The one book young readers must have.

Kindle -The One Book to Replace Them All

Kindle -The One Book to Replace Them AllWhy is the Kindle the one book every child should have?

Our kids are inundated with electronics, ipads, xbox, computers, toy dogs they have to train, heck even Barbie is becoming digital. So I get the reluctance to buy one more electronic item for my kid! This one is very different though. I bought my kindle before my daughter was born, so I am guessing at least 8-9 years ago. It was one of the first ones out there, it does nothing but let me read books. Mine doesn’t have a built in light (the newer ones do) so I can snuggle down in bed with a book light clip and read to my heart’s content. It is so light weight that I could take it to the beach, read for hours in the bright sunlight and never worry about it running out of batteries. (This was before I had a child and could do such frivolous things as read on the beach.)

When I first brought it home I was so excited. First I walked around the house with it, had a Geek moment and pretended it was a Star Trek Data Pad for awhile. Next I bought a cheap leather case for it so it felt like a book in my hands. Now don’t give me that line “I need the feel of a real book in my hands” because it simply an excuse. I get it to some extent, I have kept a few special books in print, but this Kindle -The One Book to Replace Them Allreally does feel like a real book to me – minus the germs that come with a library book. My cover is so worn and is as comfortable as an old shoe. It’s the cover that holds all of my favorite books. Every single book I love in one light weight book cover! I have read 100’s of books on it and it’s been one of my favorite things. I think I would give up my ipad before I would give up my Kindle! I have now handed it onto my daughter (unwillingly at first), and it’s the best thing I have ever done. Here is why:

1. Free Books:

You can borrow library books over the internet for free! Having a young reader starting on chapter books is a tough time. TheyFree Books for Kindle at your local Library have no idea what type of books they like. Before I thought of handing over my Kindle we bought books that she decided were not for her and we raced back and forth to the library with books. Nothing like spending money on things you don’t need.

The Kindle makes it easy to hop on your computer, go to your local library page, find the link to eLibrary and from there you search for ebooks (you will need to have your library card number). My kid can now try all types of stories -so can you- and if she decides she doesn’t like it……No Problem….Return them without leaving the house! If she loves them, we can buy them on amazon way cheaper than in a book store.

If you are a member of Amazon Prime you can borrow books from the Amazon Loan Library for free too!

2. No more Lost Library Books:

Kindle -The One Book to Replace Them All

Never worry again about or losing library books, leaving them in the car or under the couch and forgetting to return them. Well, your Kindle can be left in all those places too, but the library will never know because the book loans go back automatically.

Kindle -The One Book to Replace Them All3. Less Dusting:

Found a book your kid loves? You can buy it and it is forever yours, tucked neatly inside this one book. No dusty book shelf required. How many times have I had to rearrange the book shelf because the book she wanted was there, but she has to pull all the books out to find it? Easy, it’s all in the Kindle. It really is the One Book to Rule Them All….uh…eh hem, I mean replace them all.

3. Promotes Independent Reading: Kindle Dictionary

The Kindle comes with a Built in Dictionary with Phonetic Spelling. I remember hating to have to sit with the dictionary, stop reading my story in order to look up words. Frankly, I just didn’t do it. The dictionary comes with a touch of the screen and doesn’t interrupt reading time at all. My daughter has recently gotten into the Percy Jackson series. There are all kinds of names and words in it that she doesn’t know how to say or spell. She can tap and hold on the unknown word and the dictionary comes up with the definition and the phonetic spelling. I love the way it promotes independence for our young reader!

I forgot to mention that you can adjust the size of the words for easy reading. I like it slightly larger so I can read without my glasses on. My daughter likes it larger as well so that it’s not so easy to lose her place while reading, which is sometimes a problem for kids who are just getting the hang of reading chapter books.

On a side note: If your child is interested in Greek myths, I recommend the Percy Jackson series by Rick Rhiordan, I wish I had written these myself!

 

4. Easy Travel:

Have you ever had this conversation? Me: “Let see, we are going out of town for a week,what books do you think she will want to read? Husband: “No idea, but we can’t take too many the suitcases are already full.” This is no longer a problem, all our books are in the Kindle and if we get desperate we can always download a new one from the library or Amazon whenever / wherever we want.

