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A DAY OF FUN — PEF members and retirees can treat their families to a day of fun at one of three theme parks this summer on PEF MBP Family Days. They can choose from Six Flags Darien Lake, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey and The Great Escape in Lake George.

By KATHERINE MOSTACCIO

What do Six Flags Darien Lake near Rochester, Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari in New Jersey, and The Great Escape in Lake George have in common this summer? PEF members and retirees can get tickets to visit one of those parks on PEF MBP Family Days for only $15.

“Members can choose to go to one event,” said Scott Harms, PEF Membership Benefits Administrator. “Family Days are meant to get younger families involved in the union. They’re a tool for member engagement. We want to engage the younger members.”

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In previous years, smaller events were held in all the regions, Harms said. But member feedback revealed that PEF members often wanted to go to events in regions outside their own. “We switched the format this year,” he said. “Members can pick any of the three. Even if you live in western New York, you can still pick the event in New Jersey.”

Members and retirees can purchase up to six tickets for any one event. The member must be present at the registration table with his or her family, along with proper identification, to pick up the tickets on the day of the event.

Darien Lake Family Day will take place July 13. “We are expecting up to 1,600 attendees,” Harms said. A similar attendance is expected for Six Flags in New Jersey on July 27 and 2,000 attendees are expected at Great Escape in Lake George on Aug. 10.

What can members expect for their $15? A lot!

“The $15 includes parking, admission, food and all sorts of other giveaways,” Harms said. “It’s really an amazing deal.”

For anyone interested in participating, choose a destination fast. “Tickets are going quick so I’m urging people to buy them as soon as possible,” Harms said. All three events are expected to sell out.

Members can purchase tickets one of three ways: visit the Membership Benefits website at www.buymbp.com and click on 2019 PEF MBP Family Days at the top right; call (800) 342-4306, ext. 243; or, if you are in the Albany area, visit the office at 10 Airline Drive, Suite 101, Albany, NY 12205.

Darien Lake – July 13

Located in Region 3, Six Flags Darien Lake is one of New York state’s largest theme park and waterpark resorts. PEF Family Day will include an exclusive ride time from 10 to 10:30 a.m., where three of the following rides will be available: the Superman Ride of Steel, Boomerang, Scrambler, Motocoaster, Lasso or Carousel.

There will also be a lunch buffet, with hamburgers and hot dogs, veggie burgers, marinated chicken quarters, potato salad, mac and cheese, fruit salad, ice cream, and drinks. During lunch will be face painting and character visits.

PEF MBP and vendors will be on site and will hold raffles. Winners do not need to be present to win and will be contacted following the event.

For more information, visit www.buymbp.com/darien-lake-family-day.

Six Flags Great Adventure – July 27

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari is a 510-acre theme park, boasting some high and fast thrills. On PEF Family Day, members and their families will enjoy free parking and free soft drinks throughout the park for the duration of their stay with the purchase of a discounted teal souvenir bottle.

There will also be a buffet lunch served at the Pine Pavilion, featuring hamburgers and veggie burgers, chicken tenders, potato salad, mac and cheese, tossed salad, frozen novelties and Coca Cola products.

PEF vendors will be set up in the pavilion and will host raffles for prizes.

For more details, visit www.buymbp.com/six-flags-great-adventure-family-day.

The Great Escape – Aug. 10

Located in Queensbury, The Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor is home to more than 135 rides and attractions including thrill rides, family rides, and a full waterpark.

On PEF Family Day, members and their families will receive one “Jump the Line Pass” per family, good for one-time use to jump a ride line of choice. The pass is good for four people to use for one ride. There will also be an exclusive ride time from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Hot Rod USA and Ghost Town. Rides available will include the Flashback, Thunder Alley, Greazed Lightnin’, Sasquatch, Marshall’s Stampede, Canyon Blaster, Condor, Desperado Plunge, and Steamin’ Demon.

For the afternoon, PEF families will enjoy buffet lunch in the Northwood Picnic Grove, including hamburgers and hotdogs, chicken strips, potato salad, mac and cheese, fruit salad, watermelon, ice cream, and drinks.

There will also be face painting, character visits, Great Escape raffle prizes and a DJ. PEF vendors will also hold raffles.

For more information, visit www.buymbp.com/pef-mbp-great-escape-family-day.

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