35 Free and Cheap Things to Do With Kids in Portland – Cascadia Kids

What’s kid-friendly, free and fun in Portland, Oregon? Here’s a warm-weather list to get you started. What would you add?

  1. Play in Salmon Springs Fountain’s 137 jets at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
  2. Enjoy a $3 family movie at McMenamin’s Kennedy School.
  3. Watch ice skaters twirl at the Lloyd Center Ice Rink.
  4. Enjoy one of Portland’s kid-friendly museums on a free or cheap day.
  5. Try on glasses made from forks in Spoonman’s booth at Portland Saturday Market….

Read more at – Cascadiakids.com

Hotel Casci Breakfast Room

Visiting Florence with Kids – Italia Kids
By Shannon Venable

Navigating the crowded streets of Florence with kids in tow can be a challenge for families traveling to this famous Renaissance city. With careful planning, however, Florence has much to offer curious little minds in an environment in which museums and sites are increasingly providing unique exhibits and educational programs designed just for children.

When staying in the city during peak months such as the summer, the Oltrarno district just across the river from the Ponte Vecchio can be much less crowded and offers a variety of delicious less-touristy dining choices, as well as convenient supermarkets. The Oltrarno is also much easier to access by car than many of the neighborhoods across the river with very restricted traffic limitations, although parking is expensive. Nearby must-see sites with kids include the Boboli Gardens at Palazzo Pitti, with plenty of wide open space for the little ones to run around and let their imaginations fly, these legendary gardens are also the perfect place for a picnic (there is a supermarket directly across the street).

Read more at italiakids.com

One of the many hotels she lists…
Hotel Casci – family-run 2-star hotel in central location; very spacious rooms; triples, quads, and even family rooms to accommodate up to 5; very welcoming atmosphere for children
Via Cavour 13
50129 Florence
tel. 055 211686
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Kids Go West Guide to the Best Campgrounds in California – Kids Go West

I’m a little hesitant to write this guide, because then I’ll have more competition in trying to score reservations for these awesome campgrounds. Lucky for you, I welcome the challenge.

I’ll start off my guide with a list (in no particular order) of some coastal state campgrounds in California. Sadly, I have to leave out the beautiful, Big Sur campgrounds because of last year’s wildfire. Those state parks are closed to campers for the time being.(*Update: Pfeiffer Big Sur is now open for summer reservations)

  1. Sunset State Beach: This beautiful, isolated beach is 16 miles south of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1. The campground is divided into 3 sections. We enjoy camping in the south camp loop, because it’s a close walk to the beach. It can be cold, and foggy in June and July, so bring warm clothes. If you have a hard time finding spots at this beach, try nearby  Manresa State Beach…

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Cape Cod: Everybody Out of the Pool! – Ciao Bambino

May 17th, 2010, Paul of Shermans Travel

In Nancy’s Cape Cod vacation overview, she made the point that when it comes to water, you have choices: relatively warm bays as well as friskier beaches. My family has enjoyed both, sometimes during a single morning. The bays, as Nancy suggests, won’t freeze your toes off.

And once everyone gets time in the water you can head to a beach and seashell hunt without feeling like you’re depriving anyone if the ocean’s too chilly for a swim. But here’s the thing …

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