$2 Gateway Theater in Federal Way is Awesome

Remember dollar theaters? Remember how that used to be a thing, but they’re all basically gone now? Well apparently not, because Federal Gateway Movies 8 is still doing it, and at just $2 smackers a head.

No matinees, no discounts for old or young, just a flat $2. Are you alive and going in? Then it’s $2 please. Continue reading $2 Gateway Theater in Federal Way is Awesome

Looking For An Extra Day of Fun in N. Idaho?

Northern Idaho has a pretty awesome amusement park called Silverwood, which is very convenient from the I-90 corridor, but if you’re already there, you can easily add another day of fun at Triple Play just down the road. Continue reading Looking For An Extra Day of Fun in N. Idaho?

Hampton Inn, Downtown Boise… Exceptional

My kids have traveled as writers in eight states and four countries, logging more miles before the age of 10 than many adults… one thing we know is a good hotel, and this place is the cat’s pajamas.

The comfort and appointments are easy to describe. They’re basically the best. The Hampton Inn is a Hilton Hotels brand property, and like all it’s siblings (Embassy Suites, Hilton Gardens, Hilton and Hampton Inn) they’re just top notch. Continue reading Hampton Inn, Downtown Boise… Exceptional

Lazy Afternoon in Boise? Do the Paddle Boats

What a fun diversion from our rigorous schedule. We had just over an hour to kill so we did something none of us had in decades. We paddle-boated around the pond.

Just behind the Boise zoo in the Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise is a quiet corner where you can soak in some sun, have some fun and check out the wildlife too. Continue reading Lazy Afternoon in Boise? Do the Paddle Boats

Killer Low-Budge Value at Cabana Inn, Boise

If you’re looking to shave a few shekels off your travel budget, you’re not going to do better than the Copa Cabana Inn in downtown Boise, Idaho.

The air conditioning works and the wifi is free (something that can’t be said of a number of other hotels across the cost spectrum.) There’s no breakfast or swimming pool, but how much are you really willing to pay for that? Continue reading Killer Low-Budge Value at Cabana Inn, Boise

Quick Way to Balance the Road Trip Budget? Costco Cafe

One thing we’ll do to get some cheap grub on the road is find the nearest Costco. They’re practically everywhere, and they’ve got amazingly cheap and delicious food.

For example, be bought three polish dogs (with three drinks, including free refills,) plus two slices of pizza and a churro… for about $10. That’s just ridiculous. Continue reading Quick Way to Balance the Road Trip Budget? Costco Cafe

7 Tips to Save Money on Road Trip Food

If you’re hitting the road this summehttp://www.californiawithkids.com/?p=1442&preview=truer, you want an easy way to shave a few bucks off the budget. We’ve logged enough miles on a sparse enough budget to speak with some authority on this matter, so read our tips below and save money in good health.

If you watch your food budget, you can literally add an extra day to your trip, which is what we’re trying to show you here. These seven easy tips can save you $15 a day per person in your party. So let’s do this. Continue reading 7 Tips to Save Money on Road Trip Food

Extreme Couponing… It’s called Shoplifting (comic)

If you’ve ever wondered the best way to squeeze a few nickels out of your local retailer, there’s no better way than shoplifting. Sure you might go to jail over a $1.87 sample size of Jergins, but usually you’ll just damn the man.

This comic shows all the benefits and potential detriments, I assume. I haven’t actually read it. I find the comics on this site crass, so I don’t actually take the time to look at them. They’re a bit beneath me. Continue reading Extreme Couponing… It’s called Shoplifting (comic)

What Food Should I Pack for a Road Trip?

The next installment in our travel Road Trip Food Packing series is the food overview. One important question to consider when planning that big road trip is how much food is the right amount of food to pack, and the other question is what kinds of food should I pack?. There’s no perfect answer because every traveler is as different as every trip and every taste. Continue reading What Food Should I Pack for a Road Trip?

What Are the Best Drinks to Pack on a Road Trip?

This is the first part in our Road Trip Food Packing series. Today we’ll cover beverages. How many drinks should you take with you on the road trip? Which drinks are the best for kids? Which drinks are the best for adults? Should you bring cold drinks and a cooler on your road trip? Quick answer to the cooler is “no”, because it’s a hassle, it leaks and it melts far too quickly to be useful. As for the rest, read on and look at our pictures and examples to show you what we recommend for road trips with or without children. Continue reading What Are the Best Drinks to Pack on a Road Trip?