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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!

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!

(image source Etsy)

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!

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