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San Francisco Through the Eyes of a Five Year Old: A Day on the Double Decker Bus

If you follow my INSTAGRAM, you may know that I think San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I love posting scenic pictures to prove it.  What I don’t post are some of the less scenic parts of San Francisco (think homelessness, construction, traffic, etc.).  Going through pictures to put together our photo album from last year, I came across our day on the double decker bus last summer.  Big D had been dying to go on the double decker bus, so last summer we finally did it.  I handed over the camera to him and sat back and relaxed to see what would end up on our camera roll.  Check out what San Francisco really looks like through the eyes of a five year old (and my top tips for riding the double decker bus)…

How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip to Legoland

Legoland is a great place to go with young kids.  I would almost say that our kids (and I) liked it even better than Disneyland.  Here’s why:  1. ) Everything in Legoland is targeted to kids under age 10.  Disney has a much broader appeal for a wider range of ages, but Legoland is really targeted at younger kids.  2. ) They have everything from rides to shows to waterpark and more.  3.) Legoland is also super interactive; a lot of their rides are not just rides, but the rider actual has to participate.  Here is how to get the most out of your trip to Legoland.

Top 10 Activities with Kids on Oahu, Hawaii

There are so many faces to Oahu..from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki to the sleepy North Shore to the quiet of Ko’Olina, where do you start?    Here are our top 10 activities on Oahu with kids.

What You Need to Know Before Planning a Disney Vacation

We took our first trip to Disneyland a couple of years ago.  We booked our hotel and that was about it.  We showed up at the park ready for the day with big D who was then three years old.  What I didn’t realize then is that you can get so much more out of your trip if you do a little bit of planning first.  So when we decided to go to Disney World last year, I knew I had to do some planning beforehand.  Here are the 10 essential “DOs” of planning any Disney Vacation and my one big “DON’T'”.

Five Things You Should Do On Every Trip

Every place you visit is different and every trip is different.  Some trips are for relaxing (ie. Hawaii), some are for activity (ie. hiking in Wyoming), some are for sight seeing (ie. Paris).  But there are five things that we do on every trip and you should too.  Here they are:

3 Days In Death Valley With Kids: What To See and Do

If you read my post last week, you are excited to plan your trip to Death Valley, but what should you do?  Death Valley is huge (the largest National Park in the lower 48) and you can spend days exploring if you want to see everything.  If you want to see just the top highlights you need at least 2-3 days (assuming you are staying in the park, so have less driving).  Here is an ideal itinerary for Death Valley With (or Without) Kids (all distances are round trip):

Day 1: Badwater Area
Day 2: StovePipe Wells
Day 3: Northern Death Valley

Death Valley With Kids: What You Need to Know

I recently became obsessed with Death Valley; I had seen a few pictures on pinterest and was stunned by how beautiful it was.  Despite only living 8 hours away for the last 30 years, I had never been, so it was time to plan a trip. So here is everything you need to know to know before you plan your trip to Death Valley National Park and why it is a great destination for kids.

Kid Friendly San Francisco Events February 2017

February is here!  The month of love, Black History Month, Chinese New Year, and so much more!  Last year February was a pretty tough month for us (read bout it here).  So we are so looking forward to a total change this year and taking part in all the great events happening this month.  Read on for a listing of all the great kid0friendly events happening in February 2017 in San Francisco.

Best Rainy Day Activities With Kids in San Francisco

We haven’t seen rain in three years, so my bag of tricks for what to do on a rainy day is a little low.  With all the recent rain, I have totally maxed out my ideas!!  Browsing around the web, I found a dearth of inspiration for what to do with kids on a rainy day in San Francisco, so I thought I would share my ideas of the best rainy day activities with kids in San Francisco in hopes that some of you may share yours with me and give me some inspiration of new ideas to try.

Why You Need To Plan a Trip To Yosemite in Winter

If you haven’t been to Yosemite yet, add it to your wish list.  Yosemite is hands down one of the most beautiful places in the USA!  And if you haven’t been there in the winter, think about adding it to your seasonal list.  Yosemite in winter, in the snow, is stunning.  Not only is it beautiful, but there are no crowds!!!  Here are a few pics to inspire you from a trip we took with big D when he was just 9 months old.