Seattle with Kids

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Activities in Seattle

Seattle’s walkable urban areas, beautiful natural setting, and laid back atmosphere make it a great vacation destination for anyone, but you might be surprised to learn how accommodating the city is for kids. Seattle’s major sites (and some of its most popular restaurants) are just as much fun for kids as they are adults, and many popular activities seem tailor made for kids.

Lake Tahoe Hikes with Kids

Best Lake Tahoe Hikes with Kids

Hiking is a wonderful all-family activity. When kids are very young and can fit in a backpack, any hike is fair game as long as you pack food and don’t overestimate your endurance to carry the extra pounds. When kids start walking, selecting kid-friendly hikes is essential, although it’s amazing how far motivated school-age kids can go.

I’ll never forget the Dutch family we ran into in Banff National Park a few years ago with 5-year-old twin boys who were hiking the same 6-mile-loop we were with some serious vertical.


Yosemite Family Travel Guide

I guess you could call it travel guilt. It kicked in big time last year, when a number of friends were planning trips to Yosemite National Park. At some point, someone asked me what my kids liked to do in Yosemite.

I started to talk about the Mist Trail then realized, though I love Yosemite, I’ve never taken my kids. We live in Northern California. Yosemite is practically our backyard. I got out the calendar and picked a weekend. It was still winter, I had months before I needed to get organized … or so I thought.


Tips for Traveling to China with Kids

My kids love to travel. As a result, we’ve been able to take some amazing family trips. China was the biggest challenge so far. Taking the family to Europe is one thing, but taking the leap to China … it’s just different.

The 2008 Olympics in Beijing opened up the idea of travel to China for many Americans. And families are no exception. Traveling through China with my kids was an amazing experience. But I recommend …


Dana’s 7 Links: Oldies but Goodies

My 7 Links is a great idea dreamed up by our friends at Tripbase aimed at getting great posts the second read they deserve. Bloggers from all around the globe are linking back to oldies but goodies from their past. Amie dusted off some great reads a few weeks ago. Now it’s my turn. Thanks to Corinne McDermott from Have Baby Will Travel for inviting me to throw my pieces into the mix.

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Green Travel with Kids! Tips to Make Family Vacations Eco-Friendly

Earth Day is coming up this week on Friday, April 22nd. To help honor this important global event, I’ve put together a list of tips to help make family vacations more eco-friendly.

Admittedly, I’m bad about drinking tap water when I travel. Clearly, it’s not an option in some destinations, but amazingly, in places where the tap water …


Conquering the Amalfi Coast with a Toddler

The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations. We get many requests from our readers requesting advice on exploring this breathtaking part of Southern Italy with young kids. This post is long overdue …

Everyone who regularly reads this blog knows I love Italy with children of all ages. Ironically, however, the Amalfi Coast …

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Exploring Lucca by Bike, Must-Do Family Activity

An “I’m grateful for …” Photo Friday is in order on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

I’m grateful for those magic moments when we experience a wonderful destination as a family. Those times when we are all present and savoring a locale together will be much-loved memories forever.

When we were in Italy last month, we had one of those moments biking on top of the walls in Lucca. We did this on our last visit too—it’s an activity that does not get old.

Top Things to Do with Toddlers in London

‘They’re changing guards at Buckingham Palace, Christopher Robin went down with Alice …’ as AA Milne, Winnie the Pooh’s creator wrote.

With its enchanting parks, picturesque palaces and quirky pantomimes shows, London has and will always be a magical place for children to explore. If you only have a few days in the capital with toddlers in tow, here is my top five list of things to do with toddlers in London: