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Talking Points for Kids about American History at Disney Parks


When your family visits Disney, you have an opportunity to share conversations about the past and the future. Here are some fun ways to learn about the future while visiting Disney.


Whether you are a homeschool family or you send your child to public school, you can combine your Disney vacation with learning. Whether you are visiting Magic Kingdom or Epcot, decide which attractions want to make learning experiences for your family. 

Considering exploring:
💡 Liberty Square
💡 Frontierland
💡 World Showcase
💡 Carousel of Progress
💡 Hall of Presidents
💡 Imagineering
💡 Mission: Space

Yes, I know...you want your family to have fun, but remember - you can have fun while learning!

Learning about American History at Disney Parks (Disney Land and Disney World) can happen at Magic Kingdom (which has almost everything). You can make history come alive with kids at Disney. You can include conversations about the following:

☀️ The Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square (Magic Kingdom)(amazing relics and talking points for children)

Talking Point - What things do you see that make it look old-fashioned (like the maps, documents, etc)?

☀️ The Liberty Bell Replica in Liberty Square (Magic Kingdom)

Talking Point - Ask them where the actual liberty bell is located? What was the purpose of the bell?

☀️ The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square (Magic Kingdom)

Talking Point - What does a President do?

Talking Point - Do you recognize anyone?


☀️ Tom Sawyer Island at FrontierLand (Magic Kingdom)

Talking Point - Ask your children to watch a YouTube video or read about book about the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Ask them what they want to explore on the island first?

Talking Point - Does anything on the island remind them of the video or the book?

☀️ Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress in Tomorrow Land at Magic Kingdom

Talking Point - Would you rather live now or back then?

What are some additional talking points you would add?

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Let's Explore the Children's Museum of Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas


The Children's Museum of Brownsville provides over 60,000 local and regional patrons with access to learning opportunities and experiences throughout the year.

Their Hours
CM of Brownsville is open Tuesdays to Sundays. From Tuesdays to Saturdays, you can access the museum frm 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sundays frm 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Here are the days that they are not open: https://cmofbrownsville.org/visit-us/hours-admission/

The Cost of Admission
The entire museum is only $9.50 per person for everyone over 12 months old (individuals under 12 months old are FREE)!

As always, you can purchase an annual pass (https://cmofbrownsville.org/visit-us/membership/) or you can take advantage of the annual museum pass which is NATIONWIDE! If a museum you are visiting in the future is a member, you will gain complimentary admission to the museum! YES!!!! This is especially important if you are on the road as much as we are!

Their Spaces
Brite's Special Spot - We LoVE this opportunity for members of the community to engage with art! https://cmofbrownsville.org/education/brites-special-spot/ CM of Brownsville has "Brite's Special Spot" for children ages 5 to 12. This arts process workshop is for individuals with special needs and takes place each Sunday for 20 weeks - incredible!

They also have a neat way to engage with the community through a mobile in-trip experience.


Flex Air - For exploring air and motion!

All World's Cafe - For exploring new careers and customer service. (Which is super exciting for children AND parents)!

Under the Sea - Texas has such amazing landscapes (including costal areas). This is a great experience to explore the sea!

Construction Zone - Talk about engineering in action! Explore architecture and construction through an on-site construction zone!

Future Artists of America - For children and adults to create their own art and highlight their creativity on display.

Dr. Bones Health Clinic - Health is such an important topic for Texans. This is a great opportunity for parents and others to highlight the importance of health careers and health concepts for children.

Target - Tot Spot and The Plaza - Talk about READING in neat spaces, this is a NEAT space for families with little ones. They can explore the stage and have a great time reading books!

Tac Tiles Panels - Love this! In addition to the construction zone, this is a great way to explore different construction materials and textures.


Texas Farmhouse - Talk about the fabric of Texas, this in house farmhouse provides opportunities for kids and parents to appreciate and talk about the neat aspects of farm life. 

KRGV 5 - First Warn Weather Station - Just think about watching your local news weathercast and realizing that your child is on the television giving the weather updates. With the help of your cell phone, you can make this dream a reality! 

H-E-Buddy Market - Think about exploring H-E-B and realizing that your child is making sure everything is properly stocked, carts are in alignment and all purchases are properly made. It can happen at the CM of Brownsville! What a great way to explore!

Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibit - This is a new interactive exhibit at CM of Brownsville! Explore the mysteries of outer space through this new exhibit!

Their Events:
Seriously, check out ALL of their events! (https://cmofbrownsville.org/events-calendar/)They have so many amazing opportunities to learn! These events range from "Watercolor: Let's Draw an Acorn" and "Science Activity: Thanksgiving Turkey Slime" to "Science Activity: Gum and Chocolate" and "Making Waves with Radio: Messages from Space".

Also, if you are in the area during super special days like New Year's Day, they have... "Science Activity: New Year's Eve Celebration Slime"!


