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Family Four Pack

Code to be given at the box office “FAMILY”
Gets 4 entries to Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. for just $75!!!
Offer good through April 30, 2017.

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With Spring Break coming, this would be an Awesome place to take them. You might just get that Coolest Parent Award.

 

 

 

 

Our friends at Avenger Station is letting us give away a Family Four Pack!  

To enter:  

Like The Avenger Station Facebook

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Tell us who your Favorite Marvel Character is and feel free to share a Picture (We love Pictures)

All Entries must be received by April 3rd. Winners will be announced April 6th.  Good Luck!

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Red Rock Lanes: Summerlin

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Whether it’s Christmas morning, New Years Eve or 2am on a Monday morning you will find Red Rock Lanes open for business. Located in the Red Rock Casino, the bowling alley features 72 bowling lanes, a game center, bar lounge and Pro-shop for the pro-Bowler in your family. Want to make it a date night or night out with the girls? Get down in one of their luxury VIP lanes and suites, complete with bar service and cozy seating arrangements!  Do I hear a “Mom’s Night” anyone?

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As an amateur bowler, myself, I will say that this was one of the most pristine, clean-smelling bowling alley’s I’ve ever been to and the food just happened to be tasty! The bathrooms were not only clean but pleasing to the eye, the full-service bar and lounge was a nice treat for the adults and the chicken nuggets and fries were a huge hit with all my picky eaters. 

 

 

Toddlers with a show size under 11 can wear their own shoes!

Toddlers with a show size under 11 can wear their own shoes!

If you’re not a great bowler, or your children need a little extra help, bumpers and ramps are a great way to keep the ball rollin! However, if you happen to arrive during peak hours, the ramps may be hard to come by. If this is the case, ask your neighbor in the next lane if you can share. Chances are, they are a nice family willing to do so. If not, don’t fret, the bumpers will be enough. My two-year old son pushed his own ball down the lane just fine and my four-year old ended up not wanting to use the ramp at all!

 

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The big screens play all your musical favorites from past to present! Warning! You will break out into dance at least once in front of your children.

My husband and I thought the prices weren’t bad for being the largest and most luxury bowling alley in Las Vegas at nearly $2-$3/ a game plus $4 for bowling shoes. Cosmic Bowling is only $5 a game on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-2am. The prices for food and drink were what’s to be expected in a Las Vegas Casino, but well worth it as the food was delicious and the cocktails were on point. Have a picky eater? Step out into the Casino and find an array of different food options including fine dining and buffet!

Whether you’re planning a date, birthday party, girls night out, family event or just want to escape the heat, Red Rock Lanes in the Red Rock Casino have what you need to experience the best of what Vegas has to offer! 

 

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If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

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Let the wild holiday rumpus begin.

Let the wild holiday rumpus start.

In our house, the Christmas season is not allowed to start before Thanksgiving. But it really doesn’t start until Christmas Mouse is pulled out of his (her? – not sure, it’s a mouse) plastic bin where he lives with the other holiday decorations. Christmas Mouse was sent to our family by my father-in-law and his wife when our boys were babies.

When you squeeze his foot, he sings We Wish You a Merry Christmas in a high, warbly voice. And he waves his little mouse arms and rocks side to side at the same time. At first, I hated this little singing and dancing rodent.

But surprisingly, he grew on me. These days, he is a bit temperamental in his singing. Maybe he’ll sing for you, maybe not. But we keep him.

The important thing is that once Christmas Mouse is unpacked, the wild holiday rumpus can start.

(Click this link to see Christmas Mouse in action!)

And the most important holiday tradition in our house is…

I wasn’t entirely sure how to answer this, so I asked the three main guys in my life what they thought. Two quickly said, “Christmas cookies.” The third talked about being allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve, and waking Russian Teacakes and Milkup really early Christmas morning. But when he was told the others wanted Christmas cookies, he became super animated and agreed wholeheartedly.

When I was growing up, my mom made double or even triple batches of cookies each holiday season. Between my three brothers, me, and our friends tromping into the house after sledding or ice skating, it’s hard to believe there would be enough. But there seemed to be an unending supply.

I loved baking with my mom, and now my kids bake with me.

 

This recipe for Russian Teacakes is from the 1960 edition of Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book. Russian teacakes are my favorite Christmas cookie.  My mom, and now I, have baked them every single holiday season for my whole life. Even little kids can contribute to this tradition by rolling the baked cookies in confectioners’ sugar.

(I’m including the commentary from the original recipe because I love old cookbooks and their history.)Russian Teacakes

 

Russian TeacakesCrunchy, sugared, nut-filled snowballs.

This favorite with men came to us from a man. Carl Burkland, an eastern radio executive, often makes them himself at Christmastime.

Mix thoroughly:

  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together and stir in:

  • 2 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix in:

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Chill dough. Roll into 1″ balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet (cookies do not spread). Bake until set, but not brown. While still warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar. Cool. Roll in sugar again.

Temperature: 400°

Time: Bake 10 to 12 minutes

Amount: About 4 dozen 1″ cookies

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Halloween Party Activities for Kids (and Adults, too)

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When you think of Halloween, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If it’s trick or treating, you’re not alone. Luckily, Halloween’s scary fun lends itself to a variety of activities for all ages.

Here are a few fun activities for your holiday party. Some are variations on old (but not yet mummified) traditional games. Super easy and fun.Children Trick-or-treating

Spooky Bowling 
You will need:

  • 10 water bottles
  • food coloring
  • Halloween stickers
  • glitter glue
  • Halloween favors (small enough to fit in bottles)
  • mini pumpkin

For the bowling pins, use bottles of water with the labels removed. Add a few drops of food coloring to the water; orange is a great choice. Decorate the bottles inside and out with Halloween-themed stickers, glitter, or any other decorative items you wish. Place small party favors inside the bottle water. Use a mini pumpkin as the bowling ball.

Eyeball Race
You will need:

  • drinking straws
  • ping pong balls (ready-made ping pong eyeballs are available from Party City)
  • permanent markers to decorate ping pong balls like eyeballs (if needed)

Have children line up on one end of room, each with a ping pong eyeball and a straw. On hands and knees, kids blow through the straw to make the ping pong balls move. First one to the finish line wins.


Witch Hat Ring Toss 

You will need:

  • 3 costume witch hats
  • plastic rings

Set hats on floor in varying distances, and assign points based on how far away the hat is: 5, 10, or 15 points. Players take turns tossing rings to see who has the best aim and highest score.

Cookie Decorating
You will need:

  • plain sugar cookiesJack o Lanterns
  • orange and white frosting
  • orange and black decorator icing
  • colored sugar and sprinkles
  • candy corn
  • gummy worms or body-part gummy candies (check out your local party store, or Oriental Trading Company).

This is a treat and activity all in one. Provide the supplies for each child to be creative and decorate his or her own cookies.

Scary Movie, Scary Food

Don’t forget, adults like Halloween parties, too. You choose the scary movie, and let your guests bring the scary food. It’s open to interpretation, which is much of the fun. Sometimes the interpretation is literal, like a shark-infested jello ring. Sometimes it’s not – potted meat, anyone?

Halloween Candy

 

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