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Big Rain Day Big Fun Day

There are a few great places where rain will not cancel your fun.  Older children will enjoy a visit to the Orlando Eye, Madame Trussauds Wax Museum, and Sea Life Aquarium complex on International Drive.  Parking there is free both outside in the rear of the complex and inside the covered parking deck just on the North side.
Also on International Drive, Dave and Busters offers a restaurant, bar, big kid video games, and a few covered parking spaces.  Chuck E Cheese, a pizza and game restaurant for the smaller kids, has free outdoor parking.
Younger children will enjoy The Crayola Experience which is located a few miles to the East on Sand Lake Road.  Since it’s inside the Florida Mall, the parking is free.  However, you might want to park as close as possible anywhere in the vast parking lot and then walk through the mall to avoid a long run to the front door.  The entrance is on the outside of the building, so you do have a chance you might get caught in the rain trying to get through the front door.  However, once you pay the modest admission into the Experience, you don’t have to leave for hours, since there is a small cafeteria which has organic milk, and some other healthy options in addition to soft drinks and pizza.  You can wait out the rain, or decide to shop at the mall, being able to exit the attraction through their gift shop and stay completely dry.  After shopping, if you prefer to return to the Crayola Experience, be sure to get a hand stamp before you leave.
All children will have fun as long as you are having fun; so, relax and make the best of the liquid sunshine.

Flameless Battery Candles

Flameless Candles, USB Shelf

Flameless Battery Candles on a USB Shelf


Living in Florida, I have a more stylish and automatic solution for dark hallways and occasional power outages.  I have many flameless, also called battery operated, candles in strategic locations around my home, including on top of bathroom wall cabinets.  My family like them and my guests love them.

The picture that I have posted is on a shelf that has two lights that can be charged by a USB connection.  I found this shelf on sale at Lowes Home Improvement Store.  It is installed over a doorway that leads into a windowless hallway.  On top of the shelf, I have several battery operated candles with timers.  Each timer will turn on automatically and provide a small amount of light for five hours before it will automatically switch off.  I have the hallway candles on a staggered schedule, so that there will be some light regardless of the time of day or night.  If you live in a home with a stairway, I would suggest installing several small accent shelves every few steps and place some flameless candles on each one.  It will be beautiful and practical. It will make a great house warming gift!

I prefer the candles that have the five hour timers and use double A size batteries.  The triple A ones will not perform as well, and without a timer it will be too much of a problem to remember to turn them on nightly and off every morning.

You can find these type of timer candles at big box stores, such as WalMarts.  Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts also sells them, and in various colors, sizes and scents.  Bed Bath and Beyond carry taper candles for your dining table that have five hour times too.  Romantic and safe.