Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Beat the heat this summer with $1 movies! {2016}

It's back!! This is one thing we look forward to every year. As much as we love Summer, some days we love to beat the heat and stay in the AC and enjoy a movie favorite for $1!
The 2016 Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. Start time is 10 am, and I always suggest getting there a little early because Summer Camps like to show up for these and the theaters fill up fast! These are great for younger kids too, because if they have a total meltdown half way thru the movie, you're only out $2!

They start in Charlotte and Huntersville June 14th, but please see your local theatre for program start date. Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Showing by week:

Week 1
The Lego Movie

Week 2
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition

Week 3
The Smurfs 2

Week 4
Despicable Me 2

Week 5
The Peanuts Movie

Week 6
Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Curious George

Week 7
The Book of Life
Hotel Transylvania 2

Week 8
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Shaun The Sheep

Week 9
The Croods
Dr. Suess' The Lorax


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Double Digits! Our boy is TEN! {Personal}

Wow, 10 years old.  We've reached the double digits!  Just 8 more before you start choosing which college you will attend

This year's favorites:

Food: Terriyaki Chicken and Broccoli & Cheese (what mommy makes)
Sport: Basketball (same)
TV Show(s): Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead and Shark Tank
Best Friend(s):  Kade, Kenon, Sam, Riley, Eli and Ian
Teacher: Miss Seamster (hasn't changed since 1st grade)
Song: Resurrecting- Elevation Worship
Singer: Mack Brock
Book(s): Ungifted 
Toy(s): BB Gun, Tablet, Stikbots and Nintendo 3DS
Movie(s):  Little Shop of Horrors, Zootopia and I am Sam 
When he grows up he wants to be: "Animator, I'll make a lot of money doing something I love to do.  Me and my brother will work together: A Downing Production"

As I went through pictures over the last year I realized how many great memories were made.

This year you:
  • probably read close to 100 books, no joke.  
  • volunteered your time to help others (we love your generous heart)
  • became a big brother.  He will be here in June and is a lucky boy to have you to look up to.
  • visited: Raleigh, North Myrtle Beach, Tampa, Wilmington, Orlando, Disney World and LegoLand for the very first time!
  • played Basketball
  • fell in love with musical theater, you saw: Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Matilda and Wicked.  You fell in love with Wicked and make us listen and sing to the soundtrack often!
  • lost: Daisy {our 10 year old German Shepherd}
  • played Minecraft, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Disney Infinity (not much has changed)
  • fell in love with animation and have created many stop motion videos 
My letter to 10 year old you:

You never look at something as it is, you have the ability to look at an object and a person and are able to see its fullest potential. You look at life with such enthusiasm, you always find fun everywhere you go. You are bold and fearless, you could care less what others are doing and you make your own path. I pray that confidence never leaves you. You are empathetic towards everyone and have been caught sitting with kids in silent lunch just so they didn't have to sit alone. Your mind blows us away, the things you think up or say are so intelligent and well thought out. You love Jesus so deeply and want everyone to know who He is. You are mommy's fiercest defender and always lend me a helping hand, most times without me even having to ask. We never want one day to go by where you don't feel loved or special. Especially your birthday. You are such an amazing kid, we'd love to take the credit but we know you're a gift only God could create. We love you, your family loves you, and most importantly God loves you. You are always more than enough all on your own and don't you forget that! Happy 10th Birthday, Jay!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

NASCAR Hall of Fame Easter Egg 400 on March 26th {Giveaway}

Join us for an Easter egg hunt, Spring craft activities in the Great Hall for all attendees as well as entertainment by Mr. Nigel and Friends, photos with the Easter Bunny and, of course, Champ the Cheetah! We will also be showing the movie “Shaun the Sheep.”

Win a family 4 pack of Tickets on our Facebook Page HERE!

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
Spring craft activities in the Great Hall for all attendees as well as entertainment by Mr. Nigel and Friends.

