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Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath

It's a bit of an understatement that it's been hot lately.  Even so, we have found some good, cool(er), mostly shady places to [...]More

Top Ten Reasons to Bring Extra Socks to A Ballgame

Ah, boys of summer.  Ok you're all pretty adorable.  Especially when you do that home-run thing.  Our first professional baseball game with [...]More

Park Ranger - Junior Division

"Oh I've seen the Liberty Bell.  A lot of times." We're driving to school; I've just told her that [...]More

Awesome Ride

Since this summer's first adventure-with-bikes, and despite the unexpectedly long but still [...]More

Beach Bum

In some ways, last week was not our first trip to the beach.  We went to several beaches in Greece.  They all looked [...]More

The Wheels on the Bike

This morning, after several days at the beach jumping in the surf, we did something new - rented bikes.  Our daughter is old enough [...]More

A Weekend in Lancaster, PA

We arrived in western Pennsylvania in dark of night, following a late departure from home.  Our base of operations for the weekend was [...]More

Maple Sugaring Festival

My friend Sara is a genius at finding great things to do with the kids.  I get to say that because she's not [...]More

Of Corn Mazes and Lessons Learned

For a number of reasons a few weeks ago, I found myself the sole adult in an unexpectedly long, twisting, and narrow corn maze [...]More

How to Take a Walk in the Woods

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  1. Find a reasonably sized park with good walking trails.  Fairmount Park, inside
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Little Renaissance Man

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The Maryland Renaissance Festival has started, and runs from now until mid-October.  23-24 August is Children's Weekend, [...]More

Ireland's Rings - small and large

So, ok.  We went all the way to Ireland and didn't see the famed Ring of Kerry.  There.  I said it. 

That statement wins amazement from Irish hosts.  And disbelief from one's own parents.  But it's true.  We opted instead for another beautiful coastal circuit - the Beara Peninsula, with some side-trips.  Kerry, Beara, Dingle, and Sheepshead hold the surname "Ring" because of the circular routes you trace along the coasts of each peninsula.  They are all spectacular in their own ways.  But if you are travelling on toddler-time, you need to choose.  Too much time in the car is the way of all badness, and each of these rings takes at least a day to drive… much, much more if you really want to investigate the coastline and small towns that line the roads and cliffs.

And you're still doing a lot of driving, no matter what.  On roads lined with mile-high, feral hedges, and lots of blind curves. Who needs coffee to wake you up when you have that?  It's not as bad as some places make out, of course, but we were still glad to return our rental with both its side mirrors.
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Groovin' In the Garden

Oh what a great way to spend a summer evening - watching a live jazz group whoop it up, while picnicking in the [...]More

Rockets' Red Glare

One thing about living in the DC area is that we have many options for excellent fireworks shows on July 4th.  No matter where [...]More

Ya Dig?

Come June, and on through September, an odd thing happens along the shoreline of the more family oriented beaches of the eastern United States: [...]More

Made in the Shade, part 1

Which sounds better to you?

  • 1 adult, hauling 13 pounds of towels, chairs, umbrellas, beach bags, shovels, buckets, kites, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, juice,
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Visiting A Foreign Country Without Leaving Your Own

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13 Ways of Looking at a Parade

  1. The setup - if you're driving in, free parking is usually only a good stroll away. Look
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A few notes on less being more

I'll get back to our ongoing love for the nation's zoos [...]More

Wedding Bells

I think that every Mother's Day since my son was born, he and I have traveled somewhere.  This year our family went to a [...]More

To Stroll or Not To Stroll

So yesterday morning, grandma & grandkid were at point A, and wanted to go to point B, four blocks away.  It was raining.& [...]More

It's kinetic! (boogie woogie woogie)

It will be interesting, when she's writing her memoirs, to see if the giant pink poodle had the impact I'm afraid it did. [...]More

Great Kids' Fountains in Aachen

It was hot, and we were dressed in our civil-wedding best - the three of us, plus her Opa and Oma (grandma and grandpa) waiting [...]More

Toddler Bait

Once a year, our local volunteer Fire Department has an open house.  Our son is obsessed with fire trucks, so how could

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Midgetville

I’ve driven past this place pretty much every day for years, and never knew it was there.  Funny

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I'd been wanting to take the kid (or, to be more honest, I'd been wanting to go) to the new playground park in Fairfax,

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March Madness

We are all going stir crazy, so now that I'm thinking about things to do in March, my main criterion is "Must Be Outside."
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Ascending the Acropolis

Here's what you do:  You take the Athens metro to the Monastiraki station (at night, if possible).  When you exit, the Acropolis is [...]More

Carlsbad Caverns

I have yet to take my son to Carlsbad Caverns, which are about an hour from

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The National Mall

Taking a toddler to DC is a challenge - the crowds can be maddening, and many of the displays are too high for them to [...]More

Casa Grande

The ice and cold and dark right now are getting to me, so I thought I'd write about a good trip I took with the [...]More

Pandas at the National Zoo

Washington DC's National Zoo is free, though parking can be both expensive and frustrating. When we visited, several [...]More

Landing gear: airplanes up close and personal

If you are with car in Washington DC, a trip over the 14th street bridge can bring you to a small park next to Reagan [...]More

Longwood Gardens vs. The Grinch

Two days before Christmas and it might never stop raining. 

We were embittered, damp, and filled with the joys of cabin fever.& [...]More

Christmas in Bavaria

Back in Munich, exploring the Christmas market again for nativity scene

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The Bavarian Alps

We rented a car in Munich and drove down to Fuessen to see Neuschwanstein and tour the Alps.  Since the car we'd reserved wasn't [...]More

A Do and a Don't in Bavaria

Overall, traveling with a baby in Bavaria in the winter was wonderful, but I do have to note one major mistake:  Linderhof.  This [...]More

Model Trains at the Morris Arboretum

The G-scale model trains run year-round in the outdoor railway garden at the Morris Arboretum.  They [...]More

Weihnachtsmarkt, Munich

I think the optimal ages for visiting a big European Christmas Market are Baby (0-18m) and Child (7+).  I cannot imagine staying sane in [...]More

Coromandel, New Zealand

 
There are mornings like this: waking up and looking out over a pristine beach and a slightly roiled ocean.  [...]More

North Island by Camper

In Maori, New Zealand's North Island is called Te Ika a Maui, or Maui's fish. The coastline that forms this " [...]More

Bay of Islands by Car

Part of the fun of renting a car and driving from Auckland to [...]More

Piha

Piha, New Zealand is what happens when the world's surfers get together and dream about a place.& [...]More

Baltimore is for Babies

Those of you who live near or visit Baltimore's waterfront neighborhoods know how lucky you are.   Especially those of you who have kids.< [...]More

Linvilla Orchards - Apple picking

We wanted to visit one of the local organic farms, but it was Sunday, and most were closed. Instead, we struck out for Media, PA [...]More
 
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