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LEGO®kidsfest 2014

Oh WOW. We had a fantastic time at the LEGO® KidsFest at Virginia’s Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA last Friday!

My expectations were pretty high after hearing about the event, but the reality was even better than I expected. First of all, there were SO many things to do. I felt a bit overwhelmed, but in a good way! Legos were everywhere:

They had so many event areas for the kids (and parents) to play in, we never even got to do everything while we were there for over four hours. My daughter particularly loved seeing all the full size lego figures. They had so many popular figures, from Star Wars to The Lego Movie to Marvel. I loved how several areas offered photo booths and handed us a hard copy of our photo! I assumed it would be an extra cost and what a nice surprise for a parent that it was free.

The Master Builder, Chris, was fascinating, talking about how he creates the figures. The kids were so attentive and excited with his talk, and I loved the way he treated the children. He really listened to them and answered their questions. In fact, the entire staff was extremely good with the kids. They were very friendly and helpful, and just treated the children with kindness and respect. I was surprised and I know the kids appreciated that. I saw one little boy, so excited to talk with Chris, the master builder. He showed Chris something of an idea of his and Chris was so positive. It was just really good.

My daughter was just jumping from one thing like the girls legos, to the brick piles, to the Star Wars area all night, and creativity was really encouraged. Kids were able to make things and put them in display cases and many areas offered relay races and building competitions, all in good fun.

Food was available and I do think the price was reasonable for what they offered. Only one show remains for 2014, In Indianapolis, but I really recommend watching for this coming near you in 2015! I would love to take a pile of kids, it is well worth a trip.

LEGO KidsFest tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at http://www.legokidsfest.com.  

I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.

The LEGO KidsFest 2014 has one remaining tour stop Indianapolis, IN (Nov. 7 – 9).


 

LEGO KidsFest is a 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 Friends, LEGO Chima, LEGO Star Wars, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space. 

LEGO® KidsFest Virginia Giveaway!

Heather —  September 2, 2014

LEGO® KidsFest

Oh, my college boys are never going to forgive me… when they were little, there was no LEGO® KidsFest!! Now, not only does the cool event exist, but LEGO® KidsFest returns to Virginia’s Greater Richmond Convention Center on Richmond, VA from Oct. 3 – 5 and their little sister and I are going.

Lucky kids and the young at heart will be able to enjoy all sorts of creative activities. Think “Master Builder”! Oh, yes, everything will be awesome! Builders of all ages and skill level are welcome. While activities vary, overall there will be lots of hands-on building on the three-ACRE show floor. I’m actually excited to see this, it sounds so fun.

Some events we can expect include:

• LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricksLEGO Model Gallery
• LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from professional LEGO builders
• Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
• Race Ramps: build your own custom car, and race it down the ramp against friends and family
• 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 and official KidsFest tour merchandise
• 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

New activities for this year’s visit in Richmond include LEGO Star Wars™, LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Friends Photo Booth, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Super Heroes and more. Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, the LEGO Master Builder Academy, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO®, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.

Five sessions – all identical – are available for the Oct. 3 – 5 tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at http://www.legokidsfest.com.  

And I get to Giveaway some tickets to a lucky reader!!

Click here to enter to Win (2) Tickets!!

One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, October 3,  2014   (4-8:30 pm). 

I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities. Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG on Monday Sept 15 and announced via my social media!

Good Luck, Hope to see you there!

The LEGO KidsFest 2014 remaining tour stops: Richmond, VA (Oct. 3 – 5) and Indianapolis, IN (Nov. 7 – 9). Remember, this event has sold out in in the past, so buy tickets in advance online!


LEGO KidsFest is a 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 Friends, LEGO Chima, LEGO Star Wars, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space. 

Disclosure: As an Affiliate Blogger for Busch Gardens Virginia through Mom Central I received complimentary tickets for my family but was not otherwise compensated. Opinions are my own.

