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You Can Save $75 on Digital Media Academy Summer Camps if You Hurry!


Can you believe it is almost summer? I am so happy about the warmer weather, but it has really lit that fire under me to get our summer plans in place. If you are looking for summer camps for your kids and teens and want one that will allow them to discover their passion for STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) through fun and exciting hands-on courses and collaboration, Digital Media Academy technology camp may be what you are looking for. Now for the bad news, you will need to hurry because their summer camps are filling up fast! I do have some good news, you can save $75 on each summer camp registration when you use the promo code TECHFUN17.

Digital Media’s mission is to foster a learning community of diversity and excellence through memorable and innovative educational experiences led by the highest-quality instructors; building skills and confidence to empower lifelong learners to follow their dreams and make a lasting impact. They understand that, girls may shy away from subjects like science, technology, engineering, and math because they are often seen as male-dominated fields.

To change that, Digital Media Academy is committed to increasing girls’ confidence in coding and STEM subjects through immersive courses taught by role models and mentors dedicated to empowering all learners, creators, and makers. DMA’s Made By Girls initiative aims to build tech confidence in young women, and was created exclusively to support early positive experiences with technology.

Your kids can learn the skills of tomorrow this summer at a location near you! When they attend one of Digital Media Academy’s hands-on summer camps for kids and teens ages 6-17, there is no limit to what they can create this summer!

Popular courses include Intro to Java Programming, VR & Game Design, Academy Wearable Tech & Fashion Design, the Filmmaking Academy and much more!

Save BIG on summer camps for a limited time! Use discount code TECHFUN17 for $75 off each summer camp registration. The savings is $35 off DMA’s Jr. Adventures courses or $75 off all full-day tuition for our Adventures, Teen, Academy, and Pro Series courses. Don’t wait – with limited seats available, summer camps are filling fast! Discount may not be combined with any other offer. Some restrictions may apply. Offer valid until Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

 



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Enroll Your Child in a Fun, Project-Based Summer Camp For Less!

Are you thinking about summer? I know I am, I cannot wait for winter to be over! What do your kids do on summer vacation? If you are like me and like to keep your kids involved in fun, active and educational activities, you will be excited to learn about Digital Media Academy’s summer camp.

Digital Media Academy’s fun, project-based approach to summer camp sparks curiosity, builds confidence and fosters team work as students seek creative solutions to real-world problems through technology.

At the end of each course, students go home with a completed project in addition to their new skills and experience in technology and personal development. DMA’s immersive courses bring like-minded students together to inspire one another, and explore their passion through creating.


You can save $75 with the exclusive code for Mommy Ramblings’ readers below. Hurry because the STEM Summer Camps are filling up fast!

Don’t miss your chance to find your child’s passion for coding, 3D modeling, robotics, filmmaking, game design, and more at DMA! Find a camp today and save BIG with code SPRINGUSFG17. Offer expires March 31, 2017. Click HERE to take advantage of this limited time offer.

Learn the Skills of Tomorrow, Today!

Get ready to learn from the best instructors. Digital Media Academy’s project-based camps put students in control as they complete hands-on projects designed to ensure growth and understanding. Students use the best hardware and software on the market today!

Students Love Summer at DMA

At Digital Media Academy, student satisfaction is their number one priority. They make it their mission to provide a memorable and rewarding summer camp experience for all students.

Thanks to their amazing instructors, technology partners, and dedicated staff, 92% of their students give them a 4.5/5 or above in overall student satisfaction.


Safety Matters

At DMA, your child’s safety is the top priority, which is why all staff pass complete Federal background checks in addition to First-Aid and CPR training so you feel confident in your child’s experience.

Everyone Deserves Summer Camp

Digital Media Academy is dedicated to making world-class digital media education accessible to everyone. Their needs-based financial assistance program makes camp possible for those who may not otherwise be able to attend. Apply today! Click HERE to learn more.


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Check Out These New PJ Mask Toys & Apparel In Stores Now! Plus Free Printable Activity Sheets!

