Free Reading With Ringling Day

Reading With Ringling Clown Around Central Florida

Free Reading with Ringling Day for the Public

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Ambassadors Of Laughter
Clown Around on January 7
Get ready to giggle, Central Florida.  On Wednesday, January 7, clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®  make a special appearance to entertain and interact with the public. The Ambassadors of Laughter will ignite attendees’ funny bones with lighthearted antics that offer a sneak preview of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME. 
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On Wednesday, January 7, clowns will blend the magic of the circus with the importance of reading during Reading with Ringling Day, a special presentation with the Orange County Library System at the Downtown Branch. After a lively rendition of a circus-themed book, they’ll engage the audience with juggling, plate spinning and other silly and dynamic demonstrations previewing The Greatest Show On Earth®.   The clowns will give away stickers and clown noses (while supplies last).
The library event is free and everyone is invited!
Orange County Library System
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Downtown Branch – 101 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801
For more information, call 407-835-7481, or visit www.ocls.info.
Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts that can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth.® Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, join us at Amway Center in Orlando January 811, 2015 as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before.
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In Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME, Ringmaster David Shipman guides audiences on a quest around the world with the help of hilarious adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin.
The show will thrill you as the Mongolian riders send arrows flying across the arena sky. This all-female troupe displays their skills in one of the most unique acts this year, performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels. Jaw-dropping freestyle BMX riders and free running tumblers fill the arena floor performing crazy-stunts mixed with acrobats leaping through a 15-foot transparent tower – and this is just one act!
Circus Xtreme Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Reading with Ringling
During this energetic show, personal introductions to our performing pachyderms will allow audiences to be on a first name basis with our magnificent animals. All this and more happens during the most unexpected circus experience at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME.
 
Tickets: Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME start at $16.  All seats are reserved. Purchase tickets and view show times at www.ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.  Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included.  For more information, visitwww.Ringling.com or visit us on Facebook.
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Nickelodeon Suites Resorts Preschool Weekend Celebration

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The Nickelodeon Suites Resort will be celebrating their younger guests during the Nickelodeon Preschool Weekend Celebration featuring Julius Jr. and special Nickelodeon Preschool-themed activities, shows, and character meet & greets around the resort.

This Nickelodeon Preschool Weekend includes activities at Nickelodeon Suites Resort, January 9-11, 2015, for the ultimate Orlando family vacation for all ages!

Nickelodeon Preschool Weekend Celebration includes:

  • Story Time with Dora and her Friends Live Show (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Nickelodeon Preschool episode viewings
  • Self-guided scavenger hunt (daily)
  • Nickelodeon Preschool Giveaway (1 per child)
  • Character* meet & greet opportunities with:
    • Julius Jr.
    • Dora the Explorer, Boots and Diego
    • Milli & Geo from Team Umizoomi
    • Molly & Gil from Bubble Guppies
    • Blue from Blue’s Clues
    • Pablo from the Backyardigans
    • Ming-Ming from Wonder Pets

* Characters listed appear throughout the weekend.

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For more information, check out Nickelodeon Suites Resort site.

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Last Call For CityWalk New Year’s Eve Celebration Tickets

CityWalk New Year's Eve Celebration

TICKETS FOR UNIVERSAL CITYWALK’S UNPARALLELED NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION ON-SALE NOW

Celebration features access to six Universal CityWalk venues, unlimited gourmet cuisine,

six unique party zones and Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor

 

On Dec. 31, 2014, guests can experience non-stop entertainment at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s unparalleled New Year’s celebration. With unique party zones – each featuring their own entertainment and signature drinks, access to six different clubs with live music and unlimited gourmet cuisine, EVE will be the place to ring in the New Year.

 

Partygoers can celebrate all night on Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor, built just for this event. When midnight strikes, guests will kiss 2014 goodbye in style with a champagne toast, and enjoy a pyrotechnics display with incredible special effects.

CityWalk New Year's Eve Celebration

Tickets for CityWalk New Year’s Eve Celebration are on-sale now for $129.99 plus tax.

