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Pet Story Writing Contest

Apr29

May is National Pet Month, and we thought it would be fun to write and read some pet stories. So you do the writing, and we’ll do the reading!

The contest is open to kids 11 years old and under. Feel free to write a story about your current pet, favorite pet, or best friend’s pet. The story can be 500 – 1000 words in length and can be fact, fiction, or “faction.” And be sure to include a photo of the pet.

Submissions will be accepted until May 13, 2013. The winner will be announced on Facebook on May 20, 2013. The winner will also get:

  • 2 VIP Passes, AND
  • their story posted on our blog!

To enter, fill out the form below and attach your story and pet photo. We look forward to reading all your great stories. Good luck and good writing!

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Happy Tax Day!

Apr15

Any fun tax day activities planned? We’re thinking the day calls for some kind of chocolate!

April Showers…

Apr08

We love the cool mornings and warm, soft afternoons that come with Spring. We’ve even been enjoying the April showers, knowing that they bring May flowers. (Not to mention allergies…)

In any case, we already have a few flowers popping up in the park and look forward to more. And, of course, the warmer weather carries with it that faint hint of summer. Okay, that may be stretching it, but really school will be out before you know it and you’ll be in search of full-time family fun. But in the meantime, if you’re looking to take advantage of the fair weather and want to indulge in some outdoor fun, keep us in mind. Throughout the month of April, we’ll be open Wed.–Fri. from 11 am – 5 pm and Sat.–Sun. from 10 am – 6 pm (weather permitting).

And starting in May, we’ll be open 7 days a week. Now that’s more fun than you can shake a stick at! If you’re given to shaking sticks, that is. And speaking of May, don’t forget that moms get to ride free all day Mother’s Day. Moms, you may want to start dropping some hints now!

Anyway, as you plan out your next few months, we hope you include us in those plans. And if you’re feeling restless one of these fine spring days, come out for a spontaneous stroll or spin. There’s nothing quite like happy squeals of laughter to add zest to your day. The kids will love it, and you will too!

Easter Bash Happenings!

Mar21

It’s finally here, folks! The Easter Bash starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday (March 22-24). Here are some more details to help you plan your visit.

River Oak Donations: Please drop off your new art supplies or new games to the River Oak Center for Children booth located between the concession stand and ticket office. Donations will be exchanged for ride tickets (amount of tickets based on item donated).

Egg Hunts: Only $3 per child, & may be purchased at the ticket office. Please meet at the gate between the Concession & Backroads Buggies 5 minutes prior to your hunt time. Sorry, missed hunts cannot get a refund or exchange tickets for a new time. Groups and hunt times are listed below.

Egg Hunt Recommended Ages & Times:

5 & Under:  10:20, 11:10, 12:00, 12:50, 1:40, 2:30, 3:20, 4:10, & 5:00
6 & Up: 10:45, 11:35, 12:25, 1:15, 2:05, 2:55, 3:45, 4:35, & 5:25

Easter Bunny & Happy the Squirrel: Meet and snap a fun photo with the Easter Bunny or Funderland’s mascot, Happy the Squirrel!

Crafts, Contests, & Raffles: Visit the table next to our ticket office, & have fun creating Easter crafts, coloring for our coloring contest, or entering our raffle for free tickets.

Vendors: Grab some information or pick up some great new products! Visit our informational and retail vendors for loads of information and products at excellent prices.

It’s going to be a great weekend, and we hope to see you all here!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mar17

Another Postcard from Happy!

Mar12

More news from Happy in the mail today!

 

 

Here Comes the Easter Bash!

Mar04

Wow, this year is flying! It’s March already, and our thoughts are all about the Easter Bash. Yes, we’re gearing up for some more hippity hoppin’ fun!

This year’s Easter Bash will take place the weekend before Easter on March 22-24 (weather permitting, of course!) We’ll be holding Easter Egg hunts all day long for children up to age 12 for only $3.00 per child. The hunts will be limited in size so each child will have an “egg”stra fun time hunting for eggs and collecting prizes!

After your egg hunt, try piloting a Red Baron plane, taming our Flying Dragon coaster, or taking a spin on our Crazy Cups. You can also exercise your creativity at our craft table, or maybe you’d rather stop by our face painting pro and get yourself decorated! And, in all your adventures, keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny and our very own Happy the Squirrel! Excitement is always just around the corner…

Don’t forget, admission and parking are always free at Funderland, and rides are only one ticket per rider. Plus, if you bring in a new game or new art supplies for River Oak Center for Children, you’ll receive free tickets (amount of tickets based on item donated).

So hop on down to our Easter Bash this March 22-24 for an “egg”straordinarily good time for the whole family!

Some Places to Find Us

Feb25

Our customers are a pretty savvy lot. You know how to do fun right, and we like that! You know about coupons, and you know if you sign up on our website, we’ll send them to you! But did you know we advertise in other places too?

