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5 Strong and Healthy Summer Habits

Jul28

Sometimes we think of Summer as a time for our children to relax and take it easy, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t keep our kids healthy and strong at the same time! Use the rest of Summer to help your kids learn healthy habits they can continue through the school year and beyond. They’ll be stronger and feel good about their accomplishments. Here are 5 strong & healthy summer habits to work on now:

Play to be Strong

Encourage your children to play outside every day to get a dose of sunshine and fresh air. Get them away from screen time for a while to run, jump, swim, and more. Give them strength challenges in their games to sneak in exercise:

  • Who can hang from the playground high bar the longest?
  • Who can swim across the pool the fastest?
  • Can you beat yesterday’s time running across the yard?

Eat Healthy Snacks

Help your children get used to healthier choices for their snacks and gradually move away from the packaged snacks that they might be used to. Give them plenty of choices at home and make them fun. They’ll start making healthier choices on their own before you know it! Here are some fun snack ideas:

  • Fruit Kabobs:
    • Layer chunks of different kinds of fruit on skewers
    • Let children choose fruits and make their own kabobs
  • Mystery Veggie Dip Game:
    • Give carrot, celery, and jicama sticks to dip in 3 different dips (hummus, salad dressing, salsa, etc.) making sure one is a child favorite
    • Let kids be blindfolded while you mix up dips
    • They have to take a bite no matter which kind of dip they get each time
  • Cheese Cube Mosaic:
    • Cube different kinds of cheeses and meats
    • Let kids use cubes to create a mosaic on their plate
    • They have to eat all the pieces they use

Take on New Chores

Chores can help children stay strong and healthy, too. Use this time to evaluate what chores your children are doing and add in a new and challenging chore – one that they may have to work at a while in order to become successful and get a sense of pride from accomplishing. Here are some chore ideas for a variety of ages:

  • Clean up spills and dirt
  • Carry in and put away groceries
  • Take trash out
  • Weed, rake, mow or do other appropriate yardwork

Exercise Your Brain

You don’t just need school work to keep your brain strong. You can play games to exercise your brain! Help your children find new games and hobbies that will keep their brains sharp and ready for a new school year. Here are some fun game ideas:

  • Get a new puzzle:
    • Make it challenging enough that the children need to work together to complete it
  • Make a raised salt painting:
    • Use glue bottle to squeeze and create design on thick paper or cardboard
    • Shake salt over to coat top of glue
    • Using brush, dab watercolor paints carefully on salt globs and watch paint spread
    • Dry overnight
  • Create an obstacle course: 
    • Let children use props from around the house to set up obstacle course
    • It could involve climbing over things, running while keeping cotton in a spoon, changing doll clothes, dressing up in a costume, and more
    • Time each child that goes through to see who can do it the fastest

Enjoy Family Fun

Spending time together as family strengthens bonds and renews that feeling of a safe and healthy family environment. Plan out some days when the whole family can do something fun together. Here are some inexpensive family fun ideas:

  • A morning at Funderland:
    • With no admission to get in and the ability to bring your own food into the park, you have control over how much you spend on rides
    • After getting in a few rides, step out the front gate and go enjoy Land Park
  • Nature Walk:
    • Find a nearby trail that isn’t too difficult for children and plan a hike and picnic
    • Take supplies in backpacks
    • Create a list of items for each family member to check off as they discover them – certain colors of leaves, rock shapes, other hikers, and more
  • Family Talent Show:
    • Let each family member come up with something that they want to “perform” for everybody else
    • Plan far enough ahead to give time to practice
    • Enjoy the performances – maybe even film it and watch again later

We hope all of you have a strong and healthy Summer! What new habits are you going to try?

Our New Ride Name Has Been Revealed!

Jul18

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Grand Unveiling of the New Ride Name yesterday morning! We are so glad we were able to share this event with you, our fans. Our Owner, Sam, spoke, as well as John and Ashley, who run the park. Fans, VIPs, and a representative from the Mayor’s office were all on hand to be the first to see the new name on the banner! Happy the Squirrel even showed up to check it out!

And the official new name is the…

 Squirrelly Whirl

New ride name revealed

We’d like to thank all of our fans for helping us come up with and choose the new name for our swing ride!

The Squirrelly Whirl is already up and running! Be sure to come out and ride it soon and let us know what you think! And remember to check out our Summer Specials before you head over.

Enter to Win our Be Happy Be Healthy Giveaway!

Jul14

Summer is a great time to focus on wellness and Funderland wants to help your whole family have a happy and healthy Summer. One winner will get a great prize package for the family and will be able to get fit at California Family Fitness, get healthy with snacks from Trader Joe’s, and get happy by playing with the whole family at Funderland! Fitness, food, and fun for the family!

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page*
  • Complete your entry by noon on 7/28/15
  • 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!

