Family Adventures- Horseback Riding

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Family Adventures- Horseback Riding 

Last summer, on our road-trip through South Dakota,  we traveled to see family in the Black Hills. A highlight of that adventure was horseback riding at their ranch. So, when asked what they wanted to do this summer, our  kids requested a horseback ride. After researching affordable options in the Sandhills of North Carolina area, we found a wonderful location.

Beverly at Moore Equine Events was welcoming and so very patient with our children.  As she walked the kids through each step of the process, she kindly yet efficiently worked with each of their levels to groom, saddle and ride the pony. Throughout each ones time on the horse, she kept a continuous stream of conversation to ensure they were comfortable and at ease. Our kids sure enjoyed themselves as they learned how to be respectful, listen and follow directions.

Moore Equine Events caters to school events, birthday parties, pony rides and so much more.  Just check out their website for all they offer. We sure enjoyed our time at the farm.  If you are searching for a good location for horse riding lesson, I would highly recommend contacting Beverly to set up your visit.  Read below to hear how the kids enjoyed their adventure.  We will be back!

What to Bring:
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray in the evening
  • wear appropriate clothing and foot attire (we made this mistake with our shoes).
  • Cash or Check
Family Rating for Moore Equine Events
  • My eight year old’s review, “That was so much fun!  I got to ride by myself and I learned how to groom a pony”.
  • My six year old’s review, “I love riding the pony and brushing him”.
  • My three year old’s review, “I rode a pony”!

Mining for Gems

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Mining for Gems

Exploring Science

Tucked Away in the quaint town of Aberdeen, NC is a family adventure “gem”.  Perfectly priced, family oriented and full of fun, Jims, Gems and Gold LLC was a unique way to explore science. Yesterday morning, our family visited this creative venue.  With a cute gift shop filled with jewelry crafted on site and a personal staff, we felt welcomed right on arrival. Mr. Jim then lead us outside to choose our buckets of gems to be filtered.  Giving each kid a sifter tray, a shovel and a plastic bag for their treasures, he then demonstrated the process of mining for gems.  Excitement was evident as the kids sifted through scoops of earth uncovering a variety of gems. The process was so easy and fun, we ended up buying a second bucket just to unearth more.  Throughout the process, Mr. Jim stayed with us to assist and identify unearthed gems.  Good with our kids and easy to visit with, Mr. Jim made our adventure even more enjoyable.

Jims, Gems and Gold LLC caters to school events, birthday parties and families on an adventure.  We sure enjoyed our new found treasure.  If you are in the neighborhood or traveling to the Sandhills/Pinehurst area, I would highly recommend stopping in for a visit.  We will be back.

What to Bring:
  • Sunscreen- the mining area was shaded
  • Cash, Check or Card
Family Rating for Jims, Gems and Gold LLC
  • My eight year old’s review, “Finding gold and gems was awesome!”
  • My six year old’s review, “That was fun, I meet a new friend and saw books to match my gems”.
  • My three year old’s review, “Fun, I found gems”.

Summer Family Adventures Week 8

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Summer Family Adventures

July 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our July Summer Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Week 5 Adventures!

Monday: Art Class. Handprint Art.  From our Collection of Art, Cooking & Life Skills of On my Own Cards, the kids will follow the directions to create Handprint Hedgehogs.

Tuesday: Cooking with Math Time to make healthy cookies!. I’ll let the kids choose from one our sweet tooth picks on this weeks menu.

Wednesday: Sports Day– Since our move, we are on the quest to find a new martial arts school for our oldest and the other two would like to also try.  Today they will all get a workout at the gym.

Thursday: Life Skill Discovery Writing a Letter.  Our oldest decided, after reading the first couple of Harry Potter Books, to write a letter to J.K. Rowling.  So we asked each of our kids to choose their favorite author to write to and we will turn it into a fun life skill project. Check out this week’s posting on which authors were chosen.

Friday: Exploring Science. Exploring Science, we may head up to the local city and try out one the science museums today.

Family Adventure

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Blues Cafe or Museum!  

With our recent move, and all the crazy that goes with a transition, sticking to our activity schedule was a challenge.  So, we have some catching up to do on our Summer Wish List. This week we are going to try and head to a local museum and head to the Blue Cafe for our family adventures.

Summer Family Adventures- July

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Summer Family Adventures

July 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our July Summer Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer

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These are our Summer Goals (A line through them means we have already accomplish):

Each month we will have a different themed adventure map. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog  This month, I created a beach scene that will later be used for a fun game board and reading chart.

Daily Challenge

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Daily we ask the kids to:

Summer Family Adventures Week 4

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Summer Family Adventures

Week 4

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link

Here are our week 4 goals:

Monday: Graphing with Math – In order to prepare for next months summer bucket list, I’ll have the kids request their favorite activities and create a bar or pie graph to display their results.

