Way back when I was a kid one of my favorite memories was of the Kansas City Zoo. I can’t remember how old I was exactly- just that we went and a goat tried to eat my sundress. Yeah, I tend to remember the odd things. But here we were, in front of the Kansas City Zoo. I was excited to be back here with my kids and was hoping to have some memories made from this trip.
After a day of Lego’s, fish and King Tut we were exhausted. Walking around Crown Center all day can be very tiresome, so we just simply crossed the street to our hotel! We were staying at the Sheraton Crown Center and could not wait to rest our feet. I was greeted promptly with a smile and check in went quickly. You know this is going to be a nice stay the minute you walk in and see the lobby (pictured right).
One of the last, but not least, places we visited on our fun little trip was SEALife Aquarium. Little Miss loves fish and anything under water so this was the one thing she has been looking forward to all day.
SEALife Aquarium takes the your kids under the sea to explore the life that lives below. From Jelly Fish to Piranhas you can see up close and personal the wonders of under water life. They have over 5,000 sea creatures for you to learn about and explore.
We have decided to do a small trip this year. With being only 3 hours from Kansas City we thought that would be the perfect location! Which means we must visit Legoland! I am pretty sure my boys (yes I included the Popo in the “boys” lable) would not let me live it down if we did not go see the Legoland Discovery Center… Actually I KNOW they wont!
Explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City, the ultimate indoor playground for kids who are the biggest fans of LEGO! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City is one of Kansas City’s best attractions for kids! Reach out and touch the stars in our 4D cinema, build the fastest car in LEGO Racers: Build & Test, zap the bad guys in Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, or have the ultimate LEGO birthday party. Plan your family visit and jump into the biggest box of LEGO bricks!
This will be a fun adventure for sure! I can not wait to go see it and I will be sure to write a post about it once we are done there!
Right now you can get $3 off admission to Legoland Discovery Center!
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One of our dreams is to take our kids to Disney. My daughter wants to go see “Cinderella’s home”, my son wants to go see McQueen and Woody. The Popo and I just want to see their faces light up. One of my better memories growing up was going to Disney. I wanted to make sure though that my kids were A) old enough to cherish that memory and B) Tall enough to ride everything they wanted. We took a big trip last year to the east coast so I thought maybe our next big trip could be Disney.
Then I was given a challange. It is an Orlando Vacation Challenge sponsored by Orlando Vacation. I am so glad I took this challenge because I have learned so much and now I know what to expect! For one- Sea World now has Aquatica which is like a giant water park where you can do things like a “Lazy River” except it is under water so you can see the fish, or a Dolphin Plung where you go down a water slide that will take you under water to see dolphins! There is so much to choose. So now the problem of finding out what to do and for how long. So I started my search on Orlando Vacation with the hotel.
Since we are not that picky on where we sleep I went with a simple Hawthorn Suits by Wyndham. The selling point on this was the price $89 a night for a total of $534 for 6 nights. The other part was that it had free breakfast, full kitchen, and kids under 17 stay free. They also offer free shuttle services to the parks and literally a block away from Sea World!
Then the task of figuring which parks and how long. I went with the Disney 3 Day pass which gave me a bonus of an extra day. This should give us plenty of time to visit Magic Kingdom, Epcot and MGM. Then we decided to spend a day at Universal Studios and got access to Universal Studio Island of Adventure which has even more rides. Last but not least I went with a simple Day pass to Sea World.
Yep you see that right: $2497! That is all! I figured it would cost us around 5K but $2400 for a family of 4 to spend a week of fun and dreams?!?! That can’t be true. Let’s check out other sites.
I first checked Expedia and found my hotel. It was more expensive at $569.64 for 6 nights. To get the same tickets and everything the total came to $2921.58! I would save $424.58 going through Orlando Vacation! Maybe I did something wrong?
Lets go to Orbitz. Same hotel was MORE. It came to $129/night for a total of $774! The tickets were comparable but it came up to $2736. That is $239 more then Orlando Vacation! Surely going to the Disney Website directly would get me a better deal right? WRONG! I couldn’t even find a hotel to stay in! For the dates I selected, I stopped clicking “Check availability” at the $196/night hotels! So I didn’t even go further on that one!
I was amazed at how much different the pricing was. Just goes to show how doing your research can save you a TON of money! I am now even more inspired to take my kids to Orlando. I would love to do it this year but we need a break from our big vacation last summer so maybe next year. Regardless I know where I am going to be planning my trip when we get to that point!
What would your dream trip to Disney look like?
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Back and April I mentioned we were going on a first family trip. It is getting closer to time we need to leave so now we crack down on the planning. But with being on a Gluten Free diet where do we start.
We first- Start with your route and what you plan on doing. So for our route we will be leaving and going down through Kansas City Missouri, then over to St. Louis then Louisville KY. There we will spend the night and then head over to Virginia Beach. My kids are really excited to get to see the ocean and meet some cousins and a Great Aunt and Uncle (husband side). My son really wants to go see the “boats” as he calls it (Navy shipyard) and I am sure my daughter will be content with just the beach.
After we spend a day in Virginia Beach we are going to DC for the day. There is so much to do and see. Everything we would like to see is all with in walking distance of each other. Things like Washington Monument, Lincoln Monumnet, of course the wall for Fallen Officers and there is a Boy Scout Memorial. But one major thing we are going to see (because of the meaning of our trip) is Robert E. Lee’s house and Arlington Cemetary. We will leave in the evening and head up to Gettysburg for the weekend.
While in Gettysburg we hope to tour the battlesite and maybe a museum. But that Friday-Sunday we will be partaking in the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. We will dress up in period clothes, cook over a fire and sleep in a tent.
After that we will be heading home (a 20 hour drive). This time though we will take a northern route and visit Indianapolis and then come down through IA.
Now that we have what we are doing planned out and what route we are taking we can start looking for safe gluten free restuarants and hotels. If you know of a place we should try in these areas let me know! If you are restuarant manager or work for a museum and would love for us to feature you on our site contact me and we can work out details!
We are still looking for sponsors for this trip as well. This is going to be an educational trip for our kids and the reenacting is volunteer but we would love help to get there so we can help keep history alive. If you are interested in sponsoring please contact me and we can discuss the different levels.