By Amy Suski
Over the many years we've been visiting Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, the attraction map has become somewhat of a growth chart for my 3 kids. In the early years they happily toddled around the Forest of Fun, visited the horses, got their swim diapers wet in the fountains, circumnavigated the park on the Busch Gardens Railway, and then passed out from exhaustion in their strollers by 2:00.
It was a big deal when they were brave enough to ascend the Tree House and Net Climb in the Land of Dragons and ride Grover's Alpine Express coaster (both of which they still like to do).
Each year they eagerly jump under a height chart to check to see which new rides they are tall enough for. In addition to revisiting old favorites, they've progressively moved outside their comfort zone and tried bigger and bigger rides. And this year, for the first time, EVERYONE in the family hit the magic height of 48 inches and was tall enough to ride some roller coasters like the Loch Ness Monster and Verbolten (below).
Meanwhile, only my 15 year old is tall enough to move to greater heights, GULP, like Tempesto and the Griffon (below). But who knows, maybe next year the rest of the kids will have grown up enough to try them!
Our kids have grown up with the rides and attractions at Busch Gardens and still find something new and fun to explore each year. From juice boxes to iphones, the park is a perennial favorite for all ages and stages!
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Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own and do not represent those of Busch Gardens. For this visit, our family received two complimentary tickets to review the park.
April is Autism Awareness month, and PBS KIDS is promoting awareness, acceptance and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder by airing new episodes of shows featuring characters with Autism. This includes a premiere episode of SESAME STREET featuring a new muppet character, Julia, who has autism.
PBS KIDS NEW EPISODES, SPECIALS & PROGRAMMING EVENTS FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH:
4/10 Sesame Street “Meet Julia” **NEW**
4/10 Dinosaur Train “Junior Conductors Academy”
4/10 Arthur “When Carl Met George/D.W. Swims with the Fishes”
4/11 Arthur “Pets and Pests/Go Fly a Kite”
4/12 Arthur “Carl's Concerto/Too Much of a Good Thing”
4/13 Arthur “He Said, He Said/Bunny Trouble”
by Micaela Williamson
For nearly a decade, I have been bringing my kids to Fair Oaks Mall to visit the Easter Bunny. We love that he looks like a real live Peter Rabbit. Make the trip part of your family's Easter tradition and save with an exclusive coupon for our readers.
Details: With spring just around the corner, Fair Oaks is preparing for the anticipated arrival of the Easter Bunny. Beginning Friday, March 24th, the Easter Bunny will greet visitors in Bunnyville -- a three-dimensional town for kids to explore. Located on the shopping center’s lower level in Grand Court West, Bunnyville features many places to visit including Hoppin’ Fresh Bakery, Hare Salon and 24 Carrot Bank. The last stop along the adventure is an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny and have photos taken. Those who visit the Easter Bunny will receive a complimentary gift (while supplies last). This special family-friendly holiday experience is being offered exclusively at Fair Oaks from March 24th through April 15th. This annual event is free for the public to attend. Photo packages may be purchased onsite. For more information visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events.
WHAT: Adventures in Bunnyville + photos with the Easter Bunny at Fair Oaks
WHEN: March 24th through April 15th, 2017
Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Fair Oaks Mall
11750 Fair Oaks
Fairfax, VA 22033
Thomas the Train returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD, April 28-30 & May 5-7, and we have two family 4-packs of tickets to give away to two lucky readers!
The event includes:
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Enter to win a family 4 pack to Day Out With Thomas for Friday, April 28, 2017 which includes the 2:30pm train ride time by leaving a comment below. Two winners will be selected on Friday, February 24, 2017.
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*No Compensation was received. All opinions are our own. The giveaway is courtesy of the B&O Railroad Museum.
Thanks to Washington’s birthday, a three-day weekend is in your future. If you’re still trying to figure out how to spend the much needed day off, look no further than celebrating President’s Day like a President. Natural Retreats, the experiential travel company written about in Travel+Leisure and The Huffington Post, has a list of destinations and activities to embrace some of our previous President’s favorite pastimes. From spa days, to skiing, to fly-fishing -- live like a President during that 3-day weekend!
1. Soak in the Jefferson Pools at Virginia's Homestead Preserve
Now one of the oldest spa structures in America, Thomas Jefferson himself was known to unwind (sometimes 3 times a day) in “The Gentleman's Pool House” on the Homestead Preserve. Set in the heart of Virginia’s breath-taking Allegheny Mountains in Hot Springs, the Jefferson Pools (also known as the Warm Springs Bath House) are surrounded by stunning panoramas of the National Forest and the perfect place to find tranquility and to relax. POTUS approved.
by Melissa Moore
Where does your family go to enjoy the vibrant colors of leaves changing color? Maybe, you follow the crowds to Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive. Or, possibly you head to your favorite pumpkin patch, the one with pumpkins still attached to the vine, and hope that there are some colorful trees in the background for the perfect family photo. This year, with family in town from California, our family went searching for the most impressive display of color that we could find within a three hour drive of Washington DC, and we hit the road for the mountains of West Virginia. On our one day road trip adventure we visited both Blackwater Falls State Park and Seneca Rocks.
Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See the Disney Princesses achieve their dreams through bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with The Toy Story gang.
Make unforgettable memories with Mickey and your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA from October 19-23, 2016.
Enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart opening night October 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. Comment below with your favorite Disney character to enter. Winner will be picked using Random(dot) org on October 7, 2016. GOOD LUCK!
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