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About Me & My Family

Jacquie & her family live in Kansas City and love exploring locally and nationally. We enjoy nature as much as amusement parks, and all agree that one of the best things about taking a vacation is getting re-connected as a family -- no schedules, no cleaning the house, and lots of discovering new things! Jacquie also blogs about local travel at www.kcedventures.com
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, relaxed, energetic
We Just Got Back From
Black Hills in South Dakota
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Disney & Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Hawaii
Favorite Vacation Memory
Anything Disney, extended family vacation in Michigan and a cruise that we took when my son was 2 with 3 great-grandmothers.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
My son breaking his leg on vacation, and then flying back on the plane with 3 of us + the baby + a broken, elevated leg crammed in the last seats of an airplane :(

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May 05 2014
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Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
2480 KS Hwy 177,
Strong City,
Kansas
"Gorgeous outdoor area with historic site"
Great place if you love to explore the outdoors in a wide open space! They have some wonderful trails available for hiking that are family-friendly. It's an open prairie so you can see very far and wear a hat/sunscreen because there's not much shade.

This is a National Preserve so the visitor's center and bathrooms are great as always! Stop in the Vistior's Center or visit the website for a copy of the Jr. Ranger booklet for kids. Great program and keeps the kids engaged and learning during their visit. Rangers are always helpful with questions and recommendations on where to hike and potential amimal/bird sightings.

Be sure to see the resident horse and cat (big hit with the kids) near the visitor's center. There's also an old homestead and outbuildings with some interesting history about the area.

And there are bison!! A nice herd that roam the prairie. You can actually hike on trails near the area but look for signs as sometimes there will be warnings that you should keep your distance. Be sure to bring a camera for pictures and check their event listing as they have some fun hands-on activities for families during the summer and special days throughout the year.
 
 
May 05 2014
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Kansas Cosmosphere
1100 N. Plum St.,
Hutchinson,
Kansas 67501
"Interesting but must plan ahead"
This is a great attraction is you are able to plan ahead and don't mind waiting for some of the shows. Show times can be very limited based on the day you visit and The IMAX and Dr. Goddard's Lab also have seating that fills up so you'll need to wait in line to be assured a seat. If you get into the shows, you'll enjoy them so be sure to check the website for times!

We visited about 10 years ago and were more impressed at that point and during this visit, we were shut out of many of the shows because of their schedule and us not being able to stay all day.

The exhibit areas are very detailed and interesting for kids ages 8 and over (or anyone who loves space stuff). A few unique artifacts such as Sputnik and Apollo I are here. There are a few interactive things that younger kids will enjoy but much of the exhibit halls are more for viewing.

We rode the flight simulator and were not at all impressed - both of the kids (ages 11 & 17) couldn't figure out why they chose futuristic flying cars instead of having an interactive space travel option. Not sure it's worth the money on this one.
 
 
July 28 2013
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Kansas Children's Discovery Center | kids travel, kids activities
Kansas Children's Discovery Center
4400 SW 10th Ave,
Topeka,
Kansas
"Outstanding Hands-on Experience for Kids"
My daughter and I had an amazing time at the Discovery Center last week. First, the hands-on exhibits at this museum offer a wonderful mix of pretend play and open-ended creativity. The museum has a huge indoor space with areas for science, building, art, science and special programs. Kids can pretend they are a doctor, car mechanic or vet. They can run a resturant or a lemonade stand (where they learn about money). There are hands-on wind tunnels and great science exhibits about the body and eye. If you want to get creative, visit the BUILD area where kids can use real tools to make something out of wood (yes, real saws, hammers and hand drills - my daughter loved this area!). There is also an art studio for kids who love to paint.

In addition to the indoor exhibits, there is also an awesome outdoor area -- a huge tree house, bike shack where you can borrow a bike to ride on the paved trails & a stream that you can walk through and explore. You'll also find an outdoor music area and a mini-challenge course built out of ropes, tires and fallen trees. Wear sneakers so you can do the outdoor activities when you visit!

There are two areas for babies and toddlers which area set apart from the other areas of the museum so you don't have to worry about the kids wandering off. And the museum offers vending machines and a snack area if you want to rest and refuel.

