We had a pleasant two days last weekend. Summer decided to stick around (it should be coz according to the calendar, its still SUMMER!) and we took advantage of that. It was a mix of fun, nature, relaxation and lots of sun!
The family joined the Pohádkový Les in Butovice. Both M and I were clueless what’s it all about. M thought it was a walk in the forest where you pass by fairytale creatures/characters. We were looking for an activity outdoor coz of the nice weather and this one sounded interesting.
We had to pay an entrance fee of about $3 each except for little Adie. As soon as we got inside the fenced area, all the fun stuff for the kids greeted us. There were FREE pony rides, face painting, bouncy castles, painting, drawing, coloring, balloons, and lots of other free goodies (lollipops, bracelets, cookies) handed out to the kids as we walked along the street. Unfortunately our Caity was in a sour mood and didn’t want to participate in any of those. She refused to have her faced painted, refused to have her picture taken with Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, refused to color…. it was all NO for her. But she asked for a cotton candy which we had to pay. Geeez! I guess she doesn’t like free stuff. Haha!
It turned out that the kids have to do some challenges or obstacle games along the walk in the “forest”. I thought it would be a quiet walk, enjoying nature but heh! it tired us out! We had to follow the trail of the game, line up in queues, hike down then up under the heat of the sun. Kafoy!!! My tongue was sticking out after we successfully finished the challenge in about 3-4 hours! It was too much of a walk for small kids. M had to carry Caity on his shoulder at the middle of the game. Unfortunately, Caity didn’t do the first challenge, so she didn’t get any prize at the end. What was the prize, we had no idea. Being able to finish it was enough for us. Caity obliged to pose with Winnie the Pooh & Piglet later, but it was forced. She had a grumpy look! Anyway, she got to ride the pony on our way out, and that sealed her time there with happiness.
1. first challenge, bow & arrow. 2. caity picking coins from the bucket.
3. fishing (the woman looks like she’s wearing Cherokee scrubs). 4. lining up for Caity’s turn. Do you see Snow White?
The kids were still full of energy when we got home so we took them out with their bikes, and they enjoyed going on the sloped concrete ground right outside our home. If that wasn’t enough, Caity asked to go to the playground, where she had fun in the tunnel slide. We went home past 7. It was a long day but fun-filled.
It was more relaxed. After going to church and a little shopping, we went to the “beach” named Machovo Jezero (or translated in English, Macha Lake) . Okay it was the closest you can call a beach in Czech Republic. Macha Lake is actually a man-made lake which was developed into a beach with imported sand. Many people flock there especially during warm days. When we were there, teenagers arrived in throngs and it was even getting late. You can just imagine how crowded it is on peak times.
It was almost 4 in the afternoon when we got there, not bad coz the sun wasn’t that painful on the skin anymore. The kids slept along the way, their little bodies recharged for what was to come. As soon as they saw the sand and water, they just scrambled to it. M and I had time to relax while watching them play. He even fell asleep lying there in the sand.
You can tell the kids had an awesome time, right?
Thank you Lord for these beautiful moments spent with the family!
I’ll be posting more pics of Caity in her blog. (: