Tiny Tourist : Perth, Australia

We’re thrilled to have Keeley Whitford all the way from Perth Australia, sharing her favorite stops in the Great Down Under. Perth is the capital of the state of Western Australia, and is

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Sorrento is where we live, we are about a three minute walk from this beach. We walk along the coast at least three times a week, Hugo loves the beach and watching cars drive past along the coast road while he’s in the pram. Right on Sorrento Beach is our favourite place to eat, Voyage, which is wonderful for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Hillary’s Boat Harbor is just a ten minute walk from Sorrento, it is the go-to place year-around. We love to enjoy fish and chips in the sunshinehere. We are down here at least once a week as it’s so close to home.Tiny Tourist | Australia

Caversham Wildlife Park is the place to go to get up close with koalas and kangaroos, there is so many other animals here to see as well. Hugo just loved the koalas, this was the first time we’d taken him but we will be sure to go back soon.Tiny Tourist | Australia

Kings Park has one of the most beautiful views of Perth City and great parks, trails, tracks and places to eat. There are lots of great exploratory amusements for toddlers on up! This is a must see for any Perth visitors!Tiny Tourist | AustraliaTiny Tourist | Australia

Scitech is a Science Education Centre, this is more for older kids but they have a great toddler section with fun things for babies and toddlers to do and see.

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More Perth Stops:

Adventure World // Rottnest Island (travel by ferry!) // Costletoe Beach Small Fry | Tiny Tour Perth

Isn’t it gorgeous? Thanks Keeley for sharing your city with us! Follow along with Keeley on her Instagram page @keelswhitford.

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We also have a fun announcement! The Ford Fiesta Movement has inspired us to join along with their three month campaign. Each month they offer a prompt, October is “Style”, and we get to come up with a project that fits their theme. We thought it would be fun to enlist you, dear readers, to make it interactive. If you have a post you’d like to see, a project, an adventure, anything that incorporates STYLE, let us know in the comments! We’ll be back next week to share what we came up with, with your guidance of course.

In the meantime, check out what the other Fiesta-ers have come up with for Style here.

Tiny Tourist : London

Yet another Summer series we couldn’t bear to part with, apparently we have a problem letting go! Today’s Tiny Tourist is extra special because we’re traveling out of the USA to London, United Kingdom! Tiny Tourist Series | Small Fry

Hello! I’m Casey Matheny of Heels on the Bus. My little family and I moved to London a year ago from NYC, and we love every minute of it! London is the most gorgeous and charming city to raise a family in, and you wouldn’t believe how many year-round activities are offered for children. Even the rain can’t put a damper on our fun! Here are just a few of our favorite activities.

1. Kensington Memorial Park: This is THE place to be when the hot Summer days leave you begging for swimsuit attire.  The kids are in absolute heaven as they run through the colorful splash pad. And on those cooler days, there is a large playground complete with rocket ship climbing frames, zip lines, and a sandbox.Tiny Tourist | London

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2. Diana Memorial Playground: By far the coolest playground in the city. With ropes, pulleys, and a crow’s nest, the pirate ship is the main attraction to the park. That said, there are two other playgrounds for younger kiddies including play houses, swings, teepees, and a musical area. This playground is any kid’s wonderland. And as a bonus, it is centrally located in Hyde Park.

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3. Greenwich: This adorable neighborhood is just south of the Thames River and makes for a perfect family day trip. We head to Embankment Pier and hop on the Thames Clipper to start our fun. Once in Greenwich, kids can run free in the National Maritime Museum, venture aboard the Cutty Sark tea clipper, and then settle down for a nice family lunch at Greenwich Market.

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4. Science Museum: On those cold rainy London afternoons, you will undoubtedly find me and Harper at The Garden in the basement of the Science Museum. There are loads of hands-on multi-sensory experiences, Harper’s favorite being the elaborate water table. Best part: it’s FREE!