My kids love that I am an Official PJ Masks Blogger because they get to test out the newest toys and apparel with me. Recently we received their favorite sampling of PJ Masks merchandise ever! They were amazed when the saw the box had the PJ Mask Headquarters Playset! This huge playset was easy to put together and my son Ethan did it almost all by himself. My kids have been having a blast with this set that includes Catboy and his Cat Car! The PJ Picture Player when activated says fun phrases and plays the show’s theme song. The zip-line, hanging rings, pop out hatches and working elevator help get the super heroes to their quest fast! The winding ramp is so much fun and the Cat Car speeds down over and over with the help of my boys.

They also loved the PJ Masks Vehicles which all came with the matching PJ Masks action figure. They got Owlette, Cat Boy and Gekko along with their trusty vehicles that they were able to use with the Headquarters Playset. The vehicles have room to fit all 3 action figures in one so they can head off together on missions.

Last but not least, they both received a set of PJ Masks Sleepwear that had their favorite crime fighting bedtime super heroes on them. They loved these so much they didn’t want to take them off on a lazy weekend morning and wore them almost all day since we were snowed in.

 

Now our gift to you-These PJ Masks Holiday Tips and Fun Activity Sheets! Enjoy them with your kids today!

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What do you think of the new items. I would love to hear your thoughts, please tell me in the comments.


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Go Back In Time For Dinner & Tournament at Medieval Times #

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I have heard good things about Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament for years and yet we have never been there. I think it is about time to change that. We are planning a trip there in the next few weeks. We will be going to the one in Lyndhurst, NJ.

The kids were really excited when we told them about it. We will be sharing all the fun with our readers through live posting while we are there and a full rundown on everything that happened when we get back.

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I have been studying up on what happens during the performance to get myself ready for the action. Did you know the Knights perform with real metal weapons and wear authentic armor? They do, and during battle scenes, real titanium swords create sparks. I also learned that Medieval Times is the #1 breeder of pure Spanish horses in North America.

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When jousting, the Knights charge at speeds of approximately 15 to 20 miles per hour and reach an impact velocity speed of about 30 to 40 miles per hour. This must all make people crave soup because 125,000 gallons of soup are served each year!

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In case this is making you want to go, I have an exclusive offer for Mommy Ramblings’ readers.  You can save on tickets with our exclusive discount code. Adults $36.95 and children (12 and under) $29.95 with the code MT3629 through 2/28/17. Click HERE to take advantage of the special offer.


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We Had A Howling Good Time At Great Wolf Lodge!

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If you are looking for a fun filled family getaway, get ready to have a howling good time at Great Wolf Lodge. Located in the scenic Pocono Mountains of  Pennsylvania this resort features a never ending array of activities that will delight parents and kids alike.

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From the moment we checked in, we were greeted with smiling, helpful staff who went above and beyond in every way possible to make our stay perfect in every way. The kids were given Wolf Passes upon check in that were able to be redeemed for all kinds of things inside the resort as well as activities like the Ropes Challenge.

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The water park was very clean and had ample seating around the attractions. There were cabanas that could be rented as well. There is pool side wait staff if you want to order drinks. Unlike other water parks you can bring food and drinks into this water park.  That is very nice, especially if you have a family member with special dietary needs.

The Big Foot Pass was a favorite of my son Ethan as well as my husband. They navigated their way across a pool holding onto cargo nets above or braving it and not holding anything as they jump onto giant floating lily pads. A great way to build dexterity and strength while having fun! Videos for this will be on our YouTube Channel soon.

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We spent great family time in Crooked Creek swimming in single or double tubes as well as free swimming. There is a gentle current but don’t be fooled in thinking this is a calm lazy river! You are bound to get soaked by the overflowing buckets that seem to know just when to empty their water onto your head! It is all great fun, even when you get soaked!

Speaking of soaked, Fort Mackenzie is a water tree house with multiple levels of splash-crazy fun! Interactive water toys and kid activated splash features line the way to the Totem Tower Body Slides! Listen for the bell and then take cover if you can because that means the gigantic bucket on top is ready to tip and when it does…you are going to get drenched!

