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November 21 2014
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Violetwhite_word
"Gorgeous red rocks!"

Valley of Fire is incredible. We spent 3 nights at this park which is less than an hour away from Las Vegas. My favorite was the Fire Wave Trail and the White Domes area although all areas of the Valley of Fire are adventures worth exploring. Most trails have soft sand and it can be a bit of a challenge to navigate without the proper shoes.

We spotted Big Horn Sheep, Jack Rabbits, Antelope Ground Squirrels, Lizards and even a Coyote. Their visitor center is pretty neat. The roads are spectacular -- its a fun drive.

- There is no food and no gas within the park boundaries. Plan accordingly.
- Campgrounds are first come first serve and Atlatl has free hot showers. Arch Rock Campground is more primitive, has no showers, but is a quick drive away.
- We visited in November. The days were absolutely perfect and the nights were cold and super windy. Brrr!

Highly recommend this in the Fall / Spring  when temperatures are mild.

About:
Valley of Fire State Park
29450 Valley of Fire Road,
Overton,
Nevada 89040
November 21 2014
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Violetwhite_word
"6 and under are free on Peak 2 Peak"

My guys are six and we went on this in the summertime and it was nice to see that they were free.  We made sure to bring sweaters because it's cold and I brought snacks and water too.  (I'm always afraid a gondola will get stuck and ours did for about 15 minutes so snacks and crayons are always good to have on hand just in case.) They enjoyed hiking and scrambling over rocks and eating a snack at the top.  Make sure to look for wildlife in the meadows as you are coming down in the chairlifts-we saw a baby blackbear and the kids were thrilled.

About:
Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience
Whistler or Blackcomb Village,
Whistler,
British Columbia
November 21 2014
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Violetwhite_word
"Amazing place to explore nature with your children"

My kids are still at the age where we need to find a playground when we travel so they can get their energy out.  RIchmond, near Vancouver BC, has a ton of great playgrounds and we've been to many and loved them.  When we heard that the Terra Nova Playground recently opened, we wanted to see it too.  Not only is it a fun place to play, it's also gorgeous.  The playground equipment is neat because it is very natural looking and actually uses woods sourced from the area and the kids will definitely appreciate the giant slide and tandem ziplines.  We went in the early morning because I've heard it can get quite busy.

About:
Terra Nova Adventure Park
2340 River Road,
Richmond,
British Columbia
MSM2858
MSM2858
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November 21 2014
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Violetwhite_word
"If you don't mind the cold, it's wonderful"

My four year old son and I went out the Gaylord National to experience ICE! this morning when it opened at noon. I wasn't sure if it would be busy or not since it is early on in the holiday season. There were plenty of families there enjoying themselves at noon on the Friday before Thanksgiving, but we never had to wait very long and at no time was it overcrowded.

First, I came totally bundled up for the nine degree cold, then I walked through the door of the event and was handed a parka. Bring gloves, a hat, a jacket, and maybe some snow pants for kids who plan on sliding over and over again - but there is no need to dress for nine degrees. Because the ice is so cold, the slides only felt very slippery - not wet.

There are 5-10 "rooms" of ice sculptures to walk through. Being from California, I had never seen anything like it before and was totally impressed. My little boy liked the tunnels, arches/doorways and, of course, slides the best. Of course, there is Frosty themed holiday music for this year (2014).

The slides are the highlight for the children. Typically my son never tires of zip lines and long slides, so I didn't know how long he'd want to stay. He went down the slides about 10-15 times - which took roughly 20 minutes. Then my California boy got cold.

Overall, I think that we spent about 45 minutes enjoying the ICE! Hot coco is sold as you exit the event. We bought some and enjoyed it in front the fountain. It was the perfect way to cap off our visit.

About:
Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort
201 Waterfront Street,
National Harbor,
Oxon Hill,
Maryland
November 20 2014
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Violetwhite_word
"Nature play"

I love how the creators of this garden thought about what kids would enjoy doing in an outdoor space - and then created it. There is a section near the north end of Coastkeeper Garden that is made for kids. A tunnel through the hill, logs to cross, and arched branches make discover, running, and playing all very fun.

This park seems newly planted when we visited in fall of 2014. I think with time and growth, this will be an amazing place. For now, the trees are small and the vines don't cover the archways. I imagine it being like a secret garden someday with trees, vines, shade, and amazing places for kids to be kids.

About:
Coastkeeper Natural Play Garden
Santiago Canyon College,
Orange,
California