Monthly Archives: Feb 2014

MEGA FUN with LEGOLAND EVENT

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This week we were invited to preview news regarding LEGOLAND Parks and hear all the amazing and exciting news on their Orlando expansion in NYC at the  Grand Hyatt and I wanted to share all the amazing news with you!

We had a chance to hear about Legoland Discovery Center  in Westchester, which is so close to us and will be visiting it in March with my family to share all the  fun with you!

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We also had a chance to preview the new expansion at the Legoland Florida Park in Orlando, available for new guests on Memorial Day. We will also be visiting it to share the rides and excitement with you, during our late March trip, I can’t wait!

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The event was perfect for all ages, my son spent most of the time building Chima sets!

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Children and adults were amazed by large Lego Statues and Buildings!

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I can’t begin to describe the amazing food and desserts buffet which caught the children’s attention!

 

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We were very impressed with the new things that are happening in the LEGOLAND parks, which you can check on the links above and can’t wait to share our experience after our visit! Let us know if you have visited one of their parks and share your experience here!

 

Nuclear Cowboyz Giveaway

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I have received tickets to attend the Nuclear Cowboyz Show, but all opinions are my own.

I’m so excited to share the Freestyle Motocross Show returning to IZOD Center on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 with an all new show. It features the saga of an allied tribe, the Nuclear Cowboyz, whose sole commitment is to defeat an indestructible evil tyrant and her army in this action-infused freestyle performance of pure danger and raw combat.

Check it out:

 

My son and hubby can’t wait, we have watched some show clips and they are checking out all information, we’re so excited to be attending the show!

Entering its fifth touring year, Nuclear Cowboyz 2014 is led by an award-winning creative team and features the world’s top freestyle motocross athletes, including multi-time X Games medalists Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Taka Higashino, Mike Mason, Matt Buyten, Ronnie Faisst and Colten Moore as well as freestyle heavyweights Derek Garland, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Nick Dunne, Brody Wilson, Marco Picado and more.

Show Time
Saturday, March 1, 2014

7:30PM

Sunday, March 2, 2014

2:00PM

Where

IZOD Center

50 State Route 120

East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Ticket Information

Tickets are available now at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800/745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at Ticketmaster Retail Locations or by purchasing them at the arena’s box office.  All seats are reserved.  Tickets start at $15 for kids.  For Group Sales (15 tickets or more), please call 201-460-4370.

Experience Nuclear Cowboyz with a VIP Fallout Zone ticket. A very limited number of tickets are set aside for the BIGGEST Nuclear Cowboyz fans. Each VIP Fallout Zone ticket includes: Premium seating and admission to a private meet-and-greet with the stars of Nuclear Cowboyz 2014 where fans will be presented with a commemorative VIP Fallout Zone credential and poster. Only VIP Fallout Zone ticket holders will be able to take part in the meet-and-greet. It’s the ultimate VIP experience. Don’t wait as these seats are extremely limited and will go fast.

About Feld Motor Sports®

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

Guess what I am really excited because we will be giving away family passes for 4 (four) people, to enter, please comment on what you are looking forward to seeing at Nuclear Cowboyz and many other ways to win!

Can’t wait to announce the winner!

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5 Reasons Why Computer Games Improved My Son’s Spelling

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I know what you are thinking! Computer and we limit the children’s time on it, trust me, I’ve been there, I still AM! But my son was reading very complicated books and was really great at understanding and reading them, but when it was time to write answers, to spell, oh no! Even words he had just read, simple day to day words would come out like some foreign language and trust me, they were not in any known dictionary!

Well, Minecraft and Clash of Clans came along and he needed to chat, sometimes, unusual words were involved in the game! He started observing other players and started mastering the most common words and also the harder ones. Let me share a secret – 7, 8 even 9 year olds don’t chat with acronyms or abbreviations, they write things down, full words as a way to communicate with each other. It’s their brain trying to make sense of thinking and typing at the same time, fast enough to ask for resources, for donations, for troops and for their buddy who is playing with them to follow them and attack.

So after my frustration with my son’s literature answers, and observing his progress and maturity in the written language and how it had developed in parallel with his game skills, I have reached the conclusion that games can have a positive impact on your child’s education, as long as they are playing games  that reach and use those skills.

