Newest Pit Stops

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Learn to surf in Hawaii: Hawaiian Surfing Adventures

If you want to learn to surf in Hawaii, you need to learn from the locals. The minute we checked in at Hawaiian Surfing Adventures in Hanalei Bay, Kauai, we knew we were with o’hana, or family. We met … Read More

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Earth Day every day: outdoor adventures that teach kids to love nature

In our part of the world, Earth Day usually dawns chilly and soggy. For many years, I dutifully took my kids out to the local celebration (always held outdoors, of course) so we could freeze for a few … Read More

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How to plan a multi-night PCT hike with kids

If you backpack with kids, your family will eventually become interested in tackling an iconic backpacking route such as the Pacific Crest Trail. Unless you have a lot of time and stamina, you … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

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Where to stay on Kauai North Shore: HomeAway vacation rental pick

We recently spent 10 days exploring as many off-the-beaten-path locations on Kauai we could. Our home base: this North Shore Kauai vacation rental. Located in the resort community of Princeville just … Read More

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Hotel Vintage Portland: Portland hotel review

I first visited Hotel Vintage Portland a few years ago, when it was known as the Hotel Vintage Plaza. If it was cool then, which it was, it’s even cooler now. This Kimpton hotel has undergone a major … Read More

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Five unusual outdoor lodging picks for families

Ever wanted to stay the night in a yurt, overlooking the ocean? How about a rustic cabin in the mountains, a tree house in the woods, or even a fire lookout with sweeping views? All of the above are … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

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Spring travel wear picks and 60% off Aventura Clothing

I'm an ambassador for Aventura Clothing because I believe this brand is one of the absolute best in women's travel clothing. Their clothing is affordable, comfortable, stylish, and high-quality, plus … Read More

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Travel Pop-Ups: New books that inspire travel

There are plenty of guidebooks out there that help parents plan family trips. We have our favorites, including Fodor's Around series (Around London with Kids, for example) and the student guide series … Read More

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Travel Gear We Use: 30 Road Trip Products

I know, your car is already packed to the gills for your family road trip. But trust us, you need these 30 road trip products and ideas to make your travel day run smoothly. Check out our list of road … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

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Spring travel wear picks and 60% off Aventura Clothing

I’m an ambassador for Aventura Clothing because I believe this brand is one of the absolute best in women’s travel clothing. Their clothing is affordable, comfortable, stylish, and high-quality, plus can easily be mixed-and-matched on travel days. Many items are made of organic cotton, which I find packs well and doesn’t wrinkle. Every spring and…read more»

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Earth Day every day: outdoor adventures that teach kids to love nature

In our part of the world, Earth Day usually dawns chilly and soggy. For many years, I dutifully took my kids out to the local celebration (always held outdoors, of course) so we could freeze for a few hours while batting around an oversized globe-patterned beach ball, learn about sustainable housing and bio-diesel, and eat…read more»

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How to plan a multi-night PCT hike with kids

If you backpack with kids, your family will eventually become interested in tackling an iconic backpacking route such as the Pacific Crest Trail. Unless you have a lot of time and stamina, you probably aren’t ready to through-hike the PCT, but a shorter PCT hike with kids is absolutely possible. Planning a PCT backpacking trip…read more»

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Disney Vacations

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How to plan your Disney Vacation with FastPass+

We have written extensively about enjoying Disney parks using FastPass. Is all this advice out the window now that Disney has introduced FastPass+ and Disney Magic Bands? The short answer: maybe. The game certainly has changed. How to plan your Disney vacation using FastPass+ and why it will make touring Disney parks easier than ever for those…read more»

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Where to stay near the Orlando airport: a review of Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport

If you’re looking for a place to stay near the airport before or after your Orlando theme park vacation, our pick is the Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport. We made a reservation at the Sheraton following a long travel day, opting to arrive at our main destination of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort the next morning. After…read more»

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Tips on how to make the most of a family holiday to Walt Disney World

The following post is brought to you by one of Pit Stops for Kids’ sponsors. Sponsored posts contribute to the site’s operational costs, so our editorial team can keep bringing great pit stops to vacationing families. A Walt Disney World holiday in Florida is a fantastic experience that all family members will enjoy, both parents…read more»

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International Destinations

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Adventures for Kids in Costa Rican National Parks

Costa Rica has a landscape brimming with opportunities for active adventure. National parks provide safe and pristine environments for rambunctious children to explore. If your youngsters have exhibited interest in climbing, jumping, gliding, or bouncing, make sure to fit some of these activities into your Costa Rica itinerary. You can usually find a tour that…read more»

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Best family holidays in Spain

Great family holidays are all about finding a balance between your children’s needs and your own. You want to chill out and get some sunshine while the kids want a bit of an adventure. With a wealth of activities for your young ones and a chance for you to kick back and relax, an island…read more»

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Family Travel To Amsterdam

Among many people in the world, Amsterdam is a city best known for its adult attractions. The Red Light District is legendary, and it’s a well-known fact that the famous coffeehouses dotted around the town serve a great deal more than coffee and pastries. But if you’ve written the city off as a family destination…read more»

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