Admission includes access to:

  • Unlimited gourmet cuisine, including jumbo shrimp, roast sirloin, custom desserts and more
  • Six unique outdoor party zones with entertainment and signature drinks
  • Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor, featuring live music from DJ M-Squared on a 360˚ DJ platform
  • Six Universal CityWalk venues, including: Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Pat O’Brien’s, the groove, Rising Star and Red Coconut Club
  • Midnight champagne toast and pyrotechnics display

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For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.citywalk.com/EVE.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Presents Holidays In Space

 Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

All New Holidays in Space Laser Light Spectacle, 3D Projection

Mapping Wow Guests at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The annual Holidays in Space Celebration at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has two new out-of-this-world additions that are stunning!

Guests at Holidays in Space now have the opportunity to see a 3D projection mapping presentation and a Holiday Laser Light Spectacular that may be visible to the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The 3D projection mapping presentation is being shown on the side of a 223-foot-long Saturn 1B rocket. Also called spatial augmented reality, this technology is used to project images onto irregularly shaped objects, such as bridges, buildings, and now, a rocket. 

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

In this remarkable presentation – a first at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – iconic NASA images, historic video footage, and custom animation bend around the contours and span every inch of one of America’s most powerful rockets, bringing to life the past, present and future of NASA’s space program like never before.

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During the presentation that is shown every 15 minutes you can bounce along the lunar surface in a moon buggy then float along weightlessly with an astronaut on a spacewalk, see Shuttles burst from their launch pads, and watch as the modules of the International Space Station (ISS) seem to click together effortlessly before the focus shifts to the Red Planet and our future among the majesty of the stars. The 3D projection mapping presentation is part of Holidays in Space through Dec. 30.

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The new Holiday Laser Light Spectacular features an incredible music and laser light show that is visible in Orlando and throughout Central Florida. The green rays from the laser show may even be bright enough for crew aboard the ISS to see. The Holiday Laser Light Spectacular continues until Dec. 31.

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The laser pointed at the ISS just outside of the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit.

The Visitor Complex previously unveiled an all-new Holiday Rocket Garden Light Show, which takes place daily through Jan. 4 in the ever-popular Rocket Garden, a Visitor Complex hallmark. The outdoor garden features a majestic collection of real and replica capsules and rockets, soaring 80, 90, and 100 feet into the sky, demonstrating how manned space flight progressed through the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo eras.

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Visitor Complex is adorned for the holiday season with a stunning array of decorations including a 41-foot Christmas tree, a giant NASA ornament, garlands, lights, ribbons, bows and more.

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Many astronauts have told us that they have felt no greater sense of peace and hope for humankind than when looking down on the blue marble of Earth from space,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of the Visitor Complex. “Through these truly unique celebrations, we hope to share that incredible feeling with all our guests this holiday season.”

All holiday activities are included with Visitor Complex admission; no advance reservations are required. Light shows begin at dusk each day.

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

A trip to Holidays in Space at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a great trip for families during Holiday Break from school, because you can spend the day taking in the wonderful Atlantis Exhibit and the nighttime spectaculars and still get home in time for a regular bedtime.

Don’t wait another day to “unwrap” this one-of-a-kind holiday celebration! As you’ll soon see, the vastness of our universe lies in the palm of your hand when you visit Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Holidays in Space. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s holiday hours of operation are: December 27-January 4 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Shuttle Launch Experience®, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space®:  Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. The new $100 million home for Space Shuttle AtlantisSM opened June 29, 2013. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

 

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Orlando Predators 2015 Season Schedule

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Orlando Predators Announce 2015 Season Schedule

Home games include the return to Amway Center on March 29 and a match-up against former owner Brett Bouchy’s LA KISS

The Orlando Predators today announced its schedule for the 2015 Arena Football League season.

The 18-game schedule features nine home games with eight Saturday evening games and one Sunday afternoon game.

The team kicks off its 24th season with its return to the Amway Center on Sunday, March 29, against the Philadelphia Soul. It is the team’s first game back at the Amway Center after playing last season in the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida.

