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There’s Plenty of Fun for Special Needs Kids at the Wow Factory

The Wow Factory in Coconut Creek dedicates making every child feel comfortable and have a great time, including children with special needs. There’s plenty of things for your kids to do to take advantage of the fun. Depending on your child’s situation, we have plenty of games and fun for children to enjoy throughout the facility. In this week’s blog, we highlight a few of those attractions where kids can play no matter who you are.

Even young children who are tots have fun with the Maniac Goblin where they can scoot around on soft mats surrounded by tons of balls they can throw or roll around. Our structures are made from durable microbial materials as well as other made-for-kids construction.

Other than the construction, kids who are diagnosed with things such as autism, and ADD, allow themselves to take in video games in the arcade. SkeeDaddle, Skeeball and the Wheel of Fortune are simple to interact with and can be as basic as pushing a button. In fact, many of the games in this category allow for kids to develop great hand-eye coordination.

In addition to your child’s coordination, our accessibility arcade allows disabled children to engage in the fun and enjoyment just like any other child. We understand these kids deserve a high quality of life as any other child and are sure to include them in our philosophies.

For children who are handicapped or need wheelchair access, our facility is handicap accessible. Although we can’t accommodate every situation, for the most part, there’s plenty of activity and space for easy access.

If you’re planning a group outing with more than one child with disabilities, it may be best to call ahead. Our friendly and professional staff can make accommodations and suggestions for each child and parent’s needs.

Cleanliness and safety are our two top priorities. Our equipment is washed and cleaned daily to keep germs to a minimum. All toys and gyms are checked for any potential problems several times per day to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

If you’d like to learn more about our group rates and packages, please contact our front desk to assist you.

 

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How to Spend Your New Year’s Eve Toting Kids

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, not too many people immediately think of bringing in the holiday toting your kids around. However, if you’re like most people with youngin’s that are still living at home, you can still enjoy the festivities with children of all ages. In this week’s blog, we share some ideas that you might be able to use to make it to 2017 without pulling out your hair in the process.

Once the month of December winds down, and you top it off with a great party to say goodbye to the previous year, it’s great to help your children understand what everyone’s celebrating. Give your kids something to look forward to like improving their self-esteem; school work acts of kindness. Remember to guide your children to understand it’s out with the old and in with the new!

*One thing you can do is blow up some generic balloons and write different time on them leading up to the ball dropping. For instance, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 P.M. on separately on each balloon. With every hour have the children pop the balloon with a dart. Popping balloons will not only keep them awake until midnight, but it’s also a whole lot more fun than hearing “Is it time yet?” from your little ones every fifteen minutes. To change it up a bit, you can roll up small pieces of paper giving an activity that will take up until the next balloon pop. Activities such as play a game, eat a snack, etc., The whole idea is to keep each hour rolling and not letting the kids get bored.

**Next is the actual balloon drop at midnight. Visit a local balloon shop or florist and ask to have a giant balloon filled with confetti and other balloons. When the clock hits twelve, pop the oversized balloon to celebrate like they do on television. Super fun, and a little messy but well worth it!

***While kids may not know what the champagne tastes like, you can easily conjure up this great recipe using Perrier or Sparkling water and cotton candy. Just place the cotton candy pieces inside a child safe glass, pour the sparkling water and watch the smiles. This neat little trick will make them feel special, and it’s so fun to watch the looks on their little faces when the cotton candy disappears and turns into bubbles.

Don’t forget to stock up on noisemakers as this is one of the best ways for a kid to enjoy the festivities. Keep plenty of healthy snack foods on hands such as shrimp cocktail and cheese plates. With a little parent guidance and a few party favors, toting kids around your New Year’s party will be a cinch!

For more information on booking parties at the Wow Factory, please call us directly.

Wow Factory Tips for Holidays

How to prevent your child from getting the holiday blues.

It seems it was only yesterday the kids went back to school, and now we’re facing that time of year where holiday vacations are once again upon us. For most parents, this time of year can be a lot of fun. That is if the kids are enjoying themselves. However, if you start to hear those famous words “What Can We Do Today, I’m Bored?” it’s time to find an outlet. In this blog, we present you with some tips that keep the kids preoccupied without charging up your credit cards in the process.

