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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

  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.     “San …

Visiting 3 Presidential Houses with Kids

Visiting 3 Presidential Houses with Kids

  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 advance and pass­ing a …

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

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

  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 I knew it all. This 

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

4 Spots in Philadelphia To Make History Cool With Teens

4 Spots in Philadelphia To Make History Cool 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 at Shakti Fest

Finding Your Alternate Universe at Shakti Fest

  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 cell phone and I was sit­ting in my office, endur­ing the hot …

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 with Kids at Ventura Ranch KOA

Glamping with Kids at Ventura Ranch KOA

  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 …

Giving Mothers the Gift of Peace: Shakti Fest Yoga

Giving Mothers the Gift of Peace: Shakti Fest Yoga

  As a young moth­er, Dror­it Rudin said, she was always wor­ried about spe­cif­ic things that might hap­pen to her kids, things that were most­ly beyond her con­trol. Rudin had three kids with­in three years of each oth­er. She tried to take care 

Splashing Around at the Great Wolf Lodge

Splashing Around at the Great Wolf Lodge

  When the Great Wolf Lodge in Gar­den Grove, CA first opened, I did­n’t see how an indoor water­park could sur­vive, or even be of inter­est, in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Who would want to go? Leave the sun­shine for a bunch of indoor waterslides? 

The Los Angeles Zoo — A Walk On the Wild Side

The Los Angeles Zoo — A Walk On the Wild Side

  I’m not real­ly a zoo per­son. I want to get excit­ed about the ani­mals and the obscure, rare ana­con­das crawl­ing around the oth­er creepy bugs ~ but I know if I actu­al­ly encoun­tered those things in the wild, I’d prob­a­bly step on them. Or …