The third anniversary of Looks and Leaps is celebrated in January! While we haven’t published as frequently during the past couple of months, we definitely look forward to sharing more stories this year. In the meantime, be sure to browse the archive – 2017 included posts on Banff National Park, Canada, Montana, Disney, Hilton Head, Paris, San Sebastian, Madrid, Philadelphia, Coronado California, a Game of Thrones theme dinner, New Mexico, Vermont, and many other destinations and topics. A special thanks to our writers – and of course, all readers! Cheers!
1) A change of scenery. As much as I love cities, I appreciated being out in the country, surrounded by family, tranquill trees, Kentucky bluegrass and greenish lake, lightening bugs and quiet.
2) Driving a boat for the first time. Feeling the warm sun and breeze cutting through a humid afternoon as you steer through the water. Stopping in the shade for some of us to swim, all of us to relax and talk and laugh. Continue reading
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This was the year: our first family trip to Paris! Jimmy, MJ, and I were excited to embark on our first family adventure overseas. While this was uncharted territory for us, luckily we had my sister, Wendy, a Paris veteran, join us on our journey. The trip was amazing and memorable. As the trip approached and we started sharing our summer trip plans with friends, the general reaction was, “And you ARE taking MJ?!” I guess for many, Paris is one of those romantic couples vacations, or a high school graduation type trip. Nothing wrong with either of those, but Jimmy and I love to travel and to share travel with MJ. Not only did our 7 years old get to see France with her parents, but also her fabulous aunt. Here are some of our tips for visiting Paris family-style!
I always look forward to spring break visits from my sister April and nephew J. We love hanging out in our DC neighborhood and taking road trips to nearby cities like NYC. Since they’ve been to Washington many times previously, Jack and I always try to design a varied itinerary.
At the top of the list this year are the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture and the temporary Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit at the Hirshhorn. While all Smithsonian museums are busy, these two are generating a lot of buzz. I hadn’t the privilege of seeing either one yet. Both offer free admission, but require timed entry passes due to popularity. The advance online option doesn’t work out, so I must try for same-day timed entry tickets. I’m determined to secure entry to at least one of these coveted attractions, though there’s a good chance this will involve standing in at least one long line. Continue reading
My travel plans are generally guided by two questions: how will I work this getaway into my budget, and is it kid-friendly? But once the fall rolls around another question comes into play: how will I find time for travel?
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I’m a teacher so it will come as no surprise that I like to find the educational value in my daughter’s extracurricular activities. I firmly believe that no other activity will educate children in the same way as traveling. There are the obvious things they can learn when visiting a museum or learning phrases in a new language, but there are so many other things they learn as well.
Stays in the Same House Together!
The Looks and Leaps family recently traveled to Hilton Head, South Carolina for a week. The weather was fantastic and the ocean was beautiful – but part of the fun was living together in an awesome beach house! We’d like to share some of our favorite things and recommendations as you plan your summer getaways! Continue reading
by April and Sunny
Packing for one can be stressful enough, but add a kid to the mix and it can be enough to lose your mind. Looks and Leaps to the rescue! Here are a few packing Do’s and Don’ts to avoid any “Doh’s!” while traveling with little ones.
There’s no other city I visit as often as Washington DC and for the past few years my son, “J”, and I have traveled to our nation’s capital each spring. His first visit was at 5 years old so there’s no surprise he considers it his “home away from home”. There are no shortage of travel guides for families visiting DC, but since we travel to DC so often, we’ve been able to enjoy the must-sees like the Smithsonian Museums but we’ve also had the chance to get off the beaten path and discover some fun and kid-friendly places. I recently sat down with my now 9 year old son and as we reminisced about our past trips to DC he pointed out the things that really stood out to him along the way. Here are some notes from 5 years of travel to Washington DC from a kids’ perspective. In other words, things that make DC FUN!