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Wayne Wonder Based in Gloucestershire in the U.K is one of the country's leading children's entertainers and winner of multiple awards across his field.

As a magician and children's entertainer I am constantly on the look out for new ideas, different takes on old ideas and practically anything I can add into my repertoire.  As a by product of this I come across or invent lots of ideas that for one reason or another I can't fit into my shows.  That doesn't mean that they are no good in fact many of them work great for ideas to try at home.  I only realised this after having my daughter and seeing how much she enjoyed them.  That's why I have created this resource, for families to visit take away what they want and try these things at home.  You have everything at your fingertips for great, easy and inexpensive ideas for your little ones at home.  Going out to new experiences and spending time together as a family is important if not crucial to a child's development but that doesn't mean you have to go out and spend lots of money every time, you can create amazing memories just by investing a little bit of time at home with these great ideas.

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Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary - Studio's Park

Disneyland Paris Studios review

Welcome to the fifth and final part of our Disneyland review, we all had an amazing time there and we are planning to go back in a few years. Im hoping that by then they will have built a Star Wars land and we are thinking of trying to book a date closer to Halloween so we get to see more villains. This time we are going to talk about the Studio's Park which was my favourite part of our trip, the rides were better, it has the great Ratatouille restaurant and the Ratatouille ride plus loads more! Before we crack on mack sure you have read the previous parts of this review below.

Ok where to start? lets start at the beginning, we spent out first evening at Disney in the Studio's Park because we had booked our first meal at Bistrot Chez Remy.  We stayed quite close to the restaurant, which has a large real water fountain outside, in fact Disney have made this area feel very Parisian, it does feel like you are in a little bit of Paris with some lovely music playing too.  Right next door to the restaurant is the ratatouille ride, although it was too busy for us to ride on our first day we did get on it another day and it's a great ride, very cleverly put together.  You ride around in cars and the idea is that you become a rat in Remy's kitchen/restaurant, it's all done very well however there is one point where a Champagne bottle had its corked popped directly at you and I feel that this should have had a splash of water hit you in the face but nothing happened and I think that was a missed opportunity to really bring the ride to life.

Adjacent to this Remy area is the Toy Story Playland, which felt much more dedicated to younger children and it has some brilliant photo opportunity points.  In this area you will find:-

  • RC Racer
  • Slinky Dog ZigZag Spin
  • Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop

We didn't get to go on the RC racer but it looked like a great ride, we did try the other two though which are very gentle rides perfect for small children, watch the video below for more details on these.

So that was my first experience in the Studio's park but whats it like to spend almost an entire day in the park? I'll assume that you will be coming from the Disney Village so you will need to just bare to the left slightly to find the Studios Park (it's not like it's hard to find, it's huge!) When you enter the park you're in a courtyard like area called the Front Lot.  This is where you will find all the customer services like the Studio's Services that I mentioned before for disabilities.  There is also a meet and greet here every day, during our stay it was Goofy everyday. You then need to walk into Studio 1 to enter the Studio's park, you will be greeted with an arcade of restaurants, all loosely based on films, there are loads of different types of food here, some fast food some restaurants but we didn't get a chance to try any of these.At the end of this arcade you walk out of the building into the studio park with a huge statue of Walt and Mickey.  You'll be able to see the Studio Tram Tour directly in front of you.

This ride is a very gentle ride with a video playing walking you through some real sets that were used in films so it's great for some pictures, you will see more in the video above.  There is a highlight on this ride, you get to see some special FX on a set and it's really good but the rest of this ride is just meh.

You'll also see The Art of Disney Animation which again has a lot of meh about it until at the end of this tour guide, museum experience you get to learn how to draw a Disney character.  I learned to draw Winnie the Pooh, now I can not draw to save may life in fact a few years back my daughter asked me to draw her a princess which she could then colour in.  This was a normal request for her because my wife is a very good artist and would draw many pictures for her.  So I put a lot of effort into this princess for her with a big gown and long her etc.  I was quite proud of it but as soon as I showed it to my daughter she cried, not of laughter but genuine disappointment of just how bad it was.  So coming with no drawing skills what so ever and being able to create the Winnie the Pooh below was amazing to me.

