Jul 292014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Adventure Center at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

While we were staying at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire a few weekends ago, one of the things we did was take a gondola ride up to the summit.  We’ve stayed at Loon numerous times over the years, but it wasn’t until we got a Super Adventure Pass for their Adventure Center that we actually went to the top of the mountain.

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There are a few things to do up on the summit of the mountain, including the Glacial Caves.  There you can crawl, squeeze and climb your way through the really old caves & boulders that date back to the ice age.  Seriously.

More than 12,000 years ago, the massive Laurentide Ice Sheet covered Loon Mountain in more than a mile of ice. When the ice melted, it left behind a whole bunch of ginormous boulders just below the summit.  Now-a-days you can explore the small caverns and passageways tucked into the that area because they’ve built a  wooden walkway throughout it. Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Adventure Center at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way** \

Do you think the White Mountains of New Hampshire are just for winter fun? Think again.  There are tons of things to do in the summertime and the Loon Mountain Adventure Center has a whole slew of great activities for you to do on  your summer getaway!  The best part is that you can customize your experience.

Want to do it all?  The Super Adventure Pass is the way to go, which includes everything Loon has to offer.  Check it out -

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Only want to do certatin attractions?  Check out the Loon Adventure Pass:

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If you only have a few hours to spend, the Base Camp Pass or Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard Pass might be perfect for you: Continue reading »

Jul 152014
 

**Masshole Mommy and her family received complimentary admission, parking, cabana and a locker rental during the day of our visit.  All opnions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Here in New England, we only get about three months of summer, so my family really tries to make the most of it.  One thing we do every single year is head to the water park.  This year, we decided to make the 90 minute ride up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to spend the day at Water Country and I am so happy we did.

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One of the nice things at Water Country is that they offer cabanas, so you can have your own personal space for the day.  We liked the idea of having a place to keep all of our stuff, so we happily set up shop in one of their Standard Cabanas, which was located right next to the Wave Pool. The cabanas at Water Country accommodate six people with a small table, 2 chairs and 2 Lounge chairs.  No worries if you have extra guests because you can fit up to 2 additional people ($10 per guest) in the cabana with you. Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 

*My family and I were invited to this attend WWE’s Money in the Bank live pay per view event and received tickets at no charge. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Back in March I chaperoned my youngest son’s class field trip to the aquarium.  On both the bus ride to the aquarium and the ride home, all the little boys talked about was wrestling.  John Cena this and Kane that.  It was really cute, but prior to that, I didn’t realize that my son knew anything about any of the WWE wrestlers.  When we got home that night I asked him about it and he sure schooled me.  He knew them all and talked my ear off for a good half hour about the WWE and mostly John Cena.

When my family received an invitation to attend the live pay-per-view (PPV) event, Money in the Bank on June 29, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, I knew it was going to be the highlight of my boys summer!

We arrived at the show about an hour before the event started and my boys were super excited when we got there and they saw the ring all set up!

WWE Money in the Bank PPV

At the beginning of the show, Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan made an appearance and gave the audience an update on his neck surgery recovery was going.  As soon as they announced his name, the crowd went insane.  They cheered him for a good couple of minutes and after everyone settled down, he told us that he didn’t know when he was going to return and that he actually might need to have another surgery. Continue reading »

Jul 082014
 

Recently, the boys and I headed over to Edaville USA in Carver, MA for the Grand Opening of the newest addition to the park, Dinoland!  In case you’ve never been, Edaville USA is a family fun amusement park located in South Carver, MA.  In addition to Dinoland, the park features train rides through picturesque cranberry bogs, vintage amusement rides, indoor and outdoor play spaces, and some newly acquired modern rides.

I grew up going to Edaville and was super excited that I was invited to attend the VIP grand opening of Dinoland!

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Dinoland offers children and adults a chance to travel through the wooded footpath and witness over 20 life-sized dinosaurs moving and roaring in an outdoor environment.

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Jun 272014
 

While we were in San Diego in April, we had a chance to make a stop at the The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, which features more than 100 interactive science exhibits.  My boys love that sort of thing and I wanted to take them if we ended up having a little extra time, which we did.

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When I initially told my sister in law, who lives in San Diego, that I wanted to take my boys there, the first thing she said was that the Museum of Science in Boston was much better.  So, I actually read a few reviews about this place before we went because her statement had a me a little worried.

Many of the reviews that I read were by adults that went to the museum and didn’t enjoy it because it was geared towards children. Well, duh.  That sort of museum is intended for children, so those had me a little baffled.  And there were quite a few of them, which also made me scratch my head. But anyways, all the reviews that I read by adults that were also parents said that the Fleet Science Center was awesome, so we went. Continue reading »

Jun 242014
 

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Remember when I told you about our visit to the La Jolla tidepools when we were in California in April?  Well, while we were still in San Diego, my brother in law told us about another tide pool in the area that might be worth a visit and he was definitely right.  They were called the  Cabrillo tidepools and they are located on Point Loma in San Diego, which was even a little closer to our hotel than the tidepools in La Jolla.  Score.

