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Sep 14, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say | DC/MD/VA
Real Mom Review: International Spy Museum
My family and I were so excited to check out the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Because it was such a beautiful day, we decided to visit on a Saturday and actually drive into the city and park. We were able to snag some great parking right around the corner for $10. This parking was in an attended garage and actually covered the 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. time span. We went through ...
Sep 11, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
Real Mom Review: Red Caboose Motel
I took my two boys on an overnight trip to the Red Caboose Motel in Lancaster, PA during spring break. We had a wonderful time! My boys (ages 7 and 10) absolutely loved the experience of staying in such a unique place. We made the most of our visit there and enjoyed pretty much all the hotel and surrounding area had to offer. I kept our destination a surprise for my kids. As we ...
Sep 06, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
Real Mom Review: Crayola Experience in Easton, PA
We had such a great time at the colorful wonderland – Crayola Experience in Easton, PA. This interactive color explosion is four floors of crayon, marker, and interactive fun. We arrived at 10:30 a.m. (about a half hour after the doors opened), and there were already lines at most of the activities. It was surprisingly busy for a weekday when school was in session. We ...
Aug 31, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say | DC/MD/VA
Real Mom Review: Great Country Farms
Great Country Farms is located in Bluemont, Virginia, a short drive from the D.C. suburbs. On the drive, we passed small mom and pop shops, including the adorable Bluemont General Store. Dirt Farm Brewing and Bluemont Vineyard are also close by. Great Country even provides a discount at the Vineyard with the purchase of farm admission. The main building at Great Country Farms is full ...
Aug 29, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say | DC/MD/VA | Baltimore
Real Mom Review: Walkersville Southern Railroad & Museum
I took the family to Frederick County, Maryland this summer for a ride on the Walkersville Southern Railroad (WS) and to check out the Walkersville Southern Railroad Museum. The visit far surpassed my expectations. With all the rain we’ve had this year, we held out for a picture-perfect weather day. Tickets must be booked online in advance. If you click on the “Tickets/Calendar” link ...
Aug 20, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say | DC/MD/VA
Real Mom Review: The Capital Wheel & Carousel at National Harbor
My minions and I had the opportunity to ride and review The Capital Wheel and Carousel. This was our first time going to National Harbor. There is so much to do there and plenty to see. First, we stopped at The Awakening (a giant statue of a man coming out of the ground). The minions loved climbing it and it made for great photo opportunities. We took our time and walked ...
Aug 09, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say | DC/MD/VA
Real Mom Review: South Germantown SplashPark and Mini Golf
We enjoyed a fun afternoon at South Germantown SplashPark and Mini-Golf! We packed a lunch, swim suits, and towels and we were all set! Some water toys or a ball to play with in the water added to the fun. I think kids ages 2-8 would have the most fun at the splash zone, jumping pad and mini-golf for a long afternoon. The mini-golf is a very simple 18 hole course with green putting ...
Aug 08, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
Real Mom Review: ACE Adventure Resort
We stayed in the Truman Lodge at ACE Adventure Resort in West Virginia. The Truman Lodge is in a great location; you can easily walk to the lake and restaurants. The lodge itself was very clean and fully equipped. There was more than enough room for three adults and four kids, and there were extra roll away beds and sleeping bags. Despite being close to the main areas of the resort, it ...
Aug 05, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say | DC/MD/VA
Real Mom Review: Great Waves Waterpark
We’ve been visiting Great Waves Waterpark in Alexandria for many years now. It’s one of our favorite Northern Virginia water parks! Great Waves opens at 11 a.m. daily, and you’ll often find large camp groups there right at opening time. We typically go in the mid-afternoon as those groups are heading out. The real drop-off in attendance is around 4 p.m., which is great on hot days ...
Aug 02, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say | DC/MD/VA
Real Mom Review: Ocean Dunes Water Park
My family and I visited Ocean Dunes Waterpark located at Upton Hill Regional Park in Arlington, VA. We didn’t have to wait in line at all. As soon as we got in, my children, ages 10 and 14, immediately noticed the two water slides and the dumping bucket with water sprayers. It is an ocean-themed waterpark, which made it very relaxing for us. Our family spent 6 hours in ...
Aug 01, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
Real Mom Review: Signal Bay Waterpark
We had the pleasure of visiting Signal Bay Waterpark in Manassas, VA and had such a blast! We went on a Wednesday and arrived around 12:30 p.m. It was a little crowded, but not overwhelming. At the entrance to the park they check the kids' height for the lazy river and ropes course. Under 43" gets a wristband. To get to the pool area you need to walk up and around a ramp that ...
Jul 31, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say | DC/MD/VA
Real Mom Review: Atlantis Waterpark
When most people in Northern Virginia hear Bull Run Regional Park, they conjure images of the Festival of Lights. Let me challenge that….think summer…think water park. What? A water park is there. Most definitely, yes! I’ll admit that I have driven past the Atlantis Waterpark a few times thinking it looks run down and small. Well, I was surprised to find out that behind that gate ...
Jul 30, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
The Inside Ski Training Center is a Must-Do!
I have loved skiing since I was a little girl and my parents first enrolled me in ski school at age 5. Some of my favorite memories from growing up are our ski trips to Colorado with family and friends. I was so excited to take my oldest daughter Clara skiing for her first time a few years ago and now it is something we look forward to doing together every winter. I first heard about The ...
Jul 24, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
Real Mom Review: Pirate's Cove Waterpark
I visited Pirate’s Cove Waterpark with my husband, 7-year-old twin boys, and 3-year-old daughter. The park is located in Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA. There is something for everyone at this water park, and we all had a blast! We arrived when the park opened at 11 a.m., and other than a few camp groups, the park was not crowded at all. So, a weekday morning is a great time to ...
Jul 23, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
Real Mom Review: Land of Little Horses Farm Park
We had a great visit to the Land of Little Horses Farm Park. After showing our vouchers and buying a feed cup for the animals ($5 and $2.50 refills), we headed into the park. After a few loops around the gazebo on the ride-on tractors, we headed into the main barn for the grooming session. One of the best things about the park is the amount you get to interact with all the ...
Jul 20, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
Real Mom Review: Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens
Our visit to the “Wings of Fancy” exhibit at Brookside Gardens was wonderful. The exhibit is located at the South Conservatory, but we parked at the Brookside Garden Visitor Center. We followed the “Butterfly signs” and enjoyed our walk (8 minutes) on the shaded path to the exhibit. The Wings of Fancy exhibit entrance is located on right side of the conservatory building. ...
Jul 16, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
Real Mom Review: Tiny Estates
My 9-year-old daughter, Ryan, is obsessed with the tiny houses featured on HGTV, so when a CertifiKID deal for Tiny Estates popped up, I grabbed it! Located in Elizabethtown, PA, Tiny Estates is an easy 2 1/2-hour drive from the Northern Virginia area. I wanted the getaway location to be a surprise, so I didn't tell the kids (Ryan, 9 and big brother Henry, 11) where we were going. ...
Jul 11, 2018 | About Our Deals - What You Say
Real Mom Review: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Natural Bridge
Our camping trip at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Natural Bridge was awesome! When we made our reservation, the agent booked us in a tent site right next to all the activities and bathroom, which was so convenient. Check-in was a breeze. We did not even have to get out of our car because they checked us in at the entry booth and escorted us to our campsite. I would recommend ...
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