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Enjoy Central Park with a Unique Perspective

by Jennifer Wieland
Enjoy Central Park with a Unique Perspective - Central Park Bike Tours

Enjoy Central Park with a Unique Perspective - Central Park Bike Tours

If you’re planning a visit to New York City, you’ll probably be making a stop at Central Park. This amazing National Historic Landmark is one of the most visited urban parks in the entire United States; and for good reason. It is spread out over 843 acres, there’s an abundance of activities to enjoy, and the scenery is beautiful. There is so much to do and see; this amazing park has always had year-round appeal.

Make a Stop at one of the Visitor’s Centers

There are several visitor’s centers throughout the park, including the Dairy Visitor Center and Gift Shop as well as the Columbus Circle Information Kiosk in Merchants’ Gate Plaza. You’ll be able to pick up maps, guides, and get more information on upcoming events.

What to See in Central Park

A popular spot for visitors is the Central Park Zoo. In the courtyard, you’ll find the sea lion pool, and surrounding the pool are benches where you can relax and take in the beauty of the perennial garden. You’ll also find Belvedere Castle, a miniature castle that was built in 1869 and now overlooks the Great Lawn as well as the reservoir and the Ramble.

Of course, you’ll also want to see the Conservatory Garden, Bethesda Fountain, Sheep Meadow, Shakespeare Garden, the Carousel, Strawberry Fields, and Wollman Rink.

Grab a Bite

When you’re ready to grab something to eat, Central Park has 3 full service restaurants as well as several cafes and concession stands, and numerous concession carts throughout the park. At the Loeb Boathouse you can relax and dine with a beautiful view overlooking the lake. The Tavern on the Green offers everything from a Veggie Burger to Organic Scottish Salmon. Another great place to satisfy your hunger is Le Pain Quotidien. They serve a variety of bakery goods as well as organic beverages, salads, and homemade breads. They have a 30 seat dining room, 100 seat open terrace, and a takeout window if you want to grab a bite to take with you.

Take a Tour

While there is certainly an abundance of fun things to do, if you want to make the most out of your visit, be sure to sign up for a guided tour. A company like Bike Rental Central Park offers a variety of Central Park bike tours. With a bike tour, you’ll be able to experience Central Park in a way that you never could on foot. These tours are open for adults as well as children, so you can bring your whole family.

You’ll have an experienced guide to take you to some of the best spots in the park. You’ll be able to see wildlife, classic architecture, famous locations where Hollywood movies were filmed, the Olmsted designed waterfall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Obelisk, and the loch, as well as possible celebrity sightings.

See Central Park by Bike

Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can forego a guided tour and simply rent a bike. With a bike, you’ll be able to take in more of the great sites in the park. However, you choose to see Central Park, it should be one of your must-see stops on your itinerary when you visit New York City.

A visit to Central Park is certainly an experience you won’t want to miss. This vast park can take days to explore by foot, but with a bicycle tour or bike rental, you’ll be able to make the most of your visit.

 

 

 

 

 


Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe

by Jennifer Wieland
Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour
Today’s post has been sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

My kids love getting to go out just as much as any other kids. I like being able to go to restaurants that I enjoy but that will appeal to the kids as well. I mean it’s not going to be much fun if it’s some highfalutin place that doesn’t like kids or so kid friendly parents cringe when it’s mentioned. No, I like a place that has a nice mix of great food that appeals to everyone in my family but with enough fun and entertainment that the kids aren’t bored with that entertainment being a draw for the grownups too. That’s why Hard Rock Cafe is always a favorite with my family! We get to teach the kids some rock and roll history, listen to great music and enjoy a delicious meal together!

Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

One of the things that makes dining at Hard Rock Cafe so entertaining is the music. Whether it’s a live band performing or an eclectic mix of rock and roll from across the decades their is always music to move you. Throw in all the cool music memorabilia and you have an honest to goodness museum that not only lets you dance but feeds you once you’ve worked up an appetite. 

Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

As soon as we walked in I had to snap a pic of my son with the guitar on display in the entrance. That day he was wearing his Jimi Hendrix t-shirt and the entryway display holds one of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars. 

Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

I could not consider myself a youth of the 1980’s (sigh… am I that old?) and not want to get a little excited over one of Madonna’s conical bra outfits.

Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

How cool was it to see Bono’s famous vest? Yeah, you guessed it! Super cool! Only thing that would have made it better was if he was there modeling it. 

Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

No self-respecting child of the 80’s and early 90’s would miss a chance at a hair band guitar pic. How perfect that they have a Warrant guitar on display in a restaurant? I mean hello, there most famous song was Cherry Pie. 

Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

While awesome childhood memories are great. What’s even more fascinating is seeing stuff from or about the legends of rock and roll and there are very few more famous than Mick Jagger. I just love this Mick Jagger statue they have that shows him in his famous strut!

Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

By the time we were done checking out all of the rock and roll history our amazing burgers were ready to be served up!

Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

Boys being boys meant that my sons thought it was super cool that their burgers came out complete with a big, old knife in the middle of them. (sigh… Moms of tween and teen boys can relate I’m sure.)

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Hard Rock World Burger Tour

·         Hard Rock Cafe locations in North America are celebrating the start of burger season with a menu showcasing international Local Legendary™ Burgers

·         The limited-time World Burger Tour menu is available Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, June 30, 2016

·         This year, Hard Rock is also offering a literal World Burger Tour, a travel package that takes the most adventurous burger enthusiasts on the road (and the skies) to sample offerings from the World Burger Tour menu at Hard Rock Cafe locations in London, Athens, Buenos Aires and Seattle!

Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

Backstage Burger Pass

Hard Rock gives chefs at their cafes the freedom to create a unique Local Legendary Burger that captures the flavors of their city. This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with fan favorites selected to headline the World Burger Tour menu. Throughout May and June, Hard Rock Cafe menus* will feature the following World Burger Tour offerings:

·         English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a Portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans

·         Java Lava Burger (Seattle, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño

·         Tandoori Chicken Burger (Mumbai, India) – a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

·         Jamaican Jerk Burger (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with banana pepper rings, mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk mayonnaise

·         ATOMIC! Burger (Las Vegas, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup and chipotle mayonnaise

·         Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with andouille sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, chips de batata, a fried egg, salsa criolla and garlic aioli

·         Greek Burger (Athens, Greece) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with arugula, feta cheese and a tomato slice

·         Aloha Burger (Honolulu, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, a grilled pineapple ring with sweet soy glaze, guacamole and pico de gallo

 Feeding the Family & Teaching the Kids Rock History at Hard Rock Cafe #worldburgertour

 Kicked Up Cocktails to Pair with Your Burger

Hard Rock Cafe has created cocktails that perfectly compliment World Burger Tour offerings. Served in Hard Rock’s iconic mason jars, adult guests can order with the suggested pairing or mix it up with any other burger from the limited-time menu. New cocktails include: 

·         All Jacked Up – created to balance the Jamaican Jerk Burger’s spicy flair, this cocktail features a mix of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, PJ, Orgeat and lime juice, garnished with orange and pineapple wedges and a cherry

·         Crisp Sipper – inspired by the Aloha Burger’s sweet and savory taste, this cocktail features a mix of Hendrick’s gin, Monin Cucumber, lemon, orange and raspberry, topped with tonic and garnished with rosemary and thyme

·         MelonPalooza – designed to complement the fresh flavors of the Greek Burger, this cocktail features a mix of Midori Melon Liqueur, Malibu Rum, Hard Rock’s house-made sour mix and PJ, garnished with slices of pineapple and strawberry

·         Sweet & Fiery – inspired by the ATOMIC! Burger’s spicy flavor, this cocktail features a mix of Absolut Peppar Vodka, Canton Ginger Liquor, Blue Curacao, lemonade and ginger beer, garnished with a red pepper

·         Black Cherry Melonade (non-alcoholic) – created to complement the rich espresso of the Java Lava Burger, this mocktail features a mix of Black Cherry Real and Monin Cucumber, topped with ginger beer, garnished with a cucumber slice and a cherry