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. 
Easter egg hunt begins in Race Week
(separate egg hunts for younger kids)

10 - 11:30 a.m. 
“Shaun the Sheep” movie shown in the High Octane Theater 
This event is FREE for Rookie Racers Kids Club members and $7 for non-members. All kids under age 2 will receive free admission.

Rookie Racers Kids Club members can RSVP by 
clicking here.
General admission tickets can be purchased by 
Click here to learn more about joining the Rookie Racers Kids Club today!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Gearapalooza 2016 Tour Coming to Charlotte for Expectant and New Parents!

 Gearapalooza: The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event
South Charlotte Banquet Center (9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte)

 March 9, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Join us for an evening filled with:
  • The chance to meet the best baby gear vendors and check out the latest products.
  • A 90-minute info session and Q&A with Jamie Grayson, The BabyGuyNYC.
  • A jam-packed gift bag filled with essentials for mom + baby for everyone!
  • The chance to win THOUSANDS of dollars in prizes!
  • Exclusive discounts from Shower Me with Love TONIGHT ONLY!


Tickets start at $53.74 and include gift bags. Attendees have the option of purchasing a Platinum Ticket for $132.87 that also includes a Beco Baby Carrier (valued at $140). The event also features thousands of dollars in giveaways.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Harlem Globetrotters: Coming to Charlotte! {Giveaway}


The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Charlotte! Our guy gets so excited because they always come to town around his birthday! He's a Basketball player himself and just loves the joy The Harlem Globetrotters bring to the court!

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to UNC Charlotte’s Halton Arena on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., during their 90thAnniversary World Tour, presented regionally by Krew Mobile, America’s new family cell phone service.

On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

Not only will we be taking our boy, we will also be giving away 4 tickets to one lucky reader!!

Please tell us who you will be bringing if you win to be considered as a winner. Giveaway ends on March 18th at midnight and winners will be notified via email. Once we choose a winner we will give you 24 hrs to respond and then we will go to who's next in line. Extra entires to anyone who shares on social media. You must tag "The Playful Mom" in all posts to be considered!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Care Bears & Cousins Season 2 Premieres on Netflix February 5th!


The whole huggable gang is back, bringing tales of caring and sharing to whole new generation! And the Care Bear cousins are here to join the fun!  My all time favorite as a kid was the Care Bears!  I remember doing the Care Bear countdown and the Care Bear stare.  I love that I get to relive it through my kids and that they've added Cousins to the mix! 

Another fun experience that can get you excited for the premier is to take your little ones to Build A Bear workshop to make their very own Care Bear! 

How cute are they?  I, for one, would love a Tenderheart bear!  We are so excited to start the new season.  Be sure to check them out on Netflix February 5th! 


Also, if you haven’t already, please follow Care Bears on social media :

Twitter and Instagram: @CareBearsFriend

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CareBears

YouTube: http://www.YouTube.com/CareBears

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/CareBearsAGP

I wrote this post out of pure excitement and because I am a #ShareYourCare Ambassador 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wild Kratts Live is coming to Charlotte!! {Giveaway}


PBS KIDS Show Comes Alive on Stage in Charlotte at Ovens Auditorium

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 1pm and 4:30pm
Tickets on-sale Friday, October 23rd at 10am

The wildly popular PBS KIDS® television show, WILD KRATTS, is coming to the live stage. Wild Kratts LIVE! will be at the venue on Saturday, February, 13th 2016 at 1pm and 4:30pm. Tickets go on-sale Friday, October 23rd at 10am. and can be purchased at available at Bojangles’ Coliseum Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000, Tickets start at $29.75 plus applicable service charges. A very limited number of VIP meet and greet tickets are available.

I don't know about you but we have quite the Wild Kratts fan at our house!  He actually did his first grade project on the Draco Lizard, which was inspired by one of his favorite episodes of Wild Kratts!  He also loves playing on PBS.org and playing the game online where he can be one of the explorers.  He's now in 4th grade and still loves the show, so I love that it still reaches him 4 years later!  He is so excited to see the Live show! 

