Amusement parks may not scream Winter getaway, but these summertime hot spots are the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit. From larger-than-life decorations to special shows, your family will have no trouble making winter memories at any of these 10 destinations. Take a trip to one of these amusement parks for a fun and festive vacation.
Walt Disney World
The Magic Kingdom turns into a winter wonderland for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Families can feast on holiday treats and watch their favorite characters walk in the Once Upon a Christmas parade. For a more cultural Christmas, travel to Epcot and see how different countries celebrate the special holiday.
On weekends in December, the Sesame Street gang gets together for some spectacular celebrations. Families can walk the light-lined streets and sit in on one of five holiday-themed shows. Show up on a Saturday, and kids can enjoy milk and cookies with a very special guest (spoiler alert: it's Santa!).
There are tons of holiday activities at Six Flags. After a relaxing stroll through Candy Cane Lane, kids can head to the Cookie Decorating Room and create a festive treat. For nighttime entertainment, check out the Main Street Festival of lights.
Hit the road without hitting rock bottom! The holidays are prime time for travel – be it for a trip to grandma's house or on a vacation – but getting there isn't always half the fun. Eliminate mad dashes through the airport in search of a toilet and road trip boredom with a few apps designed to make the air, roads, and rails just a wee bit friendlier!
If your holiday plans involve planes, trains, or automobiles (with baby on board), there may be a little — or a lot — of stress in anticipation of your journey. While we can't prevent flight delays, traffic, or bad weather, we can arm you with everything you need to be prepared. From the best on-the-go snacks and apps to how to hire a babysitter away-from-home, consider this your one-stop destination for a smooth trip for all.
Forget about worrying over ticket prices or hotel stays. If you're traveling with your kids this holiday season, how on Earth will you keep them entertained? Find your answer by planning one or more of these activities that promise loads of mess-free fun whether you're in the car or on the plane. We see a smooth family trip in your near future.
Trick-or-treating is the highlight of Halloween for most kids, but when it comes to scoring the best loot, not all neighborhoods are created equal! Zillow ranked the top 20 cities for intrepid trick-or-treaters — and the top five neighborhoods in each — based on median home value, walkability, population density, and safety. We're giving a shout-out to the top 10! Did your city make the cut? Click through and find out!
Over the bridge and under the tunnel, to grandmother's house we go . . . Whether your kids have weekly visits to their grandparents' or it's just an occasional treat, things tend to go a lot more smoothly when everyone is well prepared. While we don't think that Grandma needs to create her own baby registry, we do believe that a few purchases in the grandkids department will make her feel better prepared for their overnight visits. Save costs by using our suggestions as a starting point, and scout out consignment shops and/or parent group classifieds to see if you can find any secondhand steals. Or, split a big ticket item with a nearby friend — chances are, your weekend grandparent visits won't overlap very regularly.
Click through and see some of the smartest purchases Mom can make to ensure a comforting — and comfy — home-away-from-home for her kiddos.
Hopping on an airplane with a young child is admittedly not an easy task, so to make travel less turbulent for families, Etihad Airways plans to offer in-flight childcare services, The Huffington Post reports.
So far, 300 of the UAE-based airline's cabin crew members have been trained by Norland College, a prestigious school for nannies, so that they will be equipped to assist families with tasks like filling bottles and keeping little ones entertained with origami and magic tricks.
There's no denying that visiting a state capital, presidential library, museum, or natural wonder is educational. And a West Palm Beach, FL, family has taken that lesson to heart, selling their home and all of their belongings so that they could travel by RV and show their kids all 50 states, Today reports. Rand and Heidi Martin and their children, Kristi, 14, and Kyle, 12, traveled for 13 months, drove more than 67,000 miles across the country, flew to Hawaii, and sailed to Alaska on their journey throughout America. On average, they spent $264 per day on their road trip.
While living in an RV for that length of time required the family to be close-knit, mom Heidi says it was worth it, saying America is "amazing." Kyle agrees, "We got to learn a ton about politics . . . places I see in the textbooks. We got to cross the Mississippi, we got to actually go on battlefields George Washington walked."
The family logged the highlights of their journey on their website, thattripusa.com, and kept up with their studies via online classes. Would you consider selling everything you own to give your kids a live-action education?
Since this month’s theme on ediTORIal is “Vacation All I Ever Wanted,” I wanted to share a few tips for momistas whose vacation plans involve a plane. You also might remember that Finn Man recently took his first flight (out of belly) to Mexico. Flying with little babes in tow isn’t always easy, but I have a few tips to make things easier on jet-setting momistas and their little ones.
According to BabyCenter, it’s best to wait until your babe is 2 to 3 months old to fly. Waiting this period will allow you little one’s immune system to grow strong enough to fight off icky airplane germs. But as long as your infant has a clean bill of health and your pregnancy was complication-free, your pediatrician might give you the go-ahead to fly with a baby as young as two-weeks. When you do fly with a baby, protect against plane germs by putting a tiny bit of Neosporin on a Q-tip and gently swabbing it inside babies’ nostrils.
Ease Their Ears
Changes in pressure can irritate baby’s sensitive ears. So since swallowing can help to alleviate ear pressure, What to Expect recommends timing feedings for takeoff and landing (when ear pressure is usually worse). In a pinch, pacifiers will also help.
Be a Good Neighbor
Calming your crying infant is enough to deal with sans angry stares from fellow passengers. That’s why I love the idea of passing out “babe on board bags” to the people seated around you. It’s a nice gesture that will elicit compassion for you and your babe.
Getting through airport security with a baby in tow will take a little longer than usual. Baby formula, breast milk, and juice are exempt from the TSA’s 3.4-ounce rule, but be prepared to have them inspected at security checkpoints.
Save a Seat
Airlines allow children under 2 years old to be carried on domestic flights free of charge. But — and this is a big but — that means your kiddo will have to be on your lap the entire time. If it’s a shorter flight that might not be a big deal. But for longer trips it might be worth the extra cost to book a seat for your baby’s car seat. And if you do decide to go the lap route, make sure you still book a “lap ticket” aka “boarding verification document” for your babe. This is free, but they won’t let you on the plane without it.
Have you flown with a baby before? Share your own tips and experience below.
Traveling with kids can feel a bit like rolling the dice: what will the next turn bring? A room that somehow doesn't contain its promised crib? A 3 a.m. wake-up call from your partying neighbors? While we've detailed the most amazing hotels around, designed to impress everyone in your family with over-the-top extras, and some exciting themed hotel rooms that your kids will talk about for years to come, what about lodging for those trips when a hotel is just a necessity, not the destination? We have seven hotel chains that are always a safe bet when traveling with kids. Offering everything from babysitting services and extra bedrooms just for little ones to kid-friendly room-service specials and check-in gifts, these chains have hundreds of locations all over the globe, all ready to make your family's travel experience a bit more like an actual vacation.