This season also marks the first full season under new owner, Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel, who acquired the team in July.

“The Orlando Predators will finally be back home in Downtown Orlando at the Amway Center,” said Siegel. “This season, we’re going to deliver a product the Orlando community will be excited to support and will proudly represent our city and fans.”

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“We’re excited to announce the dates for our first season under our new ownership,” said Orlando Predators President Jared Saft. “We can’t wait to welcome all of our new and returning fans back to start a new chapter in this franchise’s storied history.”

This season’s home games feature a rematch of last year’s American Conference Championship against the Cleveland Gladiators on May 2 and a visit from in-state rival Jacksonville Sharks on August 1. The “War on I-4” returns when the Predators host the Tampa Bay Storm on May 16 and for the regular season finale, August 8.

In Week 4, the Predators will host a match-up against the LA KISS, the expansion team launched last season by KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and former Predators owner Brett Bouchy. Bouchy was an owner of the Predators for 15 years before leaving in 2013 to launch the LA KISS. The LA KISS was the subject of the AMC reality TV series 4th and Loud.

Tough road match-ups include a visit to division opponent New Orleans VooDoo in Week 3 and a trip to face the three-time defending champion Arizona Rattlers in Week 13.

Season ticket packages start at $99 and are available at www.orlandopredators.com/season-tickets. Packages up to $2,400 offer exclusive benefits such as a vacation at Westgate Las Vegas or Westgate River Ranch, invitations to player meet-and-greet-events at Westgate Resorts properties, access to team practices, complimentary drinks in the Fields Ultimate Lounge and complimentary parking in the GEICO Garage.

The Orlando Predators 2015 Season Schedule:

Week Date Time Opponent
1 Sunday, March 29 2 p.m. vs Philadelphia Soul
2 Saturday, April 4 7 p.m. at Jacksonville Sharks
3 Saturday, April 11 8 p.m. at New Orleans VooDoo
4 Saturday, April 18 7 p.m. vs LA KISS
5 Saturday, April 25 10 p.m. at Spokane Shock
6 Saturday, May 2 7 p.m. vs Cleveland Gladiators
7 Friday, May 8 7:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Soul
8 Saturday, May 16 7 p.m. vs Tampa Bay Storm
9 Saturday, May 23 7 p.m. vs Portland Thunder
10 Friday, May 29 7 p.m. at Cleveland Gladiators
11 Saturday, June 6 7 p.m. at Jacksonville Sharks
12 Saturday, June 13 7 p.m. vs Philadelphia Soul
13 Saturday, June 20 9 p.m. at Arizona Rattlers
14 Saturday, June 27 7 p.m. vs New Orleans VooDoo
15 Bye Week
16 Saturday, July 11 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Bay Storm
17 Saturday, July 18 7 p.m. at Cleveland Gladiators
18 Bye Week
19 Saturday, Aug. 1 7 p.m. vs Jacksonville Sharks
20 Saturday, Aug. 8 7 p.m. vs Tampa Bay Storm

 

For more information and specific times, please visit www.orlandopredators.com.

 Orlando Predators

ABOUT THE ORLANDO PREDATORS

The 2014 South Division Champion Orlando Predators enter their 24th season as Central Florida’s most exciting andinnovative professional sports franchise. Proud members of the Arena Football League, the Predators have achievedunprecedented success on the field. Orlando has advanced to the AFL playoffs a league-leading 22 times in their history while securing seven conference championships, including two ArenaBowl Championship victories in 1998 and 2000.

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A Cinematic Journey Into The Woods

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Based on the Stephen Sondheim play of the same name, Into the Woods is Disney’s big holiday movie for 2014.  The play itself is a tale about morality, vice, desire, and virtue.  Based on the concept that each fairy tale is supposed to teach us or our children a lesson to help them in life.  However the twist here is that several fairy tales collide to create the pillars of a whole new story where the object lesson is centered around the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.”

