May 01 2009

Best posts on Travels with Children from Apr 2009

Too much to keep up with? Here’s a quick digest of the top posts from the past month:
  • Roadtrip Planning: North Dakota
    Posted on Saturday, April 25th, 2009 in Travel – Comments: (12)
    I grew up in North Dakota, and have visited bits and pieces of it throughout my lifetime, but I’ve never really taken a good trip around the state.  It’s something I’d like to do with my kids, however, so I’ve begun putting a trip plan together.  I requested information from North Dakota Tourism, but while I’m waiting for it to arrive, I’m asking my readers what I should see.
  • The Mystery Machine
    Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009 in Family Travel – Comments: (14)
    We haven’t been anywhere terribly exciting lately, so this is the best I could come up with for this week’s Photo Friday entry.  This was in the parking lot at Walmart yesterday, and the kids begged me to park next to it.Besides, parking next to it made it easier to snap a photo.I’m pretty sure Shaggy and the gang didn’t have a carseat in their version, however.
  • Towel Art on the Carnival Liberty
    Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 in Travel – Comments: (12)
    One of the fun things about sailing with Carnival is that there is a towel creature in your room each night.  Not everyone gets the same critters, making for many dinner-table conversations of “what did you get today?”And so I present the towel art that we received throughout the week…Is Carnival the only line that does this? And am I the only one silly enough to blog about it?
  • Foshay Tower Observation Deck and Museum
    Posted on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 in Buildings and Monuments – Comments: (3)
    When I was a little girl who traveled to “the Cities” to visit family, I heard stories of when the Foshay Tower was the tallest building in Minneapolis before the “new” IDS building towered over it.  I remember the yellow ribbon that was tied around it–was it for the hostages in Iran?  Even when going up in the Sears Tower or the Empire State Building or the now-gone World Trade Center, I would wonder what Foshay was like.
  • Finding More Fun: Carnival of Family Travel, 04/29/2009
    Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 in Carnival of Family Travel – Comments: (7)
    Here’s this week’s list of my favorite family travel posts.  Some were submitted through the Carnival of Family Travel, and some I pulled from blogs I read regularly.I admit that my motivation is partly selfish for these posts; this is my way of bookmarking sites I’d like to visit someday, and by using the post tags, I can quickly pull up a list of family-friendly places to visit in a particular state or city.
  • Statue of Liberty
    Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 in National Park Service – Comments: (4)
    Although we’d given the kids itineraries and maps so they could follow along during our trip, circumstances changed along the way and we ended up with an opportunity to surprise them with a trip to the Statue of Liberty.We chose to park at Liberty State Park in New Jersey rather than try to deal with traffic and parking in Manhattan.
  • Toilet Art in Minnesota
    Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2009 in Minnesota – Comments: (16)
    I took a different road when I went shopping yesterday. Even though I try to take different routes whenever possible, somehow I hadn’t wound my way down this route before.Is it really sad that I actually turned around to go back and take a picture so I could share it with all of you?It just goes to show, you never know what you’ll find if you go off the beaten path.
  • Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania
    Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 in Tours – Comments: (8)
    One place we went out of our way to see was the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania.  It promised creativity and learning how crayons and markers are made, and we thought it would be a lot of fun.We were wrong.The “factory” isn’t really a factory, and I knew that going in.  They have a room with a seating area where you can watch a staff member make a few crayons and markers behind a glass wall, if the equipment is working properly.
  • Just Go! Visit a Museum Before It’s Closed.
    Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2009 in Museums – Comments: (10)
    I just finished reading a news release from the Minnesota Historical Society that outlines likely cuts in service due to an expected 16% funding reduction.  It is a reminder that we need to travel and explore now, rather than waiting for a rainy day.This is a lesson I learned the hard way a few months ago.  Two museums in downtown St.
  • Rules for Parents at Children’s Museums
    Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 in Children’s Museums – Comments: (9)
    We’ve been to a lot of children’s museums, and the kids always have fun.  As a parent, however, the crowds, costs, and other parents can get under my skin.  As a result of much experience and observation, I present these rules for adults, in the hopes that it will make the trip more enjoyable for everyone. Dress your kids in comfortable clothes.
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