Kids Party Ideas: Chuck E Cheese Party

kids birthday party ideas

Looking for kids party ideas?  Look no further, call your local Chuck E Cheese?  First, Look at this face.  I was sorting through pictures for my scrapbooks and I came across these pictures from one of Xavier’s parties.  I thought I would share a few from our Chuck E Cheese party.  The kids had a great time and so did the parents.  As a matter of fact, out of the 9 birthday parties that we thrown for this little guy, this one is in the top 5.

 

kids birthday party ideas

Most importantly, I love parties where the work for the parents is minimal.  Luckily, it was just that at Chuck E Cheese.  There were lots of activities, pizza, a dance with the Big Cheese, and no clean up.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  There was a snack bar for parents to purchase other food if they didn’t have an appetite for pizza.  I must recommend their salads, they are wonderful.  We had the Superman Cake made and we purchased the Superman Tablecloth at Party City.

We had a hostess assigned to our tables who take care of serving the food, coordinating the dance with the Big Cheese, lighting the cake and all the other activities around the Rock Star’s table.  It was nice to be able to take pictures and just relax.

 

kids birthday party ideas

Because Xavier loves Spider-Man so much, it was the theme for the birthday cake.  We had this cake made at Farm Fresh.  They did an excellent job decorating it, and it was delicious.  I love that store for other reasons too.  For example, their deli is wonderful when you need a quick meal.  The kids love their chicken, and so do I.  Lets not leave out their fresh produce.  I digressed didn’t I.

So, if you’re unsure of how many guests you will have or you have a set budget, I suggest that you check out the packages available.  You can plan the party around the package.  Actually, Chuck E Cheese offers 4 packages:  Star, Super Star, Mega Super Star and Play More, Eat More .  We choose the Mega Super Star package, which included pizza, ice cream cups, tokens, a goody bag and a Rock Star cup for the party guests.   Additionally, the tables were reserved for two hours, which was sufficient time for everyone to enjoy the activities, eat and go back to the activities.

 

kids birthday party ideas

We had a great photo opportunity here, Xavier is dancing with Chuck E Cheese.  The look on his face was worth a million bucks.

kids birthday party ideas

Next, he had so much fun blowing out the candles on his cake.  However, we did have a mishap.  The hostess set her hair on fire lighting the cake.  Thank goodness it was quickly extinguished and she wasn’t hurt. She didn’t miss a beat, she served the cake and ice cream as if nothing happened.  We gave her a hand for handling it like a pro.  Most people at the tables didn’t even realize that her hair was on fire.  Imagine that!

kids birthday party ideas

Additionally, they have the Ticket Blaster.  It gives the Rock Star an opportunity to catch tickets, which can be redeemed for games.  I wasn’t sure how he would feel about being enclosed in a booth, but he did well.  He’s such a brave little guy.


kids birthday party ideas
Finally, we ended the party with the kids using the remaining tokens and tickets in the games area.  Somehow, Xavier lost his shoes.  But he didn’t think twice about finding them.  Thankfully, we were able to locate them before dragging him out and heading home.  Best part of the day, he totally enjoyed his birthday party and his friends.  Did I mention, he still takes his shoes off at every opportunity.

In conclusion, I hope you like our kids party ideas.  I would highly recommend having a birthday party for your child at Chuck E. Cheese.  Just as importantly, the service was excellent and all of the children left happily exhausted.  For parents, you can sit back and relax.  Because there’s no cleanup!  It doesn’t get better than that.
                                                                        

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #112

linky party

 

Welcome to Week 112 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re starting our Pot of Gold theme. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, cocktails, and recipes for baked goods and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains: Please connect with Debbie on Facebook and follow her on Bloglovin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

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Debbie selected Baked Salmon with Lemon and Fine Herbs from Keeping It Real

 

salmon recipes

Rhonda selected Dunk Your Opponent in Cookie Checkers from The Mad Mommy    

 

kid's game ideas

Kim selected Cluttered Minds Don’t Allow Growth from Living in Mommywood

 

self improvement ideas
The Post with the Most Clicks

   Scarf from Merry 

crochet patterns

and

Preschool Valentines Activities from Mother 2 Mother Blog

Preschool Valentines Activities

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Be My Valentine:

Valentine Tic Tac Toe from Pale Blue Corner  

valentine game ideas

and

70 Valentines Day Ideas from Mommy Ways to Win  

valentines day ideas

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!

