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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents ZING ZANG ZOOM® in Baltimore TICKET GIVEAWAY-CLOSED

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents ZING ZANG ZOOM®

1st Mariner Arena – April 7th-18th

This year, through the mystery of magic and the mastery of skill, audiences will be spellbound as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents ZING ZANG ZOOM®, a thrill-filled, mind-blowing circus spectacular where family fun is no illusion. Magical Zingmaster Alex and his assistant Levitytia lead audience members through an extraordinary world of fantasy that celebrates the uplifting spirit of the circus and also wards off the cynical Mr. Gravity and his team of Heavies, who try to bring everyone down.

Feld Entertainment is offering a wonderful discount: 4 tickets for $44 good for weekday shows (Monday through Thursday and Friday morning) and $4 off on the weekend shows (Friday matinees through Sunday). As with other promotions, you use code MOM at the ticketmaster page:
here’s a list of the other appearances of ZING ZANG ZOOM
Washington, District of Columbia
Mar 17, 2010 – Mar 21, 2010
Fairfax, Virginia
Mar 24, 2010 – Apr 04, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 07, 2010 – Apr 18, 2010
Charleston, West Virginia
Apr 21, 2010 – Apr 25, 2010
Dayton, Ohio
Apr 29, 2010 – May 02, 2010
Albany, New York
May 06, 2010 – May 09, 2010
Columbus, Ohio
May 13, 2010 – May 16, 2010
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jun 10, 2010 – Jun 13, 2010
San Antonio, Texas
Jun 16, 2010 – Jun 20, 2010
New Orleans, Louisiana
Jun 24, 2010 – Jun 27, 2010
Corpus Christi, Texas
Jun 30, 2010 – Jul 04, 2010
Houston, Texas
Jul 07, 2010 – Jul 25, 2010
Dallas, Texas
Jul 28, 2010 – Aug 08, 2010
Fort Worth, Texas
Aug 11, 2010 – Aug 15, 2010
Austin, Texas
Aug 18, 2010 – Aug 22, 2010

We had the pleasure of attending Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Over The Top last year and we had such a great time the kids still talk about it.

Have you ever attended Ringling Bros. and Barnum &  Bailey® Circus? We want to invite our Baltimore area friends to come witness the fun for themselves and enter to win 1 of 2 family 4 packs of ticket vouchers right here at LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! These ticket vouchers are to attend ANY performance (as long as seats are available) at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD.

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Your entries must follow the rules or they won’t be eligible for prizes. This contest ends 11:59 pm, Thursday April 1, 2010. The winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. This contest is open to US residents only. For complete rules please read our contest rules page.

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SITS is Hosting Bloggy Boot Camp Baltimore

Next weekend I’m headed into the city for a blog conference. You can’t imagine my excitement when I found out SITS was hosting Bloggy Boot Camp right in my own backyard.  On March 6th, 2010 approximately 100 women from all around the blogosphere will converge onto the Inner Harbor and Pier 5 Hotel for a day of work and fun.

Bloggy Boot Camps are one day blog and social media conferences for women. The idea is a more convenient, lower cost, more co-operative experience. These day events are for brand new bloggers or experienced social media mavens- something for everyone. Networking, motivation, education and fun- something for everyone.

I’m attending Bloggy Boot Camp Baltimore 2010. I’m super excited to meet some bloggers that are both local and coming across the states. For the last couple weeks I’ve been able to connect with some of these fine ladies through a forum, twitter and visiting their blogs. I really need to establish a better system for regular blog visits.

I decided to go for a couple reasons

  • I need to do more for ME, I’m just as important as everything and everyone else I make time for in life.
  • I want to take LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! to great places. I’m not looking to become famous or make millions but I want a voice.
  • There is so much to learn about SEO, Public Relations, the FTC and Social Media. Again, not looking to be a guru I just want to make the right decisions, decisions that will benefit not just us but our readers.
  • It’s only 20 minutes from my house, how in the world could I have let this slip by without the chance to network, engage and interact with a whole NEW group of people. Growing your community can only bring good things!
  • I’m new to SITS but I completely embrace the support and feeling of community they have successfully achieved.  Hundreds of blog writers and owners come together each day to lift each other up; I’m proud to be a teeny tiny part of that!
  • So with 1 week left I have lots of blog hopping to do, getting to know some of the other attendees, trying to remember names, faces, family stories and points of view. I got my business cards, travel coffee mug and lip gloss, I’m ready!