Well, the next time you’re flipping through any of these publications, keep an eye out for us! (Hint: there may be coupons involved)

California Kids!: A monthly publication of Valley Community Newspapers. Full of activities, games, fun articles, events, and great info! If you’re a parent, you’ll definitely want to check it out.

Our Neighborhood Shopper: Oh, my goodness, can we talk deals?! And delivered right to your mailbox. Look for us in the March edition!

Sacramento Parent: Monthly goodness for the whole family!

Town Planner: This calendar is a goldmine that gives all year long! You’ll find us sprinkled throughout the months.

We just don’t think an outing with the family should break the bank. It’s our goal to provide affordable family fun that’s close to home. So we hope you take advantage of some of these deals and come on down to see us soon!

Thoughts of Spring

Feb19

Thanks to everyone who came out this Presidents’ Day weekend. We had a blast and hope you did too! We’ve really been enjoying the beautiful weather. It’s getting us in the mood for bright spring flowers, green leafy trees, and warm sunny days.

Which makes us think of our first big event this year: our annual Easter Bash. It may sound early, but it’s only a month away! This year the Easter Bash will take place the weekend before Easter, March 22-24 from 10 am – 6 pm (weather permitting). And if you bring in a new game or new art supplies for River Oak Center for Children, you will receive free tickets (amount of tickets based on item donated). Plus, there will be:

• Easter Egg Hunts throughout the day ($3.00 per child)
• Appearances by the Easter Bunny & Happy the Squirrel
• Face painting
• Crafts, contests, and more!

What better way to usher in Spring?! We’ll have fun for everyone, so mark your calendars now.

Until then, we hope you take advantage of any nice weather that comes along and visit us often. Remember, we’ve always got nine great kid-sized rides to add a little excitement and variety to any weekend. Our hours this Spring:

February – March 10
Friday 11am – 5pm
Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm

March 15 – April
Wed – Fri 11am – 5pm
Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm

Spring Break (March 25 – April 5)
Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm
Sat & Sun 10am – 6 pm

We hope you make us a part of your Spring activities and celebrations and look forward to seeing you soon!

More Mystery Stories from Our Finalists

Feb11

As promised, here are the other prize winning stories from our Sherlock Holmes Mystery Writing Contest. We hope you enjoy these as much as our judges did!

The second place prize winning story from Vitalena L.

The Race Car Mystery

 Once upon a time there was a squirrel named Ryan. He had a nice little home in Funderland park. Everything was great till one day somebody took his favorite toy – red race car. Ryan did not know who did that but he wanted to take his toy back. So he decided to solve that mystery. He was looking all around the city and could not find it. He was very sad and did not know what to do. So he called his friend, a girl squirrel June. She was a detective.

“Hi June, it’s Ryan. Somebody stole my favorite toy. I have looked everywhere and couldn’t find it! Could you help me solve this mystery?”

“Hi Ryan, I’ll be glad to help you find your toy! Glad you called! Let’s meet in Funderland Park.”

June brought her magnifying glass to the park and started looking for clues. She was wearing a detective hat. She looked, and looked, and looked. Finally she found a first clue – paw prints of some animal by the tree where Ryan lived.

“Ryan, do you know whose those paw prints are?” said  June.

“No, I have never seen paw prints like that before,” Ryan answered. “How are we going to find out who stole my toy?”

“I’m working on it,” replied June. “Don’t worry; I know what I’m doing. Let’s open my book of paw prints and try to find who the mystery guest is.”

They opened the book of paw prints and looked inside. But they couldn’t find the paw prints that would look like the ones by the Ryan’s tree.

“Strange. I thought I could solve this mystery right away. What animal could leave paw prints like that?” said June. “I guess we will have to find out later. Let’s look for more clues!”

Ryan and June were walking around the tree when they saw a new squirrel. She was making her house in the tree close by. She smiled at Ryan and June and said hi.

“let’s find out who that is.” Said June.

Ryan and June came up to the squirrel and introduced themselves.

“My name is Vita”, said the squirrel. “It is very nice to meet you. I’m new here, just moved from Ukraine. Will you be my friends? Do you want to play together?”

Ryan really liked Vita, but June thought that Vita could be the one who had stolen Ryan’s race car. She was new there and nobody knew her yet. Although the paw prints they found did not match Vita’s paw prints she felt like something was very suspicious about her.

“What game are you playing?” asked Vita.

“We are looking for my toy race car. I lost it somewhere and can’t find it anywhere!” answered Ryan.

“Have you seen anyone here today, Vita?” asked June.

Vita looked surprised. “NO, I haven’t seen anyone at all. I was busy all day unpacking. I have to go now! It was nice to meet you.” Said Vita and ran to her tree. She jumped inside her little house.

