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10 Things To Do In Long Beach with Kids

10 Things to do in Long Beach with Kids

Long Beach has it all.  Inside and outside activities.  Those that are free, and those that require a fee.  Use this list to help you plan your family’s next outing to Long Beach. Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 The Aquarium of the Pacific is more than an aquarium. It is also the site of a variety of festivals and special programs held throughout the ... Read More »

The US Grant Hotel and Balboa Park Family Vacation

Lobby of the US Grant Hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp District

I love staying in beautiful, old hotels that have a history to them. But I also love hotels with a comfortable bed and a good shower. We found all of those things and more at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. My family and I were guests at the US Grant for an overnight stay in December and were treated to a suite and tickets to the holiday show, “An ... Read More »

9 Family Friendly Things To Do In Pasadena

Best Kid Friendly Museums in Los Angeles

If all you know about Pasadena is that it’s home to the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl, you’re missing out. Pasadena has a lot to offer families. Science, books, arts, athletics — Pasadena has it all. Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105 The Norton Simon Museum is a museum that a family can walk through, in its entirety, in one visit. You’ll find ... Read More »

Road Trip to Tucson in Ford Edge

Saguaro Catalina State Park

I moved away from Tucson 20 years ago. I was born, raised and went to college there, so it was my life’s goal to leave. But as an adult, I’ve grown to love it. Instead of hating the cactus, the sun, the long, lonely roads to nowhere now I can see the beauty in the open desert.I hadn’t been back to Tucson since the Christmas after my uncle passed away two years ago. ... Read More »

10 Family-Friendly Things To See and Do in Beverly Hills

There's more to Beverly Hills than shopping. Take a trolley ride, visit its wonderful library, have a picnic in the park and

Beverly Hills may be a tourists’ mecca. But the city also offers a wide-variety of family friendly activities and things to do (many at little or no cost). Beverly Hills Public Library 444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 The children’s department of the Beverly Hills Library is a very special place. You’ll find plenty of chairs and reading areas, a small play room for the youngest members of ... Read More »

Holidays at the US Grant Hotel

An American Christmas at the US Grant in San Diego

Every year, I say that I’m going to take my family to a holiday show and it never happens. This year, thanks to The US Grant Hotel in San Diego, we’re going to see An American Christmas. The US Grant, built in 1910, is an iconic hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. During the holidays, it hosts the LAMB’s Theater company production of An American Christmas, a 1915 Feast and Celebration about the ... Read More »

8 Family-Friendly Things To Do in Santa Barbara

feeding the giraffe (photo by Wendy Kennar)

Santa Barbara is far-away enough where you feel like you’re on vacation, but not too far where you feel like it’s a trip that requires a huge amount of planning and packing. (And you’ll probably be there before you hear, “Are we there yet?”). While you’re there, make sure to check out these eight family-friendly things to do. Santa Barbara Zoo 500 Ninos Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93103 If you’ve driven ... Read More »

Dating My Husband – Staycation at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa


The last couple of years, my husband and I have been lucky enough to do #Dateweek where we shipped our boys off to the grandparents and went out every night for a week. It didn’t work out this year so we had to cram everything into 24 hours. We paddle boarded, had a couples massage, stayed in a great hotel, and went out to a fabulous dinner – all thanks ... Read More »

Ford Explorer: Built for Family Travel #exploremore


One of the great things about my kids getting older is that they can do more road trips. Not just be in the car without complaining, but also hike, kayak, bike or do whatever outdoor adventure suits our vacation. The newly redesigned 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Edition is perfect for our lifestyle. Maybe because Ford thought about us (us, and all weekend warrior families) when they designed the car. There’s the third row ... Read More »

LA’s Top: Best Family Staycations in Los Angeles


A staycation is a vacation spent near home rather than an airplane ride away. Why travel far from home when there are so many ideal destinations within an hour’s drive? From beach front resorts to a desert oasis, we’ve gathered up the best family staycations in Los Angeles. Terranea Resort 100 Terranea Way. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 Phone: (310) 265-2800 Just minutes away from the busy bustle of Los Angeles, the ... Read More »