Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Beautify your kid's garden with accessories

Hope your interest in gardening is growing stronger day by day and your kids are also participating. If you feel the need to know more on gardening and have not got a chance to read my last post, then take out some time to read as you will find great resources to make you a better gardener.

In this post, I have some awesome ideas on how to make your garden look all the more beautiful with these garden accessories. These accessories are very attractive and affordable too. Check out yourself:

                                                            from: Wayfair

Garden Friends 2 Piece Garden Stone Set
















If you are planning to hold a party for your kids in the garden then these accessories will definitely appeal to your little guests:










                                                Your lawn is incomplete without this bird house, isn't it?

Busy Garden Freestanding Bird House

from: Wayfair

For Christmas celebrations, besides decorating your house, place some beautiful decoration pieces in your garden as well and receive loads of appreciation from your guests, check these:




                                                             

Garden Décor Santa and Snowman Christmas Decoration



20 Piece Solar Christmas Garden Stake Decoration Set - $309.99
Bring the joys of the christmas to your yard with these festive assorted solar powered garden stakes! These beautiful holiday accents will install in just seconds and their high quality waterproof housing ensures that they can withstand the harsh elem...



The above decorative pieces are indeed awesome and eco friendly too. So why not choose your favorite and place it in your own garden!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Guide on Gardening with kids

Now that you know gardening is an important eco friendly initiative to make our environment clean and green. Your kids also have started showing interest in gardening and ready with their cute gardening kits. However, you still can't figure out on how to start to get a beautiful garden, what things you need further and which plants to choose for your backyard.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Essential Gardening Tool for your Kids

Of course you want your little one to develop a liking for the wonderful hobby called gardening. For that it is important to make it interesting for the kid. Else, getting the child to like gardening can prove to be very difficult. An important part in this exercise is equipping your child with the correct gardening tools which are easy to use as well as light in weight appropriate to your child’s age. Here’s a list of the essential tools which you should get for the kid so that gardening becomes enjoyable for him/her and he/she can help around in garden.

The wheel barrowDo get a bright colored one which is easy to move around so that your little one can carry the little pots or dry leaves without any inconvenience.  

Kids Gardening Wheelbarrow


Hand GlovesGet a pair which is leather-palmed and offers adequate protection against thorns and rough edges so that your kid’s little hands remain clean and un-injured.


Rake & showelSince these can be dangerous tools, get small ones. Also, ensure that the material is not too heavy for them to work around in the garden.
Bird house To draw the child to the garden, you do need bugs and birds in your garden. In order to attract the flying birds, it is suggested to have a bird house.


Busy Garden Freestanding Bird House - $14.99

The Zingz & Thingz Busy Garden Free Standing Bird House is a bright and beautiful shelter for small birds. The combination of wood and metallic materials ensures that this birdhouse is durable. The Busy Garden Free Standing Birdhouse by Zingz & Thingz...


 You may either make one yourself or get a ready-to-assemble one and paint it in bright colors.

Watering Can Your boy or girl can water their little plants on schedule if they have a light weight can which they can use easily to nourish the growing greens in the garden timely.

Trowel Digging will become a fun activity with a small neon trowel which your baby will love to use. It is also easy to clean. Hence, learning to grow will be like digging your way through the ground!

Water sprinklerIt will be quite convenient for your baby’s little hands to water the potted plants on his/her own. So, the water sprinkler will prove to be handy and a must-have equipment in the gardening kit of your kid.

ApronGardening will involve letting your kid go out in the dirt and dig and plant to learn the art of gardening. As they say, stains are good! So, let them enjoy the process and the apron shall take care of protecting the clothes from the stains and dirt.

So buy these gardening tools for your kids and develop eco-friendly habit in them through gardening. And there, your little master is ready to grow in the garden!!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Encouraging kids for gardening

Gardening is a great experience and it is never too early to pass the joy of gardening to your little one. Plus, in this era where children prefer to be indoors, it can be a great way to stay outdoors, learn about nature and make some friends. The challenge for the parents is getting their kid to involve. The following tips will really help:

Make it interestingFor engagement of kids, the fun angle is really important. So, do take their opinion and keep their interests in mind.
                                          


Give them their kitYou can gift your child with a gardening kit on their birthday or a festival. The tools should be appropriate to their size and strength. A lot of bright colored options are available in the market. Do include a watering can since children love playing with water.

