Chris Bird, Standby TravelingMom

Chris Bird, Standby TravelingMom

Christina Bird Director of Design for Traveling Mom and pilot's wife, Christina has flown as far as Denver to Dubai on standby passes. She, her husband and young daughter fly standby together and apart wherever they go. You can read about more of their adventures at MamaBirdsBlog.com.


Saying Goodbye to the Greatest Show on Earth!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced this month that it is closing down its show for good in May of 2017, marking the end of an era. Even after winning a 14-year-long legal battle over allegations their elephants were mis-treated, many factors such as loss of public interest and high operating costs contributed to the decision. Standby Traveling Mom and friends reflect on memories of attending the Greatest Show on Earth for the last time. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Closing for Good I always knew it was only a matter of time. And yet, a few...

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Is the Heroes and Legends Exhibit Featuring the Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center Good for Kids?

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a unique tourist attraction that offers its guests a hands-on feel for space exploration. Guests have the opportunity to train like an astronaut, view one-of-a-kind artifacts and take tours of the inner workings of a real working space center. Standby Traveling Mom and her daughter attended the Grand Opening of the Kennedy Space Center’s newest attraction, Heroes and Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Read her review of this new experience.   Why You Should Bring Your Kids to Kennedy Space Center My most recent visit to the Kennedy Space...

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Put Keystone on Top of Your Winter Vacation List

When choosing a family ski destination, many factors should be considered, including how to entertain every member of the family, even if they don’t ski or ride. With lots to do on and off the mountain, one Traveling Mom sums up why family-oriented Keystone Resort is sure to please everyone and every budget, day and night. While living in Colorado, we had the privilege of visiting a few different ski resorts one year, including Winter Park and Powderhorn. By far, our favorite was the last one we visited near the end of ski season: Keystone Resort. Now that we live in Florida,...

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Learn from My Mistakes: What I Wish I Knew Before Attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Scaredy cats beware! The Disney villains are out and about during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party which takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select evenings in the fall. And if you don’t do your proper research before showing up to this special event, you might have a frightening time! Read on for what one Traveling Mom wishes she’d known before attending Mickey’s Halloween Party. Mickey’s Halloween Party Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event that requires a separate admission ticket. As night falls, regular guests must exit the park. Only those who have purchased tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary...

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3 Great Places to Eat at Disney Springs (Plus Dessert!)

Walt Disney World resort is known for its great dining, both inside and outside of its parks. Guests can reserve dining experiences at all four of the parks, as well as in the resort hotels and Disney Springs area. Now that we are Floridians, flying standby into Orlando to visit Walt Disney World is no longer necessary for my family. This means we get to experience all of the great dining options Walt Disney World has to offer at our leisure! I did just that recently and share three great options including a quick service lunch, a family meal...

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A Whole New World: Star Wars Land Coming to Disney Hollywood Studios

Now that the new Star Wars prequels are being released, the timing is right for Disney to do what it does best – build experiences around the movies at their theme parks. And that’s exactly what Disney has planned, with an all- new land being built at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando that will complement many of the new shows and experiences already being rolled out for 2016. Find out what Disney has in store for this whole new world. Star Wars Land Coming to Disney Hollywood Studios   Flying standby means my family gets to go to some pretty...

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Roll N Rock Out at Splitsville Luxury Lanes Disney Springs

It’s hard to miss this upscale, two-story, retro-styled bowling alley and restaurant on the west side of Disney Springs. The few times my family and I have been to Disney Springs, we thought we couldn’t eat at Splitsville Luxury Lanes unless we planned to bowl too. Wrong. We also thought they’d have just pizza and nachos. Wrong. Not only do they have amazing food but, you can eat, or bowl, or both. You can also enjoy the live entertainment, five bars, outside patio and balcony with incredible views and shoot some pool. Roll N Rock Out at Splitsville Luxury Lanes...

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3 Days of Adventure in South Central Pennsylvania

Beyond Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and Pat and Geno’s Philly cheesesteaks is the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside packed with American history and adventure that will entertain every member of the family, young and old. Specifically, it is South Central Pennsylvania’s historical sites, culture, fantastic scenery, family fun and theme parks that won’t disappoint and can be done in just three days. Harrisburg International Airport PR invited us to come visit and see all there is for families to do just a short drive outside of Harrisburg. Frontier Airlines’ new direct service from Denver to Harrisburg makes exploring South Central Pennsylvania even...

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Hotel Review: The Timbers, Keystone Colorado

Are you planning your mountain getaway in Colorado and looking for the perfect family destination with affordable but upscale accommodations? Keystone is where you want to look for winter or summer fun with kids and the Timbers in River Run Village is the place to stay. If location is key for you when you pick a mountain retreat, read why the Timbers is tops of them all in Keystone. Family-friendly Keystone Colorado is my family’s favorite mountain destination year-round. The mountains are a frequent getaway destination for us as locals here in the Denver area. We love Keystone for skiing...

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Does the California Coastal Commission Decision Mean the End of Shamu?

Last week the California Coastal Commission decided to ban orca breeding at SeaWorld San Diego in exchange for approval of the park’s proposed orca tank expansion, the “Blue World” project. The $100 million project would double the tank size for the 11 orcas now in captivity. Sea World had already agreed to not capture orcas from the wild (which it hasn’t done in 35 years) as a condition of the project’s approval. Now, without the ability to allow for natural breeding, the Commission’s ban could spell the end of killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego and eventually even Orlando...

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