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Can Playing Fortnite Put You at Risk for Identity Theft?

Anyone with a gamer in the house knows just how hot Fortnite is right now, me included. Both my boyfriend and son are obsessed. But can playing Fortnite put you at risk for identify theft?

Can Playing Fortnite Put You at Risk for Identity Theft? | #Fortnite #identitytheft #scams

You may have noticed recently while playing Fortnite, a screen that comes up reminding you not to share your passwords with anyone. As soon as I saw this, I knew something must be going on. Then I came across an article titled, “While You’re Playing Fortnite, Fraudsters are Looking to Play You,” authored by Matt Tatham, the manager of content insights and data analyst at Experian. I thought, oh boy, here come the scams.

Because the game is so popular in my house right now, the article piqued my interest, especially because my 6 year old son plays. He doesn’t always know what he’s doing or pushing because he doesn’t take the time to slow down and read things on the screen. I wanted to make sure it was safe for him to play and that he’s not putting his father at risk for identity theft and such, considering it’s his father’s sign-in info he’s playing under. Delving into the article, I found just what’s going on.

Being a victim of scams and identity theft isn’t an issue of actually playing the game, but it’s going outside of the game and sharing information you shouldn’t be sharing, that puts you at risk. If your kids are playing, make sure they’re aware of these scams. The tips Tatham shares in his article should be common sense to adults, but kids may not be aware.

One of the things Tatham brings up is a common Fortnite scam, where you watch YouTube videos and follow the directions in the video to receive free V-bucks, virtual Fortnite money used to buy new gear. These are scams! Oftentimes the videos will ask for account specific information and if provided, can allow the user on the other end to access your personal information, like payment info.

The scamming even goes beyond that. Fortnite is currently available on iOS devices, but it is NOT yet available on Android devices. If you have an Android device, do NOT download any app posing to be Fortnite because it’s not official. If you download one of these apps, you’re simply downloading spyware and adware, and I’m sure you have quite a bit of personal information stored on your phone. It’s identity theft just waiting to happen.

Just play safe and keep practicing your Fortnite dance moves!

For more details and safety tips, read Tatham’s full article HERE!

Have you seen any of these Fortnite scams?

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DuckTales Destination Adventure! on DVD Woo-oo!

If you grew up in the ’90s you probably know exactly what it means to be excited to watch DuckTales. I mean, as soon as I hear someone say DuckTales I automatically start singing “DuckTales, Woo-oo!” over and over and over again. While the classic version isn’t on TV anymore, the reboot on Disney XD is still fun to watch. And guess what! As of today, June 5th, DuckTales Destination Adventure! is available on Disney DVD! “DuckTales, Woo-oo!”

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So, what is this DuckTales Destination Adventure! all about? Well, it wouldn’t be DuckTales without the traditional characters and they’re all still around – Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, Scrooge McDuck, Launchpad, and more. Even the Beagle Boys are still causing trouble.

In the featured adventures, Scrooge and the gang leave the safety of Duckburg to globe trot, visiting legendary locations on their death-defying expeditions. They get into some messes, but as always, find a way to make it out.

It didn’t even take me watching any of the adventures to get the them song stuck in my head, but with over 2 hours of quacktastic thrills on this release, I’m sure you won’t be able to get it out of your head either (scroll down and I’ll help get you started, if you’re not already singing).

Featured Episodes

  • The Beagle Birthday Breakout!
  • The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!
  • The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!
  • The Spear of Selene!
  • The Missing Links of Moorshire!
  • Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!

Classic Bonus Episodes

  • New Gizmo-Kids on the Block
  • Ducky Mountain High

Did you enjoy watching DuckTales as a kid?

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Daphne & Velma Blu-Ray Giveaway #DaphneVelma

Jinkies! The ladies from Mystery Inc. are on the case in their new release Daphne & Velma. You can follow them on their first mystery solving adventures via Blu-ray, Digital or DVD, and I’ve got your chance to own it.