Tip One:  Try a new recipe.  If your kids like to get messy in the kitchen, then why not try a few new recipes that can keep them entertained? Bear in mind, this time of year the parents aren’t the only ones who are faced with making healthy choices. Help you, kids, to find recipes they will enjoy both making and eating without putting on the extra pounds. New types of vegan cookies or healthy granola bars can be low-calorie alternatives.

Tip Two:  Go Hiking. There are plenty of trails and places for the kids to enjoy being outdoors. This time of year South Florida is perfect because of both weather and lack of bugs. Even though it’s still a good idea to wear sunscreen and mosquito repellent when hitting a nature walk, this is the most pleasant time of year for fresh air. Make the time you spend with your children a learning one by identifying plants and wildlife. Whatever the case maybe, you’ll find this both enjoyable for your kids and you.

Tip Three:  Start a family blog. Go to WordPress.com and start your family blog then invite other members of the clan to join in. Give them individual writing assignments, post pictures and invite other people to join in. By including your kids to be a part of this project may open new doors and develop confidence.

Tip Four:  Plan a field trip to the Wow Factory. Don’t forget to invite the other kids in the neighborhood or from your child’s class. The Wow Factory is a place that’s not only fun, but it also helps children to develop unique skills such as team building and motor skill development. Of course, we highly recommend this tip!

Before you know it, the kids will be back to school and life will get back to normal. We suggest planning a few activities to give your children something to look forward to during the season. Whatever you do, we’re always here to break up the monotony.

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After the Halloween Rush, Get Your Kids Ready for the Holiday

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Many of the stores are already gearing up for the big holiday season. If you’ve been out to places like Walmart and Target, you already know the decorations are calling you from their shelves. This season it might be a good idea to take on a different approach by getting your family ready now. In this blog, we kick start the season to help you get a grip on things early.

Start out by purging some of your home’s items that will get in the way while hanging wreaths and putting up the tree. Next, have the kids help with a ‘quicker picker upper’ party and get them to help with the dusting and cleaning. It’s great to do good cleaning as it will allow you to have more time focusing on other things.

Ask the kids to put up the decorations with you. Many of your youngsters will most likely want to help. But the teens need to participate for some family bonding. Designate mobile device times so they join in the fun.

Delegate jobs to your children. Ask someone to oversee making shopping lists, another to pick out the type of cookies to bake, etc., By giving everyone a job; it might teach some skills and leave you less work. Well…maybe.

Next, go to Pinterest or Good Housekeeping and get some ideas for decorating your home. Look specifically for crafts your kids can do with you. This will give them a sense of pride for helping beautify your home.

Assign different tasks for holiday parties to each child and relative. Things like taking out the garbage aren’t always fun, but, responsibility is a part of life. Other activity may include taking someone’s coat or serving the guests. Throwing a party is a lot of work, but when you have teamwork, it’s a lot more fun.

Keep in mind; you can always reward your family with a night out at the Wow Factory if all goes well. What the heck, even if it doesn’t, bring them in!

We look forward to seeing you next time!

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The Wow Factory is a Kid-Friendly Health Zone!

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If your child has issues with weight and you’re looking for ways to help him or her cope, then this week’s blog is for you. Many people don’t know that places like the Wow Factory are incredible experiences for your child and are more health conscious. We decided to highlight some of the ways that our facility is healthy and fun. Ready, Set, Read on!

In an article found dating back from last year in Livestrong, the author describes how many calories an individual can lose jumping on a trampoline. For a thirty-minute workout, you can burn up to 167 calories. That’s good considering they’re referring to adults. A child’s metabolism is faster. Your child could burn somewhere around 200 calories. We are calculating at 30-minute intervals so imagine how much is slimming down our kids at two hours.

When you see, kids sweating, you know that they’re getting some real exercise. All kids need to get their sweat on at least four times per week. Of course, while your children are burning calories they’re also gaining skills.

When playing any of our games from bowling to laser tag or climbing the rock wall, your kids are learning. They’re testing out their skills and challenging themselves which is a healthy way for anyone to learn. Motor skills such as hand to eye coordination are valuable tools for playing other sports and everyday life. Movies are terrific, but if you want a little more activity, the Wow Factory certainly has a lot to offer.