 

 


17 Ways Moms Can Relax and Refuel

ideas for moms to relax

 

As moms, nose wipers, chauffeurs, chef, referees and a host of other positions there are times that we need to refuel.    Often, we don’t take the time to regroup emotionally and or physically after our everyday responsibilities.  Being a mother becomes a most important position, and we give it our all.  We usually neglect our health, walk around sleep deprived, eat poorly, and forget that we need to feed our spirit.

Also, there’s nobody to blame, we just don’t make ourselves  a priority.  Our life simply becomes habit.  It’s equivalent to the alarm going off at the same time every morning.  We can learn to make ourselves a priority. Here’s a few ways moms can relax:

  1. Have a Spa Day – First, make an appointment to have a facial or pedicure and manicure.  Have a limited budget,  spend afternoon soaking in the tub.  Burn some candles, play some relaxing, and enjoy a cup of tea or your favorite wine.
  2. Take a long walk – Second, hit the walking trail or take a long walk around the neighborhood, park or other scenic route.
  3. Go for a long drive – Next, grab your favorite CDs or turn on your favorite radio station.  Enjoy the scenery and just clear your head.
  4. Spend the day watching your favorite movies – So, I love watching old movies.  Grab your too along with  your favorite snacks and a box of tissues for those heart wrenching movies.  Just enjoy the day.
  5. Order take out  – Curl up with a good book or movie.
  6. Catch up on those free Kindle ebooks or your magazines – Next, curl up in front of the fire, relax on the deck, under a tree and read a good book or flip through your favorite magazines.
  7. Treat yourself – Furthermore, treat yourself.  Order your favorite latte, ice cream, sushi bar or whatever it may be.  No sharing, this is just for you.
  8. Spend the day at a museum – Check out the art museum or whatever museum is close to you.
  9. Take a bike ride – Pull out the bike and take a ride through the park or on your favorite bike trail.
  10. Do crafts – So, you can start a new hobby.  They’re great stress relievers.  Crochet that scarf or hat, finish a scrapbook or sew a new dress.
  11. Set up a girls night – Whip up a few appetizers and cocktails, and laugh until your heart is content.
  12. Catch up on the sermons at church that you’ve missed or read the bible – Great way to renew your spirit and relieve some stress.
  13. Hike – Furthermore, grab you hiking gear and hit the trails.  It’s great exercise and clears your head.
  14. Sleep – Here’s an idea, put your best sheets on your bed and stretch out under your favorite comforter.  Take a long and much needed nap.
  15. Shop – Go shopping for bargains at your favorite stores.
  16. Skype/FaceTime – Fix your favorite beverage and chat with a friend.
  17. Talk a walk on the beach – Last, clear your head and enjoy the ocean breeze.

So, taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually is a must.  Because we are committed to our families, we must stay healthy in all areas of our life.  We hope that you found our list of ways moms can relax. Most importantly, being healthy requires us to clear our mind, rest and stay focused.  Pick out one thing off the list each week, and take an a few hours for yourself.  Finally, be sure to tell your friends about our list of ways moms can relax too.  You will start the week relaxed and refueled.

Also, you may also like: 6 Tips to Boost Your Self Esteem

 

 

 

 

24 Books for African American Girls

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It’s Black History Month and we would like to share our roundup of books for African American girls.  Most importantly, I’m also excited and honored to tell readers that I will be incorporating more products and posts for African American children.   Lets get started with this great roundup of books:

Basketball Belles – First, Anges Morley was raised on a cattle ranch.  She was sent to Stanford University where she trades in her spurs for a basketball.  She leads her team to victory against the University of California at Berkeley, and makes history.  Ages 6 – 9.

Flower Garden – A girl and her father create a window box as a birthday present for her mother.  Ages 4 – 7.

Gymnastics Jitters – Dana and the rest of the Raiders gymnastics team must learn how to deal with their biggest rivals, the Superiors.  Ages 8 – 11

Emi’s Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair –  Emi is a creative 7-year-old girl who shares a positive message about her curly, cotton candy hair.  Great message to teach little girls about their natural hair.  Ages 7 – 12.

Sugar – Next, sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation in Mississippi. Slavery is over, but Sugar must work in the fields since both of her parents are dead.  She finds joys playing with a forbidden friend, the plantation owner’s son.  Ages 9 – 12.

