Kids, Culture, and Europe: 5 Tips for a Great Trip

KidsCultureEuropeOur new book, 100 Tips for Taking your Kids to Europe is at the editor!  Read 5 of our favorite tips in this article we wrote for Multicultural Kid Blogs.

Coffee and Kids – Touring the Janson Coffee Farm in Panama

interiorcolorpalettesWe arrived in the Chiriqui Highlands in the early-afternoon.  By the time we had enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, rented an SUV that could actually hold a family of four, and navigated our way through the sprawling town of David, it was a bit later than we had expected.  Instead of heading to Boquete with it’s lively ex-pat scene, we went straight to Volcan, on the south side of the volcano, Volcan Baru.  With just a few “upscale” restaurants and tourist attractions, we expected Volcan to provide a more authentic Panamanian experience.  And it did! After settling into our hostel, we were eager to see the mountains and the coffee before our entire day evaporated into logistical doldrums.

There isn’t a sign or map to be found in Volcan.  A faded poster at the hostel indicated that there really was a coffee farm and, with the loan of a cell phone from a women who just happened to be nearby, we reached Leif at Janson Coffee Farm.  It was getting late he said, but if we hurried we could get a nice view and quick tour.

He provided some minimalist directions and we were off.  Through town, to a side road, a fork in that road, and then a long stretch of smooth dirt road sloping gently upward.

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The Pancake Blog

The Bunny Pancake

The Bunny Pancake

I first started making pancakes when the kids were really little, in animal shapes with chocolate chips melted in for the eyes, nose, and mouth. There was Mickey Mouse, the Easter Bunny, and Clifford the Big Red Dog, but they were basically variations on the same theme. Over time I tried all the various kinds of pancake mixes, and “won” the pancake basket at one of the kid’s preschool fund-raising auctions. I used white chocolate, mint chocolate, dark chocolate, and butterscotch chips. We quickly tired of basic “syrup” and became conversant in the various grades of maple syrup. One Christmas some friends gave us a waffle maker which further diversified my repertoire. Every Saturday morning I was ritually mixing batter. Sometimes there was bacon. Read more »

Great Family Escape – Sleeping Lady

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Looking for a quick escape from city or suburb? Sleeping Lady is a perfect family-friendly destination.  Tucked in between Leavenworth, a fun Bavarian village, and the Cascade Mountain Range, Sleeping Lady offers peaceful Read more »

Travel Birthdays – without leaving home!

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Why have a Disney party or a shark party when you can have a party that travels?  Get your kids excited about a trip you’re about to take, share a trip you’ve recently taken, or enjoy a virtual trip that’s not likely to be in your budget for awhile.  Our last party was simply an “International Party” – gelato, International children’s films, henna tattoos, and an Austrian breakfast complete with little individual jars of jam and home-made egg cups.

The children’s internal film festival cd was from  the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.  The shorts were fun because they allowed so much more interaction between kids than one long movie.

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L.A. with Teens – 8 Terrific Tips

IMG_9571What will you do for winter break?  Spring break? Or even to celebrate the end of school in June?  Frequent bargain airplane deals to Los Angeles make this a super-fun, teen-friendly destination.  We went last April and now the kids are clamoring to return again this Spring Break.  Here’s some ideas to make it a little more fun … Read more »

The Thames Valley Close-Up

On a recent visit to Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford England, I zoomed in!  read all about it at Wandering Educators.com.

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What would your kids zoom in on?  Try it on your next trip or even in your own backyard.

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