Friday, January 3, 2014

Snow Day Fun

It's New England and you just never know what each season will bring.  For those of you who have an extended winter break the kids might be getting stir crazy,lol.  Here are some fun activities to help you through the weekend.  Bundle up, get your hot chocolate fix and have some fun!

Shaving Cream Snowscape

Playing in shaving cream sensory bin.

Make an Ice Wreath

Making an Ice Wreath |

Snow Storm in a Jar

Make a snow storm in a jar- FUN Winter Science for Kids

Snow Ice Cream


 Snowball Experiments

Snow Paint

Painting the snow is so fun!  Here are two fun ways to make snow paint

Sunday, September 8, 2013

King Richard's Faire Review

King Richard's Faire 2013
I took the family to visit King Richard's Faire in Carver, MAThis was our second visit to the faire.  It was their second weekend of the 2013 season and boy were they hopping. We arrived a little later than I wanted (10:30am gates open) we just missed the fun introduction they do before opening the gate.  That familiar feeling of being transported into the enchantment of this 80 acre site was immediately upon us.  

The Village of Carvershire is bustling with excitement as it celebrates its 32nd Season with new performers, entertainers and artisans!

*New this fall are the fabulous acrobatic and juggling act “Vicious & Delicious”; The hilarious comedy antics and stunts of Wacky Chad (Sept. 21 & 22 Only!)

Be sure to visit their eight stages to see acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, minstrels, dancers, fire eaters, puppeteers and exotic tigers. The girl's favorite performance is the Tiger Stage where they were able to see the rare liger, beautiful white lion and cute tiger cubs. The Royal Zoo offers a wide selection of exotic animals every season.

We brought our two princesses to the Princess Academy show and they both loved it.  There are a variety of rides, games and shops around the Kid Cove that kept us busy.  

Of course you won't want to miss the King’s mounted knights battle on horsebackBe sure to check the day's schedule for the event times.  The joust is a great way to end your visit to King Richard's Faire.

For some family friendly tips be sure to revisit my review from last year
New tips that I am adding this year:
  • No pets allowed
  • Food is purchased with tickets- be sure to find a ticket booth and buy your tickets (tickets cost $1 each and are sold in $5 lots only), then go to the food stand and make your selections.

King Richard's Faire 2013 season runs through October 20th on Saturdays and Sundays as well as Columbus Day from 10:30am-6pm.
  • Adult tickets:  $28.00
  • Children’s tickets (4-11 years of age):  $16.00
  • Children 3 years of age and younger are FREE
If purchased at the gate, CASH ONLY.  ATMs are available.  
Tickets may be purchased in advance here$2.00 Service Fee per ticket for online orders.
235 Main Street
Carver, MA

I received 4 adult tickets in exchange for this review.  
No other compensation was received and as always all opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's Apple Picking Season ~2013~

It's my favorite time of the year! 
It's back to school time, the weather is warm but not hot and of course football.   I love the coolness of the late afternoons, the vibrant colors and the Fall harvest.  I especially love throwing on a sweatshirt, a pair of jeans and my sneakers and going apple picking.

We New Englanders are blessed to have the opportunity to drive a short distance and find the nearest apple picking farm.  There are so many to choose from that over the past few years we have personally tried several.  Each one has it's own unique style, friendly staff and of course delicious tasting apples.  

Depending on how early/late the harvest is each year will determine when apple picking season begins.  It seems this year many will be ready for Labor Day or shortly thereafter.  Be sure to contact the farm directly for up to date information. 

Here are a few family friendly pick your own apple farms/orchards for you to try this year.  Be sure to tell us which is your favorite!

Honey Pot Hill Orchard, 144 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA  (978) 562-5666
Visit with our friendly farm animals & get lost in our Hedge Maze and Tunnel Maze (ages 4-10)

Belkin Family Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant Street South, South Natick, MA  (508) 651-1539
Ride the train to the Children’s Play Area, visit with our farm animals and enjoy many other fun activities.

Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling, MA  978-422-MOOO(6666)
no information at the time of posting but I will update

Schartner Farm, 211 West Berlin Road, Bolton, MA 01740  (978) 779-5588
Hayrides and farm animal petting area included with maze, apple or pumpkin purchase 
open August 31st through October 27th, 2013 10am-5pm

George Hill Orchards582 George Hill Road, Lancaster, MA
Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting and hayrides
It is currently peach season at the farm...check back or their website for updates

Tougas Family Farm, 234 Ball Street, Northborough, MA 01532  (508) 393-6406
Our barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen are family friendly activities all will enjoy.

Boston Hill Farm, 1370 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845   (978) 681-8556
Farm Festival, hayrides, petting zoo, ice cream and bakery
It is currently peach season at the farm...check back or their website for updates 

Keith's Farm, 1149 Main Street, Acushnet, MA 02743
Hayrides will be on weekends only, Saturday and Sunday and Columbus Day - WEATHER PERMITTING 

Rhode Island
Barden Family Orchard, 56 Elmdale Road, North Scituate, RI    401-934-1413
Apple picking Season has started

Jaswell's Farm, 50 Swan Road, Smithfield, RI

Farm Tours available
currently blueberry season

Harmony Farms, 359 Saw Mill Road, Harmony, RI  401-934-0741 

Apple Picking Daily in September-  from 9am - 5pm (closed on Mondays)

Steere Orchard, 150 Austin Ave, Greenville, RI

Pick your own apples through October, FREE hayride on weekends

Pippin Orchard,  751 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI    (401) 943-7096

Pick your own apples has started up, 10-4 everyday -Weather Permitting

Dame Farm and Orchards, 94 Brown Avenue, Johnston, RI    401-949-3657

Currently blueberry season
Pick your own apples and pumpkins, September Weekend Walk-in Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides (Call for Times)

Sweet Berry Farm, 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown, RI       401-847-3912

Apples- September

Always call ahead to be sure!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Boston Harbor Cuises- Lighthouse Cruise Review

I was fortunate enough to take a day cruise for my 6 year anniversary.  Hubby surprised me with tickets to the Boston Harbor Lighthouse Cruise.  I love lighthouses and have wanted to do this for quite some time.  There are two options for the Lighthouse Cruise, either Northern or Southern.  We did the Northern and boy were we in for a treat! 

