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Funky Bots Launches Atomic Bands for Smart Bluetooth Body Motion Gaming

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Mar-23 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — Funky Bots announces the launch of Atomic Bands on IndieGoGo. Atomic Bands are smart bluetooth gaming and the first wearables for gesture based gameplay. They feature advanced bluetooth motion tracking, single or multi player options. No camera or remote control needed and most of all these bands teach players real skills. Features include: gesture recognition, haptics for advanced rhythm training and a rad wireless oracle charging station. Play augmented reality games and make fitness fun.

DETAILS:
Atomic Bands are a pair of wearables, worn on the wrists or ankles, that aim to accurately approximate full skeletal body tracking. They have haptic feedback, OLED displays and LED lighting to give a variety of feedback points as part of dance, martial arts and fitness focused gameplay. These smart bluetooth gaming devices offer new options for Augmented Reality gaming. No camera, console or remote control needed. Single or multiplayer options. Make fitness FUN!

Atomic Bands were chosen as one of the Top New Gadgets of CES 2017 (CNET, BBC Science, 2one5 and NewsHacker). “The perfect product for the fitness junkie, the gamer, and everyone in between was being showcased at CES this year. Funky Bots Atomic Bands are super-hero inspired and here to make all of your dreams a reality, seriously. The Atomic Bands are a new device for body motion gaming and are the first of their kind offering single and multiplayer options. You can learn those sick dance moves that have always been on your bucket list or create things in an AR 3D world with the simplest gestures with advanced real-time motion tracking and pattern recognition.” – 2one5, Best of CES

Atomic Bands add a whole new dimension to body motion gaming. Now gamers can play anywhere and don’t have to stand in range of a camera. Players can move anywhere and still be in the game. Moreover, the devices are connected to an entire Funky Bots app platform where players learn real movement skills: how to toprock, salsa or practice monkey kung fu. Seamus Byrne of CNET wrote, “Don’t dismiss these bands as just another gaming peripheral. Atomic Bands want to become the Duolingo of dance and martial arts education.”

Funky Bots currently is developing innovative gesture based games to be available with Atomic Bands. They created three apps that were chosen by Apple as Best New App as well as the first motion sensor apps for Taichi and street dance. They were also winners of the Alcatel Innovation Challenge (Paris) and part of the Technogym Wellness Accelerator (Venice).

ALL these games for Atomic Bands will be FREE to download on iOS and Android platforms. This means after players have Atomic Bands, they no longer have to pay for games (which normally runs between $20-40 EACH! for Kinect or Xbox… ) Funky Bots is also releasing an SDK so developers can also create games for the Atomic Bands as well. The devices are on pre-order at IndieGogo and scheduled to ship in October with titles such as KAPOW (fighting robots Rockem Sockem style), House Dance with Jardy (Youtube king of house dance), Sonic Utopia (where players can make music and bend air with gesture), Monkey Kung Fu, Gym Rat, and more…

Atomic Bands feature an innovative Yin Yang design where the two sides come together like a Temple of Doom inspired magic oracle, so charging the device is fun, not an eyesore with cords hanging everywhere. The oracle base station uses innovative wireless charging to power up the devices. The LEDs lights and OLED screens make it as fun as pinball on your wrists. Advanced piezo haptics with 2 different microhammers for musical rhythm training means players can feel both the BASS and the HIGH HAT beats. Boom KLAK, Boom Boom KLAK. The devices also have advanced pattern matching and gesture recognition, which approximates skeletal tracking of body movements without the use of a camera or infrared technology.

FEATURES
These rad new gaming bands not only teach players real skillz through body motion gaming, but also allow players to create new AR worlds in 3d. Gestures can make music, bend air and build whole cities.

  • Bluetooth single or multi-player options
  • Real time motion tracking without field of view restrictions
  • Advanced pattern matching technology
  • 9-axis sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope
  • NFC communication
  • Piezo haptics for rhythm training
  • Wireless Yin Yang oracle charging station
  • OLED screen & RGB LED lights
  • Onboard audio + Speaker
  • Upgradable Firmware and audio over the air
  • Syncing 50-100 ft range unobstructed
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Apps for street dance (popping, house dance, breakdance, locking), martial arts, fitness training for correct form analysis, free weights and kettle bells, augmented reality game play, creative play where gestures create soundscapes and 3d environments.
  • 2-3 hours battery life for constant use
  • Straps for wrist and ankles

Tech in Asia praised the innovation of Atomic Bands, “These haptic motion trackers literally show you how to groove. These weird wearables can teach you dance or kung fu.”

The Indiegogo crowdfunding site offeres complete details, full specifications and full list of pledges available starting at $159 for earlybird backers with shipping expected to take place during October 2017.

About Funky Bots
Based in Los Angeles (US), Antwerp (BE) and Prague (CZ), Funky Bots was founded in 2014 by Rosa Mei. The Funky Bots team is made up of professional performing artists and athletes, movement junkies who want to teach the world to dance, groove and create music and new 3d worlds with gesture. The company has created three apps which have been featured by Apple as Best New App (7 Minute Chi, Funky Bots and BoomKLAKers) as well as the first motion sensor apps for tai chi and street dance. Funky Bots was the winner of two accelerator programs, The Alcatel Innovation Challange (Paris, FR) and The Technogym Wellness Accelerator (Venice, IT). As the only startup in the Augmented Reality Gaming section of CES 2017, Funky Bots beat the odds, with their Atomic Bands making four Best of CES Lists (CNET, BBC Science, etc). The Funky Bots team consists of top international gesture recognition and gaming experts as well as world champion dancers and athletes.