 

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 The Slap Tail Pond Wave Pool is fun for all. A beach like shallow entrance  leading up to a max depth of 5 feet allows you to walk out and play in the waves. The waves roll in and out giving you some calm water time before then next batch of waves comes rolling in.
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Our family enjoyed an awesome breakfast buffet with choices of  farm fresh eggs, apple wood smoked bacon, signature wolf waffles, organic yogurts, granolas, made-to-order omelettes, fresh fruits, berries and much more at The Loose Moose Family KitchenSeasonal family lunches roll out lighter fare, and dinners overflow with entrées inspired by world cuisine. Of course no vacation is complete without dessert and they have a simply splendiferous variety of desserts.

 

On the water park level there is the Hungry Like A Wolf   which is just what we were after staying  until closing at the Water Park. A large pizza and a bottle of ice tea hit the spot! Crowd pleasers like Brooklyn style, hand-stretched pizza, savory Italian and meatball Parmesan sandwiches, garlic cheese bread and freshly made salads fill the menu. You can call ahead and make make meal time a snap with easy pick-up.

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There is a Starbucks on the 2nd floor and for convenient poolside dining choose Grizzly Jack’s Bar & Grill or Buckets Incredible Cravables. Have a Sweet Tooth? Whether you want fudge, ice cream, cake, cupcakes or cookies, Bear Paw Sweets & Eats is the place!

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The staff in the stores and attractions are very friendly and helpful. Our kids loved redeeming their wolf pass in the Creation Station where they could choose to make their very own Great Wolf Lodge Character. There are lots of outfits and clothing choices for these critters that really makes creating their new friend super fun!  They were also able to activate a Clubhouse Crew game to play with their new friend and when they helped Sammy Squirrel find her nuts they were able to return to the  for a prize!

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We had a full-immersion 4-D thrill ride at the Howlywood XD Theater.  After choosing our movie we were taken to our seats to strap in for a multi-sensory adventure that we will never forget as we traveled along a haunted mine! The motion enhanced chair, glasses and special effects transported us to a totally different dimension.howlywood-1-img9463-800x533

Next we embarked on some dazzling mini golf at the Howl At The Moon Glow Golf indoor course. The kids had a blast putting and swinging along a nature-themed filled challenging course of black light illuminated fun!

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For fun with something bigger than a golf ball we headed off to Ten Paw Alley for some exciting bowling fun!

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Howlers Peak Ropes Course can elevate your family adventure to a whole new level. When you are ready to come down there is the Raccoon Lagoon Play Park to roast marshmallows or play a giant game of checkers.

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The Northern Lights Arcade lets you get your game on in a big way! This  gigantic arcade is filled with fun things to do for kids of all ages. All kinds of driving games, air hockey, basketball and much more provide some game fun for everyone! Our kids were able to redeem some of their tickets for adorable crock charms of the Great Wolf Lodge logo and characters.GWL 35

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Our kids were busy with something the entire stay and said it was the best water park resort they have ever been to! They wanted to know if people could live here  and before we left wanted to know when we could come back!

Have you been to Great Wolf Lodge? If you have or are planning a trip please let me know in the comments. If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments and I will answer to the best of my ability! Visit YouTube to see our video compilation of our experience HERE! More Videos will be posted soon. Also check out the videos and photos posted on Instagram.

Stay in the loop with Great Wolf Lodge on their website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

 

 

Although we were provided with a media trip and sponsored perks my words and views are 100% my own.

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How To Have Fun With Breakfast!

Do you love family breakfast time? A big weekend breakfast with pancakes, bacon, maple syrup and fresh squeezed orange juice sounds great doesn’t it? How about taking the fun factor up a notch with fun shaped pancakes. Think it sounds like a lot of work or is too hard? Well, you might be surprised to find out that it is not hard and it actually is a very fun process. It is so easy to make pancakes in fun shapes using the batter pen and fun silicone molds from Kitchen Khancepts.

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The batter pen is easy to fill and easy to clean because both ends unscrew. Just fill it up with your favorite pancake batter and then squeeze it into the molds that you have placed in your pan or griddle. You can also use the pen for cake batter making it easy to fill cupcake molds. Everything is food safe materials and BPA Free. Take a look at our video below to see how it works.

