Family Travel

One-Hour Family Vacation: National Parks Adventure in IMAX 3D

There is nothing quite like a milestone birthday. In 2016 The National Parks service turns 100. Thanks to the prescient collaboration of President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir, 400 plus sites have been preserved for generations to enjoy as national parks. In honor of these natural landmarks’ first century, McGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX 3D have produced a spectacular movie, America Wild: National Parks Adventure. It's an IMAX film to watch as a family and then plan your next vacation.

Our Trip Along the Chocolate Trail

What better way to spend a winter weekend than a trip along the Connecticut Chocolate Trail with my little sweetheart. Connecticut has many trails and tours that explore numerous hand crafted artisanal goodies, but the Chocolate Trail seems like a perfect fit for the Valentine's season. While there are many businesses on the trail, we decided to keep it more local and explore some of the spots just in Fairfield County.

Not Just Skiing: Smugglers' Notch Is Year Round Vermont Resort for Families

Smugglers' Notch Resort is one of my family's favorite places to ski in Vermont, and like many other families in the Northeast, we find ourselves returning year after year to hit the slopes. However, we vacationed here last summer and discovered it's also a great year-round destination. We will be visiting again this February during our extended family ski trip, but another summer trip to Smugglers' Notch Resort is awfully tempting, too.

With outdoor adventures and special activities, each season at Smugglers' Notch has its own individual charm. The resort reinvents itself throughout the year, offering families distinct and unique recreation options to make the most of a mountain vacation. 

A Hudson Valley Family Getaway: Rocking Horse Ranch

For families looking for a fun weekend getaway near NYC, Rocking Horse Ranch in New York's Hudson Valley is a definite crowd-pleaser in winter or summer. This year-round, all-inclusive resort provides non-stop activities for all ages, including an indoor water park, horseback riding, snow tubing, skiing and even spa services and babysitting, all of which add up to a memorable family getaway less than two hours from NYC.

Read on for our parent review of the resort and useful tips to know before you go.

25 Things to Do in Amsterdam with Kids

If you haven’t considered the family vacation potential of forward-thinking Amsterdam, it’s time to start. This walkable European city where nearly everyone speaks English, offers great things to do for the young and old alike.  

Some come for the artistic treasures, from Rembrandt to Van Gogh, while others head to its notorious Red Light District where pot and prostitution are on offer for all to see. But with its hands-on museums, scenic canals, food staples like pancakes and easy cycling, it’s a mecca for families, too. Amsterdam is full of atmosphere, so leave plenty of time on the schedule for aimless strolling as the kids and you try to soak it all in.

Whether you're looking for a last-minute winter weekend getaway or planning ahead to this summer, check our travel site for more family vacation ideas. Sticking closer to home? We have a few recommendations for U.S. travel, too.

Atlantic City With Kids? You Bet!

No, we do not have a gambling problem and no, we're not the only Mommy Poppins family to bring kids to Atlantic City. My husband received a coupon for 2 free nights in Atlantic City and since we don't like to spend too much time away from our kids, we decided to make a family trip out of the offer and see just how “FREE” we could actually manage. So, we booked a stay at Bally’s, loaded up the car, and hit the parkway! Is Atlantic City kid-friendly? See for yourself!

Things to Do for Train-Loving Kids in New Jersey

If Thomas, Percy and James are a part of your daily conversations, take advantage of the many New Jersey train and railroad attractions. Located throughout the garden state, each location offers a different experience, but will surely put a smile on any train lovers face. If you're looking for the Easter Express, the Polar Express, or just a basic train-lovin' experience, these are the hot spots, guaranteed.

Best Family Travel of 2015: Our Favorite Resorts, Beaches and Cities

Planning a family getaway in 2016? We have a little inspiration for you. We're looking back at our favorite destinations of the last year and revisiting what made these locales so compelling for kids and parents.

Read on for our top 12 travel reviews of family-friendly resorts, great cities and beaches and warmer climates of 2015.

Check out the Mommy Poppins travel site or the day trip and weekend getaway guide for more fun travel with kids. Planning a few vacations? Read last year's top 10 favorite vacation spots for Mommy Poppins families.

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