Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Monster Mini Golf {family fun}

"Is that the place?!?!" "Is it?"
"Yes it is!"

Monster Mini Golf was how we spent the afternoon after our waterfall adventures. I can't remember that we have ever played indoor mini golf so that in itself was something new. The kids of course were up for it.
Monster Mini Golf is a glow in the dark, indoor, monster themed, 18 hole mini golf course. The atmosphere is spooky but not too much that the younger kids were scared of anything. More like an over-sized haunted house! Filled with black lights, fog, and music, there was something new with each of the 18 holes. Monster Mini Golf currently has over 25 locations, and are adding more. We played at the Marietta, Georgia location. 


Overall this was a great experience. The kids had a good time. The fact that it was an indoor activity makes it a great option for rainy or super hot summer days, which we have already started in Florida. The facility was clean and the employees were fun and available. The bathrooms were also themed with the location and clean! The games the kids played all worked and no issues. 
Considering it is only $7 and $8 to play we will be visiting the New Port Richey location over the summer. This is definitely an option for larger families and very affordable. 

When you go: 
Find a location near you. {The layouts and decor may vary per location}
 There are party rooms and private event rooms available. 
Wear something white or neon, it glows much better! 
From mini golf to the arcade games, there is something for all ages. 
Be ready to HAVE FUN! 

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Disclosure: I was given discounted/free tickets in return for my honest review. All opinions and pictures of Monster Mini Golf in Marietta, Georgia are my own and honest. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amicalola Falls State Park {Georgia}

During our Memorial Day weekend roadtrip, we were trying to look for things the kids haven't done yet to fill the time between events. I found Amicalola Falls State Park. A waterfall! AWESOME! And it wasn't terribly far North of where we were staying.  Em loves all things magical and what is more magical than a waterfall! 
We planned to go early, mid morning, so we would have time to play Monster Mini Golf that afternoon. We grabbed breakfast to go and got to the falls around 10:30 am. The kids ate breakfast at one of the picnic tables right at the bottom of the waterfall. It was surprisingly cold considering we are used to 90* mornings in St Pete. It was 64* the day we were there. CRAZY! I didn't plan on the cold while we were packing up for the trip but luckily had a few small blankets in the car that the younger 2 used while walking around the park. 
If you go, bring some water. It is a long hike to the top. Halfway up the 2nd level, I guess you could call it, I ended up turning around with Garrett and Em. They were almost exhausted going up. It is definitely a hike! While we walked back down, Brandon went with Ben and Tierney to the top. Tierney said she about didn't make it herself. The babies and I drove up to the top to meet up with the others. Once we were there the view was amazing to say the least. Pictures and videos can not, at all, do justice to how far up you actually are. I would suggest this for any outdoor fans and anyone with kids that have magical imaginations. Em was in awe looking over the edge. I know she could not fully understand how high up she was but she loved it! 
I would love to go back to the falls once the seasons change. I could only imagine what it would be like in the middle of fall, with the crisp air and changes in colors. There is a lodge at the top of the mountain and an Inn towards the top which I want to maybe look into for another vacation.  I think its something we would all definitely do again! 

Does your family have a favorite waterfall?

From the bottom. 

From the 1st Level of the hike.

Amicalola Falls State Park
Park Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM 
Fee: $5.00 parking. Annual passes available. 
Visitor Center Hours (Fall):  9 AM to 5 PM Mon-Wed / 9 AM to 7 PM Thu-Sun 

About the Falls: 
Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks.  At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases. Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club. An 8.5-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famous 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails provide shorter day hikes.