Typically when we are on road trips, daycations, staycations and museum hops, I pack my kids a backpack with a bottle of water and their lunch. Lunch at a museum can really break the budget (not so fun for me). But in this case, I made an exception because the price was reasonable, and it doubled for entertainment with my kids. My younger boy really likes Kung Fu Panda, and on the DVD, there is this great segment called Mr. Ping’s Noodle House where Alton Brown (Geeky Science Cooking Show guy, who we love of course) shows the audience how real Chinese noodles are made.
Ok, although this was the most expensive ticket I have ever purchased ($5 each) for the shortest roller coaster ride in history, my boys were totally jazzed that they got to go on a real-life-roller-coaster!
here we go!!!
We made it!
A pic from the main attraction, Old Orchard Beach.
Every year when we go to Maine, my family plays Bocce. It’s kind of like bowling, but with small colored balls and a court instead of a lane. Ok, it’s not much like bowling at all, but it’s loads of fun and almost any age can play! It’s a great family tradition that you should try!
Here’s some pix from our bocce battles!
As you can see, Bocce is a great backyard game to add to a family reunion or birthday party!
This summer, we are going to be traveling quite a bit. Something that my family started a couple of years ago was Waymarking. This is fun and can get the kids involved in learning things about geography, longitude and latitude and picture taking. It’s also a neat way to log where you’ve been and contribute to the webosphere. It just takes a few minutes to make your very own waymarks, or to check in with one someone else has set up.
After hiking up and down the trail around Cow Cave and Beede Falls in New Hampshire, the boys wanted to have a “real swim,” so we made our way over to Squam Lake. In case you hadn’t heard, this is where they filmed On Golden Pond (one of my personal favs).
The area around Sandwich, NH is absolutely gorgeous. There is so much to do, especially if you’re an outdoorsy-type. Lots of hiking trails and lakes to boat, swim and jet-ski, fish and the like. The boys and I took a drive over to Beede Falls and Cow Cave on Sunday, which is a perfect little hike to the falls and a very rewarding view! You can continue along the trail for a longer hike, and just enjoy all the sights and sounds.
The boys in front of Cow Cave.
We continued to hike along the trail, stopped for a short picnic lunch, and went up to see more of the amazing views that seemed to get more beautiful with each step.
The falls at the bottom (Cow Cave)
A real “shower.”
Some beaver had been very busy trying to dam this up!