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4 Ways to Show Your Family You Love Them

Feb07

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you’re probably thinking about what you can do for your family. Here are four simple ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Spend time with your family.
This may seem obvious, but it’s important. Go on a walk, go to the park, read to your kids, play games together — these are all easy ways to spend time with your children.

2. Visit a relative you don’t see much.
It can be really encouraging when you visit an elderly relative, or just someone you don’t see much. Invite them over for lunch or bring them a plate of cookies.

3. Do something special with or for your family.
This can include cooking a special dinner, going out to do something fun together, or staying home and having a family game night. A special treat like this can help break up the monotony of everyday life.

4. Send them a love note.
A quick note on a post-it in your kid’s lunch box, or in your spouse’s car is a sweet way to say “I love you” and show your family you love them.

How to Motivate Your Kids to Be More Active

Jan21

Kids are naturally active and, if we could, we would bottle their energy and sell it by the dozen! But sometimes it’s a struggle to convince your brood to put down their video games and tablets, get up off the couch, and head out into the great outdoors for some good old-fashioned play time! To help motivate your kids to be be more active, try these games and exercises:

Sidewalk Chalk Hopscotch – get sketching with colorful chalk, and make a giant hopscotch board. Use bean bags (or a sock filled with rice/beans) to toss and hop to the corresponding numbers. For a fun updated version, make a solar system and “fly through space” instead of traditional block patterns. This is an excellent cardiovascular exercise and helps improve balance and coordination.

Speed Walk Through the Park – If walking is too slow and running is too fast, then speed walking is just right! Your kids will giggle at the way you look when you demonstrate how to speed walk. Host a speed walk challenge. Rules: you can’t run, you must swing your arms, and they have to walk that way for at least 60 seconds at a time. Whoever walks the furthest, wins! Need a twist? Bring a plastic egg to carry in spoon (it’s less messy than a real egg and still proves to be a challenge!)

Make Like a Frog and JUMP – You could technically choose any type of animal, but the point is to encourage your kids to act out the animals that jump, hop, leap, and fly. Help expand their imagination by helping them dress up. This “jumpy” exercise builds bone and muscle strength and keeps your heart healthy.

Be a Part of Their Play – Kids are great imitators, so set a positive example by getting active with them. Whether it’s joining in during their play time, having them join your exercise time, or heading out to the park for some together time, they’ll love spending the time with you. (Shameless plug – head over to Funderland Park for a family friendly day of rides, attractions, and family-sized fun!)

We encourage you to try these tips to motivate your kids to be more active this year. We’ve started out the year with a Family Fit-n-Fun Giveaway and shared the benefits of working out together to help inspire your family to claim 2014 as your year!

Fit-n-Fun Giveaway

Jan10

In honor of Family Fit Lifestyle Month we’ve partnered with California Family Fitness, Sacramento’s premier fitness club locally owned and operated company since 1991 to offer your family the chance to discover a fitter lifestyle in 2014! What better way to start 2014 off with a bang than to have fun being active together with your whole family and celebrating together all year long! Enter our Fit-n-Fun Giveaway now through Jan. 24th, 2014.

1 Winner Will Receive a Prize Pack that Includes:

  • 1 Deluxe Birthday Party + 10 VIP passes to Funderland
  • 1 month FREE Family Gym Membership to California Family Fitness

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page
  • Complete the entry form by 12pm on 1/24/14
  • After you submit your entry, you’ll have the chance to share the giveaway with your Facebook friends and receive 1 bonus entry for every friend who enters!

A Deluxe Birthday Party will receive the following:

  • 2 hours of unlimited rides for each rider
  • Birthday party area for same two hour time period
  • One book of ten tickets
  • Birthday Party Host/Hostess available at the beginning of your party to help set up, answer questions, and  administer hand stamps
  • Birthday prizes for birthday child
    • Funderland birthday shirt for birthday child
    • Special coupon for birthday child good for a free wristband or tickets on a future visit
  • Birthday party invitations – print your own invitations from our website.
  • Each rider will receive a voucher good for either a corn dog, kids hot dog, or 6 piece chicken nugget from our concession
  • Each rider will receive a voucher good for a small soda from our concession
  • Some restrictions apply
  • You must book your Birthday Party before hand (we recommend at least 30 days in advance)

Benefits of Working Out As a Family

Jan07

In a world where parents and kids are busy with their individual sports, hobbies, and other extracurricular activities, families often find it hard to spend quality time together. Not to mention, time for working out as a family. But a new focus on working out as a family has helped prompt fitness instructors and health professionals to develop routines and activities that involve the entire family.

Benefits of Together Time

If you think about the importance of our families, you’ll see that the core of each individual is greatly influenced by the family culture. Our core values, our social and behavioral development, and our self worth are formed from a young age by our parents, siblings, and extended family members. Studies have shown that kids whose parents spend regular time with them have a lower risk of depression, suicide, and anxiety and a higher level of self-confidence, academic success, and overall good health.

