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The Big Bounce America Review

Big Bounce America Review

A Fun Day for ALL!

I’m always looking for fun activities to do with my kids.  We are outside people who enjoy being active.  When I saw Big Bounce America on Facebook, I knew I had to check it out.  My 4-year-old daughter and I attended the Big Bounce America today and it was awesome, she had a blast!  She was able to jump, run and play all day.  She was so tired when we left I had to carry her to the car and she fell asleep in my arms.    It was a fun, different way to spend our Saturday.  Before I get into all the fun details of the day, I will go over some basic info.  The Big Bounce America is the largest bounce house in the world. It is a multi-colored castle with 10,000 square feet of bouncing fun! It’s on tour and will be located at Long Island Sports Park in Calverton June 22nd-June 25th and June 27th- July 1st.  Tickets range from $11-$18 with an additional $7 for all day fun at the Bounce Village.

The bounce sessions are split up into age groups.  I think spitting the age groups was a great way to promote fun and safety for all ages.  The sessions are and hour long and split as follows:

Toddler sessions are for children aged 3 and under – Tickets $11

Junior Sessions ar  for children 7 and under -Tickets $18

Bigger Kid Sessions are for children 15 and under -Tickets $18

Adult Sessions are for anyone over 16 Tickets $18

Children 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  This means if you have a small child, you must also purchase a ticket for yourself so you can bounce with your child. Tickets are sold from a link on their Facebook Page Big Bounce America or on Showclix.

The bounce houses are located on a large field.  They have some vendors for food.  They also allow you to bring your own food.  If  you are planning to spend the day bring a cooler and some chairs or a sheet and set up a small area for yourself.  They do have some tents and chairs available but it gets crowed so you never know if they will be available for you.  They have porta potties to use.  I do recommend bringing some wipes or antibacterial hand sanitizer if you plan on eating.

You must have socks on to jump.  Please remember to bring socks.  They do not allow you to jump with shoes on.  They do have an area available to store your shoes.

Sneaker Storage

 

 

Bounce Village

Before you get to the large bounce house you pass the Bounce Village. For an additional $7, kids get to play all day in smaller bounce houses.  I personally believe that they should eliminate that cost and just include it with your admission. That being said, you have to pass the Bounce Village to get to the large bounce house. If your with small children it will be really hard to pass by and not go in. I recommend buying the Bounce Village ticket, so you can stay and play all day verses buying just the large bounce house ticket which allows to bounce for one hour.    Inside the Bounce Village they have a variety of bounce houses including:

The Ninja Run Houses:

There were 3 ninja runs obstacle houses. They all had a start, which was the entrance and a finish, which was the exit.   My daughter really loved these.  They had things to jump through, climb over, mazes to run through.  My daughter must have done these 100 times.  She loved them.  I did them with her a couple of times. It was really run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monster Ball Pit

Out of all the bounce houses in the Bounce Village, this was our favorite.  This was a large 2,000 square feet bounce house ball fit, that just screams fun.  It’s a done shaped bounce house that can hold up to 50 people.  It large and full of shade, great for those hot sunny days.  My daughter and I had fun jumping around and throwing balls at each other.  There are Bounce House America staff inside to make sure everyone was being safe.

The Little Bouncer

This is a smaller version of the Big Bounce House.  This house is perfect for toddlers and little bouncers who want to have fun but need a break from the bigger kids.

Big Bounce America

They recommend getting to the park 1/2 hour before your bounce time so that they is time to check you in.  It is also recommend that you print out your tickets if you can.  They will accept tickets on your phone if you can’t print them.  Once your checked in you can play in the Bounce Village (if you bought the additional ticket) until they make an announcement to line up to bounce in the large house. We got there an hour before because we weren’t sure how parking would be.  Parking was easy and free.  While we wanted for our bounce time we checked out the Bounce Village.  When our time was called we lined up in front of the house.

This bounce house was huge, you really don’t get the full affect until you enter the house. You have to go in to see your children, you cannot see them from the outside. I suggest that even if you have older children to buy an additional ticket and go in with them. It’s huge and even though that have a lot of staff you still want to supervise your children, it’s also fun for parents.  I enjoyed playing just as must as my daughter did.  Inside you can bounce and play in all the different sections.  In the middle of the bounce house they have a DJ playing music, talking to the crowd, leading games, dance and jump competitions and handing out prizes.   They have 4 inflatable basketball hoops for slam dunking, they even had a dunk contest.  They have a mini slide to climb and go down that’s great for toddlers.  It also features a large slide into a ball put for older children.  They have an  obstacle course inside and balls all over to play. They also have a small ball pit inside one of the sections. There’s inflatable jungle animals, trucks, palm trees and even beds to jump on or to sit and take a break.

We had a great time at Big Bounce America!   I feel like it would be fun for anyone 2 and up, including adults.  What I love most about the day was being able to play on all the bounce houses with my daughter.  So loved the fact that I was able to go on the bounce house with her.  I also loved that you were able to bring your own food and hang out for the day.  Even though they give you an hour in the large bounce house, there is no rush to leave the park.  The event was also very organized, which made the day run very smoothly. All the staff and volunteers were knowledgeable and helpful.  They made the event fun for all.    I highly recommend Big Bounce America.  I hope that they return next year,  I will definitely purchase a ticket.

 

Self Esteem and Character Building Activities for Kids

Self Esteem by definition is a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself.

It’s very important for a child to feel good about themselves.  Statistics show that children with low self-esteem tend to perform below their potential in school and make poor decisions in social situations.flower

Make a difference!

