Harlem Globetrotters 2022 Spread Game World Tour

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Thank you to US Family Guide and the Harlem Globetrotters for hosting us so we can share this experience with you!

For generations, the Harlem Globetrotters have been delighting fans.  Having never been myself, I was excited to experience these talented basketball stars with my family when they recently visited Baltimore.  A Harlem Globetrotters show is so much more than a basketball game!  Part sporting event and part comedy show - the Harlem Globetrotters bring something the whole family can enjoy.


The Harlem Globetrotters 2022 Tour is in full swing!  Visit their website for all of the dates and use code USFAM to save 20% on tickets.

So what can you expect at a Globetrotters game?  After arriving at the arena, we first visited the official Harlem Globetrotters merchandise and my son picked out a basketball as a souvenir.  We grabbed some snacks and headed to our seats as the teams finished warm-ups.  At our Baltimore event, the Harlem Globetrotters were playing the Washington Generals.  The introduction of the teams was much more of a comedy show than a sporting event with a "grandma" Globetrotter fan taking center stage.  During warm-ups, the team delighted with some classic Harlem Globetrotters tricks - fancy dribbling, dunking, passing, and more!


Throughout the "game," there are frequent comedic game breaks with the ref and players interacting with each other.  It's all good, clean, family fun and left my little one buying his own Globetrotters ball and practicing in the concessions area during halftime for his chance to make it on the team one day!

The Harlem Globetrotters really cater to the family experience and the afternoon was topped off with a free autograph session after the game.  While it was a little disorganized, as fans just went down to the court and stood behind ropes clamoring towards their favorite players - the lines did move and we were able to grab three autographs in about 30 minutes.  The best Globetrotter in my son's opinion - X-Over! 


Don't miss the chance to see the Harlem Globetrotters with your family when they come to town.  The show is as entertaining as ever and a great choice for a fun evening!


2022 PAC-MAN Virtual Challenge

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80s babies and runners everywhere can rejoice in the 2022 PAC-MAN Virtual Challenge!  Poor PAC-MAN has spent decades being chased by Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde. . .and now you get a chance to experience that feeling to as you complete virtual runs and unlock challenges along the way.  One of the best parts of this virtual challenge?  You don't get just one run to enjoy!  So whether you are new to running and using this as a race or a seasoned veteran who wants to add a little fun to some of your training runs, the PAC-MAN Virtual Challenge may be the perfect choice for you!

Disclaimer:  I received an entry to the 2022 PAC-MAN Virtual Challenge to review as part of being a BibRave Ambassador.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Ambassador, and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

What's Included in the 2022 PAC-MAN Virtual Challenge?


The 2022 PAC-MAN Virtual Challenge includes 3 different run distances that get progressively longer as you unlock the challenges.  

  • Blinky Blitz 3-Mile Challenge
  • Pinky & Inky Power-Up 4-Mile Challenge
  • Clyde's Course 5-Mile Challenge
Once you conquer all 3 levels, you get to unlock the bonus level!  As far as swag, runners will enjoy a commemorative race bib, finisher's medal, and a collectible baseball pennant.  I love the idea of the baseball pennant as a unique race item.  I mean, everyone loves a good t-shirt, but I already have quite the collection!

How do you complete the 2022 PAC-MAN Virtual Challenge?

Obviously with virtual challenge, you need a way to record your results so you can unlock the next level.  The PAC-MAN virtual challenge has partnered with Race Roster and ASICS Runkeeper in order to track your results.  You can connect your registration directly to the Runkeeper app and when you complete the distance, it automatically tracks your mileages and let's the race know that you've completed the level.  I opted to complete my Blinky Blitz 3-Mile Challenge on the treadmill as it ended up being a super cold late spring day.  With that, I was able to manually upload my results to Race Roster and earned my badge to unlock the next level.  


But is a Virtual Challenge worth it?

The 2022 PAC-MAN Virtual Challenge gets you several race distances, fun and unique swag, and the opportunity to run at your own time and location.  I have really come to enjoy virtual racing because of these things.  And, you can use code BIBRAVE10 to save 10% on your registration - making it even more affordable!  Find more information and register here.

