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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 […]

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Disney California Adventure Park

Where better to ring in the New Year than at the Happiest Place on Earth? If you’re tired of trying to feel festive on the final day of the year, we’ve got the solution for you. You’ll be merry indeed at Disneyland’s sassy sister park in Anaheim, California. Put on your party hat because it’s […]

Top 10 Disneyland Rides and Attractions for Babies and Toddlers

Many parents worry there are not enough rides for babies and toddlers, but amusements for all ages abound at Disneyland! Here are my picks for best Disneyland rides and attractions for babies and toddlers.

10 Tips for Mickey’s Halloween Party with Kids at Disneyland

Disneyland on a regular ol’ day is filled with tons of fun for kids and grown-ups. But visiting Disneyland during Halloween season is sure to be a screaming good time! When my family attended Mickey’s Halloween Party, I was a bit nervous to keep my children up WAY past their bedtime to collect treats, watch […]

15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids Plus Hotels & Restaurants for Families

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this sunny Southern California town. As a mom who lived in San Diego for 15 years and who returns regularly with her brood, here are my picks for the best San Diego attractions for kids. I’ve also included my favorite restaurants […]

Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood Tips for Wizards, Witches & Muggles

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has remained the most spellbinding place in California since it opened in 2016. Whether you’ve just received your acceptance letter to Hogwarts or you’re already a Quidditch champion, these Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood tips will help you get the most out of this magical place. Be sure to […]

Fun Things to Do In and Near San Juan Capistrano with Kids

With a sweet downtown sliced by train tracks, San Juan Capistrano is a fun destination for kids who will delight in witnessing the crossing guard’s flashing lights and dinging bells all day long. This laid-back Southern California town is easily reached by car or train from San Diego, Los Angeles and beyond, making it a […]

Best San Diego Gaslamp Restaurants According to a Local Foodie

As a travel writer, former San Diego resident, and self-proclaimed foodie, I am often asked for restaurant recommendations in America’s Finest City. There are delicious restaurants throughout San Diego County, but if you want to stick to downtown, San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter serves up a bounty of delicious eats. Here are my picks for the eight […]

How to Charge Your Smart Phone Battery at Disneyland

You’ve planned your Disneyland trip for months. You’ve read the books, purchased the Park Hoppers, booked a hotel near Disneyland, and scheduled a Disney character meal. But then your smart phone dies in the middle of the day, long before the “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color” nighttime spectacular. Here’s how to charge your […]

12 Tips for Universal Studios Hollywood With Kids of All Ages

If you’ve never been to Universal Studios Hollywood with kids, you’re missing out. The theme park still functions as a real-life movie-producing studio, making it a must-see for film and TV junkies. Back in the day, Universal Studios was little more than a one-ride pony, with its impressive Studio Tour taking center stage. Universal, however, […]

Best California with Kids Destinations

California is so jam-packed with family-friendly fun, the state could be renamed Kidifornia. In fact, there are so many destinations for families in the Golden State, you may not know where to begin planning your vacation. Read my picks for the best California with kids vacation destinations below. This story and giveaway are brought to you in […]

Educational Things to Do at Disneyland with Kids

Sure, Disneyland is all about fun, fun, fun. But a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth can be educational, too. Whether you want to justify taking the kids out of traditional school for a few days, or you’re a homeschooling family, or you just want to add some learning to your Disney vacation — […]

9 Cool Things to Do at Northstar Ski Resort with Kids at Lake Tahoe

Skiing may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you picture a California vacation, but maybe it should be. Northstar California at Lake Tahoe offers a wintry wonderland of fun for the whole family. Check out all there is to see, do and eat at Northstar Ski Resort with kids in winter. […]