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NomadMom

USA, Washington DC
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Children:
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Countries visited with kids:
Belgium, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, USA
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Indoor Activities, Museums, Outdoor Activities, Parks / Nature Sights, Playgrounds, Theme Parks, Water Parks / Pools, Zoos / Aquariums
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  • Very interesting museum

    Reviewed 25 June 2018

    The museum is very interesting and very well organized. It has many interactive exhibits and areas good for the smaller kids. I was a little concerned about the part of the exhibition regarding holocaust (whether it wouid be suitable for the smaller children) but it was designed in a way that smaller kids could not see any photos where the age restrictions could apply.

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    Tips

    - Museum is free of charge on Thursdays. - If your children are a little older I would certainly recommend using audio guides

  • Ok experience

    Reviewed 06 May 2018

    It's rather a smallish museum and a little run down (needs updating). When we visited, some of the exhibits were closed and the ones that were opened seemed as if they were created in the 50s. However the temporary exhibits were more engaging and up-to-date. I wouldn't recommend to make a special trip to this museum but if you are in the neighborhood, then go for it.

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    Tips

    You can visit this museum for free if you already have tickets to the Cárcamo de Dolores Museum (Water Garden Museum) which is nearby.

  • A lot of climbing

    Reviewed 20 March 2018

    It would be a much nicer hike, if there were not so many people around us. We went there on Sunday when the entrance is free and the place was literally flooded with visitors. But if you forget about the people, the hike overall is very interesting (a lot of rocks and stairs to climb on), most of the time it is shaded by the trees, and the view at the top is really amazing. The piramid itself is not spectacular but the overall experience is worth the physical effort.

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    Tips

    1. The hike is definitely not for the little kids as the rocks sometimes might be too much for the little feet to handle. 2. It's better to visit this place during the week or early on weekends when there are fewer visitors there. 3. Take with you some snacks and definitely a lot of water. 4. Wear comfortable shoes and don't forget a sunscreen protection and a hat. 5. There are no restrooms along the trail nor on the top, so make sure your child use a restroom before the hike.

  • Nice zoo with a good selection of animals

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    The Zoo is quite big so you can spen there a couple hours. They have a nice aquarium, a hippopotamus display where you can see them swimming under water, a large chimpanzees habitat, and many other. Some animals have more space than the others but the zoo is doing its best to improve it and has done a lot of work over the years. The zoo has also a nice playground.

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    Tips

    It’s really hard to park near the zoo (space is limited especially during a weekend) so the best way to get there is either to take a public transportation or a taxi. Also, keep in mind that the zoo doesn’t allow balloons on its grounds but there are ballon vendors right outside the zoo entrance. So if your child Insists on getting a ballon, buy it afterwards.

  • Beautiful place to visit

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    We’ve visited Lazienki Park many times during different seasons - it’s always beautiful and worth visiting. In the summer we enjoyed our gondola ride on the lake, a  free Chopin concert, and peacocks roaming freely next to the outdoor amphitheater.

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  • Nice park

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    We had a nice time visiting the park’s playground which is quite big and is located among trees so you can hide in a shade if necessary. The park has also nice walking/biking paths. It is located near Saska Kepa neighborhood where you can find a restaurant or a cafe if you need a snack.

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    Tips

    It’s quite tricky to park near the park (unless you use the parking lot at the Narodowy Stadium) so it’s better to get a public transportation there. The park is located right next to multiple bus & tram stops.

  • Great on a clear day

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    It’s a really great attraction on a clear sunny day as you can see far away in all directions of Warsaw. My children enjoyed the view and a short ride on the elevator.

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    Tips

    It can get windy up there so bring with you something warm.

  • Worth the climb

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    My back-than 6 y.o. didn’t have a problem to climb up to the top and we all enjoyed the view of the Old Town, the Royal Tract and the Vistula river. Great place for taking some good family photos.

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    Tips

    It can be windy on the top of the tower so it’s a good idea to have a sweater or something warm with you.

  • We loved it!

    Reviewed 19 January 2018

    We went to Casa Azul as a multi generation group: kids, parents and grandparents and we all really enjoyed it. The museum is full of colors, art, and personal items, which once belonged to Frida and Diego Rivera. And if your child or you knows Spanish, you can take advantage of  the child-friendly guides (shaped like monkeys), which gives children interesting information about Frida's painting and keep them involved by giving them a task to find in each room different items.