    Professional Bull Riding isn’t just for cowboys!

    Ok well maybe actually riding the bull is but not watching it!

    It was a COLD and Windy Sunday morning. We were in our jammies with no intention of changing out of them for the day. Rob gets an email from a “friend” asking if we were interested in tickets to the rodeo. I laughed out loud when he asked me but quickly said heck yeah. I mean it’s not really my thing but I figured it would be fun. We asked Shaun if he was interested and we quickly got ready and headed to the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore for the show. Technically it was a Professional Bull Riding competition, the Baltimore Invitational to be exact.

    The start of the show was awesome, loud music, pyrotechnics and a high energy announcement of all the riders, bulls and clowns. The crowd was enthusiastic and loud and hyped up. One of the greatest parts of the entire show was “rodeo clown” Flint. So much more than just a distraction for the bulls Flint was the center of attention (next to the riders of course). He engaged the audience with dancing, comedy and contests.

    Now onto the bull-riding! I was worried that it would too much for Shaun, maybe a little scary but the environment was family centered and professional. We didn’t witness anything too damaging, I believe one rider got slightly stomped and another got the wind knocked out of him. We went into this not knowing anything about PBR but quickly got a grasp of the rules and enjoyed counting to 8, hoping the riders would be able to hold on. Overall the experience was a lot of fun, entertaining for the whole family. PBR isn’t just for cowboys.

    This is not a sponsored post, the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too!

    National Aquarium Baltimore

    Got Fish? The National Aquarium Baltimore has tons of fish and we were lucky enough to go last week since the kids were off from school. The kids love to go to the aquarium and we always have a great time when we go.

    The kids were really excited to get in the aquarium and right up the escalator is the first exhibit, an open tank which is filled with rays, fish and turtles. The kids loved looking at the rays and at the time when we arrived there were scuba divers in the tank feeding the rays and fish which the kids thought was really cool. We hung out at this exhibit for a little while before taking the escalator to the next level which in my opinion is where Shae was the most excited. On this level is where they have salt water exhibits and they were filled with fish like the ones from the Disney movie, Finding Nemo. I am sure you can figure out what fish Shae was excited to see, Nemo (clown fish). After dragging her away from the clown fish we headed over to the amphitheater to watch the dolphin show called Our Ocean Planet which was very good. That show lasted about 30 minutes and after that we headed down to the new jelly fish exhibit called Jellies Invasion:Oceans Out of Balance. This was one of the coolest exhibits we visited during our trip in my opinion. It was really cool to see so many different varieties of jelly fish and to read all about them.

    The last thing we did was walk the 5 plus floors down through the huge aquarium that are filled with tons of different fish and at the very bottom are the sharks. This is really neat because as you walk down the ramp to the different floors you can look up and down and see the different fish. The kids especially Shae really enjoyed this and we spent about an hour getting through this part of the aquarium which was the last exhibit of our visit.

    There were two things about our visit that were a little bit of a pain but did not in any way take away from our great visit to the aquarium. We were lucky enough to get four feedbacks tickets to visit the National Aquarium Baltimore and were told to go to the membership entrance to pick up our tickets. The day we went to the aquarium it was about 22 degrees outside so we figured we would be inside fast since we were getting our tickets at the membership entrance. That was not the case. In my opinion the general entrance moved a lot faster than the membership entrance on this particular day (not sure if something special was going on causing the delay at the membership entrance). Once we got our tickets and got inside we noticed they had a coat check which was a relief since we had two adult coats and four kid coats. This was another sore spot in our visit. The coat/stroller check and lockers are crammed into the same small area and both require special tokens. The token machine also was a weird device. The machine took 1’s, 5’s, 10’s and 20’s but if you needed more than one token which I did the machine would not allow me to select how many tokens I needed so it gave me my change in dollar coins. That would not have been a problem but the machine only accepted paper money and not coins which was a huge inconvenience. Once we got our coats checked the rest of our visit was awesome.

