Summer $1 Movies

I’ve been doing a lot of summer planning lately. One summer activity I love is taking my kids to the $1 movies at Regal Movie Theater called The Summer Movie Express. A prefect activity during those hot days that are too hot to be inside or outside. So an air conditioned movie theater is perfect and for just one dollar you can’t beat the price.


The Schedule


Each week during the summer, Regal offers 2 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 am for just a dollar. Both movies plays both days. Here is the week by week break down* and Common Sense Media’s age ratings for each movie. If you want more information about the movie, click on the title and check out Common Sense Media’s website.

Week 1: June 25 and 26

  • Week 2: July 2 and 3
  • Week 3: July 9 and 10
  • Week 4: July 16 and 17

    Week 5: July 23 and 24

    Week 6: July 30 and 31

    Week 7: August 6 and 7

    Week 8: August 13 and 14

  • Week 9: August 20 and 21
  • Week 10: August 27 and 28
  • Week 11: September 3 and 4
  • * Movies dates are based in the Seattle area Regal Movie Theater for the summer of 2019.


    Recommendations


    In the past my kiddos love the movies with lots of singing like Sing or Trolls so those are two movies I am looking forward to seeing this summer with my kiddos. They stand at their seats and sing along to the movie with the other kids in the theater. Such a great time!

    Beware some of the movies sell out so go early.

    The 10 Essentials To Bring With You To Disneyland

    This last week my family and I went to Disneyland and it was magical. Mostly due to the kids excitement but a few key items made it more ‘magical’ and worry free for me aka mom.


    Happiest Place On Earth


    1. Sunscreen – being a mother of two small kids, sunscreen is a big one for me. I’ve had long conversations with my mom friends about what sunscreen if the safest and most effective. Some of my friends swear by the Honest brand while others are a fan of Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen. Neithe for me; I buy the CeraVe Baby Sunscreen Lotion for my kiddos with their sensitive skin.
    2. Lunchbox – with my kids’ feeding schedule of every other hour, I was worried my food bill would be huge at Disneyland. Most fast food meals for my family of four costed around $50 so one of my carry ons was a cooler bag filled with snack food and breakfast supplies. I’ll write another post on my tips and tricks of bringing food on the airplane.
    3. Phone lanyards – so I was surprised I didn’t see more people walking around the park with this type of lanyard but I loved mine. You use your phone so much checking line waiting times, reserving Fastpasses and linking pictures on the Disneyland app. Losing your phone at the bottom of the purse means losing time or a precious moment when your kiddos see Mickey Mouse for the first time. I loved having my phone easily accessible.
    4. Power bank – As I mentioned before I used my phone a lot and the power didn’t last the day. By about 2pm, I was trying to make that 1% last for emergency calls only. If you forget a power bank, Disneyland does have charging stations in just about every land.
    1. Poncho – this is only important if you plan on going on Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run or if there is a chance of rain in the forecast. But picking one up at the dollar store or in bulk online is way cheaper than at the park.
    1. Power cord – so important if you want to charge your phone halfway through the day. I forgot mine the first day. Not a mistake I made twice.
    2. Small backpack – this was a common thing in the park. I noticed a lot of parents with a small backpack that was easy to take onto the rides.
    3. Reusable water bottled – there are a lot of water fountains at the part. We would start the day with juice in the bottle from the hotel room while we finished breakfast then switched to water for the rest of the day.
    4. Stroller – aka the napper. My toddler took a nap in the stroller on the first day which was such a blessing. Naps are so rare these days that when she takes one she usual stays up until 9:30-10pm. This is way past her bedtime of 7pm but with the fireworks starting at 9:30 she was able to see them before going to bed that day.
    5. Large pens – for the characters to hold while signing your autograph book. On the last day, we went to the Princess Breakfast Adventure and one of the souvenirs from the experience is a oversized pen. As soon as I saw it, I knew we should have gotten one for the whole trip. The characters have such big hands. I bet they would have appreciated it.

    Bonus

    11. Pennies and Quarters – a great cheap souvenir. There are some great penny press machines throughout the park so remember to bring a coin purse full of shiny pennies and quarters to operate the machines in the parks. Each machine costs 50 cents plus a penny to press.

    Acting Class Review

    In the spring, my daughter has acting class. My hope is that the class encourages her self confidence and to speak her mind even if she feels silly. Also, improving her problem solving and creativity skills along the way. Maybe she will become a great leader one day.


    Magical Door


    This is the first time both my girls took the same class. My oldest daughter has taken classes at Seattle Children’s Theater and Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts.

    There are similarities and differences between the two classes but she had fun at both locations which is the most important thing.

    Similarities:

    • Both locations exercise my daughter’s imagination.
    • The Magical Door is the last activity at both schools (Pictured above at Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts).
    • Expanding their vocabulary with Theater terms.

    Difference:

      Seattle Children Theatre has different classes for specific age groups.
      Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts has a age range, preschool 2-5 years old then 5-8 years old and so on.
      I love the Storytime Drama class at SCT. Kids read a story then act it out. They also color in each class.
      At Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts, teaches different dancing techniques and terms.

    Both great schools for different reasons just depends on what you are looking for.

    (Magic Door at Seattle Children Theater.)

    Bee Craft

    To celebrate May Day, we made a bee craft and practiced our use of glue sticks. Without bees, there would not be flowers. They are so important in cross pollination and reproduction of flowers.


    Critical Skills to learn before going to Kindergarten.


    Gluing is a critical skill preschoolers should learn before going to elementary school. Some other skills according to Education.com included but not limited to:

    1. Writing

    2. Letter Recognition

    3. Beginning Sounds

    4. Number Recognition and Counting

    5. Shapes and Colors

    6. Fine Motor Skills (like holding a pencil)

    7. Cutting

    8. Reading Readiness

    9. Attention and Following Directions

    10. Social Skills

    A great tool that Education.com refers to a lot is Play Doh because it develops fine motor skills and is a safe object to practice cutting.

