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Tips for Traveling with a Teen or Tween for a Happy Family Vacation

As a mom who has traveled to destinations around the world with a teen and tween, I’ve gathered some useful info along the way that has made our vacations much more enjoyable for the whole family. If your kid weren’t strung out on hormones and freaked about leaving their friends for a getaway with the […]

Best Road Trip from Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and Las Vegas

Looking for the best road trip from Phoenix? We’ve got you covered! This amazing itinerary includes the natural beauty of Southwest National Parks, the splashy fun of Lake Powell, and the glitz of Las Vegas. You’ll find options to modify this Arizona, Southern Utah and Nevada road trip to meet your desired vacation length and […]

Fun Things to Do in Ottawa in Fall with Kids

Fall in Ottawa is particularly pretty and full of fun activities for kids. Ottawa, Ontario is where your family will find historic attractions, the impressive Rideau Canal and, of course, our Parliament where the Prime Minister and elected officials get down to business. Here’s a look at seven fun things to do in Ottawa in […]

Audiobooks for Family Road Trips that Kids AND Parents Enjoy

Audiobooks for family road trips make the miles zip by. Before leaving home, load up on audio stories for everyone’s listening pleasure. This list of the best audiobooks for road trips includes picks for young children, grade school aged kids, and teens. Plus, these audiobooks for kids of all ages are sure to be a hit […]

Yes! Amsterdam IS for Kids!

Should you travel to Amsterdam with kids? As an American expat who has lived in the Netherlands with my children for 20 years, I wholeheartedly say, YES! Amsterdam is for kids! While the city is sometimes known more for rowdy grown-up activities than kid-friendly fare, there is an abundance of wonderful attractions for families here. […]

Travel in the Footsteps of the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

“Welcome to Middle Earth!” A huge sign at the Auckland airport greeted us with these words the minute we stepped off the plane. It was a fitting start to our literary adventure through New Zealand, where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Here is how to plan a Lord of the Rings New Zealand vacation. Hobbiton With […]

8 Unplugged Road Trip Activities for Kids

Sure, kids love movies and video games, but there are lots of things to do on the road without powering up. How do you survive a multi-week, 3,000-mile road trip that covers two countries and six states? Lots and lots of planning. A bit of luck helps, too. Every year, I take my kids on […]

Best Travel Games for Kids from Toddlers to Teens

Whether your family is flying the friendly skies, taking a train, or road tripping it, you’re going to need to keep your offspring occupied. Thankfully, many board games come in travel sizes to entertain kids on the go. Card games and travel board games keep minds active during the journey, at restaurants, and back in […]

Rosetta Stone for Families Review ~ Learn a New Language with Your Kids

Are you considering buying Rosetta Stone to learn a new language with your kids? My family has had great success in learning to speak and read foreign languages with this online service. Rosetta Stone can help brush up language skills, augment school-taught language classes, or add foreign language to your homeschooling curriculum. This review covers […]

Tips for Visiting Disneyland with Teens and Tweens

Is it good idea to visit Disneyland with teens and tweens? YES! Kids of all ages love the magic of Disneyland. Of course, Disneyland with big kids differs from visiting with young children. In many ways, it’s better. There’s no need to squeeze in naps, plus your family can enjoy later nights at the parks […]

9 Tips for Visiting Disney World with Teens and Tweens

If you think Walt Disney World is just for little kids, then think again! A Disney vacation with tweens and teens, however, is a completely different experience than when visiting Disney World with young children. In many ways, a Disney trip is better with older children. They don’t need naps, they can stay up later […]

Best Travel Toys for Kids, from Babies to Teens

The best travel toys for kids can make the difference between a cherished family vacation and a long journey you’d rather forget. I have spent years searching for the best travel toys, activities, games and crafts to keep kids entertained during road trips, flights and train travel. Below I highlight some of my favorite distractions for family […]

25 Wonderful Things to Do in Buenos Aires with Kids and Teens

There are so many wonderful things to do in Buenos Aires — it’s hard to know where to begin! Founded by the Spanish in the 1500s, you can hear, feel and taste cultural influences from Spain, France, Italy and beyond. Argentina’s capital city is known as the Paris of South America for its beautiful architecture, […]