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Family Fun in Chattanooga, TN

Posted July 22, 2016 By dealinanddishin

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Last year’s family vacation was in Chattanooga, TN. We went there in 2012 for a few days, and I really wanted to go back and explore a little more.

Here is a little run down of what we did and tips to share.

First: Go to Chattanooga Fun to get coupons for local attractions and restaurants. We got coupons here for the Aquarium, Moonpie General Store, and Sticky Fingers.

Tennessee Aquarium

I love this aquarium, and if I lived locally it is where I’d spend all my time. You have two buildings to explore from top to bottom. One is the Ocean Building with your sharks, jellyfish, sting rays, butterflies, etc. The other is the River Journey building with alligators, sea horses, Sturgeon, etc. The flow in the buildings is wonderful! You aren’t being “herded” from one exhibit to another. The main tank being in the center, and you walking around it as you descend gives you great views on every level!
AquariumAquariumCollageJellyFishTNAquarium JellyFishWall We went to the aquarium in 2012, and I couldn’t wait to go back. We bought a membership this year, so we wouldn’t have to cram it all in one day. Downtown Chattanooga has a bunch of shops, restaurants, and a fabulous walking bridge.  A one day visit would be $97.80 for our family of four. We instead paid $145 for a year, and went two days during our stay. Paid for itself right off the bat!

We also booked a Backstage Pass for $14 per member (savings of $3 each being a member). Plus we get 10% off in the gift shop. Be sure to check the Chattanooga Fun site for a $5 off $20 Tennessee Aquarium gift shop purchase as well.
The Backstage Pass we did the Backstage Pass Tour: River Journey Building. It was pretty cool seeing the back rooms where they are hatching jelly fish and sharks.RiverBTSTour RiverBTSTour2

Downtown Chattanooga

Next visit we are staying downtown! It is fantastic, with lots of shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and places to roam. There is the Hunter Art Museum we want to check out, and all the shops across the walking bridge. We did manage to try Chattz on the Market (freshly roasted coffee beans)Sticky Fingers (Great ribs and peach cobbler), Cheeburger Cheeburger (Cool atmosphere), and The Moonpie General Store (they make them in Chattanooga) while down there visiting the aquarium. You can also walk across the Tennessee River on the Walnut Street Pedestrian BridgeWalnutStPedestrianBridgeto Coolidge Park where there are animal fountains and an antique carousel. CoolidgeParkOur next visit we will check out the shops and restaurants over there. This is the alley to the park, and we spent a lot of time looking at the interesting graffiti.

I recommend following Chattanooga Fun on Instagram. I keep finding new things to check out next time! There is also a Downtown Chattanooga site with information about downtown activities and businesses plus the free electric shuttle they have!

What’s great is your at most 20 minutes from these all these other wonderful attractions:

Rock City

This is a must go place, and even with little ones it is fine. Our first visit our daughter was 3, and she loved all the paths and walking under rocks etc. plus the whole building that was a black light Mother Goose village. It is the perfect place to be on a hot day. It is so nice and cool up there.  Be prepared on a cooler day for jackets. There are trails for the braver (suspended bridge) or us less daring folks. You have great views and plenty of photo ops.
LoversLeap MotherGooseVillageRockCity RockCityBridge SeeSevenStatesThey also had a bird show called the Rock City Raptors. It was very interesting to learn how the birds hunt, and my Hubs got involved in the demonstration as a cow for the vulture!
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Ruby Falls

This was our first visit to Ruby Falls. You go down an elevator to the falls. I thought you ride down step out and there it is…nope. You are down there about an hour. You have some narrow paths that are two-way traffic. Sometimes that is tight squeezing up against the wall while another group goes through. Be aware if you have trouble with walking or have little ones who tire easily..lots of steps and walking. It is very beautiful. You will get a few minutes in the dark to take photos, so be prepared with the right camera or phone for this. Then you can go outside on top of the building for quite a view of Chattanooga.
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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

My daughter has loved trains for years, but hasn’t gotten to ride a real one. We had on and off rain our whole stay, but that was fine for a little train ride. It is only about an hour ride. You get to see how they turn the big steam engines around, and can explore the cars in the train yard.

