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Winter is a great time for a family visit to a zoo or aquarium


Children’s Zoo at Saint Louis Zoo
The human kiddos laugh and giggle at the antics of the animals all day at the St. Louis Zoo. It’s one of three major free zoos left in the country along with the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. more
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How families can celebrate Halloween all October long


Flashlight maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
Halloween is coming. Here are some places to find haunted houses, corn mazes, theme park parties and more for your kids and family more
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Kids Celebrate Summer with American Girl Events


This month, American Girl stores around the country are celebrating summer with a variety of free events. more
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Once again on June 28, the National Wildlife Federation leads the Great American Backyard Campout, a nationwide event that gets kids outside, camping in their backyards, and enjoying nature with their families. more
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Baltimore launching new family attraction ”Absolutely Febulous”


Baltimore has become one of the first destinations in the U.S. to bring together best of Restaurant Week, Hotel Week and Museum Week in one super-sized promotion with “Absolutely Febulous” launching on Valentine’s Day weekend through Presidents Day weekend. more
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Families Find Winter Fun throughout New York State


New York State is home to many festivals and carnivals held throughout the winter season. Visit the 117th Annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival January 31-February 9 to enjoy special performances, parades, a fireworks display, and more. Saratoga Springs hosts its annual Winterfest celebration February 1-3 featuring live music, wine tastings, and Chowderfest where local restaurants offer samples of their best chowder. Visit New York online for a full listing of events. more
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Our annual guide to surviving visits to relatives over the holidays


The American Automobile Association (AAA) is projecting more than 94.5 million Americans will travel during the holidays. Here’s my annual TAKING THE KIDS GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE RELATIVES: 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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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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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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