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February 6, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Between the years 2010 and 2015, I visited just about every children’s museum, public museum, history museum, and discovery center in the state of Wisconsin (with the exception of the Northwood’s Children’s Museum in Eagle …

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Two Pieces of Automobile Safety Gear Every Car Should Have

October 12, 2015 – 1:08 pm
Emergency Kit

Road trips are an affordable and more flexible alternative to travel by air or rail, the downside is your vehicle will need routine maintenance and the occasional major repair. Over countless miles and traveling in …

Our Pick: Road Trip Gadgets

September 3, 2012 – 9:46 am

Traveling with kids is packing everything you can into the smallest space possible. And tick removal and sand removal at the beach.

Lost and Found: 5 Map Apps for Your Smart Phone

March 19, 2012 – 8:18 pm

Today’s satellite-based GPS devices, smart phones, and even automobile navigation systems have given us more ways to get our bearings than the days when state highway maps and Rand McNally were the next best thing …

Guest Post: Audiobooks For Your Kids=Sanity On the Open Road

May 27, 2011 – 6:00 am

Audiobooks For Your Kids is an iPhone app designed to keep your kids engaged in high-quality classic literature. Perfect for road trips, waiting rooms, and even quiet moments at home. A no-frills app for 99 cents, the app is co-created by traveling mom (and bookworm) Elizabeth Rodgers from Boise, Idaho.

Eating Out With Kids: 10 Apps for Avoiding Meltdowns

May 2, 2011 – 4:40 am

We’ve all been there. It’s late. Everyone’s tired. Everyone is cranky. And that is the night you pick the restaurant that takes 30 minutes to get drinks and bread to the table. We’re normally all about not taking screens on vacation. But, sometimes, well it’s just an emergency.

Bringing along Baby

April 4, 2011 – 7:46 am

A road trip can offer its own particular brand of difficulties for families traveling with babies and those on the cusp of toddler-hood. Babies require their own diaper bags, clean bottles, food, and entertainment. Our editors are always keeping an eye out for products that will make our trips easier. Here are a few that have crossed our desk recently that we think you might appreciate as well.

Best New Road Trip Apps

February 28, 2011 – 7:46 am

Road trip season is just around the corner! We asked the experts at GetJar, the world’s largest open apps store, to give us their picks for road trip apps this year.

GPS Review: Kayaking and Geocaching on the Great Calusa Blueway in Florida

February 7, 2011 – 9:25 pm

Road Trips for Families returned to Florida to geocache by kayak along the Great Calusa Blueway near Ft. Myers Beach. On the adventure, we used two GPS devices, a Earthmate PN-40 by DeLorme and a eTrex Venture HC by Garmin, to find hidden treasure along the beach.

GPS Review: Geomate.jr

December 29, 2010 – 7:29 pm

Driven by the need for accurate GPS coordinates, Road Trips for Families uses the entry-level Geomate.jr GPS device by Geocache GPS to hide new geocaching containers.

Best Ideas for Stuffing that Camper’s Stocking

December 11, 2010 – 9:10 am
Fox 40 Safety Whistle

Here’s a short list of some great gear for your family camping adventures. Some of it’s for kids; some for adults. Our only guideline was to find great gifts that would fit in a jumbo holiday sock.

Wet and Wild: Kodak Play Sport Video Camera Review

November 15, 2010 – 7:08 pm
Kodak Play Sport Waterproof Digital Camera

Recently presented with the opportunity to review the Kodak Play Sport camera, we tossed it in our suitcase for a wild and wet weekend in The Wisconsin Dells. From underwater stills to footage down the water slide, a waterproof camera is a fun way to capture new family memories, water and all!

Bento App for iPhone

August 19, 2010 – 2:31 pm

Thoroughly tested by Dave Ruocco, a tech-savvy stay-at-home dad, Road Trips for Families offers an on-line review of the Bento personal database app by FileMaker.

Bingo! Road Trip Friendly iPhone Apps

July 8, 2010 – 8:13 pm

Created to entertain even the most “bored” kid, Road Trips for Families suggest five road-trip friendly iPhone apps for your next family vacation. Be gone, “Are we there yet?” Behold the iPhone!

Family-Friendly iPhone Travel Apps for Vacation Planning

June 8, 2010 – 7:05 pm
Madison Loves Kids

A new trend in family vacation planning is iPhone travel apps, or virtual travel guide books. Authored by area gurus, travel apps offer an in-depth look at a particular region or vacation destination. Apps are more content rich and interactive than traditional guide books, and bring the itinerary planning right along in the car with you.