Friday, June 28, 2013

Playground Series: State of the art playground in the heart of Belgrade

This playgorund is situated in one of the most beautiful Belgrade parks - Tašmajdan, or simply Taš. It consists of three playgrounds, for kids of different ages. All three are lined with 6 cm thick rubber to avoid injuries if kids fall. I think kids could spend the whole day here without getting bored. The only downside is it is extremely crowded on weekends, we never got on any of the swings:) Maybe next time

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Colorful playkitchens by Punkt

Recicled, natural, colorful. I love play-kitchen series made by Punkt Workshop from Bulgaria.

For a bit more jump over to EastOK Europe, where I wrote about them for Earth Day a while ago.

Monday, June 24, 2013

PLAYGROUND SEASON: Interactive fountain in Budapest

Not technically a playground, but turns into one during summer months. It is also our favorite place in Budapest when the city concrete heats up. Situated in the middle of the bank district, on Szabadság tér it is perfect for kids to run in and out screaming and go home soaked, or just have a snack and listen to the water.

Friday, June 14, 2013

PLAYGROUND SEASON: Empty playground in Nürnberg on a cloudy day

I received these today. Thanks Eva:)

Villa carton Pirate Boat product review

Me and my boys are one of the lucky people who get to test Villa Carton products from time to time. After City blocks and Biplane we tested some time ago, this week was in sign of water, flood, and with that boats and pirates of course.
The design of the Pirate boat is so cool. Like all other Villa Carton products, this one simply finds way to my living room shelf and holds pretty well as decoration, not only as kids toy.

While City blocks were super sturdy and completely suitable even for P's 1.5 years old brother, the boat is somewhere in between the city blocks and the biplane. Biplane was really, but really not for babies if you wanted it safe and whole, this boat is quite a sturdy piece, with exception of the mast and the sail, which should be handled with a little care. So at rare moments when we managed to get rid of I, we sailed the Danube (recent flood influence) to the volcano we build out of newspapers and a red paper napkin.

Great details, real holes for windows - this is what we love at Villa Carton toys.

And here, P decided to write a Thank You note to Villa Carton...with a pigeon feather. Like Captain Hook, he said!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

PLAYGORUND SEASON: Little hands at work

Time to continue the series. While his big brother is running around, here is what I is doing:

Please contact me if you'd like to share what you and your kids do when it is playground season! SHow us your playground, or your backyard...wherever you play.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Zinka & Simafül

A few months ago I wrote about Viki in connection with beautiful Soulglobes, so when a month or so ago Zinka & Simafül exhibition opened in the nearby Műhely Coffeehouse & Gallery (cute little place with homemade cakes and really good coffee) I knew I had to be there with P.

Zinka & Simafül started as a bunch of illustrations Viktoria Hitka made for her daughter Milla. Some time later it evolved into a real children's book, with text written by László Gál.

Zinka is a good hearted little girl with messy hair and a magic coat.

Her best friend is Simafül - the doggy. He has the nicest little soft ears in the whole world. The two friends were born on the same day and they never ever part. They discover the world and go on adventures together...

Shadowboxes made for this exhibition were incredible. If I could take one home, I would be able to choose.

I so hope for all of you non-Hungarian speakers that Zinka books get published in English too. Meanwhile I am happy I don't have to worry about that for my kiddos:)