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How to Set New Year’s Resolutions With Your Children


The beginning of the year is the perfect time to make some changes! As New Year’s resolutions become more popular, your children may be more interested in participating in making New Year’s resolutions. Whether you personally make resolutions or not, we’ve gathered a few tips on how to help your kids make resolutions of their own.

Make It a Family Affair

Gather around the table and celebrate the New Year while discussing your resolutions together. Go around the table and have each person share something that they are proud of from the last year, and something they’d like to work on in the upcoming year. Keep the discussion positive so that your children will be more excited to make and keep their resolutions.

When you discuss together, you’ll be able to help each other come up with resolutions. You’ll also be more aware of each other’s resolutions and will be able to encourage each other throughout the year. You can make individual resolutions, family resolutions, or both!

Don’t Push It

If you have a specific item you want your child to work on this year, don’t push them toward it. You can make small suggestions to help them decide what they want to work on. You want this to be a positive experience and not something that they dread.

Make Baby Steps

Make resolutions that you can accomplish with baby steps. For example, instead of saying “I will eat healthier,” make a resolution of eating one serving of fruit or veggies with breakfast and dinner. You’re stepping toward your bigger goal of eating healthier, but it doesn’t seem like such a tough resolution. It makes it easier for children to get excited about it if they have a specific goal rather than a larger, vaguer goal.

Narrow It Down

Children may get a little excited and begin making a long list of what they want to work on this year. The bigger the list, the more difficult it is to keep those resolutions. Help them narrow it down to just a few resolutions that they can focus on.

Be An Example

If you make resolutions with your children, keep them! Children follow in the footsteps of adults, so if you decide to ditch the resolutions, they will too! Be encouraging to them and yourself. You can make a master list of resolutions to hang up in the house as a reminder throughout the year. Your children will see it and be reminded of their resolutions as well.

If one of your resolutions is to spend more quality time with your kids, bring them over to Funderland! Our new season begins Jan. 16 (weather permitting)! We’ll see you there!

Teaching Your Children the Habit of Giving


With the holidays, comes presents. More and more commercials start popping up about this toy and that toy. Stores begin advertising the ‘hot toys’ of the season. These ads are usually directed toward children. How do we make sure they don’t get in the habit of saying “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” or “I want! I want! I want!” and begin saying statements like, “I bet Susie would love that!” or, “Can we buy this for Tommy?”

“I want this, this, this, this….”

Have you heard this from your kids before? It’s natural for humans to want things. Children are curious, from the time they are infants, they gravitate toward things that look interesting to them. They grab the things that catch their eye. It continues as we get older. Even as adults, we still try to get the things that we want.

How Do We Teach our Children to Have a Desire to Give?

Starting at a young age, you should begin teaching your children the importance of charity and giving. Though this season usually tends to be focused on charity, we need to teach our children the importance of giving throughout the year rather than only focusing on it during the holidays. We’ve compiled a few different ideas on how you can go about teaching your children to give.

Sign up for a local giving tree

There are usually local businesses that have a giving tree. On the tree there are ornaments that have information for different families or children in need. These families don’t have the means to buy toys or much-needed clothes for themselves. Take your child to pick an ornament of their own. Let them help choose what you’ll buy for the family in need. If possible, make sure they are involved in wrapping the presents and dropping them off. Remind them throughout the process of why you are giving to the family in need. Tell them how happy you will make that family.


There is always a need for volunteers to serve food in homeless shelters. There are also several different charities that need volunteers. A good one for families to join would be Meals on Wheels. You deliver food to people who aren’t able to leave their homes to buy groceries. Bring your children along. They will be able to meet the people who you are serving!

Donate unused toys and clothes

Even when we try to avoid it, we usually end up having more toys and clothes than we could possibly need. Have your children go through their toys and pick out the toys that they don’t play with anymore. Have them gather up their clothes that are too small. Donate them to shelters. Remind them that you are giving to families who can’t afford to buy toys and clothes.

Participate in a Toy Drive

During this time of year, there are usually several toy drives going on. Many stores have bins you can put donated goods in. You can teach your child about the toy drive and then have them pick out a toy from the store that they think other children would enjoy. Have your child put the toy in the toy drive box before you leave the store.