Hard Rock World Burger Tour

Burger Tour for the Roadie

·         For those a little more hungry, Hard Rock will bring its menu to life and offer a unique burger experience that takes guests’ taste buds on an international journey

·         Hard Rock, in conjunction with global experience agency RPMC, is offering a World Burger Tour travel package that includes stops at iconic cities includingLondon, England; Athens, Greece; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Seattle, United States. This four-stop, once-in-a-lifetime excursion celebrates the cities that inspired Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour

·         The World Burger Tour travel package is a private, 10-night trip that includes flights, first class hotel accommodations, ground transportation and exclusive dining and music experiences at Hard Rock Cafe locations in each city not typically available to the public

For more information on the Hard Rock Cafe World Burger Tour or for info on the trip check out the official World Burger Tour website. To find your local Hard Rock Cafe head HERE and for up to the minute info follow them on Twitter

 

 


Hard Rock World Burger Tour

by Jennifer Wieland
Hard Rock World Burger Tour
This information has been provided to me by Hard Rock International

Hard Rock World Burger Tour

I am an all American girl and love a great burger! There are sad burgers, then there are decent burgers and then you have the over the top, knock your socks off, mouth-watering creations that make you moan when you bite into it! Could you imagine a whole burger menu of that level of crazy goodness? Guess what? You don’t have to imagine it. Nope, all you need to do is visit your local Hard Rock Cafe and order from their special, limited edition Hard Rock World Burger Tour menu. 

Hard Rock World Burger Tour

·         Hard Rock Cafe locations in North America are celebrating the start of burger season with a menu showcasing international Local Legendary™ Burgers

·         The limited-time World Burger Tour menu is available Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, June 30, 2016

·         This year, Hard Rock is also offering a literal World Burger Tour, a travel package that takes the most adventurous burger enthusiasts on the road (and the skies) to sample offerings from the World Burger Tour menu at Hard Rock Cafe locations in London, Athens, Buenos Aires and Seattle!

·      Hard Rock World Burger Tour

Backstage Burger Pass

Hard Rock gives chefs at their cafes the freedom to create a unique Local Legendary Burger that captures the flavors of their city. This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with fan favorites selected to headline the World Burger Tour menu. Throughout May and June, Hard Rock Cafe menus* will feature the following World Burger Tour offerings:

·         English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a Portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans

·         Java Lava Burger (Seattle, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño

·         Tandoori Chicken Burger (Mumbai, India) – a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

·         Jamaican Jerk Burger (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with banana pepper rings, mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk mayonnaise

·         ATOMIC! Burger (Las Vegas, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup and chipotle mayonnaise

·         Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with andouille sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, chips de batata, a fried egg, salsa criolla and garlic aioli

·         Greek Burger (Athens, Greece) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with arugula, feta cheese and a tomato slice

·         Aloha Burger (Honolulu, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, a grilled pineapple ring with sweet soy glaze, guacamole and pico de gallo

 

 Kicked Up Cocktails to Pair with Your Burger

Hard Rock Cafe has created cocktails that perfectly compliment World Burger Tour offerings. Served in Hard Rock’s iconic mason jars, adult guests can order with the suggested pairing or mix it up with any other burger from the limited-time menu. New cocktails include: 

·         All Jacked Up – created to balance the Jamaican Jerk Burger’s spicy flair, this cocktail features a mix of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, PJ, Orgeat and lime juice, garnished with orange and pineapple wedges and a cherry

·         Crisp Sipper – inspired by the Aloha Burger’s sweet and savory taste, this cocktail features a mix of Hendrick’s gin, Monin Cucumber, lemon, orange and raspberry, topped with tonic and garnished with rosemary and thyme

·         MelonPalooza – designed to complement the fresh flavors of the Greek Burger, this cocktail features a mix of Midori Melon Liqueur, Malibu Rum, Hard Rock’s house-made sour mix and PJ, garnished with slices of pineapple and strawberry

