The Week Ahead for South Florida; Amphicars, Disney Springs & Camping

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My Pick of the Week:  Disney World’s Fort Wilderness

disney Springs amphicarsWe did it again!  Sometimes we get a little crazy and head up to Fort Wilderness in Orlando.  Usually our Florida winters are perfect for camping, but we ran into a  few struggles, like a flat air mattress, extremely cold rain and a leaky tent.  Somehow, it’s still my favorite get away.  We don’t even go into the parks, we ride the boat to the Magic Kingdom, get on the monorail, walk around the lake and the all the hotels.  Check out my review of Disney World’s Fort Wilderness to find out all the amazing things the campground has to offer a family for a thrifty weekend getaway!

disney Springs amphicarsThere was something new at Disney Springs (this is what they are now calling Downtown Disney).  There have been some big changes there recently, a new parking garage and another one on the way!  We were fascinated by the Amphicars!  Yes you read that right, now you can take a ride in a real Amphicar!

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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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02/17/2016
All Day
Boynton Beach Mall to Surprise Shoppers with Gifts During National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Wednesday, February 17
Boynton Beach Mall, Boynton Beach FL
02/17/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
02/17/2016
10:30 am
Shark Feedings at Sandoway House
Sandoway House, Delray Beach FL
02/17/2016
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Storytime & craft at Nova Library in Davie
Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern, Fort Lauderdale fl
02/17/2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Walk on Ashley Trail at Gumbo Limbo
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
02/17/2016
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
02/18/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
02/18/2016
10:30 am – 11:15 am
Little Minnows Storytime (18-36 months)
Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern, Fort Lauderdale fl
02/18/2016
10:30 am
Shark Feedings at Sandoway House
Sandoway House, Delray Beach FL
02/18/2016
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
02/19/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
02/19/2016
10:30 am
Shark Feedings at Sandoway House
Sandoway House, Delray Beach FL
02/19/2016
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Daily Animal Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center
Daggerwing Nature Center at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton FL
02/19/2016
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Movie Night & Funtastic Friday in Hollywood at ArtsPark
ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, Hollywood fl
02/19/2016
7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Movies on the Lawn in Pompano Beach
The Great Lawn, Pompano Beach FL
02/20/2016
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Yoga, Zumba & Capoeira Saturdays @Sanborn Downtown Boca
Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca, Boca Raton FL
02/20/2016
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Pony Rides 3rd Staurday’s in Pompano Beach
Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park, Pompano Beach FL
02/20/2016
10:30 am
Aquarium Feedings
Gumbo Limbo, Boca Raton FL
02/20/2016
10:30 am
Shark Feedings at Sandoway House
Sandoway House, Delray Beach FL

 

Disney Springs (Downtown Disney) Review

T-Rex Cafe Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney

Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney,  is one of the places we always stop when we want to do Disney without going into the parks!  On our latest trip to Orlando we stopped into Downtown Disney.  It is a great place to wonder and window shop.  Be careful though you can spend a bundle easily here!  However, there is loads to see for free here too!  I would suggest you go on a weekday in the afternoon, the weekends and evenings get crazy busy.

T-Rex Cafe Downtown Disney

We spent a fair amount of time this trip at the T-Rex Cafe.  I am not a fan of the Rainforest Cafe food, so I assume that its the same at the T-Rex. However the restaurant itself is amazing!  The T-Rex (like the Rainforest Cafe) is filled with animatronics they “come alive” periodically and move and make sounds.  It is really neat and pretty real!

We had a gift card for Build a Bear and guess what!  T-Rex has a Build a Dino by Build a Bear!  Yeah, something different and not another build a bear.  She picked out a purple T-Rex and put some wings on it.  It is kinda cute and nice change from the usual.

Dinosaur Dig Downtown DisneyT-Rex Cafe has a Dino Pit where the kids can take paint brushes and brush away the sand to reveal dinosaur bones.  You don’t have to eat there to go in and play, just walk into the gift store and you will see it.

 

Geodes at T-Rex Cafe Downtown Disney Geodes at T-Rex Cafe Downtown Disney

They also have a Geode table, where the kids can pick out a geode and crack it open themselves (with a little help from a staff member).  We picked up one of the small $5 ones that is supposed to be about 11 million years old.  They have bigger older ones that probably are a lot more beautiful, but my daughter was thrilled with hers!

Ghiradelli

We can’t go to Downtown Disney without a stop at Ghiradelli’s.  They usually hand out samples in there so who wouldn’t be happy here.  The hot chocolate is the best I’e had this side of Paris.

 

 

Boat Ride Downtown DisneyBoat Ride

Hop onto Disney’s free water taxi and go to any of the resorts you want, or you can just walk down the street and take the boat back.  My daughter thinks its great and I do too!

Characters in Flight Balloon Ride

This one costs but looks really neat.  This balloon takes you up 400 feet in the air.  It is about $18 per person.  I bet you can see the Magic Kingdom from up there!

Lego StoreLego Store Downtown Disney

My daughter likes to have her picture taken with each of the Lego creations.  My photo’s aren’t so great this time because it was overcast, but it is pretty impressive.

 

 

Splitsville Bowling Alley

Downtown Disney BowlingWe heard all about this new bowling alley Downtown Disney, and I will admit it was neat.  We just went in and looked around, the decor was hilarious and fun.  It has several bars, a sushi bar, and it is a restaurant.  Pretty snazy place!

 

There are many, many more things to see and do, it is worth a taking a lazy afternoon stroll down the waterfront in Downtown Disney for sure!