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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!

2014 Season Pass Special

Nov04

The year is winding down and before you know it, 2014 will be here in all it’s glory. Now is the perfect time to grab your 2014 Season Pass for $20 off! Get your ticket to fun for just $59.95 – regularly priced $79.95 now through November 30th! PLUS when you buy our 2014 Advance Sale Season Pass in November for a discounted price, you get to ride the rest of the month for free!

With our Season Pass your family will enjoy never-ending merriment at the funnest little place in the land! Our kid-sized amusement rides are perfect for all families. You can take a ride on our trusty train, race the track on our backroad buggies, twirl away on our crazy cups, get your fill of great food, and so much more!

Season Pass holders also get some great perks like these:

  • 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 days:

Mondays—Thursdays in May.

Wednesdays—Fridays in September (after Labor Day) and October

  • Bring a friend for FREE Days. One free wristband for each season pass holder per day on the following days:

Mother’s Day

Memorial Day

Father’s Day

 4th of July

Labor Day

So snatch up your 2014 Season Passes today during our $20 off special by clicking here and we’ll see you at the park!

5 Easy Ways to Have a Safer Halloween

Oct21

As we all prepare for a fun and fabulous Halloween, we wanted to take a minute to brush up on some safety tips this holiday! Here are 5 easy ways to have a safer Halloween this year:

Try to trick-or-treat before the sun goes down:

This is especially true for those with little tykes. Not only is it easier to keep track of everyone, but wee ones are less likely to get totally freaked out by some of the Halloween decorations.

Always stay together:

Establish a buddy system before you head out the front door (otherwise, everyone is already making a run for the neighbors house and won’t stay put to listen!) Pair up younger kids with older kids or adults. Make sure everyone knows who their buddy is. And review a game plan for if one of the kids gets separated, like meeting at a neighbors house who you’ve designated as a “safe house”.

Make sure your child’s outfit fits properly:

The last thing you (or your kid) wants is to be tripping over their costume and end up face first on the ground. Also, if your child is wearing any type of mask or helmet, make sure they can see properly.

Wait to open candy until you get home:

We know this might be hard for some kids, but try to hold off on consuming candy until you’ve had a chance to inspect all of it! Toss out anything that is opened, leaking, or just flat out looks iffy.

Give your child a tattoo:

Not a real one! We’re suggesting writing your mobile number on your child’s hand or wrist so that, worst-case scenario, if you do get separated, someone can contact you immediately.

safer halloween

Don’t forget, we’re hosting our annual Spooktacular Halloween event Saturday Oct. 26th and Sunday Oct. 27th! Come on out for a safe, fun, and festive day at Funderland and enjoy a Silly Haunted House, a Happy Little Pumpkin Patch, a Mysterious Magic Show, Costume Contests, and more! To view a schedule of our Spooktacular activities and attractions, please visit our Funderland Day of Schedule!

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Spooktacular Halloween Costume Competition Guidelines

Oct14

We’re so excited to see all the amazing kids costumes at this years’ Spooktacular Halloween Event! We had some great outfits at last years’ event so we know how creative, spooky, and silly you can be! Feel free to go crazy with your ideas! To help you out, we’ve made a list of our costume competition guidelines.

Participation and Costumes:

Children must check in within 10 minutes of the competition start time. Each child will be given an entry number at check in. Children need to enter in the appropriate themed costume competition based on their costume.

12:00 pm – Prettiest Princess or Most Impressive Superhero Costumes

2:00 pm – Most Original Costumes

4:00 pm – Silliest and Spookiest Costumes

 

Judging Criteria:

Creativity – Was the costume made creatively, colorfully, and does it show personality?

Originality – Does the costume stand out from the rest?

Effort – Did the costume take time and effort?

Authenticity – How accurate and thorough is the costume?

Remember, this is all about having fun and being creative with your kids! Every participant will receive Halloween candy. We look forward to seeing you at our Spooktacular Halloween Event Oct. 26th & 27th.

