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Jul 9, 2015
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Taking the Kids to snowy climes during learn a snow sport month


You can have as much fun off the slopes as on at a snow resort, especially in January, which is designated as Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with special programs at resorts around the country. more
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Looking back on our stellar family travels of 2012


View of Mt. McKinley from the Camp Denali on a clear morning in June 2012
As I thought back about this past year’s trips, I realized that each one enabled us to challenge ourselves in different ways, whether in the outdoors, navigating in an unfamiliar culture, or learning a new skill. That’s not counting the challenge of getting along with each other along the way — not always easy, especially these days as families who don’t spend a lot of time together gather for vacation. more
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In Hong Kong at Christmas — it’s all about the shopping


Think Black Friday at the busiest mall — times 1,000 — combined with Times Square on New Year’s Eve. That only begins to describe Hong Kong on Christmas Eve when thousands take to the streets — no cars are permitted in the hotel district — to shop and shop some more until 2 a.m. (the subways run all night). more
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Taking the kids to Walt Disney World’s new Fantasyland


The Beast welcomes guests to his castle in the Magic Kingdom
You’ll find New Fantasyland just past the existing Fantasyland, beyond Cinderella’s castle. Did I mention that there are now three castles here for all those princess lovers? All of this as Orlando heads into the holiday season, one of the busiest of the year with special attractions at every park. more
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Fort Worth TX: there’s a reason they call this place “Cowtown”


Need a saddle blanket? Not to keep warm, to eat. In cowboy parlance, a saddle blanket is a pancake; belly wash is coffee and Pecos strawberries are beans. Welcome to Fort Worth, Texas, which prides itself on being known as the City of Cowboys. more
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This season, take the kids and the grandkids to see the holiday lights


Candy Cane Lane in Los Angeles
It’s worth the effort, I promise, to take the kids and grandkids. For a few hours you can forget the baking, the shopping and the wrapping and just enjoy the holidays and each other. more
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Learning to cope with weather disruptions when the family travels


Trying to get back to work in New York after Sandy
Let’s play the what-if game. What if Mother Nature derails your holiday travel plans — as it did for so many people I know earlier this month during Hurricane Sandy and during the Christmas blizzard that crippled the East Coast two years ago? more
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Making memories by embracing imperfection this Thanksgiving


Waiting for the Thanksgiving Parade
Inevitably, we’ll reminisce about less-than-perfect Thanksgiving gatherings, like the time we arrived back home at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago to discover our car battery was dead, or the time in Connecticut our dog devoured the homemade pate a cousin brought to Thanksgiving dinner before anyone had a bite. more
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Becoming a junior conservationist at one of America’s premier museums


Teddy Roosevelt dressed up to tour Yellowstone with young visitor at AMNH in NYC
The Hall of North American Mammals, with its famous mammal dioramas, includes several that recreate scenes from national parks and monuments that Theodore Roosevelt helped preserve and protect. more
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Touring on a bike offers new insights and fun


ABC Boys get ready for bike ride on the National Mall
it’s worth checking out a bike tour wherever you are visiting with the kids. You can bike along the new beach promenade in Clearwater, Fla., or sample Portland’s famous local eats on a Bites by Bike tour that claims it is the best in the country for cyclists, offering an extensive network of trails. more
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