Wednesday, December 18, 2013

LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days is happening now.

Last week was my son's birthday.  Every year, we struggle to find something to do for him.  This year we were blessed, he had a week-long of celebrations.  It started on Monday with a visit to LEGOLAND Holiday Snow days.  We saw over 22,000 LEGO models and more than 57 million bricks at LEGOLAND California Resort.  My son was over the moon running around experiencing snow along with riding roller coasters.  The extra bonus was that he got to play with his favorite toy, "Legos". 
We visited the LEGOLAND Hotel and received a pleasant surprise of various Lego builds, Lego Characters and a Lego play castle.  There is even an elevator with a disco-ball that played dance music.  The kids danced as we explored the hotel.  The hotel is one of a kind with many kid friendly surprises. We don't want to give away all the fun details so you will have to see it for yourself.  Just know that there are talking Lego characters and much more.
Right now during the Holiday Snow Days, you will see lots of Holiday builds like this gorgeous Christmas tree and Mariachi Band made entirely out of Legos. My kids were awe struck with so many great creations. The kid’s imagination was running free as they saw and experienced first-hand that anything is possible with Legos.
There in the middle of great Lego rides and Lego builds, we saw the snow. Yeah!!!  Inner-tubing down the slope was open for all to enjoy some serious snow play.  My kids loved this family activity and rode the inner-tubes several times.  The rush of riding fast down a hill and having the snow splash you as you make it to the bottom were exciting for us all.
Our most favorite thing to see that day was the wall full of Lego Characters inside the hotel. The four of us stood there counting and admiring all the characters.  Yes, we want them all.  We have been collecting these characters for many years.  I think we have only two characters short of a hoarding collection.  Still we don't have as much as is on this wall. So we started to celebrate a birthday and it ended up that all of us had a great time as a family.  
We were invited as part of a media day to experience the Holiday Snow. What ended up happening was that we all had a wonderful family field trip.  I highly recommend taking a day to just be happy and enjoy the family.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Find out more and see more pictures by going to their website: Legoland California Resort right now you can purchase the hopper ticket for $65.00!

Located at One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Writing about my personal experience. All thoughts and ideas are all my own.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Flare Play Gaming System - Special Holiday Offer


We received the opportunity to review a new online gaming system called Flare Play an online demand video game system.  We were sent a 12" x 8" box and inside was a wireless Logitech game control, similar to any you would use today for PC gaming or from a major game system.  Also inside was a very small micro console and 2 wires.  Setup was very easy.  I simply plugged the HDMI cable into the console and then into one of my HDMI ports on the back of my HD TV.  Next, I plugged the small micro USB into to console and the USB cable to the USB port on my TV.  It was that simple.  I turned on the TV and the game system quickly identified my home wireless network prompting me to log in with my SSID secure password.  Using our registered email address and password, the gaming system immediately presented all of the game titles with a over hundred to choose from.



I choose a jet fighter game called Hawx 2, which was incredibly fun.  This game leads you through different missions where you fire missiles at enemy bases, perform routine flight drills and dogfight in training and combat.  Incredible high definition graphics had me engaged with amazing sound and optional vibrating controls.  Additional games I found were Assassins Creed II, Lego Batman, Lego Harry Potter, Farm Simulator 2013, Rabbids Go Home and many more.  This system packs sports, action, simulator and other themes in a very convenient system.

Features of this system include Instant On Demand Play with no discs required.  Family Entertainment; more fun, less waiting.  Unlimited Play, game as much as you want.  Pause and play feature allows you to step away from your game and continue at a later time without losing your game place.  Games for all persons including adventure, action, arcade, simulation, sports and racing.  Easy to plug and play system allowing one to connect within minutes.  Compact and portable system allows you to take the device from place to place without having to carry a bulky system.  This is a great holiday gift idea for the entire family at an absolutely incredible value.
SPECIAL READER OFFER:
Now through December 31st, Flare Play is offering Field Trip Mom readers a free micro console (A $99.00 Value) with a 3 month subscription for only $30.00.  At $10.00 per month, this is a low cost monthly rate giving you tons of fun games to play on demand.  If you download from I-tunes, the Play Store or rent from Redbox or your local video rental store, you can easily justify this system.  Flare Play is adding new games every month bringing more excitement to this system.  No more buying a $60.00 game a couple times a month for your kids.  No more having to return games to Redbox.  No more scratched disks nor selling unused games to big box companies for pennies on the dollar.  This is Flare Play, the next generation of game systems.  Watch the video to see more on how amazing this system is and use the link below to receive the special blog reader offer! 
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Written by guest blogger and COO of fieldtripmom.com, Tim Bosek.
This is a sponsored post.  Fieldtripmom.com received a game system and a free 90 day trial subscription of their service in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ben 10 Omniverse 2 Video Game


In stores now for the holiday gift season is the latest installment from D3 Publishers and Cartoon Network, Ben 10 Omniverse 2.  The Field Trip Mom family was given the opportunity to preview this game.  This powerhouse packed game is an all new adventure for your little gamers and will hold the attention of the biggest of kids.
Features include:
  • An All New Storyline -  Players fight against the Incruseans specially created by the writers of Cartoon Network's TV show.
  • Play as your Favorite Characters from the Show - Ben and all of his Omnitrix Aliens are ready to battle against vicious enemies in a multi player co-op brawler mode.
  • New Alien Forms to Discover and Unlock - Join the fight with 10 Aliens on console versions and 17 on the Nintendo 3DS.  Some of these characters include Big Chill, Bullfrag, Rath, Eatle and more.  Every character has their own role to help combat the game to completion.
  • Alien Upgrades - The Omnitrix now selects aliens by class on console, allowing players to store their favorite aliens by size and speed.  Players can then choose them appropriately as needed to battle the enemies.
  • Fight Against the Incurseans - Fight against the Incursean army in an open ended combo based combat system allowing players to perform multi-alien attacks and powerful combinations moves.
System platforms this game can be purchased for include Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3.   Rated E10+ for mild cartoon violence, fighting and explosions.  
Addicting and entertaining.  Mildly complex for all skill levels, this game has it all.  Our kids love Ben 10 and have been watching since the beginning episodes on Cartoon Network.  They are owners of several other versions for the Wii and 3DS so they were very excited to get the opportunity to play Ben 10 Omniverse 2.  I sat down one evening with my oldest sons Nintendo 3DS to give the game a shot.  There are plenty of instructions in the start of the game to help you understand how to move the characters and tips on various moves.  The instruction manual is easy to understand but my boys don't care to much about reading how to play vs. actually getting down and dirty with the game live.  I played for an hour and a half and it felt like 20 minutes.  This game is very engaging and challenging enough to keep your interest for a long time.  We have had the game for 3 weeks trying it out and still are working through all of the levels.  Our boys are big video game players and whenever the homework is done, they turn to the newest one in the collection.  From the boys at fieldtripmom.com, we highly recommend this game for your little gamers whether they are 10 or 60.  If your kids are Ben 10 fans...this is a must have stocking stuffer or gift under the tree this Christmas!
Written by guest writer and COO, Field Trip Mom.com:  Tim Bosek
This is a sponsored post, fieldtripmom.com was provided a copy of Ben 10 Omniverse 2 for Nintendo 3DS in exchange for this review.