Spring Break Vlog & DriveShop 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE – The 411 Mommas

Check out the Video of our visit to Michigan for Spring Break via the 411 Mommas;

My family and I took a vacation to Michigan to visit family this past week. I was lucky enough to hook up with DriveSTI via the 411 Mommas while there and get to test out the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander for the week. Last time I reviewed the 2015 Outlander Sport, so I was excited to try the standard edition because it had 3rd row seating.11133812_10206294538422886_6840765496378079147_n

The 3rd row seating was probably my favorite feature of this vehicle for this trip. It enabled all of us to travel together in one car rather then taking multiple and following each other. And we sure traveled & shopped a lot!

While I had the vehicle, we visited the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum which was really cool! I have a giveaway going on for 4 passes to this museum if you’re local to Michigan or plan to visit before the year is up (they expire Dec 2015).. Just check out the post below this one.

We also went shopping at the 12 Oaks Mall and made some pit stops along the way. I don’t know what it is, but I love going to malls in other states. There’s something just a little bit different seeing the state pride attire at each.

We took a family 6-person trip to Target and boy did we shop. We left with over 6 bags of stuff filled with toys, clothes, and groceries and guess what? Yep, we were able to fit it ALL in the trunk with one of the 3rd row seats pushed down as well as a stroller AND my sister in-law in the far back seat. It made it easy that she was able to hop out of the back of the trunk being that I had a car seat and booster seat and myself in the middle row. I didn’t have to worry about folding the seat down to let her out.

The push to start was another plus, but you already know I fell in love with that feature from my last review for DriveSTI. When you’re a big shopped like me, it’s easy to open the car or trunk with a quick tap instead of fiddling with your keys or in my case, trying to find them in your purse while holding bags and a 2 year old.

This standard model (I had the Cosmic Blue color if you’re wondering) didn’t come with a GPS built it. I thought that was odd being that it is 2015 and all vehicles should come equipped standard with GPS, but I guess it’s still an “upgrade”. It did still feature a 6.1″ touch screen panel to maneuver the audio features and also had the controls built into the steering wheel which I loved.

The temperature in Michigan was still in the upper 50’s, so we needed to use the heated seats quite a bit. I have to say, I miss these the most! It was rainy majority of the time – April showers, so we didn’t get to enjoy the sunroof, which was a bit small in my opinion anyway,

The gas mileage on this was amazing for how big it was, 26 MPG combined, but it’s a 4 cylinder, so the pick up when you press the gas shows it.To me though, gas mileage is a big deal and I rather have the car move just a bit slower then fill it up everyday.

All in all, we enjoyed having this addition to our vacation and it allowed us more time with our family instead of driving to our destinations in different vehicles.

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  • I received this vehicle for review purposes but all views and opinions are 100% my own.
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Hands on Museum – Ann Arbor (Family 4 Pack Giveaway!)

ANN ARBOR HANDS ON MUSEUM #AAHOM

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, specializes in interactive exhibits with the goal of helping both children and adults discover the scientist within them by promoting science literacy through experimentation, exploration, and education.

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Be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY of 4 passes to the Museum at the bottom of this post!

During Spring Break, my family and I drove to Michigan to visit family. During this visit, we took a trip to the Hands on Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan which was about a 30 minute car ride from where we were staying. It was so adorable and much more then I expected for what they charge for entry –

$12 for Adults and Children
$5 after 5pm on Thursdays only
Free for Babies 0-23 months

If you become a member, its always FREE admission for unlimited visits. Suggested parking is in the Ann St. Parking Garage at the end of the street for easy walking distance.

The Museum consists of 4 floors packed with exhibits for all ages. When you first walk in, there is a section to put your coats and you have the option to rent a locker as well if you didn’t want to carry some of your items. If you have a younger child, you can bring your stroller inside the museum as well. Coat check is free.

There is a “Museum Store” also in the front entrance where you can shop any time during your visit. It includes some really cool items that you’ll see around the exhibits.

The first floor was really packed with fun stuff. We checked out the foam block section first because my 2 year old loves building blocks. These foam blocks are all over the floor in a large section that multiple children can play with at once without being on top of each other. It also features one of my sons other favorites. An ambulance that kids can sit in the front seat of, or even climb into the back where the action happens. There is a water section with water tables, an all about you section where kids can explore their bodies which my 7 year old loved, plus many other exhibits on the 1st floor.

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The 2nd floor was really cool. It has some over sized bubble makers that you can actually stand in and wrap a bubble around yourself! How cool is that?! There are some cool machines and simulations on how the internet works, as well as a train table with trains on a slot that teaches kids puzzle skills to get the train all together. My 2 year old was into the train table the most and didn’t want to leave this floor. My 7 year old enjoyed the Michigan Nature section that featured some really cool large rocks. There is also a Lyons country store where kids can pretend to work in the store and see the “old style” set-up including a vintage cash register.

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Also on the 2nd floor is the “Preschool Play” area which I suggest you visit last if you have small children because there is a ton to do and interact with and they will not want to leave it (tantrum alert!). Your child has to be under 5 years old to enter, so it is very safe for even the smallest toddler, but if you have an older child, they can enter too as a “Sibling Helper” and get a badge to wear saying it which is really cute. There is a large maze that you put balls into and see them go through it. It reminds me of a mouse trap game. There is a play house, a preschool are equipped with books, cubbies, and hanging sections to hang your stuff like a real preschool would have. Additionally, there is a large water section for them to play with tub type toys. There is even a section for crawling babies who can’t quite enjoy the other sections yet. It is gated off with small, soft play toys and only infants can enter.

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The 3rd floor was lights and fiber optics. These were really cool to see how lighting effects the way you see things and how energy runs through us. You can play stringless laser harp of create a shadow show on the wall.

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The 4th and final floor was the Media floor. There is a large room that kids can dance and play in and see themselves on the big screen. This is a light show effect, and although they cannot see themselves, they see their outlines in bright lights and sequences. The next room on this floor was really cool and we were in there for a while. It has a green screen and you can choose from multiple scenarios and see yourself on TV in that scene. Some of the scenes are A Weather Man, a highway where you can play “Frogger”, and a Spiders Web (Ewwwww creepy!). I have to say, I enjoyed this exhibit a lot.

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We had a lot of fun and spent quite a few hours exploring this museum. Hopefully you have a chance to check it out soon. To get a jump start, enter my GIVEAWAY of a family 4 pack of passes now!

>>>> ENTER GIVEAWAY NOW <<<<

Contest ends 4/21/2015 – Passes valid until December 2015

They host birthday parties and even offer museum rental for other occasions! Check out some more by clicking below;

https://www.aahom.org

Museum Hours:
Monday: 10 – 5
Tuesday: 9 – 5
Wednesday: 10 – 5
Thursday: 10 – 8
Friday: 10 – 5
Saturday: 10 – 5
Sunday: Noon – 5

220 E. Ann St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104