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Best Things to Do In Pittsburgh With Kids

Best Things to Do In Pittsburgh With Kids

It’s not just steel that steals the show in Pitts­burgh. Large sand­wich­es, roller coast­ers, river­boats, and muse­ums share the spot­light in the city that built Amer­i­ca! Pitts­burgh is full of fun activ­i­ties for kids and teens, even those that are …

8 Best NYC Activities With Kids

8 Best NYC Activities With Kids

There were few places on Earth my par­ents loved to vis­it, with their kids, more than New York City.  From a young age, my sib­lings and I became well-acquaint­ed with the vibrant city, and for me, it formed a life­long love with the Big …

5 Best Things To Do With Kids For New Years Eve 2020 in L.A.

5 Best Things To Do With Kids For New Years Eve 2020 in L.A.

Nope, it’s not hap­pen­ing. The crowd­ed liv­ing room full of friends, hug­ging and kiss­ing each oth­er over goopy, sug­ar-filled desserts and salty, crunchy snacks. Drinks that may or may not leave you feel­ing a bit queasy the next morn­ing. Well, the …

6 Tips to Plan a Safer Holiday Family Reunion

6 Tips to Plan a Safer Holiday Family Reunion

Plan­ning a fam­i­ly reunion this year isn’t easy, as we all strug­gle to find safe ways to see loved ones. Our fam­i­ly has had to get cre­ative with host­ing out­door grand­par­ent vis­its. There’s even talk of a back porch Christ­mas tree.  When making 

Holiday Family Shopping in Ohio's Amish Country

Holiday Family Shopping in Ohio’s Amish Country

A shop­ping trip to Amish coun­try is the per­fect hol­i­day and long week­end get­away! The pace of life is slow­er in Amish coun­try. It offers a chance to final­ly enjoy the scenery and the time to do it. There aren’t many high­ways, so you have no …

7 Best Holiday Activities in Chicago for Families

7 Best Holiday Activities in Chicago for Families

The hol­i­days are always my favorite time of year.  The mun­dane becomes the mag­i­cal.  And nowhere is that trans­for­ma­tion more evi­dent than in the city of Chica­go.  The steel and con­crete land­scape sud­den­ly becomes awash in green­ery, twinkling …

The Best Things To Do At Dollywood

The Best Things To Do At Dollywood

I love a good amuse­ment park. I con­sid­er myself some­thing of a guru. But, until recent­ly, I had nev­er been to Dol­ly­wood theme park. So, when my hus­band found him­self with vaca­tion time to blow, we packed up our car and head­ed for Pigeon Forge, …

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Family Travelers

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Family Travelers

For many, the hol­i­days are the most won­der­ful time of the year.  For those of us who strug­gle with find­ing the per­fect gifts, it can also be the most stress­ful, full of fran­tic cat­a­log flip­ping, man­ic Ama­zon scrolling, and hec­tic trips to Target 

The Best Things to See in 48 Hours in Salzburg

The Best Things to See in 48 Hours in Salzburg

If you’re plan­ning a trip to Aus­tria — Salzburg like­ly falls low on your list of places to vis­it. You’ll like­ly put it well below bustling Vien­na, charm­ing Inns­bruck, and Ins­ta-wor­thy Hall­statt.  In fact, if you’re not a rav­ing Sound of Music …

Four Spots on the Gulf Coast for A Low-Key Family Vacation

Four Spots on the Gulf Coast for A Low-Key Family Vacation

My fam­i­ly has a spe­cial way we recharge. When the gray clouds of the win­ter months get us down, we pack up the kids and flee south for a low-key, fam­i­ly beach vaca­tion on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Grow­ing up, I loved the trips my par­ents planned to …

How to Have a Family Vacation in London Without Going Nuts

How to Have a Family Vacation in London Without Going Nuts

Since I’m an intro­vert who does­n’t like crowds, I have a love/hate rela­tion­ship with Lon­don. Full of fas­ci­nat­ing his­to­ry, diverse cul­tures, and world-class muse­ums, Lon­don requires care­ful nav­i­ga­tion.     But despite my …

6 Tips to Survive your First Hotel Stay with a Baby

6 Tips to Survive your First Hotel Stay with a Baby

There are babies that can sleep any­where, and my kid was not one of them. If you’re the kind of per­son who finds your baby nap­ping on the floor, I’m jeal­ous. My child needs per­fect con­di­tions to sleep. I can’t tell you how much mon­ey I have …

5 Tips to Traveling with Grandparents Without Losing Your Mind

5 Tips to Traveling with Grandparents Without Losing Your Mind

It can be real­ly fun to bring your child’s grand­par­ents along on a fam­i­ly vaca­tion, but I don’t have to tell you that it can be fraz­zling too. With all the extra peo­ple run­ning around, it’s no won­der the mom in Home Alone for­got one of her kids …

