July 16, 2018

Family Vacation At The Grand Hotel

If you're planning a family vacation to Mackinac Island, there's a good chance you've heard of the Grand Hotel. It's won a ton of awards over the years, and have been included in countless lists like┬áTravel + Leisure's Best All-Inclusive Hotels in 2018.┬áSo, what's it like to stay overnight at the Grand Hotel with kids? I've stayed there this summer and wrote about my family's experience. It's a … [More...]

July 13, 2018

What’s New At Nebraska State Parks Near Omaha

List of what has opened at the Nebraska Venture Parks and what is planned

There are a lot of updates happening at four Nebraska state parks and state recreation areas near Omaha, including an addition of a ropes course, "glamping" cabins, and an aqua playground. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission calls them Outdoor Venture Parks. Here's a look at what's new and what's coming. What's great for us is that these parks are located within about 30 miles of Omaha. For … [More...]

July 12, 2018

48 Hours In Traverse City With Kids

Family-friendly things to do in Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan, is the kind of lakeside town that will have you planning your return visit before you even leave. My family visited for two days during our epic Michigan road trip. We were reluctant to move on when it was time. Blame the lakefront view from our balcony. Blame the proximity to gorgeous parks. Blame MOOmers. Disclosure: My visit was hosted by Traverse City Tourism. All … [More...]

July 9, 2018

Tips For Visiting Blank Park Zoo In Des Moines

Tips for visiting Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa

Blank Park Zoo is a hidden gem that's a bit off the beaten path in Des Moines, Iowa. My family is most familiar with the downtown area and, of course, Adventureland; however, we decided this summer, it was time to pay this zoo a visit. I'm glad we did! I just wish we had allowed more time to explore - we visited on the last day of a great weekend in Des Moines. Disclosure: Our trip was … [More...]

July 6, 2018

24 Hours On Mackinac Island With Kids

Day Itinerary For Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island, Mich., is almost too good to be true. This little, car-free island has been named by TripAdvisor the No. 1 summer destination and, at one point, one of the top islands to visit in the world. Imagine horse-drawn carriages, beautifully restored building, and spectacular views of Lake … [More...]

July 3, 2018

8 Great Places To Get Ice Cream In Omaha

When the weather is hot, there is no other dessert besides ice cream. (Seriously, I asked and I was ridiculed because really, is there anything better?) We have many great options for ice cream in Omaha, but few can top the ones on this list. If you have a favorite or a recommendation that isn't on … [More...]