Future Chefs in the Baking.

YOUNG CHEF’S ACADEMY of ROCKWALL

While working on another project I stumbled across the Young Chefs Academy of Rockwall, and I am so glad I did. I was instantly intrigued and called right away to get more information.

I was told about an upcoming Gingerbread Workshop they offered and thought “we have to do that!” and I set up a moms group outing immediately.

The girls of Young Chefs were so sweet and set up a special workshop just for us that would be more appropriate for the 2-4 year old age group. Normally their workshops accommodate a 4-10 year old age range.

This has been one of my favorite group outings so far, we had a full class 15 kids, their moms and a few young siblings.

The kids were so ecstatic when they walked into the bright and colorful chefs kitchens where they were all given tiny aprons and lined up to wash their hands and pick their seat.

I wasn’t sure what this workshop would entail or how the kids would do but surprisingly they all did very well, there were some minor “two-year-old moments” here and there but overall it was great.

The instructors started off by showing all the kids the baking basics in which they all got to try out the techniques for themselves, pass, and try another.

We learned the fundamentals of how to properly measure flour, separate an egg, sift, and get the perfect half inch width for our gingerbread dough. Most of the moms actually learned a thing or two themselves.

The kids then got to do the fun stuff and play with the dough, create their gingerbread shapes, and put the little guys into the oven…safely of course.

The way everything was set up was perfect for kids, all of the gingerbread men were pre-baked and ready so the children did not actually have to wait through each process, they were simply just learning and practicing.

Next came the best part, decorating! Each kid got several cookies and a variety of icing, sprinkles, and toppings to dress their cookies however they pleased, I saw several very creative little hands at work.

The best part about this workshop was the close interactive bonding time between the moms and the littles. We rarely do activities where the kids aren’t running around and playing, this was a much calmer situation and really was a team effort between parent and child.

The Young Chefs Academy also has a location in Frisco and they offer unique workshops like this every month, they also do birthday parties and regular cooking classes for kids.

If you are looking for something different and unique to do with your family I highly recommend checking this out, we had a great time and can’t wait for our next get together here.

Photos by LEXIE GRABEN

The Building Blocks of Fun

LEGOLAND of DALLAS

3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051

We recently visited Legoland in Grapevine Mills and had so much fun! This is certainly not the giant amusement park of the original Legoland in California but it definitely makes for a fun and interactive morning out with the kids.

There are rides, jungle gyms, a 4D cinema, and over the top Lego displays and play centers. The kids ages in our group were 2-4, both kids enjoyed it and had tons of fun, however the 4 year old certainly got more it of it.

We started off the visit by getting our photos taken in front of the big green screen where they had the kids do fun poses to put in front of a Lego scenario later on.

Next, we we stood in an entryway made of Legos as we waited for the grand doors to open and our adventure to begin!

The first thing we did when we walked in was the Kingdom Quest ride. We hopped aboard a mini coster inside a castle where we used ray guns to zap skeletons and “bad guys” to rescue the princess.

Next we were on to the newest attraction, Ninjago City Adventure, Ninjas-in-training can engage in a number of obstacle course challenges alongside their favorite characters.

From navigating a vortex spinning barrel, spiral slide of lights, wave decks, crawling through hover rings and lighting buzzer bars, this is the coolest jungle gym your kids have ever been through, and this will keep them busy for a while so you can sit back and relax… Unless you’re a helicopter parent like me and follow your kid through the tunnels.

Dexter did not meet the height (36″) requirement for the Merlin’s Apprentice ride so I rode with my 4yr old friend Landon! It’s basically any kids ride you’ve ever seen that goes around and up & down, he loved it!

Another attraction that Dexter was too small for but the other kids loved was the Lego City: Forest Ranger Persuit. Kids got to drive their LEGO vehicle off-road around a track in “Lego City”… Go Karts.

Some Girly Stuff:
The whole place is fun for everyone but there is a special space for the pretty and pink lovers. Children help the girls of Lego Land build Heartlake City take a picture with the life size Lego Girls!

My mom friends and I agreed that our favorite parts were the Lego displays, there was a Star Wars room filled with sculptures from all the the best scenes for the movie.

The best one was a mini Lego version of Dallas! The state fair, cowboys stadium, the iconic skyline, Love Field Airport, and much much more! It was really neat to see all the details of your favorite parts of your favorite City, and the there was a fireworks display every couple minutes!

For The Littlest Ones:
Little builders can let their imaginations loose in the toddler friendly DUPLO Village. Little ones can play with other tots, or wiggle and slide around the cottage and play with the special big, soft bricks.

Dexter and Landon’s Favorite Part:
I’d say we spent the majority of our visit in the Speed Racer area. In this part kids can build their own Lego cars and race them down different size ramps. They must have done this at least 50 times. This kept them busy while us Mamas sat closely at the tables and ate our lunch.

Know Before You Go:

TICKETS:
You will want to pre-purchase your ticket online where you will also choose your timeslot of entry. The designated time slot is good as its regulates crowding and helps move everyone along.

DINING:
There is a small café style place to purchase chips, fruit, pre packaged sandwiches and salads, soft drinks, water, coffee, tea, and a few other snacky items.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Prepare yourself for crowds if you go when school is out but there is added summer fun as they have an outdoor splash pad called Pirate Beach, it’s made of giant Legos and pirate ship themed spray ground equipment. If you go during the week the crowds are minimal and lines are practically non-existent.

SPECIALS:
Go on a Tuesday (during school season) and you get to take advantage of Toddler Tuesday!!!! Bring up to two toddlers (aged 4 and under) per adult and enjoy entry for all three of you for $15. Additional children are $5 each.  Kids 2 and under are always FREE.

MORE FUN:
For added fun, visit the Sea Life Aquarium directly across from Legoland for a full day of fun! Check out more about SeaLife HERE. Information on offers for tickets to both attractions HERE

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