Dancing in the Wings – Sassy wants to be a ballerina.  Will her big feet, long legs and her big mouth stop her from reaching her dream?  Ages 4 – 8.

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention  – Educational books should be a part of the fun as well.  This book is about 14 African American innovators who played important roles in scientific and industrial progress.  Ages teen and young adult.

Bayou Magic – It’s Maddy’s first summer in the bayou.  She’s a city girl, but she falls in love with the fireflies, trees and the water.  Ages 8 – 12.

Chocolate Me! – Furthermore, we have a book based on the experiences of being African American and feeling different from the other children.  Many will be able to relate to the struggle of trying to fit in.  Ages 4  – 8.

Daddy’s Little Princess – Daddy’s Little Princess educates young children, helps build their self-esteem, and inspire them.  Most images of princesses and queens are not images of African Americans.  This book introduces them to real-life African Queens and Princesses in all shades.  Ages 4 – 10.

Dare!:  –  Sam is bully.  He makes Jayla feels threatened because he has bullied her because she loves astronomy and stars.  He starts to bully her friends too and tries to get Jayla to bully them too.  Ages 5 – 9.

Firebird – Misty Copeland encourages an African American girl who wants to be a ballerina, but is discouraged by low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.  Ages 6 – 8.

Gone Crazy in Alabama – This is the third book in a series.  The Gaither sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, head to the rural south to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, in Alabama.  They leave Brooklyn behind and have a lifetime of fun.  The first two books are One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven.  Ages  8 – 12.  

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition – The true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA.  Ages 8 – 12.

I Got the Rhythm – A little girl takes a trip to the park with her mother.  She hears a rhythm coming from the butterflies, the ice cream vendors and the world around her.  She can’t contain herself, she breaks out in a dance.  Ages 2 – 5.

I Had a Favorite Dress –  Next, we have a  little girl who wears her favorite dress on Tuesdays.  One Tuesday morning, she discovers that her favorite dress is too short.  She is so disappointed, but her mother turns her favorite dress into a ruffly shirt.  Her favorite dress becomes her favorite shirt.  Ages 5 – 7.

Jamaica’s Fine – This book teaches children ethics.  Jamaica finds a stuffed dog at the playground.  She take it home with trying to find the owner.  Soon discovers her conscience, and learns that it is bothering her.   Ages 4 – 8.

Katie Fry, The Lost Kitten – Furthermore, if your into mysteries you must read Katie Fry.  She loves to solve mysteries.  When she finds a lost kitten, she decides to find the owner.  This book is one in a series.  Ages 6 – 8.

Lola at the Library – Lola is very happy.  On Tuesdays, Lola and her mother go to the library.  She enjoys the walk, checking out books, story time and the special treats she gets with her mother.  Ages 2 – 5.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition – Misty Copeland was the first female African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.  She’s been breaking down barriers ever since.  Ages 8 – 12.

Mixed Me – Mixie has a black father and a white mother.  People are always asking her what she is.  She decides to embraces her uniqueness and be the best “Me” she can be.  Ages 4 – 8.

My Three Best Friends and Me – Additionally, we didn’t leave our disabled children.  Zulay is blind, but she doesn’t let that stop from doing everything she wants to do.  She has three best friends who are in her first grade class.  They are study the same things.  Find out what they are.  Ages 4 – 8.

Nikki and Deja – Nikki and Deja live next door to each other.  They do everything together, including watching Saturday morning cartoons, playing jacks, jumping rope and playing during recess.  Additionally, they are in Mrs. Shelby’s third class.  So, they help each other with homework.  Everything is great until a new girl arrives.  Ages 4 – 7.

Penny and the Magic Puffballs – Last, Penny struggled with why her hair was different from her friends.  She wanted to wear her hair straight too, but her mother told her that her hair was perfect just the why it was.  Her mother fixes her hair in two magic puffballs.  Let the fun begin.  Ages 4 – 8.

Finally, we hope that you will use our list of books for African American girls for your daughter, niece or someone special who’s on your gift giving list.  Better yet, start a library for your child and add a new book monthly.  Also, check back for our round up of books for African American boys and teens as well as our preschool/kindergarten activities.

You may also like Whoopi Goldberg’s Sugar Plum Ballerina series.

