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Scottsdale Vacation Tips for Summer Fun in Arizona

Summer in Scottsdale sizzles with fun! Beautiful year-round, this sprawling suburb of Phoenix offers families plenty of activities, delicious cuisine, and refreshing ways to cool off during June, July, and August. Plus, Scottsdale’s amazing resorts provide deep discounts for summer vacationers. Take a look at these exciting things to do during your Scottsdale, Arizona vacation […]

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 fiesta. 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 […]

Songs about Colors – A Musical Rainbow of Inspiration

These eight songs about colors will inspire adults and kids alike. More than merely a collection of melodies that mention a particular color, this list includes songs that are meaningful and uplifting. I hope these colorful songs will bring you some joy, particularly when trying to make sense of chaotic times or when you need […]

Family Beach Vacation Tips for a Fun-Filled & Mishap-Free Getaway

What’s not to love about a family beach vacation? There’s the sand, the sun, and the sea! But there are also sunburns, unexpected rainy weather, and scary ocean waves. Here are six great family beach vacation tips to make sure your holiday is as fun-filled and mishap-free as possible. 1. Be wary of big waves. […]

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

I fell in love with France the first time I visited Paris as a young teen. This inspired me to spend a month with a French family in Cherbourg, Normandy as a foreign exchange student the summer after high school graduation. Then I studied for a year during college in Montpellier in Southern France. Now, […]

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 […]

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 […]