Behind the Scenes: Surprise Ride on Shark Tank

It feels like it was yesterday when we walked through the doors of ABC’s Shark Tank. We’re recapping our whole experience in our latest video series, Thursdays with Donna and Rosy! If you missed our last episode, don’t worry, you can catch it here.

So what is it really like to take the Shark Tank journey? Press play to find out and check out our behind the scenes photos from our experience below.

The special Shark Tank Rides all ready to go. With extras, just in case!

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This is when we arrived at LAX! We were waiting to get picked up by the Shark Tank squad
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Our very own trailer on the set of Shark Tank. Wish we could have taken it home with us!

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Sneak peak inside our awesome trailer and Rosy getting ready for the show.
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All ready! Right before we left our trailer for the studio.
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China Activities Week 3: Build the Great Wall of China

Did you enjoy building your own Chinese dragon last week? We had a lot of fun with our dragon, Felix.

We’re wrapping up our China course with an exciting engineering activity that’s perfect for the aspiring architects out there. All you need is some glue, cardboard and sugar cubes – yup, sugar cubes! It may have taken hundreds of years to build the Great Wall of China, but it’ll only take your kiddos a little over an hour.

Make sure to share photos on and . Start snapping!

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Get Building: Instructions + Parent Guide

If you missed any of our China activities, no worries! Click the links below for even more offline fun and learning.

Week 1: Make your own Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
Week 2: Build your own Chinese Dragon

Let’s Get Crafty: Piggy Banks

Our new friend, Oscar!

 

A penny earned is a penny saved!! This week at Surprise Ride, we got crafty and created our own piggy bank. Make your own today and save up for a rainy day!

  • Empty plastic beverage bottle (the wider, the better!)
  • Light pink, dark pink and white felt
  • Pink construction paper
  • Clay or play dough
  • Glue
  • Silver paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Marker

PREP:
Peel label off a clean, empty plastic beverage bottle.

BODY:
Wrap white felt around bottle and glue. Paint white felt with silver paint. Once it dries, wrap a strip of pink paper around the middle of the felt.

EYES:
Cut out two equal-sized ovals and glue onto the bottle. Draw a smaller in the center of each of the larger ovals.

FEET:
Using clay or play dough, roll 4 balls of 1-inch diameter. Glue balls onto the bottom of the bottle. Once glue dries, squish the balls into the bottle so the bottoms are flat.

EARS:
On the pink colored construction paper, draw two equal-sized ears. At the bottom of the ears, draw a rectangle (this will help your ears stick on). Glue ears down by the rectangles (see diagram below).

NOSE:
Cut out a circle in pink felt that is slightly larger than the bottle’s opening. Cut a slit in the middle (this is where you will put your coins!) and glue onto the bottle’s opening. Cut two smaller circles in a different pink felt and place onto the nose – these are the “nostrils” (oink oink!).

Once you’re finished, name your little friend and fill him up with lots of coins! (We named ours Oscar!) Want to know how to make money to put in your new piggy bank? Start a lemonade stand or put up a bake sale! You’re never too young to become a #kidboss. Learn more about becoming a young entrepreneur with our Kid Boss box!

Mango Salsa

The Summer Olympics kick off today in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – home to beautiful beaches, accomplished soccer players, and lush rainforests with plentiful fruits and vegetables…including MANGOES! Today, we’re making mango salsa, inspired by the spirit of Brazil. Check out the recipe below!

Ingredients:

  • 2 mangoes, diced
  • 1 ½ roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt, to taste

Makes 2 cups

Recipe:

  1. In a serving bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Top with lime juice and mix well. Season with salt to taste. For best flavor, let salsa rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serve your salsa with chips for a light snack or over chicken, rice, and beans for a well-balanced Brazilian-inspired meal! Want to learn more about this vibrant country? CHECK OUT our Brazil box today!

 

Fresh Fruit Popsicles

Skyrocketing temperatures has us all longing for something to keep us cool and refreshed! Here at Surprise Ride, we made it our mission to find the perfect Summer snack that was tasty, healthy and kept us feeling cool. After much experimentation, we came up with the perfect recipe for fresh fruit popsicles. They’re healthy, refreshing, and as fun to make as they are to eat. Check out the recipe below!