Be Happy Be Healthy Prize Package Includes:

  • 3-month California Family Fitness family membership + Cal Fit Apparel
  • $100 Trader Joe’s gift card
  • 8 Funderland VIP Passes

*No Facebook account required to enter. Just click here to go straight to entry form.

Good luck!

 ~ Happy the Squirrel

New Swing Ride Name Unveiling

Jul10

We’re Unveiling Our New Swing Ride Name and You’re Invited!

Join us in unveiling the name for Funderland’s new swing ride on Friday, July 17th!

Our fans not only helped submit over 2200 name ideas, but then helped vote for the favorite name as well. We’re excited to reveal the winning name of our 1st new ride in 25 years! Come help us celebrate!

Our event on Friday, July 17th, will start at 10:00am with a brief honoring of those who helped make the installation of this ride a success. Following, we will be serving light refreshments, and opening up the new swing rides for FREE rides until noon.

If you would like to attend this event, please register and have a ticket for every member of your party. We are limiting the number of attendees for this event as we have limited room. On the day of the event please arrive early as we will open the gates to the park slightly before 10:00am.

Click here to register!

We look forward to seeing you there!
~ Happy from Funderland

Vote For Your Favorite New Ride Name!

Jun19

Thank you to all who helped us by submitting new swing ride name ideas! We received over 2200 name submissions! You all did such a great job that we can’t make a decision. We’ve narrowed the choices down to 6 fun name ideas. We need your help now! Come vote for your favorite new ride name!

We’re very excited about our 1st new ride in 25 years! The new swing ride will be opening soon, and we’ll be revealing the top vote-getting name at our Grand Opening of the ride.

How to Vote:

*No Facebook account required to vote. Just click here to go straight to the poll.

Thanks for your help naming our new swing ride!

 - Happy the Squirrel

Summer Specials and Promos

Jun16

Now that summer is here, we’re kicking off the season with our always popular & fantastically fun Summer Specials! Now through Sept. 4th, grab the kiddos and their friends and have yourself a merry time all summer long!

Funderland Summer Specials Include:

  • $10 Tuesdays – Unlimited Ride Weekday Wristbands are only $10 every Tuesday during the summer.

  • 3-for-$30 Wednesdays – Buy more and save more! Unlimited Ride Weekday Wristbands are 3 for $30 every Wednesday. Or you can purchase 2 Wristbands for only $25.

  • Parents ride FREE Thursdays – Limit one free parent rider with purchase. Thursdays only.

  • The Summer Sizzler –  1 FREE sno cone anytime it’s over 95 degrees in the park during the weekdays.

Our weekday promotions mean your family will be having fun while burning off all that energy, without burning a hole in your wallet. So head into the park this week and enjoy the summer together!

Enter to Win the Name Our New Ride Giveaway

Jun03

We’re so excited about our 1st new ride in 25 years! The new swing ride will be opening soon, but we’re asking for your help. We need a great new name for the ride! Enter our latest giveaway and tell us your best name idea for the swing ride. Just for participating, you’ll be entered to win our Exclusive VIP Party Package for 20! That’s a prize package worth over $1000 – just in time for a Summer Bday Bash!

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page*
  • Complete your entry by noon on 6/17/15
  • 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!

Exclusive VIP Party Package Includes:

  • UNLIMITED RIDES FOR 20 FOR THE DAY
  • Visit from Happy the Squirrel
  • 2-hour use of birthday area
  • 20 meal vouchers
  • 20 vouchers for cotton candy

*No Facebook account required to enter. Just click to go straight to entry form.

Good luck and thanks for helping name our new ride!

 ~ Happy the Squirrel

Park Updates: Our New Funderland Ride Progress

Jun01

Hello Folks!

It looks like things are finally starting to fall into place! Our newest ride, which will be named by one of you good people, should be operational before the official start of summer if all goes according to plan. At this point we have gone through all the necessary steps: we removed the Log Run (we will miss it); repaved the new ride area, and pathway back to the future in-park bathrooms; fenced the new ride area; had our new ride themed by Shane Grammar from SG Studios; and had our engineer sign off on the new ride. Now all that we have left are some finishing touches, a few ride parts, and an inspection by the State of California to let us operate. Again, if all goes well we should be opening our new ride in the next few weeks.

My creative streak for naming rides is just about depleted, so we thought it would be fun if we let one of you come up with the name of our new ride. We will be holding a contest where you can submit your name for the new Funderland ride, and have the opportunity to win an exclusive birthday party package. Keep watching our website and our Facebook page for all the details.

Our next steps for progress in the park are to revamp our birthday areas, as well as add an additional area where the old mini Stanford Mansion now sits. I have a funny story about that old mansion that I will have to tell everyone about in another blog post, but I have to sign off for now. Talk to everyone soon!

Sincerely,
Sam Johnston

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!

 

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