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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
Hawaii
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Hawaii
Favorite Vacation Memory
Honeymoon with the hubs in Hawaii; proposal in France
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Our ER visit for my toddler ;(
Websites I Like:
For more detailed reviews and pics: http:www.otheplaceswego.com

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June 30 2015
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Spring Hill Mall | kids travel, kids activities
Spring Hill Mall
1072 Spring Hill Mall West,
Dundee,
Illinois 60118
"Great play area in a pinch"
There are days when you have a perfectly planned afternoon, and then nature gets in the way of your day. I recently discovered Spring Hill Mall's play area and the kids absolutely love it! It's great for my tykes ages 5 and 3 because they get to climb and crawl almost everything there. It's great for my 10 month old since she can crawl on the soft floor. Overall, a great place and easy outing!

Other kid-friendly aspects of the mall include the bright jumping or "dancing" fountains. They also have a few rides for a couple quarters.

For more pictures head to my [blog](http://otheplaceswego.com/indoor-fun-at-spring-hill-malls-play-area/) and check it out!
 
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June 30 2015
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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium | kids travel, kids activities
SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
4316 Baldwin Road,
Auburn Hills,
Michigan
"Wanted more..."
We love aquariums, so when we heard that the Detroit area had opened a new aquarium we were excited to see it ourselves. While we did enjoy ourselves, we left wanting more.

Nitty Gritty:
Sea Life Michigan Aquarium is located at Great Lakes Crossing, one of the largest outlet malls in Michigan. Parking is free and plentiful (it is a mall, after all). Admission costs a hefty $23.50; children 3-12 are $18.50.

The Fun:
Wearing paper goggles and armed with a stamp booklet, the kids were all ready to start their adventure. The kids loved going to each station and getting their book stamped. Since the aquarium is fairly new, we found it clean and in great shape. The presentation of the fish and sea creatures was visually appealing with the use of light and color. There were tanks in all shapes and size - large bubble tanks, small tanks, touch tanks; tanks that you have to walk under the tank or find "secret" viewing spots. If we wanted to learn more about the type of fish or sea creature, it was just one button away on the touch screen. Pretty innovative! The kids were pleasantly surprised to find a play structure at the end.

Bummers:
We spent about an hour going through the aquarium walking at a leisurely pace, and since the aquarium was small we finished in about an hour. The ocean tunnel with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and other aquatic life swimming overhead is always a highlight, but maybe it was because we've been to the other SEA Life Aquarium in Minnesota , we were let down once we saw how much shorter it was. Since there's really only one way to go, I could see how there can be bottlenecks if it was crowded. Since we visited one hour before closing, we didn't have to worry about any crowds.

Tips:
Try to visit during the evening with no crowds for a more enjoyable experience. Last entry is one hour before closing. Try to find a few discounts.

Bottom line: If you and your family happen to be at Great Lakes Crossing and have some time, try to find discounts. While the presentation of the exhibits was visually stimulating, it made us want to see more, especially with the hefty admission cost.

Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary tickets to The Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.

 
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June 17 2015
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Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel | kids travel, kids activities
Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel
20301 Oakwood Blvd,
Dearborn, Michigan
"A Henry Ford historic hotel"
Our travels brought us to the Detroit area and with visiting the Henry Ford at the top of our list, I know we needed to squeeze it into our plans. Since we were on a time crunch, we wanted to be close to the action, so we opted to stay in Dearborn at The Dearborn Inn.

Location: Located in Dearborn, Michigan, the global headquarters of the Ford Motor Company, the Dearborn Inn has a fantastic location right by the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (a short drive or shuttle ride away.) Shopping and restaurants are a short drive away. Downtown Detroit is about a twenty minute drive. Parking is free and plentiful.

Hotel: Built by Henry Ford as the world' first airport hotel, the hotel has a rich history. In fact, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1931 the hotel has welcomed notable guests including Eleanor Roosevelt, Norman Rockwell, Walt Disney, and President Ronald Reagan.

Once we walked into the hotel and stepped foot on the black and white tile floor in the elegant lobby, it felt as if we were transported back in time. The chandeliers, comfortable chairs, and grand piano added to the historic ambiance. We even saw portraits of Henry Ford's wife and Henry Ford displayed.

