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Summer is just around the corner, and so are beach days. If you have kids, then you’ll need this list of beach day essentials, tips, and tricks.
Okay lovely readers, I've been compiling, and compiling, AND COMPILING lists of things for you to do this summer with the kids. A lot of it's free, some of it isn't, a little is educational, and all of it is fun.
And also you get to see a glimpse of what we've been up to lately, because sometimes I forget to share. I get a little caught up in the tutorials and recipes so it's nice to share other things we've been doing too.
Let's get down to it shall we.
Knott's Berry Farm
A little while ago the kids and I were invited to Knott's Berry Farm to stay at the hotel and attend the opening of Knott's Soak City. It was amazing, and fun, and we had the best weekend. The highlight for the kids was Snoopy coming into our hotel room in pajamas and tucking them into bed. Okay, so Soak City was pretty awesome too, and the kids were exhausted by the time we left there … and maybe I enjoyed floating down the lazy river just a little too much.
SO WHAT'S NEW THIS SUMMER? If you didn't know, Camp Snoopy has been revamped with THREE NEW RIDES - Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies and Linus Launcher. The classic Calico Mine Co Ride has undergone a renovation too that includes dozens of new richly-detailed animatronic figures, state-of-the art lighting, audio, and all-new special effects.
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It was Halloween a few days ago.
I've been sick for the past week. I think I may be dying. I'm not really. It just feels that way. I have kidney stones. I've been collected by an ambulance and taken to the emergency room twice in the past 6 days and just yesterday spent even more time there. Some days are better than others and right now seeing as I'm sitting in my office chair and not in my big green recliner it's a good day so far.
My point to sharing this is I missed Halloween. I spent the first half of the day in the hospital. The second half in that comfy green recliner in the living room with a heat pack, water, soup, cranberry juice and pain killers by my side. I missed the Halloween party at school, wasn't able to take the kids trick or treating (they went with their dad), and couldn't even hand out candy at home (thank you teenager for taking over). We didn't even put decorations out, just a pumpkin and a few spiders along the path.
So I'm going to pretend that I didn't miss Halloween. In my mind, it was actually a couple of weeks ago when we went to a special trick or treating Halloween event at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center with friends. Now that was a great day, there were costumes, crafting, trick or treating, good friends and lots of fun.
I enrolled the kids in a couple of sessions of Jr. Ranger camp over the summer at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. During the two day camps they attended they learned all about owls and studied animal and bird tracks.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that they attended the Lil Rangers camp last summer too.
This year though I emailed the camp director ahead of time and asked if I could move the kids into the Jr Ranger camp. They didn't quite meet the age cut-off (by just a couple of months) but when I read the activities that they would be doing, particularly studying owls, which I have such a love for, I needed them to be a part of it.
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I was recently invited (along with Miss M) to attend cooking classes at the Boys & Girls Clubs' Center for a Healthy Lifestyle.
During our time there, we had four cooking classes and did a tour of the garden, sampling yummy organic freshly grown produce and playing with chickens.
The kids did the first class of the day, making hummus, with Chef Amanda Mascia of The Good Food Factory.
Although Miss M doesn't like hummus, she absolutely loved the class where she learned how to squeeze lemons, use a can opener, measure ingredients, crush garlic, chop parsley and blend ingredients.
On the south side of Cardiff-by-the-Sea between the 5 Freeway and Highway 101 is San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center.