I have to be perfectly honest here, before seeing this movie I knew very little to nothing about it.  Having never seen the play before or read much about it, never having heard the songs, I was going in blind.  There had been some brief discussion with my Disney Film Project Podcast co-hosts which contained a great deal of excitement from our own Rachel Kolb, who happens to be a huge fan of the play and knows a great deal about it.  When I’m in this situation I try not to come in with too many preconceptions.

The core story is about a Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt) and their desire to start a family.  However they quickly learn that they have been cursed by their next door neighbor who happens to be a Witch played by Meryl Streep who really steals every scene she’s in.  Wanting to break the curse, and be able to have a child, the Witch assigns them to retrieve 4 seemingly normal items and bring them to her in 3 days time.  The trick however is that this sends them on a collision course with the fairy tales Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel. 4 items.  4 stories.

The problem however is that the wishes of each of the major characters – the Baker, his Wife, the Witch, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, and Rapunzel – have consequences.  Each of their stories plays out somewhat as you know them, but it’s what happens after this that matters.  But the wishes themselves are just allegorical wrappings for the choices the characters continue to make throughout the story.  And how they have to learn to take responsibility for those choices.

There is a lot of commentary that discusses the difference between the musical and the movie, from the removal of songs, to the changes of plot elements.  While not having seen the play, I’m guessing this serves 2 purposes; the shorter time a movie has to tell a story, and that some things that work on stage do not work as well on film.  While this is a somewhat dark story that has some moments that you may need to either explain or gloss over to your children, this is still a family film.  I might consider the age and maturity of any pre-teen children before seeing this film with them.  This is a very solid movie, based on a well constructed story, that I greatly enjoyed watching.

In addition to doing the web design and programming for the On the Go in MCO website, Todd Perlmutter is a host for the Disney Film Project Podcast.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas For The Guys!

So my husband is sometimes tricky to shop for, and if you are anything like me you’re feeling the time crunch of the Holidays!
If you are stuck on what to buy your husband, boyfriend, father, or son this year, you may want to consider checking out these events that happen in the spring that would make a perfect last-minute gift.

Arnold Palmer’s Invitational Presented by MasterCard 
March 16 – 22, 2015
Two ticket price: $100

GiftsA crown jewel of the PGA TOUR, the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard annually features one of the strongest international fields of competitors of the season. Held at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge, the Tournament touts past champions including Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Tim Herron and Tiger Woods. Proceeds benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.

Tickets and more information available at arnoldpalmerinvitational.com

57th Annual Daytona 500
February 22, 2015
Two ticket price: $64

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Cheer on the best stock car drivers in the world as they compete in NASCAR’s most prestigious race. Featuring 43 of the sport’s top drivers competing for the sport’s largest purse at more than 200 miles per hour, the legendary event will take place on February 22 at Daytona International Speedway.

Tickets and more information available at daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Monster Jam
January 24, 2015
Two ticket price: $30

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Attracting more than 60,000 fans of roaring, car-crushing 1,500 horsepower monster trucks, Orlando’s annual Monster Jam is one of the largest and most popular events of the year. Monster Jam kicks off the 2015 season at the recently renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium and will feature four-time world champion Grave Digger and 12-time world champion Maximum Destruction competing on the new field.Tickets and more information available at monsterjam.com/Events/2015/01/24/Orlando,_FL
134th Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions
February 20 – 22, 2015
Two ticket price: $40

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The largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, the 134th annual Silver Spurs Rodeo will take place at Silver Spurs Arena in Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, from February 20 through 22. An Osceola County tradition since 1941 and one of the top 50 events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the historic rodeo’s events include barrel racing, bull riding and team roping.

Tickets and more information available at silverspursrodeo.com

Runaway Country Music Fest
March 20 – 22, 2015
Two ticket price: $178

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Hosting Florida’s largest gathering of country music stars, the 5th annual Runaway Country Music Festival will rock Wickham Park in Melbourne, FL, from March 20 through 22. In addition to an all-star lineup of performers including Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, and Lee Brice, the event features some of Florida’s best beaches as well as world-class fishing, surfing and weather.

