Teresa Shaw

Teresa Shaw

Teresa Shaw is a journalist, editor and blogger. A vegetarian (and almost-vegan), she strives to make health a priority and to pass on healthy habits to her two children. Teresa also writes at www.workingtravelingmom.com.

Fairies, Farms, & Flowers — Free Attractions in Ann Arbor Michigan

Ann Arbor isn’t just about the University of Michigan, although the school does influence the overall experience of being there. Much of this self-proclaimed “little-big city” can be enjoyed on a budget. From museums to markets, Ann Arbor offers many family and budget-friendly attractions and activities. Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market Open Saturdays all year round and both Wednesdays and Saturdays in the summer, the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market offers many goods from more than 100 local businesses. For almost 100 years now, the farmer’s market has offered locally grown crops such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, cider, honey, and maple syrup. There are...

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5 Things Kids Can Learn at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival’s Butterflies on the Go Exhibit

The Butterflies on the Go exhibit at Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival provides more than just an up-close look at pretty butterflies. It also offers school-age kids and parents a hands-on approach to learning about butterflies. Here are five things kids can learn at the exhibit. Education probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World. But the Butterflies on the Go exhibit presented by Go Go SqueeZ during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival just might change your mind. The exhibit provides more than just...

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How to Use the Free Fastpass and Rider Switch Services at Walt Disney World

FastPass+ and Rider Switch are free services from Walt Disney World that allow visitors to reserve their spot in line in advance and switch places with another adult so that both can ride the ride without going to the back of the line. Read on to find out why you should take advantage of FastPass+ and Rider Switch if visiting the Disney Parks with your family. Did you know there’s a way to beat the crowds and reserve experiences in advance – like character encounters, popular rides and shows – at Walt Disney World? Then, if you’re visiting with...

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An Evening at Southside Works Pittsburgh

When was the last time you spent the evening with just one of your kids? Time with my second-born child has been admittedly sparse. Fortunately, we recently had a chance to change that, by way of a media tour of Pittsburgh. The tour included an evening out at Southside Works Pittsburgh, a former brownfield turned entertainment complex. We began with dinner at the Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh, the city’s first authentic Hofbräuhaus – modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany. The patio offers great views of the Monongahela River – and even better food. I ordered the Schnitzel...

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Interactive Fun at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Do children and museums mix? They do when it’s the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, a three-story building on Pittsburgh‘s North Side. The building connects historic buildings in the city: the Allegheny Post Office Building and the Buhl Building, and is adjacent to Buhl Community Park (more about that in a bit — first, the museum). Museum Fun Inside and Out The museum is divided into several interactive sections. The Garage houses a full-size replica of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Trolley – and a table with parts to make a much smaller version of the trolley. Fred Rogers’ legacy is felt...

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5 Fun Girlfriend Activities in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Southeast Michigan has no shortage of fun – and sometimes free – activities for all ages. Here are five fun ideas for a day or night on the town with the girls in Ann Arbor. 1. Visit a Farmers’ Market Farmers’ markets can provide fresh and healthy fun in the form of unusual fruits and veggies, as well as baked goods, crafts and more. Enjoy the local fare and take home some treats. 2. Take a Spa Day Whether you’re looking for a day of pampering or a quick manicure or pedicure, there’s no shortage of spas in Ann...

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Family Fun at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit

The Michigan Science Center is more than just a fun place for the kids – it’s an opportunity to teach them science concepts in an interactive and, yes, fun way. Located in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the museum has three floors of kid-friendly exhibits and shows that help kids young and not-so-young to engage and participate.           Hands-On Education about Health and Nutrition The Health and Nutrition gallery teaches kids about calories intake and how much exercise it takes to burn off certain foods. My kids enjoyed the Start Working it Off! exhibit, where they...

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Family-Friendly Hampton Inn & Suites in Downtown Pittsburgh

Choosing a downtown hotel can be tricky; on the one hand, you want a hotel that’s close enough to the action that you don’t have to take a cab everywhere. On the other hand, you don’t want to be near any unsafe action. The Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown is close enough for traveling families to walk to area attractions, yet not so centrally downtown that safety is a concern.   Historic Pittsburgh Strip District Location The Hampton Inn & Suites is located on Smallman Street in the Strip District, a bustling area that features food vendors, shops and...

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Free Admission to Michigan Museums and Attractions

Looking for a hidden gem in your neighborhood – or perhaps just a new place to take the kids? Don’t want to fork over expensive admission fees? The Michigan Activity Pass, presented by the Library Network program, is a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and cultural organizations that provides free or reduced admission for museums and other attractions throughout the state.   Using the Michigan Activity Pass for Free Admission to Local Attractions Find participating attractions and museums by visiting the Michigan Activity Pass website and entering your zip code or city and state,...

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Kids Can Express Themselves at Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Drawing on the walls is not only allowed, but encouraged at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana. A recent renovation at the museum included creating an Early Learning Center, in which children can experience art in different hands-on ways, such as through building, writing, reading and, yes, even drawing on the wall. Creating Art in Fort Wayne Museum of Art My family and I recently visited the Fort Wayne Museum of Art with our four- and six-year old kids. While my husband and I were eager to visit the Chihuly glass exhibit, the kids wanted to go...

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