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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The Week Ahead for South Florida Diapers, Seuss & Fevers

cabbages in our garden

Boca Raton Community Garden

Happy Birthday Dr SeussThe Kiddo got suddenly better just in time for Saturday!  Not sure how she pulled it off, but the fever broke and off we went! We had a great day at the Garden last weekend where we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss.   We are growing some great (well 2) strawberries and cabbages at our garden. I am waiting to find out how many diapers the Junior League collected for their Diaper Bank, but my daughter asked if she could build a fort with them, so there was an impressive amount.

cabbages in our garden strawberries from our garden pineapples for the food bank Boca Raton Community Garden

The Winners of our Gus on the Go A Language Learning Adventure Review and Giveaway Have been contacted, thanks to everyone that joined in the giveaway fun!  Gus on the Go truly is the most educational App I have come across to date.

My Pick of the week is the Free Movie Night & Funtastic Friday in Hollywood at ArtsPark

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 2/26/15 Strawberries, colds, and potatoes.

I have a sick kid this week so it’s gonna be a short but sweet post. Just a cold, but those of you with kids with asthma know that I won’t sleep for a few days.  Someone may have to stop me from “facebooking while drowsy”.

We headed out to Bedner’s Farm on a schStrawberriesool field trip to pick strawberries, last week it was a great time.  If you are up for a trip to Bedner’s you can also try The Girls Strawberry Patch in Delray Beach.  It is a really cool little find and you would never know it was there if were just driving by.

We also planted some purple potatoes, I know this may have been a mistake as they don’t do well in the heat.  Yes, I know it was in the 30’s here this week, but the heat is coming back, so get ready for it!

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.

My Pick of the week is the Happy Dr Suess Event at the Boca Community Garden, it is free if you bring a donation of diapers for the Junior League Diaper Bank.

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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 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.

Here is your quick link to the full list!  It is extremely long!

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Big Toy and Truck Extravaganza in Fort Lauderdale

We go to the Big Toy and Truck Extravaganza every year!  The city of Fort Lauderdale gather examples of everything from Fire Trucks, Bucket Trucks, Police Bomb Robot Thingies (that is definitely the technical name) and Police Horses all together at Holiday Park.

Kids get the chance to play games, sort recyclables, climb in and on all sorts of trucks and even go up in a Cherry Picker. (See I know some truck stuff). All Free!

My only complaint is that I wish they would do this event about 3 weeks later in the year because it usually brutally hot, but it is good enough that even the heat doesn’t stop us!

Check out my pics from last year below!

Bucket Truck Rides at the Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale

Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale

 

Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale

Bucket Truck Rides at the Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale
Bucket Truck Rides at the Big Toy & Truck Event in Fort Lauderdale

NASA TV a better way to watch the Shuttle Launch

I woke up this morning wishing I had made plans to drive up the coast to see the shuttle launch.  My dd is only 3, but it may be the last chance for her to see it.

I did find another options though, check out NASA TV.  You can watch it live without commercials.  Right now they are talking about all the procedures that are going to prep for the launch. There is so much more than just the launch to watch at the site.  There is an Education Channel for teachers and students (it’s actually really good!) and live video of the space station among other things.

Enjoy!

As an update, NASA TV is on Roku now too!