Enjoy All-Year-Round Fun at an Indoor Water Park New England

Vacations are special events that people of all ages greatly anticipate and enjoy. However, the increasingly demanding and hectic lifestyles that many people are currently leading are preventing them from taking vacations as frequently as they would want to. As a result, planning a vacation is often met with certain restrictions in terms of distance, budget, and time.

Fortunately, indoor water parks entered the American mainstream in the mid-1900s. They proved to be worthy alternatives to faraway beach destinations not only because of their swimming pools, but also for their various amenities and water activities. If you are looking for an indoor water park, New England offers many choices and promises endless fun without having to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest ocean or spending a fortune on pricey resorts.

Today’s indoor water parks can truly give even the best resorts a run for their money. Some of them can have more than 10 lodges in which guests could stay while they enjoy the vast array of pools and slides. The largest indoor water park was built in 1985 and has an area of more than 5 acres. Moreover, it houses the largest wave pool in the entire world!

People that are more adventurous are sure to find something they like in an indoor water park. Some parks offer daredevil raft rides that swirl people up the sides, which can measure up to 30 feet. Another ride drops rider-filled rafts down multiple storeys through a chute, and sailing over hundreds of feet of water. Tree houses can also be seen in many indoor water parks, and are very popular among young guests. A tree house would include cargo nets, suspension bridges, and buckets filled with water to keep the climbers wet.

The biggest advantage of planning your vacation in an indoor water park is that you do not have to be concerned about what season it falls on. In addition, indoor water parks can be found in virtually every state in the US, so people have numerous options from which to choose. Apart from water rides and amenities, guests can also play games at the arcade, relax at the spa, have fun at the zip line, and go up on a ski gondola. Others even have museums built inside the water park to provide guests with a unique experience.

Indoor water pools are one of the few places where both young and old people can have equal amounts of fun. The slides often comes in various sizes to accommodate all ages and preferences. Some of the water parks incorporate a general theme to their ambience and rides in order to give their guests an experience that other water park do not offer. Some of the themes that indoor water parks have include Polynesian, African Safari, and even Science.

The multitude and variety of the activities that indoor water parks have to offer can wear you out right away. Thankfully, you can simply go to your room to recharge and freshen up before going back to the rides. Most of these water parks provide free bath products and towels for their guests to ensure their comfort and convenience. Another great advantage of spending your holiday at an indoor water park is that it can fit any type of budget. Most water parks offer vacation packages that cater to almost any budget, and schedule.

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My Daughter Being Silly Singing her Made up Song

This past weekend we had a blast with family time, more posts about our trip on Saturday to Chuck E. Cheese’s coming soon but for today I share with you the video of my daughter singing a song that she just started singing aloud. You see, we were all seated around the dining room table playing with pretend clay when my daughter started making fruits, then a taco and a plate of spaghetti out of her modeling clay.

Apparently that was enough inspiration for her to start singing this little tune …

Can you tell that she is my daughter? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with this girl. I love her.

Dollhouse Building Health and Safety – Tips to Remember

Building and decorating dollhouses is a popular hobby and there are many people all over the world who love to create these beautiful and detailed miniature homes. If you are a dollhouse enthusiast, you will delight in spending hours creating highly realistic rooms filled with beautiful wallpaper, carpets, dolls house miniatures and even works of art. It’s a very enjoyable and rewarding hobby, especially when you look over your beautiful and detailed finished work.

However, if you are spending a lot of time working on your dollhouse project, it’s important to consider your health and safety. You might not think of building a dollhouse as an activity that has health and safety risks, but there are some important ones to consider. Here are some of the risks to keep in mind and how you can avoid them:

Eye Strain

When you are building a dollhouse, you will be spending many hours looking very closely at very small details. Perhaps you are adding paint texture to a very tiny chair, or gluing small printed photographs to miniature frames. Whatever it is, the chances are that you will be focusing your eyes on small objects for extended periods of time. This has the potential to cause eye strain if you are not careful, just like reading a book with very small print. Over time, your eyes will become sore and you might even develop a headache.

In order to avoid this, make sure that the area you are working in is very well lit. If you have enough light to see what you are doing, this will reduce the strain on your eyes. Also, it can sometimes help to look through a magnifying glass at the work you are doing. There are some that you can wear on your eye, or others on a movable arm that you can position above your work.

