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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Happy travels!



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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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

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

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.

Here are 5 more ways to follow Playground and stay in the know:
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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways, TravelTuesday Q&A

#TravelTuesday Q&A: Concerns About Carry On Luggage

Carry On Luggage

Q:  Hi Playground!  I’m taking the kids to Orlando for Memorial Day weekend and I want us each to take a carry-on bag.  I’m concerned both about the cost of checking bags for a family of four and also of waiting for our bags after a late arriving flight in Orlando. We’re flying United, which has a carry on luggage size limit of 22″ x 14″ x 9″, but every bag I’ve looked at online and in person has measured larger than this, despite being labeled as 20″ or 21″ bags. Will these still be okay? Thanks in advance for your thoughts! ~ Jennifer

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Day Trips

Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways To Take Over Memorial Day Weekend

memorial weekend family travel

Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day — the unofficial start of summer!  Whether you have a 3-day or 4-day weekend, it’s plenty of time 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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