DisneyLand Food Bucket List
Are you a first timer or a returning visitor to Disneyland and hoping to do all the things you want like a bucket list? There are so many things to do at Disneyland it’s no wonder people come back more than once or get passes for several days in a row! If you are planning a trip to Disneyland and you are wanting to know what foods at the park are must-tries, here is a Disneyland food bucket list to make sure you get all the best treats in while you are there.
Disneyland Food Bucket List
Dole Whip– This one is one of the most famous treats on Pinterest from Disneyland. It is soft-serve ice cream with tartness and is sold at The Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich– This is a cookie topped with peanut butter and covered in chocolate. Think of it as a better than Reese’s peanut butter cup. It is sold at Pooh’s Corner at Critter Land.
Mint Julep– This is a classic drink that is also available as a free sample! It is lemony-lime with a hint of mint. So refreshing! It can be found at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
Mickey Beignets– These are a crispy donuts shaped like Mickey (ears and all!) and covered in powdered sugar. These are also sold at The Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Baked Potato– This is a potato with a meal stuffed in it that you won’t want to miss. It is a sweet BBQ sauce, chicken, coleslaw and sour cream. It is served at Harbour Galley in Critter Country.
Elote– This is chili lime corn on the cob that is a must try! It is sold at The Boardwalk and is a perfect food for on the go.
Lobster Nachos– This may sound very strange, but it is actually incredible. It is lobster, black beans, pico de gallo, and cheeses on top of tortilla chips. Lobster Nachos are served at The Cove in Paradise Pier.
Fried Biscuits– These are a cheese lover’s dream. They are filled with cheese and a kick of jalapeno and are served at the Carthay Circle Restaurant.
Turkey Legs– These are huge and the perfect thing to get if you are feeding small children as they are definitely big enough to share. You can find them at a cart that tends to move around, but is often located near The Golden Horseshoe Saloon.
Fire Cracker Duck Wings– If you like sriracha, you are in for a treat with these. They have The famous sauce as well as a slight sweetness from lime. These can be found at The Carthay Circle Restaurant as well.
When you visit the nations capital you will find dozens of great free things to do in Washington D.C., but you’ll also find amazing beauty, architecture and history at every turn. This city offers tons of great free attractions alongside amazing restaurants, museums and kid friendly events for your entire family to enjoy.
Visit The National Mall: This monument in the nations capital is one of the most infamous images having been seen in movies, television shows and pictures world wide. It’s a great place to walk, take photographs and see first hand where history has been made with rallies and events during our nations history.you
Visit The White House: Anyone can walk outside the gates to photograph the White House or get their picture taken in front of the building on the sidewalk. However, you can also take free tours of the White House if desired. If wanting to tour the White House you’ll need to plan in advance and reserve tickets since it is in high demand. You may need to book several years in advance.
Visit the Chinatown Friendship Arch: Located on 7th and H Streets NW this is a fun attraction that is quick and easy to visit, but well worth your time. A great photo opportunity and landmark in itself, the arch is visited by millions of people each year.
Visit the Lincoln Memorial: One of the largest pieces of statuary known, this epic memorial to President Abraham Lincoln is visited by millions of visitors each year. Take your picture next to one of the most beloved presidents the United States have ever known.
Visit the National Monument: This large monument stands proudly in the center of the city that is known by all. A simple walk from the Lincoln Memorial and you are at the National Monument for great photo opportunities as well as a history of the United States.
Visit the National Archives: See the Declaration of Independence up close in the National Archives. Other well known historical documents are located there and lead to great conversations with your children about our nations history, as well as how legislation is passed for many bills and amendments that are shown in the archives.
Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: This is truly a historic monument that will leave you humbled at the sacrifice of so many young men and women who went to war. Vietnam Veterans often are found here sharing information, looking for names of friends or family members It is a great teaching tool for your kids to learn about war, military involvement in other countries and the ultimate sacrifice those individuals made not just for our freedom, but to better another country.
