What’s a Stikbot? #FamilyGaming #Giveaway

Stikbots

What’s a Stikbot you ask? I certainly had the same question and to be quite honest, I was worried I wasn’t going to be overly impressed with this toy.

I’ve seen Stikbots around toy stores, but I just assumed they were a toy kids can stick on smooth surfaces and that’s about it (meh right). I was completely wrong in my assumption as there is a whole other part to these movable figurines. The new Stikbot Studio Pro has arrived and kids can take their imagination and creativity to a whole new level.

Stikbot Pro

 

Here’s how it works:
First, download the Zing Stikbot Studio app onto your phone (I was hoping you could use your tablet but if you want to use the tri-pod they provide you this is not an option as it only fits a phone). After spending some time clicking on the app buttons trying to get familiar with what you can do within the app, set up the green or blue stage (very easy to do – insert slits are pretty visible) that is provided. What’s the difference between the blue and green stage: if you have a green figure, you will not be able to see it on the green screen so flip it around and use the blue stage)

Stikbot Pro

Set your phone up on the tri-pod in front of the stage, open the app and either find a pre-loaded scene your little one wants to use to create their animated video or use of your own pictures as the back drop. Have your little one set up their Stikbots on the stage (they have suction cups on their hands and feet) using the added prop box (creating a 3-D effect) and take still photo’s. Once the photo’s have all been uploaded, the app will stitch them together into a film with built-in music and sound effect options. My kids had a blast once we figured it all out!

Stikbot Pro

New, born into the Stikbot family are the Stikbot Pets! Dogs, cats, cow, horse, gorilla, bear and monkeys will help add some extra fun to your kids videos!

Stikbot Pets

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Walmart
Stikbot Studio Pro: $25.00
Stikbot Pets: $5.99

 

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thank you to our friends at Zing they are giving away a Stikbot Studio Pro (comes with two Stikbots) to 1 lucky reader! The contest is open to US and Canadian residents. Here’s how to enter:
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Happy Creating
T.
xo

Have you Heard of the MomSneak? #Netflix

Netflix Canada

Have you ever found yourself sneaking away from your children just to have a few minutes to yourself with one of your guilty pleasures like watching a show you are addicted to on your tablet or in my case reading a book? Yes, there are times that I run into my bathroom, close the door and just sit on the floor reading my book just to have a few minutes to myself. Well apparently there is a name for it and it’s called the #MomSneak (makes sense). Every mother needs it even if it is just 5 minutes!!! It’s the new mom binge.

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I recently discovered a new Netflix show Friends from College that I am kind of addicted to and I would totally do the #MomSneak just to get a few minutes to watch everyday – is there such thing as a #WorkSneak 😉 Here’s a fun guide from a Netflix Survey of where moms are doing the #MomSneak

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Happy Sneaking
T.
xo

Fun Family Games with Yulu #Giveaway

Yulu Games

Is it just me or is the “family gaming” aisle in toy stores extremely overwhelming?! Jam packed with hundreds of different games, I literally pace back and forth looking at all the titles and then most the time I walk away empty handed and frustrated because I just can’t seem make a decision.

At one point I brought my 6 year old to the store to have him pick a game (I thought maybe it would be easier for him to choose) … BIG MISTAKE! He picked out a game he saw on one of the YouTube channels and after I couldn’t get it to work, I instantly regretted my decision (and the money I spent on it). You live and learn!

If you are like me and are overwhelmed in that aisle and just looking for a recommendation for some rainy day games, after-camp games, quiet time games or witching hour games, I have two fun one’s that my kids had a blast playing!

Safe Breaker
Safe Breaker Game
Object of the Game:  to break open the safe by cracking the code and breaking into the safe to collect the coins. Win by being the first to collect 5 coins or 3 diamond coins but make sure you don’t get caught by the police. 

How to Playlay out all the cards with the numbers facing up. Have one person pick the first card, turn the dial to the chosen number, next use the fingerprint scanner to test the number and if the light shows green the safe door will open and if the light shows red listen through the spy listening gear to hear a secret clue as to whether the code is higher or lower than the number chosen (there are sounds which prompt you). When you crack the code, the safe door will open and coins will spit out. Don’t be fooled though, sometimes you could break open the safe and there are no coins inside or you could get the alarm coin and you have to give back all your coins! Keep playing until 5 coins or 3 diamond coins have been collected. Careful though, if you hear a siren that means the police have been alerted and you lose a turn. 

