07
Dec 10

Featured Mapper: Big Blue Trunk

So how did we find the more than 26,000 kid-friendly places mapped in our Mom Maps iPhone app? We’ve been building  a vibrant community of parent Mappers who love to share their favorite picks and places for family travel, outdoor and indoor play, learning places, family dining and more. We’d like to introduce you to Big Blue Trunk, a great new online community and resource for family travel.

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On Big Blue Trunk, you can find family travel articles with practical tips and expert advice on destinations ranging from estinations ranging from Carmel, Yosemite and Tahoe in Northern California to New York City and Hawaii. Big Blue Trunk also features reviews on hotels, restaurants, things to do and products.

We’re proud to team up with Big Blue Trunk to map some of their favorite kid-friendly destinations. So now you can take their family travel picks and recommendations “on the go” using the Mom Maps iPhone app (or browse kid-friendly places online at www.kidsplayguide.com.)

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15
Nov 10

Video: Featured Kid-Friendly Place, Hapuna Beach (Big Island, Hawaii)

Kids Play Guide Mapper Stacie shares this video from a recent trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. This is one of the best (and only) big sandy beaches on the island. It’s on the Kohala Coast which home to many resorts (Hapuna Beach adjacent to the Hapuna Prince and Mauna Kea Hotels). Hapuna Beach has lots of amenities: big parking lot, lifeguard on duty, bathrooms, picnic areas, grills, snack shack.  It’s a great place for boogie boarding, although (beware!) the conditions can be rough at times. Overall, a great place to spend the day with the family.


In addition to mapping some of her favorite kid-friendly places on the Mom Maps iPhone app and Kids Play Guide website, Stacie writes a blog called “A Little Yumminess“, which covers family recipes and kid-friendly food adventures in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. And… if you’re interested in kid-friendly food on the Big Island, click here to view her “Big Island Food Adventure” video post.

Looking for more kid-friendly fun from parks, to playgrounds, museums to indoor play places and restaurants? Click over to www.kidsplayguide.com and browse our growing list of more than 25,000 kid spots or take Mom Maps on the go with our iPhone app. It’s quick and easy to map and review your own favorites, too.


09
Nov 10

Featured Mom Mapper: Road Trips for Families

So how did we find the more than 24,000 kid-friendly places mapped in our Mom Maps iPhone app? We’ve been building  a vibrant community of parent Mappers who love to share their favorite picks and places for outdoor and indoor play, learning places, family dining and more. We’d like to introduce you to Road Trips for Families, and in particular, their “Feed Me” and “Geocaching” editor, Julie Henning. Julie is also the creator of the the very handy Milwaukee Love Kids and Madison Loves Kids iPhone apps.

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Road Trips for Families brings you travel information and advice from real families who love to hit the road every chance they get. It’s a great resource for planning your next family road trip because you’ll find expert itineraries, information on what’s along the way, gadgets — plus a whole lot more. Julie’s specialty is dining out with kids — and as a mother of three she can appreciate that this is no small task, especially when you’re on the road. You need convenience, clean bathrooms, and a place to burn off energy—not to mention prices that don’t break your travel budget on the first day. Julie loves to venture little off the beaten path to find and share unique, family-friendly restaurants that feed your appetite and your sense of adventure . She’s also a great resource for geocaching, “the nation’s high-tech treasure hunt”.

We’re proud to team up with Julie Henning and Road Trips for Families to map some of their favorite roadside attractions and kid-friendly destinations. So now you can take Road Trips for Families’ kid-friendly travel picks and recommendations “on the go” using the Mom Maps iPhone app (or browse online at www.kidsplayguide.com.)

Follow Julie and Road Trips for Families

  • www.roadtripsforfamilies.com
  • @RoadTripsEditor (Road Trips for Families on Twitter)
  • @roadtripsfeedme (Julie Henning on Twitter)
  • Facebook: Road Trips for Families
  • Find out more about Geocaching

03
Nov 10

Featured Mapper: Travel Mamas

So how did we find the more than 24,000 kid-friendly places mapped in our Mom Maps iPhone app? We’ve been building  a vibrant community of parent Mappers who love to share their favorite picks and places for outdoor and indoor play, learning places, family dining and more. We’d like to introduce you to Travel Mamas, a fantastic site for anyone who wants to travel with children…and stay sane!

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Since 2009, Travel Mamas has been offering insightful tips and resources for family travel written for parents, by parents: from packing lists, to air travel and road trip tips, to destination guides covering the globe, and lots, lots more. Colleen, the original Travel Mama, began this endeavor when she found herself looking for “tell-it-like-it-is advice from real moms” while planning her own family travels. Not finding the kind of content she was looking for, she created the Travel Mamas website.

We’re proud to team up with Travel Mamas to map some of their favorite kid-friendly places. So now you can take the Travel Mamas’ kid-friendly travel picks and recommendations “on the go” using the Mom Maps iPhone app (or browse online at www.kidsplayguide.com.)

