Monday, July 21, 2014

An Overnight Trip to Baltimore: Part 1

This weekend we went on an overnight trip to Baltimore!
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Last Friday, Luke and I took off work early, picked up the kids at daycare, and hit the road for Baltimore. We had planned this trip just a week prior because 1) we had a free Marriott hotel stay that needed to be used up, and 2) the tickets we had to the Maryland Science Center was expiring as well. So I figured, why not? It turned out to be a fun little trip. I am going to break it up into 3 posts to tell you all about it :)

Although we left the house at 1:30, hoping to beat traffic, there were a few accidents/road work along the way and we didn’t get to our hotel till nearly 3:15. The ride was longer than I expected, but Will was asleep most of the way so it turned out alright. Once we got to the hotel, we were told that our room was not ready yet. So we spent the next half hour at the lounging area and the room was ready by 4, the actual check-in time. We settled in, got our stuff ready, and went to our first planned stop –  Port Discovery Children’s Museum!

Part of the reason why we picked this particular weekend to go to Baltimore was also because of the $2 Family Fun Night at Port Discovery. Usually the ticket is $15 per person, but once a month on a Friday night, it is discounted to just $2. However, a big HOWEVER, this just meant that the place was PACKED with people. So here is a tip for the locals – I highly DO NOT recommend Family Fun Night….unless you set your expectations low and know that you will just see a few exhibits and come back next time (on another Family Fun Night).

This was not our case, I don't see us coming back here in the foreseeable future, but we made the best out of it.

For my water-loving kiddos, we spent most of the time at Wonders of Water.

The bubble hoop provided great picture opportunities.
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And they spent so much time here, just connecting pipes and getting wet.
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Luckily our hotel was close because we ended up having to go back to our room to change the kids into dry clothes. Then we went back to the museum again to see a few more exhibits, but it wasn’t long before we were all hungry and left the place for good.

We ended up eating at The Cheesecake Factory, right in the heart of Inner Harbor. For appetizer, we ordered Avocado Eggrolls, which I pretty much inhaled the whole thing myself. So yummy! Then we had several pasta dishes to share - Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic, Cajun Jambalaya Pasta, and a "naked" pasta off the kids' menu. All equally delicious! We were stuffed by the end, but of course, Luke couldn't go to The Cheesecake Factory without eating an actual cheesecake so we did.
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Overall, the dinner was very good. The kids behaved and ate decently. So we kept the promise we had made with them and we were off on a boat ride!
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To be continued.

7 comments:

  1. Love your pictures! I remember going to Baltimore with Justin and Mark when they were that age... Great time!

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    1. Thanks Tiffany! I remember YOU telling me about your trips back then!

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  2. I love the avocado eggrolls from cheesecake, yum! Looks like you guys had such a great time!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  3. Not a big fan of this city as it always reminds me of work. It's either that or a tunnel that I need to pass an the way up to Jersey or NYC. But spending time there with the family was a blast, even with the teeny tiny hotel room.

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  4. I love the sass from Anna in the last photo! And we were just at Port Discovery for J's birthday on Tuesday. I could not imagine enjoying that place when everyone is there for $2 because it was already kinda full of camp groups. Though by 1pm, they had cleared out.

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  5. How timely! I'm going to Baltimore this weekend!

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