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, "come to real life" in a classically Wild Kratts story. In "To the Creature Rescue!”, the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’, the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Wild Kratts LIVE! is created for the stage by the imaginative minds of Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt from Zooboomafoo, Kratt’s Creatures and Be the Creature. The Kratt Brothers’ national tours draw tens of thousands of creature-crazy kids and their families and the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.

I love that this show not only entertains kids everywhere but it's teaching them about different environments and how to be kind to animalsWe are beyond excited for the Live Show and just as excited to announce that we will be giving away a 4 pack of tickets to the 4:30pm show on Saturday February 13th! 

Follow the Wild Kratts and Ovens Auditorium on Social Media:

Wild Kratts on Facebook
Wild Kratts on Twitter
Ovens Auditorium on Facebook
Ovens Auditorium on Twitter  

How do you enter?  Tell us your child's favorite animal!  Extra entries if you share on Social Media, be sure to mention The Playful Mom, Wild Kratts Live and Ovens Auditorium!  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme {Giveaway}


Children of all ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 100 world-renowned artists provide 2 ½ hours of thrilling entertainment. Prepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles and incredibly hilarious moments.

Free with your ticket purchase, the party starts an hour before the show in the All Access Pre-show. You and your family can meet our international cast of performers and get up close to our menagerie of animals.

Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

Show Schedule

Wednesday January 27 at 7 p.m.

Thursday January 28 at 7 p.m.

Friday January 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 7pm

Saturday January 30 at 11 a.m., 3pm and 7pm

Sunday January 31 at 11 a.m. and 3pm

You can buy your tickets HERE.

Wouldn't it be great to win a pack of tickets?  Well I have some exciting news for you! One lucky winner will be selected to win a Family 4 Pack of tickets to The Greatest Show on Earth for Thursday January 28th at 7pm. How awesome is that?!

All you have to do is leave a comment below with what you've been doing in this snowy weather!  Extra entries for any social media shares: Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!  Winner will be chosen Tuesday morning, 1/26/16.

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Monster Jam is coming to Charlotte {Giveaway}

The 2016 touring season brings more Monster Jam excitement, providing entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. This event will feature eight different trucks including Captain’s Curse, Doomsday, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Hot Wheels, Mad Scientist, MM Dalmatian and Zombie Hunter. Approximately 12-feet-tall and about 12-feet-wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, these trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 130 feet over 14 cars side-by-side and up to 35 feet in the air.

Monster Jam is returning to Time Warner Cable Arena for three shows January 8th and 9th.  Buy your tickets HERE!

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.

Here's a treat for one lucky reader! I happen to have a family four pack of tickets for the Friday night show to giveaway!! You must complete all the required steps on the rafflecopter below to be eligible. There are ways to earn extra entries that are not required, but encouraged. We will choose a winner at 9am on January 4th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, November 28, 2015

American Girl: Grace Thomas {Giveaway!!}

American Girl Doll Giveaway - Grace 2015 Doll of the Year
If you have a young girl in your home, chances are you have heard all about Grace Thomas, American Girl's 2015 Girl of the Year.
Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. She even has a fun iPhone app! Sweet Shop By American Girl: Mix, roll, bake, and decorate treats in a French pastry shop just like Grace, Girl of the Year 2015. The more tarts, macaroons, and other pastries you bake, the more recipes you'll unlock.
This giveaway is for a Grace Thomas American Girl Doll and her book Grace-written by Mary Casanova, valued at $120.
Grace is only available for purchase through December 2015, and until supplies last! This may be your last chance to win Grace so don't miss out.



American Girl Doll Giveaway - Grace 2015 Girl of the Year

American Girl Doll Giveaway - Grace 2015 Doll of the Year

 Sponsored by:
Terms & Conditions Open to US Residents 18 years of age or older. Giveaways ends December 18th at 11:59 PM ET. Winner will be chosen by random drawing through Gleam.io. Winner will have 48 hours to reply via email to accept the prize or another winner will be chosen. All entries will be validated. Sponsors reserve the right to invalidate any entry at their discretion.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with American Girl, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.
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