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About Me & My Family

We're a globe trekking, fun-loving, bilingual family always planning our next adventure. From art museums to alpine skiing, we're ready for anything. USTA rated tennis players, golfers, swimmers, skiiers, sailors, and more!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, sophisticated, easy_going, scheduled, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
The Longboat Key Club which is located on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Paradise!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Wherever we go next! Thanks to Trekaroo, I always have a great group of reviews to help me plan a fantastic vacation!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
During the winter, anywhere with snow and easy airport access. Golfing, tennis, spa, ski, and culinary resorts are ideal!
Favorite Vacation Memory
One of my favorite vacation memories was the first time my daughter saw snow at the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. She's still talking about ski school years later! The Innisbrook Golf Resort and Indaba Spa near Tampa Bay, Florida. What an amazing experience! A home exchange holiday in France.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Dangerous weather conditions, unexpected airport and security delays.
Websites I Like:
snowmamas.com tbparenting.com visitflorida.com condenast.com

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April 24 2014
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Park City Farmer's Market
The Canyons Resort,
4000 Canyons Resort Drive,
Park City,
Utah
"A favorite with locals"
Visiting the Park City Farmer's Market which is held in one of the parking lots at the Canyons is a great way to meet some locals, buy some unique handmade items, and feel like your not on vacation. It's stroller friendly, too.

The variety of vendors changes week to week but the quality of merchandise is always consistently good. We've picked up some vegetables and honey as well as handmade soaps during recent visits. We like talking with the vendors about places they like to explore in and around Park City.
 
 
April 24 2014
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Canyons Resort bike park | kids travel, kids activities
Canyons Resort bike park
4000 Navajo Trail,
Park City,
Utah
"Mountain biking - slopestyle"
Park City, Utah has amazing bike trails throughout the city and the bike paths at Canyons are no exception. The trails are well laid out, easy to follow by skill level, and offer some amazing views.

Geared for older kids and adults, the trails are fun to explore but keep the altitude in mind. Remember to drink plenty of water to avoid the desert dehydration. The trails lead to the base of the resort where you'll find a variety of tasty dining options. Happy trails!
 
 
April 24 2014
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Jupiter Bowl | kids travel, kids activities
Jupiter Bowl
1090 Center Dr,
Park City,
Utah 84098
"Bowling, good food, and games"
While visiting Park City, Utah with family and friends, we decided to spend some evening time off the slopes and went bowling. Located by Kimball Junction, it's easy to access via car or the free Park City shuttle busses.

Jupiter Bowl is a fancy, fun bowling experience. They have a variety of tasty menu options and a full bar. It can be noisy so take that into consideration if you have sound sensitive children.

The lane rentals are more expensive than typical bowling alleys. In exchange, you get to enjoy the big screen tvs, good service, colorfully lit lanes and alleys, and pay as you play game room. Be sure to check their website for special offers and promotions. Reserving a lane in advance especially during peak ski season would be a good idea.

There's a private room with separate alleys which would be ideal for a big family reunion.

Be prepared to pay more than usual for bowling and pack your camera. It's fun!
 
 
April 24 2014
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Sea Lion Splash | kids travel, kids activities
Sea Lion Splash
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo,
1101 W. Sligh Avenue ,
Tampa,
Florida 33604
"Educational and fun"
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country for good reason. They offer high quality educational programs and exhibits geared toward families. The current traveling exhibit, Sea Lion Splash, is so much fun!

For $2 per person (babies under 3 are free) plus zoo admission, we got to explore the Sea Lion Splash zone which includes a giant sandbox with toys, a bounce house and slide, a temporary gift shop, a pool-party themed snack bar, and the 30-minute Sea Lion Splash show. There are three show times daily and your $2 fee allows you to come and go all day!

Finding a great seat for the show is easy as all seats have an excellent view of the stage and pool areas. The colorful displays share sea lion facts while you wait for the show to start. The trainers introduced the sea lions and explained a variety of dietary, habitat, behavior, and environmental conditions that affect the sea lions.

After the shows, we lined up to get our photo taken with the sea lions. For a small photography fee, we were able to pose touching the sea lions faces as they snuggled up close. Seeing how much the kids enjoyed the experience was priceless!

Sea Lion Splash is a traveling exhibit. Be sure to visit the Lowry Park Zoo webpage for updated exhibit information.
 
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March 29 2014
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Sea World's Just for Kids! Festival | kids travel, kids activities
Sea World's Just for Kids! Festival
7007 Sea World Drive,
Orlando,
Florida 32821
"Fun stations to explore"
In addition to all of Sea World's family friendly shows, trainer talks, and kid-sized rides in the Shamu Happy Harbor, Sea World added something extra special that's Just for Kids! only for a limited time.

Sea World's "Just for Kids! Festival" takes place on Saturdays from March 22-April 12, 2014. We had so much fun learning about Sea World's conservation, rescue, and rehabilitation efforts around the world in terms that kids can really understand.

First, we ventured to the Seaport Theater to see "Elmo Rocks." What a great way to jump start the day! Singing along with Elmo and friends gave us lots of energy and sure was fun.

At the all-new SEA Gardens, we interacted with animal ambassadors and their handlers. Mattie, the bald eagle, weighs about 10 pounds but the kids thought she looked much heavier with her regal pose and fluffy feathers. They also liked meeting Honey the miniature pony. She was so gentle! There was an educational and fun storyteller who engaged the kids by reading from an explorer's journal before introducing them to the animals. We tried to get the kookaburra to sing but he was not in the mood. Maybe next time!

The SEA Garden also includes found object sea creature sculptures that were crafted from materials found in the oceans off of the Oregon coast - mostly plastics but there were some auto parts and other oddities. Take some time to look at each piece. It's interesting to see what you'll find and amazing to see how discarded materials could be combined into something so beautiful! These sculptures show in real ways how important it is to take care of the planet by disposing of waste properly and recycling.

Be sure to have the kids take the Ocean Adventure Challenge! At four separate and clearly marked education stations throughout the park, the kids took part in hands on educational activities - the Ocean Adventure Challenge. By completing age appropriate activities, the kids collected stamps and earned limited edition Explorer's Cards at each station. It was impressive to see how the Sea World staff members catered the educational lessons to each child based on their abilities. The kids ran back to us to share their new found ocean knowledge. Learning while having fun is always a good thing to me. After they completed all four stations, the kids went to one of any number of gift shops to receive their special Junior Animal Ambassador Medallion. They were so proud and I was, too. We saw kids of all ages eager to complete the Ocean Adventure and thrilled with their final prize.

The Rockin' Rockhopper Party at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin was a super cool place to dance as the DJ spun tunes and snow fell from above. There are even special guest appearances by those adorable penguins! It was too wet to enjoy a face painting or caricature but these are available for an additional fee.

Finally, we joined Shamu and friends at a bubble filled dance party by the main entrance/exit. It was an ideal way to end the day. The kids left Sea World smiling and danced all the way to the car. The event might be called Just for Kids! but it sure was a hit with me, too.

Disclaimer: Just for Kids events are free with Sea World park admission. All views and experiences expressed are my own.
 
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