Cincinnati: Art Academy Brightens New 3CDC Office

AAC student artwork in 3CDC lobby

AAC student artwork in 3CDC lobby

Art Academy of Cincinnati Welcomes 3CDC to the Neighborhood

Artwork From AAC Students Brightens New 3CDC Office

CINCINNATI (Wednesday, June 3, 2015) – Typical “welcome to the neighborhood” gifts can come in all shapes, sizes and forms – from a pie or plate of cookies to a fruit basket or even a small potted plant. In rare cases, it can also mean adorning the entry-level walls in a neighbor’s new office building with artwork, as in the case of the Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC), who has done just that for new neighbor Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC).

Although 3CDC moved into its new home at 1203 Walnut Street in December 2014, the renovated building was not fully completed at the time of the move. A number of office spaces still needed to be built out, and 3CDC still had a few walls that needed decorating in order to liven the organization’s new workspace. One such space was the white-walled entry to the office, whose only color at the time of the move was the 3CDC logo, hanging in large letters along the back wall.

Looking to remedy the problem this spring, a member of the 3CDC development team offered a large wall in the ground-level entryway of the 3CDC office building to the organization’s new neighbor, the AAC (located right around the block at 1212 Jackson Street), for the display of student artwork. 3CDC’s plan was to rotate in new work on a quarterly basis, and the thinking was that the collaboration would be mutually beneficial – real world experience for AAC students, and vibrant, ever-changing, artwork to brighten 3CDC’s entryway.

“As a Professor, I believe that our students should be, and are, prepared to leave school and immediately begin to practice as professionals in the real world,” said Keith Benjamin, the AAC professor tasked with choosing which student’s artwork would be displayed. “This new connection to 3CDC will add to the list of opportunities that our students benefit from to refine their skills while still in school.”

In collaboration with Galen Crawford, AAC Director of Student Services, Benjamin recommended Senior painting major, Brian Cobb (AAC ’15) to be the first AAC student to exhibit his work in the 3CDC entryway. Today, those entering 3CDC’s new office are greeted with five of Cobb’s vivid paintings as they make their way to the elevator, offering the recent graduate a showcase for his work, and providing 3CDC employees and visitors with something other than a plain white wall to look at as they arrive at the building.

“My hope is that this partnership will continue so that many more students can benefit from the experience,” Benjamin said. “I also hope that 3CDC benefits from the exposure to the intense creativity happening on the other side of the block.”

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About the Art Academy of Cincinnati

The Art Academy of Cincinnati, established in 1869, is an independent college of art and design located in historic Over-The-Rhine at 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Degrees granted are the Associate of Science in Graphic Design, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in seven visual arts disciplines, and the Master of Arts in Art Education. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Art Academy is a charter member of NASAD. The Art Academy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a charter member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. The Art Academy’s Community Education department offers extensive visual arts courses and workshops to children, teens and adults, including an award-winning summer camp. For more information, visit www.artacademy.edu.

 About 3CDC

3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance organization focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community. 3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 3CDC 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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Cincinnati: Kids Get FREE Admission to Newport Aquarium

Shark Walk Newport Aquarium

Shark Walk Newport Aquarium

NEWPORT, Ky. — Newport Aquarium is making a splash this summer with the return of its Summer Family Hours promotion, when up to two children (ages 2-12) receive FREE* admission between 4-7 p.m. with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket.

This family-favorite offer is available for purchase online only, at newportaquarium.com, for visits now through Aug. 31, Sundays through Fridays.

Guests will have even more opportunities to enjoy a million gallons of fun as Newport Aquarium has extended its operating hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. now through Aug. 31. With the earlier opening time, the daily Penguin Parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. during this period.

There is always more new to see and do at Newport Aquarium and 2015 has proven to be no exception with the addition of three exciting new features:

·         Newport Aquarium dares guests to cross the world’s first and only Shark Bridge, a 75-foot-long rope bridge that hangs just inches above nearly two dozen sharks.

