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Ideas for family travel, travel with kids, and ways to make travel easier with kids. Travel with toddlers as well.

Foodie and Family Friendly Restaurants in Eagle Rock

Foodie and Family Friendly Restaurants in Eagle Rock

When you think of visiting Los Angeles, most people imagine strolling down Rodeo Drive, people-watching on Venice Beach, or “accidentally” spying a celebrity at Urth Caffe. The city, though, sprawls for over 450 square miles. On the west side, you run into Malibu and the farms in Simi Valley. On the east side, though, you can explore where many Angelenos actually reside. In the shadow of its eponymous stone, Eagle Rock abuts Pasadena, Highland Park, and Glendale. It has a…

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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: How To Cruise with Toddlers

Disney vs Carnival: How To Cruise with Toddlers

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 kid just to get…

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The Best 3 Indoor Playgrounds Around Pasadena

The Best 3 Indoor Playgrounds Around Pasadena

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 stare mindlessly at 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…

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Complete Guide to Choosing Where to Stay with Kids

Complete Guide to Choosing Where to Stay with Kids

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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Visit Vienna with a Toddler: Toddlers in Translation

Visit Vienna with a Toddler: Toddlers in Translation

“Vienna with a 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…

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24 hours in Monterey: beyond the aquarium

24 hours in Monterey: beyond the aquarium

  The 101 stretched before us while carsick-prone little V slept the sleep of the Dramamine’d in her car seat. The bustle of San Jose slowly lengthened into farmland with rows upon rows of lettuce, kale, and strawberry busheswith their sweet pink fruit peeking beneath the leaves. For miles, only the field workers bent to their task break the lines of America’s salad bowl, with maybe an errant taco truck standing nearby a feathery field of fennel. The bristles of…

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An Ode to Fall at Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival

An Ode to Fall at Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival

Without the abundance of seasonal decor that seems to pop up in store windows six weeks too early, it is easy to forget that seasons change in Los Angeles. Fortunately, about 45 minutes from Los Angeles sits a veritable altar to the glories of fall: the Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival. Pumpkins, cider, roasted corn, hay rides, kids running around with faces smeared by the remnants of Mr. Softee–what could be a better way to spend a day together…

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Safe Family Vacation Spots in 2017: places to go considering hurricanes, earthquakes and Zika

Safe Family Vacation Spots in 2017: places to go considering hurricanes, earthquakes and Zika

The images of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma flashed across the TV. Waves rolled against deserted beaches under an ominous sky. Neighbors pulled one another through flooded streets in pontoon boats. Not that my two year old noticed, as immersed as she is lately in Paw Patrol. As I watched the Weather Channel, I wanted to wrap her in a protective bubble or lock her high up in a tower, far away from the horrifying stories of digging through rubble in Mexico City…

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