swimming with dolphins at dolphin cay

This happened. This really, really happened.

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Honestly, it was so surreal – almost like a dream. When in your life do you get to interact so intimately with such a beautiful wild animal? When do you get to learn about them from their trainers – who love and understand them so closely – with them right in front of you? When do you wade into waist-deep water and get to make friend with a dolphin,  touching and playing, giving them kisses and high fives?

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At Dolphin Cay in Atlantis, shallow water interactions are limited to just ten guests per dolphin, so you truly get one-on-one time with your dolphin. Your time begins with a quick orientation where you learn about dolphins and then leads to a 30-minute in water interaction. Your trainer leads you through an educational time, learning about dolphin behavior, training and even dolphin anatomy. Did you know that the first residents of Dolphin Cay were 16 rescued dolphins, who were swept to sea during Hurricane Katrina from their previous home at the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Mississippi?

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You’ll get to kiss, hug, dance, high five, pet, feed and give cues for the dolphin to do tricks. At

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TIPS FOR DOLPHIN CAY:

  • You will get wet. Dolphins are very playful and love to splash. (And the trainers love to make them splash you 🙂
  • JEWELRY IS NOT PERMITTED, for the dolphin’s safety. Lock your wedding rings in your room safe before you visit Dolphin Cay. They do have lockers, but you may be uncomfortable leaving your valuables there.
  • Come dressed in your swimsuit. Locker room space is open, so its easier to just pull your wetsuit on over your suit.
  • Wetsuits, personal lockers, beach towels, and non-alcoholic refreshments are provided, along with all-day access to Dolphin Cay’s luxurious private beach. You are welcome to stay and enjoy the gorgeous beach after your interaction.
  • Children under 10 MUST have an adult doing the interaction with them.
  • Bring your Atlantis room card or a credit card with ID – these are the only ways to pay.
  • The photo CD is the best value – for $99, you can get a photo CD with 30 pictures on it, so you can print your own pictures at home. Photo print packages start at around $40.

Disclosure: This trip was provided courtesy of the  Paradise Island Bureau of Tourism and Development. As always all thought and opinions are our own.

halloween spooktacular at sesame place

Last weekend I was given the opportunity to join a group of bloggers at Sesame Place for the Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. What an amazing time we had!

From now until October 28th, Sesame Place has been transformed into a not-so-spooky Halloween attraction featuring 2 mazes, character hayrides, three Halloween shows and your favorite Sesame Street charactors dressed to impress in their Halloween costumes. It’s good old family fun for kids of all ages.

New this year is Ernie’s Rubber Duckie Costume Party – a non-stop dance party with disco lights and upbeat music.

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Families are encouraged to come dressed in costume. It’s too chilly for their water rides, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the dozen dry rides throughout the park! For those families looking for some Halloween fun, trick or treating stations are set up in various locations as well as special events such as the Count’s Halloween Party, Abby Cadabby’s Fairy Pumpkin Party and their annual Halloween Costume Party.

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October 6th and 7th—The Count’s Halloween Party ‐ Take a break from all of your Halloween fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular and enjoy the new dinner menu at Dine With Me! Celebrate Halloween with a terrific all‐you‐care‐to eat dinner buffet plus singing and dancing with all of your favorite Sesame Street friends at their very own Halloween Party! Dinner is at 5:00pm and is by reservation only. Children under 2 are free. Visit www.sesameplace.com for complete information.

October 13th and 14th—Grover’s Birthday Bash ‐ Celebrate the birthday of everybody’s favorite fuzzy, blue and lovable too…. Grover! Enjoy our brand new dinner menu at Dine With Me! plus singing and dancing with all of your favorite Sesame Street friends at Grover’s Birthday Bash! Dinner is at 5:00pm and is by reservation only. Children under 2 are free.

October 20th and 21st — Abby Cadabby’s Fairy Pumpkin Party ‐ Help everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends celebrate Abby Cadabby’s birthday with her very own Fairy Birthday Party! This hour long party includes an all‐you‐care‐to eat dinner buffet, singing, and dancing with your Sesame Street friends. What birthday party would be complete without singing Happy Birthday to the Fairy‐in‐Training! Dinner is at 5:00pm and is by reservation only. Children under 2 are free.

