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Why Disneyland?

Theme parks for kids are everywhere, but there is some special about Disney in particular says Carolyn Moore. In 2013 the mother of two toddlers and her husband Nathan decided to do a Disney-trifecta tour – they visited three Disneylands in one year: Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland and Disney’s Californian Adventure in the Ahanheim in the US. She tells suitcases&strollers why, in her opinion, Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth – when it comes to theme parks for kids.

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Comic-Cons With Kids

If your kids love superheros or are addicted to video games, a visit to a Comic-Con is in order. These are not just for adult nerds, insists Wayne Rée. The self-professed geek has been to two San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC or, as Wayne calls it, “the big daddy of Comic-Cons”) and is a regular every year at the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC). This year he even presented his own work at STGCC, a book of short stories called Tales From A Tiny RoomHe tells suitcases&strollers why Comic-Cons make fantastic family holiday destinations for big and small kids.

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How to Eat in Expensive Restaurants with Kids

One of the great joys of any family holiday is experiencing the local cuisine, but once you’ve had kids, sometimes meals end up being curtailed to fast food you can eat with your hands on the run. But there is a way to avoid an entire family vacation of room service and burgers. You can get to enjoy fine dining restaurants with kids; you and the kids just need to know how to behave. Here’s the suitcases&strollers travel tips to eating out in expensive restaurants with kids.

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Visiting Santa in the North Pole

As far as children are concerned, there is only one reason to take a trip to the North Pole with kids – to visit Santa. The town of Rovaniemi in Finland lays claim to being the official hometown of the jolly red man and has two different ways that you can meet the “real” Santa in the North Pole. For a fantastical and whimsical day trip, here’s how parents can tick the Arctic Circle box and the kids meet Santa Claus.

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Family Friendly Festival: Austin City Limits

Are you keen to get your groove going with the likes of Eminem, Beck and Lana Del Ray? Then it’s time to get your tickets to Austin City Limits, a music festival for kids and adults held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, USA. While you’re grooving to Lorde or rocking to Pearl Jam, kids have their own special line-up of entertainment that makes this a particularly family-friendly music festival. Austin City Limits is running 3 to 5 and 10 to 12 October 2014 so start planning now.

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Farm Stays for Kids in Western Australia

If you need to escape the pollution and pace of big city living, farm stays with kids are a good option. In South West Western Australia this can mean not only do the children get to experience hands-on interaction with baby animals and seeing a live farm in operation, parents can enjoy some of the best food and wine in the country without having to sit in a stuffy, expensive restaurant. For a family holiday activity that will be unusual and memorable for the kids, but oh so easy for the parents, farm stays are it.

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Family Adventure Holidays: The Inca Trail With Kids

If you’re planning a family adventure holiday, one of the most famous and memorable things to do in Peru with kids is to hike the Inca Trail. For those aged 12 and above, this is a chance to reach the famed Machu Picchu from a different perspective – after a 42-kilometre walk through the Peruvian Andes. The Inca Trail is popular and famous for good reason – it will take you through the most stunning scenery but it’s not too difficult for anyone with reasonable fitness. All you need is a love of the outdoors and an appetite for fresh air. 

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Activities with Kids at Siem Reap’s Temples

Siem Reap is a buzz of activity and children will love the friendliness and creativeness of Cambodian people. Obviously it is known for the splendid temples built by long ago kings with a precision of modern engineering. But Siem Reap with kids is an excuse to get creative and add another dimension to the experience. Here are some ideas for pop quiz activities to do with kids in Siem Reap. Get your printer ready – you might want to take some of these along on family holiday with you.  

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Treehotel

Fancy sleeping in a UFO? Or what about a hotel room suspended high in a Swedish forest canopy? If you are in Swedish Lapland with kids, it is absolutely essential to do a stop at the amazing Treehotel. The name lives up to everything you could imagine and more – if you have a love of design and architecture or you simply want a night or two in the wilderness without having to actually camp with kids or give up creature comforts, this is it.

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Holidays With A Difference: The Tour de France with Kids

If you love the spectacle and hoopla that surrounds the greatest bike race in the world, then planning to view the Tour de France with kids makes for an exciting family holiday adventure. Far from being a cycling enthusiasts-only event, people from all walks of life gather on the roadside to cheer on the hard-working riders – with children of every age from babies through to the big kids. For a unique way to view the French countryside with kids and take in a world-class sporting event, there’s nothing like taking kids to the Tour de France.

