Pasadena gears up for a lot of attention as it prepares to host its annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but it won’t just be the parade that makes it the place to be for family travelers in 2024. The coming year is full of great things for the city, like interesting anniversaries and fun kid-friendly events, which means great ways for visiting families to explore and discover.
In January the city celebrates the 100th birthday of the cheeseburger. Originally called the “Aristocratic Burger,” the first hamburger with cheese is said to have been invented by Lionel Clark Sternberger at The Rite Spot, paving the way for a delicious classic kids love. Although the restaurant has long since gone out of business, the city celebrates each year with Cheeseburger Week, happening Jan. 21 to 27.While the birthday celebrations happen all month long, Cheeseburger Week will include a downloadable cheeseburger passport, letting you collect stamps for each cheeseburger you sample at participating locations around the city, which can then be redeemed for unique prizes.
The city’s signature dish, the cheeseburger, isn’t the only reason families visit this beautiful Southern California city. The Norton Simon Museum is home to some of the world’s greatest works of art and offers some pretty incredible family perks and programs. Located at the quiet end of Colorado Boulevard, right near the start of the famous Rose Parade route, it offers free admission to anyone 18 and younger.
Little ones can enjoy readings of beloved children’s books on the first Sunday of each month at the Story Afternoons programs and special events on the occasional Saturday like Family Days, which give families a wonderful opportunity to explore the museum’s special collections together. Each August, the museum also hosts a unique event, Family Chess Days, where kids have the chance to play chess with other kids or learn the rules of the game from a master in the serenity of the museum’s garden.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.
Known for its clear, vibrantly blue-green waters and varied and historic ports of call, the Adriatic is the new Mediterranean for cruise enthusiasts and family travelers. An Adriatic cruise is especially suited to multigen family trips, since it appeals to all ages with its beautiful beaches, water sports, rich marine life, historic cities, ancient archaeological sites, colorful cultures and varied cuisines. There is truly something for every traveler.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Parents, it’s time to ditch family travel and embark on a romantic vacation at Solmar Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos. Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches and unparalleled hospitality, Los Cabos sets the stage for couples looking for a romantic escape away from the kids. At Solmar Hotels and Resorts, guests are invited to take advantage of the romantic accommodations, spa experiences, gastronomic delights and more.