World of Wonders Longview, Texas

World of Wonders

112 E Tyler St, Longview, TX 75601

(903) 212-4969

http://www.longviewwow.org/

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Thursday 2pm – 6pm
 Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
** Second Saturday of each month,

Member only from 8 a.m -10 a.m. **

ADMISSION:

General Admission $8/person
Seniors (65+)/Military (with ID) $7/person
Members FREE
Children under 2 yrs FREE

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The World of Wonders, what a fun new place to explore! We don’t often venture to Longview, but for this fun time we’re glad we did!

When you walk into the Longview World of Wonders you automatically see this very modern, open concept full of potential fun!

Of course the very first stop we had to make was at the indoor slide which the girls loved!

The stairs for this slide was located in an adorable house, equipped with only the coolest appliances, play food, and accessories. Lili and I were able to enjoy a homemade meal of ice cream and french fries! ( My fav!)

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After we’d eaten these girls out of house and home, we had to make a trip to the market to replenish! The market had grocery lists, plentiful supply, shopping carts, and registers. The girls loved playing cashier and we even got our groceries hand delivered to our cars, such service!

These cuties were able to see where a lot of these farm fresh goodies in the market come from. They had chickens who laid eggs, farm animals in a stable, and two table of “dirt” to dig in.

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This wonderful adventure had a room specifically for creating anything you can imagine with colors, scissors, glue, stencils, paper, and much much more!

We also got to explore a section right out a little boy’s dream! A huge track to race cars and 6 ENORMOUS bins filled with Legos that could keep you busy for hours! Yes, a little boy’s dream, but our girls were not unsatisfied! They loved the race track.

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To top off this wonderful experience, Lili and I were astounded by a magical performance created just for us about a horse and her baby 🙂

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The World of Wonders is nothing short of an amazing place to take your kiddos to stimulate all five senses. They also had train tables, a wind turbine that you could create light with, reading nook, puppet show, and so many opportunities to dress up in costumes! This is an amazing place to have an afternoon of exploration. Toddlers and up will enjoy using their imagination!

 

All our love,

The Adventurers.

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East Texas State Fair

EAST TEXAS STATE FAIR

SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2017 – OCTOBER 1ST, 2017

http://www.etstatefair.com/

Address: 2112 W Front St, Tyler, TX 75702

Phone: (903) 597-2501

FAIR ADMISSION

Adult………………………………….……$10.00
($9.99 Online)
Children – Ages 6 to 12……………..$6.00
Children – Ages 5 & Under…………..FREE
(when accompanied by adult ticket buyer)

 

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YIPEE! FAIR SEASON IS HERE!

I’m not sure who gets more excited, the moms or the girls! With all of the fun attractions, delicious food, and TONS of giggles what is there not to love?

We’ve been going to the East Texas State Fair for years and honestly, it is wonderful!

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The girls put their fearless pants on and ride as many rides as their height allows and ride as many rides as their height allows! This year, we may even get to add a couple rides because they have definitely grown a couple inches!

Excited doesn’t even begin to describe their feeling towards fair season, more like ecstatic or elated!

ON THE MENU

http://www.etstatefair.com/p/plan-your-visit/326 (Follow the link for a complete list)

SMOKINLIKEYALIKEIT

LA CASITA

KIDS N’ KREAM

KINFOLKS TATER HUT

GRANNY’S CHEESECAKES & MORE

HARLON’S BBQ

GEORGES ITALIAN EATERY

These are only a hand full of the dozens of trucks coming to shower you with delicious treats at the fair!

ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS

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The East Texas State Fair has an entire line-up of fun attractions DAILY! From concerts to live-stock shows and a TIGER SHOW this year just to name a few!

Follow the link below to get a daily time-line of events for the 2017 fair!

http://www.etstatefair.com/events/attractions–events 

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Comfy Shoes
  • Plenty of Cash (Although a lot more vendors are accepting cards)
  • Backpack (easier to keep up with than a purse)
  • Free student pass
  • Stretchy pants (haha)

 

Hope to see you there!

The Adventurers

UTTyler Swimming Pool

University of Texas at Tyler Swimming Pool

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

$5 Per Person / Free for Current Students

http://www.uttyler.edu/recsports/fitness/aquatics-schedule.php

Recreational Sports at the HPC
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Tx 75799

 Day of Week Open Close
Monday – Friday 6:15 a.m. 7:15 p.m.
Saturday 10:15 a.m. 4:45 p.m.
Sunday 12:15 p.m.

