Host Your Birthday at SkyZone

SkyZone

Sky Zone’s wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and Ultimate Dodge-ball, a friendly and healthy dodge-ball competition. In addition, fitness fiends can feel the burn at Sky Zone’s original SkyRobics class, which combines advanced calisthenics with a three-dimensional cardio and strength training program. This park is the ideal venue for groups seeking unforgettable events such as birthday parties, corporate team building, field trips and much more!

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FOx19 News: Sharing Tips on Ways to Save During Spring Break Travel

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Giveaway: 4 Pack Of Tickets to Beach Mountain Tubing Park Ends 1/14/16

Family 4 Pack of Tickets to Beach Mountain Tubing Park

Welcome to the Family 4 Pack of Tickets to Beach Mountain Tubing Park Giveaway

Hosted by: Simply Sherryl
Sponsored by: Adventure Landing

This weekend, the Coca-Cola™ Polar Bear will be partying at Beach Mountain from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, January 15th through Sunday, January 17th. Furry, funny, friendly, and not at all ferocious, the Coca-Cola™ Polar Bear will be available for photo ops and hugs throughout the event. In addition, he will race Shivers, Beach Mountain’s penguin mascot, on the tubing hill at 2p.m. and 8p.m. each day.

We are giving away a Family 4 pack of tickets for snow tubing. Good luck on your entries!

Event is open to USA (local ticket pickup only), 18+

Family 4 Pack of Tickets to Beach Mountain Tubing Park

About Beach Mountain

Beach Mountain is located at The Beach Waterpark , 2590 Waterpark Drive in Mason, Ohio. The winter entertainment park offers ten snow tubing lanes and a Winter Village for family fun, birthday parties, and group events.

Make sure to connect with The Beach Mountain on Twitter and Facebook so you don’t miss the latest promotions or specials.

Media announcement and photos provided by Adventure Landing.

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IHop: All You Can Eat Pancakes Now – February 14th

It’s that time of year, All You Can Eat Pancake time at IHOP!  Now through February 14th, you can eat as many pancakes as you’d like for one low price.  Prices vary according to restaurant location. This is always a great value for you money, but be sure to bring your appetite!

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Cincinnati: Ring in 2016 with @MyFountainSqr at the Huntington Bank New Year’s Eve Blast! Fun starts Dec. 31st at 8:00pm!

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SKATE YOUR WAY TO NEW YEAR’S DAY AT FOUNTAIN SQUARE

WHAT: Start your New Year’s celebration early with a trip to the U.S. Bank Ice Rink! The rink opens promptly at 9:00am, with hours extending until 1:00am. At 8:00pm be sure to join for the 2015 Huntington Bank New Year’s Eve Blast, hosted by Jay Kruz of Mix 94.9. The event also features music from Cincinnati favorite, DJ Tweet, along with wacky contests, ice skating, and more. See below for a complete event schedule.

                                                                      Event Schedule

9:00am:

U.S. Bank Ice Rink Opens

8:00pm:

Plaza Bar Opens

Music from DJ Tweet

Mix 94.9 Starts Remote Broadcast

Games & Contests Begin

Midnight:

Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks Show

1:00am:

Event Ends

WHO: The Huntington Bank New Year’s Eve Blast is FREE and open to everyone. U.S. Bank Ice Rink admission rates are $6.00 and skate rental rates are $4.00. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own skates.

WHEN: The U.S. Bank Ice Rink opens to skaters at 9:00am. Fountain Square’s Huntington Bank New Year’s Eve Blast begins at 8:00pm and runs until 1:00am.

WHERE: Fountain Square is located at 525 Vine Street, in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Safe and secure parking is available at Fountain Square’s underground garage facility and at the 84.51° garage, located at the corner of 5th & Race Streets.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Food vendors, beverage stations, and New Year’s Eve souvenirs are available throughout the event, which culminates at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display from Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Full bar service, cocktails, and food offerings D.R. Concessions and Eli’s BBQ will also be available for purchase all evening long.

Special thanks to our title sponsor, Huntington Bank. We’d also like thank our presenting sponsors, UC Health, Lykins Energy Solutions, FC Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bell, Mix 94.9, Cincinnati.com, and The Richter & Phillips Company. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for more information about the Huntington Bank New Year’s Eve Blast, or to add this event to your smartphone calendar.

3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development corporation focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community.  3CDC manages and programs Fountain Square and Washington Park, and also manages the Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF).  These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects.  For more information visit www.3cdc.org.