Have your children pick out presents for others

Whether it’s Christmas presents, birthday presents or anything in between, letting your children pick out presents to give others is a great way to help them learn charity. One way you can do this is to give them a set amount of money that they can spend. Let them look around the store and pick things out they think the recipient would love. This not only teaches them to give, but also can help them learn the importance of keeping track of their money! You can go to a thrift store for this one so your kids can have more choices!

Lead by example

We all can agree that children learn best by watching others. If we really want our children to learn to be charitable, we have to be charitable ourselves. Even when you don’t think your children are listening, make sure you are always giving. They are usually listening and watching even when you don’t think they are.

Just as kids are born to want things for themselves, they are also born wanting to be charitable. I’m sure we’ve all had half-eaten food offered to us, or pacifiers pushed toward our mouths. Children naturally want to give. Somewhere along the line, the selfishness starts to take over. Use these tips to help your children stay charitable.

We want to wish all of our customers a happy holiday season! We hope you enjoy spending these precious moments with your families!

Enter to Win the Stuff Your Stockings 3 Park Giveaway!


Dreaming of walking in a Winter Wonderland? Now you can with our fun-tastic Stuff Your Stockings 3 Park Giveaway! Give the gift of fun & family this holiday season with a grand prize including 4 Funderland Season Passes, 1 Mother Goose Membership from Fairytale Town (admits 4), and a 1 Day Pass from the Sacramento Zoo (admits 4). Plus, 10 runner up winners will each receive day passes to all 3 parks! Now that’s something to be jolly about!

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page*
  • Complete your entry by noon on 12/18/15
  • 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!

Stuff Your Stocking 3 Park Giveaway Grand Prize Package Includes:

  • 4 2016 Season Passes to Funderland (includes unlimited rides and discounted food/beverages)
  • 1 2016 Mother Goose Membership to Fairytale Town (includes free admission for 4 people ages 2 and older)
  • 1 day pass to the Zoo (good for 4 1-day admissions, 6 ride tickets, and 2 10% off coupons for the gift shop/cafe)

10 Runner Up Winners Prize Package Includes:

  • A day pass to the zoo (good for 4 1-day admissions)
  • 4 VIP passes for 1-day admission to Funderland
  • 4 Day passes for 1-day admission to Fairytale Town

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

Good luck & happy holidays!

For a Limited Time – Save $15 Off 2016 Season Passes


All aboard! We’ve got your ticket to FUN! Purchase your 2016 Season Passes by Dec. 31 and save $15 off the regular price. Season Pass Holders get great perks like:

  • Unlimited riding all year long
  • 10% discount on food and Birthday Party Packages
  • Half priced weekday wristbands for 1 friend (exclusions apply)
  • Season Pass Holder only event & specials
  • Discounts on food and beverages & more!

Visit our Season Pass page for more details or call 916-456-0131 to purchase today! You can also email [email protected]

Family Dinners Have Positive Impact on Kids


With Thanksgiving upon us, food becomes a frequent topic of discussion. What should you make? How long do you bake the turkey again? What is Aunt Ruth’s favorite pie? Regardless of what is made, the time together giving thanks and talking amongst each other as a family is an important time for many and can result in lasting memories.

Family Dinners Aren’t Just for Thanksgiving

Research shows that finding time in the hectic school/work week for regular family dinners can have some rewarding benefits. In fact, there is a direct link between the frequency of family dinners and the quality of a child-parent relationship. The study found that compared to teens who have infrequent family dinners, teens who have frequent family dinners are:

  • One-and-a-half times more likely to say their parents know a great deal or a fair amount about what’s really going on in their lives.
  • Five times less likely to say their parents know very little or nothing at all about what’s really going on in their lives.
  • Almost one-and-a-half times likelier to say they have an excellent relationship with their mother.
  • One-and-a-half times likelier to say they have an excellent relationship with their father.

It is important to set the precedent early in life with younger children, so that traditions and expectations are established by the time the teen years are reached. So start having family dinners as soon as you can as parents. And make sure to put those smart phones and tablets down! Your children are so much more important than whatever is happening online.

As you look around the table this Thanksgiving, take notice of the smiles and conversation happening and think about trying to have a smaller scale version of that dinner more frequently. It could be better for the whole family.

