Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Tips for Air Travel with Small Children

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Air travel with young children isn’t always easy, and some of the struggles start before you board the plane. I hope these simple tips can help you manage your child and gear before, during and after you board the airplane and make the entire air travel experience more pleasant. If possible, aim for direct flights […]

Get Outta Town: Pismo Beach

Photo by Mark Combellick

Not far south of the San Francisco Bay Area you will find Pismo Beach. From San Jose, the drive is just a little over three hours. A very doable drive at night or in the early morning with kids who take naps. Besides the beach, Pismo is surrounded by other fun communities like San Luis […]

Best of the Forum: Where to Go in Europe This Summer?


My husband and I would like to spend 5 days in Europe this June kid free. We are traveling direct from NYC. Besides Paris, what other cities are worth looking into? Please recommend someplace that we can mix 2 days of touring with some beach / pool relaxation, as well as good food.

Summertime Tips: Camping, Travel and Activities

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Summer is here! Now is the time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather with your kids. PAMP has a bountiful resource of ideas for summertime activities, including tips on nearby camping, how to make travel easy and where to take your kids on day trips. There are also book suggestions, safe swimming pointers […]

Member Musings: Public Transit with Kids?


We like to BART. And take other modes of public transportation, too. But yes, BART is my favorite. Of course it’s great for the environment, and often times it sure beats sitting in Bay Area traffic. But it’s more than that…

Post-Vacation Sleep Blues

Photo by Rebecca Alison

Even if your kids are sleeping well and you have a great routine, a vacation can throw a wrench in the works. Most of us can make it through even the worst sleep situations while on our trip, but when you return home, you want everything to fall back into place, right? Sometimes returning from […]

Get Outta Town: Monterey Day Trip

Photo courtesy of Kelsey Martinez

Looking for an easy getaway with great sites and delicious eateries? As a local from the San Francisco Bay area, you already know about one of our most popular gems — Monterey. It’s famous for Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as 17-Mile Drive, which winds through Pebble Beach into Carmel-by-the-Sea and […]

Travel Sleep Tips: Keep Calm and Carry On

Photo by Travis Seitler

Summer is now in full swing and that means travel for many families. If you have traveled with young children before, you know that it’s likely this adventure will create upheaval with even the best sleepers. Here are a few favorite tips to help keep your kids’ sleep on track when you travel. Set up […]

Get Outta Town: Kansas City

Photo courtesy of Kelsey Combellick

Kansas City (KC) straddles two states—Kansas and Missouri—and offers fun things to do for families in both. In fact, Budget Travel named KC as one of its top places for an affordable getaway in 2012. Additionally, according to the Visit KC website, there are 33 free activities for travelers on a budget (note: not all […]

Get Outta Town: San Luis Obispo

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San Luis Obispo, or SLO as the locals call it, is an often-overlooked destination for a fun day or weekend trip on the Central Coast. The temperature in SLO is fairly mild, but temperatures can get as high as 80 degrees during the day in the early spring. What to Do:

Get Outta Town: Orange County

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Are you a Monterey maven? A Portland pro? With the new Get Outta Town feature, the PAMP newsletter is seeking travel tips for your favorite family-friendly day trips and vacation destinations. Help your fellow members take some of the guesswork out of getting away with the kids, and meet your volunteer commitment at the same […]

Traveling with Young Children

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Does even the thought of traveling with young children give you chills? Yes, it can be a daunting task, but I’m here to tell you that it can be done! My family and I moved abroad a few years back and ended up living in Europe for almost four years. In that time I planned […]

3 Steps to a Safer Summer of Splashing

Photo courtesy of Anya Hall

Water is such an amazing gift from Mother Nature. We drink it, bathe in it, grow gardens with it, and splash and play in it. Although water is something we can’t live without, it can also be a danger. Water can be life giving and life taking. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death […]

Learning on the Go


As a teacher, the question I am asked most frequently come May is, “Besides reading to and with my child, how can I best support their continued learning during the summer months?”  Parents are shocked when instead of handing them a 3-inch thick packet of worksheets I simply suggest playing fun, educational games with their […]

ISO: Easy Camping/Glamping Ideas

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I’d like to take my two-year-old camping this summer but my husband would need a hot shower and plug for the hairdryer. Years ago, we went to a beautiful place called TreeBone Resort in Big Sur that would fit all these criteria (plus free breakfast and pool!) but they don’t allow young kids. Does anyone […]