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Places to go camping with a 5- and 7-year-old near New Orleans?

My SO's kids are becoming a bigger part of my life, and she and I would like to start taking them on camping trips as a way to have fun, bond, introduce them to the outdoors, and find some precious peace and quiet out away from the roar of the city. We live in New Orleans, Louisiana; what are some good places to take them for weekend camping adventures? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Sep 1, 2014 - 3 answers

What do you think--folding bikes for kids?

I should start by saying I'm a big fan of folding bikes and have been using one to commute to work for the last 8 years.(Brompton SL-2) We have two girls who can now both ride bikes, and are living overseas in the UAE. We can buy bikes where we live but the prices are higher and the selection's a bit limited. I'm thinking of buying a pair of Dahon Boardwalk single speed coaster break folders and bringing them back when we return next week. Has anyone tried folding bikes for kids? I've had our older daughter ride my Brompton--she does fine on it. My sense is they would not be as excited about them initially as opposed to something more kid-like, but that over time it would just come to be seen as what it is--a bicycle we can bring anywhere. I'm wondering if others in the MeFi community have tried folding bikes with kids--have they worked size wise? Lasted over the years? Or languished in a corner of the garage?
posted by teddyb109 on Aug 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Good town to visit in Spain in the summer with young kids?

What's a good town or smallish city in Spain to visit in the summer with kids (ages 2 and 5) in tow? We're looking at 3 weeks in late July/August, and would prefer a walkable place that's on a train line (or are they all?) so we wouldn't have to rent a car to explore locally or beyond. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Advice for American family going to the Algarve in August?

Mr. TEA, preschooler TEA, and I are going from our home in the U.S. to the Algarve next month to visit family for a few weeks. This will be the first trip out of the U.S. for our preschooler, and the first trip back in a long while for us adults. What advice can you give us about how to help our preschooler prepare for the trip? About what to do as a family while we're there? About traveling with kids in the Algarve?
posted by TEA on Jul 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Keep my baby from getting sick from the airplane

We traveled a couple of weeks ago, and my 7 month old got a respiratory virus and got very sick. Sent from pediatrician's office to ER to PICU sick. Based on timing, Occam's Razor says she caught it on the plane. We will be flying again in a few weeks. I would like practical tips for things we can do on the plane to minimize the risk of her getting sick again. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jun 13, 2014 - 11 answers

From Massachusetts to Mount Desert Island, This Land Belongs to You & Me

Thoughts on our New England itinerary? Drive Pittsburgh to Boston then up to Salem, Gloucester, Rockport, Portsmouth (I saw the great thread on the kid trips centered around Portsmouth), Portland, Acadia National Park and back bypassing Boston on the return. [more inside]
posted by RoadScholar on Jun 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Stockholm with little kids

We will be spending four days in Stockholm in the middle of June, with two boys, three and six years old. We've got the standard order guidebook suggestions (Vasa Museum, Skansen, etc.) of things to do, but I'd really love some suggestions of fun things for kids, or even just playgrounds for them to run around when they have had enough of Vikings and whatnot. They tend to be very excited about all modes of transportation, so trams, ferries, etc are a bonus. We will be staying near Ostermalm.
posted by ambrosia on Jun 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me fly alone with two small kids: airport gate pass edition

In the near future, I will be flying alone several times with a 3.5 year old and a 7 month old. Lucky me. On at least some occasions, I will have someone bringing us to the airport or meeting us on the other end. I hear it's theoretically possible for that person to obtain a gate pass, and help us get to the plane (or meet us when we get off). We'll be fine ON the plane, but having help in the airport would be a real sanity saver. I know that gate passes are not handed out like candy and generally require cause. Does this constitute cause? What are your experiences with requesting / obtaining / being refused gate passes? Does it help to call ahead? Who would you call? Bonus points if you can speak specifically to Chicago O'Hare, Atlanta Hartsfield, or Panama City, FL.
posted by telepanda on May 23, 2014 - 20 answers

Crazy worry Wart Dad needs advice for kids

Both my young adult children are going to France 1 for school the other just because. I need some advice? [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Apr 9, 2014 - 21 answers

(Europe?) Vacation with two young kids

Where in the world should we take a two week vacation in late May with a toddler and an infant? We'll be traveling from southeast Asia to the US and can basically fly anywhere on the way back at no charge. (We'll still have to pay for lodging, food, entertainment, etc.). We're leaning towards somewhere in Europe, but are open to other ideas. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Would you go ahead with a trip to DC this coming week given the weather?

