Fall break fun

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Fall break is one of my favorite times of year. I love the month of October, the cooler temperatures, changing of the leaves and pumpkin everything.

And since my kids have started school, fall break has been added to my ever-growing list of favorite things about fall!

It’s nice to have a week off from everything (unless you have to work!) and have a little more relaxed schedule.

Last year, we did something new for break and we enjoyed it so much, that we did it again this year: we went camping!

We are THOSE campers, the ones that actually use a tent. So, camping in October is a little chilly, but we do camp at electric sites and always remember to take the heater with us!

We enjoyed a stay in Brown County and it was simply beautiful. The temperature was perfect, the leaves were changing right before our eyes and the kids all got along! It was great.

In addition to camping, we enjoyed some time in Nashville shopping, eating, riding the trolley and we even got to see the Slightly Haunted Puppet Theater, which is one of our favorite things to do there.

My husband enjoys the park’s mountain biking trails. And how could you not? The hills of Brown are gorgeous and you can’t beat them this time of year.

Brown County is such a fun community to visit and it’s nice to have it so close to home!

Since my husband and I both had to work a few days during break, we broke our week up into two parts. While our first long weekend was spent camping, the second long weekend was spent in Cincinnati. Completely different adventures, but both run in their own right.

In Cincinnati, we attended the annual Renaissance Festival. And if you have never been to one of these events, it is a definite must. We have been a few times and we always have a great experience.

Our girls love jumping back in time with queens and kings, jousting, live theater and great big turkey legs! The Ohio Renaissance Festival is one of the best I’ve been to. They have gone above and beyond with build a neat village with shops, stages, a kids area, rides, games and live events. You can spend the whole day there and still not get to see everything. Check them out if you live in the area. It is definitely worth the drive and the price of the tickets is very reasonable.

Our last day of break was spent at Kings Island and, again, we had an absolute blast. Our girls love to ride rides and our oldest enjoys the roller coasters with her dad. It was a beautiful, warm fall day and Kings Island had a sparse crowd, making the lines short. You couldn’t have asked for a better day.

The favorite rides for the girls were The Beast, the log ride and the cars. I, myself, always enjoy going up the Eiffel Tower.

Needless to say, When we climbed in the car to head home, we were all exhausted! We had a great family week with lots of laughs, lots of love and lots of memories made.

monika@salemleader.com

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