Tickets and more information available at runawaycountry.com

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SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

It’s Christmas time again!! SeaWorld has brought back their Christmas Celebration and it bigger and better than ever! New Shows, decorations, and Atmosphere Entertainment have been added to this year’s festivities! As always, these events are included in your regular park admission!

Our first stop was Elmo’s Christmas Wish – Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Zoe, Rosita all make their Christmas wishes! There is tons of singing and dancing as the friends all make their wishes for Christmas and help Elmo make his wish. This is a must do for the little ones! Little Man was very excited to see his favorites on stage! He also loved the bubbles and “snow” coming down from the ceiling!

After we left the show, we headed to the waterfront to see the Sea of Trees. Crazy!! SO MANY TREES, over 100 of them! They were everywhere; and the colors and music were so festive. I absolutely loved seeing all the dancing images on the trees: candy canes, Frosty the Snowman, gingerbread men and more. It was 10 minutes of magic!

After the Sea of Trees we headed over to O Wondrous Night, the Greatest Story Never Told. We were greeted to a friendly guitar playing singing Christmas songs! What an amazing show! It’s the Christmas Story in a way you’ve never heard before- through the eyes of the animals! The show is filled with wonderful performers, singing traditional Christmas songs, fun puppetry and an actual living nativity! We loved the performance (little man did get kind of antsy, it’s a 30 min show)! Little man’s favorite part was when all the live animals started coming out!

We wen to see Shamu’s Christmas Miracles next. They had a saxophone player for a preshow. I always love the night time Shamu shows! This one was no exception! They whales performed between videos of people telling about their miracles. They had a heart touching video of the first Baby Shamu! We had a few moments where the whales didn’t want to perform, but that happens. We definitely want to come back and see it again!

We ended the night with Winter Wonderland on Ice. We found out earlier in the day that they are skating on real ice, not a synthetic surface. Such a festive ice skating show! Fantastic skaters and some of my favorite Christmas songs, and a new fun one for us “Hot, Hot, Hot Chocolate!” My favorite part was when Pete and Penny Penguin came out to ice skate!! We loved how the fountains and the trees danced to the music too, it was very immersive.

Immediately after the show is Holiday Reflections: Fireworks & Fountain Finale. If you are already there for Winter Wonderland on Ice you don’t need to move, you have a great spot for this finale!

The only things we missed out on during our visit to SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration was the Polar Express, the snow flurries on the waterfront, and meeting Santa Shamu! We will definitely be back to see them!

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New SeaWorld Kids Apps Here In Time For The Holidays

SeaWorld Kids has released some new educational apps just in time for the Holiday Break to keep kids learning and exploring the world!

Zoe plays with my phone and tablet all the time, and while building snowcones or playing with Palace Pets is great I am always on the lookout for educational apps that will keep her learning and occupied.

With five different themes, Polar Bears, Penguins, Big Cats, Baby Animals ,and a more general Kids Network, children can pick and choose which interests them most and stay connected with animals and nature.

Each app serves as an “activity center,” with games and videos that are both entertaining and educational.

I especially love that these apps are completely free (no in-app purchases), from the App Store and will work on iPad, iPhone and iPad Touch.

Penguin’s Playground

Penguin’s Playground, powered by SeaWorld Kids, features thirty activities featuring funny playful penguins!

 

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The app includes interactive games like “Match the Penguin” and “The Penguin Puzzle” to engage the creative minds of your child. Users can also watch funny video clips of penguins strutting their stuff in “The Penguin Walk” and slipping and falling in “Watch Your Step!” Meet penguin chicks, newly hatched in “The Chicks Have Arrived” and an adorable, fluffy Emperor penguin hatchling who is learning how to talk (with a little coaching from a SeaWorld aviculturist) in “The Emperor Penguin Hatchling.” Create a perfect animated Antarctic penguin habitat and more!