In case you are unfamiliar, during periods of low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions and you can see a  myriad of sea creatures in them.

The Cabrillo tidepools were definitley different than the ones in La Jolla simply because of the fact that there were lots and lots of cliffs there, so we really needed to keep an eye on the kiddos until we were able to make our way down to the bottom of the cliffs.  They weren’t like Roadrunner cliffs, but they were steep enough that if you fell off, you would most definitley be injured.

Not to mention that  there are no hand rails at all and the rocks/cliff can get slippery, especially when wet – so we were very careful.

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Jun 192014
 

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On our recent trip to California, we squeezed in a visit to the tidepools located in La Jolla Cove. The tidepools are part of shell beach, which is actually just south of the cove (under the cliffs of Coast Boulevard Park).

The tidepool is made up of all sorts of really cool rock formations and it’s definitley something we don’t see much over here on the upper east coast.  We spent several hours there because we got there right before low tide and I feel like I snapped a million pictures because none of us had ever seen anything like it and it was just so cool to see.

Although the rocks were a little slippery – especially that green stuff you can see in some of my pictures, my kids had a blast searching for sea creatures. They found a ton of hermit crabs, an anemone or two and a bunch of crabs.

Here are a few of the million pictures I took while we were there:

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Jun 172014
 

Purgatory Chasm

You know how there are local places that you hear about over and over, but never seem to get to?  For me, Purgatory Chasm was one of those places.  I knew a ton of people that had gone, but I wasn’t entirely sure exactly what it was.  So I did what anyone would do and Googled it.

This is what the mass.gov site had to say:

A unique natural landmark, Purgatory Chasm runs for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the Chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago.

That sounds cool, right?

So, over Memorial Day weekend, we took a drive up there.  It was about an hour from my house, but as soon as I saw the place – it was totally worth it! Continue reading »

Jun 122014
 

One of the things we did while were at the the San Diego Zoo Safari Park back in April was to take a ride on the Africa Tram. The Africa Tram tour brings visitors out into the “Savanna” to see wildlife from different parts of Africa.

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We saw so many animals while we were out on the 40 minute tour, but we are regulars on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride at The Animal Kingdom in Disney World because we go there so often – and because of that we weren’t as impressed as we probably should have been on this tour.

It did cost extra to go on the tram, but there are different ticket options at the park, so you can get a pass that includes the tram when you first buy your tickets for the park when you arrive. If you have never experienced African animals out in their natural habitat, this is definitley something you would want to check out if you are planning on spending time at the safari park. Continue reading »

Jun 112014
 

During our trip to California in April, we went to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Last year when we went to California, we visited the San Diego Zoo, but this year we decided that we’d do something we hadn’t done before and headed to the Safari Park – which is a separate park from the zoo.

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My awesome sister in law, who lives in the outskirts of San Diego managed to score the four of us free passes to the park, which was so cool.  My SIL/BIL and nephew have a membership to the San Diego Zoo, which includes the safari park & they planned to meet us there that day.  As it turned out, my sister in law got the flu, so just my brother in law and nephew ended up joining us.

Before my in laws arrived, my boys just had to make pennies.  If you read my post about making pennies last year when we went to Disney World, you probably already know that I travel with a bag of quarters and shiny pennies in case we run into those machines.  And we always do. Continue reading »

Jun 102014
 

While we were at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in April, one of the things that the kidlets really enjoyed was the Condor Trail.  They have several California Condors on display on Condor Ridge at the Safari Park.

The California Condor is the largest North American land bird. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all 22 remaining wild individuals were captured) and through captive breeding, the numbers are back up and some California Condors have been reintroduced into the wild.

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The ones on display at the Safari Park live in this enclosure: Continue reading »

Jun 092014
 

While we were at the the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in April, we got the chance to check out a cool exhibit that they had going on:  The Butterfly Jungle.

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More than 10,000 exotic butterflies of all colors and sizes fluttered around us as we walked through an aviary filled with the flying creatures!  There were 30 different species from Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

I was able to snap a few photos while we were inside the aviary, but since most of the butterflies were flying, I had a hard time getting many clear pictures. Continue reading »

Jun 032014
 

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On Mother’s Day, Chris and I decided to take the gruesome twosome for a walk along one of Newport’s most famous attractions – The Cliff Walk.   The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile path along the gorgeous coastline of Newport, RI.  The Cliff Walk runs behind several of the Newport Mansions and it’s an absolutely gorgeous place to go for a walk.

