Thursday, August 15, 2013

Our Epic Camping Party! #EpicDay

**This is a sponsored post.  I was given the product(s) mentioned in exchange for this post.

Last weekend my kids had an awesome Epic Camping Party!  I'm excited to tell you all about it!  With summertime coming to an end, I want to tell you about what we did, so that you, my readers, can have your own Epic Camping Party!

As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider, I get to review some wonderful movies, and my family and I were thrilled to have this opportunity to host a backyard camp out with our friends and family and get to view the movie Epic in DigitalHD.  We had my sister and her family over as well as one of Bella's friends from school.  The Fox Home Entertainment Insiders gave each kid a fun party kit and we got to do some fun activities with them. 

Each kit came with the following items:
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 magnifying glass
  • 1 woven tote bag
  • 1 hot cocoa set (includes mug and hot cocoa mix)
  • 1 bug viewer
  • 1 grow kit
  • Epic activity sheets
First we let the kids plant their basil seeds in their grow kits.  The grow kits came with a cute Epic planter and some soil that expands when you add water, and some basil seeds.  Bella and Sam have been checking on their plants every day and they have already started sprouting.  It's so much fun to watch your children grow something and see the wonder in their eyes!

Next we went on a nature hunt with the help of one of the Epic activity sheets included in the kids' kits.  We had fun trying to find things such as a humming bird, dandelion, sparrow, snail or slug, caterpillar, frog or toad, daisies, a crow and a moth.  The most exciting thing we found was a caterpillar.  I was hoping someone would find a frog or toad, but no one did.  It was still fun to explore the backyard and look at the nature around us!  You can print this activity sheet to have a nature hunt in your own back yard!

We also did and insect experiment with the help of another Epic activity sheet.  We made a 12 inch square with masking tape and placed it on the grass.  We left it there for a bit and then came back to inspect with our magnifying glasses to see if there were any bugs left behind.  The kids were thrilled to find an ant and another unidentified bug.  (I think it was some type of beetle.)  Bella loved drawing pictures of the bugs she found.  You can try this experiment in your backyard too!  Just follow the directions in this activity sheet courtesy of Epic!

After our planting, nature hunt and insect experiment, we were getting pretty hungry!  My husband grilled us a nice dinner and then the kids began to settle down with some hot cocoa in their new Epic mugs of course!  We also made some S'mores later that night for a yummy treat!  The main event of the kids' night was the premier of Epic on DigitalHD!  We were so excited to get to watch the movie before anyone could buy it in the store.

With an on the go family, it's so nice to be able to download a movie to my phone that my kids can watch in the car, while waiting for a sibling's sports practice to be over, or while waiting in the doctor's office for what can seem like hours!  I like to have things to keep them occupied for those boring moments.  With DigitalHD you can download movies to your smart phone or tablet and your family can watch them anywhere!

The kids were very excited to watch Epic on my smartphone.  Bella and Sam had been wanting to see it ever since we saw the previews for it when it was in the theater.  Although I have yet to see it.  The kids LOVED it and once we gave them the movie to watch, we didn't hear from them until it was over!

Epic will be coming out on Blu-ray and DVD next Tuesday, August 20th.  I can't wait to watch this movie with the kids!  We plan on watching it on our next family movie night (indoors on the big television) after it comes out on Blu-ray and DVD.

Are you excited to throw your very own Epic party with your kids!?  We had a great time as a family and will definitely have another back yard camp out in the future.  It's so fun to make these memories with our kids!  Make sure to go pick up Epic on Blu-ray and DVD as soon as it hits stores on August 20th!  Make the most of those last days of summer with your family!


You can purchase Epic on Amazon for only $21.99!


Click here to enter to win a copy of Epic right here on Adventures of a Thrifty Mommy!  Hurry!  This giveaway ends on August 23rd!

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