Whether or not the old adage “In like a lion, out like a lamb” remains true, one thing can be counted on, March brings the beginning of Maple Sugaring season in New England. In 2013, the Northeastern United States produced 2.7 million gallons of maple syrup – Vermont alone was responsible for nearly half of that amount.
Considering those incredible numbers, and all the sugar houses offering demonstrations, tastings, and activities for children, New England makes a great escape during the spring months. The Maple Syrup region in the Northeast is like the kid-friendly version of Napa Valley.
Top Things to do in Washington with your kids.
We recently took a winter getaway to Washington, DC. We wanted to go somewhere we could drive to and that would have great things for our toddler to enjoy. My husband and I have not been to Washington, DC since we were kids ourselves. Most of the museums are free in Washington, which makes it a particularly great family destination.
With the Super Bowl behind us, it’s time for the boys of summer to migrate to their warm weather spring training fields. So find your sun glasses and baseball cap and plan a great getaway to one of these Beds and Breakfast Inns near spring training ball parks.
There’s nothing like spring… a time for blooming flowers, home makeovers, and a tease of warm weather. But spring isn’t a tease for baseball fans.
We have great recommendations for fun winter activities with kids in New York City. As we all know trying to find something to do with a toddler during the winter can be a challenge. Luckily, there are a lots to do here in NY.
We decided to visit the New York Botanical Gardens Train Show. We live about 15 minutes from the Botanical Gardens, but had never been there. We were graciously hosted by the garden to see the Holiday Train Show and see the rest of the garden.
Top Attractions For Family Vacations in the United States – Surprise, Disney World Isn’t on the List!
Families are always looking for great vacation spots to bring the kids. Here are our recommendations for top attractions for family vacations in the United States, and surprise, Disney World isn’t on the list!
I live in Portland Oregon where, no joke, our biggest tourist attraction (for adults and kids alike) is Powell’s Books – a bookstore with a collection so large that, in addition to its own three-story-tall city-block big building, it has started to take over the building across the street. It’s also the grandfather of the used/new-side-by-side sales model that more and more independent bookstores are starting to adopt across the country. If your family ever finds itself in Portland, you’ll have to see it.
Are you thinking that you are one of those lucky parents whose kids will not change the way they travel, well think again! Sooner or later, you’ll certainly realize that your young toddlers have changed everything about the way you travel.
Umbria in Italy’s mid-section is a terrific destination for a trip with with your children and family. You’ll find that this beautiful Italian region offers a large number of excursions that suit your entire family and helps you move at your own pace making your trip a pleasure and simply unforgettable.
I was able to experience sesame place this past summer with my two year old son and share my experiences with you. As I look at activities to do in the winter to keep my now 2 ½ year busy, I look back at Sesame Place and see how many great events that they have throughout the year to enjoy. You sometimes think, that theme parks are just for the summer, but that’s not always true. Many have great activities all year round.
During December, Sesame Place is planning A Very Furry Christmas, which is featured between November 23-December 31st.
I recently gave myself an indulgent present on my birthday and spent a wonderful day exploring the quaint town of Essex, Massachusetts with my husband. I must say it was one of my best birthdays ever. Essex is located north of Boston in Cape Ann,bordered by Gloucester and Rockport. Although I’ve driven through many times, I had never stopped to explore. When I learned about the newly introduced Historic Walking Tour of Essex, I though it would make the perfect day away for my birthday celebration.
As children millions of sports enthusiasts have dreamed that one day they might end up in a sport’s hall of fame, well, your dreams have come true. Well, sort of. Check out these wonderful sport’s halls of fame museums in North America and pretend that stadiums are full of people are screaming out your name. Head to upstate New York to visit The Baseball Hall of Fame Head, to visit a hall of fame dedicated to America’s favorite pastime.
Most people think of Disney as a summer holiday destination, but once you’ve experienced Disney during the Holidays you’ll always remember the magical glow. Have you ever considered getting out of your holiday routine and going to Disney World or Disneyland for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Disney goes all out when celebrating the holidays with decorations, fireworks and parades that truly dazzle. It’s well worth thinking about spending a Thanksgiving or Christmas break in Florida. Here are a few highlights to tempt you:
A few years ago, my husband and I (we’re in our mid-20’s) took a trip down to Florida. When visiting a state packed with activities, we had to make a couple choices about what to do with our time in Orlando. He wanted to visit Universal Studios; I was gearing up for Walt Disney World. His argument: Disney should be saved for when – and only when – we eventually have a child.
Little did he know, the ability to enjoy Walt Disney World is not determined by having birthed a child. The sheer number of people who propose or honeymoon at Disney is evidence of that. Although Disney does tout itself as a family-friendly destination, adults can find plenty of places to stay, play, and even romance on their trip to the Magic Kingdom and its surrounding parks.
