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Every Kid in a Park: FREE Admission for One Year to National Parks For All 4th Graders & Their Families

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If you will have a fourth grader this fall (which I will!!)  here is a fun heads up.

A new initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE!

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Soon, you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available for the 2015-2016 school year.

Every Kid in a Park joins the Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids program in helping children learn history, culture, and science while exploring the great outdoors. The initiative is an administration-wide effort among the National Park Service, Forest Service, Department of Education, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Krispy Kreme: FREE Glazed Doughnut for First 1,000 At Every Store – No Purchase Necessary (February 24th)

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Mark your calendar! In celebration of the opening of their 1,000th doughnut shop, Krispy Kreme shops across the country and world will be giving away a FREE Original Glazed doughnut to the first 1,000 people at each shop on February 24th – no purchase necessary! Click here for more information.

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LEGO Cake ANYONE Can Make

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Here it is. The LEGO cake anyone can make. How do I know anyone can make it? Because I made it. If I can, trust me, you can.

I started with a Pillsbury cake mix from the pantry- I am sure I grabbed it on sale at some point.  This was my sweet “helper”.

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I was planning to make a 9×13 cake, cut out two rectangles, stack them and make a longer cake. However, I could find neither of my 9×13 pans. I know where I left one after Thanksgiving but the other is probably gone for good…. I had already made the batter and promised the cake so it was time to improvise. I used two square 8×8 pans. LEGOS can be square right?
*Note-there are no baking times for square 8×8 so I just use the round cake times and watched them closely. It was about 32 minutes at 350.

Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.46.38 AMThen I cut the tops a little to make them flat and easy to stack. (and maybe to have a small snack)

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Enter my next two easy ingredients.
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So most of you probably know this, but for my fellow non bakers, put a thin layer of icing on one cake then stack the other on top. You can also use the the icing to “glue” two Oreos together and then to the top of the cake.

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Then  icing the cake. I tried making it blue. I may have needed a little more blue food color but I was afraid it would taste odd. SO, when you make your cake you can just do a better job. (It looks a little more grey in this pic then it really is.)

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And there it is! The easiest LEGO cake ever. Hopefully, your icing will look smoother. I tried fixing it after I let it sit in the fridge for a bit. Do not do that. It only makes it worse.

Happy birthday to my 9 year old. Your mom is not a great cake baker, but she loves you very much.

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FREE Teacher Field Trip Review Event: Ripley’s, Titanic, Biltmore Estates & Much More (Teachers, School Personnel & Homeschool)

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Calling all teachers!!!  February 20-March 8th is the huge free field trip review event in a and around Sevierville/Pigeon Forge!   Here are all the participating sites and details.

FREE Field Trip Review Event

February 20 – March 8, 2015

INCLUDES TEACHERS, SCHOOL PERSONNEL, AND HOMESCHOOL TEACHERS*

ONLY REGISTER ONE TEACHER/PERSONNEL PER FAMILY!

Reservations requested no later than 48 hours in advance where required.

Valid I.D. required at ALL attractions. Prices do not include tax.

COMP TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE AND ARE ONLY VALID DURING THESE DATES.

The Tomb, MagiQuest, Firehouse Golf, Circus Golf, Amazing Mirror Maze, Shoot ‘em Up 5D Theater – Teacher + 1 Free. Additional guests 50% off. For questions, comments, or concerns, please call or text 865-548-1702 or email doctorandreawilson@gmail.com. No reservations required.

Titanic Museum Attraction – All School Personnel Complimentary. Remaining Guests $3.00 off Adult Admission. School Identification or paycheck stub required. No reservations required. Call 800-381-7670

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Moving Theater, Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze, Ripley’s Old McDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf, Guinness World Records –Teacher + 1 Free (additional guests up to 4 at $10.99 + tax). MUST bring a School ID and a current paycheck stub. NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 865-430-8808 or education@ripleys.com for questions. *Discount NOT valid for home school as Ripley’s offers a home school discount year round.

The Track – Teacher $1.00. Add’l guests $12.00. 2-hour armband. No reservations. Must arrive before 4 PM. Excludes Bungee & Skyflyer but will discount both @ $10.00 (Retail $20). Kids Country opens 3/2/15. Non-transferable.