Visit The National Museum Of American History: Famous for housing the original American flag as well as memorials from wars, advances in technology and even a few movies and celebrities that have impacted our country, this is a favorite free thing to do in Washington D.C. when you visit. Learn about the most beloved pieces of our history while finding out unique facts about cinema, arts and the founding fathers.
How to Keep Kids Busy This Summer
Summer break can be a great time to go crazy spend time bonding with your lovely children, but after a week or so, I bet you’re going to start running out of ideas like I did! It’s a good idea to scour Pinterest for summer fun after you try some of the ones on my list. I would love it if you’d leave some of your own summer fun ideas in the comments below. I could always use a few more to add to my list… kids get bored so easily.
Keeping kids busy all summer starts with a nicely laid plan. Now of course that plan probably won’t work out exactly how you imagine it, but it’s good to have at least an outline of some of the things you want to get accomplished this summer! Start by creating a summer bucket list, and let the kids help add things to it. Here are some of the things we’re putting on ours:
Nature walks are so much fun, and a great way to learn while enjoying the outdoors. Take a nature walk as a family, or even invite a few friends! While on your nature walk, collect rocks to decorate when you get home. After you get back home, make a sweet bird feeder for the little birdies around your house.
Geocaching. Have you heard of it? If not, you’re missing out. Geocaching is part treasure hunt, part learning adventure.
Fairy gardens are a magical way to enjoy summer for boys and girls alike. Choose a container, accessorize, and choose a safe location. Try creating a zen garden if you have older children or are looking for a more grown-up version of a fairy garden.
Bubbles. Let me be more specific: giant bubbles. ‘Nuff said.
Younger kids will truly enjoy having soap boat races, while older kids will
Sidewalk fun. I love drawing with sidewalk chalk right alongside the kiddos, but I think my absolute new favorite thing is frozen sidewalk chalksicles. Okay, so I totally made that term up, but check out the frozen popsicle chalk tutorial and get back to me. Isn’t it the coolest thing ever?
Create a race car track out of a pool noodle, which you can easily grab for a buck at the dollar store (the cars, too).
Have a water balloon fight. Buy water balloons from the dollar store, or you could use sponges and create sponge water bombs, too. These are fun and won’t leave any mess behind like balloons do.
Create a Kid’s Car Wash. Sprinklers are fun, but sprinklers turned into a car wash? Ohhhh yeah! You’ll need PVC pipes and a few other supplies. This kid’s car wash seems pretty simple to put together, and will provide an entire summer of outdoor fun for kiddos of all ages.
Another neat project using PVC pipe is this Summer Reading Teepee. If you’re handy, it’ll take less than an hour to put together and the kids can enjoy it all summer long.
Depending on where you live, summer days can get too hot to handle. Stay cool inside without getting bored:
Try this list of 62 craft ideas from Care.com to keep you busy for a long while!
Field Trip Fun
Oh, the places we’ll go! Field trips are so much fun, especially during the summer time. Some of our favorite places include: the library, parks, lakes, the zoo, local farms, farmer’s markets, and food truck events. If you’re a home-schooler, you can turn any of these field trips into an educational experience very easily!
Volunteer. There are so many ways you can volunteer with kids. Start with local nursing homes and food pantries. Check with your church to see if there are any volunteer opportunities for your family.
The best way to enjoy your summer with your kids is to unplug. Turn your cell phone off – or at least put it on silent – and be present. You’ll make it a memorable summer just by hanging out with them, even if all of your plans fall through. Trust me on this one… they want time with Mom more than they want anything else!
Leave your summer boredom busters in the comments!
Learning how to tell time is a challenge for a lot of littles, so using a fun and creative way to help them makes for an easier time of it. Check out a bunch of these fun and cute ideas that we found on the blog-o-sphere.