·         Shark Bridge provides guests extraordinary views of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit’s 385,000-gallon tank, which features seven species of shark, including Newport Aquarium’s newest addition – extremely rare scalloped hammerhead sharks.

·         Newport Aquarium guests can get eye to eye with adorable Asian small-clawed otters, exotic yellow tree monitors and panther chameleon lizards, as well as Thunder the 100-year-old alligator snapping turtle at the all-new Canyon Falls exhibit.

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

*This special offer cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, 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 is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find them on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium to Release Sparky, a Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

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Clearwater, FL (June 1, 2015)Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), a marine life rescue center, has rehabilitated a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named ‘Sparky’ and will be releasing it on Tuesday, June 2 on Clearwater Beach behind the Sandpearl Resort at 10.30am.

Sparky was brought to Clearwater Marine Aquarium on January 21, 2015, rescued by one of CMA’s divers who discovered him floating 22 miles offshore, west of Clearwater Pass. Upon intake, it was noted that Sparky was missing his right rear flipper (potential birth defect) and had a small abrasion on the top of his head.  He was also suffering from nutritional issues.

Nutrition was provided to Sparky through an IV solution named Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) which provides all nutrition, or total nutrition, intravenously.  The formula contains protein, carbohydrates, glucose, fat, vitamins, and minerals and is applied to injured or chronically ill sea turtles that are unable to eat in the traditional manner.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium has pioneered the use of this treatment in sea turtles, which is also often used in human patients.

As CMA dealt with Sparky’s nutrition issues, it was discovered that he had a slight case of pneumonia, which required a medical regimen to treat. Sparky now has a clean bill of health and is ready for release back into the Gulf of Mexico.

Since 2010, CMA has provided medical care to 379 sea turtles.  This is the 11th sea turtle CMA has released in 2015. Duke Energy helps support Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program.

Turtle release details:

– Media and the public are invited to attend the release on Clearwater Beach at Sandpearl Resort.  Please arrive by 10.30 am, June 2.

– Media should inform the Sandpearl Resort valet they are covering the Clearwater Marine Aquarium turtle release.

Sea Turtle Nesting Update: To date, Clearwater Marine Aquarium has located 24 loggerhead nests this season, which began May 1 and concludes the end of October.

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About Clearwater Marine Aquarium:      
We believe in preserving our marine life and environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working marine rescue center dedicated to preserving our marine life and environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release.  CMA is home to rescue dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter, the dolphin’s story of survival after injury that caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, was released in September 2014 and features the incredible story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA. The mission and potential to change people’s lives differentiates Clearwater Marine Aquarium from any other aquarium in the world.

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Michigan: Berlin Raceway 4 Ticket Special $44 @usfg

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Berlin Raceway located in Marne, MI (Just outside of Grand Rapids) is a premier short track featuring 7 classes of cars, in addition to visiting series such as ARCA, CRA, Must See Xtreme Sprints and others.
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The Track is a 7/16 Mile oval and has been in operation since 1950 and has featured some of the biggest names in motorsports over the years. Watch stock cars, modified and sprint cars battle head to head and cheer on your favorite driver. Berlin is a family friendly environment and is a great way to have some fun outside and an affordable cost. Berlin’s Mascot Horsepower is always there to greet kids and fans of all ages. Come out of a fun night of racing this Spring and Summer at Berlin!

Berlin Raceway Special!!! 4 Tickets, Hot dogs and Drinks for a fun Family Day out only $44! 
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Legoland Hotel in Florida Makes Its Long Awaited Debut May 15, 2015

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Interactive 152-Room Hotel Features a Number of LEGOLAND® Firsts Including the World’s First LEGO® Friends Suite and Master Model Builder Workshop

Winter Haven, FL (May 15, 2015) – LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort opened today, marking the expansion of the resort to become an immersive, multi-day experience for families.  The grand opening was honored with thousands of colorful LEGO® minifigures blasting out of cannons atop the hotel and a child discovering a key to open the hotel built for kids.