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01
Nov 10

Featured Video: Video Postcard from San Francisco

We might be biased in our affection for San Francisco because Mom Maps happens to be based in the lovely City by the Bay, but it’s always fun to get a visitor’s perspective! This travel video postcard courtesy of Travel Bigo / Family Travel Forum will give  you a flavor of some not-to-be-missed sights in and around San Francisco that will appeal to the whole family

…. and while you’re visiting, make sure to grab the Mom Maps iPhone app and you can find lots more family fun places while you’re on the go from restaurants to playgrounds, museums and indoor fun, and access photos and reviews form other parents, too (or browse online at kidsplayguide.com).

Thanks again to the good folks at Travel Bigo / Family Travel Forum! We’re proud to team up to map thousands of Family Travel Forum’s favorite kid-friendly places and reviews so you can take their incredible library of family friendly travel content “on the go” using the Mom Maps iPhone app (or browse online at www.kidsplayguide.com.)

Family Travel Forum is a great first resource for planning your next family vacation:


18
Oct 10

Featured Video: Family Vacation in Portland, Oregon!

Our friends at Family Travel Forum / Travel Bigo have put together a great video which will give you a flavor for the incredible variety of family-friendly attractions and activities that await in Portland, OR. From fabulous eateries to the nearby natural splendor of the Oregon Coast and Columbia River Gorge, skiing Mount Hood and eclectic city sights. It’ll make you want to grab the family and jump on the next flight out.

Thanks again to Family Travel Forum/Travel Bigo! We’re proud to team up with Family Travel Forum to map thousands of their favorite kid-friendly places and reviews. So now you can take Family Travel Forum’s incredible library of family friendly travel content “on the go” using the Mom Maps iPhone app (or browse online at www.kidsplayguide.com.)

Have Kids, Still Travel” – Family Travel Forum is a great first resource for planning your next family vacation:


14
Oct 10

Featured Mapper: Family Travel Forum


So how did we find the more than 24,000 kid-friendly places mapped in our Mom Maps iPhone app? We’ve been building  a vibrant community of parent Mappers who love to share their favorite picks and places for outdoor and indoor play, learning places, family dining and more. We’d like to introduce you to Family Travel Forum, one of the most most  comprehensive guides to fun family vacations on the web.

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Family Travel Forum’s motto is: “have kids, still travel“. They feature thousands of expert and family-written articles with tips and real world advice about what to see and do, including content for specific ages (tiny travelers, kids 5-12, teens, etc). When you’re planning a trip with your family, this is a great first resource to check out. We love it because the information is written by families for families, so you know you’ll get some great tips and ideas.

We’re proud to team up with Family Travel Forum to map thousands of their favorite kid-friendly places and reviews. So now you can take Family Travel Forum’s incredible library of family friendly travel content “on the go” using the Mom Maps iPhone app (or browse online at www.kidsplayguide.com.)

Follow Family Travel Forum

  • http://www.familytravelforum.com/
  • @FamilyTravel4um (on twitter)
  • Facebook: Family Travel Forum

27
Sep 10

Family Travel: 5 to Follow on Facebook

Mom Maps is dedicated to helping you find kid-friendly places at home and on the road as well as reviews and recommendations for parents, by parents through our iPhone app and on our website. We love discovering new places!

If you love to travel with your family as much as we do – or even if you just enjoy being an arm chair traveler – here’s a list of some of our favorite people to follow on Facebook. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of practical tips, discussion threads on family travel, news, gear and cool places to visit.

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1. Family Tavel Forum  – Their tagline is “Have Kids, Still Travel” which says it all. They provide regular Facebook updates packed with links, upcoming events and deals. Recent posts:

  • October Events for Families at the King Tut Exhibition
  • Haunted House: The ScareHouse in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Massachusetts Calling All Leaf Peekers!

2. Travels with Baby – Practical tips for traveling with little one, travel ideas and giveaways. Recent posts

  • Check out this great diner we found in Vancouver – lots of character & perfect for dining with tots.
  • See my tips for finding kid-friendly hotels online at Nickelodeon’s parentsconnect.com
  • I am travelling overseas with my 8 month old daughter to south America. Any suggestions for a travel car sear that is safe? Is the Go hybrid for older babies

3. Trekaroo – Plays host to a large community of family travelers. Great for location-specific events and activities, contests & discussion threads. Recent posts:

  • The Texas State Fair is coming to Dallas this week! Check out what other fun attractions there are for kids.
  • Excellent Guest Post today about finding peace out in nature. This family found theirs in the Great Smokey Mountains in a special valley called Cataloochee
  • Trekaroo’s picks for great places to see fall foliage in California.

