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Missouri – Crown Center

Funky vibe at Hallmark Kaleidoscope

It would be hard to find a family who hasn’t been touched by Hallmark Cards in some way. I mean, who hasn’t ever received or sent a Hallmark card, watched a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, or colored with a Crayola crayon (one of Hallmark’s subsidiaries)? So, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that this family owned company has developed the area surrounding their corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, into a family friendly travel destination. Crown Center is an 85-acre complex with hotels, restaurants, theaters, shops, and attractions.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Crown Center three times: [...]

California – Lava Beds National Monument

Smaller lava tube at Lava Beds NM

We recently returned from a road trip during which we saw almost a dozen national parks, and you know what? My kids kept talking about one of the parks that we visited almost a year ago, one that I hadn’t yet written about. And, technically, it isn’t a national park–it’s a national monument–but that doesn’t really matter. I’m going to dub Lava Beds National Monument “The Best National Park You’ve Never Heard Of”.

Lava Beds National Monument is located in the far northern part of California, near the Oregon border. It sits on top of the massive Medicine Lake [...]

Tips for Eating Well on the Road

Image Source: Bunches and Bits/Flickr

We are currently on the longest road trip we’ve ever been on (23 days). We are taking Trip 5 from my ebook, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips and I’m writing this from the beautiful state of Utah. It will take a while for me to blog about all the amazing places we’ve visited, but for a preview, please follow my Facebook page where I’ve been posting pictures. Speaking of being too busy to blog right now, I am thrilled that Motoring.com.au supplied this sponsored post with some tips for eating well on the road, a subject [...]

Kentucky – Jellystone Park at Mammoth Cave

Yogi Bear at Jellystone Mammoth Cave

When I found out that the Cave City Tourist & Convention Center had arranged for us to stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, I was very excited.

We had stayed there for our 2002 family vacation and I looked forward to returning. The kids had been much younger on our first trip. In fact, my youngest daughter, Camille, hadn’t been born yet. I was pregnant with her at the time. Here’s a picture from that trip.

Now you might see the word “camp” in the name of the resort and think that it’s not for you if [...]

Oregon – High Desert Museum

Fun and games at the 1904 Miller Family Ranch - High Desert Museum

A must-see on any trip to Bend, Oregon, is the High Desert Museum. This is one of those museums that has a little bit of everything, and is perfect for families.

The museum is a combination of a history museum, art museum, zoo, living history museum, and park. That may sound chaotic, but all the exhibits are tied together with a common theme: the High Desert, a region that covers parts of eight states and British Columbia. The museum is both fun and educational. Many thanks to the museum for providing us complimentary admission so that I could research [...]

Everybody’s Gone Cruising, Cruising USA

Image by Jonathan Silverberg, used under Creative Commons license.

The US is famous for the great American road trip, but cruises are one of the few vacations that parents and kids alike enjoy equally. I’m happy to share this post which was provided by and sponsored by CruiseDeals.

The sheer amount of things to do on board means the kids never get bored in the back of the car (in fact, they’re not even in the back of a car!). Plus, since there aren’t many places for them to get lost, parents can have alone time in peace. Best of all, you hardly have to plan if you book [...]

Kentucky – Train Robbery at the Kentucky Railway Museum

Kentucky Railway Museum Train Robbery Collage

Who takes their kids on a train ride in a region where there are outlaws on horseback rumored to be in the area? I do! If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you know that I love an adventure and this sounded like a really fun one. We headed to New Haven, Kentucky, about 14 miles south of Bardstown, to the Kentucky Railway Museum for this train excursion.

The Museum is located at the New Haven Train Station. It feels like you’re stepping back in time.

Of course you will want to arrive early so you [...]

California – Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jellyfish Collage - Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an immensely popular attraction in California and is frequently named one of the best aquariums in the country. My husband and I had been there two or three other times, but before we had kids, so we very much looked forward to going back there with the kids. Our first impression when we got there was, “Wow, this is CROWDED!” So my first tip is to consider the timing of your visit. If you have preschool aged or younger children, I would highly recommend planning your visit during the school year.

The first exhibit we [...]

Ohio – Second Edition of Adventures Around Cincinnati

Second Edition Cover- lo res

You may have read in my bio that I am one of the authors of a book titled Adventures Around Cincinnati: A Parent’s Guide to Unique and Memorable Places to Explore with your Kids. I am very excited to announce that my co-author, Laura Hoevener, and I have just released a second edition. I’d like to tell you more about it.

The book has three parts. In Part One, Laura and I discuss creating memories with your family. For us, this isn’t about promoting tourism or entertaining kids. We strongly believe that our travel experiences with our kids are [...]

Kentucky – Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave Historic Tour 6

Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world, is located in Southwest Kentucky’s Cave Country. It has over 400 miles of surveyed passageways! That distinction definitely makes it worth a visit.

As with most national parks, the place to start is the Visitor Center. Inside you can watch an orientation film and explore exhibits that educate visitors about the geology of the area, types of cave passages, and animals found within the caves. I really liked the 3D model of the cave passages.

The Visitor Center is also the starting point for cave tours. I strongly [...]