4:45 p.m.

 I cannot believe we are starting a Texan August and it isn’t 100*; Nonetheless, we definitely still enjoy a good pool day!

Although, Lili & Seri have a pool at their home, the UTTyler pool is worth the drive!

The pool has so many fun elements, including a large hot tub, whirl pool, basketball goal, volleyball net, and sprays near the shallow end.

The pool also has lap lanes available

No jets/vortex during these times if lap swimmers are present.

Designated lap swimming times:

6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. / Noon – 1:00 p.m. / 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

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There are also plenty of lounge chairs and very large canopy umbrellas for a relief of shade when you need a break from the sun.

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We captured the girls exploring (of course) while their sun screen dried, but more importantly, look have beautifully manicured the lawn is! This is definitely a reflection of how the pool is maintained, very clean.

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We spent at least 5 hours baking in the sun and enjoying ourselves! And once you finish swimming to hearts content, the locker rooms are available for you to shower & get dressed.

The girls favorite had to be the whirl pool! Abigayle had a lot of fun “fishing” for Seri, haha!

The UTTyler pool is also available for parties as well! Contact Ph: 903.566.7466 for more information!

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses / Hat
  • Beach Towels (bring extra if you’re showering after)
  • Water
  • Snacks (Because they allow food, jackpot!)
  • Pool toys
  • Toiletries for shower
  • Extra clothes after shower

 

We hope you enjoy some fun in the sun!

All our love,

The Adventurers!

Blueberry Hill Farm & Nursery Edom, Texas

Blueberry Hill Farm & Nursery

10268 FM 314
Edom, Texas  75756

(903)852-6175
www.blueberryhillfarms.com

Daily hours of Operation

7:00 am till 5:00 pm

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    Open 7 days a week.

Including the Fourth of July

 Open rain or shine
Blueberries                                  $ 2.95 lb. U-Pick’em
Blackberries                                $ 3.00 lb. U-Pick’em

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If you are looking for a fresh air & fun this summer, look no further than Blueberry Hill Farms in Edom, Texas. What a wonderful place to unplug, unwind, and simply enjoy family time!

 

We got to the farm about 9:30 AM and it was perfectly cool & breezy. When you go inside they have picking buckets for you to choose from. Brown baskets for blueberries & plastic tubs for blackberries (we did not see this memo until later 🙂

 

From there, we were left to our own devices… which as you all know, we love! The girls (and moms) were able to roam free and enjoy the morning breeze. There weren’t many ripe blackberries left from the weekend, but PLENTY of delicious blueberries for the taking.

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The girls genuinely had an amazing time picking berries. They loved being entrusted with picking juicy berries, showing off their picks with pride, and being about to run freely through the rows of bushes!

After we picked to our hearts desire, Lili and I enjoyed a delicious homemade blueberry muffin, under the shade, next to the fan while our cuties played in the sandbox nearby.

The staff is extremely friendly and the owners are especially talented. Every bite that we tasted was mouth watering. We probably could have bought the whole store, given the opportunity! We will most definitely be back!

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If you have the time after your picking, take an hour to explore Edom’s adorable culture. Homemade pottery, handmade jewelry, antiques, adorable birdhouses, and some delicious down home cooking at The Shed. You are sure to be pleased by exploring this quaint town. Unfortunately, most shops were closed on Monday, but I’m certain during the weekend it is especially alive!

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We were very proud and excited to eat our delicious homemade pie with fresh blueberries straight from the farm! And it was so scrumptious!

 

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THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Play shoes (because your adorable white Keds, WILL get filthy)
  • Comfortable clothes (for optimal running & playing)
  • Bug Spray (the girls were eaten alive in the sandbox)
  • Hand Sanitizer (you WILL want to enjoy delicious treats after you pick)
  • Cash or Card (all of the berries, jams, ice cream, and muffins are very reasonable & you will not want to miss out!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat / Sunglasses
  • Camera (You won’t want to miss adorable vineyard pictures)
  • No pets

 

We hope you enjoy your next family adventure!

All our love,

The Adventurers

 

Tyler Junior College’s Dancefest!

Tyler Junior College’s Dancefest, Featuring

Snow White

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Wise Auditorium

1327 Baxter Avenue, Tyler, TX 75701

https://www.tjc.edu/artsfestival

Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children (12 & under) & TJC students

Final Showtime: Sunday, April 23rd, 2:00 PM

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These adorable cuties were SO excited to go see a REAL princess, Snow White! This show is a full-length, contemporary production of the classic fairytale, “Snow White.” The production is part of TJC’s Arts Festival, a month-long celebration of exhibits and performances by TJC students, faculty and staff.

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Let me be the first to admit, I am partial to plays and not much for a show with no words. BUT after this I felt the same emotions that Julia Roberts felt seeing her first Opera in Pretty Woman. It was AWESOME an engaging and we all absolutely loved it!

The show lasts about an hour and a half and has a 15 minute intermission for bathroom breaks! Or in our case….

…..the girls to show off their dance moves they learned by the amazing performers! They both thought that the intermission was the end, and were ecstatic to learn that it was only a break!

Once the show is over, you have the option to buy “picture tickets” for $5 a piece to take pictures with the cast. There was NO WAY I was getting away with not letting them meet Snow White & the hilarious dwarfs!

The characters were all so sweet, kind, engaging and really made the girls feel very very special. Each one asked how the girls enjoyed the performance and what their names where and let them chat for a second or two!

You also got to take pictures if you purchased a book ($10) or doll ($20).

The concession stand offered candy apples, cupcakes, shirts, and more!

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THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • Tickets go on sale 1 hour before the performance
  • I recommend bringing cash (I had to write a check for tickets)
  • They do accept debit cards at the concession stand, but cash is just easier.
  • Stay for pictures
  • No flash photography during performance
  • Use the restroom before, during intermission or afterwards
  • The show is at Wise Auditorium
  • This is part of a month long celebration, so look for more events!
  • Check for more performing arts: https://www.tjc.edu/performingarts

 

All our love,

The Adventurers!

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari Cherokee County

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari

1200 County Road 4405, Jacksonville, TX 75766

http://www.cherokeetrace.com/

903-683-3322

 

Hours: MARCH 1st, – MAY 23rd

Mon-Sat open 10:00 AM
Sunday open 1:00 PM
Last car admitted 4:00 PM
Gates Closes at 6:00 PM

Hours change with each season*

Prices + Taxes

Each paid Admission comes with one sack of feed.

Adults $15.95 each
Kids ages 3-12 $10.95 each
Senior ages 65+ $13.95 each

They also offer discounted admission for groups of 15+ & 50+

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Heeeelllllooooo adventure!!

If adventure is what you’re looking for, that is exactly what you will find at the Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru in Jacksonville.

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Tucked back in the woods of Rusk county is a 300-acre preserve, filled with some of the most unique animals you have ever seen. And I can assure you, you have never been this close and personal, haha!

You get a bag of food per person and it seems, no matter how busy the trail is these animals always come for more.

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THE RULE IS: throw the food out the window so the animals won’t get too close to your car.

….But, it was too hard not to. Especially with these adorable Zebras everywhere!

But, we did get a couple scratches and paint chips from some of the animals so be aware that is can happen.

Abigayle was, of course, much more timid than Seri in the beginning… She has harsh boundaries when it comes to animals. Especially, the GIANT kinds!

However Seri, AKA Dr. Dolittle, was in HEAVEN…

MUST WATCH!

*Disclaimer: We may be considered terrible parents for this video, but the was one of the most hilarious events ever captured in adventure history! And.. no one was harmed in the making of this video.

However, this is a perfect example of how CLOSE these animals will get to you.

Yes.. He’s THAT huge!

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Not only does the park provide you with food, they also give you a really cool key with the pictures and names of all the animals you’ll see. It’s fun to match the picture to the faces in real life.

Make sure you give yourself AT LEAST two hours to drive thru the safari, and we would really recommend 2.5 hours. Simply because we really enjoyed taking our time and that cut into our picnic after.

*Don’t worry: 1/4 of the way through the trail, there is an option to detour for bathrooms and snacks 🙂

Afterwards, you will have worked up quite the appetite. The reserve has several picnic tables and a cool tipi to play in. You can really spend a whole afternoon here. So even though it is one of the more expensive adventures we’ve taken, it is so worth it!