No Distractions Just Reading5. No Distractions:

This is my favorite point. My daughter cannot play mine craft, watch youtube, surf on the internet, chat, facebook or anything else on this device. Did I mention no Mine Craft? If this device were handed to me as a kid I would have thought that it was simply a magic book giving me amazing library access wherever I was! (Yes the geek stuff started early for me.)

I was glad to see this statement right on the Kindle homepage. It sums up my feelings about it and there is no truer advertising statement.

“No distractions

By design, Kindle is purpose-built for reading and creates a sanctuary so you can lose yourself in a book. Unlike tablets and phones, Kindle doesn’t distract you with social media, emails, and text messages.”

I am off to replace the Kindle I gave to my daughter with the All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers.

 

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Diary of a Rogue House CatDiary of a Rogue House Cat

Have you ever had a pet that just seemed to cause havoc at every turn? Has your cat ever knocked over glasses, hidden your keys or generally created chaos for no apparent reason? Have you ever wondered what on earth your pet could be thinking? Baby Girl the Rogue House Cat explains all her crazy and funny actions in her new diary. Her journey to become a good house cat will help explain why cats do some of the things they do. I hope you enjoy her antics as much as I do.

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The Week Ahead for South Florida with My Favorite Holiday Sites

Cyndi’s Favorite Kids Holiday Websites

Norad Tracks SantaIf you read this blog regularly you know that I am always on the search for the most educational types of recreation for the kids.  I have once again posted and updated some of my favorite Holiday Websites.  All of them have at least a nominal amount of educational value. Well may not the Elf Yourself site, but it’s the Holidays and you gotta have some fun too.

decorationBear with me for a moment, I had a deep thought I wanted to share.  They are rare for me so here it is.

I thought I would share some of our Holiday decorations with you.  My daughter put together this little assortment. I love how she added some of her stuffed Christmas toys to our regular decorations.   I was so touched that she included my book on the Holiday Shelf.  I think the best thing I could have ever done was publish this little book, because she sees it as a major accomplishment. I want to encourage you in this Holiday Season to live out your dreams in a visible way to your children.  Not just your success, but the failures too.  For me tell her that she can be anything doesn’t mean as much as allowing her to see me try, fail and sometimes succeed.  Including her in the struggle to get published demonstrated that sometimes things don’t always work the first time you try, but together we really can do anything as long as we don’t allow ourselves to become discouraged.   I wanted to say “Hey girl, you can do anything, so I have to show you it’s possible”.  Okay, onto more fun things!

 

Flamingo Gardens of Light Holiday Event

Don’t forget to head out to Flamingo Gardens, Garden of Lights!  Even if they weren’t a wonderful sponsor for our site I would advise you go this event.  In fact it is one of the reasons that I decided to invite them join our Sponsor Family!

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Diary of a Rogue House CatDiary of a Rogue House Cat

Have you ever had a pet that just seemed to cause havoc at every turn? Has your cat ever knocked over glasses, hidden your keys or generally created chaos for no apparent reason? Have you ever wondered what on earth your pet could be thinking? Baby Girl the Rogue House Cat explains all her crazy and funny actions in her new diary. Her journey to become a good house cat will help explain why cats do some of the things they do. I hope you enjoy her antics as much as I do.

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Cyndi’s Top 5 Favorite Holiday Kids Websites Countdown

I wanted to share my Top 5 Favorite Holiday Kids Websites for the Holidays.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

#5 Yes Virginia,There is a Santa Clause! 

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Kids and parents can read the original editorial for the story.  (Warning this may be for older kids as Virginia does question the idea of Santa!)

 

#4  Starfall Gingerbread Man  and the Snowman. 

Starfall Gingerbread Man
Starfall is an  incredible educational website that is available all year long.  It has great games and online activities that encourage reading skills.  What I love about this site is that the kids can click on each word in the Snowman Counting Activity on Starfalldirections to have them read aloud.  This site is wonderful for emergent readers.