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Mastermind in Canada, Target and Walmart in the USA
Price: $30.00 CAD

Break Free

Object of the Game: be the first to pick the lock on your hand cuffs and break free of them!

How to Play: there are three maze levels to choose from (easy, intermediate and challenging). Put the chosen maze into the handcuff, attach the handcuff to all players wrist. Using the lock pick, players must try to get through the hidden maze by moving the lock left, right, up and down to release the handcuff and escape as quickly as possible. The winner gets a coloured token to match the colour maze they chose. There are points on the back of each token and the player with the most points at the end of the three rounds wins!

Break Free

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Mastermind in Canada, Target and Walmart in the USA
Price: $25 CAD

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Yulu, they are giving away both games to 1 lucky reader. The contest is open to both Canadian and US residents. Here’s how to enter:
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Gazillions of Bubbles #Giveaway

Gazillion Bubbles

I’m pretty sure there is not 1 child out there that doesn’t love bubbles! I mean what is not to like, you pour liquid into a bowl and put a wand through it, blow and magically these pretty coloured bubbles appear.

Now I am going to age myself here, but when I was growing up the only kind of bubbles you could buy were the little plastic containers which came with a little wand that you had to stick your fingers into the liquid to search for and with this little plastic wand you could MAYBE get a good stream of 3 or 4 bubbles in a row from one blowing breath (you know exactly what I am talking about). Obviously, I was happier than anything just having bubbles to play with because I didn’t know any different … BUT NOW … you have battery operated bubble machines that consistently spit out hundreds of bubbles at once!!!!

Introducing  2 new AMAZING Bubble Products:
The Gazillion Giant Bubble Mill

Gazillion Giant Bubble Mill
– makes super-sized awesome bubbles
– easy to use
– batteries NOT included
– bubbles are non-toxic (good to know because my kids were trying to catch the bubbles with their mouths … i’m not joking nor can i explain this)
– put the machine on a flat surface, push the power button and let the machine do all the work while your kids can run around chasing bubbles
– includes an 8oz bottle of bubbles to get you started
– I would HIGHLY recommend buying the GIANT Gazillion 2L Bubble Solution (for $9.99) as you will go through the little bottle very quickly 

Retails: $26.99
Where to Buy: Walmart, Toys “R”

Gazillion Giant Power Wand

Gazillion Power Wand
– kids love products they can run around with, this is just the product!
– makes GIANT fun shaped bubbles
– easy assembly
– pour the bubble solution into the tray, dip the wand in the solution and just push the button
– includes a 4oz bottle of bubbles (again I would recommend buying the 2L bottle as you will go through this little bottle very quickly)
– does NOT include batteries

Retails: $14.99
Where to Buy: Walmart, Toys “R”

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our wonderful friends from Gazillion Bubbles, they are giving away a Gazillion Giant Power Wand to 1 lucky Babylish Advice reader. Must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter:
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Now to time to get outside and play with Super Sized Gazillion Bubbles
T.
xo

Unwind with Netflix #StreamTeam

Netlfix

From school to play dates, hockey practice, swim lessons, baseball practice and now to long days at camp, sitting back on a couch and unwinding with Netflix for a few minutes is a BIG must in my house.

I love nothing more than my kids running around out doors getting some exercise, but sometimes it is necessary to just have some down time where they can be one with the couch and reset their busy little minds and bodies. It sounds easier than it is because two little boys who have a lot of energy don’t always just want to sit down but when I say “popcorn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” it usually is an easy draw to get them inside to mellow out.

Big news from Netflix: now your kids can be their own director and determine what adventures they want to see. With the new launch of Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, Netflix is introducing interactive ways to watch TV by putting the storytelling power in the hands of the most important audience member … your kid! Your child will be asked questions and they can choose the path to which the show goes (brilliant actually .. and so fun).

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Now go show your kids and let them have the fun!

Happy almost long weekend
T.
xo

McDonald’s New Launch for Happy Meals

Happy Meal Books

If you haven’t already heard, McDonald’s has big news that has just launched for their Happy Meals! Through a partnership with Kids Can Press (the world’s largest children’s book publisher),  you now can get a book OR a toy in your little one’s Happy Meal.

