It’s almost April vacation and if you’re anything like me (i.e. you don’t have an exotic vacation coming
up), you are just now starting to plan for it. Well, I have a fun suggestion for a day trip to fill one of your
upcoming vacation days. Recently my girls and I discovered Beantown – no, not Boston – this Beantown is actually in Reading inside of … Jordan’s Furniture and is called BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course. I have been sadly uneducated in the amazing offering that reside within Jordan’s Furniture. I always thought the only thing to be found there was, well, furniture. I was WRONG! Look at this place!
First of all, there are famous Boston landmarks which are recreated in smaller scale throughout Beantown made up of … jelly beans. Get it?! BEANtown. It’s awesome, and basically made us feel like we’d entered Willy Wonka’s magical candy world within his Chocolate Factory. Look at these faces:
Since you can’t actually eat the jelly beans in the replica, there is a handy dandy candy store right there with Jelly Belly jelly beans and other awesome treats like Harry Potter’s Chocolate Frogs. The kids were just a little bit excited about this:
And did you happen to see the picture up there of that insane-o ropes course? Well that is there to try as well. There is a huge, high, crazy-pants multi-level course with a zip line for older kids, and a smaller, less crazy-pants course for younger ones. All three kiddos I brought started on the insane course but it was REALLY scary! The two 8 year-olds pushed through their fear though it was still really scary for them and I think they may actually enjoy the memory of it more than they were enjoying it while actually participating. But if you ask them right now, they would say it was the coolest ever and even though they were scared they still had fun. Which in its own way (being scared but still having fun or at least still participating) is a pretty important thing to be able to do and know that you CAN do. Now my 5 year old went up there for about 5 seconds and knew immediately it was not for her. She is a tree-climbing, rock-scaling, dare devil, so that should give you a sense of the fear factor here. So she decided to do the lower course level and totally loved it. It should be noted that the entire time they were on the ropes course they were buckled into a harness that was attached at all times to a secure built-in system, meaning there is truly no danger at all of falling.
After our time was up on the course, we retired to Fuddruckers restaurant which is also right there at Beantown. So awesome! Did you know they have the World’s Greatest Hamburger? Well they say they do and we all thought so too. The kids also really liked the milkshakes!
After that the kids hung out in front of the Liquid Fireworks show, which the kids loved – this really surprised me and reminded me how awesome kids are. They danced up a storm!
After all that dancing we then got some yummy Sundays at Richardson’s Ice Cream Shop which is right next to the fountains inside the giant jelly bean banana split sundae. Yum!
There is one more cool feature that we didn’t get to experience, which is an 8 story Imax 3-D theater. It was showing a grown-up movie at the time, so we didn’t visit it, but if it was showing something else, how cool would that be to add in to the day?!
We were exhausted by the time we were done, luckily it was an easy drive back home to the Cape and it was such a fun, unexpected adventure. Our trip definitely made me excited to discover more awesome day trips we can do over vacation – stay tuned!
What do you have lined up for vacation? Any favorite day-trips that you recommend? Share for me and the other parents looking to fill our staycation or just our weekends. Thanks!
Cape Cod Moms Blogger and Usborne Consultant, Molly Hubner will return to The Local Scoop (one of our favorite ice cream shops) in Orleans on Sunday April 17th from 1-1:30pm for stories and crafts for the kids! This fun family event is perfect for a spring Sunday. Enjoy delicious treats while there and check out all The Local Scoop has to offer by combining different flavors! See you there!
Read more on our previous review of The Local Scoop here.
As promised, our Teddy Bear Tea Party will return for spring vacation, April 16th-24th. Like last time, we will be serving a selection of tasty treats, including no-crust pb&j’s, nutella and banana on white bread, cucumber sandwiches and fresh donuts with chocolate dipping sauce. Our Teddy Bear tea service is super kid friendly and presented on a tiered tray with a free fountain drink of your child’s choice (small $10, large $18). Bonus — each kid will receive a cute teddy bear! Feel free to bring your own Teddy Bear from home, too — he/she can enjoy the view for free!
The Teddy Bear Tea Party is offered at lunch service, 11.30 am to 3 pm from April 16 – 24th, all through school vacation week. Enter our Tea Party Contest and you could receive $30 towards your next meal at Quicks Hole Tavern or Taqueria. See the details here: http://bit.ly/1N4hT78
We hope to see you in Woods Hole!
Editor's Note: We attended this tea party during February vacation and absolutely enjoyed our lunch and experience. The presentation was very well done and Quick's Hole did a great job at accommodating my child's peanut allergy. We also really enjoyed sharing some of those delicious donuts with the kids! We recommend trying to go in around the regular lunch rush so you can be sure to get one of the window tables to ensure being lower to the ground and having a view. We will be attending once again and hope you will too! We look forward to your pictures that you share for their contest!
Felt Egg and Paper Mache Craft Project
I have always wanted to try felting but have never gotten around to it as I thought it was complicated. Then right before Easter this year my 3 and 5 year old and I attended a felt egg workshop at the Snow Library and learned just how fun and easy it is. Now I am going to share how with you! Plus how to make a nest for you beautiful eggs.
What you need to make felted eggs:
*wool roving (I used this one from Amazon as it was the best price I could find)
*plastic Easter eggs
*Very warm water
*access to hot and cold running water
What you need for paper mache nest:
*paper whatever color(s) you want the nest (brown lunch bags 2 per nest, construction paper, newspaper...)
*Elmer’s Glue All multipurpose white glue (or similar)
*one bowl the size of nest you want to make
*one bowl for mixing
8. Let dry overnight
9. Remove paper from bowl by taking plastic wrap off then peel plastic away from paper and you have a nest for your felt eggs
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Oceanside Magic Gala
A Star-Studded Performance Packed with Magic, Comedy,
and Grand Illusion--Exciting Fun for the Entire Family!
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
210 Station Avenue
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
$12/$16 in advance
$15/$20 at the door
For more information click here!
Don't miss this spectacular event! If you enjoy "Masters of Illusion", "The Illusionists", and Penn & Teller's "Fool Us", you'll love OMG! Chipper Lowell, Keith Fields, Norman Ng, Stuart MacDonald, and George Schindler as Master of Ceremonies...with special celebrity guest Steve Valentine! This is truly a star-studded cast; don't miss this one-time-only event!
Prepare for more mind-blowing magic and manipulation...fantastic feats of legerdemain...jaw-dropping illusions, and hilarious comedy--OMG! Oceanside Magic Gala features some of the top magicians in the world, all in one extravaganza. Look who performed last year!
OMG is great family entertainment for ages 3 to 103. A portion of all tickets sold will benefit the Rotary Club of Yarmouth...a wonderful organization that works its own magic within the community.
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