My family and I are set to travel by train to DC for a week of enrichment during our Mardi Gras break. The weather looks like it has the potential to close museums etc. and make us fairly uncomfortable for the significant walking from place to place. We could cancel it all and set out for something warmer tomorrow, but is my concern overblown? We're going tomorrow through Friday. The potential for closures and outages is the biggest factor, I guess.
posted by zangpo on Mar 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Unique, fun, and generally awesome vacations to take with an 8 year old?

Tell me some of the coolest car-based trips you've taken with your kids! Bonus if it's east coast U.S. based, also bonus if you're a single parent without a partner to help wrangle / engage in adult conversation. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by missrachael on Feb 12, 2014 - 21 answers

Flying to Hong Kong with kids - How to choose a flight?

We're flying to Hong Kong with our 2 young kids. We need help figuring out the best route and the best way to buy tickets. [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Jan 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Family of three, two last names. Problem?

When I got married I never changed my last name. We're pregnant now (yay!), and thinking the baby will have my last name. Dad will likely big picking kiddo up from daycare/school a lot and we'll be traveling internationally a lot (Oz-US). How big a deal is it if dad has a different surname? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jan 25, 2014 - 43 answers

Roman Holiday (kid friendly version)

Next week, my 10 year old daughter and I will be in Rome for 3 days; what should we see? [more inside]
posted by oclipa on Oct 14, 2013 - 8 answers

stop the yelling

I'm embarking on a 20 hour drive with a 4 1/2 year old and an almost-2 year old. Hit me with your best travel games/activities/snacks. Specific requirements inside. Bonus challenge: Terrible books on tape. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Aug 8, 2013 - 22 answers

Family trip for Spring 2014

suggestions for a trip for four adults, four kids (two ~1, two ~5). About a week in Feb-April 2014. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Jun 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Food...for a kid...on a plane.

Seeking suggestions for non-perishable foodstuffs to feed a toddler while flying cross country. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 23, 2013 - 22 answers

Sac-SLC-Denver road trip with a five-year-old

We're road-tripping from Sacramento to Salt Lake City to Denver with our five-year-old, and are looking for tips on routes and places to stop. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on May 13, 2013 - 8 answers

In Portland, OR for a week with a toddler. What shouldn't I miss?

We're going to Portland for a week-long vacation (and maybe a moving trial run) in a few days. We've visited before, but this time we're taking our 2-year-old daughter, and I wanted to ask if there are any great toddler friendly destinations or day trips that we shouldn't miss. Any tips on kid-friendly restaurants and organic grocery shopping in NW Portland are also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mmc on Apr 29, 2013 - 16 answers

Father-son weekend in Milwaukee

Help me plan an awesome father-son trip to Milwaukee with my 7-year-old! [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Aug 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Name one kid-friendly activity between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Norfolk, Nebraska.

Taking a road trip with a 6 year-old and an 8 year-old around Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, it must end in Norfolk. Looking for ways to make it fun for the kids. Open to quick stops or day+ diversions, happy to drive out of the way if the cost/benefit is there as the time-line is open-ended. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by LowellLarson on Aug 13, 2012 - 5 answers

How safe is this Parisian neighborhood?

If I show you a neighborhood in Paris, can you tell me how safe it is for a family with kids? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jul 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Nerd & Nerdling in the Nation's Capitol

Grown-up nerd and seven year-old nerdling are visiting Washington D.C. next week. ISO amusement, entertainment, novelty and awesomeness. Snowflakes aplenty inside. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jun 29, 2012 - 36 answers

Europe with a toddler?

Is France or Italy better for a 2-year old? [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Jun 29, 2012 - 18 answers

A couple of days outside of Moscow

Where should I go for a couple of days outside of Moscow with my young son? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Sometimes we hear banjos and pigs squealing out there in the woods and it's scary...

We live in the sticks. I'd like to take my 7-year-old out to where the people are! Can you help me conceive an awesome, week-long-ish trip for $1000 or less? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Feb 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Business trips when you have a toddler at home

How do you make business travel as painless as possible when you have a toddler at home? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Jan 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Travel with toddlers to NYC. Looking for fun, amenities, e

Travel with kids filter: Going to NYC with young kids, wife busy with work, I need to entertain, suggest fun fun fun! Hotels. Cool toy stores. Weirdness! I heart NYC, I want my kids to heart NYC, enlighten me. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on Jan 7, 2012 - 29 answers

Trip to universal with 11yo niece!

