Hania28

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Hania28

Poland, Warsaw, Poland
Female
Children:
11
Countries visited with kids:
Germany, Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, USA
Favorite activities:
Indoor Activities, Museums, Other, Outdoor Activities, Parks / Nature Sights, Theme Parks, Water Parks / Pools, Zoos / Aquariums

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  • Bumpy fun

    Reviewed 28 September 2017

    We used Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona before we became parents and we really enjoyed. So we decided to try it as a family. We picked one of the shorter 2 hrs tours. We were not lucky to see any wild animals this time but the tour was very picturesque and our guide was a lot of fun (he definitely added a lot to the entertainment side of the tour).

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    Tips

    Some tours can be quite bumpy and rough, especially for the little kids. Before booking the tickets online, consult with the company agent to make sure you select the tour which the beset suits you and your family.

  • Nice surprise

    Reviewed 29 August 2017

    I wasn't sure my child will be into this museum but it turned out he really liked it.  He enjoyed the art exhibits, but particularly a collection of popular art (which is full of vibrant colors and interesting art pieces), he loved peacocks and  baby peacocks which were literally everywhere in the surrounding gardens and were not afraid of people at all, and finally, he was fascinated with the hairless Xoloitzcuintles (a very rare breed of dogs ) which run freely in one section of the park (it seems like they are let out from their kennel a few times a day). Overall, it was a nice visit and my whole family really enjoyed it.

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    Tips

    If you want to take pictures at the museum you really should buy a photo permit with your admission tickets. The museum staff really controls it.

  • Good way to burn some energy

    Reviewed 16 August 2017

    If it's too hot outside or it's raining - this is a great place for your kids to burn some energy. The trampolines are well monitored by staff to make sure kids don't run into each other and hurt themselves. In addition to the trampolines, Jump-in offers other activities but you have to pay for them additionally. The price it's not too high though.

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  • Good activity

    Reviewed 15 August 2017

    It was a nice activity but definitely a one hour tour is more than enough for smaller kids. We enjoyed the tour, which was right on a beach and next to the estuary. The horses were calm, knew their way and followed the guides so you really didn't need to have any previous experience with horses.

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    Tips

    If you have a smaller child it might be a good idea to ask the guide to accompany him/her a little closer. Every now and then the horses start trotting on their own which might be intimidating for an inexperienced rider and simply uncomfortable. When my son's horse started to trot, he hit his back against the saddle and couldn't stop the horse on his own. We had to ask a guide to help him out.

  • Great experience

    Reviewed 07 April 2017

    We visited Blau Life as a package together with Acuario Inbursa and we absolutely loved the experience. You can learn so much visiting this place even if you don't speak Spanish although the Laboratory staff is trying their best to accommodate English-speaking visitors (actually most of them does a great job). Blau Life is very interactive - you can experiment there with various hands-on exhibits and touch various creatures (crabs, sea stars, jelly fish, cockroaches). At the end of your visit you'll see a large tank inhabited by sharks and mantas. You can purchase special food and feed them and they will literally eat from your hands. Great experience for the entire family.

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  • Perfectly fine

    Reviewed 20 March 2017

    A good way to spend an afternoon outdoors. The park has a good selection of rides for kids of different ages (even for the youngest ones). Although we went there on Sunday afternoon during a long weekend the waiting time for the rides was not bad at all. We also liked a visit to the Serpentarium, which is basically a reptile house full of snakes, lizards and other reptiles. You have to pay for the exhibit 25 pesos (which is really not much) and it is definitely worth it. We much more enjoyed it than a reptile house at the Chapultepec Zoo which we visited earlier this month.

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  • A place where you can really relax while having a lunch

    Reviewed 16 March 2017

    It was one of the best family-friendly restaurants we visited in a while. Great decor, good food and, the most important, great space for the kids to play. One room has a typical play area with toys, TV and tables but another one (extremely popular with kids) is a huge sand box. The best part is that both rooms are supervised by 'nannies' (we were there on Sunday so I can't tell if they are there also during a week) and both rooms have a monitoring system so you can actually see your kids all the time on the big monitors installed in the dining areas. We had a great experience there and we'll definitely be back.

