Are you planning a vacation to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee? You may want to include Anakeesta as part of your vacation! This Anakeesta review will share our visit to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and tell you what to expect on your visit.
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.
Today we are sharing the best things to do at Hersheypark. These are our picks for the best Hersheypark can’t miss moments!
As a family we were really surprised by how much we loved Epcot. It is often thought of as an adult park, but it is also great for families. Today we are sharing our best Epcot Fastpass recommendations for families, a break down of the Epcot Fastpass tiers, and tips for the best rides at Epcot for fastpass.
Every year I create themed summer camp ideas at home that we use to add structure and family time to our summer calendar. I put together this list of over 100 theme ideas to help you plan your at home summer camp this year.
Are you visiting Disney World and planning your Hollywood Studios Itinerary? This Hollywood Studios touring plan will help you plan your day at the Disney World theme park.
Are you planning a Disney World vacation and wondering what are FastPass at Disney World? Today I am going to share all the Disney FastPass secrets, tips for your fastpass reservations and the FastPass tiers at Disney World to help you plan your best Disney World vacation.
Are you planning your Universal’s Islands of Adventure itinerary and not sure where to start? This Islands of Adventure touring plan will help you pick the best rides and attractions for your day to have a fun visit to this Universal Orlando theme park.
A big part of planning your Disney vacation is booking FastPass reservations. Today we are sharing our best Disney Hollywood Studios FastPass tips, tiers, and what you need to know to plan your FastPass at Hollywood Studios.
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.
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.
Are you visiting Hersheypark with your family and wondering what the Hersheypark Ride Height requirements are? We have visited with toddlers all the way up to tweens and Hersheypark has attractions everyone in the family can enjoy.
Looking for fun activities with kids in Rochester this week? We have been out driving around the last few days and came up with this fun Rochester scavenger hunt that you can do from your car with kids.
Are you home with your kids and looking for a fun way to learn at home? These ideas for creative writing for kids, themed to Disney movies, are an engaging way to make writing fun by adding a little Disney magic!
With so many awesome Disney Resorts it can be difficult to decide which one is best. Here we are sharing the best Disney Resort for kids giving you options for your next Disney vacation.
Are you planning a Disney Cruise and wondering what there is to do on the cruise ship? We recently sailed with Disney Cruise Lines and loved all the Disney Dream activities available for kids. These are our favorite Disney Dream activities to enjoy during a Disney Cruise vacation with your family.
Are you planning a Disney World 7 day itinerary and you don’t know where to start? You are in the right place! Disney World can be an amazing vacation, and with this Disney World 7 day itinerary planning guide you will be ready to enjoy the most magical place on Earth!
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.
A highlight of our weekend in Cooperstown, NY was learning more about the history of baseball in America. Here are seven things to do at the Baseball Hall of Fame for families.
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.
Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a bright and fun land themed to the beloved franchise. Here is our Toy Story Land review and tips for having an amazing visit.
Taking a vacation to Disney World wouldn’t be complete without meeting Magic Kingdom characters during your day at the park. Today we are sharing your guide to characters at the Magic Kingdom.
We loved visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert museum and there was so much for families to explore at this Tucson, AZ attraction.
We like to countdown to our Disney vacation by planning family movie nights together. Today we are sharing the best movies to watch before visiting Disney World. These are based on movies that have attractions or characters you can meet at the park.
One of the most fun things to do at theme parks is meet characters. Animal Kingdom characters are unique to the park offering guests fun and engaging meet and greets at Animal Kingdom.
Are you looking to escape the Rochester winters? Today we are sharing our best spring break family vacation ideas to enjoy quality time together and getaway.
Today we are sharing the best rides at Universal Studios Orlando with kids. We have visited many times and have our must ride attractions on each visit.
We visited Old Tucson in Arizona and were pleasantly surprised. It was a fun way to spend the morning and learn about Western film history in America.
Character dining at Walt Disney World is always a special experience. We love the 1900 Park Fare Breakfast because of the fun character interaction and the delicious breakfast buffet.