Contact-Details: FUNKY BOTS
3332 Manor Ridge Dr
Raleigh, NC 27603
t: 240-273-5766
e: info@funkybots.com
w: www.atomicbands.com

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Multi Games Tables From Splash And Relax

Splash and Relax have made leisure activities their main market place for many years and it is with a good deal of pleasure that they are to promote a series of multi games tables which can cover a full gamut of activities for adult and child alike. The multi games tables are becoming a great addition to the market place as they provide a full range of different games which can be played easily in the house. Some of the games are energetic and some are quiet and thoughtful and so they provide a great range of activities for all the different occasions that a family meets and it is this diversity of requirements that has made Splash and Relax expand its range of multi games tables.

It is most likely that the main obstacle to a multi games table is the television or the electronic game but Splash and Relax are pleased to promote a system where the emphasis is on imaginative games which often require exercise or some form of movement rather than the problems that develop from sitting in a chair looking at a screen. Many years ago multi games were every child’s dream as they received a “compendium of games” in their Christmas stocking. The games were ones like snakes and ladders and ludo and many other board games, which now sound rather out of date. Probably the thing that they did require was 2 people to play the game and they did not have the flashing lights and death defying stunts and roaring music of the latest electronic gadget. They did however provide time away from the television (If you had one) and fostered family life together, which is so important in later life.

Splash and Relax – http://www.splashandrelax.co.uk – note that the multi games tables in many ways recapture the essence of the old compendium of games set up but have brought the whole system up to date. Now instead of pressing a few keys on an electronic games consul in a virtual world the games of pool or air hockey can be played properly on a very attractive games table. If those games are not popular today they can try table football and if that is no good there is anything up to another 30 other games that can be used. This is ideal for family where the children get bored with one game but are fascinated by another game. It also has the advantage that many of these games can be played by the whole family and not just the solitary and sedentary system of an armchair consul.

Splash and Relax have a range of multi table games which suit all pockets but they have aimed at producing a range that have a variety of different games so that what might not interest one group may well interest another group, old or young, male or female. Time should be taken to examine the different types of games available and will they suit the family and base their judgement on that.

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Christmas Present Ideas Range For 2012 Launched By Paramount Zone

With economic times still being tough, Paramountzone.com who have been selling fun gadgets and cool Christmas present ideas online for over a decade have focussed on providing the most fun and innovative gadgets and toys for the best possible prices in their 2012 Christmas gift range.

James Morris, Managing Director of the company, said:
“More than ever, and particularly online, customers are looking for great products at the lowest possible prices, and that is what we have been focussing on for our latest range of over 50 new products. You can spend £50 with us and get a variety of fun and innovative Christmas gift ideas.”

One of the more expensive Christmas gift ideas is our latest Turbo Drone Quad copter that at £50 is around 30% of what other similar products are being sold at.

At the lower end of the price spectrum you can buy a USB cup warmer for under £5, which makes the perfect stocking filler or secret Santa gift idea. The mini alcohol breath tester is also under £5, a great gadget for the Christmas party season.

For under £10 you can buy the Music hat (iHat) which is an innovative winter hat with in built speakers that is the perfect gift for any teenager.

One of the best Christmas presents for kids is our screaming flying monkey toy (£4.99) or the awesome magic rainbow projector at only £12.99.

Fun Christmas gifts for her include the Tap style shower radio and Hangover kit that both come in at under £5.

As well as a huge range of great value Christmas presents for men and all the family, Paramountzone.com aim to give a very high level of customer service.

Delivery options include next day delivery within the UK, as well as worldwide options.

Visit www.paramountzone.com for the full range of Christmas presents for 2012.

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2012 Columbus day events, What to do on Columbus day! Kenosha Milwaukee Chicago Columbus Day Events

Columbus Day – No School – what to do on Columbus Day 2012? Looking for something to do with your friends for Columbus Day October 8, 2012? Drive out to Action Territory just minutes from Gurnee IL. On Monday – Columbus Day 2012 they are open from 10am – 4pm The day’s special includes $19.99 Unlimited Indoor / Outdoor attractions and a $9.99 Indoor unlimited laser tag & Bumper Cars, 1 Dollar hotdogs, 19.99 pizza special for4. Plus, Beer & Wine specials for the adults.

America’s Action Territory has the perfect place to spend the entire day for only $19.99! Open 10am to 4pm, this family fun park announces their “unlimited” indoor outdoor wristband will be priced at $19.99 per person and includes unlimited rides on the go karts, bumper boats, the new disco bumper cars, Plus unlimited laser tag arena with the newest laser tag technology and light show and unlimited play in the “Mini Golf Paradise” golf course, an elaborately themed 18-hole miniature golf course. Pros and amateurs alike will love the waterfalls, suspended bridges, hills and unique holes to challenge even the serious golfer.

