Travels with Children

The adventures I embark upon with my four young children.

How this started…

On summer days, weekends, days off school, etc., I like to take my kids on “adventures.”  Sometimes they’re close to home, and sometimes they become day trips, weekends, or even a vacation.  Sometimes we go to only one place in a day, and sometimes we piggy-back multiple places.  Sometimes my husband comes along, but often the kids and I get out and have fun while he’s left behind to work.

People often think I’m crazy to go to museums and other locations with four young children (ages 7, 5, 4, and 2) in tow.  But I’ve found that it’s fun to go out with them, and they enjoy our outings enough to behave well while we’re out and about. 

I plan ahead (look at guidebooks and websites), navigate with maps and my newest toy, a GPS, and find a bargain when I can.

As our list of museums grew, it occurred to me that perhaps I could help others, especially those traveling with children, to learn from our experiences which places are child-friendly and how to have fun on a low budget.

I hope this will be of interest to a wide variety of people, and especially helpful for parents who like to take their children to fun places, but don’t know quite where to go, how to do it, or how to save money along the way.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, and come back and visit often.  Thanks for taking a look!



  Mary wrote @

Great Job Linda! What a great site!

  Jonah Lisa wrote @


Wow! This is great. Really inspiring, blog-wise and adventure-wise! I’ve bookmarked you! Thank you so much for posting your link.

I’d love to email you a question or two about your set-up choices and hear any trial and error tips you might be willing to share.

Again, thanks and great job here!


  minnemom wrote @

JL, thanks for the positive feedback. E-mail away–I’m relatively new to this so my trials and errors are still quite fresh in my mind!


  Susan wrote @

Wow! What a wonderful travel journal in addition to being useful information for families looking for things to do with young kids! I have several friends in Minnesota and I’ll be pointing them to your blog for ideas!

  Susan wrote @

Oh…a great place for an adventure I don’t see yet on your blog is L.A.R.K. Toys to ride the carousel in Kellogg, Minnesota and from there you can also go to Wabasha to the Eagle Center.

  minnemom wrote @

Susan, thanks for the reminder. We went to L.A.R.K. toys a few years ago and need to go back again. I haven’t been to the Eagle Center–we’ll add it to the list. Thanks for peeking in!


  colombianart wrote @

Excellent site – love the wp theme (though I would need more width for me I think) – wondered how you put up the stumbleupon links . . .can you give away the secret? Is there a book I should read?

  poetloverrebelspy wrote @

Hi minnemom!

As a native Duluthian, I have the following suggestions off the top of my head, next time you’re up north adventuring:

+ Hawk Ridge
+ Great Lakes Maritime Museum (next to the Lift Bridge in Canal Park)
+ Gooseberry Falls
+ Beaches: Park Point, Brighton Beach
+ Enger Park
Leif Erickson Viking Ship
+ John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

Paid entry
+ Split Rock Lighthouse
+ Lake Superior Zoo
+ SS William A. Irvin
+ Vista Cruise

Another fun activity is picking your own berries or pumpkins. I found a site listing u-pick farms across MN here.

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