The new LEGOLAND Hotel debuts several features unique to LEGOLAND Florida Resort.The Hotel offers the only LEGO Friends themed guest rooms in the U.S., and the only LEGO Friends themed suite in the world. Based on the popular LEGO Friends product line, this room theme is closely modeled after the five LEGO Friends personalities: Olivia, Stephanie, Emily, Mia and Andrea.

LEGOLAND Hotel is also offering Hotel guests exclusive access to a Master Model Builder Workshop by being the first LEGOLAND Resort to move its Model Shop inside the Hotel. Hotel guests will be able to build side-by-side with a Master Model Builder during daily build sessions.

LEGOLAND FLORIDA HOTEL OPENS

“LEGOLAND Florida Resort is continuously expanding, making it an awesome place for families with children to stay for multiple days. The addition of LEGOLAND Hotel makes that possible,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort Adrian Jones. “The hotel is a fully immersive experience, with a number of exclusive features unique to LEGOLAND Florida Resort and we’re excited to welcome families to stay and play with us for the first time in Florida!”

LEGOLAND Hotel features 152 guest rooms and suites across four themes: Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure, and LEGO Friends. Guests of the Hotel also enjoy early access to LEGOLAND Florida Resort, free full breakfast daily, interactive play areas, daily and nightly entertainment, disco elevator, resort pool and much more.

Each room sleeps up to five, and offers a king-sized bed for adults and a separate sleeping area for up to three children, featuring a bunk bed and a trundle bed, as well as two flat panel TVs. VIP Suites feature a king bed, a living room, pull out sofa, kids’ play area and three flat panel TVs. Suites can sleep up to nine people. All rooms and suites feature LEGO models and a treasure chest, which can be unlocked only by completing a hotel scavenger hunt.

Room rates begin at $219 per night. To make a reservation, visit LEGOLANDHotel.com.

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Frugal Travel: Make Your Own Crayon Box

Travel Crayon Container

Travel Crayon Container

We are heading to Cedar Point this weekend and traveling with 4 kiddos can sometimes be a complete joy, others not so much! So I like to prepare and one thing I do is make things to keep them busy! My girls love to color and make great mater pieces so crayons are a must have in the car.

But your typical crayon box gets demolished in one trip, so I like to find alternatives to keeping our crayons together and not on my van floor! Plus finding new ways to reuse things we would typically throw in the trash, makes us extra happy to recycle!

This is what you will need:

That’s about it! Pretty simple project clean and add crayons! Great item to take with us in the car, at a restaurant or just anytime you need a crayon!!

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Beautiful Views on the @MillerBoatLine to See Put-In-Bay

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When visiting Put-In-Bay you must ride the Miller Boat Line Ferry. The ferry makes trips every half an hour to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) & Middle Bass Island from Catawba, Ohio all day everyday! Miller Boat Line offers a great view and easy transportation between the islands and mainland.

miller boat line 2When we arrived at the Ferry drop off area I had never been there before, so I was not really sure what to do or where to go! I asked the extremely helpful and sweet ladies working the ticket booth my many, many questions! Things like what is there to see and where are the best places to take the kiddos and of course the most important, what’s there to eat! She recommended several places to visit and then offer me the Travels Guide, which is chalked full of great stuff! I wasn’t sure if we should bring our van, she said it was no problem to take our van but suggested riding the tram to get a scenic informative tour of Put In Bay. So we left our van at the drop off parking lot and walked onto the ferry! It was a great choice!

My girls were so excited to ride along the top of the ferry getting a great view of the water and even doing their own reenactment of the Titanic by leaning against the rails screaming, KING OF THE WORLD! Weather permitting this is the way to go! I think riding along in the van would have been a lot less enjoyable! The fresh cool air blowing in our faces and seeing the other islands and boats splashing around, has to be viewed from outside your vehicle! The ride was extremely smooth and very few bumps during the docking! These guys know what they were doing!

