Maple Sugar Fun

In Michigan- March means Maple Sugar!  We had a few really nice days last week and the trees near me have already been tapped. We took a maple sugar tour years ago that showed the process of cooking down the sap to create the most delicious syrup ever!  We haven’t gone with the kids yet and I looked to see […]

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Free/cheap things to do in February

Winter is getting old for many of us- here are some ways to get the family out of the house that won’t cost an arm and a leg!  Here’s just a snapshop- check your local venues for free dates (feel free to leave a comment with a link to free/cheap things to do in your area) ILLINOIS Shedd Aquarium: FREE General admission and discounted upgraded admission to Illinois Residents: February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29   Anyone with a Bank of America Debit card and photo ID can receive one free General Admission Feb 6-7 WASHINGTON DC National Zoo:  FREE every day TEXAS Dallas Zoo–  $5 admission December 1- FEbruary 29.  After that it goes up to regular pricing of $12-15 CALIFORNIA Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego– Feb 18- 5-7pm.  Free the third Thursday of every month from 5-7pm.  WEbsite does state “kid friendly” WASHINGTON Seattle Art Museum– Feb 4-  Free to all on the first Thursday of every month INDIANA Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (I have been to this museum and it is WORTH the full price admission cost- so to get in FREE or even reduced is a FANTASTIC deal!) Feb 4- Free admission 4-8pm for Target family night.  Feb. 15, 2016—Reduced admission 10 a.m.–5 p.m. for Presidents Day ($5 adults; $1 youth) MICHIGAN FREE FISHING WEEKEND– Feb 14-15.  Great opportunity if it isn’t a blizzard outdoors 😉  You can fish on the Great Lakes […]

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Chihuly in Seattle

I spent 4 days in Seattle… it was one of my favorite work trips EVER .  Seattle is full of great coffee shops, beautiful skylines, THE Pike Street Market, and of course- ART.  I am a huge Dale Chihuly fan and anyone who is can recognize his style anywhere. Seattle isn’t just a place to see some Chihuly glass in […]

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Milwaukee Free Admission Days

It’s a new year and my vacation time started over exactly 4 days ago.  So… it’s time to plan how to use it! We’re planning a trip to Milwaukee late spring/ summer time since it’s only a 4.5 hour drive. I thought I’d share some cool info in case you’re planning a trip too! Milwaukee Public Museum is FREE the first Thursday of every month thanks to Kohls.  Click here for their website. January 7 February 4 March 3 April 17 May 5 June 2 July 7 August 4 September 1 October 6 November 3 December 1 free for moms on Mother’s Day free for dads on Father’s Day free for Grandparents on Grandparent’s Day free for Veterans on Memorial and Veteran’s day   2.  Milwaukee Zoo – Free days during the “off” seasion:  click here for website January 3 February 7 March 7 October 10 November 7 December 5 There seem to be lots of great places to visit and my list is long but I wanted to share those two locations so you can take advantage of free admission days if you’re in the area!  Watch for posts later this year with photos and details of all the places we visit!    

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Holidays in Louisville

NOTE:  I received the following excerpt from a newsletter… it sounded like tons of fun and I wanted to share it here in case Louisville is within driving distance.  I’m thinking we’ll be planning a trip there for next December- looks like FUN!!  We certainly loved our summer trip to the Louisville area. “Snow” Much Holiday Fun in Louisville Louisville’s your ultimate year-end destination with loads of merry and bright activities under way now throughout the city. Whether you enjoy live theater, holiday music, light shows, ballet or shopping, there really is something for everyone to get you in the holiday spirit. Here’s a handful of holiday events that are still under way to mark on your calendar. Louisville’s newest event, Holiday in the City, made its debut this year and transforms the plaza at Fourth and Jefferson streets downtown into a Holiday Square. Take a spin on the outdoor ice-skating rink, shop at the world market and sip on America’s native spirit at the Bourbon village. If you enjoy going to the theater, you can see Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future during Actors Theatre of Louisville’s performance of A Christmas Carol. The timeless classic, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, is on stage at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Or, the Louisville Ballet is performing the magical tale of the journey of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy […]

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Seattle

IF your kids love quirky things… and you’re in Seattle, you really need to see this super fun sculpture under the George Washington Bridge. I was in Seattle for work and a friend living in Seattle picked me up from my hotel and showed me around town.  This was one of the stops along the way… I really need to […]

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Diamond Caverns { Kentucky Travel }

Our family recently visited Diamond Caverns, near Mammoth Caves National Park Diamond Caverns WEbsite:  click here. Our original plan was to go on the Mammoth Caves tour- but our trip was sort of last minute and the tour we wanted to go on was sold out. We found Diamond Caverns on-line, and it was only a few minutes from Mammoth […]

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