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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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165 Reviews


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,
Missouri
"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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July 17 2014
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Alhonna Resort & Marina | kids travel, kids activities
Alhonna Resort & Marina
677 Outer Drive,
Lake Ozark,
Missouri
"Best way to experience the lake"
We heard that the best way to enjoy The Lake of the Ozarks was to actually get on the water. We were so glad we took people’s advice since exploring the Lake by boat ended up being the highlight of our vacation!

We rented our boat at Alhonna Resort and found that the process to rent a boat was pretty simple -head down by the marina, sign a few papers, run through a few instructions, and we were off. Vests are required to be worn by children, and Alhonna did provide it.

We rented a Pontoon boat large enough to fit 10 people. For four hours we enjoyed taking in the sights at the Lake of the Ozarks - million dollar houses, beautiful scenery, and lots of people on their boats or jets skis enjoying the water.

The rates range depending on how many hours you choose and the type of boat you want to rent. We rented the boat for about 4 hours and found that was just about the right. There is a minimum of a 2 hour rental.

Bottom line: Renting a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks is a must! The family-owned Alhonna Resort is a great place to rent it, and you'll be sure to have a great time!

Tips:
Feel free to bring refreshments and food! I recommend buying food from their restaurant on site, Bobber’s Restaurant and Lounge for food that locals rave about. I spoke with the owner, Sheryl, and she recommended the Pango fish. We ordered that and it was delicious!

Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary rental rate. Alhonna Resort did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. All opinions are my own.
 
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July 01 2014
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Heider's Berry Farm | kids travel, kids activities
Heider's Berry Farm
1106 N. Queen Anne Rd,
Woodstock,
Illinois
"Simplicity at its best!"
Our family has always had strawberry picking on our summer bucket list. This past weekend, we not only crossed off strawberry picking off our list, but we found a new favorite family activity!

Nitty Gritty:
Admission and parking is free, baskets are provided, and you pay for what you pick.

The Fun:
We visited Heider's Farm on a Sunday afternoon in late June where we were able to pick from strawberries and raspberries. As our first time berry picking, we didn't know what to expect. We had were happy to find that the strawberries weren't picked through in their 4.5 acres of strawberry fields. Our timing for picking raspberries couldn't have been better as they had just opened up for the season.

We've been to a few farms (mostly during the fall season), and have to say what a different experience this was. Whereas most farms during the fall are quite busy, hectic, and full of activities to do, Heider's Farm is quite the opposite where families can focus on the simple pleasure of picking fresh fruit off the vine, while enjoying each other's company.

Bottom Line: Would we come back? You betcha! It's the perfect family summer activity!
 
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June 15 2014
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Cambria Suites | kids travel, kids activities
Cambria Suites
13500 Tegler Drive,
Noblesville, Indiana
"A pleasant surprise, but..."
We were staying overnight in Hamilton County area of Noblesville, and found ourselves at Cambria Suites.

Nitty Gritty: There is a parking lot with plenty of spaces. FREE.
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Location: The Cambria Suites is located conveniently right off I-69. The area looks like a newer development, with a mall located across the main street and shops and stores a few minutes drive away.

Hotel: We had never stayed at a Cambria Suites so we didn't know what to expect. We were very impressed right away with how comfortable, airy, and modern the lobby was. We did notice, however, that the elevators were being finnicky , and that eventually, one of the two had to be repaired.

The Room: We stayed in a king size suite on the 4th floor (highest floor) with a sleeper sofa, overlooking the highway. We've been in a few all-suite hotels but my husband and I really liked the setup of this one. The bedroom was partitioned with a decorative shelf and separated the sitting area with a couch and television and desk.

As usual wanted to utilize the sleeper sofa, but when we called the front desk they didn't have any more pillows for the boys to use. No biggie, we figured they could use some of ours. When we sat on the sleeper sofa's mattress it was very uncomfortable. We definitely didn't want the boys to sleep there.

Restaurants: The hotel offers a buffet breakfast for an additional fee. I popped down to check it out and there were a few hot foods.

Amenities: While there is a pool and fitness room, we didn't have much time to enjoy it. We did peek in the pool area and noticed that it was a typical hotel pool.

Bottom line: We had a nice stay at the Cambria Suites Noblesville, but next time would probably opt to getting two beds instead of hoping on using the sleeper sofa. It's definitely a solid choice to stay at in the area.

Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary stay at the Cambria Suites Noblesville. The hotel did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. All opinions are my own.
 
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June 13 2014
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Crowne Plaza Indianapolis - Downtown Union Station | kids travel, kids activities
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis - Downtown Union Station
123 W Louisiana St,
Indianapolis, Indiana
"Train Car Room - a unique experience"
We spent a fun weekend in Indianapolis, and made our home base the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis. Staying here was the highlight of our stay, especially since we had the chance to stay in an actual train car!

Nitty Gritty: Valet parking is $30 for in and out privileges. There is a self park garage across the street, but it is $22 without any in and out privileges.

Location: The Crowne Plaza is conveniently located in the downtown Indianapolis. It is literally just a few blocks away from the Circle Centre Mall, down the street from the Starbucks and other restaurants. The family friendly White State River Park can be walked or biked to.

Hotel: The hotel has a neat history primarily since it's listed in the National Register of Historic Places for being on the site of the first Union Station ever. My son, the train-lover, loved the ever present train theme seen everywhere from artwork to statues to the real highlight of real train cars lying on real train tracks.

The Room: One of the main reasons that brought us to the Crowne Plaza was to stay in one of their 26 Pullman sleeper train car rooms. We were pleasantly surprised to find our train car room decorated modernly in reds and yellows. As you can imagine, the rooms were narrow, but a minor detail to stay in such a unique room. We had two queen beds which gave a decent night's sleep, a flatscreen TV, two seats, a small desk, a mini fridge, and a bathroom that was surprisingly spacious.

Amenities: Currently, the fitness center was being remodeled, but they did have a temporary location located on the lobby. The kids had a fun time splashing around in their pool area, although the water and pool area was a bit chillier than we'd like.

Bottom line: If you have a train lover and are in the Indy area, staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Indianapolis is a no-brainer. It was such a unique experience, especially for my little train-lovers!

Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Indianapolis. The hotel did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. All opinions are my own.
 
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