Legoland California’s Star Wars miniland and water park

While we were in Southern California last week, I had the opportunity to stop by one of our favorite theme parks for the younger set: Legoland California. We love Legoland for their whimsical, primarily-colored theme, their young … [Read more...]

Smart city touring with Smart Destinations’ Summer Fun and Go Select

This summer, our family really got around. We flew to New York City and toured cities and vacation hot spots along the Eastern Seaboard, then returned home to the west coast in time to visit Southern California theme parks and beaches. In between, we … [Read more...]

Disney done right: how to survive (and thrive!) in summer crowds

The first advice I offer any family asking how to get the most from their Disney theme park experience is to visit in the off-season. Of course, such a plan isn’t always realistic. If your only option is to visit Walt Disney World or the Disneyland … [Read more...]

Disney done right: a stay at the Disneyland Hotel

Until last week, my family and I had never stayed on-site at the Disneyland Resort, despite numerous trips to the theme parks. After last week’s stay, I may never visit Disney any other way. Our night at the newly improved Disneyland Hotel granted … [Read more...]

Universal Studios Hollywood with kids and tweens

It's been years since we've ventured any further north than Anaheim in search of theme parks during our annual vacation to Southern California, so in late July, we braved the commute up I-5 from Orange County to Los Angeles to revisit Universal … [Read more...]