5 SpOOky Things to Do with Kids for Halloween Around Los Angeles

5 SpOOky Things to Do with Kids for Halloween Around Los Angeles

The alarm has sound­ed. A shriek has wrapped its ten­drils around our hearts. A pan­dem­ic has descend­ed upon the Earth and this Hal­loween in Los Ange­les the most fright­en­ing thing isn’t the mon­sters, the ghouls or the tricks. It’s the idea of not …

Dover: A Day Trip from London

Dover: A Day Trip from London

We had one extra day in Eng­land. I had always want­ed to see more of the Unit­ed King­dom than just the Lon­don area. And can I tell you a secret? I’d always want­ed to see an old cas­tle. When I say cas­tle, I don’t mean the sophis­ti­cat­ed splen­dor of …

How to Plan the Ultimate Washington D.C. Trip with Kids

How to Plan the Ultimate Washington D.C. Trip with Kids

With free attrac­tions and some of the world’s top muse­ums, vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton, D.C. with kids is one of the best vaca­tions for a fam­i­ly. But some­how, despite all the ben­e­fits of this kid-friend­ly vaca­tion spot, our fam­i­ly found ourselves …

The Seven Things You Must Do On Your Family Trip To Zurich

The Seven Things You Must Do On Your Family Trip To Zurich

As a kid, my dad trav­eled a lot for work, catch­ing flights to far flung des­ti­na­tions like Japan, Ger­many, and Italy.  I thought it sound­ed so glam­orous.  I remem­ber ask­ing him once what his favorite city in the world was.  Zurich, he said. And …

Salem, MA: The Spookiest Family-Friendly Destination for Fall

Salem, MA: The Spookiest Family-Friendly Destination for Fall

When you think per­fect small town for a spooky fall trip, you might think Sleepy Hol­low or Ami­tyville, but we think Salem, Mass­a­chu­setts.  Home of the infa­mous Salem Witch Tri­als that plagued the tiny town in the late 1600s, today it’s quite …

A Walk In The Redwoods: Family Activities at the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

A Walk In The Redwoods: Family Activities at the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

When I heard the news, a wave of relief so great washed over me, I felt the unex­pect­ed strain of tears, bits of mois­ture man­ag­ing to squeeze through. Until that moment, I had­n’t real­ized our fam­i­ly camp­ing trip to San­ta Cruz Red­woods RV Resort …

A Local's Guide to Family Friendly Cleveland

A Local’s Guide to Family Friendly Cleveland

I know my home­town does­n’t have the best rep­u­ta­tion. After all, we some­times get called the “Mis­take on the Lake.” The idea of Cleve­land being a cen­ter of tourism was such a joke, a local come­di­an made a fake tourism video when Cleve­land hosted …

How to Save Your Family Vacation When Everything Goes Wrong

How to Save Your Family Vacation When Everything Goes Wrong

When I first heard rumors about the French tran­sit strikes, I did­n’t think much about them. After all, our vaca­tion was weeks away. Sure­ly I could keep those reser­va­tions for our dream trip to Paris.

How to Plan a Safe Labor Day Weekend with a Toddler

How to Plan a Safe Labor Day Weekend with a Toddler

Labor Day week­end is that amaz­ing time of the year when you can com­fort­ably enjoy out­door activ­i­ties but total­ly dec­o­rate for Fall! And I am so here for both! As I resist­ed the urge to start bak­ing the first of many batch­es of pump­kin cook­ies, I 

A Local's Guide to the Best of Kid-Friendly Nashville

A Local’s Guide to the Best of Kid-Friendly Nashville

As a native to Nashville, Ten­nessee, I love to tell every­one about my home city. There’s just some­thing spe­cial about the Nashville way. We smile and say hel­lo to strangers. We help each oth­er recov­er after floods or tor­na­does. And we never, …

Our First RV Trip: A Beachy Way of Life — Review: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

Our First RV Trip: A Beachy Way of Life — Review: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

It’s the divid­ing line between youth and age. It was about 63 degrees at the beach where we camped at a near­by Pis­mo Beach RV park. A sharp wind made me wish I could retract my head into my body like a tur­tle. At the same time, my boys, 10 and …

RVs for Families 101: Tips to Prepare You for Your First RV Trip!

RVs for Families 101: Tips to Prepare You for Your First RV Trip!

We bought a trav­el trail­er and went camp­ing this sum­mer like every­one else. And, like most peo­ple who had­n’t gone camp­ing reg­u­lar­ly pre-COVID, we were forced to become experts as we were fly­ing out the door. We col­lect­ed as much infor­ma­tion as …

6 Things That Should Always Be in Your Carry-On

6 Things That Should Always Be in Your Carry-On

Don’t leave home with­out them, here’s what should always be in your car­ry on!