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Laser Tag, Calzones and Games Galore! Who Couldn’t Ask for a Better Birthday Party! #TheWeb

the web birthday roomBirthday parties in my house are kind of a big deal! It’s the one time each year that one of my girls get the whole day to themselves, all the attention and of course plenty of presents! So each year planning a party for each of my girls becomes a daunting task. Start by making my lists of who to invite, what food to make, what goody bag ideas to make, and the biggest problem is who’s going to clean the house!!!

the web go kartsWell I have learned over the years a few things about planning birthday parties and my best tip, having a party outside your house will cause less stress! No cleaning before the party and then again after the party. No worries about the kiddos breaking something. No worries about anyone noticing that you completely forgot to clean the toothpaste out of the sink from your kiddos this morning! A party outside your home allows you to focus on a few simple things; invite, have fun, take pictures and leave somewhere else to go home with some new gifts and a ton of great memories!

We chose to have our latest birthday party at The Web Entertainment Center in West Chester Ohio. We planned out the web laser tagour guest list and then picked a date and time! The Web gave options for food, games and activities for our party. We got to choose 2 different attractions which my girls just can’t get enough of Laser Tag so we opted to play it twice! Chose the calzones and all the unlimited drinks we could ask for to eat, bring a cake and that’s all you have to plan! We received a call a few days before our party to verify our schedule and choices and I have to tell you out of all the parties I have ever planned outside of my home, this is the first time someone called me to discuss our plans! I love this and you will too! What a great way to make you feel special!

When we arrived our hosts were standing outside the door to help us bring in anything that we had brought for the party and to direct us to where we needed to go! As we headed to the party room, they showed us where the games, attractions and bathrooms were. Once we arrived in our room, they shared with us the drawer that is each room containing all the necessities you need for your party! Candles, plates, napkins and so on. I do over prepare and had an entire bag full of things just in case, but this is great for others who are not crazy like me!!

the web prize roomOur schedule was great! Broken down minute by minute to let us know when we were heading to our Laser Tag adventure, eating our yummy calzones, heading back to Laser Tag, opening gifts and having cake! While opening gifts our host also took down note as to who brought what gifts for our birthday girl so we could send thank you cards to the appropriate people with the correct gifts later! One less thing I had to do, allowing me more time to take more pictures!

Once we were done with all our planned attractions and activities, each child got a game card to enjoy time at the arcade games! Playing game after game allowed us to win many, many tickets to redeem at the ticket booth to receive a ticket with our ticket totals on it to take to the redemption room for some great prizes!

All of Birthday Packages at The Web include:the web games
• A dedicated party host who will organize all of your party activities and serve the needs of your guests
• Your choice of 2 attractions—choose from our Inside Track Go-Karts, Laser Web Laser Tag, Jurassic Par Blacklight Mini-Golf, or Hang Ten Mini-Bowling
• 40 games credits for the guest of honor and 20 game credits for each guest
• A private party room for 2 hours
• A commemorative The Web t-shirt and 250 tickets for the guest of honor Birthday Party Packages!

After 2 hours of pure entertainment, we packed up and headed home! No cleaning up, no messing with dishes, trash, broken vases, dirty floors and so on! I got to go home and relax! The staff at The Web Entertainment Center was amazing, helpful and made our event extremely unforgettable and entertaining! We will be heading back to The Web for future events as well as days just to go have fun!

the web logoThe Web Entertainment Center the Tri-States most exciting Family Entertainment Facility! Full of Inside Go Karts, Laser Tag, Bowling, Mini Golf and tons of fun with all the arcade games to keep you and your family entertained for hours. You can find them on Facebook and YouTube

You can visit The Web for a fun trip:

  • Inside Track Go-Kart $8.00, Additional rider in double kart $1.00 (Laser Web Laser Tag – Ages 6 and older
    Inside Track Go-Karts – Ages 10 and older AND 56″ tall to drive. Minimum 32″ tall for rider with licensed driver in double kart.)
  • Laser Web Laser Tag $8.00
  • Hang Ten Mini Bowling $4.00
  • Jurassic Par Mini Golf $4.00

Weekly Specials:

  • BOGO Mondays: buy any attraction and get a second one 50% off
  • Token Tuesdays: get $5 in game credits (free tokens) for every $10 game credits purchased
  • Combo Wednesdays: bundle your fun with two attractions, 10 tokens, a calzone, and a fountain drink—all for just $17
  • Laser Web Thursdays: play laser tag all day for only $18
  • Friday Night P.O.P.: Pay One Price on Friday night and get unlimited play on all the attractions from 9 PM until Midnight. Only $20
  • Family Fun Package: $55 Every day (up to $74 value), Share 8 attractions AND 40 game credits!
  • Family Frenzy Package: $99 Every day (up to $144 value), Share 16 attractions AND 80 game credits!
  • Add a meal to either package above for only $10, (includes four single topping calzones and a pitcher of soda)

the web map for directions

I received a birthday party package in exchange for sharing my experience with you, my readers. No other compensation was received and as always my opinion is 100% my own.

