The Queen Rules at Medieval Times

It’s a new year and a new time –  and we’re thrilled to share that starting today, Medieval Times is debuting a new show based around a matriarch! So move on over King, because her majesty, the Queen, is now in charge as the sole ruler of the land.

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We’re big fans of visiting the Lyndhurst, NJ castle – it makes for a really fun and entertaining experience for all generations.  Alongside the jousting, cheering and feasting with our hands – I can’t tell you how happy I am to have my kids (a daughter and son) see the new show with a female in charge as a firm and respected leader.  For the first time in 34-years – the Queen is cast in this leadership role. Right-on Medieval Times!

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In addition to the Queen and the continuation of all the elements that viewers love, there are a bunch of exciting new changes to the show.

  • The new live-action film score is precisely synchronized with every element of the show: from lights to fights; jousts to jabs; the Queen’s entry to curtain closings and more.
  • More than 700 new costumes for all nine castles’ performers including horses, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated costume shop in Dallas, TX.
  • The sound and light team spends 120 hours programming 300 new music cues and 500 new lighting cues. Several castles are installing and programming a new LED lighting system that offers 256 colors (the previous system had 14 colors).  The system is powered by 10 miles of cable and an estimated million-dollar upgrade.
  • 200 new suits of armor, shields, and helmets, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated armory in Florida.
  • More than 350 team members and 225 horses train and rehearse new lines and fight scenes for three months while still presenting the current show.
  • New music – composed by Dr. Daniel May, a  composer and jazz pianist who highlights include scoring “Everest” and other films – and working with notable names including Sting and The Moody Blues. Dr. Daniel May directed and recorded Medieval Times’ new show composition in Kiev with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. He directed the choir in Ukraine with lyrics written by poet and choir member Solomia Gorokhivska, and a solo cellist and violin player from Pittsburgh, PA.

Grab your tickets here!

 

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Introducing Kinder Joy: These Coveted Kinder Eggs Have Finally Come to the US

Kinder-Egg-Joy-USA-launchThis post is sponsored by Kinder. Content and opinions, as always, are my own. 

There’s no longer a need to travel overseas to pick up those coveted Kinder Eggs because Kinder Joy has finally come to America! I couldn’t wait to join Kinder at their official launch at Manhattan’s Pier 59 to get my hands on the exciting treat.

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The lovely Malin Akerman joined in the excitement as the official shipment pulled into Chelsea Piers.  And she shared a sweet story of getting to finally enjoy the nostalgic treat from her childhood abroad with her son, who also came along for the Kinder festivities.

Check out the Kinder Joy shipping crates pulling into Chelsea Piers. That’s a lot of Kinder!

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Eager parents couldn’t wait to introduce the treat + toy to their kiddos as the first official Kinder Joy products rolled (or sailed!) in.

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Popular overseas – we’re pretty confident that Kinder Joy will soon be flying off the shelves!  Wondering what all the hype is about? Kinder Joy is a plastic egg that splits down the middle to reveal two separately sealed halves.

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One side contains a treat and the other, a toy! The treat side, comprised of two soft cream layers (sweet milk-cream and cocoa), along with two chocolate-covered wafer bites – filled with sweet cocoa cream – is simply divine.  You better believe that someone licked the included spoon clean!

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And the separately sealed toy side contains one of over 40 different toys – creatively designed for kids to assemble and engage in fun play alongside their parent.

Your kids will have a blast putting their little toys together.  And if you’re lucky, they’ll hopefully share the treat side with you!

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I’m pretty sure that these kids love me extra when I come home with treats!  And Kinder Joy was the perfect way to add a little surprise to my littles day after returning home from a long work trip the evening prior.

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I happen to love sharing in their joy (more than anything, really) too.

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See ya’ in the Kinder isle!

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Anime NYC 2017

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When your dad whips up a pretty cool Samus Aran Varia suit and Megaman X light armor cosplay for Halloween, I suppose it’s natural to want to step into that armor more than once. And while we didn’t make it to Comi Con, the kids were super stoked to attend Anime NYC 2017 – this past weekend at the Javits Center.

At ages 7 and 9, the kids are already huge fans of Japanese animation, and it has a lot of influence in the art they create. It was our first experience at an event like this, and we were all pretty blown away with the anime superfans and the overall glimpse into anime culture.

