Things to Do in Helen, GA on a Rainy Day

My family and I recently traveled to Helen, GA, to experience the holiday magic and see what the hype was all about. Unfortunately, mother nature had other plans for us. During our trip, rain was down pouring literally the entire time we were there! Since we have two small children, trekking around in the cold December rain (bummer it was not snowing!) was the last thing we wanted to spent what was supposed to be a fun weekend doing. Instead, we researched fun things to do inside in Helen. There was not much out there on the Internet about what to do there on a rainy day, so I decided I would fix that! Here is a list of fun indoor activities to do in Helen, GA, if you happen to get stuck inside on a rainy day.

Mine for Gold or Gem Stones: There are a few places you can go for this but they are all covered and the kiddos LOVE doing it. The only downside is it doesn’t take up much of your time, but you can definitely kill an hour if you have them pace themselves.

Escape Room: If you have older kids and adults in your crew, visit Escape Room for an exciting, mentally challenging and fun time. More info here: escape rooms of helen ga

Baby Land General Hospital: This is just outside of Helen in Cleveland, GA, but it is a short drive and completely indoors. Read more about it here: Cabbage Patch Babyland General Hospital: Making Magical Memories

Charlemagne’s Kingdom: Visit the German –themed model railroad exhibit! This elaborate display is fun for all ages. More info: georgiamodelrailroad.com

Jolly’s Toys: This toy store is located directly in front of Charlemagne’s Kingdom and is a blast from the past for parents! So, after checking out the model train hop on over to Jolly’s Toys to kill some time inside the fun little shop. It is super cramped but has some fun and exciting things to pass the time with your little ones.

Habersham Vineyards & Winery: Depending on your children’s ages this may or may not be a good place to visit, but if you think they will sit and stay put for a while bring them with for a fun wine tasting indoors. (Wine for the adults, of course. Drink Responsibly!) Just pack some coloring books or the iPad and you’re set. More info: habershamwinery.com

Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen: There are two of these in either end of Helen’s main drag, but the primary store at 8651 N Main St, is large and has a parking lot — the perfect spot to visit for a sweet treat on a rainy day.

Honestly, there is not much to do in Helen that is indoors besides restaurants. It is a beautiful mountain town with some wonderful parks and family hiking spots, so if you and reschedule your trip for a sunny weekend, DO IT! If not, make sure you bring some movies, popcorn and snuggly PJs so you can snuggle up by a fire and enjoy some family time!

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4 Holiday Packing Tips For Families

Four Holiday Packing Tips You Won’t Want to Miss!

Traveling over the holidays can be stressful and super exciting all at the same time. Here are some of my long-learned travel lessons for families traveling this holiday season.

  1. Start as soon as you can! Holidays are a busy time and will fly by faster than you know, so if you have travel planned pack as soon as you can! Obviously, this is hard if you need some of the stuff but if you live up north and are having a beach vacation get to packing!
  2. Make a list and check it twice: Just like the big man in the red, fur-trimmed suit, you need to make a list and check it twice! This will make packing so much easier for you and will ensure you do not forget anything super important.
  3. Packing CUBES for everyone: These are travel game changers and make it so easy to pack for a family. Read more about why I love packing Cubes here: Packing Cubes- The best invention for traveling with kids
  4. Delay Kit: Winter weather can sometimes delay or even cancel some air travel plans so be prepared! Set aside a “Delay Kit” to put in your carry on. In this kit should be an entire change of clothes, two pairs of underwear and small airline approved size toiletries and deodorant.

Doing these four things have significantly helped me out when traveling around the holiday season. We hope you and your family have a wonderful 2018 holiday season and a safe, joyful family vacation!

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Off the Beaten Path: 5 Places in South Florida to Visit with Your kids.

If you live in or around the Miami area I am sure you have heard of Wynwood and South Beach, The Frost Museum and Bayside. Not all these places are truly family friendly. So before you waste your time and find out the hard way, I am going to let you in on five truly special family-friendly places.  They are smaller, budget-friendly destinations you won’t find on most travel sites.  Any or all of these would make for a great weekend getaway in Miami. So let me tell you where the locals with young children go when they need a family getaway!

