I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Theater Thursday: The Big Apple Circus

We were given complimentary tickets to the Big Apple Circus for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: The Big Apple Circus

Where: Damrosch Park
             Lincoln Center
             62nd Street
             New York, NY

Who: All ages

When: Through January 30, 2022



The Big Apple Circus may have new ownership but it's as diverse as ever. This year's cast consists of performers from all over the world including a ringmaster that is a little person and a female juggler. Other acts include a cute dog act, a death-defying magician who performs a couple of Houdini's famous escape tricks, and the world-famous Wallenda highwire walkers, the latter of whom now own the circus. 


This year's show is said to be all about making the impossible possible. However, it is not clear how that makes this year different. Circus performers are always performing incredible feats that seem impossible to the average person. That is the nature of the genre. 


A welcome addition to this year's show is the videos that introduce each performer. It is nice to get to know a little bit about them and why they decided to become circus performers. It makes the show seem a little more intimate.    


The show feels shorter than in other years although it's actually still about the same length of time approximately two hours. Perhaps, it's just that it's so exciting that it goes by in the blink of an eye. In any case, now that circuses seem to be a dying art, it's nice that there is still at least one fun circus around that anyone of any age can enjoy.



And that's our view. For more about The Big Apple Circus or to purchase tickets, visit https://bigapplecircus.com/

Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Topgolf Swing Suite

We were given complimentary access to Topgolf Swing Suite at iPlay America for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Topgolf Swing Suite

Where: iPlay America
             110 Schank Rd. 
             Freehold, NJ

Who: All ages



Topgolf Swing Suite is more than just a virtual golf game. It's a completely immersive experience in which you can virtually participate in not just golf but numerous other sports as well including baseball, hockey, dodgeball, and many more. There are even virtual carnival games to participate in including the one where you throw darts at balloons and the one where you knock things down by throwing balls at them. 


You don't have to be good at sports to participate in and enjoy these virtual games. You don't even have to like sports. Our family is probably one of the least athletic in the world. Our favorite sport to participate in is probably spectating, but we still had a ton of fun participating in many of the sports and games offered at Topgolf Swing Suite.


If you are still afraid to go out and mingle in a crowd, you don't have to worry about that here. Each group gets its own self-contained suite.  It includes comfortable seating as well as a table and all the equipment you will need to participate in any virtual sport or game offered at Topgolf Swing Suite. You don't even have to leave to get anything to eat or drink, you can order both food and drinks right from your suite and have it delivered by a member of the iPlay America wait staff. 


All in all visiting Topgolf Swing Suite is a lot of fun. It is sort of like a cross between stepping into a video game and never leaving your couch. It's definitely an experience anyone can enjoy.


For more about Topgolf Swing Suite, visit www.iplayamerica.com/topgolf-swing-suite-at-iplay-america/. For more about iPlay America in general, see our previous posts Where-To-Go Wednesday -  iPlay AmericaWhere-To-Go Wednesday - iPlay American After DarkWhere-To-Go Wednesday - iPlay America Birthday Parties, and Where-To-Go Wednesday - Bill's Garage and/or visit www.iplayamerica.com. For more about Topgolf Swing Suite in general or to find a location near you, visit swingsuite.topgolf.com


Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Giveaway: Win an e-book of Intriguing Escapades by Linda Weaver Clarke in the Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Thankful For Books Giveaway Hop

There are so many reasons to be thankful for books. One of the great things about them is they take us away to exciting places that we may never have a chance to visit in real-life. In Linda Weaver Clarke's John and Julia Evans series intrepid reporter, Julia and her loyal husband, John have solved mysteries in a number of different exotic locales. Clarke's latest book in the series revolves around the Evans three grown daughters April and twins, Faith and Sharlene. Instead of one mystery that runs throughout the book as in the previous volumes in the series, this book revolves around a series of short mysteries. Of course, as in any Linda Weaver Clarke book, there is always plenty of romance too! For more about this book, see our previous post Tips for Tuesday - Books: Intriguing Escapades. Enter below to win a digital copy of this book.

Giveaway Dates 11/24 - 11/30

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+
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Once you have entered our giveaway, hop around to the other blogs listed below to see what other great books and/or book related prizes you can enter to win. Disclaimer: Hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self-sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.