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Timestamp: 2010-08-27 15:11:51 UTC


One of my favorite parts of the trip with McDonald’s was that they invited the whole family. My husband wasn’t able to come so I brought my mom, brother and my 2 boys. We had the best time spending time together. The boys hadn’t been on an airplane since they were babies, so the fun started right away at the airport 🙂

First was hanging out in the hotel room. This is such a treat for my boys. Jumping on the bed, watching all the tv they want….you throw in some Happy Meal toys and they have died and gone to heaven!

The welcome dinner was great. We started with some snacks and get to know you games then went outside for a beautiful dinner. The boys were immediately drawn to the sweet ladies making balloons. They got balloon swords, hats and anything else they could think of. The kids staff was great, there were always fun games and activities for the kids to play. Ronald McDonald could not have been more cool, he chatted with each and every one of the kids. By the last day, he practically knew all the kids names. How cool?! Love him 🙂

The family Scavenger hunt around the hotel was a blast. The kids took their adorable “Chicago” lunch pails and list of things to find then we all ventured out to find our treasures. The kids had the best time looking through every nook and cranny of the hotel for things 🙂 They received a warm McDonald’s blanket that they Love!

Cooking with the kids in the McDonald’s Kitchens was a real treat. We worked together to make delicious fruit smoothies and fruit kebabs along with the chefs. My boys and little brother thought this was awesome!

Thank you to the McDonald’s team who made all of these family time activities possible.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers experiences on the BlogHer Round Up Page HERE.


As part of the “Family Time. Happy Time.” campaign McDonald’s® and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) have developed the “Make Family Time Happy Time” online widget application (see my right sidebar). The “Make Family Time Happy Time” widget encourages moms to join other moms in the Family Time conversation and share “happy” tips for quality family time.

Through the widget you can pledge minutes or hours of activities with your family in celebration of what matters most – spending time together. We also invite you to join the conversation and share your favorite family activities with other families through the widget. You can then share the widget with your friends and family through Twitter, Facebook, and email. In addition, as part of this campaign, McDonald’s will donate 1 penny to RMHC® for every minute of time you pledge to spend with your family up to 1,000,000 minutes. Minutes and pennies are tiny amounts that, when added up over time, can make a big impact, so start pledging your family time!


To enter the giveaway “Go pledge family time on McDonald’s “Make Family Time Happy Time” widget and let us know what you pledged in the comment section for a chance to win!” For official rules click HERE.

The Prize includes:

  • A Smile tote bag
  • 1 set of 6-8 Happy Meal Toys
  • $25 McDonald’s Arch Card
  • McDonald’s Character Vintage T-Shirt
  • Pen Buddy Notebook
  • EOS Organic Lip Balm Multi Pack
  • 16 oz Stainless McDonald’s Tumbler
  • Just Giveaway Card…For any charity of Reader’s Choice