The lovely Christmas markets of Northern France are a great reason to visit this delightful region for a pre-holiday getaway. The markets here have a very special atmosphere and will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit. Of course the shopping is fun with a mix of products you know and love, and some that are more French in flavour. This means you can often find items you won’t see in the UK or elsewhere in Europe . What a great opportunity to purchase some unique gifts for family and friends. Being France you’re of course assured of finding wine, beer, chocolate and cheese at bargain prices.
Here’s a list of a few markets that are close to the car ferry port in Calais so from the minute you arrive on the Dover ferry, you’ll be only a few more minutes from a great shopping experience.
10 Rainy Day Activities to Enjoy in Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is a city known for its rain as much as it is for its natural beauty. You may luck out and have beautiful weather, but it’s best to plan ahead for rainy day activities so that you aren’t stuck in your hotel praying for sun. Here are some of the 10 best activities to keep you and your family fascinated and entertained even when the weather lets you down.
You may not have had this thought, but you will never hear a man say, “I wish my father had done a few less activities with me when I was growing up”. It may be just kicking a ball around the back garden or watching your (your father’s) favourite team get thrashed by their closest rivals. It doesn’t matter too much what the activity is if you are doing it with your dad, it’s always great.
The thought of being out in the pouring rain in the middle of nowhere, staying in flimsy, supposedly waterproof tent, may have seemed like a nightmare that wasted valuable computer game time, but 20 years later it can be one of your fondest memories, even with soaking clothing and boots that squelch with every step.
Has it been years since you’ve seen all your siblings, or spent time with your parents? Have you recently connected to family you never knew you had, or has it been too long since you’ve reconnected with your cousins? Maybe you’ve discovered new branches of your family tree via some ancestry websites. Perhaps you’ve uncovered an old photograph capturing the last family holiday. Have you ever imagined how wonderful it would be for you all to get together in one place again after so many years?
Family reunions are a good way for different generations and branches of a family to come together and share your heritage. With some advanced planning and a bit of creativity, you can organise a memorable family holiday.
I have lived 10 minutes from the Belmont Stakes for 13 years and have never gone there. I would never have thought to take my family there because it’s a racetrack, and I had no idea that they would have attractions geared towards families and children. I was checking one of my usual go-to sites for things to do, MommyPoppins.com and they had Belmont Stakes listed as one of the things to do on the weekends. We decided to take our toddler for the day and we all had a surprisingly great time. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Sunday is Family Fun Day At The Park
About The Guaranteed Performance Golf School
The first thing you should know about Bethel Inn’s golf school is that the student/instructor ratio is 3:1, meaning everyone gets lots of personal attention and the coach and students can actually play a round of golf together. I knew straight away that I was going to like golf pro, Mark Mallory, when he scolded husbands about shouting “Keep Your Head Down!” to their wives – explaining that was not the true problem. Golf pros Mark and Niko escorted us to the dedicated golf training range where they put us through our paces and reveled all kinds of wonderful golf tips…. Wondering how much to bend your knees? Simple, “Imagine you’re standing in your ski boots.” – brilliant!
If you’re venturing to the southern region of the UK on vacation, no trip would be complete without exploring some of the quaint English towns in the county of Cornwall. In particular, the town of Newquay is an excellent holiday destination for all ages; from parents with young children, senior holidaymakers or teenagers looking to unwind after a hard year at school or university.
While coastal beaches and historic landmarks are in abundance in Cornwall, it is Newquay that boasts some of the finest coastal areas in the UK. It is far from just a lovely seaside town in the south-west however; it also has a number of attractions to keep all ages entertained throughout their break.
The State of Connecticut recently ran a “Fan Favorite” campaign for residents and visitors to vote for their favorite town in Connecticut. The winner was the charming town of Niantic, a village of East Lyme, located a short distance from Mystic. I had never been to the Connecticut shore, so just had to see what everyone was raving about. My visit just so happened to coincide with a visit by Governor Malloy who was presenting the town with a video. It all started with a video the town submitted to the Fan Favorite contest, have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM0tROLWfVY . After one day in Niantic I knew exactly why this wonderful small town was voted Connecticut’s favorite town.
Long haul flights are taxing for everyone and children in particular can struggle with being restricted whilst flying to a far away location. Other than the standard in-flight films, colouring books and things to read there is very little for children to do. This is why it is always best to be prepared for the length of the flight and do everything you can to keep your children entertained.
Preparation Is Essential. You need to begin to prepare your children for what to they will experience on the flight a few weeks in advance. This way they will be aware of what will be happening, how they will feel, and what the outcome of the flight will be. It’s especially important to explain about seat belts and why everyone will be seated and buckled in for take off and landing.