How do you spend La Merienda?

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When my girls get home from school the first thing we do is homework. I like to keep the momentum going and get it out of the way at the same time. The only thing about doing homework right away is the kids definitely need a pick-me-up. This is

la merienda

, that special snack time in the afternoon when you spend time together. Kindergarten and First grade homework doesn't take too long, so I like to sneak in a Spanish lesson when I can. How do I get my girls to do a little extra work? Well, fun size M&M's® Peanut for them and SNICKERS® for me sure do help.

While doing our back to school shopping at Walmart this bright yellow display caught my eye. What a great idea, I had to pick up a couple bags. Perfect for la merienda and a great teacher gift too.

I don't speak Spanish often enough, I understand a lot more Spanish than I speak and although my girls do pick up on some of it, they want to learn more. Spanish lessons are a great way for all of us to spend time together. For me, it helps me speak it more and it makes me feel good to teach them. This way they can feel more comfortable speaking to my abuela, their

bisabuela

or great grandmother. A lot of their friends at school speak Spanish and I get asked all the time "

How do you say ... in Spanish?."

 So Spanish lessons during la merienda is perfect. 

I used our fun size bags of M&M'®s as part of our Spanish lesson to help them learn their colors in Spanish. You can do this too! Go ahead and right click on the image below, save and print. If you notice, the colors below are the same colors you find in a

MARS Chocolate M&M'®s

Fun Size Variety bag, so have them practice saying and writing their colors in Spanish and reward them with the coordinating M&M'®s. 

After reviewing their colors and eating their M&M'®s, I had them practice writing some other Spanish vocabulary too. 

How do you all spend la merienda? If you are at Walmart picking up back to school supplies, pick up a bag of MARS Chocolates variety bags and make la merienda a little bit sweeter for everyone. Oh and don't forget to save and print my printable Spanish color worksheet above. 

Universal Studios Hollywood 50th Anniversary- Nighttime Studio Tour!

You already know that Universal Studios Hollywood is one of my favorite places to take my family to in Southern California. There is so much to do and see and although the rides are intense, they aren't roller coasters, which means my little ones get to enjoy the attractions without being scared of getting on big rides. Read more about Sprinfield- Home of the SimpsonsThe Minion Ride and Fast & Furious- Supercharged.

Flashback to 20 years ago, I kicked major butt at school fundraisers and the big prize was a fieldtrip to Universal Studios. Back in the 90's my favorite ride was E.T. and I remember being so scared on the Studio Tour. King Kong, Earthquake, and JAWS were really scary when I was a kid. So, naturally, I couldn't wait to share that experience with my kids.

As an adult, the studio tour now celebrating it's 50th anniversary, was a lot cooler than I remember. It's really fun to see all of the behind the scenes info and movie sets. And I felt nostalgic when seeing the Bates Motel and JAWS. I could not wait to see my kids faces when JAWS comes up out of the water. see my Instagram video here, classic.

New at Universal Studios this year is the Nighttime Studio Tour. The English only tour transitions from the daytime tour at 6:30 PM and runs nightly through August 17, then weekend evenings through September 13. Visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more information.

Here is a short video that I took from the award-winning King Kong 360 3-D created by Peter Jackson – the world’s largest 3-D experience. If you listen closely, you can hear my daughter scream and then my evil laugh. The nighttime tour offers a different experience than the daytime tour as you get to watch Marilyn Monroe as she films her iconic scene on our Metropolitan set. Escape Frankenstein’s Monster as he roams the haunting streets of Little Europe and witness the horror of the Bates Motel in a frightening encounter with Norman Bates and his notorious mother.

So tell me when was the last time you visited Universal Studios Hollywood? Before last year, I hadn't visited in 20 years! 

Every Day is Earth Day (DIY Shirt & Activity) #EarthDay2015

We celebrate our Earth quite a bit at our home. My girls are ALWAYS playing outside and usually in the dirt, they are outdoor lovers and professional nature appreciators. I really love that we have a day set aside for the kids to take a moment to really think about our Earth and what we can do to make it better. I'm always looking for something fun for the kids to do or just something to make the ordinary day special. 

This year I wanted to make them special shirts to wear to school, but first I had to come up with a quick design that you can find here. I printed it out, slid it into the shirt (along with a piece of cardboard to prevent marker bleeds) and traced with a marker. Once I started puffy painting the shirts, I realized I could be saving a lot of time if I were to just use fabric markers, but I had the paints on hand already so I took the harder route.

