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About Me & My Family
I'm a mother
2 Kids 1-5 years old boys and girls

the arrival of O-dogg completely rocked planet lee back in 2007. we've always loved to travel and got a a better work-out carrying all the extra gear with the extra kid. fast forward 5 years, we were just inches away from being able to board a plane with only carry-ons when KK decided to hit the scene. now we're back to walking the airplane aisles with a toddler.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
San Diego, CA
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Anywhere with loved ones
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Middle East and New Zealand
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the O-dogg dance to techno music at the Starbucks in Hawaii airport.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Being in a vacation rental with all of our extended family for the holidays. 13 people in all. Was supposed to be a wonderful week of fun, but 10 out of 13 got struck with the stomach virus for a week straight. The lowlights can be summed up in: 4 trips to the ER, 2 IVs for our one year old nephew and a concussion from freeze tag for my brother in-law. What a start to the new year!
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thelees4's Lists

Best Kid-friendly Places for Fall Foliage (New England)

Here's a list of places to take the kids to see the fall foliage throughout the New England area. Listed alphabetically by state, these are places found in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

1. Mount Riga State Park
At Mount Riga enjoy foliage mountain views of three...
2. Gillette Castle State Park
Great place for the littlest princesses and knights...
3. Talcott Mountain State Park
Talcott Mountain is in an unspoiled section of...

Ice Skating Rinks in the Washington DC area

Here's a list of the best ice skating rinks both indoor and outdoor to take the family in the DC area.

1. National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden
The National Gallery of Art's OUTDOOR Sculpture...
2. Fort Dupont Ice Arena
The Fort Dupont Ice Arena is the only INDOOR, public...
3. Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Pentagon Row's OUTDOOR rink is open late-October...

Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago

Here's a list of the best ice skating rinks both indoor and outdoor to take the family in Chicago.

1. McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink at Millennium Park
The Ice Rink at Millennium Park is open November...

Ice Skating Rinks in New York City

Here's a list of indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks across New York City to take the kids for some skating fun.

1. Citi Pond at Bryant Park
The Citi Pon at Bryant Park is the only free ice rink...
2. Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is open year-round....
3. Trump Wollman Skating Rink
The Trump Wollman rink is a great tourist spot since...

Tide Pools for Kids in North Shore Massachusetts

If you love the outdoors, but don't want to just hit up another beach with the kids, head over to one of these cool tide pools. Full of barnacles, anemones, fish, crabs and more, kids love discovering all that lives and breath in these tiny ecosystems. Here are the best places to find tidepools on the Northern shore of Massachusetts (Salem, Marblehead, Cape Ann, Beverly).

1. Crowninshield Island
From Crowninshield Island, families can walk to...
2. Chandler Hovey Park and Marblehead Light Tower

3. Winter Island Maritime Park

Arizona Train Rides for Kids

If your kids love trains, here are some of the favorite places to take them for a ride in arid Arizona. Trains are listed alphabetically by city.

Most are miniature trains suited for kids 8 and under. However, the Grand Canyon Railroad and the Verde Canyon Train are full-sized trains and fun for all ages.

1. Anthem Community Park
Anthem is home to the Daisy Mountain Railroad. A...
2. Desert Breeze Park and Railroad
The Desert Breeze Railroad is a 3/4 mile train ride...
3. Arizona Railway Museum
No train rides here, but it's a museum dedicated to...

Ski Resorts in Tahoe with day care and kid programs

Are you getting ready to shred some slopes, but your little ones don't know how to ski yet? Here's a quick run-down of all the kid programs which where you kids will be entertained, taught, fed and cared for. From lessons to kid programs to day cares, there's probably a mountain that will take care of your family's needs in the Tahoe ski area. If we're missing one, let us know!

1. Alpine Meadows Kids Camp
Offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons...
2. Diamond Peak Child Ski Center
Child Ski Center offers 2 hour, 4 hour and full day...
3. Heavenly Day Care and Nursery
The only nursery in Tahoe who cares for infants as...

Ski Resorts in North Carolina with Kid Programs

I love skiing and can't wait to get my 3 year old out on the slopes. Here's a quick list of which mountains have programs for kids and what their age requirements and prices are. I've also highlighted which mountains have childcare for the littlest folks.

1. Appalachian Ski Mountain
The nursery at Appalachian Ski Mtn. is open seven...
2. Beech Mountain Resort
The Beech Mountain Resort Nursery provides care for...
3. Cataloochee Ski Area
The Cataloochee Ski School staff specializes in...

Snow Tubing Parks in North Carolina

This is a list of the best spots in North Carolina to take your kids snow tubing listed in alphabetical order.

1. Beech Mountain Snow Tubing
Beech Mountain Ski Resort has a new tubing run...
2. Frozen Falls Tube Park
18 miles from Sapphire Valley Ski Resort. The Frozen...
3. Hawksnest Resort - Snow Tubing
Hawksnest Snow Tubing has 4 different areas to snow...

Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in Oregon with Kid Programs

Ready to hit the slopes? But wait, your kids don't even know how to put on their ski boots. If you're looking to rip up the mountain with your hubby without the kids. Here's a list of what Oregon's ski resorts have got in store for your kids. From nurseries to ski school, babysitting to kid camp programs, these resorts have lots to keep your kids happy and occupied.

1. Mt Bachelor Ski Resort
Mount Bachelor provides childcare (ages 0-12) and...
2. Hoodoo Mountain Resort
A small daycare facility across from the equipment...
3. Mt Hood Meadows
Mt. Hood Meadow Ski Resort has childcare and ski...

