Family Friendly Activities in Ontario

Family Activities in Ontario kayaker

Ontario is a huge, vibrant and diverse province that offers countless opportunities for family activities and fun packed days out.  There are plenty of Family friendly activities in Ontario that both grownups and kids will enjoy.  If you’ve traveled with your kids, you’ll know that finding family friendly activities that everyone will enjoy is not always easy. The combination of the rich culture and heritage of Canada (and Ontario in particular) makes for the most entertaining family friendly activities and distractions that will keep both you and your little ones occupied for hours on end. Family friendly activities in Ontario Whether your family enjoys the great outdoors in the winter months for cold weather sports, going on an adventure in the wilderness in summer, or both, Ontario has a wealth of family friendly activities to offer. Some favorites are listed below. Visit Toronto Zoo Toronto zoo is Canada’s largest zoo and features over 400 animals that are conveniently … [Read more...]

6 Things I Loved About New Orleans

New Orleans French Quarter

A work conference recently brought me to New Orleans, Louisiana, for the first time in my life.  "It's SO MUCH FUN there!" was the general consensus from any I talked to about this destination, prior to my trip.  Well, thanks for that.  But Voodoo creeps me out, I honestly have no interest in Mardi Gras culture, and I don't drink alcohol... so, how much fun could it be? 6 Things I Loved About New Orleans Imagine my surprise when I immediately took a liking to New Orleans.  Here are some of the highlights. The Palm Trees I arrived with a small amount of daylight left, so was able to see some of my surroundings as the airport shuttle took me to the Downtown / CBD / Riverfront area hotel.  This New Orleans airport shuttle, by the way, is a well established, flexible, and affordable transportation option ($38 round trip) to and from the airport. I was a bit gun shy on the whole "staying downtown for a week" thing, after my last urban work trip to LA *shudders*.  (You can read about … [Read more...]

Family Travel in the Colorado Rockies

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There is nothing quite as charming as a Colorado mountain town.  Here the heritage of the Wild West combines with impressive Rocky Mountain scenery, to engulf you in breathtaking and stimulating surroundings.  And then there's all that outdoor adventure to be had!  You truly can't go wrong with family travel in the Colorado Rockies. Whether your family's preference is a snowy destination, seeking out the world famous Colorado Rockies ski areas during the winter months, or enjoying a warm and sunny alpine hike... this area has so much to offer, year round. Family Travel in the Colorado Rockies Let's start with the legendary skiing and snowboarding opportunities.  There's a reason people travel from all over the globe in order to ski at places such as Vail, Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge in the Colorado Rockies.   These "ski towns" have a culture all their own, offering excellent restaurants and shopping to contribute once you're done for the day on those slopes. Some luxury … [Read more...]

Top 5 Experiences at Kennedy Space Center

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Spurred on by a great blog post I read featuring Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as a destination for families, we recently carved out some time from our Florida vacation for a visit. Not having been there since I was a kid in the 80's, I wasn't quite sure how much activity it still had, or what they showcased there these days?  Turns out it's a robust and thriving visitor complex, with more to see and do than ever before!  It was a pleasant surprise, which offered both learning and fun for my entire family. While we did not get to see everything (there's a LOT to do and see!), or experience every tour, here were our Top 5 Experiences at Kennedy Space Center favorites, along with a couple of tips for your family's visit. Top 5 Experiences at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) When you arrive, the beautiful entrance way greets you in style.  Maps are available, and you'll want to grab one to check out all that's available.  Hours are typically 9am - 6pm, although please reference the … [Read more...]

Healthiest Airline Food Choices

Healthiest Airline Food Choices

DietDetective has released its 2014 Airline Food Survey rating foods for thirteen (13) airlines. The survey assigns a “Health Score” based on eight criteria, including things such as health of meals and snack boxes, health of individual snacks, healthy offerings, and calorie levels.  It's an annual survey conducted to provide travelers with the best in-flight food options, so they can make healthier choices. I was personally curious about these scores and best choices on each airline, so I thought I'd wade through the (lengthy) press release and share a summary of this interesting information. Healthiest Airline Food Choices At a glance, here's a summary of the contender's results: Virgin America Received the Top Rating   Delta and Jetblue Close Behind Delta Most Improved Air Canada Dropped United, American and US Airways Below Par Hawaiian Airlines at the Bottom The 'Shame on You'goes to Frontier" says Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, public health advocate, editor of … [Read more...]