Trip to Universal Studios in Orlando with an 11yo! Suggestions on where to stay and podcasts, books, etc to listen to in the car on the way down? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Jan 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Kid-friendly accomodation in close proximity to Port Jackson

Where to stay in Sydney when the kids are along for the ride? [more inside]
posted by N-stoff on Oct 18, 2011 - 5 answers

What are family-friendly destinations in Thailand accessible by train?

What are family-friendly destinations in Thailand accessible by train? [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Sep 19, 2011 - 5 answers

What to do with kids in London?

Tell me cool things to do with kids in London! [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Sep 8, 2011 - 29 answers

Family fun in Travers City

Please recommend things to do in Traverse City, MI for a family of four. [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity on Jun 30, 2011 - 6 answers

It's raining buckets here in Spruce Pine N.C. What fun inside things are around for two kids and two grandparents?

Help me find fun activities near Spruce Pine N.C. for two kids (6 & 4) and their grandparents when it's pouring down rain. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jun 20, 2011 - 4 answers

How do foreign visitors find a local doctor in the USA?

I'm going to be visiting New Orleans with my kids. We try to go every year and this trip we'll be staying around a month. I'd like to have a regular doctor or medical practice so that I don't need to visit a hospital emergency room for something minor. We have travel insurance, and most of our party will be US citizens.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jun 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Prost!

Visiting Germany -- Munich, Garmisch, Frankfurt -- your favorite places to stay, eat and see! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Apr 11, 2011 - 11 answers

iWant my kid to have fun with an iPad while we travel

My 8-year-old son and I are about to go on a trip which will require two 6-hour plane trips. A friend is going to lend me an iPad to take on the trip. So what can I load on it to amuse my kid? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 9, 2011 - 29 answers

What are some fun, small and lesser known cities in Europe?

What are some fun, small and lesser known cities in Europe? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Jan 22, 2011 - 48 answers

Father/son overnight trip, driving distance from Louisville. Where?

Midwest travel recommendation: Looking for a fun overnight trip for me and my eight-year-old boy, within a three-hour drive of Louisville. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jan 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Traveling in India

What are the best things to do with my family during our trip to Southern India? [more inside]
posted by bove on Oct 19, 2010 - 12 answers

9 Year-Old Girl Takes Manhattan

My niece is turning 9 this week and will be visiting Manhattan with her parents over Thanksgiving. I'd like to get her a gift like a coloring book, bingo game, or map where she can track where she's been while she's there. Something that requires a little research on her part beforehand would be great; YA historical stuff or mysteries is sort of what I'm looking for. (She's reading at a 5th grade level). I'd like to steer clear of electronic stuff if possible; paper and crayons/pencils type of thing.
posted by dolface on Oct 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Ten days in Paris with a kid!

I'm taking my almost-7-year-old daughter to Paris next week for 10 days. It is a surprise for her. Aside from the obvious, what should we make sure to do and see? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Jul 1, 2010 - 35 answers

Help me plan a 2-day trip to New York with my wife and young children.

Help me plan a 2-day trip to New York with my wife and young children. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Mar 25, 2010 - 19 answers

Follow the yellow brick road! And take Munchkinland with you.

18 People traveling together! How do we arrange this without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Mar 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Anchored down in Anchorage . . . What to do?

Anchorage, next week. What's going on? What should I check out? Where can I take some lively kids? Take a family to dinner? Hide with my laptop? [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac on Mar 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Attention Norwegians! Norway on the Cheap? (Yes, That's cRaZy!)

Six weeks in Norway, (next to) no money, and a 13yo travel companion. How do we see the most educational/enjoyable things in and around Oslo without me having to sell him to a traveling Russian circus by week three? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma on Feb 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Where do you go when you've won a free vacation for your family and you could go anywhere?

Great news! My family has won a $6,000 1-week vacation through my work. Unfortunately, we can’t take the trip until Christmas (2010) but I have to book and pay for the trip by the end of this month. Help! I need kid-friendly suggestions that will also provide some much needed R&R for two exhausted and stressed-out parents. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jan 6, 2010 - 22 answers

Please help me make Christmas memories for my boys

Children and Christmas in NYC - where are all the good windows? Where should we eat dinner? And what else should we check out? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Dec 5, 2009 - 16 answers

Walk from Moscow to Istanbul?

I am trying to remember the name of a board game I played as a child. I got it free in the mail, and it was a travel/geography game. [more inside]
posted by sandraregina on Jul 29, 2009 - 3 answers

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