Foxwoods & Mohegan Provides Kids Week Events

In case you missed the first posting and are still looking for activities for your kids, look no further than southeastern CT.  Connecticut’s two tribal casinos’ are offering entertainment and events in case you need some great ideas. Add to that rides, fun dining, and retail opportunities, and you have the time of your life for all ages.

FOXWOODS & TANGER OUTLETS

KIDS WEEK – April 15 – 19

Movies • Games • Face Painting • Arts & Crafts • Caricatures • Balloon Animals • and More!

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KIDS WEEK – April 15 – 19

Henna Tattoos • Mocktails • Movies • Teen Lounge • Selfie Screen • Games • and More!

Enjoy Shirley Temples, Roy Rogers, and more at the exclusive Mocktail Bar in the Teen Lounge. Become the canvas with Henna Tattoos. Challenge your friends to Giant Jenga, Cornhole, or Xbox and Playstation Games. Put on your best/wildest/goofiest face in front of the Selfie Screen, because let’s face it, if you don’t post it, it didn’t actually happen.

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BOWLING, ANYONE? – HIGH ROLLERS KIDS WEEK SPECIALS at FOXWOODS 4/14-4/19


Mohegan Sun FAMILY DAYS

April 15th and 16th

This April, students and families are invited to take advantage of Family Days hosted in Mohegan Sun Arena. Family Days feature a series of exciting activities during spring vacation. From thrilling arcade games, arts & crafts, rock decorating, an exclusive Connecticut Sun basketball clinic and culinary displays, Family Days has something for everyone!

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KID’S QUEST / CYBER QUEST – Kids Quest at Mohegan Sun is the place to be for any child from 6 weeks to 12 years old.


Don’t Forget OTHER SOUTHEASTERN CT OPTIONS

Southeastern Connecticut has many other options for young kids, tweens, and teens. Consider:

Mystic Seaport  – Pirate Days at Mystic Seaport April 16 & 17

Plenty of family-fun activities await children of all ages during this annual pirate event. Decipher clues on their special treasure map to find hidden pirates and the final treasure. Warning: your seafaring skills will be put to the test! Learn how pirates of old navigated the ocean at the High Seas planetarium show and create your own pirate souvenir. Photo ops will be plentiful all day long.

MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT MUSEUM – Kids week events Wed. April 17th to Sat April 20th

Mystic Aquarium  – Spring Vacation CampMonday, April 15 -19

Spring Vacation is fun at Mystic Aquarium. Sign up for one or all five days. Each day-long camp follows a different theme, complete with experiments, activities, and special time with the animals. Themes include: Secret Worlds, Junior Aquarist, and Shark Safari.

Have a great family week!

Binbin

Foxwoods & Mohegan Provides Kids Week Events

Wondering what to do next week when the kiddos are home for school vacation? Well, the Connecticut’s two tribal casinos’ are offering entertainment and events in case you need some great ideas. Add to that rides, fun dining, and retail opportunities, and you have the time of your life for all ages.

FOXWOODS & TANGER OUTLETS

KIDS WEEK – April 15 – 19

Movies • Games • Face Painting • Arts & Crafts • Caricatures • Balloon Animals • and More!

Click here for more information

KIDS WEEK – April 15 – 19

Henna Tattoos • Mocktails • Movies • Teen Lounge • Selfie Screen • Games • and More!

Enjoy Shirley Temples, Roy Rogers, and more at the exclusive Mocktail Bar in the Teen Lounge. Become the canvas with Henna Tattoos. Challenge your friends to Giant Jenga, Cornhole, or Xbox and Playstation Games. Put on your best/wildest/goofiest face in front of the Selfie Screen, because let’s face it, if you don’t post it, it didn’t actually happen.

Click here for more information

BOWLING, ANYONE? – HIGH ROLLERS KIDS WEEK SPECIALS at FOXWOODS 4/14-4/19


Mohegan Sun FAMILY DAYS

April 15th and 16th

This April, students and families are invited to take advantage of Family Days hosted in Mohegan Sun Arena. Family Days feature a series of exciting activities during spring vacation. From thrilling arcade games, arts & crafts, rock decorating, an exclusive Connecticut Sun basketball clinic and culinary displays, Family Days has something for everyone!

Click here for more information

KID’S QUEST / CYBER QUEST – Kids Quest at Mohegan Sun is the place to be for any child from 6 weeks to 12 years old.


Don’t Forget OTHER SOUTHEASTERN CT OPTIONS

Southeastern Connecticut has many other options for young kids, tweens, and teens. Consider:

Mystic Seaport  – Pirate Days at Mystic Seaport April 16 & 17

Plenty of family-fun activities await children of all ages during this annual pirate event. Decipher clues on their special treasure map to find hidden pirates and the final treasure. Warning: your seafaring skills will be put to the test! Learn how pirates of old navigated the ocean at the High Seas planetarium show and create your own pirate souvenir. Photo ops will be plentiful all day long.

MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT MUSEUM – Kids week events Wed. April 17th to Sat April 20th

Mystic Aquarium  – Spring Vacation CampMonday, April 15 -19

Spring Vacation is fun at Mystic Aquarium. Sign up for one or all five days. Each day-long camp follows a different theme, complete with experiments, activities, and special time with the animals. Themes include: Secret Worlds, Junior Aquarist, and Shark Safari.

Have a great family week!

Binbin

Recreational Gambling Requires Responsible Gambling

Losing at Gambling?

Be aware of your Gambling

Once each year, I pause the gambling news and hype to be sure we look at the seriousness of problem gambling. March is Problem Gambling Awareness month.  It comes at a perfect time in New England in 2019 when the expansion of gambling continues at a feverish pitch. The addition of legal sports betting in Rhode Island, and probably other states in our region by the end of the year, brings more concern to those who might battle gambling additions. ,

MARCH IS PROBLEM GAMBLING AWARENESS MONTH!

Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) is a grassroots campaign that depends on the participation of NCPG state Affiliate, organizational and individual members, state health agencies, gambling companies, recovery groups and a wide range of healthcare organizations and providers.

Approximately 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for pathological gambling, another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers; yet for many, gambling remains a hidden addiction.  As March Madness reaches a crescendo with an estimated $10 billion in bets placed on the NCAA basketball championship games, calls to the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) spike an average of 30% during the month

In 2017, according to an info-graphic released by the NCPG, problem gambling accounted for $7 billion in the US annually due to addiction, bankruptcy, and crime. Of the estimated five million Americans who already meet the criteria for gambling addiction, three in four have problems with alcohol, 38 percent use or have used illegal drugs, and 20 percent have attempted or committed suicide.

Changing Tide

According to the American Gambling Association, new research released shows that “with American acceptance of gaming at an all-time high, casino gamblers are actively practicing responsible gaming….. Bettors report setting budgets, sticking to them and being aware of available responsible gaming resources at significantly high rates.”

According to the research:

  • 9 in 10 casual bettors set a budget before they visit a casino;
  • 90 percent of those visitors report success in tracking their spending; and
  • 8 in 10 casual casino visitors and 9 in 10 avid casino visitors are aware of responsible gaming resources.

Massachusetts leads the charge

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) implemented many initiatives to curb problem gambling in Massachusetts Casinos, including:

  • PREVENTION:  This month SEIGMA researchers will release evidence-based guidelines designed to help Massachusetts residents make informed decisions about gambling behavior. The upcoming report Low-Risk Gambling Guidelines for Massachusetts defines the point at which level of gambling engagement (i.e. frequency and expenditure) increases risk.RESEARCH: This month the MGC will select organizations to conduct Community-Driven Research. The research objective is to provide communities with the opportunity to define the issue or question relating to the introduction of casino gambling in Massachusetts. This initiative puts the community first and emphasizes collaboration between researchers.EDUCATION: MGC continues to generate awareness about its popular, responsible gaming program GameSense and is working closely with GameSense Advisors at Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield to host a series of activities for casino employees. As the eyes and ears of the casino, employees play a key role in identifying persons who may be struggling with gambling. Educating casino staff about available programs and resources has increased benefit because research identifies gaming employees as being at a greater risk of developing a gambling problem.COMMUNICATION: Throughout the month, MGC will implement a digital campaign across its multiple social media channels to promote awareness and educate the public about MGC’s voluntary self-exclusion program and the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling helpline.

    COLLABORATION: Plainridge Park Casino employees will wear GameSense-branded PGAM buttons throughout the month. MGM Springfield produced a “Fact or Myth” video featuring a GameSense Advisor and the educational video will be shown to employees at multiple MGM properties.

    SUPPORT: MGC supports the Cambridge Health Alliance’s ‘Gambling Disorder Screening Day’ taking place on March 12, 2019. On the same day, GameSense Advisors will offer problem gambling screening at Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield.

Gamesense 2Kudos to MGM International for implementing GameSense at its resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere around the country, not just in Springfield where it is required.

Gambling Companies Also Looking to Help

Everi, IGT, and Aristocrat are only a few of the gambling industry giants working with the AGA create responsible gambling. Check out these articles from the AGA’s website:

Everi Provides Tools To Help Customers Play Responsibly

IGT Helps Operators Protect Players and Keep Gaming Fun

Aristocrat: Using Technology To Support Responsible Gaming

Every casino in New England has some form of help, from self-exclusion programs, live chat link on websites for immediate help, or state hotlines like Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. For more information on problem gambling, go to the National Council on Problem Gambling website.  Help each other if your friends, family or children seem to be spending money they don’t have.  If you have questions or concerns about your own gambling, take the 20 Question Check at Gambler’s Anonymous.  Wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry?

Binbin – Embrace the Awareness of Responsible Gambling