Spooktacular Halloween Event

Oct09

That’s right – our Spooktacular Halloween Event is back for another weekend full of slightly spooky, and certainly fun activities for the whole family! Join us Saturday Oct. 26th and Sunday Oct. 27th for frightfully festive Halloween celebrations!

Our Spooktacular Activities and Attractions:

  • Safe Trick or Treating – $3 each
  • A Silly Haunted House
  • A Happy Little Pumpkin Patch – $2.50 each
  • The Not So Spooky Train
  • Costume Contests
  • Magic shows
  • Face painting
  • Crafts, games & more!

Parents, Don’t Forget – children can come dressed in their favorite Halloween costume and enter into our Kids Costume Contest!

Plus you can get FREE tickets when you bring in new games or new art supplies for River Oak Center for Children (amount of tickets based on items donated)

We Support River Oak Center for Children

Oct07

Here at Funderland, we focus on building strong families and communities. We are always looking for ways to help children and their parents live happier lives by providing support, educational activities, and safe fun for everyone.

Who Is River Oak Center for Children?

One of our ongoing local beneficiaries is River Oak Center for Children, a nonprofit located right here in Sacramento who have been helping families in the greater Sacramento area since 1966. River Oak provides behavioral health and mental health services support for children and their families including those who:

  • suffer from social anxiety
  • suffer from depression
  • have emotional and psychological trauma
  • are facing other life impacting situations

How We Help

Throughout the year we have various fundraising opportunities that support River Oak Center for Children and during most of Funderland’s major park events we collect in-kind donations including toys and art supplies the children they help. River Oak walks away with many new friends, referrals, and lots of community awareness and education about their services. We are proud to be a part of this nonprofit’s efforts to impact the Sacramento community.

Get Involved

If you’d like to learn more about River Oak Center for Children, please visit www.riveroak.org and don’t miss our Spooktacular Halloween event happening on Oct. 26th-27th which will help support our friends at River Oak.

9 Great Fall Activities for Your Kids

Sep24

It’s officially Fall! That means crisp mornings, beautiful turning leaves, and pumpkin…well, pumpkin everything! Now is the perfect time to get your kids excited about Fall with a plethora of seasonal festivities and crafts. Don’t just take our word for it! Here are 9 great fall activities to do with your kids:

Make a leaf collage. Head outdoors and gather up an assortment of leaves that vary in size, shape, and texture. Glue them on a nice sturdy piece of cardstock or paper and arrange to your heart’s content. Finish by coating with a layer of Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray to set your artwork. Tip: display your masterpieces in style along twine attached with clothespins!

Join in the harvest. Head to a local farm or orchard for pick-your-own-produce. There are lots of local farmers who’ve made it easy for your family to harvest your own apples, corn, pumpkins, berries, and more! Tip: it’s the perfect opportunity to teach your kids about the life cycle of a seed!

Give your pumpkin a face lift. Instead of going with traditional carving, give your pumpkin a little style. Cover in black lace and add a bow at the stem. Cut out decals and spray paint black cats, haunted houses, bats, or ghosts! Hammer in brass studs in fun swirls and patterns. Use ModPodge to decorate a white gourd with pressed leaves.

Make your own applesauce. It’s a snap to make, and it’s nutritious too. Peel and dice apples and combine in a large pot with ¾ cup water. Simmer with ½ tsp. cinnamon and ¼ cup sugar until apples soften. Don’t hesitate to play around with some other flavors too like nutmeg, allspice, or pears.

Let ‘em jump in leaves. It’s a Fall MUST for kids! Although it may seem like unnecessary work for you, letting the little ones have some good old fashion fun is worth it. Plus, raking leaves for 30 minutes burns approximately 150 calories! So grab that rake and get out there!

Have a Hoedown. There is just something about Fall that makes you want to make like a farmer! So why not plan a kid friendly hoedown? Have a three-legged race, go bobbing for apples, host a pumpkin pie eating contest, get everyone dancing to some country music, set up a hay maze, or have a build-your-own mummy craft table. The possibilities are endless and sure to provide your kids with some fun memories!