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    Tips

    To avoid standing in line (which very often can be really long), buy tickets online beforehand.

  • Small but charming

    Reviewed 19 January 2018

    The botanical garden is rather small but it's really charming. My kids enjoyed walking around and exploring the plants. They particularly liked visiting the greenhouse (which is really pretty) and hiding under the nearby giant ants.

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    Tips

    After visiting the Garden you can take advantage of other activities in the Chapultepec Park. For example, right next to it there is a lake where you can rent paddle boats or you can visit the Anthropology Museum, which is right across the street.

  • Must see

    Reviewed 14 December 2017

    We visit this museum every time we are in Warsaw and my kids love it. It's so much there to do and explore - no matter what is your age. All exhibits are interactive so you can spend hours there and will never get bored.

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    Tips

    The museums can get very busy so it's the best to visit it during a week rather than during a weekend. It's also a good idea to buy the tickets online so you have guaranteed an entry time and you don't need to waste your time waiting in a line.

  • Charming place

    Reviewed 04 December 2017

    We had a lot of fun visiting the Ajusco maze, which is not super big but for my 8 y.o. kids it was sufficient to get a sense of adventure. They enjoyed taking turns in leading, picking their own way through and playing hide-and-seek. We entered the labyrinth twice breaking it with a quick snack, which you can purchase at the manor (you can choose between a simple quesadilla, chilaquiles or enchilada). We also visited the public part of the manor which features an eclectic collection of furniture, ceramics and animal trophies. It's not particularly interesting, but from there, you have a great view of the maze and the surroundings. Located very close to the national park and surrounded by the pine trees, the labyrinth provides a nice nature escape from the busy Mexico City. My children also enjoyed interaction with the animals living at the property such as chickens, roosters, turkeys and some cute cats.

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    Tips

    1. The owner of the place told us you can visit the maze at any time and any day. He said it's open 24/7. 2. If you don't want to eat food provided by the manor you can bring your own picnic or even BBQ your food on the spot. 3. There are bathrooms at the property but they don't seem to have a toilet paper. Something to keep in mind.

  • Perfect for kids with lots of energy

    Reviewed 22 October 2017

    We were invited to the Sky Zone for a birthday party. It was Friday, late morning and the venue was basically empty. We heard that the place tends to be packed during the weekends so it seemed like a perfect time to visit.  Sky Zone has different areas to chose from (dodge ball, basketball, foam pit, etc) which makes the place more engaging.

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    Tips

    If you want to avoid crowds, weekdays in the morning seem perfect for that.

  • Cute

    Reviewed 16 October 2017

    The museum is really small and it takes about 20-30 minutes to see all of the exhibits. The museum presents Polish toys mostly from the 70s and 80s. My kids were moderately interested in the exhibitions but enjoyed watching silent Polish cartoons at the museum's mini-movie theater. In my opinion, this museum is more interesting  for parents (a nostalgic trip back to the childhood), but kids will find at the gallery something entertaining too.

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  • Worth visiting

    Reviewed 13 October 2017

    The Basaltic Prisms are beautiful and definitely worth visiting. However, I didn’t like how much they were ruined by the surrounding shops and restaurants. But if you pretend you don’t see the latter, then the the place is really charming. You can admire the Prisms from above crossing a fun suspension bridge or you can go all the way down to the canyon where you can see the Prisms from up close and might even get splashed by the waterfalls. Some kids might also enjoy the zip line, which goes above the canyon (my loved it). After you are done with exploring the Prisms you can have a snack at one of the many restaurants which are right next to the nature sight.

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    Tips

    During the weekend Prisms can get really crowded. If I go there again I would do it in the morning to avoid crowds.

  • Nice view

    Reviewed 12 October 2017

    We enjoyed our ride and the view from the Amber Sky wheel.  We liked that there was practically no waiting time involved (maybe we were lucky) and that we went a few times around before our ride was over. This way we had a chance to take nice pictures and enjoy the panorama of Gdansk a few times.

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  • Not the best first impression but overall ok

    Reviewed 11 October 2017

    When we walked into Porfirio's our first impulse was to leave it because the music was way too loud and we could barely hear each other. But after a while, the music seemed to get a little quieter (or maybe we got used to it). The atmosphere in the restaurant was quite relaxed and a lot of the customers were families with kids. Both food and service was good and our children spend most of the time playing in a play area which was supervised by "nannies". The play area was rather small and quite hot, but my kids seemed to enjoy it anyway playing video games and watching movies.

