Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

We walked the first long corridor of Eastern State Penitentiary, with it’s high ceilings, frequent doors, and its eerie silence, broken only by our voices and the head set I was wearing. It was easy to imagine being locked up in silence and this is how it was in the beginning. A state of the art prison system, where, once prisoners entered it’s doors, they were kept in solitary confinement, never seeing or speaking to anyone. When it was necessary to move from their cells they were blindfolded so as not to see another person by mistake.

A ride on an Amish buggy with Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides, Lancaster Pennsylvania.

Arriving in Lancaster County in the 1720s, the oldest and largest Amish community in the country is the Amish of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When I found out that Lancaster was kind of on our way from Washington DC to our next stop in Philadelphia, I just had to take the kids there! The Amish way of life has always interested and appealed to me so I was quite excited about this adventure.

An up to date guide to travelling from England’s main airports with autistic passengers!

Those of us who have flown with autistic children know how much it helps if the airport has measures in place to help. Those who haven’t flown yet may feel reassured knowing what help is out there. There is conflicting advice with out of date viral posts on social media making it more confusing so I have researched current advice and help available. Here is a quick guide to travelling from each of the main airports, the help they have in place and how to access that help:

Park Aventura, Albufeira, Portugal

Today we visited Park Aventura in Albufeira. The thing I like about treetop treks are that they are outside, physical and fun for most ages so make the perfect family activity that everyone will enjoy whilst also getting some exercise (much needed when you are at an all inclusive resort right after Christmas!)

New Years Eve in Hamburg, Germany

As for New Years Eve, I did see some children, though I wouldn’t take mine. The main area for fireworks is near the harbour. There didn’t seem to be a main display so much as the public letting off fireworks for literally hours in every nook and cranny of the city! An experience certainly, and walking back to the hotel felt a little like a war zone, ducking behind cars and into doorways to dodge rockets.

We review the Early Years Fun Subscription box!

We recently bought the Early Years Fun Subscription box to have a look at. I was really interested in this box because whilst it is aimed at 2-5 year olds it also says on the website that the box is suitable for children with special needs working at this age.