Next Steps
When you visit, tell them that you read about their museum on the Weekend Count website!

Also, sign up for their newsletter! - https://cmofbrownsville.org/enews/

Follow them on Instagram and Facebook:

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Lego Spike Prime Kit and Expansion Kit Unboxing!

My daughter decided to join the local 4-H Robotics teams, Panola Robotics. Through the local robotics team, continues to learn about robotics through Lego Robotics Kits and through classes hosted by her coach, Dr. Nicola Ritter.

Through Lego Robotics classes for kids and competition, she was able to learn about Lego Robotics Mindstorm kits and persist through Lego Robotics challenges for kids.

Here is our unboxing of the Lego Spike Prime Kit and Expansion kit.


If you would like support our local Panola Robotics group, please contact Ms. Clarissa Moon at the Panola Agrilife office.

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Small Town Travel Destinations - Top 10 Things to do When Visiting Small Towns


Hey ya'll!

Sometimes, people tend to overlook local our small towns and cities in the United States as their primary travel destinations or an "on the way" travel destination to their primary destination. 

I've lived in small towns almost all of my life and I love the charm, the people, and the small town dining. The green spaces in small towns are unmatched as well!

Here are "Top 10 Things to do When Visiting Small Towns"!

#1 - Explore downtown: Soak up the charm of historic buildings, unique shops, and local restaurants.

#2 - Learn local history: Visit the museum or historical society.

#3 - Get outdoors: Hike, bike, or picnic in the park.

#4 - Catch a classic film: Support the local theater.

#5 - Experience Festival fun: Immerse yourself in local culture at a festival or event.


#6 - Take In Some Stars!: Escape the light pollution and marvel at the night sky.

#7 - Buy Farm Fresh Produce: Sample local produce and support sustainable agriculture at a farm or farmers market.

#8 - Cook like a local: Take a cooking class and learn a traditional recipe.

#9 - Relax and unwind: Embrace the slower pace of life and recharge.

#10 - Have Conversations with Local Residents

Again, we love traveling to small towns and experiencing our own small town, Granbury, Texas! Need some additional suggestions? Please let me know.

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5 Dining Deals in Granbury Texas - Daily Deals and Kids Eat FREE


Are you ready for your next road trip? Perhaps you are headed to Waco, Fort Worth, Stephenville, Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, or to the celebration capital of Texas...Granbury! Where we are always having a family-friendly party! 

If you are headed to Granbury, be sure to check out our amazing hotels (like the Granbury Hilton Garden Inn) or bed and breakfast options (like Hotel Lucy). You need to budget for these hotels because they offer a great deal with a free (or low-cost) breakfast option. Just ask!

After breakfast, we encourage you save on your dining budget and check out these daily deals from local chain restaurants. All of these restaurants are in Granbury, but they are also available in other cities. Use them for future budget friendly road trips across Texas.

Let's explore a list of five dining deals in Granbury, Texas! 


Free Fries Fridays at McDonald's! (
with the App)

Free Medium Fries when you make a medium $1 purchase in the app. Here's more information - https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/free-fries-friday.html


$6 Sushi Wednesdays at Kroger!

We love sushi, but sometimes it can be so expensive for our family. So, when visiting Granbury (or another similar town, we always check out $6 Sushi at Kroger)!


Buy One, Get One Pizzas at Schlotzsky's! (with the App)

One of the ladies at work loves this deal and convinced me to download the app. Well, the rest is history. Our family will get this pizza when we are on the go!

Here are some kid's eat free deals in Granbury:


Cotton Patch Cafe

They have several deals throughout the week, but Thursday is a great day for families because kids eat free when dining with an adult who purchase's an entree which costs$10 or more.


Dickey's Barbeque Pit

On Sundays, head to Dickey's Barbeque Pit for a free kid's meal with an adult's entree purchase.

🍟🍟🍟Do you know of other restaurants that we need to add to the list? Type them below!🍟🍟

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Make Your Weekends Count in These 17 Cities in Florida, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Texas!


Every year, my family attends the Dallas Travel and Adventure Show. It is one of the highlights of the beginning of the year for us. We pick up dozens and dozens of brochures to help up figure out which destinations to explore and which ones to avoid. 





So we made up a game to lay all of the brochures out on the couches in our living room to determine which ones to visit and write about this year. My husband selected eight cities and I selected nine cities. Now, we are ready to get to work!


Here's the my list for this year:

Cleburne, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Henderson, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Jefferson, Texas (Marion County, Texas)
Marshall, Texas
Mineola, Texas
Martin Creek State Park (Henderson, Texas and Tatum, Texas)
Nacogdoches, Texas


Here's my husband's list for this year:

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Granbury, Texas
Houston, Texas
Louisiana State Parks
Pensacola, Florida
Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tyler, Texas



Which one should we visit first? What should we see while we are there?

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