Monthly Archive: January 2017

Lego Americana Roadshow at Riverchase Galleria: Tips, free mini-build + How to get a $5 Lego Gift Card

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Two years ago the Lego Americana Roadshow wowed AFOLs, TFOLs and KFOLs from all walks of life. Not familiar with those terms? Basically I just said in LEGO lingo that everyone turned out to...

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Factory Tours: Hershey’s Chocolate Factory, Pennsylvania + Tips & Review

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    Hershey's bakery - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Production sign - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Interactive display inside the Hershey's gift shop Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Inside the factory tour -Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The carousel ride you will use to see the factory - Photo by Christie Dedman

Although it’s not a real chocolate factory tour, the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory in Hershey, PA, is a fun way to experience a glance into the mass chocolate manufacturer’s methods.  While it’s partially educational, it’s more...

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Factory Tours: Louisville Slugger Factory Tour in Kentucky review and tips

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    Inside the bat vault. Pictures Photo by Christie Dedman
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Louisville is just a short drive from Alabama yet it’s never on the radar for families who talk to me about vacations.  However let me make the case that it should be.  This city...

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Factory Tours: U.S. Mint Philadelphia tour + tips

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    Philadelphia LOVE sculpture is only a few blocks away from the MInt. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Eat at Reading Terminal. Photo by Christie Dedman
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We toured the US Mint factory tour in Philadelphia a few summers ago. If you’re near one – Philadelphia or Denver – make sure you take the time for this interesting behind-the-scenes look at...

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Factory Tours: Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Factory Tour, Nashville

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The Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Factory tour is perhaps one of the top five tours we’ve experienced as a family.  Not only were we treated to phenomenal samples of dark chocolate, we were treated...

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Factory Tours: Gibson Guitar Tour Memphis review and tips

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    Gibson Factory Tour - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Gibson Factory Tour - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Gibson Factory Tour - Photo by Christie Dedman

Even if the only guitar you can play is an air guitar, you should stop by and see how real guitars are made at the Gibson Factory Tour in Memphis, Tenn. The tour guide will...

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Factory Tours: Blackberry Hill Alpaca Farm tour in Anniston, Alabama

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Blackberry Hill Alpaca Farm in Anniston, AL recently held an open house event so families and those interested in learning more about alpacas could tour the working farm for free. The event featured guided...

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Factory Tours: Steel City Pops – See frozen treats made while you eat

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    Inside the Homewood location. Photo by Christie Dedman

Steel City Pops hit Birmingham in 2012 and they’ve been creating delicious frozen pops across the state and beyond ever since. The Homewood, AL location is one our favorites to hit just for the entertainment...

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Factory Tours: Birmingham’s Golden Flake Factory Tour Tips & Review

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    The free samples the kids received from the Golden Flake factory tour. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The Golden Flake factory tour. Photo by Christie Dedman

One of the first factory tours we hit when the kids were younger was the Golden Flake factory tour in the industrial area of downtown Birmingham.  I was new to touring factories with kids...

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Tips for touring Russell Cave National Monument with kids

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    Russell Cave National Monument - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Russell Cave National Monument - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Russell Cave National Monument - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Russell Cave National Monument - Photo by Christie Dedman

A few years back we headed up to Bridgeport, AL with the kids to take a gander at Russell Cave National Monument. The National Park Service site had a reptile program scheduled so we thought it...

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