COSI with Teens: MARVEL Exhibit has been extended through the Summer!

Center of Science and Industry (COSI) has been a long-time favorite in our family. The kiddos and I have been visiting since they were toddlers. So when I told them COSI would be the first thing we’d be crossing off our Summer 2022 Bucket list I was a bit shocked when I heard complaints. Apparently, they feel it’s only for little kids. Boy were they wrong! To be fair I had a bit of a surprise up my sleeve. 

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Airstream Tour, J. Marie’s Wood-Fired Kitchen, & MORE!

Ya know how the fam totally gets stoked for a road trip, but you end up hitting the road late, & suddenly once you arrive everyone gets hangry? Yup, that’s what happened! Lol! Thankfully we stumbled upon this AWESOME restaurant! OMG! I was blown away by this restaurant. It’s not your typical small town greasy spoon. In fact, it reminded me of a restaurant we ate at last year in Sydney, Australia. You read correctly, I legit just compared a Wapakoneta restaurant to an Australian big city restaurant…it’s that good!!



Why I love it….J. Marie’s goal is to foster the development of thriving local business, while contributing to the local economy, food system, & jobs in Wapakoneta through strategic partnerships, innovative community driven business & environmentally sustainable practices.




Why it’s delicious…..J. Marie’s Wood-Fired Kitchen is a small establishment with a big city feel. Boasting a New American menu with everything from wood-fired pizzas to pork loin risotto, J. Marie’s legit has something for everyone, keto, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.!



Local love….The bar boasts over 20 taps with craft brewed beer and draft wines. Almost all of the beer on tap comes from Ohio or Midwestern brewers & J. Marie’s offers house-made infusions and regionally distilled liquors as well.



Marie’s Wood-Fired Kitchen and Drinks

Address: 7 W Auglaize St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Phone: (419) 674-2436

Hours: Sunday- Thursday 10:30am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 10:30am-11pm (Happy Hour 2-6pm Mon.-Fri.)




Once your bellies are full & your feeling fabulous…it’s tour time!


If you’ve ever wondered how Airstreams are made, there’s no better way to find out than to come see for yourself.





The free Airstream Factory Tour is an in-depth, two-hour walkthrough of their actual production plants, right here in Jackson Center, Ohio. Over the course of two hours, they’ll first show you how they carefully craft, rivet, and build the travel trailers by hand, and then how they build the finest-quality touring coaches on Mercedes-Benz sprinter van chassis.




Because you’ll be touring the factory floor while it’s at least partially in operation, hearing and eye protection is required and will be provided for you. They ask that you wear closed-toe shoes and let them know of any disabilities that might affect your tour experience. (Source )






Airstream Factory Tours

Address: 419 W Pike St, Jackson Center, OH 45334

Phone: (937) 596-6111

Hours: Monday-Friday @ 2pm meet in the Lobby

Cost: FREE


NEED TO KNOW: Closed toed shoes required. Tour is a one mile walk that lasts approximately 2 hours. Children of all ages are welcomed, adult supervision is a must! Strollers are welcomed. Safety glasses and ear plugs are provided.


My mind was blown! To see actual human beings putting together Airstreams felt so old school & comforting! Now I understand how the Airstreams can be built custom. In fact, we had two gentleman on our tour who had Airstreams being built during out tour, how cool is that?! I legit cannot wait to rent one of these and go camping with my fam…and I’m not a camping type of person, so this is HUGE!!


After a two hour tour & knowing you have a 1hour & 1/2 ride home with a toddler, tween, teen, & 8 year old caffeine and a playground was a MUST!! Adults need to perk up & get energy via caffeine and kiddos needed to run off their excess energy. So we hit up a local coffee shop and then let kiddos burn off their energy at the park.




Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Address: 24 E Auglaize St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Phone: (419) 738-7946

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 6am-8pm, 7am-8pm, closed on Sunday





Okay, so, once you get your coffee, if you legit leave through the backdoor you can see the park. You just have to drive on the other side of the water and you are there…less than a 3 minute drive from Winans Coffee. In case you don’t see it here’s the deets ….

Belcher Park

Address: 1 E Harrison St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Phone: (419) 738-3011

Hours: 6am-10pm daily






Let them run out & run off their energy while you sit back & sip on your delicious coffee/tea beverage and reflect on that fact that you are an awesome parent…not only did they have fun but they also learned something today, cheers!

FYI, if your day is still young & you’ve recouped all the energy levels stop off at…

Address: 7 W Monroe St, New Bremen, OH 45869

Phone: 419-629-9249


Admission: Adults: $3 Seniors: $2 Children: $1

Hours: Summer: weekdays 9am-7pm, Winter: weekdays 9am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm Closed Sundays

And stop off at the splash pad directly behind the museum!



Or checkout….

For details click on link,

Interested in learning about more awesome places to take the kiddos this summer?

Click here to see Toledo Summer 2021 Bucket List

Click here to see Toledo Summer 2021 Splashpads, Waterparks, & Pools Guide

A Christmas Story House Tour: A Journey back to Childhood

As we turned onto W. 11th Street in Cleveland, Ohio it seemed like any ordinary street, in any ordinary neighborhood, and then we saw it, that house with the green trim that was unmistakably the Parker residence from the movie, A Christmas Story.  

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And it was then that my anticipation level skyrocketed! It is fascinating how a mere glance at the house can stir up so many emotions. I was suddenly transported back to my own childhood; the emotions conjured up fond memories & feelings of Christmas pasts. I was literally just like one of the kids as we raced into the gift shop to purchase our tour tickets.  

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And just like one of the kids, it felt like I waited for an eternity for our tour to begin, (when in all actuality it was only like 10 minutes, haha!). When the tour finally began it took everything in me to restrain myself from being the first one in line. I did manage to gathering up enough restraint to allow the shorter children to go in front of me, which was a huge hurdle, guess who was rewarded for her good behavior afterward in the gift shop?

As we entered the house my inner childlike spirit had a mini spaz attack, it was spot on from the scenes in the movie! I did manage to maintain composure on the outside, well almost, I wanted to touch everything! And guess what? You can (technically, everything in all but one room)!!! When I heard that my adult self & inner child collided, giving one another a virtual high five, yippee!! Let the fun begin!!!

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We were able to pick up “The Old Man’s” award, sit on Ralphie and Randy’s beds, we reenact a few scenes from the movie, and more!

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We also learned a lot about the history of the movie, characters, actors, etc., like the fact that the year they filmed the movie Cleveland didn’t receive any snow so they did whatever they could to make snow….queue the foam!




And that the actress who played the school teacher was pregnant when they filmed and she didn’t want to go too far from her in Canada where there just so happened to have a lot of snow so they filmed the other scenes in Canada. There is much more but you’ll have to take the tour yourself to hear those nuggets of trivia.


After touring the house and the museum (image above shows actual toys that were in the movie) it was time to reward that inner child, and my actual children with a trip to the gift shop.

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There were so many magnificent souvenirs to choose from and all children were pleased except for one, my son. He so desperately wanted a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle, just like Ralphie’s. I entertained the idea for a moment, then culminated the day with a rather appropriate decision and infamous quote, one I am surprised my son didn’t see coming. No, because, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

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You too can deny your child a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle and allow your inner child to come out and play at A Christmas Story House open 7 days a week (except major holidays), 10am-5pm.  Cost, Adults: $10.00 Children 7 to 12: $6.00 (Children 6 & under: FREE) Seniors: $8.00 For more information click here .

What is your favorite scene from the movie?