Taking the Kids to a galaxy far, far away … with Disney
Eileen and Darth Vader

Taking the Kids to a galaxy far, far away … with Disney

I’m speechless. You would be too with a menacing Darth Vader haranguing you behind his black helmet and costume. But then I laugh and we pose for a picture. This is Disneyland, after all, at its immersive best.

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A whirlwind trip to the parks and great memories to take home
Headed Home

A whirlwind trip to the parks and great memories to take home

The whirlwind parks tour continues at Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm. Heading home with an armful of souvenirs, Hannah says: "I had such a great time with my dad and will always remember this trip with him."

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A father-daughter trip to the parks and beaches of Southern California
Hannah and Mike at Disneyland

A father-daughter trip to the parks and beaches of Southern California

Ten-year-old Hannah Sitzman is a serious and competitive gymnast who only gets one week off her training a year. So she and her Dad Mike made the most of every day on a whirlwind visit to the parks and beaches around Los Angeles recently.

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Southern Cal’s beach towns — great places to take your kids
Yoga on the beach in Santa Monica CA

Southern Cal’s beach towns — great places to take your kids

Kids who visit Los Angeles, especially tweens and teens, want to hit the beach and the beach towns are guaranteed to please — no town more so than Santa Monica with its world-famous pier, which has been drawing visitors since it was built in 1908 — the first pleasure pier on the West Coast.

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Family vacation fun in Hollywood and Beverly Hills
Montage Beverly Hills

Family vacation fun in Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Hollywood…and Beverly Hills. It’s often what people think of when they think of LA but of course LA is a lot more than that, my friend Jennifer Miner who is one of the www.vacationgals.com and lives in suburban LA tells me.

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Santa Monica: a great place for family vacation fun
The Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica: a great place for family vacation fun

When I go for a before dinner walk on the beach, there are adults—and kids—doing yoga, playing on the swings and the gymnastics equipment. (There is an area for the kids to climb mini ropes!) They are inline skating, riding bikes, swinging and jumping in and out of the surf and squealing with laughter. They are lining up for fresh lemonade and tacos, playing games in the arcade on the pier.

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