Los Angeles is a big city known for movie studios, beaches, mild temps and palm trees. But L.A. is also a great place for winter sports. Really! Best winter sports for families in L.A. include outdoor ice skating, and nearby skiing and sledding. Experience Los Angeles as a winter wonderland southern California style. Beaches, studios and cultural attractions may be the reason for visiting Los Angeles, but add winter sports to your itinerary. Ice skating and sledding are among the winter things to do with kids in L.A. While it doesn’t snow in L.A., it’s a short drive to...Read More
A Los Angeles native, Mimi Slawoff spent her childhood traveling with her parents and sister. The summers she spent living in Bulgaria with relatives fueled her love of travel and linguistics (she is fairly fluent in Bulgarian and stumbles through French).
A former Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Mimi swapped news for travel writing when she became a mom. She freelances and writes a monthly family travel column for L.A. Parent magazine (www.laparent.com). Mimi’s kids – Christina, Michael and Megan – have been traveling with her since they were tots and are now hooked on travel too.
Christmas tree lighting ceremonies launch the official start of the holiday season. For many families, it’s a tradition to visit places decked out with holiday lights. All around the country, neighborhoods, hotels, malls and other venues offer beautiful holiday light displays. Here are some top places to enjoy holiday lights displays in California, Hawaii, and the Northwest. Checking out holiday lights displays is among the fun things to do during the holidays with kids. In California, themed boat parades and sparkling attractions brighten up harbors and cities. The state of Washington has the largest drive-through holiday lights display in...Read More
Los Angeles is a sprawling city with beaches, mountains and valleys. You definitely need a plan to make the most of your visit if you’re in L.A. for just two days. Things to do with family include include visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, Griffith Park and the beach. You’ll also have time for Hollywood, Little Tokyo, and Dodger Stadium or the Hollywood Bowl if you follow this 2 day itinerary for Los Angeles. Yes, it will be a whirlwind tour but you sure will see a lot of L.A. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through...Read More
The most populous city in California, Los Angeles covers an area of about 469 square miles. But even on a one day visit you can still see many top attractions. To explore L.A. in one day it’s best to focus on specific neighborhoods. Visit Hollywood and Santa Monica on this 1 day itinerary for Los Angeles. Things to do with family include visiting Hollywood attractions, the La Brea Tar Pits, and Santa Monica Beach. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thank for helping support TravelingMom. How to...Read More
Located in Universal City, Universal Studios Hollywood is much more than a theme park. It’s a working studio where you can see how movies are made. In addition to a behind-the-scenes studio tour, live action shows feature amazing stunts. With shows, themed areas and thrilling rides, it’s good to have a plan in place. Buying tickets online and downloading the app are among our 7 family-tested suggestions for visiting Universal Studios Hollywood. 7 Reasons to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood At Universal Studios Hollywood, you can visit movie lots, experience thrilling 3-D rides, and watch amazing stunt shows. Located in...Read More
Los Angeles County’s diverse beaches offer many ways to enjoy family playtime in the sun and surf. Whether you prefer wide, sandy beaches or rocky shores for tide pooling, there’s a beach for you. Keep in mind that some beaches are cleaner than others. Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card measures the level of bacterial pollution at more than 500 California beaches. L.A.’s top 5 cleanest family beaches consistently rank high on the list for water quality. L.A.’s Top 5 Cleanest Family Beaches The best part about going to the beach is getting in the water, right? Heal...Read More
Disney, the family-friendliest cruise line, is adding new ports of call to its 2018 family cruise vacation options. These include family sailing adventures to Bermuda, Canada, Bonaire in the Caribbean, Europe and Mexico. The Disney Magic and Disney Wonder ships will navigate international waters throughout 2018. The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream ships continue with signature sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas. 2018 Family Sailing Adventures Onboard Disney Cruise Line Cruises are always fun, but family sailing adventures with Disney Cruise Line are especially magical. Disney kicks off 2018 with a number of new ports and itineraries on the...Read More
Technology continues to speed ahead, but there’s still an allure to wild west history and stories. North Platte, Nebraska played a big role in the westward movement when horses and trains ruled the roads. In fact, the Great Platte River Road was the main route followed by those heading west. Today, visitors can drive by vast fields of prairies and visit the world’s largest railway yard. Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Shows are still a big draw in these parts. Los Angeles TravelingMom has the scoop on Old West family fun in Western and Central Nebraska. Experience Family...Read More
Want to make the most of your time at Walt Disney World? You can count on the My Disney Experience mobile app to help maximize family fun at Walt Disney World. Think of the handy app as a shortcut to plan your vacation, explore the resort, book FastPass+ and much more. My Disney Experience app is available for iPhone, iPad and smartphones for Android. Here are 4 tips for using the My Disney Experience app. Remember when you could just pack, load the kids in the car, or board a plane to Orlando, and arrive at Walt Disney World...Read More
Cabo San Lucas is a lively resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles makes it a popular destination for southern California families celebrating birthdays, graduations and other special events. And though Cabo is known for its active nightlife, it’s so much more than that. Just 10 minutes from the bustling hub are family-friendly resorts like Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa. The cliff-side Mexican hideaway is minutes from downtown featuring family fun in Cabo San Lucas’ waterfront, marina, restaurants and shops. Family Fun in Cabo San Lucas Located on...Read More