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Parenting Tip: Celebrating Life With Birthday Getaways

I've never regretted spending money on family travel experiences

Some of us were simply born to travel and birthdays make for the perfect excuse to pack up and leave town. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a huge birthday party person. The cost to reward ratio is unbalanced. I would rather take the money I’d spend on a party and have a memorable weekend instead.

For most of us adults, we gave up parties years ago and birthday getaways are a great way to celebrate. But did you know they are fun for kids too? Yes, kids love parties, but they also like to be the center of attention. This makes birthday planning pretty darn flexible. My kids actually request specific vacation ideas for future birthdays. Stop thinking about a theme, take a break from Party City and start thinking outside the box. It is time for a Birthday Getaway.

Las Vegas

As long as I can remember I have celebrated my birthday in Las Vegas. Sure, my parents sprinkled in parties, but Las Vegas was always the staple and the gift I have loved the most. It became my tradition; one that I still on hold to even today. Now I take my kids and it makes my birthdays all the more special every year I come back. You can read more about things to do in Las Vegas with kids, HERE.

Birthday Getaways
Never know what you’ll run into on the Strip


For both my kids’ first birthdays we spent the day at Disneyland. Starting with a character breakfast at one of the resorts, the day was extra special with each child getting their first set of Mickey and Mini ears. We aren’t shy about being a Disney family with roots deeply embedded out the gate. Happy Birthday and Welcome to Disney. For more tips on visiting Disneyland, California Adventure and Downtown Disney, by clicking the links.

Birthday Getaways

Birthday Getaways

We recently celebrated both my sister and Grams’ birthdays on the Disney Cruise, which you can read about, HERE.

Birthday Getaways

Knott’s Berry Farm & RV Trips

My daughter had her third birthday at Knott’s Berry Farm and spent the weekend camping in San Diego. Instead of one day she got a whole weekend of fun, family and festivities. Everyone had such a great time that they are still talking about the weekend, making her third birthday extremely memorable.

Birthday Getaways

Birthday Getaways

My son just spent his second birthday camping at the Newport Dunes. Since his birthday is the day before St. Patrick’s Day we had a fun Irish themed BBQ on the beach for the family to celebrate. My son spent the weekend playing in sand with his sister and cousins, making new friends and going paddle boarding for the first time. Talk about memories.

Birthday Getaways

My mom’s birthdays are always a lot fun. Since she has an October birthday we always exciting Halloween/Birthday adventures planned. For instance, our Halloween Vail Lake RV trips usually fall on her birthday weekend. Before we started RVing we spent her birthday at Queen Mary, Universal Studios Hollywood and on a road up the California’s Central Coast, staying at the Apple Farm Inn.

Birthday Getaways

Los Angeles

FireCracker loves L.A and all she wanted for her birthday was to spend a whole weekend in her favorite city. So, that’s exactly what we did. We spent the weekend visiting the La Brea Tar Pits, taking in all the excitement on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and having a blast at the Grove. All in all, her birthday ended being a fun weekend for us all.

Birthday Getaways

Parties can be very expensive which makes it hard to justify for one day of celebration. I am a big fan of prolonging the fun and celebrating for a whole weekend for the cost of a party is a no-brainer. The best part of taking a trip versus having a party is that it is fun for everyone, including the birthday boy or girl. I think of birthdays as a celebration for the parents too. We made the little nuggets so let’s all have some fun! As Hans Christian Anderson once said, “to travel is to live” what better way to celebrate life than to create new experiences through travel?

Do you love Birthday Getaways as much as I do?

Where would like to go or have gone for you or your kids’ birthday?


I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".


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