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Seminole Towne Center hosts Summer Camp Expo March 4th

More than 40 companies representing unique classes, outdoor adventure programs, sports leagues, and family-friendly destinations and attractions throughout Central Florida will showcase unique summer camp and adventure program opportunities for your family March 4, 2017 from 10am – 4pm at Seminole Towne Center Mall.

This free expo will feature exhibitors from more than 40 companies representing unique classes, outdoor adventure programs, sports leagues, special needs providers and family-friendly destinations and attractions throughout Central Florida. During the expo, attendees will:

  • Receive exclusive camp discounts and travel deals
  • Learn about unique destinations and experiences for all ages
  • Interact one-on-one with camp counselors and destination representatives
  • Enjoy live entertainment and kids’ activities
  • Have fun while creating summer plans for your family

We are excited to offer families the opportunity to explore unique destinations and experiences for children age three to 18, all under one roof,” says Sarah Bain, Orlando Sentinel Media Group events manager. “Expo guests will also find exclusive discounts, giveaways and travel deals while they enjoy live entertainment and kid-friendly activities like doing roofing maintenance with residential roofing peabody ma. It’s truly the fastest and easiest way to choose the best summer options for your family.

SeaWorld Summer Camp 2016. That’s SeaWorld Mommy’s smiling camper!

While looking over the list of camp options available, I saw some favorites (like SeaWorld that my son LOVED last year), and some that I didn’t know about. Attending: Another family fave— Skeletons. My son was wide-eyed for the osteology class we took there not too long ago.

While some may be partial to experiences involving animals and science (like my family!), there are lots of choices for whatever your kids are into. Parents and families will find sports activities, theater, music, filmmaking, just to name a few. Special Needs families will find camps that their kids will enjoy, too. There’s never been an easier way to compare summer camps in the Orlando area.

Come on out Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10am – 4pm at Seminole Towne Center Mall, 200 Towne Center Circle, Sanford, FL. It’s located right off of I-4 Exit 101C, please be sure that all of you buckle up and drive safe, and to contact this Philly car injuries lawyer  if any of you experience an automobile accident.

Insider tip: Get there early! The first 50 families* will receive two tickets
to Medieval Times! Read full details on the Orlando Sentinel website.

Check out the full list of camps and read more at www.orlandosentinel.com/summercampexpo.

*After 10 am ET on 3/4/17 at the Orlando Sentinel Information Booth at the Summer Camp & Adventure Expo at Seminole Towne Center Mall. Full details here.

Florida Kids and Family Expo 2015 coming to OCCC August 29th

If you have not purchased your tickets to the Florida Kids & Family Expo, what are you waiting for?

This two day event runs from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, August 29th and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday, August 30th at the Orange County Convention Center.

This is the can’t miss family fun event of the year! Over 200 interactive exhibits for parents and children including seminars, character meet & greets, carnival rides, exotic animals, live music, and much more! Also it includes some fun little activities like letting kids drive toy cars, very fun, and if you’re looking for one then check this john deere powered tractor, perfect for teaching your kid how to drive within our park and everywhere else!

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids (3-17), free for kids (0-2) in advance, $15 for Adults, $10 for kids (3-17) at the door.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit My Central Florida Family by clicking HERE

Follow me, @djxb1977 live on Twitter Sunday, August 30th as I explore over 150,000 square feet of everything family and children Central Florida has to offer!

22nd Annual Mascot Games Presented by Wawa starts today!

Starting today through Saturday afternoon is the 22nd Annual Mascot Games Presented by WawaNew Hope for Kids staff, a bunch of really cool kids and devoted volunteers from DPR Construction and other local businesses will pack Amway Center today, Friday, June 19, at 12:30pm, and Saturday, June 20, at 2pm.  Twenty-four of the best and most popular mascots from across North America will join the Orlando Magic’s STUFF, the event’s host mascot, for this annual competition. Favorite mascots from Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association will divide into four teams as they compete against each other in a series of wild and wacky games to determine the true champions of the mascot world.

The collection of Mascots that will be showcased at Amway Center will be unrivaled anywhere in the world,” said Dave Joswick, Executive Director of New Hope for Kids. “Our ambassador, Orlando Magic’s STUFF, has invited top notch talents, all who love to compete, and who also love knowing they’re helping kids.

The Mascot Games Presented by Wawa will once again be emceed by Fired Up Entertainment’s Scotty B, an Orlando staple. Each Mascot team will have a Celebrity Coach that will help manage the team and push them to victory. Coaches on June 19: WFTV sportscaster Christian Bruey, Orlando Sentinel sports columnist George Diaz, and 740 The Game radio personalities Ditti and Doc.

Coaching duties on June 20 will be entrusted to The Monsters from Real Radio 104.1: Russ, Dirty Jim, Angel and Carlos. Each game will feature a halftime show with local talent, Gina Incadela on June 19th and Project DJ Slam, featuring Blake Guyre!