Roman Rapids Ride

Roman Rapids Ride

As I write this post, I think I want to begin at the end. Because one of the last things the kids did together was so fun for me to watch and it just summed up the reason I wanted to go to Busch Gardens in the first place ~

I wanted to get as many of my kids as possible together and do something memorable and super fun. To get outside together without having to make a ton of plans, just to BE. As all my kids grow up, go to college, and begin their own families, time together becomes more and more precious and it is harder to get everyone together than in past years, for sure…

I have to say, my most favorite moment of the day was watching (almost) all my kids, including my daughters’ boyfriend and my daughter in law, go down the river on the Roman Rapids Ride. I stood there and wondered how time had gone by so quickly. I loved seeing how much fun they were having together…I heard them taking care of each other, and a little bit of teasing, but not much. It’s every moms dream to see your kids having this much fun together, don’t you think? Take a look for yourself:

While my kids may remember Griffon, Verbolten or Alpengeist more, I know I’ll never forget watching them from the bank as they laughed their way down the river. Seriously, right then, I was so glad Busch Gardens existed, that it was nice and that the kids all made it that day.

So now you know how I felt about the day and the park already! But anyway, the day began way earlier as we live a few hours away from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. We took two cars and met up at the park. My daughter made one stop on the way:

On the way to Busch Gardens Williamsburg

On the way to Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Once we all arrived, beginning with the tram ride to the entrance, I found the park facilities to be wonderfully clean, with the grounds so well kept and the staff very friendly. Honestly, the park has the feeling of being well run, overall.

The kids at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The kids at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

We stayed together mostly as a big group, although we had the roller coaster riders…and the non roller coaster riders! But that worked out because we needed someone to hold bags! Note: the lockers are good, but most people still want to keep phones, wallet, a few little items with them. I would consider wearing a non-lame fanny pack next time. I did get some of the Cashless wristbands, one less thing to carry and my youngest thought it was fantastic.

So, after looking at our park maps and checking the show times, (you can also use the Busch Gardens Discovery Guide App), we had a rough plan and started riding! My son Nick wore a Go Pro camera and filmed a bunch of the coasters, which was neat to see. Park regulations permit go pros with the chest straps.

Loch Ness roller coaster in Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Loch Ness roller coaster in Busch Gardens Williamsburg

As my kids are older, we skipped most of the little kid areas, like the KIDsiderate Attractions, which moms of younger kids should check out. (We did last year) We hit all the coasters! Here is a Nick Go Pro Video of Verbolten, I was laughing so hard listening to this one:

And here’s Griffon:

See more of Nick’s park videos on my youtube channel!

After a bunch of intense rides, we took a little detour to chill out, get some water and decide on lunch. We saw the Clydesdales, the grey wolves, the hawks…as a homeschool mom, I am very interested in all their nature and conservation programs (but I’ll save that for another post!).

Petting Clydesdale at Highland Stables

Petting Clydesdale at Highland Stables

After some more wandering, we ended up eating while watching the Entwined: Tales of Good and Grimm show. This was a great decision, because the show was a trip, everyone ate a solid meal and got to relax. Nick got a chicken and barbeque plate that was very good. Note: I see you can pre-purchase meal deals  with a discount. I think I would do this next time. We hung out in Germany for awhile and checked out some shops and enjoyed the carousel and bumper cars.

Visiting the fountain at Busch Gardens Germany

Visiting the fountain at Busch Gardens Germany

Big brother and little sister Carousel Ride at Busch Gardens #99daysofsummerfun

Big brother and little sister Carousel Ride at Busch Gardens #99daysofsummerfun

My daughter and her boyfriend wandered off to ride some more rides and then they had a portrait done! The portrait is adorable and I know she loves it, great job Gwen!

Busch Gardens Portrait Artist

Portrait done by Portrait artist, Gwen

Then, there was more riding and laughing… and mom NOT doing anything but having fun also!

I have to say, it was an intense day! so much fun and just one day:) We had to leave a lot undone, but we all got to do most of the things we had wanted to.

The day was nearly over by now, but we were able to see the London Rocks Show, which was a very entertaining musical show with great technology as well, loads of classic British rock woven into a story and a few 3D surprises…shhh!