I really love how these came out and was so relieved when my daughters came home from school and said, "Oh Mama! I love it! Thank you!" It's not often that my 6 year old gives me praise, so I almost teared up when she hugged and thanked me for her new cool shirt. Yes! Total Mom Win! 

Feel free to click the link and download and print for yourself, how cute would this look on a tote bag too? 

This one was fun! I told my girls to go outside and gather flowers, sticks, rocks, grass and anything else you can find. An hour later, I started with my Earth Day creation and I looked over and saw my girls made their own. 

So tell me what fun activities do you do on Earth Day? 

Exploring the Big Wide World Around Us! #PeepEnEspanol

Exploring the Big Wide World Around Us! #PeepEnEspanol

One of my favorite parts of being a Mom to two little girls, is also being their first teacher. I have taken my role very seriously from the start. I would count and say the alphabet in English, Spanish, French and ASL to my girls when they were newborns and was the mom doing flashcards with my 9 month old. I don't know how much of that actually helped them get to where they are now, but I do know that I enjoy teaching them new things. #PeepEnEspanol

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{DIY}5 Minute-Under $5 Fall Decoration

I just wanted to share a quick 5 minute DIY Dollar Store 5 Minute Fall Decoration. I love quick and easy projects. Especially since every now and then, I get in over my head and spend hours and days and numerous trips to multiple stores on a project.
This one is Dollar Store everything. I always have so much paper on hand, so I picked up this cute little owl from the Dollar Store and these handy Elmer's glue pens. So, I started by making a paper fan out of orange paper. Accordion fold large pieces of paper and glue them together to a pretty orange fan. 
Next, I cut some pieces of paper just large enough to cover the cut outs on the owl. 
And here is my Fall door decoration. Simple, under a few dollars, and easy enough for the kiddos to help with. 
Oh and if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of the other projects I've come up with on the fly for Fall. 

We always decorate our refrigerator. Every year I try and come up with something different, this year we have we welcomed Bonehead to the house. He's fun! Bonehead came to life by free handing some bones on white and black paper and that was it, voila! 

A photo posted by Cynthia Duarte (@kindasillymommy) on
 Our large spider on a web is usually just made out of paper, this year, we made him 3D with black garbage bags. We filled it with scrunched up paper and made his web out of black ribbon. The rest of the house is all at the hands of my dad. He loves to decorate, even though he wont admit it. And it's obviously where I get that from. 

What's your favorite Halloween decoration? 

Creating Our Own Fun with the Best Toys #TargetToys

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone, I seriously love #TargetToys.

Target is my happy place. There, I've said it. You can find me at my Target 2-3 times a week, with a smile on my face. And just like most other moms, I try my hardest to avoid the toy section just to avoid the inevitable fight and mom guilt. Thankfully, Target has the best toys to help your kids use their imagination and create their own toys, both in store and online. You can visit the Target Toy Emporium (available online) for some great brands that are designed to specifically help children explore, discover, be active, imagine, create and build. These are the most fun parts of childhood. 

Check out what we bought at Target, created and played with at home. 
We bought these fun Racing Wind Cars from Kiwi Crate to build and race at home and had a blast doing it. You know what I love about these type of toys? I love how proud my girls look when they've completed something on their own (with a little help from their mama of course). 
This kit from Kiwi Crate was perfect because it included enough supplies to make two. When you have two little ones, very close in age, this is very important. The age range on this activity is between 4-8 years old, but I had fun racing them too.
My oldest daughter was very excited to get started on this activity. I seriously have created a monster, a crafting monster. All this little one wants to do is make things, just like her mama. She doesn't just see a blank piece of paper, she sees a future paper airplane. 
You can check out the video tutorial I created for a step by step on how we created our fun wind cars, but for now, here are just a few peeks at all the fun we had. My littlest was STOKED when she realized decorating with stickers was the first step.  
I love to see the smile on their faces when they feel a sense of accomplishment. She was so proud seeing her car come together before her eyes and with her own hands. Creativity is something that should always be nurtured, especially in a day and age when art is put on the back burner. The crafts and toys found in Target's Toy Emporium (available online) do just that. 
 
As basic as the materials are in this kit, it makes for a fun and interesting afternoon not spent in front of the TV. This would make a great indoor or rainy day activity to have on hand or stock up on. Don't forget to take advantage of all the savings that Target has to offer with the Red Card and the Cartwheel app.