Who is ready to step up to the challenge and join me?? 


Splitsville Luxury Lanes Bowling and Dining Review at Orlando's Disney Springs!

Bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Orlando, FL - www.runningonpixiedust.com

When families think of a Walt Disney World vacation, they typically think characters, theme parks, and rides.  But a hidden gem located inside the gates of Walt Disney World Resort is Disney Springs - a shopping, dining, and entertainment mecca for families to enjoy outside of the parks.  Recently, we had the chance to visit Splitsville Luxury Lanes located on the West Side of Disney Springs.  Between the great food, fun atmosphere, and relaxed vibe, it was the perfect place to kick off our vacation!

Thank you to Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Disney Springs for hosting our family!

Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Orlando, FL - www.runningonpixiedust.com

We had an early flight out of Baltimore on our arrival day to Orlando and knew that we didn't want to head to the parks on our first day after being up at 4AM.  Splitsville Luxury Lanes turned out to be a great choice to grab a bite to eat and have some fun in a much more "low key" atmosphere than heading to a park.  We arrived around 11:30 and, despite having a later reservation at 12:30, they were able to accommodate us!  From the outside it's easy to see that Splitsville is a huge location.  Upon entering, guests can choose between bowling and eating or just dining.  There are lanes both downstairs and up to easily accommodate A LOT of bowlers. . .and there's also some pool tables to enjoy as well.  If you're bowling, you get a lane for a set period of time depending on the size of your party.  Each lane also has a table and wait staff to bring food and drinks.  

  • 1 - 2 People - 1 Hour
  • 3 - 4 People - 1 Hour 15 Min.
  • 5 - 6 People - 1 Hour 30 Min.
  • 7 - 8 People - 1 Hour 45 Min.
Bowling pricing includes unlimited bowling during your lane time and shoe rental.  Current pricing as of March 2022 is $20 per person before 4PM on weekdays and $24 per person after 4PM and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Orlando, FL - www.runningonpixiedust.com

The bowling lanes are well maintained and have a retro feel to them.  At this Disney Springs location, you even get a little "Disney magic" with some bowling balls featuring Mickey and Minnie!  While all the bowling at this location is ten pin with larger bowling balls, they do have options to help little ones in your family.  Bowling balls are available as light as 6 lbs. and you can see easily printed on the ball hand sizes XS - XL that will help size the ball appropriately.  We ended up also making use of bumpers for our 7 and 10 year old and they had a ramp if you have someone young enough in your party that can't yet manage rolling the bowling ball on their own.  Everything is computerized in the bowling alley - including the bumpers - which automatically popped up and down when it was my kids turn to bowl (although I probably needed them just as much!).  The bowling screen also has a countdown of how much time is left on your reservation so it's easy to see and keep track of while enjoying your visit.

The food and drink at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Disney Springs is also a big draw - and not just your typical bowling alley food.  We kicked off our visit with a round of drinks from the bar and a cone of fries.  The chive dip was every bit as good as our server promised!  For our main courses, my kids chose of the children's menu and had the pizza and chicken tenders.  My husband had the Southern Goddess Salad which he said was the delicious.  As a vegetarian, there were several options on the menu including pizzas and salads, but I chose to go the the veggie sushi roll.  All of the ingredients were fresh and it was nice to visit the a bowling alley and have some healthier options to choose from!  This trip to Disney was during my birthday week and Splitsville helped me celebrate with some birthday ice cream as an extra special treat.

Food at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Orlando, FL - www.runningonpixiedust

I was worried that we may feel rushed to eat and bowl during our reservation time, but the timing was perfect.  With kids, it was great to have them engaged in something active and fun while we were waiting for our food to arrive and after we finished eating.  Our server was wonderful and we truly loved our visit!  Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a great choice on a day off from the parks, family dinner at Disney Springs, or a fun adult night out.  For all of my runDisney friends, you can also find Splitsville often participating in the runDisney discounts at Disney Springs during race weekends - check them out!

We'll definitely be back to Splitsville in the future and with so many options of fun things to do in Disney Springs, it's becoming more and more of a must-do for us on every Walt Disney World vacation!