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.

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!!

Putting Down The Golf Green

My daughters and my dad went to the mini putt putt golf course today. Beautiful outside and beautiful course at Snohomish Valley Golf Center. Win win. Here we are at hole 9 overlooking the pond.


Adding at Every Tee


This 18 hole mini golf course has a bridge, two ponds with a waterfall and vista of the Cascade Mountain Range. It is super busy on the weekend but they have extended hours with their new overhead lights. Also, there is a wonderful covered picnic area. Prefect for birthday parties or your next picnic outing.

Thanks to grandpa for helping the toddler with her form. She had a lot of fun. Whether she putted, threw or pushed the ball into the hole.

My favorite hole is number 5 where you can literally putt your ball into the pond if you aren’t careful since there isn’t a rail between the edge of the green and the pond. Luckily we didn’t take a swim today but very inventive for a mini golf course.

Both the kiddos helped move our balls into the holes. I think we all were under par on each hole but it doesn’t really matter since my oldest was in charge of the scorecard and beat us by at least 10 putts. I came in second so I can’t really complain. Lol.

This week I’ve been making a point to ask…

What their favorite moment of the day was? My daughters loved playing golf today.

Another good day! Happy Thursday!

Ceramic Easter Eggs as Kids Craft

As an Easter tradition, we go to the ceramic painting studio and each kiddo paints their Easter egg to add to our collection on the dining room table. I love reminiscing about their techniques and color choices. As a baby, my kiddos did handprints on the eggs.


Color Me Mine


What an interesting name? I love them because the paint is non toxic and washes off clothes. Every Tuesday is 2 for 1 studio fee or Wednesday is 1/2 price studio fee for kids.

This year my oldest daughter is interested in having everything Easter color theme. If you can see her fingernails in the picture, they are a rainbow of bright pastel colors inspired by Easter and her egg matches.

My youngest daughter chose banana yellow, charcoal and pink. Very interesting but I think it will be beautiful. Great color combo for a sitting or living room.

Did you know? If you read in a yellow room, you hold your focus and absorb more of the book. Interested in the other colors, learn more at Kaplanco.com.

Sorry off topic… we can pick them up after Friday at 6pm. So excited to see their cute creations. Happy Wednesday!!

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