Archives for July 29, 2015

Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces 750 Pound Velociraptors as Part of Its All-New “Raptors Encounter,” Inviting Guests to Come Face-to-Face with Carnivorous Predatory Dinosaurs, Located Adjacent to the Popular “Jurassic Park—The Ride”


Yes, this Dinosaur looks pretty real! My son and I saw it at Universal Studios and it is quite realistic! I think a few visitors actually looked scared! My son and I thought it was really cool!! This is a Must-See when you visit Universal Studios Hollywood!

The ferocious predatory Velociraptors that gained notoriety in the Jurassic Park blockbuster movies and sprang to life in “Jurassic Park—The Ride” at Universal Studios Hollywood will be unleashed in an all-new exciting “Raptors Encounter” experience at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. that pits guests in a daring face-to-face standoff with these terrifying, now free-roaming carnivores.

Tipping the scales at a hefty 750 pounds, towering 15 feet in height and 13 feet from tail to snout, the aggressive Cretaceous-era dinosaurs will each succumb to highly skilled handlers who adeptly guide them to within feet of guests in a specially themed area of the park, located adjacent to “Jurassic Park—The Ride.”

Highly intelligent creatures, Raptors—short for Velociraptors—are notorious hunters, who in recent years have undergone intense training by adept handlers as part of these unusual guest interactions. This Universal Studios Hollywood introduction marks their first West coast theme park foray with guests.

Each one of the Raptors displays intimidating eye contact and emits ear-piercing screeches to reinforce their predatory dominance.  Their snouts alone measure nearly 20 inches and house 56 razor sharp, bone-crushing teeth. With curved talons measuring up to 12 inches on each of their 18 inch-long feet, Velociraptors are formidable hunters and theme park guests are advised to approach them with caution.

Jurassic Park—The Ride” comes to life at Universal Studios Hollywood, inspired by famed director Steven Spielberg’s epic movie, where guests experience a wide array of living, breathing, prehistoric dinosaurs.  A phenomenal interactive thrill ride, “Jurassic Park—the Ride” features a land where stormy skies are pierced by colossal, three-dimensional, five-story dinosaurs and a world where visitors discover that they have become prey for a terrifying T. rex. The adventure culminates with a breath-taking 84-foot drop down a treacherous waterfall.

To see the “Raptors Encounter” in action at Universal Studios Hollywood, please click here.

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Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the renowned, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour featuring the intense “King Kong 360 3-D” attraction and the all-new “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride as the Studio Tour’s grand finale.  Other popular rides include the 3D-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering evening tours of the iconic movie backlot through Labor Day.

Self Disclosure: I attended a Mom and Dad Blogger event at Universal Studios Hollywood to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received and any opinions expressed are my own. Top Photo Credit: Universal Studios. Bottom photos: SoCal City Kids.

The Bedtime Brushing Habit Kids Will Love Make Brushing Fun (and Not a Mess) with Violife’s Rockee Toothbrush


Dread your child’s bedtime routine that’s often met with resistance when it comes time to brushing teeth, followed by the toothpaste disaster left on the counter tops and floors?


Say goodbye to the bedtime struggle and establish a solid teeth-brushing regimen with the Violife Rockee Toothbrush. While it rocks, wobbles and spins, the Rockee is designed to always stay upright, meaning no more messy toothpaste on your counter or brushes on the floor.

I received samples of these super cute toothbrushes and they were a hit with my nephew! My 11-year-old son is a little too old for them but mu 4 year-old nephew loved them!  He now loves to brush his teeth! Okay, maybe love is too strong of a word but he really likes to use these brushes to  brush  his teeth and there is a lot less complaining! I highly recommend for young children. 

Available in a variety of cute animals and bright colors, the Rockee features an oval brush head with soft bristles and a comfortable, ergonomically designed handle that fits easily into small hands.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: Violife.


Available for $15 online via, the Rockee includes two extra brush heads.

Chore war reality check, get tweens, teens to pitch in no complaints Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Responsibilities Around the Home By: Gregg Murset, Founder & CEO of

  1. Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology … Why threaten to take away a child’s technology when you can use that technology to take advantage of a teachable-moment or drive home a larger message about being responsible? By using an online job chart like, children consistently log in, see their responsibilities that need to be done, register the completion and find out their rewards. Your kids will find themselves motivated by seeing their bank account grow or positive notes from mom and dad.


  1. Let Kids Earn Money to Support A Special Charity They Pick … Help your child find a charity or cause they want to support, and tell them by finishing tasks around the house, the money they earn will go as a donation. The donation could be made once a year, every month or every week, depending on your child, but if they can see how their hard work helps animals, another child or to help find a cure, they will be more engaged.


  1. Parents/Grandparents Match (Double) Any Savings or Donation … Make an agreement with your kids that whatever they earn, you (and even grandma/grandpa) will match the dollar amount to go toward a charity or that new toy they have been wanting.


  1. Connect Helping Around the House with a Special Day or Additional Activity Time … Sometimes all a child wants is some special time with mom and dad, maybe a trip to the zoo, to see a movie or to go out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Have a standing arrangement that every week or month, if assigned tasks are completed properly, you will grant them one wish to do something.


5. Allow Overtime … Just like mom and dad, give your kids the chance to work overtime to earn more money. Even though some jobs have a clear ending, find other jobs that your children could go above and beyond  if they request. Examples include working in the garden, painting a room, doing advance homework or helping neighbors with their projects.


  1. Go on Strike … If you give your children something to do and they skip out on it, do not do it for them. Even the most stubborn teen will take notice when they run out of clean laundry.


  1. Allow Help … During summer break or on a long weekend give your kids a large project to complete and let them invite friends over to help. While painting the backyard fence or shoveling mulch for the yard might not sound fun to you it could be a blast for a group of kids. Especially if you offer to host a pizza party after the work is done.


  1. Create Trades … Competition runs rampant between siblings so take advantage of it. If one of your kids is assigned a task and he/she doesn’t want to complete it, allow for trades between kids. The child who wants to trade his/her task can give up the reward tied to that chore to a sibling in exchange for the sibling doing it. If one sibling is willing to put in all the effort, the others will quickly take notice and want to contribute when they are not getting any of the rewards.


About is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona and the anchor product for LeapSpring, Inc., brings together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere.  For more information, visit

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post.