It’s Spring and that means Spring Break and Spring Break means you need to figure out what the heck to do with your kids. Staycations are always great but this is your only chance to hit the road before the summer heat comes creeping in. Check out one (or all!) of these Southern must-sees for a Springtime adventure your family will never forget.
You may not know what Minecraft is and your kids may not wake up early for Saturday morning cartoons, but we can all agree that puppets rule. At the Center for Puppetry Arts you take him thousands of years of puppet history in their gallery, meet all of your friends from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show in the Jim Henson Collection, or even take in a family-friendly show in their giant, beautiful theater. So put down the screen and pick up a puppet to experience one of the oldest forms of entertainment on earth.
Spend enough time in the foothills of Appalachia and you’ll start to notice a some very distinct barns and birdhouses in the area. They’re red and black in they say, “See Rock City,” in white capital letters. Well, we agree, you should see Rock City. This beautiful rock garden on top of Lookout Mountain features an easy stroll through beautiful natural rock formations, across a swinging bridge, and ends with a gorgeous view of the Chattanooga Valley. You can also head to the top of the mountain for a little Civil War history or into the Fairyland Caverns for a trip through European folklore. Really, you should be in the car already on your way there.
It’s hard to find an honest to goodness boardwalk these days so you’re going to want to head straight to Myrtle Beach this summer. Hop out of the Atlantic and meander the wide promenade lined with arcades, ice cream, a Ferris wheel, and all the other beach town Americana you could hope for. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
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#ThankfulThursday – Sometimes you just need a little baby shower to feel thankful for the people in your life. Or reminisce about a recent fun walk on a boardwalk. . . . New upper body workout today and it was challenging to get through, but looking forward to trying it out again! . . . #FitMasala
According to a nonscientific Southern Weekend poll, astronaut is one of the most popular career choices for young children. At the U.S. Space & Rocket Center you can inspired the future minds of space travel by showing them what we accomplished in the past. Here you can talk to real life astronauts and scientists and interact with actual space artifacts. Plus, there’s a pretty sweet moonshot ride to try out too.
We all know kids can be picky eaters, but it will be hard to keep that up at Martha Lou’s. Owner and head chef Martha Lou Gadsen serves up some of the best fried chicken in the South. And even that’s too adventures for your little one, the red rice and mac and cheese are consensus crowd pleasers. Martha Lou runs the restaurant with her three daughters so this is the very definition of family friendly cooking.
Rainy days are no problem in Louisville! They’ve got the ultimate adventure playground hidden in giant caverns directly underneath the city. Big kids can ride over a dozen ziplines on a two-hour quest through the cavern. Younger folks can climb the underground ropes course with the help of a parent. And your adrenaline junky kids can bring their BMX bike and ride to their hearts content. No matter what route you pick, go here to escape the rain or Southern heat for an adventure you won’t forget.