Located just minutes from Gurnee, IL serving both sides of the Wisconsin Illinois state line, this family fun park caters to every age with the Action Eatery Beer & Wine bar serving Labor Day drink specials all day. Bring the family for a $1 dollar hotdog special available until supplies last. Come early they are open from 11am to 7pm. In addition to the unlimited wrist band Columbus day’s specials include buy 20 tokens get 5 Free. and $9.99 Unlimited Indoor Wristband – for laser tag & disco bumper cars all day Plus, we throw in ten tokens.  Bring in the whole family with Free WiFi Hotspot and TVs, free parking and free admission – everyone will have a great Columbus day and party with your friends! Come to America’s Action Territory and enjoy the Family Fun Center.

All ages will love this amazing family attraction. Plan a party, or group or come alone,America’s Action Territory is a short car ride from Chicago and Milwaukee – perfect for a fun day with your friends and family. Feel free to logon for more information and join the facebook for more managers specials eMail: Info@ActionTerritory.com 12345 75th Street Kenosha, WI 53140 ~ P: 262 857-7000 Groups and Corporate contact Manager, Tina Beltran    http://ActionTerritory.com FACEBOOK:http://www.facebook.com/ActionTerritory

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Bonlays Helps the World’s Ugliest Dog Fly the British Flag

Bonlays has helped a British dog fly the flag whilst winning the ‘ugliest dog in the world’ competition in the USA. A Peterborough based Chinese Crested dog, named Mugly has been crowned as the ‘ugliest dog in the world’ winning the contest that took place in Petaluma, California wearing a very patriotic outfit.

Mugly wore a Union Jack ensemble that featured a sparkly blue, white and red hat, Union jack collar and Union Jack heart t-shirt. The Union Jack t-shirt was purchased by owner Bev Nicholson through Bonlays, one of the UK’s leading online pet retailers.

Ms Nicholson told the press: “I’m excited, I’m overwhelmed. I’m so proud to be taking him back to the UK. He’s a really sweet, sensitive dog.”

Beating 28 other canines to the title, eight year old Mugly won $1000, a photo shoot and a year’s supply of dog treats.

The moment that it was announced that the contest has been won by a Brit, there was a huge roar of clapping and cheers and Mugly’s outfit showed just how passionate he is about his country. Bonlays’ collection of Union Jack attire is proving to be very popular among dog owners with the Jubilee celebrations and the up and coming London 2012 Olympics.

Managing Director of Bonlays, Rob Doole commented: “We’re so proud that a British dog has won this annual contest and we couldn’t think of a more noteworthy winner than Mugly. He looked very smart in his all Union Jack outfit and deserves to have a year’s worth of treats.

“This contest has proven just how patriotic we Brits can be and with the Olympic Games soon approaching now couldn’t be a better time to get into the spirit of flying the Union Jack.”

Speaking of her purchase and the service that was provided to Mugly’s owner, Bev said: “I was very impressed, when I came across the Bonlays collection of dog clothing, at how vast it was. When I saw the Union Jack t-shirt I fell in love with it and knew that Mugly would look adorable in it.

“Although he may not be everything to look at you can’t help but love him and his personality is beautiful. It just goes to prove that it what’s inside that counts.”

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Action Territory – 4th of July Kenosha Weekend 2012, Kenosha Wi 4th of July Events for the Whole Family

11am – 7pm  July 4th, 2012 Action Territory family fun park is c entrally located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Just outside of Kenosha Wi / Gurnee, IL always free parking, Free WiFi Hot Spot and Free Admission. The huge 15,000 Sqr Foot complex has over 150 video and redemption games are ready and waiting to challenge your gaming skills, with ticket rewards that can be redeemed at the Action Territory Prize Center.

All Day Unlimited indoor / outdoor wrist band can be purchased for $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for kids which gives ALL DAY access to some of the best attractions on the 12 acre park property. Included in the all day writs band patrons enjoy unlimited NASCAR go-kart racing, 18 hole, three – level waterfall mini golf course, and squirting bumper boats, indoor laser tag, disco bumper cars, and ballOcity for the little guys. For a nominal charge patrons can try their skills in the NEW Heist laser maze challenge, batting cages and paintball (Action Paintball Adventure field is open Saturday and Sunday special hours – Please call)  Plus on the 4th only you’ll get 20 tokens for the batting cages or arcade.

Hotdog Special $1 dogs, or dog with a mini chip and soda for $2.  The Action Eatery Beer & Wine has many local favorite drink specials including a Frozen drink bar featuring summer specials on their Strawberry Margarita, Pina Colada, Hurricane Run Runner and Strawberry Swirl Pine Calada for $4.25.

Plan a party, or group or come alone, America’s Action Territory is a short car ride from Chicago and Milwaukee – perfect for a fun day with your friends and family. Feel free to logon for more information and join the facebook for more managers specials Info@ActionTerritory.com 12345 75th Street Kenosha, WI 53140 ~ P: 262 857-7000 http://ActionTerritory.com FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/ActionTerritory

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Action Territory – Kenosha announces extended hours for Memorial Day weekend 2012

Action Territory is a premier family fun center serving patrons from both sides of the state line, Wisconsin & Illinois.   The huge 15,000 Sqr Foot complex has over 150 video and redemption games are ready and waiting to challenge your gaming skills, with ticket rewards that can be redeemed at the Action Territory Prize Center.