Fun Facts about Lake Erie:
Did you know that Lake Erie is the 4th largest Great Lake but smallest in depth and the 11th largest in the world! While on the water keep an eye out for the 40 foot monster that is suggested to live in Lake Erie and of all the 4 Great Lakes, Lake Erie produces more fish each year for human consumption than any other Lake!

History about Miller Boat Lines:
In 1971 Lee Miller appointed Bill Market to take over as manager of the boat line. Market, a fourth generation islander, had miller boat line put in bayworked for Millers as a purser and deckhand since 1954. With the loss of young Bill Miller, who also was Market’s best friend, Market became captain of the vessel William M Miller. When Lee passed away in 1973, Mary Miller asked Market to take over operations of the company.

Put-in-Bay’s growth and rebounding popularity became apparent in the 1970’s. Local residents and developers began to preserve and showcase the fine private homes and downtown buildings, many of which had fallen into disrepair. Historic buildings such as the Colonial, Park Hotel, Blacksmith Shop, Crescent, and Round House were restored and upgraded.

Funding began to flow into the DeRivera Park, South Bass Island State Park, and infrastructure. The 1970’s high water erosion of the shoreline surrounding the Perry’s Monument (National Park) was alleviated with the construction of the unique concave concrete breakwall on either side of the memorial grounds. Put-in-Bay began to move in fast-forward, and tourism became the island’s economic mainstay.

Prices:
Fees are reasonable and well worth the view while floating along the water to visit the other islands.

Adult $7.00
Child (6-11yrs.) $1.50
Child (under 6yrs.) Free
Bicycle $2.00
Car* $15.00
Motorcycle* $15.00

Find Miller Boat Line:

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Ways to Save on Your Miller Ferry Trip to Put-in-Bay:

Sign up for their Free E-newsletter “Your Island News“ for Island events, specials offers, and coupons.

The Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center Route 53, six miles south of the Miller Ferry Catawba Dock. This Welcome Center offers maps, lodging info, displays and video, last minute travel tips, restaurants, area events info and more Put-in-Bay discounts. Purchase your tickets in advance at the Welcome Center and receive $1.00 Off your Adult Put-in-Bay fare. 800-441-1271. The “Lake Erie Shores and Islands Travel Planner” Show your Shore Savings Card and receive $1.00 Off Adult Round Trip Passenger fare to Put-in-Bay. To receive your free Visitor’s Guide call 800-255-3743. Download the Shore Savings Card directly at SHORESandISLANDS.com.

On DiscoverOhio.com you will find a printable $1.00 Off Coupon for Adult Put-in-Bay Passenger round trip fare aboard Miller Ferry.

Active Military Personnel Please show your military card at the ticket booth for your $2.00 off adult round trip savings.

Find Put-In-Bay coupons here for other activities and places to eat!

So if you haven’t figured it out yet, we absolutely loved the ferry ride and are already planning our next trip. The staff was amazing and very helpful! No matter how silly your question may seem they were very informative and willing to direct you where to go! Stop by and check it out next time you are visiting the area!

I received tickets to ride the Miller Boat Line Ferry in order to conduct this review. No other compensation was received and as always my opinion is 100% my own.

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Cincinnati: Bunbury Music Festival June 5-6, 2015

Bunbury Music Festival 2015

Bunbury Music Festival 2015

Bunbury Music Festival Announces 2015 Artist Lineup CINCINNATI

 PromoWest Productions announced today the 2015 lineup for Bunbury Music Festival, set to take place in downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove June 5-7. The festival will feature an eclectic lineup spanning three days and four stages. The 2015 lineup features national, regional and local acts including The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dogg, Brand New, Tame Impala, The Decemberists, Old Crow Medicine Show, twenty one pilots, Walk the Moon, Matt and Kim, Bleachers, Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra, Father John Misty, Atmosphere, Temples, Shakey Graves, Kacey Musgraves, The Devil Makes Three, Reverend Horton Heat, Lindsey Stirling, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Jamestown Revival, Mikky Ekko, The
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Mini Mansion, The Front Bottoms, Jessica Hernandez, Secret Sisters, Lil Dicky,  Machineheart, Multimagic, Buggs Tha Rocka, Go Analog, Bummers, Indigo Wild, Markham, & more.

