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Wheelchair Accessible Summer Activities

Summer time is here and kids are out of school. Finding activites that our kids in wheelchairs can participate can be frustrating.

Until the whole World decides to be wheelchair accessible, we are limited to what we can do with Ciara but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our favorite summer time activites.

Here are some great activity ideas that are wheelchair accessible, that we enjoy doing during the summer time.

Morgan’s Wonderland

Morgan’s Wonderland is a accessible theme park, designed for special needs people in San Antonio Texas.

They have amusement rides and a water park.

We love Morgan’s Wonderland! It’s definitely a summer must have activity.

Skating

Here in Waco we have a skating rink that allows kids in wheelchairs to use the skating rink in their chair.

Ciara loves zooming around the rink in her power chair.

Bowling

Bowling is always a fun activity. They have bowling lanes with a ramp. I like to call ahead to make sure that the lane with the wheelchair ramp is available.

They also have bowling ramps for people who cannot throw the ball.

We always have a blast at the bowling alley.

Zoo

The zoo can be a little too hot during the summer time in Texas, but it’s always an option.

Build a Bear

Ciara has so much fun when she visits Build A Bear. Who doesn’t love building their own bear?? And it’s accessible and the workers are very accommodating for us.

Drive thru Safari

Drive thru safari’s are always fun. We use to drive to Glen Rose Texas to see their safari but now we have one closer that we are excited to try.

Movies

Okay so movie theaters can be frustrating because most theaters sit people in wheelchairs at the very front, and you break your neck looking up at the screen the whole time.

Last summer we visited the Hippodrome Theater in Waco and absolutely loved it!

They have a wheelchair lift that lifts them to their seat. You can also order food while you watch your movie. If you know the struggle of carrying movie snacks while pushing a wheelchair you understand how great that is!

I hope you have enjoyed these Summer Activities Ideas and have a great summer!

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Social distancing and 4th of July

With the gloomy covid 19 vastly spreading, social distancing is more important than ever.

This year celebrating the 4th of July may bring more challenges as we try to maintain our distance from others and stay safe.

Parades and firework shows will be canceled to keep Americans safe. That doesn’t mean we cannot celebrate our independence day!

Here are some 4th of July ideas for your family while maintaining social distance.

Have a six feet apart neighborhood parade.

Get with your neighborhood and have a 4th of July parade while remaining six feet apart. Your kids are sure to enjoy decorating their bikes or wagons in red white and blue and parading around the neighborhood.

Fire up the grill

Summer time is the perfect time to fire up the grill and do some grilling.

4th of July Desserts

There are so many 4th of July recipes to choose from! Check out pinterest to find your perfect 4th of July dessert!

Backyard Games

If you can’t go out, just set up some back yard games and practice social distancing while having some fun! Pinterest also has some great DIY backyard games.

Fireworks

If you live somewhere fireworks are allowed, grab some fireworks and a lawn chair and have your own show.

Rent a water slide

Water slides are the perfect way to enjoy the hot summer days. If you are looking for a great company to rent from in the Waco area try Rocket Inflatables at http://www.rocketinflatables.com

Relax with a 4th of July Cocktail

Find the perfect 4th of July cocktail and relax the day away!

I hope you all stay safe this Independence Day!

Happy 4th!

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Birthdays During Quarantine

Birthdays are so special for our little ones and special for us parents, to throw that magical birthday party that they will remember a lifetime.

My son’s birthday is coming up and I was feeling sad that we most likely will still be quarantined when his birthday gets here. It saddens me that we will not be able to party with our friends and family with a big birthday bash, but there are still ways to make sure your child has an amazing birthday.

Here are some ideas to make this birthday a birthday to remember.

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Birthday Parade

Have your friends and family decorate their cars with balloons streamers and Happy Birthday signs and have them drive down your road in a Birthday Parade. Make sure to honk and yell “Happy Birthday ” as you pass by the birthday kiddo.

