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Weird Science: 4 Bizarre Science Destinations

Science lovers are celebrated like they've never been before in history, and there's no better time to embrace your inner science enthusiast than when you're planning your next travel destination. The following four destinations feature fascinatingly odd science. Who knows? You may fall in love with them. Maybe you'll even consider an infamous science locale when you're looking for the best places to live on your next move.

The Exploratorium in San Francisco, California
San Francisco's Exploratorium is so much more than a museum. It combines art with science to provide visitors with a perception-changing, immersive experience. In fact, the Exploratorium's admitted mission is to change how people around the world learn. Usually approximately 600 participatory exhibits of the museum's 1,000 exhibits are on display and available to visitors at one time. San Francisco is worth the journey for any science lover, and this is a must-see place to spend at least a full day while you're there.

Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum in Warminster, Pennsylvania
Created to preserve the rich history of the Naval Air Development Center/Naval Air Warfare Center, the Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum holds the biggest human centrifuge in the world. It boasts scientific displays and exhibits. The museum's mission includes helping aerospace sciences be perceived as inspirational, and it delivers on this promise in a big way. Explore the museum's many artifacts to get a better grasp on how the early astronauts lived, as well as the challenges they faced and what they sacrificed to make history.

Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell is a science enthusiast's dream, but maybe not for the reasons you first assume. The New Mexico city earned notoriety after an alleged UFO crash there in 1947. While this mysterious crash has pretty much been disproved to the satisfaction of all skeptics and scientists, there are still a fair amount of people who believe that aliens came to earth via Roswell, and meetings are held there for believers each year.

As a science lover, though, you may enjoy other pursuits in Roswell. You may opt to check out Bottomless Lakes State Park, the International UFO Museum and Research Center, and the Roswell Museum and Art Center. You can also find other archaeological sites to explore in Roswell.

The Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington
Seattle is a perfect destination for all tourists, but it's an especially good fit for those who want to explore science. Start at the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Perfectly situated by the Space Needle, this museum has the studio glass of Dale Chihuly on display. Visitors can explore the gardens, the glasshouse, and the variety of exhibits in the museum building. The large sculptures on the grounds are all unique and worth exploring on their own.

Finally, feel free to add to this list with the types of science destinations that pique your interest. Taking a vacation can be especially fun when you're pursuing your passions along the way, so make science a part of all your adventures for more satisfying travels. 

Explore Gatlinburg on Spring Break

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams-

Last week  Little Travelentz has school spring break for a week and my  husband and I decided to go in Gatlinburg,Tn with my in-laws. Our first choice was to stay in Gatlinburg,Tennessee area but the hotel we wanted   that has indoor pool and jacuzzi is full so we ended up in Pigeon forge.

We stayed a day in Gatlinburg area and explore by foot. Too many things to see so little time so  we all agreed what we wanted to see and where we going. We kinda work with my in-laws health condition when they want to eat and sit we all do so they won't get tired that much and enjoy the day.
At the Smoky Mountain National Park
About Gatlinburg:
  •  Is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States and its a entryway to the  Smoky Mountain National Park.
  • You can explore downtown  Gatlinburg by foot or trolley. 

Things to do and see in Gatlinburg:
There are so many things to do and  see for all ages. It comes down to personal preferences. This is our second visit in Gatlinburg so we just savor the day with the family.
  • Smoky Mountain National Park-We decided to go hiking in Little River were my in-laws go with us. It's a short walk and we choose this for everybody's benefit.We see a little bit of Smoky Mountain and we still plan to go back if given a chance.
  • Downtown Gatlinburg-You can explore downtown by foot or trolley. So many things to see and has a unique shop.

Most Popular to do in Gatlinburg:

When you are visiting new place its very common to check out what's the most popular to see around the area and usually that's how my husband and I goes if interest us.Considering my daughter as of now has no say since she is still 5 years old but we try to encourage her to speak up what she wants to see and show to her the  brochure of attraction to give an idea.
  • Hiking: My family likes to do nature so its in our top priority.
  • Independent restaurant: This is how we dine-in the restaurant.
  • Shopping: They have unique shopping store in Gatlinburg so its fun to window shopping. You never know what treasure you can find.
  • Aquarium:Gatlinburg has a nice aquarium but we never visited yet there. 
  • Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine: My husband favourite place to go.

Sure we have a great Spring break with the family. It was a great week for all of us, to relax and savor each day with each other's company.

Super-fast Tips For Avoiding Airport Hold Ups

Airports are notorious for holding you up. It’s just one of those things we all have to deal with. Check-in, security, and boarding the plane all add up to make what seemed a simple journey into a long and drawn out affair. However, there are ways to get through an airport quicker. Follow these tips to make your experience a lot nicer, quicker, and make you feel like you have got one up against 'the man'.

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Choose A Fast Airport

The good folks over at Credit Monkey have put together this handy list of the fastest airports in the country. Each of the airports in the Top 10 score very well for on-time departures and lowest delays, meaning you are less likely to be held up when traveling from them. The winner, by the way, was San Jose Airport in California. 

Check-in Early

Check-in right after you have packed your bags, and before you even leave for the airport. Print your own boarding pass out, and miss out on all those queues. You can expect this to shave an hour or so off of your travel time on busy airport days. If you forget, don’t panic. Most major airports have electronic booking points dotted around everywhere. You will still save time by using them.

Use The PreCheck Program

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) runs a ‘precheck’ program, aimed at frequent flyers. It gives you the chance to miss out on the usual security lanes and go through much quicker in over 120 airports in the country. Find out more at the TSA website.

