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Take A Wake Up In The Barnyard Tour at Coggeshell Farm in Bristol Rhode Island

Oct 4, 2015
Enjoy a “Wake up in The Barnyard” tour every Saturday through October 10th at Coggeshell Farm in Bristol Rhode Island.

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How to stuff your travelers’ stockings this holiday season

Eileen Ogintz in her pink rain boots.from LL Bean
Thanks, Mr. Bean. If not for my pink flowered rubber boots from L.L. Bean (a far cry from the first hunting shoes Leon L. Bean sold in Maine in 1912), I would have had awfully wet feet the week in spent in Alaska last year. That got me thinking. Instead of rushing around trying to find the perfect gift for my favorite family travelers, I’m going to get them what I find most helpful to have with me when I’m traveling with my gang more
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Museums all over the country welcome you this holiday season

Remember the Children exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC
Wherever you find yourself this holiday season, make time to visit a museum — even if you take in just one exhibit. Museums are a great way to get the gang out of grandma’s house for a couple of hours, especially when it’s too cold to hit the local playground. And if you are a member of your local art, science or children’s museum, you may find that membership gets you in for free. more
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Visiting Old San Juan PR and a restored convent hotel

Old San Juan alley
There is so much history here in Old San Juan. We’re across the street from the historic Cathedra (dating to the 16th Century and the Western Hemisphere’s oldest), children’s museum and adjacent to the Plaza of the Nuns, the city’s second oldest park, as well as numerous restaurants and galleries. more
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El Conquistador — a huge resort for families in Puerto Rico

Water slide at el Conquistador
Connor is on vacation at “El Con” as the gargantuan resort is known with his parents and younger sister from Syracuse, NY and his dad reports they haven’t even left the resort—not with four pools, (three more at Las Casitas villas where they are staying) the water park with its lazy river and water slides, and the resort’s private Palamino Island –100 acres a few miles off shore with snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing, mini golf, beach volley ball and basketball more
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Hosting family for Thanksgiving is no picnic — some survival tips

Thanksgiving 2007 at Eileens
Face it. Hosting the family for the holidays is hard work. Being a holiday guest is no picnic either. It won’t be perfect. Not the food. Not the kids’ behavior. Not the adults’ behavior. We’re talking about family, after all more
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Kayaking with millions of dinoflagellates in Puerto Rico

Kayaking in Puerto Rico
It is pitch black and we are kayaking through red mangroves, trying to dodge the roots, on our way to the Bioluminescent Bay Laguana Grande at Las Croabas, Fajardo in Puerto Rico—one of three on the island, I learn from our guide Joel from GSI Adventures. The bay is home to a large colony—more than a million—of dinoflagellates that light up and produce the glowing waters that make the water glow when we paddle. Crazy! more
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Puerto Rico — such an easy destination to escape to

An iguana keeps watch at our hotel
For many who turn up their noses at Puerto Rico in favor of more exotic islands, they’re missing out on a lot. First is the ease to get here. But beyond that is the fact that you are still in the United States—American currency—and that no matter what the weather, there is plenty to do beyond the terrific beaches. There is the rain forest, of course, the chance to kayak in the Bioluminescent Bay--home to large colonies of dinoflagellates that light up like fire-flies producing glowing waters. more
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Advice for family travelers to keep holiday stress to a minimum

KRT LIFESTYLE STORY SLUGGED: RELATE-HOLIDAYSUICIDE KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY ABEL URIBE/CHICAGO TRIBUNE (December 15) Despite the holiday season's much-publicized stresses and hustle and bustle- depicted here by shoppers at Ford City Mall in Chicago, Illinois, last year- it has taken an unfair rap, health experts say. (lde) 2003
Over the holidays, we tend to let down our guard and “ maybe we don’t pay attention as closely because we are catching up with friends and family, and everyone is sleeping less, is more fatigued and, therefore, more accident prone,” concedes Dr. Alison Tothy, the pediatric ER medical director at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago and a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Perhaps that’s one reason Dr. Tothy says ER visits for children increase during the holidays. more
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There’s no better time to see Yellowstone’s thermals and wildlife than in winter

Mel and Reggie Yemma snowshoeing near Old Faithful in Yellowstone 2007
We feel as if we’ve got the huge (2.2 million acres) park to ourselves. The last time we were here in the summer, there were so many people around the kids could barely see Old Faithful. Now we’ve got our pick of viewing spots and take a trail up to an observation point where we can see Old Faithful and all of the surrounding area. A small herd of Bison is in the distance more
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Grabbing a Pre-Holiday Break

Gingerbread weekend at Mohonk Mountain House in NY State
It’s not wishful thinking — even in this economy. All you need to do is gather the gang at a vacation destination rather than a relative’s house for the holidays. According to American Express, 40 percent of consumers plan to travel this holiday season, most of them staying in the United States. This year, AAA expects more of us to hit the roads and skies for Thanksgiving more
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