Action & Adventure with Netflix – #StreamTeam

NetflixUnless you’ve been living like a hermit in a cave, you’ve likely heard of Netflix.  With its huge selection and the ability to watch what you want when you want, Netflix is the ultimate in entertainment.  We love out Netflix Canada for so many reasons, among them the fact that action and adventure is just a click away.   And for our boys – it’s the most amazing thing for them because I can choose what they watch when I’m ok with them watching tv.  I’m excited to be a member of Netflix’s Stream Team and will be updating you over the next year of all the great stuff they have for your viewing pleasure!

August is all about adventure – it’s summer and, well, it’s just appropriate to have a little adventure in our viewing.  And all that fun doesn’t end in August – Netflix has so much to offer all year round!

 

August Adventures Netflix Titles

14 titles to share with your kids on Netflix:

For your Bigger Kids:

                          

1. The Adventures of Tintin
2. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
3. Tad: The Lost Explorer
4. The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure
5. National Treasure
6. Labou and the Quest for the Lost Treasure

And for your little ones:


                     
  1. Dora The Explorer
  2. Wild Animal Baby Explorers
  3. Tree Fu Tom
  4. Rubbadubbers: Tubb’s Pirate Treasure
  5. A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures
  6. The Hive

My boys, who are 5 and 7, watched The Adventures of Tin Tin with me. I remember Tin Tin books from when I was in elementary school (a LONG time ago) and I was excited to watch this with them.  It was kind of like watching Indiana Jones, only animated and for kids.  While there were a few tense moments when they cuddled up to me, the final review from the boys was two thumbs up.  They loved it!   I’m now going to find the books so they can have more of Tin Tin and his lovely little dog Snowy.  Tin Tin is definitely one character I’d like to see more of!

Movies like Journey to the Center of the Earth and National Treasure are also great watches, although I’d go a little older with the last one, as far as age appropriateness.

If you have wee ones, Dora is always a hit, and a Turtles Tale are also fun ones to watch.

I also want to mention that there is PLENTY of action and adventure for Mom and Dad to watch when the kids are in bed.  My husband is pretty much a Netflix addict.  He loves unwinding in the evening and Netflix is his go to choice.  Personally I like Dr. Who – nothing like an adventure someplace in the universe, right?  And this is one show the whole family watches around here.

If you don’t have Netflix, definitely look into it.  It’s the most affordable way to watch tv with the whole family.  We have pretty much basic cable and have used Netflix as our primary viewing choice for quite some time now and I think it’s worth every single penny.

 

disclosure:  compensation has been received in the form of product or service for this post.   However, all opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.  These are my thoughts on the service.

Kraft Dinner – Bringing FUN to Vancouver!

Kraft DinnerThink Vancouver is a no fun city?  Think again!!  It’s time to bring the FUN back to town and Kraft Dinner is doing it right now! With the launch of the first ever KD Fun Shop that took over Granville Square this past week, Kraft Dinner is on a mission to get Canadian’s back to their fun-loving selves.

If you missed the Fun Shop last week - don’t worry!  Right now, a Kraft Dinner Fun Kiosk just might surprise you outside of your transit stop, dry cleaners and more.  If it’s an un-fun place, they might appear to change that.  At the fun Kiosk you get to trade fun for actual goods and services!  Your money isn’t good at a KD Fun Kiosk - it’s all about doing fun things instead.  That simple – and yes, that FUN!

Keep your eyes peeled all around Vancouver – you never know where they might show up.  If you see them, be sure to stop and let a little fun into your life and get rewarded by Kraft Dinner.  The kiosks will be popping up in secret locations across Vancouver from July 23rd to July 31st.

Kraft Dinner FUN FACT

Did you know that KD is the most popular grocery item in Canada?  We eat 55% more KD than American do… and we are the only ones to call it KD.

“We’re on a mission to encourage Canadians to let the fun out from coast to coast,” said Kristen Eyre, brand director, Kraft Dinner, Kraft Canada. “The KD Fun Index helped us to understand the state of fun in Canada.  What we found was that at any given time, only one in five Canadians are having it. Come on, Canada: we can do better than that!”

