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Hi there, we’re the Barons. Welcome to Five Pax!

Five Pax is a weekly updated blog about family travel and everyday moments of our lives as an endlessly on-the-go family of 5. We are everyday folks with day jobs juggling the beautiful insanity of raising three kids in New York City, a cultural world away from the midwest where we were born and raised. We are excited to share with you our stories and lessons we are learning along the way in our endless quest to maximize our kids’ exposure to culture, history, and nature across the U.S. and around the world! But we won’t be doing it alone. To ensure we are giving you an honest and complete picture of our adventures and the locations we explore, we will be tapping into our incredible network of friends and family for their insights and tips from their own backyards. Read more

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International Travel Tips, Road Trip Tips With Kids, Travel Tips

27 Children’s Books Every Adventurous Family Should Own

The FivePax house is a house of book lovers. We love reading, really, really love reading. While minimalists about most things, books are our weakness. We create more make-shift bookshelves in every room as our children and their book collections grow. And we always visit the local book store when we travel and pick up a new book (or 5).

Additionally, we love using children’s literature to create excitement before travel and adventures. And then to keep the magic and adventure alive at home between trips. Our kids love showing up to a new destination after they have experienced a slice of it in a book. We love watching their eyes light up as their imagination becomes their reality. It is truly amazing!

Whether you are looking for a children’s book about planes and flying, a book about family vacations and road-trips, or introducing the kids to new places. We have pulled together our top 27 books every adventure-loving family should have in your child’s library. As we approach the holidays, many of these titles will be on our wishlist this season! For more gift ideas for an adventure-loving family, check our holiday gift guide.

Do let us know in the comments if we left off any of your favorites! 

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As soon as you enter Dia:Beacon with the kids their imaginations start to run wild
New York City, Northeast, Road Trips

Escape the chaos of NYC with a day trip to Dia:Beacon with Kids

Dia:Beacon is a contemporary art museum that rests on the shores of the Hudson River, conveniently located a short drive or train ride north of the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Past the well-manicured lawns and inside the modest building live a collection of impressive installations that stretch the limits of what you may expect to find in an art museum. The abstract nature, as well as the size of the galleries, are precisely what make Dia:Beacon an approachable art museum with kids.

Aside from the art itself, the journey to Dia:Beacon with kids either by road or by train along the Hudson River provides a welcome respite from the horn honking, occasional smells, and breakneck pace of the city.  Skirt along the Harlem and Hudson Rivers, watch the Colombia University crew team row about and gaze at the grace of sailboat gliding by. Upon arrival, the vast well lit galleries covering over three floors provide a great opportunity to simply exhale and engage the imagination.

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The Queens Guards standing at attention outside the Tower of London
Europe, International Destinations, International Travel

Visiting the Tower of London with kids

The Tower of London, officially known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a UNSECO World Heritage Site, one of the Historic Royal Palaces, and my all-time favourite city of London attraction for kids – you could spend a whole day there, walking along crenelated battlements with views out over Tower Bridge and the River Thames. It boasts cafes and shops and bench-fringed grassy areas in this surprisingly large complex. 

As a tourist in London, you probably do not have time to spend an entire day at the Tower of London.  With a little planning, however, you can hit the best attractions over the course of a few hours. Here are answers to the most asked questions about the Tower of London followed by my top 5 favorite attractions.

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Our boys at Pier 25
New York City, Northeast, Road Trip Destinations, Road Trips

Top 15 cheap activities with kids in NYC

As you plan your big trip to NYC you are no doubt wondering if the city will be welcoming and accommodating toward your little ones. Millions of kiddos are being raised in NYC but to an outsider finding the BEST and cheap kid-friendly activities will take a little digging. Being from the Midwest and raising three kids in the city we are bringing the honest info you need to make this a great trip. Here in this top 15 list, we have included the usual suspects with added kid-specific visiting tips and included a few lesser-known spots where actual New Yorkers entertain their kids! All of these events are cheap or free and we have indicated the best age for your enjoyment. 

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New York City, Northeast, Road Trip Destinations

Rockettes Christmas Spectacular with Kids

Since 1933 families have been enjoying the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. The iconic theatre, mesmerizing synchronized dancing, a live-animal nativity, and Santa Claus himself round out a truly magical childhood experience for the holidays. After nearly a decade in NYC we finally checked off this bucket-list item ourselves this year. And as always did the research to bring you a complete guide for an amazing experience seeing the Rockettes with your kids. From where to buy tickets, the best seats in the house, and local good eats for before or after the show, this guide covers it all.

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