    All in all it was an awesome day and an awesome visit to the National Aquarium Baltimore and I am glad we went and looking forward to a return visit. If you live anywhere near Baltimore and the Inner Harbor a visit is a must. You will be glad you did.

    This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too!

    Wordless Wednesday – Harlem Globetrotters

    This is from our first Harlem Globetrotter game this past Saturday. We had an awesome time! We can’t wait to go to another game.

    Today I’m Going To See The Harlem Globetrotters

    About a month ago Melinda got us tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters which is happening today at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD.  Come to find out today is the start of the 2010 Harlem Globetrotters tour.  The Globetrotters will play 269 games in 44 states and 5 Canadian provinces.

    I am super excited because I have wanted to see the Harlem Globetrotters for about 5 years now but for one reason or another it has not happened but today it is finally happening.  Me, Melinda and Shaun can’t wait to go to the game and also to the meet and greet that we were invited to.  Be sure to look for our review of the meet and greet and of the game in the next few days.  I am sure it is going to be awesome and I am really looking forward to going.

    Port Discovery Museum

    I am not a huge fan of going to museums but the kids had been asking me a lot lately to go to the Port Discovery Children’s Museum and I finally caved in a few Sundays ago. At first I thought it was going to be lame and boring and I would be a clock watcher and be ready to leave as soon as we arrived but I didn’t. It was an awesome time and there was a ton of stuff to do. I even got to play while at Port Discovery.

    Port Discovery located in Baltimore, Maryland is fun for the whole family. It started as soon as we walked through the doors and Shaun saw the huge soccer field and immediately wanted to jump on the field and get into the game. They use a soccer ball that is similar to a beach ball and kids get on the field and just play which is really cool. Port Discovery also has the Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill’er Up Station which is a model of an actual Royal Farms experience with a kid-friendly twist – complete with a refrigerator door that moos when you get a quart of milk. Shae loved this exhibit because she got to go shopping just like mommy and daddy do. Shae also got to pretend fill up a VW Bug with gas which she really enjoyed.

    Another HUGE exhibit at Port Discovery is Kids Works which is a three story urban treehouse. In my opinion kids could spend the whole visit playing on this three story tower of fun. This is where I got my chance to play. I know I am a grown man but let me tell you this thing is huge and looked to fun to pass up. I think I made it two stories up before the kids left me in the dust.

    In my opinion and Melinda’s the best exhibit at the Port discovery Museum was The Diner. The Diner is a realistic 50’s style diner, kids can “cook” and serve food to their parents while using their math skills to ring up orders at the cash register. Our kids loved The Diner. The adults sat down while the kids brought us menus to place our order then they made the food and then served us. The kids really took The Diner seriously and played like they were real servers and cooks, it was really cool.

    Port Discovery is fun for the whole family. They have a toddler room that Shae really enjoyed with a ball pit and a slide. The toddler room had a lot of miscellaneous toys that kept Shae occupied for a very long time.

    So it doesn’t matter if you are two or forty two, Port Discovery has something for everyone. So if you are near the Baltimore Inner Harbor in Maryland and looking to kill a few hours be sure to stop by The Port Discovery Museum and enjoy yourself. Tickets are $12.95 for ages 2 and up and under two is free.  Port Discovery Museum also offers three different types of memberships so their is a plan for everyone. Port Discovery Museum is an awesome place to visit and play. ENJOY!!!

    This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too!

    Baltimore Disney on Ice Family 4Pack Giveaway

    Disney on Ice is BACK. This year they are presenting several different shows including Princess Classics, Finding Nemo and Celebrations. Each show is an adventure through a different Disney story or theme, bringing to life the magic and fantasy that makes all Disney characters so beloved.
    I’m happy to be working with Feld Entertainment and Mom Central to give Baltimore & Washington DC areas families the chance to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Wednesday, October 28th 7:30pm performance at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD.

