Note from Michele: Thanks to Contributor, Melynda, for sharing her playground experiences while traveling in Europe for a year with her family. She’s a long-time #playoutdoors blogger and freelance writer friend who even joined me to co-author our Yellowstone & Grand Teton Family Trip e-Guide. She sent me an unexpected text one day: “I’m at an […]
Play is at the heart of everything I write. My parents gifted me with a magical childhood full of imagination and play outdoors. Childhood is mandatory. Why the rush to grow up? And it’s good for us parents to play, too.
So why not make play a focal point of your vacations? Play is the original educational outing. Travel and playing in new places opens up whole new worlds for kids. And you don't even need to go far to find something or someplace new!
You will find my “hidden” Seabridge Marina playgrounds in Channel Islands Harbor (Ventura County) which is about an hour north of Los Angeles off the 101 Freeway (exit Victoria). As you’re approaching Channel Islands Boulevard in Oxnard, you’ll notice a fairly new development to the right off Wooley Road. It’s a great little shopping area called […]
Vacation=Waterslides. Right? Since I write a popular annual list (since 2008!) of Splash Parks and Water Play in Orange County on my FunOrangeCountyParks.com blog – I thought it would be useful to have a list of Southern California Hotels with Waterslides or Water Parks. These are ONLY waterslides or water parks AT hotels — […]
If you’ve ever visited Yosemite Valley during the summer, you know how many cars fill its roads and parking lots. The shuttle system is a great option for getting from point A to point B. But bike riding can give you a whole new perspective on things. And with 12 miles of paved trails and access […]
Like many families, we enjoy a good road trip. And more often than not, we do not bring along any digital support. That’s right, no portable DVD players, handheld video games or the like are found on our road trips. Instead, we rely on each other and the world outside the car window for entertainment. If […]
Reader Question: I’m going to Northern San Diego for Saturday and Sunday this weekend. It’ll be mostly with my 3 year old and myself so I’m thinking about spending most of Saturday at a beach. This means either Oceanside, Carlsbad, or possibly Encinitas. I want an easy access to the beach with some quick-bite […]
Scrambling with only a few minutes left before heading out to chaperone an overnight field trip, I started looking online for easy road trip games for tweens. I was thinking scavenger hunt or travel bingo sorts of games where the kids could look out the window and mark stuff down on a clipboard. I was immediately […]
We supported the National Park Trust youth programs back in May 2015 when they promoted Kids to Parks Day as a way to spotlight the benefits of getting children outdoors. Something we wholeheartedly support! The mission of National Park Trust is to “preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow.” As a result of the […]