Jun 20, 2015

Visit Cascade Caverns this Summer and Save!

This weekend we are spending time in the Texas Hill Country and are very excited to visit Cascade Caverns! 
We will get the chance to see Texas Downunder! Did you know that Cascade Caverns has been declared a Texas Historical Site for its combination of history, geology and archaelogical signifigance? Here you will take a guided 45 minute to one hour tour that takes you through corridor after corridor of timeless beauty. 

The tour leaves continuously throughout the day but check seasonal schedules for specific times during the year. You will want to wear comfortable walking shoes and remember to bring your camera.  What is the climate of the caverns? The cavern is a cool living cavern with millions of glistening drops of pure water reluctantly falling on spectacular rock formations, a comfortable 64 degrees year round.

You are also able to bring your picnic to enjoy the 105 acre park before or after your tour. There are nature trails and a playground to explore as well as a gift shop for you to visit.

Cascade Caverns is a fun and educational experience for adults, teens, and kids. It is also the ideal setup for parties, rallies, musical events, or corporate retreats.  

Check out Cascade Caverns for yourself and plan your visit at www.cascadecaverns.com

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Cheap Summer Kids Movies 2015 in DFW

When the kids aren't busy splashing in the pool this summer, stay cool indoors and entertain the kids with free or cheap kids movies in DFW area theaters.

Catch a kids movie on the big screen all summer long without breaking the bank. Movie showings are generally Monday - Thursday with start times between 10am - 12:30pm depending on your preferred location. Purchase Online and choose the admission price of $1, $2 or $3 dollars based on the donation amount you wish to give. 100% of your donation will go to non-profit organizations helping people right in your community. The following schedule is for the DFW area theaters

Despicable Me
Mary Poppins
The Land Before Time
Night At The Museum

Charlotte's Web (2006)
Chicken Run
Muppets Most Wanted

Follow That Bird
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Parent Trap (1961)

CINEMARK: Summer Movie Clubhouse
Movie are $1 or buy a Bundle in advance and get 10 movies for just $5! Showings are usually Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings but it does actually vary by location. Search your DFW area Cinemark for specific dates, times and showings. When searching your location you will be able to print the coupon at the bottom of the page for $1 off a Movie Snack Pack.

The LEGO Movie
Dolphin Tale 2
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Penguins of Madagascar

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Hot To Train Your Dragon 2
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

The Nut Job
Rio 2

Premiere Cinemas: Summer Kids Fest
Families can enjoy $1 movies on Wednesdays at 10:00am throughout the summer. Premiere Cinemas does not have a lot of DFW locations but it does however have many theaters all over Texas. If you are traveling or visiting family in Texas this summer, find out if there is a Premiere Cinema location near you.

June 10: Rio
June 17: The Croods
June 24: Rio 1


July 1: The Book of Life
July 8: Horton Hears a Who
July 15: Madagascar 3
July 22: The Spongebob Movie: A Sponge Out of Water
July 29: Hotel Transylvania


August 5: Despicable Me 2

Studio Movie Grill: Kids Summer Series

Escape from the heat and head to SMG for the Children's Summer Series. Beginning at 11am Monday-Friday you will be able to catch a new kids showing each week for $3.

June 1-5: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
June 8-12: Madagascar
June 15-19: Rio 2
June 29- July 3: Chicken Run
July 6-10: Horton Hears a Who
July 13-17: How to Train Your Dragon
July 20-24: Ice Age 2
July 27-31: Monsters vs Aliens
Aug 3-7: Kung Fu Panda
Aug 10-14: Puss In Boots
Aug 17-21: Turbo

Regal: Summer Movie Express

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1! Movies are shown Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at 10am.

June 9-10: The Nut Job and Annie
June 16-17: Earth to Echo and Boxtrolls
June 23-24: Paddington and Turbo
June 30- July 1: Rio 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 7-8: Mr. Peabody and Book of Life
July 14-15: Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb and Madagascar
July 21-22: Madagascar 2 and Dolphin Tale 2
July 28-29: Muppets Most Wanted and Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
August 4-5: The LEGO Movie and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Jun 16, 2015

Moody Gardens Galveston All New "Spongebob SubPants Adventure" and Our Family Trip 2015!



