Ice Cool: A Fun Family Game Where You Get to Flick Penguins

Are you melting? I’m melting. It’s so very hot, and the humidity is just miserable. My kids love to play outside (and I love for them to enjoy the outdoors), but some days it’s too hot for them to stay outside for long periods of time. On those days, we try to find some fun indoor activities to help them chill out and cool off. One of our favorite new ways to do that is a game called Ice Cool, featuring our favorite critters: penguins!

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I know that so many of the games we play these days are played on consoles or computers, but this is an actual tabletop board game, which makes me happy from the start. Ice Cool is a flicking game – if you’ve never heard of a flicking game before, it will make sense in a moment, I promise.

A disclaimer from me to you: if you’re anything like me, you best learn how to play a game by observing rather than reading instructions, so bear with me while I attempt to explain the gameplay here.

The main characters are, as I mentioned, penguins (this thrills me), and it takes place at their happy little penguin school. Just like little humans are known to get distracted in class, these penguins are bored and have decided they’re more interested in catching some tasty fish instead of sitting at their desks. They’re ready to go play and steal some snacks, but the hall monitor could be lurking around any corner, just waiting to take away their hall pass and send them scurrying back to their classroom.

Ice Cool Game Box
The actual construction of the game looks like a school and is created by connecting several low-profile boxes that feature door openings. (The box is the game and the game is the box!) Little fish hang above each door, just waiting to be snatched by a penguin on the run. Each box forms a “room,” and there are 5 rooms in all. If you know there’s a fish to be caught in the gym, for example, you’ll need to move your penguin there.

This is where the flicking comes in. Rather than having a game piece that you move from square to square like many games, these little penguins have wobbly bottoms and can be flicked and spun around. You don’t have to move a certain number of spots to get to your desired location. If you want to hit the gym and you have doors through which you can travel, you can flick your penguin in a way that spins it through the door(s) to get to your destination. Don’t have a door, or you see the hall monitor is in your way? That’s okay, too – you can just jump a wall! [Read more…]


5 Reasons Big Kids Love Dutch Wonderland Too

My kids and I truly have a lot in common. We share the same silly sense of humor, a mutual love for musicals, and we all love a good amusement park more than just about anything!

Some of my happiest childhood memories take place in amusement parks. From the rides to the snacks to the smiles on everyone’s faces, they’re just an incredibly enjoyable place for me and my family. We’ve been to pretty much all of them, large and small, and we all get giddy at the thought of a day at a theme park.

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Dutch Wonderland is an amusement park somewhat near us, right in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country in Lancaster, PA. We recently visited, and we all had an absolute blast! I feel like Dutch Wonderland has a reputation as being geared toward only very young children, so I’m excited to share some of my family’s favorite attractions – I want to prove that older kids (and adults, too) can have a great time and a full day of fun! My kids have visited some of the largest theme parks in the country, and have ridden every exciting attraction they’re tall enough to ride, so they’re not strangers to the exhilaration of crazy roller coasters or drop rides. That said, even though you won’t find things like inverted coasters here, my kids still love every minute of their day at Dutch Wonderland.

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1. Rides

My favorite things at any theme park are the rides. You show me one, and I’ll do it – I love them! Some of the rides at Dutch Wonderland are indeed very gentle and fun for even the youngest kids at the park, but there are also rides the whole family can enjoy. Older kids and adults will love our favorite rides, including the Kingdom Coaster, the Sunoco Turnpike, the Wonder House, and the Double Splash Log Flume. They’re all fun and exciting without being over-the-top crazy, so even hesitant riders can enjoy many of them. I especially love any log flume ride, and the Double Splash is at the top of my list. There are plenty of other rides I haven’t listed, so check out the full lineup here. There’s even a new roller coaster under construction, and we’re looking forward to revisiting Dutch Wonderland to check it out!

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2. Special Features

One of the things that makes Dutch Wonderland so special is all the fun attractions and events you can take in as you stroll through the park. At any given moment, you may run into Princess Brooke or Duke the Dragon, so there’s a potential photo op around every corner. You can also do unique things that I guarantee you won’t find at other theme parks; for example, you can milk a cow! [Read more…]


Dare to Dream & Get Ready to Dance: Leap! the Movie is Coming to Theaters Soon!

Leap! Movie Poster

Check out the brand NEW trailer from The Weinstein Company’s  LEAP!, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song from the soundtrack, “Cut to the Feeling.”

In LEAP! 11-year-old orphan, Félicie has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor, an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own – to become a famous inventor. The two friends flee their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But Félicie quickly learns that talent alone is not enough, but determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

This charming animated comedy will inspire the whole family! Parents, kids, anyone who has ever dreamed of following their heart will fall in love with LEAP!. The entire cast captures the spirit and humor of the story and the music will have you dancing all the way home!

