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Mexican fiesta at home.

Mexican fiesta at home.

We love creating food experiences at home that reflect our love of travel and adventure. We have always wanted to travel to Mexico so decided to hold a Mexican dinner at home while we dream and plan of adventures! With the help of Marathon Foods […]

Seaworld Resort on the Gold Coast.

Seaworld Resort on the Gold Coast.

Finding accommodation for a family of 5 is tricky. There are always rooms for 2 adults and 2 kids but we need more rooms that allow bigger families to stay together! Then adding a wheelchair into the mix and nothing seems to come up. Plenty […]

Top 10 places to visit in Thailand for kids and families.

Top 10 places to visit in Thailand for kids and families.

Thailand is calling! Thailand has fast become one of the top destinations for family travel. With it’s pristine beaches, bustling markets, amazing wildlife and relaxed vibe it has something to suit every type of family.

Thailand with kids has you adventuring across a variety of landscapes including beaches, hills, cities and countryside. There is so much to do, see and learn. A culture that will have you and your kids engaged and falling in love.

Don’t just take my word for it though! We asked 10 travel families to share their favourite spot to enjoy a family holiday in Thailand.

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Mornington Peninsula for ALL Abilities.

Mornington Peninsula for ALL Abilities.

We show you how to explore the Mornington Peninsula with a wheelchair. The Mornington Peninsula is a fantastic area to explore as a family. With adventures in the water, hills, beach and bush to be had its the perfect playground for adventuring families. We share […]

Kuching with kids. Visit Malaysian Borneo.

Kuching with kids. Visit Malaysian Borneo.

Exploring the state of Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo is like stepping back in time. Exploring Kuching with kids will have you adventuring through wide open spaces, abundant wildlife and a culture that adores children. Kuching for kids will be an enriching experience for the whole […]

Kyoto with kids. Our top 5 experiences.

Kyoto with kids. Our top 5 experiences.

Is Japan on your bucketlist?Kyoto with kids will be an enriching experience for your family. The once capital is home to brilliant gardens and traditional houses, shrines, temples and many family friendly activities for your next family holiday. We spent 1 week in Kyoto and these are  our top 5 experiences with kids.

1. Exploring magical gardens.

In the heat of Summer the beautiful gardens are the perfect place to cool down and walk amongst nature. They are great anytime of year as you can see different colours and blooms. This garden surrounded Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) which is a Zen temple along Kyoto’s eastern mountains. It had a beautiful walk to a view over the whole of Kyoto. It is a good idea to wear comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen in Summer. There are plenty of places to grab a drink or something to eat on the way back into the city.

There are many other gardens and temples in the area so it makes a great day trip. Wanting to explore even more gardens? Why not check out the Kyoto Botanical Gardens.

Entry is 500 Yen.

Bus number 5, 17 or 100 from Kyoto Station.

Kyoto with kids

2. Temple time.

Our favourite temple to visit and one that has been on my list for a long time is the Shinto Fushimi Inari. Made famous by the amazing orange Torii Gates. It is very well touristed but an great place to explore with kids as there is lots to see.

During the Summer there were loads of mosquitos so remember your repellant.

Entry is FREE

There are lots of food and drink places close by.

JR station Inari is the closest station.

Kyoto with kids

3. Manga caricature.

The Manga Museum in Kyoto along with an great children library also has some special sessions on the weekends. The kids loved getting their portraits done Manga style and the results are just so fantastic. There is also a space for them to draw and create and a big lawn to run around on.

This building is wheelchair accessible.

Kinbuki cho 452, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city

For more information head here as times and sessions do change.

Kyoto with kids

4. Kalidescope Museum.

Just around the corner from the Manga Museum is a small Kaleidoscope museum and they are perfect to combine together for a morning. This museum is set up in just one room but my kids spent over an hour playing with such a huge variety of Kaleidoscopes. Hands on learning at its best.

Adults 300 Yen Kids 200 Yen.