Make sure to check out our tutorial on Instagram below. 
So fun right? Just another reason to love Target and their online Toy Emporium

It's almost time to meet The Boxtrolls! (Printable Activity Sheets)

Oh man! We are so excited about The Boxtrolls! The movie comes out on September 26 and it seems like we've been waiting FOREVER! So what are we gonna do until then? Print out these super fun Printable Activity Sheets! Get to know the Boxtrolls, play games, and do mazes. 


What is The Boxtrolls about?
A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Check out the trailer below:

Summer Fun at Buccaneer Cove, Castle Park! ($7 off inside)

Summer is here and kids are out of school, now what? Well, if you need a fun place to take them let me tell you about Buccaneer Cove at Castle Park in Riverside, CA. This was our first time here, since my girls are finally tall enough for the really fun stuff. And we had so much fun!
Located off of the 91 freeway in Riverside, we've passed Castle Park so many times before. My oldest daughter is a thrill seeker already at 5 years old, she loves this stuff! The happiest I ever see her, is when she is going down a slide or riding a ride. Castle Park is the perfect place to take the kids and during the Summer, they can cool off at Buccaneer Cove. 
This is the welcome map located at the entrance of the park. She loves maps!
We were some of the first guests to arrive on this hot day in Riverside and were so excited to jump right in. I loved the bright colors all around, it's more exciting that way! 
A piece of advice, you can't really play here and not get wet, or only get wet a little. When you climb the stairs to get to the slides, you are being splashed by water the entire time. I didn't think I was going to be getting wet, but my girls needed a little initial nudge, so of course, I was immediately soaked. 
I only had to walk through it once, then my daughters were good to go on their own. One of my favorite parts, as a parent, is that there are so many attendants around the slides, you can feel safe letting your kids play and walk from slide to slide. 
These are some of the bungalows they have available to rent, there are more located on the other side of the slides. I personally think that these are a great idea, since there isn't much shade anywhere else in the area. There are rows of chairs available to sit and sunbathe, but not many in the shade. Also, there are small changing tents available at the entrance to do quick bathing suit changes.  
If slides are a little daunting for your little ones, there are a lot of areas surrounding the slides, like this where the kids can play and get wet. 
My littlest one wasn't in the best mood that day and after playing in the water for just a few minutes, she wanted to sit and watch. Sometimes you have days where you don't know what kind of mood the kids are going to be in. She usually loves water and the slides, but on this day, she decided to not be in the mood. Luckily, the snacks I had in my bag kept her occupied until my other daughter was ready. 
"Mom! Look! A pirate! Take our picture!"

Although my girls were most excited about Buccaneer Cove, I was excited to show them Mini-Golf for the very first time. This is one of the best Mini-Golf places around, the courses are fun and the view is amazing! 
How beautiful is this? There is so much to do and see here! We had a blast doing Mini-Golf for the first time and when we were done with that, we headed straight into the arcade to win some tickets. After the arcades we had some lunch and then went on only a few rides, since of course, my littles were pretty tired by then. But what I loved was that the park seemed to accommodate kids of all ages. There are a good amount of rides and games for both the older kids and the little ones. We had such a great time, my girls haven't stopped talking about this place. 

So readers listen up! I have a promo code for you! 
If you mention "blog2014" you can get unlimited rides, golf, and admission into Buccaneer Cove for $12.99! Normal price is $19.99. 

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So Much Fun in Adventure City!

Disclosure: I was provided admission for me and my family to spend the day at Adventure City to experience all of the fun! All opinions are my own. 