Safari Edventure

Safari Edventure is hands down the best animal encounter in South Florida.  It’s part small animal rescue, part sanctuary and part educational facility. Located in the Redlands, about 45 minutes from South Beach, its grassy paths and shaded overhangs provide much needed cover on a hot Florida day.  Safari Edventure has the best one on one animal encounters, such as playing with wolf pups, petting a sloth, holding a baby gator and feeding milk bottles to baby piggies. And the best part – most of these attractions are included with your admission fee or just a buck or two extra.  What a refreshing change from most overpriced and over activity planned zoos! The spectacular one hour hands-on animal presentation, which totally rocks, features staff showing off about a dozen different animals.  The staff provides basic facts about each critter and then walks through the crowd, allowing you and your little ones to pet or hold the animals, except for the dangerous ones!  Beware the dirt paths, so leave the stroller in the car.

Be sure to stop by Burr’s Berry Farm if you visit between December and early May for one of its outstanding shakes or ice cream sundaes.  https://www.burrsberryfarm.com

Adults – $18.00 kids and seniors $15.00.  Take off $3.00 if you’re a Florida resident. Kids 3 and under are free.

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Pinecrest Gardens

A real hidden gem in the heart of the beautiful tree-lined suburban town of Pinecrest, FL,  about 30 minutes south of Brickell, is Pinecrest Gardens.  Enjoy the paved paths meandering through the park scattered with turtle and koi ponds, providing a great locale for walking with little people.  It’s stroller friendly, so go ahead and bring it in.  A nice sized splash park in the back makes it a perfect spot to cool off on hot days with lots of sitting areas for parents to sit back and enjoy the squeals of joy as the kiddos cool off.

Picnic tables, a small snack bar, petting zoo and playground complete the park.  Sundays spotlight an impressive Farmers Market and almost every holiday features a special program.

$5.00 General Admission includes the splash pad.

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Jacobs Aquatic Center

For an island-style one day getaway, rent a car, crank up some Jimmy Buffet and take a road trip to the Florida Keys.  The Keys are a state of mind, not just a destination.  At the center of Key Largo you’ll find the Jacobs Aquatic Center, a goldmine of comfort and convenience for families on a hot Florida day.  The complex consists of a 25-meter competition pool, one meter and three-meter diving boards and a pirate-themed splash park. A bathroom and snack bar are also on property.  Fully trained lifeguards are present making this a great place to catch up on summer reads while the lifeguards do their job.

When hunger hits, walk a few blocks over to Sharky’s Sharkbite Grille, a Key Largo favorite for many tourists and locals.  http://sharkeysgalley.comIt’s located on a busy canal which is always buzzing with dive boats and the like.  The kids will have fun waving at the passengers while you enjoy a Rum Runner.   You’re only an hour south of Miami, but you’re on island time so expect slower service.   On your way back to Miami take Cardsound Road and stop off at Alabama Jacks for a quick drink and some conch fritters.  It’s a roadside bar cooking up greasy favorites, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.  There’s no website which honestly makes the place even cooler to me, but this site will offer you the basics.  https://www.floridabeachbar.com/alabama-jacks

Daily weekday rates are $10 for adults, $8.00 for kids 11-17, and $6.00 for kids 3 to 10.  Rates are slightly higher on the weekends.

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Panthers Game

Everyone knows the Miami Heat and D-Wade, but did you know we have a professional hockey team?  Yep, hockey in Florida.  The Florida Panthers play in Sunrise, FL, an easy 45-minute drive from Miami Beach.  It’s the only place in the country you can wear a jersey, shorts and flip flops and not look out of place.   The games are lively, fun and filled with northerners and Canadians.  The food options are great, for stadium grub.  We often frequent the Pasta Station located on the main level.  Tickets can be had for $30 a seat up to $300.  Check the team’s website for deals and specials.  Be sure to bring the kids and go early as the team sets up a top notch Kids Zone.  Don’t forget a plastic rat, and be ready to throw it if the team wins – it’s a tradition!

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Gold Coast Train Museum

Next to the Miami Metro Zoo is a quaint, yet ramshackle museum called the Gold Coast Railroad Museum (locals just call it the train museum).  It’s super popular during Christmas when it hosts the Polar Express and Thomas the Train days.  Otherwise, it’s empty.  And it’s fabulous, especially for the tykes.  They can run, play, touch, cry, scream and just be kids.  You can board and explore historic trains and there’s a charming Thomas the Train room with tons of toy trains.  For $6.00 per person you can ride a Standard Gauge caboose or coach car, or for an extra $12 per person, you can ride in an Engineer Cab Standard Gauge Diesel-Electric Locomotive.  Schedules and equipment vary, so be sure to call ahead if you crave a particular ride experience.