 

 

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You can find this great pancake set on Amazon and if you want to take a look just click on the link below. Let me know what you think.

 


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A Fun Kid’s Toy That Helps Build STEM Skills! #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

If you are looking for a really fun toy for kids on your holiday gift guide, you might want to check out BathBlocks by Just Think Toys. These BathBlocks come in a variety of sets and when they are wet they stick to each other and surfaces like magnets.

They have sets like the Ball Run that present so many options to create ball runs and drops all while taking a bath. They are soft without any sharp edges so they are safe and there are a few different sets to choose from including a cooking set, a Coast Guard Set and more.

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BathBlocks bring classic block play into a fun, fascinating, new, watery environment. BathBlocks empower children to create their vision and build STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as they experiment with geometry, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, balance, structure and cause-effect.

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BathBlocks have won Oppenheim Gold awards. BathBlocks are made from bacteria and mildew resistant EVA and contain no PVC or phthalates. BathBlocks have won Oppenheim Gold awards. BathBlocks are made from bacteria and mildew resistant EVA and contain no PVC or phthalates.

 

We have added BathBlocks to our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. If you would like to try to win a set, enter our giveaway below.

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Just Think Toys is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win their choice of any of the BathBlocks play sets (subject to availability-castle set is sold out) . Thank you to Just Think Toys for the review Ball Run Block Set and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Safari Tales-Kids Learn Reading, Vocabulary & Reasoning Skills Through Games!

Earlier this month we went on a family safari. My kids loved it and so did my husband and I. It was all our younger kids talked about in the following days. They are still bringing it up and asking all kinds of questions about the animals. They are so curious about the lions, tigers, bears, rhinos and more!  In keeping with the safari theme, I want to introduce you to a great learning game. One that parents won’t mind their kids playing, because they are learning reading, vocabulary and reasoning skills through highly engaging games.

SAFARI TALES™, is an enchanting animal adventure game which encourages exploration in reading and vocabulary skills by casting the player as both adventurer and storyteller. Following in the fossilized footsteps of award-winning DINO TALES™, children join five baby animal friends as they explore a vast African Savannah bursting at the seams with wildlife, mini games to master and artifacts and relics to discover and collect. Throughout their in-game adventures, kids learn countless facts and figures about the various environments, their inhabitants and items they encounter on their way, building knowledge and enhancing reading skills.

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I downloaded this app on iTunes to try it out. My husband and I were both amazed at how much there was to do and how interactive and fun it was. You start out with an adorable baby elephant named Eshe.  You can change Eshe’s appearance with fun textures and colors, teach her tricks and walk with her to find other animals and go on quests together. The graphics are so much fun and there are lots of surprises to discover at every turn. screen640x640

You also learn about what your animal can eat and what is not an appropriate food or drink for them. All along  the way you can stop and ask questions to your adorable Meerkat host, Darwin. The game has great music and realistic sounds that make it even more fun. I have only just started discovering all there is to do and I can see why Kuato Studios, is the world-leading developer in learning-through-games.

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SAFARI TALES further feeds inquisitive minds through an adaptive gaming engine built around Apple’s SIRI technology. Curious kids are encouraged to construct over a thousand different questions to ask their in-game guide, Darwin, who will supply intelligent and fact-filled answers, aiding literacy skills in sentence structure, reading and creative thought.

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At the end of each play session, SAFARI TALES uses patented technology to convert children’s adventures, discoveries and achievements into an incredible interactive storybook. Each new tale can be saved and stored to be read over and again with parents and loved ones, strengthening literacy, reasoning and inquiry skills.

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I was happy to see this game encourages parents  to participate in their child’s SAFARI TALES playtime through ‘Parent Corner’, selected from the home screen. From here, access to the game can be PIN-restricted, parents can set their child’s reading age and can control game length from a variety of session times, ensuring playtime fits the family routine. Additionally, notifications can be received each time a new creative artwork is produced in the game, allowing parents to monitor their child’s learning and share in their creativity.

