smoothies, and enjoyed the afternoon. The St. Petersburg/ Clearwater CVB has a slogan out this summer using #WhereSummerRocks. (It’s also a sweepstakes too!) This resort must be where the main stage is for this campaign, because this day ROCKED as well as it was a full day of fun in the sun with my kids and families. I know they will have great summer memories thanks to the TradeWinds Resort!

As a parent who is looking to book a family vacation, and yes, typically I am the one scouting out the location, I like to know what I am getting into. Please read below for my version of what you will find on their website. Or take a look at my Trekaroo.com post about the TradeWinds Island Grand to see what others has to say too! Trekaroo is a travel website that has reviews from real parents about family friendly vacation spots, along with tips and more!

About the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort:
From the website:A 20-acre beachfront playground, TradeWinds Island Grand was created with fun in mind. Bask beside one of five heated pools. Let the kids play at the KONK while you indulge in a massage or a romantic dinner. Explore our impeccably landscaped grounds by paddleboat along the meandering waterway. Give our concierge a call to arrange a fishing, golf or snorkeling excursion. At the Island Grand, your choices are limited only by your imagination. You pack your things, we’ll pack your stay.

Amenities that ANY family with kids will appreciate: 2 Pools, 1 Kiddie Pool, KONK (Kids Only No Kidding) Club with daily activities and more, free minature golf, Saturday night Pirate Show, poolside BINGO and games, paddle boats, 200 ft water slide with unlimited rides, hair braiding (extra cost), beach cabannas (available for rent to guests only), 2 tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, water sports and of course, sunshine, blue skies and sugar sand beaches.

In Room Amenities That ANY Family Should Know About:
The wide range of our guest accommodations offer many of the conveniences of home. All hotel rooms and suites include new flat screen high definition TV’s, pillowtop beds, wet bar area with mini fridge or refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, dishware and stocked mini-bar; hairdryer and lighted makeup mirror, iron/board, wireless internet access, in-room movies, voice mail and daily newspaper. Suites have a separate bedroom and a kitchenette with a stovetop.. All accommodations are non-smoking.

We write all our reviews on our partners website, Trekaroo. Check them out for all your family travel needs!

Florida resident discounts are available as are Labor Day packages!
**I was invited out to experience the TradeWinds Resort in return for my honest opinions about the resort. All opinions are my own.

01 Jan 2013

Run Away With The Circus!

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Our first PUSH AWAY THE SCREEN GIVEAWAY of 2013 will be a 4 pack of tickets to the BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, January 6 at 5pm. The circus here in Tampa during their 4 day of shows, January 3-6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, the Tampa Bay Times Forum Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000. Read Below about how to enter!

Special Offer For Fit Kids Readers!

Get a Family Value Pack for just $88.00. This includes 4 $15 tickets, 4 small lemonades, 4 small popcorns, and 4 lollipops. This offer is valid for any performance except those on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the Tampa Bay Times Forum ticket office or ticketmaster.com using code FAMDEAL.

I have always loved the circus. Everything about it was fun. My Dad always took us and we made the most of the day! Also, back in Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to visit Barnum, WI and actually be a part of the circus for a day! I told my Mom, I wanted to runaway with the circus…but I think she called my bluff as I had no clear talents to allow me to do that. But what if I did? Would she have let me?

At the BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Media Day event last week, I got a chance to see what behind the scenes circus people were really like. I think the public has a skewed perception of what “running away with the circus” is really like. Yes, first you must have a true talent to be a part of the show, but you also have to be a super dedicated, hard working individual who is passionate about performing and what your role is in the circus. I was so impressed with everyone whom I spoke with that it got me thinking about sometime else…

Let’s discuss the importance of parents fostering a love of an activity in our children that might one day allow them the opportunity to run away with the circus. I look at my daughter, Mia, who is 7 and is a member of the Tampa Gym and Dance Gymnastics team. She spends over 8 hours a week practicing. She is also beginning to learn the importance of healthy eating too. She is dedicated (yes, even at an early age) and she is willing to practice hard so that she can get better at what she does. I hope she will be inspired to always have a love for doing this fun activity and will also lead her to living ahealthy lifestyle too.

Above, I am pictured above with Elliana Grace, the 20 year old human cannonball…yes, that is what I said, THE HUMAN CANNONBALL. That was how she introduced her self. She was so impressive, that all I could think about when we were talking was that THIS could be Mia in 13 years!

I learned that she had grown up in the circus, literally. Her mother ran a circus in St. Louis and before she could remember, she was doing ariel gymnastics, horseback riding and lots of tumbling! Excited about having the opportunity to travel around the USA and Canada and Mexico by train, doing something she lows. That was the key. You could see it in her eyes. She enjoyed this whole experience- from living on a train to seeing the country to meeting new people! And, this was her first time ever being shot out of a cannon in front of an audience!

We talked for a while l offer about how important good physical health is to be a part of this team. She eats healthy and has a practice routine that is her full time job. It’s impressive that she, at 20, has found something she loves and is willing to peruse it as a career.

I hope that we all can foster a love of an activity in our children’s early years for them to be as passionate as Elliana is about what she is doing. It started when she was young. It always starts young. Good habits start young. Healthy habits start young. A little bit at a time.

Being that today is January 1st, and New Year’s resolutions are among us, I would like to hear what you all will be doing to foster healthy fit kids in your families this year! Will you try a new sport? Will you do an activity WITH your kids? Will you give them the opportunity to try something new that THEY want to try? Anything to get our kids off the couch and to push away the screen!! Once kids find something they enjoy doing, it’s hard to pry them away from doing it.

Our first PUSH AWAY THE SCREEN GIVEAWAY of 2013 will be a 4 pack of tickets to the BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, January 6 at 5pm. The circus here in Tampa during their 4 day of shows, January 3-6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, the Tampa Bay Times Forum Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

As always, arrive one hour early to meet our performers, try on costumes and learn circus skills at the All Access Pre-show – FREE to all ticket holders!

To Enter the Push Away The Screen Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment on this post about how you will foster healthy fit kids in your family this year.
3. Based on you comment number, a random number will be chosen via Random.org to determine the winner.
4. Winner will be notified via e-mail and tickets will be left at the Tampa Bay Times Box Office under winners name. It will be the winners responsibility to pick up the tickets from the Tampa Bay Times Box office.
5. Contest ends at 5pm EST Saturday, January 5, 2013.

Tickets have been provided to me in compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

The Push Away the Screen Giveaway a part of the Fit Kids Playground commitment to healthy kids and active lifestyles. We are a part of the We Can! Program that promotes eating healthier, moving more and pushing away the screen.

A few cool things from BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus:

Baby’s First Circus

Get a Family Value Pack for just $88.00. This includes 4 $15 tickets, 4 small lemonades, 4 small popcorns, and 4 lollipops. This offer is valid for any performance except those on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the Tampa Bay Times Forum ticket office or ticketmaster.com using code FAMDEAL.

**UPDATE**January 10, 2013**

We wanted to announce that Marissa Stratton was our winner of the Ringling Circus tickets! We loved hearing all the ways your family is staying healthy! Keep it up and stay tuned for more PUSH AWAY THE SCREEN giveaways!