Justin’s Ice Cream Company

Our second stop on our ice cream adventure was Justin’s Ice Cream Company on the Riverwalk. We decided to try this one out because we went to the Hard Rock Café and this was right by it. The owner also used to be one of my mom’s middle school teachers and the boys thought that was cool so we wanted to include it.

Justin’s Ice Cream serves ice cream, gelato, sorbet, sherbet, and yogurt. The boys settled on cherry vanilla and strawberry. The cherry vanilla had big chunks of black cherries in it and Connor loved them. Connor and I liked JT’s strawberry ice cream, but he didn’t care for it.

If you’re heading to the San Antonio Riverwalk and want to get some ice cream, you might consider checking out Justin’s. We would try it again if we’re there.

Let us know if you’ve ever been to the Justin’s Ice Cream or if you have another favorite Riverwalk ice cream shop.

Brindles Awesome Ice Cream

The boys and I started out on a mission to visit different ice cream places in and around San Antonio throughout the summer. We decided to start out at Brindle’s Awesome Ice Cream.

Brindle’s serves both ice cream and gelato. Connor loves gelato and I expected that’s what he would order. He actually ended up getting a sorbet and didn’t even try a sample of any of the gelatos. He ordered the Tropical Papaya sorbet and JT went with the Mango Tango sorbet. Connor said that he had actually wanted the Mango Tango, but since his brother ordered it, he went with something different. I had the Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler.

From left to right: Tropical Papaya, Mango Tango, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler.

Connor actually ended up loving the Tropical Papaya even more than the Mango Tango. The boys were ready to order more when they were done and they normally don’t even finish their ice cream. I enjoyed my ice cream also. I decided to go with the Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler because the employee helping us recommended it. She also said it was one of the popular flavors at the time. I didn’t care for the chunks of peach that were in the ice cream because they didn’t really have any flavor but the ice cream itself was really good.

One of the things we noticed as we were eating our ice cream was that Brindles also serves ice cream tacos. We figured we would need to go back to try one of those. Another ice cream I’ve read about that I would love to try is their Azteca ice cream. We will back eventually but for now we have a lot more ice cream shops to try out. Our next stop is Justin’s Ice Cream.

Our Indoor Skydiving Experience at iFly

*Disclosure: We received complimentary iFly packages in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

Have you ever wanted to try skydiving? Did you know that you experience skydiving without having to leave the ground? Last week Connor and I visited iFly San Antonio for some indoor skydiving.

I had actually been indoor skydiving about 20ish years ago in Las Vegas but iFly was a bit of different experience for me. Connor had been wanting to try out iFly for quite awhile now so he was both excited and nervous. When we got there he wasn’t sure whether or not he actually wanted to try it.

Walking into iFly, we were quickly greeted and checked-in and then instructed to wait in the next room until it was our turn to get ready to fly. The room we walked into held the vertical wind tunnel in the center of the room. The room was spacious and there was plenty of seating.

While we were waiting for our flight time we got to watch some of the instructors fly. The instructors are able to do lots of really cool tricks with their flying and it’s really fun to watch them.

After waiting for our flight time to come up, it was finally time to get ready to fly. First we were taken into the preflight room. We watched a short video about the flight position and the hand signals that would be used in the wind tunnel.

Once the video was over, it was time to put on our flight gear. We each received a flight suit, helmet, goggles, and ear plugs to put on.

Here’s Connor in his flight suit. I wanted to get a picture with the rest of his flight gear on but we had put our stuff back in the lockers and we got locked out. I asked our instructor about it and he said he had a key that he could use to open it but I didn’t want to make him open it up just so we could take a picture.

As soon as the other group finished up their flight session in the wind tunnel, it was our turn. We lined up and sat down inside and then it was time to fly. Each person flies for a minute at a time. I went second in the group and it did not go so smoothly. I remembered the flight position; it was the exact same as from when I did it a long time ago but as soon as the wind hit my face I couldn’t do it. I tried to keep my chin up to block the wind from hitting me directly in my face as best as I could but I just could not do it and I ended flipping over. Connor went in after me and he did better than I did but I could tell the wind got to him too. It wasn’t until we looked at his video that we realized it looked like he was swimming because he was kicking his legs. He said that he didn’t know that he was doing that and he felt like his legs were straight. Everyone gets to turns to fly so I went ahead and gave it another try and just tried to relax and breathe and I felt like I did better but I couldn’t do the whole minute. Connor decided not to take his second turn.