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    Tips

    They don’t have children menu but you can find some simple dishes there which kids can enjoy such as tacos, quesadillas or chicken soup.

  • More fun if you know Spanish

    Reviewed 01 October 2017

    This place is definitely more attractive for kids who understand Spanish. There are only few activities that children can just folllow without knowing the language but most of the workshops and “Kidzania’s jobs” are lead in Spanish so my children felt a little lost at times. Also, it was a little overwhelming to fiigure our how things work at the beginning as nobody has really explained it to us. So, after waiting for a while for our first activity we found out that we were supposed to exchange cheques, we got with the tickets, at the Kidzania’s bank. We also didn’t like the waiting time. It takes about 20 minutes for each workshop but when you arrive at the worshop place you have no idea whether the workshop has just started or not. So you wait and wait everywhere. Only a few activities have schedule so you can plan your arrival time more effectively.

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    Tips

    It’s better to visit Kidzania in the morning when there are fewer visitors and you don’t waste a lot of time waiting. Also, make sure your kid wears snickers and long pants. We learned hard way that sandals and shorts are not ok for some activities.

  • Beautiful spot

    Reviewed 29 September 2017

    Landscape Alley was one of our favorite places to visit when we were living in Kiev. It's a perfect place to take a family walk: with a perfect view on Podil, interesting scultpures, and colorful mosaic constructions to look at. Kids, of course, loved the playgrounds (3 of them to be exact). The playgrounds don't have soft edges, like the ones in the US, but are really beautiful and fun to play on.

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  • Mesmerizing experience

    Reviewed 04 September 2017

    We were going to the Anthropology Museum and noticed the los voladores performing. My kids loved the dance and were mesmerized watching it. We even stayed for the second show because they were interested to see it from the very beginning. The performance is truly incredible to watch.

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  • Beautiful museum

    Reviewed 04 September 2017

    We loved this museum! Mexican folk art is so vibrant it will certainly appeal to children of all ages. Kids will especially enjoy wooden and papier-mache creatures and animals, funny-looking skeletons, and other colorful sculptures.

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  • Interesting experience

    Reviewed 14 August 2017

    It was definitely an interesting experience. The canals were packed with other gondolas and it was quite loud: a mix of latino music and mariachi bands. It's definitely not Venice (as some people compare it to) but it has its own charm.  While you are sailing you can have a snack (you can either sail up to one of the restaurants or order food from the food vendors sailing by), buy some souvenirs or invite to a gondola your own mariachis.

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    Tips

    You can usually negotiate the price of trajinera. The established price is 350 pesos per hour/ per boat. Don't pay per person. At the end, it is customary to give the guy poling the boat a tip (about 150 - 200 pesos).

  • My 7 y.o. loved it

    Reviewed 14 August 2017

    We really liked how professional and entertaining the staff was. They were really helpful and friendly and paid a lot of attention to safety. Since my kids were the youngest in the group, the guides were particularly attentive towards them and even helped to carry their pulleys. After the activity, we had a quick snack at the onsite restaurant followed by a really engaging presentation of Damiana liqueur.

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    Tips

    Keep it in mind that moving from one zip-line to another requires mild hiking.

  • Interesting family adventure

    Reviewed 06 August 2017

    It was a fun tour my family enjoyed a lot. The camel ride was rather short (about 20 minutes) but it was very picturesque. And the other parts of the tour were interesting as well. Although it was really hot it was still interesting to do a nature walk during which we learned quite a lot about cacti and other desert vegetation. The food offered at the end of the trip was tasty and included Tequila & Mezcal tasting (not for kids of course) as well as a presentation how to make traditional tortillas.

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    Tips

    Definitely bring with you sunscreen, hats and cool clothing. If you have an option choose an afternoon tour as it is a little less hot then. The whole tour including transportation from and to the hotel as well as registration at the Cabo Adventures' desk takes between 5-7 hours.

  • Nice playground with splash area

    Reviewed 28 July 2017

    After visiting some tourist attractions in Torun, this playground was a perfect place for my kids to recharge batteries. The nice thing about this playground are big trees which cast some shadow on the playground and the surrounding benches. We really appreciated that ;) We didn't have towels so my children didn't use the splash area but it looked like a lot of fun.

