Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle Demense
Family Travel

Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle Demense

When families vacation in Ireland they often stick to the coastal regions or Dublin for the history, scenery and liveliness of the area.  Few who visit Ireland realize that some of the most important discoveries in our galaxy were made from the grounds of Birr Castle in County Offaly. Science at Birr Castle Demense Birr…

A Day Trip to Old Sturbridge Village
Family Travel

A Day Trip to Old Sturbridge Village

My family loves day trips.  We get a chance to break out of routine, escape for the day and usually recharge our batteries. Over Veteran’s Day weekend we took a day trip to Old Sturbridge Village  in Massachusetts.  OSV is a living history museum comprised of over 50 buildings from the period of 1790 through…

15 Ideas for the Elf on the Shelf
Art Education

15 Ideas for the Elf on the Shelf

Need some new ideas for the Elf on the Shelf?  The time of year is quickly approaching when the Elf on the Shelf returns from the North Pole to be Santa’s little eyes during the holiday season!  In our house, while we are packing the kids in the car for the Thanksgiving weekend at the…

Enrichment Cruises: Fun For All the Family
Lifelong Learning

Enrichment Cruises: Fun For All the Family

An emerging new trend in cruising holidays is that of so-called “enrichment cruises”. In addition to the luxury of relaxing, dining and sightseeing expected from a cruise, enrichment cruises offer passengers lectures, demonstrations and classes; often with renowned professionals and experts giving talks or instruction and sometimes even celebrities. Many are now enjoying the opportunity…

A Dozen Reasons for a Family Getaway to Rochester, New York
Family Travel

A Dozen Reasons for a Family Getaway to Rochester, New York

Rochester provides a mix of big city cultural activities with small town friendliness alongside beautiful quaint villages meandering alongside the Erie Canal.  For a city this size, Rochester is fortunate to have an amazing amount of cultural institutions.  Much of this is a result of the very philanthropic George Eastman, founder of modern film and…