A Cowboy Weekend: Family Fun at the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch

A Cowboy Weekend: Family Fun at the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch

Just because you live in a mod­ern city does­n’t mean you can’t be a cow­boy. At least for a lit­tle while, any­way. About 100 miles from the sky­scrap­ers of Down­town Los Ange­les are men and women who wran­gle hors­es and ride them, spurs clanking, …

Our 9 Favorite Family Friendly Things To Do in Charleston

Our 9 Favorite Family Friendly Things To Do in Charleston

Ahh­hh Charleston.  The land of sweet tea, true south­ern charm, and humid­i­ty so thick it took my hair weeks to recov­er from our fam­i­ly trip.  No joke.  Walk­ing around in Charleston feels almost akin to walk­ing through a pool.  The humid­i­ty is …

A Local's Guide To The Best Family Activities In Florence

A Local’s Guide To The Best Family Activities In Florence

Between the Medicis and a lot of Car­avag­gio, for many, Flo­rence does­n’t exact­ly scream ‘fam­i­ly fun’.  While it may not sound like Flo­rence has a lot to offer kids, it actu­al­ly does have many won­der­ful activ­i­ties for adventurous …

The Only Things You Need to Pack in a Theme Park Bag

The Only Things You Need to Pack in a Theme Park Bag

In my fam­i­ly, sum­mer is theme park sea­son. I’ve been rid­ing roller coast­ers since I was 42″ tall. Final­ly tall enough to take on the Jack Rab­bit at Ken­ny­wood in Pitts­burgh PA. Those fam­i­ly trips had a huge impact on my life. Even now, to me a …

7 Fun Things to Do on Nantucket Island for the Whole Family

7 Fun Things to Do on Nantucket Island for the Whole Family

A tiny island twen­ty miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nan­tuck­et, Mass­a­chu­setts is an old school throw­back to a sim­pler way of life.  There are no chain restau­rants.  No Star­bucks.  No stop­lights.  The speed lim­it nev­er breaks 45 miles per hour, …

The Reluctant Hiker: When Your Kids Won't Cooperate (Video)

The Reluctant Hiker: When Your Kids Won’t Cooperate (Video)

Being stuck at home does­n’t mean you can’t leave your house. As long as you can find a way to social­ly dis­tance, you can appre­ci­ate the gifts G‑d, moth­er nature or the uni­verse has freely just plopped right into your back­yard. Our back­yard is …

A Local's Guide to Lake Erie Beaches

A Local’s Guide to Lake Erie Beaches

I know, I know. When you first hear the word “Ohio,”  you imme­di­ate­ly think the word “beach­es,” right? No? Well, you should and I’ll tell you why. In my home­town of Cleve­land, there are at least 5 beach­es with­in an hour’s dri­ve of my house. And …

5 Can't Miss Tips for Traveling With Your Kids During COVID

5 Can’t Miss Tips for Traveling With Your Kids During COVID

I’m not sure when exact­ly that my fam­i­ly reached their per­son­al break­ing point in quar­an­tine.  It was like­ly around the time Chica­go was get­ting doused in apoc­a­lyp­tic rain.  So, not only were we not allowed to go any­where, but we also couldn’t …

One Dad Discovered What Makes Travel With Kids Easy

One Dad Discovered What Makes Travel With Kids Easy

For the last four years my wife and I, along with our chil­dren, have made our home on the Asian side of sprawl­ing Istan­bul, Turkey. There are plen­ty of ben­e­fits to liv­ing in what is, for all intents and pur­pos­es, the cen­ter of the world, and one 

What to Do With Kids in Bermuda

What to Do With Kids in Bermuda

They’re not afraid of col­or. Their build­ings resem­ble an assort­ment of East­er eggs, wait­ing to be plucked from dark green hills. If you’re vis­it­ing the vibrant main island of Bermu­da with your kids, there are many fun ways to explore the pastel …

7 Essential Stops on a Family Summer Texas Road Trip

7 Essential Stops on a Family Summer Texas Road Trip

As a young cou­ple, my hus­band and I would pow­er through long dri­ves to see fam­i­ly in Texas. Dur­ing our road trips, we made a game out of stop­ping as lit­tle as pos­si­ble, push­ing our­selves to the lim­its of our gas tank. And then something …

A Local's Guide To The 11 Best Family Friendly Things to Do in Chicago

A Local’s Guide To The 11 Best Family Friendly Things to Do in Chicago

After months of steel­ing our­selves against sub-zero tem­per­a­tures, bat­tling unfor­giv­ing winds and the chills they bring, trudg­ing through snow­drifts that come up to our butts, we use sum­mer in Chica­go to its full advan­tage.  Because, let’s be …