Benefits of Exercising (with your family)

Not only is exercising together good for your kids, it’s good for you too! As parents, we far too often sit on the side lines cheering our kids on (which is great!), but we don’t actually get out there and get active with them. We are doing a great disservice to our own health, as well as our family’s health by not doing more activities together. If you’re worried you won’t be able to keep up with your kids’ (seemingly unending energy supply), don’t let that fear stop you from enjoying active together time with you kids.

Happy Holidays From Funderland Park

Dec23

As 2013 winds down and we look forward to 2014, we wanted to take a moment to say “Thank you” to all our loyal fans and friends! We love serving the Greater Sacramento area year after year and providing a safe place for you and your family to enjoy. We are so looking forward to the 2014 season (which is just around the corner!) and hope you are too!

So what memories did you make in 2013 that you’ll cherish for years to come? Take some time to think back on the things that made you most proud this year; even the everyday, little accomplishments that might seem unimportant at first glance. You may be surprised by the ones that ended up impacting you the most!

From our Funderland family to yours – Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

2014 End of Year Season Pass Sale

Dec12

You can still take advantage of our Advanced Season Pass Sale until December 31st. Right now, save $15 off the regular pass price.

With your Season Pass, you’ll get perks like:

Unlimited riding for 1 person for the entire 2014 riding Season (Feb 2014 – Nov 2014)

10% discount on food and birthday party packages

Half priced weekday wristbands for 1  friend of a season pass holder during the following day:

  • Mondays—Thursdays in May
  • Wednesdays—Fridays in September (after Labor Day) and October

Bring a friend for FREE Days:

  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day

Visit our Season Pass page for more details or go directly to make your purchase online here.

12 Things To Do With Your Family This Holiday

Dec05
  1. Make a gingerbread house – If you’re ambitious or love to bake, you can make your gingerbread from scratch. If not, you can purchase a pre-made gingerbread house, and all you have to do is assemble and decorate! Your kids will love creating these sweet masterpieces!
  2. Go caroling – You don’t have to sing perfectly, you just have to enjoy yourself! Stay toasty by filling a thermos with hot cocoa or apple cider before heading outdoors. Invite your neighbors or friends to join you because “the more the merrier”!
  3. Look at Christmas lights – It seems like every year people get more creative with their lights and decorations. Take your family out on the town to visit some of the most notorious neighborhoods, or stay local and visit your own community. Either way, it’s a  true holiday pastime the whole family can enjoy.
  4. Visit a local homeless shelter or pet shelter – Teach your kids about compassion by visiting a local shelter and focusing your family’s attention on others. Many of these shelters have volunteer opportunities, too.
  5. Make ornaments – Stop by your local craft/fabric store to pick up the supplies you’ll need, including plain bulbs, popsicle sticks, paint, yarn, ribbons, glitter, holly/pinecones, etc. For more fun, make it a decorating party by inviting your kids’ friends over to join in!
  6. Make cookies for your local fire/police department – Our local public service men and women deserve some recognition this year! As many will be working during the holidays and spending time helping others instead of spending time with their families, it’s a nice, thoughtful way to show your thankfulness for their sacrifice.
  7. Make a garland – There are several types of garlands you can make, from ribbons to popcorn to colorful beads. Get creative and let your kids string to their hearts content. Then hang you lovely garlands around the house or on your tree for some festive decorations.
  8. Visit the snow – There is something about frolicking in the powdery snow that makes everyone feel like a kid again! So grab your coats, gloves, and sleds and head up to the snowy peaks. Make snow angels, snowmen, and don’t forget to have a snowball fight too!
  9. Donate a gift – There are many options for gift-giving during the holiday season. To help you get started, check out operationsantasearch.org, which lets you search for local organizations that help children in need.
  10. Watch a Holiday movie – Enjoy a family movie night with How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone, The Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life, or Charlie Brown Christmas. Many of these movies will be aired on your local network during the month. You can check out the schedule here.
  11. Go on a scavenger hunt – Make a list of holiday-themed items your kids will be able to find. Some ideas include: Santa Claus, reindeer, a Christmas tree, candy canes, presents, silver bells, Santa’s sleigh, elves, Frosty the Snowman, etc. You can make this a scavenger hunt in your home, neighborhood, or on the long car rides during the holidays.
  12. Make gifts for your neighbors – It doesn’t have to be a huge gift, but something simple and thoughtful can be the perfect friendly gift. Try a hot cocoa kit in a mason jar or herbal tea in a holiday mug to warm your neighbors hearts (and hands).

More The Merrier 3 Park Giveaway

Nov29

‘Tis the Season to give and give some more! That’s why we’ve partnered with Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo for More The Merrier 3 Park Giveaway to give you the chance to win an amazing gift for your family!

