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Hawaii is open to visitors and there is nowhere better to relax for the entire family than Oahu's Disney Aulani Resort. ...
08/25/2021
Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa : Seeing the Real Hawaii in Oahu - LA Family Travel

Hawaii is open to visitors and there is nowhere better to relax for the entire family than Oahu's Disney Aulani Resort. Here is everything you need to know to fully appreciate your family trip.

https://lafamilytravel.com/aulani-a-disney-resort-and-spa-oahu-with-kids/

Things to do with kids on Hawaii's island of Oahu. Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa or Four Seasons Oahu are great starts to your family trip.

Looking for a fun family trip with the kids this Halloween?, check out our article on 5 spooky things to do with kids in...
08/19/2021
5 SpOOky Things to Do with Kids for Halloween Around Los Angeles - LA Family Travel

Looking for a fun family trip with the kids this Halloween?, check out our article on 5 spooky things to do with kids in Los Angeles. From a Halloween car parade to a driveable scareway, this trip is perfect for the holiday!

After Los Angeles County canceled Halloween by discouraging trick-or-treating creatives got together to offer other kinds of fun for kids!

“I’m scared but I’m going to do it anyway,” Knox told me this morning. I said that was the definition of courage as he g...
08/19/2021

“I’m scared but I’m going to do it anyway,” Knox told me this morning. I said that was the definition of courage as he got ready for his first day of middle school!!!! ⠀

Kaleb came into his room and helped him choose his outfit, we had breakfast and I took them to start their first day of 6th and 8th grades. So happy they’re getting back to semi-normal ❤️⠀

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“I’m scared but I’m going to do it anyway,” Knox told me this morning. I said that was the definition of courage as he got ready for his first day of middle school!!!! ⠀

Kaleb came into his room and helped him choose his outfit, we had breakfast and I took them to start their first day of 6th and 8th grades. So happy they’re getting back to semi-normal ❤️⠀

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Trying to make plans for Labor day?? Check out our most recent article for 5 vacation ideas the whole family can enjoy!
08/17/2021
5 Vacation Ideas for Labor Day Fun - LA Family Travel

Trying to make plans for Labor day?? Check out our most recent article for 5 vacation ideas the whole family can enjoy!

Planning Labor Day fun doesn’t have to be complicated or pricey. Try these tips for what to do and where to go this Labor Day weekend.

Are you a thrill seeker looking for a fun long weekend trip, then look no further! Check out our article on how to hit 4...
08/16/2021
How to Hit 42 Roller Coasters in One Weekend! - LA Family Travel

Are you a thrill seeker looking for a fun long weekend trip, then look no further! Check out our article on how to hit 42 roller coasters in one weekend!

If you’re a theme park buff, looking to get your “coaster count” up, then this trip is for you! With luck, you can hit 42 coasters in 3 days!

Planning a trip to Disney World soon with the kids? Check out this article by Travel Foodie Mom for some great tips and ...
08/16/2021
Creating a Magical Adventure at Walt Disney World - Travel Foodie Mom

Planning a trip to Disney World soon with the kids? Check out this article by Travel Foodie Mom for some great tips and tricks on how to make it magical!

We've all heard it... "Disney is the most magical place on Earth". It's hard to deny. Growing up with The Little Mermaid as my idol and pretending to be her any chance I got was a typical part of my childhood.

Why the long face?⠀⠀Maybe because Wildebeests are the carcass we most often splayed around the Serengeti.  They are most...
08/14/2021

Why the long face?⠀

Maybe because Wildebeests are the carcass we most often splayed around the Serengeti. They are most prolific in the Serengeti. They’re also apparently a tasty morsel.

I never really understood the concept of downwind until I was standing two feet away from the caracas of a wildebeest an...
08/13/2021

I never really understood the concept of downwind until I was standing two feet away from the caracas of a wildebeest and didn’t smell anything until our jeep drove about 20 feet away. The smell was like rotten shrimp festering for 20 years inside a New York city dumpster. Instantly.

That’s one fun addition to the northern part of Serengeti NP, where we are today at Lemala Mara Luxury Tented Lodge. Every so often, you see intact skeletons of fallen animals on the ground. Some are just horns with parts of skull missing. Some are intact head skulls. Some are a dome of ribs covered in a sheet of skin and an intact head displaying a mouth left open in an endless scream.

These bodies must have also littered the Eastern and Central part of Serengeti but the grass and bush were higher, so we couldn’t see them. I feel like we’re in a living museum of natural history.

We started the day with a ride in a Bush plane that took us to my new favorite part of Africa thus far: northern Serengeti. It has more green and rocks and animals sightings than the other parts, though we saw tons of animals there too. Tomorrow we will try to catch the Wildebeests crossing the Mara river without getting chomped on by crocodiles. Sorta split about what I hope happens.

Today we saw lions mating, lion cubs playing and learned a million new facts from our new guide, Albert, who could easily be a zoology professor he’s so knowledgeable but he makes it fun for Kaleb too with all his jokes and upbeat style.

We learned buffalo males get kicked out of their pack when they get old, so young bucks can mate with females and show their dominance. The Buffalo is then sad and lonely so becomes the most dangerous animal to humans. I found this more sad than scary. Because it’s like human humans.

Also, along the same lines, when lions get old is when they’re more likely to hunt a human because they’re easy prey (compared to the faster animals. Kaleb and I already discussed I would be dead if a lion decided to go after us bc duh). Albert told us how once he guided a walking safari with a family of four. They came upon one of those old lions and the mom freaked out and started running. Baaad move and exactly opposite of what they instruct. Albert had to kill the lion to protect her even though the lion would have ignored her if she followed instructions. He no longer does walking safaris.

