A Visit to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Lodge

For my thirty(mumble mumble)-something birthday this year, my hubby and baby joined me on a more local adventure. We drove past endless stretches of grass and plains as far as the eye can see, with the occasional cow or two, to visit the home and store of one of the first bloggers I followed…The Pioneer Woman.

Ever since I heard about her building a restaurant in Oklahoma, I knew that I would be planning a visit sometime, and a birthday day trip sounded like a great idea. We were able to send one of the kids to the grandparents’ house but decided to bring the baby along, since she is still nursing.

From the Oklahoma City area, the drive was right around two hours to the quaint little town of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. There was quite literally nothing around but cows and windmills up until you pull up on this small two-lane road into town.

Look for the line of people outside a building and you will have found the Mercantile. Pawhuska is not a town set up for bustling tourism, however I can see it being built up in the next few years to accommodate all the tourists wanting to catch a glimpse of Ree and her gang and try her famous comfort food.

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Yes, there was a line of at least 50-60 people out the door waiting to eat at her restaurant, so we easily decided to forgo lunch there and headed straight inside the retail side. We did go on a Saturday, so the inside was equally busy with people around every corner. With so many people in there, we just briefly perused the plentiful displays of colorful floral tableware and unique and entertaining gifts and headed upstairs to the bakery and sitting area.

The upstairs was a spacious open area, and I’m confused as to why that isn’t another restaurant portion of the Mercantile. Unless I missed it and didn’t see it all, it appeared that the main restaurant downstairs was a rather small area. However, I didn’t really get to thoroughly investigate because of the hoards of people on the restaurant side…so I could be wrong. Although, it is a nice big sitting area to eat your baked goods and hang out.

I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to eat at the deli on this visit, but we did purchase several bakery items – all of which were delicious, decadent and definitely had a boatload of butter. My favorite was probably the brownie with the caramel middle.

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After we ate entirely too much sugar, we went back downstairs to obtain a coveted ticket to the Lodge from the cashiers (the main reason I wanted to visit the Mercantile that day). The Lodge is where the Pioneer Woman films her Food Network cooking show and is located on the Drummond land. Check the Mercantile website for dates that they offer tours at the Lodge. (Tour is probably a misnomer, as it was more like an open house)

With our super secret ticket (directions) in hand, we drove the 20 or so minutes on bumpy and dusty gravel roads (you will need a car wash afterward) past the wild horses, down a steep hill to the Lodge.

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We took a few photos and videos of all the rooms, enjoyed the beautiful views outside and basically just snooped around the entire home/building. There were (I think) four nice guest rooms, a huge prep kitchen in the back, an enviable walk-in pantry and, of course, the “set” of her cooking show.

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Our field trip to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Lodge was pretty neat and helped bring the Internet/TV Pioneer Woman to real life for me. I definitely recommend visiting The Lodge. Try to get to the Mercantile early in the morning and visit on a weekday to hopefully avoid the long lines at the restaurant.

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We even spotted a couple of friendly (and incredibly lazy) ranch dogs roaming the property and inviting guests. One particular dog laid right in front of the entrance without even flinching when visitors had to step over him. I think the dogs were my baby’s favorite part of the trip.

Have you been to Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile or want to visit? If you’ve been, what do you recommend ordering? 

Exploring the Dallas Children’s Aquarium

So I’m finally getting around to writing about our field trip to the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park that we visited while we were in Dallas a while back. It is right next door to the Texas Discovery Gardens, so we just took a short trek across the street over to the Children’s Aquarium after we had our fill of plants and butterflies. Read about our Texas Discovery Gardens field trip here.  Or, you can watch our YouTube video and subscribe to our channel. 

Dallas has a much larger and much more expensive aquarium downtown (the Dallas World Aquarium), but this one is more suitable for younger children and requires much less walking. Perfect for my little ones (and me carrying the baby in the carrier).

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You enter the through the main door, pay the entrance fee of $8 for adults and $6 for children (ages 3-11) at the front desk, and then you’re free to explore the exhibits. Most of the tanks are about eye level for smaller children, so they can easily engage and get a better look at the different aquatic creatures and at information about them.

