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Teaching our Children to be Brave

May19

We all want our children to be brave. Not so brave that they’re not safe, of course! But brave enough to try new things and experience the great adventures awaiting them in Life. There are a few ways that we can help our children learn this kind of bravery.

Be a Role Model

Our children are always watching us and imitating us. It’s up to us to stop and think about what kind of example we are setting for them. Do we show bravery to them when it’s time to try something new or something we’re scared of? Show your child the different ways that you are brave and they will learn to follow your example.

Listen and Talk

Sometimes we assume that our children are scared of something for no reason and try to push them into doing it. Take the time to talk with your child and ask him what his reasons are for being afraid, Show him that you care enough to take the time to listen and help him work through any unreasonable fears.

Expose Gradually

If there’s something that your child is afraid, like roller coasters, consider taking baby steps toward facing that fear. Since Funderland has free admission, bring your child in just to walk around, look at the rides, see other children having fun, and have a picnic. Assure her that you will not be going on any rides during that visit. After that successful visit, come back again, but only try rides that aren’t as intimidating, like the Carousel and the Funderland Train. Stop by the Flying Dragon Roller Coaster only to watch. The next time, try to see if your child is willing to consider giving the roller coaster a try, but don’t push her until she feels ready.

Encourage

When your child displays bravery in some form, take the time to notice and talk about it. Praise him for making a brave choice and facing a fear or facing something that makes him uncomfortable. As you continue to encourage your child’s brave choices, he will naturally want to try more new and scary things.

We encourage you to bring your brave children out to Funderland to experience the fun to be had in our local amusement park. And don’t forget – we’ve got an after school special going on through June 12!

Enter to Win Our Brave & Beautiful Mother’s Day Giveaway

May05

Mother’s Day is almost here and we love our moms! We know that every mom is amazing and deserves a reward. Help celebrate motherhood by entering our Brave & Beautiful Mother’s Day Giveaway! Not only will mom get something special just for her, but there are prizes for the family as well! One winner will receive the following prizes: Fun for Mom ~ $150 Massage Envy Gift Card, and Fun for Family ~ sixty Ride Tickets and four Meal Combos plus Cotton Candy.

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page
  • Complete your entry by noon on 5/19/15
  • After you submit your form, you’ll have the opportunity to share the giveaway with your Facebook friends and receive 1 bonus entry for every friend who enters!

Brave & Beautiful Prize Pack Includes:

  • $150 Massage Envy Gift Card
  • 60 Ride Tickets
  • 4 Meal Combo Vouchers
  • 4 Cotton Candy Vouchers

Good luck!

 

Save 50% (5/1-6/12) With Our After School Special

May01

Our After School Special is Back!

It’s time again for the wildly popular After School Special! Come enjoy some after school fun and rides with the kids from now until June 12!

Come by the park any weekday from May 1, 2015 – June 12, 2015, from 3pm – 5pm and get an Unlimited Weekday Wristband for half price. Hurry in to take advantage of this great price!

It’s the perfect time to come on in because our new and improved Backroads Buggies with significantly extended track reopens this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd!

So head into the park, enjoy the sunshine, and let the kids burn off some extra energy after school.

See you soon!

Park Updates: Backroads Buggies Progress and More

Apr28

Hi Folks!

If you have been by the park recently you have seen some of our new park updates. Our new Backroads Buggies line queue building is nearly finished, and it is looking beautiful. This building required some extensive work as it is made out of gorgeous cedar wood, and 4” by 4” quarter inch metal posts. In the words of our contractor Tim Larsen, “If a tornado ever comes through Sacramento, I’m coming to the Buggies queue.” Needless to say, that building is extremely solid.

Funderland Backroad Buggies progress

Funderland Backroad Buggies cover

What is even more exciting than the Backroads Buggies queue line is the ride itself. We lengthened the track by approximately 300 feet. Now there are more twists and turns to make through our new drought tolerant landscaping.

However, there were some major surprises that set us back, and pushed our tentative opening date. The main surprise being that the State of California now required that the entire ride be fenced off despite the fact that it is already behind fencing. We were unprepared for this since the ride had always been allowed to operate behind the main fence in the park, and perimeter fence on the park borders.  Regardless, adding new fence was an additional expense we were not excited about, as well as a set back to our opening date.

*Update: Great News! Our Backroad Buggies with extended track will be open this weekend – Saturday & Sunday, May 2nd & 3rd! Come on out and give the new track a try!

Now on to the most exciting part! We will be opening a brand new ride in the upcoming months. We have not had a new ride in the park since the early 90’s so this is a huge deal! Additionally, we will be asking our fans to help us come up with a name for this new ride; so we will need your help! We will give you more information about the ride soon so stay tuned. See you at the park!

Sincerely,
Sam Johnston

Enter to Win our Spring into Fun Giveaway!

Apr09

Celebrate Spring with us! Spring into Fun by entering our latest Giveaway! One winner will receive the following prizes to use and to share the fun with friends: four 2015 Season Passes to Funderland, four VIP Passes, and eight Vouchers for Cotton Candy. All the ingredients you need for a fun Spring outing at Funderland!

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page
  • Complete your entry by noon on 4/23/15
  • After you submit your form, you’ll have the opportunity to share the giveaway with your Facebook friends and receive 1 bonus entry for every friend who enters!

