Wicked Tulips in Rhode Island

white pink and purple tulips in show garden at wicked tulips in johnston, ri. photo taken by christina ho falcon

HAPPY SPRING!

There are so many wonderful places to discover and experience locally. Last year, I heard about this tulip flower farm in Johnston, RI. I was so excited to check it out. Tickets are sold online only. We were lucky to get one day in last year to visit with my husband and then-two year old.

This year, it was just my son and me. He had his 3-year old well-visit at his pediatrician’s office, which is located in Johnston, RI.

So, we decided to pack a lunch and have a picnic after his doctor’s appointment. Then pick flowers, take pictures, and have some fun in the sun.

Tickets

My son just turned three at the end of April, so his ticket was free. I just had to pay for my adult ticket, which came to $17.28. This ticket includes 10 U-Pick tulips.

When you enter, you check in with the people under the white tent and they give you a token for the 10 tulips. You also have the option to purchase more tulips if you decide to pick more than 10.

Picking the Tulips and Picnicking

Upon entering, there were people under the large umbrella to ask any specific questions. There were baskets and large red buckets for patrons to carry their tulips in. The ground is bumpy and a bit rocky, so it’ll be tough to roll a stroller. But, it might be helpful to have one if your kids get tired.

Off to the side, there are picnic tables set up (some under a shaded pavilion) along with trash cans and porto potties.

We brought along a blanket, which we laid down to have more room. I also left my lunch bag on top of the blanket after lunch so I didn’t need to carry it while we picked tulips.

toddler carrying basket at u-pick tulip farm at wicked tulips in johnston, ri. photo taken by christina ho falcon

My three year old son enjoyed running up and down the rows of flowers. And, I had a wonderful time snapping pictures of him.

toddler boy model pose at wicked tulips in johnston, ri. photo taken by christina ho falcon

Show Area

In addition to the U-Pick tulips, the flower farm has a show are that is limited to viewing and taking pictures. There is no picking allowed in this show area. On display is a lovely assortment of flowers.

This is a popular area for those selfies and “glamour” shots:)

Visit

It was such a beautiful Thursday afternoon when we visited! If you’re ever in the RI area during the spring, usually anytime between the middle to end of April until about the middle to end of May, you should check out Wicked Tulips! They have their “Bloom Report” available online so you are able to check when U-Pick time is!

Thanks for reading about our mini excursion:) Happy spring, everyone!

Boston Children’s Museum Day Trip

Boston Children’s Museum Day Trip
Friday, August 10, 2018

Sometimes going on day trips and taking advantage of where your home base is, is the best way to explore.

Explore locally.

So my husband took a guys fishing trip to Key West, Florida for about five days. Oh I’m really hoping he will write a short post about his trip…or maybe I’ll do an interview! Anyways, while he was away, I had planned a few activities to keep my toddler and me busy.

Preparation

My friend Paolina and her one-year old Isabella met up with us.

We both had planned to pack our own lunches. This always takes a little time. My go-to: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches:) well I made one PB&J with the crusts cut off and cut into triangles for Kai. I also made one ham and cheese with mayo sans crust for him. I made myself a buffalo chicken sandwich with mustard, and I brought some baby carrots dipped in hummus with pine nuts (so tasty)! One thing Kai loves is his milk.

I always pack a change of clothes and underwear for Kai. And, extra shoes too! Since he was going to do a lot of walking, I made sure to put on socks and sneakers for him. I did notice there were some rooms with water, so I packed sandals for him too!

The Trip

We met at the Boston Children’s Museum, and we both drove into Boston. I live in Rhode Island, so Boston is about an hour north of me. Paolina lives north of Boston, so we met in a good location.

I left my house around 10am to try and avoid the rush hour traffic into the city. It worked out pretty well!

Parking garage options are listed on their webpage. We opted for the one located at: 280 Congress Street, Boston, MA.

The rate: $20 for the day with a validated parking ticket from the museum.

Kai and I got to the parking garage around 11:20am. Paolina had just parked, so she waited for me in the elevator area while I got all of his stuff together.

Stroller ride to the Boston Children's Museum

Thankfully we brought our stroller with us. It was quite useful when commuting from the parking garage to the museum itself.

Navigating the Museum

Here is the link to the museum floor plan. The museum is fairly large compared to the one in Providence, RI.

Once we were there it having the stroller was a little bit of a hassle, but the museum had ample stroller parking space alongside or outside of the exhibits.

This was both of our first times here at the museum.

Because I have a family plus membership to the Providence Children’s Museum I was able to get a 50% discount for up to six guests in total at the Boston Children’s Museum. You should check your local museum to see if they participate.

Here you can find a chart listing museums participating in the reciprocal program! This way, if you get a membership to your local museum, you are able to get a 50% discount to other museums:)

Food First!

Our first stop after purchasing tickets was to find a lunch area where we could eat our packed lunches. We ended up having to around to the cafe (Au Bon Pain) which was to the right of the ticketing area. Food for purchase was available, but since we brought our own lunches, we just ate that.  The cafeteria is a really cute space with ample high chairs if your child needs one.

We started from the top and worked our way downstairs.

Third Floor

There is a large construction play area, filled with trucks, tracks, and large working equipment for children to play on! There are costumes for the little ones to play dress up, and there were areas for them to climb on; bridges to walk across. It was as if you were in a large city environment in a construction zone.

We didn’t get a chance to see the Japanese House because they were doing guided tours every 15 minutes or so, and the timing just didn’t work out when we were there.

One thing we enjoyed was the large dinosaur they had on display. You were able to use the controls and push the buttons for the huge mechanical dino to move its head and arms. It also roars loudly.

Second Floor

The play space for kids 0-3 was a nice and contained area for the younger ones to explore and play! There were little areas for kids to play pretend and use their imagination. There is also a little playground area for the little ones to climb up and slide down. There is a scarf station that uses a vacuum.

Kids playing in water area at the Boston Children's Museum

I believe the water area is on this floor too!

First floor

To your left, after you purchase tickets, you will notice a large jungle gym. It is the same type of jungle gym/maze that the Providence Children’s Museum has outdoors.

There are a lot of sensory activities for kids to partake in. Kai especially enjoyed playing with the golf balls and rolling them down the ramps.

The bubble room was very entertaining as well. There is an interactive exercise area where kids are able to use a pulley system and pedal on stationary bike to race. It’s all about ‘energy’, and it was fun.

Right before we left, we decided to catch one of the kids shows at KidStage: Three Little Pigs. The performers were so entertaining. They asked for seven volunteers: three little pigs, three houses, and one big bad wolf.

Everyone did an amazing job.

Conclusions

Will we come back? It’s definitely likely, since you can really spend a lot of time here. My only concern would be how germ-infested it is during the winter months when outdoor playgrounds are of no use since it’s freezing in New England…but that’s everywhere I guess.

This museum will wear you AND your child out. Paolina and I thought it was necessary to get a caffeinated beverage from the Starbucks across the street when we left.

If you parked in an affiliated parking garage, don’t forget to get your ticket validated by the museum!

Thanks for reading about our day trip.

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