The Room:
We had the privilege of staying in the colonial village located behind the inn. These replica homes are modeled after real homes of famous early Americans such as Edgar Allen Poe and Walt Whitman. Our replica home belonged to Governor Oliver Wolcott, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Our suite included a large living room with decorative fireplace, a master bedroom with own bathroom, and another separate bathroom. Staying true to the era, the house and room was outfitted in colonial decor. Our bedroom included two queen beds. Although we were separate from the main hotel, we still had the same amenities as if we were staying the main hotel. They even brought us ice since there was no ice machine located in the "home." Since we were away from the main inn, it was very quiet overlooking the main courtyard.

Since the homes are older, we could hear our neighbors above us walking. If you have a lot of luggage, just be prepared for a tight squeeze. After all, these are homes modeled from back in the days.

Restaurants:
The hotel has two restaurants - Edison's serving American and regional specialties and Ten Eyck Tavern, more of a lounge serves light fare and beverages. They also provide all day room service.

Amenities:

Since the weather was a little chilly, we didn't get a chance to enjoy their seasonal outdoor pool. We did, however, enjoyed taking a stroll through the colonial village and explored some of the hotel grounds. Everything was very well kept, and we could see why it was a popular choice for weddings.

We were particularly thankful to have had the fridge in our closet. The best perk? Wi-fi is an extra charge and we found it a little spotty.

Bottom line:
If you're looking for a great location in proximity to The Henry Ford with a little bit of history, the Dearborn Inn fits the bill.

Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary stay at The Dearborn Inn. I received no other compensation besides the hotel stay.The hotel did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. All opinions are my own.
 
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May 02 2015
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Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park | kids travel, kids activities
Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park
200 North Columbus Drive,
Chicago, Illinois
"Fantastic hotel close to Millenium Park and Maggie Daley Park"
We were excited for our stay at the Fairmont. With its ideal location to Chicago's newest park, Maggie Daley Park, and Millenium Park, the hotel proved to be the perfect stomping ground for our Chicago adventure.

Location:
As their name suggests, the Fairmont boasts a fantastic location right by Millenium Park and Maggie Daley Park. We loved how convenient it was - we just strapped the kids in the stroller and a minute later we were at the park! Valet parking is available, but there is also a self park garage located closeby.

Rooms:
We stayed in a Millenium Park Suite and we were blown away! It felt as if we were staying at our very own apartment with two separate bedrooms each with its own bathroom, a living room, and a full size kitchen, dining room. Our room also had fantastic views of Millenium Park/Maggie Daley Park. We also had a chance to see the one bedroom suites and found that it was the perfect size for a family.

Bathroom:
As I mentioned each room had their own bathroom with luxurious baths, rainfall showerheads. and marble throughout. (Watch out though as it got very slippery very fast!) I absolutely loved the mosaic tile floors and thought it was a nice touch!

Service:
Everyone that we ran into were very cordial and friendly. In fact, when my husband returned from a run outside, the valet had a towel and water waiting for him. My husband thought that was very thoughtful!

Restaurants:
The hotel has a wine bar and restaurant. We would have loved to dine at the onsite restaurant, aria, but didn't really find it necessary since we had access to the gold lounge for breakfast, a light dinner, and our favorite desserts.

Amenities:
There's a Spa with a fitness centre and pool. The fitness centre looked pretty nice with plenty of cardio equipment.

Bummers:
Our stay would have been even better if they had a pool!

If you're looking for a hotel close to the new and fabulous Maggie Daley Park and Millenium Park, look no further than the Fairmont Chicago. In addition to the prime location, families will love staying at the comfortable, luxurious hotel.

Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary stay at the Fairmont Chicago Millenium Park. I received no other compensation besides the hotel stay. The hotel did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. All opinions are my own.
 
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March 18 2015
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Geneva Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Geneva Restaurant
323 E. Upper Wacker Drive,
Chicago,
Illinois
"Hearty breakfast buffet"
Located in the Swissotel Chicago Hotel, we decided to pop down for some breakfast. After perusing the items on display, we decided to stick with the breakfast buffet for $29. Besides the fresh fruit, cereals, eggs, and potatoes, we could order eggs any style including omelets. Thought that was a nice touch! We were also able to order pancakes which ended up being delicioius. One of my favorite parts of the breakfast buffet was the assortment of swiss pastries. My sweet tooth thanked me also!

All in all a pretty tasty breakfast but a little pricey.
 
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