Ingredients:

  • 1 peach – sliced
  • 2 kiwis – sliced
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ¾ cup strawberries – halved
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 2 cups white grape juice

Recipe:

  1. Place chopped fruit inside popsicle molds.
  2. Fill molds with juice.
  3. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid (about 6 to 8 hours)

Serves 10.

SURPRISE FACT: Did you know that In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson mixed a drink with a stick and accidentally left the glass outside? After a cold night, he came back to find it frozen and that’s how the first popsicle was born! Learn more about Frank and other #kidentrepreneurs with our Kid Boss Ride!

10 Must Things to Do in Brazil

July’s Ride has us dreaming about exploring the awesome country of Brazil. We came up with the best-of-the best to see, do, and experience if you find yourself jonesing for a Brazilian stamp on your passport. Check it out below!

1. Play beach volleyball at Ipanema or Copacabana

Located side-by-side in Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema and Copacabana are two of the most popular beaches in the world! Catch some waves or play beach volleyball with the locals here.

2. Dance at Carnival

Carnival in Rio is the biggest and most famous festival in the world. About 2 million people celebrate with parades, dancing, street carnivals, and samba music every year.

3. Visit Iguazu Falls

Iguazu is the largest system of waterfalls in the world, and sits right between Brazil and Argentina. Devil’s Throat, the largest of the falls, stands at a whopping 269 feet!

4. Walk up the Escadaria Selarón

Chilean artist Jorge Selarón dedicated his life to creating these amazing stairs. They are covered in over 2000 titles collected from over 60 countries around the world!

5. Head to the São Paulo Museum of Art

This museum holds the largest collection of Western art in Latin America, featuring pieces by Botticelli, Van Gogh, and Diego Velazquez.

6. Stroll through Ibirapuera Park

Some say Ibirapuera is comparable to New York City’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. With a museum, a music hall, and plenty of outdoor activities, it is an important landmark of São Paulo’s cultural scene.

7. Journey through the Cathedral of Brasilia

The Cathedral of Brasilia doesn’t look like a traditional cathedral, but that’s exactly what modern artist Oscar Niemeyer wanted. The building’s exterior has 16 identical columns, representing two hands moving upwards to heaven.

8. Explore the Amazon

The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world, with more than 10 million animal, plant, and insect species. There’s sure to be something here that you’ve never seen before!

9. Learn about the Brazilian Gold Rush at Ouro Preto

Pronounced oro-preeto, this town was the site of the Brazilian Gold Rush in the 18th century. With its historic buildings and cobblestone streets, Ouro Preto has unique charm and a whole lot of history.

10. Take in the view at Cristo Redentor

Also known as Christ the Redeemer, this statue is one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. At its base, you can see the entire city of Rio!

Can’t make it to Brazil but still want a piece of the action? Surprise Ride has your back. Purchase our Brazil box today!

Let’s Get Crafty: Block Art Edition

Happy Friday, Riders! Today we learned all about Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter whose most famous work is Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue. You may be thinking: how is this art? Well, Mondrian actually created a painting style called neo-plasticism and was the first to make a painting of this kind. He wanted to move away from the 3D forms and landscapes of that time period, toward something that focused on the paint itself and the concepts of line and color. Mondrian argued that neo-plasticism was more realistic than other paintings, which he said were “illusions”.

Check out how we recreated Mondrian’s work and added some of our own pizzazz, below:

Supplies:

  • Blank canvas
  • Masking tape
  • Red, yellow, blue, and black paints
  • Paint brush
  • Water dish

Directions:

1. Apply tape to the canvas in random patterns.

2. Wherever visible, paint your canvas.

3. Once dried, remove tapes. Hang it in your favorite spot or gift it to someone!

We’d love to see your take on this art project! How did you lay your tape? What colors did you use? Send us a picture of your masterpiece to [email protected] or share them on our Facebook page.

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