A few weeks ago my girls and I were lucky enough to spend the afternoon at Adventure City in Anaheim, CA. To be honest, I had never heard about Adventure City before, I knew Knotts Berry Farm and Medieval Times were in the area, but Adventure City was not on my radar. I am so glad that I got to visit this place, me, my kids and my husband LOVED IT! We had the best time here. This place is a little more low-key than the other amusement parks, but in such a great way. The rides are perfect for the little ones. Not too little, not too big. Most of the rides are not too fast and don't go too high and my girls had so much fun going from ride to ride. 
Did you see my goat selfie? Haha. When we first got there, we went straight for the petting farm. The mini goats are super friendly and you can feed them, brush them, or take pictures with them. 
This was Lacey's first time on a roller coaster. She looked at me and said, "Can I go all by myself?" After I wiped my tears away, I told her yes, since she was tall enough. As you can see, this is the type of ride that you can go on with your little one if they need that extra support. She was so proud of herself even though she said it made her tummy feel funny. 
The rock wall was a fun idea. But my littles are a little too little for this. I think the next time they might be ready, but they got about 4 feet up, then froze and needed assistance from the helper, who helped them go a few inches more, until they both burst into tears. Still, they tried it! 
Walking in to Adventure City we walked right past this Creative Play Area and right towards the rides. On our way out though the girls saw Thomas and wandered in. This little area is a great relief for parents, in a shady area, with little benches, and the kids can build and play by themselves and with other kids. 
We kept seeing the park's train go around all day and when we finally got on the train, these are the smiles that I got from them. I loved the little train, there was a great breeze while we go over a river, under a tunnel and all around the park. 
This little mini ferris wheel type of ride called the Giggle Wheel was fun for them. I love that these rides are perfect for my 5 year old and 3 year old to go by themselves, or for a parent to go on with them. 
The Arcade! 
I like to leave the game playing up to my husband, since he is much better at winning games and getting tickets. He always manages to hit the jackpot on these kiddie games and I always end up at the machine turning in 400 tickets. These games are perfect for kids of all ages, my littles had fun and I could see the older kids having a good time too.
 I have never been a fan of rides (except the time recently when I faced my fears) but I've always been a fan of the Carousel. The Carousel at Adventure City is at the center of the entire park, very pretty and classic. 
I'm telling you this place is amazing, it just kept getting better and better. We grabbed our very affordable and yummy food from their cafe or fill up station and sat under this big shady area with picnic benches, and before we knew it, a show started! These two very energetic young ladies came out and put on a little skit and songs that had the kids giggling. 
 I love finding new places to hold parties and Adventure City has pretty unique spaces. There are a few areas to host birthday parties, but this one is really pretty and you can watch as the train passes right through the room. (The staff is young and energetic and super friendly too, which always helps for a successful party!)

I can't tell you enough how much our family loved Adventure City! It is perfect for the little ones, and very non-stressful for the parents. My husband has very little patience for crowds and lines and this place was so easy going, with 5-10 minute waits at the most for all rides, it was such a fun time for everyone. The prices are really affordable with general admission at only $16.95!!

 Make sure to check out Adventure City's site for more information on Summer hours and discounts and to stay tuned for the opening of their new ride Rewind Racers- the first family shuttle coaster in North America. The coaster will move both forward and backwards and will accommodate riders of all ages. With a mere 39 height requirement, the coaster¹s unique design comfortably seats both small children and adult passengers, allowing the whole family to join in on the fun.

So tell me: Have you ever been to Adventure City?

Easy DIY Mother's Day Gift

Disclosure: I received samples of ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to complete this project. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions and thoughts are my own. With that being said, read on! 

I love to DIY, I would classify myself as a DIY'er and honestly, I think handmade gifts are the best. I love the imperfections, it gives the gift so much more meaning and heart. Today I am sharing with you a very easy DIY idea that can be used for any day. But since Mother's Day is just around the corner, I thought this would be great for your kids to make for all the Mother's in their life.

It is pretty easy and can be made with materials you probably already have on hand. The one tip I would give is to use Scotch Blue Painter's Tape, it just helps to prevent bleeding and makes the crafters life easier. 

Go look around your house, do you have a pot laying around your garden? I bet you do. Grab it!  Gather up your paint, scissors and Scotch Blue Painter's Tape. Now you're ready! 

I cut my tape into thinner strips and just went for a little design that would be easy for my daughter to follow and paint. You could do so many different styles with the tape, chevron, stripes, or even go for a curve, it just takes a little more patience.

See how easy, simple and fun? The kids are always up for painting. This project takes very little prep, so it can be last minute or done in advance and make a ton of them! Bonus: The proud look on the kids faces when they take off the strips of tape to reveal the design they helped create.

For this little project I used the Scotch Blue Painter's Tape to create a message on a coffee mug. Another fun and easy project for the kiddos to do for a gift.

*Tip: don't forget to seal the paint with a sealant, just pick one up from your local craft store. 

Thanks for reading my easy peasy tutorial for a quick DIY gift idea for the kiddos to make. 

Facing my fears at Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier

Disclaimer: I received admission for the day for me and my kids to have some fun and to help with this review. All opinions are mine, mine, and mine. 
One of my favorite things in the world is driving west on the 10 freeway until it ends. It ends with a tunnel and at the end of that tunnel, just like magic, there for everyone to see is the Pacific Ocean. It's a beautiful view.. and right to your left in all of its glory, you can see Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. It's bright and beautiful and there is so much to do.
If you are planning to visit soon, don't forget to get your coupon for 20% off of all day wrist band. But keep reading to see what fun stuff we got into when we visited. 


