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#FuelCASOn Friday, February 7, 2014, I'll be heading down to McCormick Place in Chicago to bring you my first-ever coverage of the CHICAGO AUTO SHOW. While this is my first "official" visit as "The Rock Father," I've been attending the CAS for years... first visiting as a small boy in the 1980s, and many times as an adult. While I have some new offerings that I'm really looking forward to checking out, I'm curious what YOU are interested in. Do you have something that you'd like me to bring back info on? Hit me up in the comments and I'll try to make it happen.

Published in Rock Father Rides

Last week, as I began taking a real look at my calendar for the next year, I started to realize something... that my adventures were shaping up a bit like routing for a band. With "The Rock Father" as my handle here in this world of cyberspace and virtual ink, it became both crystal clear and very appropriate that that I needed to call this something: THE ROCK FATHER - 2014 U.S. Tour. But, instead of playing music (as I've been known to do in the distant past), I'll be blogging... bringing all of YOU the best in pop culture and entertainment for the whole family, from different cities around the country. The kick-off is a big one, as next week I will return to Los Angeles, this time as a guest of The Walt Disney Company, who so graciously invited me to join some other fantastic bloggers and writers in promotion of two hotly-anticipated home video releases: THE PIRATE FAIRY, and the massive hit, FROZEN. As I journey inside WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS for a series of adventures, I'm asking YOU to join me as I document the experience, and meet with the filmmakers behind the magic.

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Wednesday, October 23 2013 22:42

LEGO KidsFest Announces 2014 Tour Dates...

LEGO KidsFestThe folks behind the LEGO KidsFest just hit The Rock Father with the full details on their 2014 Tour, which will bring a massive, traveling LEGO exhibit to seven cities across North America from February-November of next year. The interactive, hands-on event features a multitude of cool activities for kids of all-ages and grownups, too! Check out the dates and details below...

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Marauders Motor ClubEach summer, Chicago's Marauders Motor Club throws the Barnyard Boogie - "A Motor and Music event to raise money and awareness for the fight against Juvenile Diabetes." It's a day of octane-fueled fun, filled with pre-1975 rides, live rockabilly music, vendors, food, camping, a bonfire, and more. Held in Monee, Illinois (where I spent a large part of my youth), the whole event has been taking place on a property known to many as "The Barnyard Boogie Grounds." To me, it's my Uncle Larry's House, as the Marauders Motor Club is run by my cousin, Loren. For a time in the mid-1990s, he and I spent many nights jamming in that Barn as part of a short-lived band called Epileptic Caesar. Now, our kids dance in front of it during the Barnyard Boogie, though it's been said that this is the last year it will be held at Uncle Larry's place, as it may move for 2014. With Monee over 100 miles from Rock Father HQ, getting there means a road trip, and this year it's been fueled by my friends at Contigo.

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If you've ever wondered "Where Do Toys Come From?", you just might be able to find out first-hand... if you're near Montreal. The folks at MEGA Brands are throwing open the doors of their massive MEGA BLOKS Factory, said to be "The Largest Toy Factory in North America," to allow special group tours for daycares, schools, camps, and non-profits. Check out the details below...

WP 20130713 012The Contigo AUTOSPOUT® Sheffield Stainless Steel Water Bottle (pictured left, in-action with baby) is by far, the best water bottle that I have ever owned. Having worked with Contigo as a Blogger Partner over the past few months, I've had a chance to experience many of their water bottles and travel mugs (I have one with me at all times), but the Sheffield is special: it keeps drinks cold for up to 20 hours, which is insane. In fact, during our own travels, the family has been arguing over who gets to use it... then we end up sharing. In the spirit of giving, and the Summer Road Trip, Contigo and The Rock Father are going to hook one lucky reader up with a FOUR-PACK of Sheffield bottles... that way no one in your family will have to be left out (unless, of course, there's more than four of you... in which case, you can buy more here, and use code CONTIGOTRIP to save 20%!).

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