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About Me & My Family

I am a compulsive fun seeker and the Editorial Director for http://www.FindandGoSeek.net who is always looking for insider tips for Family Fun in Vermont.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Spain, New York City, Maine, Boston, Montreal, The Outerbanks, Stowe, Los Angeles
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Mexico, Maui, Outerbanks
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Barcelona
Favorite Vacation Memory
Traveling with my 93 year old Grandmother and my children -- her grandchildren. She is an avid traveler and passes that passion along to all of us.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Jelly donut explosion at the beginning of an 18 hour trip from Burlington, Vermont to Maui with a 1 year old...it was on her favorite blankie. Need I say more?
Websites I Like:
http://www.findandgoseek.net

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May 12 2013
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Hotel Omni Mont-Royal | kids travel, kids activities
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
1050 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, Quebec
"A stay in the Golden Square Mile"
We have always been drawn to staying in Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), however we tried a stay at the newly renovated Hotel Omni Mont-Royal Montreal. This property is perfectly situated on Sherbrooke Street West just two blocks from Mont-Royal Park, around the corner from shopping on Saint Catherine Street, and just short walk to Crescent Street home to many popular restaurants and pubs. Montrealers refer to this neighborhood as the Golden Square Mile, and now I know why.

The Omni has many accommodations to choose from. My husband and two children (ages 11 and 13) fit very comfortably in our deluxe room. We had two double beds, a nice sitting area with two contemporary chairs and one large credenza that served as the desk, dresser and hid the bar fridge and coffee maker. This left the room feeling clean, or as clean as it can be with a family of four sharing space. As a Mom, I appreciated the little touches like the lighting. Not only was there a lot of it, but all of the lamps were on dimmers. A nicety when you’ve got kids in the room. Plus there clock radio serves as a docking station. Our family can’t seem to have enough places to plug-in and recharge.

You might consider upgrading to an Executive Suite. This layout has ample space for a family that likes to spread out or if some in your party go to bed a bit earlier. At a little over 500 square feet, this suite offers parents two rooms that are separated by french doors. In the bedroom there is a king bed and in the living space there is a pullout couch. Plus, there are two full bathrooms!

Things to know about the Omni

- Kids receive milk and cookies delivered to their guest room on the first night! A nice treat as part of the Omni Sensational Kids Program.

- Wi-fi is only complimentary for Select Guest® loyalty program Members. However it is free to join and you get lots of other perks!

- The concierge service at this hotel is fantastic! They really know their stuff. They offer discounted tickets on lots of popular attractions like the Botanical Gardens and Skating at the Atrium. They are very knowledgeable about area restaurants as well. Be sure to stop by and ask for advice before you head out. Not only will you will save yourself time, but money as well.

- There is a heated outdoor pool. However it is operated seasonally from Mid May – Mid October.
 
 
May 12 2013
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Montréal Biodome | kids travel, kids activities
Montréal Biodome
4777 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin,
Montreal,
Quebec H1V 1B3
"4 Eco-systems in One"
I have been to the Biodôme now with my children several times. I have to say as they get older, I/they really appreciate it so much more. On one trip, I was there for the day with my daughter's second grade class for a field trip. There were so many "oohhs" and "ahhhs" as we went from each ecosystem to the next. It was wonderful to be able to see porcupines, monkeys, lynx, sloths, bats, and macaws up-close and personal. The signage explaining the animals and their habitats are great (if the kids will stop long enough for you to read it!). There are plenty of guides walking around too in case you have a question.

At the end of your trip through the Biodôme, in the Antarctic ecosystem, you will find four different species of Penguins. They are simply amazing and adorable. The display is half land, half water so kids can put their face right up to the glass and see them swimming under water which is really cool.

Some things to keep in mind. The climates go from warm (jungle like) to cool (like the antarctic) so you really need to dress in layers. You can easily push a stroller through the whole thing there are ramps everywhere. There is no food/snacks/drinks allowed inside the ecosytems, but there is a cafe and plenty of picnic tables outside should you bring your own lunch. Downstairs there is coat room where you can leave things you don't want to carry.

The Biodome is located outside of downtown/old town Montreal. It is an easy metro ride though or if you want to drive you will find plenty of parking.
 
 
May 12 2013
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Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Museum of Archaeology & History | kids travel, kids activities
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Museum of Archaeology & History
350 Place Royale,
Montreal,
Quebec H2Y 3Y5
"The Birthplace of Montreal"
This museum is actually built right on top of an archeological site! We started our visit with an 18 minute multimedia presentation of the complete history of Montreal from the birth of the city right up to present day. Don’t miss this. Not only does the theatre have a 270º screen, but the floor overlooks archeological remains that become part of the presentation.

After that you are free to walk through the museum on your own or, if you time it right, take a guided tour. My tweens found that spending just about 2 hours here was enough for them. I am not sure I would recommend this museum for anyone younger unless they are real history buffs as we didn't find any real hands-on activities. Although, check the "family" section of their web site before you go as they do offer events.
 
 
April 30 2013
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Jean Talon Market | kids travel, kids activities
Jean Talon Market
155, avenue Greene,
Montreal,
Quebec H4C 2H6
"Forget the Food Court"
Located in the center of the city, and adjacent to Little Italy, you will find one of the best open air, public markets in North America. The beauty of the Jean Talon Market lies in the fact that not only does it offer one-stop shopping for the most beautiful fruits, vegetables, meats, syrups, oils, flowers, jams, and more, but the surrounding streets have so many more little boutiques shops that you could spend all day sampling and eating.

Treat yourself to breakfast at Premiere Moison with the most delicious croissants I have ever had. Then make sure to check out Marché Des Saveurs which stocks only products produced in Quebec. Take your kids. Let them try things and get a real taste for the city they are visiting.
 
 
April 30 2013
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Mount Royal Park | kids travel, kids activities
Mount Royal Park
1260 Chemin Remembrance,
Montreal,
Quebec H3H 1A2
"Straight to the Top"
I never thought my first trip through Mount Royal Park would be trekking on snow shoes, or for that matter at night. However, after strapping on these large racket-shaped frames designed to keep me from falling through the snow, I tentatively set out on what would end up being the most wonderful experience ever. While following an authentically clad, blue toqued guide to the top, she spoke to us about the history of the park, the flora and fauna, and the animals that make their homes there. Before we knew it we were standing underneath the Mount Royal Cross at the top.

After enjoying some hot chocolate, we slowly wound our way back down, and returned to Masion Smith where there is also a small cafe. You can coordinate a tour for your family from there. I cannot wait to go back to Mount Royal! I want to go back in the summer and bike it and hike it and pack a picnic and just explore it.