We try to weigh in on the side of caution when it comes to our menu. We have sensible meals and treats for you to serve your children. Items like our Black Bean and Chicken Quesadillas and our mini pretzel dogs are great ways to feast without putting on too many pounds.

We want your child’s experience at the Wow Factory to be the best it can. Health-driven best practices are just another way we thank our customers. We hope you enjoy as many visits to our venue as possible.

See you next time!

 

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Balloon Fun, Coconut Creek Style at the Wow Factory

While the Wow Factory may be known for laser tag and our ropes course, this amusement fun zone also welcomes individual personality and taste. This is particularly true when it comes to renting one of our birthday party rooms. We do allow minimum decoration, games and food. We put together a quick reference for creating some fun games that you can do with balloons that cost very little time and effort. Feel free to use these ideas when visiting us or at home.

For ‘Balloon Bop’ you’ll need to paper plates, a couple of paint sticks from the hardware store, a glue gun and one inflated balloon. Glue the paint sticks to the back of the paper plates. (One stick per plate). Be sure to glue the stick halfway to support the back of the plate. Let them dry and you now are ready for some balloon tennis by using the paper plates as paddles and the blown up balloon. This is a super idea that can be used anywhere. If you aren’t crafty, use a fly swatter from the dollar store.

For a quick fix on gussying up your helium balloons use soft mesh cloth, cut at the ends then secure with a tied ribbon. This balloon idea is super-fast and really makes the party look festive.

Balloon Emoji’s are a cute way to have some fun at your party that can go home with the child afterwards. This will take some preparation time.  You’ll need to pick up 1 balloon for each child. Be sure to get the aluminum foil balloons and not latex. Before your party cut out shapes to be used to make faces. Give one balloon to each child to decorate on their own. This is a fun way to see them smile and is an inexpensive giveaway.

Dartless balloons are an awesome way to living up any event and it’s super easy to put together. For this game you’ll need a variety of balloons that are blown up. A large piece of foam care, you can buy at Walmart of Michael’s crafts. You’ll also need tacks, and square pieces of paper with large numbers on them. The numbers roll up and put them into the balloon before blowing them up. On the back of the foam core, stick your tacks and then tape them down so they don’t move. Tape the inflated balloons on the board, then toss a bean bag toward the balloons. Each kid takes turns and whoever hits your child’s birthday age (number inside) wins a prize. It’s that simple.

Of course, these are just a couple of quick ideas for you to liven up the party. By using a little ingenuity and of course visiting places like Pinterest, you will be the party planner of the season.

For more ideas for your child’s birthday party, contact our party planners who can assist.

Adventures of Entertaining Kids Indoors

Adventures of Entertaining Kids Indoors

 

When you live in a place like Coconut Creek or South Florida for that matter, you become accustomed to rain and heat. With record breaking temperatures and at least an average of 66.5 inches of rain each year you can bet on spending some time indoors. That might be fine for you while you’re lounging with the AC blasting, but it doesn’t take long before you hear “I’m bored” from the kids. In this blog we highlight a few things to spark ideas for you to entertain your children while increment weather sweeps Broward County. Here’s a few great tricks that’ll keep you kids from getting hungry for activity while staying away from the “BORE-ritto!
Why not create an indoor obstacle course? You can either buy pylons or use items around the house. This is for active playing so be prepared for everyone to get a little excited. You can also use household items such as tape and crepe paper to turn your hall into a fun zone. Strategically tape the paper up the hallway walls in different angles and height and then have the kids crawl or walk through without touching the paper or using their hands. Depending on the age of the child, you can determine the skill level for the course.
Movie theaters are a great place to escape the sun and humidity. You can almost bet at the box-office to provide at least one child’s movie discounted during matinees. Check your local listings for a theater near you.
Have an arts and crafts day. This doesn’t have to be a lot of work, nor does it have to be overly messy. You can get many FREE ideas from Pinterest and Nickelodean.com. By stretching your child’s imagination and giving them the ability to be creative helps them to solve problems, work as a team and a myriad of other positive attributes.
Teach a child an old game. Marbles, ping-pong, coin toss are all games that kids still love that require you to go retro! Don’t close the doors, just because it’s been done before. There’s a reason why you still see Slinky’s on the shelf. They are evergreen and timeless.
Fort building used to be a great way to pass the time. Sheets, blankets, chairs and pillows all help to create the ultimate indoor hideaway. You can make these forts more advanced by using PVC pipe, or simply use clothing lines and clothes pins with sheets for more of a tent.
With the many ideas that you can find on the Internet, and a way to use your creativity, your children should be anything but bored this summer. No matter if it’s rain or shine, you can always scoop the kids up and bring them into the Wow Factory.
If you are planning your child’s birthday or some other event, please contact us for reservations.