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Breakfast with Santa at Rusty Bucket December 12, 2015

rusty bucket santa breakfastNext Saturday, December 12, you are  welcome to any location of Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern and have Breakfast with Santa. Santa will visit each table and families are encouraged to bring cameras for photos. My girls rusty bucket santa breakfast at tablewould absolutely love to eat with Santa!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. Rusty Bucket is also encouraging guests to bring in a new or gently used coat to donate to the Salvation Army.

Guests will be able to enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon and toast, as well as coffee, juice and milk. Breakfast will be served at 8:45 a.m. and is $5 a person. For more information and restaurant addresses, please visit www.MyRustyBucket.com.

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Cincinnati: Newport Aquarium Introduces Scuba Santa

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Newport Aquarium Announces all-new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa®
Invites guests to celebrate the holidays under the sea

NEWPORT, Ky. — Newport Aquarium welcomes the public to experience a holiday celebration under the sea Nov. 27-Dec. 31 at the all-new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa®.

Newport Aquarium is the only place where families can celebrate the holidays under the sea as the all-new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa® blends the thrill of indoor bubble showers and the intimacy of uniquely holiday-themed galleries with the tradition of Scuba Santa®, who has delighted tri-state folks since 2003.

“The new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa builds on the aquarium’s holiday tradition that we’ve celebrated for more than 10 years,” said Eric Rose, executive director of Newport Aquarium. “Nowhere else will families be able to experience what it’s like to celebrate the holidays under the sea.”

The Water Wonderland journey will also take guests through a number of holiday-clad galleries, culminating in a truly wondrous experience where families connect and interact with the magic of an undersea holiday celebration:

.      Shark Ray Bay – Guests will be surrounded by lights, dreamcicles, bubbles and holiday music as they join one of  Scuba Santa’s elves in song and discover how some of Newport Aquarium’s most iconic animals celebrate holidays under the sea. Children will have the unique opportunity to meet Scuba Santa® one-one-one as he dives inside the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks tank and tell him their holiday wishes.

.      Bizarre and Beautiful – Hundreds of twinkling sea-creature lights will hang from the ceiling of the Bizarre and Beautiful exhibit as guests experience holiday music and magical bubbles while enjoying some of nature’s most amazing creatures, such as Japanese spider crabs and a giant Pacific octopus.

.      Gator Alley – Honky-tonk holiday lighting, music and decorations welcome guests at Gator Alley, the home of Mighty Mike – the biggest and baddest alligator in the country outside of Florida at 14 feet and 800 pounds – as well as Snowball and Snowflake, two of less than 100 white alligators in the world.

.      Jellyfish Gallery – At the largest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest, guests can experience a living light show as jellyfish dance in rhythm to a holiday soundtrack while children can play tag with moon jellies at the interactive Jelly Wall.

.      Kroger Penguin Palooza – Children can write their holiday wish on a magic bubble and mail it at Scuba Santa’s Post Office inside Kroger Penguin Palooza, where five sub-Antarctic penguin species nearly 50 birds spread their own brand of holiday cheer.

Reach Magazine $5 Child Ticket: Inside its December issue, Reach Magazine will offer its Cincinnati readers a coupon for $5 admission to Newport Aquarium for children ages 2-12, a nearly 70 percent discount. This offer is valid only for visits Monday-Thursday from Nov. 30-Dec. 24 and can only be redeemed at the Newport Aquarium ticket window (no online or offsite redemption).

Buy 3, Get 1 Annual Pass Sale: In time for the holidays, guests who purchase three Newport Aquarium Annual Passes will receive a fourth Annual Pass free. The Annual Pass Holiday Special ends on Dec. 31. Existing Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders can renew their passes during this promotion to receive $3 off the renewal rate for even more savings.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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Cincinnati: 3CDC Set To Light Up Downtown

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LiteUpCinti2011 – Photograph by Bruce Crippen

3CDC SET TO LIGHT UP DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (November 20, 2015) – The holiday season is just around the corner! Bring your family and friends down to Fountain Square on Friday, November 27, for our annual Macy’s Light Up the Square celebration. Beginning at 6:00pm, this year’s tree lighting ceremony features live music from 2nd Wind, a chance to explore the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, a very special appearance from Santa Claus and more! The tree lighting will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display from atop the downtown Macy’s store. Channel 5’s Sheree Paolello and Mike Dardis, along with Q102’s JonJon will host the evening’s festivities, which are free and open to the public. See below for a complete activity schedule.