When I think of my childhood, one of the first things I think of is the little red box (well now it seems little, but back then when I was a kid it was huge red box) with the golden arch handles and when I think of the little red box, one thing comes to mind … my post-swimming Happy Meals. It didn’t matter if I had something right after my swimming lessons, my mom ALWAYS made a stop at the same McDonald’s for me as that was my incentive to go every week (and not complaining about going to swimming at that). I mean they don’t call it a HAPPY meal for nothing … your favourite food (mine was and still is the chicken McNuggets), a drink (the orange drink of course) and a toy (the pull back cars with McDonald’s characters were the best – remember the hamblurger?!).

I absolutely love this new launch from McDonald’s because books are a very important part of my families nightly routine. Since both my boys were born, I always took the time to read to them before bed time as I always figured that even though they didn’t understand that they would understand eventually the importance of books! I am happy to say the routine continues 6.5 years later where my boys choose the books they want to read before going to sleep. In fact, most days my older guy helps his brother pick out a book and assists in reading it to him before going to bed (when they aren’t fighting of course). Now with this new initiative, our book collection will grow rapidly as our weekend routines always include a McDonald’s Happy Meal.

McDonalds

My Mini had the best time at the McDonald’s Happy Meal Book Launch and even got to meet Franklin!

By offering books in Happy Meals, McDonald’s is helping to improve accessibility to books for children across the country and encourage families to spend more time reading together. All Happy Meal books are written by Canadian authors and include the following titles SPOILER ALERT:

Franklin the Turtle
Scaredy Squirrel
The Busy Beaver
No Dragons for Tea
Franklin’s Halloween
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Making the Moose Out of Life
Once Upon a Dragon
Scaredy Squirrel at Night
Franklin’s Valentines
Big Bear Hug
Franklin Plays the Game

 

Want to know what you can get involved? Post a photo on social media with the hashtag #OwnaBookGiveaBook and McDonald’s will donate a book to a child in need (up to 20,000 books) through First Book Canada … it’s that easy!!!

McDonalds Shelfie

Make sure to take a picture of a your bookshelf and post it on social media tagging #ownabookgiveabook. and McDonalds will donate a book to children in need

Now run to get your child’s next Happy Meal with one of these amazing books!
T.
xo

Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post however stories and opinions are my own

The New Hottest Toy on the Market

Thumb Chucks

Everyone is looking for the new hottest toy for their kids and Thumb Chucks has earned it’s spot on the shelves!

Test your skills and show them off learning how to control the roll. Now, this is not an easy task, but the more you practice the better you will get and well if your mini just can’t get the hang of it no worries … they are just a fun toy for the kids to play around with.

My big guy truly had no idea what to do with them when we opened the package (nor did I to be quite honest) but then we watched the Thumb Chucks video and he was really into trying to figure them out. I mean, I was pretty mesmerized by the video – it’s truly amazing the tricks people can do with these but this is no easy task! I have told my mini he needs to keep practicing and he will get better and better. He still hasnt got the full hang of it. I can tell you that my boys had a blast in their dark room swinging these around! They got such a kick out of them.

Fun Features:
– they glow in the dark using their montion-sensitive LEDs inside the balls
– small enough and lightweight enough the kids can keep them in their pockets
– endless trick combos
– there’s an app that kids can download that includes over 20 tutorials that teaches users amazing tricks
– (for the older kids) the app has an easy to use recording feature with built-in special effects to create cool videos
– post your kids (or your) mad thumb chuck skills on social media and hashtag #thumbchucks for a chance to be rewarded with custom belts
– colours: red, orange, green and blue
– you can switch out the balls so you have different colour combinations

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Price: $10.00 (makes a really great loot bag)
Where to buy: Toys R Us, Walmart, Mastermind Toys and Amazon

Let’s see how you control the roll
T.
xo

 

Media to the Max #StreamTeam

Kids now-a-days are exposed to so many forms of media … it’s Media to the Max! It’s hard to stop them considering they are constantly surrounded by it whether it be television, movies, video games, apps on their tablets or computers, websites etc so we look for outlets that help our children learn.

There are a lot of media sources out there that don’t have a positive influence on our kids which is why Netflix has great shows for kids that help shape their values and teach important life skills like empathy, patience and respect.

