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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Aliante Station Pool

Aliante Station
Aliante Station - Hotel and Casino Pool
Aliante Station is a hotel and casino with multiple bars, restaurants, and a movie theater in North Las Vegas. They have a pretty decent pool here as well. I did not get any picture of the rooms here, but they are quite nice as well.

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Red Rock Climbing Gym - Las Vegas

Red Rock Climbing Gym in Las Vegas

 Las Vegas is home to several indoor rock climbing gyms including the Red Rock Climbing Gym designed by two of the best climbers in the world.  

Here they offer both top-rope and lead climbing on over 8,000 square feet of climbing walls. 

We took our kids to climb here on a Sunday during the kids 2 hour climb time.

A kid's day pass is just $10.00. They let our kids climb in their own shoes, otherwise we would have had to rent shoes for $5.00. 

Our youngest was too short to climb. 
Red Rock Climbing Gym in Las Vegas
Red Rock Climbing Gym in Las Vegas

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Walt Disney World Guide

Disney Special Events

Disney Tips

Disney Hotels

Disney Restaurants

Disney Water Parks

Magic Kingdom


Disney Studios

Animal Kingdom

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Monster Jam is coming to Portland


**Three Trucks are Making Their Portland Debuts This Year**

For two days only, fans will witness the world’s best monster trucks battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction as Monster Jam® returns to Portland!  Eight massive trucks will be part of the dirt-flying, car-crushin’ action at the Moda Center – highlighted by the Portland debut appearances of Metal Mulisha, Wolverine and the all-new 2014 season truck New Earth Authority (NEA)driven by local Oregon resident Norm Miller; additional fan-favorite trucks include World Champions Grave Digger® and Max-D plus Iron Man, The Patriot, Tropical Thunder and Captain USA!          

In addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, die-hard fans can come to the stadium early on Saturday to enjoy the Party in the Pits pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close, meet the star drivers for autographs and take photos!

WHERE: Moda Center (Rose Quarter) – 1 North Center Court Street, Portland, OR 97227

Saturday, February 15, 2014                              
Party in the Pits 11:00AM–12:30PM*                                 
Event Times – 2:00PM & 7:30PM                                                

*Saturday and Sunday 2PM event ticket &; Pit Pass required for entry; Pit Pass available to purchase for $10 Adults/$5 Kids

Sunday, February 16, 2014 Event Time – 2:00PM          

Party in the Pits 11:00AM–12:30PM*

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $30 (Gold Circle) &; $40 (Front Row); Kids tickets available for only $5 each (select seating only; limit 4 Kids tickets with one Adult ticket purchase)
  • Tickets are available to purchase online at RoseQuarter.com, charge by phone at 877-789-ROSE or in-person at the Moda Center Box Office.
**Above ticket prices are advance purchase only; all ticket prices are $2 more when purchased the day of the event; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees. 

For more information and updates log onto www.MonsterJam.com
For specific Portland event info, visit 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Oaks Park - An Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon

Did you know that there is an amusement park in Portland, Oregon?

Oaks Park is a small amusement park located in Portland, Oregon in the Sellwood area.  They've got rides for every age.  One area is set up just for younger children which is perfect for kids 2 - 7 years old. Most of the rides are what you would typically find at a fair or carnival. The best deal is to get your kid a wrist band that allows them to ride all of the rides for $16. If your child is too little to ride the largest rides then get the limited bracelet for $13.

They also have an indoor skating rink and putt putt. The skating rink hosts a preschool time each week.

For parents there are lots of benches for sitting!
Oaks Park an amusement park in Portland, OR.

Oaks Park an amusement park in Portland, OR.

Oaks Park an amusement park in Portland, OR.

Oaks Park an amusement park in Portland, OR.

Oaks Park an amusement park in Portland, OR.

Oaks Park an amusement park in Portland, OR.

Oaks Park an amusement park in Portland, OR.
Every summer the Multnomah County library offers a summer reading program. The reward for finishing the program is a voucher to Oaks Park. It's a great way to take your kids there for free!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What are the Best Caribbean Countries to Visit?

Sun, sand and good food are the terms that come to mind when we think of the Caribbean.  Whether you’re into mindless relaxation at an all-inclusive resort or are seeking a zip-line adrenaline rush through rain forest, the options are endless in this part of the world.