Choose plants that are easy to growTomatoes, mini cucumbers, peas, radishes and sunflowers are easy options which will grow relatively faster. Cumbersome plants initially will dissuade the kids from engaging further.

Assign a section of the gardening area You may even assign a section of the area to them which will inculcate ownership and responsibility among the kids with respect to maintenance of their space.

Fun activities in the garden Get involved with the kids to make handicrafts which will get them interested. A bird house is an interesting idea. You can also reuse/ recycle discarded CDs, foil, brooms to make scare crows. Ice-cream sticks can be used to name the plants. Old tyres can be used as plant protectors. You can also paint pots together. The kids can be motivated to grow plants in them.

Plant flowers Flowers attract ladybugs and butterflies. Children are intrigued by natural insects and flying creatures so this will encourage them to spend some time in the garden with these friends of nature.

Have planting competitions A competition among kids for planting flowers or cucumbers is a great idea to get them going. Guide them in the process and see how they fare.

Show kids how to compost It is a learning experience for kids to see how waste things from the kitchen can be used in the garden and help in growth and development of the plants.
                                  


Let the little ones do the watering Yes, since kids love to play with water, they shall lovingly take up this task. Make them a watering schedule and enjoy seeing them do the homework.
Gift your child this beautiful connection with nature.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Gardening – A life skills teacher for kids

Yes it is true. While inculcating an interest for gardening might be a challenge for any parent, it does teach the kids a number of lessons for life. If you are still not sure about teaching your kid the art of gardening, the following brief about the lessons that gardening will pass on to your little one, might help:

Patience – Patience is indeed a virtue that is put into practice while planting the seeds, waiting for them to germinate, providing it with the right nutrition and finally seeing your efforts bear fruit. Hence, gardening will help your kid understand that often they need to be patient to get desired results.                                 
Gardening with kids- so many benefits to reap!
Discovering new things – For kids, nature can be like a box of surprises where they discover how does it feel to interact with Mother Nature, how waste from the kitchen can act as a fertilizer for the plants and the worms make growing happen. Or how new plants can grow from the seeds of the fruits of the old plants.

Hope – Along with patience, hope is another life skill learnt through gardening. When you involve your little one in planting a tomato plant, they will hope to have red tomatoes in some time. Parents do need to be vigilant and help the kids to obtain positive results initially so that they can learn to hope for the best with the efforts put in.

Admiration for nature – Gardening teaches the kids to love nature and its elements. Be it the flowers, butterfly or the ladybug or even the worms, each one has its importance in the chain of nature.

Being responsible – Another lesson for the kids who engage in gardening is responsibility. Watering the plants on a timely basis, fertilizing, keeping away pests from the plants, etc., develops ownership amongst the kids.            
making kids responsible and hardworking with gardening

Learning to go green – With lifestyle getting busier across the generations, pollution is also increasing. Therefore, gardening emphasizes the need to enjoy the blessings of nature, go green, become eco-friendly and advocates the growth of plants and vegetables around us.

Growing own food - Growing own veggies in own garden and relishing them too is fun for sure. It’s motivating for kids to grow for self use and learn to enjoy the fruits of their hard work.

Growth is a result of hard work – Gardening teaches this very important lesson of life – that growth in one’s life is not possible without hard work and effort.

With so many life skills to imbibe, kids must be involved in gardening.  So, get set go…learn while you grow!   


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Creative ways to recycle or reuse common household items

If you have children at home, the number of things that they need is equally proportionate to the things that they can no longer use. For parents, the real challenge is how to effectively maintain a balance between these needs as well as keep their budget in check. If you as a parent believe in recycling stuff so that you can use them to cater to newer needs, you should definitely read ahead:

