Posted on January 5, 2009 by Sharon Parson
Long time no speak! I’ve had a crazy few months – girls in school, girls home schooled, one girl in, one girl out. I think the public school system wants to kill me. For now, both girls are in school and both are happy, so I’m happy. PHEW. The only thing now, is that I really miss them! I miss planning field trips and hanging out with other homeschool moms (and a few dads) and their kids who we’ve become so close with. So I’ve made a point of staying involved in the homeschool community and of still taking the girls on mini fieldtrips on Sundays and after school.
Last year we were all into zoos, and this year it seems like aquariums have stepped up to bat.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, California
- John G. Shedd Aquarium – Chicago, Illinois
- National Aquarium – Baltimore, Maryland
- Sea World – Orlando, Florida
- Sea World – San Diego, California
- Sea World – San Antonio, Texas
- Oregon Coast Aquarium – Newport, Oregon
- The Florida Aquarium – Tampa Bay, Florida
- Aquarium of the Pacific – Long Beach, California
- Dallas World Aquarium – Dallas, Texas
- New York Aquarium – Brooklyn, New York
- New England Aquarium – Boston, Massachusetts
- Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta, Georgia
- Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
(Thank you Forbestraveler.com for the list!)
Enjoy these and have a whale of a time! (Katie just saw that and rolled her eyes.)
Filed under: Kids Travel, Zoo / Animals | Tagged: High School Student, Mass Tourism, Natureplex, Shedd Aquarium, State Library of Western Australia, Tour Planning, Tour/Travel, Tourism Research, Travel Ideas, Travel Miscellany, Travel Place, Travel Sites, Travel Specials, Travel Transportation, traveling with children, Why Homeschool, Winning Picks, Zoo & Nature | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 24, 2008 by Peter Brody
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all! On Sunday night (the first night of Hanukkah) I went to the public lighting of the world’s largest menorah. It was a 32 foot, 4000 pound steel candelabra with gas lamps in a windproof casing. It was designed by Israeli artist Yaakov Agam, inspired by the original menorah that was in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem almost 2000 years ago. Mayor Bloomberg lit the wicks, symbolizing the first of eight nights of the Jewish festival of lights. There was quite a crowd there on the corner of 59th St. and 5th Ave., right near Central Park. This menorah, and about 700 more located all over the world are organized by the Chabad organization and this year have the added significance of standing strong in honor of those who were killed in the recent Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Another popular New York City public lighting took place on Sunday night at Washington Square Park.
The other “world’s largest menorah” is lighting up Washington, D.C. It’s located on the Ellipse, just across from the White House.
Other large scale lightings are taking place all week long in Santa Monica, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Chicago, as well as in 732 more cities in 47 countries worldwide.
Check out this youtube video
from the Chabad of Malibu about their candle lighting initiative. And if you’re curious as to HOW to attend a public lighting, ehow’s got you covered.
Filed under: Events/Misc, Holiday Business | Tagged: Cool Festivals, Fantastico, Free Festivals, Holiday Special, Jewish Holiday, Jewish Living, Jewish Thinking Ideas, Mass Tourism, Natureplex, Shine A Light, State Library of Western Australia, Tour Planning, Tour/Travel, Travel Ideas, Travel Miscellany, Travel Place, Travel Sites, Travel Transportation | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 22, 2008 by Dana Hammond
I just read an article in the New York Times travel section (albeit a year old) about Buckhead, which is just north of Atlanta’s central downtown area—or we say “uptown” since it tends to be classier, more upscale, and a lot more expensive. According to the NYTimes article, it’s “one the of the nation’s wealthiest communities…the Beverly Hills of the South.” Now I don’t know if I’d go THAT far, but it certainly is a very nice area, with beautiful malls, great restaurants and bars (yes, I’ve created for myself a bit of a social life), museums, and stunning houses and hotels.