Surfing Indonesia — The Best Family Surf Trip

Surfing Indonesia — The Best Family Surf Trip

“I think you’re a lit­tle bit of a witch,” Lua­na said with a slight crin­kle of her green-grey eyes, her hair pulled back in a pony­tail to com­bat the Mentawai Island’s humid­i­ty. We all sat around long tables eat­ing din­ner. She said this shy­ly, a …

What to Expect if You Visit Universal Orlando During COVID

What to Expect if You Visit Universal Orlando During COVID

The world is start­ing to open back up. As a trav­el agent, that’s a relief. As a mom, I need to know how that’s hap­pen­ing and the best ways to trav­el safe­ly. And here’s what my kids love: Cen­tral Flori­da’s theme parks are prepar­ing to welcome 

The Trick That Saved Our Family Trip Through Austria

The Trick That Saved Our Family Trip Through Austria

There’s only one time I’ve come close to cut­ting a trip short, call­ing it a fail­ure, and buy­ing the first avail­able tick­et home. I was in Vien­na. Yes, beau­ti­ful, enchant­i­ng Vien­na, on a fam­i­ly trip with our kids. Don’t get me wrong, my wife and …

Why Universal Orlando is Better for Families than Disney World

Why Universal Orlando is Better for Families than Disney World

I’m a trav­el agent, and a not insignif­i­cant por­tion of my busi­ness comes from Dis­ney. I spe­cial­ized in Dis­ney. I keep up with all the Dis­ney blogs. I know an embar­rass­ing amount about Dis­ney parks and every­thing they have to offer. So, it feels …

7 Ways Not to Lose Your Mind Traveling With Kids

7 Ways Not to Lose Your Mind Traveling With Kids

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJWWNw1ufOI&t=32s   If you’ve been keep­ing up with our crazy shenani­gans that are our ver­sion of fam­i­ly trav­el, then you know how wild and unruly (and sweet …

5 Fun Staycation Ideas to Get Your Kids Excited About Being Home

5 Fun Staycation Ideas to Get Your Kids Excited About Being Home

You know the scene in Cast­away where an increas­ing­ly insane and unkempt Tom Han­ks marks off the days he’s been strand­ed at sea, watch­ing the num­ber slow­ly tick up?    Today, we can odd­ly relate. After a full two months in quar­an­tine, our …

7 Tips for Surviving a Road Trip With Kids

7 Tips for Surviving a Road Trip With Kids

We’ve all been on those fam­i­ly road trips. You know the ones. They start off pleas­ant enough. The win­dows are down, a nice breeze cir­cu­lat­ing. The Black Keys are churn­ing those good vibes and (mirac­u­lous­ly) no one is com­plain­ing about the music. 

What Every Mom Needs

What Every Mom Needs

There’s nowhere to go right now. No mat­ter how much of a break we all need, we will only get it on our half-hour walk dur­ing the stay-at-home order. Instead, we get to be togeth­er a lot now. But come on! Some­times mama needs a time out too. …

Woodward Park City: Extreme Family Travel

Woodward Park City: Extreme Family Travel

It’s a side-effect of par­ent­ing. Once your kids get close to 10 years old, you are sud­den­ly the least cool per­son they know. No mat­ter what you were before becom­ing their moth­er or father, you are now the voice of Char­lie Brown’s teacher anytime 

9 Tips to Plan Your Family Trip After Quarantine Now!

9 Tips to Plan Your Family Trip After Quarantine Now!

I’ve lost count of how many weeks we’ve been social dis­tanc­ing. Though I’m thank­ful to be healthy and safe, it’s tough. With the weath­er fluc­tu­a­tions, and stay­ing home as much as pos­si­ble, it’s easy to start feel­ing claus­tro­pho­bic.   I’m now at …

Three Fun Days In Vail With Adventurous Kids (video too!)

Three Fun Days In Vail With Adventurous Kids (video too!)

It was only because we used snow­board­ing as the hook.      But it was the promise of a fam­i­ly trip to a ski resort in the Col­orado Rocky Moun­tains that enticed the col­lege boy to trav­el with us to Vail, Col­orado over …

Travel In Time: Tips to Help the Elderly Cope with Coronavirus

Travel In Time: Tips to Help the Elderly Cope with Coronavirus

Aline Mor­ris, 80, used to be a world trav­el­er, start­ing to seri­ous­ly trav­el when she was 60 but she stopped trav­el­ing by her­self a cou­ple of years ago.  She has fond mem­o­ries of see­ing the world whether on tours, cruis­es or …

Yosemite for Families: Nature With Pamper (with video)

Yosemite for Families: Nature With Pamper (with video)

The wind leads the leaves in a Rum­ba as their hips sway through a dar­ing gust. The clouds form shapes any con­tor­tion­ist would admire, with a back­drop of blue so deep, your heart can get lost in its gaze.     It’s nature …

(Family) Travel In the Time of Corona

(Family) Travel In the Time of Corona

When news of a new virus in Chi­na first began mak­ing minor head­lines, I was bliss­ful­ly enjoy­ing my time in Kenya, help­ing to build a school dor­mi­to­ry for girls and enjoy­ing the peo­ple and wildlife that call Maa­sai Mara home. Today, schools …

What You Need to Do in Pismo Beach For Family Fun!