London Rocks

London Rocks Show at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

All in all, it was a fantastic day. You can tell by all the smiles:

my kids at Busch Gardens

My Eldest and his gorgeous wife enjoying family time at the park

All this fun and time together and no one had to make anything or do anything… I think I will start a tradition where our whole family has to meet and do this at least once a year. This year, Busch Gardens is having #99daysofsummerfun, and I like that idea:)

So whether you are a family full of littles needing to burn off energy or have a house full of teenagers, Busch Gardens is a great way to get outside easily and have some fun together. They have special shows and events throughout the summer, and a few other special events throughout the year. You can purchase an annual pass or Fun card. There are other online deals for shorter time periods, as well as plenty of information about the park on their website.

Check out Busch Gardens Williamsburg:

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Family time fun at Busch Gardens

We had so much fun that day at Busch Gardens being outside and playing, from my 8 year old to my 18 year old.

How is your Summer going? Ours has been a mix of great fun and some quiet indoor days. I am not a super outdoorsy person and I definitely feel guilty when I am not out and about with the kids, doing outdoor activities.

Yet, most of my kids are pretty content to watch movies and play online, so while that mitigates my guilt, I still feel it IS better for kids to be outside, being kids, whether that is just going to the pool or running around the neighborhood.

Just recently, we all got off our electronics though! I had a “Mommy and Me Meetup” at Williamsburg, Busch Gardens. This ended up being a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy time with my children.

Note: “I attended an event on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Busch Gardens. I received free admission to the park as a thank you for participating.”*

Once we got there, we had an awesome breakfast buffet and meeting. I loved how the Busch Gardens team prepared for our kids. They know little kids need to have stuff to do, and the tables even had paper and chalk for drawing and little buckets with toys.

Busch Gardens Breakfast

Busch Gardens Breakfast

While the kids were eating and playing, Stacy from Mom Central Consulting and the Busch Gardens Team gave a fascinating presentation about how our children are described as the generation of digital natives. We heard about a study of 900 Moms, which showed that most mothers struggle to find a healthy balance of indoor and outdoor play.

I totally agree. I know I ran around outside crossing our little creek and climbing around in the woods as a kid. I wish my kids had more natural outdoor fun, but where we live now it just is not as easy. I have to worry about safety and neighbors, and the kids want to play video games.

 “According to a just-released survey of nearly 900 moms conducted by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Busch Gardens®, kids spend only two hours during the week participating in natural, unstructured activities such as playing tag, riding bikes, and exploring nature, and these activity levels increase only slightly on the weekends to a little more than two hours.”

It is almost as though, as parents, we really need to work to help our kids play outside and have that old fashioned fun. And some days I do try hard to set up more outdoor play. But, it really is work for me though I know it is worth the time to get.

With the meetup focus, we heard about how Busch Gardens is trying to help fill that need for outdoor natural fun for whole families. It makes sense. They have over 100 acres of lush land at this location. They have been voted the world’s most beautiful theme park for the past 23 years! I took a few photos from the The  Aeronaut Skyride because the trees and foliage are just gorgeous.

The Aeronaut Skyride

Anyway, Busch Gardens wants to share that “Fun Grows Here”

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they have a kind of triple play of gorgeous nature, animals and rides. So, any family can find their niche while enjoying being outdoors together.

The Aeronaut Skyride

I think that is fabulous and I love that Moms and Dads can have the fun also. My kids love it when we play with them and this trip made it so easy to just go play outdoors!

It was, overall, such a relaxing, enjoyable experience. At the beginning of the day (and at the very end) we had some rain showers. I freaked out and figured we’d have to go home, but there was no lightening and the kids could have cared less.

girl at Busch Gardens with Umbrella

A teeny bit after I calmed down, the sun popped out and the weather was fantastic most of the day…and no one got sunburned.

We got our maps and those of us with smart phones had the Busch Gardens App, which is great because it shows where you are, directions to rides and such and even updates the showtimes around the park. It proved to be a useful App.

The older kids got to run around on the roller coasters and thrill rides, while we did some of the younger kids things, marked as KIDsiderate with our youngest:

Kids roller coaster at Busch Gardens

and then we all met up, throughout the day, to do some rides together, watch some shows, have some treats and check out the animals.