Save $20 Off 2016 Season Passes


Looking for the perfect gift for the kids (or kids at heart) this holiday season? How about Season Passes to Funderland, for all year long fun! Buy now and save $20 off the regular price (regularly priced at $79.95). In addition to unlimited rides during 2016, Season Pass Holders also get great perks including:

  • 10% discount on food and Birthday Party Packages.
  • Half priced weekday wristbands for 1 friend (exclusions apply)
  • Season Pass Holder only event & specials
  • Discounts on food and beverages & more!

Visit our Season Pass page for more details or call 916-456-0131 to purchase today! You can also enter to win our current giveaway until 11/19/15 where you could win 4 Season Passes & more!

Enter to Win Our Thanksgiveaway


Time for turkey, stuffing, family and friends! Our Thanksgiveaway is back so don’t miss it! One winner will receive 4 Funderland Season Passes for the upcoming 2016 season PLUS a $150 Raley’s gift card to help you prepare the perfect Thanksgiving feast!

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page*

  • Complete your entry by noon on 11/19/15

  • 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!

Thanksgiveaway Prize Package Includes:

  • $150 Raley’s Gift Card

  • 4 2016 Funderland Season Passes (valued at over $300)


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

Spooktacular Halloween Event


Join us for a frightfully fun weekend during our annual Spooktacular Halloween, Saturday & Sunday Oct. 24 & 25 from 10am – 5pm. Always a family favorite, we’re bringing back trick-or-treating* at 12 different candy stations, costume contests (see below for times), plus a pumpkin patch, magic show, and photo ops with The Snow Queen and Spiderman! All NEW this year is our amazing Hay Maze, which is open through the month of October. RSVP here and share this event with your friends! We can’t wait to celebrate in spooktacular style with your family this year!

Don’t Forget!

Bring a new toy or art supplies for River Oak Center for Children and get FREE tickets (number of FREE tickets depends upon value of item donated).

Daily Schedule

  • 11:30 am – Costume Contest
  • 12:15 pm – Meet the Snow Queen & Spiderman
  • 1:30 pm – Magical Magician
  • 2:15 pm – Costume Contest
  • 3:00 pm – Meet the Snow Queen & Spiderman
  • 4:15 pm – Costume Contest

*Trick-or-treating is $3 per trick-or-treater

Enter to Win Our Fun for Fall Giveaway!


It’s finally Fall! What better way to celebrate than to enjoy an outing to Funderland together? One winner will receive a $100 Target gift card for some cozy scarves, hats, or boots for the family and a Fall Family Fun Pack for 6 that includes VIP Passes and tickets to Trick-or-Treat at our Spooktacular event happening Oct. 24 & 25 from 10am – 5pm! Time to get toasty and have some fun for Fall!

How to Enter:

Visit our Facebook page*
Complete your entry by noon on 10/20/15
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!

fun for fall giveaway

Fun for Fall Giveaway Prize Package Includes:

$100 Target Gift Card (for all your cozy Fall necessities)
Funderland Fall Family Fun Pack

  • 6 VIP Passes ($120)
  • 6 Meal Vouchers (up to $54)
  • 6 Hot Chocolate Vouchers ($15)
  • 6 Tickets to Trick-or-Treat at Spooktacular Event ($18)

*No Facebook account required to enter. Just click here to go straight to entry form. (add link)

Good luck & happy Fall!

~ Happy the Squirrel

Introducing The New Hay Maze + Our After School Special Returns


We’re so excited for Fall, we just had to share some of our favorite reasons why! In addition to the weather cooling down, making for a more comfortable outdoor experience at the park, we also have a brand new addition to the park! For the month of October, we will have our new Hay Maze up for your family to enjoy! Plus, our always popular After School Special is back now through Oct. 30. If that wasn’t enough, our annual Spooktacular event returns Saturday & Sunday Oct. 25 & 25. More information about our Spooktacular weekend will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

Happy’s Hay Maze

  • Your kids will love winding through and exploring our new Hay Maze. This seasonal attraction is a true Fall treat and fun for kids of all ages!

After School Special

  • Visit the park anytime after 3pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Friday, and purchase an unlimited ride wristband for half off! Perfect for a quick after school play date, and also a great way for the kids to get rid of that extra energy before dinner time.