Poconos Labor Day 2015 Part 2!

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All in all, we had an awesome time in the Poconos. We also visited the Casino Theatre Entertainment Center and had a grand ol’ time. Believe it or not, this place been around since the 1920’s. You can get a cheap dinner and movie for about $11 (that’s still cheaper than a movie at regular price in NYC). The dinner isn’t anything fancy, hamburgers or hotdogs galore along with a drink!  The food is given at the start of the movie on a tray that you can connect to your drink holder (genius!).

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“dinner” & a movie

It definitely has an old time feel to it. Believe or not, we were the youngest ones in the theater that day because it was SENIORS MONDAY ;). We went to go watch Ricki and the Flash, and surprisingly, it was pretty good. The other two films were Minions and Straight Outta Compton, but those films started already.

Pinky really liked the theater as well.  It had a charm to it and the decor brought you back to much simpler times. It even had that chicken laying egg game… Pinky remembers that being much of her childhood.  They also have awesome Hershey’s ice cream,  arcades, and a mini golf course (that was only $4 to play!!!) to kill time if you’re waiting for a movie to start.  Mini gofl is NO JOKE!  We weren’t keeping score, so that we can all stay friends.

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Hey, It’s Jurassic Park?

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1 Dinosaur Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094

Could it be that there is a park that features dinosaurs?! Yes, your dreams have just come true.  Located in Secaucus, New Jersey, this place had a LIVING SOCIAL deal recently and that’s why we decided to try it out.  And…okay fine, we really went to let our inner nerds out.  I mean, who DOESN’T LOVE dinosaurs?  We aren’t really sure why people were rolling in with their kids on a Saturday around late 3pm.

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All the folks with their children must have been using their living social deals, since there were separate lines for those individuals using those vouchers.  We are sad to announce that the approximately 50% off deal just expired though…

Make sure to bring extra $10 for parking fees though.  They consider the fee as a “environmental fee” and urge you all to take the mass transit instead of driving your car.

The park features about 32 dinosaurs in a small dirt covered area.  Make sure also not to wear your nicest clothes to this park, you will definitely get covered in sand/dirt that is all scattered around this park.

However, the real deal is: Did it live up to our expectations?  Check out this video we recorded.  It features how the dino-bots move!

Pinky says 2/5 16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg

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I personally didn’t think this place was worth the trip.  However, I will give them an extra star for effort.  It seems silly, but I expected a lot more from a place like this.  Because of my crazy imagination, I was thinking there would be dinosaurs that you could actually see move and not lay stagnant in the bushes or behind trees.  The park was also awfully designed with tacky sponsor messages everywhere.  I would definitely recommend this place for parents with children, since adults will not enjoy this place.  What I did enjoy was that at least they made the dinosaurs look like they were living and breathing.  Some were even interacting with their environment when their tails were swishing around little weeds.  I wish their sounds were a bit louder though, even though I would understand the young children would be scared of them.  BUT HEY, they’re freaking dangerous dinosaurs — they should be scary as hell.

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I wish I could ride these little dinos..I’m not asking for a lot right? Okay, maybe I am.  I see a lot of things they need to fix though.  One thing especially, they need to expand — we finished walking around within an hour.  I actually wonder what would happen if it rained too…the park is all filled with this sand stuff that got all over my dress and shoes! Blegh.  Ladies, even though this is a crazy small park, leave the heels and fancy maxi dresses at home.

Victor says 2/5 Fish Toys icon thumbnailFish Toys icon thumbnail

Children will probably say 10/5

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This place is expeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeensive.

We got our day-passes from LivingSocial.com and for $12 each. Normally, its $25 per adult, $20 for children (3-12), and free for kids under 2, without any additional extremities like 3D movies or a trip to the Commander’s tent.  On top of that, if you drove here, expect to pay another $10 for parking. Because of the recent deal, the park was crowded with so many people.

Coming here will give you the feeling of entering into the land of Jurassic Park. Giant gates with overgrown trees and shrubbery everywhere. The park workers and staff are semi-helpful. I think it would also be appropriate for workers to hide their tattoos as well since there any many children and parents watching the shows.

