Book a megabus.com ride for Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is this weekend. Have you found the perfect gift for that special lady in your life?

I don’t know what my teens have planned for Mother’s Day. I’ve left them a few hints of what I’d like for Mother’s Day. They are not actually gifts – more so things I’d like.

  • A clean home
  • A clean car
  • Sleep in
  • Dinner out (or delivered)

These things don’t necessarily cost money (except dinner). They also might not sound overly exciting, but trust me, it’s what I really want. I am not a fan of cleaning (but I LOVE a clean home). My car is getting a big grungy looking and I have been craving pineapple pizza for weeks.

I know it sounds like a cliché thing to say, but I LOVE handmade gifts from the heart. Those are my favorites.

Over the years some of my most favorite Mother’s Day gifts included a plate that had a photo my daughter drew printed on it. Also, stationary (cards) that featured my son’s artwork (they were professionally printed). I still have them (although they are currently in storage).

My mom passed away 13 years ago. I can’t help but think about her on Mother’s Day too.

I used to always give my mom handmade gifts. She wouldn’t have it any other way. If we bought her anything she would quibble about it.

One thing I think would have make for a great Mother’s Day gift is to go on a mini-trip to some place special. Or if you don’t live near your mom, what about surprising her with an unexpected visit?


Have you ever heard about megabus.com? They are a bus company that travels across the country as well as Canada.

Megabus.com great for weekend getaways, traveling to sporting events, and visiting family out of town – like mom! In fact, megabus.com recently did a survey and the results found that a majority of megabus.com customers miss their moms (64%). Many of those surveyed said that they would cry tears of joy if they were surprised with a trip (53%) or an surprised visit (46%). In addition, the survey also found that more people are planning to go home for Mother’s Day, over a spa or the beach.

Our daughter is in college. She plans on transferring next spring. I can’t imagine what life would be like without her around. I really hope that she is able to come home often, especially on the holidays and Mother’s Day.

What makes megabus.com the perfect choice for surprising mom with an unexpected visit or trip, is that megabus.com offers customers great rates. Fares start at only $1 (plus a reservation fee). Plus they offer FREE WIFI to every passenger, a restroom, comfortable reclining seats and modern buses.

This year marks megabus.com’s 10th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, megabus.com has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 10,000 trees along megabus.com routes and on college campuses throughout the country over the next year. I think that is a wonderful thing that they are doing.

If you are interested in learning more about megabus.com, or interested in surprising mom with a special trip (or plan a trip to visit mom) go to megabus.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What are your plan for Mother’s Day? Will you be visiting your mom to celebrate with her in person?

Have you ever planned a trip as a Mother’s Day gift? If you could, where do you think you and your mom would go?

If you have every used megabus.com, feel free to share your experiences.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of megabus.com . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Hit the road this summer with Fodor’s Travel and Listening Library! (Giveaway ends 5/15/16)



I cannot begin to grasp the idea that summer is almost here. SUMMER! When did that happen? It seems like we were shoveling snow just yesterday. Now we’re planning on what to do Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer.

What are your summer plans? Are you planning on a vacation with your family or friends?

My family and I can’t afford to go on a real vacation. Instead we rely on “day trips.” They don’t usually cost that much and we are able to be home in time to walk our dog and feed our “mini-zoo.”

One of our favorite places to go during the warm weather months are area parks (local or state). We love being outdoors and exploring nature.

When I was younger my family and I took a road trip through Yosemite National Park. That was one of my most favorite vacations. I still remember when we came across an area that had a lot of snow. You don’t always associate California with snow. I know my parents took a picture of me and my sister playing in the snow. I wish I knew where that photo was.

If you are planning a vacation this year across your state, or across the country, be sure to check out Fodor’s Travel.

Did you know that Fodor’s has been around for 80 years? Wow!

Fodor’s is a trusted resource offering expert travel advice.

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, Fodor’s has unveiled a new suite of online tools and updated guidebooks to help travelers plan an unforgettable family trip to America’s incredible natural wonders.

Throughout this year (2016), all parks, including the venerable Yellowstone and Yosemite, will celebrate the centennial with activities and initiatives that allow visitors to revel in their natural, historical, and cultural splendor.

