During our visit to San Diego, we walked around the streets and discovered this great playground for the kids. Located adjacent to the ocean it is fun and free way to let your kids be themselves. Playground with unique slides and wall climbing but on hot and sunny days, which is pretty much year round, they can stay cool in the shallow water play yard.
We stayed at the Homewood Suites which is walking distance and perfect for families. These suites have separate area for a living room and where the kids can watch their TV shows separate from the parents. Kitchen with all the necessities is also provided if you wanted to save money and provide your own food. It is located just a block from Little Italy which gives you so many dining options.
Located at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort and spa is the Marssa Steak and Sushi restaurant. Fine dining here can be a little pricey, but delivers on food quality and taste. Reservations are recommended but we were fortunate to get seating via walk-in.
Most people come to Las Vegas for the bright lights and fast paced action at the casinos. However, for those with families and kids, sometimes you want to get away from the busy city life and relax a bit. We recently stayed at the Westin Lake Las Vegas hotel in Henderson, NV and it provided a more resort-like feel as opposed to the typical casino hotels you find on the strip.
Located adjacent to Lake Las Vegas there is an amazing view of the lake from the property. With multiple swimming pools, the lower pool tends to be more kid oriented with a 3 story water slide. A big perk if you are staying at the hotel is they provide free kayak rentals that you can choose to stay within the bay or venture out onto the open lake. During the summer time on weekends, they also offer a movie night which they project a kids movie on a giant screen and the families could swim and watch at the same time.
There are so many activities to keep the kids busy which includes a basketball court, ping pong tables, giant checkers and chess set and more. Remember, the busier the kids are the more the parents can chill and relax. Though they have a restaurant out by the pool that you can order food and drinks from, there are a couple of nice restaurants located inside the hotel that provide finer dining as well.
Overall the facilities and views are gorgeous. Some rooms can be a little dated but it is the amenities and activities that keep you wanting to stay longer. After all that time relaxing, if you choose to head over to the Strip, it is just a 20 minute drive away from the glitz and the glamour.
More info: The Westin Lake Las Vegas
Is Pokemon Go taking over your lives? As a parent, I try to like what my kids like so we can have more shared experiences. No doubt that Pokemon Go is such an addictive game, that everything you see at home you will eventually want to capture. Have fun but play responsibly…
Watch the kids unbox and play with their first drone. This is especially a good choice, not just because they are Star Wars fans, but it is a great entry level drone that is made of foam and handles crashes well as your kids learn to operate it. Also, the propellors are well shielded around the sides to prevent most injuries from occurring. Just don’t be sticking your fingers in there or getting your hair caught so always be cautious.
Kids have an amazing imagination when they play with their toys. Create a short movie scene with their favorite toys which is much easier today with the help of smartphones and the various video apps available today.
We created our favorite scene from Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back with my son’s Lego sets and added our own special touch. Using our iPhone and with the help of the Action Movie FX and Videorama apps, we had a blast playing together and creating memories we can share and watch over the years.
Had a chance to take the kids on a boat tour at the Redondo Beach pier with a windows on the bottom level that gives an underwater view. The tour costs $15/adult and $10/children and last about 40 minutes in the harbor.
First they will feed the fish from above and draw the fish to the viewing area which you can watch from below the deck. The tour continues through the harbor to an up-close look at the sea lion dock and you can watch them play/fight and bark at each other. Overall a good experience and would recommend this as a quick tour that doesn’t require too much planning or time commitment.
Check out the Looking Glass Semi-Submarine
While walking through Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida we came upon a dinosaur themed restaurant called T-REX. Found out it is from the creators of the Rainforest Cafe franchise, except this one featured prehistoric animals and a meteor shower during your meals that light up the ceiling and the Ice Cave.
An adjacent gift shop adds to the experience but they also have an outdoor area where kids can dig for dino bones like a paleontologist. Food is so-so and pretty standard from what you would expect from a themed restaurant. Can get very crowded so come with patience and enjoy all that the experience brings.
While visiting Orlando, Florida we stayed at the Omni Resort at Champions Gate. It is around 20 min away from Disney World, but you can avoid the crowds and makes up for it in the resort setting. The hotel has a lavish lobby and beautiful and spacious decor. Also, attached golf course and an amazing view from your room in any direction.
Of course the highlight of the place is the swimming area which the entire family will enjoy. A main pool with water slide, a formal swimming pool, a fantastic lazy river with water cannons and fountains, and 2 jacuzzis to relax your muscles. You can spend so much time here its like a vacation within itself. During summer time pool stays open till 11pm which is great for night swimming on those hot summer days.
Another plus for families is a nearby market just down the street and some fast food options if needed. The restaurant itself has a couple of fine dining restaurants that delivered in food quality and atmosphere. Overall, this hotel is highly recommended for families and very reasonable pricing through sites like Expedia.
For all the fans of Disney Frozen, and we know there are a lot of them, Downtown Disney has a unique store that features the Disney Princesses Anna and Elsa. It is a store covered wall to wall with apparel, toys, and other merchandise still running strong. They also have a makeup area where young girls can wear their hair and makeup inspired by the movie.