They have some nice touches too - mini toilets in the bathrooms for their tiny visitors, daily programs at no extra charge and they even offered water stations during our visit on a very hot day!

I would plan on at least 2 - 3 hours for your visit as there's so much to do. And bring an extra set of clothes because the kids will get wet when they play in the outdoor water area.
 
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July 02 2013
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Rockin R Rides | kids travel, kids activities
Rockin R Rides
24853 Village Ave,
Custer,
South Dakota 57730
"Gorgeous Trails & Very Enjoyable Family Rides"
Our family enjoys horseback riding when we go on vacation each year – but we really like to find guided rides that are scenic and allow us to explore the area rather than just following a dirt trail. When researching options in the Black Hills of South Dakota, we found Rockin R Rides and their online photos and ride description fit what we were looking for in a trail ride experience.

The stables are easy to find and located near Custer State Park which is very convenient for the area. When we arrived, we were greeted by some wonderful staff that helped us through the paperwork and talked to us about our riding experience. Children as young as 6 years old can ride on their own horse. They do a great job of matching the horse’s personality to the age of the child. Kids under age 12 need to wear a helmet on the ride; teens and adults can choose to wear one if they wish. If you have a child under age 6, they are able to ride the ponies in the yard for their own riding experience (those are offered free for families who register for a ride).

Before our ride, one of the trail guides explained how to mount the horse, use the reins, where to store your items (they have nice saddle bags for your water bottle and camera) and what to expect on the ride. There is a raised platform to help you (and the kids) get on the horse which is great. Oh, and they offer to take photos of your family with your camera once you are all on your horses. We LOVED this as all of the other stables we’ve ridden at take a photo that you can purchase at the end of the ride (those are nice for first time rides but we usually don’t pay for those).

The ride was absolutely GORGEOUS! The horses followed a dirt trail across the field and into the Black Forest where we rode for two hours through the pine & aspen trees, down an old mining road and up a few fun hills. There were a number of fun switch-backs and a nice change in elevation during the ride (I would suggest a jacket especially for the morning rides). It was so peaceful and the kids loved the experience. We saw deer on the ride and stopped to get photos a few times. The horses were very friendly and knew the trail – my 10 year old rode up front near our guide and loved being on her own horse. And even my teen stills remarks at how much he enjoyed the ride and scenery.

The rates were great for the area (and for the experience as we’ve paid much more in other areas of the country for a shorter ride). And I really can’t say enough about the staff – friendly, knowledgeable and very patient and helpful with the kids! As with most stables, there is only a porta-potty so have the kids try before you head out. And also bring water, sunscreen and a hat (or you can buy a fun cowboy hat at the stable – there were some really cute ones!)

At the end of the ride, the kids receive a certificate signed by their guide. And also ask the staff and guides about the area. They gave us some great tips on things to see and places to eat which was so helpful during the remainder of our stay in the area. I would highly recommend this experience to any family, whether it’s your first ride or you are experienced riders.

My family & I received a complimentar ride at Rockin R Rides. I received no other compensation and all opinions are entirely my own.
 
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June 20 2013
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Storybook Island  | kids travel, kids activities
Storybook Island
1301 Sheridan Lake Rd,
Rapid City,
South Dakota 57701
"One Amazing Playground"
During a recent trip to Rapid City, my 10 year old really wanted to stop by Storybook Island after seeing it in one of the travel books. It was a cold and rainy day but once we got there, we were so glad we stopped! This is one amazing playground and I can't believe it's free.

It's an older playground which I LOVE because it still has some of the play equipment that the newer ones don't offer (like the spinning seats that kids love). Plus, each of the exhibits is themed after a story -- Winnie the Pooh has a great treehouse & honey tree, the Wizard of Oz, the Cat in the Hat, Raggedy Ann, and a number of nursery rhyme characters are all there. In addition, you can climb up on a train engine and fire truck too.

There's a nice play area for kids under age 5 (although they can easily play on the larger items too) and ever older kids will enjoy a visit. Parents will remember parks like this from their childhood. There's also a cute gift shop and ice cream stand in the park. Even in the rain, we stayed and playe for an hour. Make sure to check their website for special events (music, magic shows and kids theater) during the summer.
 
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