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We have to give a special shout-out to Daddy Tutt for taking one for the team, leisurely driving us through the reserve, listening to all of our squeals, staying cool through all of the bull slobber, and not grounding us for the dings on his truck, hehe 🙂 WE LOVE YOU!

RULES

  • Stay inside your vehicle at all times.
    • Stay out of sunroofs and windows and off hoods of vehicles. No one may ride in the bed of a pickup.
  • Feed only the food pellets provided.
    • Any other food can cause these animals to have serious health problems.
  • Keep doors closed at all times.
    • This includes tailgates, van doors, and hatchbacks. Jeeps must have side doors and a top. Convertibles must have the top up.
  • Pets are not allowed.
    • Domestic animals present a health and safety risk to these animals.
  • Remove flags, balls, or other objects from the outside of your vehicle.
    • Animals are attracted to them and, if eaten, can cause serious injury. Violation of this policy will result in eviction from the park.
  • Stay on the roads.
    • Follow the yellow arrow route signs.
  • Drop food pellets on the ground do not hand feed.
    • Animals may bite, spit, or kick if fed from your hand or a feeding sack.
  • Pull to the side of the road when stopping.
    • Allow other vehicles to pass.
  • Speed limit 10 mph.
  • No alcohol allowed on this property.
  • No Coach Buses, RV’s, Trailers, Motorcycles, or ATV’s

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Picnic lunch
  • Camera
  • Car with a sunroof (if that’s an option)
  • Sense of adventure
  • Hand sanitizer & wet wipes
  • Extra money for snacks/extra fee/souvenirs
  • At least 3-4 hours, if you plan to picnic after

 

All our love,

The Adventurers

Skateland Kilgore, Texas

SKATELAND KILGORE, TEXAS

2803 N Longview St

Kilgore, Texas

(903) 984-3729

https://www.facebook.com/kilgoreskateland/

$7 PER PERSON, PARENTS ALWAYS FREE 🙂

HOURS OF OPERATION

THURSDAY: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

FRIDAY: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

SATURDAY: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Did you know how much you would miss skating rinks? Yea, us either…

When I contacted the sweet owner about going skating last Saturday, she advised us that the 2pm-4pm skating would be quite busy due to three birthday parties. So by the time that we explored Kilgore and ate a delicious (filling) meal, 7:30 was sounding a whole lot like nap time. But we laced up and in no time forgot how tired and full we were!

We are here to tell you skating is just as much fun as you remember! Getting older though… You’re a bit more sore over the next couple days, haha!

We got the girls ready and let them get a feel for the rink before we laced up. They have these awesome “locked” skates for sweet Abigayle, our novice skater. Seri on the other hand is a Roller Skating Boss!

 They started in the center circle with the rest of the kiddies just starting out. I think this is an awesome concept, because next to the 10 year old skating professionals the adults were even a bit intimidated, haha!

After a half hour, Seri was zipping around the rink and we decided to let Abi have a try on four rolling wheels..

 However.. after much trial, wipeouts, frustration, pep talks, tears & kisses, we threw in the towel and let her have her locked skates back. We were thankful for this option!

Once we all found our stride, there was no stopping us!

They had games like limbo and racing by ages and even a dance party towards the end. I mean kids were actually super excited to be on the rink showing off tricks and not glued to their phones, it was wonderful.

About 9:30 PM they made an announcement that the Snack Bar was closing and would sell the remaining hot dogs for .25 each. As you can see, the girls had worked up another appetite!

One of the best parts about our whole experience was the overwhelming feeling of family and community being here. Everyone knew everyone and they were all so incredibly KIND! Both employees and skaters offered encouragement, tips and kind words to the girls. This is definitely an instance to not judge a book by it’s cover!

Before we left, the owners granddaughter even gave the girls bears that she won from the claw game!

 We will most definitely be back!

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Socks
  • Phone / Camera
  • We recommend to leave everything else in the car, you won’t want to have to keep up with anything else and your shoes are in a cubby behind the counter.
  • Layers (if it’s cold outside) because you’ll want to shed them after a couple rounds.
  • Cash
  • Go potty first! (You’ll be laughing, falling, and clenching if not haha)

WHAT THEY OFFER

  • BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES
  • HOCKEY
  • SKATING LESSONS (THURSDAYS)

 

ALL OUR LOVE,

The Adventurers!