Roast marshmallows. S’mores aren’t just for camping! Build a bonfire (if your neighborhood allows it) or use your fire pit/bbq for roasting marshmallows. Spending time outdoors after dusk plus enjoying a roasted ‘mallow sounds like the perfect way to end the week!

Be thankful. In only a few short weeks, it will be Thanksgiving. To add a little more fun to the holiday, start collecting a daily thankful note from each family member. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, you’ll have nearly 60 days of thanksgiving to share with the family! Tip: have your kids decorate their own mason jar that they can add their daily thanksgiving to.

Head outdoors together. With all the brightly colored leaves and milder temperature, Fall is the perfect time to head outside for a nature walk. Tip: play I-Spy on your stroll to keep your kids’ keen eyes busy!

7 Organizational Tips for the New School Year

Sep09

De-stress and keep it simple this school year with these 7 simple tips!

1. Plan ahead. This probably sounds pretty obvious and a lot easier said than done. Don’t get overwhelmed!Taking just a few steps the evening before can make your mornings go smoother and reduce rushed panic. You can lay out their outfit for the next day including socks, shoes, backpack, jackets, and make a “no change” rule to save time.

2. Pack-a-lunch organization system. This will save you so much time and create a useful learning experience for your children. Start by making a list of all the things you would like to see in your child’s lunch box to make a balanced meal. Then get some bins and label them. You can have your child pick items out of each bin and teach them the importance of a balanced diet. Once they do it a few times, they can start doing it on their own which will give them a great sense of independence and accomplishment.

3. Establish and regulate bedtimes. A good night’s sleep for your child during their development (especially in the school year) is absolutely crucial. It can be a very difficult transition from late summer nights and sleeping in, to going to bed early and waking with the sun! If you set a regular bedtime, implement it, and help them understand that it is the same every night, it may save you a lot of grief. Kids crave consistency even if they don’t realize it and their bodies will thank you for it!

4. Launch pad! This can be a fun way to make sure you don’t forget anything on your way out the door. Designate an area in your home and create a launch pad with everything they need to take to school. You can make a whiteboard list that changes depending on what they will need for a certain day depending on projects, etc. You can call items out to them and have them say “check!”. After a while it will probably become second nature.

5. Let know you’re thinking about them. Starting a new school year can be stressful for both student and parent. Try sneaking a family photo in their lunchbox or an encouraging note. This is a good way for both of you to stay connected and help both of you through this stressful time.

6. Create an achievement tree. Turn a fun art project into a productivity incentive booster! Make a big cutout of a tree trunk and hang it up on a wall. Then make some cut outs of leaves and have the kids color them in. Each time they complete an achievement at school, get a gold star, or just get a good grade on something, get together and write it on a leaf and pin it on the tree. The fuller the tree the better!

7.Listen. During the beginning, and throughout the school year, your children are learning so many new things. Their heads are filled with knowledge, and new relationships with friends are being formed. Just the thought of everything that is going to be expected of them this school year can be very daunting and stressful. We all know that “talking it out” can be very useful in processing new information. Maybe create a list of questions to help them talk it out over dinner time to let them express what they are learning/feeling, in a comfortable setting.

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8 Things To Do With Your Kids Before Summer Is Over

Aug12

We always say that summer ends too soon, but this year it seems to be flying by faster than usual. Some of you probably feel like you have been too busy to stop and enjoy the outdoors with your kids or to spend time together as a family. So, we came up with a list of simple ideas to kick up your summer fun before school is back!

1. Go to the beach! This is definitely a summer must. One of the awesome things about living in or near Sacramento is that we are close to so many great beaches! Whether you take a scenic drive up to Lake Tahoe’s beautiful shores, or head to the coast, the whole family will love spending time soaking up the sun and playing in the sand. Don’t forget the buckets to make a fabulous sand castle kingdom. Remember to bring some high SPF sunscreen along too.