Here’s a little Netflix cheat guide of shows that help enforce the values we want to teach our kidsNetflix Media to the Max

Along these lines, Netflix made a social experiment video around the new Netflix show 13 Reasons Why (which might I add I absolutely LOVE and am totally addicted to) – make sure to check out the experiment video below, it’s very touching.

If you have any Netflix shows that your child love’s and teaches them great values, please let us know by commenting below.

Happy watching
T.

Bath Time with Live Clean #GIVEAWAY

Live Clean Baby Giveaway Pack

I always have been and I always will be a full supporter of the entire Live Clean line as their products are simply the best. Bath time in my house is ALWAYS with Live Clean products.

My kids have NEVER had a reaction to any of their products, they all smell so good and best part … they are all natural. I love the line so much that I will not review any other children’s bath and body products as I don’t think any product can be as good. Don’t forget, all their products are 97% plant derived, Petroleum, Paraben, Phthalate, Dye, Silicone and Phosphate free (the yucky stuff you find in a lot of products these days), hypoallergenic and contains biodegradable ingredients.

Which one’s are my favorites? Here they are (in no particular order) and I am giving away ALL of them to 1 lucky winter.

Calming Bedtime Bubble Bath and Wash
What’s more perfect than a rich lathering cleanser and bubble bath infused with natural ingredients known for their calming and relaxing properties?  Just about…nothing! Live Clean Calming Bedtime Bubble Bath and Wash has a slumber inducing blend of Lavender, Jasmine, Vanilla and Chamomile extracts and essential oils to soothe and comfort babies’ senses. And natural Coconut and Safflower Oils keep baby’s delicate skin soft and smooth.

Calming Bedtime Baby Lotion
Time-tested Lavender, Chamomile, Jasmine and Vanilla extracts and essential oils work overtime to calm and comfort babies’ senses. Thier formula is emollient rich with natural Coconut, Safflower and Oat Flour to gently hydrate, soften and protect delicate skin. It’s the perfect after-bath lotion – and try it for baby’s massage. Shhh I use this lotion on myself I just love the calming smell AND I even get compliments from people!

Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash
Their clinically tested, tear-free formula cleanses without drying, leaving baby’s skin and hair feeling soft. Made with purified water and enriched with certified organic botanicals of Chamomile, Lavender and Aloe, their unique formula rinses easily with a gentle scent that soothes baby and smells…heavenly. Available in larger 750 ml as well.

Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion
Take certified organic botanicals of Chamomile and Lavender to soothe, add natural emollients and Aloe to gently moisturize. Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion is ideal for even the most delicate skin. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, leaving baby’s skin soft and smooth and our gentle scent soothes baby’s senses. Also available in a larger 750ml size.

Gentle Moisture Baby Wipes
Extra strong, extra soft, clinically tested Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Baby Wipes work hard, and gently, to keep baby’s skin and bottom clean and smooth. Enriched with certified organic botanicals of Chamomile, Lavender and Aloe, these cloth-like wipes are quilted for extra strength and softness and will gently cleanse and soothe baby’s skin leaving it silky smooth. You will not be disappointed in these!

Gentle Moisture Non-Petroleum Jelly
For baby’s comfort — and mom’s peace of mind — Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Non-Petroleum Jelly is a unique petrolatum and fragrance free formula that’s derived from 100% natural, sustainably sourced ingredients. Their Non-Petroleum Jelly is a safe way to provide babies with an effective moisture barrier to protect their delicate skin. Like all Live Clean products, it’s eco-friendly and plant and natural derived. I use this one on the little boo-boo’s as well. Works like a charm!

Gentle Moisture Diaper Ointment
Getting down to business…Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Diaper Ointment keeps baby’s bottom comfortable all day, all night.  Its naturally derived ingredients, including zinc oxide, soothe baby’s sensitive areas and provide a protective moisture barrier.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to our always wonderful friends at Live Clean, they are giving away a Live Clean Baby Prize Pack consisting of all my favorite products: Baby Calming Bubble Bath & Wash, Baby Calming Lotion, Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash, Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion, Gentle Moisture Baby Wipes, Gentle Moisture Non Petroleum Jelly. You must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter:
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Happy Baby = Happy Parents :)

T. xo

Looking of an All Inclusive Family Getaway? Review of the Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana #Giveaway

Nickelodeon Punta Cana

Your looking for an all inclusive family getaway … now the question is, how to choose a family resort … pictures on the internet? O.k fine, but remember that commercial you saw on television that shows that super delicious perfect looking hamburger and then you go to get it and it looks deflated and NOTHING like it did in the commercial … Right! You get it!