The pompei ride at Busch Gardens

The kids on the Pompeii ride

Dad even found a new ride he liked:

Europe in the air ride

 

As we walked through the park I did test some of the employees {grin} I knew I would be writing a review and I wanted to be able to share the truth of our experience. I had been told that the Park employees with animals were friendly and if I asked, would tell us all about the animal. So, we talked to several park employees who were with animals. We first hung out with the sheep in Scotland and learned tons about the baby sheep and border collies and Clydesdales. My daughter was so into that!

girl and Clydesdales at Busch Gardens

I was impressed with the employees knowledge and willingness to chat with us. We also went to the pet shenanigans show, and I liked how after the show, people were encouraged to come up and talk to the people and visit with the animals.

Pet Shenanigans show at Busch Gardens

Again, my eight year old enjoyed that very much. We also spoke with a woman with the most adorable little owl and she gave us so many facts, Emma could write a report.

Busch Gardens Owl

The roller coasters were my teenagers favorites and they rode those over and over, as the wait times were not bad at all. My children declared Griffon® the “best ride ever”.

Griffon Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens

One thing they noticed was that many of the coasters and thrill rides like the Battering Ram and Da Vinci’s Cradle had accelerometers on the rides, and they were curious to do some of the educational activities when they came back again.

I loved it that I did not push them to do the educational stuff, yet they became curious and want to follow up for themselves. Now, THAT’S natural learning.

I hear that Busch Gardens is homeschool friendly, with many new homeschool opportunities coming up.

For example, they have a Launch Into Physics: The Mars Mission program where kids can learn about momentum, acceleration and g-forces.

I see that this Summer there will be NASA Exploration Days (Aug. 2 – 3) and they have ongoing Conservation programs. You can check out their website to read about how to do Behind the Scenes Tours with groups of 15 or more. As a homeschool Mom, I will be keeping a watch for these things!

Anyway, we meandered through the park and ate crazy good ice cream cone sundaes in France and fat pretzels in Germany (the pretzels in Germany are the best get yours there). I felt like a kid myself.

ice cream at Busch Gardens

As a parent, it is so much fun to watch your kids enjoy themselves! I got a kick out of doing some old school rides like the bumper cars…

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and the carousel…

Busch Gardens carousel

Haha! We made Big brother go with us

and we planned our day to culminate at the Celtic Fyre® a show with singers, musicians and Irish dancers, which was so enjoyable and a great end to the day.

I didn’t have time to do everything. I missed taking the Rhine River Cruise, which sounds beautiful. Next time around, I want to try the Escape from Pompeii® and Roman Rapids®. There is so much to do!!

I know that this trip is something all of my kids that went with us will remember forever. It was just that fun and doing it all together made for a great memory.

You can find more information on the Park on the Busch Gardens website. You can also follow Busch Gardens Facebook. An upcoming event that looks great is the return of IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens® Encore.

So, that was our experience. Here’s to enjoying outdoor fun as a family! #NaturalFun and #MC.

Say Anything Game Review

Heather —  October 27, 2011

 

Want a new family game that gets people laughing and is hard to cheat or be aggressive about? Do you just want to see people have fun without strategizing for ages?

Then get Say Anything Family this Holiday Season.

Seriously. This family and party game is hilarious and easy to play. In a spin on giving your opinion, in this game, you must talk, write and vote on opinions and guess how others will vote.

opinion_cards

The game is good for multi-age play and for lots of players. We played a few times with just three players, but, the more the better. If you have more than six, you can make teams.

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Pieces are all included and pack back up nicely. Kids seem to love the little dry erase boards and pens. I liked the bright colors and modern look to all the pieces. The cards cracked me up!

Say Anything Family Edition game retails for $19.99.

For more information, see http://www.northstargames.com/.

See what my crewmates have to say about Say Anything and Northstar Games.

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I received Say Anything Family Edition through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

What’s For Dinner? e-Mealz!

Heather —  October 20, 2011

Greek Style Pizza was a big hit

So, what’s for dinner?

