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Most Fun Things To Do In Mt. Hood With Kids

Most Fun Things To Do In Mt. Hood With Kids

  Standing proud at over 11,000 feet, Mt. Hood is hard to miss. Mt. Hood is part of the Cascade Range of active volcanoes. Once a channel spewing enough lava to form a mountain, scientists voted Mt. Hood "Volcano Most Likely To Erupt In ...

Secret Redding: Discovering the Best 5 Things to do With Kids 

Secret Redding: Discovering the Best 5 Things to do With Kids 

  Unless you have relatives in Redding or live nearby, chances are you haven't gone out of your way to visit. It's not en route to bigger cities like San Francisco or Los Angeles, nor does it have the fame of South Lake Tahoe.  What ...

Fall in Denver: 5 Best Things To Do With Kids 

Fall in Denver: 5 Best Things To Do With Kids 

  Denver is the "cool kid" in the travel world right now. Every time I log onto Instagram or peruse a travel mag, I see more photos from Denver than anywhere else in the United States. But it's not like other hyped-up places. Denver ...

Hang Onto Your Head! Things To Do In Sleepy Hollow NY

Hang Onto Your Head! Things To Do In Sleepy Hollow NY

  My first reaction when I found out Sleepy Hollow was a real place was stunned disbelief. "No way!" I thought, instantly curious. But friends, the famed Sleepy Hollow from Washington Irving's infamous story, "The Legend of Sleepy ...

Fall in the San Francisco Bay Area: Best Things to Do with Kids 2021

Fall in the San Francisco Bay Area: Best Things to Do with Kids 2021

  As the leaves start changing color and the days get chilly, I know I can breathe a bit easier. The kids have adjusted to the new school year. The scorching hot summer days are behind us. Fall is always the perfect temperature, plus ...

Tombstone's O.K. Corral: Get Wild and Lawless With Your Kids!

Tombstone's O.K. Corral: Get Wild and Lawless With Your Kids!

  The shootout lasted only 30 seconds. But in that 30 seconds, 30 bullets flew between the good guys and the bad guys. That half-minute, over 100 years ago, sealed the idea of right and wrong in the American Old West and lit up the ...

A Family Friendly Guide to Rochester NY

A Family Friendly Guide to Rochester NY

  While it doesn't have the glamourous lights of Broadway or the throbbing pulse of Times Square, sweet, little Rochester, in New York state, located in the wine-loving finger lakes region, has many fun things to do with kids.  My ...

A Wimp's Guide to Halloween Horror Nights 2021

A Wimp's Guide to Halloween Horror Nights 2021

  "YOU'RE going to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights?" said my best friend Savannah, "That's a bad idea." She had a point. I had nightmares for weeks after my cousins made me watch The Ring and I don't think I've ever fully ...

The Best Things to Do in Memphis With Kids

The Best Things to Do in Memphis With Kids

  Glitzy Nashville steals much of the Tennessee spotlight these days, but Memphis has a rich cultural influence that has spread throughout the United States. Tucked on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the southwestern corner of ...

Best Things To Do With Kids in Santa Cruz

Best Things To Do With Kids in Santa Cruz

  Growing up in a small Northern California cowtown, my senses were instantly heightened during our family trips to coastal getaways. One place in particular, Santa Cruz, was by far my happy place and a great place to take kids. Those ...

5 Vacation Ideas for Labor Day Fun

5 Vacation Ideas for Labor Day Fun

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer, with many of us heading back into school schedules and fall routines. Are you dreaming of one last weekend getaway or family vacation? Planning Labor Day fun doesn't have to be complicated or pricey. If you're looking for easy ideas to make your holiday weekend exciting, relaxing, or the perfect way to say goodbye to summer, try these tips for what to do and where to go this Labor Day weekend.

Vancouver With Kids: How to Spend the Best Long Weekend!

Vancouver With Kids: How to Spend the Best Long Weekend!

  I'll be honest with you. Family trips north of the border were never on our radar. Cancún? Count us in! Costa Rica? Yes, please! Bahamas? Don't have to ask us twice! But then a good friend of ours spent a week in Canada with her ...

7 Not To Miss Things To Do In South Lake Tahoe With Kids

7 Not To Miss Things To Do In South Lake Tahoe With Kids

  As a lifelong Californian, I'm ashamed to admit that it took me twenty-four years to finally experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe. After that first trip, there was no turning back. I knew my family would be returning every chance we ...

Why Legoland Is the Best Theme Park for Preschoolers

Why Legoland Is the Best Theme Park for Preschoolers

  If you're looking for theme park magic - and for your youngest kids to be able to enjoy it - Legoland California Resort is your place. Of all our trips with kids, there's one place that stands out as more wondrous than we could ...

9 Best Things to Do In Santa Barbara With Adventurous Kids

9 Best Things to Do In Santa Barbara With Adventurous Kids

  Anytime our family can escape from our predatory sports schedule, we'll hop in the car with the boys to add to the growing list of our favorite activities to do with kids in Santa Barbara. Here's what we did during our last family ...

7 Best Things To Do On Catalina Island With Kids

7 Best Things To Do On Catalina Island With Kids

  A day on Catalina Island feels like a Mediterranean getaway sans the jetlag. Catalina Island has been a resort destination for over 125 years and continues to draw in people looking for some fun in the sun. I visited with my family as a ...

Sacramento: Best Things To Do With Kids in California's Capital

Sacramento: Best Things To Do With Kids in California's Capital

  Sacramento's reputation as the "City of Trees" and "Farm-to-Fork Capital" doesn't receive as much buzz as it should. With a rich history, diverse culture, and growing population, Sacramento is an underrated hotspot. And it's the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 they sway to a daring gust that cuts through Yosemite National Park. 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 ...

Cancun for Families: Park Royal Golden Cancun & Grand Park Royal Resort

Cancun for Families: Park Royal Golden Cancun & Grand Park Royal Resort

  You don't have to choose. Cancun is big enough for both of them. You can visit one and the other won't get jealous. The other will know that soon you won't be able to resist and you'll visit her too. Plus, you'll bring your family ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...