September 18, 2014

Fall Foliage: 8 Fun Leaf Peeping Adventures


By many accounts, the fall foliage this year is expected to be spectacular. So, it’s a must to get out there and enjoy the changing leaves as a family. Sure, you could take a drive, but why not try one of these eight fun ways to take in the fall foliage this year. 1. Take a Train Ride. From September […]

Top 10 Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebrations


Oktoberfest officially kicks off in Munich on Saturday (9/20), but if you have no plans to travel to Germany, but still want to take in German music, dancing, foods and games, here are 10 family-friendly Oktoberfest celebrations across the U.S. that are worth a visit: 1. Oktoberfest Chicago. Hosted by St. Alphonsus Church, head to Oktoberfest Chicago for bratwurst, traditional […]

6 Things to Do with Kids in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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If you’ve ever taken a cruise to the Caribbean, there’s a pretty good chance you stopped in Puerto Rico. A major port of call, many of the cruise lines stop in San Juan to let passengers explore this colorful city. In fact, the island has seen a 135% increase in visits by cruise ship passengers in the last two years. So, […]

Get Outside: 4 Fun “Junior” Programs (Badges!)

junior paleontology program

Okay, so I’ve written about the Junior Ranger program many, many times before, but there are other “junior” programs to be enjoyed at our state and national parks and forests, including a Junior Smokejumper program at Yellowstone National Park. I just heard about this program last week, and wow, so cool. Take a look at four fun “junior” programs your kids […]

15 Unique Vacation Rentals Your Kids Will Love


I’ve booked vacation rentals on sites like HomeAway and FlipKey a number of times. Over the summer, we stayed in this Montreal townhouse. I’ve also reserved places to stay in Prague, Vienna and Kissimmee (FL). If you click through any of these links, you’ll see that the rentals are pretty standard. But, if you hunt around a bit, you’ll find […]

6 Ways to Enjoy Fort Sumter with Kids (Charleston)

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You’ll find no shortage of historic architecture, vibrant southern cuisine and fabulous water views in Charleston, SC, but no trip to this delightful city would be complete without reliving a major turning point in our country’s history at Fort Sumter National Monument on nearby Sullivan’s Island. Built after the War of 1812 as a line of defense for the city […]

Top 10 Corn Mazes for Families

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It’s September and that means it’s time to start thinking about apple picking, fall festivals and of course, corn mazes (one of my favorite fall activities!). Wherever you live, you’re bound to find a fabulous corn maze (aka maize maze), and here are 10 mazes families will love his year: 1. Richardson Farm (Spring Grove, IL). Head about an hour […]

Caribbean Travel: 5 Fall Family Getaways


The kids are back in school and, if you’re like me, you’re thinking about just one more quick family vacation. The Caribbean has long been a favorite of mine and fortunately there are great deals to be found on tropical getaways and many islands to visit that are outside the hurricane belt. Take a look at five Caribbean hot spots […]