5. Philosophers Path.

The path gets its name due to Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan’s most famous philosophers, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.While Woody ran most of the way it is a beautiful peaceful walk. Approximately two kilometers long, the path begins around Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and ends in the neighborhood of Nanzenji. During Summer the trees provided shade and during Autumn the Cherry blossoms cover the canal.

Kyoto with kids

Do you have a favourite Japanese city? You can read all our Tokyo adventures  here. 

Kyoto with kids

 

Family fun on the Mornington Peninsula.

Family fun on the Mornington Peninsula.

Summer on the Mornington Peninsula with kids means long days outside exploring in the sunshine and warm evenings at the beach, having BBQ’s and tasting some amazing food and wine on offer. With the best of everything for families we share with you our top […]

Accessible Travel. All you need to know from booking to flying with a wheelchair.

Accessible Travel. All you need to know from booking to flying with a wheelchair.

Travelling with a child with a physical disability that uses a wheelchair takes extra planning. Cooper has been travelling since he was 6 months old and loves exploring new places. Cooper has Dystonic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy and uses a manual quickie Zippie wheelchair while we […]

Taipei for Kids. Our top 5 experiences for Family Travel.

Taipei for Kids. Our top 5 experiences for Family Travel.

With it’s amazing food markets. Cheap and efficient transport. Adventures across  both city and nature scapes. Taipei the capital city of Taiwan is the perfect place for your next family adventure. There are plently of fun things to do with kids in tow and we all loved this amazing modern city. We spent 1 week in Taipei and never ran out of things to do.

Here are our top 5 places to visit in Taipei.

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The World Street Art Bible.

The World Street Art Bible.

One of my favourite free and accessible experiences while travelling is wandering through new streets and laneways in the hope of discovering some creative street art. I love learning about the history of street art and trying to decide if it’s actually street art or […]


Top tips for traveling with a 3 year old.

Top tips for traveling with a 3 year old.

This adventure saw our youngest child aged three.
On reflection it is at this age that some things become easier, gone are naps, nappies and prams but you also have to allow for a lot of flexibility as far as tiredness, determination and moods go!
Here are our top tips:
  • Reduce expectations. Gone are the days of cramming in activities from dawn to dusk! Be happy if you get one outing and limited tantrums.
  • Schedule pool time. It was the hottest month in Laos and a pool was a necessity. We would have two swims a day which kept Woody happy and allowed us all to cool off.
  • Reduce travel speed. Once you slow down to three year old walking pace you get to experience a lot that you may have missed. You get to talk to more people and make new friends.
  • Stock up on favourite snacks and drinks. Woody is not as adventurous with his food like his siblings. He’s happy if there is a steady supply of strawberry milk and biscuits. We always had these handy at airports, on the train and by the pool. We encouraged all efforts of trying something new.
  • Praise all efforts made to say hello to new faces. It’s beautiful the response kids get when they say hello and please in the local language. Encourage politeness but also understand that kids may get annoyed with the costant attention, arm and cheek squeezing and touching of golden locks.
  • Take small adventures in new vehicles. The experience of getting from A to B was enough of an outing if it involved a tuk tuk, push bike or motorbike. Woody loved the journey as much as the destination.
  • Join in activities with local kids. My kids loved swimming in the river at sunset in Vang Vieng and running through the markets with kids in Vientiane. Having kids opens up so many conversations with both locals and other tourists. Language is often a barrier but hand gestures and facial expressions go along way.
  • Bring along notepads, stickers and a favourite toy for the plane and waiting around airports. iPads are also great filled with favourite short tv shows to hold interest. Lollipops are also great for take off and landing as well as waiting in Immigration queues.
  • Tag team parental repsonsibility. We always try and get a morming or afternoon alone to explore while one of us stays with the kids. This allows the kids to rest around the hotel.
  • Our kids were welcomed everywhere we went. We went for family massages, temples and out for dinner and the kids were always greeted warmly. Don’t be afraid to get and and try everything even with kids in tow!

 

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