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The vibe was super positive, and most adults had a genuine curiosity in the kids’ interest in their cosplay creations. Our girl was so excited to connect with other females who have a love for Samus, and she also saw tons of her other cosplay favorite – Sailor Moon. Our Megaman X said it was the coolest day ever and both the kids were really intrigued with the otaku art on display in the artist alley.

They kept saying things like – “WOW, people really LOVE Anime!”

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The kids were good sports about all the photo requests (there were a ton!).

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The highlight of our experience was stumbling in front of the Wize Guys Collectibles both when we first entered the venue. They hosted voice actor Christopher Sabat, and he actually looked up from his autographing and selfie-booth busyness to take a photo of the kids!  He then told our Samus all about his voice work in Metroid Prime and gave both kids autographed prints. Day made! It’s pretty incredible when a celebrity goes out of their way to be super kind and down to earth.

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Now to convince the dad to whip up some new cosplay for next year!

 

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Halloween Harvest at Coney Island’s Luna Park

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The Halloween Harvest officially kicked off this weekend at Coney Island’s Luna Park, and we had a behind the scenes look at all the fun activities and experiences they have to offer.

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In addition to the thrilling rides and amusement park fun that Luna Park is known for – the Halloween Harvest includes face painting, pony rides and the best pumpkin patch we’ve ever seen in NYC! The experience is included with the purchase of an all-day wristband and runs until October 29th!

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Check out Luna Park to get all the details on their upcoming annual Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest, the carving of their giant pumpkin and more!

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Shopkins Macaron Café Pop-Up Comes to NYC + SKECHERS Giveaway!

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Did you hear about the Shopkins Macaron Café Pop-Up experience that came to New York City?  In celebration of their newest collection, season eight, World Vacation – parents scrambled to get a coveted spot at the TriBeCa location during its duration in June.  We heard that tickets went within minutes of the free online sign-up opening – and team Shopkins even ended up adding extra slots for those on the wait list.

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We were lucky enough to attend their press day event prior to the pop-ups opening, and my big girl willingly obliged to take part in the press day fashion show where she wore head to toe Shopkins themed clothing and kicks – and beamed alongside real life Shoppies.  The kids in attendance enjoyed treats, indulged in Shopkins-themed manicures and of course checked out all of the latest merchandise from Moose Toys Skopkins collection.  We were even lucky enough to get sneak peek of the Shopkins Live on Tour!

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In addition to a cool bomber jacket, my tween was most excited about wearing sneakers from SKECHERS new back-to-school collection featuring the iconic Shopkins characters. And we’re so excited to partner with Shopkins and SKECHERS to send two lucky kids off to a new school year in their choice of the below sneakers from the new Shopkins-themed back-to-school line (sizes 8-3)!

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WIN IT:  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  For another entry, visit our facebook fan page and leave a comment on the corresponding post.  The two randomly selected winners will be announced on facebook on Thursday evening, August 3rd.

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Kids are Free This Summer at Medieval Times!

Did you have a chance to see how much fun we had eating with our hands and cheering at the top of our lungs over at Medieval Time Dinner and Tournament in Lyndhurst, NJ?

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Our kids still talk about our visit to the castle, and that epic battle where our knight emerged as the winner!

We’re excited to share that NOW is the time to visit their New Jersey location because kids are free (yes, FREE!) all summer! And if you’re able to catch a Wednesday show, this offer includes free Jr. Knight Training for kids.

Kids Free* All Summer + Jr. Knight Training at Medieval Times – Lyndhurst, NJ *One free child admission with each full priced adult admission. Must mention or enter code KFB17 at time of purchase. Not valid with other discounts, offers or group rates. Restrictions may apply. Valid thru 8/31/17. Make your reservations by call 1-888-935-6878 or visit medievaltimes.com Purchase tickets: http://www.medievaltimes.com/plan-your-trip/lyndhurst-nj/NJ-Kids-Free-Jr-Knight-Training.html

One free child admission with each full priced adult admission. Must mention or enter the code KFB17 at time of purchase. Not valid with other discounts, offers or group rates. Restrictions may apply. Valid thru 8/31/17. Make your reservations by call 1-888-935-6878 or visit medievaltimes.com.

Have fun with your little M’Lady and M’Lord and purchase your tickets here.

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