Newest Pit Stops

Russian Tea at the Heathman Hotel Portland

The historic Heathman Hotel in Portland has offered a holiday tea service for decades. New in 2016, chef Vitaly Paley brought Russian flare to the service with his festive, elegant Russian Tea. Within … Read More

The Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood: What to know before you go

If you have kids who live and breathe all things Harry Potter, and you can't take them on a trip to the motherland, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios is the next best thing. … Read More

Top travel destinations of 2016

Here at Pit Stops for Kids, we travel approximately once or twice a month, all year round. In December of every year, we take a moment to reflect on the past year's trips, and try to select the five … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

Boreal Mountain Resort with the M.A.X. Pass

If you read Pit Stops for Kids' ski coverage regularly, you know we're big fans of Lake Tahoe, CA skiing. I grew up in the area, skiing at resorts throughout Tahoe, and we try to visit our favorite … Read More

Grown Up Getaway: Portland Alberta Arts District and Tiny House Hotel

Whether you’re intrigued with the idea of building or buying your own tiny house one day, or simply want to sample the tiny house lifestyle for a few nights, a stay at the nation’s only tiny house … Read More

Exploring Tucson with kids

Looking for a winter getaway? Thinking ahead to Spring Break? Tucson delighted us with genuine nature and wilderness, a lively, historic downtown, which has been newly revitalized, and resorts with … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

ProEditors review and professional video editing giveaway

Two questions: do you dread the lengthy, technical editing process of your vacation videos? And have you heard of ProEditors.com? My answers: yes...and not until last month! ProEditors is a service … Read More

Travel Gear We Use: Winter jackets that pack down small

Winter is a tough time of year to pack light, but it IS possible to do so. The easiest solution: winter wear that packs down small. We love our 'puffies'! The best packable jackets keep kids and … Read More

Stocking ideas for families who travel

Need help filling those Christmas stockings this year? We're back with this year's 10 stocking ideas for families who travel! Whether you have small children who need entertainment on long road trips … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

Boreal Mountain Resort with the M.A.X. Pass

If you read Pit Stops for Kids’ ski coverage regularly, you know we’re big fans of Lake Tahoe, CA skiing. I grew up in the area, skiing at resorts throughout Tahoe, and we try to visit our favorite resorts at least once a season. However, until our visit last month, it had been YEARS since…read more»

The Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood: What to know before you go

If you have kids who live and breathe all things Harry Potter, and you can’t take them on a trip to the motherland, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios is the next best thing. With the Wizarding World is now open on both coasts, we opted to check out Hogwarts and Hogsmeade in…read more»

How to save money on travel

My family and I are lucky enough to travel quite extensively for my job. However, we travel just as often on our own dime, and when we do, we’re always on a budget (travel writer’s salary…hello!). What I’ve learned: it’s possible to travel further and longer than you’d think on a modest travel budget. There…read more»

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Disney Vacations

Tips for celebrating the holidays at Disneyland Resort

The holiday season truly is magical at the Disneyland Resort, bustling with special events, entertainment, and decorations. It’s also bustling with holiday crowds, which can certainly impact your experience. Here’s how to enjoy all the holiday magic while navigating the masses. Tip 1: Know when to go The holiday season at Disneyland and California Adventure…read more»

Disney World monorail resort restaurants: where to go and when

We love the Disney World monorail: it’s iconic, fun, fast, and easy. Strollers slide on and off with ease, lines are always at a minimum, and for kids, it’s a ride in itself. We try to take the monorail as often as possible during a Disney trip, in order to keep stress at a minimum.…read more»

Why you should get the Disney Dining Plan

Most self-respecting Disney budget blogs will tell you the Disney Dining Plan is not a savings. If you plan to stay in a condo with a kitchen and cook meals in-house, pack peanut butter sandwiches for the parks, and eat at quick-service restaurants only, they’re right. But while the plan may not give you a…read more»

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International Destinations

Beach holidays with kids in Armenia

Armenia is the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as state religion that’s why it is believed that the ancient Christian culture was born exactly on the territories of modern Armenia. Mainly, the tourists who choose Armenia Travel want to make pilgrimage to important religious sites, get acquainted with rich history and culture…read more»

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort: what not to miss with kids

Twenty minutes before lifts stopped turning on a perfect Whistler ski day, we were still finding fresh powder. Whistler Blackcomb is just that big. Everywhere we skied at Whistler Blackcomb, the kids discovered new routes, new glades, and new jumps. After spending two full ski days exploring the duel mountains, we could only say we’d…read more»

Florence Italy at Christmas

Last holiday season, we made a last minute decision to add Florence, Italy to our European family vacation. We arrived in Florence on December 24, Christmas Eve, and left December 27. While planning, I worried that perhaps, spending Christmas in Florence wouldn’t feel festive…after all, their seasonal Christmas markets close before Christmas Day. However, I…read more»

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