Wet and Wild in Niagara Falls


Visiting Niagara Falls by far has been one of my family’s favorite memories from our road trip through Western New York state and Canada.  The fact that my son and nephew loved Niagara Falls most probably had something to do with getting wet.  The excitement of splashing water had them shrieking with joy when we […]

Top Picks for Kids at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


Washington, D.C.  is one of my favorite places to visit, and I love the Smithsonian.  Seriously, with so many museums and exhibits to choose from, there always is a reason to visit! Another great perk is that the Smithsonian museums are FREE! Okay, well I know the FREE part has your attention, but maybe you […]

Nine Family Favorite Attractions in San Diego


The minute you arrive in San Diego you will more than likely be greeted with sunny blue skies and warm temperatures with frequent cool coastal breezes.  It truly is picture perfect.  In addition to the gorgeous weather, San Diego also offers many fun family attractions that show off the city’s proud heritage and culture.  My […]

CSI: The Experience


Where can your kids learn about scientific principles and techniques that are used today by crime scene investigators and forensic scientist?  You most probably are thinking on the latest episode of Law and Order, NCIS or CSI.  Well, your family now can go to an interactive exhibit called CSI:  The Experience.  This exhibition incorporates elements from […]

12 Long Island Family Day Trips to Experience in 2012


Just east of New York City is the eleventh largest island in the United States.  It is a great, beautiful Long Island, and it has been my home for the last ten years.  Known for its gold coast and gorgeous beaches, Long Island also offers many cultural, historical and science-based attractions for families.  Proximity to Manhattan makes […]

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry


Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry has been on my family’s must-visit list for quite some time.  We recently made a trip to visit one of my best friends in Libertyville, which is in the suburbs of Chicago.  My son and I had a great time joining her family at what I now consider one of the […]

Discovering America through the National Park Service


Earlier this week I attended parent-teacher conference at my son’s Junior High School.  I experienced a “proud parenting” moment,  when the social studies teacher, Ms. Quinn referred to my son and said “sometimes he raises his hand and shares facts that I learned in college!”  I smiled and told her that we traveled frequently and […]

Top Ten Things to Do with Kids in the Big Easy


When you think of New Orleans, often it is not a place that you think of Bringing the kids on vacation.  As a native of the Crescent City area, let me tell you that it is a great family vacation destination!  Recently on a trip home to visit the family, I decided to incorporate a […]

Cape Cod


After what I have called my year of transition (new house, new job, new car),  I was looking to escape where I could leave all the craziness of my life behind for a couple of days. My aha moment came when I recalled a quote referencing Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau, ” A man […]

Digging for Diamonds


We visited the Herkimer Diamond Mines in Herkimer, New York last summer. Herkimer Diamonds are quartz crystals.  For $26 ($10 for adults & $8 for kids) we spent hours with our hammers cracking rocks, and we found many “diamonds.”  My dusty boys had a lot of fun looking for hidden treasures.  There is also a […]