As a linguist, these are my findings, comparing my observation and the data on my son’s homework:

  1.  Games can improve spelling if your child uses chat mode, because the speed and level of concentration will require that they master their spelling to write while they play.
  2. At age 6-8, children are trying to make sense of building sentences, without proper punctuation and connectors, so words need to have full meaning, because most times, two words will convey the meaning of a full 10 word sentence. Well, no better place then games, where speed will require precision and concision, above all.
  3. Children don’t want to sound “not cool”, so sometimes my son would shout across the room, mom, how do you spell? Spelling becomes a must have skill, so the cool older kids playing don’t make fun of you!
  4. My son’s communication skills also were enhanced while playing Minecraft, Clash of Clans and Terraria since he had to master Skype, research mods, glitches and tricks on You Tube, which brought extra hours of reading and learning, prior to playing the game.
  5. His typing skills were also developed, because with no formal typing lessons, he suddenly became a very fast keyboarder.  There is a chat section on Minecraft which has motivated him to learn to type faster and more accurately and sometimes communicate with several players at the same time. 

So more specifically about Minecraft, my favorite, way beyond spelling, when you spawn in Minecraft you are in the middle of nowhere with trees, caves and animals around.  If you are playing in survival mode, you will also see creepers, skeletons, zombies, spiders or endermen that will attack you starting at sundown.  You need to try to survive by cutting down trees and building some type of shelter to protect yourself from the monsters that come out at night.  You also have  hunger bars and if you don’t find food, you will die.

Sounds easy, but trust me it’s not.  You must come up with a strategy for surviving that first night and be quick about it lest you die at the hands of the monsters in the dark or a hungry belly.  I have seen the kids come up with elaborate plans for surviving that first night.  They’ve learned to hunt for food, build shelter, mine coal for torches and make tools from natural resources all within the span of a 10 minute Minecraft “day”. Tough, huh?

I’m impressed so much I have even recommended some parents to use games to help my foreign language students enhance their reading and spelling skills. Check it out on my post on favorite apps!

Just remember, the best way to help your child excel at any subject is to make it fun and help him feel successful. Nothing is more fun then playing video games!

Monster Fun With Monster Jam

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This Year We had the best Valentines Day ever! We went to watch Monster Jam at the IZOD Center and had the best family night ever!

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Party In The Pits started with Adam Anderson owner and driver of Grave Digger – The Legend, who explained how Monster Jam works and his family history in the business, how he started. We knew he was a crowd favorite, but after talking with him, we could really understand why!  We had an overall view of the outside and learned about the  66 inch tires, trucks running on methanol fuel, and even witnessed them change the tire and the inside of his car and how he gets inside.

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All drivers were really nice and patient, they answered any questions we had and autographed our 2014 Souvenir YEARBOOK! Here are some of our favorites!

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These were the trucks featured:

The Grave Digger – The Legend, The Grave Digger, Captain America, Thrasher, Shockwave, Overkill Evolution, Madusa and Black Stallion.

They competed in amazing categories such as Wheelies, Donuts, Racing and Free Style!

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The Legend won most competitions, but we really loved the action packed finale, where Grave Digger (the original, not The Legend), hit three Monster Trucks while doing free style, which was the final competition!  It stirred the crowd and brought the adrenaline to a whole new level! A Monster Level!

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It was truly a great experience, for adults and children of any age! I would highly recommend it! Tonight the fun continues, to find out more information, please log on to Monster Jam

 

 

 

Marvel Super Hero Mashers – A Smashing Hit

This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Hasbro; complimentary products were provided.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

We really love that children are encouraged to use their imagination and create, more than just a simple build a character toy! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with  interchangeable parts, so kids can create amazing heroes with endless possibilities! What if THOR had CAPTAIN AMERICA’s shield? What if THE HULK could shoot off repulsor blasts like IRON MAN? More than 20 unique MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS characters  are planned for 2014, there is no limit to what your child’s imagination will create! I like them so much that I have decided to incorporate them in my Spanish Classes to motivate children learn about body parts, perfect combination of creativity and foreign languages!

We received Thor and Captain America and the fun began!

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My son created, in his own words: A Thormarica!

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He also created Captain Thunder:

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He even named him on the special tent card:

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So, are you ready to Make YOUR Mash-Up? Visit www.hasbro.com/heromashers/en_US/ for more information and to create your own! Come and join the fun!

We also wanted to invite you to join us for the Hasbro Marvel Super Hero Mashers #MiMashup Twitter Party on 2/12 from 9-10 pm EST. Follow @LatinaMomBlogs for details.