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  • Super busy on Sunday afternoon

    Reviewed 07 March 2017

    We didn't enjoy this Zoo at all as it was way overcrowded on Sunday afternoon. Very often it was simply impossible to even see the animals as a huge group of people was blocking the view. My kids were so fed up with it they didn't even want to stop and were ready to go home. Although the Zoo is free, for some exhibits (e.g. butterflies & snakes) you have to pay a little. I was also not too happy with some habitats as they didn't seem big enough for the animals. If at all, I would definitely recommend to visit this Zoo during a week or during the morning hours when there are not that many visitors there.

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  • Relaxing family activity

    Reviewed 27 February 2017

    A relaxing way to spend some family time on the lake of Chapultepec Park. You can rent a boat for an hour, which is more than enough to go around the lake. It can get really hot while on a boat so don't forget head protection, sunscreen and water with you.

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  • More for older kids but younger like it as well

    Reviewed 22 February 2017

    The Monument is definitely meant for more mature visitors interested in the history of Mexican Revolution. However, it is also an interesting place to go with the younger kids. Although they probably won't pay too much attention to the historical information, they will enjoy an interesting design of the museum, a ride in the panoramic elevator and a beautiful view from the Monument. They might also find it interesting to learn how the Monument was constructed. My 7 y.o. kids also enjoyed walking down the steel stairs on a way back. It's an interesting family activity.

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  • Kids liked it

    Reviewed 22 February 2017

    I never give a lot of stars to Chuck E Cheese's but my kids like it there. The venue is clean and the staff is friendly. It has a lot of arcade games you can find in other Chucky Cheese restaurants and some different. Many games are easy enough for the little kids to win a lot of tickets so they are really excited about it.  The prizes are rather of a poor quality and the selection is small but kids had still fun to get something for the tickets they won.

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  • Absolutely worth visiting

    Reviewed 30 January 2017

    I really wanted to see this place for obvious reasons but my twins (7 y.o.) were not to eager to go there. They thought it would be boring. But the moment we entered the archeological zone they were totally in their element: running around, climbing, playing hide & seek, and crawling through the narrow tunnels. They loved it. We were walking around for approximately 4 hours and we didn't manage to visit all the pyramids. The whole complex is vast so it's a good idea to carry some snacks with you and of course lots, lots of water. Hats and sunscreen are also a must.

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  • Amazing place for kids

    Reviewed 27 January 2017

    This museum is all about learning, creating, and discovering. Absolutely an amazing place where you can spend hours and never get bored. When we visited Papalote we spent almost the entire time in a creative zone building catapults and flying objects. The entire family was involved in this process. Then, we briefly visited other sections of the museum, an indoor playground, an outdoor garden and decided we have to come back there another time. So much to see and do! Even if you don't speak Spanish you are still going to enjoy it.

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  • Great spot for a family vacation

    Reviewed 02 January 2017

    The main attraction of the hotel is a large pool with shallow area for the youngest kids. Each day the hotel organized some sort of activities for children such as hula dance lessons, crafts, etc. The hotel rooms were specious and had a full kitchen so we could make our own meals without being dependent on hotel's restaurants. My only concern was depth of water on the beach: it was rapidly changing from shallow to deep very close to the shore. Although my daughter loved to play with waves I kept convincing her to stick to the pool.

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  • Fun museum for little kids

    Reviewed 31 December 2016

    It's a fun museum but primarily for the younger kids (2-5). We took there our 7 y.o twins but after they explored the 1st floor (Exploration Zone) they started to feel a little bored. They briefly looked at the second floor pretend play areas and were basically done with the museum so we went back downstairs to do some arts & crafts at the art space. Younger kids would definitely have more fun there. And the great thing about the museum is that you can leave it (e.g. to have a lunch) and come back after without paying anything more.