Bunbury Music Festival celebrates its fourth year in 2015 and will transform the banks of the Ohio River into a vibrant music festival experience. With the recent acquisition by PromoWest Productions, Scott Stienecker, festival owner, says, “We are very excited to host the festival this year. We are confident that this year’s lineup will help take it to the next level.” Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. For ticket information and pricing visit BunburyFestival.com/tickets.

BEE a VIP:
VIP tickets include an exclusive viewing area at the main and secondary stages, access to an air – conditioned hospitality tent with private bar, restrooms, surprise artist performances, meet & greets, complimentary massages and more.

BEE a Vendor:
Applications are being accepted for local and regional vendors. The festival offers a vast array of options for vendors including tents and booth space in front of 20,000 to 30,000 people daily plus receiving additional awareness through the Bunbury website and other promotional activities. Vendor applications and more information are available at bunburyfestival.com/participate/vendors.

BEE a Volunteer:
Applications are being accepted for volunteer positions. There is no application fee, multiple shifts are offered (morning, afternoon, evening) and opportunities include beverage sales, box office/gates, bullpen, clean team, greeters, information/lost and found, volunteer headquarters and team leaders. Regardless of when and where volunteers work, their role is critical to the success of the festival. Not all applicants are guaranteed selection.

Applications and more information are available at bunburyfestival.com/participate/volunteersopen.

BEE a Sponsor:
Activation space and sponsorship packages are still available. Please contact Becky Long at Becky@promowestlive.com.

BEE There:
Bunbury Music Festival: Friday & Saturday, June 5 & 6: 1pm– midnight and Sunday, June 7: 2– 11pm more

About Bunbury Music Festival:
Bunbury Music Festival is an alternative music festival that will feature three days of performances on four stages throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove June 5 – 7, 2015. Bunbury returns to Cincinnati for its fourth year following critical acclaim from USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music. About PromoWest Productions: PromoWest Productions, having just celebrated its 30 – year anniversary in 2014, currently offers Columbus, Ohio, over 450 events a year at its venues LC Pavilion, Newport Music Hall, The Basement and A&R Music Bar. PromoWest opened the country’s second indoor/outdoor concert venue, Stage AE,
in downtown Pittsburgh in 2010. For more information on PromoWest, visit www.promowestlive.com. All artists are subject to change without notice.

www.bunburyfestival.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bunburyfestival
Twitter: @bunburyfestival

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Central Florida Attractions ON SALE during Spring Break 2015…and Beyond!

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Florida Residents SAVE up to 50% off General Admission at

Gatorland, Medieval Times, Wild Florida and Old Town

(ORLANDO, Fl.)—In a continuing effort to keep theme park prices extremely affordable for Florida residents and families, Old Town, Wild Florida, Medieval Times and Gatorland are slashing prices on the following admissions and activities during Spring Break 2015 and beyond:

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GATORLAND®, the Alligator Capital of the World, is offering a 50% OFF Florida Resident Special through April 30, 2015.

  • Adults–$13.50 per person

  • Children (3-12)–$9.50 per person

  • Seniors (55+)–$10.80 per person

  • $29.99 zip line special

  • Florida residents will also be allowed to apply the cost of their admission towards the purchase of an annual pass which includes up to 50% off Adventure Hour, Off Rookie Wrestlin’ Experience, Gift Shop purchases and Food & Beverage

  • Free Photographers Pass for professionals and bird enthusiasts who enter the park by 7:30 am Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Photographers may stay until dusk at no charge on Saturdays only through June 14

  • Call (800) 393-JAWS for restrictions and more information

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MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT®, which offers guests a thrilling, action-packed entertainment experience inspired by the medieval tradition of royal families inviting guests to a festival and feast to watch knights compete on horseback, if offering a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE admission through April 30, 2015.

