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How to Hit 42 Roller Coasters in One Weekend!

How to Hit 42 Roller Coasters in One Weekend!

  "I have an idea for a long weekend trip," said my husband. "Let's get our "coaster count" up." My husband and I are proud members of the Great Ohio Coaster Club, you see, and he takes his "coaster count" very seriously.  If you're a ...

4 Best Things To Do In (& around) Cabo San Lucas for Families

4 Best Things To Do In (& around) Cabo San Lucas for Families

  Stuck with a reputation for being easy, Cabo San Lucas attracts party-goers worldwide to enjoy its raucous atmosphere. But Cabo San Lucas is also easy for families who want an adventurous, affordable vacation. With a backdrop of jagged

Best Museums in Nashville For Kids

Best Museums in Nashville For Kids

  Want to know where in Nashville you can create music, make stop-motion movies, or learn how to weave? The city's family-friendly museums offer all these options and are one of the best things to do in Nashville for kids. With art, ...

Best Secluded Beaches on the East Coast

Best Secluded Beaches on the East Coast

  There's nothing like a beach vacation. Warm sand, cool waves, ocean sounds, it's exactly what we all need after a year of crazy. But if you'd still like to avoid crowds (and really, who doesn't?) There are a few beaches that are close ...

Best Things To Do In Kennywood for Families!

Best Things To Do In Kennywood for Families!

  "I'm writing about Kennywood" I told my husband, "what do you think I should title the article?" "You shouldn't write about it" he said, "tell your editor you can't write about it. The lines are pretty short right now, I don't want ...

Can't Miss Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids

Can't Miss Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids

  Historic, bustling, full of life, the city of Atlanta has a flavor all its own. Known to adults for its hip music scene and powerhouse film industry, there are also pint-sized versions of both plus plenty of things to do in Atlanta ...

Borrego Springs Brings Off the Beaten Path Family Fun

Borrego Springs Brings Off the Beaten Path Family Fun

  Upon re-confirming the actual address of our destination, which turns out was not Palm Springs, our family learned we were 100 miles farther than where we expected to be at that point.  We were, in fact, far from "there".  After

Most Fun at Conrad Punta de Mita in Mexico with Kids

Most Fun at Conrad Punta de Mita in Mexico with Kids

  "They locked up my fruit," Knox held the clear, acrylic container close to his pout, trying to figure out how to spring the pieces of cantaloupe from under the locked latch. He pulled at the clamp trying to release the lid but grunted ...

Fun Things To Do for Parents, Kids and Dogs in CA Wine Country

Fun Things To Do for Parents, Kids and Dogs in CA Wine Country

  While we're not lushes, my husband and I are big wine enthusiasts.  What's not to love? Every glass is crafted into complex flavors using a combination of science and art.  We love visiting California Wine Country, not just because ...

A Weekend at Ohio's Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

A Weekend at Ohio's Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

  When you think of "Ohio" and "winter," you think "relaxing by the pool," right? Nice, warm, sunny days? No? Well I didn't either until last year.        My dad runs an extremely busy outdoor-centered ...

The Best Things to Do in St. Louis with Kids

The Best Things to Do in St. Louis with Kids

  On one memorable family vacation, our kids loved a certain destination so much that they asked if we could move there. Was it Disneyland? England? The beach? Nope. It was St. Louis, Missouri (They were joking...I think.). There are ...

Paradise Road: A Family Mountain Escape

Paradise Road: A Family Mountain Escape

  There is no reception in Paradise or on most of Paradise road rather. Because of that, Paradise Road is a great place for a tech-free Los Angeles family weekend getaway or day trip. Or, ditch the kids and take a romantic retreat away ...

A Guide to Family Friendly Columbus

A Guide to Family Friendly Columbus

  Columbus, Ohio is home to so much more than Jack Hanna's Award-Winning Zoo and Ohio State Football. Fun things to do in Columbus, OH include food, festivals and even a boozy river!    Columbus lies in the center of Ohio. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Lesser Known Chicago Restaurants for Foodies

Lesser Known Chicago Restaurants for Foodies

  Be honest - when you think of food in Chicago, you think deep-dish pizza, Chicago style hot dogs and maybe some Garrett's popcorn - if you really know your stuff.  But I'm here to tell you that the Windy City food scene is so much ...

The Best Things To Do With Kids in Bermuda

The Best Things 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 ...

Girl's Weekend In Temecula Wine Country

Girl's Weekend In Temecula Wine Country

  To be that wonderful mother and wife that everyone has come to expect, mommy sometimes needs a time out too. The whining, the dishes, the piles -  it can get to be too much. Mommy needs to ditch the kids and the hubby and spend a ...

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 ...

Three Fun Days In Vail With Adventurous Kids

Three Fun Days In Vail With Adventurous Kids

  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

Yosemite With Kids: Nature & Pamper at Tenaya Lodge

Yosemite With Kids: Nature & Pamper at Tenaya Lodge

  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 ...

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 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 ...

5 Best Places to See Wildlife in Florida

5 Best Places to See Wildlife in 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 a fun couples trip.  Since we live in New England, Florida seemed like the best place to ...

Disney For Adults: How to Re-Light That Spark

Disney For Adults: How to Re-Light That Spark

  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 ...

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 Summer Fun in Mammoth with Crazy Kids

7 Tips for Summer Fun in Mammoth 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. We took our kids to Mammoth Lake in the ...

Best Family Fun at Winter Carnaval and Quebec City

Best Family Fun at Winter Carnaval and Quebec City

  While browsing through the endless stream of travel photos floating through the internet one October, something amazing made me pause. Enormous snow sculptures, stunning in detail, made me want to know where I could find ...

Solo Girl's Trip to New York City: Seeking Balance

Solo Girl's Trip to New York City: Seeking Balance

  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 a New York solo girl's trip. I did visit and spend time with ...

Fun Things To Do In Irvine With Kids

Fun Things To Do In Irvine With Kids

  Until recently, Irvine, California has only existed as a blip on our family road-trip map - located 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 ...

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,

Adventures by Disney: A Behind The Scenes Disneyland Tour

Adventures by Disney: A Behind The Scenes Disneyland Tour

    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, several behind-the-scenes Disneyland tours plus a Disneyland family vacation

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 ...

Cave Kayaking with Kids In Channel Islands

Cave Kayaking with Kids In Channel Islands

  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 ...

Extreme Family Vacations: Beekeeping

Extreme Family Vacations: Beekeeping

  Over 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, ...

Cruising San Francisco Bay with Teens on a Kayak Tour

Cruising San Francisco Bay with Teens on a Kayak Tour

  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. So, we decided to take a kayak ...

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 during a family trip to La Jolla Shores, California. It's a tale of two families who used to live in the same town and

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"

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?