Martine

Martine

Rapid City, SD

At-home mom, hiker, reader

Martine recommended a place Aug 23, 2017

★★★★

Unique playground equipment provides some fun challenges for bigger kids. Children under 3 may be frustrated if they can't climb to access the slides. Footing is wood chips. No convenient restrooms, but you could use the pool restrooms in a pinch, if the pool is open. There is a large shaded shelter with 12 picnic tables, plus more tables in the sun and several charcoal grills.

This is a nice neighborhood park. The equipment is best for ages 3 and up. There is a nice picnic shelter near the playground, but you can't see the playground while seated within the shelter. Not a lot of seating for parents to watch kids play.

Martine recommended a place Aug 06, 2017

★★★★★

Great park with really great equipment! Rubber mulch footing in most areas, with a small sand play area. A giant rock intended for climbing. Restrooms. Never crowded, and convenient for north-side errands. Tucked in an older residential neighborhood.

Martine reviewed a place Jul 16, 2017

★★★

I took my little kids to all 3 outdoor public pools so I could compare them. Parkview does NOT have any slides for little kids, a major disappointment for my 46" son. There are two slides for swimmers 48" and up. The splashers and fountains are a little overwhelming. It's easy for hesitant kids to avoid them, but then there are no other attractions in the zero entry area. My k... More

Martine recommended a place Jul 16, 2017

★★★★

I took my little kids to all 3 outdoor public pools so I could compare them. Jimmy Hilton has one slide in the zero entry area (best for ages 3-6). There are also slides for swimmers 48" and up. The splashers and fountains are fun, but not overwhelming or difficult for hesitant kids to avoid. The zero entry area slopes gradually into deeper water, which makes it a little difficult to... More

Martine recommended a place Jul 16, 2017

★★★★★

I took my little kids to all 3 outdoor public pools so I could compare them. Of the three, Horace Mann is our favorite facility. They have a tiny tot slide (best for ages 18m - 4, stairs are on land, slide spills into extremely shallow zero-entry area). Then there is a preschool slide (best for ages 3-6, stairs are on a splashy platform, slide spills into about 6" of water with a soft... More

Martine recommended a place Jul 11, 2017

★★★★★

The play area at the mall is nice for children 5 and under. Lots of parent seating, enough climb-ons for young children to feel engaged, and a single exit point -- so if you keep an eye on that one exit you don't need to worry about escapees. Plus there is a Starbucks in the mall, so if your vision for a perfect morning involves kids playing independently while you drink a coffee, this is w... More

Martine recommended a place Jul 08, 2017

★★★★★

Not as chaotic as our previous visit! No school groups today, so less jostling to have a turn with exhibits and toys. 🎉 Kids loved it, and we enjoyed a little break from our big road trip.

Martine recommended a place Jul 07, 2017

★★★★★

Fun for every age, especially kids 3 and up (38" and taller, 30 lb and heavier). My kids has a BLAST. Well-staffed, both in terms of number of employees and also friendliness and helpfulness toward our family. If you do not do this in your Breck trip, you are missing out! We started our visit with an Alpine Slide injury and treatment at the first aid facility, but after that we were back ... More

Martine recommended a place Jul 07, 2017

★★★★★

Small playground with sand footing. Surprisingly fun! Lots of bench seating for parents, and clean bathrooms in museum just behind playground.

Martine recommended a place Jul 06, 2017

★★★★★

This is an office space that has been converted into a play space. Almost all of the exhibits are in the same large open area, but divided to help you contain/direct/monitor your kids. My kids especially loved the medical play area, and the rescue helicopter, but they spent a little time with the construction area, kinetic sand, and other exhibits. Expect to spend about 90 minutes here, per... More

Martine recommended a place Jul 04, 2017

★★★★★

Fun little playground, with a train theme, some shaded parent seating, a picnic table. Beautiful views through pine trees up to the mountains. Train museum was closed during our visit, but looks like a cute addition to the playground.

Martine recommended a place May 14, 2017

★★★★★

My 5yo rode his bike the whole trail (walking it up the steeper hills) and my 2yo made it the whole 2 miles on her own two feet!

Martine recommended a place May 12, 2017

★★★★★

That green door is the elusive "family bathroom!"