5 cool things to look for:
  • Giveaways, coupons and more at Pizza Hut of Central Florida’s booth
  • Silent Auction items just in time for Father’s Day
  • Truly Nolen’s MouseCars and MouseLimo!
  • Avanti Resort’s ‘high five’ Selfie Contest
  • Olive Garden’s Breadstick Sandwich wagon (Saturday only, 1-5pm)
Tickets for the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa are still on sale.  General admission tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through mascotgames.org or amwaycenter.com, the Chase Box Office at Amway Center, all Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.
On Saturday only, a limited number of VIP “Mascot Huddle” tickets, which include a Mascot meet and greet and reserved seating, are available for $30, and reserved seating is available for $20.
Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the event website at www.mascotgames.org under the “Summer Camps” tab. In addition, discounted corporate tickets are available, offering local companies the ability to reward and entertain their employees and/or customers.
All proceeds from the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $300,000 for New Hope for Kids.
Participating Mascots:
Albert & Alberta – University of Florida (Oh Bess…)
• Bango – Milwaukee Bucks
Billy the Marlin – Miami Marlins
Captain Fear – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• Carlton – Toronto Maple Leafs
• Champ – Dallas Mavericks
• Fin the Whale – Vancouver Canucks
• Harry the Hawk – Atlanta Hawks
Kingston – Orlando City Soccer Club
Knightro – University of Central Florida
• Lil’ Red – University of Nebraska
• Louie – St. Louis Blues
• N.J. Devil – New Jersey Devils
• Orbit – Houston Astros
• Rangers Captain – Texas Rangers
Raymond – Tampa Bay Rays
• Rowdy – Dallas Cowboys
Sebastian – University of Miami
Shades – Orlando Solar Bears
• Slamson the Lion – Sacramento Kings
Stanley C. Panther – Florida Panthers
• Stormy – Carolina Hurricanes
STUFF – Orlando Magic
ThunderBug – Tampa Bay Lightning
• Tommy Hawk – Chicago Blackhawks (Uh oh. Will it get awkward around ThunderBug? Is the Stanley Cup visiting? We are not bitter… much.)
Be part of the games: Follow along and share on social media! Be sure to follow #MascotGames on
About New Hope for Kids
Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need. Our purpose is to bring hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses. New Hope for Kids achieves this through two programs: The Center for Grieving Children helps children and families cope with the feelings of grief and loss after the death of a loved one. Wishes for Kids grants wishes to children up to the age 19, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more information visit www.newhopeforkids.org.

Have a silly, spooky time at Sea World’s Halloween Spooktacular!

by @jenvargas

Over the weekend, we spent some time with our friends at Sea World Orlando to preview #SeaWorldSpooktacular!

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Having a whale of a time @SeaWorldOrlando’s #SeaWorldSpooktacular!

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The Spooktacular fun is included with daily admission and is filled with ‘fantasea’ trick or treat stations, sea snacks, a huge dance party (with pumpkin fish, sea fairies, even Pete and Penny Penguin), up-close animal encounters, cookie decorating and more. My favorite part of Sea World’s Spooktacular (aside from the candy)? Watching Jamie and the Sesame Street gang Countdown to Halloween! It’s a live show happening daily at the Seaport Theater featuring some Sesame Street favorites. Consult the nearest park map for times. After the show, there’s a special meet and greet opportunity with one or more of the cast. Maybe you’ll meet Elmo… maybe Abby Caddaby… maybe even The Count himself! Check out my #GoogleStory below to see some video and more fun!

Sea World’s Spooktacular is open on weekends in October (11-12, 18-19, 25-26) from 12pm to 8pm and includes sweets and treats from AirHeads, Black Forest, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Lemonhead, Mentos, Sunrype and Tootsie Roll. (Smarties? Nerds? YES!)

 

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Eat More Candy? You don’t have to tell @CentralFLTop5 twice @SeaWorld! #SeaWorldSpooktacular

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Also available, a special Dine with Shamu Halloween Spooktacular Brunch. Familes will enjoy a delicious menu of seasonal and sustainable items and one complimentary family photo with a SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular photo frame. Also included; a cookie decorating kit for guests under 12 and a trick-or-treat bag with goodies. Get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into the interactions that occur between our trainers and whales. Learn what you can do to help save valuable ocean resources and habitats by enjoying sustainable and natural foods.

To find out more about #SeaWorldSpooktacular, locate your nearest broom and fly on over to http://seaworldparks.com/spooktacular/!

Review | American Q serves up tasty farmhouse chic BBQ

By @jenvargas

Central Florida Top 5 was invited to a media roundtable dinner at American Q. Dinner was provided, pillows sadly were not. Opinions and images/video are my own.