With little in the way of snacks or drinks available, you should eat before you go.  Don’t be surprised if you see a photo shoot going on.  It’s an excellent place for those black and white, industrial style selfies you see all over Instagram.  Be sure to have a charged phone or camera.

General admission $8.00 and children (2-12) $6.00.

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So you see, there is much more to do in South Florida than Wynwood Walls and South Beach.  Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Keys have a host of interesting and exciting choices to offer your family.

Contributing Writer, Stehli Krause. Stehil is a new travel blogger who loves to find and explore family-friendly destinations. Read more of her travel tips and follow her adventures on her website here: Mommy and Kid Travel

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12 Milwaukee Events to Kick Off The Holiday Season

Deck the Streets of Old Milwaukee Nov. 17th  – Jan 22ndMilwaukee Public Museum

Now through Christmas, join the staff at the Milwaukee Public Museum to see how European Immigrants and turn-of-the-century Milwaukeeans rang in the Holiday season. The unique exhibits on the museum’s first floor are turned into a winter wonderland, with special tours offered for just $4 extra on Saturdays featuring actors that bring the scenes to life. Learn more at http://www.mpm.org/holidays

Milwaukee Christkindlmarket – Daily through Dec. 31st, Vel Phillips Drive Milwaukee

Old World Germany meets modern Milwaukee as dozens of artisan vendors fill the Live Block outside of Milwaukee’s brand new Fiserv Forum. Browse unique holiday decorations and gifts, sip some cocoa (or spiced wine for the grown-ups), and take in a new Christmas tradition in Cream City. The market is open now through December 31st. Read more about it at http://www.christkindlmarket.com/milwaukee/

Candy Cane Lane West Allis – Nov 23rd– Dec. 27th92ndto 95thStreets, West Allis

One of the Milwaukee area’s best-loved holiday traditions, Candy Cane Lane lights up West Allis the day after Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas. This year, more than 300 homes across ten blocks will put on their best light displays for people to drive by or walk through. The lights begin at 6 PM on Weekdays and 5 PM on Weekends, and a donation to the MACC Fund to fight Childhood Cancer is encouraged. Find a map and more information at http://candycanelanewi.com/

125thPfister Hotel Tree lighting – Nov. 25thPfister Hotel, Downtown Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s official tree lighting happened in early November, but the historic hotel’s tree lighting is an event unto itself. The lobby’s 18-foot tree lights up at 5:30, and the event will also include photo-ops with Santa and a festive fire truck from the Milwaukee Fire Department. Find out more about this free event at http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/pfister-holidays/milwaukee-christmas

MillerCoors Holiday Lites Tour – Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 30 – Dec. 22

 For nearly 70 years, the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee has wowed people young and old with an over-the-top taste for Christmas decorating. In 2018, the tradition continues as the Holiday Lites provide a unique, all-ages experience in the historic brewery. The indoor-outdoor tour teaches about the legendary brewing giant, and gives a music-synched Christmas light show like nothing in the country. Dress warm and leave the wallet at home (except your ID if you’re over 21), as the Holiday Lites are free for anyone willing to brave the cold. Read more about the tour at https://www.millercoors.com/breweries/miller-brewing-company/tours/tour-information

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train – Dec. 6th, Downtown Tosa Village, Wauwatosa

Take a trip to the charming downtown Tosa Village in Wauwatosa on December 6th to welcome the Holiday Train. Canadian Pacific railroad takes this special locomotive across the country to entertain kids and kids at heart with a fun and festive holiday experience. The train is covered in Christmas lights, features a stop from Santa, and a few rock-n-roll versions of your favorite carols. Local businesses will be on hand to offer up hot cocoa and Christmas cocktails for people waiting to see the train. Read more about it at https://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/schedule-united-states

Breakfast and Lunch with Santa – Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23rd, Milwaukee County Zoo

 Even the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo are on Santa’s list, and he and Mrs. Claus stop by to check on them every weekend in December leading up to Christmas. You can bring the kids to see them for either breakfast at 9 AM or lunch at noon Saturday or Sunday. Read more about it at http://www.milwaukeezoo.org/events/blsanta.php

