Sunday, September 18, 2011

Seely Park

Summer is hanging on by a thread in Sacramento this year, and judging by the amount of smiles at Seely Park today, the kids don't mind.

Our trip to Seely was twofold. First and foremost, we were invited to a birthday party. Secondly, I have wanted to check out what Seely Park has to offer for some time now.

And offer, it does! Seely Park has a feature that sprays water - definitely a plus in Sacramento's "dry heat"! My oldest isn't usually a fan of the spraying, but today he crossed over into the craziness. Drenched from head to toe, I couldn't drag him away from the thing, even to see the story telling, balloon animal making, face painting pirate lady who was the entertainment for the birthday party.

The park also offers two playgrounds, two sandboxes, bathrooms, picnic tables, and a nice ride along path for those learning to let go of the training wheels.

But if you're hot on a summer day, this is the place to be. Next time, I might just have to run through the fountains of water too. All in the name of research, right?

Seely Park is located on Pope Ave. just off of Morse.

Friday, September 2, 2011

O' Donnell Park

O' Donnell Park is Carmichael's newest park addition. And it sure was welcomed with open arms by my four-year-old! With two playgrounds, a mister, basketball court and tons of grass to run in, this park is definitely on his top ten list.

The favorite? The "roller slide", as he calls it. Imagine a people mover with wheels on the floor to slip and slide around, surrounded by railings to (hopefully!) prevent any wipeouts. Super funny to watch, and super challenging for those above ten (yes, I admit, I did try it out...it was just too tempting!)

I love that there are shade tarps covering the play areas, HUGE trees to rest beneath, and a wonderful walking trail for "adventures".

I learned of this park by accident. I starting seeing these "O'Donnell Park donor" signs posted on lawns and looked it up. Turns out, this park has been in the works for over THIRTY years, according to some of the residents.

Take a look: Adopt a Park Program

I'm so thankful that my children are able to benefit from this decades old park building plan...

Monday, August 8, 2011

FREE Bowling!

My four year old loves bowling. I mean, he LOVES bowling. His dad took him when he was about two years old to the (now dilapidated and closed) Crestview Lanes on Manzanita and he was hooked.

We now have about a dozen (NOT an exaggeration!) different bowling sets at home. Large sets, small sets, even smaller sets. Plastic sets, foam sets, you name it, we have it.

And it doesn't stop there. He bowls with water bottles. He bowls with blocks. He bowls with shampoo bottles. Yep, he's pretty extreme.

He recently answered his uncle's, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" question with, "Professional Bowler!" Wow. A professional bowler. All I could think of was B-O-R-I-N-G. But he'll have at least one fan - my dad. I swear he is the only person on the planet that watches bowling on TV.

So, needless to say, when I saw the advertisement for free bowling in a recent parenting magazine, I was all in. Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights as well as some of the AMF locations throughout the Sacramento area are participating. Sign up your kiddo and he/she can bowl for free! You just have to pay for shoe rental. Such a deal!

www.kidsbowlfree.com
freebowling.amf.com

The kids went with my husband today and my oldest was totally in his element. And I guess they didn't have shoes in his size and let him bowl in his street shoes, so it was totally free. Hubby did make a contribution to the bar, of course. Bowling and beer go hand in hand, right?

Smiles galore today. Exactly what you want to see from your four year old when you ask, "How was your day?"

:-)





Thursday, August 4, 2011

Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town is THE place to be if you have a preschooler. Themed around fairy tales (hence the name), children's stories and nursery rhymes, it's inexpensive ($4.00 a ticket!), convenient (located next to Funderland and across from the Sacramento Zoo) and a load of fun!

There's a castle, pirate ship, garden, slides, and bunches of things to climb on and around. Animals such as goats, pigs, rabbits and chickens live at Fairytale Town. It is truly an adventureland for the 3-5 year old crowd.

My son's favorites?

1. The Crooked Mile - a path that winds around through the "woods". He serves me pretend coffee at the little house at the end.

2. The Slides - Now that he is almost 5, these entertain him for a long time. Up until now, we've always needed two people to make it work- one at the top and one at the bottom. Now, Mr. Independent does them alone. The slides are high, metal and super fast, but lots of fun. His favorite is "Owl's House" - a slide built into a tree - and it's so fast it knocked this mom on her behind!

3. Cinderella's Coach - He rides a horse while I sit inside the pumpkin coach. Not a bad deal, I must say.

Now that I have two boys, I will spend many more years visiting this magical place. A great half-day excursion, it almost guarantees an afternoon nap or quiet resting time.

Oh, and one last thing! The Wishing Well - these money eaters have become standard at all non-profit amusement parks. And my son LOVES them. Drop a coin in the slot and watch it roll around and around until it drops into the hole in the center. It's become tradition to do this at the end of our trip to Fairytale Town. And we always leave with smiles...

You'll find the link here: www.sac4kids.com/ThemeParks.html

A new day, a new format...

Two kids, a website, a blog...oh my!

Oh...and a job. And a husband. And a house to clean. The list is endless!

We never really stopped doing the fun things that we do around Sacramento. I...just...didn't...write about it. Too tired, too crazy, too busy.

I do love to write, but the first year of the second's son's life nearly did me in. But we are sleeping through the night now, some of us are going to preschool now, and grandma has moved closer to town - a babysitter! Yippee!

I've decided to give Blogger a go, with the intent to write blogs more often in this user friendly environment. (Insert smiley face here)

So, here goes. Wish me luck!

Now if I could just figure out how to import the posts from the other blog....hmmmm...