  • Admission includes two-hour tournament and four-course medieval feast

  • Call 888-WE-JOUST or log on to http://www.medievaltimes.com to book reservation using promo code BOGOFL

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WILD FLORIDA AIRBOAT TOURS AND WILDLIFE PARK, Orlando’s only Airboat Ride & Wildlife Park experience, is offering significant discounts through March 31.

  • $8 off all Wildlife Park admissions

  • $10 off all Airboat Tours (minimum 1 hour)

  • Call 407-957-3135 to book reservation using promo code VOWFDEAL

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OLD TOWN, a walking district containing a unique collection of 70 shops, dining options, family-friendly amusements and weekly classic car cruises, is offering ‘unlimited’ discounts and slashing prices on nightlife options.

  • $10 unlimited rides on Happy Days Extreme Bumper Cars and Laser Blast attractions

  • $25 scream break package to Legends’ A Haunting at Old Town haunted house (7-8 pm) AND Legends’ Ghosts of Old Town Walking Tour (9:30 pm) March 24-26. Reservations required: 407-883-0859

Certain restrictions apply to ALL offers. Blackout dates may apply. Must show proof of Florida residency (valid ID) to redeem ALL offers. Call Candice Coleman, Director of Public Relations, at 314-606-1167 for more information.

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About GATORLAND

Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining “Old Florida” charm with exciting new exhibits and entertainment. The park opened as a roadside attraction in 1949. Today, it provides affordably-priced family fun featuring thousands of alligators, crocodiles, a free flight aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs, Gatorland award-winning gift shop, Florida’s best train ride, restaurant, Gator Gully Splash Park and one-of-a-kind shows including the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, Gator Jumparoo, and the ‘Up-Close Encounter’ shows. And don’t miss the world’s largest collection of giant white alligators in the new White Gator Swamp and the all new Screamin’ Gator Zip Line featuring over 1,200 feet of high flying thrills, five intense zip lines and a massive 150-foot suspension bridge. For more information about “Orlando’s only theme park with BITE and ATTITUDE,” visit us online at www.gatorland.com or call 800-393-JAWS.

About Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament:

The concept of an 11th century-style dinner attraction was first launched in 1973 on the Spanish island of Majorca. Ten years later Medieval Times opened its first dinner attraction in Kissimmee, Fla. This thrilling, action-packed entertainment experience was inspired by the true medieval tradition of royal families inviting guests to a festival and feast to watch knights compete on horseback. Now regarded as North America’s longest running and most popular dinner attraction,

almost 50 million guests have experienced Medieval Times at all nine locations, which include castles in Buena Park, Calif., Orlando, Fla.; Schaumburg, Ill., Hanover, Md., Lyndhurst, N.J.; Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dallas, Tex., Atlanta, Ga. and Toronto, Ont., Canada. In 2007, Medieval Times moved its North American headquarters to Irving, Texas, close to the company’s Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Tex.

About Wild Florida Airboat & Wildlife Park
Wild Florida Airboat & Wildlife Park is a 13-acre paradise located at the headwaters of the Everglades, along the beautiful shores of Lake Cypress in Central Florida. Founded in 2010, the family-owned and operated airboat company and wildlife park features a wide variety of animal interactions including the Columbia Tamarin, South American Sloth, Red Ruff Lemur, and the American Alligator.  This natural sanctuary also features a free-flight tropical bird aviary, hands-on alligator shows, hundreds of native and exotic animals, reptiles and birds in a lush, naturally protected swamp-like environment. For more information on Wild Florida Airboat Rides or the Adventure Park visit www.wildfloridairboats.com or call (407) 957-3135.

