Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pirate Beach Water Playground at LEGOLAND Discovery Center!

My kids are so excited to say that Pirate Beach at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grapevine is finally open!  It's 10,000 square feet of water playground fun all in a great pirate LEGO theme.  

They love the 50 gallon pirate bucket that teeters 20 feet above them and dumps water on them every few minutes!

Pirate Beach Bucket at Legoland Discovery Center Grapevine

There are four slippery slides for little ones to enjoy.

Slides at Pirate Beach Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine

There are about 30 cool ways to get wet from the giant water bucket to fountains and water guns.

Of course there are tons of giant LEGO bricks scattered all around to build until your heart's content!

Pirate Beach is a wonderful addition to LEGOLAND Discovery Center.  It is geared towards kids ages 3 to 10 but I personally saw a darling 2 year old having a ton of fun just toddling around with some giant LEGOs in hand and my 10 year old let his imagination run as he played on the pirate ship.

Of course everything was delightful for my 5 year old, especially the giant LEGO pirate princess!

 Pirate girl at Pirate Beach at Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine 

The Pirate Beach is located outside so bring your sunscreen.  You do need to be dry and in regular clothes to re-enter LEGOLAND.  There are changing rooms available outside so be sure to bring a towel and a change of clothes.

Chaning Room at Pirate Beach at Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine

Back inside, the kids gravitated to the LEGO building stations at the race track area.  I felt my heart tug a little as I watched a little toddler boy trying to build a car then I looked over and saw my towering 10 year old and wondered where the time has gone.

Big kids at Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine

Nicholas helped his little sister build her car then built an amazing race car for himself.

Cool Lego car at Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine

Rachel doesn't usually play for very long in the race track area but she's been building more and more with her LEGOs at home and she really seemed to have fun there today.  Here is her race car creation.

Girl with Lego car at Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine
Girl racing Lego car track at Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine

My son is a self-proclaimed Master Builder.  He just loves clicking those colorful bricks together, especially the giant ones at LEGOLAND.  I watched him work on this creation for a while without knowing what he was making.  Once it was done, he sat in his work of art that he called his throne.  I love how LEGOs help kids expand their imagination while they build cool things!

Boy in giant Lego throne at Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is located inside Grapevine Mills Mall at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway in Grapevine, Texas.  They are open for fun Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - last admission two hours prior to closing.  Admission is $18 for guests 3 years of age and older, and free for kids 2 and under.  To purchase special discounted tickets visit

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Before Five in a Row Planning Resources

Last year I started using Before Five in a Row with Rachel.  It is a wonderful curriculum that brings real books to life through activities involving math, science, crafts, music, and more.  Plus it is just a fun way to spend some special time with your little one while reading some wonderful books!

Essentially, you read the selected book once a day for 5 days in a row.  After each reading, you do a couple of activities that somehow relate to the story.  The Before Five in a Row book lists many great activities for each book but I've also collected many more on my Before Five in a Row Pinterest board.

To plan, I start with locating the books that we will read. Many of them can be found at our local libraries. Others I buy used at library book sales or from friends whose kiddos have outgrown them.  All of the suggested books are really great pieces of children's literature so I do try to buy them when I can so that we can read them over and over at anytime.  

I then look through the books and decide on the best time of the year to read them based on things like if the story takes place during a particular season or if there is a theme to the story that ties in with something else we will be doing later in the year.

Here is a Before Five in a Row Book List (PDF) that I made to help me keep track of all of this:

To help me plan the activities we do each day, I created this weekly planning page that I fill out for each book. It lets me keep track of which activities we will do on which day, the subjects covered, and which supplies I need to have on hand. 

Before Five in a Row Weekly Plan

Here is a PDF version if you'd like to download it:

I hope these forms will help you with planning Before Five in a Row activities for your child.

Although we started this curriculum last year, we still have some books that we didn't get around to reading.  We will continue to work through the books at the beginning of this year and then we will move on the next level which is Five in a Row, Volume 1.