Travel with Teens and Tweens in 2014

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Travel with Teens and Tweens in 2014

The teens are becoming young adults and as they grow up Travel with Teens and Tweens will be taking on a new look in 2014.   Why?  Because, as the teens get older (in fact, #1 Son is now 20 years old and isn’t really a teen anymore) our family travel plans are evolving.  There are fewer “big ticket” family adventures and more travel to visit #1 Son at college, to see aging grandparents, to visit colleges, and to keep up with the Princess’s sports schedule.  We expect that 2014 will see more, shorter trips to many places that we have written about in the past or to destinations that really are not all that interesting for a family travel planning blog. While Travel with Teens and Tweens will stay live [...]

Aug 182013
Sailing in the Rain Aboard the Maine Windjammer Schooner Isaac H Evans

Maine’s historic windjammer fleet offers adventurous families a rustic but affordable unplugged outdoor summer vacation.  Most ships and schooners in the fleet offer overnight trips lasting from one to seven nights.  These trips feature majestic views of Maine’s coastline, unexpected interactions with seals and dolphins, and introduction to life at sea with limited modern conveniences or personal space.  Each trip is different depending on the boat, the weather and the duration of the voyage.  Passengers are often asked to help out with important tasks like raising and lowering the sails and anchor, but the crew takes care of the cooking and cleaning. Our recent overnight sail aboard the 127 year old  Schooner Isaac H Evans, based in Rockland, ME, offered an 18-hour view of life aboard these beautiful vessels.   Our Friday afternoon departure in the pouring [...]

Jan 272013
Families Come in Out of the Cold to Enjoy CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore

The 65,000 square foot CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore is a pretty impressive sight when you first walk through the doors. CoCo Key is the largest indoor water park in Massachusetts and any time it is open the park is a beehive of activity as kids, tweens and teens make the most of the park’s brightly colored slides, sprays, pools and water features. Located in Danvers MA, just 19 miles north of Boston and adjacent to the 364 room Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore hotel, CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore includes multi-level water slides, spray decks, bucket dumps, water actvities, four-story high enclosed tube slides, a lazy river, and a wading pool for younger kids.   The action never stops as the kids scamper from one splashy activity to [...]

Review: “Memory House” at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre

 Posted by on October 31, 2012  Comments Off
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Review: "Memory House" at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Having recently survived the stress of the college application process, the current production of “Memory House” at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts really caught my eye. Single mother Maggie arrives home from work on New Year’s eve only to find that high school senior Katia has yet to complete her one and only college admissions essay, for an application that needs to be post marked no later than midnight!   The essay prompt demands that Katia describe her personal “Memory House” and the memories she keeps inside.  After months of introspection, Katia feels she has nothing to say and the whole process is worthless, because she is adopted.  The roller coaster of emotions that run through this two-woman show ring true to any parent who has gone down this [...]

Oct 182012
International History School Trips Create Lifetime Memories for Teens

Our teen’s school trip to Italy was the highlight of his senior year in high school. It gave him an opportunity to see a foreign country in the company of friends and trusted teachers. School trips like that are something that any high school or middle school student will remember for years to come, but, making them happen often depends on just one or two teachers who take the initiative to plan the trip, recruit participants, get school board and parent approval and then, of course, chaperone the trip. It can be a lot to ask of someone who is also busy in the classroom. That’s where seasoned school trip travel planners can really make a difference. Travel planning pros like our friends at The Adventure Company can streamline and [...]

Oct 072012
Teens, Tweens and Families Travel into Fall 2012

Its time to take another look at what our favorite traveling teens, tweens and their families have been up in the US and around the world.  This time around we found some great current articles  as well as a few older favorites that still make us smile! Family Travels in the US To kick things off, Jen Miner of The Vacation Gals attended Mickey’s Scary Halloween Party with her tween daughter and a friend in Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland and the Pirates League.  Even teens and tweens can’t pass up the opportunity to dress like pirates while celebrating Halloween Disney style. Sherri of Sherri May’s Traveling Classroom recently visited the Ford’s Theatre Museum and Center for Education and Leadership in Washington, DC with her son.   It features a 34-foot tower of [...]

Our Five Favorite Passports with Purpose Prizes for 2011

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Our Five Favorite Passports with Purpose Prizes for 2011

With just a week to go, the annual travel blogger Passports with Purpose fund raiser has passed the $33, 000 mark, but we still need many more donations to reach our goal of $80,000 to build two libraries in Zambia in partnership with Room to Read.   How are we going to get there?  With your support of course! If you haven’t made a donation yet, its time to head on over to the Passports with Purpose donation page and make a $10 pledge for each prize you would like to win.  Dream big, there are luxury hotel stays, international tours, passes for all kinds of family fun, luggage, and more.  Donations will only be accepted until 11:59 pm PST on Friday December 16, 2011.  All prizes will be awarded just [...]