Although we may not have done as well, there were some others that were really great at it and I loved watching them. I thought it was so much fun to see them do the high fly. If I could manage to get the breathing thing down then I’d be good. Connor said that he’d like to try it again but he needs to practice having the wind blow in his face. I agree, I definitely need to practice with the wind blowing in my face. I can’t even breathe correctly if the wind is blowing hard and I’m walking or just standing; I have to turn away. Regardless, it was a fun experience and I’m so glad that Connor got to try it out because it is something he had been wanting to do.

If you’re thinking about giving iFly a try, you can check out some more info on their website here. iFly also offers birthday party packages and field trip packages. The field trips are STEM based and include experiments along with a flight in the wind tunnel. We have homeschool friends that have done the iFly field trips and we’ve heard nothing but good things about it. Everyone always ends up having so much fun.

Are you ready to fly? Check out this great summer special going on!

“Summer Special: As the summer season is officially here, iFLY is boasting a fantastic Summer 25 Special, offering 25 percent off on first time flyer packages. Hurry though, the special only is available until July 6.”

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Save 25% on First Time Flyer Packages*

Special and Promo Code: SUMMER25
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*PROMO CODE: SUMMER25 valid on First Time Flyer Packages (excludes family and party packages and vouchers). Packages must be flown Monday through Thursday between 6/21/17 – 7/6/17 (not valid on 7/4/17). Valid at participating iFLY locations. Not valid on previous purchases, exchanges, special orders or gift cards. Discounts cannot be combined with other iFLY offers. Offer valid through 7/6/17. For locations and to book, visit iFLYworld.com.

Vote for Duck!- The Magik Theatre Presents Duck for President (Review & Giveaway!)

*Disclaimer: We were provided with complimentary tickets to see Duck for President. All opinions are our own honest opinions.*

This weekend we visited The Magik Theatre for their season opener. The Magik Theatre, located in downtown San Antonio, strives to bring children’s literature to life. Duck for President, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, is the latest book that they have brought to the stage. The play is adapted by James E. Grote. Music and lyrics are by George Howe and it is directed by Frances Limoncelli.

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Here are the boys excitedly waiting for the show to begin.

Here are the boys excitedly waiting for the show to begin.

The boys and I truly enjoyed this play. We’ve been to several of the plays at The Magik Theatre and Duck for President tops my favorites.

The play features Farmer Brown and his animals, Pig, Hen, Cow, and of course, Duck. We watch as Duck decides to run for Farmer, Governor, and President. Each time he thinks that being in charge is going to be a lot of fun but then realizes the jobs are actually hard.

The show was cute and funny and the boys had fun quacking along. There are plenty of songs and jokes incorporated into the play and we were smiling and laughing throughout the entire show.

The show is about an hour long and when it’s over the actors line up by the theatre entrance to sign autographs and take pictures.

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I’m putting both boys together because JT told me that he was going to say exactly what Connor said.

“I loved Duck for President! I love Farmer Brown and Duck! The play was really funny. Duck for President and Flat Stanley are my favorites so far.”

Duck for President will be running at the Magik Theatre through November 6, 2016. We highly recommend checking out this fun show. We’ve also been provided with a gift certificate good for 4 tickets to any showing of Duck for President for one lucky reader!
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To enter the giveaway leave a comment letting us know that you want to vote for Duck. Also, make sure to leave us a comment on our Facebook page for another chance to win.

We’ll be taking entries through Wednesday October 12th, 2016 at 11:59 pm central and a winner will be randomly selected and notified on Thursday October 13th.

Congratulations to our winner, Erika!

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Explore San Antonio & Save Money With The San Antonio Explorer Pass

The boys and I had fun this past month exploring San Antonio with help from the Go City Card San Antonio Explorer Pass.

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Our Explorer Pass included 3 choices of attractions. We were able to go to 1 premium attraction plus 2 more attractions. Before I tell you what we used our passes for let me list all the fun attraction choices.

Premium Attractions
Sea World San Antonio
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour
Other Attractions
Buckhorn Saloon and Museum & Texas Ranger Museum
San Antonio Museum of Art
City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Battle for Texas: The Experience
San Antonio Zoo
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium
Witte Museum
Natural Bridge Caverns Discovery Tour
Rio San Antonio Cruise
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Tomb Rider 3D, or Guinness World Records Museum
Extreme Escape Live Action Games
McNay Art Museum

 
As you can see, there are 15 great attractions to choose from so the boys had trouble deciding which ones they wanted to do but we finally decided on Fiesta Texas for our premium attraction and Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Extreme Escape for our other two.