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #111

 

 

 

Sunday's Best LinkupWelcome to Week 111 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  This is the final week of our Be My Valentine theme.  We’re looking for crafts, gift ideas, recipes, date night ideas, movie ideas, cocktails, and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone

Saying Goodbye and Thanks to Kim U. from The Pinterested Parent

It is with a sad heart that we say goodbye to one of our original co-hosts, Kim at The Pinterested Parent. She is directing her attention to finishing up a few other projects and completing several children’s books that she is currently working on. We wish her all the best in her new endeavors and hope you will continue to follow her!

Welcome Our New Co-Host – Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Please join us in welcoming Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains as our newest co-host here at the Sunday’s Best Linkup!  Debbie is a wife, mother of 7, and a nurse surviving parenthood while transforming through life’s challenges. She shares life stories, parenting, recipes, DIY and anything thrown her way! She lives in Hawaii with her husband and children. (We’re totally envious too!)

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains: Please connect with Debbie on Facebook and follow her on Bloglovin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

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Debbie selected Double Cheese Beef Enchiladas from Silver Foodie   

Easy Recipes

 

Rhonda selected 7 Ways to Make Chores More Fun For Kids from Fluster Buster   

 

Chore ideas for kids

Kim selected Don’t Be Stingy With Your Love from Living in Mommywood

Relationship Ideas


The Post with the Most Clicks

 

   Self Care Is Hard from the Mad Mommy

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Be My Valentine:

Hidden Valentine’s Messages from Across the Blvd. 


and

Chocolate Cupcake with Mascarpone Frosting from Bird’s Party 

 

Valentines Cupcake Recipes

 

and

Handy Little Love Bug from What Happens at Grandmas

kids Valentines Day Crafts

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!

 


Sunday’s Best Linkup – #110

Sunday's Best Linkup

Welcome to Week 110 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our Be My Valentine theme.  We’re looking for crafts, gift ideas, recipes, date night ideas, movie ideas, cocktails, and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone

Saying Goodbye and Thanks to Kim U. from The Pinterested Parent

It is with a sad heart that we say goodbye to one of our original co-hosts, Kim at The Pinterested Parent. She is directing her attention to finishing up a few other projects and completing several children’s books that she is currently working on. We wish her all the best in her new endeavors and hope you will continue to follow her!

Welcome Our New Co-Host – Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Please join us in welcoming Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains as our newest co-host here at the Sunday’s Best Linkup!  Debbie is a wife, mother of 7, and a nurse surviving parenthood while transforming through life’s challenges. She shares life stories, parenting, recipes, DIY and anything thrown her way! She lives in Hawaii with her husband and children. (We’re totally envious too!)

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains: Please connect with Debbie on Facebook and follow her on Bloglovin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

Snag a Button!

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. Please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

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Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!


Kim M. selected Women’s March  from Reviews, Chews and How To  


Debbie selected Crab Salad Roll from Sweet Nothings 

crab salad rolls

Rhonda selected Orange Chicken from Fluster Buster

Chinese Food Recipes


The Post with the Most Clicks

 

Galentine’s Day DIY Gifts from White House Crafts 

                                                                                                          Valentine's Gift Ideas

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Be My Valentine:

Hidden Valentine’s Messages from Across the Blvd. 

Valentine's Day Craft Ideas

and

Valentine’s Popcorn Ball from There’s Just One Mommy

Valentine's Snack Ideas

 

and

Valentine’s Dessert Table from Birds Party

valentine's day desserts

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!

 


Fun Things To Do In Central Park

 

 

Central Park is an 843-acre NYC gem offering an oasis of nature’s delights in the midst of a chaotic urban sprawl. Fortunately, this large patch of green provides visitors respite amid woodlands, meadows, lakes, wildlife and monuments.  With 21 playgrounds, rolling hills and tranquil spaces co-existing together, a day in this park promises to be unforgettable.  As a result, the whole family can enjoy a broad range of fun activities.

Here is a list of fun things to do in Central Park:

Bird Watching

First, explore 37-acres of winding trails, streams, rocks and hills known as the Ramble.  It’s a densely wooded, world-famous birding spot that covers from 72nd St. to 79th St.  Furthermore, Central Park is a well known migratory route and one of the best birding spots in the U.S.  It attracts birders from all over the world.  Some 250 species can be spotted here in any year.  Simply incredible.