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Thanks so much Casey for giving us the family friendly tour of London, all of these stops look incredible!
Catch up with Casey and all her London adventures via Twitter and Instagram (@cmatheny).
See more Tiny Tourist stops like New York City, San Francisco and more right here.

tiny tourist : Midway, Utah

We thought it was high time we submitted our own post for Tiny Tourist! Since the series is all about getting out an adventuring, we figured we’d go out of our comfort zone and explore a small town just thirty minutes away from our front doors, but drastically different than our everyday.tinytouristheader Midway is a darling little Swiss-settled town, rich in heritage and charm. It’s absolutely gorgeous and here are our five picks for your next Midway adventure:

1. Homestead Resort. 

This resort could fill this tour on its own, it is far and away the most family-friendly resort we’ve stayed at. Spread out over many acres, you can find yourself staying in a barn or a cottage. It would be absolutely ideal for a large group or family reunion as you have lots of room to spill out to the grassy areas, playgrounds, ponds, BBQ areas, pools and more. Homestead has golf, tennis, and any lawn game you can think of and children are happily playing everywhere you look, but with plenty of room to spread out, everything still feels peaceful.

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(We love our Aden + Anais Day Dream blanket, check it out here.)

2. The Crater.

The Crater is a natural hot spring inside, you guessed it, a crater! It is right on the Homestead’s property so you can walk over and take a dip anytime! It is such a beautiful piece of nature, and our kids had a blast!
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Tiny Tourist : Midway, Utah3. The Heber Creeper is a train dating all the way back to the nineteen hundreds. Carrying passengers through the mountains and canyons from Heber to Provo, these restored passenger cars have you feeling like you took a step back in time. Every year they host Thomas the Train (May 24-27 this year!) and it is memorable to say the least! Head here for more info on the Heber Creeper and the Day out with Thomas.

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4. Homestead Saturday Summer Concerts.

Every Saturday until the end of August, free concerts are held on Homestead’s lawn. Bluegrass, country, folk and more, these concerts are fun for all music tastes and judging by the group of kids dancing front row, totally family-friendly. See the rest of their Summer line-up here.Tiny Tourist : Midway, Utah

5. Dairy Keen Restaurant

Dairy Keen is one of those must-see stops on your way to Midway or Park City. It’s an institution, open since the late Sixties! With great American style food, delicious shakes, and trains galore (watch them circle the restaurant inside, or play on the kid-sized train cars outside) its a perfectly delicious option and lots of fun for the kids, too.

Tiny Tourist : Midway, UtahMidway is an awesome central little town about thirty minutes from Provo or Salt Lake City, less than twenty minutes from Park City and away from the bustle of the city. It’s lush, green, mountainous and beautiful and the perfect respite from busy life. We highly recommend!

See the rest of our Tiny Tourist series here.

tiny tourist : new york city

We are still missing New York City after our trip a few months ago. It’s such an incredible city, and watching our friends navigate the city with kids in tow was impressive to say the least. We’re so happy to have Jenna from Lunchpails & Lipstick here to show us the ins and outs of experiencing NYC as a family.
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Hi everyone. I’m Jenna Crandall and I blog at Lunchpails & Lipstick. I’m always up for fun outings with my little ones. 
New York City is an amazing city for adventures. Every neighborhood and even every street is an opportunity to discover new things with your kids. Seeing the city through big curious eyes makes it quite magical. The best part about exploring New York City  is the flexibility it provides.  If an organized adventure gets too long or your schedule gets a little messed up there is no better place to be spontaneous. I’m excited to share our top five things to do in New York City. Trust me, it was extremely hard to narrow this down. 
 
1. Brooklyn Bridge Park: This adventure is top of our list. We head to Pier 11 and hop on the East River Ferry to start our adventure. This ferry takes you from Manhattan to Brooklyn under 10 minutes. The ferry is perfect for watching sail boats pass by. The view of Brooklyn Bridge is awe-inspiring. 

When you get to Brooklyn Bridge Park there are so many adventures waiting. The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory  is always our first stop. Not only is this ice cream the best around but the view is spectacular. You can sit and eat your ice cream while taking in the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City Skyline and Statue of Liberty. 

Walk over to Jane’s Carousel after your ice cream treat. It’s located in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn Bridge Park and sits right on the water. This antique carousel was made in the 1922 and has been restored. It’s beautiful! Little ones can’t help but smile when they see this. 