Martine recommended a place May 04, 2017

★★★★★

Here's a fun little playground that's new (at least new to me)! It's a small play area in the First Presbyterian courtyard, at the corner near the library and Dahl Art Center. There is seating for parents too!

We just returned home from our 10-day trip to England! We stayed in London, and did a few day trips to Bath, Stonehenge, Windsor, and Watford. We traveled with our kids (5&2). This was their first international vacation, and it was amazing! Thoughts, upon our return: - England's amenities weren't as "child friendly" as the US, but the people were much friendlier to our c... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 29, 2017

★★★★

My kids enjoyed the Tower, especially the armor and weapons on display in the White Tower! I don't feel the price was worth the experience, but I'm torn because I also feel it's a "must do," to view the Crown Jewels and get a feel of major historical events that happened here. I think if you timed your visit to coincide with their scheduled family events, it would be a bet... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 28, 2017

★★★★★

My kids aren't old enough for HP yet (I'll probably start reading it to the oldest in 5 years or so), but I'm a fan, so this tour was really fun! They control the # of people admitted per day to ensure it's never too crowded, there are lots of interactive and photo ops throughout. My son really loved the wand choreography especially, and my daughter liked riding on a broomstic... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 27, 2017

★★★★

This was our favorite English museum so far! We started right at opening time (10a) and went straight to the Learning Centre to pick up an adventure backpack. The backpack had a booklet, map, and little mini bags, each one with objects and activities for the kids. We blew through 2 hours SO fast. Adults were able to take turns perusing the exhibits while the other adult walked the kids through ... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 26, 2017

★★★★

My husband and I saw Harry Potter & The Cursed Child. Unsurprisingly, most of the attendees were adults (ages 30+) with a handful of children (ages 10+). Like the later HP books, it has some scary elements, plus a very long run time (about 5 hours for the two-part show, which we decided to see all in one day). I'm a HP fan, and also a theater fan. Putting the two together should'v... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 26, 2017

★★★★

This is one of the more posh neighborhoods for shopping in London. We decided to cruise through the area during a window of time where the grandparents were babysitting the kids. It would be hard to enjoy the shops while worrying about kids touching things.

Martine recommended a place Apr 26, 2017

★★★★

So obviously the Churchill War Rooms aren't a major tourist destination for preschoolers, but this was a very important stop for my husband. He was like a kid in a candy shop here, seriously. The kids did well, but couldn't last as long as dad, and there was no kid version of the audio tour. We were able to send the kids off early with heir grandparents while my husband and I stayed beh... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 25, 2017

★★★★★

My kids needed a fairy story to get interested in Stonehenge. For my son, I told him a legend that the burial mounds were underground fairy houses, and the Stonehenge formations made "windows into a magic world," so as we walked around we looked through each magic window trying to spy magical creatures. When you visit, be prepared for WIND! It wasn't that cold when we visited, bu... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 25, 2017

★★★★★

This was a neat little stop -- it has been a pub since the 1300s, I think? Very medieval looking, but a modern enough dining experience. We were offered a limited menu (due to the size of our tour group), but the food was good classic pub food. The seating was comfortable--our kids used it as a chance to zone out and play on their iPads while the adults are and chatted.

Martine recommended a place Apr 25, 2017

★★★★★

The Roman Baths were interesting to all of us, but the audio tour for kids wasn't as engaging as other audio tours we've encountered at other English tourist sites (e.g. Westminster Abbey and St Paul's). Drinking a cup of the "bath water" at the end of the tour was the highlight for my little guy, silly as that sounds. The most interesting tidbit from the tour (in my opi... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 25, 2017

★★★★

Toured Windsor with our kids this morning. The State Rooms were closed to tours since the Queen was hosting a charitable event, so our tour of the castle was very brief (just the doll house and China collection), and the chapel was, honestly, like any other chapel with tombs and memorials to deceased royalty. The tiny glimpse we got into the state rooms tells me that THAT would've been fasc... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 24, 2017

★★★★★

We made a beeline for the ancient Egyptian collection, specifically the mummies. They did not disappoint! My son has been fascinated by ancient Egypt ever since the Magic Tree House book that takes place there. I highly recommend going straight to the exhibits that interest your child. Wandering from gallery to gallery would've exhausted us all. Instead we picked a few highlights, then ca... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 24, 2017

★★★★★

Prepare to wait in line outside! The food was awesome. I had the Eggs Royale, kids shared Pancakes w/ Berries, husband had chicken & waffles. The wait was long, but once seated we had a nice meal and left feeling restored and ready for a British Museum adventure.

