Day Trips, Far Flung Adventures, Hot Fun in the Summertime, New York New York a Helluva Town, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways, Water Parks, Weekend Away

Need Vacation Inspiration? Let Pokémon Go Inspire Your Next Family Trip

Pokémon Go
Pikachu gets ready to bungee jump in New Zealand. (Photo Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

Ever since the launch of Pokémon Go in early July, your kids have most likely been wandering around the local park with their eyes on their mobile device, trying to catch “rare” Pokémon, all the while trying to convince you of the wonderful benefits (We’re outside! We’re getting exercise!) of the digital phenomenon. We feel you. But instead of fighting the viral location-based game, we’re trying to embrace it, by adding on some Poké-fun to our next vacation.

From Arizona to New Zealand, it turns out, Pikachu and friends are showing up in family-friendly hotels and resorts all around the world (not to mention the parks and shops near them). While we’re not saying to plan a family vacation based solely on capturing an elusive Magnemite, you might just become the coolest parent ever if you just happen to mention there’s a Meowth hanging in the lobby of your Orlando hotel.

Here a few spots around the country who have mapped out their Poké guests. Happy hunting!

Continue reading “Need Vacation Inspiration? Let Pokémon Go Inspire Your Next Family Trip”

Day Trips, New York New York a Helluva Town, TravelTuesday Q&A, Weekend Away, Winter Wonderlands

#TravelTuesday Q&A: Easy Family Getaways for Christmas Break

Easy Family Getaways for Christmas Break
The Sagamore Resort

Q: My husband’s birthday is Christmas Day (really) and I’d love to surprise him with a short family vacation at a resort that our two boys, who are 11 and 6, will like, too. Something we can get to within a few hours’ drive of New Jersey/New York  that has a bit of holiday spirit (thinking ice skating and s’mores) would be great. Thanks! — Ellen C.

Continue reading “#TravelTuesday Q&A: Easy Family Getaways for Christmas Break”

Day Trips, New York New York a Helluva Town, TravelTuesday Q&A, Weekend Away

#TravelTuesday Q&A: A 4 Day Weekend?! Get Packing for the New Jersey Teachers’ Convention School Break

New Jersey Teachers' Convention

Q: Help! Teacher’s Convention is this week in New Jersey and I’ve got a 4 day weekend with the kids! Where can we go if I haven’t made plans already?

Continue reading “#TravelTuesday Q&A: A 4 Day Weekend?! Get Packing for the New Jersey Teachers’ Convention School Break”

Water Parks, Weekend Away

Get Ready to Get Wet: The Inside Scoop on Great Wolf Lodge

 

great wolf lodge

A 60,000 sq foot indoor waterpark. Wolf ears. Pizza `round the clock. Two floors of buzzing, zapping, magic wand casting interactive games. An animatronic northern woods. Not to mention a kids salon, indoor mini golf and 10 pin bowling, and an arcade worthy of a pinball wizard. This, my friends, is Great Wolf Lodge. Continue reading “Get Ready to Get Wet: The Inside Scoop on Great Wolf Lodge”