family vacation

The 8 Best (and Worst) Attractions in Chicago for Kids

Millenium Park Water Fountain. Kids playing in Chicago..

Over the past 3 years we have explored many of the things to do in Chicago with kids and even tried out a few things that maybe weren’t the best options. . . I’ve never heard “my legs are tired” so many times in my life! By making your plans based on these tried and true suggestions you will rest assured that you are investing in the “better” things and not wasting your time and money on things that are just “good.”

Top 10 Family Travel Apps

Photo of iPhone with travel app and map of USA.

A big part of family travel involves keeping everyone calm, happy and comfortable while exploring new territory—easier said than done, right? Fortunately, family travel apps are at your click-and-call, perched on your mobile device like little knights in shining armor. Springing to action on a moment’s notice, they can ensure smooth rides, trouble-free transitions, access to family-friendly activities, and info on getting around in new places.

Ridesharing With Kids | Does It Work?

Busy metropolitan areas can be great fun for families if you plan ahead and “know the ropes.” But what about getting around on hectic and unfamiliar city streets, with exorbitant parking-meter rates and a litany of rules requiring 5 minutes of reading just to figure out if you can actually park there? Fortunately, today’s world has Uber and Lyft, which can be godsends for families.

Adults, Stop Bogarting New Year’s | 5 Destinations to Share With Your Kids

Grump boy and title "Adults, Stop Bogarting New Years"

From burning scarecrows to sleeping in cemeteries, dropping colossal peaches to breaking dishes, humans have developed a spectrum of odd rituals to welcome in the New Year. In my early twenties, New Year’s Eve was a late-night celebration at electronic dance parties. As a mother in my thirties, I’m just trying to figure out how to keep my kid up past 9:00, so that we can blow a party horn, fling some glitter in the air, and fall asleep watching Rudolf and Frosty’s Christmas in July.

Not Just Disney | The Real OC for Kids

Girl on boogie board and title "Not Just Disney: The Real OC for Kids"

Fireworks spray like shooting stars over Orange County every evening, with ooohs and aaaahs from the “Happiest Place on Earth” drifting through the original Disneyland theme park. There’s no doubt the Magic Kingdom turns family travel into an enchanting romp through kiddie heaven, but there’s so much more to The OC than what first meets a million star-struck eyes. From roaring beach fires to windswept fishing piers, tethered hot-air balloon rides, ice skating, and the crack of pro ball at Angel Stadium, you’ll find all kinds of magic brewing and bubbling when traveling with kids in Orange County.

Snow Globe Moments: Reflections on Family Service & Travel

Man and young girl holding a snow globe.

  Snow Globe Moments | Reflections on Service & Travel By Mykee Saunders Our family recently road tripped it to San Diego. We went the week following Thanksgiving, which meant we were traveling during the first week of the #familyservicechallenge. While service is not usually at the forefront of most […]