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The Ultimate Guide to Packing for a Family Vacation

Traveling with your family can be an exciting and memorable experience. However, packing for a family vacation requires careful planning and organization to ensure that you have everything you need for a successful trip. In this ultimate guide to packing for a family vacation, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of essentials to make your trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
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Planning a Family Cruise Vacation, The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Family Cruise Vacation

Looking for an incredible family vacation that everyone will enjoy? Look no further than a family cruise. Our family of five recently set sail on the Carnival Dream for a seven-day adventure that we’ll never forget. From exploring ancient ruins to trying local tequila, and ziplining through the jungle, we experienced the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation. In this blog post, we’ll share all the details of our trip, along with some tips for cruising that we found helpful. Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or planning your first family cruise, our experience will inspire you to plan your next unforgettable vacation. Get ready to set sail with us and discover the magic of a family cruise.

Choosing a Cruise

When it comes to choosing a cruise, there are a few things to consider. First, think about the type of experience you want to have – do you want a family-friendly cruise with lots of activities and amenities, or a more relaxed cruise with a focus on relaxation and downtime? Second, consider the itinerary – where do you want to go and what do you want to see? Finally, think about your budget and any special requirements you might have (such as accessibility needs).

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Discovery Cove

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An Exotic Vacation In Florida’s Backyard

It’s that time of year again when we all want to rush to the beach with our families and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. For many, finding a safe or uncrowded beach can be difficult and expensive. Like most families, we struggle to afford a nice family
vacations, so when we do, we aim to go big with the most memorable experiences that are offered.

Enter Discovery Cove …..this beautiful and exotic park (more like a retreat) is not only affordable but right in the beautiful backyard of Orlando. With its tropical foliage, exotic birds, and dolphin lagoons this park is exactly what your family needs. Better yet, it is also friendly for all ages and the activities offered to satisfy many people’s bucket lists. The best part about this particular park is it is all-inclusive so no more having to pack extensive beach bags full of snacks, drinks, and sunscreen for your family. We decided to make Discovery Cove the center of our vacation as it offered something that was on everyone on our family’s bucket list, swimming with dolphins! While you can swim with dolphins at locations all over the world, Discovery Cove offers this experience a safe and fun environment at a reasonable price. As if swimming with a dolphin wasn’t enough, Discovery Cove also is an all-inclusive park making your visit so easy Mand ensuring no one in your party gets bored.

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Are Paint Rooms for the Whole Family?

Paint Fight and Splatter…Not in My House!

Growing up in a small town as a child, I have warm memories of playing outside in dirt piles, jumping in mud puddles, drawing creations with sidewalk chalk, and finger painting on easels. All of these activities include two vital things……FUN and a MESS! As an adult, when my daughter does these exact activities I shudder at the mess that I am inevitably going to have to clean up. I vowed when I had my own children I would be the “fun” mom and wouldn’t care about all the messes made by my children’s adventures. The first few years I did well and delivered on that promise, we made all sorts of messy projects playing with paint, play-doh and of course slime! We even had an indoor silly string fight once!  As the years went on and my daughter wanted to play with varieties of confetti and crazy science experiences I started suggesting she do them outdoors or look for cleaner and “boring” activities.

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We have all been guilty of putting off a fun project or family night after a long day of work. Some days it is a challenge just to get the kid’s homework done, make dinner, and give them a bath. In our home because of our constant hectic schedules, we started making Sundays our family adventure day. Sunday is reserved for activities that will be fun and go outside of the norm. I usually spend the night before looking for fun activities that will nourish my child’s sense of adventure and bring us all closer together. As I was giving up I stumbled upon the perfect activity for my family and better yet required no cleanup for me! Are Paint Rooms for the whole Family?

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Wait…Family Bonding Can be Fun?

Ahh…the kids are finally back to school or are now settling into their remote learning routines. Maybe you now have the hang of juggling parenting while working from home or have figured out your work schedule to align best with your hectic family schedule. No matter what your unique family situation is, one thing is always constant in all our lives. When are we able to fit in quality time as a family and keep everyone engaged?

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In this modern age, it is so hard to connect with your kids as many are frequently browsing through apps on their phones, or in many cases, they can be seen watching TV while also playing on their phones. Many of us are guilty of doing this to wind down or it’s become a habit in the fast-paced world we live in. It can be exhausting when you feel like your kids would rather have teeth pulled than spend time as a family or give you more than a one-word answer about their day.  

Families with the ability to have dinner together each night may implement a no technology at the table rule so that you can touch base with your kids and hubby to reconnect. While I definitely recommend reconnecting over dinner each night realistically not every family has this option.


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 The truth is that in the time of needing to have constant stimulation, we need to make our valuable time with our family FUN! You may be asking how are we going to do that with different ages of kids and their varied interests. Sure, there are the basic things people think of such as going to the movies, amusement parks, days of shopping, etc but the truth is that notably many of us don’t have the budget for these activities weekly or monthly. No worries! Try a weekly or monthly family game night that will keep everyone involved.

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My whole family went to prison!

It’s not exactly how it sounds. No crimes were committed but while on vacation we were able to visit and tour one of the most famous historic prisons in North America. We went to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.

This was a great and unique experience for one of our family adventures. It’s educational with just a touch of spookiness at a self-guided pace so that you can take as little or as long as you would like. While we were hesitant about adding this adventure to our vacation we are glad we did. This turned out to be one of our favorite and most talked about post-trip places we have visited. We have even considered going back to see the more spooky side during a nighttime Halloween event, Terror Behind the Wall. We can’t wait to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia again soon.