One of my daughters favorites is the Gingerbread Man that allows kids to decorate it anyway they want.  It’s a great way to review or learn shapes for the little ones.  The bigger kids seem to like it just for fun!

I also like the Snowman activity here, it is a cute little Matching decked out in Holiday themes.

#3  Elf Yourself 

Elf Yourself Home Page

If you’ve never seen this (It’s been around for years!)  you will get a giggle and so will your family.  The kids think this is hilarious and watch it over and over again.  Simply place pictures of your family members on the elves and watch them do a jig.   You may wish it would get old, but it just doesn’t!

#2 NorthPole.com

NorthPole.com Home Page
This is site is a good time.  It has a nice countdown to Christmas and lots of little excerpts to read and loads of games all Santa’s Village.  You can visit Mrs. Clause’s kitchen, write Santa a letter, fill out a check list to find out if you are on the Nice or Naughty list, and so much more. There are cute stories to read and color.   You can sign up to save your progress, but you don’t have too.

If your little ones don’t read yet then they will need a little help from you.  It’s a great way to spend some time getting into the Holiday spirit with your child.

#1 is a tye!  My Two Favorite Sites are  Norad Tracks Santa.  and  Portable North Pole!

Norad Tracks Santa#1  Norad Tracks Santa. 
This is a close second for my favorite holiday site.  Really, it is a stalemate with Portable North Pole!  They have lots of fun games for the kids to play, even I got stuck playing a tetras like game the other night.  The best thing is that starting Christmas Eve, they “track” Santa’s flight around the world with cute little cartoon type videos, so your child can see where Santa is before they go to bed.  It’s lots of fun and the kids get a kick out of it.  It has become tradition in our family to see Santa over London where Nana and Papa are before we go to bed.  It looks like they have updated it this year, so I am looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us!

Portable North Pole#1 Portable North Pole! 
This is the most fun free thing you will do this year!! They have changed it a bit over the last few years, so you don’t get to put in so much information as you used to for the free version.  I am tempted to go ahead and get the paid version, considering that we have been using it every year and have always loved it.   You go to the website, answer a few questions about your child’s name and age and what they want for Christmas and upload pictures if you want.

Then Santa sends you a personalized video message for your child  Santa checks his file and shows pictures of your child and everything.  The first year my daughter went nuts when Santa showed a photo of her and her cousin on vacation (you don’t get this anymore with the free version) and mentioned how lucky she was to have gone on vacation this year.  She started yelling “Santa!  That is my cousin Santa!”  It was so wonderful!  Literally brought tears to my eyes!  We do it every year!

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5 Tips for Hitting the Beach with Kids (Rip Current Warnings)

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Fort Lauderdale Beach with pier in distanceI was greeted once again this morning with stories of lives lost due to rip currents. It breaks my heart every time I see it and it seems that it happens every holiday! With Spring Break in full swing, unfortunately it has happened again. I thought I would repost an older article about beach safety.

Please take a moment to read 5 Tips for Hitting the Beach with Kids and be sure to protect your family on the beach and keep your perfect day idyllic.  Make sure that if you have visitors over the holidays that they understand the seriousness of rip currents and what to do if they get caught in them.

The Week Ahead for South Florida 12/18/14

6th Street in Pompano Beach

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I am feeling the pressure let up a bit now.  I think I have most everything set for the Holidays.  The hubby has a good amount of time off and will get to spend it with us so we are very excited!

Next up on my do list is Christmas light viewing!  My favorite is place is in Pompano near the old cemetery.  I love this neighborhood!  They really do the best lights around.

We just found a great little street in Boca too. NW 5th Ave if you are local is a nice quick drive by!

 

 

Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney ReviewMy Pick of the week is Santa’s Little Helpers at Flamingo Gardens!  Click Here for some pictures from previous years and Click Here for information on this years dates!

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for something different to do this Holiday Season, check out my review of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds!  Your kids will never forget this trip!

We also went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas on this trip.  I will have the review up this coming week, but in short.  WE LOVED IT!

