Review: National Havoc Robotics League – NHRL With Kids

My kid competed at the National Havoc Robotics League (NHRL) in November and has been a few times prior to that too. We went to Norwalk to watch the competition and were blown away by the experience. The NHRL with kids is awesome – they will love it and it’s a great family outing.

3 pound bots competing at the NHRL tournament in Norwalk, CT. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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Review: Fairchild Botanic Gardens in Miami with Kids

We were in Miami recently, en route to the Florida Keys and stopped off at the Fairchild Botanic Garden in Miami with kids. Wow. We LOVED it. Except for the heat. It was super hot. The garden is really big, so plan for enough time, like a few hours. And some time to get a drink or ice cream there.

You’ll see a lot of iguanas and lizards like this one at the Fairchild Botanic Garden in Miami. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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Review: Florida Keys Wild Bird Center with Kids

Off the side of the road in Tavernier Florida on the Florida keys is the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. It doesn’t look like much from the road (granted, nothing in the Keys looks like much from the road), but it’s worth pulling over to see the birds here.

Fred the Parrot at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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Review: Everglades Alligator Farm with Kids

We had a ridiculous amount of fun at the Everglades Alligator Farm, in spite of it dumping rain on us an hour after the photo below was taken.

The Everglades Alligator Farm claims to be the oldest alligator farm in South Florida, with 2,000 alligators. They are located near the entrance of Everglades National Park. It was super touristy, but still a good visit.

The airboat ride boats at the Everglades Alligator Farm. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We got there as the hourly airboat ride was getting read to board, so we went straight there. It’s a good thing we did because the rides an hour later got delayed/cancelled because it was raining so hard. Our driver told us that when it’s raining hard, they worry about the visibility. If a boat is out of commission, it’s hard to get another boat out there to rescue it.

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Visiting the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys with Kids

When visiting the Florida Keys, take 2 hours to visit the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. This nonprofit rescues injured and sick turtles in the area, rehabilitates them if possible, and releases them back into the wild. If they’re not able to be rehabilitated, they stay at the center.

You can visit the turtle hospital and get a tour. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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Review: Mr. Saturday Night, Birthday Candles, Girl From the North Country and American Buffalo on Broadway – Good for Kids?

I’ve been seeing a lot of Broadway shows lately. It’s good to be back! So the big question is, are these Broadway shows good for kids?

Mr. Saturday Night on Broadway. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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Weekend in Philadelphia: A Few Things to do With the Kids

It’s nice to be able to travel again! We spent a weekend in Philadelphia. If you missed our series a while back about Philadelphia for families, check it out. There’s a lot you can cover in a day or two. Here are some ideas: Federal Donuts, the Constitution Museum, Reading Terminal Market, and the Museum of Illusions.

Federal Donuts

For weekend in Philadelphia breakfast, head to Federal Donuts. There are a bunch throughout the city.

Federal Donuts in Center City. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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What to Expect at the Harry Potter Store in NYC

The Harry Potter store opened in NYC in June, and I’m guessing it’s still as busy now as it was when it opened. We went last weekend (mid-December) on a Sunday, which is probably one of the busiest times we could have gone. To find out more about the virtual queue system, scroll to the bottom. Getting INTO the 21,000 foot store is an ordeal. What to Expect at the Harry Potter Store in NYC? Read on.

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