Wednesday, July 26, 2017

5 things to do in Dublin With Kids

Thinking of going to Dublin "the Green Island" with kids well here are some idea that you kids are sure to enjoy.

1) Saint Stephen's Green park is in the center of town and is great place to run around with a totally awesome playground, a lake and ducks. Plus it is right next to Grafton Street where you can shop and eat. There is even a Disney Store.

2) Viking Splash Tour - Think duck tour but with viking helmets this boat / bus tour was cool. You get a funny driver and yell at people walking by plus the driver describes some history and you see lots of famous dublin sites. The viking splash tour picks up on the north side of St Stephens Geen park.   All the kids on board even got a chance to steer the boat when the bus became a boat.



 3) Malahide Castle and Gardens - This is a real castle that has a large garden you can walk around in a catch butterflys in the butter fly house. There is also a large playground for kids to enjoy.


4) Take them to the sea. My kids loved playing in the sand. We even stopped in Howth on our way from Dublin airport and ate outside at a pub that had you guessed it a play ground across the street in front of a harbor.

There is a playgound right over his left sholder

5) Take them to a pub like O'Shea's for live music and tradition Irish food.

NOTE: If you take them to Jameson's Distillery Tour- because hey you are in Dublin and everything can't be for the kids only they get a ginger ale soda at the end and there is a playground around the corner at New Street and Benburb St.


Also if you go to the Guinness Storehouse tour kids get a soda at the end of their visit. Plus there is a shop that sells chips, candy and even soccer balls.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Have you been to Jump Wild in Dripping Springs?

Jump Wild is a a locally owned and operated trampoline park and bounce house located just outside of Austin in Dripping Springs. 

This place is great for kids to burn off energy or have a birthday party.   There are 2 different trampoline rooms one for dodge ball.

and one with a tumble track. 

There are also large inflatables like these and ones with slides for kids to jump in. 


There is a separate section for kids under 3 so they can play while older ones bounce and jump.

They even have a rock climing wall. 

And a corral for games. 

Finally you can even rent out sections for birthday parties.  See their party packages here

Friday and Saturday nights from 7-11 they host a teen night. 

There are some rules like:

All participants will be required to have a waiver signed by a parent/legal guardian to participate.  You can fill out a waiver here.

No outside food, drinks or gum allowed in the facility.

Everyone (parents included) MUST remove your shoes prior to entering the carpeted area of the facility. Socks are required and can be purchased at the front desk.

We have been several times and my kids love it.  They have free wifi and seats for parents.   They also sell food. 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Top 10 things to do in Paris with Kids

If you are thinking of traveling to Paris with kids know that there will be a lot of walking.   Strollers are not the most convenient as it is a busy city and there are lots of stairs and very few elevators.   That being said the city has lots of small parks and playgrounds and people were very friendly to our family of four.

We rented an Airnbnb apartment instead of a hotel because it was cheaper and had a washing machine, which as anyone traveling with kids should know is always nice to have.  Plus the place had a view to die for and when our kids were tired we could head back home to wifi and chill with wine and this view.

Now here is a list of places your kids are sure to enjoy.

1) Eiffle Tower - How can you come here and not go up this recognizble structure. The views are amazing. I recommend the fast pass so you don't wait in long lines. Adults are 17 Euros, Ages 12-14 are 14.5 Euros,  kids 4-11 are 8 Euros and under 4 are free. At the bottom is Champs de Mars park which is a place you can picnic plus it has a small play ground and there is a carousel.


2) Monmatre - This is an art area surrounding a hill top where Sacre Coeur is located.  You can have your kids picture drawn by local parisian artists.  ok this one might be for the parents but there is a playground and carousel up by Sacre Coeur as well.  As well as many restaurants and gelato plus the views from the top of the hill are nice.


3) Jardin de Tuleries - This park is located between the Champs Elysees and the Louvre. It has a small trampoline park for a fee plus a carousel. There is also a large free playground.


4) Jardin de Luxembourg - This is a giant free park that has a kid playground Poussin Vert that is huge and charges admissions. The playground has a bathroom and sells ice cream, candy and snacks. There is also a grand basin where antique wood sail boats are available to rent and push aroud by stick. This was one of my daughter's favorite activites. We even were treated to a free live symphony. Plus there are pony rides and marionettes. You can really spend hours here in this beautiful park.



5) Boat tour on the Seine. You get great views of the Louvre, Eiffle Tower, mini statue of liberty, Musee D'Osray and Notre Dame and you do not ever need to walk. I recommed the Bateaux Mouche or Bateaux Parisian which are located by the Eiffle Tower or try out the Batobus which is cheaper and an is slower but had 9 stops and can be used as a hop on hop off all day instead of the metro.


6)  Notice I did not include many museums but definitely try some with kids. Lines can be long so we skipped the Louvre all together but smaller more managable museums like Musee D'orsay are worth a visit with kids. This musum had six different free leaflets that are available from the museum visitors' information desks. Each suggested a tour with a theme and highlighed 5 pieces children would like.  We chose Princes and Princesses and little brats but there were other to choose from here


7) Take the train to Versailles. The musical gardens are great. You can rent a golf cart and see the gardens by cart which allows you to cover more terrain than by feet. There are cafes where you can purchase to go lunch or have a sit down lunch.  Boat rentals are also available.


8) Notre Dame and Ile de la Cite - Notre Dame is beautiful and free.  We visited on a sunday and mass was going on.   We lit candles, said a quick prayer and then walked the entire exterior perimeter. There is a small play ground along the back and side.   You need to get ice cream at Berthillon, which is not a far walk.  Note: the line to climb to the bell towers was extremely long as they only allow 20 people up at a time. We never made it to the top.


9) Macarons - They sell them everywhere but Laduree is famous for them.  So we had to have them there.  Vanilla was suprising our favorite flavor. You can stop at any pastry shop and try all kinds of pastries, baguettes and meringues.  We even found a gelato place that put macrons on top at Amorino. This is Paris where calories don't count so try some of the delicious creations at any coner patisserie.

10) Shakesphere and Company - This english book store is great.  It has a children section in the back and piano upstairs as well as a resident cat.    You can pick up a book and grab a coffee and snack at their cafe.   They even have kids events upstairs.