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  • Relaxed family dining

    Reviewed 29 December 2016

    Every time we visit Santa Barbara we go to Padaro Beach Grill. We love the outdoor setting there and a relaxed atmosphere (nobody puffs or huffs that kids are running or behave a little louder). There is a sandy area where the youngest one can play while their parents enjoy a meal. The food is decent with a basic kids menu. It's a perfect place for a family lunch.

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  • A nice gem I didn't know it exists

    Reviewed 25 December 2016

    I've learned about this museum from a family member who lives in Santa Barbara. She recommended it as a fun place to visit with my twins and she was right. The collection of the museum is really impressive. It has not only dolls and teddy bears but also figurines representing characters from different movies and books, as well as antique toys. It was fun to walk around the museum trying to identify various movie and book characters. At first, my son was a little bored but once he got to the gallery with space toys (featuring among others the Star Wars characters) we couldn't drag him out of there. The nice feature of the museum is an opportunity to ask questions about the collection directly to the Museum's owner - Susan Quinlan. She knows everything about the exhibits and happily accompanies visitors readily answering all of their questions and telling various interesting anecdotes.

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  • The older the kids the more fun

    Reviewed 05 December 2016

    The museum has great interactive exhibits which are fun for the little kids (they can touch things, make them move, swing or turn) and very educational for the older ones. Families can work together making certain experiments as a team, which makes a trip to the museum a nice bonding experience.

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  • Cute park with some nice shade

    Reviewed 20 November 2016

    It's a nice park but mostly for the little kids. I would say 2-5 y.o. My 1st graders found ithe park a little boring after a short period of time. The cool thing about this park is a sprayground which operates during a summer.

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  • Fine but not sure worth the money

    Reviewed 20 November 2016

    Not as impressive inside as it is outside. The view is nice and the ride on illuminated escalator is pretty cool but there is not much more there to do especially for the little kids. It's not a cheap activity so if you have little kids in tow it makes more sense to take them to the nearby Little Europe.

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  • One of our favorite places to visit

    Reviewed 19 November 2016

    I found out about this place from my Ukrainian friend. Initially, I was a little skeptical whether it would be an interesting place for the little kids, but boy I was wrong. My kids loved it. It's an open-air museum so kids could run, and run, and run a little more. They enjoyed visiting the old village houses, asked questions about various old-fashioned tools (I have to admit I didn't know what some of them were exactly for :), listened to the musician performing live music, and observed craftsmen at work. On a few occasions we were lucky to visit the museum when they were hosting fork art festivals, had pony rides, interesting performances, and stands with traditional Ukrainian food. Also, around the Easter time they had exhibit of enormous eggs that looked like hand-painted traditional Ukrainian ''pysankas''. They were beautiful! Every visit to Pirohovo museum meant a great family day for us.

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  • Quite impressive

    Reviewed 14 November 2016

    It's a very interesting museum. The older a child the more he/she will learn and take advantage of the interactive displays. My 6 y.o. kids really enjoyed the dinosaur gallery with a T-Rex and other species, and they liked a lot the gallery of evolution (which has a lot of hands-on exhibits), the insect hall and various shells. The food in cafeteria wasn't great but good enough to get a warm snack and something to drink.

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  • A nice tulip festival

    Reviewed 14 November 2016

    We loved blooming tulips and other flowers in Floralia during the Spring Flower Exhibition. The garden is not as big as in the famous Keukenhof garden in the Netherlands but it's still beautiful with it's narrow bridge, charming paths and the castle. When we went there they had a special Venetian parade with people dressed up in beautiful Venetian costumes and masks. Kids really loved it. They also had for the children a mini-rope course and a playground to play on. Definitely worth visiting if you happen to be in Belgium in April.

