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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 4 (one 2 year old and a 4 month old) that loves to travel and explore. Our goal this year is to do one family fun activity a month. I'm here to share our findings.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, rowdy, relaxed, energetic, easy_going, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
Indianapolis, Indiana
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
Honeymoon with the hubs in Hawaii; proposal in France
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Our ER visit for my toddler ;(
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August 18 2014
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Willmore Lodge | kids travel, kids activities
Willmore Lodge
#1 Willmore Lane,
Lake Ozark,
"Stop by for information about the area"
If you want to get acquainted with the Lake of the Ozarks area, this would be a great starting point. Since the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here, iinformation is readily available whether you prefer to speak with someone or if you'd rather grab pamphlets.

This is also a great place to learn more about Bagnell Dam.

Tip: Be sure to grab a free coupon book if you plan on stopping by the Bagnell Dam Strip. Many of the stores on the strip had coupons.
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August 10 2014
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Bridal Cave | kids travel, kids activities
Bridal Cave
526 Bridal Cave Rd.,
"Must do in the Ozarks!"
How could we not visit a cave in the Cave State? Although there were others caves in the area, we were so glad to have chosen Bridal Cave.

Nitty Gritty:
Admission cost $16 an adult and $8 for kids 5-12 . The cave is not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Parking is free. (You can even drive your boat here - they have docks!) Tours leave about every 30 minutes.

The Fun:
The tour guide stops at major points and talks about rock formations and other fun and education tidbits. The tour lasts about an hour, and was just about the perfect length for the kiddos. The trails were paved and lighted, so it was the perfect way for our boys to experience their first cave. Some of the formations are remarkable!

-I was 8 months preggo so it was a little tight at some spots, and those with claustrophobia
-Wear shoes with traction since is wet and at some times there are puddles
-Bring coins to make a wish in the little (and big) water areas.
--Take a picture right before the start of the tour right in front of cave. Great souvenir at only $10.
-Before or after the tour, stop by the lower level gift shop for a bag of fish food to feed the hungry carp by the docks. It was a a nice surprise that the kind gift shop lady told us about. You can also stop by the gift shop for flashlight or a fake hard hat to really feel like an explorer.

Bottom line:
Our first ever cave experience was so much fun. At first the boys were a little apprehensive given how wet and dark the cave was, but after coaxing them to be their own explorers they enjoyed it immensely. We’d highly recommend it, plus don’t forget to grab some fish food for inexpensive fun!

Disclosure: My family received complimentary admission to Bridal Cave in order to facilitate this review, and I was not asked to provide a particular point of view. All opinions are 100 % my own.
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August 04 2014
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Rosie's Place | kids travel, kids activities
Rosie's Place
68 N. 9th St.,
"Perfect way to start the day"
The best way to start the day, in my opinion, is having a hearty breakfast or brunch (along with coffee, of course!) Eating at Rosie's Place did not disappoint.

Once we entered the shabby chic restaurant (love), we were greeted immediately with different kinds of baked goods including cookies, cakes, and more. It took all of our might to make sure we bypassed them and went straight to our booth.

Our extremely friendly waitress was knowledgeable and patient with our questions. The best part of course was the food. Everything we tried was great - the special - a french toast sandwich, breakfast burrito, delicious granola your parfait, chocolate chip pancakes. Everything! The portions were huge, so although we may have ordered a feast, we could have easily split a few entrees between us.

Glad we were given a tip to make reservations before 10. It was packed when we left!
Take some homemade granola to go (along with a few treats!)

Bottom Line: Eating at Rosie's place was a real treat. If we find ourselves in the area, we will definitely be back!

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August 04 2014
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Conner Prairie Interactive History Park | kids travel, kids activities
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
13400 Allisonville Rd,
"Step back into history"
Our family is always up for new experience, so when we learned that Conner Prairie, an interactive history park, let you step back into time – we were so there!

Nitty Gritty: The interactive history park is located in Fishers, Indiana about 30 minutes or so outside of Indy. There’s plenty of free parking. Admission costs $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 2-12.

The fun:

We visited on a Sunday afternoon and although there were lots of people visiting, the area is so spacious that it did not seem crowded at all. Conner Prairie is divided into different historic areas including a prairie town a homestead, an Indian camp, and a civil war section. We were happy to see that they provided a tram to the civil war section where we started our adventure. It was really neat to see people dressed up in period clothing and also visit different buildings from the civil war era. My little ones had fun pumping water into a bucket. We visited a few other areas including Prairietown that had a home, general store, blacksmith (with demonstrations). We could have spent the entire day exploring the Park, but having two toddlers and being 8 months pregnant limited us.

One of the cool things about Conner Prairie is that there is always a special event happening. On the particular weekend we attended, the Curiosity Fair was happening. We saw interactive exhibits, cool shows including a BMX show, discovered how ice cream was made (with a few samples of course!)
While we had a great time, we were bummed that one of the featured attractions, the hot air balloon ride, wasn’t working because of the weather.

Bottom line: Conner Prairie is a great way to spend the day; just be prepared to walk!! Next time we will be back to ride the hot air balloon ride, with a nice trail-ready stroller, and with more energy!

Disclosure: My family received complimentary admission to the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in order to facilitate this review, and I was not asked to provide a particular point of view. All opinions are 100 % my own.
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July 25 2014
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Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark | kids travel, kids activities
Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark
494 Tan Tar A Driv,
Osage Beach,
"Fun times, but pricey"
My kids are a fans of waterparks (who isn't), and lucky for us our the resort we were staying at, Tan-Tar-A Resort had an indoor waterpark. We, of course, couldn't miss it and had to see it for ourselves.

Nitty Gritty: Conveniently located at Tan-Tar-A Resort (and the only indoor waterpark in the area), Timber Falls Waterpark costs $17.00 per person per day for hotel guests (Ages 2 and under are free); $22.00 per person per day for non-hotel guests $5.00 per person per day for admission for observers. Though we didn't need it, lockers are only a quarter each, which I thought was very reasonable compared to other waterparks.

The Fun:
My two children ages 4 and 2 visited Timber Falls on a Monday evening, and basically found the whole waterpark to ourselves. We figured most people were outside enjoying the outdoor pools. We noticed that the waterpark wasn’t huge, which is just fine since my boys are very easy to please when it comes to waterparks. My husband and I’s personal favorite, the lazy river, was short, but still fun. The extra large hot tub was also a plus for us.

Just like most waterparks, there is a bucket that tips over once full, but my kids strayed away from this since they are always a bit scared of it. Such a shame because that was where all the fun kiddie activities were located. They did, however, enjoy the heated activity pool with the basketballs, a hoop, and a floating beaver. While it wasn't a zero depth entry pool, it started out around 2 feet deep so my 4-year-old was able to walk parts of this particular pool. Needless to say, he had the most fun here, just wading in the water.

Bottom line:
While we had fun at our short time at Timber Falls Waterpark, I would probably stick to taking advantage of the outdoor pool at Tan-Tar-A since mostly because it's free. It may even be a better idea to visit during colder weather if the outdoors isn’t an option, or if you have kids that can take advantage of everything at the park.

Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary admission to Timber Falls Waterpark. I received no other compensation and the business owner did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. The opinions I express are entirely my own.

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