theFamilyTravelFiles.com Showcases The Best Places To Combine Family Fun and Learning.

School breaks and spring family vacation time provide the perfect chance to take a break, have fun, and share a learning experience with your children.GatlinburgZiplines

The Spring Break folder at theFamilyTravelFiles.com is loaded with ways to create and share unique learning experiences. From stargazing and living history to tide pools and animal encounters the possibilities are endless. Trying something new in a new place may be just what everyone needs or returning to a favorite museum and a comfortable pastime may be even better.

“I have always looked at learning opportunities as an added family vacation value because learning together makes all the difference in how successful your children will be in their studies,” according to Nancy Nelson-Duac, Editor of the popular family vacation planning website. She goes on to say, “The trick is to find places and activities of interest and share the discovery with your kids or grand kids.”

The top 10 choices for exceptional family learning experiences include not just museums, aquariums and zoos but also energizing activities in nature.

  • Dallas: The Perot Museum – Dinosaurs, gigantic gems, and a leap frog forest.
  • Long Beach: Aquarium of the Pacific –Touch tanks and Free Shark Lagoon Nights
  • Oakland: Chabot Space and Science Center – Bill Nye’s Climate Lab discoveries.
  • Atlanta: Fernbank – See Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing.
  • West Virginia: Bridge walks and mountain biking.
  • Tennessee: Ziplining and rope antics in Gatlinburg.
  • Seattle: EMP –Celebrating Jimmy Hendricks with outrageous outfits, and rare concert footage.
  • Space Coast: Kayak at the zoo and walk through the tree tops.
  • Virginia Beach: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center – Boat excursions and behind the scenes encounters.
  • Orlando: Forever Florida – Treetop EcoSafaris and horseback adventures.

Checkout more than 300 Spring Break family vacation ideas which feature ways to combine learning and fun.

About theFamilyTravelFiles.com. Founded in 1998, theFamilyTravelFiles.com is one of America’s top-rated online family travel resources offering more than 1000 pages of timely family vacation ideas and trip planning information. The website specializes in displaying family vacation ideas, destination information for adults planning family vacations, advice about family trips, and family travel deals. To assist in narrowing searches, colorful vacation idea folders are visible throughout the website.

Lisa A Duac Publisher (813) 968-4799 or publisher@theFamilyTravelFiles.com
Nancy Nelson-Duac (817) 573-6920 or editor@theFamilyTravelFiles.com

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Spring Break Plans Anyone?

Winter breaks have passed and it is officially on to spring breaks. This means, if you are a parent with school age children then it is likely – “good grief … the kids are out of school (fill in your dates here). I need a plan.”

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Time travel Henricus style.

For some it is as simple as shipping them off to the grandparents but if that is not your case not then I have a few suggestions to make the time count and still have fun. Think about it. The school year is not over so this break time is a prime opportunity to combine learning and fun. Take advantage of the time to encourage learning about other places, people and things. Share unique activities with your kids (or grandkids) and have fun.  The “what” is not as important as the sharing of time learning together.
 
For example I like the exceptional 17th century living history recreated at Henricus Historical Park near Richmond, Virginia and they have added history and conservation tours along the James River on Discovery Barge II. Combine that with the new Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden complete with tree house and international village.
 
Southern California has oodles of possibilities. I like Shark Lagoon Nights at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. The free Friday night activity includes the chance to touch bamboo sharks and see large sand tiger sharks feeding. Combine that with a kayaking adventure on Alamitos Bay with Kayaks on the Water.
 
I like Pigeon Forge and Dollywood’s annual Festival of Nations because it’s a chance to have fun and share interesting cultures without the hassle of TSA. Combine that with a few hours of hiking in Great Smokey Mountains National Park or horseback riding near Cades Cove. Wait for it! If rollercoasters make your family happy, you need to know that Dollywood will literally launch “Wild Eagle” on March 24, 2012. It will define flying free.
 
Checkout Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and share The Science of Storms exhibit with your kids. It will be memorable. Combine that with time Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s free and open every day.

Better yet checkout the pre-planned urban adventures available with a CityPASS. Share great museums in world-class cities and enjoy substantial savings and avoid long lines. All the fun is included. Need more spring break ideas?  Click here.