Family Road Traveled

mostly NYC adventures with kids

Land Of Make Believe, Hope NJ – Best Theme Park for Young Kids
We made our annual trip to Land of Make Believe and it continues to be everything we want it to be. We’ve gone with different friends each year, and each year make incredible memories we cherish :). This sweet little theme park is located in Hope, NJ, just about... Read more
Six Flags Fright Fest!
It’s that time of year again when Fright Fest takes over Six Flags Great Adventure – September 16 through October 31! We made our annual visit, this time with an experienced vampire spotter at the ripe age of 5! We made spotting the ghouls, goblins and vampires a game... Read more
Coney Island – Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park in the Fall
Coney Island isn’t just for summers! We made a visit the first weekend of Fall and had an awesome time hanging on the boardwalk and riding every ride in the kiddie section of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park with my family and friends! Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is... Read more
Rye Playland – a Relic of America’s Premier Playground
What drew me to Rye Playland was it’s location, a nearby amusement park and beach from NYC. What I left with was a desire to learn more about the history of this relic and pride that the community invested in Landmarking this important piece of our history. We, myself,... Read more
Land of Make Believe – like a county fair with water park and amusement park!
This gem is pure bliss for little kids. The Land of Make Believe is a family owned amusement park that features both a water park and carnival rides. It’s surrounded by the Kittatinny Valley, in  Hope Township, NJ. It was specifically built for small kids, so it’s set up... Read more
Meadowlands State Fair – Biggest Carnival near NYC and AWESOME!
I’ve been visiting Meadowlands Fair for over 18 years now, it has grown and gotten better than ever. This year I brought my four year old for the first time. The fireworks finale sealed the deal and we’ll be making this an annual tradition. State Fair Meadowlands (formerly called... Read more
Sesame Place – Closest thing to Disney in the Northeast
I made my second annual trip to Sesame Place last week. I have to say….I liked it even more than last year. This sweet little park is all things Sesame. It’s both water park and carnival rides plus an incredible parade. Sesame Place is the ultimate mix to give... Read more
Victorian Gardens – Central Park’s Carnival
Victorian Gardens in Central Park feels like a scene out of the movie Mary Poppins! This perfectly manicured miniature carnival is an annual pop up that takes over Wollman rink every summer. We visited this charming amusement park over Memorial Day weekend, and to our surprise it wasn’t very... Read more
Six flags – is it worth it for little kids?
Short answer, YES, Six Flags may be one of the best places on earth to take kids. Many people think of Six Flags as a place to drop your teenagers and pick them up when it’s dark. It’s filled with long lines topping two hours sometimes for the big... Read more
Queens County Farm Children’s Carnival – Petting Zoo – Pony Rides
Simply Charming. This annual event held at Queens County Farm Museum has all the classic carnival fun you would expect. This past weekend was the opening weekend and next weekend, April 16-17th 2016 is the closing weekend, so there’s still time to go! We made the trip out to... Read more
Disney World Free Under 3 – Tubing Fresh Water Springs
Going to Disney as a family is kind of like an American’s birthright. Fortunately we’ve checked this off our list…I say that now but I know we’ll be back. We decided to visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida when my daughter was two years and 11 months old…because it’s... Read more
Six Flags with preschoolers, Fright Fest
My family has been season pass holders to Six Flags every year since Brooklyn turned two. I’m always surprised how many people ask if there are things to do for little kids. She’s four now so clearly what she can enjoy has changed, but there’s been tons of fun... Read more
Van Saun Park, Bergen Zoo
Brooklyn and I typically head to NJ to run errands after her gymnastics class on Tuesdays. But yesterday our errand run turned into much more. We decided to visit Van Saun County Park. Van Saun is a sweet little park in Bergen, NJ, just 20  minutes from NYC. We’ve... Read more
New York Hall of Science, Queens Zoo, Fantasy Forest
It’s officially fall, NYC’s finest season. After morning pre-k yesterday we decided to venture out for our last car outing for a couple days. The Pope comes to town today, and traffic is going to be madness. We picked Queens, New York Hall of Science. You can get there... Read more
Turner Falls MA and Franklin County Fair
A few times a year Monte, speaks at Hallmark School of Photography in Turner Falls, MA. And we sometimes join him on this 3.5 hour trip from NYC. The date for his next talk happened to coincide with the opening night of the annual Franklin County Fair, so we... Read more
New York  Aquarium, Coney Island
Every New Year’s day my family heads to Coney Island for the Polar Bear Plunge. I never get in, but my boyfriend does, and I love catching a buzz off the fun energy. The rest of the year I try to avoid it. However I asked one of my... Read more