Yellostone Falls

I would love to return to Yosemite with my family (husband and children). They have never been there before. Visiting Yellowstone is on my “Bucket List.”

If your summer vacation plans include a road trip you should check out Fodor’s National Park Road Trip Itineraries, found on Fodors.com. It will help you and your family have the most road-trip worthy adventures to parks across various states.

You should also check out National Parks 101 if you are planning a trip to a national parks, including booking, budgeting and packing tips; and National Parks Finder helps you find and compare national parks based on activity, region or season.

Be sure to check out Fodor’s National Parks of the West, on sale May 10. The book ha been completely updated and provides readers with the best sites, dining, and lodging in and around each park.

Family Travel

When you are planning a road trip, even if it’s just to the grandparent’s house, you should always have entertainment on hand.

One great way to keep everyone entertained while traveling is with audiobooks. When you listen to a book being read to you via an audiobook, you can completely lose yourself in the journey, enjoying the scenery while listening to a great narrator tell you a story.

Audiobook are idea for children because they help to expand vocabulary, teach pronunciation and improve reading comprehension.

Here are some examples of audiobooks.

Imagine enjoying these types of stories on your travel adventure.

Did you know that 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening?

Whether it’s a charmingly, quirky tale for your middle grader like Jennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish, a brain-teasing mystery like Chris Grabenstein’s Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, or Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild read by Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

These audiobooks are available through Penguin Random House Listening Library of audiobooks.

For more information about Fodors visit Fodors.com. You an also follow Fodor’s Travel on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t forget to check out Penguin Random House Listening Library (linked above) You can also check out Listening Library on Twitter and Facebook.

To learn more check out the hashtag #FodorsOnTheGo on social media.

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I have a wonderful giveaway for a lucky reader. 

One (1) winner receives:

  • Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West;
  • 3 audiobooks to listen to on the drive: The Fourteenth GoldfishEscape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library, and Call of the Wild;
  • PLUS a $50 Visa gift card to put towards filling up the tank!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Penguin Random House.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 15, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

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Choice Hotels’ New Loyalty Points Program



I find it amusing that so many business and companies have loyalty and perks programs. My wallet is filled with loyalty cards for about a dozen businesses including pet supplies and the place where we get our hair cut.

As much as I dislike carrying around so many cards, I feel it’s definitely worthwhile to sign up for loyalty programs, most especially at places she shop at frequently.

I’d love to get one of those cards to earn points and rewards when it comes to traveling (airfare). We just don’t like the idea of having a credit card in order to earn the points. We rather earn points as we travel.

The demand for bigger, better, and faster rewards are at an all-time high, even as many loyalty programs – and their perks – are being reduced in scope for members across a number of hospitality categories. Bucking the trend, Choice Hotels has recently announced a series of bold, exciting and completely unique changes to their rewards program, bringing greater and faster value to their over 25 million Choice Privileges members. Some of these new and improved perks include free nights at discounted point levels, instant digital gift cards, and points that never expire!

I LOVE that Choice Hotels’ points never expire. In fact, I think that is one of my favorite feature about them. I hate it when earned points expire just because I haven’t had the chance to use them yet. In fact, that happened to me earlier today. I was suppose to have enough points on a grocery food store’s perks card for .30 cents off per gallon of gas. When I went to get gas it was only .10 cents per gallon because the other points expired. Ugh!!!!


Choice Hotels’ program enhancements are being implemented to bring greater and faster value to the over 25 million members of Choice Privileges.  Some of the new benefits include:

  • Your Extras. Weekday travelers can earn a special reward — a little something ‘extra’ — right when they check in. For each qualifying stay that includes at least 1 weekday night (any night Sun. through Thurs.), the member can earn a special reward of their choice. U.S members have 5 options, varying from Fuel Rewards® savings at participating Shell locations to Amazon.com credit. International members have 2 options: 500 bonus points or 100 airline miles from participating airline carriers.
  • FlexRewards. Get to a free night faster— Members can redeem points for free nights at discounted point levels at participating hotels, varying by season. There will be up to 2,000 hotels reduced during either the weekdays or weekend at any time.
  • Digital Gift Cards. The first hotel company to offer immediate in-app gift card downloads, Choice Privileges members can receive instant gratification with new digital gift cards.
  • Keep Your Points. As long as members stay active by completing a qualifying activity at least once every 18 months, they get to keep their points.
  • 10 Points per Dollar.  All 5,500 Choice Hotels now earn 10 points per dollar spent – including economy and extended stay hotels, such as MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge and Rodeway Inn.  And, during our award winning promotions, it is now easier than ever to qualify since members no longer need to stay two consecutive nights at economy brands.

