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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 […]