And just as FUN - KD is giving away an awesome pack to one of my readers!  Each pack includes a wide variety of KD product (you name it, it’s in there), along with premier swag items from the pop-up shop totaling a $100 value. Enter via the rafflecopter below.  Open to Canadians only.

disclosure:  I have received product and/or compensation in return for this post.  All opinions are my own and not based on any compensation.

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Pirate Adventures Vancouver – Take to the Seas

Pirate AdventuresAhoy there me Hearties!!  Pirate Adventures are just around the corner (literally for some of you – they are on Granville Island) and it’s time you got yourselves out to experience the water like the good sea dog you are.   OK,  seriously,  you really have to get yourselves out to Pirate Adventures and I’ll tell you why.

Pirates are Cool!

It’s true – pirates that wear nifty pirate outfits, talk in their savvy pirate language and sail the seven seas in search of gold and treasure are pretty awesome.  They have earrings, cool hats, cool swords, and cool ships with real skull and crossbones flags on them.  My 5 year old son has a pirate room so I have it on good authority that pirates are cool.  And yep, Pirate Adventures has all of the above.

Pirate Ships are the “In Thing”

Ever been on a pirate ship?  I didn’t think so.  You really have to try it.  They sail the ocean (or False Creek Pirate Adventuresin this case so kind of like the ocean”  They have cannons!!!  OK, these ones shoot water, but hey it’s a blast! They are full of adventure and promise!  And there is adventure on this ship, I promise.  My seven year old son became a big part of that adventure and took to it like a… well… pirate!

Adventure on the Seas is Awesome!

Searching for treasure, fighting against a ‘bad’ pirate, learning about the story behind the trip and taking pirate lessons is the bomb.  Where else can you do all these things but on the sea in a pirate ship?  Where else do you get to actually BE a pirate and participate in the story?  Pirate Adventures gives you all of this and it’s fun.  This is something that all kids (and a whole bunch of parents) can really get into. The more you get into it, the more fun it is!

Pirate AdventuresWe were given a family trip from Pirate Adventures.  Over an hour on the water, filled with adventure and my boys are still talking about it two weeks later.  For the littles, this is the real thing.   For the parents, it’s a great way to watch your kids get charmed by their imagination.  And if you let it, you can be charmed, too.

When we arrived at Pirate Adventures, we walked into the most amazing Pirate Store.  It’s storefront is full of everything and anything a pirate could ever want.  And it’s laid out so well that you just want to go and explore all of the stuff they have in their.  We came home with a pirate sword and a pendant on a chain that opens into a watch.  These are things my kids ‘needed’ to complete their pirate outfits.

We were greeted by friendly people, and then sent over to get geared up.  Some costume pieces, a little paint and we were ready to go.  There was also a Mom and daughter who came that arrived geared up to the nines in their fabulous pirate outfits, so you can come all dressed up if you want to.  There was laughter and giggles as people got ready and we were all excited to head down to the dock to get on the ship.

Once on the ship we were given the safety talk – done in a way only a pirate could give it.  And then we learned all about being a pirate.  The story began to unfold as we made our way out to the open water and from there Pirate Adventuresit grew.  I won’t give it all away, because you need to experience it for yourself.  I have to give kudos to the Mom who played the Sea Witch on our trip.  She was AMAZING and she jumped into like she was born to the role.  I think her son was pretty impressed!  And I have to give kudos to my oldest son because he came right out of his shell and played a part in the adventure like a fish takes to water.  I was so proud!

As a family outing, this is a pretty cool idea.  You can plan a day on Granville Island and include Pirate Adventures to add some imaginative flavor. Come dressed in your pirate best or let them gear you up – and be prepared to use your imagination and get right into the adventure.

And as an incredible BONUS, Pirate Adventures is giving away a chance for TWO FAMILIES to enjoy their own adventure.  I have two sets of passes for a family of 4 to experience Pirate Adventures for themselves.  If you live in the Lower Mainland / Greater Vancouver area or will be here and are able to get to Granville Island to enjoy your adventure, enter the rafflecopter below!

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