Five Things Nobody Told Me Before I Visited Maui… So I’m Telling You

Humpback Tail Whack #1: You Don’t Have to Go on a Whale Tour I've decided I will never go back to Hawai'i if it isn't whale season, so it's a good thing that humpback whale season lasts six months from November to May. Our end of January trip brought us many sightings, and the kids … Continue reading Five Things Nobody Told Me Before I Visited Maui… So I’m Telling You

Exploring Archeology with a Family Trip to Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestown is a National Park site and includes the current and past archeological digs at the site. Started in 1994, archeological digs have been undertaken to discover the original site of the fort along the James River. This site is different than the reconstructed fort you will find at Jamestown Settlement (see post). Where: … Continue reading Exploring Archeology with a Family Trip to Historic Jamestowne

A Family Visit to the Jamestown Settlement: The Beginner’s Guide

WHERE: THE HISTORIC TRIANGLE IN VIRGINIA, CLOSE TO Williamsburg and historic Jamestowne MOM SCORE: 5/5KID SCORE: 5/5  The Jamestown area can be confusing - we've been and I still have to look up which is which. There are two Jamestowns to explore which are only five minutes ways from each other. Jamestown Settlement is a … Continue reading A Family Visit to the Jamestown Settlement: The Beginner’s Guide

Williamsburg with Kids: The Beginner’s Guide

Where: The Historic Triangle in Virginia, close to Jamestown. One hour from Richmond. Mom score: 4/5Kid score: 4.5/5  Colonial Williamsburg (CW), the “world’s largest outdoor museum”, is located in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia. Williamsburg itself is a small town; Colonial Williamsburg refers to the restored colonial town which is staffed with historical reenactors and … Continue reading Williamsburg with Kids: The Beginner’s Guide

Museum Memberships: Are They Worth It?

Top two expenses every year for homeschooling the four kids: travel and membershipsTop two best money investments: travel and memberships I strongly believe that, of all that we do for school, our non-traditional learning is what has been most impactful to helping my kids truly learn and love our world. No amount of book reading … Continue reading Museum Memberships: Are They Worth It?

Time Out: Mixing Slow Travel with Rapid Fire Destinations

Being married changes you.  Having kids changes you.  Life changes you. These show you what you could do better – and allow each individual’s quirks to balance us all out. Even if we don’t like to admit it. As Jerry Maguire famously said, “You complete me.” And this is truer in no part of life than on vacation. … Continue reading Time Out: Mixing Slow Travel with Rapid Fire Destinations

The Ultimate Guide to a Family Trip to Monticello

Admiring Some of Jefferson's Book Collection Thomas Jefferson’s house and plantation represent his passions and introduces his role in American history Where: Charlottesville, Virginia; an hour northwest of Richmond, 2.5 hours south of Washington, D.C. Mom score: 5/5Kid score: 5/5 Cost: Adult $29, Kids 12-18 $10, Kids under 12 freeTime: 3 hours to all day Who … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to a Family Trip to Monticello