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The Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu is a must-see destination for those traveling to Peru. However, you could be put off taking children, given there are some risks associated with the altitude sickness and climate. suitcases&strollers has a solution to minimising kids’ exposure to altitude – avoid the usual tourist route and stick to the Sacred Valley instead, before going up to Machu Picchu with kids. This is a safer and potentially easier alternative that still allows for an amazing family adventure holiday for children of all ages.

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Bagan

Myanmar is the place to visit right now and perhaps its most famous tourist attraction is the historical city of Bagan. (Think Machu Picchu or Siem Reap, but with fewer tourists — for now.) No trip to Myanmar with kids can be complete without a stop in Bagan. It’s an excellent place to see where the past is catching up to contemporary life and it’s ancient ruins are really opened up to the international tourist trade. And for children – it’s just a super fun place to explore. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel guide to Bagan with kids.

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Backwaters of Kerala

A world away from the rest of India is the verdant, peaceful state of Kerala. And the absolute highlight of any trip to Kerala with kids is a couple of nights sailing the “backwaters”. Silently cruising the tributaries, lakes and canals and witnessing life happen around you while you eat the local food and relax is an strangely exilherating combination of chilled out yet culturally enriching experience. There is no doubt, a trip on a Kerala houseboat with kids in the backwaters is the perfect family holiday destination.

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Learning Foreign Languages Through Travel, Part 2

In December Emilia Wright backpacked for 10 days around Taiwan with her parents Brooke and Mark. The purpose of the trip was to encourage Emilia to develop her foreign language skills (Emilia is learning Mandarin fulltime at her school in Singapore). Neither Brooke nor Mark can speak Mandarin, so the family was heavily reliant on Emilia to help them communicate with the locals. Emilia tells suitcases&strollers about her experiences acting as a translator – at the tender age of 6!

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The Permanent Travellers, Part 5

Erin Bender of Travel With Bender has been travelling the world with her husband, Josh Bender, and two children Mia (5) and Caius (4) since May 2012. They have been all over North America, Europe and Southeast Asia with kids from Cancun to Aqaba, Cape Canaveral to Manila. Along the way they’ve experienced everything from petting tigers to eating their way around Greece (where they are now) and they’ve logged it all on their blog. Erin tells suitcases&strollers what she and her kids love about being permanent travellers (and it’s not quite so adventurous or unachievable as you’d think). 

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Profile: Luxury Travel Mom

Kim-Marie Evans lives a pretty envious lifestyle. Not only is she a travel writer who gets paid to holiday, her specialty is luxury travel (hence her fabulous name for her website Luxury Travel Mom). She travels at least 2 weeks a month and has been to 23 countries including Cuba, Haiti and Rwanda. Better yet, she gets to do almost all of it with her four kids Macie (15), JJ (14), Wilson (11) and Keaton (8). She tells suitcases&strollers all about the realities of luxury family holidays. (And yes, you will be jealous.)

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Learning Foreign Languages Through Travel, Part 1

Imagine travelling to a foreign country where you cannot speak the language – but your child can. Brooke Hayne and her husband, Mark, are based in Singapore with their daughter Emilia (6) who attends a Mandarin immersion school program. As a result, Emilia can speak Chinese while Brooke and Mark can only comprehend a few words. To encourage Emilia’s language development, the family travelled to Taiwan in December to let Emilia practice what she has been learning in school. Brooke tells suitcases&strollers her family’s experience learning a foreign language through travel.

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The Ultimate Barbie Experiences

If your little girls can’t get enough of the blonde bombshell that is Barbie, perhaps it’s time to embrace their love of hot pink and seek out these fantasy-like experiences. Whether it’s just an afternoon in a mall to dedicating an entire island holiday to Barbie, here are some of the most memorable kids holiday ideas for Barbie fans.

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Yangon

Myanmar with kids sounds like an impossible traveller’s dream but it’s absolutely not. In fact, moving around the capital city makes for one of the best ways to start your family adventure holidays in Southeast Asia because it is so new to tourism. Here you can really step into a country completely untouched by outside influences – maybe even more so that Bhutan (and far easier to get to). So be bold and brave and get ready – Burma is finally ready to be a family holiday destination. Here’s how to do Yangon with kids.

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Family Adventure Holidays: Yogyakarta With Kids

Whether you say “Jogja” or “Yogya”, the rich and royal destination of Yogyakarta is the perfect choice to plan some family adventure holidays. You and your clan will get a taste of Indonesia’s rich history set amongst a stunning volcanic landscape. Your kids will love how this living museum takes history and geography out of the classroom and into amazing sites. The lifestyle experts at Honeycombers Jakarta tell suitcases&strollers their tips for this exotic way to explore Indonesia with kids. 

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