I really like that you can earn rewards such as Fuel Rewards® and Amazon credit. I always need gas for my car and I shop at Amazon frequently. It’s nice that they offer non-hotel related rewards which is great for people like us who can’t afford to travel often.

“The exciting new changes to our Choice Privileges program mark a major milestone in Choice Hotels’ history,” said Jamie Russo, VP of Loyalty and Customer Engagement. “While many rewards programs continue to decrease the value of benefits for their guests, we’re building a loyalty program that gives more and faster perks to travelers starting right when they join. We have built these new features around guests, and we want them to feel constantly rewarded by the new Choice Privileges wherever their travels take them.”

It’s refreshing to see that a company is taking their loyal customers to heart and developing a rewards program that offers so many perks.

If you would like more information about the new Choice Privileges rewards program, visit www.ChoiceHotels.com/Choice-Privileges.

You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the new Choice Privileges perks?

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*I have partnered with Choice Hotels to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise note and not influenced in any way. 

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Clever Mom Hacks and Traveling Tips from Autotrader (giveaway ends 12/21/15)



Over the river and through the woods, to grandmothers house we go…

How many readers are doing a lot of traveling this holiday season? Are you going on vacation for the holiday? Are you visiting friends or family far away?

We’re fortunate that we’ll only be visiting my father and step-mother this holiday season and they only live 50 minutes away (each way).

In years past we did A LOT of travelling during the holiday season – most especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The last thing you want to have happen is something to go wrong with your car while you are far from home. You also don’t want to find out half way into your trip that you forgot something at home (I’ve done that before – I left a gift at home!).

Autotrader has some great tips for consumers when it comes to travelling this holiday season (or any time of the year).

If you are not familiar with Autotrader, here is a little bit of information about the company.

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Autotrader is the most visited third-party car shopping site, with the most engaged audience of in-market shoppers. As the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights, Autotrader makes the car shopping experience easy and fun for today’s empowered consumer looking to find or sell the perfect new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car.

Here are some of their great tips for travelling by car.

Prepare your vehicle. Do a quick check on the essentials before you head out. Check the wear and pressure on your tires, and be sure your fluids (oil, coolant and wiper fluid) are topped off.

Make it an adventure. Just because you have an ultimate destination doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fun stuff in between. Check your route for family-friendly stops along the way such as a zoo, park or even toy store to give kids something to look forward to while breaking the trip into manageable pieces.

Keep the little ones engaged. Technology features like built-in screens and DVD players can be saviors on the road, but if your car doesn’t come equipped with these, consider bringing along a handheld device on which little ones can play games or watch videos. And if technology isn’t your thing, remember that magnetized board games and word games can work just as well.

Bring snacks. Greasy food isn’t the best for staying alert — or feeling good — while road tripping. Instead of relying on fast-food, bring along lots of smaller, healthier snacks to keep kids (and adults) content. Fruits and vegetables that are easy to eat and easy on the mess, like carrot sticks, bananas and apples, are great options.

Have patience! Between road congestion, frequent stops and the sometimes-bad weather that plagues many areas this time of year, holiday travel time can take longer than anticipated. Allow—and plan for—extra travel time, and you’ll have a better chance of arriving safely and stress-free.

These are excellent tips. I would also like to add a few of my own.

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Map out alternate routes. Just in case you come across road work or a car accident that might cause you to sit in traffic for long periods of time – most especially if you need to be some place by a specific time. Back in 2002 my family and I were going to Florida and needed to get to the airport. Thankfully we took a car service because we encountered a massive traffic pile up on the way which would have caused us to miss our flight. Our driver knew an alternate route and was able to get out of the traffic and get us to the airport in time. If we had drove down we wouldn’t have known about the alternate route and we would have missed out flight.

