LEGO Friends Revealed as the Final Room Theme at LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

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The only LEGO® Friends rooms in the United States, and the only LEGO Friends suite in the world is coming to LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.  The announcement came at a New York City event where a curtain dropped and the last of four highly-themed room designs was revealed. 

Guests at the event experienced the fourth theme first-hand by stepping into a life-size replica of the children’s sleeping area of the room.  The highly detailed room model included a bunk bed with a trundle bed, TV, LEGO Models, and a treasure chest.  SGA Production Services in Orlando, FL created the replica, closely following the plans for the actual Hotel rooms.

The popular LEGO Friends toy line is also the inspiration for Heartlake City, a new land coming to both LEGOLAND Florida Resort and LEGOLAND® California Resort this summer.  The new land in Florida includes a new ride themed to Mia’s love of horses: Mia’s Riding Adventure, plus a new interactive show called “Friends to the Rescue” as well as Stephanie’s News Room and shops inside Heartlake Mall.

LEGOLAND Hotel is opening on May 15, 2015.  To book a room, visit:  LEGOLANDHotel.com.  

Museum’s Leonardo da Vinci Society presents Ocean Discovery on April 16, 2015

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The Museum of Discovery and Science’s Leonardo da Vinci Society presents: Ocean Discovery in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, on Thursday, April 26, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Museum of Discovery and Science.  Guests will enjoy cocktails, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

The evening will begin with a welcome reception and Conservation Village at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation on Ocean Research and Ways to Conserve Our Oceans and The Species Therein at 7 p.m. by Antonio Fins, Executive Director of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The presentation will be followed by a screening of the MacGillivray Freeman film, Humpack Whales, in the Museum’s Keller Science Theater.

Antonio Fins stated, “The decisions we make, however seemingly small, can have a huge, positive impact on our blue planet”.  Conservation Village partners include Florida Fishing Academy, Shark One, Mahogany Youth – Youth, Ladies Let’s Go Fishing , Seakeepers International and  Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP).

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation provides marine science education materials and presentations to schools and community groups all around the world. Guy’s artwork and research expeditions provide the backdrop for entertaining and educational curriculum for any grade or age level. From ­fish identi­fication posters to sustainable seafood guides and from ­films documenting Guy’s research to interactive online presentations with shark researchers, the

GHOF brings the underwater world to students young and old to communities around the world.

About Antonio Fins

Antonio Fins is the executive director of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.  The foundation was created four years ago by famed marine scientist and artist Guy Harvey. The organization supports improved marine fisheries and ocean conservation. Antonio’s role is to lead advocacy, education and outreach efforts.

Prior to joining the Guy Harvey team, Antonio was the editorial page editor at the Sun Sentinel newspaper. He directed the newspaper’s editorial board and oversaw its newsprint and online editions. Antonio’s 15-year career at the Sun Sentinel began in 1997 as a senior business writer. He got his start in journalism as a correspondent for Business Week magazine. Antonio received his bachelor degree in journalism and political science from the University of Miami. He was awarded a PhD. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Leonardo Da Vinci Society

The Leonardo da Vinci Society (LDVS) is an individual giving society established by the Museum of Discovery and Science in 1993.  It is the Museum’s prestigious group of individual donors whose involvement reflects a shared belief in the importance of science education.  The members of this special group of donors play a vital role in the life of the Museum by serving as unofficial ambassadors with the expanded knowledge gained through behind-the-scenes tours, special lectures and events. For more information contact Robyn Harper 954.713-0906 rharper@mods.net

About the Museum of Discovery and Science

The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 450,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: Broward Health, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun Sentinel and Wells Fargo.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. Exhibit Admission prices are $14 for adults; $13 seniors; $12 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org

Vote for Jackson Hole Gravlax in Best B&B Breakfast Competition

The NCAA Basketball Tournament has it’s Sweet Sixteen during March Madness®, so why not hold a Sweet Sixteen of the best B&B breakfasts in America this month as well? That’s exactly what BedandBreakfast.com has decided to do, with the public ultimately determining the winner in head to head competition taking place this week and into April on their Facebook site.

