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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5. We love to travel and to see new things. We look for a educational experience in everything we do and my we do a lot. Our kids are so used to being on the go that they have tremendous stamina. We try to plan 2 large trips every year and supplement them with weekend get-aways, staycations and a day jaunt now and again. Our kids are always wondering what the next spot will be.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic
We Just Got Back From
USVI ST. John
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Rhode Island beaches
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the kids lug their car seats through the airport on their first plane ride.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Two of my kids got lost at a campground in Yellowstone. My 9 year old son took his 6 year old sister on a walk to the restroom 4 sites down and couldn't find their way back. We ended up reporting them missing at the camp check in and then the search began. I was afraid of them being abducted, but also of the Grizzlies which were out in full force that summer due to the late melt. It was the worst 45 minutes of our lives. A fellow camper overheard my husband relay the story to the camp personnel and she recognized them as she returned to her site 7 loops away from ours. The ranger was called and returned them safely to us. The employees were great and it was a happy ending to a potential disaster.
Websites I Like:
hotwire, tripadvisor, Trekaroo

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237 Reviews


April 04 2014
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Best Western Jamaica Inn | kids travel, kids activities
Best Western Jamaica Inn
8707 Van Wyck Expy,
Jamaica, New York
"Great for Park and Fly at JFK"
We stayed one night at the Best Western near JFK. No...it is not a 5 star hotel nor is it in a scenic area, however..the park and fly package at around $200 was definitely worth it so we could sleep before our 7AM departure out of JFK. The room was small but adequate. It was clean and the beds were comfortable enough. The bathroom was not well-supplied with toiletries but it was clean and there were towels. There is a free shuttle to the airport for a 5 minute ride as well as a free continental breakfast starting at 5AM which was perfect for us to fill our bellies. The staff was accomodating and friendly. As a bonus they let us sleep 5 in our room! The only down side is that the parking is not on site. You must drive a few blocks to the lot and get a shuttle back. The parking with with The Parking Spot. Upon arrival back at JFK we just needed to call them and we were quickly shuttled back to our car. A word of warning if you do use the park and fly package, be sure to check in with parking attendants prior to exiting the lot...or you will be charged again. (We know from experience but have received our credit!)
 
 
October 31 2013
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Stew Leonard Cooking Classes | kids travel, kids activities
Stew Leonard Cooking Classes
3475 Berlin Turnpike,
Newington,
Connecticut 06111
"Cooking Date with Mom!"
Kids Cooking at Stew Leonard’s.

Stew’s has always been a family friendly spot to do some grocery shopping. They have the farm theme mastered. Our kids enjoy the displays, samples, décor and the animatronic shows. This is theme park grocery shopping at its finest and the produce is the best around!

My 9 year old daughter and I recently discovered that Stew’s also has an offering of cooking classes aimed specifically at kiddos! This is right down her alley. She loves to get her garb on and help me out in the kitchen when I am cooking or baking. We were happy to see they had a Halloween Cupcake making event so we signed up and eagerly awaited our date.

We arrived at Stews already knowing what fun a shopping trip we would have. She was thrilled to find the GIANT pumpkin outdoors with a contest to guess the weight and have a chance at winning an ipad (we did not win). This was a great photo-op.

We were a bit bewildered when we entered, running late as we often do, as to where to check in. Check in is at the customer service desk in the main store. We were directed to go upstairs and follow the signs. The signs were well- marked but it was a bit intimidating weaving through employee only areas.

We checked in again in a large, well-equipped modern kitchen with our fun chef/instructors who were dressed up for Halloween as a Rubik’s Cube and a minion from Despicable me. About 10 children were signed up for the class which was designed for ages 5 and up. There are other classes available for the younger set. Our leaders were good with the children and well prepared. As the kids straggled in they kept them distracted with a coloring contest at tables before the festivities began.

When all the participants had arrived the kids got suited up in their aprons and gloves and began their class. Parents were not required to stay for the 1 and ½ hour, $25 class so it is a good chance to get your shopping done kid-free. My daughter was a bit disappointed that the baking was not part of the class. These ladies had baked sheets of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes in advance and had also prepared the various icings and decorations. Each child was provided a station and shown the first of 6 cupcakes they would decorate after some brief instruction.

They each made a variety of cupcakes ranging from a scarecrow to an eyeball and a spider web. Each was very different and of course each child had their own spin. My daughter liked the Jack-o-Lantern the best. There were plenty of fixings for each child and the instructors were helpful. The only negative was that the kids had to share some of the icing so there was a minor delay, but nothing overwhelming for this group.

After decorating the cupcakes the kids finished their coloring pages and the instructors handed out prizes for the most creative while the kids enjoyed some popcorn and juice. My daughter enjoyed this ‘date’ time with me and would love to try this again!

Disclosure: My daughter was provided this class complementarily from Stew Leonard’s to write this review. I was not required to express any specific opinion and all opinions are my own
 
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October 09 2013
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Providence Waterfire
1 Providence Place,
Providence,
Rhode Island
"Beautiful Evening"
Providence puts on a show with waterfire on select evenings summer through fall in the downtown area. This is a great way to see the refurbished town of Providence, check out some stores and eateries, or just spend some time viewing the waterfire spectacle with a snack. If you book in advance (we never have) you can go on a gondola ride in the water. This is a nice family night out.
 
 
October 09 2013
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Kancamagus Scenic Byway
route 112,
Lincoln,
New Hampshire 03251
"Foliage Drive"
If your family is one for a Sunday drive, than the Kancamagus Highway is for you. The drive is rather long so I sugeest you pack enough snacks and have enough gas (there are no gas stops) for the length. The foliage views of the white moutnains are incredible. There are several turnoffs along the way and of course many hikes if you are up for it. This is by no means a short cut even if it looks like one on the map. The roads are curvy and the the altitude can be high. The best way to enjoy is to get out of the car and stretch every so often and take some fabulous shots!
 
 
October 09 2013
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Pumpkintown | kids travel, kids activities
Pumpkintown
93 East High Street• East Hampton, Connecticut ,
East Hampton,
Connecticut 06424
"Pumpkin People"
Pumpkin town is run by the Pumpkin People. This non-scary, fun Halloween activity takes place every day from mid-September through Halloween weather permitting. Kids will have a blast touring the town and checking out the people. There is a Mac Pumpkins restaurant, jail and interactive firehouse with a pole!. There is also a hayride to checkout the forest dwelling pumpkins. Pumpkintown is great for all ages, but younger kids will like it the best.
 
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