Gulfarium Adventures

If you ever come to Destin, Florida on vacation and you have the kids with you, take a break from the beach one day and check out the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. It is just across the bridge from Destin in Fort Walton Beach (on Okaloosa Island).  There is several activities to suit each age group. I took Jack there for his first time last month and he loved it! I’m not sure of his favorite section although I know he really liked the dolphin show.  He also asked to see the alligators, which are big, he wanted to see bigger and go pet them. I blame myself for letting him watch Gator Boys for that one. My personal favorite part are the penguins (yes! Penguins in Florida!) and the touch and feel sealife tank. Tickets aren’t too bad priced for what all you get to see.

Deciding to go here all started because Jack wanted to be a ninja turtle. We have an old turtle shell at home and it really peaked his interest.

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Here are a few pictures from our adventure!

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Dinosaur Stomp!

I really should have written this post a while ago since the pictures have been on my phone for almost 2 months now. I have been slacking I know. I really thought I would be updating this more and keeping up with my Project 52 a lot more than I am. I thought I could do both, since I did Project 52 last year and kept up with it even while moving.  Well no moving this years and I am just slacking.

Anyways… Action Jackson and I went to Michaels a while ago and we found these dinosaur feet stilts. They are great. They aren’t to high where I am constantly afraid that he is going to trip over something and break a neck. I do wish the rope handles were a little bit longer because it is hard for him to stand up straight. But he loves these things. I almost want to put felt or something on the bottom of them because they are super loud on tile floor.  But then if I did that he might really fall and break something.  These feet were about $4 I think. Really not that bad. They are made out of plastic so there probably is a weight limit. Jackson is only 34 lbs so I’m not to worried about him breaking them yet. But here is a few pictures from our 1st adventure with them.

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He just started trying to get his balance and wasn’t too sure about them yet.

 

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ROAR!!!!

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I would say that this is a pretty happy face.

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Holy Moly Batman! Let’s Make Capes!!!

So I know we will be having some adventures real soon! But you can’t have adventures with out a cape! This is toddler fashion 101. You must have at least one cape! This is how we make our capes. Please feel free to tweak this however you may need to so that it fits you and your little one the best!

First what you will need are 3 different cotton fabrics. 1/2 Yard for the actual cape, then 2 contrasting colors for the shape and for the initial (these two can be larger scraps of fabric). You will need a shape and an initial too. These you can free hand draw (like I did today with my J) or you can find a font online and use that.  You will also need a sewing machine, chalk to mark the fabric, a round bowl,and velcro.

I usually use a solid for a base which you need to cut from 1/2 yard, today I used black since Jackson just got a Batman shirt.  I also used a bright green for my diamond and a scrap of robot fabric for my J.

My craft room doesn’t have the best lighting, I apologize!

Step 1: 

     Measure your child from the top of his shoulders to mid butt.  Add 1 1/2 inches to that number for seam allowance.   I came up with a 19″ cape for my 3 year old. He is tall and skinny. But, this size should fit from 1 1/2 – 4 year old.

Step 2: 

     Fold the fabric you will be using for you cape in half vertically.

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   From the folded edge : measure 6″ at the top going horizontally

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                     measure 19″  going vertically (my straight ruler only goes to 17″ so that is why it doesn’t say 19″)

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                                             and at the bottom of the fabric measure 13″ going horizontally again.

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                                            Mark a straight chalk line from the end of 6″ on top to the end of 13″ on bottom.

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 You will now have your folded half of your basic cape shape. Cut on your lines and wipe excess chalk off.

Step 3: 

              Take your round bowl ( I used a round 1 qt pyrex lid for this) and place it over top of your folded edge.  The top diagonal side should have 2″, and vertically should measure 5″. Cut out your neck. For easier sewing you can make a small V-shaped cut at the base of the neck. 

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Step 4:

Iron your seams. Have a 1″ seam on the bottom and make sure your edges come to a point.  IMG_2999

1/4″ seam allowance on the sides and 1/2 seam allowance on the top.

Step 5: optional

In a coordinating fabric (preferably the one used for your shape) make two 1/2″x4″ for the neck. This can be used for Velcro, just incase the neck hole isn’t big enough to add it on the actual base fabric.  You can also make these strips longer if you want 1/2″x12″ if you wish to tie your capes. I suggest any kid under the age of 5 have velcro on capes for safety reasons. We do not want any child to strangled because they can not get out of their capes. SAFTEY FIRST! 

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Step 6:

Time to cut out your shape and your initial!

My diamond width was 8″

height was 7″

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My initial width was 4″

height was 6″

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Step 7:

Hem your entire cape.

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To attach tie/velcro strips- fold base wing 1″ and sew end of strip on top of the folded wing.

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Step 8:

Add your shape! Centered about 1 1/2″ below the base of the neck.

I like to sew in a zig-zag pattern with contrasting thread, today I used bright blue.

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Step 9:

Sew your initial on top of your shape. You can either center or off center this. Use your personal preference to see what looks best.

Again I use a zig-zag pattern and used a lime green thread to match the shape this time. 

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Step 10:

Add your velcro. Make sure to sew it where it is on opposite sides of the wing so they will pair up properly.

Step 11:

Go around all your edges with some Fray-Check! Save your edges and make your capes last!

Step 12:

Let your Batman or Wonder Woman fly into action and get set to go on some massive adventures!

ENJOY!

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