What to Do in Wellington, New Zealand

Each year, Wellington, New Zealand hosts events that feature concerts, theater, dance exhibitions as well as sporting matches and festivals. Anyone who lives in New Zealand or who is planning on visiting this country can find something to do at any given time of the year.

Te Papa History of Wellington

Explore the history of Wellington a the Museum of Wellington located right on Queens Wharf. This is a free museum that hosts events throughout the year. The Te Papa history event takes place throughout May of each year. You can learn about history as well as explore artifacts from the history of the country at this annual event at the museum.

Glow In The Dark Worm Tour

This one hour tour through the Botanic Gardens in Wellington is worth the trip as it takes place the last Friday of May each year at 8:00. You need to bring a torch with you so that you can light the way and explore the fascinating world of glow in the dark worms at the gardens. Admission to this event is $1. This event takes place at other times throughout the year as well, during the summer months.

Braille Trail

To honor the birth of Louis Braille, you can visit the Botanic Garden for the Sensation walk. This walk allows you to use all of your senses other than sight to enjoy the beauty that is around you in the Botanic Garden. It takes place every May 26th at the Botanic Garden and is a free event.

Wellington Family Festival

Enjoy an outing that is fun for the entire family at the Wellington City Center. This is a family event that features craft stalls from local artisans as well as food and entertainment. The Wellington Family Festival takes place the first weekend of June each year and is an event that is designed for both young and old alike.

Wellington Creative Dance Festival

Dancers of all age groups participate in this festival sponsored by the Wellington City Council every year during the last weekend in May. This event features creative dancers from all genres and age groups and takes place at the Massey University Auditorium. Anyone who enjoys the art of dance will love watching and perhaps participating in this special event.

National Hot Rod Show

If you enjoy hot rod cars, then you will want to visit the National Hot Rod show that features the best of what Wellington has to offer. This annual event takes place the second weekend of April every year at the TSB Bank Arena. There is a nominal admission to the show and it is ideal for the entire family. You can get up close and personal with the hot rods and in some cases, sit in them.

Cuban Carousel Celebration

Celebrate the Cuban influence in New Zealand with the Cuban Carousel Celebration that takes place the last Sunday of April at the Opera House. The Cuban Carousel features music, dance and singing that celebrate the history of New Zealand as well as Cuban influence.

The Pick of the Fringe

This is an annual sporting event that takes place during the last week of April and the first week of May every year at the Westpac Stadium. If you want to see some real New Zealand sports matches, enjoy this annual event. There is a small fee for entrance to this Rugby event.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Achieve Great Success With Kids Party Food for Your Kids Theme Party

I think one of the most daunting things for parents when it comes to planning and organising their kids theme party, is the party food.

Firstly, the most important thing to remember when planning and organising your kids party food, is to not stress out as you need not be an amazing cook. You will find on the party day that food is not the focus, because kids are much more interested in just having fun and playing the party games and activities.

However, to make your kids party food a huge success, there are a few things to consider.

1) Deciding the Kids Party Menu

The time of day your kids party is being held and your party guests, can help determine the type and quantity of kids party food you serve. Lunch and dinner parties will require more substantial food menus, but snacks will be fine if the party is at other times of the day. If guests’ parents are invited to stay at the party, it’s a good idea to have some suitable food for the adult guests as well as some extra food stored away just in case.

Do not forget to check with parents whether any of your little guests have food allergies, that way you can cater your child’s party accordingly and avoid anything bad happening on the party day.

Remember to also ask your child what food and drinks he/she would like served at the party, as it makes your child feel very special that they are actually helping you plan their party.

To make life easier for you, plan a simple kids party menu that your party guests will still be able to enjoy. Try to have a variety of savoury food and sweet treats, and include in your menu familiar party favourites that are child friendly, quick and easy to prepare.

Some examples of popular kids party food include chicken nuggets, fish fingers, hot dogs, mini hamburgers, pizzas, wraps, sandwiches, fairy bread, chicken wings, pigs in a blanket, lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese, mini pies and sausage rolls, nachos, French fries, potato wedges, popcorn, potato chips, pretzels, jelly etc.

Children also enjoy other healthy food such as strips of carrot, cucumber and celery, cherry tomatoes, cocktail franks, cheese cubes, crackers and creamy cheese dips, as well as fresh fruits. Many kids are fussy eaters so they’ll probably like these more than any gourmet food that you may have to slave for hours in the kitchen to make.

All kids love sweet treats but try not to overdo it otherwise you will have some very hyperactive children running around at your kids theme party! Favourites such as cupcakes, cake-pops, biscuits, lollipops, chocolates and lollies are highly sought after by kids, but something that both adults and children really look forward to at a party is the cake. You can either bake or buy your kids party cake. Whichever options you choose try to match the cake to your kids party theme. Go online to find some inspirational ideas for cake decorations.

If you plan to bake the cake or make your own cupcakes, cake-pops, biscuits etc., make them a day or two before the party so that you have plenty of time to bake and decorate to your heart’s content, creating a masterpiece for your child’s party! Get your child to help out for added fun and it’s fantastic to have a few friends or family members over to help as well. Remember to store them properly though so that they will remain fresh for the party day.

When ordering a cake from a bakery, most places usually like at least 2 weeks notice. Lately though quite a few popular specialist cake places actually request a few months notice, hence make an early booking so as to not miss out. Also, order the cake to be picked up the day before the party so that you have one less thing to do on the party day. When you pick the cake up, ask the bakery for proper storage instructions, again so that it will remain fresh for the day of the party.

For kids party drinks you can serve juices, cordial, soft drinks, water, milkshakes, fruit smoothies etc. You can even make fruit punch a few days in advance and freeze them as ice-cubes. Then on the party day all you need to do is add some fresh fruits to the gradually melting ice-cubes of punch in a punch bowl.