From Emperors to tuxedos, SeaWorld Kids has your penguin needs covered in this fun new activity center!
The activities in this app have been curated by educators and domain experts and are designed to entertain and educate kids through a wide variety of content including:

● High definition videos of Antarctic creatures in their natural habitats

● Educational e-books that highlight words as they are read to you

● Puzzles with 4 difficulty levels to entertain kids of all ages

● Image galleries filled with stunning pictures of Antarctic animals

● Memory/matching games that encourage cognitive development

● Coloring activities with special stickers

● Interactive games to create, save and share customized Antarctic animal scenes

Polar Bear Playground

The Polar Bear Playground, powered by SeaWorld Kids, features thirty activities highlighting and teaching users about polar bears.

 

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Watch videos about the “jet setting polar bear” and the polar bear who likes ice cream! Read along
with the digital book “Polar Power” and learn all about how polar bears are amazing, large powerful
animals. Join animal ambassador, Julie Scardina, and learn about how polar bears hunt and eat.

The activities in this app are designed to entertain and educate kids through a wide variety of content
including:

● High definition videos of arctic creatures in their natural habitats
● Educational e-books that highlight words as they are read to you
● Puzzles with 4 difficulty levels to entertain kids of all ages
● Image galleries filled with stunning pictures of arctic animals
● Memory/matching games that encourage cognitive development
● Runner games in which kids read and learn about polar bears while jumping from platform to
platform
● Coloring activities with special stickers Interactive games to create, save and share customized arctic animal scenes

Baby Animals

What is cuter than baby animals? Nothing, we think – which is why SeaWorld Kids has produced an app full of activities highlighting the lives of adorable newborn animals.

 

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Meet Cupid the newborn giraffe in a clip from The Wildlife Docs™; say “baaaahhh” with newborn
baby lambs born at Busch Gardens, and see a dramatic Sea Rescue episode where an orphan killer
whale is reunited with his pod!

From dolphins to cheetahs, with many in-between, the Baby Animal app includes:

● High definition videos of baby animals and their adoring parents
● Educational e-books that highlight words as they are read to you
● Puzzles with 4 difficulty levels to entertain kids of all ages
● Image galleries filled with cute pictures of newborn animals
● Memory/matching games that encourage cognitive development
● Infinite runner games in which kids read and learn about turtles while jumping from platform to
platform

Ocean Tales

The Dolphins, Sharks & Turtles – Ocean Tales App features thirty activities highlighting majestic ocean creatures!

 

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It includes high-definition video clips of marine animals, digital picture books accompanied by audio narration, interactive matching games, photo galleries, coloring activities, puzzles, and a baby turtle rescue game. Children will learn animal facts and be inspired to help save endangered animals as they play with hours of engaging content.

Generation Nature’s Animal Ambassador, Bindi Irwin, is featured in several of the app’s thirty interactive activities – many with multiple skill levels to engage kids from 2-12. Meet a new baby dolphin, learn why sharks don’t bump into each other, watch a sea lion return home, help hatching baby turtles make it from the beach to the ocean, create and share colorful coral reef artworks and more.

The app will provide kids with hours of entertainment while teaching them about ocean creatures and the secrets of the sea. Join the generation that’s preserving our oceans – Generation Nature!

Tigers, Lions, and Cheetahs

The Big Cats app, powered by SeaWorld Kids, hosts thirty activities highlighting the “king of the jungle,” the lion and his ferocious friends, the tigers, cheetahs and other big cats!

 

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Big Cats also features digital picture books accompanied by audio narration, interactive matching
games, photo galleries, coloring activities and puzzles. he activities in this app have been curated by educators and are designed to entertain and educate kids through a wide variety of content including:

● High definition videos of wild cats in their natural habitats
● Educational e-books that highlight words as they are read to you
● Puzzles with 4 difficulty levels to entertain kids of all ages
● Image galleries filled with stunning pictures of big cats from around the world
● Memory/matching games that encourage cognitive development
● Coloring activities with special stickers

SeaWorld Kids Network

Keep your kids entertained with fun, engaging videos from the SeaWorld Kids Network! Programming featuring animals from all over the world and ensures that your little one is learning about nature and conservation, even while being entertained. Videos are updated weekly, and feature high-def clips from popular shows like The Wildlife Docs™, Sea Rescue™ and The Jungle Bunch!

