The Week Ahead for South Florida 12/18/15

Gus On The Go

We are enjoying the awesome cold weather.  I know those of you up North have been hammered, I really am grateful to be living here in good old sunny South Florida.  It is really crazy though, it was 61, windy, and raining and freezing yesterday morning; then it was 61 and sunny in the afternoon and it felt really warm.  I can’t figure out how to dress!

Gus on the GoI found an amazing App that I am totally in Love with!  Please check out my review of Gus on the Go A Language Learning Adventure Review and Giveaway.  It truly is the most educational App I have come across to date.  When I emailed the creators of this App to tell them how much I and my daughter love it, the graciously offered to give our readers a chance to win a download.

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 2/12/15

Spanish River Sports Complex in Boca Raton

Spanish River Sports Complex in Boca RatonThe weather is cool and I know everyone is looking for playgrounds.  Check out the Best Playground category under Events and Reviews for some of our favorite South Florida and London Parks.

My pick of the week is the Spanish River Sports Complex in Boca Raton.  Bring your skates, scooters, bikes and running shoes to this picturesque park.  This is not my

Spanish River Sports Complex in Boca Raton
Spanish River Sports Complex in Boca Raton

favorite park in the deep summer because there is not a ton of shade here.  Being that it is going to be in the 50’s this week, that won’t bother anyone at all this weekend.

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 1/29/14

Entrance to WB Harry Potter Studio Tour London
Invisible cloak with green lining at WB Harry Potter Studio
Invisible cloak WB Harry Potter Studio Tour London

I have been feeling the pull of London this week, can’t wait to go back although I don’t think I have a choice.  Those of you who are Harry Potter fans should check out my review of the Harry Potter Studio Tours in London!  If you are headed over the pond anytime soon, this is a must see!  It is an amazing place, even if you aren’t a potter head, but have an interest in movie making.  The detail of the sets and artistry that goes into them is nothing less than incredible.

 

 

My Little Pony Friendship Train ReviewI thought I would re-share the video review of the My Little Pony Train.  My daughter got this Christmas before last and she has been playing with regularly ever since.  I stepped on it last night in the middle of the night and seriously it rivals Lego’s for pain!  She has no idea how close she came to losing this thing.  I don’t think she would ever forgive me for throwing it out though.

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 10/2/14

Fishing Hall of Fame Museum in Dania Beach

Fishing Hall of Fame Museum in Dania BeachIt’s Fall!!!  Do you feel the cool weather settling in?  Nah, me neither, but I am waiting for it.

I just found this great site!  NASA Spot the Space Station!  It is a great site that tells you when you can spot the space station! The next one is 6:25 this morning, but there are more through October 15th. Some are in the evening for those(unlike me) not crazy enough to up 5am!

So my daughter asked me out of the blue this week to go to the IGFA Fishing Museum.  I guess that sorted out my Pick of the Week for me!  I was surprised that she remembered because it was summer before last that we went.  It was a nice place to kill a few hours out of the rain and heat for sure!  Click Here for my full review with loads of pictures.

If you go to our Events Calendar and click on the advanced setting you can search by category.  Choose Holiday to see all the fall festival and holiday activities that are coming up starting in October.

The Let me know if you have any Holiday events that need to go on the list!

My pick of the week:

IGFA Fishing Museum

Fall Music Concert at Boca Center

Broward Parks Hayrides and Campfires

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 9/25/14

Bedner's Pumpkin Patch

Bedner's Pumpkin PatchWe are heading out this weekend to Bedner’s Fall Festival!  We go every year!  Check out my review of the event for tips and tricks to make your visit (and photos) the best!

We always try to go the first weekend.  I am finding the crowds increasingly difficult to deal with.  I guess I have to stop telling people about my favorite places 😉

If you go to our Events Calendar and click on the advanced setting you can search by category.  Choose Holiday to see all the fall festival and holiday activities that are coming up starting in October.

The Let me know if you have any Holiday events that need to go on the list!

My pick of the week: 
Bedner’s starts their Fall Festival this weekend so click here for Bedner’s Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch Review.

Pumpkin Patch at Flamingo Nursery starts this weekend too.

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Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martins in the Fields London

St. Martins in the Fields & Cafe in the Crypt

On our last trip to London, we were wondering around near Trafalger Square.  It was actually hot and sunny and we were all dragging a little bit and looking for a good place to sit and cool off for awhile.  (Not to mention a certain person need the loo (aka the bathroom).  We saw some stairs that went down below the sidewalk and of course we had to figure out where they went!  As it turns out they went to the St. Martins in the Fields Crypt.  It was all stone and there was a cafe, bathrooms, a shop and a chance to do some brass rubbing!

My very talented husband put together a little video of our activity so you can  get an idea of what this amazing place was like.  It would be very easy to miss this place and it is truly thanks to the curiosity of a six year old that we had to explore!

The Week Ahead for South Florida 8/21/14

Beach with child by KUWK

Fort Lauderdale Beach with pier in distanceI hope everyone is doing well and having a great time.  If your littles are not in school yet, well I will admit, I envy you.  I had hoped that 1st grade transition would not be as difficult as kindergarten, but it seems I was wrong.  It seems to be smoothing out just a little bit so hopefully we will figure it out soon.  Two more days of school and then it’s off to the beach to avoid the heat!

I have a pick of the week below, however truthfully with the heat what it is, I think the only thing that makes sense in August is the Beach!

My Pick of the Week
Patch Reef Park Pirates and Princess PartyThe Patch Reef Pirates and princess party in Boca Raton!

