Monday, March 14, 2011

Our big yet local spring break plans

Spring break is here and for those of us not already on a trip, there's the question: What do we do this week? I have a 7, 4, and 2 year old and have to find activities that interest and involve all three. When Ali posted the special activities in Chattanooga, I got excited about the "behind the scenes" opportunities for my kids.

Having looked at all the ideas with the boys, two stood out for us: the Keeper Kid program at the TN Aquarium and spelunking at Ruby Falls.

We haven't been to either and are hoping to work both into our schedule next week. You can choose 2 of 19 different Keeper Kid activities. They are free with paid admission to the aquarium but fill up on a first come, first serve basis. I'm thinking feeding the otters and releasing butterflies might be fun for my crew.

I love that Ruby Falls is Green Globe Certified and the only solar powered cave. Click here to learn all the measures they've taken to be more sustainable.

From Monday through Wednesday only, you'll have access to tour a portion of the cave normally off limits with a helmet light and lantern only. The kids get to keep the miners helmet with a working light. You'll also get a lighted tour of the main cave and waterfall, a fossil dig for children, and 10% off gift and food purchases.

Make sure you check out the coupon section for discounts to most attractions.

If you already have plans this week, many of the special events are going through mid-April.

What exciting plans do you have for the kids this week? What do you like best about the aquarium and Ruby Falls? Any must see parts?

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