Even More Travel Journal Ideas

Travel JournalMost travel journals have one or two tedious full-day entries, a few more scattered attempts at daily documentation, and then … blank pages.  Why?  Because writing down everything you do every day is deadly dull.  If you’re idea is that “travel journaling is educational so I will sit my kids down every day of this trip and make them write down what we did,” what you might actually be teaching your kids is that writing is extremely boring.  Instead, help your kids add zip to their journals and maybe they’ll enjoy writing. 

Our first book, Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids, has a whole chapter on creative travel journals.  It even has awesome reproducible pages.   Read more »

Seattle Scavenger Hunt

Planning a visit to Seattle?  Or do you live in Seattle and want to enjoy a downtown day with your kids?  Our awesome photo scavenger hunt will keep your kids walking, happy, and engaged!  Actually adults like it too.  It’s just plain fun and helps anyone enjoy the details of our fabulous city.

The area covered by our scavenger hunt is the downtown core.  Walk on 1st Avenue between Pike’s Place and Pioneer Square.  As a round trip, you will want to come back along 3rd with short detours to see the library and the opera hall.  End up at Westlake Center and take the monorail to Seattle Center.  You’ll capture all the pictures within this route.  You can get off at Seattle Center (no photos there – makes for a long day) or buy a round trip ticket in advance and just enjoy the ride. Read more »

Toddlers to Teens: 7 Tips for Family Travel in Europe

Read tips from our book, “100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe,” at Something2Offer.com!Toddlers-to-Teens-7-Tips-for-Family-Travel-in-Europe

E is for Explore the World: The A to Z of Raising Bilingual Children

Optimized-A-Z-of-raising-Bilingual-ChidrensundayOur kids have been lucky to enjoy a Spanish immersion program through our local public schools so we had lots of support from family and teachers.  The support was desperately needed because neither my husband nor I actually speak Spanish. We wish were bilingual but we’re not.  Bilingualism was a gift we wanted to give our children, but not something that came easily.

The first reason to explore the world is motivation. Our first challenge in helping our Read more »

5 Ways to Promote Multiculturalism through Travel

MasqueradeAs a part of their on-line summit on Raising Global Citizens, Multicultural Kids Blog invited me to share my thoughts on how traveling with kids can cultivate multiculturalism.  Being a true global citizen involves more than simply respecting and knowing about other cultures; it requires skills, experiences, and attitudes that help a person engage with and cherish as wide a variety of cultures as they are lucky enough to encounter.  Traveling with your kids can help them gain these skills, experiences, and attitudes.

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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.

Find Our Favorite Family Travel Gear Right Here!

Maybe that first timeshare sales pitch is why we ended up writing a book?Check out our new one-stop shop for cool travel products! There’s books, toys and games for road trips, fun little gifts that make great plane presents, infant gear, safety stuff, packing resources and more.  We’re adding new products all the time so check back regularly.

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 »