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National Park Week 2016

It's National Park Week April 16-24, which means all 400 parks are offering free admission.

Have you been thinking about visiting a National Park? Next week would be a great time to go. April 16-24, 2016 is National Park Week, which means all 400 National Parks are offering free admission the entire week. California alone is home to 27 National Parks, monuments, historic sites and recreation areas managed by the National Parks Service including Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Pinnacles, Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Redwood. ... Read More »

5 Reasons to Visit Joshua Tree This Spring

Sunrise at Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park has long been one of my favorite places in California. It’s just a couple of hours drive from Los Angeles, but it’s like you’re entering another world. There are so many reasons to spend the day there or camp in the park, but here are my Top 5 reason to visit Joshua Tree this Spring*. Viewing Joshua Trees – I’m starting with the obvious here, but there’s nothing ... Read More »

Rainy Days and Spring Flowers at Disneyland

The Pink Lapacho Tree (aka Pink Trumpet) at Disneyland

I remember going to Disneyland from the desert of Tucson as a kid and I couldn’t believe how lush it was in the park. So many beautiful flowers were in bloom in so many colors. I had that same feeling last week during our trip to Disneyland. Spring is finally here and and there’s no better place to see Spring flowers than in Disneyland. The best area to take in the the beauty of ... Read More »

LA’s Top: Best Family Spring Break Staycations in Southern California


With Spring Break on the horizon and the perfect weather for outdoor activities before it gets too hot in the summer, we’ve curated a list of the best family Spring Break staycations in Southern California just for you. From amusement parks to low-key desert resorts and everything in between, we’ve got you covered! Los Angeles Terranea Resort 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 Phone: (310) 265-2800 More Information ... Read More »

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 »