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  • Beautiful experience

    Reviewed 13 November 2016

    It's a unique experience to see so many bluebells in one place. It makes you feel as if you entered an enchanted forest. Since there is not much parking space there, it's better to visit Hallerbos during the week if possible. I don't recall any bathroom facility there - something to consider before planning a trip with the little ones ;)

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  • Good but could be better

    Reviewed 07 November 2016

    I signed up my kids at the Castle Club for the swimming lessons. My kids liked that the pool had warmer water, it wasn't too deep, the groups were small (no more than 4 or 5 students), and the teachers spoke English. We were a little surprised though with the learning style of the instructors. They never got into water with the kids! They were giving ''dry'' instructions to the kids outside of the pool and then the kids were supposed to implement everything in a water. I found it a little weird as I wasn't quite sure my kids were doing everything the way they were supposed to do. Now I regret I never questioned it, but at the time I thought it is the ''Belgian'' way to teach swimming.

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  • Surprisingly interesting

    Reviewed 29 October 2016

    I didn't know if my kids will like it but the museum turned out to be really engaging. A lot of space, beautiful displays - we had a good time.

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  • Good family time

    Reviewed 27 October 2016

    Our kids loved the experience and had a good time walking around and exploring the salt mine. The tour guide was very kid-friendly and engaged all the participating kids in various activities along the tour (so they even didn't realize how long was the walk).

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  • I was nicely surprised how my kids loved it

    Reviewed 26 September 2016

    I have to admit that I was a little afraid that my 6 years old kids might find the American Indian Museum boring but I had no idea how many fun staff the museum offers for kids! My twins enjoyed the ImagiNation Activity Center learning about Indian inventions and collecting stamps (it was an absolute hit), they followed with interests various exhibits on the 4th floor learning about various indian tribes (they were especially ''glued'' to the animated stories talking about various Indian legends and myths) and had a lot of fun participating in crafts activities organized on the ground floor of the Museum. Overall a great experience for the entire family.

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  • One of the best things I did for my kids

    Reviewed 24 August 2016

    My kids participated in the Primary Program and absolutely adored it. I wish I could sign them up earlier (I tried but there was no space available on the days I could bring them to the Gym). I loved the friendliness of the instructors (they applauded each child and their achievement with a high five) and the non-competitive philosophy of the gym (children were overcoming their physical challenges at their own pace without competing with each other). At the end of the school year, all children received medals and the head instructor complemented every child on their accomplishments (it was really great for building esteem of the children). Also, towards the end of the school year, parents were asked to participate in one of the classes during which we exercised together and measured our kids' progress in various activities. I also liked that parents could observe all the classes through a large glass wall while drinking a complementary tea and coffee :) We also organized at the Little Gym Wozembeek our kids birthday party and it was an absolute hit. We only had to arrange the cake and everything else was taken care of. A team of 3 instructors (for a group of 12 kids) did an amazing job organizing games, pouring drinks (100% juice or water), cutting/serving cakes and cleaning afterwards. It was the most stress-free birthday party for me and my husband. We could socialize with other parents while the kids had a blast. Important tip: If you want to sign up your kid or arrange for a birthday party do it way in advance. The place is very popular and the priority for singing-up are given to the existing members . Birthday parties are organized only on Sundays (two time slots /one birthday at a time ) so you can imagine how quickly the slots disappear.

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  • A tour for everyone

    Reviewed 19 August 2016

    Monument Valley was on our 3rd day of activities scheduled for the Arizona trip and the kids were tired so we were a little concerned. It turned out though that you can take the Loop Drive and see all the rock formations effortlessly. We were happy because we could see everything and take all the pictures we wanted and the kids were happy because they didn't need to leave the car if they didn't feel like it (it was really hot so I can't blame them that they preferred to observe the buttes from the AC-ed car ). But overall the bumpy, off-roadish ride was quite exciting for them. I was only a little disappointed that the restaurant at the visitor center was closed between the lunch and a dinner time (exactly when we arrived) and the selection of snacks at the center's store was rather disappointing. Good thing we had a bag of gold fish with us :)

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  • Fun place especially in the summer

    Reviewed 14 August 2016

    We visited C&B several times. We loved its specious outdoor area where our kids could run around, ride their bikes or scooters, or play on a small outdoor playground. However, I gave the overall rating for the restaurant only 3 because the service was sometimes rather poor and the food was (to my taste) a little overpriced.