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Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Review

Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney Review

Christmas in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World Christmas in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World One of my favorite things to do is to go camping at Fort Wilderness at Disney World.  I have always loved to camp, however my dear husband has been dubious at best about it.

We have found the perfect happy place to make it work for all of us!  We can camp here and there are so many things to do, no one is ever bored!

Being there while the campgrounds were all decorated for Christmas was extra special.  It is so much fun just walk around the campsites and see how the campers decorate their sites.  This last visit we stayed in the 2000 loop.  At first I felt like it was too far from the pool, however we Christmas in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney Worlddiscovered that people had build little bridges across the canal and we could walk to the pool and the camp store in less than 5 min.  We had so much fun “trekking through the wild” to the store (where I could get coffee) and of course to the pool.

Make sure that you look over your schedule when you get there so you don’t miss any of the fun!

 

 

Pools
Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool at Disney World
There are two pools, one for adults (which truthfully, I have never been to) and one for everyone!  The pools are heated and there is almost always some sort of entertainment going on there.  There are crafts for the kids in the morning, and dance games, bingo and quiz games throughout the day.  Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool at Disney World Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool Craft at Disney WorldThe snack bar is pretty good and handy too. Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool at Disney World Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Pool at Disney WorldThis last trip was so cold, that we did not swim (well my hubby and daughter lasted about 10 minutes in the water).  However we spent a good bit of time hanging out by the pool, playing games and making crafts.

There is a fabulous kiddie pool as well as a splash slide for the little ones.  I love that the kiddie pool is shallow enough that the little ones can handle it without us parents getting too wet!

Of course there is the giant slide too!  We were lucky enough to arrive first in the morning on one of our trips.  The lifeguard asked my daughter if she would like to open the slide and gave her a train engineers hat and whistle.  She was so proud of herself, she got to announce loudly that the slide was open, blow her whistle and take the first slide down.  She still talks about it.  This is the magic of Disney, where something rather ordinary becomes something special that is never forgotten!

Don’t worry there is a hot tube too!

One of the things that I love the most about all the Disney Resorts and Fort Wilderness are the lifeguards.  As a former lifeguard myself, it is clear that they are all well trained and super alert.  They are professional and always have an ice pack at hand for the occasional bump or boo boo.  I know this because my daughter is adept at needing a ice pack!

WildlIfe
Wild Turkeys Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldIn our wanderings around the campgrounds we have seen loads of deer grazing, bunnies, all kinds of birds, a hawk, an oriole, and some turkeys.  Once a duck flew into the pool too, which the kids thought was hilarious.

 

 

Hidden Mickey in the bathroom Fort Wilderness Campgrounds  at Disney World
Hidden Mickey in the bathroom Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World

Facilities
Each camping loop has a couple of “Comfort Stations”.  The bathroom, the loo, the toilet, the privy, the throne…..you get the picture.  The bathrooms are always clean.  Seriously, I have camped here when the grounds were completely full and the bathrooms have never been gross!  Mind you I still wear my flip flops in the shower, but really they are pretty darn good.  All the showers have a disabled shower in them too, this is particularly handy for those of us with little girls, being able to pick up the shower head to rinse out little ones hair (especially long hair) makes things a lot less ratty (pun intended).

Smores Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World Our Camp Site Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World

Our Campsite Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldMost sites have water and electric, there are tent sites and also big rig sites. So it seems that they can accommodate just about any type of camper that comes their way.  I should not forget to mention that they have cabins for rent too.  We have never gone that route, but if a tent is a bit too much for you it is always an option.

Most of the sites are pretty secluded so there is some privacy.  Although, as a parent of an only child, I don’t mind that we can see all the kids playing in the center field of the loop.

Playgrounds
Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Playground at Disney World Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Playground at Disney WorldDisney did not forget that kids love playgrounds!  There are playgrounds tucked in here and there and everywhere and there always seems to be kids who want to play.  Which in our case is a very good thing! The playgrounds gave loads of shade and are almost always surrounded by picnic tables and benches.