Here are some places in the Buckhead area that are worth checking out:
Filed under: Atlanta, GA, Holiday Ideas, Shopping Days | Tagged: City Museum, City Of Milton GA, Comparison Shopping, Creative Shopping, Good Shopping, Historic Site, Macon GA, Mall Girl, Metropolitan Museum, Museum Exhibits, Museum Shows, Natureplex, Outlet Mall, Outlet Shopping, Things To Do In Atlanta, Travel Miscellany, University Of Bath | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 15, 2008 by Kevin Shaw
I’m not going to lie: I like wearing name brands. I work in an office where what you wear somewhat defines who you are, and pathetic as that sounds, if you don’t play the game, you won’t get the gain. When you’re wearing something nice, you act differently, more professional and more secure—and those things often lead to success. That’s not to say that I go to Rodeo Drive to get my suits; on the contrary, part of being a good dresser means being a good shopper, and I definitely know where to find the deals. And California, I think more than most states, is filled with fantastic outlet malls. Here’s a list, organized from North to South:
- Shasta Factory Outlets – Anderson, California
- St. Helena Premier Outlets – St. Helena, California
- Factory Stores at the Y – South Lake Tahoe, California
- Napa Premium Outlets – Napa, California
- Petaluma Village Premium Outlets – Petaluma, California
- Gilroy Premium Outlets – Gilroy, California
- American Tin Cannery Premium Outlets – Pacific Grove, California
- Mascadero Factory Outlets – Atascadero, California
- Prime Outlets – Pismo Beach, California
- Tanger Outlet Center – Barstow, California
- Barstow Outlets – Barstow, California
- Desert Hills Premium Outlets – Cabazon, California
- Cabazon Outlet Mall – Cabazon, California
- Camarillo Premium Outlets – Camarillo, California
- Citadel Outlet Mall – Commerce, California
- Ontario Mills Outlet Mall – Ontario, California
- Lake Elsinore Outlets Mall – Lake Elsinore, California
- Carlsbad Premium Outlets – Carlsbad, California
Filed under: California Dreaming, Shopping Days | Tagged: Creative Shopping, Los Angeles CA, Mall Girl, Natureplex, Outlet Shopping, San Diego California, San Francisco California, San Francisco Tours, Santa Monica California, Shopping & Leisure, Shopping Site, Shopping Tip, Southern California Attractions, Strip Malls, The American Mall, University Of Bath, Unusual Shopping, Where To Shop | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 4, 2008 by Jon Kendrick
I’m a teacher and a dad-to-be (!) so I’ve pretty much always got kids on the mind. I just put together a list of activities in Brooklyn that kids will enjoy for part of my “Explore New York” initiative.
These are great spots for field trips, family outings, and birthday parties. Let me know how it goes!
Filed under: Kids Travel, New York, NY, Zoo / Animals | Tagged: Family Fun Ideas, Free Stuff For Kids, Fun In New York City, I Love New York 2, I Love NY, I Love NY 2, Kids Having Fun, Living In New York, My Own Personal Zoo, National Aquarium, Natureplex, New York Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Gardens, New York City Bargains, New York City Notes, University Of Bath, Zoo & Nature | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 21, 2008 by Kevin Shaw
Now there’s a concept. I only recently became introduced to the concept of the “wine spa” recently when I treated my girlfriend (who is now an ex-girlfriend, but I promise it was not spa related) to a weekend up in Wine Country that included some spa going. We discovered that it’s quite a trend to include wine and grapes in spa treatments. Apparently it’s a tradition from Bordeaux, France that made its way over to the U.S., and particularly to Northern California. Most of these spas (following) are located in vineyards or are at least nearby. I’ll list the spa and then one or two treatments offered on their spa menu that includes grapes or wine.
- The Spa at the Carneros Inn – Napa, California – Chardonnay Anti-Oxidant Wine Therapy Facial
- Bernardus Lodge & Spa – Carmel Valley, California – Lavender Grape Seed Bath
- Silverado Resort and Spa – Napa, California – Chardonnay Sugar Scrub
- The Raindance Spa at the Lodge of Sonoma – Sonoma, California Grape Seed Antioxidant Facial
- Meadowood Resort – Napa Valley, California – Cabernet Crush Body Polish
- Spa Vigne at the Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn – Los Olivos, California – Grape Seed Body Butter Massage, Wine Infusion Wrap
- Auberge du Soileil Resort & Spa – Rutherford (Napa Valley), California – Rosehip and Grape Seed Body Masque, Warm Grape Seed Oil Massage
- Mount View Hotel & Spa – Calistoga, California – Rosemary Grape Seed Scrub
- Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa – San Louis Obispo, California – Chardonnay Anti-Aging Wrap, Chardonnay Antioxidant Sugar Scrub
- Waterstone Spa at the Lithia Springs Resort & Gardens – Ashland, Oregon – Champagne and Rose Body Scrub
- Chateau E’lan Winery & Spa Resort – Braselton, Georgia – Chateau Winery Harvest Crush, Antioxidant Winery Bath
Filed under: California Dreaming, Holiday Ideas, Vacation Plans | Tagged: 3d Cg, California Adventure, California Vineyard, Los Angeles CA, Mass Tourism, Online Travel Sites, San Diego California, San Francisco California, Sightseeing Travel, Southern California Attractions, Spectacular Spas, Tour Planning, Travel Place, University Of Bath, Vacation Ideas, Vacation News, What's Your Trip | 1 Comment »