  1. From cracked ball to beautiful paper weight: It’s true – the rubber balls which crack and can no longer be played with, can be used as a paper weight by using pins to hold pressed sequins or beads on the exterior of the ball. You can also paint the surface of the ball to make it more attractive.
  2. From the broken globe into beautiful light holders:
    Many households have a globe which is used by the children. Once broken into two halves, it becomes useless but you can use it as light holders to cover the bulbs. It would add to the décor of your room and give it a ‘world-class’ touch!
  3. From metallic bottle caps and broken crayons to beautiful mini diyas: 
     You would normally throw out the metallic bottle caps after using the opener to remove them. Same goes with the crayons. Collect them instead. All you need to do is clean them, put a thick thread as wick in each of them and pour molten wax by melting the crayons. Your colorful mini diyas/ candles are ready for use during festivals or as home décor.
  4. From old crayons to push up crayons: Yes, the push up crayons can be made at home too instead of buying them from the market where they are relatively more expensive than the normal ones. Melt old or broken crayons and pour them into the plastic cover of finished glue stick. Let it dry and there, your new push up crayon is ready.
  5. From newspaper to odor absorbent: You would have never looked at the newspaper this way but you can try it out for yourself. So, you can either crumple it to keep it inside the shoe for those who have smelly feet or keep a dry stack in the room. It absorbs bad odor.
A little bit of creativity can recycle old household things and also save bucks! 

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Innovative ways to recycle or reuse kids stuff

With growing kids at home, one common problem that every parent has to face is how to do away with the innumerable things that keep piling up. From old socks to the old badminton, the things which enter the home never seem to leave, doubling and tripling over the years. Well, one easy solution is to donate or give it off to family or friends who can use it. Those who want a creative way out, here is how you can accomplish it:

The old socks: School-going kids need a new pair of socks almost every quarter so the old ones can prove to be useful as a bathroom rug. All you need to do is entwine them or knot them together and stitch through them in concentric circles.

Puppet made from old socks
 Alternatively, use old socks to make puppets and let kids start their own puppet show.           


The bat: Try painting the bat in bright pastel shades which will go with the interiors of your house and it can adorn your walls changing the look of the room completely and also help you preserve your kids’ childhood.

The school shirt: Your growing child’s school shirt gets short for him/her every year. Nevertheless, it can still prove useful for dressing up your pet; protecting it from extremes of temperature or just make it good-looking!
                                                                           

The shoe-boxes: Of course your little princess loves all her pretty new shoes but the boxes do go a waste. A creative way to use them is help your daughter in re-using the boxes to house her dolls – and the boxes will transform into a majestic dollhouse. You may also use these boxes for school projects and models.

The left-over of the pencils: Once the pencil becomes so small that it cannot be used for writing, the only logical thing which comes to mind is throw it away. But you can collect such remains and use them to create your artistic wall-hanging. In fact, you can also involve the kids to pitch in for this handicraft.

The baby food cans: Of course, the baby food tin cans can be used for storing the pulses, cereals and spices. But if you still have some extra ones and do not know what to do with it except for discarding it as junk, hold on. 

                                                      
Baby food jar recycled as pencil holder
These cans can be transformed into very useful items such as the piggybank and decorative pen holders with some effort. Needless to say, the process is quite simple.


Next time you have some old kids’ stuff, think about innovative ways to recycle or reuse the same. With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can turn junk to funk!! 


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Monday, November 2, 2015

Eco friendly ways to clean post festival mess

Festivities and celebrations are in full swing. Digging into sweets, buying clothes for kids and family, decorating the house, gifting to loved ones- all these are part of festivals. How about being socially responsible this festive season? If it is a ‘thumbs up’ from you, there is no dearth of the various ways to go about the after-festivity cleanup in an environment-friendly manner.