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~I received a free copy of Daphne & Velma on Blu-ray, compliments of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own.~

Daphne & Velma follows Scooby-Doo’s leading ladies as Daphne transfers to Ridge Valley High, where she can finally go to school with her online bestie, Velma. All is well until top-performing students at the school start disappearing and other kids appear to be in a “zombified” state, lifeless and shells of themselves. Think Daphne and Velma can solve the case before they become the next victims? Use the giveaway form below to enter to win Daphne & Velma on Blu-ray and find out for yourself! In the meantime, take a look at some fun extras.

Mystery Video Decryptor and Soundboard

With this Mystery Video Decryptor, help Daphne & Velma solve their latest case by decrypting the footage! Dial the knob and meters to just the right position to unlock the footage and move to the next challenge. Then trigger fun and spooky sounds from the movie in this fun soundboard.

 

Slime Lab

What is your favorite thing about Daphne or Velma?


~GIVEAWAY~

Daphne & Velma Blu-ray Giveaway | #DaphneVelma #giveaway #ScoobyDoo #MysteryInc

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Daphne & Velma on Blu-ray!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, ages 18+ and ends on June 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*I received a free copy of Daphne & Velma on Blu-ray, compliments of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Mom is the Queen This Mother’s Day at Medieval Times + Giveaway

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and this year it’s never been easier to make mom feel like a queen. Just head to Medieval Times and enjoy a fun-filled evening of medieval tournament and a feast fit for any queen. Oh, did I mention mom is free?!

Mom is the Queen This Mother's Day at Medieval Times | #MothersDay #MedievalTimes #giveaway

My family absolutely loves when we go to Medieval Times, me included. From our first family visit, to our most recent visit where we got to see the new queen (#AllHailtheQueen), the entertainment and feast never let’s us down. What has me excited about our upcoming trip is that this time I get to feel like a queen.

For all shows between May 1st and May 13th (Lyndhurst, NJ Castle), mom is free when accompanied by one full-paid adult admission (promo code MOM18). And if you want to make the evening even more special for mom, when you upgrade to the Mother’s Day Package (extra $20) she’ll get her very own queen sash, framed photo, and souvenir glass of champagne or mimosa. What a great way to celebrate mom!

To sweeten the deal, I even have a chance for you to win 2 tickets to the Lyndhurst, NJ Castle (for use at a later date). Simply enter using the giveaway form below!

How are you celebrating mom this Mother’s Day?

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Enter to win 2 tickets to Medieval Times Lyndhurst, NJ! | #MothersDay #MedievalTimes #giveaway

One lucky winner will receive 2 tickets to enjoy the new Medieval Times show at the Lyndhurst Castle in NJ!

By entering the giveaway you are opting in to occasional emails from Medieval Times with exclusive discount codes and events. This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on May 13, 2018 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

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Molang Season 2 on DVD + Giveaway

Best friends, Molang and Piu Piu, are at it again with 52 new everyday experiences in Molang Season 2. They may be different in every way possible, but they are the best of friends, embracing and turning bad situations into good ones, and doing nothing but enjoying life together. Everyone deserves a friendship like Molang’s and Piu Piu’s, and I have the chance for you to win a Molang Season 2 Prize Pack to share with your little ones, so they can see just how a true friendship should be!

Molang Season 2 on DVD + Giveaway | #giveaway #Molang #NCircleEntertainment

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Molang Season 2 on DVD + Giveaway | #giveaway #Molang #NCircleEntertainmentMy toddler absolutely loves watching Molang on Disney Jr. and oftentimes she specifically requests to watch it. I suppose it’s a good thing she has season 1 on DVD and now we’ve added season 2 to her collection. Now available from NCircle Entertainment is Molang Season 2, with 52 new short stories – from baking, to golf, to kung fu and more, this pair is doing it all.