Opposite the Animation museum is the Animagique Theatre where different shows take place, these shows are free to attend and I highly recommend you catch the Mickey and the Magician show which I reviewed here. Next to this are two rides, Flying carpets over Agrabah and Crush's Coaster. We got on the Flying Carpet ride very quickly with little to no queue, this is a basic fairground ride similar to the Dumbo ride in the main park but again Disney do the theming very well, with the voice of the Geenie talking to you the whole time. Crush's Coaster is a very deceptive ride, it's all under cover apart from one small exposed piece of track.  From the outside this looks like quite gentle roller coaster maybe good for kids? but look more carefully at the big blue building, specifically how high the building is.  This shows just how high up you are going to go on the ride.  I went on this with my 7yr old who is just as much a thrill seeker as I am so we had no problem with this ride.  We went on with my sister and my mum who both prefer much slower rides so it was a bit of a shock for them just how fast this coaster goes.  It doesn't go upside down but it is all quite dark and it is a fast coaster.  I would rate it as an intermediate coaster, not for very small children but also not a real intense coaster either.

Round the other side of the park is the Back Lot where the more intense rides are kept and the Stunt Show is housed here too. You will pass the Tower of Terror which you can hear all day long the screams of the people riding it, we didn't get a chance to ride this but basically it looks like a much more extreme version of the Parachute Drop.  Near the Tower of Terror you will find a stage, which looks like a temporary set up but I'm not sure.  This is where you find the Star Wars characters doing a meet and greet, the first order march with Captain Phasma and they do some sort of show on stage too but again we missed this.  I did catch some of the Storm Troopers and The First Order March  which you can see in the video above.  The first ride you come to here is Armageddon which is less a ride and more an experience from the film. That is if you can remember the film that was first released almost 20 years ago.  We did go on this and I really wasn't impressed, I think this ride is outdated and can now be replaced. Don't waste your time going on this.  Opposite this ride is the Blockbuster Cafe which is split into two halves, one half is dedicated to Iron Man and the other half Pirates of the Caribbean.  

A little walk down from here and you may well spot a very special bin, you can see this bin in action in the video above.  There are also some nice photo opportunities here with a very welcome umbrella that rains on you, especially welcome in 34℃ heat. You have the Rock 'n' Roller Aerosmith coaster here, this was easily one of my favourite rides and it is an extreme coaster.  All indoors and again I think maybe it's a little dated.  Maybe it should be a Foo Fighters ride these days? Lots of great music on this ride and music themed posters as you queue.  We used the fast track system which I explained here.  This system does not get used enough.  You get to walk past a music studio and Aerosmith appear in some video's too.  The ride is brilliant though, only myself and my 7yr old went on this one but we loved it. Just outside this ride is another meet & greet area which was Spiderman during our stay.  He's kind of tucked away again it's almost like it's a secret that he is there. The final attraction here was the Stunt Show, this is a very popular show and it takes place in a very large arena.  Im not much of a motor head, So I appreciated the clever tricks like remote controlled cars but speeding along and doing wheelies just isn't my thing.  I could tell though thats lots of people were loving it.  Unlike other stunt shows I have seen there isn't really a story to this one.  It actually reminded me of Top Gear but for stunts (not that I watch Top Gear) The presenters go into quite some detail to explain how popular stunts are done in action films, they are then recreated.  I prefer a story line, have a great story line with stunts included and I think this show would be better.  Even after all of this I would still see it again because of the ending, I'm not going to tell you what it is, watch the video above and I have kept just the smallest teaser for you, no spoilers here!

We have come to the end of this massive review from our time at Disneyland Paris.  We all loved it, I think I preferred the Studios park because it was a little quieter and the rides a little more extreme combined with some great activities like the animator and brilliant shows like Mickey and the Magician.  Please do take the time to have a look around this site, and just get in touch through social media if you have any questions or think I missed anything. Make sure you like our Facebook page opposite too.  Right we are off to get back on track with more arts and crafts starting with a Moana themed month!