Time Telling Activities for Kids:
- Sidewalk Chalk Clock (Who Would’ve Thought It?): http://whowouldvethoughtit.blogspot.com/2009/05/telling-time.html
- Telling Time Play Dough Mats (This Reading Mama): http://thisreadingmama.com/free-clock-playdough-mats/
- Telling Time Paper Plate (Frugal Fun for Boys): http://frugalfun4boys.com/2012/10/03/paper-plate-clock-activity-for-learning-to-tell-time/
- Hickory Dickory Dock Craft (Still Playing School): http://www.stillplayingschool.com/2014/09/hickory-dickory-dock-clock-craft-time.html
- Telling Time Clock Station (Creekside Learning): http://creeksidelearning.com/learning-how-to-tell-time-2/
- Learning to Tell Time with the Very Grouchy Lady Bug (Mom to 2 Lil Posh Divas): http://www.momto2poshlildivas.com/2011/06/learning-to-tell-time-with-very-grouchy.html
- Time Telling Sensory Bin (Life Over C’s): http://lifeovercs.com/time-sensory-bin-free-printable-telling-time/
- Hickory Dickory Dock Tuff Spot (Adventures of Adam): http://adventuresofadam.co.uk/hickory-dickory-dock-tuff-spot/
- Great START Piep Piep Piep or Making Watches with Toddlers (Red Ted Art): http://www.redtedart.com/2010/07/07/great-start-piep-piep-piep-or-making-watches-with-toddlers/
- Time Telling Hoola Hoop (Creekside Learning): http://creeksidelearning.com/telling-time-activities/
Teaching children how to fish
Teaching a child to fish opens up decades for enjoying fine food, accomplishment, good fellowship, patience, and an excuse to grow a four day beard. How then should one go about it?
1) START FROM A BOAT: Trolling from a boat is the safest, most controllable environment. Starting on a river is an invitation to a nasty accident. Similarly, fishing off the side of a dock or pier is just asking for an excited child to get very wet, very quickly. So find a quiet lake or river and troll.
2) USE A LURE: The debate will last forever as to whether lures or live bait are a better way of attracting fish. Depending on the child’s delicacy of stomach, it may be a turn-off to immediately start threading worms, leeches, or minnows on a hook.
3) SUNFISH: If there is a local body of water inhabited by sunfish, go there. Sunfish find absolutely anything in the water appealing, and so the child will know the thrill of landing something without having to wait for hours.
4) LET THE CHILD LEAD: When the child is ready to try and cast, bait a hook, or reel in a fish, he or she will let the experienced person in the boat know. Try and avoid pressure. Just handing the child an already cast rod with the instructions to shout out when there is a pull on the line is quite enough.
5) WEAR A LIFE JACKET: Also wear a hat and apply sunscreen. Water reflects the sun and one can end up with a nasty burn even on cool, cloud-covered days.
6) CATCH AND RELEASE: If a caught fish is not really a keeper, gently remove the hook and let it go free. It is never too early to teach respect for nature.
After all that, enjoy a good shore lunch and tell a few stories. Children will never forget the day they learned to fish and will soon be casting in the back yard with a fly rod and small weight (a nut or washer from the bottom of the toolbox) in preparation for the next fishing trip.
5 Fun Ideas for a Day at the Beach
For mom or dad spending a day at the beach might mean a day to relax and enjoy the sun and sand. But eventually kids are going to grow tired of building sand castles and not want to swim. Having a few ideas on hand to stave off boredom is always a good idea! If you have a summer beach picnic or get together these are also fun ideas to organize so kids can have fun while parent socialize. You may be able to enlist older children to supervise the games or have parents take turns being in charge.
Seashell Hunting and Rock Collecting
If you’re visiting a seaside beach, just walking along the beach where the tide comes in can you’ll find lots of shells. If your child is like most children you will have to help them sort through and choose the best shells to take home. You could make a scavenger hunt out of shell or rock discovery. Make a list of different types, colors, or sizes of shells and rocks to discover.