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  • Interesting family activity

    Reviewed 28 July 2017

    We had a great experience visiting this museum. We attended bi-lingual show which was run both in Polish and English. The animators were entertaining and very engaging and everybody had a good time. My kids particularly liked the part when they could make their own gingerbreads but they also enjoyed the initial presentation by the Gingerbread Master and the Witch in which they had an active role. Great family activity!

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    Tips

    It's a good idea to order tickets online before your visit. The shows have limited space so if you just show up at the museum without the tickets it might turn out you won't be able to enter it right away.

  • A place where kids can splash

    Reviewed 26 July 2017

    I gave this place only 4 stars because, in theory, nobody is allowed to splash in this fountain. However, it seems like this rule is not enforced during the time outside of the evening shows. When we visited the fountain on a hot day in July, a lot of kids were already running around the water jets. My children joined in and had a lot of fun. We were there for about 30 minutes and nobody said anything.

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    Tips

    It's a good idea to have a spare set of clothes for your child if she plans to play in the fountain. Kids get completely soaked there.

  • Nice park

    Reviewed 18 July 2017

    We visited this park for a birthday party. It's a nice green area with plenty of grass to run on and places for picnic. The park has also climbing walls and a cafe but they didn't work when we were there.

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  • Great outdoor activity

    Reviewed 16 July 2017

    My 7 y.o. twins had a great time on the Junior course designed for children 120cm+. They used it at least 4 times in a row. It would be probably more interesting if there are more courses for kids of that hight (there are a few more courses for the taller kids and adults) but still, they burnt off some energy and enjoyed the experience.

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  • Much better than it looks from outside

    Reviewed 27 June 2017

    This aquarium doesn't look too impressive from the outside but it's really a world class place. It offers several subterranean floors presenting sharks, jelly fish, hundreds of tropical fish species, sea turtles and an impressive exhibit of penguins. My kids especially loved the tunnel with manta rays and shark swimming right above their heads.

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    Tips

    Lines can be long when it opens so try arriving later in the day. Aquarium has special promotion (2 in 1) with the Laboratorio Submarino Blau Life, which is just across the street and presents extremely interesting hands-on exhibits about various aspects of the sea.

  • A place to visit when you are in Puebla

    Reviewed 05 April 2017

    ''The world's smallest volcano'' is not an awe-inspiring sight and I wouldn't make a special trip just to see it. But since we were in Puebla we decided to pay it a visit. My children got a kick of the size of the crater as it is really, really tiny. They enjoyed climbing it up and down inside the crater. The whole experience takes maybe 10 minutes so it's a good thing that right next to the volcano there are two decent playgrounds where kids can play and burn a little more steam.

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  • Full day filled with excitement

    Reviewed 04 April 2017

    We really loved our experience there. You can enter the Safari either in your own car or join one of the buses operated by the park. You drive through different sections of the safari and animals are right next to or in front of you. For most of the time you can keep your windows open and the only time you have to roll them up is in the part with the dangerous species (tigers, bears). My kids particularly loved the last section of the safari called Adventure Zone where you can feed beautiful Australian birds (they are so tame they literally sit on you), pet a kangaroo, stand face to face with emus, or crawl through a special tunnel to see a sleeping leopard right above your head. Really amazing experience.

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  • Fantastic playground

    Reviewed 27 March 2017

    This is one of the best playgrounds in Mexico City. It is really big and it's surrounded by trees, which give some nice shade and breeze. The climbing constructions and zip lines are really fun and my kids loved them. We went there on Sunday morning (around 10:30) and the park was practically empty with just a few families around. In the park you'll find a lot of picnic tables (something we have to plan on next time), benches to rest on, and space for children to run around. If you drive there, you can try to park on one of the side streets near Avenue Consituyentes.  

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  • Very small but cute

    Reviewed 27 March 2017

    The aviary is tiny but it's charming at the same time. The admission is only 7 pesos so if you are at the Lincoln Park or at the Lincoln Park playground you should definitely pay it a short visit (it takes about 15 minutes at the most to see it). A lot of birds are flying freely and they don't seem to mind the visitors but some birds are kept in cages. It's really a nice way to escape the noise of the streets and enjoy the sounds of a tropical forrest. My kids enjoyed our short visit there and so did I.