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Chattanooga Zoo

This is a very small zoo. There isn’t even a stroller rental available. The zoo is clean, easy to walk, and new looking. It is part of our AZA reciprocal program so it is a free one for us. It is a nice way to spend an hour or two, and little ones can walk it okay too. They even have my favorite animal, Red Pandas. After we went they started offering animal encounters with them!! If only that was available when we were there. We only got a few minutes to explore the day we went, so I am sharing pictures from our previous trip in 2012.

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The Battles of Chattanooga

This is on Lookout Mountain by the entrance to Point Park, and at the top of the Incline Railway, which I’m still not brave enough to do. It isn’t a fast ride, but steep. Heights are not a favorite thing of mine. We do like a little something educational on vacations. The Hubs likes history, so this was a winner. It is a full model of Chattanooga. The story is told in the darkened room with the lights on the model showing what happened. It was pretty cool.
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Chattanooga is one of those spots I would live, if not for the winters they get (we hate ice). I will have to settle for visiting as often as I can!

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OutandAbout
Since I’m obsessed with food trucks, and have been seeing so many posts on Facebook and Instagram about who is there we made our way to the Franklin Street Bazaar. It is held on the grounds of the West Branch Library on Franklin Street on Saturdays (June 18-September 17, 2016) 9 AM- 1 PM and hosted by the Franklin Street Events Association.

It is a fairly busy place with lots of people, strollers, and dogs. I didn’t get many pictures with it being like this. This one shows all the food trucks lined up on Franklin. The booths are all behind them.FoodTrucks

What’s at the bazaar?

Only handcrafted/grown items are sold or skill/educational booths are there.  There are no Origami Owl, Scentsy, Tupperware, etc. type booths like you see at craft shows.

There were a variety of produce stands, knife sharpening, tarot reading, hand sewn items, drinks, baked goods, etc.

What’s to eat?

Oh boy!! There is lots to eat and drink!! There was fudge, coffee, hot dogs, tamales, brownies, juices, pizza, Chinese, bbq, cookies, breads, gelato, and even crepes.

Who was there?

I will try to list off who I can remember seeing or visiting along with their Facebook pages:

Lucid Coffee with iced tea and cold brew coffee (You know I love this place!)
3 Chicks Fudgery with a variety of yummy fudges (I love peanut butter!!)
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The Lunchbox had their BBQ Cheese Fries and sandwiches (Yes, BBQ Cheese Fries)
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The Pizza Revolution had the double decker bus that sends out pizzas in just a couple minutes.
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Wild Crepes has savory and dessert crepes (I had to have a S’mores one! Then tried the Crepe Cake on another visit!)
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The Evansville Lapidary Society had a variety of fossils and rocks. We got the wooden elephant, treasure box with rocks, and the “croaking” frog.
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Hat and Rabbit had their pretty and clever embroidered towels and pillow.
Jeanne’s Gelato & More with a variety of gelato flavors to chose from.
Oven Light Cookies with the prettiest decorated sugar cookies I have seen, and very yummy!
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Cisse’s Bread Bakery
Sweet Tee and Company has shirts and fun coffee mugs (I got one for me!)
SweetTeeandCompanyMugZo’s Chocolate Fix has cookies, brownies, and all kinds of baked chocolate goodies!
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Stonewall Farm has pasture raised cattle, chicken, pork, lamb available by the pound or in monthly packages.
Chat’s Gourmet Barbecue Sauce has a homemade spicy/tangy sauce we are trying this week.
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iPICKHERE offers you homegrown items you pick out online and pick up at one of the designated places.
Snickerdoodle has had classes or activities for kids listed on their Facebook page during some of the famer’s markets.
Salvage Sculpture makes art pieces from scrap or salvaged metal. He has the most beautiful owl I want so much!
Be Happy Pie Company has full sized pies and pie bites. The apple pie bite was so good and had that great homemade taste.
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There are so many more!! There is a lot to see, and so much to eat! I enjoyed spending a cheat day there…gives me lots of motivation to work hard that week for some delicious treats.