Aimed at children aged between four and ten, SAFARI TALES has been developed in conjunction with pupils and teachers, to ensure that content is age-appropriate and game play fun. “Feedback from both kids and adults is invaluable for us as a studio,” said David Miller, award-winning teacher and now Director of Learning at Kuato Studios. “This participation in the development allows us to pinpoint particular opportunities where the child’s engagement with the game play, their creativity and performance peak, producing the perfect learning experience.”

Safari Tales is avail able now on iOS and Android platforms on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Just click the links and check it out yourself. You can join the adventure at Safari Tales and follow Kuato Studios on Facebook, TwitterYouTube and Instagram. Get a Safari Tales Coloring Book HERE!

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About Kuato Studios

Kuato Studios is a learning company building fun and interactive products that inspire kids to learn the new skills of the future. Kuato Studios was founded in 2012 by the creators and investors behind Siri, to disrupt, innovate and lead the education market, and is working on integrating the latest cutting edge technology, like next generation conversation AI from SRI International, into a smart tutoring platform. Beginning in March 2013 with the release of Hakitzu, a game that teaches coding skills and problem solving, Kuato Studios has pioneered the next generation of educational video games. Through the recent release of Dino Tales and Safari Tales, Kuato Studios continues to be at the forefront of educational technology.

I was provided with a code to download this app for free and while compensated my words and views are always 100% my own.


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Rocking On The RockBoard RBX Scooter-Giveaway!

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Our kids are extremely active! They will be outdoors playing from sun up to long after sun down. Definitely no couch potatoes here! They love riding bikes around the lake we live, we all do! I was intrigued when I saw the Rockboard RBX Scooter. This scooter allows kids and adults up to 220 lbs to propel themselves without the typical kicking. With the Rockboard RBX you propel yourself by rocking and your feet never need to touch the ground. It is a rocking motion that propels the scooter and our 6-year-old and 8-year-old were able to get the hang of it rather quickly.

The RBX is not something you will spend all day assembling. In fact there are only a few pieces to connect and you can be off and rocking. My husband was able to get this from the box to a fully functioning scooter in a matter of minutes. It is recommended for ages 8 and up and can scoot along at up to 10 MPH. It comes in red, blue and black.

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Unique Features Propel without ever putting a foot on the ground
Power Plant Advanced Rockboard Propulsion Technology
Frame Type Ultra-strong steel box frame & front fork / steel Rockboard deck
Wheel Size 200mm urethane wheels with rigid nylon spokes
Wheelbase Rock Mode: 27″ / Kick Mode: 29″
Final Drive Steel power drive chain
Brake Type Front brake lever with adjustment / rear band brake
Handlebar Height Adjustable: 36″ to 46.5″
Curb Weight 16 lbs. (7.3 kg)
Maximum Weight 220 lbs. (99.8 kg)
Colors Red / Blue / Black
Warranty 90 Day Limited

 

 

 

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Rockboard  is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win their own Rockboard RBX Scooter (color selected by rockboard)! Thank you to Rockboard  for sponsoring this fantastic review and giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents. Rockboard RBX Scooter Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules: Please enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck!!!

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Here’s A Great Way To Keep Kids Entertained & Learning New Skills Over The Summer.

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media Blogger Network.  All views & opinions expressed below are my own and are not influenced in anyway.

Kids Academy | Educational Apps for Children

School is coming to an end and many will be starting Kindergarten in the fall or preschool.  If you are looking for an educational app to keep the kids entertained during the summer as well as teach them fundamental skills, your search is over!  Kid Academy Apps for children have 2 great apps for learning and fun.

Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game Educational Books & Free Songs

This free app is perfect for little ones learning simple math skills,  There is a game where they will give them a problem and then the child helps a dog find which number in a maze is the trigh answer by dragging his bone to that numer.  They can connect the dots in the right number order to form objects and number tracing. There are in app purchases to expand this app and unlock additional features like subtraction math facts.

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Bugs, Shapes and Robots Face Paint for Toddlers

FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)

This free app is a great way to teach little ones in preschool and kindergarten fundamental skills. With the use of a firefly incentive, when the child traces the number correctly the fireflies go into a jar and then it goes to the next number. There is lots of other tracing games too and some need to be purchase to work. With the free version you only get so many numbers and then you can buy the app to get the rest of the features with the in app purchases.

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