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary - Restaurants & Shows

Disneyland Paris Wonder kids Review Restaurants

Welcome to the penultimate episode of this epic review for Disneyland Paris in 2017.  So we are nearly at the end of the review, this week we are looking at the restaurants we visited and why we chose them, we'll also review some of the shows you can catch around the park with plenty of tips and tricks along the way too. If you are only just starting to plan or think about a trip to Disneyland or maybe you are trying to save up for a trip than I have something that may interest you.  If your kids still have birthday's coming up before you go then have a look at the Birthday Party Boxes I have for sale.  At less than £100 per box with FREE delivery they really offer amazing value for money and will be one of the most inexpensive parties you can do. A brilliant concept that I have put together, A complete party in a box, using all my experience in the party industry, just click on the kit pictured, the range available is growing every month. Before we kick off this weeks new review make sure you have read all the other blog posts first.

Booking the Restaurants

You need to book the restaurants you want to go too.  I think this is just good practise no matter what time of the year you are going.  You can book the restaurants from 60 days before your arrival, so make sure you have planned every restaurant you would like to eat in by then.  Some of the more popular restaurants get booked up really fast, so as soon as it's 60 days before you arrive get on the phone and start booking.  One little confusing hiccup we had was that the Disney employee we spoke to when booking our restaurants tried to claim that you could only book from 60 days prior to eating at a restaurant, the difference this makes is that lets say if you are going for a week long holiday, lets say arriving on a Saturday and you call up 60 days before you are due to arrive on the Saturday they said that we could only book the meal for the Saturday not for our other nights there as it was more than 60 days before we would be eating there? 

Did that make sense? Im getting confused just typing it, we managed to explain that in their advertising it says to make reservations 60 days before your arrival not before eating at each restaurant and they did let us carry on with our bookings.  Another thing you might come across is that with some of the character meet & greet restaurants Disney have to make sure that the restaurant will have enough people dinning with them to justify opening the restaurant, so with ADC if they only have 3 tables booked on a certain day they may try to move your booking however this can go the other way too, so if they get lots of people wanting to book a certain date that they weren't planning to open on then they may open the restaurant for an extra date, this happened with us at ADC on the Sunday that we stayed, we wanted an early evening meal to fit in after the parade and before the Princess Waltz but initially Disney were only offering Sunday lunch slot.  We came back to them and due to so much demand they opened the restaurant later because they could fill it.

So what restaurants are in the park? quick answer is there are loads, so I have listed below a quick link list for some of the most popular places to eat. Go and check them out, below I have included the reviews for the places that we ate in. The video below shows way more than the few pictures I have included with every review.

Restaurants we ate in and reviewed below

Just some of the other restaurants

For the shows you will need a programme which you can find here.

Bistrot Chez Remy

This was our first restaurant, it's located in the Studio's Park and it's based on the film Ratatouille. The theming/decorations in this place are incredible, we had seen a few youtube video's where characters from this film are walking around the restaurant and we wrongly assumed that they did this all the time.  It was another reason for us booking this restaurant and we were disappointed on the day to see that there weren't any characters in the restaurant.  Once we got back we looked into it and none of the Disney advertising mentions character meets at this restaurant so it was our mistake and assumption.  We still loved the restaurant and the food was fantastic, we were actually served by a Brit which was very pleasant on our first meal of the weekend. Main courses we had were Steak, Sea Bass, Cod and the kids had Spaghetti with ratatouille.  Obviously there is lots of Ratatouille on the menu, it comes with nearly every dish which was great for me, I loved it. 

