Frankie’s Valentine’s Day Extravaganza: Valentine’s Day Mailbox

We are on Day Four of Frankie’s Valentine’s Day Extravaganza, and only TWO more days from February 14th! Today, Kisha has an art project that will help you keep all your Valentine’s treats in one place. We all know Kisha has the hippest fashion sense this side of DownTown, so you know she will teach you how to make something incredibly stylish!

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Frankie’s Valentine’s Day Extravaganza: Red Velvet Cupcakes

For the third day of Frankie’s Valentine’s Day Extravaganza, JumpStart’s resident gardener Eleanor decided to show us how to bake some delicious Valentine’s snacks. She was feeling really generous this February and decided to actually give out this special recipe to one of her famous desserts! Find out what goodies Eleanor has shared with us today, along with some kind words to you Jumpeez!

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Hi Jumpeez! One of my favorite activities around this time of year is baking my famous red velvet cupcakes. I just love the bright red color they make once they come out of the oven. Since Valentine’s Day is a time for sharing, I thought it would be a great idea to give my yummy recipe out to all my friends. Make sure to get a parent to help out with this activity, since it could get messy! Check out the recipe below with instructions!–Eleanor

1 box of chocolate cake mix
1cup buttermilk or water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 bottle (1 oz) red food color
2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
A pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degress so that it will be nice and toasty by the time you create your batter. Make sure to grease your cupcake pan at this point and fill each spot with special Valentine’s-themed cupcake wrappers.

2. In one bowl, mix together the vegetable oil, buttermilk, vanilla and eggs until fully combined.

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3. In your second bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients.

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4. Combine the dry mixture into the large bowl, stir until your batter is a consistent red. Once your batter has been mixed thoroughly, add a cup of chocolate chips to really add some kick to your cupcakes!

5. Pour batter into cupcake container and bake for however long your cake mixture recommends.

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6. Add frosting and sprinkles to your new creations!

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Once your yummy cupcakes have cooled off, hand them out to all your friends!

February Activities: Throwing a Valentine’s Day Bash!

As far as children’s holidays are concerned, Valentine’s Day can often be overlooked albeit the festivity that surrounds this February day. However, it is important to remember the true meaning of the day isn’t just about eating tons of chocolate, it’s about teaching your children about friendship and showing their gratitude towards others. This holiday is a great opportunity to celebrate those you love most at home by throwing a Valentine’s Day party for your children and their friends. Here are some great tips for throwing a Valentine’s Day hangout that can be both fun and educational.

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Love Is in the Air at JumpStart

As the weather gets warmer and Valentine’s Day approaches, JumpStart says goodbye to snow and hello to hearts! Now that winter has passed, we are ready to celebrate February with a brand-new theme! Do you know what that means? New FunZones have popped up in MainStreet, DownTown, and the BoardWalk!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from JumpStart! Join Frankie and friends in the JumpStart World and help us celebrate this season of LOVE. After all, there’s so much to do and see during this fun and festive time of year.

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From the Hearts Lane FunZone, cute candy Scavenger Hunt, and the holiday updates to our DownTown Stores, how do you and our Jumpee friends plan on celebrating this joyous occasion? Let us know or take some time to check out how you and your family might mark this day!

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Even more to LOVE in JumpStart!

Frankie and friends are kicking off a new season in JumpStart! Have you seen all the new decorations? From hearts and gift bags to teddy bears and other heart shaped treats, are you able to piece together the clues for what we’re celebrating? We’re counting down to Valentine’s Day, so start exploring! Not sure where to start? Besides the regular updates to Petz and Threadz, you can preview all of your fun and festive options, here:

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Over in both the Central Park and DownTown FunZone areas, Jumpeez can find the popular Heart Lane water ride, which invites you down a heart shaped tunnel while sailing aboard a swan. You’ll pass by beautiful scenes of flowers, candy hearts, waterfalls, and all kinds of other Valentine’s Day themed fun.

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Then search high and low through Poseidon’s HangOut, MainStreet, the Beach and DownTown because there are a few sweet treats waiting to be picked up in this season’s new scavenger hunt. Collect all the hidden candy hearts for a special prize of your very own!

Click here to see what else is here!