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Backcountry skiing basics: How to get into the sport

An avid downhill skier and snowshoer, I've been noting the small but growing trend toward backcountry skiing for some time now. This sport, which combines a love of nordic exploration and downhill … Read More

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Children-Friendly Activities around Lisbon

If one had to choose a single word to describe Lisbon, the amazing capital city of Portugal, chances are that, that word would be “charming”. There are many other words that spring to mind, such as … Read More

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Two days in Joshua Tree National Park and Indian Cove Campground with Kids

Joshua Tree National Park is a gem! With a higher elevation than our other favorite desert camping location, Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree offers a desert experience with more vegetation, … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

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How to use Airbnb to rent a room (and when to consider it)

We often recommend booking a vacation rental when traveling with kids: doing so allows families to travel more authentically, comfortably, and cheaply. But would you rent a single room in a stranger's … Read More

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Two days in Joshua Tree National Park and Indian Cove Campground with Kids

Joshua Tree National Park is a gem! With a higher elevation than our other favorite desert camping location, Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree offers a desert experience with more vegetation, … Read More

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Camping in Death Valley National Park: Furnace Creek Campground

We love Death Valley’s Furnace Creek Ranch, but as room rates for this family-friendly Death Valley lodging option rise (justifiably…it’s a great place to stay), we’ve been exploring camping in Death … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

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Travel Gear We (Will) Use: Family-friendly gear from Outdoor Retailer

Twice each year, the outdoor gear industry gets together to showcase their newest products and best innovations. Outdoor Retailer takes place in Salt Lake City inside the massive Salt Palace, and with … Read More

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Travel Gear We Use: Child Safety Products

There's nothing quite as stressful as keeping an eye on a child in a big crowd. Whether you're in a theme park, on a crowded city street, or in a busy national park, these child safety products will … Read More

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Pit Stops for Kids selected as Oboz Footwear Ambassador

Readers of Pit Stops for Kids know how much we love to cover outdoor travel, and how we advocate equipping kids (and Mom and Dad) in proper outdoor gear in our Travel Gear We Use series. This year, … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

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Backcountry skiing basics: How to get into the sport

An avid downhill skier and snowshoer, I’ve been noting the small but growing trend toward backcountry skiing for some time now. This sport, which combines a love of nordic exploration and downhill excitement, attracts men and women (and yes, some kids) who want to carve their own line down mountain terrain and explore the wilderness…read more»

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How to use Airbnb to rent a room (and when to consider it)

We often recommend booking a vacation rental when traveling with kids: doing so allows families to travel more authentically, comfortably, and cheaply. But would you rent a single room in a stranger’s home? The vacation rental site airbnb offers rental homes and apartments to traveling families, much like companies such as HomeAway or VacationRoost. However,…read more»

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When the skiing sucks: what to do when your ski vacation is ‘ruined’ by weather

On a recent weekend, we decided to take an impromptu ski trip. We spent $135 on a hotel room in the resort area, $250 on one-day lift tickets for our family of five (a discounted rate due to being season ticket holders at a neighboring resort), and about $150 on food and gas. We drove…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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Children-Friendly Activities around Lisbon

If one had to choose a single word to describe Lisbon, the amazing capital city of Portugal, chances are that, that word would be “charming”. There are many other words that spring to mind, such as romantic, picturesque, sunny and striking, with this city looking like something straight out of a Disney fairy-tale. Thanks to…read more»

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Warm weather vacations to book now

Ready to get away from cold winter weather, but a ‘lie on the beach’ vacation isn’t quite your style? The following warm weather vacations at family-friendly resorts offer some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving for kids and teens. Stay active, be warm!   Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West, Florida: Tucked away…read more»

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When to rent a car while on a Cancun vacation

During our latest Cancun vacation, we decided everyone in the family was old enough to ‘brave’ swimming with whale sharks. However, it turned out our $90 (one-way) taxi ride from our Riviera Maya hotel to the Cancun resort zone to find these gentle beasts was the only scary part of our experience. Note: always, and…read more»

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