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Activities when flying: My new favourite kids’ activity book

TweetSometimes we love to chat with our kids when we fly or go out to eat while travelling. Other times, we’ll be deep into grown-up talk (the economy, house prices, pension plans) and the kids just need something fun to do that hasn’t been acquired at the App Store. My mother-in-law discovered this great little book from www.2littleboys.co.uk, called Something to keep you happy when the grown-ups are...

Texas: The best ice pops in Fort Worth

Tweet When we visited Fort Worth last August we went to some great places to eat. One of the most whimsical was Steel City Pops, which makes gourmet popsicles. Gourmet popsicles, right?  Sounds a little precious — until you look at the list of flavours: Blackberry, Cranberry Orange, Hibiscus, Mango, Peanut Butter, Blueberry Cream, Avocado, Vanilla Bean, Pistachio…. I wanted to eat every one of them....

Surrey: Family geocaching at Polesden Lacey

Tweet“Do you know what geocaching is?” I asked my 11-year-old, as we drove to Poleden Lacey. “You find things using a GPS. It’s boring,” she replied, staring out the window in the back seat. “How do you know? Have you done it before?” “I used a GPS once. It’s better if it’s just a map.” Ah, the enthusiasm of youth. After a wonderful Christmas break...

Is it wrong to fly in a different cabin from your children?

TweetI’ll be honest: I really deserve to fly business class. Not because I’m better than other people, but because I enjoy it so much. So much. If airlines understood the deep wellspring of pleasure I get from it, the Mariana Trench of joy, they would fly me everywhere in business simply because of the good it would bring the world. Everything from the early boarding to how they hang up your coat before...

New York City: Touring street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn

TweetWhen we visited New York City, we asked each of the kids what was the one thing that they really wanted to do. The teen boy knew right away: He  wanted was to see some street art. We’d taken a walking tour in East London a bit before that. It had obviously made an impression. An illuminating walking tour A friend recommended Levys’ Unique New York. Levys’ Unique New York is a true New...

3 top tips for ice skating at Natural History Museum

TweetIce skating is a regular part of the Christmas season for us. Maybe it’s because I grew up with visions of myself twirling on ice like Dorothy Hamill (the US equivalent of Jane Torville in singles skating). This rarely happened. I grew up in a semi-arid desert, the nearest rink an hour and a half drive away. These days in London, you’re never far from someplace where you can get your skates on....

Wales: Review of Cefn Barn, Talgarth Wales

Tweet When it comes to booking accommodation, some people just got it. Take my friend Kathryn. She reliably books fantastic accommodation at all budget levels. She does the same things I do — uses Google, browses a few sites. But while my track record is lamentable, hers is stellar. I once arranged a hotel in Madrid that looked perfect online for a girls’ weekend. My friend Tula took one look at it when...

Fort Worth: Visiting the Stockyards rodeo with children

TweetIt’s not illegal to go to Texas and not see a rodeo, but it is a little bit criminal. That’s because they feature so many elements of Texana: hardy cowboys, skilled cowgirls, kid-friendly silliness, cold beer and lots of “God Bless America”. Everybody stands and says the Pledge of Allegiance. This is no time for irony The thing is, it can be difficult to catch a touring rodeo wherever...

My latest dream destination: Hawaii

TweetOver on BritMums we’ve been running the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge with IATA on one of my favourite topics: dream travel destinations. I can’t officially enter but this is a topic I could write on and on about. IATA is celebrating 100 years of commercial flight and that just reminds me of all the long-haul places to which I’d like to hop a jet: New Zealand, California, Japan (again),...

A motorcycle sidecar tour with kids

TweetUsually I post about things I’ve personally tried so I can tell y’all exactly what it’s like, but when I heard about this family activity recently, it was too cool not to spread the word. Get this: Four Seasons Lisbon is offering motorcycle sidecar tours around the city. You take your camera and are accompanied with a photographer, who gives tips and advice on capturing Portugal’s...

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