A trip to Walt Disney World is high on many family vacation lists but attendance in the parks can jump during school breaks and the summer months, and especially during special event weeks at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. Want to spend less time waiting in line and more time enjoying your favorite attractions during your Disney World vacation? Try these five tips for avoiding crowds and maximizing enjoyment during your next trip! One thing I’ve learned is that you can’t always choose your travel dates – sometimes the world tells you when you have to go. Take our...Read More
Jacquie Fisher is a writer, nature lover, educator and mom to two adventurous kids. She loves to encourage families to get outside and believes that travel is one of the best learning experiences in childhood! One of her lifelong goals is to visit all 50 states (she’s currently up to 29). When she’s not planning their next adventure, Jacquie blogs at Edventures with Kids where she shares ideas for kids activities, family travel and fun ways to learn. She’s also the founder of KCEdventures, a travel resource for families visiting or living in Kansas City.
Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, Reptile Gardens might seem like an out-of-place attraction. During our visit to Custer Park and Mount Rushmore, we heard so many people rave about the attraction that we decided to spend an afternoon visiting. I’ll be the first to tell you, I am NOT a snake lover (my husband and kids will back me up on this fact) so I was a little uneasy about how much I would enjoy the exhibits. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety they offered – quite a bit more than just snakes (whew!). Tip: When you...Read More
One of three National Parks in the Black Hills, Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is home to bison, elk and the nation’s fourth longest cave. It’s really more like two parks, with the vast array of animals and trails on the surface and a genuine spelunking experience underground. Spelunking and Cave Tours in South Dakota There are five walking tours of Wind Cave offered daily; each explores a different area of the cave. Some of the tours have age restrictions (for example, the nighttime Candlelight Tour only allows children ages 8 and older to attend) so be...Read More
On most vacations and open weekend afternoons, you’ll find our family scouting out a new trail. We began our hiking adventures when our oldest was a high-energy preschooler. It was a great way to enjoy nature while he burned off some extra energy. Along the way, we have learned some tips and tricks for family hiking. Our kids aren’t always natural hikers – sometimes walking is ‘boring’ for them. And we’ve found out (the hard way) that when you hike with kids you MUST be prepared. 1. Get off to a good start Be sure that everyone gets a...Read More