Beach Blanket Bingo, Hot Fun in the Summertime, TBT: Travel Scrapbook

#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ First Family Vacation on Martha’s Vineyard

martha's vineyard family travel

#TBT: Georgette’s oldest daughter on her first family vacation at Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, 2004. She wasn’t so sure about the beach, but learned to love it.

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Down the Shore Everything's All Right, Hot Fun in the Summertime, Weekend Away

Family Fun and Retro Charm Down the Shore at Morey’s Piers Wildwood


For summer fun and a real Jersey Shore experience — one full of Boardwalk games and treats, amusement park rides, a beach so wide you can take a taxi to the water, and a charming retro vibe — take the family to The Wildwoods in New Jersey.

Despite being a born and bred Jersey girl, I had only been to northern Jersey beaches, and had never gone as far south as Exit 4 when heading down the Shore. That all changed last weekend when my family was invited on a trip hosted by Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks. (Thanks Morey family!)

Family owned and operated since 1969 by the Morey Brothers, the amusement park and resorts have managed to keep their retro charm despite the additions of looping suspended roller coasters, major waterparks with 6 foot drops, and a few too many tacky T-shirt shops on the Boardwalk.

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European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, TravelTuesday Q&A

#TravelTuesday Q&A: London for Families

London for Families

Q: Hi Playground — My husband, 12-year-old son, 19-year-old daughter, and I are taking advantage of the low fares to England and spending a week in London in July. Now that we have our travel sorted out, I’m wondering what family friendly London sights and activities we should have on our must see list when we get there. Any don’t miss or surefire teen pleasers? Thanks! ~ Jen F.

A: Hi Jen! Great to hear your family is headed to London, it’s one of my favorite cities in Europe and it definitely needs a little TLC from travelers right now. You are actually the third family I’ve heard from recently who’s headed to London this summer with teens and tweens wondering what to do. I’ve got a few crowd pleasers up my sleeve, but remember that every kid, and family is unique, so if your kids love shopping, or art, or theater, be sure to add in extra time for those.

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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

5 Fantastic Family Travel Apps to Make Your Life Easier and Your Vacation More Enjoyable

Family Travel Apps

We’re big believers in mostly unplugged family vacations, but if technology can help make your trips stress-free and enjoyable, we’re all in! Thankfully there are some excellent family travel apps to help you locate restrooms, map out roadtrips, rent baby gear at your destinations, and more.

Here are 5 fantastic family travel apps to make your life easier and your vacation more enjoyable:

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A Family Road Trip Playlist to Enjoy On Your Summer Travels

Family Road Trip Playlist

School will soon be out for summer, which means that it’s time for the Summer Road Trip season!

One of the essentials for a stress free family road trip is a great playlist to keep the kids happily singing — with music good enough that the grown-ups will enjoy it too. Our friends at Sugar Mountain PR know family music and they’ve put together a free collection of summery road trip tunes for you to download from top family music artists for families with young kids.

You’ll enjoy songs from Lisa Loeb, Jazzy Ash, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Justin Roberts, and nine other great family artists.

The FREE Summer Family Road Trip downloads will be live until Sunday, June 11, so get in there and download your favorites today. We hope these songs help pass the time and save your sanity on all your summer family road trips.

Happy travels!

Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Cool Finds for Traveling Dads

father's day gift guide for traveling dads

Got a dad in your life who loves to travel? Then say “Thanks” on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18) with these great gifts for dad on the go, all personally tested by Melissa and Georgette:

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5 Ways to Get More Playground

playgroundMelissa Klurman and Georgette Gilmore created Playground to make finding vacation ideas as easy as taking a spin on your favorite swing. Every adventure–whether it’s a staycation or a far flung journey around the world–is personally tested and approved by two savvy travelers who also happen to be moms.

These are our personal favorite getaways, arts & cultural experiences, tips we share with friends, and travels we recommend whenever there’s a need to unwind, rewind, and take a break from the daily work/life grind.

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