This street is quite a sight during the holiday season. Bedecked, bedazzled, and strung with more lights than the average family could take the time to count, Eucalyptus Street is a holiday filled spectacle from one end to the other!
Lit trees, lit jeeps, lit fences, musically synchronized lights, fences, characters, and all sorts of other holiday feasts to the eyes are around you everywhere as you walk this street. I can only imagine the neighborhood unity it takes to pull something like this off year after year --- and you would need a lot of unity because this display brings people out in droves. I've been there when a line of car traffic has clogged the street and I've been there when they've closed the street to pedestrian traffic only, something I think should be done every year.
TIP: No matter how the street is handled, please don't drive into the area, park a few blocks away and walk in. The detail given to decorating these yards is a treat, enjoy them on foot and appreciate the lengths these residents have gone to in order to share the holiday spirit!
We recently attended a performance of The Nutcracker at the Kimo Theatre. This traditional two hour performance was put on by the Ballet Repertory Theatre. The Kimo Theatre is a historical theatre on Central Ave in downtown Albuquerque. We got there early and my children loved walking around the theatre and looking at the historical wood carvings on the walls, the antique features, and the Nutcracker displays for sale in the lobby.
My husband and my three boys (ages 12, 10, and 8) weren’t really that excited about this performance but my girls (ages 6 and 3) could hardly contain themselves. The dancers were very professional and stuck fairly close to the original story line. The music was piped over a sound system and was not a live orchestra. My family (even the boys) thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I was quite impressed at how well my 3 year old did. She was so entranced by the dancers that they held her attention through most of the performance. She is an active one so this really surprised me. Her only disappointment was that she couldn’t go on the stage and dance with the ballerinas.
There was an intermission just over half way through where we had the opportunity to purchase drinks and snacks to consume in the lobby. The restrooms got crowded so I was glad that we were told about women’s restrooms on the second level as that saved us a great deal of time.
This Historical Theatre is worth a visit regardless of what event you are able to attend. We really enjoyed the performance and hope to go back as the children get older.
“This review is based on a complimentary visit to The Nutcracker at Kimo Theatre. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.”
My husband and I dined at The Grove Café & Market with our five children (ages 12, 10, 8, 6, and 3) on a Sunday morning. We arrived shortly after 9:00am and the line for the counter was manageable with a less than 10 minute wait but when we left around 10:30 it had tripled in size. When we arrived we were directed to the front counter to place our order. There was a large chalkboard menu above the counter so we could make our decisions. There was so much to choose from that it took our family a bit of time to figure it out. The staff was extremely patient with us during this process and answered all of our questions. There were breakfast and lunch options available as well as a small children’s menu. The children’s menu was very limited so we chose to order several adult meals for the children to share.
Once we finally got through the ordering process (due to no fault of the staff) we were seated in the indoor dining area. There was an outdoor area available as well that had patio heaters and a plastic wind block but it was still a bit chilly so we opted to stay indoors. Typically they ask you to wait until you are done ordering before you are seated but they made an exception for us and I’m assuming it was due to the size of our party as well as the activity level of the children while waiting in line. The large wooden table fit our family perfectly and the country style decorations were inviting. High chairs are available for little ones as well as to go cups with lids to avoid those unnecessary spills.
Our food came rather quickly. The presentation was beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. Three of the kids ordered a pancake plate to share and were disappointed as they were not traditional pancakes but more crepe like. Don’t get me wrong there wasn’t a single bite left but it took a minute for them to adjust as it wasn’t what they were expecting. I had fresh squeezed orange juice and it was really good. All of their ingredients are fresh and locally sourced adding to the taste of the food and the character of the restaurant.
We finished the meal off with a variety of cupcakes. They looked so good in the pastry case that it was impossible to pass them up even though it was breakfast. Our experience was very positive and the food was undeniably good. The prices were much higher than other places so this will have to be a rare stop for us for sure. I definitely recommend The Grove as it is a place that should be tried at least once.
