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.


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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Situated in a quiet cemetery on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan stands a monument to America’s “Polar Bear” soldiers who fought the Bolshevik Red Army in the arctic regions of Russia during World War I.   A solemn stone polar bear guards the graves of 56 soldiers from Detroit who died in a little known aspect of the Great War.  Two-thirds of the U.S. troops sent to assist the Allied war efforts in Russia were from the State of Michigan and embracing their assignment to Siberia called themselves the Polar Bears.  Unfortunately many of the Polar Bears never made it...

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When most people think of the Great Lakes giant sea creatures don’t normally come to mind.  Yet lurking under these freshwater bodies of water is a large fish that has been swimming on the planet since the days of the dinosaurs.  Did you know the Great Lakes are home to sturgeon that can grow to 7 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds?  Don’t worry about encountering one though because humans aren’t considered part of this fish’s diet.  They are bottom-feeders who enjoy eating insect larvae, worms, leeches, and other small organisms they discover in the mud at...

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Traveling around Metro Detroit you may notice stores, restaurants, parks, and other public spaces have artwork on display that looks like it should be in a museum.  Actually these are high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) that are being shown at outdoor venues as part of a community outreach program called INSIDE|OUT encouraging people to visit the museum.  2017 marks the 8th year the DIA has put on the program in collaboration with local communities and financial support from the Knight Foundation.  This year’s INSIDE|OUT collection consists of 120 pieces that are being featured...

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Family Vacation WATER SAFETY Tips

I can’t recall a family vacation that hasn’t involved my kids at some time during it being in proximity to water.  Pools, oceans, lakes, rivers, water parks whenever and wherever you are traveling there always seems to be an opportunity to enjoy getting wet.  While playing in the water can be an incredibly fun time it can also quickly turn into a tragedy if you aren’t vigilant about safety. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention & Control, drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury deaths within the United States.   Every day an average of ten people...

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Imagine being famed British archaeologist Howard Carter chiseling open a sealed stone door found at the bottom of some mysterious steps uncovered by his excavation team and peering inside by the light of a candle in his hand to see the glint of gold sparkling in the darkness.  When asked by colleagues at that moment if he saw anything, Carter replied “Yes, wonderful things!”  Since that 1922 discovery of Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s hidden tomb within the Valley of the Kings this trove of valuable treasure and artifacts has captivated the world’s interest and imagination about King Tut and ancient Egyptian...

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Traverse City, Michigan has a rustic ambiance to it yet plenty of metropolitan amenities making it one of my family’s favorite summer vacation destinations that we visit every year.  A four hour drive from Detroit and five hour trek from Chicago makes this northern Michigan community a manageable road trip destination for many families living throughout the Midwest.  While the area’s boating, biking, fishing, hiking and swimming activities make it an excellent location for a family road trip with kids, Traverse City’s wonderful selection of bistros, breweries, restaurants, wineries and vineyards also provide a great spot for an adults...

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