Among the 16 finalists is a dish called ‘Jackson Hole Gravlax’, a Wyoming twist on cured and spiced Scandinavian-style salmon, submitted by Innkeepers Bob and Virginia Schrader of Jackson Hole’s award-winning Bentwood Inn (http://www.bentwoodinn.com/). A key ingredient is Wyoming Whiskey, a small batch bourbon whiskey distilled, barreled and bottled in nearby Kirby, Wyoming.

“Traditionally cured gravlax has been a family favorite for years and our usual holiday morning breakfast. As we’ve grown to love western culture and cuisine, we sought to “Westernize” the old-style gravlax,” Bob explains.  “Cilantro and jalapeno were a given but didn’t blend with traditional dill and the juniper imparted by gin.  When we discovered locally distilled Wyoming Whiskey, it proved to be the missing ingredient adding a smoky richness to the gravlax.  Fresh gravlax as one of our daily breakfast offerings is an unexpected luxury for guests.”

Get the recipe: http://www.bentwoodinn.com/notes_from_the_kitchen.html

There were over 70 entries into this year’s competition that will determine the reigning king of the B&B kitchen for 2015.  It took two rounds of judging and voting by officials at BedandBreakfast.com before setting on the 16 finalists. Starting Monday March 23 and each day following, two of the top 16 recipes will go head-to-head in a Facebook vote. The recipe with the most votes in each bracket will move on to the next round of eight, four, and the final two, which will battle it out in a showdown on April 6.  The winner will be announced April 7. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BedandBreakfastcom

Bentwood Inn’s ‘Jackson Hole Gravlax’ will be featured on the BedandBreakfast.com Facebook page (http://a.pgtb.me/n1cQFR) on Sunday, March 29 for the first round of voting. “We are encouraging the local Wyoming community along with anyone who has stayed with us over the years and enjoyed the great breakfasts at The Bentwood to join in the balloting and fun,” adds innkeeper and chef Bob Schrader.

The Bentwood’s chef-prepared gourmet breakfast is legendary. It begins with the welcoming aroma of freshly brewed, locally roasted organic coffee, followed by a mosaic of seasonal fruit, homemade sweet breads and something sizzling on the griddle. Described as “hearty and sumptuous” by Frommer’s Travel Guide, guests are treated to a different menu each morning.

But the culinary experience at The Bentwood goes beyond just a memorable breakfast. At least twice weekly the innkeepers offer a delicious alternative to the many world-class dinner offerings in the Jackson Hole valley. In the intimate log dining room, B&Bers can enjoy a sumptuous four-course seasonal dinner prepared exclusively for Bentwood guests. Each Bistro Dinner menu is tailored to individual preferences and features seasonal local and organic ingredients such as elk, buffalo and trout.

In January 2015 The Bentwood Inn was named the #2 B&B in the country by the editors of Harper’s Bazaar. In the spring of 2014 the Inn was invited to become a member of the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection, a distinction reserved for premier inns offering extensive amenities and top-rated guest reviews. “These were the latest accolade for Jackson Hole’s most distinctive inn that has been rated among the top properties in Wyoming by Trip Advisor, Outside Magazine and Away.com,” adds innkeeper Schrader.

For more information on the The Bentwood Inn, room availability and reservations please visit: http://www.bentwoodinn.com/, email info@bentwoodinn.com or call 1.307.739.14111.307.739.1411.

