Kirsten Maxwell, Teaching TravelingMom

Kirsten Maxwell, Teaching TravelingMom

Kirsten lives in the Chicago area with her husband, three children, and their puppy, Ivy. When she is not writing about her family’s travels or chauffeuring her children all over town, she is a substitute teacher for the local school district. Kirsten loves to find teachable moments for every travel experience, because she believes travel is one of the best educations you can give a child.


TMOM Picks: Best Museums in the World for Families

Taking children to a museum isn’t as easy as it sounds. Some museums are too boring, some are too big, some are just right. How do you know which is right for your family? Many factors play into the decision, but a big part has to do with hands-on activities. After asking our Traveling Mom community, we’ve come up with this list of the Best Museums in the World for Families.   Best Museums in the World for Families As Teaching Traveling Mom, I am a firm believer of exposing children to as many museums as possible. Even if...

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15 Awesome Kids Movies to Take on a Road Trip

When heading out for a long road trip, it’s essential to have a plan for spending a lot of time together. Maybe you’re heading out to visit the relatives or driving to a wonderful vacation destination. If you’re traveling with kids, it’s important to have some movies on hand to get you through the ride. Here are some awesome kids movies to take on a road trip. We guarantee the time will fly by!   15 Awesome Kids Movies to Take on a Road Trip We have spent hours on the road, driving from Chicago to New York and back...

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Favorite Holiday Books to Share with Your Family

Whether you are traveling this holiday season or staying home, it’s important to share some holiday stories with your children. Head to the library, or stock your bookshelves with some of these holiday classics and spend some time reading together. We suggest these favorite holiday books to share with your family that will help create some beautiful memories. One of our favorite past times during the holiday season is reading books together as a family. As a teacher, I’ve read many of these books to students and found that even the older ones still love to hear books read...

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Why Everyone Should Experience The Ride New York City

Have you ever found an experience so delightful, you couldn’t stop thinking and talking about it? The Ride New York City is one of those rare adventures. Part city sightseeing tour, part interactive entertainment, part education, The Ride is something you have to see to believe. Have I piqued your interest? Read on to learn more about this unique experience for tourists and locals alike. The Ride NYC We visited New York in early October and made plans to enjoy The Ride In Masquerade. We had several friends who said their children “loved” The Ride. My sister and her family...

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29 Epic International Travel Tips for First Timers Abroad

Knowing not to the drink the water is just one important travel tip for your first trip overseas. Did you also know not to ask for ice in your drinks? Yep. There’s a lot to know before you go. We rounded up our favorite advice from Traveling Moms to help make your first trip abroad all about fun and discovery rather than regret and misery. 29 Epic International Travel Tips for First Timers Abroad Traveling abroad can be intimidating for the most seasoned travelers, but that first trip overseas can be especially challenging. Traveling Moms have been there! Here we...

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French Lick Springs Hotel: A Historical Gem in Indiana

For many living outside the Midwest, French Lick is probably thought of as a rural, tiny town in the middle of nowhere Indiana. And they would be right. However, the town is more charming than one might expect. The French Lick Springs Hotel has everything families need for a fabulous vacation, including world class golf, superb dining, family centric activities, and even luxury spa services. The French Lick Springs Hotel began in 1845 as a destination for those seeking relaxation and relief from the local mineral springs and today continues to offer families the perfect escape. We visited the...

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Best Places to Celebrate Fall in the Midwest

Fall is just around the corner and if you live in the Midwest (or plan on visiting), there are plenty of festivals and fun activities to entertain your family over the next few months. The changing leaves provide the backdrop for spectacular drives and hikes, so make time to get outside and explore. There’s a lot to see in these states, so we’re sharing the best places to celebrate fall in the Midwest. Best Places to Celebrate Fall in the Midwest Fall is a beautiful time to explore the Midwestern United States, with its apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and...

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5 Not to Miss Family Experiences in Indianapolis

Indianapolis may be overlooked in favor of its larger Midwestern neighbors, but those that dismiss it are making a mistake. This capital city of the Hoosier State is far from quiet and boring. In fact, it is the opposite. It offers outdoor adventures, amazing bike trails, and history lessons different than anything you may have seen before. The city may be famous for its race cars, but dig deeper and you will find there’s a lot more to Indianapolis, Indiana, than meets the eye. 5 Not to Miss Family Experiences in Indianapolis We recently took a quick road trip from Chicago...

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5 Reasons Lake Geneva’s Grand Geneva Resort and Spa is a Great Escape for Families

Located just ninety minutes north of Chicago and an hour southwest of Milwaukee, the town of Lake Geneva offers a welcome respite from the city crowds. Located on Geneva Lake, the town was the summer getaway for many wealthy Midwesterners including the Maytags, Wrigleys, and Schwinns. It continues to provide a weekend escape for many suburban families today. Lake Geneva is also home to the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, a luxurious property that offers year round family activities, making it one of our favorite accommodation choices in the area. 5 Reasons Lake Geneva’s Grand Geneva Resort and Spa...

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Loews Chicago Hotel: See the City Like Never Before

Loews Chicago is one of those unique properties in the downtown area that not only offers superb service and luxury, but an enviable location allowing visitors easy walking access to most of the city’s landmarks. The stylish lobby, spacious rooms, inviting rooftop patio, and family friendly amenities all make the Loews Chicago a stellar property indeed. Families looking for a welcoming hotel in the heart of the action need look no further than Loews Chicago.   Loews Chicago Hotel: See the City Like Never Before My youngest son and I were recently guests of Loews Chicago and were excited to have...

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