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Going on a Road Trip – Family Style

Going on a Road Trip – Family Style

November 20, 2011 No Comments Like any other form of travel, road trips take time and planning, especially with the children in tow. I’ve always preferred road trips to almost any other form of vacation transportation, although time constraints versus long distances or overseas trips obviously preclude them. For us, the advantage is being able to tote a lot of ...

 

Twelve Holiday Family Treats in Los Angeles

Twelve Holiday Family Treats in Los Angeles

November 16, 2011 No Comments Yes, those twelve days and that Partridge in the Pear Tree are already being sung repeatedly over the audio system at the shopping mall. But we’re talking about holiday treats starting from Halloween through Thanksgiving to Christmas and Hanukkah, events that are different, engaging for kids of all ages, and reason enough to visit the ...

 

What Do You Want in A Green Hotel?

What Do You Want in A Green Hotel?

October 21, 2011 No Comments When you’re looking for a vacation spot, do you consider the ecological consequences? Are you looking for an environmentally friendly hotel as well as a family friendly accommodation? If you’re buying organic apples and BPA-free canned soup at the grocery store, are you also concerned with whether or not that hotel duvet your child is ...

 

Going to the Movies: Novel Screening Choices in SoCal

Going to the Movies: Novel Screening Choices in SoCal

October 8, 2011 No Comments If you’re like me, you’ve probably taken your children to the multi-plex when they were small enough to sleep through the feature. As they’ve grown older, perhaps they’ve been restless in the confines of a theater. Or perhaps they’re tired of the standard kid-friendly fare shown in the sameness of a local chain. Maybe, as ...

 

A Day at the Los Angeles County Fair

A Day at the Los Angeles County Fair

October 4, 2011 No Comments When you think of an old fashioned country fair, you probably think of the Rodger’s and Hammerstein musical State Fair, or Charlotte’s Web, or a rolling field somewhere in the midwestern United States. You may not immediately think of going to a country fair in – Los Angeles. And yet LA’s fair is one of ...

 

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Las Vegas on a Budget

Las Vegas on a Budget

September 25, 2011 No Comments I’ve always wanted to see Las Vegas. Like many people, however, my preconceived notions were based on media hype. I imagined a city full of beautiful people, many of them celebrities, negotiating their Porsches and Jaguars down the Strip before entering a glamorous casino to win or lose thousands of dollars on a single hand ...

 

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Touring Washington, D.C. by Day and Night with the Family

Touring Washington, D.C. by Day and Night with the Family

September 22, 2011 No Comments This is primer on how to take little kids, adults, big kids, and even a touring musician on a sightseeing spree in the Nation’s Capitol without utter exhaustion and crankiness. My daughter was spending two evenings of her massive east coast music tour in this city, and the rest of the family was coping well ...

 

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Which Form of Transportation Works Best on your Family Trip?

Which Form of Transportation Works Best on your Family Trip?

September 18, 2011 No Comments On our recent multi-generational family trip to the East Coast – combined with my daughters first East Coast Music tour – we took planes, trains, automobiles, cabs, subways, and our own feet all around the eastern seaboard. Which form of transportation will work best for you? Traveling with kids is often easiest by car – ...

 

Flying Lessons – A Frustrating Travel Experience

Flying Lessons – A Frustrating Travel Experience

September 8, 2011 No Comments Our family recently completed a seventeen day trip from the Los Angeles area to the east coast. The purpose: a hybrid between supporting and facilitating my daughter’s burgeoning music career (you can find some of her tunes at www.nicolelexidavis.com) and a family vacation highlighting historic stops, urban delights, and finishing up at the beach, allowing fun ...

 

Timeshare Presentations – What to Expect

Timeshare Presentations – What to Expect

August 27, 2011 No Comments If you’ve ever vacationed in a major city, you have probably been approached by someone offering free show tickets, dining or even cash. Most people keep walking, but a reasonable number stop to listen. After all, who doesn’t want something for free? Of course, nothing in life is truly free. At some point, the friendly ...

 

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