New York City is electric any time of year but I have to admit I was a little concerned about visiting at New Year, the main reason being the weather. So many people told me I was crazy, you’ll get snowed in, you’ll get stuck there, you won’t be able to do anything. People came out of the woodwork everywhere to poo poo the idea. Well I’m happy to report it was bloody freezing but we had a ball and I wouldn’t have had it any other way….


Deciding on the right hotel for your upcoming trip to Disneyland California can be a little overwhelming and the wrong choice could ruin your trip or cost you more than you were expecting to spend. There are a number of Disneyland hotel deals and if you’re lucky you’ll find the perfect one for you.


Visiting the Grand Canyon with kids was not all I had hoped it would be. While Craig and I were super excited about visiting the Grand Canyon, we soon found that the kids got bored quickly. They didn’t really appreciate a whooping great big hole in the ground and while we could have walked around there all day long taking in the different and changing colours with the movement of the sun, it wasn’t their idea of fun.

Disney MaxPass is the new kid on the block. They were introduced to Disneyland Parks about June 2017 and have quickly caught on. You operate your Disneyland MaxPass through the Disneyland App and it’s very efficient, we used it on our recent visit to Disneyland Los Angeles.

Alcatraz ferry

Alcatraz is the most popular attraction for tourists visiting San Francisco, Craig being the history buff in the family said from the outset that he wanted Alcatraz on the itinerary. I was a little concerned to visit Alcatraz with the kids as I wasn’t sure it would be appropriate for them. I am happy to report it was more than suitable for the kids and they really enjoyed it, especially the Alcatraz ferry across to the island.


Knott’s Berry Farm dates back to 1920’s when it was a family owned farm that sold berries, homemade berry preserves and pies on the roadside. Later in 1934, a tea room was created and they started selling fried chicken dinners. Soon after Mrs Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant was established. The restaurant is still on the site but now located outside the theme park. Keep reading for our comprehensive Knott’s Berry Farm review.

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Australia is saturated with American movies and television programs. So when we started planning our Warner Brothers Studio Tour, I knew that much of it would be familiar to us. Some of our most favourite programs are filmed here and I was looking forward to seeing behind-the-scenes where all the magic is made.

best family hotels in Las Vegas

Of all the hotels that we were staying at on our USA trip, The Venetian, the Venice of Las Vegas, was the one I was most looking forward to, I was told it is one of the best family hotels in Las Vegas. The Venetian was at the end of our road trip from San Francisco through San Diego, Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon and then into Las Vegas. We stayed there for 3 nights and I couldn’t have been happier.

Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood with kids requires careful planning. It was a non-negotiable addition to our itinerary as directed by our oldest daughter Alannah. She had visited Universal Studios Japan with me last year and had been blown away by The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

When I started looking for family friendly hotels in San Francisco, I was looking for something central, well priced and would allow us options to utilise public transport to get around. We only had two full days in San Francisco and I wanted to ensure I used them wisely by choosing one of the great hotels in San Francisco with kids.