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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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December 28 2014
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Santa Claus Land of Lights | kids travel, kids activities
Santa Claus Land of Lights
78 North Holiday Blvd.,
Santa Claus,
"Favorite Light Shows"
The holiday lights show, located at Lake Rudolph Campground, was one of our highlights of our visit at Santa Claus, Indiana.

Nitty gritty: Passes to enter the campground are $15 each car. Not only did we get to see the light show, but we also received a coupon for a free photo with Rudolph at the Santa Claus Store. *Tip: Coupons for the light show are available at select McDonalds locations.

The Fun:
We visited Santa Claus Indiana on the third weekend in December, and although there was a line to enter, we found the line to enter went rather quickly. As we drove past the 1.2 miles of lights, we followed the story of none other than Rudolph, the red-nosed-reindeer. My normally impatient kids were hooked as I started reading the different pages of book as we drove by. Interestingly enough, the lights correlated to the specific page being told. It was really neat! As with most light shows, we were able to turn to a station to hear music. Other than the following the story, other favorite parts included passing through the tunnel of lights (3 times) and driving through a fog (first time we've seen this.)

Bottom line:
If you happen to visit Santa Claus, Indiana during the holiday, you must take a spin through Lake Rudolph's Land of Lights. Although a little pricey, it was well worth it and has become one of our favorite memories from our trip.
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December 22 2014
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Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort | kids travel, kids activities
Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
78 N Holiday Blvd,
Santa Claus, Indiana
"The perfect stay during Christmas in Santa Claus"
Our stay at Lake Rudolph was the highlight of our holiday stay at Santa Claus, Indiana. It was the ideal place to stay - close to all the attractions, tons of room to play, and a way to relax and destress from the holiday madness.

Location: We found the location to be perfect and no more than 5 minutes from any popular attraction, dining, and the local grocery store.

We visited during Santa Claus, Indiana's Christmas celebration held during the first three weekends of December. and had the opportunity to stay at their Rudolph's Christmas Cabin, which was absolutely fantastic! With a master king bedroom and a loft with 4 twin mattresses and another king size bed, we found plenty of room for our two boys to play and move about. In fact, my boys had claimed the loft as their own personal playroom and was always hard to have them leave!

Needing to stick to a budget and with a limited number of places to eat, It was super convenient driving across the street to their local grocery store (Holiday Foods) and to cook meals with their full size kitchen complete with an electric stove, full size fridge, dishes, pots, and utensils.

The family room outfitted with a couch, DVD player, and electric fireplace was perfect and roomy for my family. Unlike other hotels or places we've been, the temperature control was spot on. The bathroom was an adequate size but we did find that the bathtub/shower was the perfect size for our small kids, but maybe a bit small for taller adults. Other amenities that we love include free wi-fi.

Since we visited during the winter, we weren't able to take advantage of all the campground has to offer including a swimming pool, fishing, paddleboat and kayak rentals, and mini golf. We would have loved to sit and relax and grill on the huge porch with a picnic table, chairs, and grill. We'll just have to come back!

For any family visiting Santa Claus, Indiana, it would be hard to find an accommodation better than Lake Rudolph. Located close to all the action and accommodations fit for any family, this is the perfect place to stay.

If you're visiting during their Christmas Celebration, you must check out their light show on the campground, Santa Claus Land of Lights. Review here (

Disclosure: We received a complimentary stay for the purpose of facilitating this reviews. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
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December 11 2014
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Pinstripes South Barrington | kids travel, kids activities
Pinstripes South Barrington
100 West Higgins Road,
"Eat and bowl!"
We were here for Sunday Brunch with Santa, and we loved it. The food was excellent and plentiful! They also had a waffle station bar - bananas foster waffles were to die for! While we were scarfing down our food, my two toddler boys spotted Santa from afar and called him over. Loved that we didn't have to wait for Santa and the whole experience was very casual. To top off the afternoon, we went bowling and had a fantastic time - bumper bowling and all!

Bottom Line: We would definitely recommend Pinstripes for good food, bowling, and Santa (if he's around!)

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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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