Best Christmas Tree Lighting Festivals

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. To kick-off the start of another Merry Christmas, here are all the best Christmas Tree Lighting events across the US.

1. Cook Daley Plaza Civic Center
November 25th at 4:30pm The annual Chicago Christmas...
2. Union Square
November 27th from 6:00-6:30pm at the Tree Lighting...
3. Westlake Center
November 27th at 5pm. The annual Macy's Tree...

Holiday Winter Festivals

Whether you're young or old, there's nothing better than enjoying the winter holiday with a festival.

1. Stone Mountain Park
November 14th - December 30th Stone Mountain Park...
2. Embarcadero Center
November 20th. The Friday before Thanksgiving. The...
3. Navy Pier
December 4th through January 3rd. Opens at 10am,...

Kraft Great Kids Museum Passes in Chicago

This is an even better pass because it includes the top kid museums in Chicago... The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Children's Museum and more. Again offered only to Chicago residents holding Chicago public library cards. For more information, go to http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/kids/grkids_museumpass.php.

1. Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Great Kids Museum Passports are valid for general...
2. The Art Institute of Chicago
Great Kids Museum Passports are valid for general...
3. BrookField Zoo
Four people are admitted with one Great Kids Museum...

Free Museum Days in Chicago

This is a list of the free museum days in Chicago. Definitely crowded on those days, but won't cost you a penny. Many of them are random, so be sure to check the websites for details.

There are several museums or attractions that are always free in Chicago which you can check out at http://www.trekaroo.com/list/best-free-attractions/show.

1. Chicago History Museum
Free every Monday from 9:30am-4:00pm.
2. The Field Museum
Free the 2nd Monday of each month from 9am-5pm....
3. Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Free every Tuesday from 9:30am - 4:30pm. Extended to...

Saving Money on Chicago Kid Museums - Museum Adventure Pass

The Macy’s Museum Adventure Pass program provides free admission to 17 unique cultural destinations throughout the Chicago area to library card holders at over 140 suburban public libraries. A certain number of passes are available at each participating library and are able to checked out on a weekly basis. For more information, go to http://www.museumadventure.org.

This program will end on August 31, 2010.

1. Arlington Heights Historical Museum
Admits 4 (Valid for tours only. Tours are on...
2. Bronzeville Children’s Museum
Admits 2 (Buy one, get one free. Limit is two...
3. BrookField Zoo
Admits 2 (Passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only...

A Perfectly Divine Weekend in Carmel/Monterey with Young Kids

With the opening of the Secret Lives of Seahorses at the Monterey Aquarium, we knew that we had to take my 2 year old down to check it out. Instead of just heading down for the day, we decided to make a weekend of it and I was just blown away at the number of kid-friendly activities there are in the area.

Here's my perfect weekend away in the Monterey/Carmel region with a toddler, preschooler or elementary school aged child. Would definitely do it again and just hope for warmer weather.

1. Carmel Beach
Day 1 AM What kid doesn't enjoy the beach. This is a...
2. Carmel Valley Ranch
Check-in to the hotel and let your younger kids catch...
3. Point Lobos State Reserve
Day 1 PM Hike and enjoy the evening sunset over the...

Free Museum Days in San Francisco

These days are often busier, but it's great for quick visits or for saving a bit of money for other stuff.

1. Asian Art Museum
Free the first Tuesday of the month from 10am-5pm
2. Cartoon Art Museum
Free the first Tuesday of the month. Open from...
3. Conservatory of Flowers
Free the first Tuesday of the month. Open from...

Public Pools in the East Bay

Don't have a pool in your backyard? Here are some pools that are open to the public in the East Bay.

1. Encinal Swim Center
Open only from mid-June through mid-August.
2. Alameda Swim Center
Open only from mid-June through mid-August.
3. King School Park and Pool

Splash parks in the Peninsula (SF)

List of parks with water features to help your little guys and gals to cool off in the fast approaching summer heat down in the peninsula

1. Mitchell Park
Our hometown favorite!
2. Ryder Park
The water play area is open seven days a week from...
3. Stulsaft Park
Water feature operates May - October from 11am-7pm....

Pools in the SF Peninsula to dive into

Here's a list of local pools south of San Francisco for your kids to enjoy.

1. Giammona Pool
Indoor, heated swimming facility that features a...
2. Oceana Swimming Pool
Closed for renovations.
3. Brisbane Community Pool
Heated outdoor lap pool and baby pool.

10 Must See Attractions with a Tween/Teen in San Francisco

Whether you're just visiting or mom of a tween or teen, these are the 10 places that are guaranteed to be fun for teens and tweens.

1. Blazing Saddles (Pier 41)
Best way to see the city.
2. AT&T Park

3. Cable Car Ride
Your kids probably don't know what the Rice a Roni...

Public Pools in San Francisco

Looking for a pool to take the kiddos in SF? Here's a list of the public ones that I know of. Let me know if there are more to add.

1. SF Jewish Community Center (JCCSF)
Pacific Heights District. Indoor heated pool. Costs...
2. Sava Pool
Sunset District. Indoor heated pool. 4-10 feet deep.
3. North Beach Pool
North Beach District. 2 indoor, heated pools 3-9...

San Francisco Bay Area Water Parks

Are you kids wanting some real water park fun? Here's a list of all the places that are serious about keeping your kids wet and cool this summer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

1. Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area
Has 4-flume waterslide that's open daily in the...
2. Silliman Family Aquatic Center
Indoor water park with a lazy river, two waterslides,...
3. Antioch Water Park
A water park with a lap pool, kids wading pool and...