Scenic Horse Riding
I grew up with horses on our property and lots of time to go riding in our yard and on the bike paths on the arroyo that was behind our house. We even had people board their horses on our property and my sister and I had our own pony. That all ended when my parents got a divorce. Since then I’ve had little chances to go horseback riding. Being able to grab a friend or two and take a scenic horse riding lesson is something everyone should do at least once. Children should too. Learning to ride a horse should count as a life skill, like being able to drive a stick shift or cook in the kitchen. Since my kids don’t have easy access to horses we like going to a place with a great reputation, good trainers and calm horses so we can do a day ride and enjoy our time.
For those wanting to check out a horse riding school I’ve found it is nice to find a place decent in size, with lots of property to ride on and different types of lessons, depending on age and ability of the rider. You might even split up and take different lessons. Someone that has never been on a horse would benefit from private lessons. A person that knows how to ride but is a bit rust might want to take a beginners trail ride. For me, I think I’d like to take a beginners trail a few times and then advance up to a harder group. If you have little kids in your group you might want to have them take pony riding lessons. That is what I did when I was a kid.
If you are not experienced in riding make sure you wear proper clothing too. Most places will provide helmets. You are on your own to wear decent boots, jeans and a t-shirt or long-sleeve shirt, depending on the weather. The saddle, halter and other gear for the horse should be provided for you.
Nothing like getting out, enjoying nature, fresh air and gorgeous views while riding a horse.
5 Stunning Cruise Destinations You Have To Experience Before You Die
In recent years cruise holidays have boomed in popularity. They’ve become more than just floating hotels, and now offer the absolute pinnacle of opulent travel experience. Cruises give access to beautiful remote islands and people, so experiencing new cultures and food is made easy. With varieties of cuisine, spa and swimming facilities, and even casinos, it’s not surprising that people are choosing to travel by sea. If you’re considering a cruise holiday, but you’re still undecided about where to go, here are some suggestions.
Experience heavenly paradise with a cruise around the beautiful Pacific islands of Hawaii. You will have the opportunity to get some surfing action on the South Island, practice your hula dancing, and gorge on the refined cuisine of the natives. There is even the chance to swim with dolphins in a tropical lagoon. It is clear that the only way to see this beautiful island state is by water.
Venture around the Cape of Africa or up the Zambezi River, and experience the enormous range of sights that this organic continent can offer. Drift along the river and take in the local wildlife, or why not book a safari and get up close and personal with them. A visit to Victoria Falls – one of the seven wonders of the natural world – is an absolute must. Click here to find out what an African cruise can offer you.
With its stunning blue waters, hot sun, and white beaches, the Mediterranean is a classic holiday destination. Take in the sights and smells of Italy, see the ruins of Ancient Greece, pop into Barcelona, and visit the bazaar markets of Marrakesh. Swim in the warm waters and soak up the sun on board, and explore the beautiful towns that line the coast. The Mediterranean offers such a variety of culture and cuisines; there’s something there for everyone.
It is plain to see that the resorts of the Maldives were built with luxury in mind. The crystal clear waters and snow white beaches around the atoll draw people from all around the globe, for obvious reasons. A cruise of the area would take you to dock at the country’s larger cities. There you will see the ancient temples and experience the delectable food, before taking you back to the smaller islands to unwind on the beach. Just don’t forget your snorkel and flippers.
Vacation as the Vikings would, but with a bit more comfort and a bit less pillaging. The beautiful fjords and cliffs around Scandinavia make a dramatic backdrop for a cruise. There’re so many beautiful coastal cities to take in as well, from Helsinki to the Baltic states. Days off-ship will include the beautiful cobbled streets of Copenhagen, and the stunning parks and trendy restaurants of Stockholm.
Each of these five places is a must-visit in your lifetime, and what better way to see them all that by sea? The comfort and class of your cruise liner is the perfect way to travel around these stunning island areas. When you get home you’re guaranteed to feel both cultured and pampered.
CHILL at the Queen Mary
This week I’m blessed to bring my kids on a brand new adventure! The Queen Mary has a special event just for Christmas. They have been doing it a while now but this will be my kids’ first time here. Starting Wednesday and going until January 8th, 2017, you and your family can have a winter wonderland adventure at the Queen Mary. Bring some warm clothing and a smile and enjoy the day.
