Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#DisneySide @Home Celebration Kit Has Arrived

I received  a  free product in order to facilitate my party. All opinions and thoughts are my own. Thanks to Disney Parks and MomSelect. 

I can't contain my excitement! We are so excited to be hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration along with my birthday this coming weekend. Can't wait to see the how much fun my daughter, my nieces, and friends will have. I'm ready to find out what is in the box! The theme given to our family is Disney Villains Tween/Teen.

To be continued!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Family Winter Fun at LEGOLAND Discover Center Chicago!

I received a free tickets in order to facilitate my review. All opinions as always are my own.

Its bitter cold and snowy in Chicago so what can we possibly do to entertain our toddler without having to freeze outside? Easy, get out and do something fun indoors!  This past weekend we were invited to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago, which is located in Schaumburg, IL near the Woodfield Mall. This is a great alternative to visiting the City, as parking is free, and traffic is light!

I wasn't sure what to expect other than there would probably be tons of Lego blocks to play with. I have a 2.5 year old and was glad to hear that on Tuesdays they offer a special Toddler time. I couldn't make it out on a Tuesday, but we still had fun. Maybe this summer we can visit again.

There are two levels. The first one is mostly Lego creations, which of course Maddie wanted to hug all the ones she could reach, and the upstairs is the interactive things. There is also a cafeteria, so you can play and eat. My husband and I were most excited to see MINILAND® Chicago. It’s always fascinating to see our city in mini view. I loved the fact that they had winterized it for the season!

Maddie visited the DUPLO® Village and quickly took to going down the slide and playing in the gym, a perfect way to tire out a very active toddler. They also had two separate areas for the Lego. One was the small blocks and the other section was the bigger blocks, just the right size for Maddie's tiny fingers. She decided she would spend her time building a bridge with her daddy.

I was surprised to find out they had two rides! One, Merlin's Apprentice Ride, Maddie was just too short for, but looked like tons of fun, you pedal to go up and stay up. Once you stop, you come down. The other ride I wasn't sure if Maddie should ride, but she insisted that she wanted to fight the dragon and save the princess (Kingdom Quest Laser Ride). Being pregnant I had to skip this ride. But from Daddy’s feedback, it was fun, but probably not the best idea for a toddler as it can be dark and scary. She was fine though.  We received a mini LEGO® Factory Tour of how the Lego are made, and even received a tiny souvenir. There was also a short 4D movie we could watch, but by then we had a really tired toddler. But sounds quite fun with added effects such as wind. A list of attractions can be found here.

Depending on the time arrival you could pay anywhere from $12-18, discounts are provided if you purchase in advance online. Children 2 and under are free. (Toddler Tuesdays is $7 as long as you arrive prior to 11am and book online). All of the above attractions are included with your admission. I would recommend visiting LEGOLAND at least once. Your kids would really enjoy spending a couple of hours there checking out the fun.