California Dreaming, Weekend Away, Westward HO!

Family Fun and Sun in San Diego

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Sunny San Diego offers more than 60 stunning beaches, world-famous arts and culture for the entire family, a bustling Downtown, national parks and hiking trails, an incredible food scene, and perhaps the best weather in the country. It’s a perfect place for a family vacation, and where I decided to have some summer fun with my family this past August.

Read on for all the things to enjoy on your San Diego family vacation:

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Day Trips, Weekend Away

Last Minute Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways To Take Over Labor Day Weekend

Family Trips Labor Day Weekend

The last long weekend of summer is coming — Monday, September 4, is Labor Day. Whether you have a 3-day or 4-day weekend, it’s plenty of time to fit in one last hurrah of summer before school starts and to take some Day Trips or a mini getaway with the family.

We have lots of awesome ideas. So grab your keys, pack the kids into the car, and happy travels!

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Walt Disney World Done Right, Week Long Getaways, Weekend Away

Walt Disney World: What’s New for Families in Summer 2017 and Beyond

Walt Disney World

Making plans to visit Walt Disney World or Orlando this summer or the coming 2017/2018 school year? You’ve come to the right place! I just got back from a whirlwind trip around the “World” and was able to try out all the top new rides, attractions, and shows at Disney that families will want to see this summer and beyond.

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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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Arts & Culture, Museums, Weekend Away

5 Amazing Spots for a Hamilton-Inspired Weekend in Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia
Alexander Hamilton and The Gilmore Girls.

Do you have a family obsessed with Hamilton? You want a revolution? We have a revelation! Historic Philadelphia is where you can go beyond Broadway and follow Hamilton’s footsteps.

Thanks to Visit Philly, my A.Ham obsessed family stepped back in time to enjoy a weekend of historic adventures in the City of Brotherly Love.

Here are 5 don’t-miss spots for a Hamilton-inspired weekend of family fun:

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Day Trips, Weekend Away

Explore Nature and History For Free During National Park Week

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Glenmont at Thomas Edison Historical National Park

Mark your calendars! The National Park Service invites families to explore nature and history for free during the 2017 National Park Week on April 15 – 16 and April 22 – 23. The annual event is America’s largest celebration of national heritage.

(Fun Fact: On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service)

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TBT: Travel Scrapbook, Weekend Away

#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Family Ski Trip in Breckenridge, Colorado

Family Ski Trip in Breckenridge, Colorado

#TBT: Playground reader Mia Riker-Norrie shares this adorable photo of her family on a ski trip in Breckenridge, Colorado, 2004. 

Want to see your family on Playground? Send your travel photos here.

Happy travels!



6 in the City, Weekend Away

6 in the City: Family Fun in Boston’s Back Bay

Boston's Back Bay | family travel

Introducing a new series on Playground, where we feature our personally curated city travel picks with one equation: 1 amazing hotel + 2 great places to eat + 3 can’t miss things to see and do = 6 in the City!

Consider these your handy go-to-guides for the quickest route for travel fun!

First up — Boston’s Back Bay:

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