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Four pit stop-worthy children museum holiday exhibits

'Tis the season to travel, and while braving those interstates, you and your family will need places to stop along the way. What better opportunity to visit one of these four children museum holiday … Read More

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Four day trips from Rome (with or without a car)

We're in the midst of organizing our first family European trip, which is great fun. After all, your trip starts the minute you begin planning it! I've always loved Rome, so I know it will be on the … Read More

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Five Must Ride Coasters in the United States

There is something about strapping yourself into a tiny car and hurtling off into space that just makes you want to scream with glee. Even those who rarely take risks in their personal or professional … Read More

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Lake Placid lodging: Crowne Plaza Resort

My family and I have visited Lake Placid in late summer, and although we have a great time kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing, I continually thought to myself “OK, but I really need to come back in … Read More

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Whiteface Mountain: Lake Placid skiing with kids

Ready to plan Lake Placid skiing with kids? Whiteface Mountain boasts the biggest vertical drop east of the Rockies, it hosted the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, and it has an impressive (or intimidating, … Read More

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Win a stay at Montage Laguna Beach and help Passports with Purpose

The beach vacation town of Laguna Beach, California is very important to me; it's my birth place, and my family's hometown for many generations. I have wonderful memories of growing up on Laguna's … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

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Travel Gear We Use: Top sleeping bags for backpacking families

'Tis the season to snuggle up in a down or down-alternative sleeping bag! Today on Travel Gear We Use, we're listing our favorite sleeping bags for backpacking and camping families, with lightweight … Read More

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How to save money on skiing: Liftopia review

Who doesn't want to save money on skiing this holiday season? Lift tickets look pretty good under the tree or stuffed in a stocking! Today, we're letting readers know about Liftopia, a service that … Read More

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Five holiday gifts for travelers who have everything

Have an avid traveler on your gift list this year? It's a no-brainer to pick up something travel-related, but what if she already owns all the latest travel gear, or you have no idea where he's … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

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Travel Gear We Use: Top sleeping bags for…

‘Tis the season to snuggle up in a down or down-alternative sleeping bag! Today on Travel Gear We Use, we’re listing our favorite sleeping bags for backpacking and camping families, with lightweight and kids’ picks. Best sleeping bag we use for kids:   We love our son’s The North Face Dolomite 20F Youth Sleeping Bag.…read more»

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10 easy ways to decorate your hotel room for the…

The Pit Stops for Kids crew will be spending the holidays in a Tahoe vacation home this year, so I’m making plans now to make our stay as festive as we’d enjoy at home. If you, too, will be spending your winter holidays away from home, we have 10 easy ways to decorate your hotel…read more»

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How to save money on skiing: Liftopia review…

Who doesn’t want to save money on skiing this holiday season? Lift tickets look pretty good under the tree or stuffed in a stocking! Today, we’re letting readers know about Liftopia, a service that provides discounted lift tickets to ski resorts across the US. No matter where you plan to ski this holiday season, Liftopia likely has you…read more»

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Airport Play Spaces

Copenhagan kids' space

Copenhagen Airport

If you find yourself with time to kill with a baby, toddler, or child at Copenhagen Airport (International) this busy family travel season, an oasis awaits on the upper level overlooking the food court. (The only caveat is the lack of an elevator, so if you’re traveling with a stroller, be prepared to carry it.)…read more»

Logan's KidPort Play Area

Logan International Airport

Boston, Massachusetts If you find yourself flying this holiday season, a layover in Boston wouldn‘t be the worst luck in the world. Logan International Airport’s KidPort is a kid’s paradise, conveniently located in the Terminal C departure area. Sponsored by Boston Children’s Museum, this is much more than a play area; it’s a hand’s-on learning…read more»

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Zurich International Airport

Zurich, Switzerland The Zurich/Kloten International Airport is one of the few in the world to offer staffed nursery and play centers for their youngest fliers. Called “family services”, the two playspaces are located in Transit A, between the transfer desk and special assistance desk, and in Ground 1, right past security clearance next to the…read more»

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International Destinations

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Four day trips from Rome (with or without a car)

We’re in the midst of organizing our first family European trip, which is great fun. After all, your trip starts the minute you begin planning it! I’ve always loved Rome, so I know it will be on the itinerary; however, I also know my favorite way  of experiencing the Eternal City (which consisted of multiple days…read more»

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5 Ways to Keep Kids Smiling in Fiji

Although Fiji is well known as a romantic holiday destination for couples, it is also a country that provides a great many things for families to do together. Kids are very well catered to in this hospitable country, and the warm welcome tourists receive from locals helps to get any holiday off to a great…read more»

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Hassle-free guide to getting your kids’ first passport

Getting your child his or her first passport doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds. Yes, you need to clear an afternoon or morning to the task, and yes, there’s a wait time involved, but the process is simpler than most people realize. Here’s what you need to know: Where should I go…read more»

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