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The Week Ahead for South Florida (From London) for 6/26/14

The London Eye
Big Ben
Big Ben

We are a little sad this evening, this will be the last post from London!  We have had such a great time, wondering London, visiting parks, but most of all spending time with Nana & Papa.  We have invaded their home, run their washing machine constantly, eaten all their food and are grateful to have such great people in our lives!

It was lovely to see my daughter get to know her grandparents better, and I will never forget how she and Nana can sit and giggle together.

Click here for the full list of upcoming events, or scroll on down to see a few pictures of some of the places that I will be writing about in the next few months.

The Palace
I wonder if the Queen is home?

Palace

Kevan kindly gave us a tour of the famous Who Shop & Museum.
Kevan kindly gave us a tour of the famous Who Shop & Museum.
The Globe
I was dying to get in here, however we arrived to late to tour the inside.
The London Eye
The London Eye
Canal Boat Tour of Regent's Canal
Canal Boat Tour of Regent’s Canal
Big Ben
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Hatfield House Museum, Gardens and Shops near London UK

Hatfield House Museum and Gardens near London

Hatfield House Museum and Gardens near LondonWe have been having a lovely trip to the London area this time around.  Well, we always seem to.  My in-laws claim we bring the heat with us from Florida!  It has been near 80 and sunny everyday and the humidity has never been over 50%.  There has been a cool constant breeze, so perfect for me!  Those of you from Florida will understand that this is perfect weather. Those here in the London area seem to think it is very hot. I will say, that it is perfect outside, but since no one has AC here, the tube and indoor places can be uncomfortable.   I can’t believe all the amazing photo’s of the castle’s (sorry, not castles, houses and palace, apparently there is a difference) with blue sky and white, fluffy clouds!

We headed out to Hatfield House, and we didn’t even get to finish seeing everything!  We Hatfield House Museum and Gardens near Londonstarted our day with the House Museum Tour, some shopping, and of course the Gardens!  We will have to come back another day to see the Children’s Adventure Playground and the Farm!

The House

The House Museum is amazing!  This house is 400 years old, it is still  lived in (well a portion of it anyway) by the family.  It is truly like walking into the past.  There is one section that still has the original floor and you can imagine the people who may have

Hatfield House Museum and Gardens near London
Toys displayed in the armory at Hatfield House.

walked there.  The grounds also includes the Old Palace that was used as a nursery for Princesses and Princes of England.  (I called it a Castle and was informed that Hatfield House is a House and the Palace is a Palace and neither are Castles.  King Henry VIII even owned it in 1558.

Okay, so here is the scoop, if you have really rambunctious kids little tiny ones, I would suggest that you take turns going through the house, while another adult entertains the kids.  If you have school age kids ask for the Animal Quiz when you get in.  The kids can search each room to answer questions and learn a little history as they go.  My 6 year old was impressively good, so you know your kids and what would interest them.

I loved the kitchen and I could just imagine how many people it took to make all that food from scratch, grinding herbs and four, the pastry making room, the ovens, even a scullery!

The Gardens

Hatfield House Museum and Gardens near LondonThe Gardens are my favorite part!  There are little hidey holes where the kids get a kick out of sticking their heads through to see you, loads of amazing real grass that just screams “take your shoes off and walk on me”.  For those with stroller (aka buggies for the Brits) there are paths creating a perfect place for Mommas (Mums) to get out with babies in good weather.

The sculptures change out every September, we had a great time taking pictures with them.  Different gardens are open on different days. I also loved the wildflower meadows it  also had some sculpture and art.

The Shops

This area had some shopping and a Cafe.  The shopping was fun, the gift shop had some Hatfield House Museum and Gardens near Londonreasonably priced things and also some high end things.  Probably something for everyone.  They had some unique toys that were very tempting to me, like “How to build a Crystal Radio just like your grandfather did”.  I am wishing now that I had bought it.  Also they had some great knight, and soldier play clothes.  They were around 19 pounds (I don’t have the pound sign on my computer) so that is something like 35 dollars.

The Cafe was okay, the bathrooms were clean and tidy.  That is always nice.  There was room for strollers inside (buggies) that always makes eating easier for Mommas (Mummies).  The only complaint I had was that the cafe had run out of bottles of water (aka still water).  I had to hunt some down at the Sweet Shop (yeah, that was unfortunate).  The cafe then ran out of trays, then utensils and it was not really very busy.

The Sweet Shop

We were traveling with a friend from the US who (like my husband) grew up in the UK.  They had a great time in the sweet shop and said it took them back to their childhood.  So you have to pop into the sweet shop and pick up a bit of candy (sweeties).

Click here for the link to Hatfield House for prices, and directions.

 

The Week Ahead for South Florida 6/5/14

Paddle Boat at Lion Country Safari Photo Credit: Erin Franklin

We are busy getting ready for our summer trip here.  We are so beyond ready for some summer fun!

If you are looking for more free stuff, check out the Summer Picks Tab above.  It has any deals that I have found useful like free bowling at AMF Lanes.

Lion Country Safari
Lion Country Safari

My pick of the week is Lion Country Safari where can see all kinds of wildlife and cool off in a giant splash park!  The Summer Savings Pass is great way to see 4 different facilities and save some cash!  We spent most of our rainy summer afternoons at the Museum of Discovery and Science with this pass!

So if you don’t find enough things to do on my list be sure to check out your local libraries, you will find loads of shows, puppet show, crafts, readings, Lego activities and much more!  Click Here for Broward County Libraries and Click Here for Palm Beach County Library Programs.  Don’t forget to check your local City Libraries too.  Oh, and Nova Southeastern Library has amazing programs!

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