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traveling to Baton Rouge with kids

Louisiana is a popular tourist destination, and Baton Rouge welcomes thousands of visitors a year as a college town. We are often asked “is Baton Rouge kid friendly,” and “what should I do if I travel to Baton Rouge with kids?” The good news is that we have tons of resources for those who travel to Baton Rouge with their family in tow, like the ultimate guide to summer in Baton Rouge and this guide to visiting Baton Rouge with kids. Let Red Stick Mom offer you our tried and true family travel tips, recommendations, and ideas … both for families coming to Baton Rouge and those wanting to get away!

Our Baton Rouge mom writers have been all over the world and are here to recommend easy weekend trips, as well as more extensive vacations to places as unique as Utah! We love sharing family travel tips with Baton Rouge families because we know that it can be overwhelming to plan even a weekend getaway with kids.

Taking the kids to Disney? Here’s what to expect. Maybe you want to travel to Orlando and skip Disney. We share tips for how to do that, too. Or maybe you love Disney and want to take a Disney cruise. Red Stick Mom has been there, done that. Looking for creative road trip ideas from Baton Rouge? We have several family-friendly short distance vacations that are drivable with kids from Baton Rouge.

At Red Stick Mom, we don’t just tell you where to go on vacation but also how to get there and what to expect. We’re not just talking about where to go, we also look at how to get there. Whether you need mom hacks for road trips with kids or advice for flying with a baby, we have you covered.

Some of the most interesting family travel tips are the ideas that Baton Rouge moms have put together for easy road trips nearby. Whether it’s a weekend trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast or hiking Tunica Hills, we are all about locations that are close to Baton Rouge and won’t break the bank. After all, sometimes the family travel tips we need the most are those ideas that are simple and budget-friendly. 

No matter where your Baton Rouge family decides to vacation next or how long you intend to stay, Red Stick Mom prides itself on sharing digestible and useful family travel tips to make planning your next getaway easy and stress-free!

So, we all know Disney is a money suck … or at least it can very easily become one! Well, I’m headed to my third Disney World trip in just under two years. This might cause many of you to categorize me as crazy, BUT there are reasons we do Disney over other vacation options. First and foremost, as a single parent to a toddler, I look forward to any vacation that can keep my kiddo occupied and entertain me as well. Beach trips one on one with a toddler feel like they would be a big fat tease; no resting when an almost 3-year-old has open water to run into. Plus I have no desire to do sand...
“A family trip to Las Vegas?” “Las Vegas?? Really?” “Why would you take your kids to Vegas? “There are so many other places you can go.” That was pretty much the response we got from everyone when we told them we were going to Vegas with our children. People who don't live in south Louisiana may not understand why you'd bring the kids down for Mardi Gras. But we thought we would have a great time in Vegas as a family, and we were right. With walking and activities rivaled only by our trips to Disney, Las Vegas was an ideal Spring Break for our family of five. In case you are planning a family trip to Las Vegas, here are some tips...
My parents are the hardest-working people I know. My mother has put in 39 years with the same company, and my father has dedicated his life to working tirelessly at work and at home to ensure we could make ends meet. The two of them scraped and scrounged enough to send all four of their kids to private schools, all while managing to go on vacations, send us to summer camp, and pay for whatever sports and extracurricular activities that interested us kids. They have more than earned this awesome season of their lives. But I gotta admit, I'm a little uncomfortable. Raising parents these days is more difficult than it used to be. Once upon a time, parents would...
This is a recounting of a true life event and subsequent episode many months later. My son is ventilator dependent. He also relies on five other machines daily to keep him alive. So car travel looks more like an ambulance ride. And I used to be able to handle it as the lone adult in the car, until the day we left the hospital about two years ago, and it was a horrifying, near death experience. My son does not "transition" well anymore. Meaning moving him from one place to another, especially into the wheelchair or carseat. It's one of the main reasons we moved to home nursing exclusively almost five years ago. Trips in the car meant multiple stops...
The final weekend before Mardi Gras is here, meaning crowds of people will be descending upon downtown and Spanish Town to partake in the last of the festivities. To some Spanish Town may not be your idea of the perfect neighborhood. It's full of quirky, old houses that are adorned with a few too many flamingos and confusing one-way streets. But for us it's our haven. I previously shared about how we've grown to love it even more now that we are parents. The history around every corner is part of what I love about the area. We've even dug up artifacts that date all the way back to the Civil War in our front yard!  So for those...
::Sigh:: Where do I even begin? I had to talk to you more than your two siblings combined. I threatened through gritted teeth and commanded you to "Listen!" "Pay attention!" and "Stay with me!" all while you day-dreamed in your La-La Land at the most inopportune times and places. I had to utilize the Daddy-in-church Grab (that tender part of the upper arm) more than my social media pictures would indicate. I exasperatedly exchanged glances with your Daddy when you absentmindedly failed to hear our calls. But you were the first to say thank you. You always are. You thanked us for everything: for bringing you to Disney World, for getting you ice cream, even for the cheap gas station...
Holiday travel season is upon us. Some of you will hunker down, and family and friends will come to YOU. Some of you drive 30 minutes to see family … some drive full days. And some of you will fly. WITH KIDS. If you have never flown with a toddler, let me be the first to encourage you: it’s not that bad!! I do it a lot. I live in Baton Rouge and work based in DC requiring travel about once every 4-5 weeks; most of the time my parents watch my son when I travel, but my toddler travels with me every third or fourth trip. In fact, I just booked his 26th and 27th flights!! What does prepping for a...

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I LOVE my minivan! It may not make me look like the hippest mom in town, but when I'm behind its wheel I'm definitely one of the happiest. To me, my minivan represents so much more than just a vehicle. It symbolizes our season of life and our focus on family. I'm a mommy chauffeur and proud of it! I actually didn't set out to be a minivan mom. When my first son was a few months old and we needed a new family car, we bought a Subaru Forester wagon. It seats 5 comfortably, which was perfect because that was the size of our family at the time (I have two older stepsons). But then I had my second...
I have never looked forward to a vacation the way I have looked forward to my Disney vacation this year. August was a blur, September is my busiest work month of the year, but then came October ... vacation at DISNEY WORLD! My son and I had a full week together in the happiest place on earth. We flew out less than 48 hours after I executed the largest conference of my career followed by six glorious park days then we'd be home the following Friday. Whelp, that plan went out the window somewhere around Thursday morning, our last day in the parks when word of Hurricane Matthew went from "oh yeah, a hurricane could hit" to "a hurricane could very likely...

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