Tuesday: Life Skill Discovery- Planning our road trip and adventure ahead, our kids will learn how to prepare for a camping get-away. They will also work with us on some basic camping lessons this weekend.

Wednesday: Art Class- Painting Patriot Pictures and creating goodbye gifts with a 4th of July theme.

Thursday: Sports Day Gymnastics is the sport of the day with our oldest working out at her Martial Arts Class.

Friday: Movement-  Dance Break!!

Family Adventure

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Camping

Summer Family Adventures:Week 2

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Summer Family Adventures

Week 2

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link

Here are our week 2 goals:

Monday: Life-Skill Preparing and Packing for a trip – Our kids will learn why lists are important as they sketch their own and help us pack for the move. Family Trip Packing List

Tuesday: Exploring Science Discover a local beach and learn about the creatures who call that habitat home.

Wednesday: Music Break– Practice on the ukulele and guitars, begin to learn the basics of reading music.

Thursday: Sports Day This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.

Friday: Cooking with Math. Measuring out Trail Mix for our Road Trip.

Family Adventure

Road Trip

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On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week and meet the newest family member a sweet little boy.  The kids are sure excited to have some cousin playtime and we can’t wait to see my brother and sister-in-law!

Family Adventure #1

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Family Adventure #1

Blueberry Farm 

Nestled against the backdrop of rural Florida, Baker is home to numerous fruit farms. Strawberry season has just ended it’s spring fling. Now, juicy blueberries and plump blackberries are making their debut. What’s better then a bowl full of juicy berries, a warm blueberry pie or a decadent berry loaded muffin? So, for our first family adventure, we traveled to an Organic U-Pick Blueberry Farm.  Hosted by a lovely local couple, this hidden gem is worth the short drive.

We drove up to their home and then knocked on their front door to announce we had arrived. They loaned us buckets for berries, gave us quick instructions and we headed off on our adventure.  Thankfully we were there by 9:00am because when the sun starts cooking and the humidity gets heavy in Florida, the kids (and parents) wilt fast.  Our kids held on for a little bit looking for the largest and juiciest berries.  Then as they scampered off to play in the shade, my husband and I continued to fill our pails.

Berries were plentiful, large and sun-kissed. We quickly filled our buckets. After about half an hour, we had picked 6 pounds of berries from only a couple of bushes. We headed back to their house, paid $1.50 (cash only) per pound and received a bonus gift; a page of their favorite recipes.  Keep track of your visits – each trip you receive a new selection of delicious blueberry recipes to try.  What’s more fun thn a trip to the berry farm where you are treated like family?  We will be back! Now for some blueberry pie!

For current information, such as inclement weather at The U-Pick blueberry farm, check out their Facebook Page.

What to Bring:
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Cash or Check
  • Strap or sling for the bucket (frees up both hands for berry picking)
Family Rating for the U-Pick Blueberry Farm
  • My eight year old’s review, “Great trip, we picked some blueberries as blue as the sky!”
  • My six year old’s review, “Fun trip, berries are fun being picked off a bush, except watch out for spiders and wasps”.
  • My three year old’s review, “Good trip, blueberries were delicious”.

Summer Family Adventures

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Summer Family Adventures

June 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer

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Summer Goals:

Each month we will have a different themed adventure map illustrated by my husband. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog  This month, he crated a silly snake that will later be used for a fun game board.

This week's daily challenge

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Daily we ask the kids to:

Week 1 Adventures

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Monday: Science Experiment- make parchment paper. Click this link to see a video of how we created our paper.  It was a quick, easy and fun craft that took no more then 15 minuets.

Tuesday: Writing- from yesterday’s paper making the kids created stories and scrolls.

Wednesday: Art Class– a local artist and friend hosts an class for kids Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  We are headed over to the Chill in the morning , where she’s teaching, to paint.

Thursday: Sports Day This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.  Today is also the oldest birthday!

Friday: Cooking with Math. We will be baking a cake for her birthday party with the kids help.  However if you are looking for a terrific resource projects with easy steps for grades pk-2, check out “On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills“. We will be using this resource throughout the summer.

Family Adventure

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Blueberries and blackberries are ready to be picked.  We hope to fill a couple buckets of fresh fruit.  We may also make a quick stop at the local beach to enjoy the beach, before we move.

 

2nd Top 10 to Try in Kaua'i

2nd Top 10 to Try in Kaua’i

~as recommended by a 5 year old Keiki

Traveling with young kids to Kaua’i?  My three children have chosen their top 10 favorite things to do on the island. Yesterday I posted our 7 year old’s top ten.

Today our TOP 10 is courtesy of our 5 year old girl, L.

