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Helping Children Choose Honesty


“Honesty is the best policy,” said Benjamin Franklin. It’s definitely one of the top characteristics we want to develop in our children. And sometimes it’s easier said than done! Here are some strategies for helping your children choose honesty.

Model Honesty

It begins with us as parents. Our children are watching us daily and imitating our behavior. They will listen to what we tell them, but more importantly, they will copy our actions, even if they contradict what we’ve said. Think about times when you’ve been dishonest while your children are watching and listening. Have you told somebody that you can’t come over because you’re going somewhere else, but you’re really not? Have you made up an excuse for being late? Have you purchased something for your child and told them not tell the other parent about it?

Stop and think about the ways you model honesty (or dishonesty) throughout the day and make an effort to always show honesty to your children. Point out the times that you wanted to be dishonest, but chose honesty anyway. Share stories from your childhood of how being honest or dishonest impacted you.

Praise Honesty

Rewarding children for choosing the right kind of behavior helps reinforce it. Sometimes we overly focus on “catching” our children doing the wrong things and forget to praise them for doing the right things. By really watching for those times when your child chooses honesty and talking to them about it, you’ll be encouraging them with the positive attention.

Watch and listen as your children go through the day. Try to “catch” the moments when they are honest, especially when you know they struggled to be honest. Praise them for making a good choice.

Explain that Perfection is not Expected

One of the reasons that children are tempted to be dishonest is that they are afraid of disappointing their parents. If they get the sense that perfection is expected, or that parents will think less of them for messing up, they may choose to be dishonest rather than upset a parent.

Explain to your children that while you expect them to make good choices, you do not expect perfection. None of us are perfect! Let them know that you love them no matter what and that you know they will make mistakes. Continually let your children know that they can tell you anything and you’ll help them to be less fearful of being honest with you.

Allow Consequences for Dishonesty

Children learn by having consequences for making poor choices. Some consequences occur naturally, like getting caught in a lie and losing a friend because of it. Other times, we need to give our children appropriate consequences for dishonesty. By having consequences, we help train our children to avoid the poor choices and that honesty is the better way to go.

Those consequences will be different for each child and in each family, but should be something unpleasant or some sort of sacrifice. You can even let your older child have some input (within reason) on what they think would be an appropriate consequence.

Helping your child choose honesty now will help them make better choices in the future. By helping them with their choices, we show them how much we love them and have their best interests at heart.

Play Your CARDs Right: Teaching Children to be Caring, Authentic, Responsible, and Determined


Teaching Children to be Caring, Authentic, Responsible, and Determined

As parents, there are many characteristics and morals we want to teach our kids. But sometimes it can be hard to explain and reiterate those virtues through the years. To help your family out, just remember to Play Your CARDs Right!

C is for Caring

Fostering a caring attitude is to encourage your child to be loving, empathetic, understanding, and thoughtful. For most kids, this is learned from watching how you interact with them. To further help kids see it in action outside of the house, try being conscientious of when strangers are kind to each other, and point it out to your children. For example, when you see someone offer their place in line to a pregnant mommy, you might try telling your child, “Wow, did you see how that nice man offered his place in line to that mommy? That was so kind of him.”

A is for Authentic

Authenticity is about being honest and truthful, without being rude and inconsiderate. It’s important that your children learn to express their thoughts and feelings, but not at the expense of someone else’s hurt feelings. It’s also about letting your kids express themselves, and we know that can be in a variety of ways! If your daughter wants to wear cowgirl boots with her tutu, maybe just let her do it! Remember, childhood is all about discovering the world around you and how you fit into that world!

R is for Responsible

Responsibility – it’s one of the hardest things to teach kids! It’s so easy to take care of everything around the house instead of delegating tasks to the kiddos, because, let’s face it, we’re just faster/better at it! But doing so deters your kids from learning to be responsible for themselves, their belongings, and their surroundings. Responsibility stems from respect and pride in ownership. Here are several great age-appropriate chore lists to help your family get started with delegating responsibilities.

D is for Determined

If you’ve ever played sports or a musical instrument, you know that this is key to success. But it’s more than just learning to be good at something. It’s more about being perseverant and steadfast, even when facing defeat and setbacks. This is an extremely valuable lesson for kids to learn as it is a lesson learned well into adulthood.

As you might have guessed, the best way to teach these characteristics to your kids is to demonstrate them yourself. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. So get your kids on board with this new “game” and you’ll all help keep each other accountable for playing your CARDs right!

Enter to Win Our Back to School Giveaway


Summer is not quite over, but it’s time to think about heading back to school! We want to help get you off to a great start this Back to School season by giving one winner school supplies from Target, supplies for the classroom from Lakeshore Learning, and a Funderland Family 4-Pack to enjoy!

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page*
  • Complete your entry by noon on 8/18/15
  • 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!

Back to School Prize Package Includes:

  • $100 Target Gift Card for your school supplies
  • $100 Lakeshore Learning Gift Card for the classroom of your choice
  • Funderland Family 4-Pack with VIP passes, meal & cotton candy vouchers

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

Good luck!

 ~ Happy the Squirrel

5 Strong and Healthy Summer Habits


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!


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!


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


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!


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


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


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:

  • 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