I wish someone was selling just sodas at a table. The toughest part besides sitting on the edge of sidewalk to eat was finding drinks.

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Adventures in the Kitchen: Cold Brewing Coffee with Toddy

Posted July 2, 2016 By dealinanddishin

I love coffee! I love the smell, the taste, and the look. I however was having some trouble drinking more than a cup a day without some stomach upset. I noticed when I would stop at the local coffee shop, Lucid,  the Cold Brew coffee didn’t bother me. It was on accident I even got it in the first place…I was being cautious with my calories and just straight coffee has 0. I really feel no need to add any sugar or anything to it.

While waiting for a cup a few weeks ago I noticed boxes on the shelf with Toddy on them. The guy working there filled me in on how they worked, and at $35 (I’m paying $3.50 a cup as it was) it was worth a shot. I just bought a Toddy system at Lucid yesterday. ToddyBoxCollage

Important: Make sure you use coarsely ground coffee to avoid clogging! Most grocery stores have grinders you can grind your own.

What is Cold Brew?

To put it in my own words it is steeping (think tea bag without the bag) without heat…letting the grounds flavor the water over time (hours and hours). Here is a link that I found helpful about the difference in acid and taste. I really had no idea what it was…I just knew I liked it, but figured you might want a little more than that.

It is pretty straight forward in use:

You have this big plastic container. Put a stopper in the bottom, moistened the filter (looks more like an aquarium style pad filter) and place in the bottom. ToddyColdBrewSystemAdd 1 cup of water, 6 ounces of ground coffee, 3 cups of water…let sit for 5 minutes….add 6 more ounces of ground coffee and 3 more cups of water. Get all the grounds wet, and then let it steep. The directions say on the counter, but in the shop he told me the refrigerator and I’m going with that.

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Wait………….12-24 Hours

Then you will get the glass carafe, remove the stopper and let it drain in.Filtering

You end up with a super concentrated coffee. Mixing is suggested in the manual to be 1:3 ratio of coffee to water. You could use cold or hot water..take your pick. I think it all depends on taste, and I will be experimenting with this for myself. This will keep abut 2 weeks!! The filters are “reusable” for 4-5 times. I was told to keep damp and in the fridge. I will put it in a Ziploc. It does come with 2 of these filters, and even for me it will be a while before I need to order.CoffeeConcentrate

How did it go?

Well, the first time I had barely any coffee! I realized that I used commercially ground coffee, and that isn’t the best for this. The Toddy needs coarsely ground like for a French Press.

Take two I caught that I missed adding 3 cups of water!! Yikes, no wonder I got so littler coffee.

The second time I got a lot more coffee out, but still had trouble with it clogging. I may be stirring up the grounds too much like the directions advise against doing.
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I tried to see if I could dump it out and clean the filter and put it back in to get the last bits…don’t do that! I had coffee on the stove and floor to clean up from that idea.

It will take some practice, but I got a good amount of coffee for me. I should’ve measured…too bad there are no measurement markings on the carafe.

Final Thoughts

Read and Read the directions a second time. I was so worried about how the device went together and worked I missed the part about the coffee grounds.  Then saw I missed a measurement.

I am happy with it overall. The coffee had a good taste, and I will have to find the right bean for me, or see if the coffee shop sells it themselves.

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OutandAbout
I’ve been inspired to start a new series about the local shops, restaurants, and attractions. I love finding them when we go on vacation or in our hometown. The kids love the adventure of wandering around and checking out new places, especially if these places sell snacks!

This week’s Out and About in Newburgh, IN will be on The Refinery and Lucid.

