Belleville, IL: Eckert’s Easter Egg-Citement

I’ve made no secret how much my family loves Eckert’s Farm in Belleville, writing several times how it is one of my top picks for best family attraction in the St. Louis area.  Perhaps most famous for its apple orchards and related fall events, Eckert’s actually hosts many special events throughout the year, all fit for the whole family.  We particularly love the Valentine’s Day themed My Little Honey Brunch as well as the Easter themed Easter Egg-Citement, where just today we enjoyed our annual family egg hunt at Eckert’s!

Enjoying our Easter egg hunt at Eckert's annual Easter Egg-Citement

Enjoying our Easter egg hunt at Eckert’s annual Easter Egg-Citement!

The Easter Egg-Citement event is actually the single largest egg hunt in Southern Illinois.  And being that it takes place at the family-focused Eckert’s, its of course so much more than just an egg hunt.  For the rock-bottom price of just $10 per child, the Eckert’s Easter Egg-Citement includes a plethora of family activities in addition to the egg hunt.  Face painting, planting a seed, petting live bunnies and chicks, tractor rides, as well as a gift from the Easter Bunny (and tons of photo opportunities) are all included.  Kids can also enjoy carnival rides for a small additional fee (3 tickets for $5).  For the price, and the hours of family entertainment it provides, the Eckert’s Easter Egg-citement is a steal of a deal. Continue reading

Cedar Rapids, IA: National Czech and Slovak Museum

As the marque attraction in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and one of the best museums of its kind anywhere that my family has visited, the National Czech and Slovak Museum is a must-see and one of the best reasons to make Cedar Rapids a travel destination.  Located across the riverfront from downtown, this museum is completely rebuilt (it was flooded severely in 2008) and features many quality exhibits of artifacts and history of the Czech and Slovak cultures, offering a highly engaging and educational experience for the whole family!

Walking across the river in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to the National Czech and Slovak Museum

We walked to the museum from our downtown hotel (after first visiting the downtown farmers market and the NewBo City Market); the walk is pleasant and scenic, especially when the weather is perfect as it was for our visit.  The museum has actually moved recently, after a major flood devastated the area in 2008.  Parts of the original location are still marked (including the high mark from the flood – it’s incredible, hardly believable!) which you’ll walk by up the hill to the museums new location which is only 400+ feet from its pre-flood home.

The museum was moved 480 feet back and 11 feet higher after flooding in 2008

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Dominique King: Interview with a Travel Blogger

Dominique King of Midwest Guest is one of the most focused travel bloggers I know: she rarely deviates from her niche of Midwest travel.  One of the longest running blogs dedicated to the Midwest is Midwest Guest, her personal travel blog that offers a distinct flavor of our home region.  Dominique writes for several other print and online media, and is one of the most well-respected Midwest travel writers around.  Although I have followed her travels for years, I just recently took some time to learn a bit more about her and her Midwest Guest site.

Dominique King at Midwest Guest

Midwest Guest

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Name: Dominique King
Blog Name: Midwest Guest
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Blogging Since: 2008
Blog Niche: Midwest travel, history, culture Continue reading