I guess you can call me a skeptic, but come on … I want to hear real people’s reviews and see real pictures, not the picture perfect images you see on websites of every child smiling and every parent smiling while they are all sipping of fruity drinks in the sun while nobody burns.

So that’s what I am here for! 

Let me first say, I was NOT gifted this vacation to the Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana, I was NOT given anything for free and nobody paid me to review it. I did however have a really good travel agent who helped us plan this trip and because I mentioned I have a blog she offered to add in a giveaway to my review.

So let’s get down to business (this is going to be a long one, but all details and little secrets/hints/notes are going to be in this post).

The Bus:
– First question people always have is how far is the airport from the hotel? 45 minutes is the answer. There was one stop prior to the stop at the Nickelodeon.
Hint: No need to grab your beers before getting on the bus, they have them on the bus waiting for you (for purchase of course).

Checking In:
– Upon check in, you are offered a glass of champagne (yes please) and kids are offered a green coloured smoothie (my kids wouldn’t go near it because they thought it was vegetables which it wasn’t).
– While the parents check-in, there is a clear glass room in the lobby for your kids that has a television playing Nickelodeon shows and toys to play with. This is to keep them from pulling on your bags yelling at you to hurry up while you are calmly trying not to yell at them to leave you alone for a minute while you make sure everything is correct on your reservation (nice touch Nickelodeon, nice touch!).

The Rooms (we had a 1 bedroom suite):
– We had a golf cart take us to our building where our room resided (the resort is quite large) and I have to say, the rooms surpassed my expectations.
– The bathroom was large and had both a stand alone bathtub that had a hand shower and there was a shower that also had a hand shower. Let me tell you, the hand showers are VERY convenient for when the kids come back from the beach covered in sand and you need to quickly get it off before heading to kids club or dinner.
– There are two big closets with lots of drawers, a master bedroom with sliding doors at both ends and a main living room with a pullout couch and television, a long table behind it and little stools for when you order room service, the kids can sit there and eat.
– The balcony is quite large and has a big lounger (seen below), two chairs and best of all … wait for it … it had an extendable drying rack BRILLIANT!!!!!! (how I didn’t take a picture of it is beyond me). I have to say that some of swim up rooms looked pretty awesome. One pool had a bar in it (who wouldn’t love that), but of course it is a significant jump in price.
Hint: if you want your room cleaned daily, make sure to touch the “clean up” button on the inside of your room which is not always visible right away. If the button is not pushed, your room will not be cleaned

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The Staff:
– The staff at the Nickelodeon were amazing!!!! They were happy, they were dancing and most of all, they were amazing to the kids (Orquid, Lizabeth, Christopher, Santa and many more were truly wonderful).
– The staff on the regular grounds (The Sensitori) were kind and mostly would say hi to everyone who walked by, but a good portion of the staff did not speak English and were mostly confused when you asked them a question. That being said, there were a group of staff members that went out their way to help you with special requests (like getting Rice Krispies at dinner time for your little one who won’t eat anything – thank you Randor) or serving you at your special beach dinner and make it a fun night for the adults (Alexander, you were a blast).
Hint: whether you are sitting at the beach or at the pools, there are always staff walking around offering you beverages at all times, make sure to bring money with you as tips go along way!