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

This was something really different and personally my favourite meal of our time there.  Not because the quality of the food was amazing (although the food was perfectly exceptable).  This is a much more informal meal.  This meal is all about the show which not only features cowboy's and brilliant horses but you will also see native Americans and buffalo's too.  The seating is not allocated, it's first come first served so get there about an hour before the show starts, the entrance area is also a bar with a live band.  We all bought drinks but you do get drinks included with your meal too. Once you have some drinks go and stand near one of the large staircases.  Do not stand near the stage for the live band.  Once the barrier opens get up there as quick as you can, there are plenty of seats for everybody so theres no need to push or anything but the first up get the best seats. The show gets off to a slow start but the action picks up with loads of stunts and games played.  You get real audience interaction with some great entertainers actually coming right up to you and a free Cowboy hat that you get to keep.  The stadium is split into four different sections I believe, each section has a different colour which is indicated by a band around your cowboy hat, we were on the yellow team and had to cheer on the yellow cowboy's. Food wise, you start with chilli and cornbread, followed by a barbecue meat selection and potatoes, desert was apple crumble with ice cream.  I couldn't even manage a desert there was so much food. Drinks are served throughout the show, I had three beers and a coke, you can also get water too. For kids they don't get the chilli but they do get a small barbecue meat selection and potatoes followed by an ice lolly which my daughter was very happy with.  Like I said this meal isn't about having award winning food but the whole experience with just how much food and drink was on offer combined with a brilliant live show with amazingly talented people and animals was amazing.

Mickey and the Magician

This show seems to go a little under the radar and you don't pay anything extra for it, you just need to queue up and go in.  I think because it's not charged extra for then people think it can't be any good? Trust me when I say that this show should not be missed! Again get to the theatre at least an hour before the show starts, check your programme for the timings.  You just have to wait I'm afraid so maybe try packing a busy pack to keep the kids amused whilst you wait.  I wrote about them years ago, you could take a modern version and maybe even Disney Theme it.

This is a full on West End style production, in fact it felt a little like an advert for all of the Disney west end shows, you get a little snip-it from each of there most popular shows, such as Aladdin and Lion King with plenty of other characters making appearances too.  The story is that Mickey Mouse is a cleaner for a magician that seems to live in a French studio loft apartment.  Obviously Mickey is a bit of a dreamer and starts to meddle with things that maybe he shouldn't.  Im not going to spoil the show and I have included some pictures that are promo pictures from Disney, no photography is allowed in the theatre. Trust me you won't be disapointed, just plan the time to go and see it.

ADC

Located near the castle, this wouldn't normally be the kind of restaurant that we would pick to eat at but for us this was all about meeting some princess's.  We didn't want to waste time in the park queuing up for hours at the Princess Pavillion to meet one or two princess's so this was a kill two birds with one stone option.  We had to eat and we met princess's whilst we did it.  We were pleasantly surprised at this restaurant. The food was not big quantities but it was a three course meal so we were all filled by the end, the quality of the food will blow you away though.  Everything was cooked and served to perfection.  They even had a special 25th Anniversary menu that you could pick from in addition to the standard menu.  This 25th Anniversary menu had steak and a special desert on it however I can not remember what the starters were.  I had prawns, followed by veal encroute and then I think some sort of cheesecake.  All of it was amazing and to top everything off we got to meet loads of characters.  I have no idea if you normally meet so many characters in one visit but we met, Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, Suzy and Perla all of whom signed my daughters autograph book.

Princess Waltz 

This is like a mini show, it only lasts about 15 minutes, in fact watch the video above and you'll hear my daughter at the end of the show say "Is that it?" at the end.  This was not my cup of tea but again there is no additional fee for this just check your programme for start times.  We planned it perfectly so that we only had a few minutes after our meal at ADC before this show started.  This show is on the Castle Stage which is only around the corner from the ADC restaurant kind of opposite the entrance to Discoveryland. All of the princess's are in the show and they dance and sing, my daughter enjoyed it as did all of the other kids.  I don't think there were any really well known songs featured which would bring this show up a level, make it more interactive and get the kids to sing a long would make this show better.

Annette's Diner

This was our last meal at DLP, we chose it because it mentions in Disney's advertising that the staff are on skates and we thought that would be cool to go and see however again once we got there they said that they weren't on skates today.  Located in the Disney Village It's a nice place to go and have some food though, we were having a late lunch and found the portions to be very generous.  I have heard of many people just sharing food rather than ordering for every person. Themed like a 50/60's diner with appropriate music too.   

Thats it for this walk ladies and gentleman but make sure you come back next week for my final review where I explore the Studio's Park, this was easily my favourite park at Disney and I'll tell you why next week.