    Celebrations is a colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends. Enjoy a Winter Wonderland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, and Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, a Very merry UnBirthday Party, a Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Come join the party when this spectacular ice show visits Baltimore.
    To win this fantastic prize of a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Wednesday, October 28th 7:30pm performance at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD., leave a comment below telling me who you would take to the performance.
    To receive these extra opportunities for entries, you must fulfill the first REQUIRED entry above and please be sure your email address in in your comment, attached to you blogger dashboard or easily seen on your website/blog. I will not search through About Me/Contact Me links.
    • Refer a friend or family member to enter this contest, make sure they let me know who referred them.
    • Leave a relevant comment on a non-giveaway Review or Article; let me know where to find your comment
    • Enter any other current Giveaway for an extra entry for each one entered
    • Follow Mom and Dad on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway DAILY for an additional entry each day, copy and paste this message: Disney on Ice is coming to Baltimore, win a 4Pack of tickets to the Celebration @lkwhtmomfound…and Dad too
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    Your entries must follow the rules or they won’t be eligible for prizes. This contest ends 11:59 pm, Tuesday, October 20, 2009. Winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to claim prize. Winning Tickets will be available at Will Call and will also require a valid picture ID for pick up.

    Day At The DC Zoo

    Friday night Melinda and I decided that on Saturday we were going to pack up the car and we were all going to head down to the National Zoo in Washington DC.

    The National Zoo in DC is cool for a couple reasons. The first is admission is FREE, that is right FREE. The only thing that you have to pay for is parking and that is even optional. If you park on the zoo grounds the maximum for the day would be $20 but if you parked outside the zoo and walked in it would be FREE. I like FREE stuff but we have parked outside the zoo once when we went 2 years ago and Melinda was pregnant with Shae and inside once yesterday and after this last trip of parking inside the zoo we will never park outside the zoo again. Even though it is free you have to walk a ways so for us it was worth the $20 to parking inside the zoo.

    The other cool thing about the National Zoo is the Giant Pandas and apes. The panda and ape exhibits are where we probably spend alot of our time because they are so cool to look at and watch. The really cool thing about the Orangutan exhibit is they have a huge tower with ropes that go over the zoo from the Ape House to the Think Tank and if you catch them at just the right time you might catch one doing a high wire act from one house to the other. We were fortunate enough to catch one in the act yesterday and we took a ton of pictures, one is below. It was really cool to see and everyone stops in their tracks to watch the orangutan cross over head.

    The National Zoo in DC has a ton of awesome animals and exhibits for everyone. They have tons of food and snack shops but we did pack our own food and snacks because we knew that food at the zoo would be very expensive so we brought our own lunch into the zoo which probably saved us about $50.
    Yesterday was an AWESOME day at the National Zoo in Washington DC. Melinda and I had a great time and so did the kids and for the whole day we spent only $20. How can you beat that? So if you live close or are passing by Washington DC it would definetly be worth it for you to check out the zoo. Y0u will have a great time.

    Our night at the Circus-AWESOME

    First let me start off by thanking Mom Central and Feld Entertainment for an amazing evening. My family went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Over the Top last night and it was the most fun we’ve all had as a family in a long time. If you get the chance to go, GO! It has been at least 25 years since I’ve been to the circus and my kids have never been and Rob couldn’t remember ever going either so this was a memory we will cherish for a long time.

    Mom Central set us up with a nice meet and greet before the actual show were we met other mom bloggers. But even better we got to meet the circus performers and take pictures then head to the stage area and watch a circus carnival with dancers, stilt walkers, acrobats and jugglers. They had costumes to try on and props to sit on and everyone was so welcoming and sweet. You’d imagine having to deal with so many people all the time you might get tired of smiling and posing for pictures but these people were NOT. Gracious and inviting is how they treated everyone.

    We took way too many pictures so I’m sharing way too many with you but honestly they don’t do the circus justice. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I was in awe most of the time. The kids didn’t make a peep expect for Shae who kept clapping and saying “yayyyyyyyy”. She cheered the elephants and dogs and motorcycles. Tom the Clown was a huge hit with Shaun, his favorite part was when Tom heckled a late comer and used her cell phone to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Sabreena’s favorite act was the Trapeze, the flying artists were so graceful and precise it was absolutely amazing. I must say the Rob and I share the same favorite, 7 motorcycles in a steel ball. I was so freaked out that we were going to witness a crash I thought my eyes were going to bug out of my head. This stunt had to take sooooo much precision and timing and trust, again I was in admiration the whole time.