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Even though this is a fairly small aquarium, taking us only a couple hours to explore the entire facility, the exhibits were well-maintained and contained quite a few interesting animals. We found the albino alligator and sea turtles to be pretty fascinating.

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The highlight of the entire trip, though, was the stingray exhibit. Don’t miss them! You have to go outside to the back outdoor tanks to see them. But you don’t just get to see them, you can touch them and feed them! The aquarium offers food for you to purchase, but these guys are super friendly and conditioned to eat from strangers, so you don’t need to buy the food unless you really want to.

We spent a large part of our time out there interacting with these interesting creatures. They would swim right up to the side of the tank with their faces out of the water like they were wanting to be petted. It took quite some time for my daughter to muster enough courage to stick her hand near those slimy things, but once she did it, she loved it!

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You also don’t want to miss the touch tank just inside the aquarium entrance, where you can pet a chocolate chip sea star, a sea urchin and other little underwater critters. Remember to wash your hands before and after petting the sea creatures in the designated wash stations.

We all had a really fun and memorable time at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park and recommend that you bring your little ones here to explore some underwater life. My daughter still talks about how she got to touch a stingray.

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park 

Address > 1462 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Phone469.554.7340
Hours > 9 am – 4:30 pm seven days a week (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Websitechildrensaquariumfairpark.com
Admission > Adult $8 | Youth (3-11) & Senior $6 

 

Have a missional-minded family vacation

Summer is in full swing and some of you may still have some family vacations to look forward to! What do you plan to do on your trip? Relax? Have fun? Catch some rays? While fun and relaxation may be at the forefront of your vacation planning, you might also want to prepare by incorporating a missional mindset to your trip.

My church printed and distributed a Family Vacation Prayer Guide that encourages families to make time for intentional prayer while on vacation, and I wanted to share it with you all here.

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Here is a list of the different prayer topics, ideas and prompts listed in the guide:

  • People groups where you’re going. You can find out which people groups live in your vacation spot by visiting joshuaproject.net or peoplegroups.info ahead of time. Begin praying over those groups before you go!
  • Pray at night. Each evening, pray Romans 1 over people who are not walking in the light and are rejecting God’s truth. | For example: Dear God, Your invisible attributes have been clearly perceived. Would you reveal to people that want to reject you that they are without excuse? (Romans 1:20)
  • Kids’ Afternoon. Encourage your kids to plan an afternoon while on vacation and let the kids choose ways to pray for the people they see.
  • Postcards. Take your kids to pick out a postcard and have them write what God showed them on vacation. You can mail them home or just keep them as a way to remember how God worked!
  • Living Water. Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” John 7:37-38 | Pray this verse at a body of water and ask God to be the living water to the people residing nearby.
  • Bread of Life. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:51 | Pray for each person who prepares or serves a meal for your family. Ask your waiter or server to share a prayer request and pray for them right there. Provide a meal for someone in need.
  • The Church Body. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 | Pray this verse for each church you pass. Take time to go into a church, attend a service, and encourage the members.
  • The Harvest. Read the Parable of the Sower found in Matthew 13. Pray these verses when you see flowers or farms. Pray for the “soil” to be soft. Pray for believers to be spreading the seeds of the gospel faithfully. Pray for God to produce a great harvest.
  • Pray for Schools. “In the same way, let your light shine before other, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 | Pray this verse when your family passes a school. Pray for Christian kids and faculty to not hide their light under a basket, but shine Christ’s light to other kids and teachers.
  • Jesus is Life. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6 | Pray this verse when you pass a temple, mosque or synagogue. Pray the people worshipping would know Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life.
  • Look Around. Walk around the city with your family before dinner. Spend time quietly observing the people. Then, go to dinner and talk about what you observed. Were there homeless people? Were there police officers? Were there families that looked different? Pray for the people your family noticed.
  • Pray for those in your midst. “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!” Psalm 97:1 | Pray over your hotel, house or condo where your family is staying. Pray the Lord will reign in the hearts of the people working and residing there. Seek to get to know the guest service people and pray with and for them.
  • The Lord Provides. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 | Pray this verse when you see rain. Provide an umbrella for somebody who does not have one. Share this verse with them to show the ultimate need we have in Christ.
  • Ask, Seek, Knock. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7 | Pray this verse when you see a colorful or interesting door. Pray for the people inside and that God would move their hearts to seek Him.