 

 

 

 

 

Cinderella’s Horses
Tri Circle Farms Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldTri Circle Farms is housed on site near the beach and the Trails End Restaurant.  This is seriously cool!  The kids (as long as they are under 48 inches) can ride on one of Cinderella’s horses.  Yes, they are the very same horses that pull Cinderella’s Carriage.  This time my daughter got to ride Bandit.  As I was leading Bandit, I thought to myself How cool is this, I am leading one of Tri Circle Farms Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldCinderella’s horses. At that moment I looked back at my daughter and she was grinning ear to ear and she said “I am riding Cinderella’s horse!”  For $8.00, this is a memory that will be special for a long time!

Even if you are too big to ride, you can walk through the yard and visit with the horses.  Don’t forget to check out the barn and see the working Calliope, see the Clydesdale and learn a little about Walt’s love for horses!

Tri Circle Farms Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldYou can also take the family on a trail ride at Fort Wilderness, the horseback riding barn is at the front of the campgrounds near the reception.  I don’t know what the fees are, but I can’t wait to take my girl on ride soon.

Tri Circle Farms Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World

 

 

 

 

 

Campfire Sing Along, Bonfire and Movie
The campground hosts a Chip and Dale Sing Along and Bonfire that is included in your camping fees.  You can buy marshmallows and a stick (or just bring your own).  I prefer to do our smores at the campgrounds as it gets a bit much with tons of kids running around with sharp sticks and fiery marshmallows.

The Beach Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldFireworks and Electrical Water Pagent
Ask when you come into the campgrounds what time the fireworks and the Electric Boat Parade are.  You sit on the beach in the evening and watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. The kids love it and while maybe not quite as impressive at it is in the parks, it is still a great view and a great time!

Monorail and FerriesThe Beach Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World
Not going into the parks this trip?  No problem, you can still take a boat across to Magic Kingdom or the Wilderness Lodge.  From Magic Kingdom you can take the family on monorail ride.  The little ones love this and think it’s the best ever!

 

Christmas in Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldTrails End Restaurant
They do a sit down breakfast and dinner.  We prefere the breakfast, however it is a little expensive.  We don’t do it every time, but I love it.  The food is really good and of course they have my favorite, Mickey Waffles!

Trails End Breakfast Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World
Trails End Breakfast Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World

Did you forget the hamburgers or did it rain on your hotdogs?  Both of these have happened to us, the Trails End Restaurant is available to walk up order pizza or breakfast items, and i thought the prices were pretty reasonable.  They also have a bar with a walk up window which makes waiting on the beach for the fireworks a bit more fun for adults!

Camp store Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldThe Trading Post store (there are two on the campgrounds) should have most things you might need.  Everything from snacks to food, souvenirs and of course coffee!  I always come prepared to make coffee at my campsite, however you can never have enough coffee in my opinion.

Disney has not forgotten the extras.  Right outside the restaurant they keep a plastic horseshoe game and loads of hula hoops.  It was so much fun to sit on the patio there and watch all the kids playing in front of the Christmas Tree.

Bikes at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World  Canoeing at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney World Canoeing at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney WorldCanoeing, Fishing, Archery, Wagon Rides, Boat Rentals, Fishing, Bike Rentals, Jogging Trails, Arcade, Walking Tours, Segway Tours, Bike Rentals, and Golf Cart Tours.
This last trip we took a canoe rental around the canals.  It was fun, and rather comical.  The young man who helped us get out the canoe indicated that we could not get lost, however that did not turn out to be the case.  Anyhow we made it back to the Bike Barn (where we started) and we had fun.  They have rental bikes for all sizes and even helmets too, so if you can’t get your bike to the campgrounds you are covered.  All of these things do have extra fees.  The Canoeing at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds at Disney Worldcanoeing was pretty reasonable, at around $6.50 for a half hour for all three of us including life jackets.

 

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, Strawberry U-Pick and Pumpkin Patch

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market Fall Festival

Update:

We go to Bedner’s every year!  They stepped it up a notch last year, which means that it cost a bit more too, so expect to drop some cash.  They added some great games (free) for the kids and bunch of bounce houses (not free).  The best advice i can give you about this place is that you need to go the first weekend if expect to get good pumpkin patch photo’s.  The first weekend the vines on the hay bales are green and look great.  By the end of the season, you will have photo’s of pumpkins on brown hay bales.  The second bit of advice is to go early.  This place gets very busy!