 

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Take a trip with Generation Nature’s own Bindi Irwin to create the perfect animated beach habitat for a group of baby sea turtles. Or, learn facts about polar bears and their natural surroundings while
jumping with an animated polar bear in Polar Bear Runners!

Kids can watch videos about newborn baby animals, SeaWorld animal rescue and educational videos about specific animals – including – polar bears, lions, giraffes, penguins, whales, turtles, sea otters and more.

You can find more information about these apps at seaworldkids.com, and if you haven’t had that chance to check out the information on the site you should because it’s a great site.

I am really excited for Zoe to try out these apps!

 

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New Disney-Pixar Inside Out Trailer

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A new trailer from Inside Out, the major emotion picture from Disney-Pixar, coming out June 19, 2015 is here and it is amazing!

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Make sure that you stay until the end of the trailer to say hi to a few characters!

Disney Pixar Inside Out Character Collage

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Disney Pixar Inside Out Dining Room

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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Iggy Azalea Coming To The Amway Center With Nick Jonas

Iggy Azalea Great Escape Tour Amway Center

After igniting a Twitter frenzy, the official dates have been announced for Grammy-nominated Iggy Azalea’s The Great Escape Tour, presented by AEG Live. Joining Azalea on tour is multi-talented recording artist and actor, Nick Jonas, as special guest. Also joining as support acts are R&B/hip-hop favorites, Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd. One of the most highly-anticipated tours of the year, The Great Escape Tour will travel across North America, beginning April 14 in Fresno, CA and make stops in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Toronto, Chicago and Orlando’s Amway Center on Friday, May 15. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 19 at 10 a.m.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets in the U.S. before the general public beginning Monday, December 15 at 9 a.m. – throughThursday, December 18 at 9 p.m. EST. There are also various levels of Platinum and VIP Packages, which include premium tickets plus exclusive autographed items.

After years of honing her signature style on hip-hop’s underground circuit, Azalea burst onto the charts with her critically-acclaimed debut album, “The New Classic,” and emerged as the breakout story of 2014, with one of the year’s most-streamed albums globally. Azalea is the first international female rapper to reach number one on both Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Album Charts, and has been nominated for four prestigious 2015 Grammy® Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Fancy,” featuring Charlie XCX. “Fancy” broke airplay records and made history as the longest-leading number one song by a female rapper, also making Azalea the first artist since The Beatles to rank at number one and number two simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits. “Fancy” stormed the charts this year sitting at number one for seven consecutive weeks. It’s currently certified four times-platinum and was named Billboard’s 2014 Song of the SummeriTunes’ Best Song of 2014, the year’s most-streamed song on Spotify, and the most-watched music video on VEVO. Azalea was also featured on Ariana Grande’s certified four times-platinum Billboard Top 40 number one smash, “Problem,” which won “Best Pop Video” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). Azalea’s new single, “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, has already gone double-platinum and reached number one on Billboard’s Top 40 Airplay Chart.

In addition to her recent Grammy® nominations, Azalea has been nominated for six American Music Awards and won both this year’s favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, nine MTV VMAs, was Billboard’s Women in Music 2014 Chart Topper, and countless other awards and accolades. She has performed on the biggest stages on TV, including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon, “Ellen” and more.