    Once the bee was assembled, my kiddos ran around the room pretending to be bees. They built a hive aka fort. After resting in the hive, they ran from toy to toy collecting pollen.

    I precut all the shapes so they just had to assemble the paper with glue.

    Supplies:

    • Yellow paper for the body
    • Black paper cut into strips, triangles, mini rainbows for the mouth and antennas
    • Parchment, tracing or velum paper for the wing
    • Glue sticks

    Easter Parade

    A family tradition during Easter is to go to the Easter Parade in Snohomish, Washington and this year my Girl Scouts Troop got to participate in the parade making it extra special for us. Plus it is the only Parade for Easter in Washington State making it special for everyone else too.


    Loads of candy


    One of the prerequisite of being in the parade was bringing candy to hand out as we walked the mile and a half stretch down 1st street.

    Last year when we were sitting on the sidelines, we gathered a whole basket of candy. So I knew I needed to pick up a lot of candy. I found Tootsies frooties assorted 5lb (2.27kg) from Amazon to be the best value because it offered over 700 pieces of candy for less than $20.

    Even with more than 700 pieces, my troop was so good about giving everyone a candy that it didn’t last the whole parade. Another troop was kind enough to share their candy with us. Now I know for next year.

    I am so lucky to have so many wonderful parent helpers in our troop. There was no way I could have watched all the girls handing out candy on both sides of the street. We all had a great time! Happy belated Easter!

    Tulip Field Tradition

    Every year my kids and I head up to the Mt Vernon to take our annual picture in front of the tulips.

    Did you know? Tulips are one of the only flowers that continue to grow after you cut the stem.


    Tulip Town or Roozengaarde


    Tulip Town and Roozengaarde are both great locations to see the blooms but here are a couple of differences:

    Roozengaarde:

    • They have a beautiful garden to the left of the entrance. The planning that went into the garden was impressive. Each bed has a gorgeous display of different tulips of early and late bloomers.
    • The food options are delicious with hamburgers/hotdogs and snacks like kettle corn.
    • 2 different stores set them apart from other locations. A specific tulip store with fresh cut and potted flowers.

    Tulip Town:

    • As you walk through the gates, there is a wonderful indoor display of different tulip types. If it is raining, this is a wonderful option for kids.

    • Similar to Roozengaarde, they have a beautiful garden to visit. Their flowers are fenced off to protect them from the grabby kiddos.
    • The fields aren’t fenced off and have a tractor that will take you around the exterior. Great hay ride for the kids.

    Both locations are great options for that annual picture in front of the colorful tulip fields.

    Bowling Fun

    Bowling on a rain day. It was a lot of fun. We rented a lane and shoes which was more that I thought it would be but I feel bowling is a right of passage. You have to try it once.


    Bowlero


    We went to Bowlero in Lynnwood. Each lane had it’s own large tv and ours was playing the Minion movie which we didn’t really have time to watch. After one game, all our wrists were tried. I didn’t really know we were going to exercise our arms when we went out there. It was a good workout.


    Fun for the Whole Family


    My toddler helped me with my turn. The bowling lane included a ramp that she could push the bowling ball down onto our lane. I had to hold the ramp because she would push it with all her might.

    My 5 year old daughter didn’t use the ramp and actually got a couple of spares. Totally on luck. She won’t watch the ball going down the lane. She would walk back then wait until the pins fell before turning around. It was pretty cute.

    With every pin that fell, there was adding and subtracting to learn or just counting. How many pins are left? Counting for the toddler and kindergarten.

    Hope you find a fun outing for those raining days. Summer is almost here. I’m counting the days.

    Animal Interactions

    Looking for something fun to do during spring break. I recommend the Outback Kangaroo Farm located in Arlington, Washington. They have tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm from Thursday to Sunday. Be sure to show up 20 minutes before the tour because you aren’t allowed to see the kangaroos otherwise. The tours always start on time in my experience.


    Outback Kangaroo Farm


    Beautiful peacocks welcomed us in the parking lot. I haven’t seen peacocks with such prefect tail feathers before.

    The first half of the tour, we visited the different kangaroos on the property. It appeared to be 3-5 different types of kangaroos available to pet. The kangaroo are so soft.

    There were an set of albino kangaroos. Mother Nature Network has an awesome article on 22 different albino animals. They are so rare. Check out the article here for the full list of animals.

    The second half hour we visited and fed the other animals which included alpacas, donkeys, goats, emus and lemurs. I think my husband was about to adopt a lemur. They are so friendly and active.

    Did you know? Lemurs are lead by an alpha female. Sorry King Julian.

    My toddler laughed every time an animal ate out of her hand. She loved it and kept demanding more animal food. So sweet.

    Their address is:

    10030 State Route 530 NE

    Arlington, WA 98223

    United States

    Rhodes River Ranch

    One of the best kept secrets in the outskirts of Arlington is Rhodes River Ranch. Every meal comes with a show.


    Dinner and a Show


    The Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch is located in the beautiful foothills of the Cascades. Offering a unique dining atmosphere for casual gatherings, the restaurant overlooks an indoor horse arena.  The food is delicious. My favorite thing is the candied bacon. If it doesn’t come with your meal, I recommend ordering it on the side.

    There was a herd of beautiful Palomino horses being trained as we ate. Palomino have a gold coat with white mane and tail. If I owned a horse, I would love a palomino.

    So happy to have completed my kindergarten’s first Spring Break. I hope it was one to remember. As a mom, I was worried about making this week special even though we didn’t go out of town. Our stay-cation was just what we needed. Happy Friday!!

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