2) Keep the Kids Party Food and Its Presentation Related to Your Kids Party Theme

When planning the kids party menu try to incorporate the party theme you have chosen, so that everything fits in perfectly with the theme. Decorate cupcakes, cake-pops and biscuits according to the theme. Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches, fairy bread, pizza etc. into fun shapes that match the theme eg. Dinosaur shapes for a Dinosaur Theme Party, Tiaras for a Princess Theme Party etc.

Also, set out the kids party food on serving ware that matches the party theme and put a theme twist to the food name when labelling each of your dishes eg. place chicken nuggets in a treasure chest and call them “Golden Nuggets” for a Pirate Theme Party, use toothpicks (remember to break off the sharp ends to make them more blunt) to pin four round slices of either carrot or cucumber to the sides of hotdogs to turn them into “Hot Rods” for a Cars Theme Party etc.

In addition, set up a cake and present table with your kids party theme in mind, and this will be the focal point of your child’s party. Balloons, tablecloths, pom poms, lanterns etc. are fantastic when it comes to helping you set the theme.

3) How to Save Money and/or Time With Your Kids Party Food

Think about what kids party food you can make from scratch quickly and easily yourself. This is because anything that can be home made, will save you a lot of money.

If you decide to make all or most of the party food yourself, what ever you are able to prepare prior to the day of the party, do so. Freeze, refrigerate or store appropriately whatever you’ve prepared in advance, so that on the party day all you need to do is quickly cook, re-heat or simply just serve. The less you have to do on the party day, means less stress and more time for you to relax, enjoy and have fun with your child and guests.

However, if you are short of time, you can also purchase ready made and/or frozen party food from the supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants etc. that you can quickly whip up or just serve on the day of the party. Place your orders at bakeries and restaurants in advance so that you can either organise pick up or home delivery for the party day (ask a friend or family member to help you with the pick ups).

If you have no time whatsoever, you can even get the whole party catered and even have waiters and waitresses serve the food and drinks for you. I was so surprised when I found out how really affordable this option is. Just go online and search your local area for caterers and wait staff, and get a few quotes. You will probably be as surprised as I was. This option definitely takes all the hassles and stress out of the food aspect of your kids theme party. You can also ask them the cost of clearing up during and after the party. You will then have lots of time to relax and enjoy before, during and after the party, as there won’t be much cleaning up leftover for you to do.

In conclusion, if you decide on the kids party menu early, work out a shopping list, get all that you need and prepare as much as you can in advance, then planning and organising the kids party food for your kids theme party will be a total breeze and a lot of fun too.

Does a Man Truly Hit His Sexual Peak at Age 18?

Supposedly men hit their sexual peak at 18-years of age…

Supposedly women hit their sexual peak in their mid-30s.

That doesn’t make much sense, now, does it?

Unlike other animals and primates, it takes a human infant years before it can survive on its own. Where most other animals need only care for their young for less than a few months, it takes years for a human child to be mature enough to survive on its own.

That’s one of the reasons for “love.”  Love is the bio-chemical mechanism that brings two people together and helps them stay together; so that they can take care of their offspring.

Forget the current welfare state that exists in most countries, and imagine how things were ten-thousand years ago. It took at least two people to raise a child. While the mother took care of the child, the father was out hunting and gathering food. The male did this, as a male is bio-physically stronger than a woman (in most cases – Feminists, don’t get upset about that statement, as it is a biological fact; and I mean no offense).

A woman has a higher-pitched voice and there is a biological reason behind this. That’s because infants respond to a higher-pitched voice more than a deep and masculine voice. Ever notice that? When people approach a baby, they start talking in a higher-pitched voice — They talk “baby talk.” That’s because we are unconsciously aware that babies respond to this higher pitch more than any other key. Our unconscious mind is smarter than our conscious mind. It’s had thousands of years programming and learning such information. This is what is encoded in our DNA. Not only that, but women have softer skin and less hair. Infants respond more to softer skin than rough skin; such as the skin on a male.

Logically we would think that a man and woman would hit their sexual peaks at the same time; so that they would be in tune with each other.

We can examine this, hypothetical. Perhaps, as “man” is always in competition with other “men,” to win the affection of his partner; that this disproportionate amount of “sexual peak” years is to ensure that he constantly does what he can to keep her affection. Akin to a man buying flowers for his partner constantly, to show his affection.

Or perhaps a man doesn’t hit his sexual peak at age 18. To me, logically, that makes more sense.

A man’s penis is like a toy to him. At puberty he starts to realize that it has more functions than just urination. By the time he hits 18-years of age, he’s begun to get a grasp on what other functions his penis can perform. Hormones are running high, he’s discovered the opposite sex, and his life is filled with wonder, excitement, and the most exciting thing he has ever encountered in his life – SEX.

But, after time, a man realizes that this “toy” of his is never going to change and it’s always going to be the same old story. The excitement of his new toy vanishes. It’s not like he can replace it with a new and better bicycle, or a faster car, or a better pair of golf clubs. He realizes he is stuck with this toy and he can’t get a better toy. So what happens? He loses interest in it. it gets boring. He compensates for it by collecting other adult toys, like that new boat, replacing the engine in his hot rod, or amassing the biggest DVD collection on the block.

If men would realize that their favorite toy is really dynamic in nature and that it can be made bigger, it can be enhanced to create more pleasure, and that it can be hot-rodded, just like the engine in his muscle car in the garage; then men would spend more time with their favorite toy and with their partner. But most men have given up. But there is no need for that.

That 18-year sexual-peak can be realized again. But with the years of experience you have gathered, tied to recharging your system again, you can not only re-experience those early years, but they can be even more exciting and incredible!