Every day FREE admission, FREE Parking and  FREE Wi-Fi, Action Territory knows how to treat their patrons! AND this Memorial Day weekend the All Day Unlimited indoor / outdoor wrist band can be purchased for $27.75 for adults and $20.00 for kids which gives ALL DAY access to some of the best attractions on the 12 acre park property. Included in the all day writs band patrons enjoy unlimited NASCAR go-kart racing, 18 hole, three – level waterfall mini golf course, and squirting bumper boats, indoor laser tag, disco bumper cars, and ballOcity for the little guys. For a nominal charge patrons can try their skills in the NEW Heist laser maze challenge, batting cages and paint ball (Paint ball open Saturday and Sunday special hours – Please call)

The location recently opened The Action Eatery Beer & Wine bar serving many local favorite drink specials including a Frozen drink bar featuring Memirial Day specials on their Strawberry Margarita, Pina Colada, Hurricane Run Runner and Strawberry Swirl Pine Calada for $4.25.

The Action Eatery features something for everyone, Whether it’s pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs or burgers, the Action Territory Eatery has probably the most diverse collection of casual cuisine around, plus all sorts of meal-deal specials and big-party feeders to satisfy your hunger and your budget.  Memorial day weekend visitors can take advantage of the homemade PIZZA special FOR 4 is sure to please, with a Large Pizza, 6 Breadsticks, & a Pitcher of Soda for $19.75 and is perfect to eat in – or take out.

All ages will love this amazing family attraction. Thank you to our military, our country remains free and safe and we have the ability to go to such an amazing place! Plan a party, or group or come alone, America’s Action Territory is a short car ride from Chicago and Milwaukee – perfect for a fun day with your friends and family. Feel free to logon for more information and join the facebook for more managers specials.

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Fashion show held at Lightwater Country Shopping Village to raise money for Saint Michael’s Hospice

Six brave ladies volunteered their time to strut the catwalk and model the new spring collections at Lightwater Country Shopping Village in aid of Saint Michael’s Hospice.

Organised by Rachel Bowen, Kathleen Stockhill and Maureen Watson from the neighbouring village of North Stainley, over 120 people were in attendance as the ladies modelled the new spring collections currently available in the shopping village, from great brands such as Klass, Roman Originals, Alexara, Tigi and Just Elegance to accessories by Mint Jewellery and bags by Stone and Ridgeway Leather. With the fashion being divided into four distinct collections, from ‘Weekend Wear’ and ‘Ladies who Lunch’, to ‘A day at the Races’ and ‘Cruise and Evening Wear’, the audience were given plenty of fresh ideas for the season ahead and enjoyed an afternoon of sophistication and glamour.

Lightwater Country Shopping Village agreed to donate all proceeds from both the entrance and refreshments sold at the event and Rachel, Kath and Maureen organised a raffle, bringing the combined total raised to over £500 for Saint Michael’s Hospice.

Mark Bainbridge, General Manager at Lightwater Country Shopping Village, said:
“We’re so grateful to these brave ladies for volunteering to take part in this fashion show – it takes a lot of guts to get up there and strut your stuff and they all did it so well. All-in-all, this was a fantastic afternoon in an aid of an extremely good cause and Rachel Bowen, Maureen Watson and Kathleen Stockhill should be congratulated for their fundraising efforts in aid of Saint Michael’s Hospice.”

Saint Michael’s exists to help people with terminal illness to live and die well. It does this by offering specialist care, comfort and support, free of charge, to patients and their families. It is an independent charity working in the Harrogate District.

Nestled in beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, just off the A1 near Ripon, Lightwater Country Shopping Village offers a wide range of retail shopping in a friendly and relaxed environment. Visitors can also enjoy The Granary Restaurant and Coffee Shop, the Birds of Prey centre and a comprehensive events, entertainment and excursion programme.

For more information about Saint Michael’s Hospice, visit www.saintmichaelshospice.orgFor more information about the Shopping Village, visit lightwatercountryshopping.co.uk

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Prehistoric Beast Spotted At Lightwater Valley – Dinosaur Hunters Needed To Try And Capture It!

From Friday 6th to Friday 13th April, Lightwater Valley Theme Park near Ripon in North Yorkshire is going to be stalked by a huge dinosaur!

Visitors to the park had better be prepared for a fright as they come face to face with a hulking, life-size Raptor. Early reports suggest that it will be haunting the queue line for Raptor Attack – clearly the place where it feels most at home.

And in case you think we’re talking about a man in a plastic mask and a sponge suit, have a look at the super-realistic beast and the terrified response from these school-kids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFf3ZWNF6EY&feature=youtu.be

So if you want a fright (or perhaps fancy feeding the kids to a Jurassic monster) visit Lightwater Valley Theme Park between Friday 6th to Friday 13th April in the area between Skate Karts & Twister. Performance slots are at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire is home to over 40 rides and attractions and is ideal for family days out. After developing from a self-picking strawberry farm, rides were introduced in 1987, transforming it into a modern day theme park. Some of the key attractions include ‘The Ultimate’ – which is the longest rollercoaster in Europe – and Skeleton Cove, the recently introduced pirate-themed section that includes Skull Rock, Pirate Swings, Powder Kegs, Flying Cutlass and Black Pearl rides.