Brooklyn Bridge Park is full of playgrounds, restaurants and green lawns. Grimaldi’s Pizza is always a favorite. We call ahead and order it to-go. We eat it at one of the parks. Plan to spend an entire day exploring Brooklyn. 
 
2. Met Roof Top: A day at the Metropolitan Museum is a favorite. Kids love to run around and explore the roof top. You need to go on this adventure right when the museum opens to avoid the crowds. The views of Manhattan are unreal. It’s open May through the late fall. 
With our friends Mary Martha and Lizzie and their cute boys!
3. Dylan’s Candy Bar: Dreams come true at Dylan’s Candy Bar for kids of all ages. Walls of colorful candy and every kind of chocolate can be found here. Little hands will be filling candy bins in turbo speed. Head downstairs to play in the photo booth and don’t forget all of the clown props.
 
4. Bubby’s: Bubby’s is famous for breakfast. The sour-dough pancakes with blueberries and waffles with eggs are so good! 
The walls are covered with writing and will make any mom feel right at home. The staff brings the kids crayons and coloring pages right when seated. Bubby’s also has a photo booth downstairs. It’s the perfect distraction while waiting for the food. Bubby’s is located in a charming neighborhood with cobblestone streets. 
5. Central Park Playground & Slide: Head to Billy Johnson Playground in Central Park. The enormous marble slide will occupy your kids for hours.
 Locals bring cardboard to make the ride even faster. Swings are right next to the slide for the little ones. The huge sandbox in front is an added bonus. It’s located just off Fifth Avenue on 65th. 
 
Follow Jenna’s adventures on Instagram @jenna_crandall
@lunchpailsandlipstick.
Thanks Jenna, this looks like the most incredible day! We can’t wait to head back to the city with our families.

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We are so sad this week is over! It’s been such a fun kick-off to our new series and we are so glad you all love it as well! Because Summertime is all about travel and new adventures, we are going to keep this series up every couple weeks until school’s back in session and then it will take it’s place among our other monthly series’ like Moms You Should Meet, Meet a Small Fry and Little Foodies. We have some great cities coming your way, including some International features! As always, Happy Fryday!

tiny tourist: palm beach

Next up: Palm Beach, Florida! One of the Easternmost cities in Florida, right up on the coast, and home to Andrea of Oh Dear Drea! We’re so happy to have Drea here today, we’re big fans of her blog and we’ll her tell you all about it!

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I’m Drea. I reside in South Florida with my tiny, but wonderful family, where we live as simply, naturally, and as happily as possible. I’ve got a big love for simple pleasures, food, cooking, healthy lifestyles, veganism, and all things creative and aesthetically pleasing. I started ohdeardrea as a soon-to-be single mother and spent the first two years of Marlowe’s life, mostly raising her on my own. My life has changed a lot in that time, and through all the ups and downs, I can only look back and say: I don’t regret a thing. While my story isn’t perfect, it is my own, and it is real and honest. I hope you enjoy your time while you take a peek into our little lives with big hopes and dreams.
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First up! The Palm Beach Zoo! Formally known as Dreher Park Zoo. This zoo is much smaller than the Miami Zoo, but it’s incredibly well designed and well shaded. It’s a non-profit, open, outdoors, and there’s a splash pad for kids on the extra hot days. There’s not a lot of big animals at this zoo, but there are birds EVERYWHERE and they’ll happily eat the food right out of your hands.
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Fruit and Spice Park: Or really any of the farms down in Homestead, Florida. Fruit and Spice is open year round, so find out when your favorite Florida growing season is and come visit! (We are particularly fond of May and June: mango season!) Go, bring a knife, and you’re allowed to eat any of the fruit, as long as it’s fallen from the tree. Spend all day eating mango after mango after mango, if you’d like, but bring a towel or some wipes, you will get messy. Then after, take a drive up and down 177th (Kromes Ave) before or after for fruit for purchase, arepas, fresh tropical fruit milkshakes, or smoothies. Also, quite a bit of these stops have small farm animals to check out.
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Harry’s Pizzeria is our favorite pizza place in Miami. Food featuring seasonal ingredients, pizza for the kids and craft beer for the adults. They’ve even brought out a itty bitty pizza just for fun for our toddler. And their Friends With You wall is the cutest thing ever. If you’re a little bit North, more in the Palm Beach County area, try Pizzeria Oceano, our favorite more local (to us) pizza place.
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Loggerhead Marine Center in Juno Beach. A Loggerhead turtle sanctuary for injured and baby turtles. It’s a five dollar donation to enter, there’s a tiny learning center, an activity center, and of course: turtle tanks! The best thing is you can head right onto Juno beach before or after, since it’s right across the street. Of course, the best part about coastal Florida is the beaches, the more North you stay, the less crowded!
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Thanks Andrea! Here’es hoping you have room for the three of us and our crews, because this looks like a dream!