Martine recommended a place Apr 23, 2017

★★★★★

We walked through Hyde Park on our way to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground. Idyllic, beyond belief. Swans on the lake, pelicans fishing along the shore, beds overflowing with flowers, remote control sailboats on Round Lake, paths through green spaces with plenty of places to sit. Everyone and their dog was there (literally -- SO many dogs!) This would be the perfect place for a leisurely... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 23, 2017

★★★★★

After seeing Wellington's tomb my son was interested to learn a little more about Wellington, and why he was so special to England's history. The arch and nearby statue were conveniently on our path, so we took a few minutes to admire it and explain his role as a military leader. There was also a memorial to WWI soldiers nearby, which included a sculpture of some sort of missile launche... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 23, 2017

★★★★★

I wish I had found an article explaining the symbolism before we visited the memorial. I have a feeling it's fascinating, as Victorians were ALL about the symbolism, and the memorial is extremely detailed. The love for Victoria is evident throughout London--everywhere you go there are paintings, memorials, and Tube lines named in her honor.

Martine recommended a place Apr 23, 2017

★★★★★

The queen is in residence, so we weren't able to tour inside, but we were able to see the famous guards and take a picture by the famous gates. It's large and beautiful, but not as ostentatious as you'd expect for a monarch's residence. My son's TV shows have recently mentioned the queen of England (and some London tourist sites) so he liked the opportunity to see "the queen's castle."

Martine recommended a place Apr 23, 2017

★★★★★

My husband is fascinated by the British government and monarchy, so this was a must-see for our family. They have a 20-stop audio tour that walks you through the entire facility, which is majestic and sprawling. My 5yo LOVED the kids version, and tapped us a few times to pause our audio so he could tell us tidbits from his audio, like "did you know a guy stored gun powder RIGHT UNDER THIS ... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 23, 2017

★★★★★

My 5yo surprised us all with his interest in St Paul's Cathedral and the audio tour. At each station, he would ask us to play the appropriate track for him and listen intently. It was a little macabre for a 5yo, but he paid attention and was engaged. The 2yo and I spent a lot of time laying on the floor and talking about the ceiling, finding all the angel statues around the cathedral, and l... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 23, 2017

★★★★★

Sprawling playground, divided into themed play areas. A pirate ship in a sandy area, a wood playset in a woodchip area, interactive music/gross motor play in another area...it just kept going and going! Yet it's all within a secure fence that prevents kids from escaping, and it's monitored by CCTV to deter unsavory characters. This is a MUST DO for any young family visiting London!

Martine recommended a place Apr 23, 2017

★★★★★

We attended the 9am Sunday mass. No music so the mass flew by, and this was by far the most efficient Eucharist I have EVER witnessed! We sat in the front row (our usual spot) and it was overwhelmingly beautiful; and yet the mass was so simple and lovely and sincere. The kids were angels (probably because the mass was so fast!) "BIG church!" was my daughter's comment. 😂

Martine recommended a place Apr 23, 2017

★★★★★

Our kids did well at Westminster Abbey, but it wasn't our #1 favorite destination with the kids on this trip. My 5yo enjoyed the kids version of the audio tour, my 2yo just hung out in the Beco and gazed at the scenery. The Abbey staff were lovely, interacting directly with the kids and allowing our family to step past a roped-off section where the choir sits, explaining to the kids what ... More

Martine recommended a place Apr 22, 2017

★★★★★

Took the kids here right at the 5:00 opening time. Room to park the stroller, no one else in the bar. Surprisingly peaceful family dinner! The kids shared a gourmet hot dog, we each had an amazing stone baked pizza and a beer. A very chill end to a very big day.

Martine recommended a place Apr 21, 2017

★★★★

Had a fun time on our date night here. Definitely wouldn't take little kids on this one, but older kids 13+ would probably get a kick out of the haunted house / fun house / thrill ride!

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