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The Refinery and Lucid are in the old Newburgh Country Store located at 224 W. Jennings Street in Downtown Newburgh.  It is just a block north of the River Walk through Newburgh, so it is a short detour while walking to grab a little “Go Juice”.

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The hours are different for the two businesses, but it is all one space you can explore it all. Now you can even go upstairs to enjoy your coffee or relax.

A little trivia…this building used to be St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (now on Frame Road a couple minutes away). You can see the St. John sign when you enter, where the stain glass used to be, and the gorgeous ceiling!

 

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Wednesdays (May 4- August 31) from 3-7 PM they have a Farm to Truck Market. There is one or sometimes two local food trucks there, Aficinado Farms with fresh produce, as well as Englebrecht’s with fruit and apple cider slushes.

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The Refinery Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM- 5 PM

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The Refinery is a fun shop! My kinds love the old time (and newer) self serve candies.
CandyI find something new every time I go there. So far I have bought one (unpainted) suitcase for the daughter for a project. TPVV6221
Then I bought this massive and gorgeous steam trunk for a big old project for myself.

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I love all the new, old, and refurbished items…shovels into chairs, painted suitcases, soaps, towels, and paints for your own projects (They offer classes for those as well!)
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Lucid Hours:
Monday/Tuesday 7 AM- 5 PM
Wednesday 7 AM- 7PM
Thursday 7 AM- 5 PM
Friday 7 AM- 7PM

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Lucid is a coffee bar serving up a variety of hot and cold coffees and teas. I haven’t explored many of the drinks. I am all about the Cold Brew coffee!ColdBrew I’ve got to get in there this week to have some plus they sell a home cold brewing system called Toddy I finally got on my visit today. You can learn more at the Toddy site, but Lucid was able to tell me all about the unit, how to use it, and are easy to ask any questions that may come up.
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Besides drinks they have pastries that change up, but I seem to always see the massive cinnamon rolls when I go in there.

If coffee/tea isn’t your thing the old red refrigerator has water and glass bottle sodas in it!  The kids think this is the coolest thing.

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I love this place! There is always something new to see, the people are so nice, and it completely supports my coffee addiction. In all seriousness this was such a neat building with so much history. I hate to see buildings left to just rot away, so it is great to see it be used and becoming a hot spot!

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LEGO Santoki Stationery Review

Posted June 26, 2016 By dealinanddishin

As a part of US Family Guide I received a couple of the new LEGO Santoki items to try, and a cute astronaut mini kit in exchange for sharing my opinion.SantokiItems

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I was super excited about these items! I am all about containers, and everything having it’s place. The organizer is so cute, and all the markers, pens, and erasers snap into place. That is great, and for travel and general bouncing around will keep them in place.
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The quality of the pen and marker I got is what I would expect from LEGO. They are definitely well made and sturdy.  I like the idea of all of this, but let’s get into my issues, questions, and suggestions!
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Price

Yeah, these are not your standard marker prices. A pack of 9 markers on the LEGO site is $19.99. That organizer I loved is $39.99, and comes empty! This is a lot to pay, for something I know my kids forget to put the caps on rendering them useless. That brings us to the next issue.

Reusability (Is that a word?)

I don’t see a way to refill these pens and markers when they run out of ink. I hope that is something they will offer.

If they don’t have a refill, what about the pieces themselves? I tried to pry off the bricks..nope. They stay on.

I wouldn’t mind (as much) the price if I could either refill the items, or at least scavenge the bricks.

Overall

I think it is  a clever idea, and a good start. There is room for improvement as stated, and I look forward to whatever LEGO comes out with next!

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Memphis Incredible Pizza Company Review #review

Posted June 22, 2016 By dealinanddishin

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Disclaimer: As a US Family Blogger I got to go eat dinner, play games, and play rides with my family in exchange with sharing my opinions of Incredible Pizza.