  • Use the colored saw dust and flowers as mulch:
  • Reuse and recycle saw dust
    The colored saw dust and flowers that beautify the rangoli / colorful decoration of your home floor can also fertilize your garden area after rotting. Spread it evenly in the space adding nitrogen fertilizer to it for the nitrogen consumed by the micro-organisms during the rotting process.
  • You can use the decorative items to adorn your home space: The ornaments from the idols created in festivals can be re-used for fancy dress competitions of your children or even to decorate the doll house of your daughter. The tit-bits prove very handy while making handicraft items with kids.                                                    
  • Vegetable peels make great compost material: The delicacies that you prepare for your loving kids during the festivities comprise a variety of vegetables and fruits. The peels of these make very effective and natural compost for growing plants, trees and vegetables. So make your soil fertile at the expense of waste organic material!
  • Comfortable saw dust bed for your pet: The colored saw dust of rangoli can also be used to keep your pet comfortable. You can either spread it over the sleeping area of your pet or fill it in a piece of cloth and sew it to make comfortable bedding.
  • The mud lamps can be re-used: Whether the plain mud ones or the terracotta ones, they can be re-used for lighting near the tulsi plant (holy basil) or in the prayer room for daily worship.The lamps can also be painted by kids and can serve as a decorative piece to brighten up your home as well as backyard.  
  • Don’t throw, donate food instead:
    share festive food with underprivileged
    With so many families and children sleeping hungry and suffering from malnutrition, throwing away food is a bad idea. Instead, donate the cooked leftover. There are a number of NGO’s who collect extra food and distribute it to the needy.


With these post festival eco friendly cleanup measures, you and your kids can surely add value to each celebration. Pledge to enjoy the festive season responsibly, safely and fully; sharing smiles! 


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ideas for eco friendly decoration with kids

All set to celebrate festivals? But remember to make your celebrations safer for environment too coz every festival leaves its ugly effects on the surroundings.

Though ecofriendly ways are picking up yet there is an urgent need to protect environment in every aspect of life including festivals. Forgo the methods and celebratory ways that cause pollution and embrace eco friendly attitude.

This festive season try to make an effort, (encourage your kids too!) to turn eco-friendly, to contribute whatever you can to make earth a better place to live! This would be the best festive gift for kids and Mother nature.
Have a look at some eco-friendly ideas of decoration that you can implement with the help of your kids. The first and the foremost thing should be to replace thermocol and plastic with cardboards, cloth and papers.

1.      Paper flower garlands
                                        


With colourful papers including the left over paper cuttings you can do so many things. Garlands made with paper flowers always look fresh as compared to those made with plastic. This idea will come handy if you are not opting for the garlands made with actual flowers. Your craft book will have ideas to make paper flowers. Or you can always refer to the internet.

2.      Diyas( earthen pots)-
Use clay diyas only and completely ban the ones made with POP. You can oil paint diyas with different colours like golden, bright red, yellow, etc. to make them look appealing. Use non-toxic oil-paints which are easily available in the markets. That ways you can show off your artistic side and save electricity too!



3.      Torans( gateway decoration)-
Either go with the traditional toran made with ‘mango leaves’ or craft yourself a beautiful hand-made toran with the help of cardboards and colourful papers.

4.      Cardboard Rangoli- Draw peacocks, flowers, different shape diyas and other beautiful stuff on a cardboard and cut it out. Paint it with different colours and there you are ready with variety of rangolis. Mix and match them every day.       
     You may also use eco friendly materials and waste items such as marbles, raw rice covers, mirror pieces, granules, sands, etc. Ask your kid to share ideas of rangoli designs.

5.      Paper bag lanterns-
Shopping paper bags can be perfectly brought to use to make a series of lanterns. They not only look beautiful, but are so eco-friendly too.

6.      Seashell Candles- Girls have always liked making seashell necklaces. But seashell candles too will look adorable. You will get a variety of sizes and shapes in candles.
Even boys would like to try their hand at this and your home will look even more beautiful!

7.      Make a collage of your interpretation of that festival- Use all your creative ideas to make a wall hanging (on a plain blouse-piece/ bed sheet) that depicts the importance of that particular festival. Start collecting pictures from newspapers and magazines and share your views on each of them. 




You can also inspire kids to make greeting cards using cloth, paper and other waste materials. Along with eco-friendly, you can also make your festival educational too!!

These ideas for eco friendly decorations with kids surely make your festival extra special. Involve everyone from your family to contribute in ideas and you will end up enjoying more!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Way to make kids eco-friendly

Eco-friendly kids can do huge good to the environment much more than adults can do. All it takes guidance in right direction. So how would you transform your kid into environment friendly human?
Well, here are some simple tips to bring the change:

Be the leader
                                       
Parents can make their kids friendly towards environment through their actions and mindset. Be eco friendly yourself by respecting Mother Nature and implementing reuse, recycle and reduce policy. Good habits quickly pass on from adults to kids.