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Staff

The Food:
– Now I am a very basic (some like to call it “picky”) eater, but the crew I was with were not nearly as picky (probably the opposite) and we all found something to eat at every meal however the food was … just o.k. There was a buffet for dinner that we went to every night with the kids (Sugarcane) and it had lots of options (every night was themed food), but we didn’t particularly love the food there. Just an FYI not one buffet had chicken fingers … shocking really!
– There are two daytime buffets (the Lighthouse and Zest, the food at Lighthouse was MUCH better in our opinion – food seemed fresher there) and both typically had pizza, pasta’s, cheeses, salad type items, mini burgers and lots of breads.
– There was a bbq on the beach daily (not on the weekend though) which had fresh bbq’d burgers and chicken/beef skewers. The chicken skewers were very good and I basically had that for lunch everyday.
– Us adults went out every night for dinner (we had babysitters with the kids) and not one restaurant exceeded our expectations. That being said, the decor of the restaurants were unreal!
– Room service some nights was absolutely necessary, but it would typically take about an hour for the food to arrive. This is the only place you will find chicken fingers which were kind of worth the wait as they were actually delicious. On the other hand, they did not have plain or buttery noodles of any kind on the menu which yet again really shocked me. That being said, when I spoke to them and explained that my child eats nothing else and I couldn’t understand why this wasn’t on a menu in a kids resort they were able to accommodate me.
– The Character breakfast is a must! There is a surcharge for it, but I HIGHLY recommend it. The characters are all in their pajamas and the kids get to dance and hang out with them while eating breakfast.
Notes: Sugarcane is only open for breakfast and dinner. Zest is not open for lunch until 1:00pm on the weekends – I am telling you this so you don’t schlep your kids all the way to these restaurants like we did only to find out they were closed

The Beach:
– Having very little experience with beaches, I would say their beach was really quite nice. The sand was soft, the kids were able to hunt for shells and the water was pretty warm. That being said there were days when we couldn’t go in because the waves were too rough, but that didn’t seem to bother the them at all
– There are day beds along the back of the beach, these are available to use at no charge, but you have to book them 24 hours in advance and I believe you have to go to the day bed area to reserve it, you can’t book via phone.
– There are tons of seats with umbrellas, however they get snatched up pretty quickly so make sure to go get yours early. Late afternoon there is virtually no shade on the beach so load up with sunscreen
Hint: you don’t have to buy beach toys for $20 at the store (which, might I add, only includes a pail and shovel), just ask the guys at the towel stand for them as they have lots of them hidden back there, but make sure to return whatever you borrow so that others can enjoy. I wish I knew this ahead of time :)

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Beach

The Nickelodeon Kids Club (Just Kiddin’):
– I can’t begin to explain how great the kids club is
– It is situated in the Nickelodeon area which you would either get a lift to by their golf carts or take a family walk over there (it can be a little bit of a walk depending on where your room is located on the property).
– The age requirement is 4+ however younger kids are able to go, but they have to be accompanied by an adult so we hired one of their kids club babysitters and she watched my mini while he was there. Legit, my little guy couldn’t get there faster, he absolutely loved it. It is VERY clean, big, has video games for the older kids, televisions playing Nickelodeon shows, tons of Nickelodeon toys, a slide with a huge ball pit at the bottom and a giant tree house. They cook with the kids, do science projects and do all sorts of art projects (like making ninja pillows). My kids really had the best time there
– There are night hours (I think it is 7pm-9pm) where you can drop off your kids, some nights were themed like a pajama party and they would give the kids popcorn and show a movie (check the schedule for those nights)
– They also host a family night on the Saturday where they have a buffet open in the Nickelodeon area (normally they close that area at 5:00pm for the night – keep that in mind) and have a busker type show which was pretty cool. They say it starts at 7:30pm – DONT RUSH because the show doesn’t start until 8:30pm, however they do have characters out for everyone to meet prior (note: leave a little early so you can get on a golf cart and not have to wait in a long line – best tip of the trip right there)

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Kids Club

The Nickelodeon Pool:
– This pool is every kids (and adult if you are a kid at heart) dream … honestly. I just watched all the kids running around having the best time and wished they had something like this when I was a kid. There were slides for little one’s (oh and at the bottom of the slide they had some sort of padded ground so they didn’t hurt themselves – someone was thinking ahead) and they had bigger slides for the older kids.
– The whole water play structure has a million things for kids to do on it, be careful you don’t get caught under the big bucket that fills up and spills over (it just missed me lol).
– The pool is just under knee high on adults so you can figure out on your child how deep, my mini who is very little could walk throughout the pool no problem
– Part way through the afternoon everyone gathers around and they have slime time! The staff dance and sing and then they choose random room numbers to be slimed (yup we were chosen – to see us getting slimed check out my Instagram account terri_babylishadvice). Not to worry though if you don’t want to do it, you can opt out. It’s just green water and my son loved it!
Note: This pool closes at 5:00pm (just so you know and  you don’t make the mistake we did showing up at 4:30pm and having to deal with a meltdown because they couldn’t go in)