Christ in the Smokies – Teachers 1 Free. Additional guests $3 off except children (no free guests). Must arrive by 3:00 p.m.

Rainforest Adventures – Teacher +1 Free. Everyone else, 50% off.

Wheel at the Island – Teacher free, additional guests $11. No reservations required. Must present flyer. Must present ID.

Biltmore Estate – Adults: $27.00 + tax. Youth 10-16 years old $15.00 + tax., Children 9 and under free with family. Call 866-851-4661 promo code 550.

Three Bears Gift Shop – Teachers free to see bears. Additional guests 50% off. Just present flyer. No reservations.

Adventure Park Ziplines, Legacy Mtn. Ziplines, Xtreme Racing, Speed Zone Fun Park, Lazer Port Fun Center – Buy one get one free. Reservations highly recommended due to variable weather conditions Call 865-312-6232 or email cheri@perrysmithdevelopment.com

Corky’s, TGI Fridays, Flapjacks, Golden Corral – 10% off. No reservations required. Must present flyer with valid I.D.

Hard Rock Cafe – $5 off $25. Valid with $25 food, beverage or merchandise purchase. Excludes alcohol and sale related items. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount program. One car per party per visit. No Cash Value. Expires March 9, 2015.

WonderWorks – Teacher + 1 Free (additional guests up to 4 at $10.00 + tax). MUST bring a School ID and a current paycheck stub. NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 865-868-1815 or schools@wonderworkstn.com for questions. *Discount NOT valid for home school as WonderWorks offers a home school discount year round. Call (865)868-1800 to reserve for our Wonders of Magic Show for only $11.99+tax!

Lodging Discounts: • Pete Smith 1-800-523-3919 • Arrowhead Campground 865-430-7433 • Melanie @ 865-453-4514 ext. 610 or melanie.clifford@marriott.com • Inn on the River 877-986-4243 • Baymont Inn & Suites 865-453-6785

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Groupon: LAST Day to Get an Extra 20% Off Up to Three Local Deals (Great deal at MagiQuest, Peerless & More)

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Through today only Groupon is offering an extra 20% off all local deals.  Just use the code LOVE20 at checkout- on up to 3 local deals and you will get an extra 20% off!

groupon-magicquestThis coupon will help you get a great deal on the MagiQuest Experience for One or Two With Mini Golf, Mirror-Maze, and Laser Vault at MagiQuest in Pigeon Forge!

You can chose from two options:

The MagiQuest experience leads kids through an enchanted castle with the help of a trusty loaner wand. The wand remembers their name and all of their accomplishments as they interact with the experience, which features a dungeon, village, and fairy forest all filled with sprightly characters.

This Groupon also includes access to the Odyssey Mirror Maze, which tests entrants with confusing lights, holographs, and seemingly endless mirrors. The Pirate Golf course features 18 holes illuminated by black lights, and The Vault organizes a laser challenge that beckons visitors to cross it and post the best time without breaking the beams.

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If you’re looking for a Valentine’s day deal check out $40 Worth of Steaks and Seafood at Peerless Restaurant for only $19.20! If this is a gift you can send it instantly with a loving e-cards, or print a gift envelope and card.

Or head to the Tennessee Theatre on February 16 to see “In The Mood” for as little as $19.20 per ticket!

There are several great Groupon deals right now so look around and use LOVE20 to get an additional 20% off!

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26 Free Hasbro Apps for iTunes (Monopoly Dash, Simon Swipe, Scrabble Blitz, Connect 4 & More)

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Head over to SmartAppsforKids where you’ll find a list of 26 FREE Hasbro Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad – choose from apps like Monopoly Dash, Simon Swipe, Scrabble Blitz, Connect 4 Quads and more!

You can also see their list of 13 Top Apps for Valentine’s Day. Some of them are free and some are discounted.

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Wonderworks Local Appreciation Days Discounted Tickets through March 8, 2015!

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WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge is expanding its “Sevier County Days” local appreciation discount rate to those who live or work in Blount, Knox, Jefferson, Cocke, or Sevier County, now through March 8. The discount rate is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and kids 4-12 years old (tax not included).

Normal ticket cost is $23.99/adult and $14.99 child or senior.

Guests must present proof of local residency with a government issued photo ID or local employment with a paycheck stub. For more information, call (865) 868-1800.

Thanks, Jill!

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