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.


We stopped by the historic Van Raalte Farm while my family was in Holland, Michigan for a weekend road trip to learn about how the maple sugar that is used in candy and syrup is made. March is the ideal time of year in Michigan for creating maple sugar. The freezing temperatures at night combined with warm, sunny days stir trees to emerge from their winter dormancy producing flowing sap from which the maple sugar is made. While visiting Van Raalte Farm, my kids had the chance to learn how sugar is created from the sap of maple trees,...

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Spring Break is supposed to be about having fun in the sun. Unfortunately, numerous vacations are ruined when an upset stomach or intestinal distress caused by a foodborne illness leads to most of the trip being spent sick in the bathroom or stuck in a hospital bed instead of having fun on a beach or cruise deck. The United States’ Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne illness causes by bacteria, viruses and parasites each year. While no time is ever ideal to get sick, I think we can all...

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Remember the Alamo! Texas militia yelled out this famous battle cry as they battled Mexico’s army for the territory’s independence in honor of a fallen garrison of their comrades who were wiped out on March 6, 1836 trying to defend a fortified former Catholic mission. Roughly 200 men led by James Bowie, Davy Crockett and William Travis stood up against a Mexican force of 5,000 soldiers for 13-days at the Alamo Mission in a defeat that ultimately rallied support for a Texas revolutionary victory. The Alamo has since become one of the world’s most famous battlefields and hosts more...

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The XXIII Olympic Winter Games are taking place in 2018 from February 9 through the 25th at Pyeonghang, South Korea.  Wouldn’t going in person to see some of the world’s best athletes compete in bobsleighing, figure skating, ice hockey, ski jumping and a number of other winter sports during the Olympic Games be an amazing experience?!  Attending the Olympics someday is definitely on my bucket list! Unfortunately, a trip to Asia for the Pyeonghang Olympic Games is impractical for most of us; but there are a number of great destinations within the United States and Canada that provide a...

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Getting Cozy with Penguins at Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center

A highlight of any visit to the Detroit Zoo is checking out the new penguinarium. This 33,000-square-foot facility named the Polk Penguin Conservation Center has an exterior meant to replicate the appearance of an Antarctic iceberg and is home to more than 80 penguins. Its state-of-the-art interior provides close-up views of these penguins both walking about on land and swimming around in the water. A Penguin Expedition at the Detroit Zoo The exhibit is themed around the early 20th century expeditions of legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica. As you enter the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, a...

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Santa Claus brings so much joy to people during the holiday season. Have yourself a jolly good time by visiting a destination that will bring out your Christmas spirit throughout the year. Here are a few family-friendly destinations that have a Santa theme to them: Christmas in Michigan Visitors to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland situated within the city of Frankenmuth, also known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria, are welcomed by a 17-foot statue of Santa Claus. This store designed to look like an Alpine chalet is open year-round and specializes in one thing … Christmas decorations! Known as the world’s largest...

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Normally Thanksgiving Day morning involves my family gathering in front of our living room television set to watch the annual parade march through downtown Detroit’s historic Woodward Avenue. Having been going on for 91 years, Detroit’s event joins Philadelphia and New York City as being one of the most prestigious and oldest continuous Thanksgiving Day parades within the United States. This year, we decided instead of watching America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television to see it in person by having ourselves a holiday staycation in Detroit.   The evening before Thanksgiving, we drove from our home about a half...

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Choo Choo!  I’ve always found toy trains captivating.  So, I was fascinated to find out that thanks to a group of passionate hobbyists it was possible to actually take a ride on a toy train.  How cool is that?! On the third weekend of the month from May through September, members of the Great Lakes Live Steamers club gather at Kiwanis Park in the southeastern Michigan community of Southgate to provide rides on 1/8 scale model locomotives.  During these Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4pm, weather permitting, anyone who stops by can hitch a ride along the track...

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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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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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