Ice Skating at Red Arrow Park Dec 1st– Feb. 28thDowntown Milwaukee  

Starting in December, take a skate around Milwaukee’s iconic downtown ice rink. The rink opens at 11 AM every day, and rentals are $9 for adults, $7 for children 17 and under. Milwaukee County Parks also offer extra equipment for little ones learning to skate or people with mobility issues who still want to enjoy the Slice of Ice. Read all about it at https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/Parks/Explore/Slice-of-Ice

Kooky Cooky House at the Domes – Through Jan 18th, Mitchell Park Domes Milwaukee

Generations of Milwaukeeans have visited the wonderfully weird Kooky Cooky house back at the long-closed Capitol Court Mall. But the tradition lives on today at the Mitchell Park Domes – a must-see for anyone coming to Milwaukee. The Cooky house features the same fun animatronic cookie factory, with cookies given away free to every guest on weekends. Milwaukee County Residents can always visit The Domes for free from 9AM-noon on Mondays. Learn more at https://milwaukeedomes.org/

Send a Letter to Santa – Through December 9th, Cathedral Square Downtown Milwaukee

Now through December 9th, you can give your kiddos a chance to send their wish list off to Santa himself. Head to Cathedral Square downtown and drop your letter into the special mailbox. Include a return address, and Santa will send a personalized letter back in time for the holidays!

Holiday Lights Festival – Through Dec. 27thPere Marquette Park, Cathedral Square Park, Zeidler Union Square, Milwaukee

Milwaukee is known as the City of Festivals, and that name doesn’t stick just in the winter. Tour some of Milwaukee’s crown jewels – the downtown city parks – as they fill up with festive lights for the entire holiday season. Your family will see brilliant light shows set up by local organizations just steps from family-friendly restaurants and excellent shopping. Milwaukee Downtown also offers cheap bus tours of the lights that include coffee and cocoa for the family. Read more about it at https://www.milwaukeedowntown.com/bid-events/milwaukee-holiday-lights-festival

Milwaukee Ballet Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker Performance – Dec. 19th, 6 PM Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Families with children with Autism and other sensory sensitive conditions can face unique challenges during the holidays, but for the third year in a row Milwaukee Ballet is offering those families a chance to experience their own Holiday tradition. For one night, Milwaukee Ballet is taking their storied production of The Nutcracker and re-vamping it to be sensory-friendly – meaning lights will remain on, break rooms will be provided, and sound and lighting effects are controlled for a more relaxed experience. The performance is put on with help from Autism Speaks Wisconsin and tickets are only $20. Find more info at https://www.milwaukeeballet.org/community-engagement/ballet-without-boundaries/sensory-friendly/

Contributing writer: Colin Bennett, father of two boys and writer over at Holy Sh*T I’m A Dad. Follow along with his journey in fatherhood here: Blog Link

 

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Things to Do in New York City with Toddlers

I love New York, New York! Ever since my first visit there when I was in middle school until now, NYC has been and will always be my favorite city to visit. Since Caroline was born, I have been there three times (she is now four), so about once a year since she was a baby. My favorite time to visit NYC is late fall because of the fall colors and the magic of the holiday season popping up everywhere.

Traveling to a big city with children no matter their age can be stressful, but to my surprise, New York City is very kid friendly. Read my post on tips for traveling to big cities with small children.

There is so much to do in NYC but no everything is manageable with small children. Here is a list of things I recommend doing when you visit the Big Apple with your little apple.

Central Park: This is a no-brainer. A huge park in the big city — what toddler or kid would not enjoy that. Central Park is very kid friendly. You can take a nice stroll and enjoy the city views, ride the carousel, watch people, play with remote controlled boats, or enjoy one of the many playgrounds.

Central Park Zoo: If you plan on visiting Central Park I recommend making a day of it and visiting the Zoo. It is small so you won’t need a full day there but when you finish you can explore more of Central Park. When at the Zoo, don’t forget to visit the Children’s Zoo where you can pet and feed goats.

Manhattan Children’s Museum: I was surprised at how small this museum is but thought it was very well done. They have a few stories of interactive things to do with young children. There also is a section with an indoor playground and a mock Oval Office. It’s a great spot for a photo op. The museum is set in a more residential area but has lots of places to eat and even a cute children’s shoe store around the corner worth checking out.

Bryant Park: This is a fun place to visit and have lunch, but if you are there during the holiday season they have an awesome Christmas Market with great food trucks, a candy store and of course, Christmas lights set up.