Admittedly, I was a little iffy when we were invited to try the farmhouse chic stylings of American Q. I’m not a big red meat eater. I rarely eat barbecue anything; ribs, steak, sausage, brisket. In fact, before American Q, I’d never tasted brisket before. I normally stick to poultry, chicken and turkey being my main go-to meats, if I eat meat at all.

Taking one for the Top 5 team, I ventured over to the B Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista to experience this 21st century bend on the traditional barbecue feast. And I must say, I was unexpectedly surprised at how much I enjoyed it AND how many options there were for people like me. The weirdoes who don’t salivate at the word “bacon.”

American Q’s tagline is “BBQ and beyond,” and boy was it! Between the salad and sides on the Flatbed Buffet and the copious amounts Tableside Cowboy Carvings choices, I think I may still ‘B’ in a food coma! Add four tasty house made sauces, cocktails, drafts, wines and yummy desserts and you definitely have more than just your average barbecue meal.

Our tasting menu for the evening was handpicked by Executive Chef Justin Leo, and just a ‘small’ sampling of the offerings you can choose from at American Q.

Among the bar snacks we sampled were; Swine Candy (a smoked bacon roasted in molasses and spiced until crunchy), Housemade Tater Tots with bacon salt and Deviled Crab Stuffed Eggs with blue crab and rémoulade. My clear favorite was the tater tots! Along with the tots was a tangy housemade ketchup, which was a great companion. (I’m allergic to seafood, so I didn’t try the stuffed eggs but heard great feedback from those who sampled them.)

Appetizer choices were; Virginica Oysters grilled in shell with bacon jam, Alligator Boudin with roasted tomatoes, peppers and okra and Mahogany Glazed, Slow Braised Pork Belly. I only tried the pork belly, which I enjoyed, as well as the watermelon salad.

Our entrées for the evening consisted of Hot Smoked Wild Salmon with grilled asparagus in blackberry butter, St. Louis Spare Ribs smoked for six hours with American Q’s own sweet Kansas City BBQ sauce and Texas Bark Beef Ribs, also smoked for six hours with house slaw, Garlic Texas Toast and a tasty corn relish. All of which were great choices.

Every five to ten minutes or so, Cowboy Carvers (Hi James!) appeared with a new Tableside Carving item for us to try. Brisket of Beef with Texas Bark, Bacon Wrapped Boneless Chicken Thighs, Smoked Pork Shoulder with Spiced Onions, Turkey Thigh with Turkey Chorizo Stuffing, Carolina Style Flank Steak, Picanha of Beef, Slow Smoked Tom Turkey with Mahogany Glaze, Housemade Argentinian Style Sausage – all cut fresh from a very large serving skewer!

Granted, I am not a ‘sweets person.’ I don’t like chocolate and, to be honest, I rarely eat dessert because too much ‘sweet’ (no matter how simple) is flavor overload for my mouth. However, all the desserts I sampled I really enjoyed! My favorite was the Salted Caramel Vanilla Cheesecake with salted caramel drizzle.At first the salted caramel was a bit much for me but as I kept going, the sensation subsided. Also on the menu was S’mores Pie layered in graham crackers, flourless chocolate cake and toasted, so-puffy-you-want-to-cuddle-with-them marshmallows and a warm Berry Cobbler with vanilla ice cream. The S’mores Pie had a great taste but was a little sweet for me (the weirdo). For me, I enjoyed the Berry Cobbler a little more.

Verdict? I really liked this experience! Comfortable atmosphere, it’s buffet style so you can eat at your leisure, family and date friendly. Oh! Speaking of dates, if you’re not super hungry, American Q’s Bar is open daily for bar snacks and cocktails (click here for menu). M-F: 2p – 12a, Sat-Sun: 12p – 12a.

American Q itself is open for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast hours go from 7a – 11a, Dinner hours from 5p – 10p, seven days a week and is open to the public.

Breakfast MenuDinner Menu | Kids Menu | Dessert Menu

For a more in depth look at my experience, check out my Google Story below…

I must also note that the B Resort and Spa is not only conveniently located, modernized and also very ‘B’eautiful! A welcome update to the property it once was. For our South Florida readers, there is also a sister ‘B’ resort, B2 Miami Downtown, located close to the American Airlines Arena. Maybe, one day, Top 5 will journey down south for a staycation?

 

Rollins CFAMily Day August 8

Rollins Family Days Museum of Fine Arts

Rollins Cornell Fine Arts Museum will hold a free event for kids and their parents Friday, August 8. The second in their summer RollinsFamDayfamily free days, CFAMily Day will include Hands-on Art Activities, Docent-led Tours, Scavenger Hunt Competitions and Individual Free Sketching.

Limited parking is available next to the museum.  Free parking in the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman Avenue with museum validation. 
Email cfameducation@rollins.edu for more information.