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Pool

Babysitters:
– Thanks to our amazing travel agent, she had pre-arranged babysitters for us prior to going on the trip which was a huge help
– Our babysitter was the same person that my mini was with during kids club and my boys absolutely adored her (thanks Orquid) which worked out well because I thought the boys would revolt against me when I told them a babysitter will be coming in. As soon as they heard it was Orquid they both got so excited, in fact they wanted us to leave.
– I can’t recall exactly how much babysitting was, but I would say around $20 an hour
– For those who want to get babysitters but are anxious, the babysitters take your phone number should anything go wrong and you are literally minutes from your room.
– We still keep in contact with our babysitter, she FaceTime’s the kids all the time, they miss her
Note: all the babysitters were certified (for those who are weary about leaving their kids with strangers).

Got a Baby?:
– Not to worry they have you covered! Let them know ahead of time what you need and it will be in your room waiting
– Cribs they have, monitors, strollers, sterilizers, bottle warmers, pack n’ play, baby baths, high chair, sleepers and more

The Grounds:
– For starters the property is really big but they take care of that by having golf carts constantly going through the grounds giving lifts to all who need
– The resort is VERY clean! There are staff members at all areas constantly taking care of the property
– There is music playing throughout the property during the day which I thought was a nice touch
– There are personal concierge desks every hotel block so if you have any questions, they are the one’s to go see
– It seems there were little surprises throughout the property i.e. there was a “sewer” that appeared to be a sewer but when you stepped on it, the Ninja Turtles started talking … MIND BLOWN!

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Grounds

Characters:
– I often saw commercials of places like this where characters are walking around the property greeting the kids and pictured it to be kind of like a mosh pit. NOT TRUE. There are set times of day and locations where you can come meet your favorite Nickelodeon characters. Our kids got to meet Sponge Bob and the Pink guy (sorry i’m not caught up with the names of all the characters), Dora the Explorer and Boots, Marshall and Chase and the three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
– I was pleasantly shocked how organized the meet and greet’s were. For the morning meet and greet, the characters are in a room where families line up to meet them (or if your my kid, you charge in front of everyone and photobomb someone else’s pictures with their kids – he couldn’t contain his excitement the first day). The afternoon’s the characters were outdoors but in a specific spot and again you need to line up to meet them
– There is a photographer there taking family pictures with the characters, but not to worry they don’t have a “no phone’s or photo’s” rule so we took pictures with our phones

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Characters

Night Life:
– What night life? True story. At 10:00pm the place essentially shuts down, restaurants are long closed, music shuts down and the bar is done (make sure to stock up)!
– At about 8:00pm(ish) the main food area has live music, clowns on stilts and entertainers come out to entertain the kids
– We brought cards to entertain us at night (if you are need of some good card games let me know)

My Travel Agent:
– For these kinds of trips I always look for a travel agent to help out as they know different properties, they have reviews and can get you all the information you need including deals (I get very overwhelmed looking on websites)
– We used a wonderful agent who reached out to us at the right time and she was extremely patient with our many many requests. Now remember, she wasn’t dealing with just 1 person, she was dealing with 3 os us all of which had individual questions, special requests with dates, times, rooms etc and she handled us beautifully 
– For whatever reason, the day before we left I tried checking in and it kept saying that there were no reservations – well, I obviously panicked and wrote her (on the weekend, a long weekend at that) and she immediately wrote back to me assuring me there were no issues and telling me what to do
– She checked in while on the trip, when we had issues with something there she called the hotel and dealt with them right away and immediately after the trip she checked in to see how it went (I mean … come on … that’s service)
– Booking through a Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant & Nickelodeon specialist (as Mandy is) gets you as a guest special perks when booking at a Karisma property
– For those interested in going on a trip and need assistance I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend calling her, you will not regret it!
Contact Information: Mandy Delve The Travel Network mandy@thetravelnetwork.com 

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Yup that’s right, there is a giveaway! Enter to win: four (4) days, three FREE (3) nights Gourmet Inclusive® stay for two (2) people in a Leading Room Category at the Azul Beach Resort Rivera Maya by Karisma (it has the Nickelodeon Experience). Here’s how to enter:
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*Certificate will be issued upon receipt of winner’s name and it will be valid for one (1) year from March 1, 2017. Blackout dates may apply