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Missouri – Crown Center

Funky vibe at Hallmark Kaleidoscope

It would be hard to find a family who hasn’t been touched by Hallmark Cards in some way. I mean, who hasn’t ever received or sent a Hallmark card, watched a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, or colored with a Crayola crayon (one of Hallmark’s subsidiaries)? So, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that this family owned company has developed the area surrounding their corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, into a family friendly travel destination. Crown Center is an 85-acre complex with hotels, restaurants, theaters, shops, and attractions.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Crown Center three times: […]

California – Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jellyfish Collage - Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an immensely popular attraction in California and is frequently named one of the best aquariums in the country. My husband and I had been there two or three other times, but before we had kids, so we very much looked forward to going back there with the kids. Our first impression when we got there was, “Wow, this is CROWDED!” So my first tip is to consider the timing of your visit. If you have preschool aged or younger children, I would highly recommend planning your visit during the school year.

The first exhibit we […]

New Jersey – Jenkinson’s Aquarium

Jenkinson's Aquarium petting a stingray

We had the opportunity to visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium on our visit to Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, last summer. Despite having been told it was a must-see, I had rather low expectations. After all, we had just visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore a few days earlier, so the bar was set high. How could Jenkinson’s live up to that? I’m happy to say we were very pleasantly surprised and would easily recommend a visit to Jenkinson’s.

My son said he thought Jenkinson’s Aquarium was like the major aquariums he’d been to, except shrunk down. There were many different kinds […]

Maryland – National Aquarium

Dolphins at National Aquarium

Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on the Chesapeake Bay, the National Aquarium is home to more than 16,000 animals in over 2 million gallons of water. The National Aquarium actually has two different locations: the larger one in Baltimore and a smaller location in Washington, D.C. Although we had visited Washington, D.C. on this same trip, there were so many other places to see in D.C. that we decides to skip the aquarium there, knowing that the Baltimore site was on our itinerary.

The National Aquarium is the Inner Harbor’s most popular attraction and can get quite […]