October 29th and 30th—The Count’s Halloween Party‐ Take a break from all of your Halloween  fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular and enjoy the new dinner menu at Dine With Me! Celebrate Halloween with a terrific all‐you‐care‐to eat dinner buffet plus singing and dancing with all of your favorite Sesame Street friends at their very own Halloween Party! Dinner is at 5:00pm and is by reservation only. Children under 2 are free.

October 30th — Halloween Costume Contest ‐ Come dressed in a Halloween costume to compete in the annual costume contest at Sesame Place! Registration will begin at 10 a.m. in front of Monster Rock Theater and there will be competitions for boys, girls, and families. All of the contests will take place at Monster Rock Theater and winners will be posted at the Welcome Center. All winners will be invited to be special guests in the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween parade.

Don’t miss out on the special Halloween shows featuring your favorite Sesame Street characters!

Countdown to Halloween – A live character Halloween musical show. Guests are treated to a stage performance starring Count von Count, Elmo, Zoe and Prairie Dawn. In this musical show, Count von Count goes on a journey on his favorite night of the year – Halloween!
Show times for September 29th through October 28th (open weekends only) 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 5:30

The Not-Too-Spooky Howl-o-ween Radio Show – The Count’s Not-Too-Spooky Howl-o-ween Radio Show is sure to entertain the whole family. In this Halloween show, The Count Von Count serves as the master of scare-emonies on an old-time radio show.
Show times for September 29th through October 28th (open weekends only) 11:45, 12:45, 2:15, 5:15

Elmo’s World Live – Halloween Show – Today Elmo is thinking about Halloween! Join Elmo, Mr. Noodle and Dorothy as they explore this fun, fantastic holiday.
Show times for September 29th through October 28th (open weekends only) 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 2:15, 3:15, 5:00

The Neighborhood Street Party Spooktacular Parade – The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular, the “Neighborhood Street Party” parade will be enhanced with Halloween elements, including an all-new parade stop that will feature “spooktacular” music and new performances by the Sesame Street characters.
Show times for September 29th through October 28th (open weekends only)
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Thanks to the people at Sesame Place for letting us enjoy a fun filled family day at their park including a cup cake happy hour with some of Sesame Streets most beloved characters! (Unfortunately I was only able to capture a phot of my daughter with Abby Cadabby!)
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We had a blast and look forward to our next trip!
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Thanks to Paola for covering this for Girlymama! It looks like SO much fun and we can’t wait to go again soon!

Disclosure: Paola received complimentary admission for her family to provide coverage for girlymama. as always, all opinions are our own.

hilton baltimore

Looking for a hotel in Baltimore? We’ve stayed at the Hilton Baltimore twice now and it is just lovely!

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What makes this hotel truly stand out – besides the wonderful staff – is its location. You can get rooms that overlook the Camden Yards Ballpark…

 

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Rooms that look onto the famous Inner Harbor and – as we had – rooms that overlook the Grand Prix of Baltimore!

All rooms offer the Hilton Serenity Collection featuring the exclusive Serenity Bed which includes the Suite Dreams mattress, Super Topper mattress pad, 250 thread-count European style linens and Touch of Down pillows, 37-inch flat-screen TV, Hilton Alarm Clock Radio with MP3 connection, flexible work area, in-room safe, Cuisinart dual-cup single-brew coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the bathrooms are gorgeous.

Our room was clean, comfy and had plenty of room for our family. Our kids loved the pool and the fitness center was first class. As Hilton Diamond Members, we enjoyed the Executive Lounge, as well, with evening reception and complimentary breakfast. We were able to park our car when we arrived and walked to everything we wanted to see. Attractions like Camden Yards and M & T Bank Stadium, The National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Maryland Science Center, and tons of family friendly restaurants are all a quick walk away. There is tons to do!

We were unable to use the restaurants, as they were serving fixed menus for the Grand Prix, but they have wonderful reviews and are sure to be excellent.

We highly recommend the Hilton Baltimore!

 

 

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