When our family moved to the Chicago area ten years ago, we were pleasantly surprised by the wealth of kid-friendly activities the city has to offer. Chicago almost feels like a city built with children’s entertainment in mind. From the Lincoln Park Zoo to the Museum of Science and Industry, the city offers destinations for children of all ages, which makes it a perfect destination for a family getaway.
Now is the perfect time to plan a unique summer family vacation. Whether your family enjoys the great outdoors, cultural experiences, or city life, there is a trip out there that is a perfect fit for your family. Here are five unique summer family vacations we would love to try and think you would enjoy too.
A family road trip is filled with possibilities. During the ride, emotions can range from excitement to irritability, so it’s best to have a plan in place before heading out the door. Taking a family road trip can be a blast as long as you are prepared. These 35 essentials to pack for a family road trip may not prevent missteps or meltdowns, but it will certainly have you prepared for whatever might come your way.
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and I’m starting to let myself believe summer is right around the corner. To celebrate, we’ve compiled 15 must read books for summer vacation that will make you laugh and cry, dream and hope, and escape reality as needed. Choose one of these books, find the nearest chaise lounge, grab your sunglasses, and get lost in a great book. Isn’t it time you do something for yourself?
Traveling with food allergies can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Traveling when your child has allergies can be a scary proposition. Each restaurant you enter is a potential threat to your child. When you grab a snack, it is no longer an easy choice, you must carefully scan each label to make sure the product does not contain something that could cause your child to have a reaction. For those of us who have children with allergies, this is the world we live in. We can choose to be proactive, or we can stay home and never leave again. In the beginning, I wanted to choose the latter. It is a scary world out there for children with allergies,… [Read More]
Norway is known for stunning natural beauty with its fjords and forests, waterfalls and Northern Lights. Oslo is all of this and more with its world class museums and architecture on display throughout the city and along its beautiful waterfront. The city is extremely family friendly and easy to navigate using your feet or public transportation. The Norwegian capital will delight in many ways, but we’re sharing 7 things families will love to do in Oslo, Norway.
One might not naturally make a connection when it comes to America’s historical homes and a popular dessert, but when you learn about the history of chocolate in colonial America, the relationship seems obvious. I recently traveled to The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee with American Heritage Chocolate to learn about the home of President Andrew Jackson and the history of chocolate in Colonial America and came away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for both. The Hermitage is not your typical presidential site and American Heritage Chocolate is not your typical chocolate which makes the relationship a special one indeed.
This year the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years of service, making this a perfect time to get out and explore the natural beauty of our country. Capitol Reef National Park in Utah is one of many national parks worth exploring. This hidden treasure located in south central Utah is a land of cliffs and crevices, domes and natural bridges, and endless outdoor adventures. If your family loves exploring, we have 5 reasons adventurous families will love Capitol Reef, Utah.
Many adults are overwhelmed when planning a vacation two hours away, let alone heading to a country half way across the world. Imagine how a child feels when then are told they will be traveling to a foreign country. Children thrive on routine, and can experience anxiety when they are told they will be leaving the comforts of home to visit a new place where people don’t speak their language, and live a lifestyle different from their own. There are many ways to prepare your children for what they will experience, hopefully allaying their fears well before heading to the airport.
A family vacation to Walt Disney World can be expensive, but over the years we have discovered many options for saving money on food, transportation, and lodging. We have found we can spend less by staying at a property where we have access to the theme parks and enough room for our family of five to spread out and be comfortable. There are many properties like this, but where should you begin? Over the years I have heard about Disney Vacation Club (DVC) and the value it provides to Walt Disney World guests. When looking at affordable DVC options, we came across SellMyTimeshareNow.com, a timeshare resale/rental company, and found they have multiple pages of information on the Disney Vacation Club,… [Read More]