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How to Survive Visiting Family During the Holidays

Visiting family during the holiday season can be a wonderful way to enjoy treasured traditions and catch up with far-flung loved ones. But you may be nervous about cramped sleeping quarters, squeezing in quality time with everyone, and staying sane on someone else’s turf. Traveling with kids during this busy time of year can add […]

Zadar, Croatia with Kids

You may not think of Croatia as a family destination, but after our visit I can attest it is one of the best places to plan a family vacation with children. On the western coast of Croatia lies the extraordinary city of Zadar. This Mediterranean city has been through a lot in its nearly 3,000 […]

All-Inclusive Beach Thanksgiving Vacations for Families

It’s a joy to come together to feast and spend time with loved ones. But hosting Thanksgiving can also be a major hassle. These all-inclusive resorts will inspire your family to ditch the dishes in favor of a relaxing beach Thanksgiving vacation. Meliá Nassau Beach – The Bahamas Situated on a 1,000-foot stretch of spectacular […]

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle with Kids – The Delight Is in the Details

When booking a family-friendly hotel in Seattle, I knew exactly where I wanted to stay with my kids: Hotel Monaco. While doing research for a story I wrote about extreme hotel perks for kids for the “Today” show’s travel blog, I discovered that this hotel provided its child guests with a goldfish for the duration of […]

Summer Fun at Banff National Park with Kids

It’s easy for families to experience a Rocky Mountain high when they’re playing in one of the world’s greatest natural playgrounds. Banff, Canada’s first National Park, may be old but it sure isn’t tired. Families flock here for alfresco adventures that range from skiing and skating in winter to hiking, biking and beyond is summer. Here’s […]

12 Fabulous Things to Do with Kids in Montpellier ~ France’s Most Youthful City

Montpellier is the best city in France that many travelers have never heard of. Located in the Occitanie region in Southern France, this vibrant city bustles with fashionable college students. In fact, Montpellier is home to the youngest population in all of France. I was once one of those young students. But it’s been over 20 […]

Cinco de Mayo Party with Kids ~ 5 Tips for a Fun Family Fiesta!

In the U.S. and some parts of Canada, Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican culture and cuisine with a big ol’ par-tay. Although most Americans think Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, the holiday actually commemorates a battle won by Mexico against the French in the 1800s on the fifth of May […]

Paris with Kids ~ Tips for Exploring the City of Lights as a Family

The first time I went to Paris when I was a teenager, I fell in love — not with another person — but with the City of Lights herself. Finally, the time has come for me to share my love of France with my children in the place where it all began: la belle Paris. Here are my tips for visiting Paris with kids.

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach – A Posh Oceanfront Hotel for Families

I wish you could have seen the smile and shock on my face during our family vacation when I opened the door to my suite at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. An ideal location, incredible customer service, and spacious accommodations make this hotel a great fit for families seeking a posh beach holiday in […]

Oahu with Kids ~ Attractions the Whole Family Will Love

I’ve been visiting Hawaii since I was child, starting in the 1970s. I have many wonderful memories of Oahu in particular, many of which would never make it into any guidebook because they’re quite personal and meaningful only to me. I still smile when I think about the cute pedicab driver I had a teenage […]

Family Road Trip Tips for a Fun and Stress-Free Journey

Depending on how you prepare, a road trip with kids can feel either like a terrible chore or a fun-filled adventure. Before you hit the road, be sure to read our tips when preparing for a fun family road trip with kids. These suggestions will help keep parents sane and kids content during your journey. […]

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. […]

New Orleans on a Budget with Kids

When most people think of New Orleans, they picture beads tossed to a rowdy crowd drinking Hurricanes. Jennifer Close of Two Kids and a Map pictures her kids covered in powdered sugar from their beignets and the smiles on their faces as they dance to the calliope. Find out why Jennifer thinks New Orleans is the perfect destination for a fun, affordable getaway with kids in this Travel Mamas guest blog post.