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Last summer, my wife and I loaded up the car and took The Rock Daughters on a 1,900+ mile road trip - our first true family vacation. We headed east from Illinois, making our way to Philadelphia at our farthest point. Over the course of six days, we would visit Sesame Place, The Crayola Experience, Hershey's Chocolate World, The J.M. Smucker Company Store & Cafe... and about 15 different rest stops along the way. And, because we did stop in Philly, I also tossed my taste buds in the ring for a round of cheese steak sampling with Pat's and Geno's (the battle rages on!). For 2015, we're doing it again, but I'm not telling you where we're headed just yet. The journey will be shorter, but the adventures will still be big - especially for the kids. Curious where we're headed? Keep an eye on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook this week, and follow #RockFatherTour

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Disclosure: THE ROCK FATHER™ is a paid "Be Your Own Jack" Brand Ambassador for Hungry Jack. All opinions are that of James Zahn, because he is his own Jack. 

For the past couple of years, I've had the opportunity to work with my friends from The J.M. Smucker Company on a variety of cool projects that really align with what "The Rock Father" is all about. At the core of their business, it's all about family, and that's the same core that I have right here at Rock Father HQ. One of the most iconic brands they handle is Hungry Jack, bringing families together for the most important meal of the day: breakfast. But anytime could be a Hungry Jack mealtime, and for the next year, I'll be partnering with Hungry Jack to bring you some special features and opportunities that fit right into the lifestyle of families that rock. There will be reader giveaways, new product introductions and plenty of inspiration for you to "Be Your Own Jack." To celebrate the new partnership, we had a little kick-off gathering in Michigan with all of this year's Brand Ambassadors for some high-octane NASCAR fun... and we got things rolling appropriately on race day with a pancake breakfast! What was my weekend like? Read on, friends... read on!

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From May 15-17, The Steampunk World's Fair will be "firing up pistons and stoking the blast furnace" for a sixth year in Piscataway, New Jersey. Presenting activities for the entire family (including Gailia's Slightly Perilous Children's Wonderland for the younger kids) split between two hotels and beyond, this year's fest will be inhabited by craftspeople, costumers, artists, writers, musicians, circus performers and more - all creating a magical experience steeped in Victorian Sci-Fi.
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On May 16, the folks from KIND and zulily will partner for Kindness Safaris to be held at 20 Zoos across the country. For friends in my home City of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo will be the center of the action from 10am-5pm, where families can take part in the safari, and kids can discover how being kind through simple acts can be fun, and really brighten the world around us. It's all part of the ongoing Kind Parents, Kind Kids program, which uses fun family activities to teach kids the importance of kindness year-round.

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Despite all the Disney coverage I post here on this site... and all of the trips to Los Angeles, it often surprises people when I reveal that I've never been to Disneyland. In fact, I've only visited Disney World and Epcot Center once - and that was back in 1988. One day, though - when my girls are a tad older, I will take them to these places, and I'll be just as excited as they are when we finally get to visit Disneyland as a family for the very first time. For now, there's a new bit of history that's arrived as part of the #Disneyland60 celebration that shows the construction of the park in just one minute thanks to some time-lapse video. Check it out below...

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FF LogoOne of my favorite places on the planet is Universal Studios Hollywood - despite having only spent a little under three hours there in February of 2014 on what I dubbed my "World's Fastest One-Man Tour of Universal Studios" (though I have visited Universal CityWalk a few times)The pictures were on my socials as I had just enough time to make my way down the hill to TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE, back up to the famous park tour (thankfully, no lines!) and a walk around to soak in the vibe before hitting the gift shop and heading for LAX (I'd been in town on a project and the folks at NBC Universal were kind enough to spot me a badge for a quick visit). Now there's even more reason to head back (as if my girls' love of the MINIONS and my wife's HARRY POTTER fixation wasn't enough), as FAST & FURIOUS--SUPERCHARGED has been revealed to be opening on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Today, Universal Studios Hollywood sent over a link of some first-look footage of the new attraction, and you can see it below...

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