So when Albert rolled up to the lion pack with the four cubs and the resting mom, I thought about his story when we parked 15 feet away. 15 feet! From lion cubs! And a protective mom.

Then when we saw their mating parents/step mom?, we came about 10 feet away from them to WATCH them DO IT in our OPEN safari car (oh yes, we changed cars too from our closed off Landcruiser with open roof to all open. ALL open). I had new’s headlines announcing our foolishly executed death flashing in my head.

When a lion is mating they mate every 15 minutes for a WEEK because a lioness ovulates so slowly. We saw this and heard all the giggles from Kaleb and the other safari cars as we invaded their privacy. Finally, everyone left and we let them go into a ravine for privacy but I did manage to get some great shots before they left. These are still from my phone. Can’t wait to see how my camera got them.

With Halloween coming up soon how fun would it be to plan a holiday road trip with your family? Check out this article a...
08/13/2021
Salem, MA: The Spookiest Family-Friendly Destination for Fall - LA Family Travel

With Halloween coming up soon how fun would it be to plan a holiday road trip with your family? Check out this article about Salem MA: the spookiest family friendly destination!!

Witches, goblins, and pirates, oh my! If you're looking for the spookiest family-friendly destination for fall, then Salem, MA will deliver!

Yesterday morning we woke up to giraffes eating leaves from trees in front of our “tent’ at Lemala Camps & Lodges Ngoron...
08/12/2021

Yesterday morning we woke up to giraffes eating leaves from trees in front of our “tent’ at Lemala Camps & Lodges Ngorongoro tent camp. I say tent because technically there is canvas and it zips up but we have beds inside with high thread counts, art on the walls and glossy, dark wood furniture.

I realize I haven’t really explained our program. We landed by Mt. Kilimanjaro and stayed at a Lemala Camps & Lodges property in Arusha, at Herkop House where we saw our first animals, the Dik Dik, worlds smallest antelope, and then traveled to stay for 2 days at Tarangire NP at Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge - so nice!) Then we overnighted at a glampground at Ngorongoro Crater, Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp where we were greeted by baboons as we arrived. Yesterday, we were in Central Serengeti at Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp in a fancy tent and now we are in the Eastern Serengeti at Lemala Nanyukie Lodge
(another lodge with pools and a spa - yes I got a massage after all the bumpy safari driving). From here we head in the morning, by small aircraft, to Lemala Mara Mobile Tented Camp in the northern Serengeti where they say we could watch the famous river migration crossings right from the property. Finally we head to Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge.

Everyday, we do game hunts in the early mornings and late afternoons. Our most excellent guide, Frank, has worked for Lemala for 8 years and only Lemala. He is friends with all the other guides and they regularly check in with each other thru walkie talkie to alert one another of exciting sightings. Typically, Frank says, there are millions of cars trying to see the same lion or leopard but now there are much fewer. I’d guess 12 is the most we’ve seen in one area.

After breakfast, we went hunting for the three big cats native to the Serengeti area: lions, cheetahs and leopards. We rolled back to our camp having shot all the animals with my camera. We even managed to nab some zebras, wart hogs and gazelles before lunch. Also. I never understood birder’s fascination with their prey until I saw the birds of Africa. Some are so bright, they look like they’re going to a disco or the opera with their smart blacks and whites.

Today we say lions and their cubs, so close, we could have tossed a ball to them. Also cheetahs, a mom and her three cubs, eating a gazelle after a fresh kill. We are almost used to seeing giraffes taking long strides as they walk through the land, elephants clumped in family groups, gazelles gathered in flocks and buffaloes chilling as we drive by. Almost, but not quite.

Looking for a last minute weekend trip with the kids before they go back to school? Check out this can't miss family  tr...
08/11/2021
Can’t Miss Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids - LA Family Travel

Looking for a last minute weekend trip with the kids before they go back to school? Check out this can't miss family trip to Atlanta filled with fun activities the everyone can enjoy!

Historic, bustling, full of life, Atlanta has a flavor all its own. Try these kid-friendly attractions and activities when you plan visit.

Kaleb and I can no longer eat rice without thinking about all the hard work it took to get it onto our plate.⠀⠀On our wa...
08/11/2021

Kaleb and I can no longer eat rice without thinking about all the hard work it took to get it onto our plate.⠀

On our way from the amazing Mpingo Ridge in Tarangire NP to Ngorongoro, we stopped to visit Mto Wa Mbu, a village whose name translates to Mosquito River, by Lake Manyara. A local man named Sunday announced he would be our guide as we drove around the village in a tuk tuk. Part of the @lemalacampsandlodges trip we booked.

Sunday took us around & showed us farm fields which are divided into family plots.

He went through the process of converting these dirt fields into a rice patty field. The first step, Sunday told us, is to drown the plot with water. Then the mud must be dragged from the bottom of the field. This is incredibly labor-intensive work. I’m including a picture of a mother & her two adult sons being paid to do the hard labor. This process will earn them approximately 30,000 shillings which is about $15 that they split three ways. ⠀

It takes about six months for the rice to mature. Then the plants are dried & the rice beaten from the stalks & the family takes it to the ONE shop in town that deshells the rice & turns the skins into animal feed.

Sunday said woodcarvers learn from their fathers. Many of them are refugees - some from Mozambique. They create their figurines to show their children where they came from & share the stories of their people. I found that SO interesting because I often buy figurines from places I visit. ⠀

Sunday also took us around the marketplace, we toured a banana farm & we learned how the Lemala group buys lunch boxes made from banana leaves mothers harvest & weave into lunch boxes they sell to school children & tourists. We ate at a local restaurant (tables in a forest). My picky eater said it was the best beef he’d ever eaten.⠀








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