Fun Fall Crafts for your Family

It’s that time of year to get into some fall fun! Between the pumpkin spice everything, Instagramming fall leaves, and picking the perfect pumpkin, sometimes it can be easy to lose sight of the more important things, like spending time with your family. There are few things more fun to a kid than making crafts with their favorite people (that’s you!).

Here are some fun craft ideas to try with your little ones this season!

P.S. If you’re looking for some FREE crafts to enjoy with the kids, we will have a craft booth at our Fall Festival on the 27th and 28th!

 

Pom Pom Spider

Materials:

Instructions to Make:

1. Cut the pipe cleaners into 8 pieces that are the same length

3. At the end of the leg, fold the bottom of the pipe cleaner over to create a small knot so the beads do not fall off

4. Glue each leg to the body (black pom pom) with the tacky glue.

5. Attach the googly eyes- add as many eyes as you’d like!

6. Let the glue dry

 

Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Magnet

 

Materials:

Instructions to Make:

 

1. Start off by using Elmer’s glue to glue on your craft sticks, 7 of them, to your cardstock or cardboard. It really doesn’t matter what you use for the backing just as long as it is strong enough to support the sticks. Also, make sure that you cut your backing so that it’s not longer or wider than the popsicle sticks. Let dry!

2. This is the step the parent will want to help with. Hot glue a few strands of the raffia onto one craft stick for the scarecrow’s hair. I just cut a few pieces for each side. Once the hot glue is dry you can then glue the stick onto the rest of the scarecrow body.

3. We choose to paint the scarecrow at this point. If you think it would be easier for your kids to paint prior to attaching the hairpiece then you can do that beforehand. We just found it easier to paint afterward. Now that everything is painted you get to sit and watch paint dry. Luckily it’s just craft paint and it will be dry in minutes, not hours.

4. The next step is to paint on the adorable face. Depending on the age and painting skill level of your children you could always paint the face on for them or cut out pieces of felt or foam and attach with glue. We didn’t add anything to the hat but I think we might go back and add a flower as well. Just dress it up, however, you like it.

5. Attach magnets to the back of your scarecrow. I used two .75 inch adhesive magnets to hold mine up. That’s it, you are all done with your popsicle stick scarecrow.

 

Fabric Ghost

Materials:

Instructions to Make:

1. Cut your fabric into a square, about 9”x9”. You can cut them using regular fabric scissors, but realize the ends will fray eventually depending on the fabric. You can cut the fabric squares out using pinking shears to prevent fraying. (Plus, the zig zag edge gives the ghosts a unique look).

 

3. Draw short dashes around the edges of the fabric. (Or try other patterns or designs like polka dots etc.)

 

4. Flip the fabric over. Place a styrofoam ball in the center of the fabric, and gather it around the ball to form the head of your ghost.

 

5. Tie a piece of ribbon around the neck to secure. (For young children you can hold the ghost in place and let them tie the ribbon, or they can hold the ghost for you while you tie the ribbon.) 

 

6. Draw eyes on your ghost with a black marker.

7. Tie some clear string (illusion cord) around your ghost to hang from a decorative branch or anywhere around your house or classroom!

 

Fall Button Tree

Materials:

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Assorted Buttons

Instructions to Make:

 

  1. take 3-4 pipe cleaners in a bunch and fold them in half

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2. Twist the bottom to form the free trunk and spread out the “branches” on the top

3. Slide assortment of buttons onto the pipe cleaner branches for leaves. That’s it!

Check out some cool ideas on how to incorporate learning into the activity:

  1. You could add numbers to the trees and children try to put that many buttons on that tree.
  2. Children could sort by color and put all yellow buttons on one tree
  3. They could try to get every single button in the bin onto a tree branch.
  4. Older children could practice skip counting by putting two buttons on each branch, or three buttons on each branch.
  5. Patterning can be practiced by making each branch of the tree a different repeating pattern (red, orange, red, orange)
  6. Really strengthen fine motor skills by encouraging older children to actually “button” the button onto the tree branches (weave the pipe cleaner in one hole and out of the other in the same button)

 

Clay Pumpkin Keepsake

 

Materials:

Instructions to Make:

1: Roll the clay out, about 1/2″ thick. Let your little one press her hand onto the clay.

 

2: Use a craft stick to cut the shape of a pumpkin. Smooth the edges. Make a hole in the stem with a drinking straw.

 

Step 3: Let the clay dry for 24 hours.

 

4: Use acrylic paint to turn the handprint into a Halloween design. It can be a ghost, Jack’o’Lantern, Frankenstein, candy corn. Paint the rest of the pumpkin orange and the stem brown.

   

5: Thread a green ribbon through the hole in the stem.

 

 

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Do you remember your first time at Funderland Park?

