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Jul 9, 2015
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Taking the Kids Weekly Column for planning a family vacation. Search tips for a family vacations and find family friendly vacation ideas.

Snowshoeing – the quieter side of a winter vacation, day or weekend


Skiing in the Northeast US (photo by Tubbs Snowshoes)
You don’t need a gourmet meal to enjoy snowshoeing. It’s fun to take a sandwich and hot cider with you in your backpack; it’s fun just to get out and enjoy the back-country landscape away from the hustle and bustle of a snow sports resort. I try to take a day off from skiing each trip just for the experience. more
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Multi-generational travel gaining popularity among familes


Margaret Harvey (far right) and family in Kenya
Thirty-seven percent of leisure travelers say they’ve traveled with grandkids just this past year. Twenty-two percent report they are even leaving their children behind and just inviting the grandkids along.... more
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So much to see and do on moms’ getaway to Scottsdale


The instruments of Mexico at the Musical Instrument Museum
No guilt allowed! We keep telling ourselves that all weekend. I’m in Scottsdale, AZ for a moms’ getaway weekend with an old friend I don’t see nearly enough. She lives on the West Coast; I live across the country. more
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Get beyond the neighborhood for Halloween tricks and treats


Ghost Boat Tour in Wisconsin Dells
If you’re thinking Halloween is weeks away, think again. These days, Halloween lasts the entire month of October! There are frightful — and not so frightful — theme park extravaganzas, boo at the zoos and much more... more
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Time-traveling back in history at Conner Prairie IN


Conner Prairie Underground Railroad tour
Here at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, the terrific living history museum outside Indianapolis, a Smithsonian affiliate that focuses on 19th-century Indiana, the journey takes us 90 minutes, starting with our escape from an owner who plans to sell us “back South.” more
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Getting them outdoors and away from electronics this fall


At the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay CA
They’re the one thing I always put in my backpack when heading outdoors with kids in the fall — whether they’re 4, 14 or 24. Those Ziploc bags of M&Ms have been known to inspire art creations, stop a meltdown and even spur healthy debate.. more
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Visiting the nation’s capital is cool in the fall


The National Mall from the Washington Monument to the Capitol
Fall is a great time to visit Washington, D.C. Hotel rates are down as much as half, and the summer humidity has disappeared, along with the crowds. No wonder it’s Travelzoo’s featured destination right now. more
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This fall, explore America off the beaten path


Falls Park in Sioux Falls SD
Take a fall weekend to explore a smaller city or region near your home and you’ll be amazed at what you find; especially if you let the kids lead the way. Honestly, before I got there, I wondered what Sioux Falls S.D. would have to offer a traveling family. more
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Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen


On the trail near the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen
As I struggled to my feet, I smiled remembering all the times her dad and I had been the ones beseeching her and her older brother and sister when they were tired and hungry and we were trying to avoid a meltdown on a ski hill, a hiking trail, Walt Disney World or in the middle of Paris. more
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Deals abound for your Princeses at the Disney Parks


Merida from the movie 'Brave' at Walt Disney World (Gene Duncan, photographer)
When I visited Disneyland earlier this summer, moms and dads were busy filming the princess transformation on their iPads and smartphones. “It never gets old for them” said manager Joanna Pisanski more
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