There are many things that can be done to help improve a child’s self-esteem:

Be Attentive-When your child speaks to you give them eye contact and listen make them feel what they are saying is important to you.

 

Make a child feel special-Praise children when they do a good job and also for trying hard. Tell children your proud of them when they put a lot of effort in something. Give complements and tell them that they are special.

 

See the learning in mistakes– When a child makes a mistake turn the negative into a positive. Focus on what he/she learned from the mistake.

 

Be a positive role model- If you are constantly hard on your-self, putting your self down or pessimistic your children will see that and may eventually copy those same feelings.  This may lead to them to feel that way about themselves.

 

Tune in to their feelings- Sometimes this can be hard especially when a child has done something wrong and you yourself get angry and when to yell and scream. Sometimes a child doesn’t understand what they have done.  I remember I was sitting on the couch and my 6 year-old niece came running through the room with both her middle fingers up yelling middle finger, middle finger I almost lost it but I asked her if you knew what it meant and she said no  and said her friend at school was doing it.  I explained what it was and she was surprised she said she didn’t know and never did it again.

 

Here are some kid approved self esteem activities:

 

All About Me Collage 

Inspirational Quotes for Girls

50 Positive Writing Topics for Kids 

Being Thankful Activities

Feel Good Notebook

Me Tree

Positive Message Game 

Positive Notes Game

Positive Thinking for Kids, Say this not that 

Working Together Games


Positive Thinking for Kids Say This, Not That

Positive Thinking for Kids

Say This, Not That

Let’s face it, it’s not always easy being a kid.  As adults we have to remember this.  Kids go through many stressful activities throughout the course of their day.  Worrying about fitting in, not doing well on a test, feeling not as smart as the other kids, getting picked last in gym, peer pressure from other kids, not getting invited to the birthday party.  The list goes on and on.   It’s important to get kids to think more positively.  It’s hard to have a positive life if your always thinking in a negative way.  There are many ways we can encourage a child to think and be more positive.  One good way is to stop your child when they say something negative and turn into something positive.  If we as parents, caregivers, teachers and coaches do this every time we hear something negative, we can begin to change a child’s thought process.  Positive thinking leads to positive outcomes.  Here is a chart to help your child be on their way to positive thinking. 

 

Things I Say                     I’m Going to Say This Instead

I can’t do this, it’s too hard, I give up! Let me try a different strategy. I’m going to keep trying, I’m not a quitter! 
I’m not good at this.  

 

I might have to put more effort into this.

I can’t do any better!  

 

 

There’s always room for improvement, let me keep trying.

I am the best at this!  

 

I’m doing well, but I can still learn more.

I always make mistakes.  

I will learn from my mistakes and improve.

I always loose!  

 

loosing helps me try harder and do better next time.

 

This is good enough!

 

Is this really the best I can do?

 

 

I will never be that smart!

 

 

I will take one step at a time and figure this out.

 

I tried a little bit.

 

 

 If I kinda sorta try, I get kinda sorta results

   

 

Check out these positive thinking books for kids, Click pictures below to be brought to Amazon.

 

Fun Praying Mantis Facts for Kids

Praying Mantis Facts for Kids

  • A praying mantis is in the mantid or mantidae family.
  • They are a group of large slow-moving insects.
  • There are 1,800 different species of mantids /mantidaes that live around the world.
  • Praying mantises make up a small group in this species.
  • They get their name from the way that their front legs are bent together in an angle that makes them look like they are praying.
  • Praying Mantis live in a large range of habitats. They can be found in rainforests, deserts, grasslands and meadows.  You many even find one in your backyard.
  • Praying Mantis are masters of disguise. They are very well camouflaged and often mistaken for leaves or tree branches.
  • Green is the most common color for a praying mantis however, they can also be brown.
  • There is also a species of mantis called flower mantises, they blend in and look like flowers.
  • Praying mantis have long necks with triangle shaped heads. They can turn their hears 180 degrees, that is a half-circle!
  • Praying mantis have 5 senses like people. They have the senses of sight, taste, touch and smell.
  • They have 5 eyes. Two large eyes on the sides of their heads and three smaller eyes in the middle.
  • They have excellent vision and can see in 3D.
  • Praying mantis do not hear as well as they can see. They have one ear that is in the middle of their abdomen.
  • They have 6 legs and 2 antennae.
  • Praying mantis have a lifespan of 1 year.
  • They grow usually between 1 inch to 6 inches long.
  • Most adults have wings. Only males can fly.
  • Praying mantis are carnivores. They eat spiders, grasshoppers, frogs, lizards, small birds, crickets, flies, other small insects and even other praying mantis.
  • Usually when they capture their prey they will eat the brains first.
  • During mating or right after mating many females will bites the heads off the males. They will sometimes eat all them.
  • Praying mantis will go through 3 stages of life egg, nymph then adult.
  • After mating, females will lay up to 400 eggs.
  • Small species of mantis will take 3-4 weeks to hatch, larger species will take 4-6 weeks.
  • Predators include frogs, bats, monkeys, snakes, large birds and spiders.

Fun Praying Mantis Facts

  • Praying mantis were believed to have super powers in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and in the Assyrian Empire.
  • Due to their praying posture, praying mantis were considered a god in Southern African Khoi and San tradition.  The word mantis in Afrikaans is Hottentotsgot meaning “god of the Khoi”
  • Some martial arts develop in China have movements based on praying mantis.
  • Close relatives to the praying mantis are termites and cockroaches.
  • Praying mantis are popular insect pets.