Riverwalk Spring Get Downtown returns April 27, 2015

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For its 17th year, Riverwalk looks forward to hosting the Spring Get Downtown at Yolo Plaza on Monday, April 27, 2015. The outdoor event will be from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. As Fort Lauderdale’s largest outdoor cocktail hour, the event will feature flavorful bites from several local restaurants and bars. Admission is free for Riverwalk members and others may attend for a $20 donation. Attendees will receive two drink tickets, enjoy live entertainment, and taste delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres served by some of Fort Lauderdale’s most notable restaurants.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale aims to be a force for connection. In this endeavor, we have several initiatives that draw residents and visitors alike to Riverwalk Park and the Downtown. We rely heavily on the support of our members in hosting many events and overseeing various initiatives. Free admission to our Get Downtown events is just one of the many benefits of becoming a member and supporting our mission. Get Downtown provides attendees with an invaluable opportunity to mingle, network, and enjoy the best of Fort Lauderdale.

Members who will be attending must RSVP to gabrielle@goriverwalk.com by Friday, April 24th. Non-members can purchase tickets for a $20 donation prepaid online until April 26th or for $25 at the door. To purchase your tickets online, go to www.GoRiverwalk.com.

Event sponsors include: YOLO, Stiles, Premier Beverage, Three Olives Vodka, City of Fort Lauderdale, JM Lexus, 93.9 MY FM, Stephens Distributing, Go Riverwalk Magazine, Eye on South Florida, Media Lab, and EDCO Awards & Specialties.

For more information about sponsorship and participation opportunities, contact Event Manager, Cristina Hudson, at cristina@goriverwalk.com or 954.468.1541954.468.1541 ext. 205

Disney Cruise Line to Sail First British Isles Itinerary in 2016

New ports in Scotland, England, Ireland and France join other popular destinations for the summer season

New ports in Scotland, England, Ireland and France join other popular destinations for the summer season

In 2016, Disney Cruise Line is sailing its first British Isles itinerary, visiting Scotland, England, Ireland and France. Throughout the summer of 2016, Disney Cruise Line also will return to Norway, Iceland and ports of call in more than 15 European countries.

In addition to the tour of Europe with limited engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean, Disney Cruise Line will revisit favorite destinations elsewhere around the globe including Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

New British Isles

On June 5, 2016, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Dover, England on its very first British Isles itinerary. The 12-night cruise on the Disney Magic will sail to Invergordon, Kirkwall and Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland; Newcastle and Liverpool, England; Dublin, Ireland; Le Havre (Paris), France; and Guernsey; one of the Channel Islands. All of these, except Kirkwall, are first-time ports of call for Disney Cruise Line.

On this itinerary, guests can explore the majestic beauty of Scotland, experience Highland culture, sample traditional cuisine and spirits, and discover the country’s iconic castles. Elsewhere on the itinerary, guests will experience the merry, cosmopolitan city of Dublin, the culturally rich and romantic Paris, the birthplace of the Beatles and the British Invasion in Liverpool, and the charming countryside of Guernsey.

BubbleBum Credited For Saving Kids Lives In Accident

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It’s a scary encounter and certainly not something anyone plans on. Suddenly your car slips and slides, or out of nowhere another vehicle smacks into you, and the next thing you know you’ve rolled over and are facing oncoming traffic. You’ve been in an crash. Your life flashes before your eyes and your first thought is, are your kids OK in the back?

Kathee from Michigan recently experienced that nightmare while driving her two sons to school in snowy conditions on Interstate 96, a six lane expressway. Cars ahead of her had either rolled over or spun-off the Interstate and one was in her lane. She moved one lane to the left and suddenly a semi-truck in front of her started fishtailing. The next thing she knew her vehicle had done a 180, facing oncoming traffic and was upside down. Her and her precious kids in the back were suspended by their seatbelts.

“I was playing calm mom, but was looking for blood on the ceiling because I knew at least one of us had to have been injured.  I was just trying to hear, as my two boys were talking to me and to each other, what did they see and which kid was going to start screaming first, either from pain, or from seeing a bloody mess,” describes Kathee.