I love that at such an early age my daughter can see the relationship between two unlikely friends and how they go about enjoying daily life. It’s so heartwarming to see her laughing at their silly antics. I can only hope she’ll have the same kind of friendship with someone as she grows older. But for now, outgoing Molang and shy Piu Piu are great friendship role models (#friendshipgoals, haha).

Want to share all of the fun with your little ones? Use the giveaway form below to enter to win a Molang Season 2 Prize Pack! Also check out these free printable Molang activity sheets for even more fun.

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Enter to win a Molang Season 2 Prize Pack! | #giveaway #Molang #NCircleEntertainment

One lucky winner will receive a Molang Season 2 Prize Pack consisting of 1 Molang Season 2 DVD, 1 “Molang Loves” Book, 1 Push N Peel Pop, and 1 Best Friend Charms!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on April 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*I received samples to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

We’re Going on a Mission #PuppyDogPals

You probably already know that my kids absolutely LOVE Disney Junior. And one of the newer shows, Puppy Dog Pals, has quickly become one of my daughter’s favorites. We are a puppy loving family so it was no surprise to me. So when I learned Puppy Dog Pals was coming to DVD (officially on April 10th), I jumped at the chance to get her a copy.

We're Going on a Mission with the Puppy Dog Pals | #PuppyDogPals #DisneyJunior #DVD

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I tried to hide it for a little while so it would be a surprise, but one day she started going bananas, jumping up and down (or doing her one leg jump since she hasn’t quite mastered jumping), and as soon as I saw that she had the DVD in-hand, I knew exactly why she was so excited. It was immediately, “Watch Bingo and Rolly.”

We're Going on a Mission with the Puppy Dog Pals | #PuppyDogPals #DisneyJunior #DVD

I popped the DVD in and she was quite content for a while, joining Bingo and Rolly on their missions to help their owner, Bob. Day after day Bob has a dilemma of some sort, so Bingo and Rolly make it their mission to fix the dilemma while Bob is away at work. And let me tell you, they take their missions seriously.

From traveling across the world to find the missing pyramids or bringing Bob some sand from Hawaii, to fixing Bob’s beloved plush puppy, Bingo and Rolly are determined to complete every mission. Spoiler alert – they DO accomplish every mission, haha. Sometimes they even pull their “big sister,” Hissy, and other friends along for the adventure.

Puppy Dog Pals will officially hit DVD tomorrow, April 10th, so if you have a little adventure or puppy lover, this would be a nice surprise for them. And check out these fun (and free) printable activity pages, too!

Do your kids like the Puppy Dog Pals?

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“Lady and the Tramp” Joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection

One of my favorite things to share with my children, is my love of Disney. As a child I remember my grandma had a collection of original Disney movies on VHS and we loved watching them over and over every time we visited. As time and technology changes, the timelessness of original Disney movies never does, including the story of “Lady and the Tramp.” That’s why it’s the latest addition to my kids’ Disney movie collection.

"Lady and the Tramp" Joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection | #LadyandtheTramp #Disney #DisneyMovie

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Who could ever forget the iconic scene in “Lady and the Tramp,” where Lady and Tramp share a plate of spaghetti and an accidental kiss while slurping the same spaghetti noodle? It could very well be the greatest love story to ever hit the screen, and it’s now available on DVD, Digital, and Blu-ray. That’s quite the step up from my childhood VHS’s.

 

And not only do we get to see the classic movie, but there are tons of extras to enjoy too.

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL (Bonus features may vary by retailer):

Film Versions

  • Original Theatrical Edition – Enjoy this cherished Disney classic that captivates audiences of all ages.
  • Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
  • Inside Walt’s Story Meetings – As you view the film, hear reenactments of Walt’s story sessions with animators and see how their ideas were realized on-screen.

New Signature Bonus

  • Walt & His Dogs – Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime.
  • Stories from Walt’s Office – Take a tour of Walt’s office suite on the Studio lot, carefully re-created to look just as it did when he occupied it.
  • How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About “Lady and The Tramp” – Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Host Alexys Gabrielle.

