Ocean Illumination at Jardin des Plantes

Ocean illumination

The enchanting light show at Jardin des Plantes is back!

This year, their magical light statues are all focused around an Ocean theme.
This gorgeous installation is accompanied by an Oceans exhibition at the Natural History Museum. So why not make an afternoon of it?

The evening walk  begins with lanterns that represent animals that have been extinct for 65 million years and as you continue you will discover species that are currently endangered and threatened in the wild.  Strategically placed information is posted along the walk to give you more details.

The 50 lanterns are split into 4 sections along the walk –

Promenade on the tropical shore
Here you will discover animals that live along the beaches such as flamingos, pelicans and hermit crabs.

ocean illumination

Dive into hot waters
Visit the heart of the colourful coral reefs, learn about the importance of protecting the coral reefs and how this is a vital ecosystem!

ocean illumination

Mysterious Abyss
Explore the depths of the sea bed. See what strange animals lark down here in the dark.

oceans illumination

Swim in cold waters
Who exists in the icey Poles? Penguins and Polar bears of course! End the walk with a look into the playful lives of these adorable creatures.

ocean illumination


Don’t miss out!
The Ocean Illumination is running every evening from 6pm until 22h45 until January 19th   

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Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese is a crowd favourite.
It’s warm, hearty, filling and delicious. Perfect for these cold winter nights!

Mac & cheese is also perfect for disguising some veggies for the fussy little ones who just don’t want to eat their greens!

Below is a recipe for mac & cheese with hidden cauliflower from BBC Good Food.
The colours and textures of the ingredients are all pretty similar but the flavours complement eachother really nicely and it is sure the kids will be asking for seconds!

mac and cheese
BBC Good Food

This recipe serves 4

You will need 
– 1 cauliflower
– 250g macaroni
– 25g butter
– 2tbsp flour
– 2tsp mustard a l’ancienne
– 450ml milk
– 100g cheddar grated (you can use other cheese if you prefer, or a mix of different cheeses…experiment!)

What to do
Cut the cauliflower. The smaller you cut it the less the children will notice it when they take a spoonfull.
Cook the macaroni in boiling, salted water.
4 minutes before the pasta is cooked add the cauliflower to the pot.
In a pan, melt the butter then add the flour and mustard.
Mix continuously and slowly add in the milk.
Then, add ¾ of the cheese and mix until combined and melted.
Drain the cauliflower and pasta and incorporate into the sauce.
Pour the whole mixture into an oven proof dish, sprinkle the rest of the cheddar on top and grill on the highest heat until the top is golden and crispy.

This really is a super quick and simple recipe that the whole family will appreciate.

It also makes a great base dish and you can add other ingredients to suit your tastes.
Why not consider adding
– bacon pieces
– sausage
– brocolli
– onion

Find more recipes by following the link –  What’s cooking?

The Guinness Book of World Records 2020

Today our recommended reading comes in the form of : The Guinness Book of World Records 2020

Guinness Book of World Records 2020

Let’s be honest, who didn’t have one of these books growing up?

I would spend hours pouring over the weird and wacky records. I would constantly gasp or grimace at the bizarre things people were able to do.

This new edition is packed full of thousands of crazy world records to blow your mind.

It covers 11 chapters : Planet Earth, Animals, Humans, Sports, Recordology, Adventures, Society, Technology and Engineering, Arts and Media, plus a special Robot chapter!

It even has ‘definitely try this at home’ ideas so that your children can attempt to break their own world record!

The Guinness Book of World Records 2020 would make a great addition to your bookshelf!

Find it on Amazon (in English) here.

Don’t forget to check out our other Recommended Reading!