“Ryan”, said June. “I think Vita acts strange. She wanted to play with us, but when I asked her if she saw anyone today, she ran away. Do you think she could have taken your toy?”

“No”, replied Ryan. “I think Vita is too nice to be able to steal something. Why would she do something like that?”

“I don’t know. But I’ll find out!” said June.

That night June decided to hide in the bushes by Vita’s house. She wanted to know more about Ryan’s new neighbor. It was 3 o’clock in the morning when June saw Vita coming out of her little house. It was dark, but June thought Vita looked scared. She was holding something that looked like a car. June thought that she was right. She jumped out of the bushes and caught Vita’s hand.

“What do you have here Vita?” asked June. Vita screamed! “I didn’t steal this car! It was a dragon. I saw him taking the car from Ryan’s house this morning. He was holding the car when he saw Ryan coming back home. The dragon threw the car in my house and told me to hide it or he would eat me! He told me to bring it tonight to the zoo. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you. I was scared.”

“Ok,” replied June. “I believe you.  I saw the paw prints of some animal that was not in my book. Now I understand that those were dragon’s paw prints. Let’s call policeman Bear. He will catch that sneaky dragon.”

The policemen Bear was sleeping when he received a call from detective June. “I’ll be right there! Thank you detective!”

He rushed to the zoo and there he saw a dragon. He caught the dragon and put him in a cage. “Don’t steal things from others. You have to ask if you want to play with someone’s toy. It’s not nice. Why did you take Ryan’s toy?”

“I’m sorry”, said the dragon. ”I really liked it.”

“You have to apologize to Ryan!” said Bear.

Squirrel Ryan was very happy to get his race car back. He rushed out of his house to see June and Vita. “Thank you so much, June, for helping me find my toy. Vita, don’t worry; I can still be your friend. I know you did not steal it. It was the dragon’s fault.”

“I’m sorry Ryan” said Vita. “Thank you for being a good friend.”

By Vitalena L.
Age: 5

And here is the third place prize winning story from Sara S.

Mystery of the Lost Treasure Chest

Hi my name is Emma Pierre, I have red hair, blue eyes and I’m ten years old.

I live in Elko on Pillsbury Street and my story starts right here at school.  “Class, today I would like you to write a five paragraph essays about your… “, pssst,” Emma, let’s go on a trip after school.” “Well, I don’t know Kayley.”   “C’mon it’ll be fun.” “I still don’t know Kayley.” “I’ll think about it Kay.”   “Emma, Kayley pay attention please.”  “Yes Mrs. Gitsgey.”

After school Kayley said, C’mon over to my house I want to show you something.  This map belonged to my great grandfather. I want to go to this island. It has a jungle.  That’s where a pot of gold is hidden.  “Great, we’ll go Saturday.”   “I still don’t  know Kayley.”  “Come on, where’s your sense of adventure.” What, are you chicken?” “NO!  I am not chicken!”  Ok I’ll go. “ALL RIGHT!”   Let’s start packing, whoa;  whoa, Kayley your sense of adventure is much too big.   We’ll pack on Friday.

Finally it was Saturday, we were each packed and ready to go, we were going to “borrow” my dad’s motorboat.  All right lets go.  Kayley, do you even know where we’re going?  Oh sure. First I want to go to the pet shop to get a dog to help protect us.  I want a dog Emma; I’ll name the dog Poppy.  After we purchased the dog, Emma said sorry Kayley but I forgot the food. What?  I guess we’ll be going to the food store.  When we arrived at the food store we found that there was no food.   When we got back we found a picnic basket.  Where’d you find it?  In the boat.  Do you know how to drive the boat? Oh yeah, it’s easy.  You  tell  me  where  to go  and  I’ll  go  there. All right, let’s go.  When we got there we were both very hungry.   But the picnic basket was gone.  Lucky for us there was fruit in the jungle on the island. But  we  hadn’t  expected  anyone  but  us  to  be  here.  We  were  scared  half  to  death  when  we  heard  a  guitar  outside.  When we saw who it was we were speechless.  It was the janitor from our school! Kayley  thought  she  knew  why  he  was  there,  but  we  needed  proof  before  he  got  away.

Today we were going to look for the pot of gold.    We looked everywhere for   Kayleys shovel but we just couldn’t find it.  When  we  finally got  in  the  tunnel  we  realized  we  forgot  our  headlamps,  suddenly  there  was  a  rock  avalanche,  and  it  was  on  top  of  Kayley!  Then  a  squirrel  appeared  and  started  chirping,  Kayley  followed  him  right  out.  We were scared because the school janitor was there.  Kayley catch!  Now let’s find that gold Emma.  Ok but I already found it.   How did you find it?! Well I just kept digging until I heard a big KATHUNK!  I just knew it was the gold.  But Kayley how did you know a pot of gold was here?  My mom’s mom told me.

The End

By Sara S.
Age: 8

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