For further information on family days at Lightwater Valley visitwww.lightwatervalley.co.uk

Photo-Opportunity
What: Dinosaur at Lightwater Valley Theme Park
When: Friday 6th April – Friday 13th April 2012
Time: Performance slots are at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Venue: Lightwater Valley Theme Park
To photograph: Life-size raptor haunting the queues at Lightwater Valley Theme Park
To arrange entry to the park please contact Gini or Rory on the above details.

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Go Karts – Now Open at Action Territory, with unlimited rides is $20

Gentlemen and ladies too! … START YOUR ENGINES! Step into a fast and hair-raising ride as you race your way around our 1,100-foot long, 30-foot-wide track of hair-pinned and S-turns.

America’s Action Territory’s go kart track was MADE FOR RACING and since the weather in Chicago has been so nice, the park manager has now opened the outside attraction along with it’s 18 whole, multi-level mini golf and batting cages. One of the fastest go kart tracks around, Kenosha’s Action Territory has a multi-level track that weaves around featuring Grand Prix action and hairpin turns for thrilling, fast-paced racing for the whole family. Tap into your enthusiasm for the thrill of the race and speed your way through a Daytona-like adventure for hours of fun! and now for a limited time unlimited rides for $20 ( plus Tax). But that’s not all – Your $20 dollar wrist band includes unlimited mini golf, laser tag and the new disco themed bumper car. Go kart drivers nine years old and 54 Inches can drive alone, younger patrons can ride with adults. A savings of almost $8 per person!

Open Year round, Action Territory is a premier family fun center serving patrons from both sides of the state line, Wisconsin & Illinois, just a few minutes from Gurnee Illinois where the famous Six Flags facility is located. The facility is considered home the area’s best birthday parties and now open for corporate fun as well. The location recently opened The Action Eatery Beer & Wine bar serving many local favorite drink specials including a Frozen drink bar featuring Strawberry margarita, Pina Colada, Hurricane Run Runner and Strawberry Swirl Pine Calada for $4.25.

The Action Eatery features something for everyone, Whether it’s pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs or burgers, the Action Territory Eatery has probably the most diverse collection of casual cuisine around, plus all sorts of meal-deal specials and big-party feeders to satisfy your hunger and your budget. The homemade PIZZA special FOR 4 is sure to please with a Large Pizza, 6 Breadsticks, & a Pitcher of Soda for $19.75 and is perfect to eat in – or take out.

The venue can manage groups from eight to 800 with overnight rental and multiple day events. Inside, the private party rooms encircle the huge 15,000 Sqr foot complex to keep you right in the action plus the facility includes FREE Wi-Fi and free parking, including free bus parking. During summer hours, Action’s party planners can plan arrange you event outside on the 12 acre park property. Set up a tent or plan to have a band, the party experts can help you plan for all ages. Action Territory has it all on site, indoor and outdoor activities, plus the meeting facilities you need to manage your groups activities and family fun. Free Admission year round, this is a perfect stop for the whole family.

Action Territory America’s favorite family fun park is located less then an hour from Chicago, Illinois and the best plans for things to do with kids in the area. Log-on for attraction information http://ActionTerritory.com America’s Action Territory 12345 75th Street Kenosha, WI 53140 ~ P: 262 857-7000 Current hours are Thursday 4-8pm, Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 11am-1opm, Sunday 11am-8pm But during the spring school break the park will be open Thursday April 5th – 4pm-9pm, Friday April 6th – 12pm-10pm, Saturday April 7th – 11am-10pm, Closed Sunday for Easter, reopening Monday April 9th through Friday April 13th -Noon -10pm, Saturday April 14th – 11am-10pm and Sunday April 15th -12pm-8pm – then returning to the regular winter hours. Families are invited to enjoy the park with ALL DAY with unlimited access to indoor and outdoor activities when they purchase the wrist band.

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Lightwater Valley Engineers Put In The Hard Graft Before Theme Park Re-Opens In March

You could be forgiven for thinking that when Lightwater Valley Theme Park closes to the public at the end of October, nothing happens there until it re-opens in the week before Easter. But, actually, quite the opposite is true.

In the ‘winter breakdown’, nearly every single one of the 33 rides – including ‘The Ultimate’, which is the longest rollercoaster in Europe – is completely stripped down for full maintenance: a huge undertaking that requires specialist engineering, experience and a lot of hard work. Anybody that was to visit the park in the summer and then pay a return visit in the winter months would find it barely recognisable, such is the scale of the breakdown.

Lightwater Valley employs 13 maintenance engineers and regularly takes on apprentices, one of whom, Mark Taylor, has just passed all his NVQ exams and is now working full-time at the theme park as a maintenance fitter. The team is headed up by Engineering Manager Tony Bolsover, who has been at Lightwater Valley for 14 years. Tony spent five years working exclusively on ‘The Ultimate’ and then becoming a supervisor before being entrusted to lead the team.

