One Week in Sydney with a Toddler

Hello from Down Under!  Cooper and I have spent the last week running around like crazies soaking up all the goodness of Sydney.  I did a ton of research on some of the best places to bring him and we hit the ground running.  Now, this isn’t your traditional tour of the city, but if you happen to have a toddler, it is a pretty fun trip!

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Museum of Imagination

Museum of Imagination– I love the way that sounds!  It is full of possibilities and excitement.  And that was exactly what we experienced when Cooper and I headed to the Museum.

The Museum of Imagination is geared towards kids and they are allowed to touch and play with literally everything in the space.  There are two entry times (10am and 2pm) but you can arrive at other times.  These entry times are meant to maximize your time in the museum and are part of a guided tour.

We chose to arrive at our own time but were still treated to an English speaking guide.  She was amazing with Cooper!  We had such a blast exploring the Museum.

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A Day at Cape Cod Children’s Museum

Hello hello!  So let’s rewind almost a month ago now (seriously, where does February go!?) to our day at Cape Cod Children’s Museum.  Coops and I have been there before during the summer and I highly recommend it if you are spending any time on Cape Cod.  I was curious to find out how it would stand up to the winter months when less visitors are around.  We were pleased to see that it was just as great as the last time we visited.

The entrance fee is $9 per person, which is pretty inexpensive.  I was so excited to bring Coops because he had a ball the last time we were there.  This time it was like he remembered the place (although I’m not sure that is possible at 2) because he ran right in and straight over to the dinosaur table.  He has been pretty obsessed with dinosaurs lately since we saw them at the zoo and since I downloaded a fun dinosaur puzzle game onto the iPad.

We saw some of our old favorites like the big submarine, which is still really cool with all of its sights and sounds!

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A Day of Fun at the Boston Children’s Museum

Hello and how was your weekend?  We had a great weekend here!  I did a barre training this weekend to help hone my barre teaching skills.  It was really amazing!  What did you get up to?

Last week I met up with my brother, his baby and my cousin and her two boys to check out Boston’s Children’s Museum.  I vaguely remembered it from when I was a kid, but I was excited to become reacquainted with my little guy.

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Cooper’s Transportation Party

Hello hello!  We had one craaaaazy busy weekend here at Casa Bendall but it was so so worth it!

Saturday we celebrated the little guy’s 2nd birthday with a big bash (seriously, the kid has more friends than me!).  Cooper’s Transportation Party was a big hit but a ton of work leading up to it!

The morning dawned a little overcast but the skies began to open as the guests arrived.  I purchased a party kit on Etsy to make our transportation dreams come to light.  I knew Cooper would love it because he is obsessed with all things cars, trains and airplanes!


But because I knew a 2 year old wouldn’t really understand the concept of it being his party, I made sure to get some great catering for the adults at the Fueling Station!







And, of course, I had to make sure there was something available for the little ones–popcorn and candy it is!




I loved putting together all the cute decorations for Cooper!  The centerpieces and the banners totally won me over!




Another highlight for the adults (because as long as the parents are happy, right?), was the Pit Stop!


Mimosas and beers for the adults and lemonade for the kids!


And of course, I didn’t forget the kids!  There were plenty of toys to tickle their fancies!  A train set, a race track and plenty of cars for starters!



A big Thomas the Tank and Fire Engine Play Tent for fun!



Some fancy cars to take for a spin!


And a coloring station full of transportation themed color-ins!


But I think everyone’s favorite part of the whole party were the sweets!


The dessert table!


This Cooper cake was just beyond!  Trains, planes and cars all in one plus his name and a 2! 🙂


The cupcakes were equally adorable!  But I really loved the cookies (and that is what Coops chose!).


My mom’s pumpkin bars were pretty amazing as well!


And who do you think cut out and glued all the little stickers on the candies!  #ihaveanocdproblem



At the end, all the guests left with a cute little bucket from Coops saying Thanks for Flying By and taking home a coloring paper, crayons, candy and some playdough or bubbles!


It was a totally exhausting 2 hours but totally worth it for my little 2 year old!



Party Printables: Amanda’s Parties To Go

Cake, Cupcakes & Cookies: Tammy Montagna

Catering: DeKomer Eventos