Longhorn Steakhouse – Florence, KY

Looking for a place to grab a steak and cocktail with your kids in tow? We are parents but we get sick of eating at places that advertise Kid’s eat free nights and kiddy play places. Sometimes you want to go somewhere that let’s you feel like a grown-up that just happens to have a kid with you. I know, I know. It’s a chain but this place has booth seating, good food, a great strawberry margarita, kid’s meals, and a more grown up vibe. Our children felt welcome but we didn’t feel like we were eating at a “family” restaurant. I had Flo’s filet (cooked a perfect medium rare), grilled mushrooms, inadvertently garlic mashed potatoes (They accidently brought these too but didn’t even try to charge me for them.), a Caesar salad, and a strawberry margarita. Yes, I like to eat! This was not exactly a “cheap” dinner but it was a nice family night out. Everybody needs a nice meal now and then.

The Grilled Mushrooms were AMAZING!!
The Grilled Mushrooms were AMAZING!!
It even came with a rock sugar sucker! YUM!
It even came with a rock sugar sucker! YUM!

Around $100 for a family of 4

7501 Foltz road, Florence, KY

OMNIMAX – Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs – Cincinnati, OH

My daughters and I recently enjoyed Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs at the Omnimax in Cincinnati, OH.  The show runs for 40 minutes. It is educational and not scary. The Omnimax in general can be scary for kids that are afraid of the dark and the large scale can be overwhelming. We have personally not had any problems. Before every film we repeat “This is just a movie. If you are afraid close your eyes and hold my hand until you feel better.” There was one moment during one about space that she clamped down on my hand for a second and that has been it. I found this show entertaining and informative. My five year old daughter, Isabella found it amusing enough to sit still the entire time. There are many beautiful shots of Egypt. The show ends April 26th. If you are interested in Egypt, mummies, or advances in healthcare this may be the film for you.

You can see a trailer here – http://www.cincymuseum.org/omnimax/mummies

You get a discount on tickets if you print them at home. There is a link on the above link. Current prices are $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids without the discount. If you live in the Cincinnati area & would enjoy experiencing the Omnimax on a regular basis I would suggest a 1-year membership for $25. It’s a great deal. Parking is $6. After 4:30 it’s $4.

Spontaneous Family Travel

There are a lot of books, blogs, and articles about planning family travel. They detail how easy travel can be if it is all planned in advanced. The problem with this is that it takes all of the spontaneity out of travel. I’m not telling you to kick all planning to the curb. There is a time and a place for a step-by-step plan. You don’t want to wing a trip to Disney world. On the other hand, you do not need a plan to enjoy a random Saturday in your own neighborhood. It is good to have some things in place for emergencies but I promise you that you can leave your house unscripted with children and survive. You may even enjoy yourself!

We have had many adventures simply by leaving our house without a single plan. To go out on a completely spontaneous trip you will have to decide on two things. The first thing is how long your trip will last. Do you need to be home by bedtime or before work on Monday? The second thing is how are you leaving the house. Will you be walking, driving, or riding public transit to start your trip? That is it.

We typically drive because of where we live. When we get to the end of a road, stop sign, or a light we take turns deciding which way to go. We have stumbled upon some great parks, restaurants, and outings that have resulted in some amazing memories. The extreme planning that goes into most family travel is confining. Sometimes you just need a little spontaneity to really relax and enjoy your family time. Go have yourself a little adventure. Even if it’s a bust you end up with a great little story and some life experience. Going out on a whim gets easier the more you do it. Eventually you will know everything in and around your neighborhood. At that point you have to hop on the highway for a little distance (or you just move to a new area). When we first move to a new area we start at our front door. As time goes on we often get on the highway and drive to a nearby town or city before starting our random adventure. This is a great way to learn your surroundings and to find those little places that you would never see in any guide book.

OMNIMAX: Humpback Whales

We recently enjoyed “Humpback Whales” at the OMNIMAX in Cincinnati, OH. It was simply amazing! It is a beautiful film with views that are breathtaking. The entire family enjoyed it. This is a great way to spend a rainy or chilly afternoon with your children. It is educational and still incredibly entertaining. It focuses on the fact that these whales were once on the brink of extinction but are now making a slow come back. It offers an up close look at how the humpbacks live including their songs and cute whale babies. The views when you are looking out over Tonga are inviting. There is a scene where they show a group diving together to catch fish that will have everyone sitting in awe.

This is a great film for both the young and young at heart!

You can watch the trailer here: www.cincymuseum.org

You get a discount on tickets if you print them at home. There is a link on the above link. Current prices are $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids without the discount. If you live in the Cincinnati area & would enjoy experiencing the Omnimax on a regular basis I would suggest a 1-year membership for $25. It’s a great deal. Parking is $6. After 4:30 it’s $4.

OMNIMAX: Jerusalem – Cincinnati, OH

This weekend I had the pleasure of watching “Jerusalem” at the OMNIMAX in Cincinnati, OH. This film revolves around three young women of different religions telling their story about their Jerusalem. It is a beautiful film. I love the views in this film. I love the history. But above all else I love the feeling that this film left me with. I was in awe. It is the perfect thing to see this week with Easter on it’s way.

You can watch a clip here but it does not do it justice. https://www.cincymuseum.org/omnimax/jerusalem

You get a discount on tickets if you print them at home. There is a link on the above link. Current prices are $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids without the discount. If you live in the Cincinnati area & would enjoy experiencing the Omnimax on a regular basis I would suggest a 1-year membership for $25. It’s a great deal. Parking is $6. After 4:30 it’s $4.