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary - Parade and Illuminations

Wonder Kids Reviews Disneyland Paris 2017

Yay it's our third week of Disneyland Paris reviews.  This week we are going all in on the Parade and the Illuminations show.  This will probably be a shorter post this week but worry not I have two more blog posts planned to complete the Disneyland Paris review and they will both be much bigger and more in depth.  I just wanted to add in a quick mention for the new Wonder Kids Facebook page.  It's only a couple of weeks old and we have loads of great content on there everyday! from arts & crafts based on our huge library of ideas to great recipe's that are ideal for getting the kids into the kitchen.  We also had some great fathers day gift ideas just recently and we have loads of great parenting ideas and news from the Wonder Kids digital magazine sourced from around the world.  Please do go and take a look, remember to hit that like button.

In week one of my review I talked about arriving at the park and what I felt about the Newport Bay Hotel, you can read it here.  Last week I walked through the main park rides and some meet & greets which you can find here.

Lets get on with this weeks review, I'll start with the parade.  Now this was one of the biggest hyped things before visiting Disneyland.  Almost every advert they put out features the Disney Parade especially with the 25th Anniversary celebrations, a brand new parade was announced.  For me personally the parade was one of the dissapointments of our trip, maybe the idea was built up so much in my mind that the reality of it could never match what I had in my head. Now I know I have mentioned a few times that the time we spent there was really hot, the weather was about 34℃ and I do think this is an important thing to consider with the parade.  

Wonder Kids Disney Tip #5

Disney Tip #5

Watch the parade near It's a Small World for great pictures and you'll know when the last float has been seen and get onto your next ride quicker!

The parade we attended only lasted little over 10 minutes which was disappointing and there was no fire breathing Dragon on the day we watched.  Im not sure if both of these were due to the heat? I can understand that the characters can not do a bigger/longer parade in that sort of heat but it's still disappointing.  I've included an advert below for Disneyland Paris so you can see what I mean about how hyped the parade is. Saying this though it was one of my daughters favourite parts of the holiday, she loved the parade and even got a hug by the Geenie from Aladdin. Lets get on with some tips for the parade.  It starts near the ride It's a Small World and continues down the road, pass the castle, down main street and ends in the town square, so I would recommend getting a space either towards the end of Main Street or near it's a small world.  This way you get to see everything and should get some great pictures.  We opted to go near it's a small world because once the last float had gone past we can then move straight on to another ride whilst there are loads of people still waiting to see the last float come up main street. 

Although I was dissapointed that the parade didn't last very long and really disappointed that there was no fire breathing dragon! the float and characters that were out were spectacular, very well designed, beautifully constructed and the interaction with the characters is superb. Something I only found out on the day was that Disney pick a "Star Family" that get to be included in the parade.  They get to sit in a nice car and they start the parade, this would be an amazing experience for any kid, obviously you get out at the end of the parade and can then stay at the end of the route to see the rest of the parade come by. I don't know how this family is chosen or who chooses them, if you know please do let me know in the comments below.  Below I have included my video of the parade and the illuminations show too.  You'll see exactly what to expect.  

The parade starts at 5.30pm and you'll need to get a spot for the parade at least an hour before it starts, believe it or not people do start getting spots even earlier than this.  We found a small tree to sit under for some shade and had a great view of the parade. I had heard tales of loads of pushing and shoving to get good spots but this isn't something we experienced at all.  We did near the end of the parade have a mother push in a little to get her 18 month old baby near the front which I thought was a little pointless but there was plenty of room.  You will also need to get a spot for the illuminations show at least and hour before it starts at the parks closing time.  This time varies depending on the day and time of year.  Again people start picking spots hours before this show starts and we were very lucky to get a great spot near the castle grounds about an hour before the show started.  I loved this show, it was amazing infact I got very little footage of it because I put my phone down and just watched it.  The video above came from my mum who managed to film the entire show (sorry about the VVS). One little bug we had was that whilst everyone was waiting for the show to start we were all sat down.  Everyone was very happy, chatting, kids playing with toys and gifts they had got that day, some people having a bite to eat and because everyone was sat down we all had a great view of the castle. Unfortunately this was not to last, as soon as the show started the people in front of me stood up, I have no idea why? They where sat as close to the barrier as you could get, there was nothing obstructing their view but because they stood this meant that our entire group had to stand.  Now I'm 6'4" tall so if I stand up, everyone behind me has to stand up and move to see.  I know this annoyed a lot of people including myself but I had no other choice if I wanted to still see the show.  Please people stay seated if you are at the front.  One saving grace was that a lovely French family ushered my daughter to the front with them so that she could see everything which I was very thankful for.  This show is superb and takes you through loads of Disney classics and favourites with amazing technology.  The planning and team that put this show together must be incredible.  You can watch the whole show above but maybe you shouldn't and just leave it as a surprise? plus it won't look as good as it does in person.

