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The Best Indoor Waterparks, Amusement Parks & Fun Zones near NYC

With mid-winter break rolling around and NYC weather being true to form, indoor activities are high on many people’s search list. You don’t have to wait until the weather warms up to enjoy amusement, waterparks and the tons of play areas that are right outside (or in) the city. Check out this list below for some ideas on indoor fun near NYC.

American Dream

At over 3 million square feet, attractions open now at American Dream include the fully-enclosed Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Big SNOW American Dream – North America’s only indoor snow park, and The Rink – an NHL-regulation sized ice rink.

American Dream is less than an hour from NYC.

The Kartrite Resort

It is always in the 80s at New Yorks largest indoor waterpark. The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark is thus far our favorite indoor waterpark location. On top of the waterpark they have an arcade, bowling, an indoor ropes and zipline course and countless activities in their calendar for the whole family! You can easily spend a few days at the Kartrite without wanting to leave.

The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark is about 2 hours from NYC.

Launch Trampoline Park

Up until last year, to travel to Launch Trampoline Park you had to leave the 5 boroughs. However in 2019 Launch opened their first Queens location and it was exactly what the city needed! We go here for Toddler Time, afterschool and days off. They have staggered jump times so it’s never TOO crowded and they have separate jumping areas for little ones. It’s become a family favorite.

Launch Trampoline Park is located in Queens, NY.

Shipwrecked

We haven’t been to shipwrecked yet, but the reviews on Yelp are amazing. My 5 year old thinks he’s Tiger Woods. So if miniature golf is your thing, this indoor option seems like a ton of fun. AND it’s pirate themed down to the layout. Who can resist a good theme?

Shipwrecked is located in Brooklyn, NY.

Laser Bounce

Laser Bounce is an arcade, bounce house, laser tag arena that we honestly discovered by going to their long island location as adults to play laser tag. They do have a location in Queens now and frequently run specials. With mid-winter break coming up I’m sure they will have extended hours as well!

Laser Bounce is located in Queens, NY.

In addition to the list above, there are a ton of places spaces for toddlers, childrens musuems and activity centers within the city. If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day, check out this post full of ideas. What is your favorite place to go for indoor fun near NYC? Do you prefer indoor or outdoor place spaces?

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The Target Black History Month Celebration is So Much More Than Clothes!

And I am loving it! I saw one of my friends share some of her #TargetFinds on IG the other day and I fell in love with a sweater she shared for one of her boys that she picked up for Black History month. And then because who can resist going down the Target rabbit hole, I ended up on their site. And I realized that their Black History Month selection highlights so much more than clothes! Though I do love that they have a ton of great clothing pieces, I love that they are making an effort to highlight the black owned businesses with other products that they carry throughout their stores. Here are some of the new brands that I discovered are highlighted in Target’s Black History Month selection.

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10 Things I’m Tired of Hearing as a Mom of Boys

The things we hear as boy moms never cease to amaze me. I used to think that the internet was the land of unsolicited comments. And while it is, have you ever been walking down the street with your two children of the same sex and got these sad looks from strangers? Almost as if you guys are walking around with some type of plague that only appears in the eyes of those who don’t even freakin’ know you. I am slowly but surely coming to terms with the fact that people just love to talk.

I love being a mom. But for some reason people, strangers or not love to act like you were cursed by the gods when you have children that are all the same sex. Yes I am a mom to two little boys. No I am not suffering because of it. And if you could keep your lame, unwanted comments to yourself, our days will both be a little bit brighter. But the things boy moms hear? Oh good grief. Here are 10 things this mom of boys would love for you to keep to yourself.

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I’m Sorry Beyhive, But the Duos Were Really the Stars of The Lion King


I know I’m going to get ALL the shade for this post but I am prepared for it. Let me just insert my disclaimer here. I am a proud member of the Beyhive. I was fully prepared for EVERYTHING that the queen was about to serve up when The Lion King hit theaters. And just being in the same space as her when I went to the world premiere in LA was AMAZING. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Beyonce slays at every single opportunity given. But I wasn’t as drawn to her in The Lion King as I expected to be. In fact, after I watched the movie I found myself unexpectedly in love with a few characters that I wasn’t expecting. These dynamic duos were undoubtedly the stars of The Lion King.

Azizi and Kamari

THE LION KING – Featuring the voices of Florence Kasumba, Eric André and Keegan-Michael Key as the hyenas, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Disney’s “The Lion King” is directed by Jon Favreau. In theaters July 19, 2019. © 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Lets just get it out of the way and say I had huge doubts about when it came to Azizi and Kamari. First of all when I saw their names I had questions on why Disney insisted on changing my childhood in ways that I did not approve of. Banzai and Ed were a part of the animated Lion King that I loved. So I was a huge skeptic when it came to these new named somebodies.

Azizi and Kamari played by Eric Andre and Keegan-Michael Key were the couple everyone didn’t know they needed. When asked at the globe press conference how they came to reach that dynamic Eric Andre said of Key, “He’s incredibly talented and really, really easy to work off of. And he is a selfless altruistic talent, which is rare. So I was in good hands. I was in great hands with Jon. So I don’t know. It was just a very nurturing environment and made it very easy, because I’m very, very sensitive. So the slightest wind of any kind will make me tear up.” Key also praised director Job Favreau’s “encyclopedic knowledge of comedic duos” naming pairs we love such as Fibber Mcgee and Molly, Abbott and Costello and Laurel and Hardy. It was obvious during our time speaking with them that the pair had an amazing relationship off camera. That made their duo shine through in The Lion King.

Timon and Pumbaa

THE LION KING – Featuring the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner as Timon, Disney’s “The Lion King” is directed by Jon Favreau. In theaters July 19, 2019. © 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Timon and Pumbaa are stars in the animated version of The Lion King, so it’s no surprise that Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner fed off of each other to bring the characters we already love to life. When asked how much of their work was improv and how much was planned Seth Rogen said, “It was a lot of improvisation with Billy. Yeah. And we were actually together every time that we recorded, which is a very rare gift to have as someone who is trying to be funny in an animated film, of which I’ve done a lot, and you’re often just alone in there. And I think you can really tell that we’re playing off of each other. It’s an incredibly naturalistic feeling. And they really captured Billy.”

And Billy Eichner definitely played the role of Timon very well! “Yeah. I wish I was as cute in real life as I am in the movie. The Timon they designed is so adorable. And I think the juxtaposition of my personality in that little Timon body really works”.  And a Disney movie would not be complete without an Easter egg. The Easter egg moment between Timon and Pumbaa was actually director Jon Favreau’s idea and it was perfectly placed and had the whole theater laughing!

About The Lion King

Disney’s “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is fraught with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The Lion King was a visually amazing work of art and I think everyone will love it (you can read my review here). Be prepared to laugh, cry and feel all the nostalgic feels when you head into theaters to check out the latest in Disney’s slate of remakes. And while you may just be there for Beyonce, don’t sleep on the true stars of The Lion King.

The King Has Returned – Disney’s The Lion King is in now playing in theaters everywhere !

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The 2019 Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party


Fall is by far my favorite season and while it may be July, Halloween is already on the brain here. This year the week before Halloween we are going to be at Walt Disney World for the first time during a holiday. That means we all will be experiencing Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party together for the first time. If you’re a MNSSHP newbie like I am, then you probably found your way here because you want to know all the things. I took the time to compile an all inclusive guide for us, so that we know all there is not know about joining one of Disney World’s most exciting ticketed events. Continue Reading →