I think when my little ones first arrived at Pacific Park, they were very excited and then very nervous. I think the sight of the roller coaster and ferris wheel may have overwhelmed them a bit. But we were so delighted to see all of the rides that were perfect for my little ones. 
Do you see those happy faces? The little one is very hard to please when it comes to rides, she doesn't like anything too fast, or too high so luckily we found a few rides that made her smile that big! 

This was a favorite by the both of them. Their first time on bumper cars! They wanted to go on these over and over again. 
I have always wanted my daughter to go on one of these trampolines! I kinda had to bribe her to get on this, because she was watching an older kid doing flips and things, but it was a big step for her to even get on it! I was so excited to watch her jump high and that smile on her face was priceless. 
The games at Pacific Park are fun and easy and you will definitely leave there with a keepsake prize. 
The weather is always perfect at the beach. We arrived before noon to overcast skies and the sun peeked in and out of the clouds to keep us perfectly warm. 
At night, this really really tall ferris wheel lights up so bright and pretty and to me, scary! I have been so deathly afraid of heights my entire life. Heights and rides and all of that scare the bejeezus out of me, they always have. I always said I didn't want to impose my fears on my children and so even though it freaks me out that my daughter loves rides, I always sit by and watch. This time I told my daughter that I would face my fears with her and we would all go on the ferris wheel together. Of course, my littlest one chickened out and my mom had to stay with her. So, I did it. 
Look at us! Well, look at my daughter. She loved it! I love that she is not afraid. I, on the other hand hated every second I was on that ferris wheel. That smile on my face is fake. Lol! Well, I did feel proud of myself. Never in my dreams would I think that I would step foot on a ferris wheel, let a lone, a giant one overlooking the ocean. I had one hand holding tight to my daughter's hand and the other hand holding onto the pole in the center of the bucket. I could not even look back let alone move, it was the longest 20 minutes of my life. But, I faced my fear! 

Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier is a really great time, for all ages. I get why it is such a popular date night place, place to drop the teens off for the day, or take the little ones for some fun. There is something for everyone. Don't forget to go get that coupon before you go and make sure to check out their site for any special events. 

Penguins, Jellys and Sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Disclosure: I was provided tickets for me and my family to attend the Aquarium of the Pacific to help facilitate this review. We had a fun time and of course, all opinions are my own. 

There is so much fun stuff to do in Southern California and The Aquarium of the Pacific is definitely one of the coolest places to check out. We visited recently for the first time since my girls were just babies and we had a great time. When you plan on visiting an Aquarium, I'm sure you think about seeing awesome rare fish and sea life, but the Aquarium of the Pacific offers so much more than that. Where else can you learn about California's water conservation efforts, fish that live in the deepest of oceans, how whale blubber feels
They have a few friends out near the cafe that come out for pictures at different times throughout the day. This is Mr. Whale and he is pretty cute! 
One of the most awesome features that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers is Shark Lagoon. The Shark Lagoon features more than 150 different sharks. Some of which you can touch and some you can't, but either way you are really up close to a variety of species. You can touch some of the smaller sharks and then walk over to an area to view some of the bigger sharks. It's pretty amazing! 
You know how some kids are hesitant or scared to touch unfamiliar things? Well, Lexie is not that kid. Look at that face! She is so ready to jump in and touch those Sharks and Rays. 
When else in your life can you say you touched these amazing creatures of the sea? Well, Lacey did hold a shark that one time I ran away from home and left my husband in charge, but that was a whole different story. Anyway, we are all about making memories, and the girls are still talking about touching sharks at the aquarium. 
This may not be the best picture, but I love it! The Seals and Sea Lions are by far my favorite and they are so playful and so much fun to watch. The Aquarium of the Pacific offers two ways to watch them, from up above and down below. When watching from up above you can see them climb up on the rocks and swim above the water and from the view down below, you can watch them swim, twirl under water and dive deep. These amazing creatures have so much character, I could watch them all day long! 
I just want to jump in and swim with them! I think that should be a new attraction, I bet it's therapeutic. 
Jellyfish are usually kinda terrifying, nobody wants to be stung. But at the Aquarium of the Pacific you can touch them! They are actually kinda cute up close, and they feel like, well, Jelly! I did have to remind my little one to only use two fingers, and not to touch their under bellies, but other than that, this is really cool! All of their hands-on exhibits are probably the best part for kids (and husbands). My kids and husband were pretty equally excited about getting to touch fun stuff. 
The new June Keyes Penguin Habitat allows visitors to get an up-close view of more than a dozen Magellanic Penguins. How amazing is that? Penguins in Southern California!
There are some things we missed this time, that we hope to check out the next time we visit, like the Lorikeet forest and maybe one of their 4D films. I really wanted to feed the Lorikeets and get amazing pictures, but my girls were not cooperating at the time.

