Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Kid Friendly New Years Eve Activities

It is hard to believe it is almost time to ring in a New Year! As my children get older each year they beg to stay up later and later. I try to have a fun evening to include them in New Years Eve celebrations. We start the night out by having a fun family friendly game of Disney Princess Candy Land followed by ice cream sundae bar. I put toppings out and let them decorate their ice cream with M&M's, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, gummy worms, etc.

Kid friendly NYE activites:

  • Ice Cream Sundae Bar
  • Board Games
  • Make Resolutions Together
  • Make Your Own Noise Maker
  • Create A Fun Time Capsule Using A Shoebox or Two Liter Bottle
  • Make A Countdown Clock
  • Have A Balloon Drop At Midnight
Serve a fun and festive milk and cookies snack (Use plastic flutes from a party store)

Make some creative "mocktails" for your children. Let them help create them, use apple juice or sprite and add fun candy to the drink. Here is a really great website with lots of fun kid friendly mocktails for kids

Kids love to get creative and what better time than New Years Eve to make a family time capsule?! It is very easy to create using a shoe box or two liter bottle. You can fill the time capsule with a few momento's from the year, such as Disney theme park tickets, photo's, movie ticket stubs, etc. Or you could even download this free time capsule printable

Include the kids and complete these awesome New Years Resolutions together. 

Whatever you do on New Years Eve make sure it is something fun and simple. Your kids will enjoy spending special time together as a family. Don't stress over trying to make the perfect New Years celebration, it's all about fun. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Great Day Trips From Orlando

Many people visit Orlando Florida each year for their families vacation. After going to the theme parks it is always fun to take a few days 'off' from the parks and just relax by the pool. I am going to share with you some great day trips for the whole family. Just a few hours drive from Orlando or even less and you can be at one of Florida's beautiful beaches such as Cocoa Beach, FloridaCocoa Beach is often referred to as the "Disney Beach" because it is just a short drive from Orlando. Also, Disney Cruises depart from the port at Port Canaveral which is nearby to Cocoa Beach.

Another great day trip from Orlando is St. Augustine, Florida. It is a two hour drive from Orlando Florida but totally worth the drive. My family visited St. Augustine, Florida last year and we absolutely loved it! There is a lot of fun stuff to see and do, especially for children. My children loved the Pirate Museum and exploring the fort Castillo De San Marcos. Castillo De San Marcos fort is awesome and we spent about two hours exploring everything, watching the re enactments and they even have working cannon's! The admission prices are just $7 for adults and children under 16 years old are free.

Inside the Castillo De San Marcos Fort

St. Augustine offers so much to do, you can take a guided tour on a horse drawn carriage

For more information on things to do in St. Augustine visit this great website

Another fun day trip would be to visit LegoLand Florida. My children loved Legoland Florida. We spent the whole day there and wished that we had more time to visit for two days. It is about a 45 minute drive from Orlando. Be sure to read my review on Legoland Florida

Another great day trip from Orlando is the Kennedy Space Center located in Cape Canaveral Florida. Ticket prices vary. There are several tours offered and you can even have lunch with an astronaut for just $29.99 per adult! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Christmas Traditions

In just 9 days YES NINE DAYS!!! it will be Christmas! I have spent months getting ready for this, with three children under 7 years old Christmas can be an expensive, busy and hectic time so I try to plan ahead and start Christmas shopping in mid October. This year my oldest daughter has asked for the Frozen Karaoke machine and a Barbie Dream House from Santa. My 5 year old little boy has asked for a guitar and dinosaurs. He is the easiest to buy presents for because he loves just about anything. I love how his list is so simple consisting of two items. Literally two items! My 3 year old little girl has asked Santa for quite a long detailed list of items, including a pink Pottery Barn Kids chair, Sophia the First sleeping bag, pink lego's, pink glitter shoes, Leap Frog Tag pen, Leapster games, etc.

Fun Traditions: Baking Christmas Cookies

I try to get the children involved and let them help with baking cookies

As far as our Christmas traditions go, we typically put the artificial Christmas tree up on Thanksgiving Day. We decorate it together as a family watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade on tv. Then each weekend in December we drive around and look at Christmas lights and decorations. This year we even had breakfast at the local YMCA with Santa. It was a huge hit and my children enjoyed creating picture frames too.

Santa Visit is another fun Christmas tradition for our family

What are some of your families Christmas traditions?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Best Photo Spots At Magic Kingdom

Welcome to those of you joining me from I Am A Mommy Nerd and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

There are so many wonderful family photo spots located throughout ALL of the Disney theme parks. A few of my favorite photo spots in Magic Kingdom are located along Main Street. When I think of Disney World I always think of Main Street and the fun bright colorful storefronts. I love having family photo's taken on Main Street with Cinderella's Castle in the background.

 Another great family photo spot at Magic Kingdom is located directly in front of the classic Walt Disney statue with Cinderella's Castle in the background. This is one of my favorite photo's:

As you enter Magic Kingdom you can't miss this beautiful Mickey shaped flower arrangement. This is THE cutest family photo spot. Perfect for your family scrapbook, picture frames, etc. 

Located in front of the carousel in Magic Kingdom you will see the iconic Sword In The Stone. This is such a cute photo spot for children, they can pretend to pull the sword out of the stone. And did you know that occasionally someone actually does magically pull the sword out?!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Mamas

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd - Snow White Grotto at Disneyland
2nd Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers - Best Photo Spots at Magic Kingdom
3rd Stop ~ Disney Mamas - Favorite Disney Photo Spots
Final Stop ~ Sparks of Magic - Capturing Memories At Disneyland

Friday, December 5, 2014

Enchanted Tales With Belle Review

Enchanted Tales With Belle includes an up close and personal memorable meetngreet experience for the whole family! Located in the new Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom. I would highly recommend a Fast Pass for this attraction as the line can be quite long. Children are each given a special part to play in this theatre like production. 

Have your camera ready as your child will be selected to play a special part in the 'tale'

My kids really enjoyed this interactive meetngreet turned show

Belle gives each child a special keepsake bookmark.