 People Watch in Sheep Meadow

Second, Sheep Meadow is perhaps one of the best people-watching spots in Manhattan. This 15-acre field of lush green grass north of 65th St. along the southern edge of the park.  We suggest that you grab a blanket and some snacks.  Furthermore we suggest that you mingle with the ocean of sunbathers, picnickers, and kite-fliers for a relaxing fun-filled day.  In addition to the fun around you, you may hear a performer strumming a guitar or join in a friendly game of Frisbee.

Ice Skating at Wollman Rink

If you happen to be in NYC during winter, this summertime amusement park morphs into an icy playground.  And  ice skaters of all ages and skill levels join for arctic fun.  Another thing you can do is catch an exciting game of hockey,  or indulge in some night skating, with a romantic backdrop of NYC skyscrapers.

Bike through scenic landscape

Next, Central Park bike tours are perhaps the most leisurely way to explore this iconic green oasis. Take a guided bike tour, ride beneath a canopy of trees and appreciate nature at its finest.  Stop at famous locations and points of interest, grab hundreds of fantastic photo ops, and learn fun facts from your guide while pedaling through the park.

Stroll through the Conservatory Garden

Take in the beauty while strolling the through this six-acre paradise, the Conservatory Garden.  You can find spectacular annual displays of seasonal flowers.  Enter the park at 5th Ave between 104th and 105th Streets.  You will be entranced by water fountains and famous sculptures.  Not only it will entrance you, it will be bursting with colors you’ll want to capture in print.

Catch and release fish in the Harlem Meer and The Discovery Center

Enjoy this favorite free community pastime at the Harlem Meer.  Borrow a fishing rod and eco-friendly bait from the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, and let the fun begin.  You will find a flourishing pond with a variety of fish like carp, largemouth bass, and bluegill sunfish.  Additionally, you will find turtles, waterfowl, and birds.  Once you’re done just return your rods.  Be sure to learn about the many seasonal exhibits, musical performances, holiday celebrations and free education at the Discovery Center.

Go for a hike in the North Woods

Did you know that nearly one million visitors a year hike through these 40-acre woodlands?  The setting will make you feel like you’re in the Adirondacks.  In addition to the woodlands, you can enjoy the serenity of The Pool.  It is lined with cypress, weeping willows, and red maples, an idyllic setting for photographs.  This popular destination is the perfect place for spotting wildlife by streams.  Furthermore, you may find wildlife feasting on one of three cascades along rustic trails that will inspire and calm your senses.

Also, you may also like New York City Travel and Sites From Your Favorite TV Shows.  Without doubt, New York City should be on everyone’s list of place.  Oh yes, be sure to have fun!We need to conclude this post, but we hope you found our Things to Do in Central Park tips helpful.

About the author:  Kabir Khan is a contributor for travel and sight seeing in New York City.  Be sure to check out Central Park Bike Rental .  Great way to get exercise and to check out Central Park.

 

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24 Winter Books for Kids

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Because winter can keep kids indoors for days, even weeks they become bored.  Not only do they become bored, parents can find it challenging to keep them occupied. However, we have a solution.  Create a small library with winter books for kids.  Fortunately, reading is a passion in my family, and I highly recommend that you encourage your children to read too.  Create a cozy corner, desk or hide away for them to snuggle up with a book and enjoy a delicious snack while they’re at it.  We have a few winter book for kids suggestions that you should check out:

The Biggest Snowman Ever – First, Clayton and Desmond enter a contest to build a snowman.  Their efforts just don’t seem to be working.  So, they join forces to build the biggest snowman ever.  Hurray for team work. Ages 4 – 8.

The Mitten –  Nikki drops his white mitten in the snow, but doesn’t realize it.  It’s hard for him to find because of the white snow.  As a result, the woodland animals help him search for it.  Ages 1 – 3.

Tracks in the Snow – A little girl sees tracks outside her window.  She decides to follow the tracks only to realize that the tracks are hers from the day before.

All You Need for a Snowman – The children of this snow-clad chalet village build two huge snowmen.  Ages 4 – 7.

The Gingerbread Girl – This gingerbread girl has licorice hair, and an awesome plan to outsmart the fox.  Ages 2 – 5.

Groundhog Day! – Every February 2, people wonder if the groundhog will see its shadow.  In addition, this book contains information about the groundhog and the origin of Groundhog Day.  Ages 6 – 9.

