Browsing: Family travel

5 Tips for Visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

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If you’re visiting London with your family, one of the stops you must do is the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour. Truth be told, my husband and I were NOT going to do this because we didn’t want to end a somewhat-cultural vacation on a “theme park” note. But we changed our mind when a bunch of my friends told us to do it. And they were right. The Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour is not a theme park. But that makes it even better. It’s more of an interactive, educational experience that shows the props and sets of the…

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Family Things to do in London

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For Spring Break, we decided to change our plans from Costa Rica to London, England (we weren’t too keen on hanging out with the mosquitos and the Zika virus). Although we weren’t lounging around in the sun, we had sunny days and blue skies (and of course a few London showers). To be honest, London can be daunting because there is so many things to do. To get your list of things going, here’s our 8 day itinerary of family things to do in London, England that you can mix and match depending on your priorities, likes and dislikes. It’s a…

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5 Family Road Trip Tips

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All great family trips have a beginning. Some begin at the airport and some begin in your driveway. Just because it’s the end of the warm weather, road trips don’t stop. Although the school year has begun, there are a many holidays where weekends become three or four day mini-vacations! What to do? Road trip!!! Below are my 5 family road trip tips. 5 Family Road Trip Tips 1. In-car entertainment is your friend. We allow our girls to bring a DVD or two, depending on the length of our road trip. During these rare, quiet times, The Hubby and I have…

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Family Travel Tips: Aquatopia at Camelback Lodge

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This post was not sponsored in any way. I did win a one night’s accomodations by entering a contest hosted by The New York Mom (Thank you, Maria!). We love to travel, especially road trips because they are fun, short and doable for many families. We ventured only one hour and 45 minutes away from New York City to Tannersville, PA to visit the new indoor water park, Aquatopia, at Camelback Lodge. For a weekend trip, there’s many things to know. (We only tried out Aquatopia because it was a rainy weekend, but know that there is an outdoor waterpark, Camelbeach…

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Things to Do and Places to Eat at Squaw Valley

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Have you read my post about skiing and the Squaw Kids ski school at Squaw Valley? If you haven’t and are looking for a family-friendly ski resort, read it now! If you have already read it, Thank you. Squaw Valley, with over 4,000 skiable terrain is more than just a skiing and boarding mountain. It’s an adventure resort with many activities when you’re not on the mountain. Below is a list of family-friendly things to do and places to eat while at Squaw Valley — perfect for the whole family! Thank you to Squaw Valley for providing vouchers for our…

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Review: Squaw Valley Skiing and Ski School

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If you’ve been reading my travel posts you’ll know that my girls and I are big fans of skiing. Our 6th and 2nd grader have been skiing since they were each in kindergarten; we love the confidence the sport gives our girls and we enjoy seeing their abilities grow every year. This ski season, both girls have officially surpassed me in my skiing ability — and its because of the amazing instruction at Squaw Kids at Squaw Valley that could make it happen! Thank you to Squaw Valley for providing ski school (which includes lift tickets and rentals) for our girls and…

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Family Ski Vacation #SkiMoms January Twitter Party!

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It’s that time of the year and skiing and winter sports is at the top of mind of a lot of families. For us, it’s truly the only way that we can enjoy freezing cold weather! I am always surprised when our family goes on a ski vacation and our girls wake up early, happily put on three — count ’em, THREE — layers of clothes, then stay out in frigid temperatures. Granted skiing is a truly fun, family-focused sport, especially when you are: Properly dressed (three layers!) Learning how how to ski (put the kids in ski school!) Safe in every way: (where…

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Family Travel Guide to Curacao 

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Not too many people know about Curaçao. It’s this magical island that is pretty much untouched. Geographically, it’s part of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) and is off the coast of Venezuela. At its heart, Curaçao is for the explorer – both in and out of the water. It’s a destination for divers, or, if you aren’t certified, for the snorkeler. Staying put in your hotel, on a beach chair and drinking Curaçao can be an option, but you would have a much richer vacation experience if you ventured out of your resort and experienced Curaçao’s culture. Looking for what to…

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Know Before You Go: Family Vacation in Curacao

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I am writing this in New York City and it is currently 31.8°, with a windchill feeling like its 22 degrees, and I am ecstatic because in just a handful of days, we will be having a family vacation in Curaçao for the Thanksgiving holidays. Back in March, I went to the Women’s Travel Fest (#WTfest) and won a 5-day / 4-night family trip to Curaçao with accomodations at The Hilton Curacao. A big thank you to the Curacao Tourist Board and Hilton Curaçao for hosting me and my family during this holiday season! This post is sponsored. As always, I’m doing research before…

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8 Family Friendly Trips to Take This School Year

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You have the school vacation calendar in hand, and now you have to decide what to do and where to do it (you know, in between figuring out what to be for Halloween, which side of the family to spend Thanksgiving with and where you’re going to put your Elf on the Shelf this time). Here’s a short list of 8 family friendly trips to take this school year. Some are in the United States and some are overseas. Either way, they are all locales that your family — of all ages — will love. Paris, France: You’d think that…

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Family Travel to Plymouth, Massachusetts

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This past year my oldest daughter learned about the history of our country from the pilgrims and Native Americans; how they survived, flourished and lived. We actually decided to head over to Massachusetts because a family via HomeExchange.com asked if they wanted to exchange our NYC apartment with their vacation home. We happily obliged since we knew it could be an educational trip for our whole family. The large home was in Barnstable, Massachusettes, about 30 minutes away from Plymouth and a short walk to a bay beach. What to Do near Plymouth, Massachusetts (plus helpful tips!) The Plimoth Plantation:…

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8 Tips to Know Before Going to the New York Renaissance Faire

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The New York Renaissance Faire opened up last weekend and runs through September 21st. The whole family jumped into a Zipcar minivan (yes, don’t judge) and did the easy 1-hour drive from New York City to Tuxedo Park, New York. While there, we rounded up 8 helpful tips for other families who will be heading up and enjoying a step back in time to 16th Century Elizabethan England.  8 Tips to Know Before Going to the New York Renaissance Faire   1. Spend the $10 on the “VIP” parking. It’s closer to the entrance, and with kids, it’s just easier.  2.…

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