·         Sweet & Fiery – inspired by the ATOMIC! Burger’s spicy flavor, this cocktail features a mix of Absolut Peppar Vodka, Canton Ginger Liquor, Blue Curacao, lemonade and ginger beer, garnished with a red pepper

·         Black Cherry Melonade (non-alcoholic) – created to complement the rich espresso of the Java Lava Burger, this mocktail features a mix of Black Cherry Real and Monin Cucumber, topped with ginger beer, garnished with a cucumber slice and a cherry

Hard Rock World Burger Tour

Burger Tour for the Roadie

·         For those a little more hungry, Hard Rock will bring its menu to life and offer a unique burger experience that takes guests’ taste buds on an international journey

·         Hard Rock, in conjunction with global experience agency RPMC, is offering a World Burger Tour travel package that includes stops at iconic cities includingLondon, England; Athens, Greece; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Seattle, United States. This four-stop, once-in-a-lifetime excursion celebrates the cities that inspired Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour

·         The World Burger Tour travel package is a private, 10-night trip that includes flights, first class hotel accommodations, ground transportation and exclusive dining and music experiences at Hard Rock Cafe locations in each city not typically available to the public

For more information on the Hard Rock Cafe World Burger Tour or for info on the trip check out the official World Burger Tour website. To find your local Hard Rock Cafe head HERE and for up to the minute info follow them on Twitter

 

 

 


Wisconsin Dells Fun at Wizard Quest or Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

by Jennifer Wieland
Lots of family fun to be had at Wizard Quest and Ripley's Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells! #discount #wisdells #savings
I received passes in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

For many Chicagoans heading to Wisconsin Dells for a vacation or quick weekend getaway is a common thing. The drive is fairly short for a road trip (about 2.5 – 3.5 hours depending on where you are) so it’s very doable with kids. There are also a ton of fun places to visit there. Many people automatically think of all of the water parks (both indoor and outdoor) since it is the water park capital of the world but there is so much more fun to be had than just that! Two of my family’s favorite places to visit is Wizard Quest and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! We just came back from visiting both last weekend and my kids are still talking about both of them.

Visiting Wizard Quest was a first for us. The kids were on the fence about going since we weren’t sure what to expect. I’m kind of a fantasy geek so I was excited. 

Lots of family fun to be had at Wizard Quest and Ripley's Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells! #discount #wisdells #savings

Once we got there though and headed through the portal they became very intrigued and started to get into it. 

Lots of family fun to be had at Wizard Quest and Ripley's Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells! #discount #wisdells #savings

I won’t spoil it for you but I will tell you that slides, secret passages and racing against a clock to free four wizards as a family team was so much FUN! There are three levels you can pick to play and bonus things to find as well. 

Lots of family fun to be had at Wizard Quest and Ripley's Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells! #discount #wisdells #savings

Wizard Quest was honestly one of the best times I have ever had with my three youngest kids. We were laughing and running around together trying to get everything we needed.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Wisconsin Dells was someplace I went to as a kid and took my older kids to but hadn’t been there in more than a decade. For my three youngest kids this was a first time trip for them. 

Lots of family fun to be had at Wizard Quest and Ripley's Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells! #discount #wisdells #savings

My kids were fascinated, disturbed, grossed out and freaked out many times through the exhibits. My 8-year-old son thought it was highly entertaining. The kids all liked that once again there were secret passages that led to hidden chambers and exhibits. 

Lots of family fun to be had at Wizard Quest and Ripley's Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells! #discount #wisdells #savings

Learning about ancient torture devices, vampires and bizarre animals and people was highly fascinating! I now know how shrunken heads are made. Not quite a life skill but interesting. 

Lots of family fun to be had at Wizard Quest and Ripley's Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells! #discount #wisdells #savings

Are you heading to Wisconsin Dells? Do you want to know how you can save money on these two attractions?