We were on our last leg of our vacation, and Memphis, TN was going to be our final hotel stay. We stayed in the Germantown area, which ended up just being a few minutes from the Memphis Incredible Pizza Company! We had been to them in Indy and St. Louis. Our Indy one closed, and I WISH we could get one here in Southern Indiana.

We threw our stuff in the hotel and headed over. I would say you need 2-3 hours to get a good feel for the place. You eat, ride rides, play games, get prizes, and eat some more!

We were there from 6:30-9:30 (closing) and still we were rushing at the end to get some dessert before we left!

The staff was really friendly..the guys making the pizzas wanted to make sure you got one you liked.  You can pick and chose how you spend your visit. You can buy game cards and play those, ride tickets or pass that include non prize games, or mix and match.  Here is a great coupon from US Family (exp. 12/31/16) that I had with me in case I needed to buy dinner.

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Get a 99 cent All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with a $15 Game Card Purchase at America’s Incredible Pizza Company.

Not valid with any other offer or discount. Can not be used towards a private birthday party, fundraising event or private group event. Valid at the Memphis, Springfield, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Tulsa locations only.

http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=11219&dealid=1286

Go visit the Memphis Incredible Pizza Company for other offers.

Let’s tackle this in parts:

Location

Huge! It has more rides than I have seen at the others. There are multiple rooms to eat your dinner, all themed. You can go to the Drive-In, a Sports room, Family room, etc. The food is all over to the side, which I liked. That made the main floor so much more open and easier to get around.IMG_3603

Food

Yum! We had pizza, salad, garlic bread, and some dessert. There was also pasta, taco and nacho fixings, ice cream, and slushies. I wish I had an extra 30 minutes for dessert!IMG_3607

Rides

There was a 4D theater, bumper cars, go karts, lazer tag, mini bowling, and even a spinny roller coaster one. These will take time, so if you buy a ride pass use those first.IMG_3617IMG_3624

Games

They seemed to range in price from 50 cents to $2, but I really didn’t pay a ton of attention to the game costs. The prize area was nice that you could shop and then checkout with your items. That gives the kids plenty (may too much for mine) time to look!IMG_3612

We had a lot of fun! My kids were completely wound up afterwards, so that is a success. It was a great time to just unwind a bit after a 7 hour car ride! We will go back to this one, and any other Incredible Pizza we can find around us.

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Incredible Pizza 99 Cent Buffet with Game Card Coupon #sp

Posted June 5, 2016 By dealinanddishin

(I am a US Family Blogger. This is a sponsored post if I am picked I will also do a review in exchange for a giftcard to use at the restaurant)
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We have been to Incredible Pizza in Indianapolis and loved it!! Sadly that location closed, but I am glad to see there are still more around and we will be by one in Memphis later this month! Whether or not I get picked to go do a review I think we will take the kids to go check it out!

Fun, Food and Family America’s Incredible Pizza Company is the place to find it all! Incredible Pizza Company delivers high energy and a quality experience for the entire family. After enjoying our freshly homemade buffet; enter our world famous Fair Grounds and play over 100 arcade and carnival style games.

Race to the finish line while driving our go karts, get lost in a friendly game of laser tag, get a hole-in-one while playing glow golf, and spin away on the bumper cars and more! So whether you’re 6 or 60, enter our fairgrounds and have an incredible time while making memories that will last a lifetime!

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Get a 99 cent All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with a $15 Game Card Purchase at America’s Incredible Pizza Company.

Not valid with any other offer or discount. Can not be used towards a private birthday party, fundraising event or private group event. Valid at the Memphis, Springfield, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Tulsa locations only.
http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=11219&dealid=1286 @usfg

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LEGO KidsFest Louisville, KY 2016 #Review #LEGOKidsFest

Posted June 5, 2016 By dealinanddishin

legokidsfestlogoLet’s get the disclaimer stuff out of the way…I got 4 free tickets in exchange for hosting a giveaway, promoting the event on my blog, Facebook, etc. and writing a review after as a US Family Guide blogger.  Let me add…I was going to go this whether I got free tickets or not! I had a hotel booked for a good month before I got picked.

