Educational Travel for kids: Orlando beyond the theme parks

When most families think of Orlando, two words come to mind: theme parks. We understand; after all, we offer Disney World tips for families and reviews of Disney attractions. However, families looking for educational travel ideas,  whether as pit stops en route elsewhere on Florida vacations, or during an Orlando vacation, will find much to engage kids' minds. At the following Orlando attractions, … [Read more...]

Wings and Waves Water Park

After lunch would be a good time to move from the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum to the Wings and Waves water park. (The exception to this rule would be during peak holiday weekends, when the lines for rides at the water park escalate by mid-day. This, however, is not the norm.) You can't miss the water park, which is adjacent to the museum buildings and topped by an Evergreen commercial … [Read more...]

Northampton Parents’ Center

Visiting western Massachusetts with young kids this winter? A great option for a cold or rainy morning is the Northampton Parents Center, a co-operative community center for young kids (birth to kindergarten) and their caregivers. While most visitors live in the area (my kids are regulars at the parents center—we’re there each week!), there are always new families stopping by, many of whom are in … [Read more...]

Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope

The following pit stop has been submitted by Julie of Kansas City and My Kansas City Mommy. Thank you, Julie, for sharing such a great pit stop! Visiting Kaleidoscope does take a little bit of planning. They open during scheduled sessions (daily), which you can see on their calendar page here (which also includes contact information to reserve a ticket). Tickets are recycled, so can only be … [Read more...]

Nike Town Portland

930 Southwest 6th Avenue Portland, OR Portland, Oregon offers a wealth of family-friendly attractions (in fact, I have so many to review, I'm behind!), but if you have a sports fan in your group, you'll want to spend some time at Nike Town. The world headquarters of all things Nike, Portland outdoes itself with this two-story retail center in downtown (near Pioneer Square). Kids (and adults) … [Read more...]

Bumper Jumpers Indoor Playground

4217 High Point Road Greensboro, NC This pit stop submitted by Pit Stops for Kids reader Kevin. Thank you, Kevin, for your submission! The largest indoor playground in North Carolina, Bumper Jumpers is the place to go to beat the summer heat and humidity (and winter doldrums)! Inside, you'll find 14,000 square feet of temperature-controlled fun: amazing inflatable play units, games, and … [Read more...]

Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park

175 W. Orchard Hayden, Idaho Located in Hayden, Idaho as part of the Triple Play Family Fun Park, Raptor Reef is a massive indoor water park that's easy to miss if you don't realize it's there. Stopping here makes for at least a half-day pit stop, but it's well worth mentioning because of its availability to the public (unlike many other indoor water parks attached to hotels such as nearby … [Read more...]

Kid Time! Discovery Experience

Kid Time!, previously K.I.D.S, is a great place to stop and play while driving I-5 or just visiting the Rogue Valley, especially if the weather isn't cooperating. A large, hands-on kids' museum and play space, Kid Time has lots of imaginary place areas, including a store, a kitchen, a lemonade stand, a full stage and costumes, a camping set-up complete with tent, picnic table, and camping … [Read more...]

Splash! Lively Park Swim Center

6100 Thurston Road Springfield, OR We've driven up and down I-5 through the state of Oregon dozens of times, but until a neighborhood family told us about it, we had no idea Splash! Lively Park Swim Center existed! A wonderful pitstop when you have two or more hours to spend, Splash is much more than a community pool; it's an indoor waterpark complete with a 144 foot slide, wave pool, water … [Read more...]

KidZone in Club Northwest

2160 N.W. Vine Street Grants Pass, Oregon You can't miss KidZone from I-5 (see photo of the outside of the building), but you will be left wondering what it is you're looking at, it's so poorly marked from the outside. Put simply, it's kid-heaven: 60,000 cubic feet of tubes, slides, and ball pits, housed within Club Northwest, a fitness and health club. It's open to the public, and while it … [Read more...]