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About Me & My Family

My husband Phil and I have two daughters, Gabriella and Charlotte. We all love to travel and explore the world! We prefer villas or rental apartments so we can use the kitchen, though a stint at the Four Seasons is also welcomed. We prefer relaxed, unstructured vacations with lots of downtime. We don't cram too much into one day. Our ideal vacation would be to rent a house or villa in Europe, rent a car, and spend a few weeks just getting immersed in the culture.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, pampered, relaxed, independent, sophisticated, artsy
We Just Got Back From
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
The National Parks!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
Gaby and Charlotte playing with all of their cousins at our annual family reunion.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
10 hour flight to Hungary and my daughter didn't sleep AT ALL.
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Family VonWang's Lists

Rocky Mountain Road Trip with Kids!

Have car, will travel.  Enjoy a budget luxe National Parks trip in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks this summer.  

Start in Jackson Hole, and wind your way north through the quiet alpine beauty of Grand Teton and the American safari of Yellowstone.

1. Pearl Street Bagels
Great sandwiches and coffee drinks! Can also be...
2. Teton Raptor Center
Gorgeous, educational experience for families. Best...
3. Q Roadhouse BBQ
Delicious food in a chic, bistro, parent-friendly...

Children's Museums of the San Francisco Bay Area

A comprehensive list of favorite children's museums, as well as art and science museums with excellent kid's programs.

1. The Children’s Creativity Museum
Check out the Cosmic Campout exhibit, new for summer...
2. The Exploratorium
3. Randall Museum
A small, free museum overlooking San Francisco....

Food Trucks/ Farmer's Markets Around San Mateo

No longer just a place to get fresh veggies, farmer's markets on the San Francisco peninsula are part street fair, part ethnic dining experience.  Bring your family out to enjoy a local meal from around the world!

1. College of San Mateo Farmer's Market
This is a massive, year- round market with live music...
2. Burlingame Farmer's Market
An epic feast that gets better every year! Our new...
3. 25th Ave Farmer's Market
In the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church....

Must-See San Francisco Attractions for Kids!

These are my families favorite San Francisco activities.  Museums, hikes, and of course, great food!

1. Golden Gate Bridge
Rent bikes and head out across the bridge! Stop at...
2. Golden Gate Park
This is the smaller of two playgrounds within the...
3. Land’s End Trail
My favorite walk in San Francisco! The gorgeous...

Firework Displays for Families around Lake Tahoe

From North Lake to South Lake, Tahoe has tons of fireworks to enjoy!

1. Lights on the Lake- Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza
Twice a year, on July 4th and Labor Day, South Lake...
2. Kings Beach
Fireworks display is Sunday, July 3rd 2011 around...
3. Squaw Valley Ski Resort
Fireworks display is Sunday July 3rd 2011 at 9:15 pm

Father's Day Activities for Families in San Francisco

Ditch the tie.  Forget the whiskey.  This year take dad out for a Father's Day adventure that the whole family will enjoy.  And, unlike the cliched tie, these are gift he will never forget!

1. House of Air Indoor Trampoline Park
Spend 1 hour in this beautiful bouncing palace, and...
2. Lick Observatory
The Summer Visitor's Program at the UCO/Lick...
3. Computer History Museum
Well-designed and engaging exhibits are both fun and...

Top Kid-Friendly Restaurants Around Mendocino

From Sea Ranch to Shelter Cove- The most delicious experiences!

1. Loose Caboose Cafe
This is a delicious and unique pit stop off 101-...
2. Cowlick's Ice Cream Cafe
Handmade local ice-cream with unique flavors like...
3. Blue Canoe Coffee and Tea
Blue Canoe's homemade Chai Tea is very popular....

Northern California Amusement Parks for Kids

A round up of family theme parks around Northern California.  From mild rides to screaming thrills, this list has them all.

1. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Animal shows and thrill rides appropriate for ages...
2. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Old fashioned roller coasters and family fun on the...
3. Gilroy Gardens (Bonfante Gardens)
A well maintained, clean, safe and fun operation....

Kid-Friendly Activities on California's North Coast

The best family activities in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties

1. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Gorgeous garden trails lead to dramatic ocean...
2. Skunk Train
4 hour train ride through the redwood forests. An...
3. B. Bryan Preserve Wildlife Foundation
A beautiful, private preserve and rare animal...

Redwood Hikes for Kids On California's North Coast

Recommended Humboldt County redwood hikes under 3 miles that are suitable for the whole family.

1. Humboldt Redwoods State Park-The Drury-Chaney Trail
A clearly defined, 2.5 miles wheelchair and stroller...
2. Humboldt Redwoods State Park- Grieg-French-Bell Grove
A network of unofficial trails branch out from this...
3. Humboldt Redwood State Park-Founders Grove
1.3 miles- the most visited grove in Humboldt...

Family Friendly Camping near San Francisco

Our favorite campsites within a 2 hour drive of San Francisco.  From easy "glamping", to a gorgeous hike in campsite on the coast, there is something for every family who yearns to sleep under the stars without driving too far.

1. Mount Tamalpais State Park

2. Lake Sonoma
Sites are accessible by a short boat ride, which is...
3. Angel Island State Park

Horse Riding Lessons for Kids on the San Francisco Peninsula

I've personally vetted (no pun!) all of these excellent riding schools and can recommend them all for different reasons.  Whether your child wants to try riding for the first time, or is an experienced equestrian looking for a show barn, this list has got you covered!

1. Chislett Equestrian Center
A huge, gorgeous, state of the art facility that...
2. Folger Stables at Wunderlich Park
Laura Stevens is one of the friendliest horsewomen I...
3. Spring Down Equestrian Center
A large riding facility with over 50 school horses....

Kid-Friendly Farm and Creamery Tours Around San Francisco

Learn where your food comes from and how it is made

1. Harley Farms Goat Dairy
Make goat cheese, tour the dairy, and play with baby...
2. Slide Ranch
Come to one of their excellent family farm days to...
3. Canvas Ranch
An organic CSA farm with Babydoll Southdown Sheep and...

Kid-Friendly Ice Cream Experiences Around San Francisco

We've rounded up the best parlors and creameries within an hours drive of San Francisco.  Whether you are hankering for an old fashioned root beer float, or a locally sourced, handmade scoop of organic Ollalaberry ice-cream, we've got you covered!

1. Fentons Creamery & Restaurant
The place to come for massive sundaes and old...
2. Bi-Rite Creamery and Bakeshop
Nothing compares to Bi-Rite's salted caramel ice...
3. Three Twins Ice Cream
If you can't make the haul to San Rafael, you can get...

Best San Francisco Peninsula Coffee Houses for Kids

When chain coffee joints just won't cut it- here's a few suggestions to try.

1. Cafe Barrone
Mommy Mecca. Lots of moms groups meet up here for...
2. Konditorei
Plenty of space for strollers. Great smoothies!
3. Serenitea
Technically a Japanese tea house, but its great with...

Best San Francisco Peninsula Stroller Hikes for Kids

Need a break from suburbia?  Take your off-roading stroller into the woods and walk amongst the big trees!

1. Rancho San Antonio County Park
Do able with a three-wheel stroller. Hills are steep...
2. Huddart Park
Some trails are narrow, but ok for off-road...
3. Wunderlich Park
Some poison oak on trails. Trails are wide and well...