tiny tourist: southern california

Today’s tour is a broad overview of one of our favorite vacation spots, Southern California! We intend on breaking down each individual city over time, but for today we’re so excited to have Ashley of Little Miss Momma of Westlake Village running down neighboring favorites. Take it away, Ashley!

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I’m the momma who writes like she talks,
who has cheerios stuck to her bum most days,
who looks hideous in skinny jeans,
who gushes her cheesy love story for others to giggle at,
who revealed her most personal secret on her blog,
who wears sweatpants way more often than her hubby would prefer,
and who sometimes super sizes a McDonald’s value meal to overcome a tough day.

I’m Ashley Stock of Little Miss Momma,
and I blog about my life lessons as a mom-in-training.

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I have two boys.
An active three year old named Wesley, and a curious eleven month old named Sawyer.
My husband and I keep our days and weekends full in an attempt to keep up with their overflowing energy.
These are a few of our favorite “go-to” Southern California kiddo fun spots.

Paradise Cove Beach (Malibu, California): We live about nine miles from Malibu and have quite a few options for our beach excursions, but Paradise Cove is by far our favorite spot. It is a semi-private beach attached to a super fun resturaunt complete with cabanas and rentals. You can eat food inside or out on the beach. And because it is located in a cove the waves are small and kid friendly. Here’s the catch: parking is expensive, unless you get validated at one of the participating storefronts. More info on their site, here.

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Underwood Family Farm (Moorpark, California): We LOVE the farm, love it! We go every month, and over the Summer we go about once a week. Horse rides, hay bales, tractor rides, farm animals, pick your own produce and a fenced in play ground. We seriously have a blast every time. Even if you don’t live near by, it’s worth the trip. More info on their site, here.

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Sea World (San Diego, California): I have spent my entire life in Southern California, and a few weeks ago was my VERY first trip to Sea World. I cried, you guys. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming. But when the Shamu show started, and my son’s eyes filled with wonder, and the trainers completed a performance that blew my mind… well, it was just one of those moments when you see so clearly how miraculous this world really is. You can read about our trip here. And you can get more info on their site, here.

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Westlake Lake and The Landing (Westlake Village, California): This is our local spot, so if you’re ever in the area make a quick stop! You can feed the ducks, go fishing, eat at a wonderful restaurant, or take a casual boat afternoon cruise on an electric boat. You can find our little family here every weekend. More info on their site, here.

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Golf N Stuff (Ventura, California): I’ve got to be honest. This isn’t my favorite place in the world, but my three year old thinks it’s the greatest. And watching him light up when he takes a swing with his golf club makes me pretty happy. More info on their site here.

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Santa Barbara Zoo (Santa Barbara, California): The cutest, most picturesque zoo that you ever will visit. It’s small enough to not be overwhelming, but large enough to have all the animals your kiddos will be excited to see. It overlooks the ocean just a few blocks from the famous State Street and Pier in downtown Santa Barbara. More info on their site, here.

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(Zoo image by George Johnson.)

So, dear readers, which Southern California cities would you like to see more of? Any good spots to add to the list?

tiny tourist: san francisco

San Francisco is all about the sights and scenery; about amazing food, and impressive industry. It’s not just one thing, but a whole slew of exciting things to take in that makes San Francisco a hot spot for travelers. We brought on our friend and San Fransiscan, Liz Stanley of Say Yes to Hoboken to highlight five of her favorite spots in San Fran to take her son, Henry!
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Dynamo Donuts: The yummiest donuts in the city, and check out their booth every morning down at the Marina ship yard for a convenient treat after an afternoon exploring the tidepools at Crissy Field beach.