What better way to kick off summer than with a trip to Galveston, Texas! That is exactly what we did to start this season of fun in the sun. Our destination was Moody Gardens Galveston to see the premiere of the All New “Spongebob Subpants Adventure” and boy did it deliver on the fun and much more!  Stay tuned for more details below and special SAVINGS for my readers…..

As a single mom of two boys, I was excited that my mom came along with us to experience Moody Gardens Galveston. Since this was our first trip to Galveston, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. As we drove along the I-45 Causeway, Moody Gardens came into view with the beautiful pyramids.

When we arrived and began to check-in, the boys were already well on their way to investigating the surroundings. Gift shop…check, Elevators….check, Vending Machines….check. Yes, those seem to rank high on the list for my kiddos when we travel. Priorities, Right? 

Next on my priority list was to get to our room to drop off our luggage. When I walked into the room I was immediately impressed with the beautiful d├ęcor and the view from our room overlooking the Pool, Pyramids, and the Ocean. Ahhh, I could feel then that summer had arrived!

Moody Gardens is host to many attractions but since we are total Spongebob fans, first on our list was the All New “Spongebob Subpants Adventure”  in the Discovery Pyramid.  As soon as you enter the attraction area, your visual senses are heightened as you walk into a room with tanks featuring beautiful jellyfish, coral and other sea-creatures. Next, our sea captain showed us a short video and we were then ready to board the “Le Plunger”  for the  life-sized world of Bikini Bottom which is viewed through a 30-foot wide observation window. Patrick Star and the rest of his underwater animated pals then took us on a 3D technology adventure where guests were able to have real-time conversations with him that help choose our path through the underwater adventure. The audience interaction was a great element that had us laughing all the way through.  Another feature is the 4D sensory element that brought the adventure to life through scents, like the smell of sunscreen, bubbles that popped above our heads and a bouncing beach ball in the audience. We saw first-hand the hard work Nickelodeon  put into this attraction and it was so much fun!

Next, we were ready to explore even more of what Moody Gardens had to offer.  If you have never been, let me inform you that there are 3 Pyramids (Aquarium, Rainforest and Discovery)  playing host to many attractions. We decided to start with the Aquarium which showcases sea-life in many forms. A highlight for us was the walk-through aquarium with my sons favorite….the sharks! We also encountered the penguins (oh, so cute),  the sea lions and oh yes, an Anaconda! Let me just say it was HUGE and I just may have gotten the Heebie Geebies.  This is not just a small aquarium either. I was impressed with the amount of sea-life and other creatures on display.

Where to next? The Rainforest of course! We stepped into a true Rainforest environment where tropical plants surrounded us, butterflies fluttered around and the tropical birds were beautifully perched. Another exhibit in the Rainforest we found exciting were the Bats. We were able to see them up close as they flew around their habitat. My youngest son had never seen bats so this was fun for him. As we left the Rainforest we were ready to head to the Discovery Pyramid to catch a showing at the MG 3D Theater.

The Discovery Pyramid is great in that is houses many theater attractions as well as a restaurant and snack bar. At this point in our adventure we were pretty tired from all the walking so it was nice to just grab a snack and relax for a moment.  We had chosen which show we wanted to see at the MG 3D Theater so that was next on our list. It was a Jacque Cousteau feature that was really informative about sea-life. We all walked away with new  and interesting facts. That really is one great thing  about visiting Moody Gardens. It is fun and educational all at the same time. 

We didn’t visit ALL the attractions Moody Gardens has to offer due to other scheduled adventures in Galveston, but  you will want to plan on spending a full-day or even two (2) days on your visit!


With so many cool and exciting  attractions at Moody Gardens, you will want to be sure to visit each and every one of them with a Moody Gardens One-Day Value Pass priced at $54.95 with this special code for my readers:MGBLOG02

Click HERE to purchase your One-Day Value Pass!