Barcelona and Back Again

Barcelona Heading for the coast

Europe is home to a number of great countries that just so happen to be fantastic holiday destinations and Spain is no exception. The home of paella, bullfighting and the wonderful Costa Brava, Spain, and in particular, Barcelona offers so much for the family — especially the kids. So, what can a family of four do in Barcelona? Read on to find out.  Heading for the coast Although it’s not strictly in Barcelona, the exceptionally beautiful Costa Brava, one of the prettiest parts of Spain, lies just 60 km northeast of the city. Moms and dads will love Costa Brava’s rich cultural heritage, which includes three museums celebrating the life and work of the artist Salvador Dalí, such as the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. Meanwhile, the kids will love the region’s glorious beaches, while their parents can unwind in Empordà, Costa Brava’s exceptional wine region. Getting cultured If there’s one thing that Barcelona is really good at, it’s housing museums, and there are a bunch of … [Read more...]

To China & Back Again ~ Planning a Family Cultural Night

Chinese Lanterns

The following is a guest post in conjunction with one of this blog's partners. Do you want to take your family on an exotic or international vacation...but your budget won’t allow it? You’re not the only one. Luckily for all of us, children have an incredible imagination. Traveling the world with your family can be as simple as planning planning a family cultural night. After all, educating your children on different cultures and customs can (and should) start in the home. In this article, I’ll focus on taking your kids to China and back in an evening, but these ideas can be adapted to any part of the world. Step 1: Getting Ready for the Trip Before you set out, you’ll have to prepare for the trip. Before you go… Pack a suitcase with your children. China gets hot in the summer and very cold in the winter, so have each child pick out an outfit according to when you’ll be visiting. Make a small “passport” for each child with their picture and basic information on the … [Read more...]

Chasing Wild Horses

Colorado Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge Mustang

Have you ever seen wild horses... living and running free? Did you know such a thing still existed? Here in the Wild West, you *can* still find wild horse herds.  Exciting, isn't it?! (Or is it just me... the girl who used to cry herself to sleep at night, in wont of her own horse?) There are even a few dedicated sections of government owned land set aside as wild horse preserves, to protect these lovely creatures.  Located in Western Colorado, the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge is one of three such ranges in the United States. Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge There are a few rules to accessing and enjoying the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge area, but for the most part they let outdoor enthusiasts have at it.  You can camp, hike, and horseback ride through this preserve... enjoying the scenery while you pursue your Ultimate Quest:  viewing wild horses. Horses were re-introduced (post Ice Age) to North America by the Spaniards in the 1500's.  Known as … [Read more...]

My Week in LA, Without Getting Shot At

LA Night View from the Perch

With Disneyland so nearby, you can imagine my initial excitement at being told I was to travel to Los Angeles for a week of work.  I had a healthy respect for (ok, hesitancy towards) the fact that my time would be spent almost exclusively by myself, in downtown LA.  But I can do this. So the week prior to departure I tackled all the usual things: Copied all the needed files to my laptop. Dug out my summer wardrobe - Hey, I’m going to Cali in March! (Post-trip note to self:  Working downtown LA does not require the same outfit selections as visiting a Southern California coastal resort.  More on this below.) Scoped out directions to my destinations. Read my online LA friend’s Facebook update, that week's highlight being her experiencing both an earthquake and gunshots to her car in one day.   Wait... what? Well, I’m pleased to report I survived my week in LA, and am now back home in Western Colorado safe and sound.  It was a fairly eventful trip.  Here are some of the … [Read more...]

Day Trip to Arches National Park

Arches National Park North Window size perspective 2

Just outside of the charming town of Radiator Springs... er... I mean Moab, Utah... sits the majestic Arches National Park.   Being an easy drive away from our home, my family likes to day trip here.  Especially during the Spring months, before that desert climate starts to really heat up those lovely red rocks, and the temperatures effortlessly soar above 100 degrees. Wait...is this the real Radiator Springs? I can't help but think of Disney's Cars every time we are in this area.   Here you'll find the Southwest's grand open vistas decorated with red rock formations, which were clearly the inspiration for the movie's setting.  This is the REAL Radiator Springs, people!  As proof of my theory, we spotted this on our way there - at the Crescent Junction, turnoff. After posting this to instagram, my Utah outdoor blogger friend Melissa (Adventure Tykes) let me know that Mater is often nearby, too.  Shoot, we missed him.  He musta been out tractor tippin'. Our Day Trip to Arches … [Read more...]