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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 […]

10 Best Free Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids

Atlanta satisfies families of foodies, art lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts. What’s more, there are plenty of attractions in Georgia’s capital city that you can explore without spending a cent. As a former Atlantan, these are my picks for the 10 best free things to do in Atlanta with kids. 1. Centennial Olympic Park In 1996, […]

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 […]

Swim with Manatees, Florida’s Gentle Giants

Wondering what it’s like to swim with manatees? They may not have the strength and grace of killer whales, or the agility and good looks of dolphins, but swimming with manatees is a profound experience. For families who want to enjoy nature at its best, a wonderland is hidden behind Orlando’s amusement parks at Homosassa Springs in Citrus County.

For families who want to enjoy nature at its best, a nature wonderland is hidden behind Orlando’s amusement parks. There is another Florida, a nature-lover’s Florida. Our latest trip took us to the manatees’ home turf, a far cry from a modern-day aquarium. My daughter and I aimed our compass south to Florida’s west central coast line and the Gulf of Mexico, and it is here in Citrus County that we met one of the most formidable aquatic mammals.

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 […]

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 […]

Best Beaches in California for Kids

Living in California, I’m lucky to be in close proximity to some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Even after living most of my life near the Pacific Coast, my breath is still taken away every time I round a bend and get that first glimpse of the ocean. Because I have lived […]

17 Scariest Rides at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure ~ Ranked for Families

Disneyland is best known for sweet characters and rides that please kids and kids-at-heart. But there is a more intense side to Disneyland that even the most adventurous thrill seekers can appreciate. The fear factor isn’t just about speed, either. Plundering pirates, pretend poisonous snakes, and ghostly ghouls can make rides seem super scary to […]