• Planning a Polar Express Train Ride Experience on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

    I knew I had to plan a Polar Express Train Ride shortly after my son watched the Polar Express movie for the first time. For several weeks after watching, much like most 4 year olds learning about the world around them, he acted out scenes from the movie all day, every day. Him: “Well, are you coming?” Me: Where? Him: “Why to the Norrrff Powwe of course!” Rinse and repeat until Valentines Day.  The Christmas that my son turned 5 years old, I decided was the perfect time for him to experience first-hand The Polar Express Train Ride through the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. We were going to be in the…

  • What Can You Do Inside WonderWorks Upside Down Building

    WonderWorks the upside-down adventure is a Science-focused indoor amusement park for the mind that holds something unique and interesting for visitors of all ages. It also features a not to be missed magic show! My husband and I just confirmed our upcoming travel destinations for the rest of 2019 . Because our 8 year old, over the last several months, has been obsessed with card magic, we’ll be adding in some family-friendly magic shows into our travels.  Whether he’s learning new magic tricks on YouTube magic or sitting on the floor practicing his own tricks, he’s never without a deck of cards in his hands. I’ve even gone so far…

  • Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails at Clingman’s Dome Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

    Some of the most incredible views near Gatlinburg can found atop Clingmans Dome. With an elevation of 6644 ft, it is the highest point in the Smoky Mountains as well as the highest point in Tennessee.  The ride to the beginning of the path that leads to the observation area at Clingmans Dome is a beautiful country road with intermittent pull-off areas, trails and stops along the way.     Clingman’s Dome – Great Smoky Mountains National Park Once you arrive at Clingmans Dome Access Road it’s a short drive to the parking lot (with ample restrooms.There are a few other hiking trails off of the parking lot like Andrew’s…

  • Myrtle Beach Medieval Times

    Girl Power in the Middle Ages – A Queen-Focused Show at all Medieval Times Locations

    Breaking from a 34-year tradition of casting a king as the show’s lead role, a new show developed based on guest feedback has placed the Queen in charge and sole ruler of the land across all Medieval Times locations! According to Director of Show, Leigh Cordner “Where previously our female characters played in more supportive roles, we are now showing a woman fully in charge, a woman whose authority is sometimes challenged, but she quickly rises to the occasion as a strong leader, squelching opposition.” The Middle Ages is my youngest sons current favorite time period in history; over the last year and a half we’ve been learning a lot…

  • Rainforest Adventure

    The Best Way to Spend a Rainy Day in Pigeon Forge – Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo

    When you’re on a family vacation in the Tennesee Great Smoky Mountains, it’s always a good thing to account for bad weather. Having some rainy day activities days in your back pocket helps to ensure you’re not stuck inside your timeshare condo/hotel! No one wants to be staring at the television for hours on end on a rainy day.   On a recent trip to Pigeon Forge, we had planned to spend most of our time outdoors hiking and exploring in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   We were lucky that the weather cooperated during our stay.  Unfortunately, we did end up with a few family members not feeling well due…

  • Grand Canyon Hermits Rest Trailhead Parking Area Picnic

    The Junior Ranger Program: A Fun Two-Day Itinerary for Visiting Grand Canyon National Park with Kids

    On our vacation to Sedona, we knew that visiting The Grand Canyon South Rim was an absolute must, but having never been there before I was a little bit intimidated.  We were able to pack in so much during our two-day visit to The Grand Canyon.  On this same trip to Arizona, Zac also earned Junior Ranger Badges at Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma Castle. When visiting The Grand Canyon National Park with kids, taking part in the Junior Ranger Program is one of the best ways to draw them into the experience.   Having a plan in place can be helpful and knowing what to bring to The Grand Canyon when…

  • Day Trip Sedona Tuzigoot Montezuma

    Kid-Friendly Day Trip From Sedona: Junior Ranger Program at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument

    While on our Sedona vacation we took a day trip to Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument.  This is a fun and educational day trip half an hour from Phoenix and and hour and a half from Sedona.  Montezuma and Tuzigoot are also another great opportunity to earn Junior Ranger Badges!  Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument both feature the ancient dwellings of the Sinagua people, Native Americans who lived in Arizona in pre-Columbian times. First Stop on the Day Trip: Spend a Few Hours at Montezuma Castle National Monument  Nestled in a sheer limestone cliff about 100 feet above the Verde Valley in Camp Verde,…