Chimney Bluffs State Park with Kids

Chimney Bluffs State Park (Tips for Visiting with Kids)

Chimney Bluffs State Park is a unique and beautiful state park in New York. It sits along Lake Ontario and has been on our list of places to visit in Rochester for a few years now. Recently we spent the morning exploring the trails and taking in the views of Chimney Bluffs State Park.

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Disney Animal Kingdom FastPass Retired

Animal Kingdom at Disney World is a unique park that offers guests thrills and animal encounters unlike any theme park. Today we are sharing our best Animal Kingdom Fastpass tips, Disney Animal Kingdom FastPass tiers, and what you should know about making FastPass for Animal Kingdom.

UPDATE: Disney has retired FastPass at Animal Kingdom. Read our full guide and Animal Kingdom itinerary for all the details on the new system and tips to plan your day at Animal Kingdom.

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Hershey Lodge vs. Hershey Hotel: Best Choice for Your Family

Families visiting Hersheypark that want to stay at an on-site resort have to decide between the Hershey Lodge vs. Hershey Hotel. Each has it’s own unique style and perks, and one may be better than the other when it comes to your family. Here we are sharing what you need to know when deciding between staying at the Hershey Lodge or Hershey Hotel.

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6 First Time Disney World Tips for Families

There are a lot of first time Disney World tips but reading them all can be overwhelming! As a family who has visited many times, I have realized you only need to know a few things to have an amazing Disney World vacation. Here are our best first time Disney World tips for families.

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Orlando Theme Parks Guide for Beginners

Planning a visit to the Orlando theme parks can be completely overwhelming. There are so many and it is tough to know where to start. Luckily I have put together this Orlando theme parks guide for beginners to help you start planning your Orlando theme park vacation.

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Five for the Road Hershey Lodge

Hershey Water Works and Hershey Lodge Review

Hershey Water Works is located at the Hershey Lodge and is a great family friendly destination offering year round family fun! Today we are sharing our Hershey Lodge review including tips for visiting Hershey Water Works, Hershey Lodge on-site restaurants, and perks of being on-site during a Hersheypark visit.

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NBA Experience at Disney Springs Tips and Review for Your Family Visit

The NBA Experience at Disney Springs is an interactive indoor basketball themed playground that allows fans of all ages to test their skills. We visited the NBA Experience during our August Orlando vacation and it was a great break from the summer afternoon heat and a chance to have some family fun competition.

Sadly, the NBA Experience has permanently closed at Disney Springs. It’s replacement has not been announced.

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Universal’s Volcano Bay Tips and Tricks

Universal’s Volcano Bay is an immersive water park experience that allows guests to enter a tropical paradise in the middle of Orlando, Florida. We had an awesome visit and wanted to share our Volcano Bay tips to help you plan your visit.

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Disney Moderate Resorts Overview for Your Disney World Vacation

The Disney Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World offer on-site perks to their guests as well as middle of the road budget friendly option. They offer accommodations for families of 5 and have a few more on-site amenities than the Disney Value Resorts. Today I am sharing what you can expect from your stay at the Disney Moderate Resorts.

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Motel 6 Review: A Budget Friendly Spring Break Choice for Families

This post is sponsored by Motel 6, but all opinions are my own.

Spring break in New York is a mix of unpredictable weather and often snow. Despite the weather, we wanted a budget friendly spring break getaway to enjoy some undistracted family time. We planned an overnight in Buffalo to visit a few of the family friendly attractions and check out the renovated rooms at the Motel 6. Read on for our Motel 6 review and tips to plan your budget friendly Spring Break getaway.

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LEGOLAND California Tips

LEGOLAND California Tips for Your First Visit

LEGOLAND California is an awesome place to spend the day during your Southern California vacation. Today we are sharing our best LEGOLAND California tips, the LEGOLAND attractions you can’t miss, and how to plan your day at the California theme park.