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Treats

If you don’t like to bake, local bakeries are doing curbside or porch pickups for your favorite sweet treats.

 

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Birthday Cards

Kids love to get mail! Have all your friends and family send Birthday cards to arrive on their Birthday.

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Zoom Party

Send all your friends and family a zoom link so they can join in on the party fun!

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Birthday Yard Sign

How great would your child feel to wake up to a huge birthday sign in their own front yard! Amazon has many designs you can choose from, just make sure to order early for your kid’s upcoming birthday. I have included a link for a great birthday yard sign.

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Birthday in a Box

You can also order a birthday in a box for your special little one. They come with everything you need to celebrate for that special day. I can’t even imagine how excited I would be to wake up on my birthday and get to open a big box of birthday fun, just for me! I have also included a link for this birthday in a box.

I hope some of these ideas will help you plan an awesome birthday for your little one. I know I am excited to try some of these ideas for my son’s upcoming birthday!

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Boredom Busters for Teenagers

With the widespread coronavirus pandemic schools have closed, which means our children are stuck at home with us. This is a very troubling time for us, and even more stressful not knowing what we should be doing with our children.

This is different then the summer break kids get at the end of the school year. For one, with the virus spreading we are urged to stay indoors. Which means no Movie Theaters, Zoo outings or any activities outside of our homes. Not to mention the school year is not over, so you want to make sure your child does not lose everything they have learned throughout the year.

There is so much uncertainty right now but all I am certain of is that my 13-year-old will be home a total of three weeks quarantined with me and his sister. That is if they don’t decide to close the schools down for the rest of the year.

So I have compiled a list of things you can do with your teenager at home in this troubling time.

Stay on track of Studies

I have been checking the teacher’s websites for information on what the classes were working on previously to spring break. I also heard the school will send class worksheets soon, so the kids can stay up with their work.

I also found some websites that are helping keep kids learning in this time away from school.

Camp Night Outside

My family always loves to go camping, so why not set up a tent and camp in your backyard. Getting your teen involved in setting up or helping build a fire will help keep them from their devices for a little while. 

One night we had a campout and prepared our whole meal on the fire and surprisingly my son loved it and enjoyed helping the whole time.

Of coarse don’t forget the marshmallows to roast over your fire!

Movie Night

If you can’t make it to the theater, why not turn your living room into one! Make a concession stand with popcorn and candy treats and throw a bunch of blankets on the floor to enjoy some great movie time.

I love a throwback movie night, where I dig through all my old DVDs and find some good ole classic movies to watch.

Game Night

You can never go wrong with a family game night. There is always so much fun to have playing games.

Some of my family favorites are…

  • Monopoly
  • Clue
  • Twister
  • Scene it
  • Family Feud

Get the games and snacks and play all night!

DIY

So my son loves to make fluffy slime, you know with the glue and shaving cream, it is extremely messy but if it gets him off the couch I am all for it.

There are less messy DIYs you can try with your teenager.

  • Bath Bombs
  • Paint Pottery
  • Jewelry
  • Candle making
  • Soap making

Anything hands-on to keep them busy!

Gardening

Its that time of year to start those gardens and you have a free worker at home for three weeks. I love putting my son to work!

He actually likes gardening and planting his own veggies and its great exercise.

Cooking Lessons

While your cooking the millionth meal for your teenager, why not get them involved. Start teaching them how to use the kitchen.

Here are some great beginner meals or snacks.

  • Homemade Pizza
  • Homemade mac and cheese
  • Grilled cheese
  • Homemade Chicken Fingers
  • Lasagna
  • Spaghetti

Have fun in the kitchen!

Read!

Lastly and most importantly keep them reading! Reading is a great way they can keep those brains working.

You can make it a family time as well while you all read together.

Here are some great books for Middle School-aged kiddos.

 

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I hope some of these suggestions help with getting through these tough weeks ahead. Please stay safe these next few weeks and stay positive! We will get through this together!

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