“To my amazement, they wanted to know if they could unbuckle their seatbelts and lower themselves to the ceiling.  There was powdered glass and glass shards everywhere, and I couldn’t see behind me, but I knew they were OK. We were talking about how I didn’t want them to cut themselves on glass and were going to wait for help out of our car.”

An off-duty firefighter came to their rescue. Everyone was OK and her sons even proceeded to go to school that morning.
Kathee adamantly says, “BubbleBum car booster seats had kept my boys safe in a rollover!”

BubbleBum founder Grainne Kelly explains, “The BubbleBum car booster seats that the kids were using protected the children by correctly positioning the adult seatbelt. Seat belts are designed with adults in mind and kids are not small adults as their bodies are proportioned differently. Without the BubbleBum booster seat the seat belt would have had a much greater likelihood to have cut into the soft tissue of the abdomen causing potential life-long injuries.”

“Without seat belts, the passengers in this car would have been like frogs in a cocktail shaker,” adds Kelly.

BubbleBum saved two young lives that shocking morning. Kathee did right by keeping her kids calm and waiting for help. Would you know what to do if you and your kids were in an accident?
Grainne offers tips for what you should do in case you find yourself also experiencing the horrific experience of being in a car accident.

  • No one plans to get in an accident. Before you even start the engine take a little extra time to ensure that everyone is buckled in properly.
  • In the event of a crash, take some deep breaths to calm you down. When you are in a calm state of mind you are in a better position to make decisions and take stock.
  • Without a calm parent talking to the kids to reassure them, the kids even when uninjured could have been traumatized. Kids tend not to get frightened in situations when a parent or loved one appears to be in control, they just need to have confidence in their carer.
  • The safety of everyone is paramount. If the car is not drivable or you are unable to get out of the vehicle, stay there with the seatbelt fastened and hazard lights on until help arrives, and call 911. If you can get out, turn on your hazard lights and keep away from the crash site as further crashes may occur.
  • When you dial 911, you will need to remember WHO, WHAT and WHERE happened. There is a facility on the iPhone to send a text with your location which could be handy in the event of a crash in a location where you are not familiar.
  • Take notes and draw diagrams of the scene, it will make it easier for you to remember when you are talking to the police and your insurance. Insurance companies say that even if you think the crash was your fault it may not have been; therefore, you should never admit fault or blame at the scene.
  • If you are involved in a crash it is best to go and get checked out at the ER, especially after such a serious crash as the shock can numb the pain of injury for a while. Some injuries are not apparent to the naked eye, but medical professionals will be much quicker to spot the telltale signs. A few days after a crash many people start to develop seat belt injuries, which are bruising and abrasions on the bony part of the hips and across the neck, shoulder and thorax. While these can be uncomfortable, they show how the seat belt did a great job in restraining you.
  • Take it easy after a crash for a few days, even if you feel fine. Treat it like major surgery, you wouldn’t jump on a trampoline or go to the gym straight after surgery so best to avoid anything which requires any level of exertion or risk for a few days. Your body and your mind needs time to recover.
  • It is a traumatic experience and there are emotional injuries that are not visible from the outside that can also be debilitating. Even if no one is injured, often the driver will be haunted by ‘what if’ scenarios and may need to speak to a professional to get help. Not everyone who experiences stress after a trauma has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but it is important to be aware of the signs. For more information on PTSD visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml.

 BubbleBum is the award-winning portable, lightweight, inflatable booster seat for kids ages 4-11. It easily deflates and folds flat so that kids or parents can carry it in backpacks or mom’s purse, making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis, buses, school trips, carpooling and due to its narrow design, you can fit 3 car seats across the backseat.

BubbleBum was founded by Safekids USA Certified CPST Grainne Kelly from Northern Ireland. Grainne believes that every child deserves to be protected and safe while parents should be able to do just that with convenience and ease. Convenience without compromising on safety.

‘Like’ BubbleBum on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @BubbleBumUSA. Learn more at www.bubblebum.us.