2015 Light Up the Square Event Schedule

9:00AM: Rink opens

11:00AM: Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt opens

5:00PM: Fountain Square Concessions open

6:00PM: 2nd Wind performs

6:45PM: City Council Member Introduction

7:00PM: Live Broadcast with WLWT

7:25PM: Official Tree Lighting Ceremony

7:30PM: Fireworks show

7:40PM: 2nd Wind performs

9:00PM: Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt closes

11:00PM: Rink & Concessions close

Fountain Square concessions offer full bar service, coke products, and hot cocoa. Food options include tasty fare from Eli’s BBQ and other local food trucks. Additional restroom facilities will also be available. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for a full event schedule or to add this event to your smartphone calendar. Special thanks to our sponsors, Macy’s, Toyota, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Bell, IKEA, Channel 5-WLWT, Lykins Energy Solutions, Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment, and Q102.

Also Coming Up At Fountain Square

Thanksgiving arrives early this year with the return of the 2015 Turkey Bowl! Join us out on the U.S. Bank Ice Rink next Tuesday, November 24, as the rink transforms into a bowling alley—complete with bowling pins and frozen-turkeys-turned-bowling balls. The game is simple: bowlers have three chances to knock down the most pins. The winning player receives a gift card, a commemorative trophy, and serious bragging rights. Fountain Square’s Turkey Bowl also features a special, kid-friendly bowling lane. On-site registration opens at 11:00am and the competition begins at 11:30am. In order to play, participants must bring two non-perishable food items or a $5 cash donation to Fountain Square the day of the event. All proceeds benefit The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for more information about the U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square, or to add the Axis Alley Turkey Bowl event to your smartphone calendar. Special thanks to our sponsor, the Mix 94.9.

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Newport Aquarium: Confirms 2 Female Shark Rays are Pregnant!

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Newport Aquarium confirms its two female shark rays are pregnant

First 3 cases of shark ray breeding under professional care have occurred at Newport Aquarium

NEWPORT, Ky. — Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday its two female shark rays, Sweet Pea and Sunshine, are both pregnant – the second and third documented cases of shark ray breeding under professional animal care in the world.

“This is an exciting next step in realizing the goals of our Shark Ray Breeding Program,” said Eric Rose, executive director at Newport Aquarium. “Still, pregnancy is not without risk, so we are cautiously optimistic that both Sweet Pea and Sunshine will give birth to healthy shark ray pups.  Newport Aquarium is dedicated to the conservation of these threatened animals and we remain committed to sharing the shark rays’ story of survival.”

Newport Aquarium animal husbandry staff confirmed the pregnancies after performing ultrasounds for Sweet Pea on Oct. 1 and Sunshine on Oct. 8. Newport Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Peter Hill, who conducted the ultrasounds, estimates Sweet Pea and Sunshine’s due dates are within two to three months, with Sweet Pea expected to deliver first. The equipment used to conduct the ultrasounds was on loan from the FETCH-LAB at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health Sciences.

Shark rays are a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, one level from endangered. Threats to shark rays include habitat destruction, pollution, overfishing and the use of their fins for products, including shark fin soup.Newport Aquarium Sunshine Ultrasound 2015

“With the world’s shark ray population depleting at a faster rate than it’s being replaced, the Shark Ray Breeding Program is important because it helps us better understand the life cycle of shark rays and closely related species,” said Ric Urban, chief conservation officer at Newport Aquarium. “The knowledge gained from this program will be valuable information for the sustainability of shark ray populations in the wild.”

The public can still see Sweet Pea and Sunshine in the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit now through a to-be-determined time closer to their due dates, at which point they will be moved to Newport Aquarium’s offsite animal health facility in Northern Kentucky.

Newport Aquarium established the world’s first Shark Ray Breeding Program on Feb. 14, 2007, when a male shark ray named Scooter was introduced to the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit. The breeding program expanded in winter 2013 when Sunshine moved from the Coral Reef tunnel to Surrounded by Sharks and a second male shark ray named Spike also was introduced to the Aquarium’s signature exhibit.

Nearly seven years after Newport Aquarium established the Shark Ray Breeding Program, Sweet Pea became the first shark ray to give birth while under professional animal care on Jan. 24, 2014.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474). Connect with Newport Aquarium on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to its blog, for the most up-to-date news regarding the shark ray pregnancies.

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  Newport Aquarium has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since May 15, 1999. Named one of the best aquariums in the U.S. by Travel Channel and USA Today, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

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One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
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