Share this guide with your friends and encourage them to prayer walk on their family vacations.

Strolling through Texas Discovery Gardens

Last week while we were in Dallas, I decided to take the kids to Fair Park to see the Texas Discovery Gardens and the Children’s Aquarium (our helpful tips are bolded). I would recommend going to both in one trip and making a day (or morning/afternoon) of it. The gardens are literally steps away from the aquarium, and each one only took us about an hour or two with young children (you may be able to stay longer and do more with older children).

We started off that morning with a traffic-filled 30-minute drive into the South Dallas/Fair Park area. If you have never experienced Dallas driving, expect lots of cars and crazy highway interchanges at pretty much any time of the day. Of course, I am used to Oklahoma City traffic, so it may actually be an easy drive compared to where you live.

Our first stop was the Texas Discovery Gardens. I was especially interested in seeing the butterfly house and thought it would be a neat experience to explore a two-story, glass-encased butterfly habitat.

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We went on a Tuesday, which we found out was pay what you want Tuesday for admission. Regular admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

As you enter the main lobby and entrance, several small aquariums with critters (insects/snakes/fish) line the walls and open area. So we, of course, had to peer inside and examine the contents of each one before making our way to the gardens and butterfly house.

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I will say that the insects were pretty neat, so I would suggest that you make a stop to investigate that area. My older daughter enjoyed looking at the insects, as I tried to read all the signs to her and tell her about each one.

After that, we made our way through the hallway (again lined with more insects/frogs/etc) and out into the gardens.

I fully expected to stay much longer out there, but the weather was rather warm and muggy already that morning, which therefore resulted in a hot and sweaty (aka whiny) child (who is also very frightened of bees and other flying insects).

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We made a quick pass through the main lawn, pond, the outdoor butterfly gardens, and the large fountain and quickly returned to the safety of the indoors.

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We did actually get several bug bites while we were there, so I would recommend putting on bug spray before heading into the gardens and butterfly house. 

After returning inside, we headed up the stairs to the entrance of the butterfly house. You enter through some carefully-timed sliding glass doors into a beautiful, lush garden with butterflies flitting around freely. They keep it fairly warm and humid in there for the plants and butterflies, so be prepared and pack some water. 

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I found it to be a pretty surreal experience and loved watching these delicate insects flying all around me, finding the birds, and seeing inside an active beehive. My daughter, the one who is afraid of flying insects, thought it was cool for about two minutes and then wanted to bolt out of there as fast as she could.

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The baby, who was in the carrier, loved watching the butterflies and squealed in excitement (very loudly, might I add) as they would fly past us. I’m not sure if strollers are allowed in there, but I would advise against bringing one in there if at all possible. 

As you exit the butterfly house, there was an educational cart, where you could touch butterfly wings, see butterflies emerging from chrysalises, and other interesting things probably. We didn’t stay in there long enough to do those things because apparently, butterflies are dangerous and could probably kill small children (according to my daughter).

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I, unfortunately, didn’t get very many photos during the whole visit but did enjoy our brief tour of the Texas Discovery Gardens, especially the Butterfly House. We also learned a few interesting facts about butterflies and other insects.

I was going to write about the aquarium in this post but will save it for the next one since this one is getting so long.

Texas Discovery Gardens Fast Facts

Address > 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. | Dallas, TX
Phone214.428.7476
Hours > Open daily from 10 am – 5 pm. Final admission is sold at 4:15 pm. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve and Day.
Websitewww.txdg.org
Admission > $8 Adults | $6 Seniors (60+) | $4 Children (3-11) | FREE for children 2 and under

Free Indoor Kid Activities in Dallas

This last week we headed down south of the border, the Oklahoma border that is, to Dallas again. But this time we just tagged along as part of Daddy’s work trip. He travels fairly often these days, but we can only go if it’s within driving distance since last minute airplane tickets can get pretty pricey.

We were going to be in Dallas for about three days, but I didn’t have too many activities planned because getting around with a young child and baby without Daddy can be exhausting. The weather was the typical hot and muggy Texas summer heat, except for the last day we were there, so we tried to stay indoors as much as possible.