Ollie’s Ski Trip – Ollie is given his first pair of real skis, and sets off on an adventure.  He meets lots interesting people including Ms. Thaw.  Ages 3 – 6.

Sneezy the Snowman –  Sneezy the Snowman is cold.  He decided to warm up by drinking some cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a fire and than melts. But children decide to build him back up.  Ages 6 – 8.

Snow Day! – The weatherman depicts snow.  Snuggling on the sofa with hot chocolate, building a snow fort, snowballs and sledding are in the future. Ages 5 – 8.

Snowballs – Check out all of the objects that can be used to decorate snowmen.  The book is beautifully illustrated.  Ages 3 – 8.

The Snow Globe Family – Additionally, there’s a snow globe on the mantel in a family’s home.  Inside the snow globe is a family waiting for someone to shake the globe so there will be a blizzard.  Will a family member shake the globe? Who will it be?  Ages 6 – 8.

Snowman’s Story – A bunny rabbit steals a snowman’s story book when he falls asleep.  The snowman wants his book back.  Get ready for a chase!   Ages 3 – 7.

Snowmen at Night  – Have you wondered what snowmen do at night?  They may loose buttons, an arm or their carrot nose, but nobody knows how.  Find out about the secret life of snowmen in this exciting book. Ages 4 – 7.

Snowmen at Play – This activity book is filled with snowmen, stickers and lots of fun.  Ages 3 – 5.

Tacky the Penguin – Tacky’s behavior annoys his friends.  They are prime and proper, however, Tacky is not.  But  his strange behavior saves the day.  Thereafter, they see him differently.  Ages 4 – 7.

Akiak – Akiak is the lead dog on a team of Huskies.  As usual, she head ups the team.  But she hurts her paw and has to be removed from the race.  Fortunately, Akiak doesn’t know that she’s been disqualified.  Although she has been disqualified, she continues to run beside her team.  Ages 5 – 8.

Winter Wonderland – Bear Country (Berenstein Bears) becomes a winter wonderland.  Ages 4 – 7.

Eloise Skates! – Eloise’s nanny decides to take her and Weenie ice-skating! Weenie is a dog.  But can dogs ice-skate?  Ages 6 – 8.

The First Day of Winter – In another story, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend.  I wonder what they are?  Ages 3 – 6.

It’s Snowing! –  This book is great for our science lovers.  It discusses snowflakes how they are formed, different regions and they snow received, and how to prepare for a snow storm.  Ages 6 – 9.

Lemonade in the Winter – Pauline and her little brother, John-John, decide to open a lemonade stand in the winter.  It’s unusual, so will they be able to sell their cold drink?  Ages 3 – 7.

The Little Polar Bear – Next, Lars goes hunting with his father, but he is so tired from the day’s activities he falls asleep. As a result, he doesn’t hear the ice crack.  Unfortunately, he drifts away from his father and the North Pole.  Will he be able to find his way back?

The Little Rippers – Max and Molly Beckett are brother and sister.  As usual, they are looking forward to their annual ski weekend with their grandfather on Powderhound Mountain.  Ages 4 – 7.

Olivia Builds a Snowlady  – Last, Olivia and her classmates have been assigned to build the best snowman for the town’s Winter Festival.  They decided to build a snowlady instead of a snowman.

We hope that you found our list of winter books for kids helpful. Most noteworthy, at least to me was Olivia Builds a Snowlady. My granddaughter loves Olivia, so that book will definitely go into her library.  I’m also thinking about the Gingerbread Girl.  Which ones peeked you curiosity?

Additionally, you may also like 22 Winter Crafts for Kids and 30+ Rich and Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes.

 

30+ Rich and Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes

 

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Have the winter blues?  Get rid of your blues by whipping up a few of our delicious hot chocolate recipes.  They’re sure to warm you up on a cold winter day, and a great way to spend time with the kids.  Likewise, if you need a little alone time, curl up with a good book, a cup of hot chocolate topped with your favorite toppings and snuggle up in front of the fire.  So, get your taste buds ready.  We have hot chocolate recipes that are sure to kick your chocolate craving up a few notches:

Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate  – First, caramel ice cream topping is the star in this recipe.  Be sure to pick up a quart on your next trip to the grocery store.

Vampire Hot Chocolate – Red food coloring turns this cup of hot chocolate into a gory, delicious treat for the Vampire lover.

