Illinois website makes family-friendly travel even easier

Illinois’ Kidventures site provides ideas and tips to make travel fun for the whole family

Families looking for the ideal travel resource will find fun ideas, unique trips and kid-friendly locations at the Illinois Office of Tourism’s family travel Web site, Kidventures ( Kidventures is the all-in-one online resource for “What to do,” “Where to eat,” and “Where to stay” for families in Illinois. Parenting expert and media personality Emily Kaufman, best known as “The Travel Mom,” has teamed up with the Office of Tourism to provide helpful tips for traveling with kids.

Illinois offers seasonal family-friendly getaways, and the new Kidventures site is the first place to stop when planning big fun for little ones in the Land of Lincoln. The site showcases the best of pint-sized offerings catering to kids ages two through 12 and their families. In Chicago, the Swissôtel has special museum-themed kid’s rooms that are decked out with a variety of toys, a play area and special DVD programs. In Peoria, Wildlife Prairie State Park offers the unique opportunity to sleep in a train caboose on the edge of the Bison and Elk range. Kids who turn in for night at the Starved Rock Lodge in Utica will be treated to bedtime storytelling.

“Traveling with family can be fun, but it can also be stressful which is why I’ve created the helpful hints on the Kidventures site,” said Emily Kaufman, The Travel Mom. “My tips come from personal experience and cover everything from how to find great values to making sure parents don’t over schedule their trips. Travel is about relaxing and having fun, and my tips help ensure families can enjoy their time together.”

The Illinois Office of Tourism offers information on attractions, events, accommodations and getaway ideas on the Office’s Web site,, or by calling 800-2CONNECT. To assist them with their planning, travelers can also obtain free guides from Tourist Information Centers, local convention and visitors bureaus, or regional tourism development offices across the state.
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My family (wife and three kids, sometimes the dog) and I have been RV campers since 2007. We own a 2000 Trail-Lite B22 Bantam hybrid, our tow vehicle is a 2006 Trailblazer LT EXT (5.3 V8 with 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio), and our setup includes the Equalizer sway controller. Looking to upgrade the camper in the near future, but until then we get out 2-3 times a month in season.