 

 

Songs

  • “Peace on Earth”
  • “What Is a Baby/La La Lu”
  • “The Siamese Cat Song”
  • “Bella Notte”
  • “He’s a Tramp”

Classic Bonus Features

  • Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad – Walt’s daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland’s early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse.
  • Never-Recorded Song – “I’m Free as the Breeze” – Take a listen to a song originally meant to be sung by Tramp.

Deleted Scenes

  • Introduction of Boris – Tramp wasn’t always meant to be Lady’s only suitor. Meet Boris the aristocrat and Homer the peasant in this deleted scene.
  • Waiting for Baby – Lady watches as Jim Dear plans out his new son’s future in this early storyboard.
  • Dog Show – See the storyboards for this deleted scene in which Lady and Tramp unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a dog show.

Classic Bonus Features on Digital Only*

  • Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of “Lady and the Tramp” – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film based on an original story.
  • Finding Lady: The Art of the Storyboard – Explore the origins of the storyboard and how they’re used by filmmakers today.
  • Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film – View a unique presentation of the original 1943 storyboards for “Lady and the Tramp.”
  • PuppyPedia: Going to the Dogs – Wild and wacky comedian Fred Willard takes us on an outing to the dog park to learn all about dogs and their owners.

 

 

Deleted Scenes

  • Turning the Tables – In this story-reel presentation, Tramp dreams of a world where dogs run the show and humans are on the other end of the leash.
  • The Arrival of Baby – In this alternate scene re-created from original storyboards and with original voice talent, Lady makes way for a new arrival.
  • Baby Arrives – Lady is baffled by the strange goings-on in the house—the arrival of a squealing bundle only deepens the mystery.
  • Lady’s Sweater – Lady gets a new sweater for her birthday and must figure out an ingenious way to lose it for good.

Trailers

  • 1955 Original Theatrical Trailer – More than just a trailer, this preview features several minutes of footage from the film and introduces each major character.
  • 1972 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – This trailer from the 1972 rerelease heralds Disney’s “happiest motion picture.”
  • 1986 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – Released theatrically for the 1986 holiday season, this trailer highlights the love story between Lady and the handsome Tramp.

Who will you enjoy watching this classic tale with?

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On the Go with Krankz Audio

Let me set the scene for you. You wake up and are getting ready for your day. It may have been a rough morning getting everyone up and going, or even getting yourself somewhat presentable. You’re about to walk out the door. What are those last minute items you grab as you walk out?

If you’re anything like my boyfriend, headphones are a must-have daily accessory and he’s never on the go without his Krankz Audio Classic Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are 100% my own.~

No matter how rough your morning has been, the right music will always make it better. Music works the same way as coffee, once it hits your soul, you’re a different person. Around here, daddy has it pretty rough in the mornings.

Getting a 5 year old up and ready for school should be easy, but when your kid just wants to sit on his bed and daydream, it’s not as simple a task as it seems. Not to mention the commute into the city every day for work. So when daddy leaves for the day, you better believe he’s got headphones in hand, ready for that music to hit his soul.

On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

When he’s on the go, he’s on the go with Krankz Audio. Their Classic Wireless Bluetooth Headphones have been a great addition to my boyfriend’s daily essentials. From how easy they are to connect to the phone, to having no cords attached, and the sound quality is off the charts.

Features:

  • Incredibly clear and powerful sound.
  • Adjustable slider headpiece and conforming earpieces.
  • Collapsible earpieces for more compact travel.
  • Built in microphone.
  • Automatic call notification for easily switching between music audio and phone calls when paired to your smart phone.
  • Easy playback. Instead of digging around for your music player or phone when you want to change a song, or answer a call, use the intuitive headset controls on your ear cup for managing your listening experience.
  • High efficiency rechargeable battery delivers over 45 hours of battery life. Longer battery life means you can listen to your music and talk for hours without interruption. (To recharge your headphones, just plug your Exeo Wireless headphones into any computer or USB port.)
  • Stream audio from your laptop or any other Bluetooth-enabled device, even TV’s, from up to 30 feet away.