Know rest stops along the way. Trust me… when you have children you need to have a general idea where rest areas are in case “nature calls.” I remember once coming back fro the Jersey Shore when our daughter had to go to the bathroom really bad. It was bumper-to-bumper traffic and we just made it to the rest stop on the highway, narrowly avoiding an “accident.” Had we planned better we would have known what exits to get off at in case somone needed the facilities.

These days when we are travelling long distances and see a rest area we stop even if no one needs to go. It’s always a good idea to at least try and “go,” plus it gives you a chance to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

Don’t forget water. You should keep yourself hydrated when travelling.

Make sure you have emergency equipment. Make sure you have a first aid kit, extra blankets, non-perishable food, water and other essentials in the event you find yourself stranded. With crazy winter weather  you just never know when you might get stuck somewhere. Also, make sure you have a back up charger for your phone in case your car doesn’t have a live battery you can draw from.

Travelling with children is not always easy. My husband and I talk about it all the time how when we traveled as children it seemed to take forever to get to our destination. As an adult it doesn’t seem that way. Even an hour long trip can be boring for a child. That is why it’s important to not only keep them entertained, but also to help keep your sanity.

Check out these great Clever Mom Hacks for Driving with Kids. I like the tip about re-purposing DVD cases for art supplies. I was thinking this could work well with a VHS tape case too. I’m sure we have a few of those lying around.

I also LOVE the tip about using a plastic cereal container as a garbage can. I love having a clean car – both inside and out. I need to make one of these for my car.

PHOTO SOURCE: Autotrader

PHOTO SOURCE: Autotrader

Using small muffin cups for change and other small items is a great idea as well. I think it’s also a great way to keep dust, dirt and debris from collecting in the cup holders too. I wonder if they will keep the cup holders clean from coffee cup drips too?

When it comes to travelling with kids I have some other tips to share.

Books on tape. Purchase books on tape to let your kids (and family) listen to on long trips. You can even records yourself reading your child’s favorite books to listen to. Adults can enjoy books on tape too.

Keep snacks with reach of your children. That way you don’t have to pull over to hand it to them or try and pass it back to them while driving (which is a safety hazard). Use lunchboxes to store snacks and drinks that way everything is together and the kids known which belongs to them.

Take driving breaks. Stop every so often so that everyone can stretch their legs and get some fresh air. I think it helps make everyone less grumpy and it gives the driver a break for a few minutes.

Go “old school.” There is nothing wrong with doing the things we did as kids with our families such as singing songs together (100 Bottles…) and playing classic games like “I Spy” and the License Plate Game.

I hope you found these tips from me and Autotrader helpful.

If you would like to learn more about Autotrader please visit Autotrader.com. You can also check them out on social media – FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and YouTube.

Check out the hashtag #MomHacks for more great ideas.


Autotrader would love to give a lucky reader a fun travel “kit.” The kit contains the following;

  • Charger
  • $25 Visa gift card
  • Tote
  • Seat Back Organizer
  • Selfie Stick
  • First Aid Kit
  • Single-use Wet Wipes
  • Snacks

The retail value is $75.00. Thank you Autotrader!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what was your favorite tip – OR – share a travelling tip of your own.

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Free Entry to All National Parks to Celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday on August 25, 2015


My family at one of our favorite spots at a local park.

My family at one of our favorite spots at a local park.

My family and I truly enjoy visiting parks. I’m not talking about playgrounds but rather local, state and national parks. We enjoy picnicking, hiking (on easy trails), taking in the fresh air and enjoying the beauty that is all around us. I especially love to take pictures of nature and the landscape.

Did you know that on August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act creating the National Park Service (NPS), a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established (now there are 408 national parks!).

I didn’t know that. That means next year the NPS will be celebrating 100 years. But that doesn’t mean the celebration can’t start a bit earlier.

To celebrate the upcoming centennial of NPS in 2016, the National Park Foundation (NPF) launched their Find Your Park campaign to encourage everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark – no matter your interest.

To help get you interested in checking out the national parks, here is a list of 99 ways you could celebrate NPS’ 99th birthday on August 25, 2015 and get ready for NPS’ big 100th birthday next year. Founders’ Day also marks fee free day to all national parks.

99 Ways to Find Your Park (courtesy of NPS).

Every few years we have our kids sit on the same rock at a local park and take their picture to see how much they have grown.

Every few years we have our kids sit on the same rock at a local park and take their picture to see how much they have grown.