Iggy Azalea Great Escape Tour Amway Center Nick Jonas

ABOUT NICK JONAS

Island Recording Artist, Nick Jonas announces himself as a brand-new musician on his newly released self-titled, solo debut. Jonas is now is a 22-year-old, multi-talented artist stepping out on his own and reinventing himself after achieving worldwide fame with The Jonas Brothers. The Grammy®-nominated group sold 20 million albums and toured the globe several times over before calling it quits in October 2013. Its youngest member has lived a lot of life in those years and his experiences are reflected on his latest album via Island Records. The album’s first single and radio hit, “Jealous”, penned by Jonas and co-written by with Nolan Lambroza and Simon Wilcox is currently the number one most added song on Top 40 Radio. Jonas attributes the album’s darker overtones partially to the fact that while he was recording, he was also shooting the gritty television show “Kingdom” — a mixed martial arts family-drama that premiered on DirecTV’s Audience Network last October. Jonas plays an MMA prize fighter who holds his cards close to his chest. Last September, Jonas embarked on a club tour in support of his album, and visited 12 cities across the United States and Canada including Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

Iggy Azalea Great Escape Tour Amway Center Tinashe

ABOUT TINASHE

Tinashe is a stunning 21-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and performer radiating a distinct and dynamic vision of R&B punctuated by hip-hop attitude and pop flavor with a DIY-or-die edge. Between 2012 and 2013, the captivating singer made a name for herself through a series of self-made mix tapes, including 2012’s, “In Case We Die” and “Reverie” and 2013’s, “Black Water.” Tinashe released her debut studio album, “Aquarius” onOctober 7 via RCA Records to unanimous critical-acclaim, with everybody from The New York Times to Pitchfork, Vogue, and beyond dubbing it a highly significant, genre-bending debut. “Aquarius,” which Tinashe co-produced, continues to receive attention across the board, appearing on many 2014 year-end best-of lists, from The FADER to Complex and beyond. Tinashe’s breakout hit and the album’s first single, “2 On,” featuring ScHoolboy Q, sat at number one on the Billboard Rhythmic Airplay Charts for four weeks straight, eventually being certified-platinum and dubbed a song of the summer by many. Throughout 2014, Tinashe has taken her high-energy live show across the world, performing everywhere from SXSW to the iconic Reading and Leeds festivals. She is currently on a club run that hits New York, DC, Boston, Detroit and Baltimore, and will next take her show across Europe and Australia at the top of 2015.

Iggy Azalea Great Escape Tour Amway Center DJ Wizz Kidd

ABOUT DJ Wizz Kidd

Los Angeles native DJ Wizz Kidd has played all over the world working alongside Iggy Azalea as her official tour DJ. Prior to working with the Australian artist, Wizz Kidd toured with the Rej3ctz, the hip-hop crew responsible for 2011’s chart-topping dance anthem, “Cat Daddy.” Wizz Kidd has also had an array of solo endeavors in the US, Australia, London and Germany.

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Circus Xtreme At The Amway Center Discount Code

Circus Xtreme Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Amway Center

DISCLOSURE: I have been provided with tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey tickets in exchange for sharing this discount offer. Any and all opinions are my own.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will be presenting Circus Xtreme at the Amway Center January 8-11, and I am excited to offer our readers to buy early and save XTREME with 40% off tickets!
Circus Xtreme is sure to thrill!
Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts that can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth. Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals.
In Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME, Ringmaster Andre McClain guides audiences on a quest around the world with the help of hilarious adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin.
The show will thrill you as the Mongolian riders send arrows flying across the arena sky. This all-female troupe displays their skills in one of the most unique acts this year, performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels. Jaw-dropping freestyle BMX riders and free running tumblers fill the arena floor performing crazy-stunts mixed with acrobats leaping through a 15-foot transparent tower – and this is just one act!
During this energetic show, personal introductions to our performing pachyderms will allow audiences to be on a first name basis with our magnificent animals. All this and more happens during the most unexpected circus experience at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME.

Circus Xtreme Discount Details

You can ‘Buy early and save XTREME!’ with this offer for 40% off tickets using promo code PRESENT. Offer valid only for Friday 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances. Not valid on Front Row and Premium seats. Not valid day of show. Excludes opening night performance on Thursday, January 8. Hurry to share, as this offer is only valid Dec. 8-24!
Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME start at $16.  All seats are reserved. Purchase tickets and view show times at www.ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.  Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included.
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Don’t forget that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME tickets make great holiday gifts!

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