Connecticut Museum Opens New Bug ExhibitApr 24, 2014
Learn about the creepy, crawly study of bugs with Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects. On display now through May 17, this interactive exhibit at Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Traveling with preschoolers? Traveling with teens? Trying to keep everyone in the family happy? You can dream big and win a theme park vacation that’s fun for all ages at Universal Orlando Resort.
True – Universal Orlando Resort is a dream vacation for the littlest theme park aficionados—from Seuss Landing (here’s your chance to eat Green Eggs and Ham!), Camp Jurassic (explore secret caves and wander through a mysterious amber mine) and Toon Lagoon at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, to Fievel’s Playland (look at the world from a mouse’s perspective; seasaw on a giant spoon!) and the chance to help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D at Universal Studios Florida!
The two parks are compact enough to let older kids wander on their own, do the daredevil coasters, and meet up with grandma and grandpa at one of the many shows. Child Swap privileges mean you won’t get too tired pushing the stroller around either; mom or dad get to wait in a special area with the smaller kids while the other ones enjoy the rides. There are plenty of good eats and value meal plans in both parks and, of course, highly-themed swimming pools at the hotels (stay in one and play at all three) for mid-day breaks or after-hours fun.
From swinging above the streets with Spider-Man on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man to Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Universal Studios’ newest coaster that combines music and video effects, your family will love it all. Even better, if you stay at one of Universal Orlando’s three on-site Loews hotels —Loews Portofino Bay Hotel , Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort—you can skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions just by showing your hotel room key card–– a benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day! You can also get into Universal’s Islands of Adventure an hour early to beat the crowds at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This may be the only vacation where your tweens and teens are out of bed before you are!
Local kids say visiting kids shouldn’t go home without trying Butterbeer and getting a souvenir from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Did you know more than a million cups of Butterbeer have been sold at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? It tastes kind of like butterscotch and shortbread cookies, and, of course, it’s not alcoholic.
Can you help get the Statue of Liberty back from the diabolical villains of the Sinister Syndicate? Sure you can—on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Many people think this is one of the best attractions ever created—especially now that it’s got all-new 4K digital high-def animation.
This summer, train to be a minion at Universal Studios’ new 3-D attraction: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, where you join Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the mischievous minions when Gru recruits you for his latest scheme.
If you win our contest, your stay at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site Loews hotels means you get to skip the regular lines! Even if you don’t win, you can buy a Universal Express Plus pass that enables you to bypass the lines and feel like a VIP. Prices start at $21 per person and vary depending on when you visit.
I’ve been working on “The Kids’ Guide to Orlando”—it will be out in the fall—and I think Universal Orlando Resort is one place that can keep your entire gang happy whatever their ages.
Let’s not forget Universal CityWalk where you can eat—there are more than 20 restaurants–go to the movies, see Blue Man Group in a revamped show and shop till you drop. NBA fan? Watch the game on 15-foot screens at NBA City while you chow down on a burger .
The hardest part is deciding where to go first. This is one time to let the kids lead the way! And you’ll have your chance to do just that with this Dream Vacation contest, which is a joint promotion with our partners at TravelingMom.com and My Family Travels.
What’s Included in The Dream Family Vacation at Universal Orlando Resort Resort
If this sounds like a Dream Vacation, it is. And you’ve got the chance to win a four-day stay that will include :
–Three nights in a 1 Bedroom Suite (or two connecting rooms depending on availability) for a Family of 4 at an on-site Loews Universal Orlando Resort Hotel.Round trip economy class airfare for family of 4 from any of 50 U.S. States to Orlando, Florida.
–Ground transportation to and from airport to hotel.
–Daily breakfast for a family of four.
–4-Day/2-Park Tickets for admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks so you don’t miss a thing! Our sponsors at Universal Orlando Resort are providing these passes for family of 4, but if you decide to bring everyone with you, they will provide up to two additional theme park tickets. Please note that the winner will have to cover airfare, and other hotel fees and expenses for additional guests.
How to Win a Dream Family Vacation to Universal Orlando Resort Resort
It couldn’t be easier to enter this Dream Vacation contest, which is a joint promotion of TakingtheKids.com, our partners at My Family Travels and Traveling Mom and Universal Orlando Resort. Simply answer our Question of the Day about theme park fun for all ages and Universal Orlando Resort in the widget below.
The answer to the question will come from one of the posts listed below, on the three participating sites. We’ll tell you which site each day, but not which specific post – you’ll have to read the posts from that site for yourself to find the answer.
If the question is from TravelingMom.com:
If the question is from TakingTheKids.com:
If the question is from Family Travel Forum:
Optional extra entries:
For an optional additional entry each day, help us promote the contest by tweeting about it through the widget.
You can earn an extra three entries every day if you leave a comment on each of the participating sites’ contest posts with your best theme park survival tips – see the widget for more details. Please note, each tip left must be unique – a different one each day and on each site. But, you can enter as many times as you’ve got tips – just don’t forget to click ‘did it’ in the widget for the entry to count.
Come back tomorrow for a new question and new chances to enter the sweepstakes.
The Easter and Summer Holidays are coming up – what are you waiting for?
Prizes and details subject to change and subject to availability. All winners will be chosen randomly. Restrictions may apply. You will have 48 hours to respond and claim your prize.
CONTEST ENDS APRIL 13 — SO GET GOING!