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Things to do with Cora: Chuck E Cheese's

What do you do when:

- it is raining

- the boat is leaking

- Cora doesn't feel great

- Eric is grumpy

- Charlotte is grumpy


Answer: go to Chuck E Cheese's!

This was Eric's idea, but when I thought of a warm, safe place, close to home, where Cora could get the wiggles out, I had to agree.

She was overwhelmed at first and not sure what to do on any of the rides.

We tried to encourage her. "Go ahead, pick one!"

This one was by far her favorite.

Well, and this one:

Those rides are definitely made for kids. It was hard to squeeze in next to her!

I think Eric may have had the most fun though:

In fact, I think ALL the dads there were having fun!

And the last ride of the day? Back to the car and the doggie:

And Operations Stay Off Small, Wet Boat was a success!


Getting her Used to Water

If you're reading this blog you know that we live on a sailboat. You may not know that Cora is not too crazy about water. We started her in swimming classes in December and she is pretty 'meh' about splashing about in the pool. We are now on a mission to get her to enjoy the water.

So we let her explore.

And we take off shoes when we need to :)

And her feet go right into the chilly January water.

She only paused for a moment:

And then she looked at the kid next to her:

And kind of dared  him to jump in:

Keep having fun in the water kid!


Things to do with Cora: Play at the Park!

(Just found this unpublished in my drafts folder. Original date written? Sept 4, 2011. She was only 14 months old here.)

Where to start?

To the slides dad!

And then the stairs!

Next to the swings.

Hey, wait a second...

Oh, there she is!

And after lots of exploring...

There's nothing like a cup of joe with mom and dad :) 


Kid-friendly Catalina Island | 10 Things to do on Catalina with Kids

After at least five trips to Catalina Island, including two with a baby, I thought I could share a few of the parts of the island that are very kid-friendly.

For starters - take the ferry! Honestly, most people are going to take the ferry because helicopter and airplane flights to the island are expensive and most people don't have a sailboat, power boat, or cruise ship to get them there.

(You can check out other baby carrier Stuff Sacks at my Red Charlotte Etsy page.)

Kids love going across on the ferry. You will often sea dolphins playing in the wake of the boat as it powers across to the island. Cora walked around and around the boat and loved bouncing up and down with the waves. 

Pro-tip: An hour before you depart, take some Bonine. We find it far superior to Dramamine in curbing seasickness. A lot of people think they won't get sick because the ferry to the island is so big, but trust me, tons of people do. One Bonine lasts 24 hours and is worth it. Remember that kids love to walk around the ferry and especially to head out to the bow (front of the boat). The bow, however, is the bounciest part and can make you the most sick. They also have Bonine for kids. Trust me!

(Click to enlarge)1. Number one on this map is where the ferry lands. Keep in mind that you can walk from the ferry landing along the water all the way to the Casino (number 2 on the map) in about 30 minutes. So skip taking taxis (there aren't that many anyway in Avalon), pack light, and walk. Kids will love to walk along the water and will immediately scope out the beach. 

2. Number two - walk over to the old Casino. It is now a museum showcasing Avalon's glory days and has tons of fun memorabilia to look at. The tile work is stunning. It also shows one movie a night starting at 7:00pm The theatre is absolutely stunning. Go, go, go. Bring the kids.

3. Hit the beach. Avalon's water is crystal clear and they actively work to keep the bay very clean. There is an adorable public dock, great public restrooms and tons of sand to play in all morning. The beach is a close walk from all the hotels in Avalon (have I mentioned that everything is a close walk in Avalon?)

4. Go to the Arcade! As the link says, older kids will love the skee ball, bowling, video games and rides. Right in the heart of things.

5. Play at the park

Head right up Sumner Ave and visit Avalon's kids' park. There are swings, slides, and a mini-covered stage with picnic tables so your kids can throw an impromptu performance. 

6. Take a tour

Number 6 on the map above is right next to the Catalina Island Company office. It is well worth it to look at their options for tours of the entire island. The price ranges vary as do the trip times and sights that you could see. I love the tour that takes you up to to top of the island. You get to stop at the airport and you wind around the tall canyons as the guide tells you the history of Catalina. Lots of bison to see up close too.

7. There's always mini-golf

Seriously. And it's a block from beach. Again, everything is a block from the beach. Avalon is like walking around your own personal resort town.)

8. Try the classics, like candy stores and ice cream parlors

Lloyd's of Avalon is a long-standing favorite for candy. There are ice cream shops everywhere. Hey, you're on vacation. Live it up!

9. Don't forget the water!

While we have had the good fortune of taking our sailboat to Catalina, there also options of renting sailboats, kayaks, or going out in a submarine or a glass bottom boat tour. I mentioned before that the visibility is incredible, so kids will LOVE taking a tour on a fun boat in Avalon's harbor. 

Ryan and Eric biking with Calypso the Schkipperkee on Avalon in 2005.

10. Ride a bike

If your kids are older than you can easily rent bikes for the day and really explore Avalon. This would be a great way to head up to the Botanical Gardens (which are about a 30-40 minute walk outside of Avalon, a bit too long for little kids to trek both ways on foot.)

And for my last, unofficial, entry: Go grocery shopping!

The Vons and Vons Express in Avalon are so tiny that the store will seem like a novelty to most kids. Cora couldn't keep her hands off of things while I shopped and I frequently had to turn to friendly strangers and ask them to hand me the jar of mustard or packet of Sweet N' Low she had grabbed from her perch on my back.

All in all, Avalon is a wonderful place to visit with kids. For breakfast, we suggest Sally's Waffle Shop or the Casino Dock Cafe (just call to make sure it is open before you walk over.)

Do you have any additions for this list? Let me know! And have fun on Catalina Island.


Things to do with Cora: Kayaking

We headed out for some family kayaking on Sunday.

I'm happy here. I swear!

Thanks to our neighbor Karl for letting us borrow his double kayak. We used it to head out and explore America's Cup Harbor.

We traveled through the boats at the marina:

Out to the mooring field to see friends:

Then to the Marine Exchange dock to tie up:

Across the street to Point Break:

Nom, nom, nom-ing on breakfast:

Back to the dock, where some boats were looking kinda sad:

And into the kayak - Cora was a CHAMP throughout all of this!

Past the fishing boats:

And back to the dock!

Wait a second mom. Who said we were done?

For grandparents and those concerned with safety, these photos were taken on Eric's waterproof, Hero GoPro camera that was strapped to his head :)