**Moody Gardens invited me to experience the All New "Spongebob SubPants Adventure" and accomodated me with a 1-night stay.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Jun 11, 2015

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May 15, 2015

Moody Gardens Unveils All New Spongebob SubPants Adventure This Memorial Day Weekend + Discount Code

Get ready Spongebob Squarepants fans!

Do you have a Spongebob Squarepants fan in your house? Get excited because this Memorial Day Weekend Moody Gardens Galveston, Tx will premiere the all new "Spongebob SubPants Adventure" in the Discovery Pyramid!

What can I expect?

Guests will experience a whole new kind of submarine adventure as they take the "Le Plunger" into the hyper-real, life-sized world of Bikini Bottom which is viewed through a 30-foot wide observation window. Patrick Star and the rest of his underwater animated pals are seen on screen through 3D technology and guests are able to have real-time conversations with him and help choose their path through the underwater adventure. To further immerse guests, four large viewing portholes bring the experience of the entire submarine to life!

Wait....It get's even more exciting!

The attraction takes visitors from digital to real time through exciting 4D sensory elements bringing the adventure to life through scents, like the smell of sunscreen, bubbles they pop above their heads and bouncing beach balls. 

Spongebob SupPants Adventure Pricing: $18.95 Adults and $16.95 Seniors


With so many cool and exciting  attractions at Moody Gardens, you will want to be sure to visit each and every one of them with a Moody Gardens One-Day Value Pass priced at $54.95 with this special code for my readers: MGBLOG02

Click HERE to purchase your One-Day Value Pass!

May 6, 2015

Why A Trip To Schlitterbahn Waterparks Should Be On Your Summer Calendar! Hint~ Fun & Frugal!

Spring has arrived and the sun peeking through the clouds has me excited about summer approaching! This time of year in our house means pulling out the calendar and planning our summer activities and travel destinations.  As always, a trip (or two...or three) to Schlitterbahn is a must! 

As a parent, one of the reasons I like Schlitterbahn Waterparks is because it is a fun and frugal destination for the family. A day at an amusement park or water park has the possibility of breaking the bank fast but Schlitterbahn offers many frugal options for families......

~ FREE Parking
~ FREE Life Jackets
~ Bring Your Own Ice Chest!!!! (Big Time Money Saver)

Schlitterbahn also makes it easy to eat with many picnic table options that provide shaded relief from the sun. Just another great feature offered by Schlitterbahn

Let's Talk Rides.....

Schlitterbahn has been the birthplace of nearly every waterpark ride innovation including the world's first uphill water coaster and the inland surfing ride.....the Boogie Bahn! For me though, I am all about riding the lazy river. I'll leave the stomach-drop excitement to the young'uns! 

With so many locations, you have your choice of Schlitterbahn parks to visit and they each have their own claim to fame.

~ New Braunfels: Worlds longest tube ride; America's Favorite Waterpark

~ South Padre: World's First Transportainment system where interconnected rivers are queue lines for rides. I can't even explain how much I love this feature. I never had to leave the water to ride all the rides and I never got hot waiting in line.

~ Galveston - World's favorite indoor park.

~ Kansas City - Midwest's longest tubing adventure, and home to the World's Tallest Waterslide!

Are you excited yet? Now get out your calendar and start planning!

Apr 29, 2015

Digital Media Academy ~ Great Summer Camp Option!

So summer is almost here and I can't believe it. To say I'm excited is an understatement. It has been coooold here in Texas for way to long and I'm ready to see the sun! Summer also means it's time to find activities our kids will enjoy and with two "tech" minded teenagers, I think I have found the perfect summer camp through Digital Media Academy!

Your probably thinking... What exactly is Digital Media Academy?

Take a look.....

Well, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world.

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org. Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. 

Digital Media Academy is also proud to introduce Made by Girls, a new program dedicated to empowering girls and closing the gender gap in the tech industry.

Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org. Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer

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