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Nutritious Meals for the Kids at Westin Hotels

Aug 22, 2014
Westin Hotels launched a new kid-tested menu that offers the younger hotel guests the option for nutritious dishes. The Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids is dishing out meals like Build Your Own Salmon Nicoise Salad and energizing juices and smoothies to nourish your child’s growing body.

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Traveling with kids is messy, frustrating and wonderful, just like raising kids. Taking the Kids is your family travel resource to get the most fun-and memories-out of your family vacations and the most bang for your travel buck. Eileen Ogintz has decades of experience as a journalist, writer and blogger tracking travel trends. She is a mom who has traveled with her three kids and others in the family from Orlando to Yosemite, the Caribbean to Alaska, to Europe and beyond. Taking the Kids is here to help you show your kids and grand kids the world, have a good time in the process and build memories that last a lifetime.

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Our Very Best Summer Vacation Ideas

TTK-Summer2014-picnic-300x250Here are some of the best ideas from TakingtheKids and Family Travel Forum for your 2014 summer vacation, from the beaches to the mountains; cities to national parks; whether you’re traveling with kids of any age, friends, partners or other couples.

Taking the Kids family cruise guide

Animator's Palate on Disney's newest cruise ship FantasyWelcome to our Taking the Kids Cruise Guide for 2014. More kids than ever are cruising with their parents in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska or far flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands and even the Arctic.

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New Orleans, swamps, plantations and other family haunts in Louisiana

Aug 21, 2014  |  comments
Alligator in Honey Island Swamp
Want a marshmallow? The 6-foot-long alligator, dubbed Otis by the locals, who’s minus one foot and swimming alongside our boat certainly does. ... more »


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Families flock to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans

Aug 19, 2014  |  comments
Inside the National World War II Museum in New Orleans
Jack Lucas became the youngest Marine ever to receive the United States’ highest military honor. The wallet he had in his pocket that day tells just one of the many stories at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.... more »

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Theater as a family teaching tool -- a visit to see LBJ on Broadway

May 30, 2014  |  comments
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I’ve always been a fan of learning outside the classroom, whether in the wilderness or a city and right now, there is a lot of opportunity in New York to use theater as a teaching tool, ... more »


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Infographic: Travel Advice from your kids

TRAVEL ADVICE FROM YOUR KIDS10 original ideas from kids to help parents everywhere increase the fun while planning, packing, participating in activities and making memories for their family vacations

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I LOVE NEW YORK Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

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Calling all teens!  New York State's Department of Tourism is looking for great New York State stories and we'd love to hear yours! Apply for this scholarship, blogging about your most fun, interesting, and unforgettable visit to our great state. - See more at: http://myfamilytravels.com/content/60536-i-love-new-york-teen-travel-writing-scholarship#sthash.Lz4mcGyv.dpuf
Calling all teens!  New York State's Department of Tourism is looking for great New York State stories and we'd love to hear yours! Apply for this scholarship, blogging about your most fun, interesting, and unforgettable visit to our great state. - See more at: http://myfamilytravels.com/content/60536-i-love-new-york-teen-travel-writing-scholarship#sthash.Lz4mcGyv.dpuf




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