We started off with Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

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This place was a lot of fun. They have a lot of odd and interesting things to look at. We saw 2 headed animals, a large Eiffel Tower made out of toothpicks, shruken heads, and a vampire hunting kit. They also have a whole section with different illusions and puzzles to try.

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Next up we went to Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

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We got there about an hour after they opened, stayed for about 4 hours, and then went back later on in the evening for the fireworks. A few of their favorite rides were the Kiddee Coaster, Taz’s Tornado, Fender Bender, Scooby-Doo Ghostblaster, and Wave Runner.

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We also took a nice ride on Whistle Stop (the train) and the boys enjoyed having some of their favorite snacks- churros and Dippin Dots. We really enjoyed the fireworks show, Lone Star Nights. It is a combination of fireworks and lasers and it’s really cool. I tried to take some pictures but they didn’t come out well. Regardless though, we highly recommend staying to watch it.

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Our last attraction was Extreme Escape. We had done the Super Villain room before and really enjoyed it so the boys wanted to try the Mutiny room this time. This room was pirate themed and really cool. We had fun but it was definitely more difficult than the Super Villain room.

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The San Antonio Explorer Pass is a really great value and super easy to use. Besides the 3 choice pass, there is also an option for a 4 or 5 choice pass. The pass can save you up to 40% and all you have to do when you get to your attraction of choice is show them your pass. I took a screenshot of ours so it was super easy.

I recommend the San Antonio Explorer Pass for anyone that lives in San Antonio and wants to enjoy a few attractions and also for those visiting. Several of these attractions are downtown so this would be a great pass to get for anyone staying downtown. I would suggest getting the 5 choice pass and having the sightseeing bus be one of your attractions because it is hop-on/hop-off and good for 48 hours so it’s perfect for getting around to the other attractions downtown.

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The Rio San Antonio Cruise is another fun option.

The boys are looking down at the Rio San Antonio Cruise boat from a balcony at Rivercenter Mall.

The boys are looking down at the Rio San Antonio Cruise boat from a balcony at Rivercenter Mall.

The Ripley’s attractions, Battle for Texas, Buckhorn, and San Antonio Museum of Art are all downtown also so there are plenty of options for a fun weekend downtown.

We had so much fun using the San Antonio Explorer Pass. It’s such a fun way to explore different attractions while saving money at the same time.

If you were to explore San Antonio with the Explorer Pass what attractions would you choose?

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received two passes free from the Go City Card Blog Ambassador Program in order to do this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own honest opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”*

Kidcation Week San Antonio 2016 (& Giveaway!)

Are you looking for something fun to do before the kids go back to school? Look no further than San Antonio’s 4th annual Kidcation Week!

During this special week, the Alamo City rolls out the red carpet for its youngest visitors and residents, and transforms into a citywide playground for kids of all ages. Kidcation Week, presented by Our Kids Magazine, allows families to create lifelong memories and have one last summer hurrah before the kids head back to school.

Kidcation Week kicks off today, Saturday August 6th, at Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Gardens. The Kidcation Kick Off Event, held from 9am-2pm, is an event that you do not want to miss. This free kick off event is open to the general public and will feature live music, free activities, balloon artistry, face painting, a bouncy house, games and prizes at the heart of San Antonio’s newest landscaped outdoor wonderland. Coolers are not permitted but there will be food vendors and snacks will be available to purchase.

Connor and JT at Hemisfair Park.

Connor and JT at Hemisfair Park.

Kidcation Week will last from August 6th-August 13th. Throughout the entire week children of all ages will enjoy exclusive programming including demonstrations and free entertainment. Parents looking to stretch vacation funds will appreciate the money-saving deals offered by local businesses, as well as special summertime events designed just for kids and their families. Special deals from participating attractions and restaurants include: Majestic Theatre, San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio Aquarium, Battle for Texas, Dave & Buster’s, Kiddie Park, America’s Incredible Pizza Company, The Witte Museum, Top Golf, Natural Bridge Caverns, and San Antonio Botanical Garden, among others.

Some of the other events occurring during Kidcation Week include the Summer Movie Series at Rolling Oaks Mall, $5 Frenzy as Kiddie Park, Summer Send Off Weekend at Retama, and the Davy Crockett Birthday Celebration at Battle for Texas-The Experience. Make sure to check out www.kidcationweek.com for the complete list of events and deals.