Elsa Hot Chocolate – How pretty is this?  White Chocolate Chips make this cup of hot chocolate decadent and delicious.  Top it with blue food coloring and thus we have a cup of Elsa!

Peppermint Snowman Marshmallow Hot Chocolate – Homemade peppermint snowman makes this cup of hot chocolate fun and delicious.

Olaf Hug Hot Vanilla Milk –  Royal blue food coloring and Wilton’s Sparkling Sprinkles turn this cup of milk into a delicious, warm Olaf Hug.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate – Do you have a girly girl?  She will love this cup of pink hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and yellow, blue and lots of other colored sprinkle.  Be sure to make a cup for her friends.

Mint White Hot Chocolate – Additionally, green food coloring, white chocolate chips and peppermint extract are the stars in this hot chocolate.

Monster Hot Chocolate – Royal Blue food coloring and a large marshmallow will turn this cup of hot chocolate into a scary monster.

Poplar Bear – This cup of hot chocolate is so cute.

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate – Chop white and dark chocolate.  Melt and mix together with whole milk.  Add red food coloring and Reddi-whip and you have this Red Velvet cup of deliciousness.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Pick up a jar of caramel sauce and you will have the star ingredient for this yummy treat.

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate – Who doesn’t love peanut butter.  Kids and kids at heart love this rich, creamy concoction so much, it is now an ingredient

Slow Cooker Peppermint Mocha Snugglers –  If rich is your thing, you will love this Mocha Snugglers.  This recipe can be adapted for kids or adults.  Just add peppermint coffee creamer for the kids or espresso and schnapps for the adults.

Star Wars Yoda Mint Hot Chocolate Next, this drink is for our Star Wars fans. Garnishes will play a major role in creating this cup of hot chocolate.

Storm Trooper Hot Chocolate – Here’s another treat for the Star Wars fan.  Storm Trooper marshmallows.

Funfetti Hot Chocolate – Funfetti sprinkles, marshmallows, and cake mix are stars in this colorful and delicious treat.  It’s fit for a princess.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate – Gingerbread and hot chocolate.  Need I say more.

Grinch Hot Chocolate – Please note, this is an adult recipe.  However, you can adapt it for the kids.  Simply leave out the alcohol.

Frozen Hot Chocolate – Yes, frozen even when it’s freezing outside.  Doesn’t it look delicious.

Hot Chocolate Float – Hot chocolate and ice cream make this float a special treat.

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake  – Unique idea, cake in a mug that tastes like hot chocolate.  Yum!

Hot Chocolate Sticks – Dip them in a cup of hot milk and stir until melted.

Marshmallow Snowman –  This little guy is so cute, and he will be delicious in a cup of hot chocolate.

Mickey Mouse Hot Chocolate – Of course, we couldn’t leave Mickey Mouse out. Everyone loves Mickey. Getting to eat him is a special treat.  Hot chocolate, mini doughnuts and whipped cream  topping making this a great treat for kids.

Healthy Hot Cocoa For Kids –  Again, we have a simple and easy recipe that uses 4 ingredients.  How easy is that.

Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate – Perfect for a wintry day with the kids.  Furthermore, this cup of goodness has bits of peppermint in a whipped cream topping.

Hot Chocolate Cookie Mugs – Of course spoon licking is allowed.  As a matter of fact, we suggest it.

Frozen Gingerbread Hot Chocolate –  Frozen or hot chocolate is good.  Gingerbread makes a nice companion too.

Frozen Hot Chocolate – Your only problem in creating this recipe will be deciding what toppings to use.  Not only can you use whipped cream, in opinion, walnuts, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and sprinkles should be on the list.

Disneyland Hot Chocolate – Similarly made to the Olaf Hug.  Also, it’s another beautiful and delicious treat inspired by Disney.

Disneyland Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon Topping –  A favorite from the Napa Rose Restaurant in the Grand Californian hotel at Disneyland.

Cookies and Cream – Equally delicious, and no doubt a favorite treat for the young and young at heart.  Just crush your favorite cookies, and add them to the hot chocolate.  You just created a yummy topping.

Peppermint White Chocolate – Of course crushed candy canes/peppermint sticks are the perfect garnish for this white hot chocolate.

Last, we hope that you found a few of our hot chocolate recipes got your mouth watering.  Finally, you may also like 22 Winter Crafts for Kids.