4. Travel Savvy Mom – A great resource on domestic and international travel, where to stay and what to do when you get there. Tips and gear, too. This is real world advice from a team of moms. Recent posts:

  • How to get your kids interested in ancient history? Take them to see the mummy of a boy who became a king at 9 years. Visit the King Tut exhibition in Denver.
  • Take your family to Jardin des Glaciers, Quebec and explore the beauty and history of Planet Earth in this gorgeous 40-square-kilometer park.
  • Shopping for a tough, lightweight travel stroller? You’ve come to the right place. Kayt ran over her Maclaren Volo *with her car* and it still worked great.

5. Travel for Kids – Lots of international travel ideas for adventurous families or those with a bad case of wanderlust. Recommendations for travel-related book picks for kids, too. Recent posts:

  • Alaska! Where else can kids promise to stay up until it gets dark, and it’s still light at midnight? Explore the Inside Passage in southeast Alaska, including a visit to Juneau, look for caribou and grizzlies in Denali National Park, and more. Get the scoop on all our first hand tips – ice worm safari, sled dog rides, moose in Anchorage, and glacier treks.
  • Travel tip – In Switzerland, in summer on the Great St. Bernard Pass (Col du Grand Saint Bernard), be sure to stop to meet the St. Bernard dogs (kids love this). The monastery that bred the dogs for rescue is now a foundation that runs a museum and the kennels.
  • Staff book pick for September is Tortilla Sun. A young girl spends her summer with her grandmother in a rustic village in New Mexico. There, she learns to listen for the wind’s voice, find herbs in the moonlight, and make tortillas round like the sun.

Bonus!

Mom Maps – While we’re at it, we invite you to follow Mom Maps on Facebook. We share kid-friendly places and events, news and articles from the world of family travel and our ever-growing community of Mom Mappers, and the best of the best in family-friendly mobile apps. Recent posts:

  • Featured Kid-friendly place: Waterfront Park, Louisville KY (video by @roadtripsfeedme)
  • Family Day Kite Festival Sat/Sun. Marina Green, San Francisco. Free kites for kids, too! (via sfkids.org)
  • Fun & Free for the iPhone! Create your own Snow Globe for FREE this appfriday by @snowglobemaker

22
Sep 10

Featured Kid-Friendly Place: Waterfront Park, Louisvile KY

Mom Mapper Julie Henning, Feed Me and Geocaching Editor for Road trips for Families and expert on kid-friendly Milwaukee and Madison, brings us a great kid-friendly spot for the whole family in Louisville, KY. Waterfront Park is a relatively new addition to Louisville — an 85 acre park that unites the waterfront along the Ohio River with the city. Think multiple playgrounds (with water play area in summer), picnic areas, walking trails, expansive lawns, outdoor concerts and events, and river views. Whether you’re out for a day at the playground, kicking the ball, going for run or just taking time to stop and smell the flowers, there’s something for everyone. Julie and her family give this one a thumbs up!

Thanks Julie!!


28
Jul 10

Guest Post: Exploring More National Parks with “Pitstops for Kids”

Our friend Amy Whitley at Pitstops for Kids has been on whirlwind, multi-state family road trip this summer. Her “Pit Stop A Day” series follows her 22-day “mega” road trip, touring four national parks, six family-friendly resorts, eight states. Luckily for the rest of us, we can go along for the ride (without all the potty stops) and take advantage of her many tips and recommendations when planning more modest itineraries. Visit her site to read the whole series and browse her reviews and recommendations for kid-friendly pitstops across the US.

Easy Hikes and Great Views at Arches National Park

UTAH — Moab is home to both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, which showcase some of the most stunning geological formations we’ve ever seen! Arches in particular is breathtaking, and offers many easy hikes and vista points for kids to explore. (General Tip: whatever your activity, get up and go early; later in the day, temperatures can be unbearable in summer.) Read the full story on Pitstops for Kids.

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Ancient Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park

COLORADO — With so much to see, families can easily plan to spend 2-3 days exploring this park! Mesa Verde is home to more than 600 ancient cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Kids can hike right down to the ruins (some self-guided, some in group tours) and walk through ancient doorways, climb wooden ladders, and see how Mesa Verde’s first inhabitants lived firsthand. (General Tip: don’t let the high desert landscape fool you; Mesa Verde is at high elevation. Be sure to bring jackets and watch for altitude sickness when spending the day out in the elements.) Read the full story on Pitstops for Kids.

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Hiking at Zion National Park

UTAH — The Emerald Pools is a great hike for kids because you can adjust it to your needs/abilities. There are three pools on the trail: the lower pool is only .6 mile from the trailhead (although it does climb quite a bit), or the second pool is only 1 mile. From either of these, ambitious families can continue to the third pool (another .5 mile) or return. When we visited in July, the pools weren’t much to look at, but the dripping water from the overhangs of rock were very impressive (and a great way to cool off!).Weeping Rock is another easy hike for kids. This trail is short (.4 mile) but steep, and very beautiful. Definitely worth a stop! Read the full story on Pitstops for Kids.

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