8 Ways for You to Help Your Kids Beat the Summer Heat

School is out for the summer and before you know it you’ll be hearing “I’m Bored”.  Stay calm before you turn into a maniacal parent.  We’ve got eight ways for you to help your kids beat the summer blahs without you becoming mad as a hatter.

  1. Turn your backyard patio into an art studio. Lay down a tarp, pick up some canvas, paints and brushes from Michael’s and let their inner Van Gogh come out. Be sure to pick up paint that will stick to the canvas, but is non-toxic and easily cleanable. Don’t forget to have your minions wear old clothing that can be tossed out when finished. On a side note, be sure to buy multiple pieces of canvas for the lightning fast artists. Your kids will enjoy this activity and will want to paint more.
  2. Number two on our list, check out a matinee show. Summer time is always a good season for new release kids’ movies. Most of the cinemas will offer discounted rates for matinee. Be sure to let the theater know prior to your visit if you will have a large party and for any special accommodations. Since the movie theater is air-conditioned it should cut down on child whining. Just kidding.
  3. Create an “I’m bored” jar by decorating a small jar filled with ideas you can allow your child to select what activity. This is a surefire way of eliminating the “I don’t knows”. Fill the jar with pieces of paper that includes things like playing balloon tennis, or visiting the library etc. You get the picture.
  4. Hot summer days in South Florida are usually spent near water, such as the pool or beach. You can add extra excitement by introducing your kids to water balloon baseball. Obviously this game is not intended for small children. Fill up a bunch of water balloons, placed them in a small kiddie pool or some other container get a couple plastic baseball bats and watch the backyard fun begin.
  5. For toddlers, this is an awesome idea found on Pinterest where you freeze a giant block of ice that includes small plastic toys. Give your child some tools and have them work at getting the items out of the block of ice. Sounds unusual? But just think kids like this type of stuff.
  6. Makes our Wormsicles by using fruit juice, sour gummy worms, and a popsicle trade found at the dollar store. Have your children arrange the gummy worms in the cups, then pour fruit juice and freeze. This is a way for your kids to cool off with a fun snack.
  7. Visit one of the art museums or the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science which will be opening soon. Both Fort Lauderdale and Miami have a multitude of venues to choose from. Your children will not only enjoy themselves but will get an education as well.
  8. One of the best ways your children can enjoy their summer and stay cool is by spending an afternoon at the Wow Factory. There is always a lot to do, it’s air-conditioned and we have a great café for the parents and kids to enjoy.

As a parent the more you’re prepared for the summer months to come the quicker it will go by. You can find a plethora of ideas on the Internet. Be sure to check out our other blogs for extra ideas.

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How To Throw the Ultimate Taco Party

Theme parties are always a big hit and if you’re seeking a theme that is fun and inviting that will leave your guests saying “Aye Kurumba”, then you’ve come to the right place.  We’ve got a few ideas we’d like to share with you that will allow you to throw one of the best taco parties ever.  So get ready as we show you:

How to Throw the Ultimate Taco Party

Depending on your location, and what kitchen or outdoor appliances are available, you’ll want to plan your meat as part of the base.  Carne Asada or Skirt Steak can feed a lot of people and is an excellent grilled.  Ground Beef can be cooked at home with taco seasoning ahead of time and can be kept warm in a crock-pot.  If you’d like to make a Fish Taco use tilapia and grill or sauté.  Your meat is your base the other ingredients to serve on the side or as toppers is all up to you. Below are a few great recipes that will help you make terrific tacos.