Spring into Fun Prize Pack Includes:

  • Four 2015 Season Passes for Funderland
  • Four Funderland VIP Passes
  • Eight Vouchers for Cotton Candy

Good luck!

Hop Into Fun During Our Annual Easter Bash!

Mar16

It’s that time of year again! That’s right, our Annual Easter Bash is back and better than ever! Hop into the park March 27th, 28th, & 29th for egg hunts, visits from the Easter Bunny, free crafts, candy, thrilling pint-sized rides all day, and more!

Visit us During our Easter Bash For:

  • FREE Ride Tickets: Donate a new game or new art supplies to River Oak Center for Children & get free tickets (free tickets based on value of items donated).
  • Easter Egg Hunts: $3 per child. Hunts every 30 minutes!
  • Visits from the Easter Bunny & Happy the Squirrel
  • Free Crafts
  • Spin & win at our info table
  • Great rides, food, vendors, & fun!

Visit our Facebook Page to RSVP and share with your friends and family!

Enter to Win our Friendship in Bloom Giveaway!

Mar05

What’s sprouting up around town? Our Friendship in Bloom Giveaway! Enter to win our fresh and fun prize today! One winner will receive the following prizes to share with friends: $100 Target Gift Card, Playdate for 10 to be used during the 2015 season, and 10 Egg Hunts to be redeemed during the Funderland Easter Bash happening March 27th – 29th.

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page
  • Complete your entry by noon on 3/19/15
  • After you submit your form, you’ll have the opportunity to share the giveaway with your Facebook friends and receive 1 bonus entry for every friend who enters!

Friendship in Bloom Prize Pack Includes:

  • $100 Target Gift Card
  • Playdate for 10 (10 Funderland VIP Passes)
  • 10 Egg Hunts for our Annual Easter Bash (March 27th – 29th)

5 Acts of Kindness in Funderland

Feb25

Kindness is one of the values that we feel is so important to teach our children in today’s world. We could all use a little more kindness in our day and taking the time to teach our children how to be kind will not only benefit our families, but will also have an impact on the big wide world as well.

At Funderland, we believe in having fun, of course! Being kind to others is a great way to help make sure that everybody gets to have fun.

Here are 5 acts of kindness that your children can practice while having a great time at Funderland:

  1. Let a child cut in line. It may be a true test of patience, but allow your children to let another child cut in front of them in line. Since they have to sacrifice and wait a bit longer, it’s an even better lesson in kindness.
  2. Pick up trash. Teach your children to look for trash on the ground, even if it isn’t their own, and pick it up (carefully of course) and throw away in a nearby trash can. Keeping the park cleaner helps everybody enjoy the experience even more.
  3. Donate a ride ticket. If you’re able to spare 1 extra ride ticket, let your children donate it to a child of their choice in the park – maybe a child who is sad or one who is being especially obedient to their parents.
  4. Share some art supplies. Help your children pick out a new game or art supplies to bring in for River Oak Center for Children during our Easter Bash on March 27th through 29th and receive free ride tickets. (Amount of tickets given based on items received). Children can practice kindness and help a good cause at the same time.
  5. Smile and say hello. Teach your children to make eye contact with other children and adults. Have them smile and say hello to their fellow Funderland friends.

Funderland can be more than the funnest little place in the land. It can be the kindest place, too!

What other ways do you like to teach your children to be kind?

Enter to Win our For the Love of FUN Giveaway!

Jan29

If February is the month of love, then let’s celebrate things we love. We love FUN and we know you do, too! We have an exciting giveaway to share with you – For the Love of FUN Giveaway – with an amazing party prize package worth over $1000! Enter for your chance to win our Exclusive VIP Party for 20 – yes, we said 20!

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page
  • Complete your entry by noon on 2/12/15
  • After you submit your form, you’ll have the opportunity to share the giveaway with your Facebook friends and receive 1 bonus entry for every friend who enters!

For the Love of FUN Giveaway Prize Pack Includes:

  • Exclusive VIP Party for 20

    • UNLIMITED RIDES FOR 20 RIDERS FOR THE DAY
    • Visit From Happy the Squirrel
    • 2-Hour Use of Birthday Area
    • 20 Meal Vouchers
    • 20 Cotton Candy Treats

Good luck!

Free Printable Valentines For You From Happy

Jan26

February 14th will be here soon! That means candy, flowers, hearts, classroom parties, and shopping for Valentine cards for the kids. We’re here to save you time and money and give you a little Funderland fun and coupons to share at the same time with some cute printable Valentine cards!

Click Here For Printable Valentine Cards From Happy

 

Printable Valentine Card Instructions

  • Download and save the PDF of Happy’s Valentine cards.
  • Print as double-sided color pages, as many copies as you need, on thick or cardstock paper.
  • If you can’t print double-sided try this: Print the first page, then feed it back into the printer with the paper positioned to print the second page on the back. Or print pages separately and let children get creative by glueing fronts and backs onto colored construction paper.
  • Cut out Valentine cards and let children fill in the “To/From” section.
  • Share with friends!

Happy the Squirrel wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day and wants to remind you to take advantage of the coupons on the back of the free printable valentines so you can come see what’s in store this Spring at the park! We are currently open Saturdays and Sundays in January and will add Fridays in February (weather permitting). Come see what we’ve been working on through the Winter!

Click here for hours and days of operation. For more information please email us at info@funderlandpark.com
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