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Picnic in the Park

Spring has sprung! With such beautiful weather, sunny skies and blooming flowers, outside is the best place to be.¬† What better way to get outside than having a family picnic? Just pack up and head to your local park or even your backyard and plan a day full of family fun. Never actually been on a picnic before? Well keep reading and you’ll learn some tips on how to have a relaxing and memorable day with your family.

First you’re going to have to decide if you want to make your own food, order some food for take-out, or do a little bit of both. It’s a good idea to plan out your course of action a day or so in advance so you can have time to pick up ingredients and make food, or to order ahead so your food is ready when you want to pick it up. Wherever you decide to go for your picnic, make sure you know what amenities the location has to offer. Some parks for example offer picnic areas with tables and even grills, so you will want to plan ahead if you want to grill by bringing coals, matches, and grilling utensils.

Picnics are great fun because you get to spend all day outside in the beautiful spring weather with your family, a friend or even just by yourself. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want with your food and activity choices. Don’t feel like spending too much money? Go a head and pack some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with some fruit (the fruit kabob’s in this post look so easy and delicious)! Want to go all out and try out a bunch of fun new spring recipes? How about trying out this recipe for Napa cabbage salad? Feeling crafty? Why not make your own picnic blanket with this tutorial?

Now picnics of course aren’t just about the yummy food you can bring. Pack a wiffle ball and bat for a fun game of wiffle ball, or baseball and a few gloves for a came of catch. If it is really warm out pack a surprise cooler full of filled water ballons for a water balloon fight! How much fun does that sound?

So pack up a big blanket, fill your cooler, grab your family and head spend some time in this beautiful spring weather we are having! Don’t forget your camera!

 

This post was brought to you by the Juggling Hoffmans. Be sure to check out our website at www.jugglinghoffmans.com for the perfect entertainment for your next event!

 

 

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Day Trippin’ Part 2

Hey everyone! This post is an extension of last weeks Day Trippin’ post. With beautiful warm weather coming our way it’s always good to have an arsenal of ideas ready for fun family day trips. Here are some more great family-friendly day trip ideas in the Wilmington, Delaware region but feel free to use these ideas to explore similar areas in your hometown. Reading the post entitled Where is the Camera, by fellow blogger Fly Like A Girl reminded me to tell you all that when you go day trippin’ make sure you don’t forget your camera!

Brandywine Zoo

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Close to home? Check! Affordable? Check! The Brandywine Zoo is a small 12-acre zoo located right off of the Brandywine river in Wilmington, Delaware. There you can find otters, llamas, monkeys and more!

Winterthur Museum

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Check out the historical Winterthur Museum for a family day together that is rich in local history. Kids will love visiting the magical Enchanted Woods while adults will enjoy learning the history of this old DuPont home.

Delaware Museum of Natural History

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Do your kids LOVE dinosaurs and other animals? If so, the Delaware Museum of Natural History is a great place to take them! This museum is full of exhibits that the whole family can explore.

Herr’s Snack Factory Tours

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Everyone loves a good potato chip right? Well how about taking a trip to the Herr’s Snack Factory to find out how they are made? Tours are offered throughout the day so you can get an up-close view of how these crunchy snack foods are made.

Dutch Wonderland

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A kingdom for kids! Right in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and about an hour outside of Wilmington, Delaware, Dutch Wonderland is a theme park made just for kids! You can spend most of the day having fun at the park and then go across the street for some shopping at the Lancaster Outlets. What’s more fun than shopping and an amusement park all in one day?

Philadelphia Magic Gardens

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Come explore the work of award-winning mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar located on Philadelphia’s exciting and eclectic South Street. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a permanent art exhibit featuring colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and other shimmering knickknacks that will surely mesmerize kids and adults alike.

Milburn Orchards

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Come support local businesses and stop by this family owned orchard for a day of fun in any season of the year. Milburn Orchards offers things hayrides, a farm market and bake shop and you-pick fruit adventures where you can pick your own berries and apples! Yum!