Just some of the awesome activities at the Queen Mary:
- Ice skating.
- Build gingerbread houses.
- Photos with Santa.
- Story time and hot chocolate with Mrs. Clause (or, in my family, we call her Sarah Clause, since in all the stories she doesn’t have a first name).
- There is live entertainment.
- Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
- And much more.
Tickets are available online as well as special hotel rates. For hotel rates for the Queen Mary CHILL event you can use promo code: chill16.
CHILL guests receive complimentary access to the World Famous Queen Mary.
Dinosaur Adventure This Weekend
If you and your children love dinosaurs I have the most awesome place you can attend this weekend. Jurassic Quest is live at the Ventura Fairgrounds. Explore the buildings and learn about dinosaurs. Hands-on exhibits, displays, crafts, food and more.
What. When. Where.
10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001
Fri 3pm-8pm Sat 9am-8pm Sun 9am-7pm
The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 50 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more!
Attractions to see:
- Walking Dinosaurs (yes, they walk around, are life-size and look real).
- Dino Science Station.
- Dino Crafts.
- Face Painting.
- Dino Rides.
- Fossil Digs.
Get tickets now for this fun weekend event!
For Tickets and more information: http://www.jurassicquest.com
Enter & Win!
What is YOUR Favorite Dinosaur?
Right now one lucky person has the chance to win a family Four-Pack. To win simply post in the comments below the name of your favorite dinosaur! Winner must be of the age 18-years-old, or older and be able to pick up tickets November 11-13th 2016 at the will-call booth at the Ventura Fairgrounds. Winner will be chosen at random.
Teaching Kids about Disability
There are so many different disabilities that your child may not necessarily be aware of, both physically and mentally, that can differ in severity. While your children may not have met someone with a disability just yet, once they start nursery or school, they may be faced with disability.
With around 7% of children having some form of disability, your little ones might meet children of their own age with disabilities in school, and as their curiosity kicks in, they will probably come home with a lot of questions. It’s down to us as parents to teach them about disabilities, not only to improve their understanding of the subject, but to have them grow up aware of the uniqueness of people and treating everyone equally.
Here are a few ideas on how to discuss disabilities with your kids, from the mobility aid experts at Ability Superstore.
Be direct with them
It’s better to get straight to the point than to dance around the subject when it comes to teaching children about disabilities. If you find them looking curiously at someone, with a mobility aid for example, simply explain to them that they might have a condition that means they can’t walk as well as others, or move about in the same way.
People are unique, but everyone is human
In the diverse world that we live in, it’s crucial that children understand that while people look and act differently, everybody is equal and should be treated in the same way. This should be stressed in regards to people with disabilities. Whilst they might not be able to do some of the same things that your child can, it doesn’t mean they aren’t equal.
Jokes about a disability is wrong
Bullying in schools happens a lot and children might not even realise that what they’re doing is wrong. As parents, when sitting down for the chat with our children, we should be enforcing the fact that laughing or joking about people with disabilities is wrong. Explain to your children that while they might not show it, their feelings could be hurt.
Make sure they’re aware of invisible illnesses
Physical disabilities are much easier to notice than invisible conditions, including hearing problems for example. Making sure your child knows that sometimes a person might have a disability that doesn’t show, will make them much more aware and help them to treat people equally.
Don’t focus on what they can’t do
Although those living with a disability may not be able to do certain things as well as others, there are plenty of other things they might excel in. We should teach our children that while they might require mobility equipment to walk around, they might actually have something in common that they are great at! Why don’t they try speaking to their fellow pupil and finding out what they enjoy doing?
Going the extra mile
There’s plenty that your children can do, not only to help those with disabilities but to develop themselves as people. For example, they could start to learn the basics of sign language if there is someone with hearing difficulties in their school. You could even spend some quality time with each other, by going to the classes and learning new things together.
These are just a few ways in which you can begin to teach your child about disability. Starting to build their awareness from a young age will help them to grow into a fantastic individual who treats everyone equally.