My readers can receive a 10% discount with the promo code SWEETSANITY10 when you buy your tickets online at www.wizardquest.com or www.ripleysdells.com.  To save even more you can buy the Downtown Dells Discovery Pass, where you can receive the biggest discount on Wizard Quest/Ripley’s Believe It or Not combo passes.

 


Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast

by Jennifer Wieland
Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

 

Planning a family trip to Florida’s Emerald Coast will leave your family with memories of sun, surf, sand and a whole lot of fun if you head to these five fun, family friendly places to visit in the Emerald Coast. These five locations will have your meals and entertainment covered. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Gulfarium

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

The Gulfarium is a marine adventure park that will have not only the kids oohing and aahing but the adults as well.This park is very hands on and you are able to get very close and in some cases touch marine life.

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

This is a place that any age will delight in. From their silly sea-lion show to the utterly adorable baby dolphin born earlier this year your family will enjoy themselves all while getting in a little education.

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

The Gulfarium boasts a whopping 12 interactive encounters that you can add-on to your general admission. This is a great way for any adult or child to get a really unique experience that most people will never be able to enjoy. 

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill was a very pleasant surprise for me! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out I would be going here, a place that’s part of the Bass Pro Shop family.

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

I have to say that when I walked through the doors and took a look inside it was simply, beautiful! It has all the fun and whimsy that any child or child at heart would look for in a family vacation spot to grab some food and fun. 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

When you enter it’s like being inside a fishbowl with the feel of being in water. It has a full service bar and restaurant along with a bowling alley complete with shark and alligator ball returns. A vast array of fish are suspended from the ceiling to give you the idea of them circling about the fishbowl. 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s has been steadily expanding and has finally made its way to Destin, FL. LuLu’s is a fun, open and airy restaurant where you can dine on the beach or indoors. The stage in the middle of the restaurant hosts bands to keep your dinner experience entertaining.

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Have some kids with you? Don’t worry at all. There is an area on the beach just to keep the kids occupied and having fun. 

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

The food and drinks at Lulu’s are phenomenal. As a Midwest girl it was great getting to have unbelievably fresh seafood that made we want to come back again and again. The wait staff is also incredibly nice and helpful which is always a plus with kids. Plus they have rolls of paper towels at each table instead of napkins. You ever dine out with kids? Rolls of paper towels can make or break a meal!

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone Dino Island

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone Dino Island is a place that would have my kids smiling from ear to ear. It would be one of their ideas of a perfect day.

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s attractions:

  • Redemption Arcade – Over 65 games to be enjoyed.
  • T-Rex Island Adventure Golf – 18 hole fully animatronic mini golf course.
  • Hatchling Haven Adventure Golf – 9 hole, mini golf course with baby dinosaurs. (No animatronics)
  • Tree Tops Challenge – A 5 level ropes course. 
  • 4D Movie Exxperience – Several different, short movies are shown in 3D with motion and special effects.
  • Raptor’s Revenge – A laser maze that requires concentration and skill.
  • Ptero Jump – Trampoline jumping on a whole new level.
  • Spin-o-Saurus Coaster – A roller coaster with cars that spin in circles.
  • Inflatable Zone – Kids will jump for joy in this dinosaur themed inflatable zone.
  • Boat Battles – Go head to head with others when you take the helm of a remote control Military themed boat.
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s Food Options:

  • Salvati’s Pizza Factory – Pizza, wings, paninis and salads are all good and reasonably priced.
  • Yogo Mogos – Frozen yogurt to ensure a sweet end to your outing. 
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

This place definitely has some sort of fun for every family member. I liked that it was clean and well maintained. It even boasted a charging station in case your device’s battery was starting to dwindle. That  way you can make sure you do miss a chance to capture pics of your family fun.