Tony said: “People probably wouldn’t expect it but winter is when the really hard work begins.

“We literally completely dismantle the rides, thoroughly assess the parts and then make any fixes that need to be made in the workshop. Each and every element of the rides has to meet the exacting standards of the ride inspector (electrical, mechanical & structural), or else that ride will quite rightly not be allowed to run.

“It’s a huge task, but it’s ultimately hugely satisfying; particularly when you see each of the rides working like clockwork when the park re-opens to the public in the spring.”

Each of the engineers tends to specialise on certain rides and every one of them needs – for very good reason – to complete a working at heights course before they can start maintenance on the rides. Any contractors that are used must have full health and safety regulations in place before they can start work at Lightwater Valley.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire is home to over 40 rides and attractions. After developing from a self picking strawberry farm, rides were introduced in 1987, making it into one of the UK’s top, modern day theme parks. Lightwater Valley Theme Park will re-open to visitors on 24 March 2012.

For further information on days out at Lightwater Valley or to check out the latest vouchers for Lightwater Valley visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk.

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New Lightwater Valley TV Advertising Campaign To Announce Reopening Causes Aftershock

Lightwater Valley Theme Park near Ripon in North Yorkshire has launched a new TV advertising campaign ahead of its reopening on Saturday 24 March.

The new ‘Aftershock’ TV advert sees a boy taken to the doctor’s to see what can be done to rid the boy of the resulting permanent shock of hair and expression of constant rapture on his face after a visit to Lightwater Valley. The advert will go out across the Yorkshire region and is designed to fit in with the park’s 2012 theme park re-brand – with its new ‘The Ultimate Adventure’ strapline – which represents Lightwater Valley as a place of mischief and fun, and the overall experience as an unforgettable one that visitors will want to return to again and again.

In keeping with its dedication to interacting with the public via social media – it has 12,087 Facebook fans and 2,162 Twitter followers – Lightwater Valley has asked people to comment on the advert and is also offering a competition tickets for the best tributes to it. Participants are asked to style their hair with extra hold gel, pull their best aftershock face, capture it on camera and then post the resulting picture to the Facebook wall. 20 day tickets and 12 season tickets are on offer to the people with the most ‘Likes’ – essentially, votes by other people visiting the Facebook page.

Lightwater Valley has also launched a new website www.lightwatervalley.co.uk in response to feedback from visitors, with one Twitter follower – @largerpete – already commenting “Surprising how a simple glance around a refreshed website makes the desire to visit shoot up”. The website includes an online booking form, videos, a special offers section, improved event banners and a new blog.

Lightwater Valley’s Marketing Manager, Ashley Young, said: “We really enjoyed making this advert and hope that it gives people that haven’t visited us before a really positive impression of the experience they’ll have here while reminding people that have been here what fun there is to be had at Lightwater Valley.

“In terms of the new website, we’ve taken on board the feedback we’ve had through Facebook, Twitter and word-of-mouth channels and responded by making it easier for users to navigate and find the information they’re looking for, and including more interactive content.”

Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire is home to over 40 rides and attractions. After developing from a self-picking strawberry farm, rides were introduced in 1987, transforming it into one of the UK’s modern day theme parks. Some of the key attractions include ‘The Ultimate’ – which is the longest rollercoaster in Europe – and Skeleton Cove, the recently introduced pirate-themed section that includes Skull Rock, Pirate Swings, Powder Kegs, Flying Cutlass and Black Pearl rides.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park will re-open to visitors on 24 March 2012.

For further information on days out at Lightwater Valley or to check out the latest Lightwater Valley discounts visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk.

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BabyFirstTV Turns Five Years Old This Mother’s Day Weekend

Mother’s Day marks the 5 th birthday of BabyFirstTV, the global TV network designed for babies and parents. Since its launch in 2006, the network has grown to become a multi-platform media company with family-friendly content extending beyond the TV to mobile devices and the internet.

BabyFirstTV.com, the latest product stemming from the media company, is a colorful, interactive website that combines over 400 videos, games and activities all designed specifically for toddlers. Created by early childhood development experts, the website is commercial-free and full of fun ways for parents and children to interact together – online. Families around the world can use BabyFirstTV.com completely for free this Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-9.

“Our fifth anniversary, is a great opportunity to thank the millions of moms and dads around the globes, that have followed us, and have become part of the BabyFirst family,” said co-founder, Sharon Rechter.

“To celebrate the unique bond between children and their parents, we have made the BabyFirstTV.com subscription service free for parents and toddlers to play, explore and discover together.”

Outside the Mother’s Day free trial weekend, BabyFirstTV.com is available as a subscription-based service for $3.99 a month or an annual fee of $19.99 (which includes two free BabyFirstTV DVDs). Existing BabyFirstTV channel subscribers pay only $1.99 per month.

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ToysN’Tayls Presents A New Product Line, ‘Wizarday – When Our Stuff Went Away!’

Toys’NTayls strengthens its innovative product concept line of educational books and toys by introducing its new product line called “Wizarday—When Our Stuff Went Away!”

