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We recently had the opportunity to join family in Southern California and take our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to Disneyland. We considered this trip a while back and decided it would be best to wait until she was over the age of four so that she would hopefully remember most of the trip. However, we decided “why not” when the opportunity presented itself again and it also meant that our daughter would get the chance to spend some quality time with cousins and relatives she doesn’t get to see often. So we went….and had the BEST time!
I have to admit, I was a little worried how our daughter would respond to all the excitement of the park. Was it going to be too overwhelming with all the characters, rides, noise, crowds, and was she even going to appreciate meeting any of the characters? I couldn’t have been more wrong about this judgement. She LOVED every minute of it! I was even surprised to find out she actually knows all the characters and was thrilled to meet the Disney Princesses. It melted my heart to see her smile with excitement whenever we had an opportunity to meet a princess.
Standing at only 38″ tall, there were definitely limitations to what rides she could participate in. However, there were plenty of activities to keep her entertained in a two day experience. The Nemo submarine, Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear, Autopia, the Tea Cups, the Carousal, and the Jungle Cruise were among a few of the favorites!
Although, we know at her age she probably won’t remember much about the overall experience, we have absolutely no regrets in taking her this young. To see the joy and happiness the park brought to her face was worth every penny spent. Personally, I have been to Disneyland a handful of times and had a different experience every time considering my age and who I was traveling with. This visit to the park, was by far the best experience I’ve ever had. It’s not about the rides I partook in or the shows I witnessed, it was about the joy in my daughters eyes.
It’s true what they say about Disneyland, “It IS the happiest place on Earth!” It’s magical, it’s unforgettable and it’s for ALL ages, young and old. If you are like us and contemplate when the best time to take your kids to Disneyland is, I hope this post helps your decision. Good luck and happy travels!
I know this post comes to you a little late, considering my daughter’s birthday party was held in mid-July, but I loved the theme and wanted to share it with all of you. Better late than never, right?
My daughter, Kelly loves ice cream (who doesn’t right?) and therefore, the theme was an easy pick. It was great for the kids. They had a blast building their own sundaes and snacking on ice cream themed snacks all day. Not to mention, it was the middle of summer and it just so happened to be one of those days you can’t eat your ice cream quick enough before it melts all over the place. It was a perfect day for ice cream and everything cold.
We held it in in the back yard and set up activities for the kids to play, such as a water sprinkler, bubbles, sandbox, fishing pond, water table, balls, and toys. And as far as the decorations and food went, I was inspired by Pinterest once again. There are so many ways to search for things on the internet and yet, I still find the most creative and inspirational ideas through Pinterest. Check it out if you haven’t already! It’s a cataloging site so you can easily find and ‘bookmark’ where your favorites are in cyber world.
Decorations: I stuck to pretty basic pink decor (table clothes and streamers). However, instead of just having helium balloons around, I added a cone to the base of each balloon with brown packaging paper to transform the balloons into ice cream cones!
Food: We simply ordered pizza for the main course of the day and then splurged on the sweets! Of course…it was an ICE CREAM party! For a snack I had chopped fresh fruit stuffed in waffle cones and for cake I made a cake out of cupcakes in the shape of an ice cream cone as well as a special cake for the birthday girl. And if we’re gonna load them up with sugar, why not go all out with a full fledge sundae!? I laid out bowls with different toppings for the kids’ ice cream and they went to town decorating their sundaes.
Favors: This was one of my favorite things from the part and I completely forgot to get a photo before handing them all out. Go figure. I found fun ice cream sundae plastic glasses and filled them with ice cream themed candies and toys. I also included a tooth brush :).
Not only was this theme easy for a mid-summer birthday party, it was fun for the kids too. I was surprised at how many ice cream themed toys, treats and activities there are in the stores during the summer months. It certainly made this a very easy party to put together. There were so many other ideas I wanted to incorporate however, I did my best not to go overboard.