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Letting chance decide your destination
The last time my partner and I took a vacation trip together, “I had no idea where we were going until we got to the airport,” said Richard Chin in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The secret was, we’d booked with Pack Up + Go, a travel startup that plans curated weekend trips to surprise destinations in the U.S. Using an online form (at packupgo.com), you set a budget, specify cities to avoid, and check off interests. “Craft beer? Historical sites? Theater? Spas?” The service picks a city, books flights and a room, sends an email telling you what to pack, and mails a big envelope labeled “Open for your surprise!” We opened ours at the airport...and landed in Seattle a few hours later. Using the tips we’d been provided, we walked to an art museum from our boutique hotel, ate well, and even took advantage of free tickets to the Space Needle. Some travelers like no surprises. Me?—“I enjoyed the blissful ignorance of not having to plan a trip.”
Oklahoma’s scientific playground
The folks at Science Museum Oklahoma know it takes more than dusty specimens to get kids excited about science, said Sara Cowan in Oklahoma Today. The fun-filled, 350,000-square-foot attraction in Oklahoma City puts an emphasis on movement, with interactive playgrounds that “invite children to learn about physics and simple machines while they race, climb, slide, and test their strength and balance.” Open since 1958, the museum “continues to evolve quickly enough to offer even weekly visitors a chance to see something new each time.” The latest addition is the 20,000-square-foot CurioCity, which includes a workshop for tinkering, a cave with dinosaur digs, and an aquatic activity room where water “seems to drip upward toward the ceiling.” Some of the museum’s older exhibits have been retired, but classics like the Echo Tube and Shadow Stopper remain, and are “just as enchanting as they were decades ago.”