Like the “Two Tuba Switch” product line, “Wizarday” delivers on the theme of enabling children and their parents to accept themselves for what they are and find their own ways to grow, meeting their particular needs and personalities. The new line consists of an 80-page humorous storybook with corresponding board and card games that focus on the issue of the Daily Routine. Targeted to children age 8+ and their parents.

The tale takes place in the Wizarday family home, where daily routines are posted on the doors and opinions are like solid brick walls. Enter and find out what happens when a wizard casts a spell, the family daily routine vanishes and the brick walls come tumbling down. Join Amber, Curly, Lee, Mom and Dad in their hilarious adventure as they solve a mystery and rebuild their home with a great big Window of Harmony.

Readers will find themselves in the characters: Mom, Dad or one of the children, Amber, Curly and Lee. Part 2 has the House of Fun, full of educational activities—puzzles, riddles and games—and entertaining info pages. Using these step-by-step tools, learn the benefits of routine—and more!

“Getting children to understand, value and follow daily routines can be challenging. This book presents a fun and positive way for parents to reinforce this message to their children.” — Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D. Professor of Education, College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey

Routine Is Important for Children and Families. It involves daily life actions, from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night. When implemented appropriately, it helps structure and organize the day so it flows more easily. Without it—or with too much!—conflict, insecurity and other behavioral and emotional difficulties can arise.

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A Personalized Easter Bunny Coloring Page For Your Child For Free! Handcrafted, Straight From Cottontail Lane By The Easter Bunny Himself!

The sky is blue and flowers are blooming everywhere. Tiny green buds are visible on tree branches and birds are singing beautiful songs. Spring is in the air and Easter is around the corner. Down on Cottontail Lane, the Easter Bunny is preparing for the big day. This Easter, he wanted to do something extra special for all the children of the world. Easter was getting closer and he still had only mediocre ideas. The same old traditional gifts were just not going to cut it. A few months ago, the Easter Bunny created the Easter Bunny letter, a personalized letter from the Easter Bunny to each child. Confirmed by his survey, parents all agreed that children loved opening a “real” letter from the Easter Bunny. The purpose was not to top this idea but to send an extra special gift in addition to the personalized Easter Bunny Letter.

The Easter Bunny quickly realized it was time to get to work. He began thumping his big white rabbit foot and scratching between his long white ears. The Easter Bunny knew he needed to gather information from parents in order to create such a wonderful surprise for the children. He conducted a survey, which revealed that children enjoyed a very simple pleasure…they loved to color. Now the Easter Bunny was very excited! He finally he had reliable information to create the perfect gift. He immediately started to construct coloring pages for all the children. The Easter Bunny drew many different pictures of himself participating in exciting Easter activities. He then personalized each page for a particular child. The child’s name and a very personal message we inserted into the drawing he created. Each page is left uncolored so that the children could color it and make it their very own.

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Children Love Sending Letters To Santa Claus

The most exciting part of the Christmas holiday is all the anticipation before the big day comes. People everywhere are full of cheer. As Christmas lights start going up on house trims, the smell of pine is in the air. Christmas trees are whisked into living rooms to amplify the magic of the holidays.

The Christmas spirit is in full swing as people try to make miracles come true for others who are less fortunate. Christmas cards are handpicked and dropped in the mailbox while children create their own beautiful letters full of wants and wishes to send to Santa. They dance their way to the mailbox and drop off their very own little creation addressed to: Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus @ The North Pole. Skipping away, they cross their fingers in hope that they will all receive letters from Santa.

Every child wants to tell Santa whether they have been naughty or nice this year. These little angels are so excited to see what Santa will leave them under the Christmas tree. They all hope and pray that they are on Santa’s “good list.” Letters to Santa are the last chance a child has to seal the deal if there was any questionable behavior before Christmas day. These letters to Santa are a child’s way of communicating with the North Pole and all the special people who help make Christmas happen. It gives them a chance to be personal with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and show their very best behavior.

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Excitement Fills The Air As Children Write Letters To Santa

With Christmas just around the corner, children around the world start making their wish lists. Kids are keeping their eyes peeled for new toys in stores and watching television commercials to see all the new things they might want. They are also very busy trying to remember all of their nice acts and good behavior throughout the year; they want to see if that good behavior out ways anything bad they may have done. All of this is the underlying groundwork for the most important Christmas activity….writing letters to Santa. It is a very common tradition to have all of the children sit down at the table with their paper and crafts and make their unique letter to Santa. They all look forward to this activity with enthusiasm. The Santa letter must stand out so that he remembers them specifically. After all, there are millions of other children writing him Santa letters too. Santa must be thrilled to receive these letters. However, can you imagine how thrilled all of the children would be to receive their own letters from Santa? Children would love to receive their very own Santa letter in the mail.

Children want their Santa letter to be perfect. It must contain all of the necessary information. The letter must to explain their excellent behavior and not miss one item on their wish list. It is the last chance they will have to talk to Santa before he comes on Christmas Eve.

Packagesfromsanta.com is the most trusted website in the industry, making this magical surprise come true for children. They are the only Santa letter site that stands by such a bold guarantee. Each Santa letter is backed by a 100%, 60 Day Satisfaction Guarantee! Personalized letters from Santa will complete your child’s Christmas with pure joy. This company, Santa Clauses official associate, has made memorable holidays around the world. They understand how much hard work is put into these letters to Santa and want to do just the same for the children. Packagesfromsanta.com would like to ensure that this Christmas; every child this Christmas receives a Santa letter.