Delaware State Parks

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What more perfect way to enjoy the warm spring weather than to spend it outside in a state park? All of the Delaware State Parks are different and have their own array of activities available. Some of the park features include boating rentals, camping, playgrounds, hiking trails and more. Check out your local state park to see what it has to offer.

This post is brought to you by the Juggling Hoffmans. Be sure to check out our website at www.jugglinghoffmans.com for the perfect entertainment for your next event! We specialize in juggling, balloon twisting, face painting and more!

Budget Friendly Places

The previous entry was on fun places outside of the home that are good party venues. However, these places can get a bit pricey so this post is going to focus on more budget-friendly party locations. Just because a party is on a budget does not mean that it cannot be a fun and memorable one, quite the contrary actually! With fun activities and inexpensive decoration you can throw a great party just about anywhere! Here are some great party venue ideas for the budget savvy party planner in you!

1. Local Parks

Local parks are a great party place, weather permitting of course, because in most cases, it’s a free venue! Many parks usually come with picnic and/or playground areas to set up near as well as grilling stations. This is perfect for a lovely outdoor themed party or even just a fun BBQ. Be sure to check with your local park first before throwing your party there because some parks do require you to obtain a permit (sometimes for a nominal fee). Also, most parks to have regulations about what you can and cannot bring onto the premises so do be sure to look into the specific guidelines for your local park before your party date. Another great thing about parks is the big open space you have for guests to play in. This is great for setting up physical activities such as sports games or even a game of horse-shoe throwing. Parks generally have a carry-in-carry-out policy regarding trash so be prepared to cleanup carefully after your party.

2. Community Centers

Community centers are another great budget-friendly party venue because there are typically many to choose from in your local areas. Community centers often have great banquet rooms that can be rented for a low cost. You can make a community center party extra special by assembling a team of friends or family members to decorate the place and make it extra colorful and lively. Some community centers even have recreational rooms with things such as pool tables, ping-pong tables, Foosball tables, and more. These are great locations to bring in a party entertainer such as a juggler, balloon twister, magician or another entertainer of your choice. Most commonly you are responsible for the set-up and clean up for your party so make sure you review the guidelines of the community center of your choice. Most importantly though, have fun!

3. A Friend or Relative’s House

Do you have a close friend or relative with a really awesome house? Maybe a house with a pool, a great backyard or basement, or even one of those home movie-theaters? If so, consider asking them to be the host of your next birthday party! Of course you will be responsible for set up and clean up for the party but surely if the host is having a party in his or her home, they will want to at least participate in decorating! I suggest to bring a small gift as a token of appreciation for your party host for generously allowing the party to take place in his or her home. Having a party at a friend or relative’s house is great because you won’t have to pay a venue charge and you don’t have to worry about a suitable place in your own home to fit a bunch of energetic kids!

4. Community Pool

What child doesn’t love a pool party? Perfect for the warm summer months, hosting your child’s celebration at a community pool is a fun time for everyone. Parent’s get to relax by the pool knowing there is a lifeguard on duty to help supervise your kids while the party guests get to splash around and play pool games with friends. Most local areas have a variety of community pools including your local YMCA¬† branch. Some community pools to require membership in order to host your party there so make sure to check into that. One thing that most children have in common is that they love to go swimming so a pool party is great especially because it generally involves minimal decorating and stress!

5. Your Own Home

What could be more budget-friendly than hosting your child’s party at your own home? This is of course dependent on your home and if you can fit the desired amount of party guests. If your home is suitable for a party though it’s a great location because you don’t have to travel, pay a venue charge or follow any policies or restrictions other than your own. You have the freedom to decorate how you want to, clean up at your own pace, and invite however many people you can fit! This is a perfect place to hire a children’s entertainer to make the party extra exciting. With hosting a party at your own home you have the liberty of deciding exactly what you want and how much you want to spend, making this the most budget-friendly place of them all!

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