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  • Beautiful place

    Reviewed 11 August 2016

    We visited the Cactus Garden when our kids were 4 y.o. The Garden is beautifully designed and cacti are amazing. Kids had fun running around and were playing hide and seek behind the cacti. My son was so impressed with the cacti he insisted on buying a set of miniature cacti in the garden's gift shop. The garden is exposed to the sun and there is practically no shade out there except for the restaurant or a gift shop. It was really hot when we visited it in April. It's definitely a good idea to wear a hat and treat your skin with a sun filter before the visit.

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  • Great Park but...

    Reviewed 03 August 2016

    Overall it's a nice and very impressive Zoo. We visited it when our kids were 3 y.o. The safari part was really interesting as we could observe animals up-close from a bus in a free, open area. The main "walking" ground was also engaging: set in a beautiful Balinese decor & architecture, with animals kept in specious enclosures. The only thing I didn't like were the elephant rides and photos opportunity with tigers. I felt really terrible seeing poor elephants walking around the same path over and over again and I had an impression that a tiger was drugged to remain calm :( rnrnWe didn't use the Marine Park, so I cannot comment anything about it.

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  • It's not only a Zoo

    Reviewed 03 August 2016

    We loved this Zoo and with the annual passes we visited it with my two pre-schoolers quite often. The zoo is large and beautifully located, and has a number of attractions (e.g. playgrounds, rope bridges and petting zoo) as well as interesting exhibits (e.g. an Indian village or American Indian teepees) to keep kids active for hours.

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  • Fun place to visit

    Reviewed 01 August 2016

    I visited Mini-Europe with my kids and two sets of grandparents twice: once in a fall (when they were 4 y.o.) and once in a spring (a year later). Both times the experience was very positive and both times the kids liked it a lot. The models in Mini-Europe are really well done with an amazing attention to details. The exhibits are interactive and educational: kids learn about the most important attractions from various European cities and, can make some objects on various display move, and if I remember correctly, you can play a national anthem in most of the exhibits. In addition, the landscape of the place is really attractive to walk around.The first time we visited Mini-Europe we bought "combo tickets" which combined a visit to Atomium (which is just next to it) and we save a good amount of money.

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  • Not just a dance performance

    Reviewed 28 July 2016

    I've been to various luaus but this one was quite different because it was very educational. First of all, the location of the Smith's Garden is amazing and you get to tour it upon your arrival learning about various trees and exotic birds. Then, before a dinner, there is a special ceremony (Imu ceremony) during which we learned about the Hawaiian cooking method called Kalua, where a pig is cooked in the underground imu oven (we ate this pig during the dinner and it was very tasty). During a dinner (which was extremely well organized and offered various traditional Hawaiian food) we listened to Hawaiian music and learned how to dance hula. And finally, in the outdoor amphitheater, we watched the luau performance which included dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Philippines, New Zealand, China and Japan - all the nations that influenced Hawaiian culture. The whole atmosphere at the Smith's luau was very relaxed and family-oriented and my kids (6 y.o.) really enjoyed the whole experience .

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  • Good local playground

    Reviewed 24 July 2016

    It is a very nice playground and my kids (6.y.o.) really like to visit it. The only thing we don't like is that in the summer the playground can get really, really hot (that's why I gave it 4 stars) as there are no trees there to hide from the sun. The location of the playground is fantastic - right next to an inner-city lake. You cannot swim in it but you can rent a paddle boat in the summer. Also, there is a nice cafe nearby (just next to the lake) so you can go there and rest or have an ice-cream.

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  • Fantastic indoor playground

    Reviewed 24 July 2016

    Wonderful solution for rainy days in Brussels. Stardust Park is huge and offers various activities that can occupy your kids for hours. If your child is older you can relax in the Park's cafe/restaurant while your kid is having fun. This place can get really busy sometimes so if you want to avoid the crowds try early hours, school days, or sunny days :)

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