We had such a great time visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific. There is so much to do and see, before you visit, you should check out their calendar of events, and make sure to check their site for great deals, they offer a great deal on a ticket combo for the Los Angeles Zoo and the Aquarium of the Pacific. You can also find combos with whale watching and harbor cruises.

Thanks for reading! 
Have you been to the Aquarium of the Pacific? What was your favorite exhibit?

Our First Fieldtrip- The Kidspace Children's Museum

Do you remember your first field trip? (Mine was the

LA Zoo

) How about your child's first field trip? The first time you let your kids out of your sight, on a bus, under someone else's supervision.. it's kinda stressful. I have two daughters in their first year of preschool, in two separate preschools. Both of my daughters can proudly say that their first field trip was to the

Kidspace Children's Museum

. Although I wasn't invited to attend with my youngest daughter, I was allowed to go a month later with my older daughter and her class.

The

Kidspace Children's Museum

was a little hidden to me. I don't really know this area of Pasadena all that well, but that's just me. But I have to say, my favorite part of arriving at Kidspace was that it is surrounded by trees and the smell of nature, I love that. When you are ready to get in and start having fun, you are greeted with lots and lots of COLOR!

This is the entryway to Kidspace. It's just a beautiful hall of mosaic tiles with various textures and shapes. 

Warning: Be ready to walk slowly as your kids check it out and touch all of the different surfaces.

Once you enter you have to decide whether or not to venture outside or head inside. My daughter of course wanted to check out the outdoor activities first. The entire place is just so hands-on. Personally, I like when hands-on activities require the kids to use their muscles! Not just hands on, they are using their whole body. 

This area, the 

I-Play Zone in the Galvin Physics Forest Event Space

 was definitely my daughters favorite. Building with pool noodles and other connector blocks was so much fun. Her and her friend could have easily spent the entire afternoon in this one section.

A lot of the outdoor activities had a focus on physics. The Bottle Rocket experiment was awesome! The kids get to press a button and fill up the bottle and watch it as it launches up and slams down to splash everyone. 

After riding tricycles around the tracks and participating in a group exercise activity at the Stone Hollow Amphitheater we went on a nature walk. 

Water play areas are always a fun attraction for the little ones. These water guns above were aimed at drums of various sizes to make different sounds, and the water table below had a pump and different levels to see which way the water will travel. There is even a small stream in

The Interpretive Arroyo

 area that your little one can wade in and splash around in a bit (if you have the proper water shoes).

Once you head inside you are greeted by much more fun and hands on learning. We visited the

Imagination Workshop

- a place for kids to sit and work on small projects. The volunteers in the workshop work really well with the kiddos. We happened to visit on National Pi day, so their project was to make a pie puzzle. They colored a picture, traced a circle around it, cut it out and then cut it in fourths. Fun and easy. (The way I like it!) 

Here she is coloring her picture for her puzzle. She decided to color the outside of the Polar Bear, since Polar Bears are white. 

There are several different climbing areas for the kiddos to climb. This one, the

Raindrop climber

is over 40 feet high and it's beautiful. It is created in various shades of blue to resemble raindrops and it was so pretty to look up at as I watched from below as my little one climbed up with her friend. 

How cool is this? This is what their Celebration Center looks like! Oh I LOVE IT! You can actually reserve the different spaces all over

Kidspace

for fun parties. You can check out the details

here

.

Also, make sure to follow them on

Facebook

and

Twitter

for updates on special events. I love this place and after checking out their

site

 I know I have to go back soon. We had such a great time on my daughter's first field trip. Make sure you stop by their Busy Bee Learning Store and their Kidspace Cafe. I didn't get to try their food this time, but hopefully the next time I will.

Check below for some more information. 

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 North Arroyo Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91103

Telephone: (626) 449-9144

Fax: (626) 449-9985

Email:

info@kidspacemuseum.org

Hours

September through May

Tuesday – Friday, 9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Closed Mondays during the school year after Labor Day

June, July, and August

Open 7 days a Week (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Monday – Friday, 9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Have you ever been to the Kidspace Children's Museum?