Showing posts with label sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sports. Show all posts

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Kids in Sports is a great local sports education program for your kids!

Kids in Sports in Walpole, MA is a local franchised sports education program that teaches children the fundamentals of sports. We had the opportunity to try this program for our little guy and he had so much fun participating in it with two of his friends from school along with around 10 other kids.

We enrolled him in the juniors program which is a one-hour drop-off class for four and five year olds. Every week or few weeks the kids are exposed to a new sport and how to play the game including baseball, basketball, floor hockey, football, soccer, and volleyball. Kids participate in both individual and group instruction while emphasizing the basic rules as well as movements.

The owner, Coach Mike, energetically teaches the kids about each sport and is sure to give the kids frequent water breaks. In our class there are three instructors, with the ratio being around 1 instructor for every 4 kids. The focus is for the kids to try their hardest and to be a good sport.

During the time of this pandemic, everyone is masked (except when the kids are drinking water) and the kids don't seem to mind. Even though the class is a drop-off class most of the parents seem to wait in the lobby (myself included) all wearing masks and watching the kids play and have fun.

The kids are so excited throughout the class and by the end of it, they are energized but also a little worn out from expending so much energy.

NOTE: We were provided with an enrollment in the class for our little guy in exchange for this review and another one later on in the season. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are our own.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Tickets to the Dell EMC Championship are a great gift idea!

Still looking for some last minute gift ideas for the golf fan in your life? Tickets to the Dell EMC Championship are a great idea! The labor day weekend tournament is being held once again in 2018 from August 31 through September 3 at the TPC Boston course in Norton, MA. It's a picturesque setting and the temperature is just right.

This year, we had the chance to attend and take part in the Kids Day activities which were held on Sunday. Our daughter had an amazing time seeing the sights and sounds and enjoying the scenery. The tournament has increased efforts in the past few years to cater to young families and a younger demographic by creating a Kids Zone and a mini-golf course where young and old golf fans can play together. When we were there, they even had the mascots from the major sports teams in attendance and handed out samples of delicious Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

They also had a state of the art, Dell Fan Experience booth which had some amazing technology including virtual reality, computer aided drawing on a golf ball and more! For young fans looking for a player's autograph they have a special kids autograph zone behind the 18th hole near the club house which allows for kids to huddle together and not get trampled by

If you book now, you can save 20% off the holiday ticket packages going through the website at

NOTE: We were provided tickets to attend the event but no other compensation was provided.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

#SoxWinterWeekend at Foxwoods with the Red Sox recap

This past weekend, we had the pleasure to join the Boston Red Sox at Foxwoods for their #SoxWinterWeekend. We had an amazing time! There were so many "great moments" it's hard to nail it down to just a few but here's some highlights...

We first checked in at the Grand Pequot hotel to pick up our passes. When we registered for the weekend we got a welcome email about a week before telling us what to expect but also asking us to preregister for autograph and photo sessions and whether or not we wanted to take part in the Kids Clinic or add on a breakfast with Wally to our package.

The preregistration was a great idea because it allowed us to select autograph times that were convenient to us. While there were 4 rooms per hour, and we didn't know which player/coach would be in which room, so we chose at random.

While there were quite a lot of lines for the autograph sessions or player panels, everything seemed to run smoothly and the team was really smart to have some entertainment provided for fans while they waited in line.

We also liked that you could use the MLB Ballpark app to get the schedule for the weekend at any time on your mobile device. The panels were amazing: we were able to relive the '07 world series championship as they brought head coach John Farrell, Tim Wakefield, and Jason Varitek to tell some inside stories from the season and answer fans' questions. The other sessions were Call to the Hall which had Sox who were in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a game show which had players play against coaches and even a press conference from the kids in attendance - those questions were the best and a few were absolutely hilarious!

The fan fest in the Premier ballroom in Fox Tower had something for everyone and was open even after the sessions all ended so you could still experience it if you were in panels and getting autographs all day. They literally brought the Fenway experience from Boston to Foxwoods: banners, David Ortiz' lego statue which is normally out in the kids' concourse, Mickey Mouse adorned in Red Sox logos and colors that usually is on the 3rd base deck, and silver bats and gold gloves. They had batting cages, wiffle bats for the little ones, a mini baseball field that kids could field balls, the Sox Showcase with Red Sox Virtual Reality, steal-a-base contest, NESN Clubhouse auditions and even the Team Store!