This was our second LEGO KidsFest. Last year we went to the one in St. Louis, which was a lot of fun and I expected the same this year. Yes, it was a great time! The format is very similar to the previous one.

We had a parking fee this year for the Kentucky Expo Center and had more traffic to deal with directly this time coming and going. It is a very busy area with the stadium, Kentucky Kingdom, huge expo center, and airport all right there. We were directed easily to what gate to enter. We had a simple bag check (just open it and they look..no biggie!), scan our ticket, and off you go!

There were some statues that they had last year, some same exhibits, but also new exhibits like LEGO Dimensions and Star Wars The Force Awakens statues.BB8

We went to all the parts with the stars on the map first, because we learned before that those are the prize areas. They were changed a bit this year. We got something to eat..lots of food choices for event type prices. Then we went to do some more activities before heading to the hotel. We spent 4 hours there, and could use another couple hours to get everything done.Prize RelayRace

We were actually able to do the challenge zone where they either build a bridge in 5 minutes and put it to a weight challenge (one held 100 pounds!!), or a tallest tower challenge. It was constantly packed last year, and we were shocked to be able to do it.100pounds

This event area while kinda crazy to get in and out was massive!! It made moving around easy and there were few bottle necks at stations.LEGOKidsFestKY

The one we waited longest was either the challenge or LEGO Dimensions. The Dimensions one drove me nuts, because my kids got this game for Christmas and has anyone played it??? NO…not until LEGO KidsFest. Now my 12 year old is playing it…at least it is getting used now!

So it all comes down to would we go again??

Most definitely YES! It is somewhere kids of almost all ages can find something to do and us parents can play as well! You get tons to do from building, pictures, games, videos games, and prizes for 4 1/2 hours! I think it is a great deal, and you can make a weekend out of it like we did! Check out what all we did!

There are more this Fall events in Wisconsin, Texas, and Ohio!
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Those are some of the highlights from our LEGO KidsFest experience! Hope you all enjoyed yours! What was your or your child’s favorite thing there?

I made the one in the middle!

I made the one in the middle!

 

 

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Free Printable Travel Games

Posted June 5, 2016 By dealinanddishin

Last year I had made binders for the kids for our vacation. I hole punched plain paper, lined paper, and graph paper. I used sheet protectors to put scavenger hunts, tic tac, toe, etc. in. If you go on Pinterest there are ones already made to use for free! I added a pencil pouch with pencils, dry erase marker for the sheets, coloring pencils, and sharpener. You can add in some coloring sheets as well, there are many online to chose from depending on your child’s favorites.

We liked the license plate hunt and looked like crazy people at every parking lot scouring for states. We were so excited to find Hawaii!! There are Food BINGO ones with restaurants. I would map our area and look for restaurants so the kids would have a chance. It is pretty each to make a table in Word and paste in the photos (Google Images works).

We noticed while driving how many semi trucks there are. The hubs and I started listing all the possibilities and now we have The Truck Chase!TheTruckChase

This is a Word document you are free to print and use on your own family roadtrip. I recommend putting it in a sheet protector (the kind that has the 3-ring edge) and you can use dry erase markers on it.

The other game I have for you today is the Transportation Scavenger Hunt. We did a BINGO of car makes, but this is a point game with all kinds of transportation..even boats and planes! This is also a Word document you can print and use as well.

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Planning Our Louisville Weekend Getaway #LEGOKidsFest

Posted May 31, 2016 By dealinanddishin

WeekendGetawayWe could go to LEGO Kids Fest in Louisville this weekend and drive back that day, but it is the perfect excuse to get a hotel for a couple nights and explore!
We have been to Louisville many times, but usually it is to go the zoo (and we will do that this weekend as well). This time we want to check out the downtown area. There are a bunch of museums right by each other, some restaurants (more open on weekdays I noticed than weekends), and lots of shops.

