A Day at LEGOLAND Westchester (with Planning TIps)

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  A few years ago, we spent a day at LEGOLAND when we were in San Diego, and my then very young kids loved spending time in the mega-brand's theme park.  That was 3 years ago, and they're older but who outgrows Legos? So when I heard that there was a new LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, I was intrigued and excited to take them on a recent half-day of school. My son has never been a huge LEGO freak, but I knew once he got there, he'd be into it. My daughter is open-minded and she's not bothered by gender-specific activities but LEGOLAND has taken … [Read more...]

Family Travel Tip: Visit Jackson Hole

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Looking for a real escape?  Ever been to Jackson Hole? It's a place I've been dying to get to, and I'd love to take my family.  When I came across this promotion, I decided to share it with you all.  If you're looking for a different type of summer vacation, this might be the one.  Can you imagine your kids experiencing mountains, elks, mose, raft trip, cookouts, a tram ride over the 10,450-foot summit of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and more?  I was told that families should aim to visit at the beginning or end of the season for the best … [Read more...]

Review: A Piece of Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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When I ventured off to the Blissdom conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center last week in Nashville, I was fully aware that I was going to be staying in a legendary hotel.  I knew that the hotel had been host to so many celebrities and is a Nashville landmark.  What I didn't expect was its huge fountains, tropical foliage positioned throughout the hotel, winding rivers, waterfalls, bridges and gazebos positioned throughout the hotel.  It is truly colossal, and quite a spectacle...but I mean that positively.  I can understand why … [Read more...]

Where to Take Your Kids Skiing in NY and Connecticut

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There are so many reasons people are fortunate to live in Westchester.  First and foremost, there is the proximity to New York City.  One can jump on the Metro North train and whiz into the city to work, play or eat.  Space is another issue – one can buy a house with a yard in Westchester.  But what some people don’t realize is one valuable reason: SKIING.  There are ski slopes that are less than one hour from our doorstep.  As a result, my kids are growing up to be born skiers.  There are ski slopes in Northern Westchester and Southern Connecticut that … [Read more...]

Winter Break: Our Visit to the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, CT

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I recently attended the re-opening of the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, CT.   After two years of construction and a few months of closure during renovations, they re-opened with a much larger space than before.  I have been bringing my kids to the museum since they were very young, so when we pulled into the parking lot, they jumped with joy at the thought of the fun they knew they were about to have.  I honestly think that the changes make the museum even better than it was before.  It's much more spacious, so no matter how many people show … [Read more...]

Family-Friendly Travel and Cultural Options for Winter Break & Beyond

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Thinking of going away this winter break but not sure where to go?  I've been sent a few items that are worth sharing in case you are looking for last-minute family getaways. Are you a skiing family like my own?  For families considering ski vacations over the holiday break, the RockResorts in Colorado are offering a variety of unique programs. Guests staying at The Lodge at Vail or The Arrabelle at Vail Square, both RockResorts in Vail, Colorado, have a variety of festive activities for all ages. Throughout the season, guests at two of … [Read more...]

A Weekend Away with the Kids: Washington, D.C.

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We have always been adventurous parents, so this past holiday weekend was no exception.  I have some cousins that I haven't seen in a long time who live in Silver Springs, MD, so I made arrangements to visit.  We decided to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to avoid traffic.  So, on Friday, we packed up the car with kid-friendly gadgets and our luggage, grabbed the kids and got out of town, heading to Maryland and our ultimate destination, Washington, D.C. It was a smooth ride to Silver Springs and we arrived at our destination, the Homewood … [Read more...]

Our Visit to Philadelphia’s Franklin Square

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Yesterday, my sister and brother-in-law took us for a visit to Franklin Square in Philadelphia.  I had not been there before, or in years, as my parents grew up in Philadelphia.  My children had been to the Square on a prior visit with them, so I was anxious to see what they'd been talking about.  One thing I love about Philadelphia is that aspects of American history are all over the city, and Franklin Square is no exception. The Square, interestingly enough, was one of the five public squares that William Penn laid out in his original plan for the … [Read more...]

First Annual Vail Restaurant Month’s “Family Week”

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Looking to take expand your kid's palates on vacation this fall?  Vail, Colorado will be hosting the First Annual Vail Restaurant Month – four weeks of foodie paradise featuring  more than 60 dynamic culinary events and experiences.  Plus, families traveling to Vail during this period will be able to experience  special family-friendly menus and events throughout the  town. Vail’s  notable restaurants and acclaimed chefs are joining forces to create four  unique themed weeks: Market to Table, Health and Wellness, Love Fest and Family.  Rates at The … [Read more...]