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The amphitheater show was a little disappointing, but it was definitely aimed more at children for sure. The show started almost 15 minutes late and we were baking in the sun.  Basically, it was just a couple of guys inviting kids to dance as he was playing guitar and singing.

I guess it’s time to review the dinosaurs themselves. I guess I was semi-impressed with them? They were modeled pretty realistic and probably look a lot more realistic to a child. Some of the dinosaurs were robotic, so they would move their neck, blink, breathe, swing their tail, rotate their head, etc. Dinosaur audio calls were usually these hidden speakers or speaker rocks next to the dinosaurs. Some of the dinosaurs tower you, which is pretty awesome.  Pinky and I had a lot of fun trying to “run-away” from the immobile robots.  I think of all the dinosaurs at the park, I was the most disappointed at Pterodactyl near the center of the park on a tall cliff. It was basically just a dinosaur model on top of a spinning disc, rotating aimlessly. I think more thought could be put into some of the things at this park.

Overall, I just don’t think it’s worth coming if you’re going to pay the full price. It’s definitely cool place to bring your kids and  because I’m pretty sure Pinky and I were the only adults without kids there that day.

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Roller Jam USA

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236 Richmond Valley Road, Tottenville
718-605-6600
www.rollerjamusa.com

This very interesting and unique venue is located at the most Southern tip of Staten Island, Tottenville.

Rink newly opened in July 2007 and renovating in early 2013. And unless we’ve lost track of things, RollerJam has been the only indoor, year-round roller rink in the city almost since it opened.

Reported to be a bit small and has a non-wood floor, but has plenty of leather couches for relaxing on when off your skates. It already seems to have become fairly popular and is drawing good crowds.

RollerJam USA has also an arcade near the right of the place and features free pizza on Fridays, as well as a full bar for the adults with their kids.  As quoted before, RollerJam is only one of very few roller rinks in NYC and draws many people even during late nights.  Rental of skates and admission is total $14.  Lockers cost extra.  BRING SOCKS! Once you enter turn to the left and give your street shoes to the staff member and he/she will ask you your shoe size and what kind of skates; rollerskates or rollerblades?  There is also an option to use wristguards or helmets.

Victor says: 2.5/5

I think it’s pretty cool that roller skate rinks like this still exist in the world, but the atmosphere can be crazy in here.

First off, it’s located Staten Island. Not to hate on Staten Island or anything, but the tolls here are just off the hooks (P.S. I come from Staten Island). I have seen the toll for the Verrazano Bridge go from $6 to like $15 in a less then a decade.

I guess enough ranting of that. When I went here, it just looked so sketchy. It’s literally a warehouse with the glowing words  “Roller Jam USA” on the side. The price can be little expensive too. If you don’t have your own skates, it’s about $15 with rentals. I think it’s $10 if you have your own.

The workers here aren’t very pleasant and don’t seem to enjoy their job. I was yelled at by one of the workers for stopping on the side of the rink… but that was only because I was waiting for someone.

The song selection isn’t the greatest, but I guess that’s what the kids are into nowadays. There was an alarming number of middle school kids there when we went, but that’s probably because it was a Friday night. As I noted before, it can get crazy on the rink. People are zipping and tripping left and right of you. Those who are obnoxious  push and shove their way through you. And…. the rink is also pretty small!

This place is definitely in need of some major improvements. But if you asked me, it could be a cool place to hangout if you come at a hour with not many people.

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Pinky says 2/5

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Please refuse me admission! – Pinky

I am biased.  I am not very much a person who craves adventure and having to be surprised to be brought here, wasn’t so…good for me.  The place is really decorated in a tacky manner and is almost like a time capsule into the 1970s. Even their legit roller skates looked like they were going to fall apart at any second.  There is a reason why these are all closing down lol.  Not being a SI native, I did not know that children stay out so late at roller rinks.  These kids were crazy and crowded the whole area! When I was a kid, I was not holding hands with boys and staying out until 11pm!

DSCN3603The staff there was not very professional either, mouthing off in front of the kids. Although I am supposed to be rating the place, I cannot help but be turned off by foul language from a staff member.  Don’t even get me started on the horrible DJ.  I cannot have a good time with horrible music.  Not going to come back here anytime soon.  One, I cannot skate, worse than ice skating…!!! Two, it’s like in the middle of no where…LOL. 

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