Family Stay at Crowne Plaza Times Square,NYC

  This family friendly, 795 room hotel right in the middle of Times Square is a favorite of ours because of its location and excellent customer service. The multiple eateries like Bond 45 and Carmine’s nearby; several big name attractions such as the Discovery Center, the giant Toys ‘R’Us flagship store; and numerous Broadway theaters… Read More

Disney’s ‘Be Our Guest’ Restaurant

  The Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom that opened its doors in the fall of 2012, is truly a must-dine experience for all visitors but especially for die-hard Disney fans who enjoy themed dining. Our son is a huge Beauty and the Beast fan so we decided to surprise him and take… Read More

Taking the Kids to the Walt Disney Museum San Francisco

As an avid Disney fan, our son had been begging to visit the Disney Family Museum for the past year. Last week while attending the “BlogHer 2014” conference in San Jose we finally got the chance to grant his wish and ventured into San Francisco for a tour. The museum run by the Disney family… Read More

Taking your Kids with Autism to Scotland

In the last couple of years, Scotland has become a favorite country to visit following Disney’s Brave and now Outlander, the new Starz series based on Diana Gabaldon’s books, set in that country’s Highlands. Scotland has fantastic scenery, outdoor activities, old castles, historic battlefields so a successful, initial family visit should boast an itinerary that… Read More

Ten Tour Guides You Never Want to Meet

  The main job of a tour guide is to help travelers explore new places for a few hours, give some insight into what makes these locations unique and introduce visitors to the local cuisine and culture. Guides are also expected to show up on time, be courteous at all times and cater (at least… Read More

The Four Seasons Food Truck is back!

Food Trucks, or roach coaches as they were fondly known, have been indispensable American dining venues for years. With no food ratings back in the day, they were staples next to offices, construction sites, and college dorms. One of my early food memory is of my mother warning me against their foods as she was… Read More

Entertaining Children with Autism in the Mall of America

  Guest post by  Denise Klipsic Ochsendorf As mentioned in my previous post, a visit to the Great Mall of America can offer your  kids with autism a fun filled day trip when carefully planned. Here are my tips for shopping, entertainment, dining and quiet areas if your kid gets overwhelmed.  Shopping in the Mall of America… Read More

Taking Kids with Autism to the Mall of America

 Guest post by  Denise Klipsic Ochsendorf Shopping and visiting the Mall of America with Children with Autism is a challenge, but with careful thought to visit, it can still exciting, fun and a great day of shopping. When to go to the Mall of America The Mall is a Shopping complex, so its traffic patterns fall in… Read More

The ‘Hollywood Sites & Bites’ Tour

  It is no secret that my son with autism has two favorite past times: movies and food. So when I found the Goldstar.com deal for the Hollywood Sites and Bites Tour with Trish, I hurried to book it for his birthday. The Tour Our six-person tour started at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel that was… Read More

Buckle Up and Create Priceless Memories

From the minute I saw her, I knew we would be good friends. ‘She’ was my reliable daily companion never once complaining about the many errands she had to go each day- my shiny Toyota Sienna forest green minivan. Like most moms, I didn’t willingly switch from my snazzy compact car to a mom mobile…. Read More

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