Some of the most notable features that can be realized right away is how lightweight and comfortable the headset is. Compared to other headphones he’s tried, my boyfriend really likes that Krankz Audio Wireless Bluetooth Headphones feel lighter. It’s less stress when carrying and even wearing.

On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

And the earpieces, along with some lining on the inner headpiece, are super soft. Even I’ve had my fair share of headphones that are horribly designed, to the point the earpieces literally hurt my ears. Not these! Krankz can be worn all day without a second thought.

I do want to add, though, that some people may find the earpieces to be a little small. I think it really comes down to personal preference and also the fact that we don’t all have the same size ears. With that being said, the sound quality is still like no other, whether you prefer larger earpieces or not.On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

The headphones even feature controls on the right earpiece. So when you get to your jam, you know that one song that really gets you going and you could listen to all day, you don’t have to dig around for your phone to listen to it on repeat. Just use the controls on the headphones. There’s nothing like hands-free listening and for my boyfriend, it makes his morning commute on the bus and subway much easier.

On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

Regularly $129.99, Krankz Audio Classic Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are on sale for $99.99, and worth every penny. These will definitely be ones that last my boyfriend a long while, and they are available in black, red, or white, so you have some variety to choose from. Which color best suites your style?

Are headphones a go-to when you walk out the door?

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All Hail the Queen of the Medieval Times Lyndhurst Castle + Giveaway

If you’re a member of the royal court, then you already know that Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ has a new ruler – Queen Dona Maria Isabella. That’s right! For the first time in its 34 year history, a queen rules the land. Along with a new ruler, comes a whole new performance. Have you had the chance to see it yet? I’ve got the chance for you to win 4 tickets!

All Hail the Queen | #MedievalTimesNJ #MTFan #AllHailtheQueen #giveaway

~Thank you to Medieval Times Lyndhurst Castle for hosting the Making Time family. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Today, I want to share some most exciting news. At the passing of the king, his daughter has taken over the kingdom as a firm, yet kind and respected leader. All hail Queen Dona Maria Isabella!

 


Along with a new ruler, you may expect some changes within the kingdom, and you aren’t wrong. The Medieval Times performance has changed as well, getting quite a few upgrades and instilling more excitement than ever.

All Hail the Queen | #MedievalTimesNJ #MTFan #AllHailtheQueen #giveaway

All Hail the Queen | #MedievalTimesNJ #MTFan #AllHailtheQueen #giveaway

The show still incorporates the favorites, like jousting, horsemanship, swordplay, and of course, the amazing royal 4 course feast. But there’s a whole new storyline, as Queen Isabella takes the thrown. I don’t want to give it all away, but I will say that one of the royal knights seemed a bit rogue. He was out for blood in the tournament and wasn’t giving up for anything.

 


Making of the new show:

  • New custom-designed and hand-made costumes for both performers and horses.
  • New custom-designed and hand-made suits of armor, shields, helmets.
  • Performers practiced the new show for 3 months, while still performing the previous show.
  • New music and lighting.

Having a Queen as ruler is pretty exciting and is one of my favorite new features of the Medieval Times performance. But aside from that, I have to say I’m really loving the new helmets. They all have such unique features, but my favorite helmets are those of the Green Knight and the Yellow Knight. Excuse my language, but they’re pretty badass.

Being in the stands I wasn’t able to get great shots of the helmets, but check out my favs from Medieval Times Instagram page (be sure to follow them and check out the other new helmets too!).

 



Make way for the Yellow Knight, the Bull of Navarre! 🐂 #YellowKnight #MTFan

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While changes have ensued, there’s still one thing that’s for certain. Medieval Times is an amazingly fun time. If you haven’t yet had the chance to experience Medieval Times, check out my previous post, Family Time the Medieval Way, to learn all about the full experience. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below to win 4 tickets to the Lyndhurst Castle!