For decades, Funderland has brought smiles to families of Sacramento and it’s visitors. You might remember your first visit years ago, or even your kids’ first time not that long ago. We asked our park guests to help us celebrate their first Funderland memories with their kids, and the results were adorable! Check out this awesome trip down memory lane! If you would like us to add your photo, please email us at giveaways@funderlandpark.com or message us on facebook!

Enjoy!

Why hosting your kids birthday at Funderland is an AWESOME idea.

1.  Birthday Party Host/Hostess available at the beginning of your party to help set up, answer questions, and administer hand stamps.

Wait what? I don’t have to do everything?!

That’s right! When you book a birthday party at Funderland you will have a host that is included in your birthday package to help you with anything you may need to get your party started.

 

2. Birthday party invitations – print your own invitations from our website.

Don’t worry about making an extra stop to get birthday cards, we have pre-made invitations one click away!

Thank God!

 

3. Take advantage of our birthday party area for a full hour & unlimited rides for 2 hours.

Unlike any other regular outdoor birthday party, once you finish eating you are only a few steps away from thrilling rides we offer at

Funderland Park!

It gets better… enjoy two hours of unlimited rides for each paid rider!

 

4. Ticket book with a value of $19.95.

Included in your package is a book of ten rides for a value of $19.95!

Yay, free stuff!

 

5. Free ticket back to park for birthday child.

The fun doesn’t stop here…

Your child will be able to come back and enjoy an additional day for free!

 

So what are you waiting for?! Go book your child’s next birthday party at Funderland!

 

Book Here:

Book a birthday

Cleaning Hacks for the Busy Mom

As a mom, you already have to juggle so many things – getting the kids to games, taking them

on fun trips to the park, and prepping for school in the morning. It can be pretty tough making

time to keep things clean when you already have so much on your plate. The last thing you

want to do is stress over what state your house is in and think about the daunting task of

scrubbing it from floor to ceiling.

We understand what it’s like so we’re here with 5 quick and simple hacks to keep your house

looking and feeling clean without all of the hassle.

1. Smelly Shoes

After a long day at the park, the shoes in your household might not smell the best. Freshen

up sneakers with a sprinkle of baking soda inside, toss them in a resealable bag, and let

them sit for a few hours. Dust off the remainder of the baking soda and they’ll be as good

as new!

2. Quick Coffee

Every mom needs their morning coffee but nobody wants to drink it from a dirty coffee

maker. For an easy clean the night before your trip to the park, run one part water and one

part vinegar through a brew cycle. Then, run it again with only water in the machine. You’ll

have a clean coffee maker minus the elbow grease.

3. Broken Glass

Glass breaks easily and often in a house full of kids. After you pick up the larger pieces, use

a piece of bread to pick up the harder to see smaller pieces that even a broom can miss.

4. A Quick Dust

Need to dust in a jiffy? Grab that lint roller out of your purse and run it across all of your

surfaces for a quick and easy sprucing. It gets rid of everything from crumbs on the couch

and pet hair on your clothes to dust on the lamp shades.

5. Baseboards

Those pesky baseboards are the hardest to get clean – especially when you have little ones

crawling and walking near them. Give them a quick wipe with a fabric softener sheet to

wipe away the grime and keep a protective barrier for later.

These hacks will help you keep your house looking great while enjoying time with your family

and managing the busy life of being an on the go mom!

Kid Friendly Eateries Near the Park

You and the kiddos have spent your beautiful summer day at the park; the sun starting to set and some tummies have started grumblin’. It is dinner time. Quickly, before the car ride home turns into a whirlwind of hangry 6 year olds, you’ve got to get some grub for those little bellies. You don’t want to trek everyone half way across town for a bite to eat after a long day of fun and you are in luck! As it turns out, Sacramento is full of very kid-friendly eateries and we have come up with a list of dives to checkout with your little ones after your day at Land Park.

There are plenty of options located within a few miles away; Land Park is located in a prime location for good eats of any kind; many being within 15 minutes, or less, from the park. Anything from ice cream to burritos, everyone will be able to find something to hit the spot, without breaking the bank. Freeport Blvd features everything from sushi to mexican food to burgers and fries. It can be daunting, thinking of the budget of a full day on the town with all of the mouths to feed; however these establishments offer meals under 10, and sometimes 5 dollars.

Here is our list of kid-friendly restaurants by Land Park:

LaBou: 4400 Del Rio Rd, Sacramento, CA 95822

  • This café is located, conveniently, right across the street from Land Park! Is is the perfect spot for an affordable bite that is a quick walk away. This is a perfect place to pop into and grab a snack at any point in the day! They have breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads and paninis, along with a full sandwich menu; all under 10 dollars! It is hard to beat a deal like that, especially when it is so close by.  

