We are all excited about Turkey Day (or Chicken Day as my daughter calls it!) around here! I am not sure how Thanksgiving will go for us this year. Last year when I set the turkey on the table my daughter (who had been sitting at the table making a racket begging for dinner to hurry up) announced that the turkey was her friend and she was not eating it! So I took the the turkey back into the kitchen, sliced it up, put it on a plate and told her it was chicken. Since we will be having dinner at my cousins house I am not sure what will happen. Should be fun!
Now, I don’t think any of my readers are out partying too hard, but if you do find yourself out and you have had too much to drink AAA Tow to Go is available to members and non members to take you home. The program is available from November 28- December 1.
Don’t feel like being outside in our record heat? Take the kids to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum. Honestly, I am not at all into fishing and I found it really interesting. It is amazingly high tech and hands on!
There is a decent list this week. I am still building the Holiday List, but it is getting pretty long too! Enjoy!
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Boy are we tired! For some reason we moved 3 days before school started! I would not advise it!
So to get to the point, my Pick Of the Week is Sharkey’s Story Time at Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern. The offer a wide array of weekly programs for all ages! The curriculum is fabulous and it is truly one of the best library pre reading programs I have been too. We fully enjoyed these programs, I would even pack a lunch and we would picnic behind the library near the pond.
I cannot believe I had never been there before! The recent monsoonal downpours sent me looking for indoor places to spend some energy without breaking the bank.
On the way into the Museum, you must be prepared to spend sometime at the Kids Kingdom Playground. It is an amazing magic kingdom with slides, hidden climbing areas, and it is accessible for all children. My advice is to take advantage and bring a picnic lunch before or after you visit the Museum.
The Schoolhouse Museum is housed in an actual preserved 1913 schoolhouse. The exhibits are supposed to represent local history through traditional hands-on play. The entire Museum is a touchable imagination factory, where kids can explore what it must have been like to live and work in old Florida.
Everywhere you look there is something to discover. Even the bathrooms in the lobby! My Little went nuts when she noticed that the murals in the restrooms had the alphabet hidden in them. Such a silly thing, but I thought I wasn’t going to be able to get her out of there!
The first floor of the Museum houses a train where the kids can ring a bell, pretend to shovel coal into the engine. The adventure continues with a visit to the Boynton Hotel where I was served pretend tea and cakes by the cutest little waitress in the world.
Dairy Days give the kids a chance to feed the life sized cow (ping pong balls) and see them come out into milk pails. (Yeah, I know, stop laughing, the ping balls really come out the utters!) The work carries on by placing the “milk” into the pasteurizer. Don’t forget to have fun picking picking peppers at the farmhouse and using leg power to make the conveyor belt move the peppers onto the washing station.
As you move onto the second floor, don’t bother with the elevator! Take the stairs so you can get a great view of the replica of the Jupiter Lighthouse created by Disney Animatronics and the ocean mural. Don’t forget to knock on the lighthouse door! Don’t ask, just do it okay?
The second floor moves you onto main street. Kids can check out the Barefoot Mailman, and find out just what it took for mail to move from Lake Worth to Miami. That is a heck of a walk with a sack of mail on your back.
We had fun stocking shelves and selling merchandise (although my daughter got upset with me when I tried to get her to make change, I suppose that was just a little too educational for her).
The Littles can check out Doc Weems Doctor’s Office and take care of newborn babies, visit the Post Office and weigh, stamp and deliver mail, or explore the Hypoluxo Steamer and explore the swampland.
This place makes for a fabulous day out! You can’t beat the price, Children under 1 are free, Ages 1-17 $4.00 and Adults are $5.00.
We as moms often hit the mall on a rainy day, just to get a cup of coffee and let the kids play in the play area. It is easy to forget that IKEA is the perfect place for a wander with your Littles! Our Fort Lauderdale store even has special close parking for families with Littles and strollers.
When I go to IKEA, I always start with breakfast. They offer specials throughout the week and you will never spend more than a few dollars on a plate of food. The is food is okay, it is not stellar, but the dining room is always clean and has wide windows all along the wall to make it a bright happy space. There is a kids space in the dining room where the Littles can eat together in front of a flat screen TV, allowing the adults a chance to brush up on conversation that involves words with more than 2 syllables.
According to Charles Wing Local Marketing Specialist IKEA’s founder wanted the store to reflect his belief that the should store be “a day out for the whole family”. This influence is certainly felt throughout the store and.IKEA seems to work hard to make their store a family friendly place by offering strollers for the kids and family bathrooms. The dining room has a bottle warming station, with a toaster, microwave, bottle warmer and bibs.
The family bathroom has a chair in case you need to find a quiet place with baby for moment. The bathrooms are generally pretty clean, but on the weekends when the store gets crazy busy and they can get a little bad. They do seem to make a huge effort to keep them clean and I have always seen them spotless first thing in the morning.
At our IKEA you start out on the top floor, this has all the furniture for adults and kids. My daughter likes to walk around this floor with me and check out all the rooms. We love to see the way storage and whimsy works in the kids areas and dream about the kitchen we would someday like to have.
The bottom floor is full of the housewares, which is less interesting to my daughter. This floor has everything from silverware to picture frames and glassware, so not really an area where I want to worry about what my Little might try to pick up when my head is turned. So we head on over to the Smalland Play Area, where there is a supervised play area for kids. The Play Area is open daily from 10 am to 7:30 pm. Usually, the kids can stay for about 50 minutes, they give you a beeper and tell you when you are due back to pick up your child. Kids must be at least 37 inches tall, no more than 54 inches, and must be completely potty trained. My daughter had a great time didn’t want to leave when her time was up. The staff in the play area were courteous and seemed to be very capable. My daughter didn’t want to leave, so that is always a good sign.
On your next rainy day call up your friends and meet at IKEA for a morning of shopping, food and fun. It is a great alternative to the mall when the weather rules out the outdoors.
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My Pick for the Weekend!
Since the weather is supposed to be at its South Florida Best, my Pick for the weekend is DuBois Park in Jupiter, it really is the best place to float in South Florida. So Pack a cooler and spend the day on a raft!
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