1 winner will receive the Grand Prize Family Pack worth over $350 including:

  • 2014 Season Passes for a family of 4 to Funderland
  • 2014 1-year Mother Goose membership from Fairytale Town
  • 1 Day Pass to the Sacramento Zoo in 2014 good for 4 1-day admissions, 6 ride tickets, and 2 10% off coupons for the gift shop/cafe

10 runner up winners will receive:

  • A day pass to the zoo (good for 4 1-day admissions, 6 ride tickets, and 2 10% off coupons for the gift shop/cafe)
  • 4 VIP passes for 1-day admission to Funderland
  • 1 Day pass good for 4 1-day admissions to Fairytale Town

Make this Christmas the best one yet by entering today!

How to Enter the More the Merrier 3 Park Giveaway:

Visit Funderland’s Facebook page and complete the  entry form between Nov. 29 – Dec. 13 12pm (PST)

After you’ve entered, you’ll have the chance to share this giveaway with your Facebook friends and receive 1 bonus entry for every Facebook friend who enters .

7 Reasons to be Thankful

Nov18

As we head into the busy Holiday season once again, it’s the perfect time to stop and count our blessings. Far too often, our days are jam packed with activities, errands, and obligations that keep us from focusing on the joys of life. So take some time to slow down, and remember all that life has given you and your family.

7 Reasons to be Thankful

The Family That Surrounds You

It’s a given that you love your family, even though your family may drive you up the wall at times. Your wolf pack is special because you are all unique. So it’s time to embrace the quirkiness of each individual that makes your family yours. And when your kids are bickering or getting into everything they possibly can, stop and remember how lucky you are to be a part of shaping these precious children into thriving adults. Invest in them now and they will invest in you in the future.

The Home That Shelters You

No matter if your home is new or old, if you’re busting at the seams, or if you have room to spare – you can be thankful for the shelter and comfort it provides.

The Body That Moves You

We take our health for granted more often than not and there are so many people who suffer from poor health today. If you’ve been blessed with good health, don’t waste it; exercise regularly and eat nutritiously!

The Friends That Care About You

Friendships are such a special and lovely gift in life. They are like adopted family without all the baggage that sometimes comes along with relationships. Take a moment to reach out to your friends, thanking them for their support and love, and plan a day to spend one-on-one with them if you can.

The Teachers That Invest in You

Our children spend approximately 900 hours a year in a classroom! That means teachers are front and center in our kids’ lives. Let’s be thankful for these individuals who have dedicated their profession to educating and caring for our children.

The Opportunities That Empower You

Every day, life brings you choices. Every choice is an opportunity to make a good decision or a bad one. It’s time to be bold and live your life empowered; constantly looking for opportunities where you can give to others and enrich your family’s well being.

The Memories That Make You Who You Are

Don’t shy away from your past experiences. Whether good or bad, they’ve shaped you into the person you are today. In hindsight, we learn a lot from our past, so let your memories propel you forward to making better choices.

How Can You Save Money by Visiting Funderland Park?

Nov13

Have you ever wondered how far $100 can get you at a large amusement park? Would you be surprised to hear that between filling up at the pump, to paying for parking you won’t have much left to pay for admission tickets, let alone meals for the family? Just think how far would $100 would go at Funderland Park with no parking fees and free admission! Here are 6 ways you’ll save money by staying in town!

  1. It’s local.  You don’t have to spend an hour driving to a large park and spend gas money. Since some kids travel better than others, an hour+ drive one way can take it’s toll on everyone. Visit the only amusement park in the Greater Sacramento area and cut your drive time down by 75% saving you time and gas expense. Plus you’re helping your community by visiting a local business.
  2. Entrance into the park is free. At Funderland, we charges per ticket to ride our attractions. The price might be higher, but if parents don’t want to ride they don’t have to and they haven’t wasted any money on an entrance fee.
  3. NO PARKING FEES!! No one likes paying for parking, but most amusement parks still charge a parking fee because they know people will pay for it. We’re located in William Land Park and parking is free – all the time!
  4. You don’t have to buy our food…unless you want to. We let you bring in your own snacks or meals. This is a huge savings especially for large families! If you do want to purchase food/beverages we offer a variety of delicious All-American options. And if you’re a Season Pass holder, you get 10% off your food purchase!
  5. Buying a Season Pass to Funderland saves you money. Come 5 times in a season and it pays for itself! Remember, since it’s free to get in the park, our Season Passes gives you unlimited rides, so if parents have kids who can ride alone, parents don’t need to buy Season Passes just to accompany them.
  6. You are supporting a local, family owned business, not a big corporate owned entity. Funderland has been family owned and operated for nearly 30 years. We care about every person who walks through our gates and we see Funderland as a place for your family to build lasting memories together.

Plan your visit today and take advantage of our Advance Sale Season Pass in November for a discounted price of $20 off, and ride the rest of the 2013 season for FREE!

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