Marie Callender’s: 5622 Freeport Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95822  Phone: 916-391-4300

  • At this all-American restaurant and bakery, you will find a plethora of hardy eats that anyone will love, no matter the age! To make it even better, all kids under 12 will eat for free with purchase on Saturdays and Tuesdays after 4. A perfect stop after a long day on the rides! Every kid’s meal comes with a piece of Mary’s famous pie; but only if you eat your veggies!

Riverside Clubhouse: 2633 Riverside Blvd. Sacramento CA.

  • About 2 miles from Land Park is this café that features a wide array of culinary confections; from pizza and wings, to calamari and Fettuccine. It has meals that kids will be more than happy with and something the adults can fill up on as well without compromising quality. Kids eat free on Tuesdays and Kid’s Meals are only $7 every other day of the week!

Vic’s Cafe and Ice Cream: 3193 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA

  • This low-key café has perfect lunch options that are light and affordable. The kids menu features simple items that will fill up the little ones for under $5 each! As if that weren’t reason enough, there is also an ice cream parlour adjacent to the café; making this the perfect stop after a long day at the park! For the grown ups, their sandwiches will surely hit the spot without breaking the bank.

Papa Murphy’s Pizza: 4424 Freeport, Sacramento, CA, 95842

  • Are you are in a hurry to get home and want an easy dinner? You are in luck! Located across the street from Funderland, this is a foolproof pizza spot for any parent looking to find a quick “bake-at-home” meal on the way back from the park. They have all the toppings you could imagine and have little mini pies for the kiddies.

Togo’s Sandwich Shop: 4421 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822

  • Since the 70’s, this franchise has been a go to sandwich spot for Sacramento, and this one is very close by. Togo’s has all of your deli style sandwich favorites and a few creations to mix it up. There is a rewards program for frequent visitors and a Kids menu, for the little ones under 12; complete with a sandwich, fountain drink, and a bag of chips! This another great option for someone looking for a quick meal near the park.

Meet and Eat: 3445 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818

  • This american eatery is a perfect spot for anyone looking for a great burger, a chilled out atmosphere and not looking to travel far out of the way of Land Park. Only a short drive away from the park, this dive offers fresh eats all day, every day. From breakfast to dinner, this menu is full of classics. The kids menu is affordable and will have something for any kid’s appetite.

Dali’s Kitchen: 1948 Sutterville Rd, Sacramento, CA, 95831

  • Located where the old Ford’s Burgers was, this little mexican restaurant has everything you could want in a traditional Tex-Mex spot. It is right across the street from the park, close enough to smell the tamales! It’s the perfect option for something as close to homemade mexican food as you can get! The food is always cheap and fresh. There is no shortage of seating with tables both inside and out!

Chipotle: 4001 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822

  • Nice and Easy. This is a go-to spot for a lot of people nowadays; because it is nutritious and tasty! Although it is a big brand restaurant, they offer fresh options for anyone, so that everyone in the family is happy with their meals! This has become a staple of many towns across the U.S. and we can see why; who doesn’t like a Chipotle burrito am I right?? Take the short walk across the street from Land Park and you will find this quick bite to eat.

Aviators: 6151 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822

  • Saving the best for last. This is, hands down, one of the coolest spots to eat in Sacramento. This restaurant is located in the Sacramento Executive Airport, allowing you to enjoy your meal while the little ones enjoy watching the airplanes while they land and take off! How cool!? I can’t imagine a kid who wouldn’t be captivated watching planes go by out of the full wall windows. There is a menu for the little ones that features anything they could want for breakfast, lunch or dinner! A really cool place to end a full day at the park!

These are just a few of our favorite eateries close-by, come see us and tell us which you like best!

 

 

Kid + Adult Adventure Giveaway!

This month, we’ve teamed up with Exodus Escape Adventures to create an extra special prize package catered not only to a day of fun with the kids, but an additional package for the grown-ups too! From now ’til April 30th, you can enter for a chance to win 1 of our 3 prize packages. Each will include:

4 VIP Wristband Passes for Funderland Park 

4 Free Tickets for the Pirate’s Revenge Escape Room at Exodus Escape Adventures

To enter the giveaway, visit our signup form where you can receive up to 3 entries towards a prize! 

Prize details:

A VIP Wristband Pass can be redeemed ANY day that Funderland is open to the public including weekends and holidays Wristbands cannot be exchanged for currency. Please check our calendar for park hours of operation.

Each Free Ticket to the Exodus Escape Room will reserve one spot in the Captain’s Revenge Escape Room. Rooms have a maximum capacity of 12 guests per booking, so if you win don’t forget to invite some friends if you want to fill the room! Check out the website for reservation details.

Official Giveaway Rules

Easter 2018 at the Park

It’s that time of year again for one of our favorite events, and this year we are going to start celebrating early with a weeklong giveaway! With a chance to win a Prize Package every day this week (3/19/18 – 3/23/18) you’ll be in the Easter spirit just in time for the big event!