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Corning Museum of Glass: A Unique Family Friendly Experience

Have you ever thought about visiting the Corning Museum of Glass with Kids?  I’ve always wanted to but I wasn’t sure if it was kid friendly. We decided to give it a try and planned a last minute weekend getaway to Corning, NY that included a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass.

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Our Orlando Getaway Family Weekend

As a huge theme park family we have always wanted to visit during the holidays. In December we finally had our chance to do a quick Orlando getaway. It may have been a bit too fast but we ended up having a great family Orlando weekend getaway that was perfect for our family.

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Morning view from Sheraton on the Falls Hotel

Niagara Falls Weekend Getaway at Sheraton on the Falls Hotel

Weekend getaways are one of my favorite ways to reconnect as a family without planning a big vacation. We made last minute plans to spend the night at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls, Canada, and it was just what we needed for a quick Niagara Falls weekend getaway.

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Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium Review

When you walk into the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal Orlando Resort you walk into magic. From the outside, you see the smoke stacks and its steam punk factory look. As you enter the smell of sweets and the staff welcomes you. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is restaurant theming at its best.

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Giraffe Exhibit at Seneca Park Zoo

Halloween Inspired Things to Do in Rochester, New York for Families

The air is getting crisper, pumpkins are popping up on everyone’s porch and it can only mean one thing-fall is here in Rochester, New York. Fall is an amazing time of year to live in the Northeast because there are so many family things to do in Rochester. We take full advantage of each fall weekend to explore, and recently enjoyed a Halloween inspired family day out!

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Rockin’ Weekend: Kidz Bop Live + Darien Lake Hotel

To say my kids were excited to see Kidz Bop Live and spend the weekend at the Darien Lake Hotel, the Lodge on the Lake, would be an understatement. They were so excited and I have to admit, we were too! Even though it is a short drive from our home to the park, we knew we wanted to make a weekend getaway to enjoy Kidz Bop Live and some time spent at the Darien Lake Hotel.

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Wonder Works at Destiny USA

Family Fun Things to Do in Syracuse NY for a Weekend Getaway

Planning a family weekend getaway is a great way to reconnect as a family and take a break from the distractions at home. I started researching things to do in Syracuse, NY for families and found lots of great activities to choose from. We spent a weekend exploring Syracuse and enjoying a weekend getaway for our family.

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5 Reasons Your Family Will Love KIDZ BOP

A few weeks ago I announced that I would be a KIDZ BOP brand ambassador and I am so excited! My family has been listening to KIDZ BOP since my oldest was little. I like listening to music I know is safe for my kids and we can enjoy as a family. Today I wanted to share 5 reasons to love KIDZ BOP with your family.

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Learning to Be Brave at Sky High Adventure Park

Be brave. You hear this all the time and it can mean different things in different situations. I decided it was time to be brave and face my fear of heights. I was not jumping off bridges or doing anything extreme but I was stepping out of my comfort zone by doing the Sky High Adventure Park at the Holiday Valley Resort.

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Toy Story Land Opening & Inspiring My Kids to Dream Big

Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios in opening June 30th!! It is almost here and I am so excited! Actually my entire family is so excited. Toy Story is a classic in our house. We have enjoyed all three movies and it is truly incredible when you can see the first one as a child and watch the third one with your children. The new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios is going to be an amazing addition to the Walt Disney World parks.

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15 Magical Moments from the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2018

We recently returned from the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2018 and what a celebration it was. This year the celebration was held 3 days at Walt Disney World and 3 days aboard the Disney Cruise Line Disney Dream Ship. It was incredible and as I go through my pictures and videos I am so excited to share some of my favorite memories, some new and exciting Disney news, and what I learned about myself on this incredible journey.

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Pancakes & Family Time at Kettle Ridge Farm

Earlier this year I shared that I want to be more intentional with our family time. What better way to enjoy family then visiting Kettle Ridge Farm. Kettle Ridge Farm is all about family. From the people behind the tasting counter to the people that help you tap your maple tree, they are all about working together and being a family. I love this about Kettle Ridge Farm and I couldn’t wait to bring my family back for our pancake breakfast and our tree tapping.