Grow plants in backyard

                                  


Explain the kids about the importance of greenery and how trees produce fresh air and several other benefits to the entire eco system. Encourage the kid to grow a plant in your backyard/ garden and let him water the plant regularly. By this, the child will learn the importance of every living being and take active interest in protection of the surroundings.

Reuse waste material

Reuse and recycle plastic bottles and boxes to grow saplings or use them in making other interesting items. Similarly use shoe boxes, paper cuttings, useless CDs, tin cans, lids,etc to make useful crafts such as pen stand, bookmark, face mask, puppets,etc. That ways, kids learn to make most out of waste material and save mother Earth from being polluted.

Celebrate eco friendly festivals

Festivals means celebrations but does that mean more pollution as well? Encourage kids to throw waste things such as wrappers, used paper plates,etc in the bin. Reuse egg carton,biodegradable trash bags, used paper bags, used jars and papers,etc for Halloween decorations. Instead of using too many electric bulbs to celebrate Diwali and Christmas, use earthen pots/ candles as these are not just eco-friendly but means as source of income for underprivileged ones. Also switch to energy efficient bulbs to save electricity.
                                       

We know benefits of turning eco friendly but ways to become one are countless. Switch to walking instead of driving, donate old clothes/ books/ stationery, turn off lights when not required, use rechargeable batteries, less shower time and so on.

Hope this write-up will be useful for you. Do add your suggestions and ideas on how to become more eco friendly with kids.


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Benefits of encouraging kids to be eco friendly

Growing pollution and global warming have deteriorated the environment leading to ad hoc season changes as well as increased natural calamity. No wonder, our kids won't get to see pure air and clean environment when they grow up unless we take some concrete steps to bring positive change.

Besides initiating an eco friendly drive at our level, we can also involve kids to become environment friendly. It will indeed have several benefits when kids turn eco friendly from young age. Check out some amazing benefits of promoting kids to be eco friendly:

Awareness leads to healthier choices

Educating kids about environment and related issues will help kids gain awareness. This would, in turn, help them to think and decide what works best for them as well as their surroundings. Be it protecting greenery, reducing wastage, reusing available resources and several other things, kids will be able to make informed decisions and choose good habits over unhealthy habits willingly.

Kids as torchbearers
                                   
                                       
Kids learn faster and implement promptly. Once the kids are encouraged and motivated to make environment a better place, they are likely to adopt better habits and set good example for others including adults. Habits as simple as throwing waste in dust bin only can make the difference. In fact, we can see children as enthusiastic volunteers for eco-friendly movement in their locality and bringing about the positive change.

Cleaner and greener surroundings
                                                   
When kids pledge to save their ecosystem then  no wonder you can see them planting new saplings and leaving behind their old habits of damaging greenery. Sowing seeds, watering plants and cleaning debris from public areas may sound little but have large impact to make surroundings cleaner and greener. Educating kids about eco friendly habits help them to become more empathetic towards environment and respectful to other living beings as well.

Saving essential, irreplaceable resources and opting for alternatives

Motivate kids to use resources such as electricity, water and paper carefully. Walk or bike instead of using vehicles. This would not only lead to diligent use of natural resources but also reduce different kinds of pollution. In fact, opting for alternatives such as solar energy would be a brilliant move.

Encourage kids to craft solar energy based devices and they are likely to come up with out-of-the-box ideas to use solar energy and reduce electricity usage.

Gift of good health

By inspiring kids to become eco friendly, we are gifting them good health for life. Clean, pure and green environment is what our kids deserve and not filthy, polluted and unhygienic surroundings.When they adapt to eco friendly lifestyle, they can enjoy goodness of nature and get rid of several health issues related to heart, lungs, etc.

To leave behind a green environment and beautiful place for coming generations, it is high time to encourage kids to become eco friendly.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Benefits of school trips for kids

School trips including Zoo, museums, parks etc are the best adventures in life, along with the activities trips enlist the number of benefits for kids. School trips give the most amazing experiences in life. that you had ever dreamt off. A school trip with its natural and changing atmosphere turns out the learning session into positive moment with bundle of memories.