Fear Factor Live at Universal Studios allows park guests to step into the popular show and face their fears. Daring stunts, encounters with critters, and facing your fears makes this Universal Studios attraction a fun show to watch or participate…if you are brave!
Cabazon Dinosaurs is the perfect roadside attraction. It has lots of photo-ops and nostalgia. We added it as a stop during our Southwest road trip and it was a unique addition to our trip.
White Sands National Monument has been on my family bucket list for a few years. In early 2019 we had an opportunity to visit and it was breathtaking. Today I am sharing our best tips for visiting White Sands National Monument with kids and how to have an awesome visit.
Every year I like to look back at our year. I love looking at what we have done and remember the moments that shaped the year. As we start 2020 and I am sharing our best travel moments of 2019 and what is coming up for us in the new year.
Disney+ has become our go-to for family movie nights and tv shows to watch together. It offers a huge variety of options for families with kids of all ages. Today I am sharing our list of Disney+ movies and shows your family will love.
We love spending time in Pittsburgh, PA because it has great family friendly attractions. Check out our itinerary for a Pittsburgh weekend trip with kids.
There are so many fun things to do in Hershey PA with kids. It is a great family friendly destination for a weekend getaway or a family vacation. Today we are sharing the best things to do in Hershey Pennsylvania for your family visit.
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.
The Hotel Hershey is gorgeous. It feels like stepping back to a slower time. With it’s rich history, it has remained timeless and this Hotel Hershey review of our family overnight getaway will have you planning your Hershey vacation.
Walt Disney World resort introduced a game changing way to order your food during a visit to the Walt Disney World parks. Read on for our full Disney Mobile Ordering review and how to save time on your Disney vacation.
Tucson, Arizona is a great place for a family vacation and there are so many fun family activities. From the family friendly attractions, the hiking and outdoor activities, to the amazing food there are so many family activities in Tucson with kids.
Surfside Inn and Suites Orlando is located at the Universal Orlando resort. It is one of two of the Endless Summer Resorts and is a great option for families. Read on for our full review of Endless Summer Resort Surfside Inn and Suites Orlando during our Universal vacation.
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.
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.
There are so many fun things to do in Buffalo NY with your family. From outstanding museums and attractions, to outdoor entertainment, the family attractions in Buffalo NY are endless. Read more to see how we spent a family weekend in Buffalo.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World should be on your Disney Bucket List because it offers a unique experience unlike anything else at the Walt Disney World resort. It is a great place to visit during your Disney World vacation, and is inspiring and fun for families of all ages.
What are the things to do at Castaway Cay? There are many activities for families, kids, and adults only at Disney Cruise Lines private island. Today we are sharing what we wish we knew and our guide for Castaway Cay island.
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.
Disney World Value Resorts offer guests staying on-site at the Walt Disney World Resort an affordable way to stay on-site and take advantage of the perks of on-site guests. Today I am sharing the 5 Disney value resorts and what you can expect from staying at one during your Disney World vacation.
Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. Seriously, if you love theme parks you need to visit. We are a theme park family and visit multiple times a year. Today I’m sharing details of the Universal parks and resorts to help you plan your Orlando vacation.
If the thought of chocolate doesn’t entice you to visit Hershey, these Hershey, PA attractions should. We have visited Hershey many times, and these 7 Hershey, PA attractions should be at the top of your list for your visit to the sweetest place on earth.
Over the weekend we drove out to Great Wolf Lodge Fitchburg to experience the all new Summer Camp-In event that starts this Memorial Day at Great Wolf Lodge resorts throughout the country. The Summer Camp-In is everything you love about summer camping along with the great activities at Great Wolf Lodge.
The Hersheypark resorts are historical, fun, and a great place to stay for families visiting Hershey, Pa. Each one has it’s own unique style and provides great accomodations at Hersheypark.
During my media weekend at Hershey’s Sweet Welcome we received an inside look into what is new at Hersheypark. The highlights are the new Hersheypark attraction: Reese’s Cupfusion as well as a few more ways to make your visit to Hersheypark that much sweeter.