Have you experienced the new show at Medievel Times, Lyndhurst, NJ and had the chance to meet Queen Isabella?

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Enter to win a 4 pack of tickets to enjoy the new Medieval Times show at the Lyndhurst Castle in NJ! #giveaway #MedievalTimesNJ #AllHailtheQueen #MTFan

One lucky winner will receive a 4 pack of tickets to enjoy the new Medieval Times show at the Lyndhurst Castle in NJ!

By entering the giveaway you are opting in to occasional emails from Medieval Times with exclusive discount codes and events. This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on February 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*Thank you to Medieval Times Lyndhurst Castle for hosting the Making Time family. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017

One of my fondest childhood memories around the holidays was visiting a drive through Christmas lights display. It was something I looked forward to every year, but after moving out of state there wasn’t anything like it around our new home. Now having a family of my own, it’s a tradition I thought would be great to share with my kids.

You may know that we moved to New Jersey just over a year ago and last year I was browsing online and discovered Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show. The stadium is over an hour away from our home, so we decided not to go last year. But this year, we got the opportunity to check it out. It may not be the same Christmas lights display I experienced as a child, but it is the perfect way to start this fun tradition with my kids, hour drive or not.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

~I received complimentary entrance to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Every year Skylands Stadium, located in Augusta, NJ, puts on a Christmas Lights Show. It’s a 1 mile winding drive through light display, currently showcasing over 2 million lights. Simply drive up to the entrance of the light show, pay the admission ($20 per vehicle Fri.-Sun., $17 Mon.-Thurs.), and you get to drive through the entire lights display with your family.

Most evenings the Christmas Lights Show starts at 4:30pm (about the time the sun sets) and is open until 10 or 11 pm. We arrived at about 6 pm this past Sunday and there was a line to gain admission, but it didn’t take too long to get to the front of the line. As soon as we took care of admission, the lights show started right at the entrance.

The mile long light display is filled with holiday themed characters and trinkets, and fun light animations – Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, candy canes, the nativity scene, wreaths, Christmas trees, gifts, and more. My family’s favorite parts were the displays that we could actually drive under and if I had to choose their most favorite, it was the light tunnel at the end of the show. We were literally encapsulated with lights all around.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

After finishing the Christmas Lights Show, we parked our car and wandered into the Christmas Village, which was filled with various vendors, holiday activities, and goodies. Before actually reaching the Christmas Village we got to walk through Bright Baum Light Forest and Advance Auto Parts Light Tunnel. Bright Baum Light Forest was stunning and lined with white trees lit with white lights. It was very beautiful and makes a great place for a photo opp.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Speaking of photo opps, there are plenty of them in the Christmas Village. Not only can you get your photo taken with Santa (fee required), but there other fun set ups to take photos – with a nutcracker, in a large nativity scene, with animated reindeer and a sleigh, or an 8 foot polar bear right outside the Christmas Village.

As if this wasn’t enough fun and excitement, right outside the Christmas Village you’ll also find an outdoor grill and fire pit for roasting s’mores, as well as the 20′ x 40′ Pompton Sport Center Skating Rink. I have never tried ice skating before and I’m not even a great roller skater, so when my son asked to ice skate I was skeptical. But we gave in and I’m glad we did because he had a blast.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

At first he stayed around the outer skirt of the rink so he could hold onto the fence, but after gaining some confidence he found his way to the middle, enjoying every minute of it. Besides the lights show, I think ice skating is what he’ll remember most about our visit.

There’s still time this holiday season to check out the Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show. It’s open every night through December 30th, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Christmas Village is only open through December 23rd.

Skylands Stadium Frozen in Ice

If you can’t make it to the Christmas Lights Show, the Frozen in Ice Wild West Ice Sculpture Extravaganza starts January 27th. It will be filled with over 100 tons of ice used for ice sculptures and more. Take a ride down the ice slide or try to find your way through life-sized ice maze. It’s sure to be more family-filled fun!

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