Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Noodle Paintings

It's so fun to try different mediums for art.  This time we used cooked spaghetti noodles and paint.  The kids had a great time creating, getting messy and got in some excellent time strengthening their fine motor skills.  Some painted with the noodles and some painted the noodles.  We did this several days in a row because they enjoyed the experience so much.  What's not to love, messy, gooey, slimy, colorful....did I mention messy?  


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Storybook Island Rapid City, South Dakota

We discovered this wonderful park while on vacation in South Dakota.  I just had to share our experience with you all.  If you are ever in Rapid City, this is a must do!  If you have been a follower of my blog, you know I am all about a bargain, (or free is even better).  This great park is FREE!  Yep, that's right.  Let me show you what we discovered while we were there.
Welcome to Storybook Island, Rapid City, South Dakota
Where you can walk through life size story book characters.
Watch out for the troll living under the bridge.

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff are waiting to cross the bridge too.

Rapunzel is waiting in her tower

Humpty Dumpty

A Crooked Man and his Crooked House

The Little Engine That Could

The Three Little Pigs, can you spot the Big Bad Wolf? 

We watched a live play, Cinderella, in the little theater there.  It was put on by a local college acting group and was very cute.

Cinderella, the Step Mom and Sister
Raggedy Ann, although, my kids had no idea who this was, does that make Raggedy Ann and Andy "retro"?
Wizard of Oz on the yellow brick road
Little Bo Peep

Snow White

Say hello to to the 7 Dwarfs

Ride on the little train for $1.50

Jack and the Beanstalk

slide down the hill with Jack and Jill

visit Pinocchio in the wood workshop

Some of the 101 Dalmatians

Lions mouth drinking fountain

Old McDonald and his Farm

"Thanks for visiting"Briar Rabbit
The park is open 9 a.m to 7 p.m daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and they do a special Holiday Celebration in December too. The park is completely free. You are not allowed to bring in outside food into the park but there are lots of picnic benches and large shade trees for you to eat at just outside of the park. They do have a couple concession stands selling popcorn, ice cream, nachos, hot dogs and some breakfast items. Nothing is over $5.00.  Every hour they have a live play in the children's theater that you can watch for 1.00 per person. The plays are put on by the local college theater group. We happen to catch the play "Cinderella" on our visit. There are many more attractions to view other than the above pictures.They also put on several summer camps and you can have your special event there as well. You can visit their website, Storybook Island, for more information.

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