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About Me & My Family

I am living life as a mom on the run while attempting to maintain an easy pace between races and raising three children (ages 12, 8, 3). My family and I enjoy living life off the sofa and exploring the world around us.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, simple, spontaneous, easy_going, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Celebration, FL
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Sanibel, FL
A Place We'd Love To Visit
San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago
Favorite Vacation Memory
We visited the UK a few years ago. We toured Roman walls and castles and was truly an amazing adventure. I would love to return to the UK
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Key West is just not kid-friendly. Open and closing the mini-fridge was the most fun my toddler had in Key West.
Websites I Like:
www.deniseisrundmt.com www.yelp.com www.hotels.com

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July 24 2014
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LEGOLAND Florida | kids travel, kids activities
LEGOLAND Florida
One LEGOLAND Way,
Winter Haven,
Florida 33884
"LEGOLAND is Built on Child Fun"
All my children love LEGOs and they enjoyed seeing the larger than life replicas of the many LEGO constructions. My children are 12, 9, and 4 with my oldest being on the cusp of almost too old for LEGOLAND, but she still enjoys it for entertainment and amusement park purposes. True thrill-seekers may find the rides a bit tame.

There were many rides that were perfect for my little four year old, although the Water Park had height restrictions of 42" for many of the water slides that he is used to sliding down at Adventure Island. Most of the rides have a LEGO play spot and for the rides my son had to pass on due to height restrictions, he quite happily played while he waited for his sisters to exit the ride.

On crazy hot summer days, the water park offers families a chance to cool off with lots of LEGO-style fun. Guests can build LEGO constructions in and out of the water. On the main LEGOLAND park, there are also multiple splash pads to help families stay cool in the heat.

As a mom that tries to save money, I loved that we could bring in outside food. Small coolers are permitted, so pack a lunch and make the most of your LEGOLAND visit. Use the money you don't spend at lunch for the gift shop. :-)

LEGOLAND offers seasonal fun with a Brick-or-Treat on select weekends in October and a Christmas Bricktacular during the holidays complete with a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and a visit from LEGO Santa Claus.
 
 
May 25 2014
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Epicurean Hotel | kids travel, kids activities
Epicurean Hotel
1207 South Howard Avenue,
Tampa, Florida
"A Foodie's Fantasy"
Erected in a field that was once known as Bern's overflow parking lot, this small pie-shaped spot sandwiched between SoHo and the Selmon Crosstown Expressway now houses a luxury hotel complete with 137 rooms.

But it's more than a hotel. The Epicurean is an experience. Complete with a stadium seating Theatre, a Bern's Fine Wine and Spirits wine shope, the Chocolate Pi pastry shop, the Élevage Restaurant, two bars (Élevage and The EDGE) and Spa Evangeline, the Epicurean elevates Tampa to a whole new level of food, wine, art culture.

One step in the Epicurean and it will excite all your senses with marvelous smells and fun sights to behold. Every inch of the hotel has been carefully planned from the reclaimed wine crate paneling to the corks and herbs mounted on the walls in the spa.

After spending a few short hours at the Epicurean Hotel Open House, I highly recommend stopping by for a bite to eat the Élevage Restaurant, having a drink at The EDGE or to even perusing Chocolate Pi for a salted caramel macron and a homemade soda. You will be blown away by the hub of activity happening in such a small space.

While visiting the hotel, I spotted a few families but it really isn't a family friendly establishment. As exquisite as the Epicurean is, it is not meant for children even with the most sophisticated taste buds. If you want to enrich your children's culinary education, then stop by Chocolate Pi for a delightful treat that is a tasty experience for kids of all ages.
 
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April 15 2014
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Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Fort Myers,
Florida
"Get Schooled at the Shell Musuem"
A visit to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum can be as short or as long as you like. With young children, our visit tends to run short through the shell exhibit. The museum offers a history in shells, how they were used for trade, costume jewelry and furniture and building materials for the Florida Natives. The museum also teaches about the various breeds of shell creatures and classifications. To encourage learning, the museum offers a hands-on children's learning center and a scavenger for young visitors. After completing the scavenger hunt, children can pick a shell to take home as a prize.
 
 
April 15 2014
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Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center | kids travel, kids activities
Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center
6990 Dickman Road,
Apollo Beach,
Florida 33572
"So Many Manatees!"
The TECO Manatee Viewing Center offers a frugal Florida experience for families traveling with a fixed budget. Visit during a cold snap in the winter months for the best viewing experience. The warm waters from the power plant will be so inviting to hundreds of manatees trying to find a warm place to rest and eat. Whether you walk the tidal nature trail or watch from the observation deck, every spot offers a great view.

This FREE educational viewing center is operated by retired TECO volunteers, who happily educate the public about manatees and conservation. The center added a hands-on education building with a 12 foot illuminated information panel, a life size skeleton exhibit, puzzles, a hurricane simulator and a video game where users pedal to help a manatee swim to safety.
 
 
April 15 2014
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Florida Aquarium | kids travel, kids activities
Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive,
Tampa,
Florida 33602
"The Florida Aquarium is FABULOUS"
As a former educator and proud Floridian, I truly love the presentation of the Florida Aquarium. As guest stroll through the aquarium, they explore habitats unique to only Florida. A Florida Aquarium journey begins in the Florida wetlands where guest can see Florida wildlife such as otters, gators, birds and fresh water fish up close. The exhibit then moves guests into a more marsh exhibit which slowly transforms into a beach shore. Small stingrays and a protected turtle nest remind guests that every part of Florida's shoreline needs our protection. Leaving the shore, guest stumble upon a tide pool where they can touch sea anemones and starfish. The final exhibit offers a breathtaking view of life in Florida's coral reef. A panoramic view provides an outstanding presentation of sharks, gigantic rays and varieties of saltwater fish.

But the aquarium is more than just Florida sea life! Remember to pack swimsuits so the kids can experience the Explore a Shore splash pad. Guests are permitted to pack lunches and drinks, but there is a cafe, full bar and gift shop on site.