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We’re Going to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration(+ What’s In It For You!)

I started blogging to share and inspire families to connect more with their families through travel and everyday life adventures. What I never expected was that I would be inspired as well. This year I have the incredible opportunity to make a personal dream come true by attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Not only is this an amazing adventure for my family, but it is an inside look at Walt Disney World and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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Adopt A Maple at Kettle Ridge Farm

Adopt-A-Maple at Kettle Ridge Farm: A New Family Holiday Tradition

Thanksgiving has come and gone and the frenzy of the holidays has kicked into high gear. I love the holidays. I love the lights and the decorating and creating memories with my family that connects us. From the family traditions, to the family get-together the holidays are an amazing time to focus on what is really important. This year we are starting a new family holiday tradition with the Adopt-A-Maple at Kettle Ridge Farm program.

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Family Fun at Kennywood Amusement Park

Kennywood amusement park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers a glimpse back to the old days of amusement parks as well as cutting edge attractions that are great for the entire family. Opening in 1898 Kennywood is one of the oldest amusement parks in the USA. It’s nostalgic charm makes Kennywood great for families. With so many fun attractions this is our can’t miss list of family fun at Kennywood.

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Traveling with Kids

7 Reasons Traveling with Your Kids is Worth It

Traveling with your kids can be amazing. Your kids will appreciate art and history. Your family will smile and laugh and create memories that will last forever. There will be no fights between siblings, no fights between my husband and I. We will all be happy the entire week. Have I sold you on taking a family vacation?

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One-On-One Time with My Son at the Seneca Park Zoo

On my recent visit to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY I was able to spend some one-on-one time with my son. Seneca Park Zoo is a great place for a few hours of quality time. I cherish the moments that I get to spend with my kids, especially as they get older. Time is going so fast and the one-on-one play dates are a great way to connect.

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The Easy Way I’m Saving More Money for Family Vacations

If you are anything like me you have a long list of summer travel plans. There is always a theme park to visit or a national park to discover. The challenge is finding a way to stay within your family budget and still get to experience family travel adventures. I am so excited to share the easy way I’m saving more money for family vacations this year!

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Save Money on Your Next Weekend Getaway

Family vacations can get expensive and if you are like me you have to figure out ways to save money to make it happen. I love to travel but my budget does not always allow for the amount of travel I would like to do. To make some of the little trips happen and still be able to do our big trips I like to find fun ways to be as frugal as possible. This allows us to take an extra weekend trip or day trip. I try to make it fun for the family too! Use my tips to help you save money on your family vacation.

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Experiencing the Maid of the Mist

When you see Niagara Falls for the first time it is breathtaking but nothing is as amazing as seeing it up close while aboard the Maid of the Mist. The Maid of the Mist is located in New York State along the USA/Canadian border. It is about a 20 minute drive from Buffalo, New York. The Maid of the Mist is a family favorite that should be on everyone’s family travel bucket list.

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LEGOLAND Florida Hotel Review: 10 Amazing Reasons to Stay & Play

We were so excited to stay at the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel on our last two visits to Florida. It is about a 45 minute drive from Orlando but we always make the drive because we love the park and the hotel. The minute you pull into the resort you can’t help but be excited. With its bright color exterior and dragon at the entrance the LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel is perfect for families.

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Lake Buena Vista Resort Review

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa: A Family Place to Relax and Recharge

The Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa in Orlando, Florida is a family friendly destination that has something for everyone. With its close proximity to world class theme parks and day trips to the coast there is so much to do. It is so important to have a place where the entire family can recharge and relax. My family was so happy to find this at the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa.

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Ultimate 2017 Family Theme Park Bucket List

Every year I am excited for what new attractions will be at my favorite theme parks. This year we are planning a few visits to Orlando, Florida and I wanted to share my 2017 theme park bucket list. Some of these attractions have already opened and others will be opening later this year.

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