About OLD TOWN

Old Town is a walking district containing a unique collection of shops, dining options and family-friendly amusements.If you speak to a car enthusiast about a visit to Central Florida, they’ll most likely direct you to visit Old Town to see the weekly classic car cruises. The brick streets come alive for the Saturday Nite Cruise, where people line the sidewalks to admire the parade of pre-1975 hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Live music sets a tone for the cruise down memory lane with oldies bands appearing on Old Town’s main stage.In addition, Friday nights are home to the All American Muscle Car Cruise featuring show-quality American “muscle cars” and classics from 1988 and older.

But the cruises aren’t the only fun found here, as any day of the week is sure to please as you explore this slice of Americana, discovering kid-friendly rides, go-karts, a haunted house, themed restaurants, nightlife, an arcade and a mix of shopping that is sure to deliver a variety of souvenirs to take back home.

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Newport Aquarium Debuts #KevinBacon King Penguin

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Newport Aquarium treats third graders on field trip to surprise announcement

Third king penguin chick hatched at Aquarium in less than 12 months

NEWPORT, Ky. — Newport Aquarium announced to a group of schoolchildren Tuesday the addition of a baby king penguin that hatched inside the Kroger Penguin Palooza exhibit.

Third-grade students from St. Francis de Sales School in Lebanon, Ohio, went on a field trip to Newport Aquarium and took an “All About Penguins” class ran by the WAVE Foundation’s Manager of Education Programs Dan Dunlap.

At the end of the class, Dunlap revealed to the schoolchildren that a king penguin chick hatched on the afternoon of Feb. 7. Senior biologists Dan Clady and Jen Hazeres were stationed inside the cold-penguin exhibit and displayed the chick for the students to see following the announcement.

The king penguin chick has been affectionately named Kevin Bacon in reference to the renowned actor’s 1980 film “Friday the 13th” – the young bird’s due date.

Bebe (father) and Wednesday (mother) are the biological parents of Kevin Bacon, the second chick the couple has reproduced in the less than a year after a pair of chicks hatched simultaneously May 24, 2014.

Kevin Bacon is the second third-generation king penguin that has hatched at Newport Aquarium. Wednesday was the last king penguin hatched at the aquarium in 2010, before the cold penguin exhibit was renovated and reopened as Kroger Penguin Palooza in March 2011.

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Kevin Bacon initially weighed in at 225 grams and has grown to more than 2.5 pounds (1,188 grams) as of Feb. 24.

Guests can catch a glimpse of the chick inside the Kroger Penguin Palooza while the parents share rearing duties.

Newport Aquarium is one of only 16 institutions in the United States to exhibit king penguins, the second largest species of penguin in the world with adults growing to more than three feet in height.

The successful breeding of three king penguins from one institution over a nearly nine-month span is a rarity. There has been an average of only 14 king penguin hatchings annually over the last 10 years at Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions in the U.S.

Newport Aquarium has exhibited king penguins since the Northern Kentucky attraction first opened to the public in May 1999, originally exhibiting king penguins acquired from Adventure World near Shirahama, Japan.

Kroger Penguin Palooza features 50 birds that form one of the most diverse collections of penguins in the country. With the addition to Kevin Bacon, there are 13 king penguins in total, as well as chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni and rockhopper penguins. A sixth penguin species, the African penguin, is also on exhibit at Newport Aquarium in The Penguin House.

King penguin facts:

• With their fluffy brown appearance, king penguin chicks look so dissimilar to adult king penguins that early explorers described them as an entirely different species, the woolly penguin.

• King penguins are one of the few birds that do not build nests. Instead, they incubate their eggs under the belly on top of their feet.

• King penguins can be found in the waters of the sub-Antarctic. They breed on many of the sub-Antarctic islands, such as South Georgia, Crozet, the Falklands, and the islands southeast of Australia and southwest of New Zealand.

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

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