We started the walk at the beginning, which was right next to First Beach on Memorial Drive .  At that point along the path, it’s paved and pretty easy to navigate, but there are some rocky, unpaved sections further down along the path. Continue reading »

Jun 012014
 

the cape cod canal bikeway

Sometimes my family likes to spend time down by the Cape Cod Canal.  We only live about 20 minutes away and it’s a really, really nice place to go for a walk or a bike ride. The Cape Cod Canal bikeway extends for about 8 miles along the Cape Cod Canal between the Bourne and the Sagamore bridges.  The bikeway is a paved path designated for bikers, foot traffic and non-motorized vehicles only. The views of the canal’s various boat traffic, along with the area’s quaint shoreline scenery are absolutely gorgeous. Continue reading »

May 302014
 

Minifigure trading at Legoland

During our recent trip to California, we got to spend an entire day at LEGOLAND®.  It was something that I have always wanted my kids to experience and I was so happy that I had the opportunity to take them. We actually went on Easter Sunday and I am glad that we chose that day because the park was not as crowded as it probably normally would have been on any other Sunday.

We had an awesome day, but today I am going to share a little insider tip with you if you are planning on visiting a LEGOLAND park. Trading minifigures is a big part of the fun of visiting LEGOLAND, although I don’t think many park-goers even know about the tradition.

Guests who bring a minifigure from home (or buy one in the park) can trade it for any of the minifigures that the park employees wear on their name tags.

Even though this was our first trip to LEGOLAND, we were told in advance about minifigure trading, so each of my boys brought a few Lego guys from home to trade.  And trade they did:

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May 282014
 

**Masshole Mommy and her family received complimentary admission to LEGOLAND® California in order to experience the park and provide an honest opinion.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

During our recent trip to California, we got to spend an entire day at LEGOLAND®.  It was something that I have always wanted my kids to experience and I was so happy that I had the opportunity to take them.  We went with my sister in law, brother and law & nephew who live in San Diego and it was even better going to the park knowing that we got to spend the day with family!

We actually went on Easter Sunday and I am glad that we chose that day because the park was not as crowded as it probably normally would have been on any other Sunday. In case you are unfamiliar, LEGOLAND® California is a 128-acre family theme park located in Carlsbad, a seaside community 30 miles north of downtown San Diego and one hour south of Anaheim.

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As soon as we got there, the kids  couldn’t wait to get on some rides.  Explore Village was our first stop and the Safari Trek was our first ride. Continue reading »

May 272014
 

**Masshole Mommy and her family received complimentary admission to LEGOLAND® California in order to experience the park and provide an honest opinion.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

During our recent trip to California, we got to spend an entire day at LEGOLAND®.  It was something that I have always wanted my kids to experience and I was so happy that I had the opportunity to take them.

We actually went on Easter Sunday and I am glad that we chose that day because the park was not as crowded as it probably normally would have been on any other Sunday.   We spent most of the day going on rides, but after lunch, we decided to check out the LEGOLAND® Water Park for a while.  My boys love water parks, so I don’t think they would have let us leave without stopping there for a while.

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LEGOLAND® Water Park is located at the north end of LEGOLAND® California adjacent to  Fun Town. The entrance is located between the Factory Tour and the Adventurer’s Club. Continue reading »

May 242014
 

This post is brought to you by Water Country in Portsmouth, NH 

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If there is one thing that my boys love, it’s playing the water.  It was still chilly in April when they started asking when we were going to head up to Water Country in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Those boys are so silly because at that point we still had the heat on!

Anyhow, Chris and I always make sure that the boys get their fill of the water over the few short months of summer we have here in New England and we will be heading to Water Country soon enough.  We love it there because there there is so much to do and it’s not far from Boston at all.

My boys usually spend most of their day at Water Country in the wave pool, but the Adventure River is right up there, too.  Not to mention all the cool water slides they have there.  It’s an awesome way to spend a day of family fun during the summer time!

Water Country’s grand opening is right around the corner on June 07 and guess what?  I have a discount for you if you’re planning on going (and if you’ve never been, you should definitely plan on checking it out).

Just use the promo code Blog30’ for $3.00 off of the $38.99 admission price or buy a Basic Season Pass and receive a Free Friend Ticket with promo code STAYPLAY!

Water Country’s is social, too, so be sure to follow them to keep up with their latest news and updates:

Twitter: @WaterCountry

Facebook:www.facebook.com/WaterCountry

Instagram: @WaterCountryWP

We’re heading up to Water Country early in July, so stay tuned to hear all about our adventures at the park!

Masshole Mommy is one of Water Country’s 2014 season bloggers.  Park admission for my family was received, but all opinions expressed here are stictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Apr 292014
 

My boys love going to indoor play places and one that we are frequent visitors at is called Boomer’s Playland in Carver, MA. It’s only about ten minutes from my house and the boys have a flippin’ blast every time we go there.

The main attraction at Boomer’s is their interactive Mega-Climber filled with tubes, nets, windows, mats, slides.

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