Gluten free baked goodness of all sorts can be had here! Breads, bagels, cookies and more that taste as amazing as their wheat counterparts that you remember. Located below Woodley Park but above Dupont Circle, there aren’t any good metro stops close so you will still walk a bit or Metrobus. Seating is pretty limited, but service is quick and friendly so you will not wait long. They have yummy gluten free breakfast sandwiches and also vegan options as well.
We went to RMNP for 4 nights in October and boy did we fall in love. We stayed in Estes Park for 4 nights, spending one day in Estes exploring the town and attending their annual Pumpkin Festival which was a blast for the kids (and us!) and two days hiking and driving through RMNP. We drove Trail Ridge Road and got to play in the snow, hiked Sprague Lake, which was really more of a paved walking trail, and hike Gem Lake Trail, which was a good first hike with a mild elevation climb for kids. It was perfect weather, cool but not cold, and was breathtakingly beautiful. We got to see snow capped mountains without dealing with the harsh winter and had sunny, perfect weather for our hikes. Also, we saw lots of elk which the kids loved! It honestly was one of our favorite family vacations and I recommend everyone go and take their kids. We roasted marshmallows each night and just enjoyed our surroundings. I wrote about our trip in great detail in my travel journal, www.coloringthemap.com/colorado. If your going with young kids it gives a good recommendation on what to pack, where to stay, and our itinerary. I cannot wait to go back!
We live an hour away so we made a daytrip to Fall Creek Falls with our 18 month old and our 5 year old. For a state park, we loved it. It had great trails, fun swimming spots, a playground, and nice picnic areas. We went in August so the waterfall was a little dry, but had a great time hiking the Woodland Trail and playing in Cane Creek Cascades area. My 18 month old walked some of the trail, but he was in the backpack carrier most of the time. Compared to other natural waterfalls we have seen, it was okay, but for Tennessee, it was a great option and way to spend the days outdoors with out kids. I wrote a complete guide about our trip, including pictures and our detailed hike here: www.coloringthemap.com/tennessee . I would love to go back and spend the night there on a campsite - a nice, clean and beautiful park.
Port Discovery – Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails
Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails - Traveling Exhibit at Port Discovery through May 7, 2017
After finding out the Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit was visiting Port Discovery, taking our two train loving girls, ages 5 and 2, was definitely a must. Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails is an interactive exhibit created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and inspired by the popular children’s series on PBS KIDS in the US that is currently the museum for three and half months. I have to admit, our family was a little hesitant to visit on a Saturday knowing how crowded the other Inner Harbor attractions tend to get on the weekends. Arriving right at 10AM when Port Discovery opened was definitely helpful because it gave us two solid hours to explore before it seemed to get chaotic.
We made the Thomas exhibit our first stop, and my girls headed straight for the huge train table. I love that this table has little “holes” where kids can climb under the table and pop up in the middle to reach various, otherwise unreachable, parts of the track. It definitely maximizes the amount of children that can play at the table together, and lots of kids can play happily as there are plenty of vehicles for everyone. Right next to the table is a backdrop with Thomas where you can take a picture to email to yourself or maybe to some friends and family to share the fun.
If you have a child on the younger side, like my 2 year old, there’s a little spot tucked into the back of the Thomas exhibit where tots can enjoy some larger Thomas toys and a little matching game attached to the wall.
My girls loved the role play stations! A small ticket window contained paper tickets and maps on one side as well as dress up clothes for your child to play the part of conductor or engineer. There’s also a few train cars where kids can both climb in and sit as well as load the luggage and other goods onto each car. Thomas’s friend Percy is found on the other side of the round house awaiting a few repairs. My girls enjoyed exploring with different size wheels and putting them on Percy to see which ones worked.
Overall, we spent at least 30 minutes in the Thomas exhibit before my girls were ready to move on and see other things. So, it’s worth the trip if you have a train loving little one! The exhibit is there until May 7th so plenty of time left to stop by.
Location and Parking
Although our family has visited many of the other places up in Baltimore, we had never taken the time to check out Port Discovery, and we’re pretty happy we did. Downtown Baltimore has ample parking areas available including Harbor Park Garage which is right next to the museum. It’s a little more expensive to park there but they do validate your parking at the museum so there’s a slight discount. Personally, I think it was well worth the convenience with the kids.
We checked out the rest of the museum during our visit as well, and we feel that it’s comparable to other larger children’s museums in the Mid-Atlantic states when it comes to most exhibits. We did feel that the exhibits were well kept and sanitized -- which is especially important to us at this time of year.
The three and under Tot Trek area was nice because I could take my younger daughter there while my husband took my older daughter to the giant climbing structure.
Water Play Area
I actually liked their water play area a little more than others we’ve visited. Most of it is pretty standard, but one side has specific activities like a sink or float table, lego water table and giant bubble corner.
There were a lot of special activities going on this particular Saturday like circle time, art a la carte, yoga and more. Seems to be something they do pretty frequently just glancing at their events calendar.
Disclosure: My family was provided with complimentary tickets to Port Discovery for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
Kenosha was the first 21st Century city to install streetcars. Just the same as San Francisco's cable cars and New Orleans' Charles Street line streetcars, these iconic Kenosha Electric Railway historic streetcars are instantly identifiable as uniquely *Kenosha* and are the City's premier tourist attraction.