/
Close
Newsletters  | Mobile

RSS Feed Family Travel

Toni Collette's Favorite Places

Toni Collette

Peripatetic actress Toni Collette—doing her second turn on Broadway this month—tells T+L about some of her favorite places.

“The writing is so smart and beautiful,” says Toni Collette about Will Eno’s dark comedy The Realistic Joneses, in which she shares the stage with Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei, and Michael C. Hall. “He captures life, warts and all.” Smart, beautiful, and at times unflinching are also ways to describe the actress—and her travel m.o. Here, Collette’s secret address book:

Off-the-Radar Trek: “I once fled the Toronto Film Festival to meet a boyfriend in Kathmandu. Sleeping under the stars, white-water rafting, playing soccer with local kids—it was all unforgettable. The only challenge was the leeches!”

Read More

Legoland Discovery Center Set to Open in Boston This May

201402-hd-legoland-bostonjpg

Lego mania cannot be stopped. In addition to being painfully underfoot in playrooms everywhere, there's a Lego movie in theaters, high-art Lego sculptures, a Lego hotel, and now a new Legoland Discovery Center, in Boston. The 44,000 square-foot space is due to open in May and will have more than 3 million pieces of plastic all snapped into place (expect a Lego laser ride, a 4D cinema, and mini-models of US landmarks). And for true Lego maniacs? A master builder is on hand to teach toddlers the secrets to creating sky-high towers.

Clara Sedlak


Clara Sedlak is a mother of two and Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @csedlak1

 


Photo Credit: Merlin Entertainments Group

Smithsonian Sleepovers Turn the National Museum into an Overnight Adventure

201402-hd-smithsonian-sleepoverjpg

In terms of film quality, Night at the Museum ranks right up there with Gigli and Glitter. Still, after finally acquiescing to the demands of two kids in stereo (“Please, please! Please, please!”), I endured two hours of so-so humor. And I have to admit the idea of sneaking around a museum after hours sparked my childhood imagination. As soon as Miles and Sebs are of age, I plan on taking them on a Smithsonian Sleepover. Families arrive at 7pm on select dates for a night of games, crafts, and dusk to dawn exploration. Some highlights: an Imax screening of Born to be Wild about orphaned orangutans and elephants and camping out in sleeping bags under the giant North American whale, Phoenix. May 17, June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug 8, Aug 22; age 8 through 12.

Clara Sedlak


Clara Sedlak is a mother of two and Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @csedlak1.

Photo credit: Kumar Sriskandan / Alamy

Take the Kids to Cape Cod for Winter Break

cape cod beach hotel

Winter break has a way of sneaking up on parents anyway, but a couple of snow days spent shooing kids away from computer screens makes the spectre of another long stretch of empty days at home unthinkable.

Arriving on the scene like a spandex-clad superhero is Cape Cod’s Sea Crest Beach Hotel. The recently renovated low-rise beachfront property ticks all the boxes for a winter family stay:

Read More

Families Fly Comfortably on Air New Zealand's SkyCouch

201401-hd-skycouchjpg

Amidst a heated conflict between travelers who want family-friendly zones on airplanes, and those willing to pay more for childfree cabins, Air New Zealand’s Economy SkyCouch seat is becoming a fast favorite for both sides of the debate.

The flexible seating option, which allows passengers to purchase three adjacent seats and transform them into a wide, flat sofa, has been particularly successful with families.

With a footrest that pulls out from beneath the three seats and armrests that virtually disappear, Air New Zealand has sold the Skycouch as an “ideal solution” for “a parent with two restless kids,” or the perfect play space for young children.

Read More

Sleek YoYo Stroller is Perfect For Family Air Travel

201401-hd-babyzen-yoyo-strollerjpg

This week I'm loving the new YoYo stroller by BABYZEN. If you're a frequent flier and usually have the kids in tow, it's the ideal companion: sleek, easily collapsible, and at less than 13 pounds, meets all airlines’ overhead bin requirements. This means no waiting in the freezing jetway for the attendant to find your stroller after you land.

Clara Sedlak


Clara Sedlak is a mother of two and Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @csedlak1.

Photo credit: Babyzen

Easy Family Travel Tips for Packing Like a Pro

201401-hd-family-packingjpg 

Travel is exciting, yes. But, the packing process—especially for families—is stressful.  To do it efficiently takes time and focus. To avoid mass dumpage into the suitcase, I start packing two weeks before we leave. And, I challenge myself to halve what I “think” we need. 

I place a cardboard box next to the table and drop things in as I think of them: books, sunscreen, shampoo, and medicine. First, I pack the kids. I begin laying the clothes out by category on the dining room table: undies, PJs, tops, bottoms, dresses, hats, shoes. Then, I create a small grooming kit for each kid with brush, toothbrush, hair ties, and Band-Aids. A few days later, I revisit the mounds and remove what is not entirely necessary.

Read More

Family-Friendly Vacation Ideas for South Beach, Miami

201401-hd-south-beach-familyjpg

Fact: South Beach is a paradise for grown-ups: sun, sea, sand and a super-sexy party scene.

But, here’s a little-known secret: Miami is a spectacular family getaway. This past winter break, I headed down to South Florida with my husband and two daughters to defrost and indulge in some family fab adventures.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

For this trip, we shacked up at the Fontainebleau. Located on the beach, this iconic hotel offers apartment style suites outfitted with a washer/dryer and kitchen, a major bonus for a travelling family. This allowed me to pack less and be better prepared for the hunger-inspired tantrums that crop up every few hours. Having a leisurely breakfast in our PJs versus having to get dressed and face the crowds (pre-caffeine) for overpriced cereal is a game changer. It is a luxury that adds that extra element of relaxation to the vacation.

Read More

Affordable Family Ski Packages to Book This Season

201401-hd-canyons-utahjpg

It's that time of year again when I spend hours online looking for an affordable place to bring the kids skiing. Trust me, it's not easy. And I've been tempted to give up on the idea altogether, but these deals look seriously promising. 

Start Here

Make sure to check out LIftopia.com first. The discount site partners with more than 250 resorts worldwide. Just this morning I found savings of up to 50% at Magic Mountain, in Vermont, and 35% in Park City, Utah for a four day trip at the end of January. Ski.com is another winner and offers deals on airlines, lodging, and even lift tickets around the globe.

Read More

Explore the Rainforest at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale

201312-hd-butterfly-wonderlandjpg

I'm on a business trip in Scottsdale, Arizona and promised my twins I'd stop by the city's new Butterfly Wonderland complex. At 10,000 square feet, it's the largest indoor rainforest in the US, home to Silver Spotted Flambeaus, Peacocks Pansys, Tailed Jays (pictured), and hundreds more. I'm no science-buff (and this would not have been at the top of my to-do list), but once you promise your kids something, there's really no going back. So my mommy-guilt made me go—and I'm glad. I only wish I had the kids with me. The place is incredible (even if insects aren't your thing), with a 3D theater, a live ant colony, an aquatic center with Motoro stingrays you can touch, and my favorite part, a gallery where you can witness the metamorphosis of a Blue Morpho Butterfly. If you're headed to the Southwest with the family, it's definitely worth checking out.

Clara Sedlak


Clara Sedlak is a mother of two and Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @csedlak1.

Photo courtesy of Butterfly Wonderland

Advertisement

Sign Up


Connect With Travel + Leisure
  • Travel+Leisure
  • Tablet
  • Available devices

Already a subscriber?
Get FREE ACCESS to the digital edition


Advertisement


Advertisement

Advertisement

Marketplace