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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.

Taking the Kids to a Theme Park This Summer


I smile thinking of that hot day at Disney World when my son and older daughter worked so hard to convince their little sister that she really was “grown up” enough (and tall enough) to ride Space Mountain. “So cool!” they told her. “Not too scary,” they promised. more
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To the Caribbean in Summer


Finally, a Caribbean beach that's everything a Caribbean beach should be - quaint, with hammocks strung from palm trees, crystal-clear water perfect for snorkeling, white sand, a first-rate beach bar and enough water toys to keep the kids happy (banana boat ride anybody?) more
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To Lake Placid, an Old-Fashioned Vacation Destination


No one cares that the water is cold. The kids splash at the lake’s edge, play on the small sand beach as older, daring ones splash in the water and peddle kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats. Our pup eyes them all curiously more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


Taking the Kids — To California Wine Country


If you think Wine Country — especially Sonoma County — is just for grown-ups (at least those over 21) think again. There are plenty of places to bike, hike and kayak on the Russian River. more
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Taking the Kids – To Clean Beaches and Avoiding the Oil


As vacation season gets into high gear — with officials yet to figure out how to stem the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the worst oil spill in U.S history — families who planned to head to the Gulf Coast are worried too about clean beach waters — as are those who count on their business. more
Backyard Vacations, Beach Vacations, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


We're at Hall of Human Origins, the newest exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, now celebrating its centennial year. (It's the most visited of the 19 Smithsonian museums with 7.4 million visitors last year!) It's the most visited museum in the country and has the most visited science museum in the world. It's easy to see why. Even kids who profess to "hate science" can't help but love this 21st-century museum. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Taking the Kids To Cooking School


I am standing in a Mexican kitchen on a picturesque Ranch outside of Oaxaca city kneading dough that will become mini tortillas. I've already grilled the cactus that will be a part of the topping for these mini tortillas called Memelas more
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See you in Times Square


I'm in a darkened Broadway theater watching the new Tony-nominated musical "Memphis" (nominated for eight awards!), which tells the story of what happens in the segregated South when a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun, played by Chad Kimball, falls for "Negro" music and a terrifically talented black singer named Felicia Farrell, played by Montego Glover more
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Putting on the Ritz in Orlando


As Orlando gears up for the much-anticipated opening in June of Universal's "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" -- 20 acres within Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventures -- keep in mind there are plenty of options to stay -- some 115,000 hotel rooms, including more than two-dozen new hotels, including the brand-new Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando. more
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Giving Mom the Best Mother’s Day Present She’s Ever Had


We moms all know the dirty little secret of family vacations. No, I'm not talking about the piles of laundry when we get home, though that's certainly no fun. I'm talking about how moms whisper on the beach, around the pool and on line at theme parks that family vacations are really no vacations at all for them, especially when young kids are part of the equation.. more
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