The first day we headed to the Galleria to kill some time before we could check into the hotel. There is one of those carpeted play areas with the plastic structures on the third floor by Nordstrom. My little ones had quite a time crawling, climbing, and basically just running amok through the jungle-themed kids area. I was happy to let them explore and get some energy out by crawling through the tunnels, climbing up the steps, pretending to drive the jeep, riding in a canoe and jumping off the tops of various jungle creatures.

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Another highlight for my older daughter was the American Girl store by the Galleria. It’s not actually connected inside the mall, but we just walked from Nordstrom a few steps outside to get there. We didn’t go to the second level, which appeared to just be the salon and bistro. The first level were all the displays of dolls and accessories that she could touch and play with. Her favorite area was the Wellie Wishers section that had a playhouse, some interactive nature activities, and of course little baby dolls, strollers, high chairs and cribs.

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We also paid a visit to IKEA while we were in Dallas to pick up a few things (namely a cheap high chair without fabric to clean). I was more than willing and excited to drop off my older child in their supervised play area (which looked super fun through the windows – let me know if they are if your kids have been), but she refused to be left there and wanted to shop with me. She really enjoyed just playing in the upstairs kids furniture area, trying out the little beds, sitting in the kid-sized chairs and just touching and looking at all the things. We even ended the IKEA trip with a one dollar soft serve ice cream cone.

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On the last day, we again had a few hours to spend waiting for Daddy to get off work and set off to the local Barnes and NobleWe love books and bookstores, and B&N has a pretty neat kids area complete with a stage, mini tables and benches, and even a Thomas train set. In addition to a decent selection of books, there are also toys, games, stuffed animals and vintage Strawberry Shortcake and Barbie dolls. We read some books, looked at the toys and games, played with all the My Little Ponies stuffed plushes, and left the store with a few books from the 75% off clearance shelves.

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We were able to beat the summer heat indoors, while keeping the kids entertained and occupied. Some moments of our trip were super challenging with little ones, but these little field trips can present teachable moments. 

I had the opportunity to talk about jungles and what ancient ruins are at the mall play area, teach my daughter about doing laundry and ironing at the American Girl store, mention information about Sweden and Swedish food at IKEA, and read books about different characters and topics at Barnes & Noble. 

Stay tuned for the next post about the garden and aquarium we also visited on this Dallas trip. 

Our field trip in Fort Worth

If you’ve been following along with us, then you may know that we recently made a trip to Dallas last weekend with our friends and six children under the age of six. So what did we do with all our kids?

We actually trekked over to Fort Worth, about 45 minutes away from where we stayed, to visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. Yes, we used our local Science Museum Oklahoma membership and got in free as part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program. However, parking in the lot for the science museum did cost us $7.

My husband and I had visited years ago pre-baby and maybe even pre-marriage for a special Star Wars exhibit (the hubs loves everything Star Wars) and another time for their special body exhibit with the plasticized human bodies. This time we visited with kids, and it was like a whole new museum to us.

They have several different traveling or special exhibits that change throughout the year, so it’s never the same each time you visit. I had checked online to see what was featured when we would be visiting, and Clifford the Big Red Dog and Dora & Diego were two of the special temporary exhibits. This is the main reason we wanted to come here with all our little ones. Curious George is coming this fall, so that may be another good time to visit with little kids.

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As soon as you enter the building (after you get through the whole ticketing area), you are greeted by a huge dinosaur skeleton and a view of the outdoor fountain display. You can head upstairs on the left to their special Dora & Diego exhibit, planetarium (which is included in general admission), cattle raisers museum and special 75-year anniversary exhibit, or make a right and explore the Clifford room, the children’s museum (with a whole outdoor water part), gift shop, and dinosaur display.

As expected, Dora & Diego and Clifford were huge hits with the littles. There were such neat and interesting hands-on activities in each of those exhibits. My oldest daughter had the most fun playing at the Animal Rescue Center and Rocket Ship in Dora & Diego, and she loved dressing up as Clifford and playing with the giant dog bones at the Clifford exhibit. There are also little padded and gated areas for the babies to play in a few of the exhibits. The kids could have easily played much longer, but we only stayed about four hours before we adults had reached our limit.