Carne Asada

3-10 lbs of Skirt Steak (12-40 people)

Marinade:

1 large chopped onion

3-5 cloves are chopped garlic

1 Orange, peeled and de-seeded, chopped into chunks and orange peels added

1 Lemon

¼ Teaspoon of ground Cumin

¼ Teaspoon of ground coriander

Fresh parsley

Marinade overnight and throw on the grill after brushing with oil or nonstick spray.  Cook meat for 4 minutes on each side, then let rest for 3 minutes before cutting.  Slice the meat into chunks and serve with chopped cilantro, fresh squeezed lime and Cotija Cheese.  Hot sauce, or any other sauces are optional as the meat with the cilantro and lime is plenty lends plenty of goodness.  Serve on fresh made blue corn tortillas or any other flavor soft taco shell.

Ground Beef Tacos

2-4 lbs. Of Ground Beef Sautéed till brown.  Add your own seasonings or buy the dry taco seasoning mix.  Once browned, add to your crock pot to keep warm.  These can be served with hard or soft taco shells and can have a variety of toppings.  Shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese along with cubed tomatoes, black olives, shredded lettuce and taco sauce is all you really need for a great taco party.  We like to add extra items such as fresh sliced jalapeno’s or pineapple for a tropical twist.

Delish Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are by far one of our favorites and will soon be one of yours when you find out just how easy it is.  Buy fresh tilapia, catfish, or cod for a mild fish flavor or you can use crabmeat, shrimp and a variety of other fresh seafood as your base.  We buy pre-made creamy coleslaw and top our fresh grilled or sautéed fish with a scoop of slaw, Cotija cheese and top it with cilantro and a squeeze of lime and you’ve got a California style taco party your friends will rave about.

By using a little imagination, your taco party will be a breeze and one that everyone will be asking “When can we do that again?”

It’s really up to you, but this is one of the best party ideas you can come up with for fast, easy, and something everyone loves to eat!

If you try these tacos, let us know how they turned out. We’d love to hear from you whether it’s a suggestion or a hello.

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Vintage Arcade Games From The Past

Blast from the Past – Vintage Arcade Games

Vintage Arcade Games Blast from the Past. The Wow Factory talks vintage video games. Visit The Wow Factory for all your indoor entertainment for the entire family.

Depending on your age, you know that arcade games have been around for a long time.  Coin-operated games from the past, such as Pac-man, Joust, and Asteroids were the craze of the 80’s but these weren’t the first arcade games.  Arcade games date back to the 1920’s and were mostly found in amusement parks. Slowly after that, the 1930’s released pinball machines that stuck around up till today.  You can still find these machines in places like novelty stores and venues. Here are a few of the other games that you might remember when you were a kid that might spark your memory.

The Fortune Teller machine was one that we can all remember being either frightened or intrigued by.  You can see these games featured in movies like “Big” starring Penny Marshall and these are still a novelty in some vintage style restaurants across Southern Florida. No matter what the venue is they are always a hoot now that you’re older.

When we were kids the day didn’t go by without us having an all-out war with Atari’s Pong.  But for the sake of this blog we are looking at the games from the past.  One game you may notice that is still a hit today is that of Skee ball.  This game combined bowling, bouncing and luck. By rolling the balls up an incline they fall into a hole marked 10-50 in points.  These old timers are still found throughout arcades and continue to be a highlight of every kids visit. Primarily for the tickets that will get them a prize, but just because it’s a game of skill and chance.

No-one can forget the ridiculous games of strength. You can find updated versions of these entertaining games in restaurants, pizzerias and even truck stops. Games like Bull Grip Tester, the punching bag and the love tester are all a part of the good times. 

One all time American favorite is the duck shooting game.  These are still found at carnivals around the world and lend to skill, but we’re pretty sure there’s more to it than chance.  While the little plastic ducks bob up and down in the water or they are metal with a conveyor belt, these are a great way to step back in time for your first fair.

So we hope you enjoyed our little walk down memory lane with some of the most well-known arcade games that are still around today. 

Be sure to come by and check out our selection.  You’ll be glad you did. 

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