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A fun weekend getaway in Minnesota with Grandma and Grandpa

Two weekends ago Noah and I flew to Minneapolis to hang out with Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod for a few days. Here’s a photo of Noah waiting for our flight.

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We flew in midday Friday, and Grandma and Grandpa picked us up from the airport.

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We headed straight to the Mall of America. We had lunch at the Hard Rock Café, and then we went to the Lego Store – shocker, I know!

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Next we headed to Nickelodeon Universe in the middle of the mall for rides, rides, rides! Noah and Grandpa Rod went on three of Noah’s favorite rides from our previous trips: the Big Rigs, the Barnyard Hayride roller coaster, and Diego’s Rescue Rider (or as Noah calls it, “the crazy bus”).

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Then Noah and Grandma Debbie drove the large remote control trucks.

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Our next stop was the Sea Life Aquarium that’s in the mall – Noah was so excited! We started with a special behind-the-scenes tour. We got to visit the laboratory and learn about how they treat and maintain the 1.3 million gallons of water in the aquarium. We also got to visit the kitchen and learn about how they prepare the food and feed the fish. The best part of the tour was going on the deck above the tanks and seeing the sharks and fish swimming below.

After the behind-the-scenes tour, we headed to the Pacific Northwest Rockpool where Noah and Grandma Debbie got to pet sea anemones. Their tentacles feel so slimy! We also saw sea stars and sea cucumbers in this exhibit.

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Next we headed to Ray Lagoon to see the stingrays and skate.

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After Ray Lagoon we saw exhibits on Jellyfish, seahorses, blue tangs (the Dory fish), clownfish (the Nemo fish) and pufferfish.

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Next we headed to the main exhibit – the giant glass tunnel – to walk through the Rainforest Reef, Shark Cove and Sturgeon Lake exhibits. Noah’s favorite part of the tunnel was seeing the sharks! We saw brown-banded bamboo sharks and sandtiger sharks. He really liked the sea turtles too.

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After the aquarium we met up with Aunt Jenny and cousin Abby for supper. They happened to be in Minneapolis that weekend too – great timing!

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The next day we headed back to the Mall of America for more fun. We started at the small Minnesota Children’s Museum hands-on play area.

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Then we headed back to Nickelodeon Universe for more rides. Noah’s first ride of the day was Swiper’s Sweeper with Grandpa Rod. This was another of Noah’s favorite rides from our previous trips.

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Then we tried a few new rides – new to us anyway. Noah rode the Rugrats Reptarmobiles (the small bumper cars) on his own and then went on the Crazy Cars (the BIG bumper cars) with Grandpa.

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Here’s a short compilation of videos of Noah going on rides with Grandpa Rod. As you can see, Noah had a blast! I think the big kid did too.

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And here’s a short video of Noah riding the small bumper cars. Crazy driver!

Don’t worry, I got in on the fun too. Noah and I went on the big Ferris wheel in the middle of the mall. Yeah, we had some great views of all the excitement!

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We had a busy few days, so we picked up a pizza on our way out of the mall and we spent the rest of the day just hanging out at the hotel. We weren’t too tired to go swimming though!

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We headed back to the airport Sunday morning. Here is a photo of us taking off over Minnesota.

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Ryan was tracking our flight on his phone. Here is the screenshot of our flight path from Minneapolis back to Baltimore. It shows that we were going 565 miles per hour at 33,000 feet when we flew over Ohio. Noah thought that this was pretty cool!

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It was a quick trip to Minnesota, but we had an AWESOME time with Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod. We’ll see you again soon!

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Categories: Airplanes, Aquariums, Cars, Cousins, Fun outings, Grandparents, Legos, Minnesota, Theme Parks, Trucks | 1 Comment

A fun day at the Washington Auto Show

Last Saturday we went to the annual Washington Auto Show in downtown D.C. Noah and Ryan had a blast at last year’s auto show, so they were really excited to go again this year.

The show featured more than 600 new cars from over 35 auto companies – so cool! Similar to the Truck Touch events that we’ve blogged about, Noah was able to sit in and “drive” the vehicles. The big kid hopped in some of the cars too. Check it out!

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In case you are wondering, yes, all the horns were deactivated! Ha.

We got to see a few concept cars at the show too. This Lincoln Navigator concept car has doors hinged form the roof and steps. Very fun!

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Noah’s favorite vehicles were the big cargo vans. Why? “Because lots of toys would fit, and because I can run in the back.” Ha.

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We had a great time at the auto show, and we definitely plan to go again next year. Who knew that window shopping could be so much fun?!?! Ha.

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Washington Auto Show

This past weekend we went to the 2016 Washington Auto Show in downtown D.C. The show highlighted the newest cars from 37 auto companies – yes, lots of shiny cars and trucks!

Similar to the Truck Touch events that we’ve blogged about, Noah was able to sit in and “drive” the vehicles. And of course, the big kids – the potential buyers – got to hop in the cars too. Check it out!

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Before you ask: yes, all the horns were deactivated! Whew! Ha.

Noah’s favorite vehicles were the white cargo van and the black party bus. The big kid’s favorite vehicles were the Jeep Renegade and the Infiniti Q50. Fortunately, they settled for new Matchbox cars. Ha.

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We also got to watch drivers show off their skills on the obstacle course at Camp Jeep. We got to see a few concept cars too. This one is Kia’s Forte Koup Mud Bogger. Very cool!

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Noah also ran into a few of his favorite PBS characters. Yep, Wyatt from “Super Why” and Clifford must love cars and trucks too!

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We had been cooped up in the house for most of the week because of Snowzilla, so going to the auto show was a fun reason to get out and about and window shop. We definitely plan to go back again next year!

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