To celebrate Kidcation Week, we were given a pair of adult tickets for Battle for Texas-The Experience to giveaway! The tickets are valid until December 31st, 2016. Kids under 6 get in free. This giveaway will close on Saturday August 13th at 11:59pm central. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on August 14th. To enter do one or all of the following:

1. Leave a comment on this post.

2. Head over to our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.

3. Send us a tweet using #Kidcation and make sure to tag @ModelJenn.

We hope you enjoy Kidcation Week!

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Northside World Music School Grand Opening

Last week, Connor and I visited the Northside World Music School.

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We met Sujata Venkateswar who is the Executive Director on the board. Other board members are Katchie Cartwright (Vice President – World Music Ethnologist), Nagamohan Annaluru (Secy – IT Professional), Aimee Coleman (Marketing), and Reddy Yeluru (Real Estate Developer). Sujata shared with us the vision for the school as well as areas where they are in need of help.

Northside World Music School is a non-profit organization in San Antonio, Texas and is endorsed by SA2020. The vision of this school is to promote cross-cultural awareness through the performing arts. The school’s mission is to provide quality performing arts education, encourage performances and collaborations across various genres and showcase world music in order to promote cultural awareness and unity across geographic, ethnic, and religious boundaries.

Northside World Music School is having a grand opening event on May 7th, 2016 from 3:30-5:30pm. There will be presentations by all faculty followed by a meet and greet as well as a tour of the facility.

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Classes will begin on June 1st. The classes currently being offered include the following: Jazz music, Western-European music, Indian Classical music, Music Theater, Sound recording, Beginner Series, Beginner Strings, and music therapy sessions.

Northside World Music School hopes to be a place for the entire community to come together. If you’re interested in enrolling in classes or volunteering, make sure to check out their website at www.northsideworldmusic.org and don’t forget to attend the grand opening on May 7th.

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Golden Dragon Water Puppets

The 2016 Children’s International Puppet Festival starts this week here in San Antonio, so I wanted to share our experience at last year’s festival. We were only able to attend one show but we loved it and I wish we had been able to attend more.

The show we attended last year was the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon. This was a really fun and unique puppet show. We had never seen water puppets before.

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The stage was a pool of water and all the puppets swam around in the water or rode on boats. All the performers were from Saigon, Vietnam and so everything was in Vietnamese. I think we were given an explanation of what was going to be happening before hand. We also had a program of what each scene was.

The show included the dragons, birds, fisherman, and rice farmers.

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This was such a cool puppet show and we all really loved it. If you have a chance to watch one of these water puppet shows I highly recommend it.

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Cool San Antonio Parks- Bonnie Conner Park

The next park in our Cool San Antonio Parks series is Bonnie Conner Park. The boys really like this park so they requested it be featured.

The park is on the northwest side of San Antonio is right next to Igo Library.

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The park has walking trails but they’re short and easy. There are also a couple of geocaches at this park so the boys were checking to see if they were still there in most of these pictures.

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Then there is also the playground and the boys really enjoy playing at this one.

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There is also a fitness area right next to the playground.

There is also a fitness area right next to the playground.

There is also pavilion next to the playground and a field across the parking lot. The park isn’t big but it’s one both boys really enjoy going to. Here’s the link to the park’s info.

Don’t forget to check out the other parks we’ve added to this series.

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Cool San Antonio Parks- Landa Gardens

Landa Gardens is one of my favorite parks in San Antonio. It is such a pretty and peaceful park.

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Landa Gardens is home to the Landa Library. That’s how I discovered the park in the first place. I was looking for a library for JT and I to go to that was close to the San Antonio Academy where Connor was taking a class and we found this one.

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The grounds surrounding the library are peaceful and offer plenty of room of to play. The boys enjoyed running around and playing tag.

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Landa Gardens also has two play structures and a swing set. One of the play structures is meant for younger kids and the other for older ones.

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The park also offers plenty of benches to sit down as well as a really cool pavilion that looks like trees.

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Also on the grounds there is an area with a little log cabin.

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There is also a garden but I didn’t take any pictures the last time we went and I couldn’t find any from before. Another thing worth mentioning is that all around the grounds there are little stone plaques shaped like books and each one has a different book written on it and the name of the donator. I think they are a cute addition to park. I thought I took pictures of a few of them but I can’t find them. I do have one picture that shows one though.

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Here’s a few more pictures I found on my Instagram from when JT and I first discovered the park.

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If you haven’t visited this park yet you definitely should. Landa Gardens and Library is located in the Monte Vista historic district. The website hasn’t been updated in awhile but you can take a look at it for the address if you’d like to visit.

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