What You Need to Do in Pismo Beach For Family Fun!

We’d seen pic­tures of all-ter­rain vehi­cles blast­ing through sand dunes in Pis­mo Beach, like Mad Max search­ing for an adven­ture in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic future. It does­n’t seem too far of a stretch based on what’s hap­pen­ing in the world today but …

Fun Things to Do with a Toddler While You're Stuck at Home

Fun Things to Do with a Toddler While You’re Stuck at Home

I’ve heard so many peo­ple say, “I’ve nev­er expe­ri­enced any­thing like this.” That’s one thing we can all agree on. Lines at gro­cery stores as if it’s Thanks­giv­ing, toi­let paper in high demand, emp­ty shelves where baby wipes used to be, canceled …

How to Survive a Quarantine with Four Kids (and a Grandma!)

How to Survive a Quarantine with Four Kids (and a Grandma!)

As every­one now knows we are offi­cial­ly deal­ing with a pan­dem­ic of epic pro­por­tions. I have four kids, one is med­ical­ly com­plex, and my eighty-sev­en year old grand­moth­er lives with us. I, like oth­ers, am lim­it­ing our risks. Nor­mal­ly, I am the …

Exploring Celtic Gardens in Galway

Exploring Celtic Gardens in Galway

Most Irish school chil­dren learn about Brig­it, an ear­ly Chris­t­ian saint who was almost as impor­tant as Saint Patrick – she even has her own hol­i­day on Feb­ru­ary 1st (with­out the green beer). But Brig­it is also a sig­nif­i­cant part of Irish …

How To Stay Healthy Traveling With Kids

How To Stay Healthy Traveling With Kids

Even before the Nov­el Coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) reared its ugly head to dis­rupt all our love­ly trav­el plans, trav­el­ing was a dirty busi­ness. Yes, you know there are those of us who don’t wash their hands after going to the bath­room, kids who …

Experience the Wild Side of Florida

Experience the Wild Side of Florida

When my hus­band told me at the begin­ning of Novem­ber that he had vaca­tion days to use or lose come Jan­u­ary, that’s all I need­ed to start plan­ning some­thing fun.  Since we live in New Eng­land, Flori­da seemed like the best place to trav­el to in …

How to Re-Light That Spark in a Disney World

How to Re-Light That Spark in a Disney World

When­ev­er my fiancé and I start to feel like we’re out of sync or we haven’t had a real con­ver­sa­tion in a while, we set a cof­fee date. And by “cof­fee date”, I mean that we make cof­fee in our kitchen or run to the clos­est dri­ve-thru and then bring 

How to Survive a Vacation in Europe with a Baby

How to Survive a Vacation in Europe with a Baby

After years of trav­el­ing to Europe with my mom, and becom­ing a bit of an addict, I made the con­scious deci­sion to con­tin­ue my adven­tures once my daugh­ter was born.  It would be amaz­ing. I would show naysay­ers that your whole life does­n’t have 

Cancun for Families: Two Ways

Cancun for Families: Two Ways

Can­cun is big enough for both of them. You can vis­it one and the oth­er won’t get jeal­ous. On your next fam­i­ly trip to Can­cun, vis­it the sis­ter prop­er­ties of the Park Roy­al Gold­en Can­cun and the Grand Park Roy­al Lux­u­ry Resort. Two miles apart in the hotel zone of Can­cun, both offer Los Ange­les fam­i­lies con­ve­nient beach fun. #LAFam­i­ly­Trav­el #Can­cun­Fam­i­ly­Va­ca­tion

Grand Velas Riviera Maya: An All-Inclusive for All-Inclusive Haters

Grand Velas Riviera Maya: An All-Inclusive for All-Inclusive Haters

It’s the per­fect all-inclu­sive vaca­tion for fam­i­lies who hate all-inclu­sive vaca­tions. The Grand Velas in Riv­iera Maya, min­utes from the Can­cun air­port, will sat­is­fy your lux­u­ry trip dreams at a Mex­i­co-afford­able price tag!