That's it for this week, make sure you come back next week for an in depth look at some of the shows available around the park and some amazing restaurants.  Please do take a couple of minutes to join our mailing list, found to the top right of this page.  It's completely free, you can unsubscribe at any point but if you do decide to sign up then I will send you great ideas, games, crafts, recipe's and interesting news articles from time to time.  We do not share your details with anybody and I certainly do not spam you with email upon email, it's just every now and then.

Inside Out - Games

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This post is early this month, normally I post every Tuesday lunchtime but I'm going with the family to Legoland for the day tomorrow and I had the day off today as it's a bank holiday in the U.K so I had time to put this post together.  This month I have so many awesome Inside Out inspired ideas to share with you.  Lets start with week 1, I have two great free games for you.  Before we crack on please do take a second to check out my Facebook Page, over a thousand parents are already joining in.  You'll also find out about loads of public events I attend throughout the year.  It's a free service so go and make the most of it.

Inside Out Bingo

I have quite a collection of bingo games in the Kids Club now, most of them are designed to play along with whilst watching the related film.  This is more of a traditional bingo game. Inside Out Bingo includes all of your favorite characters from the Inside Out movie!! In the bingo set, there are eight bingo cards in different orders, so it's easy to print and use for your parties. It's fun for every age to play, and the calling cards include the names of the characters in case you don't know who they are. Just click on the image opposite to download the FREE bingo game printable. Once you have this follow on the game instructions below and have fun.

 

Game Instructions

1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares or use a dry erase marker.

2. Give each player a Bingo card and markers (or put your own together with the blank set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.

3. Have one person choose a calling card and say it out loud. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), they call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Inside Out Free Board game

This is just awesome, I've played this with my daughter and it costs you next to nothing.  To play this emotions game, you’ll download my FREE Printable, print it off, then cut out the cards. I printed off 3 sets of cards. For the playing pieces, I purchased the the Mini Inside Out Figures at Toys “R” Us. You can use anything as counters to get around the board though.  The first time we played it we used some spare Loom Bands (I'm sure most of us have some of those still hanging around, check out my Loom Bands pack here).

You’ll move the pieces as the cards tell you to. Some tell you to move forward and some tell you to move back.When you land on a “memory” spot (the spots on the game board with a circle on them), you have to tell a memory of when you had that emotion. So, if you land on green, you would tell of a time you were Disgusted. Each color matches the emotions of a character from Inside Out. I’ve included some instructions in the free printable for reference. Just click on the image above to download and print your FREE board game.

Big Hero 6 Activity Pack

If you haven't seen Big Hero 6 yet than go and get from your local library. For me it was a spontaneous trip to the cinema with my daughter and the only thing playing at the time was Big Hero 6, it is a brilliant adaptation of a Marvel comic that never really caught on.  I have included some of my favourite clips below.

So with this activity pack I thought it would be a good idea to put a few activities and ideas together to have a movie day/night where you watch Big Hero 6 and have some fun with it too.  To start us off we have some colouring sheets and a how to draw one of the main characters for the older children. Just click on the pictures below for a printer friendly version.

