Going on a Leaf Hunt: FREE printable book and song adaptation from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Ruth Heller’s Designs for Coloring Leaves Going on a Leaf Hunt Song Adaptation Going on a Leaf Hunt FREE printable book Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Designs for Coloring Leaves by Ruth Heller Why we love this book: My children are not much interested in coloring books. […]


San Antonio and the Institute of Texan Cultures, kid friendly travel from waddleeahchaa.com

Institute of Texan Cultures With Spring Break in the air, last week I shared a tips for visiting The Alamo in San Antonio. If you are visiting The Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk, you should also make some time for the Institute of Texan Cultures located in the downtown area. The Institute is […]


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March 6th was the anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. I know many families will be visiting San Antonio and The Alamo during spring break and on summer vacation. We’ve visited the Alamo a number of times and can share a few highlights, logistics and educational links. The Alamo for Kids Let’s face it […]


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I wish I had known more about the South Padre Island Dolphin Research and Sealife Nature Center before our Family Friendly Trip to South Padre Island. We definitely would have made arrangements to join one of their educational Dolphin Research Tours. $25.00 a person and only 6 guests on a tour. Rave reviews about these […]

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Warm, more accurately HOT, weather has hit South Central Texas. That means one thing to my family . . . it’s time to hit the water! We will spend much of our time this summer at Aunt Joyce’s River and then it will be time for our annual family beach vacation. Hallelujah! How does a […]


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One of our absolutely favorite spring time field trips is to The Natural Gardener in Austin, Texas. The Natural Gardener is one of the  most innovative garden centers I have seen. It truly rivals a botanical garden and it is absolutely FREE! Each time we visit I find myself in awe and inspired to get […]


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We love the San Antonio Botanical Garden! My children are crazy for all things nature, plants and butterflies. None the less, I was shocked at how much they enjoyed our trip to the Botanical Garden last fall. We are currently planning our Spring trip. We began our field trip with a little study of the […]


Post image for Aquarena Springs Excellent Field Trip for Families

Aquarena Springs located in San Marcos, Texas was originally developed as the first amusement park in Texas. The amusement park’s main attraction were the glass bottom boats that toured the crystal clear waters of Spring Lake. When I was a kiddo, we were actually entertained by a swimming pig and an underwater show with real […]


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Movie Rating: Four Thumbs Up from a Daddy, Mommy and two kiddos, ages 9 and 6. The kiddos were absolutely mesmerized by Flight of the Butterflies IMAX movie. More latter about our IMAX experience. Photo from the Houston Museum of Natural Science Flight of the Butterflies tells two stories. The movie follows the monarchs’, mysterious […]


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Homeschooling, or not, the Wildflower Farm in Fredericksburg, Texas makes an outstanding family day trip. In the next few weeks, we will make our annual journey to the Wildflower Farm. There is no better time than spring as the weather is inviting and the flowers are in full bloom. You can pack a lunch or […]


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Last fall we highlighted Alyssa’s trip to the beautiful Lost Maples of Texas, click on over for helpful links for planning a day trip. The hike through the Lost Maples is definitely worth the drive! We’ve put together a FREE printable book highlighting the gorgeous change of fall colors. You can find the FREE printable […]


Post image for Inspiring Garden Field Trips: Antique Rose Emporium

We’re continuing with our gardening theme this week. Join us on a family field trip to The Antique Rose Emporium in San Antonio, Texas. During the spring and summer the roses are in breathtaking full bloom. This is one of my favorite gardens to visit for inspiration. The children love our visits to the rose […]


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Welcome to one of MacGyver’s favorite places in the whole wide world. Hill Country Gardens A little over a year ago owner, Andrea Sanger, bought this neglected garden nursery and began the hard work of bringing it back to life. MacGyver quickly made friends with Ms. Sanger and he considers a visit to her “Secret […]


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As the Christmas season begins, I know I should be posting sparkling, snowy scenes. However, here in the South Texas Hill Country our Snowy Days are few and far between. As a matter of fact, we are currently experiencing fall. And believe it or not we have an area right here in the Texas Hill […]


Post image for The World is Our Classroom: Homeschooling

Today after taking Grandpa & Grandma to lunch, we decided to take a peek in Buck Pottery. We’ve previously highlighted Buck Pottery here on waddlee-ah-chaa, husband and wife team and two of our favorite local artists. We had no idea what learning was in store for us today . . . Before we knew it […]


Post image for Dining In and Camping Out in Grapevine Texas: Part 2

Last week, Merelyn shared Part 1: Dining In and Camping Out in Grapevine, Texas. Take a peek to find where to stay and what to do with children in Grapevine, Texas. Now, the real reason for our mini-vacay destination – the food. Grapevine has one slow-food Real Kid Friendly restaurant (Joe’s Crab Shack) that we […]


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Today’s guest post is by my good friend Merelyn. Merelyn and I worked together at a day care center for about two months the summer I graduated from college. That was the last time we lived in the same city, but we’ve been long distance friends for over twenty years. Merelyn and I share some […]

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Lake Bastrop, South Shore Park

September 8, 2011

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Just one week ago today, we met our friends for a day of adventure and relaxation at Lake Bastrop, South Shore Park. My plan was to share this beautiful “out in the world” find with you. The lake is surrounded by large pine trees and has a sandy, shallow swim area for the kiddos. There […]

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Post image for The Butterfly Garden: FREE printable book

Before our computer woes began we shared highlights from our field trip to the Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. We ended with a promise to post a FREE printable book on the life cycle of a butterfly. Well, then the computer needed a little attitude adjustment and our schedule got all whacky! So finally, we’re finishing our trip […]


Post image for Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas: A Fabulous Fieldtrip

Looking for the perfect spring outing for your family? Look no further . . . Welcome to the Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. Words cannot begin to describe our amazing homeschool field trip. As the saying goes, A picture is worth a thousand words . . . So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu The poppy […]


Post image for Going on a Hike: FREE printable book

Last week I shared how we decided to give a memory to our grandson’s for Christmas in lieu of a bunch of  stuff. For Spring Break we packed up our hiking gear and headed to Big Bend National Park to celebrate Christmas in March! Look for the link at the end of this post for […]