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Adventures in Reading: Fans of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books will love these book suggestions.

Originally posted on the NEW WEBSITE for Minivan Adventures One of the first book series that I ever read was the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  My grandmother bought me the entire set as a gift when I was around nine years old. I developed a reading fascination for pioneers, and my love […]

Here are 15 easy “on the go” breakfast options for your next family vacation.

We love hotels that offer free continental breakfast, especially one with hot dishes like waffles and eggs.  However, we occasionally stay somewhere that does not offer breakfast, and in those cases, we have to get creative about eating in the mornings. Here are 15 easy “on the go” breakfast options for your next family vacation. […]

A "Princess and Pirates" theme is the perfect solution for planning a birthday party that will be enjoyed by all - the princess-lovers and the adventure-lovers!

The Princess Party Conundrum         What was a two-year-old princess-loving little girl to do?!? Her two big brothers had absolutely no interest (zip, zero, zilch!) in attending a princess-themed birthday party. Even the birthday princess herself often preferred action over tea parties. We came up with a pretty good solution: A Princesses and Pirates Party! […]

It is okay to go someplace other than Florida for Spring Break. Really!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you live in the Midwest, then you will take your children to Florida for every Spring Break vacation. Right? Not necessarily! Despite what we may have been told our entire Midwestern lives, this is not actually a universal truth and there are many other destinations that our […]

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Savannah, Georgia is a great Spring Break destination for families. In 2014, we packed up the family and headed south to Savannah for spring break. This was our first big vacation with all three kids (ages 11, 4 and two), and thus, it seems appropriate that my first family adventure…

Keeping children entertained on long car rides

We love family vacations, and we typically drive to our destinations.  That means we often drive for 6 to 10 hours in a day with our three children in tow.  Like most other parents, we often rely on screens – DVDs, video games, etc – to help entertain our children.  However, we also try to […]

The Funnest Places to Eat With Kids in America

Did you know that Minivan Adventures has a new website? Read this post on our new site at, and while you are there, check out some of our newest posts. I know, I know.  Funnest isn’t a real word.  But I needed something extra imaginative to describe these super fun restaurants.  Watch your meal […]

Chicago: A fun place to visit for people of all ages

The year that I turned 30 was an emotionally crazy year.  There were lows, and there were highs. Having left a failing marriage shortly after my 29th birthday, I started the year devastated and heartbroken. Feeling like a failure, my little boy and I moved into a small bedroom at my parents’ home shortly after […]

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New Year’s Day is a time to look forward, and that is just what I thought I would do with today’s post – take a look forward at a few vacations that I have been daydreaming about. Hopefully, we will go on a few of these trips in the years to come.  Maybe we will […]