Do you dread hearing that?

I do. But, while cold cereal actually sounds good to me some nights, I know that is not the best plan for my family!

For years now, we have done family style sit down meals each night. Sometimes children come and go for these, but I try to keep at least that part of the day stable for us all. I am proud of that. On the other hand, I am not always proud of what I put on the table and I can often overspend grabbing last minute parts of meals.

I have heard about menu planning, but between homeschool planning and homekeeping planning and actually having fun (I didn’t count cooking in that category) well, you get the picture…

Sometimes my planning and meals are fantastic, while other weeks, it is a disaster, marked by frequent pasta mixed with something dinners.

And, as we have some special dietary needs, namely, eating organic for everyone and Gluten-free (GF) for me, I figured trying to use someone else’s meal planning was just another step I really did not need to focus on my meal plans.

I was wrong yet again. Enter e-Meals.
Emealz - Easy Meals for Busy People!

When I received the word that I would be doing a review for e-Meals, I was a bit concerned it would be a disaster. I saw that although they have over 20 meal plans to choose from, they did not currently have an organic plan. I also saw that I would be able to make only one change in meal plans during my subscription so I needed to choose my particular type of menu plan carefully.

Now just choosing organic over regular at the grocery store is not difficult, but it can be pricy, so this is a bit of an issue for me. In the past, I’d work hard to choose what was on sale and then figure out what to do with it. While that sounds good, I often ended up with rotten vegetables that I never figured out what to do with…or my intentions were to make a super complicated dinner I did not get done. Either way, I ended up feeling guilty.

And for the GF, I am slowly moving the whole family into eating more and more GF meals, but really, it is just me that really needs that.

Now, I also have moved away from using much red meat at all, but we are not totally vegetarian. I like chicken especially for dinners.

So, with these three main things in mind, I first chose the Gluten-Free menu plan from e-Mealz.

I absolutely loved using it.

I respect the founders and their vision, which is to gather family for dinners and relationship. A worthy endeavor!

Still, especially for working mothers, such an undertaking.

I do believe if you use e-Meals exactly as shown, it is very simple and well worth the extremely reasonable cost. Apparently, lots of people agree, because they have a community of over 150,000 members.

Did I use it exactly how you are supposed to? No. That would be too easy, right? Haha. Currently, I am feeding myself, one husband, three teenagers and one child. I went ahead and printed out the two GF menus that were available on PDF on their site. A current week and one past week are available to copy/print.

I then chose the meals I thought everyone would like best and went to Whole Foods and basically bought 7 dinners, some breakfast stuff and a bit of lunch stuff. Altogether, this was about $120.

I messed with the plans. Ideally, you can just print & go, with the itemized shopping list organized for the store

Now, I know some people would gasp at that price, but this is good for our family, for all organic, not bulk prices.

And, when I did not have to run to the grocery stores, grabbing last minute extras—well, that saves a ton of money.

In fact, our first week was fabulous. We had great dinners and all the pieces were in the fridge. So relaxing!

I actually even got sick, and my husband was able to make a delicious meal in the crockpot for us! (It was like having my mom take care of me, foodwise!)

Sweet.

So, the next week, I got more adventurous and matched up the meals I wanted and local coupons and did even better . Again, dinners were new and different…and a giant hit.

A super healthy sauce mimics alfredo:)

I started to enjoy cooking again! (I even had brain power left over to plan a few deserts).

One thing I didn’t love for us about the GF menu was the amount of red meat recipes. So, I decided to be daring and use our one meal menu change to change to the vegetarian menu plan.

Honestly, if I hadn’t done it, I would have been curious forever, but I was sorry. The vegetarian plan was just so different for me. So many, well…vegetables.  Even Tofu. Still, we found a few recipes we liked which I never would have tried otherwise and I learned how to cook some new things. I added real bacon and chicken to some meatless dishes.

I plan to go back to the GF menu plan asap. And, I plan to stick with using this. After several weeks using this, we have saved money and enjoyed nutritious and fun meals. I am more relaxed about dinner plans and have found extra time to plan some deserts. It just really is helping with the planning.  Even buying more new foods and adding in the $5.00 per month for the ability to download the menus and plans, I am saving money each month.