The Northern Lights tours are narrated by lighthouse expert, Doug Bingham, of the American Lighthouse Foundation.  He has been doing this for 14 years and really knows his stuff.  My husband is the history major and well I just teach Social Studies, but we both LOVED his narration.  Doug truly has a passion for lighthouses and his voice is perfect as a tour guide.  He was so knowledgeable not only of the lighthouses themselves but of the Boston area in general. 

The day started off very cool (for August) and there was a chance of rain.  Fingers crossed we boarded the boat for our 5 hours at sea. This tour is done entirely on the boat.  You do not get off at each lighthouse.  The boat idles a bit for you to take your pictures but otherwise, sit tight, relax and enjoy the views.  Light refreshments and snacks are sold on the boat or you can bring your own.  

Our tour began in Boston leaving out of Long Wharf.  Our first stop was Long Island Head Light.  Through the years, it has been the home to a resort hotel, military fortifications, a state prison hospital and four light houses.  It is located at the entrance to Boston's Inner Harbor.

Next stop, Deer Island Light.  It is located south of Winthrop.  A 33-foot brown fiberglass tower replaced the white one at Deer Island Light.  We then passed Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse station in America.  It is located on Little Brewster Island in outer Boston Harbor.

But we weren't done yet, thanks to Captain Tom, we were able to travel a bit further South to Minot's Ledge.  Located about a mile offshore between Cohasset and Scituate it sits on a reef of sorts. It is part of the Cohasset Rocks.  Due to the weather conditions that we had this morning it was pretty calm and we were able to get up close and personal with this amazing structure.  I told you I was in for a treat!  

We turned around and headed north.  The skies opened up and the day turned out to be beautiful. The tour passed by several sites including Grave Point, Marblehead Light, Fort Pickering Light, Hospital Point Light, Bakers Island Light,Glouster Breakwater Light, and ending with Thacher Island. 

The Northern Lights tour culminates with a view of Thacher Island, site of the only still operating twin lighthouses left in the entire country. If you line yourself up just right, the lighthouses turn into one.  As you can see I was just shy of that but it is definitely something to try for yourself.

I cannot wait to do the Southern Lighthouse Tour!  Maybe next year, lol.

The remaining schedule for this year's Lighthouse Cruises:
August 17- Southern - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
August 31- Northern - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
September 28- Fall Foliage and Northern Lighthouse Cruise - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Be sure to visit Boston Harbor Cruises to see the many other cruises they have available.

I was not compensated for this review.  
All opinions are my own, just wanted to share how great this cruise was!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Local Easer Egg Hunts and Fun in Massachusetts

Bass Pro Shop
Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 

Mar 23, 2013 - Mar 31, 2013

Receive a FREE 4x6 photo with The Easter Bunny:

Sat & Sun March 23 -24 & 30-31 from 12-5pm
Weekdays March 25-29 from 6pm - 8pm

Easter Egg Hunt:
March 23-24 & 30-31, 1pm - 2pm
Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt at Bass Pro Shops! The hunt is for children ages 2-10

Enjoy FREE crafts for the kids! while supplies last.

March 23-24, 1pm - 4pm
March 29, 6-8pm
March 30-31, 1pm - 4pm

Boomer's Playland & Laser Tag
160 N. Main Street, 
Carver, MA 02330

Easter Egg Hunt
March 30th, 2013
Doors open at 10:00 am, hunt promptly at 10:30am
$15.00 includes playland pass for the same day.  
Reservations Required.  Reservation are for the Children 10 and Under

425 Hawthorne St.
New Bedford, MA.
Milk & Cookies with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 23 at 11:00am, 1:00pm, & 3:00pm
Saturday,  March 30 at 11:00am, 1:00pm, & 3:00pm
Cost: Zoo members: $10/person; Non-Members: $15/person; Children under 1 are free 

Nantasket Beach
205 Nantasket Ave 
Hull, MA. 

OPENING WEEKEND!  Sat. March 30, 2013  noon- 3pm
Photos with the Easter Bunny 
 [$10 donation for one photo/ 2 for $15]
Sun. March 31, 2013 Annual Easter Egg Dash-12:30 sharp!
[This is a free event] More than 1,000 filled eggs will be scattered on the lawn surrounding the carousel. The Egg Dash starts at 12:30 sharp!

Plymouth, MA

Lunch with the Easter Bunny
March 16, 23, & 30 - Inside Red Robin- 11am-2pm
March 17 & 24- Inside T.G.I.Friday's- 11am-2pm
March 31- Brunch inside Alden Park Bar & Grill - 10am-3pm

Bring your own camera!

37 Eddy St
Norton, MA

Egg Hunt
March 23, 24, 30 and 31st
Noon to 3pm

Hornblower Gardens
137 Warren Ave
Plymouth, MA
Saturday, March 30th at 10 a.m. 
Meet the Easter Bunny and find some hidden eggs! 
Free for Members!