Escape to Kauai With Family

Escape to Kauai With Family

Only, upon arrival at our Airbnb, our fam­i­ly dis­cov­ered there was no key left inside the mail­box as promised by the land­lord. Learn how our crazy solu­tions cre­at­ed the adven­tures that bind us.

Best Food in the North Carolina Mountains

Best Food in the North Carolina Mountains

The pic­turesque towns of High­lands & Cashiers, N.C. are at the top of our week­end get­away list! Check out this guide for the best food in the North Car­oli­na mountains.

No Spoilers! What to Expect from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

No Spoilers! What to Expect from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The time has come, Star Wars: Rise of the Resis­tance is final­ly open at Dis­ney­land. See what the expe­ri­ence was like, what to expect, and whether our expec­ta­tions were met in this no spoil­ers guide.

7 Tips for Mammoth Summer Fun with Crazy Kids

7 Tips for Mammoth Summer Fun with Crazy Kids

Although I want­ed him to be brave, part of me pic­tured his hands los­ing grip on the rope sus­pend­ed to the branch above his head and his lit­tle body land­ing with a dull thud onto the sharp rocks. Besides our screams of ter­ri­fied excitement, …

How To Survive Your First Flight with a Baby

How To Survive Your First Flight with a Baby

When I found out I was preg­nant with my daugh­ter, every­one was quick to tell me that my trav­el­ing days were over. Deter­mined to prove them wrong and con­tin­ue to explore the world, I made the deci­sion to take her with me. Was it chal­leng­ing? Ummm, yes. Imag­ine chang­ing the dia­per of a ram­bunc­tious tod­dler in […]

The Most Family Fun You Could Have at Winter Carnaval and Quebec City

The Most Family Fun You Could Have at Winter Carnaval and Quebec City

Some­times it is great to escape the heat of LA for ear­ly win­ter in Que­bec City. From a mas­sive snow car­ni­val to a choco­late muse­um, there is no short­age of things to do #fam­i­ly­trav­el #que­bec­c­i­ty #week­end­get­away

New Years Eve Fun with Kids in Los Angeles: 2020 Style!

New Years Eve Fun with Kids in Los Angeles: 2020 Style!

So maybe you’re not hang­ing out at swanky restau­rants in sequin dress­es knock­ing down cham­pagne bot­tles until 4 in the morn­ing now that you’re trav­el­ing with kids but you can still have a great time! If your New Year’s Eve plans include Los …

LAX-it: The Terror Confronted of the New Lyft & Uber Pick-Up Zone

LAX-it: The Terror Confronted of the New Lyft & Uber Pick-Up Zone

The ter­ror of the changes get­ting rides with Lyft and Uber at Los Ange­les Inter­na­tion­al Air­port, or LAX, is upon us. Read how you will survive.

Behind the Scenes at Disney: An Invitation to Explore

Behind the Scenes at Disney: An Invitation to Explore

Do you love the mag­ic of @Disney and have always want­ed to peek behind their cur­tain? Well, now you can. Read on.….

Seeking Balance in New York City

Seeking Balance in New York City

I recent­ly took a week­end girl’s trip to New York City. (And no, that is not a mis­placed apos­tro­phe, because there was only one girl on this trip — me.) That’s right, I did New York solo. I did vis­it and spend time with friends, but much of the …

SATW Convention in El Paso: VIDEO Reverbs Storytelling — From Russia With Love

SATW Convention in El Paso: VIDEO Reverbs Storytelling — From Russia With Love

This is the sto­ry of my fam­i­ly’s jour­ney through Rus­sia, the Sovi­et regime and escape into the New World. In 2019, I became a mem­ber of the hon­or­able writ­ing orga­ni­za­tion, Soci­ety of Amer­i­can Trav­el Writ­ers or SATW. These are a group of …

An Oasis Adventure in Irvine

An Oasis Adventure in Irvine

Until recent­ly, Irvine, Cal­i­for­nia has only exist­ed as a blip on our fam­i­ly road-trip map — between the free­way dri­ve from Los Ange­les to San Diego. We’d see high-rise build­ings, malls and hotels whiz by. Noth­ing to draw us in. Noth­ing to …

Attraction Review: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Attraction Review: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Uni­ver­sal Orlan­do’s per­fect­ly named new coast­er is def­i­nite­ly both mag­i­cal and an adven­ture. When the Wiz­ard­ing World of Har­ry Pot­ter first opened in 2010 at Uni­ver­sal’s Islands of Adven­ture Park, a vis­it to Uni­ver­sal Orlan­do Resort immediately 

What to Expect at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

What to Expect at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

I con­sid­er myself to be a mid-lev­el Star Wars fan. I’ve seen all the movies, but I’m not famil­iar with the oth­er medi­ums in the Star Wars fran­chise. Still, since I saw the first movie as a kid, I’ve loved the adven­ture, tri­umph, humor, and even …

