North Pole

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time, perhaps to the 1950s? Well you have the chance when you head up to the North Pole in Cascade, Colorado.

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The North Pole is a family-friendly amusement park located at the entrance to the Pikes Peak Highway. It opened in the 1950s and it has been frozen in time ever since (in the best way possible). It was a must visit item on our list when we were home in Colorado for the summer.

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The park is sparkling clean and it has all the fun old school rides of yesteryear.

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Most of the rides were for younger kids, which was perfect for us. There are some rides that are a bit more daring so the park is probably best suited for kids 2-12. No Six Flags style roller coasters here.

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Besides the rides, you also have the opportunity to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus or you can touch the North Pole (yes that’s ice in the middle of summer).

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They also have little shows throughout the day. We were able to catch the magic show and the kids were amazed (despite what E’s face looks like. Ha!)

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We love the North Pole. It is a great place to visit and a great place to take the grandparents as there is a nostalgic factor in there as well.

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Here is my favorite picture from the day. Don’t worry this was their favorite ride and they rode it multiple times, which makes this picture even funnier to me.

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Mathematikum

The winters in Germany are long. The three weeks of school Christmas break are even longer. After our millionth trip to an indoor playground, we needed to mix it up a bit, which brought us to Mathematikum in Giessen.

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This little museum is about an hour from our house and features super fun, hands-on activities to help kiddos learn about math and physics.

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This table is actually spinning.

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Giant bubbles are always a hit.

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Puzzles, puzzles and more puzzles.

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This is a code breaking game. I kept changing it to English and E kept turning it back to German. Either way we never broke the code. Ha!

We took a break halfway through and had a snack in their café. It was a really small café but had nice choices and the cappuccino was a pi-ece of art. Oh that was bad. Ha!

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We finished our day with a few more puzzles.

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The top floor of the museum has a section for the littlest Einstein’s (under 3).

Overall, it was a nice quick day trip and something fun to do indoors during the break.