25 Jul 2016

European Road Trip :: Day 5 :: Hiking in the Swiss Alps {8km with the Littles!}

The weather prediction wasn't looking very good on our first full day in the Alps... it was supposed to thunderstorm at lunch time. But what do you do when you have 3 little guys that wake up at 6:30?... We decided to head out on a trail, and if the weather turned we would turn back/abandon ship. The owners of our B&B directed us to this "kid friendly" hike, called Re-Ra-Rätikon that looked great!

We started out in the little town of Pany. There were these fun signs with "a beaver" on them that the kids had to find, then games with directing balls through tunnels to a certain goal. It was all in German, but we kinda figured things out as we went...


The views were gorgeous!




We almost missed this truck with a game on the back, and an opportunity for the boys to take the driver seat!

We made some friends on the trail...

The kids were such troupers, but around nap time, Alex got on daddy's shoulders and said, "good night!"

My favourite was the wooly calf!

The boys did so well... we were about 1/2 way in when we realized there WAS no way out... we had hiked 4km, so it was either the same distance back to our car... or to the end of the trail! We troupped on...

The boys LOVED finding the game stations!

This one they had to find a hidden picture in the woods...

a man's face

Almost done... I obviously didn't read the details... that this "kids trail" was 8km long! It probably took us 4 1/2 hours, but we made it! The end destination was St. Antönien, but we had left our car in Pany. We hadn't really pre-planned this one out! I tracked down some girls who were mountain biking, who told me the bus came in an hour. We were thankful there was a bus, and pretty much didn't care how much it cost to get back to our car with the littles! (ended up being about $8/adult)

In the meantime we found this SUPER FUN play place for the kids. Switzerland does kids well! 




It had all kinds of different pulleys, and water pumps... but the very best was...

the ZIP LINE!

The kids all loved it! even after their 8km hike... they didn't want to leave. But we didn't want to miss the bus! The bus driver was nice and we basically got dropped off right by our car.  By God's grace IT DIDN'T RAIN... i started praying like crazy around noon... and the first raindrop hit our car as soon as we got inside! That night it POURED. But we had an AMAZING day and a great ADVENTURE!

Stay tuned for our last 2 days in Switzerland!
Next up ~ the Lake town of Lugano {Italian Switzerland}
Here is yesterday's post from our first day in the Swiss Alps ~

24 Jul 2016

European Road Trip :: Day 4 :: Swiss Alps

After time at the Playmobil Funpark we continued on to Switzerland. This was our family's first time visiting this gorgeous country, but hopefully not our last! We stayed in a small village, called Fanas, close to the north-east edge of the country.


After we arrived we (or should i say my husband!) unloaded the car.  This was the view from our B&B ~ gorgeous! We had dinner and then set out on an adventure. We really didn't know where we were going but it there were beautiful views and we found our way back home.





We found this old barn and went upstairs to explore!


The boys really have no fear, thanks to daddy's adventurous spirit!



These purple flowers remind me of the Milka (chocolate) commercials!



I was in my 35th week of pregnancy during our trip... had a mild panic attack the day before, wondering how we were going to survive 'exploring' or hiking the Alps!


This fun fountain was just down the street from our B&B and the boys loved drinking from it! {the water was safe, we made sure to ask!}

Stay tuned for Day 5... more exploring the Alps!

11 Jul 2016

European Road Trip :: Day 3 :: Playmobil Funpark

We went back to the Playmobil Funpark the next day and let the boys decide where they wanted to spend their time. We packed bathing suits and it was a bit more of a water day than our first day, which was fun for them. It's pretty much 1/2 waterpark, depending on which parts you visit!


Fun Figures 
~ inside the front gate



The Enchanted Forest
~ we were here the first day too! This part is amazing... hard to capture with pictures, there is a tree fort, and a river that runs through this field. To the 'north' of the river there are 4 large sea shells which release small plastic toys that the kids can collect to take home! It's completely free, and you have the option to buy (1Euro) these fun seashells to collect your treasures in as well. We have heard that some days the wait is over an hour, but the weather was a bit unpredictable and it was early in the morning and our boys were pretty much the only ones there!!!




River Splash Area
~ this was just a fun place for the boys to jump, run & play



Splash Pad Area
~ this was also a super creative area, with fountains, and all kinds of things for the kids to play with and move (waterwheels, spinners, plastic parts that looked like whales)




Noah's Ark
~ we went back to this gigantic water table area and the kids played for like an hour! it was actually one of the most relaxing places for parents as there are benches all around and the kids were super engaged by all of the toys!


Special treats on day #2 included ice cream & making your own playmobil figure! For 1 Euro, you could choose legs, top, head, hair and accessories and make your own figurine. Our boys each made one (and so did I!) I wish i had got better pictures of our boys figures, but managing 3 little guys with that kind of activity is pretty much a full time (no camera!) type of job :)

If you have any questions leave them in the comments and i'll try to get back to you. We totally recommend visiting the Playmobil Funpark if you are ever in Germany! We rented a place through airbnb ~ https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8705810. If you sign up through this link you get $17 credit towards your stay {and so do we for our next family vacation)! 

Check out yeseterday at the Playmobil Funpark here!

10 Jul 2016

European Road Trip :: Day 2 :: Playmobil Funpark

One of the advantages to having kids close in age is that the same things interest them. We were pretty sure the boys would love this Playmobil Funpark, even though they had no clue what to expect! It gets GREAT reviews online and totally did not disappoint. We planned our trip mid-week near the end of June, which also worked out well to avoid large crowds with summer vacation.

There are about 15 different "lands" set up around the park, which are basically life sized models of the playmobil toys. They all have hands on activities to engage in for the kids, and the whole family. I tried to narrow down pictures to give an idea of what it looks like, but there are still a lot! 

the front gate


Construction Zone
~ these little rocks made out of plastic and all the rigs, and shovels kept the boys entertained for probably almost an hour. It's the first thing you see when you enter the park, so they didn't know what else was waiting!

Pirate Ship {this was one of our favourite areas!!} 
~ The only way to get on and off the ship are these planks and rope bridges. Or you can paddle the rafts to and from the ship! The kids can go below deck, climb up the tower and ring a bell.


The Castle
~  has a well to draw water from, a bunch of different rooms to explore and a climbing wall


 

Noah's Ark
~ a fun water play zone with long water tables and a ton of toys! we were here for about an hour both days and the boys loved it.






Inside the HOB Center
~ a huge playland inside where kids can play with all of the playmobil toys! It's super well designed and was a great relief from the heat/rain. There is also a cafe, a help desk, bathrooms, lockers and seating for shows. We took our lunch and extra clothes every day and stored them in the lockers downstairs ~ they're free and made it easier to travel around!








The Farm
~ one of the kids favourites! they could "milk" the cows and clean the horses, there was also a water pump that they could fill up buckets to take to and from the barn. One older kid even climbed up on the balcony and dumped a bucket on a poor, unexpecting mom! oops.





The Goldmine
~ a huge sandbox, with a western design where you could search for gold! We bought these little treasure chests for the kids there (1Euro) and they could dig for gold and fill up their boxes. It was really fun! We probably spent an hour there!





Water Boats
~ the kids loved these... you moved them around the lagoon with your arms and they did a great job. You had to be 4 to go, so little guy had to sit this one out (which he was not too happy about) 


Family Vacation
~ love these little life size figures around the park!

Check out our 2nd day at the Playmobil Funpark here!