Bedner’s Fall Festival Review

This is the best Pumpkin Patch that I have been able to find.  It is a bit of a drive from Fort Lauderdale, but seriously worth it!  Bedner’s have a great market filled with beautiful locally grown fruit and vegetables, some of which are grown on property.

Weekends in October are the best here due to the Fall Festival!  Guests take a ride through the fields on a tractor to the “pumpkin patch”.  We got to see an alligator on the way!

Pumpkins don’t grow terribly well in Florida, so it’s not a real pumpkin patch, There is an entire field filled with Pumpkins sitting on what looked like cucumber vines.  So you get the feel that you are really out picking pumpkins. It is a great photo opportunity!  I got several pie pumpkins while we were there and made some great pumpkin pie with it!

The grounds are all decorated for fall and Halloween, there is a huge Tiki Hut where you can sit in the shade and enjoy great barbecue and home made ice cream and the best fresh dipped caramel apples ever!

There are also some local craft venders with some really cute stuff for sale.  Be prepared to walk to get there, we had to park down the street, so bring a stroller to carry your pumpkin back to your car even if your kid won’t use the stroller.  If you get there at opening you can park right in the lot (I won’t go unless we get there early, it gives us a chance to get through all the activities with less lines.)  

During the summer they also run a strawberry  and tomato u-pick.

Bedner’s can be found at 10066 Lee Road Boynton Beach, Florida 33473 and the Fall Festival is open Beginning September 27th Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-5.

Alligator at Bedner's FarmLast word of caution:  There are alligators in the canals, and while we were at the pumpkin patch I did see a child fall into the canal.  He was fine, his mother was in like a flash right after him.  However, it is a good reminder of how fast a kid can trip and fall.  Please be right on top of your kids at all times near these canals.

Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch

 

Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch

 

Gator in the Canal

 

Bedner’s Alligator
Bedner’s Fall Festival
Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch
Bedner’s Farm Market
Bedner’s Home Made Ice Cream
Bedner’s Fall Festival
Tractor Ride
Tractor Ride

The Week Ahead for South Florida 4/16/14

Easter Bunny at Lauderdale by the Sea

Happy Easter and Passover to all who celebrate.  I hope that everyone is having a great weekend.  There is no school on Friday for us, so we are going to make cookies, dye eggs and hopefully going to the beach if the weather is cooperative.  I know there are still a few people who have spring break this week.  I am sooooo jealous!

Screen Shot of Kaplan Kids Program
Screen Shot of Kaplan Kids Program

I know some of you are in the throws of FCAT and probably don’t want to think about it now, but I wanted to share my experience with Kaplan Kids last summer.  We decided to do the online program over the summer to help keep up her skills.  She really liked it and I think we are going to do it again this summer.  Check out my full review here.

If you looking for something to do this weekend and you live near a National Park,  ApAlligator in the wildril 19th & 20th is one of the Free Entrance Days to the National Parks.  (Perfect for those of you on late Spring Break!)  So there is no better time to head out to see some of these national treasures!  Down here in Florida we are so lucky to have Biscayne, Big Cypress and Everglades so close by!  Click here for the link to a National Park near you.

Easter Bunny at Lauderdale by the SeaThere are a few Egg Hunts around, it seems that many of the local Cities did them earlier this month.  The Home Depot in Boca is doing an Egg Hunt on Saturday, and Lauderdale by the Sea is doing theirs on Saturday.

