Photo Friday: Easter Abroad

Easter display at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Scotland
Easter display at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Scotland

There's something a little magical about seeing holiday decorations when you travel, isn't there? I just loved this Easter table in the lobby of the Balmoral Hotel in Scotland.

Related Links
Scotland with Kids
Balmoral Hotel with Kids

What is Photo Friday?

  • Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated.
  • The focus of the post should be on your photo.
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well!
  • It's nice to include a few sentences about the photo, but it is not required.
  • Link back here so that your readers can see all the other great Photo Friday posts.

Sneaking Education into a Spring Break Trip

For me, Spring Break signals the coming end of the school year and the transition towards the lazy days of summer, so I like to plan a spring break that balances both relaxation and a chance to learn about the world around us. That doesn’t mean we’ll spend our entire week in museums, though. With a little creativity, your kids can add to their learning wherever you go.

Hands on Area in the Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall
Hands on Area in the Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall

I've been invited by Residence Inn to contribute to their Family Travel Talk Forum on Facebook this year. I'm joining several other blogging parents and I'm excited to see it shape up as a lively forum where we can share tips about traveling with kids. This month I am posting about how to balance learning with fun on a family vacation, and I hope you'll join me there!

Here are some hands-on ways kids can learn on almost any trip:

  • Before you go, look for children’s books set in the destinations you’ll be visiting. Fiction books tend to be the most engaging, but some non-fiction books, like the Horrible Histories series, will capture a leisure reader’s interest too.
  • Living history museums and native cultural centers almost always have hands-on activities where kids get so engrossed in what they’re doing that they forget they’re learning!
  • Science and nature are everywhere. A pocket-sized magnifying glass lets your child check out everything from the grains of sand on the beach to the budding flowers in your hotel’s flowerbed.
  • Factory tours are a great way to both learn about how things are built, and to get a peek inside the working world
  • Flying or drive time is a great time to practice school skills, but you’ll only get groans if you break out school-like worksheets. Look for workbooks, toys and stories that are fun enough to hold interest, but provide kids with some practice for new skills. Teacher supply stores can be a great resource, and the iPhone app store is full of educational games.
  • Local camps can provide access to resources or destinations that don't exist in your hometown. Look for nature camps, sailing, robotics or explorer camps and call ahead to find out whether a one-day drop-in is possible. The side benefit is that you might just get a few hours of alone time with your spouse!

Reader Question
What about you? Have you tried any of the ideas above? Do you have tricks for enriching your
vacations? Let me know on Residence Inn's Family Travel Talk Forum

Welcome Seattle's Child Readers

I had the super fun experience of being interviewed for our local parenting magazine, Seattle's Child this month They even featured my family (well, those of us who weren't battling a cold) on the cover!

Seattle's Child cover photo March 2014
Seattle's Child cover photo March 2014

Here's the full text of the interview in case you haven't read it and would like to: An Interview with Debbie Dubrow

About DeliciousBaby
DeliciousBaby is about Traveling with Young Kids. We have lots of tips and helpful advice to make your family vacation easier and more enjoyable. If you are new to DeliciousBaby, you might want to check out some of these useful links and resources:

About TripDoc

TripDoc iPhone app organizes your travels and stops you from getting lost
TripDoc iPhone app organizes your travels and stops you from getting lost
My husband and I developed the TripDoc iPhone app to help us make order out of travel recommendations from friends, magazines, and guidebooks. You give TripDoc a list of all the places you want to visit (your hotel, restaurants, activities, etc) and it finds and plots them all on a single map so that you won't forget a thing. At your destination, you can use the TripDoc map to plan your days, see what's near you, and find your way around. Keep notes about what you like, and then send your recommendations to friends or family!

Tripdoc is available in the iTunes app store for just $2.99 and I hope you'll check it out!

Photo Friday: Ice Skating

Darya gives ice skating a try
Darya gives ice skating a try

If you travel over the holidays, it can be tricky to find activities on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. One trick we've learned is to look for zoos, ice rinks, movie theaters, ski slopes, and of course public parks.

Related Links
Seattle with Kids

What is Photo Friday?

  • Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated.
  • The focus of the post should be on your photo.
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well!
  • It's nice to include a few sentences about the photo, but it is not required.
  • Link back here so that your readers can see all the other great Photo Friday posts.