Hersheypark Zoo is called ZooAmerica and it is connected to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Guests can observe North American wildlife, visit during their day at Hersheypark, as well as upgrade to the after hour experiences at the park.
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.
We had our first visit to Disneyland this year! We love visiting the Disney parks and couldn’t wait to visit. As someone who has planned many Walt Disney World vacations, I learned a Disneyland vacation is very different. Today I’m …
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.
West Inn and Suites Carlsbad is an amazing family (and pet) friendly hotel near LEGOLAND California. It has friendly staff, spacious rooms, and a great location for your Carlsbad vacation.
If you are planning on visiting both of the Disneyland resort parks you need to have a plan. This Disneyland Itinerary and California Adventure Itinerary allowed us to experience the best of both parks in the small amount of time we had.
Planning a trip to Disneyland + California Adventure in one day can be overwheleming, but it can be done successfully. With a bit of planning before you arrive, flexibility inside the park, and our Disneyland trip tips you will have an awesome day at the California parks.
Universal’s CityWalk mini golf is a great non-park family fun activity. We enjoyed the fun themed mini-golf courses and ambiance at Hollywood Drive In Golf during our Orlando vacation.
We have taken many family road trips over the years with our family of five and each time I use my road trip essentials packing list to make sure we are prepared and enjoy the ride.
Had I known there were so many fun things to do in Louisville with kids, I would have planned a few extra days to spend visiting the city. We only had one day to experience as much of Louisville as possible and it left us wanting to come back for more.
A family road trip is one of my favorite ways to travel. I love planning stops along our route and having time to listen to music and talk to each other. I couldn’t wait to plan our Tennessee road trip from Rochester to Pigeon Forge, and was excited for the family attractions along the way.
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.
Making the decision to stay on-site or off-site when visiting Walt Disney World can leave people with their heads spinning. Today we are sharing the reasons to stay on-site at a Walt Disney World resort and what the advantages are for your Disney vacation.
Disney’s Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios is a fun interactive Star Wars experience. On our last visit to Walt Disney World the kids trained to be a Jedi! Here are our best Jedi training academy tips.
Are you planning a Disney Cruise vacation? My kids loved the Disney Dream Kids Club and we are sharing all the things parents need to know about the Disney Cruise line kids clubs.
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.
Are you looking for an Orlando house rental close to the theme parks? Our full review of the Encore Resort, Orlando Florida will give you all the details for planning your family vacation in Orlando Florida.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a great place to visit at the Walt Disney World parks. Our guide to Hollywood Studios for families will help you plan an awesome day at the park.
There are so many things to do on a Myrtle Beach family vacation. It is a great place for families because there are a lot of family activities, restaurants, and the beautful beaches. This is our list for our favorite things to do on a Myrtle Beach family vacation.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach resort is a great place to stay for families. Located at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida the retro themed resort is close to all the Universal theme parks. Check out our review of Cabana Bay Beach resort.
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.
Gallup, New Mexico surprised me with its landscape and its people. I went into my visit never experiencing New Mexico and I came out with a better understanding of this often overlooked part of our country as well as a part of myself.
Gaylord Resorts know how to celebrate Christmas. We love celebrating the holidays with family and ICE at Gaylord National was an awesome place to create family memories that we will never forget.
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.
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!
We visited Cooperstown NY in early fall and learned there are so many things to do in Cooperstown NY for families. Today we are sharing how we spent a family weekend in Cooperstown NY.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Planning a girls’ trip weekend is a fun way to reconnect with your family and create lasting memories. We found a great location in the Inn at Holiday Valley. The Inn at Holiday Valley offers relaxation, swimming, and adventure that will make everyone happy on your next weekend getaway from Rochester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hershey Campground is one of the official Hersheypark resorts and offers guest a place to stay that is an alternative to a traditional hotel. Camping at Hersheypark is a great way to extend the fun after the parks.
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.
You know it is a great family friendly destination when your kids say “we want to go again”…before your day is done. On our visit to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure that is exactly what happened. The kids loved it!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.