My husband even asked me to continue:)

Bottom line:

At $15 for three months, this is a real value and a nice experience!

  1. Choose a plan: Choose from more than 20 plans based on grocery store chains, dietary choices and family size.
  2. Print out your list and shop: Print out your list with 7 preplanned meals and matching shopping list
  3. Cook & Enjoy

Go take a look for yourself at http://e-mealz.com/and, you can also find them on facebook and they have a great blog as well.
SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH E-MEALZ MEAL PLANS

See what my crewmates have to say about e-Mealz.

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I received a 3 mth. membership to e-mealz through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

 

 

 

 

Lately, I have been challenged by lots of game reviews! Honestly, while I think my subconscious ability to strategize is pretty good, in game play…well, I often stink.

I really am not a player. That is why I married my husband (he’s the fun one) and also why I enjoy being with my children, they do help me play. (I would be fine, just poring over historical documents, I do find that fun.)

Anyway, as a “NOT” puzzle lover, I had to make myself check this one out. (I knew some of my kids would like it). I didn’t expect to. What I noticed about this 3D word puzzle mix of rubik’s cube and like, scrabble, is that I love to play it by myself. Just mess around with making a word or two. It is cute.

The kids like it and I haven’t even had our resident puzzler lover –my son who at age three would do puzzles upside down on a glass table, then climb under to see his finished product!--try it as he is out of the country. I think if you know someone who likes puzzles and word games, this is a fantastic little item.

And, if you want to leave it around on the coffee table, etc, people will pick it up and get a bit of logic practice! You can even get sneaky and use it for official learning–they give lesson plans on their website: http://www.scrublecube.com/education.html

Now, you are supposed to play it as a real game and the cube comes with, score sheets, and sand timer, etc. So, once you feel adept, go for earning points with your words and play to win.

Appropriate for about 8+, this retails at $24.95, and you can find it at Barnes & Noble and Toy’s R’Us. Note: I also saw it cheaper a few places online.

Here is Em’s take on it:

They have been all over the news for a holiday gift idea and have won several awards, including:

 

Go take a look for yourself at: http://www.scrublecube.com/

You can also find them on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SCRUBLECUBE

See what my crewmates have to say about Scruble Cube

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I received a Scruble Cube through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

 

Cranium Brain Breaks Giveaway!

Heather —  October 5, 2011

Oh, this game suits me perfectly! Years ago, we got our first Cranium Game. The kids have always enjoyed these…but this new one is fun for all of us (even Mom, the multi-tasker).

Cranium is known for super creative game play and this version is no different. The difference?

 You only need a minute to play Cranium Brain Breaks! Or, play for an hour…your choice. But you have to go quickly either way.

There are 200 mini-games, outlined on little cards with super easy directions. Now, just because the directions are easy, doesn’t mean all the games are. But, many had us laughing, rhyming and having a blast. Much of the content is educational as well—because you need to think and create as you play.

The game includes classic cranium categories:

  • Creative Cat
  • Word Worm
  • Star Performer
  • Data Head

Seriously, this family game is adorable.

What else did I love about this?

Well, the players work together. Yeah for the no-fighting aspect as I have some super competitive kids—where DID that come from??

And the game is neatly packaged up in a permanent brain shaped case. And it stays neat. There are little spots for all the pieces. It is so nice when things work and do not get lost!

My original thought when I got to review this was that it would make a great Christmas gift (and it would) but now that I’ve seen the case, well it would also be a great non-sugar treat for Halloween! Ha. Love it.

Even little ones can play

  • Players: 2 or more (although my daughter likes to complete activities all by herself against the clock)
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Approximate Price: $14.99
  • Available at mass merchandise retailers nationwide, or online at Hasbro Toy Shop.

Want ideas for hosting your own Family Game Night?  Like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/familygamenight.

Or, if you’re a tweeter, follow them on Twitter: @familygamenight.

AND, I get to give one CRANIUM BRAIN BREAKS GAME away!

 

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