Wear A Jacket

Wear a jacket to the airport and you can just put all your things in the pocket and have it scanned. This means you will save time by not having to pick up your coins, phone, tickets, pocket lint, and anything else you brought with you from the tray after security. Simple tips are often the best - and this is certainly a good one!

Charter A Jet

No, seriously. Jet charters are often seen as the preserve of the rich and famous, but things are actually very different. Sure, it costs more - anything from $700 to $5,200 per hour - but if you are flying on business it is certainly worth thinking about. There are separate private jet terminals in most major airports, so as soon as you are through security you will miss queues for boarding. Some private jets can be cheaper than commercial airlines. If they are flying empty on a return leg, for example, they often offer very enticing deals.

Use A Fragile Sticker

Using a fragile sticker could save you a whole bunch of time at the other end. Ask the airline to put a fragile sticker on your case, regardless of whether you have anything fragile in there or not. You'll need to sign some disclaimer forms, but your luggage will be kept on the top of the pile, looked after properly and will be amongst the first onto the luggage belt. 

Tired of the City? Check Out These Amazing Day Trips from NYC

New York City is one of the USA's must-see destinations. From the Empire State Building to Times Square, there's so much to see and do. But there must be life beyond NYC too. Sometimes, especially when you're with the family, you don't want to spend all day sightseeing. Escaping from the city to relax on a beach, at a park or along a hiking trail gives you the chance to breathe. After you've had a day trip away from the chaos, you'll be ready to jump back into the hustle and bustle of the city. If you want to visit, but your family sometimes needs a change of scenery, check out these day trips for a perfect family outing.


Freeport, Long Island

There are plenty of sleepy fishing villages you can discover if you need to slow down the pace of your vacation. In Freeport, you can have fishing lessons and go out on an excursion on a cruiser. Or you can go to Hempstead Marina and while away a few hours just sitting by the shore and waiting for a bite. If you find it hard to get your family to sit so still and quiet, try exploring the area and look for somewhere to have the catch of the day for dinner.

Sleepy Hollow, NY

Although there's plenty of history in New York City, it can all seem very modern when you're exploring. If you want some historic charm, take the Metro-North to Tarrytown to reach Sleepy Hollow, about 30-45 minutes away. If your family loves history and culture, then this little place is perfect for you. You can visit the Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills living history museum, where you'll find a farm and mill from the mid-eighteenth century. There's lots to do, and guides dressed in period costume will perform demonstrations with traditional instruments from the mill. 

Philadelphia, PA

If your vacation is based in NYC, it won't stop you from exploring other major cities. If you want to see Philadelphia but you're not sure about a whole vacation there, choose accommodation in New York instead. Use or a similar site for vacation rentals, or look for a suitable family-friendly hotel. Wherever you want to stay, Philadelphia will be only an hour and a half away by train. If you're looking for activities to entertain the kids, try the tigers at the zoo. Or you could play mini-golf in Franklin Square or visit the Please Touch Museum for a whole host of interactive exhibits.

Bear Mountain State Park, NY

Nature lovers should take a bus or perhaps a cruise out to Bear Mountain State Park. You can take the family for a hike or bike ride, go out on a boat or go swimming. For a more leisurely activity, have a quiet family picnic and take in the scenery. You can also visit the Trailside Museum and Zoo, stop in at the Bear Mountain Inn or let the kids have a go on the merry-go-round.

There's no reason to feel stuck in the city, when there are so many great places to visit. You can explore parks, coastlines, and even go out of state. Next time you're in New York, make sure you see the city's surroundings too.

4 things I like about Splash Math

Being a mom, interactive education is very important for me.I browse every now and then in my daughter's iPad to check the new apps that would benefit for her at the same time learning new things  in a different style and questions.

What is Splash Math:
Splash Math is an interactive fun Math practice  for elementary. This app  can  be download in your tablet like iPad, kindle, computer and etc.I personally used iPad for my daughter.I was surprised when we are on the road last week for Spring break, my daughter  used the Splash Math app and practice her Math  whilst we were  in the car. It seems you don't really need an internet connection to play the apps.

Things I like about Splash Math:
  1. Email Progress Report:I can't sit down all the time while my daughter is playing her iPad so I trust her that she would do her Splash Math with less supervision. I was surprised that they email me the progress report about my daughter.
  2. Easy to Understand:I'm amaze how the questions easy to understand for a 5 year old. For me its very important that my daughter can comprehend by herself with less supervision.
  3. Common Core: Having said,my daughter is in common core standard so this help her to have better understanding and in line in her kindergarten curriculum so I have more peace of mind that this helps to have more practice and familiarization of the questions and answers.
  4. Animation that keeps my daughter going: I don't need to beg my daughter to do the Splash Math, she is into it and she just grab her iPad and plays the Splash Math. 

What kids can learn:
Basically, this interactive app is focus in Math subject,my daughter is in practicing the 1st Grade she's learning about:
  • Time
  • Geometry
  • Data and Graphs
  • Subtraction
  • Add and Subtract within 100
  • Counting and Comparison
  • Place Value
  • Mixed Operations
  • Advanced Subtractions
  • Advanced Additions
  • Addition
  • Measurements
  • Addition Facts
  • Money

I am very happy with this app and if you're looking  something for  your kids to  learn and familiarized about common core standard you should try to download Splash Math app for free.

Disclosure: Thank you  Splash Math for this opportunity. However,I will always share my honest opinion  about my  experience.

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