Monday, August 30, 2010

What to See and Do In Chicago - #2

First of all I want to make sure everyone understands that I haven't necessarily made visits to each of these places, but these are places I've heard of and/or have talked to people who have visited them. Also, these aren't places I'm suggesting we visit as a group during TAFRU. This information is being provided to those families who will be attending TAFRU and may choose to come a few days early and/or stay a few days after TAFRU for a little family vacation.

Now, onto Family Fun Things Part II


4000 feet of tunnels and mazes await you. There is no set time limit to work your way through Rainbow Tunnel, Blaze Maze, Spinning light tunnel and more. A good sense of direction, interactive games and informative narration will help you find your way through the Fun House.

While most guests will find this to be a thoroughly fun adventure, it is recommended that you contact the staff at Amazing Chicago Fun House to get more information on what to expect if you plan to visit with children under the age of 7 or those with special needs.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit their website here and if you've visited the Amazing Chicago Fun House, please feel free to provide more information in the comments section.

Monday, August 23, 2010

What to See and Do in Chicago - #1

I was having a difficult time deciding where to begin my posts on 'Family Fun Things To Do In Chicago" and finally decided to try listing them in alphabetical order. This will be a bit challenging, but hopefully fun and informative for everyone.

So, without further ado, here is my first entry.

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

The planetarium opened it's door in 1930 and was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere. Adler Planetarium has over 35,000 sq. feet of exhibits with three full-size planetarium theaters. It's located on Lake Shore Drive at the Museum Campus and I can tell you from experience that it is truly a 'Family Fun Things to Do' in the Windy City. For more information, visit their website here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A TAFRU Suggestion

One suggestion I was given after TAFRU - Portland, is that I spend some time sharing information about the city in which TAFRU will be taking place. The thought is that families who plan to travel from outside the area, may want to extend their visit either before or after TAFRU and the information provided could assist them in planning their family vacation. I think this is an excellent idea and I will be doing my best to provide information on Chicago and some of things that families may want to see or do while in the city. My biggest problem with this idea, however, is where to begin. There is just so much to see and do in Chicago. Regardless, starting next week I will be doing a weekly post on Family Fun Things to do in Chicago and will hopefully find plenty of things that your families would enjoy seeing and doing in the Windy City.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Spreading the Word

While I believe word of TAFRU is spreading, I'm always looking for new ways to get the word out to other Toukoul adoptive families. One suggestion that was given to me is to have other Toukoul families post the link to the blog on their personal blog. If each blogger would post the link, it would be an awesome way to get the word out to families who may not have heard of TAFRU. If you have a blog, would you please post the link on your blog to help spread the word?


Friday, August 13, 2010

TAFRU 2010 Portland

Our first ever TAFRU was, in my opinion, a success. TAFRU is in place as a way to bring families together, who have adopted from Toukoul and to offer our children the opportunity to make connections and build friendships with other children from Toukoul. Families came together and children connected. That is why I consider TAFRU 2010 - Portland a success.

There are some pictures posted on the Toukoul Adoptive Families Facebook page for anyone who is interested in viewing them.

For those who attended the reunion, I would like your feedback. Everyone was given a short survey to complete. You can either complete the survey and mail it back to me or send me a quick email with your thoughts and suggestions. I really do value your input and it will help as I work on plans for TAFRU 2011 - Chicago.

And speaking of TAFRU 2011 - Chicago, I will be setting up some polls asking for everyone's input. The first poll will be selecting a date for TAFRU Chicago. I did get some feedback from a few people who were unable to attend TAFRU Portland because of conflicts around Ethiopian Heritage and Culture camps. It appears that many of these camps takes place around the end of July and/or beginning of August. While I know there is no way to find a date that works for everyone, I would like to find a date that works with the majority.

Also, I'm looking for some volunteers to help me in planning TAFRU 2011 - Chicago. Please leave a comment or shoot me an email if you are interested.

Lastly, I have changed the blog from private to public. This was a suggestion I received from a few people as well. Some were not able to access the blog and I also hope that making it public will allow more families to follow the blog closely for information and to provide input.

Feel free to leave me comments as TAFRU Chicago is planned.