Make sure to get your tickets early!

LEAP! opens in theaters nationwide on August 25th and stars Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler alongside Mel Brooks, Kate McKinnon, and Carly Rae Jepsen.

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Win More than $380 in Prizes in the Cicis Pizza Picnic Fun Event!

I’ve never had pizza on a picnic, but I think it’s a fantastic idea, and I’m happy to be sharing this pizza-themed giveaway from Conservamom with you!

 

Cici's Picnic Fun Giveaway

Cicis, the nation’s top family-friendly pizza buffet restaurant, is always ready to offer fun and delicious meals. Cicis offers great tasting food full of flavorful choices at a great value while delivering a fun and friendly dining experience. At Cicis, guests can enjoy a wide variety of pizzas, including stuffed crust, deep-dish and flatbreads, along with pastas, salads and desserts for dine-in, carry-out and catering. There’s something delicious for everyone who walks through Cicis doors!

To celebrate National Picnic Month, Cicis has an unbelievable summer special available to all:  3 Medium 1-Topping Pizzas for $4 each!

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In honor of this great special and National Picnic Month, Cicis is ready to bring some fun to all our readers with two amazing contests! One will be held over at the Cicis Instagram page, where they will be asking fans to share photos of their own picnics for a chance to win pizza-themed picnic baskets. All you have to do is post an original photo of your pizza picnic spread using the hashtags #pizzapicnic and #sweepstakesentry and tag @officialcicis in the photo description to receive one entry into the Sweepstakes.

This Sweepstakes starts on July 17, 2017 and ends on July 30, 2017, for more information and rules head over here.

Each winner of the Cicis Instagram Sweepstakes will receive a Cicis picnic basket containing one $150 Cicis gift card, one pizza-themed picnic blanket, one pizza-themed pool float and one cooler tote.The second big way to win is right here! One lucky reader will win an amazing gift pack sponsored by Cicis! This amazing pizza-themed picnic basket includes the following prizes:

  • Visa gift card – $150
  • Cicis gift card – $150
  • Pizza-themed picnic blanket – $24.99
  • Pizza themed pool float – $35.99
  • Cooler tote – $20

All you have to do is head below for your chance to win! This giveaway is open to U.S. only and ends on 7/30 at 11:59pm EST. Must be 18 yo + to enter. Void where prohibited.

Good luck! [Read more…]


Joovy Caboose Ultralight Giveaway

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Giveaway

It’s Groovy Joovy Week at Thrifty Nifty Mommy. So far we’ve seen reviews and giveaways for the Joovy Caboose stroller, Joovy Tricycoo 4., the Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller, and the 2017 Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center. Janessa is wrapping up the week today by sharing her review of the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller and we’ve got a giveaway for one too!

Here’s some basic info about the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller:

The new Caboose Ultralight Graphite is the most lightweight, compact and efficient double stroller. Designed for two children of different ages, it is preferred by parents for its practicality. With new upgraded features and an even lighter frame, the Caboose Ultralight Graphite continues to empower older children by giving them a choice to stand or sit while strolling.

The Caboose Ultralight’s design has been improved with a new graphite-colored aluminum frame and it is 10% lighter than the previous Ultralight model. At 22 lbs. fully configured, it is lighter than some single strollers. A new rear canopy attachment provides shade for the child sitting in the back. The new parent organizer also holds two beverages and has a convenient zippered pocket for keys, phone or wallet. A universal infant car seat adapter is included and fits most car seats on the market. This handy accessory converts the stroller into a travel system, allowing the older child to stand on the rear stand-on platform.

The storage basket is ample enough for a diaper bag. Sealed ball bearing wheels provide superb maneuverability and the 4-wheel suspension make for a smooth ride. The linked rear parking brake adds extra security when the stroller is parked. In addition, the Caboose Ultralight has the most compact fold for a double stroller. If your children are within 2 years of each other, you may consider the optional Caboose Rear Seat, which converts the rear bench seat into a front-facing, full-size, reclining seat. This accessory is sold separately and it folds up with the stroller for convenience. It’s also easy to install or uninstall.

The Caboose Ultralight Graphite is a versatile tandem stroller that offers the size, weight and maneuverability of a single stroller without compromising features!

I’m teaming up with a few other great bloggers to bring you a giveaway for a Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller!

If you’d like a chance to win the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller, enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US (lower 48 states) and ends at 11:59 PM EST on July 28th, 2017. Good luck! [Read more…]