To enter for a chance to win a Prize Package, which includes 4 Egg Hunt Passes and 4 Unlimited Ride Wristbands, all you have to do is comment on each daily Facebook post. Each winner must be a Funderland Park Facebook Page follower at the time of the drawing to redeem their prize, so make sure to hit that Follow/Like button when you comment if you aren’t already! Winners will be chosen and announced daily, so we recommend you check your message inbox regularly. If you don’t have a Facebook, you can email your comment to giveaways@funderlandpark.com, and designate a friend or family member to like our page on your behalf.

After a week of prize giving, we will be ready to celebrate our annual Easter EGGstravaganza Event! This event starts on Friday the 23rd and lasts through the weekend till Sunday the 25th, opening from 10am-6pm each day. To check out more details and RSVP, you can visit our Facebook event or our site Events Page.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you this weekend!

*Unlimited Ride Wristbands can only be redeemed and used on weekdays

*Commenting on this blog post does not increase your chances of winning

 

Official Giveaway Rules

Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

Who’s excited for our first Giveaway of 2018!? We couldn’t think of a better holiday to kick things off with than one that celebrates love, and spending quality time with those that matter most – Valentine’s Day!

The prize for this giveaway will be a Birthday Party Package, which will come with all the perks of our standard basic package, but this particular Party Package also includes a full day of unlimited riding for up to 20 guests! Are you ready to be the envy of all the other parents and kids this year throwing birthday parties, without ever having to plan or pay for the event? Just think of all the other things you could do with that time and money!

To enter, you have to do two things:

#1 – Comment on this post on our Facebook page. You can let us know your favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, who your Valentine this year is, or when you would be celebrating with your Birthday Party Package if you won! Comments must be submitted by 11:59 PST Feb. 14th, 2018 to be entered.

#2 – Like/Follow our Facebook Page. If you’re already a follower, then you don’t need to worry about this step; your comment will already enter you!

**Party Package can be redeemed and scheduled for any day the park is open within the next calendar year.

**If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can send your comment to giveaways@funderlandpark.com and designate a friend or family member to follow the page on your behalf.

**Winner will be contacted via Facebook Message or email (depending on how you entered) so be sure to check your inboxes!

Giveaway Terms and Conditions

25 Days of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Even though we aren’t open for December while we are busy as elves preparing the park for next season, we didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to bring joy to our guests!

Beginning today, we will launch our 25 Days of Christmas Giveaway, where you will have all month till Christmas Day to register to win 2 Season Passes and 100 extra park tickets to bring friends throughout the year! How many friends and family members can you share this opportunity to win with in the next 25 days?

The rules for this giveaway are the same as last months – submit your email to be entered and share the giveaway for an extra entry. On Christmas Day, a winner will be selected and contacted for an extra special present from us to you!

Good luck to all and Happy Holidays!

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Thanksgiving Giveaway

As thanksgiving approaches, we wanted to do an extra special giveaway that would not only provide an opportunity for your family to enjoy time at the park with a pair of season passes, but also throw in a little help with that holiday shopping!

For the next 10 days, we will have our giveaway open for submissions for you to win 2 Season Passes and a $150 Visa Gift Card to use however you wish!

To enter, all you have to do is provide your name and email to our Thanksgiving Giveaway. This will get you one entry, BUT there is a way to get an extra entry! Sharing the Giveaway from the submission form (in addition to providing your email so we can contact you if you win) will get you one extra entry!

The winner will be randomly selected on Thanksgiving Day and contacted within 24 hours of the 12pm submission closing. If you are the winner, you will be contacted via the email address provided. You will have 10 days to claim your prize before a new winner is selected, so make sure to check your inbox!

Good luck to all and make sure to share this chance to win with your friends and family!

**Commenting on this blog post will not gain any additional entries

**Any questions or comments regarding the giveaway can be sent to giveaways@funderlandpark.com

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Halloween Giveaway Winners & Event Photo Gallery

Special thanks to everyone who participated in the Halloween Giveaway and those who attended the Spooktacular Halloween event! Our guests are what make the true magic of Funderland present and we love seeing your smiling faces each day! We also love interacting with you on social media and in the park. That being said, we wanted to show our appreciation by hosting yet another Giveaway, and these are our lucky winners!

Congratulations to:

Heather Aiken

Melissa Flath

Courtney Flippi

Grace Calderon Fortu

Sara Taylor

Tina Vo

Heather Bailey-Lerma

Jessica Elizabeth

Erica Ann Kantar

Nicky Sun

 

Check out how much fun we had at the event! If you’d like to share your photo from Spooktacular Halloween, post it here or email it to giveaways@funderlandpark.com.