Big Hero 6 T-Shirt (Simple)

How about this super simple Big Hero 6 T-Shirt to sit and watch the film in? these can't be any easier.  Just click the simple Baymax image for a simple Baymax print.  Then buy some cheap white T-shirts from somewhere like Primark and you'll need a Black Fabric pen.  Sharpies may work for this but I think a fabric pen would be a better bet.  Slide a towel inside the t-shirt to protect the back of the t-shirt.  It might be best to do this on an ironing board.  Now slide the picture inside the t-shirt and on top of the towel.  Now just trace round the image with the fabric pen.  Let it dry and job done.

Snack Time

You can't have a movie day without snacks so how about some Big Hero 6 snacks?  Here we go.

Baymax Mallow Pops - These are super simple, just stick a marsh mallow on a stick and decorate each mallow with the simple Baymax face using a black icing pen. Click here for the graphic. 

Fred's Flamin Hot Candy - Simple just serve some Red Hots (available on Amazon) heres the graphic.

Tomago's Mag Lev Cookies - Just serve Oreo's, available everywhere.  Heres the graphic    

Honey's Coconut Chem Balls - Ok so this is a difficult as it gets.  If you don't want to do the cooking you can try a coconut mushroom or a coconut teacake from a sweet shop. Here's the graphic.

Recipe -  These were really delicious. Just melt 4 TBSP of butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once it’s melted turn off the heat and add 1/4 carton milk and 1 tsp. of Vanilla extract. Stir it all up and add 2 cups of Confectioners Sugar in 1/2 cup increments stirring each time until smooth (this is where I added the food coloring). Then add in 3 cups of shredded sweetened coconut, mix it to combine and scoop them into ball shapes and place onto  parchment lined baking sheet and cool. I put mine in the fridge to help them set. 

Decorations

Again this is so simple, just a pack of red balloons and a pack or white balloons.  On the white balloons draw the simple Baymax face.  Only draw on them after you have inflated them and use a black sharpie.  Don't use any metal tipped pens, the balloons will pop.

After Film Crazy Science

All of the main characters (bar Bay Max) are extremely smart and creative scientists.  This will surly mean that our little ones will love to have a go at some wacky crazy science experiments.  Here's two of my favourites.

Alka Seltzer Rockets

This is really easy and the rockets can shoot off brilliantly. What you'll need:

  • 35mm Old style film canister's (I only just barely remember seeing these as a child, so any kids these days are not going to know what these are)  I bought mine from Amazon.
  • Alka Seltzer tablets - available almost everywhere but I got mine from Amazon at the same time as the canisters.
  • Little bit of water

Open the canister and put in a small amount of water, try one third of the canister.  You will need to experiment with how much water you need.  I found the less water the better.  Crumble up ONE Alka Seltzer Tablet and put it in the canister.  Immediately securely put the lid on and turn the canister upside down.  Wait 5-10 seconds and Blast Off! Best to do this outside I think.

Honey Lemon's Chemistry Explosions

You’ll Need:

  • small plastic baggies with good closure (the thinner, the better)
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • toilet paper or thin paper towels
  • liquid watercolors or washable paint (optional)

Do this activity outside wearing play clothes. The baggies will explode and make a mess everywhere. Also be sure it’s okay to have paint in the area. Skip the paint if needed. You can also do this one in your bathtub. You might skip the paint there, too.

  1. Pour around 1/3 of cup of vinegar and a few drops of liquid watercolors into a plastic baggie. (You may need to play around with the amounts of baking soda, vinegar, and paint depending on the size of your bags.)
  2. Create little packets of baking soda: add about a tablespoon of baking soda to a square of toilet paper or a small piece of thin paper towel.
  3. While the vinegar is in one corner of the baggie, place the baking soda packet in the other corner of the baggie. Try to leave a good amount of air in the bag, and seal the baggie well. Don’t worry if the baking soda and vinegar start to mix right away. Just quickly seal the bag.
  4. Shake the bag to mix together the baking soda and vinegar.
  5. Watch the bag inflate. It should eventually pop and release the paint.

Well thats it for this month, take a look at some of the older Activity Packs I have put together and if you post a picture on my Facebook Page of you and your little ones trying one of the activities then I will send you a great Wayne Wonder T-Shirt. Just click the button below to see my Facebook Page.  I list all of my public events there first and you will find out when my next pack is ready to try.