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10 Great Things to do in San Francisco with Kids

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory - Admission is FREE but the photo costs $0.50 and then the cost of the yummy fresh fortune cookies that you will be buying. Located in Chinatown

Musee Mecanique - Admission is FREE. To play costs 25 cents or more but there is plenty to look at for no charge.  Located in Fisherman's Warf.

Sea Lions at Pier 39 - FREE - Watch & listen to the Sea Lions lazing in the sun at Pier 39.  Fisherman's Warf.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park - This is a must if you have kids.  Admission for kids 16 and under is FREE, adults are $5.  Such a de ...

St. Patrick's Day for Kids in Chicago 2014

St. Patrick's Day is Monday, March 17, 2014.  Some parents may be wondering where they can go with their children to participate in the St. Patrick's Day holiday fun.  Here is a list of some family-friendly places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and all that is Irish.  Click through events to get more information and a link to the event website.
Shamrock Supper at Stony Creek 2014
Shamrock Supper at Stony Creek Clubhouse, starring the Weber School of Irish Dancers, one of Chicagoland’s largest Irish dancing institutions.  Enjoy their rhythmic dances such as the Jig, Hornpipe, Tipping Reel and Set dances. Enjoy an authentic Irish Buffet and fun ...

Garfield Park Conservatory

This past weekend I was trying to come up with something to do with the kids.  I wanted to stay in the Chicago area and didn't want to break the bank on my little outing.  Also, because of the weather (winter weather but no good snow to play in) where ever we went needed to be indoors.  So what came to mind?  One of my favorite free places in Chicago to take the kids.  The Garfield Park Conservatory.

Admission is free although there is a suggested donation of $2 for kids and $5 for adults but no pressure.

Located at: 300 N. Central Park Ave. in Chicago

 When we first walked in the sun was so bright and the room was so warm I knew I had made the ...

Getaway to KeyLime Cove Waterpark

Last week I decided that the boys and I needed a bit of a change and a little excitement.  Their idea? head to the nearest indoor waterpark for an overnight stay.  So that is what we did.  We made reservations for a 1 night stay at Keylime Cove.  We upgraded to the Family Getaway Package which included admission to the waterpark, 100 arcade credits, 1 large pizza, 6 wings, and a 2-liter of pop. 
My 12 year old invited 2 friends and we left as soon as they got out of school Friday afternoon.  The drive to Gurnee took about 45 minutes from Chicago, not bad.  


Check in was quick and easy.  Once we got se ...

Spring Break in Wisconsin Dells

Originally Posted by Jean, March 31, 2012

We’ve been to Wisconsin Dells 4 or 5 times in past winters or spring breaks.  We always stayed at one of the large resorts with indoor water parks, going for the convenience factor.   
But then one of my friends had a fantastic deal for a 2-night stay in a log cabin that she couldn’t use at the last minute, and it was up for grabs.  What the heck, I grabbed it.  And I'm so glad I did!  This was our best ever trip to the Dells!


Cedar Lodge and Settlement is set right on the ...

Spring Break ideas in & around Chicago 2012

Originally Posted by kidwink, March 24, 2012 from kidwinks Focus on Family Segment on WGN-TV.

Spring Break is underway or right around the corner for Chicago area school districts, and there are many ways for families to enjoy it locally.  A few of those are highlighted below, and many more ideas can be found in kidwinks’ online Spring Break Guide and in our Easter Events listings.  

Starved Rock State Park  

Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois! Amazing waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. There is 13 miles of trails to explore, plus, the Illinois River offers fishing (ice fishing, too), boati ...

Family Vacation in Cape San Blas, Florida

Originally Posted by Jean, March 21, 2012
Two years ago we wanted to head to Florida for spring break, but weren't sure exactly where we wanted to go. To keep costs in line for this family trip, we knew we would be driving and looking for reasonable accommodations. We also knew we'd be bringing with us our two black labs. That meant hunting for a condo or private home to rent that accepted pets. So I headed to one of my favorite sites, vrbo.com (Vacation Rentals By Owner) and started looking around.Somehow my eye caught a side article that talked about the best dog beaches in the U.S. (or maybe even the world - don't remember right now). Since our dogs LOVE the water even more than our daug ...

Flying With Kids

Originally Posted by Nina, July 12, 2010
I have been thinking about all of the wonderful things that I wanted to say about my vacation to Costa Rica. However, what I thought might be useful was something different. While at the airport waiting to board our plane my boys were playing their PSPs (A big treat for them since I usually don’t let them play). It occurred to me how much easier it had gotten to travel with them now that they are a little older. When my boys were very young I took them on several trips without my husband. That means it was just me and them, scary! I took them to Germany, the East Coast, and Mexico in addition to other places that we went with my husband. I thou ...

Wanderlust - St. Louis

Every couple of months I start to feel the need to travel.  It doesn’t matter where I go.  I just have to go somewhere.  A couple of things you should know about the way I travel 1) I am always on a budget.  2) I never make plans too far in advance.  3) I always take my two boys (now 7 & 9).  4) I love to see and do new things.  5) My husband usually doesn’t travel with my kids and I.  With that said, one of my favorite types of trips is the car trip.  I totally enjoy driving for hours to somewhere I have never been before, singing songs from the 70‘s, and smoking….if I hadn’t given it up 15 years ago.  That ...

Disney World

Originally Posted by DreamWeaver on December 27, 2008
Yes, it's been a while since I've posted.  I think the holidays keep us  busy.  We kicked off the season with a Thanksgiving trip to Disney with the kids. The first time we went, my girls were 6 and 3, and we spent the  entire 2 day trip at Magic Kingdom waiting in line to meet princesses or chasing after them in  the park.On our second trip, my 3 year old son, who was going to  Disney for the first time, was most looking forward to meeting Mickey Mouse.   After a few hours in  the Magic Kingdom, he  couldn't wait any longer and wanted to go to his house and meet him in his  tent.&nb ...