Making Memories with Our Family at the Hyundai Epic Playdate

By Shannon Gosney
In California
May 3, 2013

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Last weekend, our family had the opportunity to attend the Hyundai Epic Playdate in Goleta, California at the Dos Pueblos Ranch and it was so much fun!  Not only did I connect with an amazing brand, but it was an awesome family bonding experience!  Frank and I took our six kids (4 boys and 2 girls) and were so excited for the bond experiences we were about to have with our family!

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The kids and us had a blast with tons of food, paper rockets, balloon sculptures, sand sculpture, and more!  Plus, they had a paint war – yes, a paint war!  Dallen got the brunt of it and was covered in yellow paint (thanks to his big sister, Teah – lol)!


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I was really excited because I had the chance to meet some blogging friends for the first time – and others I’ve known for a long time!  It started out with Tonya Staab from Collective Bias.  I’ve known this girl for a couple of years, but this was my first time meeting her in real life!  Then I met up with a long time blogging friend, Caryn Bailey from Rockin’ Mama!


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We started the day with making paper rockets, which was quite the task!  However, once we figured it out, it was an awesome time!  Thank goodness I have a boyfriend who knows how to build things!  Plus, the kids had a blast sending their rockets high up into the air.  We actually talked about recreating the event as a family some time in the future.

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After making and playing with our Paper Rockets, we headed over to the Balloon Sculpture Station.  It was so much fun – for both the kids and the parents!  The boys learned to make swords and flowers with stems.  They also got a few extra special balloons.  It would definitely be a lot of fun to have the Balloon Sculpture guys at a birthday party or another event in the future!

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After the Balloon Sculptures, the family  headed over to the Sand Art Station.  They had a bunch of different colors of sand and a bunch of different areas for the kids to create their own drawings and artwork.  It was pretty awesome!  Heck, even I wanted to do a portion!

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After the Sand Art Station, the family went through the Ice Cream Buffet line.  The kids had a blast picking out their flavors of ice cream and putting toppings on them.  We will definitely be having ice cream bars during the summertime!

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The boys had a blast putting together foil costumes!  It was a lot harder to do than I thought it would be, but I managed to make Dallen armor to put over his chest, leg covers, and a bow and arrow.  The EMT crew was super nice and went around with duct tape helping to tape the outfits together.

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After the foil armor session, everyone headed over to a paint fight.  Yes, a paint fight!  They covered the kids with ponchos and gave them little water balloons, sponges and water guns filled with paint.  Dallen got a lot of paint in his hair.  Thank goodness it was easy to wash out of his hair!

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Plus, there was a gorgeous Hyundai Santa Fe on display at the event.  What a gorgeous car!  I would love to test drive one some day in the near future!  A big thanks to Hyundai and Clever Girls Collective for this awesome event and bonding time to experience with our family.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

12 Responses to “Making Memories with Our Family at the Hyundai Epic Playdate”

  1. Charles Gao says:

    Hi Shannon,nice to talk to you ,I hope to meet you again. Charles Gao,write in Ritz Carlton.

  2. courtney b says:

    looks like you had a blast!:) you have a great smile!

  3. What a great event, looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

    Nice Hyundai Santa Fe!

  4. Emily says:

    Wow looks like such a great time for the kids. So much fun activities 🙂

  5. Kristyn says:

    What an amazing event for the family to attend! it looks like so much fun 🙂

  6. Jen Medeiros says:

    Looks like you guys had lots of fun!

  7. Dawn Lopez says:

    Wow, that looks like a TON of fun! So cool that the whole family could enjoy themselves and you had the chance to meet up with some bloggers too! Totally sweet!

  8. Greta says:

    Looks like it was a fun-filled day for all involved. I love the Hyundai Santa Fe, too.

  9. Jamie says:

    Looked like a fun day out with the entire family!

  10. So fun!!! I can’t wait until my sons are old enough to do stuff like this.

  11. daisy says:

    This looks like it was a lot of fun!
    BTW – my mom keeps telling me that Hyundai is a great brand that we should look into.

  12. Tee says:

    Looks fun. =)

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