Tim Burns

Tim Burns is the father of 8-year-old twins. He blogs about the adventures of parenting from a fun-loving dad's perspective at ageekdaddy.com. A connoisseur of comic books and remote control cars, he enjoys family road trips and is an avid Detroit Tigers fan.


PARENTS GUIDE TO BIRD WATCHING

Have you ever spent any time bird watching with your kids? I’ve been taking my kids on hikes along nature trails since they’ve been toddlers and over the years our treks have evolved into bird watching expeditions. Bird watching is an entertaining and educational way for families to spend quality time together appreciating nature. It is a hobby that you can engage in anytime of the year anywhere in the world providing an opportunity to have fun outdoors while getting some exercise.   Bird watching has been increasing in popularity over the last few years. According to Bill Stewart,...

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COSTUMES AREN’T JUST FOR HALLOWEEN

One of my favorite baseball games of the year to attend is the Detroit Tigers’ annual Star Wars Night which features members of fan clubs in movie accurate costumes interacting with people at the ballpark. Costumes aren’t just for Halloween fun anymore as people engaging in “Cosplay” has become a popular activity taking place throughout the year. There are many opportunities now to take a road trip or fly off on vacations which revolve around cosplay experiences. With this in mind, I spoke with three avid cosplay enthusiasts about the best ways for someone to get into character. WHAT...

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EXPLORE MICHIGAN’S WILD SIDE AT EDDY DISCOVERY CENTER

Situated along Interstate 94 between the cities of Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo lies the largest state park in Michigan’s lower peninsula. The Waterloo Recreation Area provides more than 20,000 acres of rustic territory for camping, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, swimming and equestrian activities. Within the park’s borders are 10 miles of mountain biking courses, 11 lakes, 12 miles of interpretive nature paths, 17 miles of bridle trails for horseback riding, and 36 miles marked for hiking. The heart of the Waterloo Recreation Area is the GERALD EDDY DISCOVERY CENTER which provides activities and exhibits that educate and...

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A HIKE ALONG THE TEMBO TRAIL

Every summer we make the hour drive from Detroit to northern Ohio for a family road trip to the Toledo Zoo. Primarily because my kids want to take a hike along the zoo’s Tembo Trail which provides remarkable views of some amazing animals from Africa. Visitors weave their way through a variety of exhibit areas that provide unique observation points of exotic animals including African spotted-neck otters, dromedary camels, white rhinoceroses, and meerkats. We’ve had some incredible close-up experiences trekking through the Tembo Trail which is why we continue to come back for visits year after year. The zoo...

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GALLOP OVER TO THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

Situated along Interstate 75 between Cincinnati, Ohio and Knoxville, Tennessee just north of Lexington, Kentucky is a theme park that focuses just as much on providing its visitors with an educational experience as it does entertaining them.   The Kentucky Horse Park gives shelter to retired race horses allowing them to live out their remaining years well cared for, features equestrian attractions, displays and exhibitions, and hosts national and international competitions in dressage, racing, steeplechase, and other events.  My kids learned a lot of interesting information about horses when our family visited the place and were thrilled by the personal...

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S SAPPHIRE FALLS

When visiting a Florida theme park it can be tempting to stay offsite to save money, but the convenience and perks of an onsite hotel can often outweigh these cost savings.   Especially if you place a value on your time!   We recently discovered during a family trip to Universal Orlando Resort that the accessibility provided by staying at one of their onsite hotels really had a relaxing effect that really improved the enjoyability of our vacation. We stayed at Loews Sapphire Falls which is one of five hotels located at Universal Orlando Resort to go along with three theme...

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WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE: A HUGE PARTY FOR CAR LOVERS

The world’s largest celebration of car culture will be taking place in Michigan on Saturday, August 19, 2017.  This year is the 23rd Woodward Dream Cruise; an annual event that takes place on the third Saturday of August which showcases more than 40,000 classic cars, hotrods and customized vehicles along a 16-mile stretch of a historic Metro Detroit avenue that runs through nine host communities.   A million spectators are expected to join in the fun watching incredible cars cruise up and down Woodward Avenue and checking out the numerous cars shows taking place along the route in Berkley, Birmingham,...

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A Trek Along New York City’s High Line Park

High Line Park, also known as The High Line, is an oasis of greenery within the concrete jungle of New York City.  An incredibly innovative feat, The High Line transformed an abandoned line of railroad tracks into a 1.45 mile-long park that is elevated 30 feet above the streets of southwestern Manhattan.  It provides a relaxing setting with scenic views where you can take a stroll along its trails avoiding the hassle of crossing busy street intersections along the city’s ground level sidewalks while trying to get around that part of town. Whenever visiting Manhattan I always make an...

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Baseball + Peanuts + Food Allergies

I’ve been a passionate baseball fan since my first childhood visit to watch a game at the old Tiger Stadium at the intersection of Michigan and Trumbull in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.  In my opinion you can’t beat being outside on a nice day enjoying America’s national pastime.  I’ve gone to more baseball games than I can count and was looking forward to sharing my love of visiting the ballpark with my kids.  Then life got in the way! During all my trips to stadiums to take in ballgames, I’d never really noticed just how littered the places can be...

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Michigan SEA LIFE Aquarium

Something people don’t tend to worry about when going for a dip in the gigantic freshwater lakes that surround Michigan is having a close encounter with a shark.  Did you know though that sharks now call Michigan home?  Don’t worry they aren’t swimming around the state’s rivers and lakes.  Rather, sharks along with more than 250 other ocean creatures are on display at the Michigan SEA LIFE Aquarium. Located in the suburban Detroit community of Auburn Hills at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Michigan’s largest indoor outlet mall, the aquarium is open seven days a week.  It opens daily at...

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