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

Grand Pacific Palisades: Legoland Area Hotel Review

Grand Pacific Palisades: Legoland Area Hotel Review

If you are visiting Southern California with your kids, maybe you have heard of a little amusement park outside San Diego: Legoland. You may think this place is just for aficionados of those tiny rainbow bricks, but you would be mistaken. Here in Carlsbad, you can also visit the famous flower fields (from March to May), the beautiful and kid-friendly beach, and it’s a mere hop, skip, and jump to San Diego Safari Park. Now that I have your attention,…

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Muelle 3: The Best Lunch Restaurant in Ensenada

Muelle 3: The Best Lunch Restaurant in Ensenada

  Mexico’s travel warnings aside, cruises continue to visit the lovely Baja town of Ensenada. Disney, Carnival, and Princess cruise lines all dock in the port town for the day. If you choose to eschew the liquor-soaked tours or a trip out to La Bufadora, take a stroll along the Malecon until you reach Muelle 3. This small but fierce foodie restaurant serves some of the best and freshest food you will find while taking a break from your cruise.  In all…

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How do we Teach Kids to be Ethical Travelers?

How do we Teach Kids to be Ethical Travelers?

I recently read an article about the ethical treatment of elephants in Thailand. I feel sometimes when I travel with my daughter, we do often go for what is easy. We stay at resorts, or approved hotels or vacation rentals. We shop at Target to replenish our stocks of clothing soiled by potty-training fails. When I read the article about the elephants, it made me wonder, how do we teach kids to be ethical travelers? If we were in Thailand,…

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How to Experience Knott’s Berry Farm with Toddlers

How to Experience Knott’s Berry Farm with Toddlers

Let’s say you’re visiting Los Angeles or Southern California with your young ones in tow. What to do? How can you maximize the sunshine? Surely you will look at the gargantuan House of Mouse, but would your littlest ones enjoy it? With waits getting longer, and fellow guests getting less pleasant, maybe you’d prefer an easier, less expensive day in the sun. Why not try out Knott’s Berry Farm with toddlers? I think you will be pleasantly surprised as I was. A Little…

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Travel with Toddlers: 11 Ways to Ease the Pain

Travel with Toddlers: 11 Ways to Ease the Pain

When you picture travel with toddlers, what do you imagine? Recently a friend told me, “Well, you know, it was really getting past the time when we should be traveling with my daughter.” At the time, her daughter had just turned about 15 months. I don’t think it’s a secret that traveling with youngsters from ages one to three can be challenging. Well, OK, fraught with peril is a more accurate description. Before they can walk, kids can be distracted,…

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Put Down the Phone!: The Unplugged Vacation

Put Down the Phone!: The Unplugged Vacation

Does this sound like your family? Each night, you gather around the dinner table. You have worked hard tonight, you avoided the bagged salad and hand-chopped all those carrots. You set the plates on the table, and immediately your kids say, “I want to eat at the coffee table. Can I watch YouTube?” Maybe your husband works long hours like mine, and enjoys flipping through photos on the Chive to relax. Even during hours when he is supposed to be…

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How to Go Wine Tasting with Toddlers

How to Go Wine Tasting with Toddlers

Sunlight refracts through the glass, casting ruby red shadows over the burnished wood bar. The limo idles in the long driveway, ready to whisk you off to the next vineyard. The musty smell of grapes soaks into your pores, coaxing you to relax. Then there comes a loud BAM! CRASH! Your 2 year old starts screaming. Ah, yes. I’ve had that nightmare too about going wine tasting with toddlers. But does it need to be that way? A tacit parental…

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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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