Top 5 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Toddlers

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Toddlers

Once upon a time, before I moved to Los Angeles, I never thought of it as a kid-friendly city. Four years later, I now know that LA offers myriad opportunities for young families. From the weather to the activities, reasons not to visit Los Angeles with toddler simply do not exist. You can add a larger tour of the city to any amusement park stay, spend a few days at one of the beaches in Malibu or Orange County, then…

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Disney vs Carnival: Cruise with Toddlers

Disney vs Carnival: Cruise with Toddlers

The Caribbean is open! All hail winter travel! What better way to escape the cold than on the open sea? Once you make the excellent decision to cruise with toddlers, the next step is to choose the cruise line. Royal Caribbean ships entice with their Royal Babies and Tots program and nonstop activities; however, I get easily overwhelmed by the vast size of the ships. I don’t want to shove my stroller into a tiny stateroom or injure my back carrying my…

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Top 3 Indoor Playgrounds in San Gabriel Valley

Top 3 Indoor Playgrounds in San Gabriel Valley

Some days you just need indoor playgrounds. Maybe the LA summer sun beats at 104 degrees outside, the heat so oppressive you feel it searing your bones. Perhaps the rare rain has started pattering softly on your window, finally disturbing the tangle of woven spider webs. For once, maybe you just want to Instagram (finally!) while your kid entertains him or herself. Pasadena and east LA offer several enticing options for indoor playgrounds. Some seem better for younger kids, some…

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Charity Walk with a Toddler

Charity Walk with a Toddler

All right, I agree. It’s not a hard sell to convince you that a charity walk with a toddler is a good idea. You’re outside, required to run around, and people wave cow bells at you. Sometimes you even get a hand-held sign the little munchkins can swing (just not at your head). And all that money goes to charity. The Challenge of Teaching a Toddler about Volunteerism Due to the current state of things in the world, I admit…

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Toddler Travel Essentials: Choosing Where to Stay

Toddler Travel Essentials: Choosing Where to Stay

Trying to plan a trip with your little ones? After you’ve decided where to go, you need to choose where to stay with a toddler. Somehow, after you decide where to base yourself, the rest of the trip just falls into place. That brings up the question though of stay in a hotel or rent a condo/apartment/house. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Whatever you choose, you will have a great time. Trust that you know your family and your…

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Vienna with a Toddler Part Two: Not All Travels are Perfect

Vienna with a Toddler Part Two: Not All Travels are Perfect

“Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” –Oliver Goldsmith No trip comes without its downsides. My family still tells the story of how we once stayed in the “Hotel from Hell” during one visit to our grandparents. In short, upon checking in we were handed a number of keys and told to “go find an empty room.” At the time, 4 of us kids traveling with our parents were under 10….

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Toddlers in Translation: Vienna with a Toddler

Toddlers in Translation: Vienna with a Toddler

“Vienna with toddler? What about the long haul flight? What on earth are you going to do with her?” Helpful acquaintances frequently asked me these questions prior to taking our two year old on a trip to Vienna, Austria around Easter. In retrospect, I’m glad I ignored most of these comments. My bucket list trip to Vienna included long afternoons in cafes sipping Gruner Veltliner, attending an opera, visiting the Mozart house, enjoying the several palaces and museums then pausing…

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