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De Young Museum: They have this beautiful (and free- no admission required) observatory that is glass all around with views of the whole city, Golden Gate Park and the bay. Plus a huge map of the city! Kids love running around and checking out the amazing views. This Summer they have hands on art projects lead by actual artists in the museum!

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Dolores Park: It’s a SCENE on the weekend, but it currently hosts the most amazing playground in the city with huge slides you might be scared to go on yourself!

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Japanese Tea Gardens:
The Japanese tea gardens are right by our house so they’re one of our favorite spots to visit for a morning walk. Between the little rocks to step across the pond, the huge colorful goldfish, the steep staircases, the pagodas, and the bridges, there are lots of places for little legs to roam and explore.

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Bi-Rite Creamery: The famous ice cream spot with amazing flavor combinations like balsamic strawberry and salty caramel that will keep you waiting in lines for hours, (unless you buy a carton you just have to walk to the front of the line and purchase!) Walk across with your child to Delores park afterwards.

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Thanks so much, Liz, what a beautiful and delicious tour! Liz currently has a series all about San Fransico called Sites and Bites, head there for more must-see spots.
But you readers know the drill, leave your favorite kid-friendly San Francisco spots in the comments, we are loving everyone’s additions!

All images by Liz Stanley for Say Yes to Hoboken, images of Dolores Park and Bi-Rite courtesy of San Francisco Travel Guide, images of De Young Museum Eva Kolenko.

tiny tourist: dallas

When we first sat around a restaurant table and came up with the idea of Small Fry, one of the first topics we wanted to cover was traveling with kids. We all have a pretty bad case of wanderlust and each have life goals of showing our kids the world. The part we seem to forget about this dream is that traveling with kids is hard work! The logistics of traveling and visiting a new place are tricky enough, but throwing in sleep schedules, spotting kid-friendly restaurants, and finding a park, museum, monument that will interest the whole crew? Consider us exhausted.

So this idea has since evolved into a new Small Fry series! We hope that by calling upon residents of cities you might be traveling to, whether it’s a quick road trip or a Trans-Atlantic flight away, that their expertise and experience of how they navigate their city with small fries in tow will make traveling with children that much easier. Welcome to Tiny Tourist! Five days, five cities, and we’re ready for our next adventure!

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First up is our favorite Texan, Casey Wiegand! We finally met Casey in person this year and can attest that she is as sweet and thoughtful, deep-thinking and self-aware as she appears online. Her blog is full of beautiful photos and words, and her husband recently embarked on a Summer-long film tour for his upcoming documentary American Blogger! We’re happy to have Casey here today sharing the ins and outs of traveling to Dallas, Texas.
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1. We just discovered our love for going to the Dallas Farmer’s Market & we are already hooked! There are so many beautiful colors and so many delicious fresh fruits hooked! There are so many beautiful colors and so many delicious fresh fruits to bring home. My kids absolutely love running downtown for an afternoon there! This last trip we filled  our bag with fresh green grapes, flowers , fresh peaches and a giant watermelon!

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 2. Last year when I was on bedrest, my husband took the kiddos to the Children’s Aquarium a few times to let them see all of the beautiful fish and do all of the fun activities. Fair Park is full of treasures and the aquarium is a for sure win with little ones! My kids favorite part is petting the giant stingrays!

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3. The Dallas Zoo is a must if you are in Dallas or just visiting. We love walking around for the day, enjoying the animals, taking a train ride and grabbing lunch as a family there! My kids favorite part is feeding the giraffes… they will come up and eat the food right out of their hands!
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4. White Rock Lake is sooooo beautiful. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to pack-up a picnic, a big quilt, a pile of books & toys and head over to the lake for an afternoon. The lake is always filled with kayaks and sailboats and avariety of activities for your little ones to watch while you enjoy a family picnic.
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5. My little guy is absolutely obsessed with Dinosaurs so last year we took a road trip to Dino State Valley Park and Dino World and it was an absolute blast. Dino World is filled with huge, colorful dinosaurs that the kids can walk around and see. Then Dino Valley State Park has a gorgeous creek which is the perfect place to kick off your shoes and play together outside.
Fellow Texans, what additions would you make to Casey’s kid-friendly list?