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Butlins, Bognor Regis seaside resort

Seaside Resorts in UK Are Very Tempting!

My husband just got back from a trip to the U.K. It was golfing trip with buddies to celebrate his friend’s 60th birthday. When he got back, I asked him if we should go as a family. I had spent time in London and Cambridge, before kids, and I wanted take the kids on more international trips. Bonus points for England, too, since we wouldn’t have the language barrier.

From Boston, where we live in a suburb, it’s the exact same flying time (actually a half hour less) and approximate flight costs to go to California where our relatives are as to go to England. That’s tempting.

My biggest concern is what will the kids do all day? They are ages 8, 11 and 13 and finding activities that they all agree upon is practically impossible. I was thrilled to learn about Butlins because here is a change to get out and about with the family this summer at English seaside resorts!

They have three locations, all beach front: Bogner Regis, Minehead and Skegness. These seaside resorts in UK (United Kingdom) all look amazing for kids and adults! Read more…

Boston Freedom Trail, The Freedom Trail

Lessons From The Boston Freedom Trail

Can you believe that I have not chaperoned a field trip for PickyKidPix since she was in Kindergarten?! And now she is about to graduate from 5th grade to start Middle School!

I had two choices, The Museum of Fine Arts and The Freedom Trail so I asked my daughter to choose and she asked me to come on The Freedom Trail. I had not been on The Freedom Trail myself in over 12 years since we moved to Boston!

 

A History Lesson from The Freedom Trail

We met at Faneuil Hall, the cradle of liberty, where I discovered that this was a guided tour.  This is Bob Miller, our tour guide, from Lessons on Liberty: Boston Freedom Trail walking tours with an 18th century living historian.

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Blue Man Group Boston, best show for families Boston, best family show

Family Vacation in Boston

Family Multi-Generational Vacation in Boston

If you are thinking of traveling to Boston for a family vacation or a family reunion vacation, we just did a nice staycation. The Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge is a wonderfully child-friendly hotel that I’d recommend for being conveniently located and not astronomically expensive. There are lots of museums for kids: Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, and New England Aquarium. Of these three, the Museum of Science is large enough to handle crowds so plan on that for the weekend when museums are the most crowded.

Bonus feature is that you can take Boston Duck Tour from the Museum of Science as well. For the other two museums, I’d recommend going later in the afternoon when the little ones leave for their nap. You only need a few hours anyway.  Read more…

road trip games and toys for kids,

Top 10: Holiday Road Trip Toys and Games for Kids

Holiday Road Trips Games for Kids!

My husband loves a good road trip. It’s his dream to rent a Winnebago and do a family trip half way across the U.S. He drove from Boston to Los Angeles for golf tournaments and did a cross country trip to bring my car to Boston. Back then, it was simple. He just needed water and coffee to drive 8 to 10 hours a day. He didn’t even have a navigations system! Shocking because I have a terrible sense of direction and need mine just to navigate adjacent towns!! Read more…

hawaii resort for families

Best Family Resort EVER!!

Favorite Family Resort Vacation

Travel and Leisure  came out with a list for best family resorts and though we think the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa the best family resort EVER, we’ve only been to a handful on that list including DisneyWorld and Atlantis. We didn’t consult the list either when we booked out trip but we were excited to find that it made the #17 spot!

best resort for families Hawaii, Hyatt Regency Kauai,

We first visited the Grand Hyatt Kauai nearly 20 years ago. My husband’s post-college roommate used to be the Head Pro at Grand Hyatt Kauai’s golf course, Poipu Bay. Read more…

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Family Reunion Vacation in Oahu, Hawaii

Things to Do In Oahu, Hawaii with Kids

My sister and her family joined us for an almost family reunion on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The exact destination was Hawaii Kai, a tony suburb about 20 minutes east of Waikiki based around a man-made marina. My company has a corporate house there for employees. Read more…

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Why It Hurts to Use Hertz

Worst Car Rental Company

We had just arrived in Honolulu after a long but uneventful flight. Leg 1: Boston to San Francisco 6 hours with only a quick stopover for a meal. San Francisco to Honolulu: another 6 hours. Our luggage arrived safely with us so there was only the rental car to pick up then a half hour drive to the house we were staying at in Hawaii Kai. Smooth sailing, right? Read more…

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4th of July Celebrations in America’s Home Town

4th of July in Plymouth

What can you do in America’s home town to celebrate 4th of July? Glad you asked because there’s lots to do. My Mom Friend Alison showed us her home town, the Massachusetts Colony of Plymouth. What can do you do in two days in Plymouth? It’s hard to avoid bumping into history. We saw Plymouth Rock, The Mayflower, Jenny Grist Mill, and a Wampanoag who works at Plimouth Plantation. We entertained the kids with a fishing cruise, pool with waterside, arcade next to pool with water slide, parade that rained candy, and spectacular fireworks. 4th of July at America’s hometown was fabulous. My kids want to do this every year! Read more…

Great Egret, birds of Florida, Cabbage Keys,

Birds of North Captiva, Florida, Saved From Extinction!

Birds of Florida Books for Kids

North Captiva is near Fort Myers in Florida. We love it for its no cars, just golf carts, island vibe, but the birds love it too as it’s a bird sanctuary. This wasn’t always so, certain birds were hunted to near extinction around the turn of the century when exotic feathers were all the rage to decorate ladies’ hats. Read more…