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

Savings!

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

#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy!









this summer at Digital Media Academy!

Apr 28, 2015

FWMSH Omni i-Max ~ FREE Screening of D-Day Normandy 1944 (4/30)



Over the years my family has participated in many FREE Omni i-Max Screenings at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. This is a program designed to seek interest in possible future Omni i-Max films. All that is asked in return is for you to fill out a very simple survey after the film.

On Thursday,  April 30th you have an opportunity to attend a FREE Screening of D-Day: Normandy 1944. Click HERE for more information on this film.

You must Reserve Your Seats In Advance:

Send an e-mail to omniscreening@fwmsh.org
  Please include the following:

~ Your name
~ Your e-mail address
~ Indicate if you are interested in the 6:30pm or 7:45pm screening.
~ Tickets requested are limited to (2) per household. Guests must be at least 10 years old.
~ Are you a member of the museum?

You will receive a reply e-mail with additional instructions.

For directions, please visit www.fwmuseum.org
For more details, please visit http://fwmuseum.org/free-survey-screening





Apr 21, 2015

FREE Star Party (4/25/15) At The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History




Navigate your way through the skies this Saturday, April 25th at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Join the Noble Planetarium staff and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for this FREE monthly Star Party. 

Telescopes provided for your viewing as the party begins at dusk in the Museum's South Parking Lot. Parking is available in the lot south of Harley Street.

Apr 6, 2015

Visiting Graceland: Plan Your Trip!



* Graceland provided complimentary tickets for my visit. All opinions are my own.

I was only two years old in 1977, the year that Elvis died but his musical influence has been a part of my life since I was eight years old. My dad was actually born in Nashville, Tennessee and on a visit back to his birthplace we stopped in Memphis to visit Graceland. This was my introduction to the world of Elvis and I was hooked!

Graceland Mansion Staircase to Elvis' Private Quarters
Each year Graceland welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world. Knowing people fly across the ocean just to visit Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee is a true testament to how popular Elvis still is today.

When I found out my best friend’s mom who passed away a couple of years ago was a HUGE Elvis fan and never had the opportunity to check off a bucket list visit to Graceland,  I knew we had to make it a girls road trip in her honor.

On a hot summer day in August we loaded up our car and began our journey from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee. With Elvis songs on our play list, we were on our way to Graceland!
As we drove down Elvis Presley Blvd and saw the gates of Graceland, we were like excited teenage girls, well, except for the fact we are totally not teenage girls anymore. Did I really just say "Totally"??



This was Elvis Week and the grounds were filled with people from all over the world there to honor the King! I was afraid of the crowds since it was Elvis Week but we quickly saw that the staff of Graceland had it all under control and it made our visit a very smooth experience.

When you first arrive at Graceland you will park on the opposite side of the street from the Graceland Mansion. This is also where you will purchase tickets (see ticket pricing at the end of this post) and have access to several gift shops, restaurants, special exhibits and a chance to see the Sirius Elvis channel broadcast booth.



Before we decided to visit the mansion, we started out with the self-guided tours that were offered as a part of our Platinum Tour ticket. The first stop was Elvis’ Automobile Museum. This exhibit will take your breath away as it showcases over 30 of Elvis’ personal vehicles and vehicles he gave to family members. It is greatly known that Elvis had a love for cars and found great joy in gifting them to friends and family.  I would love to show every car in this exhibit but that would be a lot of pictures and you really, really, really need to experience this in person. You won't be disappointed!


After touring the amazing exhibit halls across the street from Graceland, it was time for the Main Event.....The Graceland Mansion!!!  We were given an iPad intended for narration of our mansion tour and earphones as we boarded the bus that drove us through the gates of Graceland. The huge trees and expansive lush green yard were beautiful and it was then that it was like taking a big step back in time.



We unloaded from the bus and waited on the front porch steps for our tour guide to begin, all while taking in the fact that we were at Elvis' front door!!  If only he were here to greet us! As our tour began we walked through the rooms that used to be alive with Elvis and his friends playing pool, watching tv and playing music. There are many not-so hidden small staircases inside Graceland and that was a neat little surprise. Up the big white main staircase behind blue velvet curtains were Elvis' private quarters. That is one area of Graceland you will not be able to visit and I have huge respect for that.



Our tour then took us outside into the backyard and through the office where Elvis' gave his famous interview after returning home from the Army.  Next door to the office is a small room Elvis used for target practice. We learned Elvis was always up to something! Whether it was riding golf carts or even horses all over the property, he always looked to entertain. Still today, beautiful stables adorn the property with horses.

As our tour was ending I realized just how peaceful this special place was and I could see how Elvis was at home here. Upon our last leg of the tour was the Memorial Garden where Elvis and family members are buried. At that point I realized we really had honored my best friends mom with this visit to Graceland. Even though I had visited as a child, this was visit meant so much more!


Here are some helpful planning and savings tips you can use when planning your visit to Graceland ......

~ When planning your visit, be sure to check out the operating hours HERE to get the most out of your day at Graceland.

~ While there are a few cafe's on the Graceland property, you can save money when you pack your own lunch cooler. We retreated back to our car, turned up the a/c and enjoyed eating and talking about all we had seen at the exhibits thus far.

~ Receive ticket discount codes (valid during 2015) at MemphisTravel.com.  Use the discount codes HERE to purchase your tickets.

~ Pack your camera or remember to fully charge your smartphone because you will want to take a ton of pictures!! Photos are allowed all over Graceland, inside and out with the exception of flash photography.

~ Visit Graceland.....FREE!
Each operating day, visitors are offered the opportunity to walk up through the gates of Graceland and visit the Meditation Garden FREE from 7:30am - 8:30am. The Meditation Garden is where the grave sites of Elvis and members of is family are located.





Apr 1, 2015

Enter the Buddig Fun in the Sun Getaway Sweepstakes!




Are you already planning your summer vacation? How would you like to go on that vacation absolutely FREE? 

Tell Buddig where your dream destination is and they could make it become a reality. All you have to do for your chance to win is enter the Buddig Fun in the Sun Getaway Sweepstakes now thru April 30th, 2015.

*Open to US residents 18 years and older.  See official rules HERE.