Thursday, March 26, 2015

3/16/15: Calling All Kids to Fenway Park

Fenway Park is getting even more Family Friendly by cool programs for children to get more children to the game.  The "Calling All Kids," program by Hood allows free membership in the Red Sox Kid Nation and free tickets to 25,000 kids.  Plus there is a Kids Concourse, and Wally's Clubhouse which we enjoyed last year.
For the first time, entry-level membership in Red Sox Kid Nation will be free, and every child in the program can attend a game for free.  Membership is for children 14 and under. Fans can begin signing up for the membership on  Also, all high school and college students 15 and over with a student ID can purchase tickets for only $9 for every regular season home game. 
The Red Sox have created "Gate K (for Kids)," a kid-friendly entrance located adjacent to Gate B leading into the new Kids Concourse.  The right field area of the Big Concourse will be revamped with games, entertainment, Aramark concessions, and amenities.  Also in the Kids Concourse, the club will create "Wally's Clubhouse" from the 3rd through 7th innings in the Champions Club presented by ALEX AND ANI, below the Royal Rooters Club. 
Building on the success of last year's partnership between the Highland Street Foundation, the City of Boston, and the Red Sox, "Out of the Park" will return in 2015.  The free event for families at a city park emulates Fenway Park's Yawkey Way atmosphere while fans watch a Red Sox road game on a giant screen.  The date and park will be announced in the future.  
For young fans who wish to choose additional amenities, a paid membership will also be available. It includes an extra-early entrance into Fenway Park to watch batting practice, a youth-sized Red Sox jersey, a Red Sox player backpack, a discount at the Yawkey Way Store, and Kid Nation email newsletters. 
 "Gate K (for Kids)" will be an entrance dedicated to children and families near Gate B at the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich Streets.  The entrance leads to the Kids Concourse.  Kids Concourse A revamped Kids Concourse is a roomy area of the original Big Concourse behind the right field corner with new attractions for young fans, including a six-foot nine-inch-tall Wally bobblehead, an interactive video wall that allows first-time fans to take photos and electronically sign their name to the video wall, and a Kid Nation welcome station.  The festive area will feature a balloon artist, stilt walker, and face painter.  
The Kids Concourse will also be the new home for old ballpark favorites such as the historic bullpen cart used in the 60's and 70's, the Red Sox Mickey Mouse statue, and the Wally Bench. Aramark, the Fenway Park concessionaire, will create kid-themed offerings in the upper level of the Kids Concourse.  A $5 kids meal features a mini hot dog, cotton candy, and a small juice. Also, new souvenirs include a Wally ice-cream tray, cotton candy that comes with a novelty bat, and a glove-shaped tray with nachos or chicken fingers. 
Other affordable, bite-size menu items include mini pigs-in-a-blanket, corn dogs, fried Oreo mini churro bites, and fried apples. Healthy options include fruit cups with grapes, sliced apples, and chopped watermelon, depending on the season, along with string cheeses.  Aramark will also surprise kids at random with free ice cream during the season. 
 Wally's Clubhouse Inside the Kids Concourse is so much fun to visit.  My kids loved it last year.  It is open from the 3rd to the 7th inning.  Wally visits in the third inning, and children can participate in interactive games and activities such as "Simon Says" and "Red Light/Green Light."  
Boys and girls can also enjoy craft tables, a safe play area for toddlers with toys and a slide, a beanbag toss, video games, and a balloon artist and face painter.  Kids Crew Overseeing interaction with children in the Kids Concourse and Wally's Clubhouse will be the new Red Sox Kids Crew, a staff who greet kids as they enter Gate K, lead children in games, and provide families with assistance and information about kid-friendly activities. 
Kids can also play video games.
The key is this is FREE!  You are not paying extra to play these games unlike other parks where you need to buy tickets.
There was a Magician that Lauren really enjoyed.
There is even a Toddler Play Area.
So take your kids out to the ballgame!
As a part of the #RedSoxMoms I look forward to sharing more cool ways the Red Sox are welcoming families to Fenway Park and hosting other cool events.
Come on Spring and Go Sox!

Disclosure:  I am part of the RedSoxMoms program.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

3/22/15: Avery Labels from Shoplet

Shoplet has some wonderful office supplies and at great prices.  I have used Avery products many times and have always loved them.  I was very happy to receive some of their shipping labels from Shoplet for review.
I received a variety of their shipping labels.  I love the brown color of these Shipping Labels.  It makes it look like you have printed right on to the box.
I have used these TrueBlock Shipping Labels for the last five years for our school art show.  I printed them and stuck them to index cards to label the art.  I found the templates online from Avery very easy to find.  Plus there is an Avery Wizard that can be downloaded and used with Microsoft Word and Excel to create your labels.  It makes it simple to bring in an Excel list and format it for these labels.
Here you can see how great they looked as art labels.
These Shipping Labels With Paper Receipts are awesome.  The TrueBlock Technology is great as it blocks out what is behind it.  Plus they are so easy to print on to.
Living in New England we have lots of snow and bad weather.  These WeatherProof Mailing Labels are awesome as they are super strong and can handle the elements.  Plus I had no issues with them getting jammed in the printer.
What I also love about Avery is their support of Box Tops for Education.  As a PTO President I am very aware of the benefits of Box Tops to our schools and love to collect them.  I love that Avery has two on their packages!
You can also check out Promotional Products that Shoplet has.  They have everything for your business and personal office needs.
Disclosure:  I received these products for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, March 20, 2015

3/20/15: New Hampshire State Baton Competition

Last weekend Lauren competed in another baton competition.  This was the New Hampshire State Competition where she competed as a visitor.  She did absolutely amazing winning Advanced Mardi Gras Queen, Advanced Best Appearing, Novice Basic March, Novice Open Solo and coming in second in Visitor Solo!
The day started out with the team competition.  Here she is ready to go for the day.
Here she is with more of the Suburban-ettes.
She competed with her team to Surf's Up which took first place!
The girls did awesome.  I love this routine.
 I love that they use hoops, surf boards, beach balls and batons with streamers.
 Here they are in their final pose.
Then they performed to Break Free which also took first place!
 Here is Lauren ready to go.
 I love this with the baton mid air.
 All the girls in their pose.
Last but not least they competed with Conga which took second place.
 They did an awesome job!
 Here is their final pose.
Then there was a break where they announced the team winners.  They also presented a special award in Memory of Linda Lanni who was my baton teacher.  The two ladies running the competition also took from her.  This was very moving for me and I went up to present the award with them.
Then it was on to modeling.  Lauren won Mardi Gras Queen.  Being in Advanced she can wear a dress.
 Here she is modeling.
 Love this picture.
 Interview time.
 Here she is getting her award.
 Here was more of her team ready to model.
Then she did Best Appearing and also won.
 Best Appearing is done in costume with no interview.
Then last up was Basic March and Solo.
 She did fantastic with only one drop in each routine.
 The best part was that after she was done she wanted to do her solo more!  I was not surprised about this since every minute she is home she has the baton in her hand practicing.
Here she is with her coach!  What an awesome day of competition.
Congratulations Lauren!