Book Review: My Father's Shop

The Scoop My Father's Shop is a cute, easy to relate to, story about a boy helping out in his father's carpet shop in Morocco. The illustrations do a great job of transporting the reader to a bustling Middle Eastern market and the story has a wonderful message about how people can relate to one another even if they're from different cultures.

My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa
My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa

Can you remember being a child? Wanting to be part of your parent's world, but also feeling bored with the technical details of how it all worked? My Father's Shop captures that feeling through the story of a young boy helping out in his father's Morrocan carpet shop. Bored with his father's lessons, young Mustafa goes running through the market with an old carpet over his head - and in his jubilance draws in a bustling chain of tourists who follow him back to the shop - teaching him their own native languages along the way.

My Father's Shop has been in my personal library for years, and I've read it over and over again to my kids. It's a great read for kids age 2-6.

My Father's Shop - A fun tale about a Middle Eastern carpet shop
My Father's Shop - A fun tale about a Middle Eastern carpet shop
Related Links
Buy: My Father's Shop (affiliates link)
Children's Books and Toys for a trip to the Middle East

Disclosure: I purchased this book myself, but whenever I receive a free product or service, I will always let you know. If you buy a product through one of my Amazon links, I do receive a small commission, and that income helps me keep this site going.

Sightseeing in Your Hometown

Chandelier at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle
Chandelier at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle

I've been invited by Residence Inn to contribute to their Family Travel Talk Forum on Facebook this year. We're a few months in, and it has been fun to see the forum become a place where traveling parents share thoughts and information..

This month I'm writing about tips for feeling like you've had a vacation even when you don't leave your hometown here and I hope you'll share your own tips as well.

Photo Friday: E Ticket

Disneyland Ticket Book with E-Tickets intact
Disneyland Ticket Book with E-Tickets intact

I spent most of this week helping my mom clean out her office. As a small reward, look what I found!

What is Photo Friday?

  • Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated.
  • The focus of the post should be on your photo.
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well!
  • It's nice to include a few sentences about the photo, but it is not required.
  • Link back here so that your readers can see all the other great Photo Friday posts.

Photo Friday: Ahhh, summer

Hiking on Mount Hood in Oregon
Hiking on Mount Hood in Oregon

Hope you are getting outside and enjoying the best of our summer weather!

What is Photo Friday?

  • Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated.
  • The focus of the post should be on your photo.
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well!
  • It's nice to include a few sentences about the photo, but it is not required.
  • Link back here so that your readers can see all the other great Photo Friday posts.

Photo Friday:

Hiking on Mt Hood
Hiking on Mt Hood

We've been working on doing more hiking with our kids this summer. It's not always easy, but the kids are starting to enjoy it, even when they're tired (or maybe they just enjoy the snacks I bring along).

What tips do you have for hiking with kids?

What is Photo Friday?

  • Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated.
  • The focus of the post should be on your photo.
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well!
  • It's nice to include a few sentences about the photo, but it is not required.
  • Link back here so that your readers can see all the other great Photo Friday posts.

Book Review: Pueblo Girls: Growing Up in Two Worlds

The Scoop Pueblo Girls: Growing Up in Two Worlds gives a straightforward view into what it's like to live in today's Pueblos. The storyline isn't super engaging, but if you're headed to New Mexico or Arizona it's a nice way to give your kids a realistic view into a world that is at once very similar to their own and also very different.

Pueblo Girls: Growing Up in Two Worlds
Pueblo Girls: Growing Up in Two Worlds

When we're traveling, even with the kids, it can be tough to feel like we've connected with the way people live now. We can see there homes, we can read about or enjoy museum exhibits about the history, but what is it like to blend old and new in the real world? Pueblo Girls: Growing Up in Two Worlds attempts to answer that with photos and descriptive text about two girls who live in the San Ildefonso Pueblo twenty-two miles north of Santa Fe. It's a fact filled book that shows pictures of home, school, and local ceremonies. Though the storyline isn't strong enough for kids to develop a true connection to the two girls, Pueblo Girls is great background for kids visiting New Mexico or Arizona.

Related Links
Buy:Pueblo Girls: Growing Up in Two Worlds (affiliates link)
Children's Books about New Mexico Children's Travel Books

Disclosure: I purchased this book myself, but whenever I receive a free product or service, I will always let you know. If you buy a product through one of my Amazon links, I do receive a small commission, and that income helps me keep this site going.