9/11 Memorial Park: I would not recommend bringing toddlers or preschoolers to the museum. It is just not the right place for rambunctious kids but the 9/11 Memorial is beautiful and the surrounding area is perfect for walking (or running) around. We visited the Memorial then walked around the financial district on the waterfront path and it was beautiful.

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Battery Park and Lady Liberty: We recommend visiting this park. It is historic but sometimes crowded and touristy. We have done it both ways: once taking Caroline to see Lady Liberty and one time just enjoying the view and waterfront park. If you do want to go to Lady Liberty arrive early to beat the crowds. There is not much to do on the boat or island other than taking pictures so keep that in mind when visiting with children.

Rockefeller Center: If you are looking for traditional NYC adventures take your kiddos to Rockefeller Center and let them peek into the windows of all the nicely decorated shops, and pop in the Lego shop for a visit. If they are old enough they can ice skate. I also love the view from the top of the Rock, but if you know your children can’t wait in line for long just skip it and come back the next time you have an adults-only getaway to the city. If you want you can walk over to Times Square but to be honest there is not much to do there for young children and the crowds are maddening, so unless you absolutely have to see it skip Times Square with toddlers.

Children’s History Museum: We had a blast here and would recommend it to anyone with kids 2.5 and up. There are lots of things to do for preschool aged kids and big kids alike. Caroline loved it but did not understand all the interactive things they had since it is for all ages. It is also located in a very pretty part of town. If you are visiting now through Jan. 27, you can see the special Harry Potter Exhibit!

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New York Transit Museum: Kids love this place! They can play in an old Subway Car and for some reason, transit-themed museums are always a hit with preschoolers.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum: If you want to experience the Brooklyn Bridge, make a day of it. Visit the Bridge, but be cautious with little ones because it is a working bridge so lots of walkers, cyclists, and runners around. Then stop off at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for some interactive learning fun!

Coney Island: If you are visiting in the summer months enjoy a New York classic! There is so much to do and see here for all ages. It is quite the experience for adults and children alike.

High Line: If you the weather’s good and you want a place your toddler can toddle more freely, check out this beautiful urban walkway! It is a must see one-of-a-kind place and isn’t quite as busy as most outdoor spaces in NYC, so a great place to take a stroll with your kiddos.

Children’s Museum of Art: Another great interactive experience for children in NYC. This is a great spot for fun photos of your kiddos. So, if you are looking for another great indoor activity this place is worth checking out.

This list could go on and on because there is just so much to do in a big city like New York City, with lots of museums and parks, great food and entertainment. However, these are some of our favorites and are a good start, especially for your first visit to the Big Apple with your kids.

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5 Kid Friendly Things To Do Washington DC – Fall 2018

If you’re planning a weekend getaway with kids then Washington DC should be high on your bucket list. Home to some of the best museums in the country, historical parks and monuments and of course it’s a great place to teach kids about the political past of the United States. It becomes something else in Fall, the auburn colors are breathtaking, there are plenty of indoor activities if it’s wet and there are always loads of seasonal activities like pumpkin or apple picking to take part in. Here are my five favorite things to do in Washington DC this Fall with kids.

1. See All The Smithsonian Museums

With so many to choose from, you could easily spend your whole weekend museum hopping. The good news is that most of them are within walking distance to each other and they’re all absolutely free to visit. If you only have a couple of days, I would tick of the top few.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Home to so many recognizable exhibits and characters, this is where you’ll find the Hope Diamond, an awesome dinosaur exhibit (what kids don’t like dinosaurs?!), the popular Dum Dum (an Easter Island Head made famous by the Night at the Museum movies), and of course Henry the elephant, the first thing you’ll see when you arrive. The museum has lots of hands-on and interactive exhibits and staff members are happy to answer any questions you or the kids may have.

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The Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space.

This Museum blew me away, I didn’t expect my daughter to find it so interesting but she threw herself into the interactive science experiments and Space exhibits. You will not want to miss the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia and an actual piece of moon rock. If you can spare the time, try to attend one of the child friendly physics lectures, your kids will learn more in half an hour than a whole week of science lessons at school.

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 Hirshhorn Modern Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden

I love this gallery, whilst probably not top of your list when visiting Washington with kids, it’s a great place to tone the excitement down a little and soak in some modern culture. The exhibits are colorful enough to keep most kids engaged and the Belief and Doubt installation by Barbara Kruger is worth it for the inspirational quotes alone.

