LiLing Pang's Passport
 

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Member since:
27 June 2008

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Hometown:
San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States

About Me & My Family
I'm a mother
3 Kids 3-11 years old boys and girls

When we travel, good food and adventure always abound. Our family loves to push the limit of what we can do with children. Our mantra has always been - have kids, will travel. However, this doesn't mean I'm unlike most frantic moms before a trip. Wanting adventure and being a control freak can sometimes be a lethal combination.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, independent, spontaneous
We Just Got Back From
Massachusetts
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Hawaii, Montana, Lake Tahoe
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Eastern Europe, Italy
Favorite Vacation Memory
Climbing Machu Picchu with a 4 month old infant in a slight and having all the locals stop us to ask what happened to his feet which were all bundled up. They just couldn't believe it wouldn't be bow legged.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Getting to the airport on our way to Scotland with my 15 month old and discovering that my husband's passport had expired. Instead of rebooking all of our flights, we decided that I would do the first leg of our journey on my own with baby. Unfortunately, we had not packed for me to be flying by myself. I could bearly walk to the runway with all my bags and a 15 month old who would get distracted by everything along the way. He then proceeded to sleep only 1 hour of the entire 11 hour journey (red-eye). It was pretty miserable.
Websites I Like:
www.trekaroo.com www.yelp.com www.facebook.com

Kid-friendly Winter Time Day Trips From San Francisco

Whether it's a winter break or a long weekend like President's Day, or Martin Luther King, here fun day trips from San Francisco, where winter season is far from quiet.

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886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California

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Driving TIme: 2 hrs 10 min (South) - Many winter days in Monterey Bay are actually stunning with blue skys even when the air is brisk. But even if the weather isn't pleasant, you'll have a fun day in this world renown aquarium.

reviewed on: September 07 2008

"Must see for any family"
This has got to be one of the most amazing aquariums I've seen.  The jellyfish exhibit is particularly stunning.  You almost feel like you're in a dream when you're looking at it.  From otter feedings to the the touch pools where kids can pet sharks, sting rays and gumbootchitons.  Kids can also walk through a kelp forest and get wet in the splash zone.  Babies can enjoy the sensory experience in coral reef kingdom.  Bring a change of clothes for older kids in case they get wet in the splash zone....or at the beach nearby.
The store has wonderful gifts.  Lots of educational toys for children who love animals.

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777 Pearl Street
Monterey, California

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Driving Distance: 2 hrs and 10 min (South) - If you want to skip the aquarium, you might want to spend your day at the wonderful Dennis the Menace Playground. It's huge, full of character and some parents from the bay area think it's the best playground around these parts. Just read the reviews!


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1002 Second Street
Sacramento, California

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Driving Time: 1 hr and 30 min (East) - Old Sacramento is is charming little western town which has preserved that old west feel very well. You might also like to catch a ride on the Sacramento River Train or visit the the museum at the California State Railroad Museum. In Nov and Dec, you can even ride the Polar Express. If you want to skip the trains, explore Fairytale Town instead.

reviewed on: January 08 2009

"Like a movie set"
We arrived in Old Sacramento a few days before Christmas.  With the restored old west buildings, lights in the trees, and the polar express train pulling in to the train station, being in Old Sacramento felt like we were in a movie set.  You can almost imagine cowboys walking up and down the streets.  When arrived at dusk and got to hear the train pulling in at the train station museum.  If you're in the area, I definitely recommend a visit.

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4100 Petrified Forest Road
Calistoga, California

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Driving Time: 2 hours and 10 min (North) - While it can be very hot at the Petrified Forest in the summer months, on a clear winter day, a visit is very pleasant. It's great science lesson of how minerals crystallize inside of vegetation to form petrified wood and other fossils. Lots of great wineries nearby if you want to pop into one before or after your visit with the kids to the Petrified Forest.


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180 Woz Way
San Jose, California

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Driving Time: 1 hr (South) - The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose is large and you can literally spend the day here. If it's cold and stormy, this is a fantastic place to escape from the cold because the entire museum is indoors.


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201 South Market Street
San Jose, California

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Driving Time: 1 hr (South) - The Tech Museum is another great place to spend a stormy winter day. Older kids will be fascinated by gadgets, gizmos and all manner of scientific ingenuity. Stop off after at Santana Row for awesome shopping and lots of excellent restaurants.


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3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, California

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Driving Time: 30 min (East) - Another great place to escape to in bad weather. You wouldn't expect this great automotive museum in Danville, but it's here and a off the beaten path.


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1001 Fairgrounds Dr.
Vallejo, California

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Driving Time: 40 min (Northeast) - A visit to Six Flags during the holidays is always a treat and it's open for most days in December. Check their calendar before you head out. Main street is a blaze with holiday lights, ride Blitzen's Wonderland Mountain