Adventures by Disney SoCal Escape: How To Get Behind The Scenes at Disneyland

Adventures by Disney SoCal Escape: How To Get Behind The Scenes at Disneyland

I love Dis­ney­land, so when my son and I were invit­ed to expe­ri­ence the 4‑day Adven­tures by Dis­ney: Dis­ney­land Resort and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Escape, I was  beyond excit­ed. But even I could nev­er imag­ine the amount of pix­ie dust that was about to 

Hop On — Hop Off Bus Tours: An Affordable Way to Travel with Kids

Hop On — Hop Off Bus Tours: An Affordable Way to Travel with Kids

I’ve spent a good deal of time on the top of a dou­ble-deck­er bus – and not just in Lon­don where that sort of thing is expect­ed. In quite a few dif­fer­ent cities, dou­ble-deck­er bus tours have allowed my fam­i­ly to see the sights, get around town, …

A Magical Family Adventure in India

A Magical Family Adventure in India

  The fol­low­ing post was writ­ten by Jen­nifer Spatz. Jen­nifer enjoys com­bin­ing fam­i­ly trav­el with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to give back as much as we do. She also val­ues get­ting to know local cul­tures in authen­tic set­tings. We are hop­ing to join …

Winter in Lake Arrowhead with Kids

Winter in Lake Arrowhead with Kids

For some rea­son, our San­ta Mon­i­ca beach fam­i­ly always went look­ing for snow and win­ter fun in Big Bear Lake, nev­er Lake Arrow­head.         In the sum­mers, it was always back to Big Bear, to try our luck at …

The ABC's of Food Tours with Teens

The ABC’s of Food Tours with Teens

When­ev­er my sons and I trav­el to a new city, we always take a food tour (at this point, we’ve tak­en at least ten). It ini­tial­ly start­ed because we want­ed to try a famous food from a spe­cif­ic area, like beignets in New Orleans, BBQ in Austin, or …

Cave Kayaking with Kids! Santa Cruz Island in Ventura, California

Cave Kayaking with Kids! Santa Cruz Island in Ventura, California

It’s not some­thing I thought could hap­pen so close to the urban sprawl of Los Ange­les. https://youtu.be/X‑NbH9OtyvI Yet, here we were, look­ing through a rain­bow of ocean mist as dol­phins below escort­ed our Chan­nel Islands fer­ry to our cave 

Cutting the Line: A How To Guide For Your Fav Theme Park

Cutting the Line: A How To Guide For Your Fav Theme Park

  We’ve all told our kids a thou­sand times not to cut the line because it’s rude and self­ish. But what if there was a way to cut a line that was nei­ther rude nor self­ish? Intrigu­ing, right? One of the biggest – and most consistent – …

A Volunteer Vacation Every Family Member Will Love

A Volunteer Vacation Every Family Member Will Love

Guest blog post by Jen­nifer Spatz, CEO & Founder of Glob­al Fam­i­ly Trav­els The most mem­o­rable fam­i­ly trips are ones that offer expe­ri­ences beyond just relax­ing or spend­ing time togeth­er. A vaca­tion that com­bines a buck­et-list adventure …

Walking the Streets of NYC: 2 Tours with Kids & Teens

Walking the Streets of NYC: 2 Tours with Kids & Teens

New York City is a walk­ing city. Now, the idea of a “walk­ing city” may seem strange to any­one from L.A. because we have a rep­u­ta­tion of nev­er walk­ing any­where. Ever. But one of the coolest things about New York is that there are so many amazing …

Extreme Family Vacations: Beekeeping (VIDEO)

Extreme Family Vacations: Beekeeping (VIDEO)

This Thanks­giv­ing, we took a turkey break and went in search of bees. Rather, we had heard about a bee tour we could take at the West­in Mis­sion Hills Golf Resort & Spa (which, by the way, looks to be a very fam­i­ly friend­ly resort, we …

Cruising the San Francisco Bay with Teens

Cruising the San Francisco Bay with Teens

a kayak­ing adven­ture  San Fran­cis­co’s nick­name is The City by the Bay, so when I trav­eled to San Fran­cis­co last Decem­ber with my two teenaged sons, we decid­ed it would be fun to see the city from the bay. A Dif­fer­ent View — Photo 

Crashing the President's House with Kids

Crashing the President’s House with Kids

Trav­el­ing To His­to­ry with Teenagers Vis­it­ing the home of our cur­rent pres­i­dent in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. is not as sim­ple as show­ing up and knock­ing on the door. The advanced plan­ning nec­es­sary (which includes con­tact­ing a mem­ber of Con­gress in …

Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa : Seeing the Real Hawaii

Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa : Seeing the Real Hawaii

A Cul­tur­al Guide For Adven­tur­ous Fam­i­lies (VIDEO) I was pret­ty cer­tain, at that spe­cial age when every­thing is mor­ti­fy­ing, that attend­ing a luau in Hawaii is a type of embar­rass­ment specif­i­cal­ly reserved for tourists. I was 14 and 

A Spooky Adventure in Baltimore: Walking the Poe Trail with Teens

A Spooky Adventure in Baltimore: Walking the Poe Trail with Teens

Octo­ber is the Per­fect Time to have A Spooky Adven­ture with Edgar Allan Poe in Bal­ti­more — https://go.shr.lc/2NNtcMo @lafamilytravel @BaltimoreMD @Samdfriedman226 #fam­i­ly­trav­el #trav­el #Hal­loween

Making History Cool: Philadelphia with Teens

Making History Cool: Philadelphia with Teens

Thanks to Lin Manuel Miran­da and his Broad­way smash hit “Hamil­ton,” U.S. His­to­ry has nev­er been cool­er, so now is the per­fect time to hip-hop on the band­wag­on and take teens (and pre-teens) to Philadel­phia to see “the room[s] where it …

Grab a Bigger Piece of this World With Your Kids — Global CommUnity

Grab a Bigger Piece of this World With Your Kids — Global CommUnity

Would­n’t it be great if Pan­cho Vil­la could step out of a his­to­ry book and shake your hand on your first trip to Mex­i­co? What if he told you tales of his rev­o­lu­tion­ary escapades? (Or his stint in Hol­ly­wood while they filmed them?) Or sang folk …

A Fun Family Summer Staycation —  Hyatt Regency Westlake

A Fun Family Summer Staycation — Hyatt Regency Westlake

We’ve nev­er done a stay­ca­tion. I’ve nev­er seen the point. Our house is fine. We have a pool. We have a grill in the back­yard. We have a great view of some pret­ty hills (ok, they’re often brown but they’re bet­ter than con­crete). We’re a 15 minute 

A Long Weekend In La Jolla Shores with Kids

A Long Weekend In La Jolla Shores with Kids

This is more than just a trav­el sto­ry. It’s a love sto­ry that takes place on the road. Its lat­est chap­ter took place in La Jol­la Shores, Cal­i­for­nia. It’s a tale of two fam­i­lies who used to live in the same town and spent a lot of time togeth­er. But now, these fam­i­lies live on oppo­site sides of the country.

Finding Your Alternate Universe

Finding Your Alternate Universe

A short­er ver­sion of this arti­cle first appeared in the Acorn. I recent­ly had the chance of sit­ting down with pro­lif­ic yoga mas­ter, Shi­va Rea, for a fire­side chat. OK, maybe she was dri­ving on the free­way and talk­ing to me through her …

7 Tips For A Fun, Romantic Trip to Lake Nacimiento

7 Tips For A Fun, Romantic Trip to Lake Nacimiento

If you’ve been mar­ried for longer than a minute or are even dat­ing some­one for more than 6 months, you know. Rela­tion­ships take effort. You have to real­ly work at “Hap­pi­ly Ever After”

Flying Over Trees — Ziplining in Wrightwood, California

Flying Over Trees — Ziplining in Wrightwood, California

It was news to us. We did­n’t know our son Kaleb was scared of heights until we rode the Fer­ris wheel at Cal­i­for­nia Adven­ture. When our pod start­ed climb­ing and sway­ing, he threw him­self on the floor and hid his head between his father’s knees. …

A Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween at the Great Wolf Lodge

A Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween at the Great Wolf Lodge

It start­ed on our fam­i­ly trip in the lob­by of the Great Wolf Lodge in Gar­den Grove, Orange Coun­ty. A big, black spi­der clung to the ceil­ing, its sharp fangs hov­er­ing over the lit­tle guest’s heads, an eerie spi­der­web cov­ered the entire front …

2 Moms, 4 Boys and an RV: 7 Tips on Enjoying Family Camping

2 Moms, 4 Boys and an RV: 7 Tips on Enjoying Family Camping

What could pos­si­bly go wrong? Four boys jostling in a small space, no hus­bands to pawn them off on for a few sec­onds of peace? Well. This. This could go wrong. And it did. Over and over again. But that’s not the whole sto­ry. The idea was …

Glamping in Ventura

Glamping in Ventura

Before chil­dren, camp­ing was an adven­ture. We got dirty. We drank dur­ing the day. We slept on the dirt with only a thin lay­er of stuffed poly­ester pro­tect­ing our bod­ies from the rocks. We cooked on grills pow­ered by fires we painstak­ing­ly built …