Steppin' Out | Museum of Industry - Pirates, Parrots & Plunder

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We had the wonderful opportunity on Saturday to kick off March break with a visit to our local museum, The Museum of Industry. We're big fans of the museum and frequent it on almost a weekly basis for their Lego club (psst, it's awesome and free!), but it was a real treat to be able to enjoy this outing as a family and take in their current event, "Parrots, Pirates & Plunder!". 

Before we even got into the museum, the kids were beyond excited (they had been counting down their visit for a week) and once inside, it was obvious how much work and effort had been put into this attraction. The massive boat is what caught our attention first, the kids were able to raise the flags, try tying notes and climb up on the stern and go down the slide. Their excitement of the ship didn't last long though with everything else there was to do.

All of the prepared activities were hands on (major plus) and thoroughly facilitated by the amazing staff that were both helpful and really engaged with the children. Our little artist, Loic loved making his own pirate hat, the animal lover of the family, Mairi was captivated (from a distance) with the parrots and the performer of the three, Hudson made his big debut as part of the dress up performance. Other attractions include: walk the plank, cannon challenge, virtual sandbox, treasure hunt through the museum and lego table. They even considered the smaller pirates with a designated quiet area containing books and soft blocks.

It's always nice to be able to get out as a family and do something new and fun. We really enjoyed all of the museum's hard work and wonderful facilitation of this special event!

We highly recommend taking in the festivities. The "Pirates, Parrots & Plunder" event is continuing through Sunday, March 19. Additional information can be found on the museum's Facebook page and official website.

Sincere thanks to the museum for having us! *We were provided with tickets for this event. All opinions are my own.

Five Reasons Why I'm a Disney Mom.


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(Next trip, I'll be taking along the DSLR :P)

This month I have Disney on the brain. Okay, I always have Disney and Florida on the brain, but it's exceptionally the case lately because it's March and this is my favourite month and time of year to vacation. Since we're stayin' put this winter, I have been coping by way of reminiscing of our last few trips to the "happiest place of earth" and planning next year's reunion (hey, it's never too early). 

For the remainder of March, I thought it would be fun to post some Disney related content. To start, I thought it only made sense to share the reasons why I am definitely a self-proclaimed Disney Mom and why I love Disney as much as I do.

1. There's something for everyone to enjoy. As far as family vacations go, it's a safe bet that every member of the family is going to enjoy themselves for the entire time you are there. No matter the age, interest or how many times you've been, there is something for everyone to enjoy at all Disney parks and resorts. The options for enjoying yourself are pretty much endless: rides, parades, spectacular shows, shopping (hello, Disney Springs), character meet and greets, amazing dining options and general sightseeing. No matter how many times I've been, each visit still feels like the first and I expect it always will. 2. It's about family. As with all vacations, traveling to Florida provides a much needed recharge from our busy, everyday life. While we're on vacation our focus is solely on our family and seizing every memory making opportunity. When we return home, our time at Disney is often the most chatted about during family conversations. 3. Seeing the magic through my children's eyes. While everyone can truly enjoy the magic that only Disney can create, there is something especially incredible about watching your children experience it. I feel so fortunate every time we bring our kids back to Disney, because I know it will be some of their fondest memories of their growing up years. 4. We have to work hard to make a Disney trip happen. If you've followed me for any amount of time, you know we're a "budget family" and for luxury things like vacations, we have to save. Planning for a trip to the Sunshine State means we have to go without other things and really work to save so that we're able to make our vacations happen. For me, it makes our time away that much more special because I know the effort it took to get us there. 5. It's simply my "happy place". I talk non-stop about Florida and Disney for one simple reason, it's my happy place. I enjoy every single minute of being on vacation there. I love the magic, fun, upbeat atmosphere and making lifelong memories with the people who mean the most to me. I can guarantee that I'll always be a Disney Mom and in all likelihood, a Disney Grandma who will still be rockin' a blinged out fanny pack and Minnie ears.

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