I have to plan out everything!

I use Word and will type up the location, website, address, phone number, admission, and hours of where ever we want to go. Yes, I have a smart phone, but for a while we had a phone carrier that didn’t give us the best coverage. This way I am not reliant on coverage or Wi-Fi to get some basic info. I still print maps as well for vacations. I have a AAA membership I use to get Trip Tiks and the state guide books.

Finding things to do in Louisville has been pretty easy. I have to keep in mind it is just a weekend, and VBS starts the following week, and our vacation the week after that! We are going to all be exhausted.

This could change, but this is my Louisville Bucket List for this weekend:

LEGO KidsFest (For sure going..got my tickets for being a US Family Guide blogger and reviewing the event)

Here is the map of the event! Tickets are still available.  The spots with stars give away prizes, so those can be busy. The models are super busy when everyone comes in. We wait until later and get all our pics! The busiest ones I noticed last year in St. Louis, were the contest ones and the Master Builder one. I am not completely sure what those are on this map. This shows a lot of things labeled New. http://legokidsfest.com/assets/lkflk16-program-map.pdf

I figure we can get the three museums done in one day. We are up early so we will be there right when they open, and the science center closes late on Friday and Saturday so that helps!

Frazier History Museum (Bought tickets on Groupon for this.)
829 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 753-5663
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sundays noon – 5 p.m.

There are exhibits on Lewis and Clark, Prohibition, Bourbon, and the Frazier collection (Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick” etc.)

Louisville Slugger Museum 
800 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Admission: Adults $14, Kids (6-12) $8

I have never been here, but hear the factory tour is really cool. I like watching how things are made, so I am looking forward to seeing this.

Kentucky Science Center
727 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
Hours: Sun-Thur: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fri-Sat: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Reciprocal ASTC FREE for us since we have a membership at a partnering museum.

For one it is free for us to go, we will be downtown at the other museums and hotel so that is convenient. Anything hands on is very popular with my kids. I hope it is old enough for my 12 year old.

Louisville Zoo
1100 Trevilian Way Louisville, KY 40213
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults (12-59) $16.25, Children (3-11) $11.75 (We get 50% off since we are members at another AZA zoo as part of the reciprocal program.)

We have to go here at least once a year. We always take a picture of the kids by the Jackson’s Chameleon statue in front of the Herpaquarium. This will be our 7th year of these pictures, that the Hubs puts up on his cubicle wall.

The zoo is great for after we check out and before we drive home. Should be a quiet drive (fingers crossed).

Finding restaurants downtown was harder. It seems depending on the app I use I see other ones. I have been on Maps, Trip Advisor, Yelp, Google,, and whatever else I could find. There are a lot of expensive (to us) restaurants or sandwich type places. I have kids who want fries, burgers, chicken tenders, simple stuff. There were ones I would like to try but seemed to not be open on the weekends.

I think I have a couple we can try plus there is a Subway and McDonald’s not far if we need it. I’m sure the hotel will also have listings of delivery if we get desperate or are too tired. We do get breakfast at the hotel so that’s one less meal to worry about. I pack snacks as well for at night in the room.

Muth’s Candies
630 E Market St Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 585-2952
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8:30-4:00 pm Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 pm

This one isn’t for dinner or lunch, but I love candy stores. This one looks old school and should keep the kids happy for the long walk back to the hotel.

Troll Pub Under the Bridge
150 W. Washington St. Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 618-4829
Hours: Mon-Fri 11AM- 2AM Sat-Sun 12PM-2AM

I was sold when I saw it was casual dining, fried foods, and big troll statue outside. The kids will love the statue alone!

Wild Eggs
121 South Floyd Street Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 690-5925 Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30AM – 2:30 PM Sat-Sun 7 AM- 3 PM

We love breakfast food! A place with pancakes, waffles, eggs, and bacon…everyone will find something, and I can splurge a bit!

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