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Take Your Kids on a tour of the White House

Nov 1, 2014
The White House Visitor Center reopens after $12.6 million revitalization. The center has been closed for two years and opened back up to the public on September 13.

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Plans go awry – not necessarily a bad thing on vacation


Korcula Croatia seen from WindSurf
All my plans for this week have gone awry. The freak snowstorm that struck the Northeast over the weekend knocked out our power in Connecticut and we have no clue when it may be restored. But thinking back just two short months, I determined that when plans go awry on vacation, it's not always a bad thing. more
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Tired of cooking turkey yourself — head to a Thanksgiving destination


Cozy up inside La Posada de Santa Fe
Whatever the reason, it’s not too late to turn Thanksgiving into a mini vacation with the kids. You’ve already got half the week off from work and school anyway. Tell the relatives you’ll see them at Christmas or, if you like them enough, invite them along. more
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Safety first everywhere – except for babies on airplanes!


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Everything on a plane — including coffee pots — has to be restrained during takeoff and landing and in times of turbulence--everything, that is, except young children sitting on a parent’s laps. more
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To Aulani, Disney’s First Hawaii Resort


Storyteller spinning his yarn at the Aulani's fire pit
Disney employed more than 100 local consultants to advise them on everything from storytelling to music to architecture. Local fish and produce are served at the resort restaurants and children can learn to snorkel with Hawaiian fish in the artificial Rainbow Reef. more
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Dreaming BIG when you take the kids


My daughters Reggie and Melanie checkout a sleeping sea lion in the Galapagos Islands
Even in the same family, travel styles—and travel dreams—differ widely. One person’s dream is another’s nightmare. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever been backpacking with someone whose idea of roughing it is a hotel without a blow drier or room service. more
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Celebrating Halloween 21st Century Style


5000 carved pumpkins at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence RI
Neighborhood trick-or-treating is so old school. It only lasts one night, after all. What if it rains — or snows? What if it’s cold? (Coats really don’t add much to a princess or vampire ensemble.) What if one of the kids is sick? What if you’re stuck at work, despite your best efforts to get home early? more
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Disney sees Aulani as the place for destination weddings


Exterior view of the Aulani
There are already 1,000 weddings a year at Walt Disney World in Orlando--upwards of 20 per cent among blended families, says Korrie McFann, who oversees Disney’s e wedding and honeymoon business around the world. The company anticipates Aulani to rival Orlando for the wedding business. more
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Plenty to do with little ones in the Orlando area


Disney "Character Breakfasts" are just one of the many things for small children in Orlando
So go ahead. Bring the little ones. You don’t have to stay a week. And you don’t have to see everything. You can’t even if you try. more
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“Brick of treat” all month at California LEGOLAND


Brick or Treat? Every Saturday night in October kids 12 and under can trick-or-treat at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, CA on the Brick-or-Treat Trail in the Enchanted Walk gathering goodies, check out glow-in-the-dark treats, dance and more. more
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Sitting under the star listening to ukulele music – it’s Disney


One of the many menehunes around the Disney Aulani in Hawaii
We’re sitting on woven mats under the stars listening to the best Ukulele playing I’ve ever heard. Rather than a huge luau with terrible food and hackneyed performances, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu has opted to celebrate Hawaiian culture with the Aulani Starlit Hui more
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