Taking your kids on a trip around the world has never been easier.
It’s winter here in Minnesota. The days are short and the weather is bitterly cold. For my family, we enter into hibernation mode. After weeks of not leaving the house, I had to think of some way for us to escape the clutches of this winter solitude. Since it wasn’t in the cards for us to travel this year, I decided we would take a trip from the comfort of our home. I went to work collecting ideas and set out to take us on a trip around the world.
Join us on our journey as we have fun cooking and doing activities from around the globe. These activities are easy, fun, and a great way to connect with your kids.
Our trip to Paris began with breakfast. The girls and I headed to the kitchen to whip up some crepes. They had never had crepes before, so they were excited to try something new. I enlisted my sous chefs to help me whip up the batter and fillings.
Pro-tip – Kids as young as two can start helping in the kitchen. Scooping, mixing and pouring are great activities for younger kids. Around five or six they can begin measuring and cutting with safety knives.
These safety knives from Amazon are perfect for kids.
My oldest helps me in the kitchen every night. We chat about her day while she chops lettuce and helps make our salad for dinner. It’s a great way to bond with your kids while getting them involved with helping out more around the house.
When you’re making your crepes you can probably get by with using a nonstick skillet, but having a real crepe pan definitely makes it easier. If you’re in the market for a good crepe pan, you can buy this Nordic Ware crepe pan and support a Minnesota company!
The best part of the morning was coming up with our own crepe filling ideas. We had a contest to see who could come up with the tastiest crepe. The winner was peanut butter greek yogurt with chocolate chips, strawberries and bananas.
This crepe recipe from I Heart Naptime was delicious and easy to prepare.
I wanted to have a healthier filling for the crepes so we came up with our own.
Greek Yogurt Crepe Filling and Dip
1. Vanilla Dip/Filling
- 1.5 cups plain greek yogurt unsweetened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
2. Peanut Butter Dip/Filling
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3. Chocolate Filling/Dip
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Fill crepes with any filling below and add any additional ingredients: chocolate chips, fruit, shredded coconut, jam, etc
- Use as a dip with cut up strawberries, pineapple, graham crackers, and cookies
Combine the first 4 ingredients to make vanilla filling/dip
Combine the first 4 ingredients and mix in creamy peanut butter to make a delicious peanut butter dip
For a decadent chocolate dip, melt coconut oil and chocolate chips together (I used the melt setting on the microwave) Then mix in the chocolate with the first 4 ingredients.
See the Sights
After breakfast, we decided to do some sight seeing. I showed the girls a picture of the Eiffel Tower and gave them a challenge to build it with blocks. We all make our own unique version of this iconic landmark.
Of course, a trip to Paris would not be complete without enjoying some of the beautiful artwork at the Louvre. I went online to show the girls some of the paintings and sculptures. They recognized the Mona Lisa, and we decided we should paint our own masterpieces.
Dinner and a Movie
After a long day taking in the sights, we decided to snuggle together and enjoy dinner and a movie. The featured film and entree of the evening was Ratatouille!
Finally, the pièce de résistance of the evening, chocolate fondue for dessert!
Add a little more fun to your Parisian adventure. Here are some great books to find at your local library or click below to order from Amazon.
Fancy Nancy– one of my daughter’s favorite series. Fancy Nancy is funny, smart, has a fabulous sense of fashion and loves anything French.
Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris – a goes on holiday with her grandmother in Paris. Cute illustrations depict all of the sights to see in Paris.
A Walk in Paris – In this story, a grandfather takes his grandson around Paris to take in all that the city has to offer.
Pop-Up Paris – See the beauty of Paris come alive in these amazing pop-up illustrations.
Everybody Bonjours – Crepes, shopping, and a tour of the magical city. This is a great story for any young adventurer.
Paris Up, Up and Away – The Eiffel Tower takes flight as it takes you on a whimsical tour of Paris.
Eloise in Paris – Eloise continues to make trouble while she sees all of the great attraction in a new city.
Madeline – This classic book tells the story of a mischievous little girl through beautiful illustrations of Paris and humorous verse.
Paris in your community
When you can’t stroll the streets of Paris, it’s still fun to go out into your community to find authentic restaurants, classes and shops.
Patisserie 46 will take you to Paris with their delicious baked goods. It was mentioned in Food and Wine Magazine that they make one of the best eclairs.
Here in Minneapolis, we have some amazing French restaurants. One of our favorites is Patrick’s Bakery. To learn more about this amazing little French bistro and why it’s the perfect winter escape, check out our blog Winter Oasis – A Bakery in a Greenhouse.
sKIDaddlers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com