Enter to Win Prizes in Our 2018 Big Summer Fun Giveaway

Tickets, toys, games and more are up for grabs
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It's time to welcome summer with flip flops and lazy days by the pool! We're kicking it off with seven days of great prizes in our Big Summer Fun Giveaway June 4-10.

Fill out the entry form on the day we post the prize you'd like to win and we'll choose a winner from all who have entered that day. For this reason, multiple entries will be allowed, so you can enter to win on more than one day of the contest. However, only one entry per day is allowed. Duplicate same-day entries will be deleted.

This contest has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners listed below each prize.

Day 7, June 10: Work and Water

Today is our LAST big summer fun giveaway. This one is all about hard work mixed with play time! 

You’re never to young to dream of starting your own business. Anthony O’Neal’s “Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox” ($50) walks parents and teens through eight easy, practical steps for doing just that. The toolbox includes a teen portfolio that walks them through each step, a parent guide, a free Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox app, a 20-minute DVD featuring Anthony ONeal and much more. Whether it’s mowing lawns, babysitting or walking dogs, this toolbox has everything parents need to set their teen up for success and teach them skills they’ll need to become successful adults.

Gain an appreciation for North Carolina farmers and how hard they work with a Got To Be NC grab bag (estimated value $30), consisting of a lunch-sized cooler tote, stainless steel travel cup, activity book, notepad, license tag and more.

Ready for some water play time? Liven up you kids’ pool fun this summer with three Amloid water toys: the new Play Day Character Beach Baskets toy ($5), which features a trio of creatures to choose from to take on any adventure (a turtle, clown fish or crab); the Aqua Creatures Swim Mask ($10), which allows kids to explore their animal alter-egos with a quality mask that will keep their eyes protected and features an adjustable strap to fit kids ages 5 and older; and the Aqua Creatures Water Squirterz ($8), a hand-held launcher that launch a steady stream of water up to 10 feet to soak the unlucky target.


Total value = $103

Congratulations to our winner, Melinda Sawyer of Raleigh! Thanks to everyone who participated in our Big Summer Fun Giveaway!

See our day 6 prize and winner information on the next page.


Day 6, June 9: Magical, Mammoth and Extinct Creatures

New from the creators of Fingerlings, meet “Blaze” an UNTAMED Raptor — fierce and unpredictable … friend or foe, you decide! Unleash him at your fingertips. With over 40-plus different sounds and interactions, these raptors roar, hiss and chomp. In tame mode they nuzzle and purr — and even pass gas! Complete with snapping jaws and gripping claws, these interactive Raptors react to touch, motion and sound. (For ages 4 and older, $15.)


Snuggly Rascals Comfy Headband Headphones have an 85-decibel limit to protect young ears from noise damage, and come in a variety of designs, such as this unicorn-themed pair we’re giving away. A Velcro closure in the back allows the headband to be adjusted, and the speakers can be removed when the headband needs to be washed. (For ages 3 and older; $18.)


Dive into the natural world with the Smithsonian book, “Explanatorium of Nature” (Penguin Random House, $30). Learn how hummingbirds hover, why eagles have such a large wingspan and how whales pack hunt.

Speaking of whales, learn more about them in “The Big Book of the Blue” by Yuval Zommer ($20, Thames & Hudson), then watch your kids bring that knowledge to life with Play-Doh’s Wavy the Whale Playset. Kids can use the rail slides on top of Wavy the Whale’s spout to change the shape of pretend water as it comes out. (For ages 3 and older; $10).


And while we're on the subject of ocean animals, let's throw in Play-Doh’s Cranky the Octopus Playset (ages 3 and older; $14.99) to ignite your child’s imagination even more.


Total value = $108

Congratulations to our winner: Danielle Scarbro of Raleigh! Be sure to enter our final giveaway today!

See our day 5 prize and winner information on the next page.


Day 5, June 8: Rainy Day Fun

Today's prizes are perfect for rainy days this summer! From games to a marble track system to a new building product, your child will get hours of entertainment out of these products.

The Tyrannosaurus rex is out — and, so is the velociraptor and dilophosaurus — in the new board game, Jurassic Park Danger. Ideal for families and long-time fans, Jurassic Park DANGER! is now available in Target just in time for the 25th anniversary of the original "Jurassic Park" movie. The modular game board pits dinosaurs (one player) against the other players (up to four), who team up as characters from the classic movie to get Jurassic Park back online and escape the island before they fall prey. (For ages 10 and older; $25.)

The Incredibles Save the Day Game immerses players in the action-packed world of The Incredibles with the message and storyline that families around the world have come to love — everyone is special and family is stronger together. The game's cooperative play element requires kids, siblings, parents and friends to work together while playing this game. (For ages 6 and older; $20.) Don't forget, the new "Incredibles 2" movie debuts June 15. 