Although pristine beaches and shady palm trees are typical of the island nations, each country has its own unique offerings.  No two Caribbean islands are ever the same.  And there’s a reason why many tourists end up visiting the same countries over and over again!

According to data from the Caribbean Tourism Association, the Dominican Republic was top destination of choice in 2013.  And we can certainly see why.  This country is all about the “melting pot” -- with a mix of cultures existing harmoniously throughout the land.  European, African and Native American vibes hang effortlessly -- creating a very welcoming atmosphere for tourists.  The beaches are heavenly, the cuisine is rich, and yet the prices are super cheap!  What more could you want out of a vacation? Although the Dominican Republic saw more than 3 million tourists in 2013 alone, there are several other Caribbean countries that are worth a visit too!


 One of the Caribbean’s largest islands, Cuba is a hit with travellers.  Here you can find luxury for rock-bottom rates at dozens of popular resorts.  Don’t want to be part of the crowd?  No problem.  You can find private vacation rental condos and villas all along the coast, allowing you to experience everything Cuba has to offer on your own terms.  Meanwhile, the city of Havana is consistently rated as one of the Caribbean’s top destinations.  Stroll through the colonial streets as you take in the architecture of an era gone by.  Experience the colourful glamour Havana once felt, while respecting the careful reconstruction that’s happening all around you.  If you’re into good food, salsa music and a welcoming vibe -- then Cuba was made for you!

Cayman Islands

 Located in the western Caribbean sea, the Cayman Islands is made up of three islands:  Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.  The Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman’s west shore is one of the most popular, luring tourists from around the globe.  Snorkel and swim with friendly sea creatures, and then come out of the water to enjoy luscious drinks at one of the coastal bars.  At night, tourists love heading out to the capital city of George Town for an evening of shopping and fine dining!


 Technically, the Bahamas is not located in the Caribbean’s geographical area.  However, it is considered a part of the Caribbean community.  Although there are deals to be had on this island, the Bahamas has been popular with travellers who crave luxury.  The popular Atlantis resort is not an all-inclusive, so be prepared to pay a little extra.  But service in the Bahamas cannot be beat.  The capital city of Nassau has some of the region’s best restaurants and boasts some of the area’s most spectacular beaches.  Take a walk along the shores and watch the yachts roll in.  The Bahamas has long been known as a billionaire’s paradise because of its close proximity to the United States.  Meanwhile, snorkeling amongst the colourful coral reefs is a favourite pastime for tourists.  Enjoy some conch at the local fish fry, and then head over to some of the best shopping this community has to offer. 

Tammi Browning is a professional photographer. She had visited more than 175 counties and her greatest passion is travel! She had written a book on the tradition and cultures of Caribbean land. She also likes trekking, scuba diving, mountaineering, sky diving as well! Follow her on Googleplus@Tammibrowning

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Sony Wonder Technology Lab - Free in NYC

The Sony Wonder Technology Lab is awesome. I took my kids there and it was completely free and so  much fun. It is a hands-on technology and entertainment museum. 

I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was right in the Sony building and clearly marked. You walk up to the counter and get tickets. Your tickets will designate a time to come back. They day we went, a weekday in the middle of the week in August, there was no wait. Our tickets were for immediately. 

Located inside the Sony building and open Tuesday through Saturday. 
550 Madison Ave. at 56th St.
New York, New York

To start out you are given a lanyard with a tag thing on it. You put the tag up to a computer screen and build a profile. Then at every station in the facility you will put your badge up to the scree and it will bring up your profile. 
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Creating a profile
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
 Throughout the entire place we stopped at stations with computer screens and did various activities.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Sony Wonder Technology Lab
One of the stations allowed you to move these robots around.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab

 This is an interactive floor. You push balls around and make colors. It is hard to describe, but the kids loved it.

Sony Wonder Technology Lab
 This was an interactive table where we were challenged to do something. I can not remember exactly.

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Here my son moves his body and then the guy on the screen moves his body.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab in NYC
Sony Wonder Technology Lab

There is an area where you get to deliver the news. My son was the anchor man and read off a telepromptor.  As you can see the weather was bad. Sony Wonder Technology Lab in NYC

Sony Wonder Technology Lab in NYCSony Wonder Technology Lab in NYC

 While my other two kids ran the cameras. At the end you could watch the broadcast and see how you did.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab in NYC

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