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About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix – Tips to Maximize Fun and Learning

Kids of all ages have blast at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Designed for young guests from birth through 10 years, this attraction offers all sorts of opportunities to PLAY. Climbing structures, interactive displays, building materials, a book loft and more add to the enjoyment of this museum. To make the most of your Phoenix […]

Myrtle Beach for Adults – 11 Fabulous Grown-up Adventures

Myrtle Beach is known as a haven for families. But there’s another side to Myrtle Beach…a more grown-up side. Think wine tasting, spas, full-sized golf courses, and sunset walks on the beach. (Pina colada, anyone?!) You might even dare go for a spin on a NASCAR racetrack. Whether you want to get away with your […]

Scottsdale with Kids – 22 Fun Things to Do in the West’s Most Western Town

Scottsdale may be best known for its abundance of swanky spas, golf courses, and shopping malls. Thankfully, families will find a wealth of kid-friendly attractions here, too. As a family travel expert who spent half my childhood living in Scottsdale and then moved back to this Southwestern city with my brood several years ago, I […]

Best California with Kids Destinations

California is so jam-packed with fun for kids, you may not know where to begin planning your family vacation. As a mom and former Californian who has explored much of the Golden State’s shores, theme parks, and cities — let me help you narrow down your choices with this list of the eight best places […]

Branson Family Vacation ~ The World’s Live Entertainment Capital with Kids

A Branson family vacation includes live entertainment, museums, nature play, and more. This unique city in Missouri is proud to call itself the live entertainment capital of the world. With shows morning, noon and night for all age groups and interests, this city is also often known as the Las Vegas of the Midwest. Check […]

Vail in Summer ~ 14 Things to Do Off-Season at America’s Biggest Ski Resort

Vail in summer overflows with fantastic off-season activities. While serious ski and boarding bunnies can’t swoosh through snow down the mountains, there’s still plenty of activities get your heart-pumping. Plus, Vail’s Colorado mountain beauty is undeniable year-round. If you’re looking for a gorgeous setting, delicious food and lots of outdoor fun, you need to check out these 14 fantastic […]

Mississippi Gulf Coast with Kids, A Surprising Beach Destination

Mississippi makes a surprising beach destination for families. It’s affordable, fun, and beautiful. So why is this destination often overlooked? Because travelers just don’t think of Mississippi when planning their beach vacations. That means less crowds and better deals for those in the know! Biloxi, Gulfport, Ocean Springs, Pass Christian and other Mississippi beach towns […]

30 Things to Do at Mall of America Besides Shop

You’ve heard of the Mall of America. It’s that giant shopping mall in Minnesota. This mall’s 520 retail stores can keep any shopper happy for days. But do you know how much there is to do at Mall of America besides shop? I have spent a ton of time at this mega entertainment complex over […]

10 Best Hotels for Families in the USA

For a truly spectacular family vacation, you must book a truly spectacular hotel. To compile this list of the best hotels for families in the USA, we asked family travel experts to submit their all-time favorite American hotels and resorts for kids. Then we narrowed it down to the best of the very best. These […]

Exclusive Disneyland Discount Code + How to Score a Free Day at Disneyland

A Disneyland vacation can be quite expensive. Between park tickets, hotel costs, meals and souvenirs — parents may wonder how they can afford that dream Disney trip. Thankfully, there are ways to save money when booking your family vacation at this California theme park. With our partner, Get Away Today, you can score an extra […]

10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids ~ Recommended by Family Travel Experts

I asked some of the best family travel bloggers to tell us about their all-time favorite family-friendly beach hotels. From where to take a dip with babies and toddlers to the best beach hotel for active families, there’s sure to be something on this list that will appeal to you.

Where was apple pie invented?

Take a guess where apple pie was invented by choosing from the options below. Then learn the origin and history of this popular dessert!
a) USA
b) England
c) The Netherlands
d) France

Shanghai Disneyland Tips – The Ultimate Guide for Disney Fans

Shanghai Disneyland’s sprawling 963 acres make it Disney’s largest singular park. What’s more, it features Disney’s fastest ride and biggest castle. Expect lots of traditional Disney attractions blended with touches of Chinese architecture and culture. Discover highlights of each of this theme park’s seven lands, as well as descriptions of Disneyland Shanghai hotels, and recommendations […]