Navigating the Best Day Possible at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, Florida

This was our second trip to Lion Country Safari with our second set of grandchildren. First, the park is not really in West Palm Beach, Florida, although it advertises itself as such. It is really in Loxahatchee, Florida, way, way out west. It is ten miles west of the Florida Turnpike, exit 97, or I-95 […]

Age 5 and up. Really? Grandma Wants to Know the Airlines’ Newest Unaccompanied Minor Policies

This Grandma would love to have the grandchildren travel unaccompanied to visit in Florida.  Researching this issue, I discovered that each airline has different policies and they change.  For example, beginning September 3, 2014, American Airlines extended the age at which it will charge a fee for children flying alone, $150 each way for unaccompanied […]

Hershey Park and Hershey Sticker Shock? The Sweet Pass Secret to a Perfect Hershey Chocolate Vacation

Our grandchildren just went to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. Every year, the mothers of the two grandchildren cousins close in age take them away for a weekend near their birthdays—they are 361 days apart. This year they went to Hershey Park for their birthdays.  When the parents of our grandchildren returned, they raved about Hershey […]

This Grandma’s Best Tips for Flying with a Baby

This Grandma loves Carolyn Hax’s advice – most of the time.  When responding to a mother flying with a baby, I do not think she was helpful.  Here is what she said June 20, 2014, published in the Miami Herald: DEAR CAROLYN: I’m flying with a baby and, three weeks out, am already losing sleep. […]

Can This Boomer Grandma Continue to Travel the World?

Grandpa and I have spent our adult married life traveling the world, concentrating on the man made and natural wonders of the world and world heritage sites.  We have climbed Machu Picchu and the rice terraces in rural China.  We have seen the sun rise over Anghor Wat and the Taj Mahal and the moais […]

Our Multigenerational Vacation 2014: Charleston and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, S.C. Part III: Kiawah Island, S.C. with Grandchildren

After our family returned from the Sanctuary Resort at Kiawah Island, S.C. we heard it is primarily known for its world famous golf courses.  We had heard it was the number one family resort in the U.S.  We agree that it is. The Sanctuary at Kiawah is all about children.  Although it is one of […]

Our Multigenerational Vacation 2014: Charleston and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, S.C. Part II: Touring Charleston, S.C. with Children

Charleston, S.C. has it all – history, beauty, and great food.  The trick for this Grandma was to bring Charleston down to the level of a seven and ten year old and do a special walking and driving tour that interested them as well as the adults. This Grandma did her research on the web […]

Our Multigenerational Vacation 2014: Charleston and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, S.C. Part I: Anticipation

The only time that all eleven of us could get together for our multigenerational vacation in 2014 was Memorial Day weekend.  It was unanimous that we wanted to go to Charleston and the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island.  Whatever the interest, good food, golf, tennis, sports, nature, pool, beach, and a beautiful resort, this destination has […]

Busch Gardens Tampa with Grandchildren Part Two: The Perfect Itinerary

Grandpa and I took our older two grandchildren, ages ten and seven, to Busch Gardens Tampa over Spring Break 2014.  Busch Gardens is a wonderful combination of an interactive zoo and roller coaster park. We thought it might be crowded during a holiday weekend, and we were pleasantly surprised.  This park is most appropriate for […]

Busch Gardens Tampa with Grandchildren Part One: Planning

Grandpa and I took our older two grandchildren, ages ten and seven, to Busch Gardens Tampa over Spring Break 2014.  Busch Gardens is a wonderful combination of an interactive zoo and roller coaster park. We thought it might be crowded during a holiday weekend, and we were pleasantly surprised.  This park is most appropriate for […]

Planning the Perfect Multigenerational Family Vacation at Every Age and Every Stage

As our oldest grandchildren enter middle school age, this Grandma can reflect on what makes a perfect multigenerational family vacation at every age and every stage.  You might think I am talking only about ages and stages of grandchildren.  No.  I am also talking about every age and every stage of the parents of our […]

The “Secret” Disney Perfect Multigenerational Vacation at the Disney Vero Beach Resort Part II: Family Haven

We arrived home today from the Disney Vero Beach Resort, with every one of the sixteen of us with a Disney smile on our face.  There is an amazing secret Disney haven for families somewhere on the ocean north of Vero Beach, Florida. The photograph you see on the website is the perfect photograph to […]

The “Secret” Disney Perfect Multigenerational Vacation at the Disney Vero Beach Resort Part I: Reservations

A year ago, this Grandma went on a hunt for a perfect multigenerational retreat for GG’s 90th birthday.  Everything seemed to point to a resort close to home, as a matter of fact, almost equally between South Florida and Orlando.  Orlando is important because of two main attractions, anything Disney (or Universal for older grandchildren) […]

Grandchildren’s Magic Kingdom and New Fantasyland at Disneyworld in Orlando

As Floridian grandparents, Disney World is a great place for a multigenerational family vacation.  Our grandchildren have been there several times.  Our nearly seven year old granddaughter does not remember having been there two years ago.  Good to know.  But, in reality, when we take small grandchildren to Disney, it is more for us than […]

Angry Birds, Kennedy Space Center and Flying into Orlando Airport with Grandchildren

Granted, Orlando is the destination for Disney and Universal.  We seem to forget that only 44 miles and 50 minutes east of Orlando Airport is the Kennedy Space Center for an educational side trip, with now the newly added attraction of “Angry Birds Space Encounter.”  It is advertised as appropriate for all ages. Directions to […]

Is it Appropriate for a Two Year Old?

Did you ever think you could ask a question and get many immediate answers? I forget how amazing the Internet is until I ask a question such as is —–appropriate for a two year old—and immediately have several responses. We are watching our grandchildren by ourselves for a weekend at their house. Of course, we […]

Multigenerational Summer Vacation in Fort Lauderdale

As a Floridian, I always wonder why no one knows the secret.  Fort Lauderdale is a great vacation spot anytime.  Fort Lauderdale in the summer is a dream multigenerational vacation destination.  Everyone seems to rush to Disney when school is out and no one thinks to end the Disney tour with a relaxing few days […]

Best of Baltimore with Grandchildren

Why Baltimore, of all places?  Baltimore is an easy one hour drive from D.C. and a great day trip.  It is three hours from  N.Y.C . and a place to stop on the way to D.C.  With numerous attractions – centered around the bustling, pedestrian-friendly Inner Harbor, you won’t need to spend any time in […]

Grandma Agrees: Vacations Make Us All More Productive

This Grandma loves vacations.  Who doesn’t?  However, something I have suspected for a long time—that vacations make us more productive, is the subject of the front page article in the Sunday Review section of the New York Times, February 10, 2013.  Tony Schwartz, the chief executive officer of The Energy Project and the author of […]

New York Broadway Plays for Grandchildren

In our family, we took our children to New York City every year for theatre.  Now we take our grandchildren to New York City for theatre.  We have seen most of the following plays with our grandchildren.  Their other grandparents took the grandchildren to see Annie.  Grandpa and I have seen Blue Man Group and […]