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A Letter From The Easter Bunny Makes A Magical Experience For Anyone!

Peter Cottontail thought that Santa and his elves had a great idea tracking the reactions from children that were mailed authentic letters. He quickly began doing the same. It took many hours to survey the parents and examine all his Easter Bunny letters from over the years for any feedback.

A Letter From The Easter Bunny Makes A Magical Experience For Anyone!

After all the work of gathering information he tallied up all his data which proved that more children have a spectacular Easter when they receive a “real” letter in the mailbox. Some parents did report that it did make a difference in how their child enjoyed the holiday. However, majority of parents stated that it made an overwhelming impact in a positive way. In addition, as said in the prior study, many people who did not receive a special letter agreed that the holiday would have been infinitely more positive had they received an Easter Bunny letter. They said that getting a genuine letter from Peter Cottontail made the children feel special.

These days, children have a hard time believing in exciting holiday icons such as Santa, and the Easter Bunny. This makes it harder to surprise them with letters from the Easter Bunny and other holiday icons. When a child opens up a letter from the mailbox that is addressed to them and references personal things, it puts the magic of the holiday back into the air for them. Parents also agreed that when they think about their own childhood, the most memorable holidays were associated with receiving something very special made just for them. Very simple gestures result in a memory that lasts a lifetime.

The Bunny represents everything fun in Easter. Children get excited in the morning when they wake up and they see all the eggs and treats he has left for them. The Easter Bunny symbolizes the beginning of spring. Springtime is the season where nature re-creates life and gives all living things a natural sense of hope to exist. Believing is that one crucial thing you need to keep your eyes forward and your head up. When a child believes, it allows them to approach to New Year with positivity and optimism…just as nature intended.

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This holiday season, thousands of children are looking forward to receiving a Nintendo Wii game. But there’s a problem lurking in Santa’s sack; some kids won’t be very happy with their parent’s choice of Wii entertainment

This holiday season, thousands of children are looking forward to receiving a Nintendo Wii game. But there’s a problem lurking in Santa’s sack; some kids won’t be very happy with their parent’s choice of Wii entertainment.

Because a number of parents have no clue what their game players actually look for in a Wii video game. But a solution for both parents and children is at hand; helping buyers decide, before the Wii game purchase decision has been made. A new game review site, www.WiiGameReviews.pbwiki.com, dedicated to Nintendo Wii game reviews made by actual players, has been launched to help avoid disappointment with game content.

As a ‘Wiki’, the site is all Wii user-generated content. According to Google, a Wiki is; “a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simple interface.” Anyone is welcome to add their own Wii game review to the site. By adding a video, audio or text comment to any of the sections.

What’s more, the site has dedicated sections to; Wii action games, Wii Sports and racing games, Wii role-playing games, Wii brain games, Wii games for girls and more. Information is also available on how to fix a broken Nintendo Wii, Wii competitions and giveaways. Plus, how to get the best deals on Wii consoles, games and accessories.

For more information and the latest game reviews, visit the Wii Game Reviews Wik at www.WiiGameReviews.pbwiki.com

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TP Toys will offer a range of outdoor toys as prizes to their fans on Facebook

TP Toys, the UK’s leading manufacturer of children’s outdoor play equipment, has announced that it will be running competitions exclusive to those who connect with the TP Toys’ group on the social networking site, Facebook.

Starting in August, TP Toys will offer a range of outdoor toys as prizes to their fans on Facebook, with the first prize up for grabs being a Spiro Hop, expected to be the must have outdoor toy for kids and parents across the UK this summer.

An award winning innovation from TP Toys, the Spiro Hop seesaw differs from the traditional seesaw design in that it goes round and round as well as up and down. The first of its kind, the Spiro Hop is suitable for children off all different ages and sizes, utilising an ingenious counterbalancing feature to ensure that weight is evenly distributed between those who are playing on the toy. Height adjustment and big, inflatable ball seats also provide safety and comfort and also mean the Spiro Hop can be used indoors on those inevitable rainy days.

To ensure the competition entry procedure is made easily available to Facebook users, a special code will be sent to all TP’s Facebook fans which they can then use to enter the exclusive competitions via the tptoys site.

Fans of TP Toys on Facebook can not only win some great prizes but they can also find a convenient overview of the company’s product range, from swing sets to climbing frames and many other products in between.

About TP Toys:
TP Toys is a UK based outdoor toys manufacturer in Worcestershire, which has been producing goods for almost fifty years. Encouraging active play, TP products help growing bodies and expanding minds to explore and develop new skills, on educational toys which are proven to be high quality, strong and long lasting. TP designs and makes the widest available range of top quality outdoor toys in the UK; with more than 200 products. TP Toys range includes wooden climbing frames, swing sets, trampolines and steel climbing frames, all of which are built to last and backed by comprehensive guarantees and after sales care. Over the years TP Toys has established a network of independent specialist Centres of Excellence throughout the country. TP toys can be purchased from John Lewis and other stockists in the UK and Republic of Ireland, while the new free brochure can be ordered on line.

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