I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: cruising with kids is never a bad idea. Never. Taking a cruise with your kids is capable of giving parents the best of two worlds; a family vacation AND a couples-only getaway. Cruising with kids AND with Disney is like getting the best of four different worlds. Which is otherwordly, obviously. Now, with Disney Cruise Line’s new Marvel Day At Sea program on 15 sailings starting this fall, the experience of a family cruise gets out of this world too. Enjoy epic, once in a lifetime family cruises featuring the...Read More
Jeff Bogle is an at-home dad who writes about fatherhood, family travel, and All Things Childhood on his site Out With The Kids. His stories have also been featured on The Huffington Post, Esquire and PBS Kids, among other print and online outlets. He is married to an adorable redheaded gal with whom he has two remarkable tween daughters who provide countless hours of humorous in-home entertainment. He considers himself one of the luckiest guys in the world, although he needs to be reminded of this fact from time to time
We were beat tired. Tired like the punchlines from her kid sister’s joke book. The two of us, dad and daughter. We’d completely run out of steam. After a long night and early morning of driving… After 75 minutes of hurling ourselves around a frozen curling court… After hours spent traipsing all over Canada’s cosmopolitan capital city on foot… We straight up ditched our plans to trek across Ottawa for a haute dinner of local fare. That’s what we’d usually do. We’d find a neighborhood joint, we’d assimilate. Like we did at the Indian place for a mid-day snack...Read More
The ride at least was impeccably smooth. Thanks to Kia and their supple Sedona for that. Everything else about and during our cross country family road trip? Well, that’s a wee bit more complicated. It took our two-week, one-way summertime drive from the Carnival Cruise port of Seattle to the driveway of our suburban Philly home to realize what we probably already knew, deep down, but didn’t want to admit: Long, sprawling, exhausting family road trips aren’t our thing anymore. This summer’s cross country trip proved an awfully expensive and nearly treacherous lesson. But isn’t that the way it...Read More
I’ve attended exactly one Free Comic Book Day in my life. This was a few years back, during the heyday of Art Baltazar’s Tiny Titans comics which was the slow birth of my own daughters’ interest in anything fictionally superheroic. I cannot recall anything we took home gratis on that day or any comics we may have purchased (and really, you should make a purchase on Free Comic Book Day). What I do remember vividly about our one and only Free Comic Book Day is the black and gold WMMR radio station banner that hung from the rectangular table at...Read More
Even the most prideful Hoosier would admit, in an honest moment, that theirs isn’t the hippest of tourist destinations. You’ll get no “oohs” and “aahs” upon announcing to your Facebook friends that you’re “off to Indiana!” for vacation. This, however, does not mean that your family should skip past this Midwestern state and its capital city on your way to Chicago and St. Louis, or to Philly, NYC, and D.C. We spent the opening weekend of our three-week, cross-country road trip in 2015 in Indy – a Fourth of July in the heartland – and came away extremely impressed with...Read More
Throughout my tedious, all-boy private high school years, I was teased unmercifully because my classmates thought I was gay. It was the early 90’s, when the bullying, teasing and name-calling happened face to face not on Twitter. I take some semblance of comfort in that. With no male friends and even fewer girlfriends during those looong four years of high school, I was an easy mark. It didn’t help my cause that I was fat, thoroughly unhip, a sports fan but not at all athletic, and that I flatly refused to talk about girls and the female anatomy the...Read More
You may not know it, but we’re alive in the Golden Age of Family Music. It’s the golden age of live kids music too. However, aside from Sirius XM Kids Place Live (channel 78!), the occasional blurb in People Magazine or USA Today, podcasts like my OWTK Kids Music Monthly, the Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl and Spare the Rock, hardly anyone is paying attention. That’s a real shame because there’s never been a better time to be a music-loving family. All over the U.S., there are passionate, talented musicians putting a fresh spin on music for children and their...Read More
Thanks to a late start from Kansas City, then stops in Topeka to see the outstanding Brown v. Board of Education site, and in Manhattan to peruse the Kansas State University bookstore (what can I say, my youngest daughter loves purple and cats), we didn’t even get the thrill of a daytime Rocky Mountain approach to Denver. And then came the rain. So much rain. It was a rough nine-hour driving day that didn’t end until we tossed our keys to the valet just before midnight. Thankfully, Hilton’s mobile check-in had us on our way up to a top...Read More
Her choice of clothes, hair styles and what she’ll pull out of her lunch box every day at school have been hers since she could confidently make those decisions on her own. My oldest daughter enjoyed her first real taste of autonomy though while traveling as a tween in May 2016. My big kid’s tweenage Independence Day arrived during a family cruise vacation on the Carnival Vista. We were in the Mediterranean Sea at the time, somewhere between Marseille, France and the Italian port city of Livorno that we were told serves as a gateway to Florence and Pisa...Read More
We’d been to Naples Italy once before, for a hot minute. It didn’t go so well. It should have been an easy in and out. All we needed to do in Naples was go from the central train station to a centrally located Hertz rental car location — just a couple of blocks on foot — then drive south out of town toward Sorrento. And yet, even with a bare minimum of Napoli touch points required, we were made miserable by a city than seemed to us to be too dirty, too aggressive and too unwelcoming to visitors. Many...Read More
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