“This review is based on a discounted visit to The Grove Café & Market. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.”
My husband and I recently dined at Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria with our five children ages 12, 10, 8, 6, and 3. It is conveniently located off of Central in the Nob Hill area. This family owned restaurant is a great place to dine with children. The atmosphere is casual and there are several dining options. There was a great upstairs patio area but it was a bit chilly to be utilized, a standard indoor dining area, and a dining area located just off of the kitchen. We dined in the main dining area just off of the kitchen and my kids sat at the bar and had a full view of the wood fired pizza oven and of the staff as they fired up the pizzas.
The staff was very friendly and extremely patient with the children. My 10 year old wants to be a chef when he gets older and he was asking the chefs a lot of questions and they were happily answering him. The food was fresh but the service was fast and my children were entertained the entire time by the flaming pizza oven.
The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. My children were all really impressed with the fresh in house made mozzarella cheese that they were allowed to sample before it was placed on their pizzas. The standard pizza available is 11” but most of the pizzas could be made a child size 9”. My oldest ordered and finished a vegetarian 11” and was so impressed with the flavor that he talked about it for several days after his meal. My 10 and 8 year olds each ordered and finished a 9” pizza and my two younger girls (6 and 3) split a 9” with 2 slices left over. My husband ordered a calzone which he raved over. I had a chicken salad which was delicious.
The quality of the food, the ambiance, and the friendly staff were really out of this world. Due to the locally sourced ingredients and the quality of the food the prices were fairly high especially for a family our size so sadly this won’t be a place that we will be able to go very often. I will definitely recommend this restaurant. It is great for someone who is single, couples, and families of all sizes.
“This review is based on a discounted visit to Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.”
My husband and I recently visited The National Museum of Nuclear Science with our five children ages 12, 10, 8, 6, and 3. Our older three were really excited about it and begging us to go. I definitely had some concerns about how my two younger children would do and if there would be any activities of interest to them.
When we pulled up my children were able to see a large missile in front of the museum as well as quite a few planes. When we walked inside there was the front counter, a gift shop, clean restrooms with a changing table, and a small theatre. Tickets were $10 for seniors (60+), $12 for adults (18-59), $10 for youth (6-17), and free for children 5 and under. Once we were admitted we were sent directly to the theatre for a 45 film explaining the exploration and creation of the atomic bomb. The film was definitely produced for adults and older children as the content was rather adult with war, violence, and weapons. My younger children watched it and don’t seem traumatized but it was certainly more graphic then what we usually allow them to watch.
When we left the theatre a docent started a vacuum presentation where he placed several different items in a vacuum container and added and removed air. My children were able to see how a variety of items such as marshmallows, soda and shaving cream reacted when air was forced into the container and then when the tube was removed. They were allowed to touch each of the items that came out and really explore the changes that had occurred.
Next we headed over to the hands on children’s area where my children were allowed to explore build and experiment. My children particularly loved this area as they enjoyed being able to touch and manipulate things since a majority of the museum was pretty hands off. The exhibits were extremely educational and informative but for the most part were definitely geared towards older children and adults (probably 8 and up). There were a lot of photos and descriptions as well as models of cars and bombs that were roped off and inaccessible to the curious child. My three year old did not do well in this portion of the museum which was extremely exhausting for me.
Once we had completed the inside portion we went out into the back yard and were able to view the planes. There was plenty of room to run around and the children were able to get right up to all of the different equipment. There was not a plane that they were able to climb inside which was very disappointing to them. We had the stroller with us but just left it by the back door because the thick gravel made pushing it around very difficult and my daughter needed to get out and run.
I really enjoyed learning more about WWII and the process of the atomic bomb. My older boys were thrilled with the museum and want to go back but my 6 and 3 year old were not really interested and didn’t get much out of the experience. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful and really engaged my children which I appreciated since I had to chase a 3 year old around. We will probably go back at some point when the kids are a little older.
“This review is based on a complimentary visit to The National Museum of Nuclear Science. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.”