Headed To #BloggyCon14 – The Be Still Retreat

I’m headed to Ohio for the Bloggy Conference!  I’ll be leading The Be Still Retreat, which is a special time within the Bloggy Conference to be still, reflect and connect face-to-face, heart-to-heart.  I hope to see you there!  If you’ll be in attendance, please take a moment to comment, say hi, and let’s get to know one another.


Family Friendly Activities Across The US

After reading yesterday’s post about family friendly activties near Hagerstown, Maryland. You’re probably thinking “but I don’t live near Hagerstown, what’s there to do in my area?”.  Or maybe not, perhaps that’s just what I would be thinking. Whether you’re planning a staycation or a vacation, here are some great family friendly activities across the US!

Family Friendly Activities Across The US


Mid Atlantic

NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles

Boston (or all), Massachusetts :: Maven of Savin

Central, New Jersey :: Our Good LIfe

Adirondak Mountains and Central, New York :: For This Season

Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York :: Ann’s Entitled Life

Syracuse, New York :: I am THAT lady

Erie, Pennsylvania :: Growing Kids Ministry

Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania :: Family Balance Sheet

Hershey, Pennsylvania :: Good Deal Mama

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania :: Beyond the Cover

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania :: The Coupon “High”

Poconos, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains

Scranton, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains


Des Moines, Iowa :: Make the best of everything

Aurora, Illinois :: A Savings WOW!

Central, Illinois :: The Homeschool Scientist

Chicago, Illinois :: Chicagoland Homeschool Network

Naperville, Illinois :: The Sensible Mom

Schaumburg, Illinois :: Ravings By Rae

Fort Wayne, Indiana :: Simplified Saving

Indianapolis, Indiana (Metro Area) :: In Good Cents

Muncie, Indiana (Central IN) :: the daisyhead

Northern Indiana :: So Dough Savvy

Kansas City Area :: Kansas City Mamas

Metro Detroit, Michigan :: Saving Dollars and Sense

Grand Rapids, Michigan :: Give Me Neither

Oakland County, Michigan :: Bargain Shopper Mom

Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Creative Couponing

Rural Minnesota (either Southern our Lake Country) :: Mommysavers.com

St. Cloud, Minnesota :: Frugal Finders

Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas :: Kosher on a Budget

Springfield, Missouri :: Getting Freedom

Cincinnati, Ohio :: Family Friendly Cincinnati

Columbus, Ohio :: Cleverly Simple

Dayton, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle: Dayton

Mansfield, Ohio :: The Traveling Praters

NE Ohio :: Raising Lifelong Learners

Northeast Ohio (Canton, Akron, Cleveland) :: Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring

Black Hills, South Dakota :: Little House Living

South Dakota :: Moms Mustard Seeds

Oshkosh, Wisconsin :: Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom


Phoenix, Arizona :: Mom Endeavors

Scottsdale, Arizona :: Saving For Someday

Tucson, Arizona :: Desert Chica Ramblings

Colorado Springs, Colorado :: The Greenbacks Gal

Denver, Colorado :: Bargain Blessings

Helena, Montana :: The WiC Project

Omaha, Nebraska :: Mom Endeavors

Reno, Nevada – Lake Tahoe (Northern Nevada) :: Saving in Nevada


Fresno, California (Central Valley) :: NerdFamily Blog

Los Angeles, California :: Savings.com

San Diego, California :: Good Cheap Eats

San Diego, California :: Life as MOM

Portland, Oregon :: Frugal Living NW

Seattle, Washington :: Thrifty NW Mom

South Atlantic

Arkansas :: Discovering Arkansas

Washington, DC :: Kidventurous

Clearwater Beach, Florida :: Bargain Briana

Jacksonville, Florida :: Saving The Family Money

Southwest Florida (Ft. Myers area) :: Chaos Is Bliss

St. Augustine, Florida :: Simply St. Augustine

Tallahassee, Florida :: SwagGrabber

Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: Hodgepodge

Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: The Couponing Couple

Annapolis, Maryland :: The Happy Housewife

Hagerstown, Maryland :: Cheryl Pitt

Asheville, North Carolina :: Paradise Praises

Charlotte, North Carolina :: from our front porch lookin’ in…

Raleigh/Southeastern, North Carolina :: Upside Down Homeschooling

Upstate South Carolina :: The Tween & Me

Charlottesville, Virginia :: How to Have it All

Richmond, Virginia :: Teachers of Good Things

Smithfield, Virginia :: Walking in High Cotton

Virginia Beach, Virginia :: The Coupon Challenge

South Central

Coastal Alabama :: Meet Penny

Huntsville, Alabama :: The Traveling Praters

Northern Kentucky :: Simply Sherryl

Chattanooga, Tennessee :: Living Chic on the Cheap

East Tennessee (Smoky Mountains, Knoxville) :: Finding Joy on the Journey

Nashville, Tennessee :: Montessori Tidbits

Arlington, Texas :: Grocery Shop For FREE

Austin, Texas (Hill Country) :: Ponder the Path

College Station, Texas :: How to Homeschool My Child

Dallas, Texas :: Surviving The Stores

East Dallas, Texas :: Funky Faith Girl

Fort Worth, Texas :: Coupons & Freebies Mom

Houston, Texas :: MomsToolbox

Houston, Texas :: MyLitter

Katy, Texas :: Moms Confession

McAllen, Texas (Rio Grande Valley) :: iLoveMy5Kids

San Antonio, Texas :: Melissa’s Bargains

Family Activities Near Hagerstown MD

Family Activities Near Hagerstown MD
Sometimes, it’s just not possible to take a “throw caution to the wind, hop on a plane, book the hotel and eat till you drop family vacation”.  That’s why I’m sharing fun family activities in and near Hagerstown MD. For those lean years when you can’t travel far, field trips and those days where you just want to get into something fun, here are my picks for close-to-home family activities.

Museums near Hagerstown, MD


Miller House Historical home with a rich history dating back to 1825

Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum Train history in the Hagerstown area

Hager House A historical home built in German tradition which sits inside the City park grounds

Hagerstown Aviation Museum View aircraft as you learn about Hagerstown’s aviation history

Arts and theatre near Hagerstown, MD


Washington County Playhouse Dinner theatre showcasing Broadway classics

Maryland Theatre Everything from plays to concerts and comedians to orchestras

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Tour their collection or participate in any number of events, lectures, and classes

Maryland Symphony Orchestra Offering a full calendar of music performances and education

Just Lookin’ Gallery Art gallery and more dedicated to black American, African and West Indian artists

Science centers near Hagerstown, MD


Discovery Station Hands-on, interactive programs and exhibits that bring learning to life

William Brish Planetarium Educational programs to explore the bounds of space

Crystal Grottoes Caverns More formations per square foot than any other known cavern (Boonsboro)

Albert Powell Fish Hatchery Hatchery specializing in Rainbow Trout, call for a tour

Outdoor activities near Hagerstown, MD


Hagerstown City Park Beautiful park with museums on the grounds

Bicycle Tours A fun and fit way to tour the city

Antietam Recreation Horseback riding, swimming, drama, creek activities and more

Red Heifer Winery Sample local wines, picnic and enjoy a beautiful view (Smithsburg)

Washington Monument State Park Built in 1827 by the citizens of Boonsboro in memory of George Washington, great hiking

Breezy Ridge Riding Stables Riding instruction for all levels, groups welcome

Yogi Bear’s Camp-Resort Campsite for tents, RVs and cabins, offering activities including volleyball, mini golf and outdoor movie theater

Hagerstown Suns Baseball Enjoy a game at one of the three oldest Minor League baseball stadiums in the area

Farmer’s Market Offering over 30 exhibitors with produce, baked goods and crafts, this market has been held for over 225 years

What sites do you recommend in Hagerstown MD?