Back Pain

Another potential problem you might encounter when working on your dollhouse project for a long time is back pain. If you are sitting in an uncomfortable chair with your back hunched over the small furniture that you are working on, this will cause discomfort and pain in your spine after a while. If you notice that your back, neck or shoulders become stiff and uncomfortable after working on your doll house, this is a problem that you need to address.

The best thing to do to avoid this is to invest in a comfortable chair. If you are going to spend hours working on your dollhouse hobby, it’s worth getting an ergonomic office chair that provides you with the proper support. Also, make sure that the table or desk you are working on is the appropriate height, so that you don’t have to slouch over to see what you are doing. Your feet should sit flat on the floor and your back should not be bent while you are working.

Paint and Glue Fumes

In the construction of your dollhouse, you will probably use many different paints, glues and varnishes to get the finished look you desire. If you are not careful, the fumes from these products can cause a danger to your health when they are used in small spaces.

In order to avoid breathing in these fumes, make sure that you choose a work area for yourself that is very well ventilated. Keep the windows open and the air circulating, so that the fumes can escape. Also, you might want to consider wearing a face mask when working with particularly noxious paints or varnishes, or even doing that part of the work outside in the open air if possible. Whenever you can, choose paints and glues that are labelled as non-toxic so they will be better for your health.

Who knew that building a dollhouse carried with it so many hazards? These are just a few of the important health and safety considerations that you should keep in mind when you are working on your beloved hobby. These risks can be easily avoided, so that you can enjoy building doll houses in a happy and healthy way for many more years to come.

Melanie Winters is a craft blogger and doll house enthusiast. She has been working on her current doll house project for 3 years and she is always on the lookout for inspiration in the strangest places!

School Vacation Week Is Nearing an End

This week has been my kids school vacation week, starting last Friday with a cancellation of school due to weather, they get a whole 10 days of break from school. Right now my biggest challenge is going to be on Monday, when my seven year old son Aj is returned to school. Aj is convinced this is the break that happens in the Summer before he goes back to school for the next grade. I’m not really sure how to get through to him, as he is certainly not easily convinced of anything he feels otherwise of when he isn’t on medication. I just hope his Dad doesn’t have a hard time come Monday when he returns him to school. Fingers crossed.

February Vacation with my Kids

I had a blast making fun breakfast options, such as french toast this vacation. I also made the kids their scrambled eggs, toast with jelly or fried egg sandwiches from day to day. Breakfast is one of those meals that I allow the kids a couple choices. I had such a fun time hanging with my kids, I can’t say that Aj wasn’t a bit of a challenge though. One thing I have noticed with Aj not being on any medication is that I have to keep an eye and ear out for any situations that could play out to a potential meltdown. When I say meltdown, it’s not a normal meltdown that most deal with as a parent and child. Aj’s meltdowns are extreme in nature and he has no reasoning skills nor logic in his thought process when not on medication. You simply have to be proactive and give consequence for actions; the punishment that fits the crime so to speak. I have found this week that if I am proactive and give Aj some “chill out” time before his frustrations escalate we can have a pretty peaceful day, even if still busy with him having to be constantly watched.

February Vacation with my Kids

One day I made a blanket fort which was something to keep the boys busy through out the day. Every once in a while they would go back into the fort to hang out and have fun. I love that the kids all enjoy simple fun like this. Even my daughter who had a sleep over one night, made a blanket fort out of her bunk bed for her girlfriend and her to hang out in. Another fun at-home idea was to use a blanket for magic carpet rides …

February Vacation with my Kids

The boys laughed so hard having magic carpet rides … I loved hearing my Aj giggle just like his brother K-man. It was such a wonderful time that day, full of more laughter than anything else. I also captured a sweet photo of my sons, Aj actually smiling in it ..

February Vacation with my Kids

When asked if I am ready to have my kids back to school? I say yes and no. I am ready because they need the education and break from being stuck at home due to the cold weather but overall this week has kept me emotionally and physically drained in ways that are not normal. You see, normally there is argument after argument, fight after fight with my son Aj but this week really wasn’t that bad so as long as I stayed proactive we had little to no major issues.

What are some ways you enjoy family time inside of the house without television or video games?

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