2. The Washington DC’s Monuments

The National Mall is probably one of the best places to photograph the gorgeous Autumnal Colors of the city and is also home to some of the most important monuments in the Country. At one end you’ll find the instantly recognizable Washington Monument standing majestically over the reflecting pool, at the other is the humbling Lincoln Memorial, a fantastic place to teach kids about American History but also respect and kindness in general.  It’s Americas most visited National Park for a good reason.

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3. White House

Beautiful just to see from the outdoors but if you plan ahead you can take an organized tour of the White House, home to many political scandals and successes and somewhere all kids will find fascinating.

In order to secure your slot, you’ll need to contact your Member of Congress at least 21 days before your visit. If you’re not from the US, you’ll need to contact your embassy in Washington DC.

From the end of November, you’ll also be able to visit the National Christmas tree, there’s nothing better to get you in a festive mood.

4. Take a trip to Georgetown.

My favorite family-friendly district in Washington DC is Georgetown and the Washington Harbour right on the waterfront of the Potomac River.

From mid-November the dancing fountains are transformed into the biggest ice rink in DC with twinkling snowflake lights and regular skating lessons and cartoon Sundays for kids. There are also plenty of restaurants in the area for when your energy levels take a dip.

5. National Zoo

Finally, something all kids are bound to love (and another FREE activity to keep the parents happy) is a visit to see the animals at the Smithsonian Zoo. It’s slightly out of the city center but easy to get to by train, UBER or car.

In addition to a mind-blowing array of native and foreign creatures, think pandas, elephants and big cats, the Zoo holds loads of family friendly events such as Boo at the Zoo for Halloween, Zoolights from the end of November and sleepover nights for the brave amongst you.

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Where to stay in Washington DC with kids

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, I highly recommend the Watergate Hotel, not only is it full of intrigue and gossip, something the kids will love, it manages to look stunning with a real sense of humor.

There’s a gorgeous pool, to wind down after a long day of exploring and it’s within walking distance to Foggy Bottom metro station, making it the perfect home from which to explore Washington DC with kids.

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8 Tips For Traveling to a Big City with young children.

Visiting big cities can be intimidating at times but so much fun with your kiddos. Here are some tips for parents traveling to big cities with preschool aged children. Hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy the journey more and allow you to venture past your comfort zone to places like New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, London, Paris, or whatever big city you might have on your family bucket list.

  1. Bring a lightweight foldable stroller: There are lots of reasons for this but the #1 reason is public transportation. If you plan on taking the Subway (and you should) you will need a stroller you can fold up quickly, and carry while carrying small children. Some people might skip the stroller, but I would not advise that since you will be doing a lot of walking. Baby carriers are nice but keeping a baby or toddler in one all day is close to impossible from my experience.
  2. Plan ahead: Make sure you plan what sites you are seeing upon arrival. Map out the mode of transportation you’ll be taking so you don’t waste time figuring it out when you get there.
  3. Use Uber Family: If you plan on taking a taxi or other car service consider Uber Family. They come with a car seat for toddlers and are safer than no car seat. Make sure you research the car seat laws as well before you go so you are prepared.
  4. Bring a good backpack: Bringing a good backpack is better than bringing a side bag or purse. It will fit more but also will be easier when carrying children or strollers. You can fit all the necessities like, diapers wipes, snacks, your wallet and a change of clothes.
  5. Be ready to wander: When traveling in general you need to be prepared to wander and get lost. Make sure you are set for the day when you leave your hotel because who knows where the day might lead you. Relax and go with the flow. If things don’t go as planned, then be ready to figure out something else to do.
  6. Bring a soft wearable baby carrier: If you have a soft baby carrier, like a Baby K’Tan, bring it to stuff in your backpack. This is in case you need to “wear” your baby or toddler around for a bit. It’s helpful on public transportation, or if baby needs to nap and viewing the city activity from her stroller is too distracting.
  7. Bring a mobile phone charger: This is for more than one reason. One, you will be taking lots more photos on your phone so the battery will likely go down quicker. Two, you might get lost or use google more than normal and don’t want to get caught with a dead battery in the city.
  8. Get a hotel in a more residential area: If visiting a city, finding a hotel away for the hustle and bustle can be better with small children. Less noise at night and more family-friendly dining nearby. There are also normally tons of parks in the city around residential areas and it is nice to have somewhere to take the kids to play nearby.

Safe travels, and don’t forget — traveling with kids is possible and fun! Take a deep breath and enjoy the special family time. You and your children will learn so much and the memories will last a lifetime.

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