 

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Date/Time Event
04/13/2014 – 04/20/2014
10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday Movies at Sugar Sand
Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton FL
04/16/2014
12:00 am
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
04/16/2014
12:00 am
Hatchling Tales at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/16/2014
3:30 pm
Jr Veterinary Learning Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/17/2014
12:00 am
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
04/17/2014
3:00 pm
Fish Feeding at Loggerhead Mainelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/18/2014
12:00 am
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
04/18/2014
11:00 am
Playground Playdates at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton
Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton FL
04/18/2014
3:30 pm
Jr Veterinary Learning Lab at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/18/2014
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Movie Night & Funtastic Friday in Hollywood at ArtsPark
ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, Hollywood fl
04/19/2014
12:00 am
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing in Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
04/19/2014
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Home Depot Easter Egg Hunt in Boca Raton
Home Depot, Nationwide
04/19/2014
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturdays @Sanborn Downtown Boca
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
04/19/2014
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Easter by the Sea in Lauderdale by the Sea
Jarvis Hall – Lauderdale by the Sea, Lauderdale by the Sea FL
04/19/2014 – 04/20/2014
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
04/19/2014
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Michaels Kid’s Crafts in Store Nationwide
Michaels Stores – Nationwide, Nationwide
04/19/2014 – 04/20/2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tradewinds Park & Atlantic Railroad
Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek FL
04/19/2014
10:15 am – 11:45 am
Spring Fling at Howard Park Community Center in West Palm Beach
Howard Park Community Center, West Palm Beach FL
04/19/2014
3:00 pm
Fish Feeding at Loggerhead Mainelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/19/2014
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nature at Night Hike at Woodmont Natural Area
Woodmont Natural Area, Tamarac FL
04/20/2014
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Dr. Logger at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach FL
04/20/2014
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Guided Nature Walks at Fern Forest in Margate
Fern Forest Nature Center, Coconut Creek FL
04/22/2014
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Spanish River Library Toddler Tales Storytime in Boca Raton
Spanish River Library, Boca Raton FL

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The Week Ahead Events List for South Florida 12/19/14

6th Street in Pompano Beach

Sunflower & LadybugI know that a sunflower is a strange thing to post so near to Christmas, but this is what we have been up to this week.  No, I am not done shopping and no I still have not made cookies!  Instead we went to a few Christmas Parties and released Ladybugs in our garden!  Our garden plot is doing pretty well, (aside from the bugs eating our beans) we have about 5 sunflowers and this one is just about perfect!  We may have some carrots in a few weeks too if the ladybugs do their jobs!

Here are some of my favorite things for the Holidays!

Santa’s Enchanted Evening will be in Wilton Manors this weekend. The snow is great fun!  Get there early as it does get a bit crowded!  Also don’t be silly like we were last year and forget to bring gloves.  We saved the day by letting my daughter take off her socks and put them on her hands! If you are not wearing socks and don’t have gloves…..well….not sure what to tell you at that point! 😉

Next up are my favorite Holiday Web sites! Who does not need a free personalized video message from Santa for the kids? Not to mention Norad Tracks Santa on Christmas Eve! We track Santa every Christmas Eve, it is loads of fun and pretty educational too!

Santa LandBass Pro Shops is the only place to get a free picture with Santa! We went last weekend and this year they did not have a craft other than a coloring page.  However all the games are up and a free photo with Santa does not hurt!

Here is the best place to go and see Christmas lights in Pompano Beach, are you ready? Behind the Cemetery on 6th Street (if you drive over you can’t miss them!) the whole street usually lights up and celebrates! I have not been over there yet this year, but we can’t wait to go back!  Tradewinds Park also does a drive through lighting of the park. I have not been to it yet, so let us know if you like it!

Oh, and don’t forget that Santa will be on the Beach in Fort Lauderdale this weekend too!  Check out the video clips of the Pompano Boat Parade below if you missed it!

Click Here for the list of Events this week!

As Always! Special Thanks to our sponsors for making this site possible!  The lights at Garden of Lights Credit: Flamingo GardensFlamingo Garden are still up and it is a great way to spend a day while the kids are out of school next week!

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51st Annual Pompano Beach Boat Parade – Highlights

Pompano Boat Parade 2013

I thought I would share with you all a quick video of the highlights from the Boat Parade in Pompano last night. We viewed it from a park in Pompano with some friends.   It is truly one the most unique things about living in South Florida!  The weather was perfect and the company was great too!

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