gbtempleton's Passport


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10 January 2011

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About Me & My Family

I'm mom to a hilarious (I'm talking comedian-in-the-making) 5 year old and a cancer-surviving superhero 7-going on 27-year old. After our daughter's battle with an aggressive form of leukemia (AML), we decided to make the most of every minute. Our family's motto: Until further notice, celebrate everything! This means lots of trips. We try to incorporate educational experiences as much as possible, but our ultimate goal is to celebrate life and celebrate family!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, rowdy, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy
We Just Got Back From
the museum (any museum!)
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
do we have to pick just one? The Mountains!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Hong Kong and mainland China
Favorite Vacation Memory
My daughter's Make-a-Wish trip... every minute of it. It coincided with her 4th birthday. We went to Disney World. Her bright smile lit up the park!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Within an hour of arriving at our Villa at Disney, my very excited daughter started jumping on the bed. She fell face first on to the ground and her nose bled everywhere. Fortunately she recovered within a few minutes and was ready to head to the parks!
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56 Reviews

January 10 2011
1 family found this helpful
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
390 South Liberty St,
Winston Salem,
North Carolina 27101
"Follow your imagination"
The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem is a very good place for young children. It is big but not too big. It is rarely crowded, so you don't feel like you're going to lose track of your little one. Most of the exhibits have a safe area for small children. And there is the most beautiful fairy-tale woods area that is a great place to let your imagination lead! The one down-side of this museum is that it is a little quiet and a little dimly lit, so if you are a typical sleep-deprived parent, I'd recommend bringing a cup of coffee along! For kids, though, it is tons of fun. From the grocery store, the doughnut shop, the arts and publication area, and the building exhibit, your kids will have a blast!
January 10 2011
0 families found this helpful
Marbles Kids Museum | kids travel, kids activities
Marbles Kids Museum
201 East Hargett Street,
North Carolina 27601
"The best children's museum in North Carolina"
My children have practically been raised in children's museums and Marbles is, by far, the best we've visited. It is an expansive museum -- two-stories of fun, complete with a pirate ship, submarine, water play exhibit, and hockey rink (not real ice!). Children can dress up and put on a performance on stage, or sit with you in a rocking chair and read a book. We have a membership, and definitely get our money's worth. If you're in Raleigh with small children (or even not-so-small children) take a visit!
January 10 2011
0 families found this helpful
Emerald Isle Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Emerald Isle Beach
Emerald Dr,
Emerald Isle,
North Carolina
"My favorite North Carolina beach"
Though we've only visited Emerald Isle once, it is my favorite North Carolina beach. We stayed in a beautiful beach-front home. The homes are lovely and the beach wasn't crowded, even in July! My children loved the beach and our fellow beach goers were friendly and pleasant. This is in stark contrast to some of the other local beaches (Myrtle and North Myrtle, in particular)!. Great beach for families!

Update: We've now visited twice! Most recently a daytrip on Easter. Still not crowded (even though a holiday weekend), still clean, still fabulous. It was $10 to park, but worth every penny!
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January 10 2011
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NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher | kids travel, kids activities
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Rd,
Kure Beach,
North Carolina 28412
"Fun Aquarium for Small Children"
My 3 and 5 year old loved this aquarium and my husband and I did too! The voluteers and staff are informative without being too "teachy". The jellyfish were my daughter's favorites. My son enjoyed the chance to touch a horseshoe crab. We have also visited the aquarium in Charleston, SC and Fort Fisher is ever-so-slightly better!
January 10 2011
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Oak Island Lighthouse | kids travel, kids activities
Oak Island Lighthouse
1100 Caswell Beach Road,
Oak Island,
North Carolina 28465
"Oak Island Lighthouse - not for young kids"
On our first trip to Oak Island, my three year old daughter was super excited to visit the Oak Island Lighthouse. From the car I realized it is one of the least attractive lighthouses I've seen. We parked and walked up. The volunteer promptly told us children under nine were not allowed inside because of lead paint concerns. What a disappointment!