  1. Go climbing
  2. Write poetry
  3. Be an urban hiker
  4. Visit a National Heritage Area
  5. Dance
  6. Learn about climate change
  7. Discover a culture new to you
  8. Experience silence
  9. Walk through a doorway of a historic house
  10. Find inspiration in the story of a civil rights leader
  11. Go on a ranger-led tour #rangerspointingatthings
  12. Hug a tree
  13. Make a memory
  14. Earn a Jr. Ranger badge
  15. Relax on the banks of a scenic river
  16. Celebrate innovation
  17. Find life in a desert
  18. Get inspired by a First Lady
  19. Stand on a mountaintop
  20. Bring a kid to a park
  21. Paddle a water trail
  22. Take a photo that matches a historic one #retrogram
  23. Try something new
  24. Channel your inner Bill Nye—become a citizen scientist
  25. Walk a historic main street
  26. Find your park in Spanish #encuentratuparque
  27. Explore a cave
  28. Go green
  29. Brush up your national park trivia skills
  30. Scout a park, boys and girls!
  31. Make art in a park
  32. Celebrate Native American heritage
  33. Come sail away
  34. Take a picnic and dine al fresco
  35. Be bear aware
  36. Hit the road
  37. Enlighten yourself at a historic lighthouse
  38. Go biking
  39. Explore Asian American and Pacific Islander culture in America
  40. Feel the sand between your toes
  41. Share your story
  42. Learn about endangered species
  43. Join us
  44. Follow NPS on social media
  45. Follow the footsteps of a woman who made history
  46. Get in the know about H2O
  47. Bee pollinator friendly
  48. Get VIP status
  49. Catch a wave
  50. Immerse yourself in a living history program
  51. Hit record
  52. Get prehistoric
  53. Improve your health—get a park Rx
  54. Use your free active military pass
  55. Get reel—Visit a park featured in your favorite movie
  56. Join a trail clean-up
  57. See the sea
  58. Discover a traditional tribal cultural practice
  59. Let Elmo and Murray be your guides
  60. Mail a postcard
  61. Discover history around you
  62. Make new friends
  63. Raft down a river
  64. Pay your respects at a national cemetery
  65. Pick a POTUS
  66. Take a mini-cruise
  67. Plan ahead and prepare
  68. Walk nature’s treadmill
  69. Pose for a family photo in a park
  70. Recognize women who made history
  71. Reflect on our most difficult stories
  72. Stamp your park passport
  73. Ride on a historic carousel
  74. Run
  75. See history from a different perspective
  76. Renew your spirit
  77. See how NPS helps transform your community
  78. Go fish
  79. See the starry, starry night
  80. Make a splash
  81. Share a #tbt park photo
  82. Discover the beauty of our nation’s other public lands
  83. Sleep outside
  84. Spread the love—thank a park volunteer
  85. Plan the best field trip ever
  86. Visit our international sisters
  87. Trash Your Trash
  88. Find a monument and decode history
  89. Travel the Underground Railroad
  90. Use the buddy system!
  91. Visit for free on our 99th birthday
  92. Wander an American battlefield
  93. Watch wildlife
  94. Take a deep breath
  95. Go wild: Experience wilderness
  96. Use a national park lesson plan
  97. Play
  98. Take a sunrise selfie
  99. Get ready to celebrate with us in 2016!

There are a lot of great ideas, even if you don’t get a chance to visit a National Park this summer.

Do you like to visit parks? What is your favorite thing to do in a park?

My husband and daughter enjoying paddle boats at a local park.

My husband and daughter enjoying paddle boats at a local park.


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Check out Spiders Alive! A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History



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One of my all time favorite places to go is the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. My mom took me there a few times when I was a young girl. The first time I visited the museum I fell in love with it. I truly enjoy exploring every corner of the museum. I’m one of those people who enjoy reading about each and every thing that I see – much to the dismay of my kids. They just like to look and move on to the next thing. Not me. I like to learn about what I am looking at.

My family and I haven’t been to the museum in six years. We kept meaning to go back but something always came up. This summer we had it planned that we were going to visit it no matter what.

There is a new exhibit at the museum right now called Spiders Alive! The exhibit will be at the museum until November 29, 2015.