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  • My kids loved the net structure

    Reviewed 27 January 2017

    The playground offers various slides (bigger and smaller ones) but my kids really liked a large net-like structure in the middle of the playground, which was quite unique. They played on in almost the entire time climbing up and down, or just sitting on it. The nice thing about the playground is that it is surrounded by trees which give a nice cover from the sun. We went there on Sunday afternoon and the playground didn't seem to be particularly busy which was really nice. One of the cons is that the playground doesn't have a bathroom. Also, during the time of our visit none of the nearby vendors was selling water (something to keep in mind). But there are restaurants nearby, so in case of emergency there is alway a place to go to.

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  • Great playground in the heart of Mexico City

    Reviewed 26 January 2017

    The playground is huge. It has swings and slides tailored to both bigger and smaller kids but my children liked the most a climbing wall. The playground is located in the heart of Polanco surrounded by numerous restaurants and places to grab a snack.

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  • Good activity for a rainy day

    Reviewed 09 December 2016

    It's a collection of big and small bouncy castles with slides, climbing walls, giant basketball play area, and more. Kids definitely had great time running around and bouncing. Jumping Joeys has separate area for little kids but still, it is a good idea to keep a close eye on them as older kids tend to run around rather uncontrollably.

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  • Had good time even with toddlers

    Reviewed 30 November 2016

    The place is really unique. We went there on a very hot day but we still enjoyed watching live performances, people making crafts and colorful historical costumes. Our kids were toddlers at the time so we couldn't do much with them and didn't take advantage of all the fun activities offered to the older kids (such as archery shooting), but instead went for a nice walk around the Park and enjoyed good food in the restaurant. Tip: the entrance to the Park is very reasonable unless you use one of a guided tours which can charge a lot of money. So, if you have a car - go there on your own. You don't need to know Ukrainian to get around there.

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  • Fine if there is nothing better to do

    Reviewed 28 November 2016

    We went invited to the birthday party there so I cannot write much about the food. Although, the chicken wings were ok and I noticed that the restaurant had a bar with fresh veggies. Overall kids had a good time playing various arcade games but the prizes were really disappointing. We were in a similar arcade place in Arizona and the choices there were much, much better.

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  • Good family activity

    Reviewed 27 November 2016

    We visited this place today and we loved it (my husband climbed as well). Our kids had so much fun climbing on various walls which are really beautiful and require different climbing strategies. The great thing about this place is that upon arrival, in a training zone, kids learn how to hook themselves up to the ropes and they can independently switch from a wall to wall. It's an excellent physical activity for the entire family. During the weekends I would recommend visiting ClimbZone in the morning as it gets more crowded as the time goes by.

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  • Short ride but small kids will like it

    Reviewed 26 November 2016

    The ride is very short but it's cute, especially for the little kids (mine were toddlers at the time). I wouldn't make special arrangements just to do the ride, but if you are in the neighborhood on either side of the Fenicular - it's worth doing it.

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  • Excellent for a day trip

    Reviewed 02 November 2016

    Great way to spend a day closer to the nature. The whole tour is organized really well although when we went there during a summer weekend it was really crowded so people literally were bumping into each other, which was a little annoying and tiring. It's probably a better experience to go there during a week day. But still, we had fun and enjoyed the view, a few small rapids (kids especially loved those), and we found a nice spot on a way where we could enjoy a snack.

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  • Nice playground

    Reviewed 02 November 2016

    It is a fun playground with interesting things to climb on. It covered under the trees so it's pleasant to visit when It's really hot and sunny. I don't recall whether the place has a bathroom nearby, which might be an issue for some parents.

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  • Great experience

    Reviewed 02 November 2016

    We loved the museum and how interactive it is. It's definitely a place which both adults and kids can enjoy. You should set aside at least 2-3 hours to see it. Keep in mind that the museum stop selling tickets and closes its doors for the new visitors at 3:30 PM!

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  • Great for weekend outings

    Reviewed 02 November 2016

    Interesting way to spend some time outdoors. Depending on a season, my kids enjoyed picking strawberries, pumpkins, kale and other fruits and vegetables. Bonus: all fruits and vegetables are organic and you pay only for what you've picked up (the prices are pretty good too).

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  • Kids loved the prizes

    Reviewed 30 October 2016

    We visited Freedom Station in the middle of the week (in the Summer) and it was quite empty. Kids loved the video games where they could win the tickets which, at the end of our stay, they turned into prizes. We also enjoyed playing a mini golf and the kids had fun with it. The restaurant offers typical fast food but I wouldn't expect much from a place like that.

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