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village is the place to stay and play on your visit to the Emerald Coast in Destin, FL. This beautiful resort boasts spacious condos that have multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, living room and kitchen. It makes it easy to leave home behind when you can access the comforts of home all while enjoying the sights and sounds of a new locale. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Destin Harbor is a breathtaking site to see while escaping the everyday for some fun and relaxation. Whether you are taking it in from your balcony or while strolling along the Harborwalk Village you will know your vacation has arrived and is waiting for you. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Harborwalk Village boasts a plethora of shopping, dining and adventure options. The 30+ stores offer up something for the youngest to oldest of shoppers to enjoy. The dining at one of the nearly 20 food shops, restaurants and bars while enjoying a one of a kind view and briny air will leave you wanting to linger well after your meal. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

No fear of heights or speed? Then take a zip across a zip line or hop on a jet ski. Want something with a slower pace then try Snuba, paddle boarding or quiet ferry ride to Crab Island. If none of those are to your liking, don’t worry. There are nearly 30 attractions and activities that await your family.

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Visiting the Emerald Coast will leave you rested, refreshed, with a smile and many fond memories!

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

Have you ever been lucky enough to enjoy a trip to the Emerald Coast? If so what are your favorite places to stay and things do while soaking up the fun and sun?

 

 


Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

by Jennifer Wieland
Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

 

 

Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

Blue Man Group is something I wanted to see and experience since I first heard about it a long time ago. Life was crazy as a single parent to my three older kids and I never got a chance to go. Once I got married, we added to our family right away with my three youngest. With two of them on the Autism Spectrum I thought going to see Blue Man Group would be a pipe dream. Recently though we were invited to a performance and I have to admit that I was leery about taking them but Blue Man Group turned out to be a sensory delight for my Autistic family.

Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

I had no idea that Blue Man Group automatically offers noise reducing headphones to children under the age of six so that the noise is not a problem for them. Did you know though that anyone can request them? That’s right, no matter your age if noise is a sensory issue for you then you can just ask for a pair of the headphones. This will leave you to enjoy the show without the sensory overload. My children absolutely loved the show and surprisingly were not bothered by the noise but we were sitting near the back of the theater so that may have helped.

Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

Blue Man Group National Tour
Credit photo: ©Paul Kolnik
paul@paulkolnik.com
nyc 212-362-7778

The sounds, lights, and silly and fun interactivity of the show had my kids (ages 6-11) laughing and smiling the entire time. I wish I could have taken pictures during the performance not of the show but of my children doubled over with laughter and smiling from ear to ear throughout the show. It was the most I have ever seen my 11-year-old laugh! 

Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

Blue Man Group National Tour
Credit photo: ©Paul Kolnik
paul@paulkolnik.com
nyc 212-362-7778

The kids have asked to go back again but they would like to sit in the front rows where you have to wear protective ponchos. I don’t know how they would do in a regular show that close but luckily for my family and any other Chicagoland Autistic families Blue Man Group has teamed up with Autism Speaks for the Second Annual Autism-Friendly Performance on Sunday, October 4th at the Briar Street Theater. You can head over to http://www.blueman.com/autismspeaks to learn more about this special performance, to purchase tickets or to find the dates of the Autism Speaks performances in a city near you. 

 

 


Restaurant.com Review Crew – Family Friendly Dining

by Jennifer Wieland
Restaurant.com Review Crew - Grady's Grille - Family Friendly Dining
I am part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and this post is sponsored by Restaurant.com but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
 

With the kids being on winter break from school we have had lots of chances to get out of the house together during the day and enjoy some food as one of our favorite local food places. Thanks to Restaurant.com we are able to save money going to Grady’s Grille which just happens to have amazing food, reasonable prices and best of all a family friendly dining.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Grady's Grille - Family Friendly Dining

Grady’s Grille is a local restaurant in town and I like that when you walk in you immediately feel like you are in a swanky downtown restaurant. It gets even better though! Most restaurants have kids menus and they are usually printed out on a paper place mat and the kids are given crayons. What sets Grady’s Grille apart and makes it a local favorite is that the kids menu is like a real menu just mini and instead of a few crayons each child is given a plastic container filled with play dough. You have no idea how this entertains my kids so much more than a few crayons does. Before they know it the food is being served and it ends up being a peaceful dining experience. Pair this with the great food and you have a perfect family friendly dining experience.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Grady's Grille - Family Friendly Dining

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