Spiders Alive

OK… I know what you are saying. Who in their right mind would want to go and see real live spiders on display. Most people are not overly keen on the eight legged creatures. Trust me, spiders are not my most favorite creature either. In fact, my mom died from complications to the venom from a Brown Recluse Spider bite.

I don’t freak out when I see spiders, but I am weary of them, especially because some can be deadly. None the less I was curious about them.

My husband, son and I went to the museum to check out the exhibit, as well as the other exhibits at the museum. Our daughter was supposed to go with us but she had to work and couldn’t change her schedule.

Inside the Spiders Alive! exhibit you’ll find real live spiders from around the world – some of them are HUGE too. It was kind of creepy to see these spiders up close.

One of the spiders at the exhibit is a Mediterranean Brown Recluse Spider. I was not too happy to see that one, but at least there was no way it could hurt anymore.

Brown Recluse

Did I mention the spiders in this exhibit are ALIVE (thus the reason why it’s called Spiders Alive!).

My apologies for the photos not being that great. You cannot use flash photography in the exhibit and I don’t have a macro lens on my camera.

Check out these other creepy crawlies currently on display at the Spiders Alive! exhibit.

Spider 1

Spider 2

Spider 3

Spider 4

Spider 5

These are things nightmares are made of. Ha Ha.

There were also photos on the wall of other spiders from around the world (very interesting and unique ones) as well as other displays like a spider web.

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As creepy as it was the exhibit is very educational and gave us a better understanding, and dare I say, appreciation for spiders. There was even a hands on demonstration where the educator used a real, live spider.

The spider the demonstrator was using as also displayed on the screen behind her head so that people in the back could see just as well as those upfront.

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The Spiders Alive! exhibit is an extra fee (it’s not part of the general admission) however if you are interested in spiders, or even a wee bit curious, it would be worth the visit.

There are other special exhibits and films currently going on at the museum too, as well as their permanent displays. You might want to check out Life at the Limits, Nature’s Fury and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean.

Tickets for the museum can be purchased at the museum or you can order them online and pick them up at the Will Call window. PLEASE NOTE the line for the Will Call window is very long. It took 47 minutes online to pick up our tickets. When we left for the day the link for the Will Call window was still very long. Please keep that in mind so you can plan your day accordingly. We were pressed for time so we had to give up one of the exhibits we wanted to see due to the time spent online.

General admission has a suggested price which allows you entry into all 45 halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. To gain entry into the special exhibits you need to purchase different tickets. I would personally recommend the Super Saver option so you can see all the exhibits and films. It’s well worth it.

If you have never been to the American Museum of Natural History and are planning a trip to New York City, or live near the city and are looking for a “day trip” activity, I would highly recommend visiting the museum and planetarium. It’s filled with so many amazing things.

The planetarium is AWESOME! Currently the show at the planetarium is about Dark Matter. I personally found it incredibly fascinating, but my husband and son said it was a bit too “deep” and hard to understand. I feel it might be too complicated for little ones to understand.

There are plenty of tours you could take in the museum. There is even an app that can help make your visit more educational called Explorer. It’s free to download from iTunes and Google Play.

If you are planning a visit I would suggest you allow yourself several hours. There are so many places to explore in the museum. There are also places to eat, shop and plenty of restrooms to make your visit comfortable and more enjoyable.

I don’t want to give away too much from the museum, but here are some of my photos from our visit. I will forewarn you that my favorite exhibits are the animals and dinosaurs, so most of my photos are of them.











Flash photography is not allowed for several of the exhibits. Be sure to read signs to make sure flash photography is allowed. When it doubt you can always ask one of the museum representatives.

I did use flash on the Whale vs. Giant Squid display because there was no way I could get a photo otherwise (it’s very dark).

I think I too about 200+ pictures that day, if not more. I really love the museum. It’s like every time I go we stumble across something we didn’t see before.

Young and old alike can delight in all the wonderful things that can be found within the walls of the museum. The museum is also located across from Central Park so you could take a leisurely stroll there after your museum visit.

For more information please visit www.AMNH.org. You can also find the museum across all the social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…). All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you ever been to the American Museum of Natural History? Do you have a favorite display or exhibit? What do you think about Spiders Alive! Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.



*We received free passes in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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