Ravensburger’s STEM standout GraviTrax is a modern-day remake of the classic marble run — an interactive marble racetrack system your kids can put design and build (on their own or using the guidebook) that provides endless activities and challenges for any STEM enthusiast. Experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics to propel your ball to the finish line. (For ages 8 and older; $60.)

Build in 3D fashion using a Plus-Plus Learn to Build set, which consists of 400 pieces, a baseplate and a guidebook. Start with a 2D approach by making patterns and mosaics, then move on to 3D techniques to make people, animals, buildings and more. Download the free Plus-Plus app for instructions on how to build other advanced constructions. (For ages 5 and older; $25.)

Total value = $130

Congratulations to our winner, Tami Tallaferro of Durham!




See our day 4 prize and winner information on the next page.


Day 4: Tweetsie Railroad Tickets

Beat the heat this summer in the cool North Carolina mountains. Once again, it's a magical season at Tweetsie Railroad. Guests have the chance to experience everything from rides on Main Street to Miner’s Mountain to live entertainment that includes the Wild West Train Adventure and Sunset Shows, daily.

The 2018 season at Tweetsie Railroad marks the 61st year since the wild west theme has been adopted and it has helped Tweetsie Railroad evolve into the premier western amusement park in the country. Each ride, show and event not only encompasses the western lifestyle, but offers the chance to feel a part of it, too.

Enter to win four tickets (which can be used for children or adults) to visit Tweetsie Railroad, good for any day with the exception of Ghost Train, Tweetsie Christmas or Day Out With Thomas special events. Visit tweetsie.com to plan your trip!

Total value = $180

Congratulations to our winner, Magdalena Huchwajda of Durham!



See our day 3 prize and winner information on the next page.


Day 3, June 6: Tree House Adventure

Head over to the Museum of Life and Science to check out Hideaway Woods, a natural playscape featuring tree houses and a stream your kids can play in, then be sure to check out the rest of the museum’s outdoor and indoor exhibits while you’re there. ($62)

When you get home, your child can bring those tree house adventures to life using Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Crayola Tree House Play Set by Amloid, which comes with sturdy building blocks, stickers and assorted crayons. Remove the packaging from around the tube to discover illustrations your child can color, as well as instructions on how to build the tree house. ($15, link to walmart.com). We'll also throw in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Crayola Trolley Play Set by Amloid (for ages 3 and older; $20), which will fuel your child’s imagination with sturdy and stackable building blocks, stickers and crayons. This Crayola set helps children identify and learn colors as they develop their fine motor skills.

After you explore the Museum of Life and Science's animal and science exhibits, your kids will get even more out of their experience by having fun with these “Sticky Facts” sticker books (Workman Publishing; $30 for all three), and Yuval Zommer’s “The Big Sticker Book of Bugs” and “The Big Sticker Book of Beasts” (Thames & Hudson; $30 for both). 

Total value = $157

Congratulations to our winner, Mallory Beaton of Cary!




See our day 2 prize and winner information on the next page.


Day 2, June 5: Happy Feet

Keep your kids active this summer with Razor’s Spark Ultra Kick Scooter, which features ultra-bright LED wheels and a fun Spark Bar that, upon being stepped on, releases a burst of glittering sparks. Replacable spark cartridges (sold separately) will keep the flashes coming all summer long. The scooter's folding handlebars and downtube simplify storage. ($60)

Merrell’s new Hydro 2.0 performance sandals protect kids’ feet with the perfect combination of closed-toe construction, a durable rubber sole, cutouts and mesh details to keep feet cool. Made with recycled materials, the shoe’s IMEVA material is lightweight and dries quickly, and the M Select™ GRIP features superior traction. Win a pair of Hydro 2.0s in blue/citron (the winner will be able to order a specific size). $40; merrell.com.

Liven up your wardrobe with these fun socks from Exec Socks, a sock subscription service that delivers socks right to your front doorstep. Subscriptions range from $10-$17/month to $26-$47/quarter, depending on which plan you choose.

Total value = $127

Congratulations to our winner, GangaDevi Kasi of Cary! 

Photo at top right courtesy of Razor


See our day 1 prize and winner information on the next page.


Day 1, June 4: Enjoy 4 Summerfest Flex Tickets

North Carolina Symphony’s popular Summerfest series at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary kicked off June 1, with shows extending through July 21. Future shows will feature “Classics Under the Stars,” “Summer Nights in Spain” and “The Music of Tom Petty,” to name a few. 

We're giving away four Summerfest flex tickets, which can be used at any performance during the series. Relax and enjoy the music while the kids dance and sing. Plus, children ages 12 and younger are admitted for free!

Total value = $118

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Symphony


Congratulations to our winner: Tara Green of Holly Springs! Thanks to everyone who participated. Be sure to enter to win today's prize!



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