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We had also planned to visit the Stockyards that afternoon to see the cattle drive and didn’t want to miss it. Every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., real-life cowboys and actual Texas Longhorns make their way down Exchange Avenue for this touristy spectacle lasting only a few minutes. We snagged some fairly decent patio seating at Trailboss Burgers just moments before the cattle drive began and got to see it from there. It was also perfect for our entire crew of crazy kids because they could run around outside and be noisy without really disrupting anyone.

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After dinner, we checked out a few of the shops around the restaurant, tasted a few samples, let the kids ride a tiny carousel machine and then headed back to the hotel pool for the dive-in movie. We had a fabulous time in Fort Worth and could have spent so much more time exploring but will come back another time to take in more sights.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science & History Fast Facts

Address > 1600 Gendy St. | Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone > 817.255.9300
Hours > Monday – Saturday > 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday > Noon – 5p
Websitewww.fwmuseum.org
Tickets > Adult $15 | Junior (2-18) $12 | Senior (65+) $14

Omni Dallas at Park West Hotel Review

This past weekend, we traveled south down I-35 to the Lonestar State to meet up with some wonderful friends of ours. One family came from San Antonio and the other from the Oklahoma City area also. In total, there were six kids ages five and under. With that in mind, I had the task of trying to find a kid-friendly and budget-friendly hotel to accommodate our needs.

I searched several deal sites and review sites and was lured by the gleaming reviews, the fantastic value and convenient location of the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West. I had never stayed at an Omni Hotel before, so I heavily researched if it would be a good fit for our little reunion.

They currently have a special promotion where you can save up to 25% off based on the number of nights you stay. Or, if you sign up for their free Select Guest® loyalty program, they will email you a coupon for 20% off your next stay (which I didn’t see until I had already booked our stay). You also get free Wi-Fi if you sign up, which was a major thing for us, because we don’t like to stay at places that make us pay extra for Wi-Fi or parking (which is also complimentary if you don’t valet and covered in a garage). So for around $100 a night, we were able to stay at this really nice hotel.

The main feature that attracted me was that Omni seemed to cater to families and kids. They have a program called Omni Kids Crew, where your little ones will get a fun backpack with activities and crayons and also get milk and cookies delivered on the first night. We didn’t get the milk and cookie delivery to our room, but we all already had our fill of cookies from the lobby and family lounge (more on that later).

Also, in the summer months, they have Dive-In Movies at the pool on Fridays and Saturdays. The website lists the time as 9 p.m., but the movies actually started at 8 p.m., which is much better with little kids. You can grab an info flyer at check-in for exact details of activities during your stay or watch the info channel on the TV. It was pouring down rain when we arrived on Friday, so we didn’t get to go to the pool, but we did go on Saturday night since the weather was perfect then. My kids absolutely loved swimming in the pool, and the baby could stand on the ledge on one side of the pool. The website said that there would be poolside snow cones, popsicles and smores on Saturdays and Sundays, but we must have missed it. They did have free popcorn, lemonade and water though. Which brings me to one thing I loved about the Omni Hotel…the snacks and drinks!

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When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted with delicious star-shaped, iced gingerbread cookies (and fruit for the baby) in the lobby, along with bottled water, lemonade and cucumber water. In the mornings, they had coffee and delicious pastries/cakes in the lobby, and on Saturday, they put out yummy chocolate chip cookies. Do not miss the refreshment cart if you stay here; it’s just to the right of the main entrance to the elevators, in front of the wine bar.

Since it was storming and raining like crazy when we arrived on Friday, we didn’t know what we were going to do with all our kids that evening. This is where I was completely sold on Omni. They had a family lounge set up in one of their rooms, complete with board games, video games, movies, coloring pages, books, adorable little chairs and beanbags, a cookie decorating station, popcorn, lemonade and water. We pretty much had that entire space all to ourselves that evening and let our kids run free and play. It was the perfect space for us and our whole crew and almost felt like we were just hanging out at someone’s home.

