How to Visit the Great Sand Dunes: The Basics

Great Sand Dunes National Monument is in southeast Colorado as you cross from the flatland of the eastern part of the state to the start of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. As the highest sand dunes in North America, this national park site offers plenty of adventure for families with mountain hiking, overnight camping, and … Continue reading How to Visit the Great Sand Dunes: The Basics

Encountering Animals at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Kansas

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is a place for animal encounters like you’ve never seen anywhere else. While starting as only one man's plan to have animals, it has grown into the third largest collection of animals in Kansas. This family owned park is just the place to spark the same excitement in your family. They need … Continue reading Encountering Animals at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Kansas

A Nature Excursion from the Isle of Palms

Our Barrier Island Eco-Tour was the highlight of our week on the Isle of Palms even though it only lasted several hours. As a locally owned, affordable, family friendly excursion, the sunset dolphin cruise has a boat ride to Capers Island, a beach to explore, and animal watching all in one experience. They also offer … Continue reading A Nature Excursion from the Isle of Palms

Five Things Nobody Told Me Before I Visited Maui… So I’m Telling You

Humpback Tail Whack #1: You Don’t Have to Go on a Whale Tour I've decided I will never go back to Hawai'i if it isn't whale season, so it's a good thing that humpback whale season lasts six months from November to May. Our end of January trip brought us many sightings, and the kids … Continue reading Five Things Nobody Told Me Before I Visited Maui… So I’m Telling You

Exploring Archeology with a Family Trip to Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestown is a National Park site and includes the current and past archeological digs at the site. Started in 1994, archeological digs have been undertaken to discover the original site of the fort along the James River. This site is different than the reconstructed fort you will find at Jamestown Settlement (see post). Where: … Continue reading Exploring Archeology with a Family Trip to Historic Jamestowne

A Family Visit to the Jamestown Settlement: The Beginner’s Guide

WHERE: THE HISTORIC TRIANGLE IN VIRGINIA, CLOSE TO Williamsburg and historic Jamestowne MOM SCORE: 5/5KID SCORE: 5/5  The Jamestown area can be confusing - we've been and I still have to look up which is which. There are two Jamestowns to explore which are only five minutes ways from each other. Jamestown Settlement is a … Continue reading A Family Visit to the Jamestown Settlement: The Beginner’s Guide

Williamsburg with Kids: The Beginner’s Guide

Colonial Williamsburg (CW), the “world’s largest outdoor museum”, is located in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia. While Williamsburg itself is a small town, Colonial Williamsburg refers to the restored colonial town which is staffed with historical reenactors and tradespeople. During our family visit in the fall of 2020, I felt unprepared and didn’t really know what to expect despite searching several times online for visitor information. I hope you don't feel the same way after all the first-hand information and learn how to continue the learning at home with my recommended book lists.

Museum Memberships: Are They Worth It?

Top two expenses every year for homeschooling the four kids: travel and membershipsTop two best money investments: travel and memberships I strongly believe that, of all that we do for school, our non-traditional learning is what has been most impactful to helping my kids truly learn and love our world. No amount of book reading … Continue reading Museum Memberships: Are They Worth It?