If you are not sure whether to allow your kid for a school trip or not then read on to know the benefits.

Here are crucial benefits of school trips for kids:

1.       Open air learning sessions unlock the windows to wisdom:

 

Of course, this is 100% true; every child has a unique perception of thinking and has different ability to grasp the insights of the story. With this new form of learning including field trips, children find the connection and discover their own potential for the things which they learnt in the school.

2.       New Interest with New Experiences:

A field trip can excite the ambition in a child to experience new things and search for new dreams. At the time of field trips children acquire information about diverse subjects. This introduces the sparks for new interests and thirst for more learning.

3.       Learning of Social Skills:

In addition to the educational learning, a school trip also improves the social skills in kids. They learn to share and care, ask questions if they observe something new, act polite while their visit to outdoor trips.

4.       Improved Confidence in Learning:

While observing the elements live, kids surely increase the power of learning and deliver the positive result out of it. They become more confident and efficient learners in the classroom.

5.       Responsible Citizens:


School trips render the powerful results for young people and make them responsible citizens to do something positive for the society or to contribute their part in the societal programs. School organized trips for cleanliness campaign or helping the downtrodden make kids more humane and responsible.

6.     Quick and smooth learning:

During academic sessions, kids also enjoy so much that sometimes they don’t even know they are learning some thing new, which can benefit in winning the achievements. Moreover, visible improvements can be felt in kids who would otherwise have been slow during indoor academic sessions.


7.       Along with the kids, school trips also improves the perception of teachers


Sweet memories of school days and the trips with friends always remain the same even when the kids grow up. By engaging the children in outdoor activities and new experiences, even mentors learn a lot about the perception of each child and learn the new views to the world.

In nutshell, outdoor school trips initiate faster and easier learning of concepts related to academics as well as life skills.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Enthralling Father's Day Plan for Dad and kids

Planning for Father's Day? Being a Sunday, kids and their father can enjoy the whole day and travel around the city to different places. If you are still not sure how to spend the day and which places to visit on Father's Day then read the following schedule and plan accordingly in advance for some fantastic moments:

On the eve of Father's Day
Prepare the list of favorite homemade snacks, drinks, cookies, pocket knife, fruits, nuts, etc to carry so that you have something to munch when you leave your home. Besides, remember to update music CDs/ songs playlist, headphones, extra batteries for uninterrupted flow of music during travel. Camera is another travel accessory that need to be carried to capture sunny moments.

Start early             

Get ready early in the morning. Grab on some quick snacks,shakes, etc to charge up your batteries. Dress up in comfortable wears as per the weather and pack some extra clothes, swimming costumes, undergarments, just in case, you might need.

Head to famous garden/ park of your city   
          
Traveling with Father is so much fun!

Your first travel spot is the popular park or garden or ecological park of your city. Cities such as New Delhi have plenty of green belt such as Deer Park, Garden of Five senses and Lodhi Gardens. Take a stroll around the garden, jog, run and observe the blooming flowers all around. Kids would love to take nature walk with their father. If the place permits some sport action then do carry the relevant equipment such as skates, badminton, football, etc for added pleasure. After all the fun and run, settle down for a while to munch the eatables and get started for next destination.

Zoo or aquarium
Kids love animals. So it would be a great idea to pay visit to aquarium or zoo whichever is within the city or nearby. Do click some selfies with your camera throughout the travel.

Dose of Adventure
Choose your pick among different options such as go-karting, indoor trekking, climbing the wall, water activities, ice skating and other interesting activities. Since you have already packed swimwear and extra pair of clothes, so straightaway dive into the pool without a thought. The whole family will have a great time.                    

In case your kids are too young then you may opt for safe kids zone to enjoy with them. These places usually have plenty of cafes and food outlets as well to deal with your hunger pangs after the adventure mania.

Still want some more?
Seems you can go on further after all these activities! Then why not go for a movie? Check out the latest releases and book your tickets. However, if this is not what you want then check the events for the day in advance and go for live band shows, stage plays, circus, stand-up comedy shows,etc., which assure wholesome entertainment throughout the evening.

After all these fun filled traveling throughout the day, both kids and Dad will hit the bed with loving memories ans smiles on their faces.