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Four Easy Recipes to Make With Kids

Mar06

Four Easy Recipes to Make With Kids

It’s a great idea to get your kids involved in the kitchen as soon as possible.  Before you know it, they’re going to be moving out and having to cook for themselves.  Because kids are more likely to eat what they help cook (even if they don’t normally eat it), cooking together is a good way to teach kids to follow instructions thoroughly.  Even little ones can help by standing on stools and stirring or putting toppings on pizza.  Here are some tasty easy recipes to make with kids as they begin their adventure into the kitchen.

Pizza Bread

Pizza is easy for kids to make because it doesn’t involve a lot of stove or oven use, and it’s easy for little kids because most of it’s putting on the toppings.

Sourdough or English muffins, sliced sourdough, or French bread

1 jar spaghetti sauce

Shredded cheese

Pepperoni slices

Sliced olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, green onions, etc.

1.  Lightly toast the bread.

2.  Spread each slice with spaghetti sauce.

3.  Sprinkle a generous amount of mozzarella cheese over the sauce.  Put pepperoni slices over the cheese.

4.  Add sliced olives, mushrooms, chopped green onions, red bell peppers, or whatever veggies your kids like.

5.  “Glue” the toppings in place by sprinkling some cheddar, parmesan, or mozzarella cheese over the bread.

6.  Bake the pizzas for about 10-15 minutes at 400°.

7.  Let the pizzas cool, then enjoy!

Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is easy for a quick lunch or dinner that the kids can help make.

Sliced sourdough, wheat, or white bread

Butter or mayonnaise

Sliced cheese

Sliced deli ham or pepperoni (optional)

1.  Spread the insides of two slices of bread with butter or mayonnaise.

2.  Layer one side of the bread with sliced cheese and pepperoni or deli ham, if you like.  Place the other slice of bread over it.

3.  Place on a heated greased griddle or skillet and cook until one side is golden brown, then turn and cook the other side.

4.  Remove from pan and enjoy!

Fruit Dip

Fruit dip is a fun treat to have with fruit as an after-school snack.

7oz Marshmallow Creme

7oz Marshmallow Creme

8oz low-fat or whipped cream cheese, softened to room temperature

2 Tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate

Fruit dippers: strawberries, grapes, pineapple, apples, berries, cantaloupe

1. Spoon marshmallow creme into a large, microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 20 seconds.

2.  Whisk in softened cream cheese and orange juice concentrate until very smooth.

3.  Chill, then serve with fruit.

See the original recipe here!

Frozen Yogurt Pops

These popsicles are good for you, and great on a hot day (though they take a while to freeze).

2 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and sliced bananas, mixed

2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup white sugar or honey

8 small paper cups

8 popsicle sticks

1.  Place the mixed blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, yogurt, and sugar into a blender.

2.  Cover, and blend until fruit is chunky or smooth, as desired.

3.  Fill paper cups 3/4 full with fruit mixture. Cover the top of each cup with a strip of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the center of the foil on each cup.

4.  Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours. To serve, remove foil and peel off the paper cup.

See original recipe here!

5 Community Service Projects for Kids

Feb24

We understand that sometimes it can be hard to make time to give back to our communities. But getting your kids involved in community service projects and activities can teach them valuable skills and life lessons like compassion, respect, and empathy. To get your family inspired, here are 5 ways to teach your kids to serve their communities.

1.  Bake cookies or brownies for your local fire station.  The firemen will really appreciate this simple but delicious gift, and it’s a fun way to teach your kids how to help out your community and thank local heros.

2.  Volunteer to be a foster family for a pet from your local animal shelter.  Taking care of a pet is a big learning opportunity for children. It teaches them responsibility and kindness to those who can’t take care of themselves.  Adoption also helps to keep strays off the street.

3.  Pick up trash at your local creek. Creeks and rivers are something we all share.  Teach your children to show respect for public property.  Even little kids can help clean up your city streams.  Look up a local Creek Week association near you:  http://www.creekweek.net/

4.  Volunteer to take your neighbors’ dogs for a walk.  Do it for free!  This can really help busy neighbors or older folks who can’t walk their dogs.  Your kids will learn how to take care of animals, respect public property (like sidewalks and dog parks), and help others.

5.  Make care packages for homeless people.  Fill bags with some hand sanitizer, tissues, a granola bar, etc. and hand them out to people in need that you pass on the street.  This simple act of kindness can encourage your children to be compassionate towards others.

Get Your Funderland Groupon Deal – Save Up to 54% Off!

Feb20

Limited Time Funderland Groupon Deal

For a limited time we’re offering three great offers on Groupon so you can save on all your family’s fun plans! Everyone loves a great deal and your family deserves the fun! Hurry, this Funderland Groupon offer is only being offered for a short time and subject to availability. Don’t miss this offer! Visit our Groupon deal here!

Choose From These Deals:

  • Two Groupon-exclusive, unlimited-ride weekend wristbands with a Funderland souvenir cup for $27.50 (a $49 value)
  • Four unlimited-ride weekday wristbands with four snow cones or cotton candies for $35 (a $75.80 value)
  • Weekday basic birthday package for up to 10 for $69 (a $139.50 value)

Basic Birthday Package Details:

  • Two hours of birthday-party area and unlimited rides for each rider
  • Book of 10 tickets
  • Birthday-party host or hostess to help set up, answer questions, and administer hand stamps
  • Printable birthday party invitations
  • Funderland birthday shirt and coupon for a free wristband or tickets on a future visit for the birthday child

Click here for hours and days of operation. For more information please email us at info@funderlandpark.com

Enter to Win our “I Scream, You Scream” Giveaway

Feb14

It’s everyone’s favorite thing to scream: “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Gather up all your kids and their buddies for a special day of play and sweet treats. Now through Feb. 28th, enter to win a playdate for 15 at Funderland Amusement Park and an ice cream party for 15 at Gunther’s Ice Cream Shop. Then clear your calendar and call your friends!

How to enter:

  • Visit and like our Facebook page
  • Complete your entry by noon on 2/28/14
  • 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!

Prize* valued at $200 includes:

Funderland Playdate for 15

  • 2 hours of unlimited riding for up to fifteen people.
  • 15 drinks – choose soda, juice, bottled water
  • 15 snacks – choose cheddar bunnies, applesauce, chips, carrot sticks

Gunther’s Ice Cream Party for 15 (1 of the following per person)

  • single scoop of ice cream
  • small ice cream sundae
  • small fruit freeze
  • small ice cream float
  • small 50/50
  • novelty item (pie case)

* Some restrictions apply. Please see official rules for details.

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.

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