Happy Mother’s Day to all my mom friends and family BUT a special wish to the absolute BEST MOM & MIMI - Cindy Young - who is and always has been my number one fan and biggest support system. I’m beyond lucky to have a woman in my life as caring as her to show me the greatest example of how to do the most important job in the world. I’m thankful to have a great mom and to get to be a great mom to my little cuties. #Momlife is a great life!
Did you know I write a column for the Lee Family News magazine? My column is typically on or around page 7 each month, so be sure to pick one up at the first of the month because it is filled with events, ideas and tips for things to do with your kids.
This month I talked about my favorite things to do with my kids in Southwest Florida to get into the holiday spirit:
Visit Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops in FOrt Myers
In addition to the free photos with Santa kids can enjoy free crafts, games and test out some of the neat toys sold in the store. This is a fun way to spend a few hours and get you in the holiday spirit! I recommend going on a weekday to avoid heavy lines. Visit basspro.com more all the details.
Ride the Holiday Express Train at night around Lakes Park
This fifteen minute train ride on a 1/8 scale miniature train is exceptionally fun during this time of year as you ride through the lit tunnel and holiday decor. This year the holiday express is running Dec 14- 30th. Visit rrmsf.org for exact times and cost.
Watch a Holiday Show at Broadway Palm
My kids are a big fan of the Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre and their holiday performances never disappoint. Get dressed up and head to the show! This year it is Elf, The Musical and The Nutcracker. Get tickets at broadwaypalm.com
Visit Lights in the Gardens at Naples Botanical Gardens
Thousands of lights illuminate the Garden in a unique experience with a night of music and food. Tickets are required from naplesgarden.org
Unforgettable fun at home
From cookie decorating, gingerbread house building, to ornament crafts and an indoor ‘snowball” fight there are so many ways you can get kids engaged and entertained with holiday activities at home. Use this month as a memorable way to end the year with fun moments that will be remembered for years ahead!
Hi, I am Mandy!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!