I love taking my family into J&M because they are so friendly and I feel like my children get to experience what the Auburn community is all about. I find the selection of Auburn gear to be a little better at some of the other local bookstores, but we always check J&M out too. My daughter loves it, because they always give her things, like stickers and other give aways.
Anders bookstore is the BEST when it comes to Auburn gifts and apparel. They have the best selection of children's wear outside of the campus bookstore. They are much easier to get into than going to Haley Center. I stop in and stock up every time we are in town for a game. I have even called in an order before and it arrived very fast with a minimum shipping charge. They are family owned and run and it shows!
I go into the Yellow Rose for all of my gift giving needs. I could just call on the phone and place an order, but I love the actual store. I have never seen such a great selection of gift items at a florist before, and sometimes I stop in even when I don't need floweres. They are very skilled at what they do and are willing to try something other than the "traditional" arrangement.
Must love water and know how to swim, because you are going to be in it on every hole-at least I am. I have a love/hate relationship with this course! I love the course because it has a great layout and is challenging. It is the perfect length and well maintained. The staff is great and I play in several tournaments here every year. The only downside for me are the water hazards! I keep coming back because I think that "this time I'll get it over". So far I haven't but I keep trying-I'm hooked on this course!
The most outstanding thing about this park is the Carousel! It is a good old fashioned Carousel with Rabbits, horses and Tigers! It's giant and there are as many adults riding it as children. When your done run through the huge lawn down to the river. There is a path that follows the river all the way into the downtown if you cross over the bridge. There are lots of little shops, bakeries and restaurants all along the park as well, so you can pick something up if you forgot to pack a picnic or just need a snack.
I prefer going here over Six Flags. It's closer to home and costs less. The crowds are probably about the same, but it still has that hometown kind of feel and you just feel safer about having your children here than at Six Flags. The water rides are a lot fun and absolutely neccessary to cool down when spending a day out in the hot sun. Go with an empty stomach and eat as much Fun food as you can! We love the funnel cakes-I just wish they had Elephant Ears. The corn dogs are out of this world!
I can't say enough positive things about the museum. They have a truly diverse selection and it's a wonderful place to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon. I recommend the tour for your first visit, just to give you the background and information about the different collections. My favorite part is that they offer things for children from preschool and up. They offer art and craft classes on Tues. and Thurs. and the cost is nominal. What a great way to introduce Art to your family! My now 4 year old loves to visit the Museum!
We took our in-laws here when they came to visit. It was interesting if you like that sort of thing. I think its a do it once only activity and I don't see myself going back. It was fun being underground, but my child was pretty scared going down on the elevator. If you are at all claustrophobic, you may want to think twice. I hear they have a great christmas light show and we are debating checking that out this year.
My daughter is a huge Thomas the Tank Engine fan. He did a tour last summer and we went to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum to see him. It was our first visit to the museum and we were very impressed. There were lots of things for our little train lover to look at. If you can go when Thomas comes back its a must! You get to ride a train and have your picture taken with Thomas. They also had an area set up with Thomas activities. She is asking to go back to ride the train again so we might take her for her birthday.
We took my three year old daughter to spend a day at the museum. She had a fabulous time and didn't want to leave! There were lots of experiments and hands on activities for her age and I think she will get even more out of it when she gets older. However, as a parent, I hated to let her touch anything because it all looked so filthy! And you know if you can actually see the dirt, then it must be pretty bad. The worst was in the preschool room where they have a play kitchen. She loved it in there, but I was horrified. We actually went thinking we might sign her up for a playgroup that meets there weekly, but after seeing that room-we won't be joining. I was sure she was going to get sick after visiting, but she didn't. She wants to go back, but I think I'll wait until she gets older and then maybe the lack of cleanliness won't bother me so much.