Got a case of wanderlust that won’t quit? Your next Midwest family holiday is a click away. Our moms have bounced around the globe testing out family vacation spots from campgrounds to African safaris and they’re dishing the dirt on what works, what doesn’t and what you need to know before you go. Get all the family travel information essentials you need (from a traveling mom's perspective, natch!) to dive into your next Midwest family vacation.
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As my kids have gotten older, I’ve realized that this traveling mom sometimes needs to take a break and slip away by myself, or with my husband for a romantic getaway. This is perfectly alright with my kids and it may surprise you, but sometimes my teenagers really want time away from me, too.
Over the past few years, my husband and I have made it a priority to carve out a bit of “us time” away from the kids. Our favorite romantic destination in Ohio is actually found a short drive from our home at Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville.
Ohio and adventure may not automatically be linked in the same sentence, but I’m here to change that perception. Ohio may be the home of presidents, rock and roll and Ohio State football, but that’s only the beginning. If you take the time to dig a little deeper, you’ll discover a state rich in thrill-seeking, teeth-clenching, adrenaline-pumping experiences full of adventure that the teens and young adults in your family crave.
Crystal Mountain is infamous in the Midwest as a hot-spot ski destination, but as my family found out last summer, it’s a perfect summer vacation as well. This family-focused resort has everything a kid – and grownup – could want.
To see children’s theatre in Chicago, parents don’t need to plunk down big bucks for a full-scale Broadway show.
The city and suburbs have excellent quality children’s theaters, and one that’s consistently good is the north suburban Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences.
(Bonus: it’s connected to the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, which has a large indoor swimming pool. So you can get a room-and-show package and make a night of it).
For many, if you ask when the Space Race began, they would say the launch of Sputnik. But if you look a little further back, one could argue that the Space Race began in the years after World War II with the ballistic missile programs of the United States and the Soviet Union. In Hitler’s evil quest to build ballistic missiles, he brought together some of the world’s finest engineers who laid the groundwork for future space travel. Engineers like Wernher von Braun – who became the technical director of Germany's long-range missile program. After surrendering to the U.S. Army, Wernher von Braun and other V-2 experts revealed the capabilities of their rockets and began what was known as "Operation Paperclip".
At the end of “Jekyll & Hyde” at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theater, the audience rose en masse to offer a well-deserved standing ovation to the leads of this pre-Broadway touring production: hot American Idol star Constantine Maroulis and hotter R&B star Deborah Cox. They brought down the house with their portrayals of the good doctor and his bad alter ego and the illiterate prostitute who just wants someone to love her.