  1. Snow Cones & Lilikoi Pie – My little sweetie loves her snow cones and pie.  What makes Hawaii’s snow cones extra special? The layers of course. Decadent flavors of ice cream in a bed of sweetened shaved ice makes for a delicious and refreshing treat.  L’s favorite flavor is mango to match her favorite color orange.   Normally not a pie or cake girl, my girl fell in love with the sweet, tangy flavor of Lilikoi Cheesecake Pie from The RIght Slice

2. Swinging Bridge- tucked away in the artistic town of Hanapepe, is a swinging bridge that terrified  the kids at first then thrilled so much they had to cross again.  L’s little mantra as she walked and balanced across the bridge, “No Fear, L, No Fear, You got This”. What made this town extra special was the connection to the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch.

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3. Chickens roam free on the island of Kaua’i much to the delight of my  young three.  One of L’s most treasured souvenirs is a small chicken adorned with a Lei who is now nicknamed HeiHei from Disney’s Moana.

4. Tree Tunnel– at the start of hwy 520 just off of hwy 50 headed south west from Lihu’e towards Po’ipu is a tunnel of trees that L loved so much she begged for a video.

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5.Hawaiian village of Kamokila– exploring the past through a reconstructed Hawaiian village.  5 year old L.loved feeding the chickens and exploring the town.

6.Allerton Gardens : The various gardens, flowers and magnificent Moreton Bay Fig Trees, featured in  Jurassic Park, along with it’s rich history and gorgeous views is tour that L. enjoyed (especially climbing among the roots of the Bay Fig Trees) .

7.Poipu Beach– with a secluded area for kids to play in calm waters and a larger area for adults to experience snorkeling, this beach is a favorite for my little travelers.

8.Kauai Luau: Dancing along with the beautiful dresses was why L voted this among her top 10.  Plus, we each received a Lai which made the experience even more magical for her.

9. Lava Lava Beach Club a spur of the moment decision made for a wonderful moment as we found this charming restaurant on the beach. We played games, relaxed on cozy couches with a spectacular view of the ocean and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

10. Spouting Horn located next to Allerton Gardens, is the Spouting Horn.  Water spout and sprayed from a hold in the rocks which reminded L of a while’s blowhole.  She was so excited to see the water shoot up.  Go early and they have venders with local crafts set up.

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Her #1 Favorite Activity:

Eating Snowcones

Top 10 to Try in Kaua'i

Top 10 to Try in Kaua’i

~as recommended by a 7 year old Keiki

Traveling with young kids to Kaua’i?  My three children have chosen their top 10 favorite things to do on the island. Our first TOP 10 is created by my 7 year old girl, S.

  1.  Pulka Dogs – Hawaiian Style Hotdogs.  While she went with just ketchup on hers, I personally recommend the pineapple relish with Lilikoi’s Hawaiian mustard. Talk about an explosion of flavor, this small “hot-dog stand” is a royal treat. img_3943
  2. Poipu Beach– with a secluded area for kids to play in calm waters and a larger area for adults to experience snorkeling, this beach is a favorite for travelers.

     

  3. Hawaiian village of Kamokila– exploring the past through a reconstructed Hawaiian village.  7 year old S. was so captivated she decided this was her new home.

  4. Active Play- Learning about the island took a creative spin as the kids acted out becoming an island chief, created a boat and alligator from tree limbs that fell from the storm and practiced her Luau.

 

5. Poi- made from the stem of a taro plan, this traditional Hawaiian purple food, although bland in taste for me, was a favorite for my sweet girl.

6. Majestic Waves- along the coast of Princeville and Hanalei Bay . Stunning views, a picnic lunch by the seashore and giant waves made this venture a memorable day.

7. Lilikoi Cheesecake- For my birthday I choose a lilikoi cheesecake from The RIght Slice.  This adorable little shop with it’s decorated outdoor wall served the most delicious sweet and savory pies.  The lilikoi cheesecake quickly became a favorite dessert.

img_44368. Train Ride-through Kauai Plantation Railway, this little train took the us on an hour tour through their orchard, showing us many fruits that grow and are native to the Hawaiian Islands. We even stopped along the tour to feed the animals.

 

9. Coffee and Noni Farms- The Kaua’i Coffee Plantation was a delcious visit.  A quick self-guided tour and a taste of local coffee, little S. learned the basics of how coffee is created.

We had hoped to take a tour of the Noni Farm, however we ended up catching a bug.  Luckily we stopped by a farmers market where they had a booth.  She enjoyed tasting the  Noni Leather, which has a distinct flavor and smell. Although I had trouble choking it down, S begged for another piece.  She also purchased a small Noni Lotion that works wonders on bug bites and eczema.

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10. Shopping- What little kids doesn’t like to find treasures and goodies to take home as a souvenir. What did she choose?  A laminated placemat that featured a map of the island, a beautiful “Moana” Necklace, a small musical instrument and a few other small trinkets.

To read more travel ideas, check out my previous post on science fun.

 

Her #1 Favorite Activity:

Spending Time with Family