NOTE: We were provided with passes to attend Winter Weekend at Foxwoods from the Boston Red Sox. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are our own.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Our experience at the Deutsche Bank Championship

This past Labor Day weekend, I got to go with my dad to the Deutsche Bank Championship, one of the stops on the FedEx Cup tour of the PGA Tour of golf. The coolest part of all of this was that it was located a few towns over from where we live, in Norton, MA, which is also where I went to college.

We started our morning just after breakfast and parked at the Xfinity Center which is where they had general and VIP parking. General parking is $20 for the day while VIP is $40. VIP Parking gets you dropped off closer to the action, but we were all set with the general parking and a nice walk. I was curious about how many steps we would take (I wore the Withings Pulse along with a Fitbit Charge HR to compare them). When you drive in to the Xfinity Center you can go to the Will Call window to pick up tickets that were left for you or else you can also purchase tickets. Then you park your car and go through a ticket and bag check and then board shuttle buses. 

After you get off of the bus, you walk quite a bit on paved and unpaved paths until you arrive at the  9th fairway which is the first green you see. There are a few sponsor booths located on the 9th green which we were able to get some snacks from the Nature Valley granola bars to munch on.

We walked into the main sponsor area and had passed the merchandise tent which we also found some great items on clearance! They also had a huge assortment of hats, t-shirts, polo shirts, long-sleeved wicking shirts, jackets, pretty much anything you could think of! One of the most popular items for the kids was a replica hole flag that they could have the players sign in autograph alley (a space where the players go after they are done golfing).

We stopped at a few of the sponsor booths and then also checked out the Kids Village where they had some fun things for kids to do with bouncy houses, corn hole and mini-golf of course! It was really nice because it was located in a really shady spot right near the clubhouse.

We tried some of the scrumptious food, but we really liked the plain hamburgers that we ate in the Champions Club. For an additional $40 to your ticket you could gain access to the Champions Club which is located on the 17th fairway and is air conditioned and has some nice upscale food choices (panini, etc.) and a bar. There is also a private air conditioned bathroom just for Champions Club guests which is great if you’re not a fan of port-a-potties.

We walked around more of the course and I just couldn’t get over how great the grass looked - such attention to detail! I even had the chance to chat with John Boeddeker, who is a cameraman for NBC Golf Channel and is perched high above a 120 foot tall crane to get those amazing photographs! He started a few years back taking pictures with his cell phone and posting them online and people urged him to make a book of it, which he finally did. He gave me a copy to check out and giveaway to one of my lucky readers! You can enter through the rafflecopter below.

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We checked out a few more of the sponsor booths and then followed some of the players from hole to hole. On Saturday we watched Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy as well. Sunday we saw Kevin Kisner and even watched him up close as one of his balls landed near some spectators. One of the highlights was also waiting in autograph alley and finally getting Rickie Fowler (last year’s winner) to sign my ticket.

The final round of the championship ended today and after two days of checking out the grounds, I decided to just watch it on TV. It was pretty cool that what I was watching on TV was happening a few towns over. 

if you guys are looking for a great family experience, I strongly recommend checking out the Deutche Bank Championship next year, just be sure to plan ahead as it’s a lot of walking with the kiddos!

NOTE: We were provided with tickets and parking in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions, as always, are our own.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wally's sister is joining her old brother at Fenway!

You guys know we're huge Red Sox fans and absolutely love their mascot, Wally, the Green Monster! After going to a few games and Wally's Birthday party, we even had the chance to meet Wally and his parents, Walter and Wanda - they were all so nice!

I learned some cool news today! The Red Sox announced that Wally's younger sister, Tessie has joined her older brother at Fenway! As a matter of fact, you'll get to meet her if you go to the Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods in a few weeks, January 22-24!

A fun little nugget of trivia: Tessie is named for the popular early 1900’s song that was re-made by the Dropkick Murphy’s in 2004! You can hear it during most games at Fenway!

We can't wait to meet her this season!

You can follow Tessie on Twitter, Instagram and check out this cute little video the Red Sox made...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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NOTE: The shirts were provided in exchange for us to conduct a review. There was no promise made of a positive review and all opinions are our own.