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About Me & My Family

Mom to 3 Dudes and a baby dog daughter, raising them in Maryland with my husband. California natives.
Our Family's Travel Personality
pampered, relaxed, simple, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Williamsburg, VA
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg
A Place We'd Love To Visit
London
Favorite Vacation Memory
Spending a week at a beach house with The Dudes. They had so much fun just going to the beach every day.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Camping. Snakes. Heat. People puking. Not my idea of fun.
Websites I Like:
parentingbydummies.com

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45 Reviews


April 14 2013
1 family found this helpful
The Turkey Hill Experience | kids travel, kids activities
The Turkey Hill Experience
301 Linden Street,
Columbia,
Pennsylvania
"Not Just a Factory, A Children's Museum"
We love visiting factories. I can't even count on one hand how many I have visited with my boys.

When we visited Lancaster, PA in spring, I was looking for indoor activities to enjoy with them (it was raining the whole time) and, while this was different than what I imagined, it turned out to be a lot of unexpected entertainment.

I'd say the Turkey Hill Experience is more of a children's museum than a factory. You don't actually get to experience the ice cream or tea making (other than on video) like you do in other places. But, it's totally ok!

The entire place is very hands-on for kids. There is plenty to touch, see, smell, and even taste (yep, free scoop of ice cream for everyone!). They can run around freely from exhibit to exhibit, there are games and activities to keep them engaged, plus there are so many things to learn there too.

Check their calendar for fun events too. Another way to add some value to your experience!

*We were given admission tickets to facilitate this review.
 
 
April 14 2013
1 family found this helpful
Choo Choo Barn—Traintown USA | kids travel, kids activities
Choo Choo Barn—Traintown USA
226 Gap Rd,
Strasburg,
Pennsylvania 17579
"Mini-Train Awesome!"
An indoor 17,000 sq ft mini train! It is amazing to see. The intricacy of the exhibit is intriguing and beautiful.

It's housed in one large room with a walkway surrounding it (leave your strollers in the trunk because it's pretty narrow) and, while it's not huge, you can easily spend an hour looking at it. Every little section tells a story, depicts a part of everyday life in Lancaster County from history, right up to present day. Look close enough and you will recognize billboards and shops you passed to get to the barn, and attractions you may have visited on your vacation.

It truly is a wonder to see especially when you think that it is created and maintained by one man!

My boys enjoyed the scavenger hunt they provide you with when you enter and answering the questions printed on the wall too.

*We were given admission tickets to facilitate this review.
 
 
April 14 2013
0 families found this helpful
Strasburg Railroad | kids travel, kids activities
Strasburg Railroad
Rt. 741 East,
Strasburg,
Pennsylvania
"Great Fun for All Ages!"
Have a train lover in your family? Then this is the perfect adventure! Your ticket allows you to ride the Strasburg steam engine through Lancaster County.

My boys had so much fun at the train station and riding the trains. They liked seeing the train conductors (in their classic train conductor clothing and hats!) and just being able to ride on a real train, seat belt free.

This is an experience the entire family can enjoy together. We took my mom along with us and she had a great time too. You can eat a meal on the train (those tickets cost more), or just go along for the ride. They offer themed trains for special occasions, too. We went on Easter so my boys got to take their pictures with the Easter Bunny and were provided with a special treat too!

Even if you don't want to buy tickets to ride the train, enthusiasts will enjoy just heading to the station to looks at the trains (there is no fee for entrance). The station also has cranky cars for the kids to ride on and a mini train to enjoy. And, there are gift shops and a toy store packed with Thomas the Tank Engine toys. Time it right and you might even get to see the real-life version of Thomas (he makes a yearly appearance at the station).

*We were given admission tickets to facilitate this review.
 
 
April 14 2013
1 family found this helpful
BW PREMIER EDEN RESORT AND STE | kids travel, kids activities
BW PREMIER EDEN RESORT AND STE
222 Eden Road,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
"Sized Right & Affordable"
The Best Western Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA is perfect for a larger family.

As a family of five, it’s always a struggle to find comfortable, affordable accommodations that fit my family. We usually run into sizing options (because 3 large kids in one bed is NOT happening), or price options (we have to rent two rooms or an overpriced suite). The Eden Resort has a plethora of suites made to accommodate families, and they are priced reasonably for a family vacation or short get away.

The Rooms

We stayed in a 2 bedroom queen suite when we visited. The first room was equipped with a sitting area with a pull out couch and small table alongside a queen sized bed. The room has a television in it as well. You pass through the bathroom/kitchen area to get to the second bedroom which featured two queen beds, a small desk, and another television. This setup was perfect for our family. Adults could retire to the back room at night to watch TV and decompress, while the kids could snuggle into the front room and watch a show of their choosing at night. We fit comfortably in the room and could have even brought another child along with us without any disruption. The hotel also offers large suites and villas for larger groups or those wanting the option of a kitchen.

The Hotel

The pool was spectacular. It was large and manned by a lifeguard. We weren’t able to enjoy the outdoor attractions while we were visiting, but the indoor pool and very tiny arcade were entertainment enough for my boys and they spent hours in the pool. It was slightly crowded for my tastes, but I’m guessing that’s because it was pouring rain for most of our visit and people couldn’t enjoy outdoor entertainment as much. The pool is in a courtyard surrounded by rooms that you can enter from the pool deck. I’m not sure I’d want to stay in one of those suites because of the noise; the pool is open until 10pm each night.

In addition to the pool, I also spent some time in the gym. It’s not huge, but it allows you to easily fit in a workout while you’re on vacation. If your kids are older, you can even work out while keeping an eye on them in the pool.

On-site Restaurants

The hotel offers three dining options: a bar/lounge, a fine dining experience at Arthur's Terrace, and a fun/family dining option in Garfields. We went for the obvious choice: Garfields. It is extremely reasonably priced, unlike a number of other hotel restaurants we’ve visited, we found their pricing competitive with many sit-down family dining establishments. And, they’re tasty. Seriously the best hotel burger I’ve eaten in awhile, or maybe ever! We also loved that you could order your food (or milkshakes!) poolside and enjoy it while your kids swim. We missed the Sunday Brunch they offer in the The Courtyard, but I hear it’s pretty spectacular.
 
 
March 20 2013
1 family found this helpful
National Aquarium in Baltimore | kids travel, kids activities
National Aquarium in Baltimore
501 East Pratt Street,
Baltimore,
Maryland
"We love this place"
So much to see all in one place, my boys have a great time every time we visit the National Aquarium in Blatimore. Some of our favorite things are the dolphin show (get in the amphitheater early if you want to sit in the splash zone), the rainforest area (it's an open walk-through section of the aquarium that is not to be missed), and the jellyfish exhibit. Our favorite attraction by far is the 4D Immersion Theater. The experience includes sight, sound, touch, and even smell as you learn about the animals you can see on display right there in the aquarium. My boys LOVE this part of the aquarium and it is totally worth the extra $5 admittance fee. If you have any flexibility go during the week because the weekends are often so crowded it can be difficult to get a look in the tanks without waiting a long time. Also, you can't take a stroller in the aquarium. You have to check them when you enter to if you have a baby that can't walk take a carrier of some sort to save your arms. Looking for an in-depth experience? The aquarium offers a number of behind-the-scenes immersion tours for those looking for something more.

*My family and I recieved complimentary tickets to facilitate our review.
 
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