New Travel App Like Touring Death Valley with a Ranger in the Car

Imagine touring Death Valley National Park with a park ranger telling stories about what you are seeing, and pointing out things you might otherwise miss.

Thanks to a new travel app for smartphones that figuratively acts like a ride-along tour guide, road trips to Death Valley will never be the same.

Just Ahead (http://www.justahead.com/) has released a new audio travel guide app that makes vacationers feel like they have a national park ranger along for the ride. The Just Ahead travel app works without cell service and turns GPS-driven smartphones into an audio tour guide of the 3.4-million-acre Death Valley National Park (and many other destinations). This app recently garnered the Best Travel App award from the North American Travel Journalists Association.

Bob Howells, a contributor to Outside Magazine and National Geographic, provided the content for Just Ahead’s Death Valley audio tour guide. Howells is a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing. He also co-authored National Geographic’s Secrets of the National Parks.

The Just Ahead app and Death Valley guide let visitors listen to hours of informative and entertaining stories while driving through the park at their own pace. Just Ahead’s hands-free driving tour covers more than 300 miles of Death Valley roads and hundreds of attractions and points of interest. Both the National Park Service and the Death Valley Natural History Association have approved the guide.

Just Ahead utilizes GPS technology to know exactly where drivers are on the road, and delivers stories and maps relevant to their location. Just Ahead also helps drivers avoid getting lost by providing helpful suggested directions. Just Ahead tells drivers why they should turn or not, what they should do after a turn, and the best direction to take if there are multiple route options.

A small sampling of the stories and sights in Just Ahead’s Death Valley Guide:

  • Darwin Falls: The World’s Least-Likely Waterfall
  • Ubehebe Crater: Mars on Earth
  • From Spartacus to Star Wars: Death Valley’s Hidden Movie Sites
  • The Scotty’s Castle Tour Everyone Should Take (But Few Do)
  • Strolling Badwater, Lowest Place in the Western Hemisphere
  • Where to Camp When It’s Too Hot to Camp
  • Panamint Valley: Death Valley’s Overlooked Twin
  • The Charcoal Kilns: Not Built By Aliens (But They Look Like It)
  • Wild Burros, Kit Foxes, Coyotes, Sidewinders, and Other Critters to Watch For

Howells has also written and compiled a series of helpful trip-planning articles that serve as a free pre-trip companion to Just Ahead’s Death Valley audio tour guide. The Death Valley trip-planning guide, posted on the Just Ahead blog, covers the best time to visit Death Valley, how much time you should spend in the park, the best way to prepare for your trip, how to get to there, where to camp—and for those who prefer a roof over their heads—the best places to stay.

“We seek to make the world a better place by educating and entertaining visitors to the most beautiful and amazing places the world has to offer,” said Just Ahead founder Gregory Morse. “We believe that people who are informed are more likely to value, preserve, and support these special places.”

As of early spring 2015, Just Ahead apps are available for the following parks: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion and Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley. An additional 12 national park guides are in production and are expected out in time for the busy summer travel season. They include Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Petrified Forest, Canyon De Chelly, Monument Valley, and Mesa Verde.

The Just Ahead app is a free download, and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase. Guides range from $4.99 – $9.99 and include a free trial and free guide updates.

About Just Ahead
The Just Ahead mobile app turns your smartphone into a hands-free audio guide to the most beautiful places on earth by delivering professionally written and narrated audio tours to vacationers who want an informed travel experience as they drive.

Just Ahead’s award-winning audio guides work without an Internet connection or phone service and use a smartphone’s GPS to deliver hands-free, customized audio tours based on a vehicle’s location. The guides and built-in maps also provide helpful suggested directions, and offer more points of interest and stories than any other GPS audio travel apps. Ideal for families, Just Ahead’s audio guides help create shared experiences, conversations, and memories that will last a lifetime. The Just Ahead app is a free download, and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase that includes free guide updates.

For more information, please visit: http://www.justahead.com.