Why First Tracks ski tickets are worth the splurge

More and more family ski resorts are now offering First Tracks ski tickets. What is First Tracks? It's a ski ticket add-on that allows the bearer to access the slopes earlier than the general public. Usually, First Tracks programs start at 7:30 am, … [Read more...]

Spooky Pit Stops: Find a corn maze in 47 states!

Even so-called 'family friendly' haunted houses have become more and more frightening in the past few years, making us less enthusiastic about recommending them. If you're looking for some Halloween family fun that doesn't involve ultra-scary haunted … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Fall styles from Aventura Clothing

I'm happy to announce that once again, I have signed on to be an ambassador for Aventura Clothing. What does this mean to you? Just like last year, Pit Stops for Kids readers will get 60% off all Aventura Clothing. To get a 60% off Aventura Clothing … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Best water bottles for kids

Next up in the Travel Gear We Use series: best water bottles for kids! We go absolutely nowhere without our water bottles...one per family member. They need to be durable, spill proof, fit in car cupholders and backpack water bottle pockets, and be … [Read more...]

Where to eat with kids on Kauai North Shore

Eating out is one of the most expensive aspects of any family vacation, right after airfare and lodging. When your vacation is in the Hawaiian islands, the cost can be even higher. Wondering where to eat with kids that won't break the bank? We … [Read more...]

Hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast (with teens to toddlers)

You don’t have to be a through-hiker with a backcountry permit and backpacking equipment to experience Kauai’s Na Pali Coast.Yes, the further you hike, the more you’ll see, but it’s entirely possible to hike just half a day and see enough to be … [Read more...]

Packing tip: How to pack only a carry on!

Have you lost luggage lately? Not much fun, is it? How about those baggage fees? Not a fan. But can an entire family really pack carry-on only? Yes! We've done it for years, for everything from a weekend trip to two weeks away. We're full of packing … [Read more...]

Guide to Whidbey Island State Parks

Whidbey Island, Washington is known for its picturesque coastline and pastoral setting. It's true that Whidbey, located north of Seattle, offers abundant farm stands and a healthy agri-tourism trade, but many families --including mine!-- had no idea … [Read more...]

Travel gear we use: sun protection clothing for kids and adults

Today in Travel Gear We Use, we're talking about best sun protection clothing for kids and adults. If your family plans to visit a warm-weather spring break destination, it's time to make sure you have the right gear to protect everyone from the sun. … [Read more...]

Educational Travel: End of the Oregon Trail Museum

Historic Oregon City marks the official end of the Oregon Trail. It's also home to the best Oregon history museum you've probably overlooked. Only minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon City and its End of the Oregon Trail Museum is easy to access … [Read more...]