Midwest Adventures

The Midwest has a lot to offer families who love to travel.

Exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes - Our day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore focused on sand dune exploration. Every trip to a National Park starts with a stop at the Visitor’s Center for a Junior Ranger activity book. Be sure to do the Junior Ranger activity in the exhibit area of the Visitor’s Center. Kids (and adults) will learn about the different habitats at Read More
iowa state fair 10 Reasons why Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair - The Iowa State Fair holds a special place in my heart. I started dating my husband in the summer of 2000 in northern Illinois. He suggested that I come with him to the Iowa State Fair to meet his family. I had not been to a fair in my life, not the Illinois State Fair, not a county fair. I Read More
Hiking at Wildcat Den State Park - If you have been following us on our adventures, then you know that we enjoy hiking as a family. We are fortunate to live near Wildcat Den State Park. The great thing about Wildcat Den is that you can spend an hour or less hiking or you can make a whole day of it. Here are our tips for a Read More
What I Learned Taking My Kids to the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra - I've written before about Muscatine's friendship with China.  It's just one more thing that makes Muscatine Iowa a unique place to live and raise a family. This past week, we were afforded another amazing opportunity, just simply by living in this community. The China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra performed a free show in Muscatine. Yes, this is the same Chinese Orchestra Read More
Why You Should Have Your Girls Getaway in Galena IL - Recently my book club celebrated our 5 year anniversary. We decided to do a girls getaway in Galena IL to mark the occasion. Many of us haven't had a full weekend without our kids and/or spouses in years.  As we started thinking about where to spend a blissful weekend free of all family responsibilities, we had a few must have's Read More
5 Reasons to Go to the Musser Public Library Winter Extravaganza - Musser Public Library in Muscatine Iowa has the best children's programming. Not the best in the area or the best in the state of Iowa. Just simply the best...period. I could write a book about all the great free family programs they offer. However, right now I am going to focus on one annual event is not to be missed. For Read More
Celebrating Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday - On Monday November 30th the kids and I attended a 180th birthday party for Mark Twain. You may be wondering...why was there a birthday party for Mark Twain in Muscatine Iowa? One of the things I love about Muscatine is its rich history. Samuel Clemens (whose pen name is Mark Twain) lived and worked in Muscatine during the summer of Read More
Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens - Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens is located in Rockford, Illinois along the Rock River. While we were in Rockford visiting family, we went to the conservatory for a mid-morning outing. You know that sweet spot of time you have with kids, after a big breakfast and well before lunch. We started our outing by walking along the lagoon. When I was Read More
5 Reasons to Mark Your Calendar for the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival - Once upon a time we lived in a town west of Chicago that we adored....Sycamore, IL. This small town of 17,500 people, has one of the best fall festivals in the Midwest. The Pumpkin Festival was started by Wally Thurow (Mr. Pumpkin) in 1956 when he put some decorated pumpkins on display in his yard. In 1962, Mr. Pumpkin partnered with Read More
Fall Toddler Hike - Have you been wanting to take your toddler on a hike, but haven't been sure where to start? It can be scary, right? How far can they walk? Will I loose them? Will I need to carry them the whole way?! Or maybe you have multiple young kids and just the thought of taking them all out on a trail Read More