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And finally, the most important part…the rooms. We all slept like rocks during our stay. Even though we were right by the elevator, we didn’t hear a sound and appreciated how quiet it was. We also really enjoyed looking out the huge, picturesque windows (although our views were of the highway and top of the parking garage). The mini refrigerator and robes were also much appreciated. The only thing that would have made the room even better is if there were a microwave, especially for families with kids and babies.

We absolutely loved our stay with Omni Hotels and highly recommend staying at this hotel if you’re ever in the Dallas area. Thank you, Omni for allowing our family to make fun memories. We hope to stay at other Omni Hotels in the future and write more positive reviews. I read that there is a new one coming this summer to Frisco!

(Disclaimer: Field Trip Family was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are our own. However, this post does contain affiliate links, where you will be helping support this site (at no additional cost to you) if you book through some of our links. I also evidently didn’t take very many photos of the hotel, so the image of the hotel and lobby are from the Omni Hotel website. You’ll have to check out our upcoming video tour for more of our own images.)

Our visit to the Exploration Place in Wichita

You may have never thought about taking a trip to Wichita, Kansas, but we recently visited the Exploration Place there and were quite pleasantly surprised. We were wanting to take a quick day trip somewhere within a couple-hour drive (because our littlest one isn’t the best car rider) and wanted to find something kid-friendly.

Since we have a science museum membership at Science Museum Oklahoma, we like to try and visit participating museums of the ASTC Travel Passport Program for free. We have loved this benefit and have taken advantage of it several times when traveling.

With our membership pass in tow and lunches packed, we headed up I-35 to the land of plains and toll roads apparently. Be prepared for stops at the toll booths when you’re traveling through Kansas. From the Oklahoma City area, the tolls will cost you about $2.50 one way. You’ll also want to pack lunches if you’re going to the Exploration Place around lunchtime because the food options are slim to depressing (envision hot dogs on rollers). However, the views from the eating area are quite enjoyable.

The Exploration Place is housed in a beautiful piece of architecture pretty much on top of the Arkansas River. With large floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you can enjoy several different views of the river and the nearby Keeper of the Plains statue. Our baby also really liked watching the ducks swimming in the water.

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Although this museum is not very large compared to others we’ve visited, it has many interactive features and has several engaging exhibits that my daughter loved so much she didn’t want to leave. Her favorite was probably the three-story castle with activities centered around medieval life. There were horses to ride, a play kitchen to cook in, a blacksmith room, dress up clothes and lots of little nooks and crannies with interesting hands-on elements.

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From now until January 1, 2018, there is a special traveling exhibit on display called the Hall of Heroes. If you have a superhero or comic book fan in your family, it would be a great place to take him. There is a Batmobile replica, movie memorabilia, several superhero statues and different science-based activities. One thing that I did notice was that it was really loud in that area, so it was kind of difficult to listen to some of the displays with video or sound.

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Also included in the admission is mini golf, which I thought was a pretty good deal. The 18-hole course is set right along the river, so you can enjoy the views outside as well (but don’t putt with too much enthusiasm because your ball will roll into the bushes and possibly into the river – not that I would know or anything *cough, cough*). There is also apparently an Exploration Park portion of the museum outside, but we ran out of time and never got to it or saw it.

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We spent about five hours at the museum and probably could have stayed a little longer, since our daughter seriously wanted to play there all day long. But we all got “hangry” (especially Dad) and hot from playing miniature golf outside and the museum closes at 5 p.m., so we headed to a Braum’s down the street for ice cream (no trip is complete without ice cream) and dinner and called it a day.

If you are looking for a quick day trip or just something fun for your family, I would definitely recommend the Exploration Place. Check out their website to see what special exhibits may be going on when you plan to visit.

Watch a video of our visit here. 

Exploration Place Fast Facts

Address > 300 N. McLean Blvd. | Wichita, KS 67203
Phone > 316.660.0600
Hours > Monday – Saturday > 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday > Noon – 5 p.m.
Website > http://exploration.org/

General Museum Admission
Exhibits* Dome Do it All
Members Free
Adult (12 – 64) $9.50 $5.00 $12.50
Senior (65+) $8.00 $4.00 $10.00
Youth (3 – 11) $6.00 $3.00 $7.00
2 and Under Free Free Free
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