2. Start up a weekly Family Game Night! This would be a great thing to start up before the kids are back to school. We love the idea of creating a fun filled evening with the family, especially because you can spend more time together amidst your busy schedules. Ask the kids for some board game suggestions that they would like to play. You can always try a rousing game of charades too. Try creating a really fun environment by combining it with Pizza Night, BBQ in the backyard, or finger foods with popcorn!

3. Have a picnic in the park! This is a classic way to get the kids out of the house and again it is fun for the whole family. Bring along a big blanket and basket full of tasty picnic items. Toss a bunch of salad ingredients into a mason jar for a shake-up salad lunch. You can also bring a frisbee, football, or soccer ball to get some light exercise. Some of you may know that the McKinley Park Playground opened a few weeks ago! It is full of new things that kids of all ages will love! Everything from a rock climbing wall, to a kiddie sand-box!

4. Go camping in your backyard! We understand that the family is probably too busy for a full weekend camping trip, but who says you have to leave your house! No skimping here. We suggest going all out to make this a great camping experience. Get out all your camping gear. Tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, etc…and don’t forget the s’mores. If you don’t have a firepit, try lining clay pots with aluminum foil and filling with charcoal for a fun way to achieve chocolatey-gooey success!

5. Go to a local farmers market and make a meal of it! There are some really fantastic local farmers markets just about every day of the week. So load the kids in the the car and explore the area! You can find a market near you by visiting the California Certified Farmers Market website.

Some markets even have organic vendors too so keep an eye out! Have the kids pick out some veggies they would like to cook and depending on what you find, build your dinner menu around it! Make sure you get the kids to help you cook dinner (this might make them a little more willing to eat their greens). Maybe use this opportunity to talk to your kids about the nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally grown food. We do live in the farm-to-fork capital after all.

6. Go on a nature walk and pick flowers! This is something you can do with the whole family on a weeknight. Get everybody outside for a nice walk after dinner and explore nature. You can find a park nearby your house or even drive somewhere a little farther that has a trail. Once you all pick flowers, you can preserve them by making a flower press in a heavy book! Just getting out and exercising with the whole family will be good for all of you, so don’t get overwhelmed on deciding where to go! Once you are out having a good time, it won’t even feel like exercise, and it will teach your kids a healthy habit.

7. Start a family garden. Maybe you and the kids will get so inspired by the fruit and veggies you found at the farmers market that you will want to start growing your own produce. Ask your kids what their favorite things were, and take a trip to the store for all your gardening needs. You can make DIY labels for each kid’s part of the garden using popsicle sticks, bricks, or even wine corks on toothpicks or forks! Encourage responsible behaviour by creating a design-your-own watering can craft, and teach kids about the importance of keeping plants hydrated.

8. Plan a trip to the Funnest little place in Sacramento…Funderland! Well, of course, we couldn’t leave this out ;-)

Whatever you choose to do with your family before summer ends, we hope you have a blast!

 

Back to School Extravaganza

Aug07

It’s hard to believe it’s August already! This summer has been flying by, and soon the kids will be spending more time in the library and less time at the pool. And, let’s face it, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are times and seasons for everything.

But if your family is having a battle with the back to school blues, we’d like to change that tune! So make plans now to join us Saturday, August 24th, for our Back to School Extravaganza.

This year’s event features:

  • Mr. Cooper and his educational sing-a-long songs (11am & 3pm)
  • A special performance by Radio Disney (1pm – 2:30pm)
  • Educational vendor booths
  • Games, Crafts, & more!

Plus, if you donate new school supplies to River Oak Center for Children, you’ll receive a free goodie bag* and help a great organization in the process! (River Oak helps children at risk, troubled teens, and families through mental health services, social services, behavioral therapy, and family counseling).

And to keep you beating the blues, we’ve decided to bring back our After School Special. So starting September 4th any week day you visit the park after 3 pm, you can purchase an Unlimited Ride Wristband for only $7.95–that’s half off the regular price!

So don’t let school get you down! Balance out the new routine with a little fun, and add us to your list of educational experiences. We’d love to see out the summer with you.

*Goodie bags will go to the first 100 people who donate new school supplies.

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