Have Kids, Will Travel: What’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Walt Disney World?

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Walt Disney World

Q: We’re thinking about taking our 4 year old to Disney World for the first time, is this the right age? Also, we need to coordinate our visit with our big kids’ vacation schedules: What’s the best time to visit when it won’t be too crowded, or too expensive? – Michele K.

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Chicago: The Kind of Town Perfect for a Family Trip

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)


Many years ago, Frank Sinatra sang, ”Chicago is my kind of town” and this held true for my family of five this summer. We had only a few days and were brainstorming where to go for a quick summer vacation when my husband mentioned that he needed to be in Chicago for a meeting. At first my 16 year old balked that Chicago didn’t seem like much of a “vacation destination” but it turned out that it was the kind of town perfect for a family trip.

Flying to Chicago takes a little under two hours, which gave us almost four full days to explore The Windy City. Sometimes I have trouble coming up with a good itinerary for my family because we have such a wide age gap (19, 16 and 10) but Chicago offered a wide variety of activities to choose from. The abundance of things to do indoors and outdoors in Chicago is incredible – especially in the summer time.

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Have Kids, Will Travel

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Travel expert Melissa Klurman will answer your family travel questions each week here on the new Barista Kids column — Have Kids, Will Travel:

Have Kids, Will Travel

Q: Is there an easy to reach beach destination where I catch can catch some September sun with the kids AND bring the dog? – Ken

A: Happily, the answer is YES. The Jersey Shore has gotten a lot pet friendlier this summer and there are two travel-worthy options in the southern beach towns that my family I uncovered this summer:

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Get Ready to Get Wet: The Inside Scoop on Great Wolf Lodge

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Great Wolf Lodge

A 60,000 sq foot indoor waterpark. Wolf ears. Pizza `round the clock. Two floors of buzzing, zapping, magic wand casting interactive games. An animatronic northern woods. Not to mention a kids salon, indoor mini golf and 10 pin bowling, and an arcade worthy of a pinball wizard.

This, my friends, is Great Wolf Lodge.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, your kids surely have – only 1 hour and 15 minutes away just across the Pennsylvania border in the Poconos, Great Wolf Lodge has been drawing families across Baristaville to it’s watery fun factory like wolves to pizza.

Both Georgette and I gave in to the wolf pack and brought our kids in the last few months. (I went with two boys, 10 and 11, and another mom; Georgette (the Editor in Chief of Barista Kids) went with her two girls, 7 and 10, and her husband.)

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Wildwood: A Jersey Shore Family Vacation Guide

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Although I grew up in New Jersey, beach vacations (or “going down the shore” as we like to say) wasn’t part of my childhood. However, Wildwood has become a summer family staple for us as a vacation destination. A vacation in Wildwood, although less than three hours from Montclair (Garden State Parkway traffic notwithstanding), makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a whole new world.

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Grown-Up Getaway: Hiding Out at Hidden Pond

BY  |  Monday, Jul 07, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Hidden Pond

As a suburban Jersey girl with extended forays in city living, I’ve never had much experience with country life. However, I’ve always had romantic visions of rural weekend getaways; so with images of wildflowers, quiet trails, and true farm to table food floating in my head, I searched for a country retreat for my husband, Ken, and I for a “parents getaway” when our son was away one lovely, long summer weekend.

Hidden Pond was evidently made with us in a mind: a bit of agriculture gone glam in the beautiful Maine woods just outside of posh Kennebunkport (you know, of George and Barbara Bush fame). Building on the new trend of glamping (glamour camping where you enjoy the outdoors without lifting a finger), Hidden Pond is what I’m calling a “glodge,” a glamour lodge with a destination farm-to-fork restaurant, Earth.

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Family Travel: The Magic of Mystic

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mystic, Connecticut

Mystic, Connecticut is a treasure-trove of educational, fun and one-of-a-kind experiences just under three hours from our area. Lodging options are pleasant and easy to find. It’s well worth the trip!

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Giveaway: Family Trip to Killington Resort

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (21)

Killington Resort

Grand Prize Winner: nausikaa
Lift tickets winner: myshkingfh


Yes, you might be wishing that this winter was over, but one great thing about it is the fun to be had at Killington Resort in VermontBarista Kids and Killington have teamed up to give one very lucky reader a Grand Prize of a 3 night, 2 day family trip to Killington Resort.

With record snowfall across much of the nation, conditions at Killington Resort have been excellent all winter. Known as “The Beast of the East,” Killington Resort invites winter weather lovers to head up to Vermont for skiing, snowboarding, outdoor activities, and events for the whole family. Plus, this year Killington is pleased to announce a new addition – the much-anticipated, state-of-the-art Peak Lodge constructed at the 4,100 foot level of Killington Peak. Bundle up and grab a piece of the action!

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February Break Vacation Camps, Trip Ideas, and Activities

BY  |  Monday, Feb 03, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Presidents Day

Schools are closed on Monday, February 17 for Presidents Day, some are closed three days and some lucky kids get the entire week off for February break.

If you have to work, there are great childcare options available. If you happen to be home too (lucky you), here is our list of trips, day trips and activities to enjoy:

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Hershey Park — More Than a Theme Park: A Well-Rounded Family Vacation

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Hershey Park

What comes to mind when you think of Hershey, Pennsylvania? Most people think first of chocolate. Then they picture water parks, roller coasters, friendly, walk-around characters and rolling green hills. They may even imagine themselves visiting one of Hershey’s official resorts–either the Hotel Hershey or Hershey Lodge. Hershey resorts are built on the legacy of Milton S. Hershey, who founded Hershey Entertainment and Resorts in 1927. Regardless of where you end up at Hershey, everyone at Hershey makes good on the Hershey tagline—the sweetest place on earth.

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