What do Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella & Snow White have in common?

Disney Princesses

Yes, you are right they are all Disney princesses. But is there something more they share in common? Did you know that fairy tales about these princesses originated in Germany, all re-written or collected by the Brother’s Grimm – Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the mid 1800’s. Their version of these tales were not meant for children. Other European authors like Charles Perrault, a French author, rewrote a toned down version of these stories for children. Many variations of these fairy tales got popular all over Europe and Asia.

What’s more? The Cinderella Castle gained it’s inspiration from the Neuschwanstein Castle built by the legendary King Ludwig II of Bavaria – Germany.

Neuschwanstein Castle - Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany

Walt Disney and his wife Lillian spent time at Neuschwanstein Castle nestled atop the Bavarian Alps. The castle’s bright colors, fairy tale like location and it’s highly innovative architecture provided the inspiration behind the enchanting Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando.

Cinderella's Castle - Magic Kingdom

Cinderella’s Castle – Magic Kingdom

These princess fairy tales that originated several thousand miles and beyond the Atlantic Ocean have become a part of popular American culture. Bravo Walt! and Bravo Brother’s Grimm!

To check out other well known fairy tales, folk tales or tot tales that originated in Germany click here.

Titter Alert:
The two places we recommend visiting with tots in Germany:

1) Freitzeitpark Marchenwald: An attraction park near Munich where more than 20 fairytale-stories with over 260 pressing button moving characters inspire young and old. The tales are told on request in German or English. About 30 minutes drive from Munich, Germany

2) Neuschwanstein Castle: Nestled amidst the scenic Bavarian alps in Fussen. Fussen is the highest town in the Bavaria alps. About 2 hours drive from Munich, Germany.

Family destination around New York – 1 Hour Drives

Alstede FarmsIt is the end of Devam’s first year at school. Time for summer break, a 3 month period to explore, experience and enjoy something different besides school. We plan to visit several destinations in and around New York. Besides researching new destinations there are some that we look forward to visiting again and again.

I am listing our few favorite destinations:

1) Bear Mountain State Park

2) Norwalk, CT
Stepping Stones Museum
Maritime Aquarium

3) New Jersey, NJ
Liberty Science Center
Alstede Farms

These destinations are about one hour drive from New York. They are great destinations for age groups of 2-7 years old and perfect destinations for an entire family.

Note: When visiting farms it is most advisable to call them in advance to confirm their pick-your-own schedule and the best hours to visit the farm. I usually like to get to farms early in the morning and leave by noon.

Happy Travels,

Colorado To Go

We recently visited the heavenly Colorado with our 3 year old son. We had a fabulous time and would like to share some details with you. Continue reading.

When science seems like magic!

There is always something exciting going on in New York for our tots. The upcoming World Science Festival seems particularly interesting. The festival runs from May 30th till June 3rd 2012.

Click here to learn more about the Festival.

While there are several involving activities for kids 7 years and up, the ultimate science street fair and the science on site event seems most appropriate for tots of all ages.

Science on Site – June 2nd Saturday – Brooklyn Bridge Park

Ultimate Science Street Fair – June 3rd Sunday – Washington Square Park

Enjoy a science filled weekend in New York.