The beach is wonderful place to go rock collecting. You will find many types of rocks on the beach – agates, jaspers, quartz, and jadeite among many others. You could even find fossils or shark teeth among the rocks.
The tides rolling in and out bring in lots of gifts from the sea that are deposited on the beach every day, such as sea glass, tropical seeds or fossils. Equip children with baskets or bags to find items that they can take home. Once at home you can make a keepsake by attaching the items to a canvas or adding them to a treasure box.
Sand Castle Building Contest
Bring buckets, molds and shovels to create amazing sand castles. Pair up children or let older children work independently to build their creations. You could have parents award prizes for the most creative, most lifelike, etc. If competition isn’t your thing, have the children work together to build a community of castles with trenches, moats and towers. Additional items like fabric flags, seashells to adorn the walls, and rocks to line the moats all make good use of the beach combing items children found.
Art on the Beach
What kind of creations can children make using only items they find on the beach? Make a game of it! Let children search for objects and then let them create. To make it just a little bit more difficult for older children, set a time limit for searching, and a time limit for creating.
This game requires more than one player but there are several variations. You’ll need a large cup or bucket and a smaller cup or bucket. Set the large bucket up some distance from the water (adjust based on age of the children), and then see who can fill the big bucket the fastest by running back and forth with the smaller cup.
Are you looking for a unique outing? Why not consider exploring a cave? Families, individuals, couples, and large groups can all partake in this day trip. There are thousands of caves all over the country – many of which offer tours and exploring opportunities. Here are some things to consider as you plan a cave exploration outing
What’s in a Cave?
What’s so great about visiting a cave? Some of the interesting features include;
This might be the most obvious answer. There are many geographic phenomena found in caves. T will vary depending on the location of the cave you are visiting but some things to watch for are stalactites, stalagmites, and other unusual rock formations. Because of their underground location minerals and water combine to form some of the most stunning geologic phenomena on earth.
Early man dwelt in caves, and in some places people still live in cave homes – albeit slightly more advanced than our prehistoric ancestors. In some caves you can see evidence of early man etched into the walls. But even if you don’t have actual artifacts or cave art present, you can still imagine what it was like for your earliest ancestors. Some caves were also once mineshafts in decades past. Spend some time learning about the cave(s) you’ll be visiting as it can help bring these historical facts alive.
3. Water features
Some caves have entire lakes in them while others have streams or waterfalls. For those who love water, exploring a cave can show you a whole new way of experiencing water.
4. Unique eco-systems
Life forms that live in caves have adapted fascinating ways of carrying on life. For example, did you know that some of the fish that live in the darkness of a cave’s pools actually lack eyes? Learning and discovering how the wildlife in caves adapt and evolve to survive makes the caving experience that much more interesting.
Who Can Go Caving?
There are multiple tour possibilities for just about anyone. But it’s important to choose the cave exploration style that fits you or your family.
If you want to take kids along, a guided tour is a good idea. You also can use a map and take a walking tour through areas of the cave that are open and clearly marked. Make sure that everyone stays together – wear light clothing so it’s easier to see everyone. You may want to carry a flashlight just in case children get scared or are uncomfortable. Some caves offer motorized tours and this may be an option if you’ve got very small children who have trouble walking or tire easily.
If only adults are going, you can do a guided tour, walking tour, or something a little riskier – spelunking. Always putting safety and preparation first, you might want to explore lesser-known caves on your own. Make sure that at least one person in the group is an experienced spelunker. You also should take precautions to let someone on the surface know where you are going and when to alert authorities if they do not hear from you. Pack the right gear to stay safe and to have in case of an emergency.
Many caves offer package deals for various levels. Your whole family can participate in a new adventure this way. Look for caves that offer packages aimed at families and you may be able to take some of the more adventurous paths with the help of a guide. This is the safest way to have a unique experience with less risk.