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Walk the Walk at Universal CityWalk in Orlando

Jul 30, 2016
Universal CityWalk is undergoing its own bold revitalization with a series of dramatic enhancements that include the introduction of new restaurants, shopping experiences, visually aesthetic design features and a state-of-the-art movie theater renovation

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Yurts Give Families a Modern Alternative to Camping at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch


Lollygagging with the Llamas
By staying in a yurt at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, you can enjoy the outdoors without the annoyances of lurking bears, determined bugs and cumbersome sleeping bags. more
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Good News: new law will require airlines to seat families together


Picture courtesy of Air New Zealand via TravelPulse.
New law will require airlines to seat any children aged 13 and younger “adjacent to the seat of an accompanying family member over the age of 13, more
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Exploring history and viewing the modern at Disneyland


The Disneyland Hotel
Walt Disney was tapped out. The construction of Disneyland was taking nearly every penny he had. A kid-friendly, upscale hotel next to a theme park seems like a slam-dunk, but not in the early ’50s more
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Food and wine and an angry potato make a grownup family weekend in Aspen/Snowmass


"Angry Potato" served at Aspen Kitchen
When you’re traveling with grown kids, as we are this weekend, artisanal cocktails can play a key role. more
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Snowmass in Summer – cool air and lots of family activities


Bluegrass concert atop Aspen Mountain
After an arduous 16 mile hike yesterday, I’m at The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass while an experienced massage therapist ministers to my aching legs and shoulders. more
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Hiking Crested Butte to Aspen – again – the good, the bad and the better


At the top of the East Maroon Pass
If I’ve learned one thing from travel—especially with kids—is that you have to take the bad with the good. That’s a good lesson for the kids to learn, along the way, of course. And perhaps there is no better time to remind you of that adage than on an outdoor adventure. We certainly were reminded on the hiking trail. more
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Summer in Crested Butte CO – a family vacation haven


Eileen Mel and Reg on the Scarp Ridge hike
Crested Butte bills itself as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado and there is a Wildflower Festival going on with everything from art classes, guided wildflower hikes, photography classes and more. more
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Touring the Vatican with kids – hidden gems to explore


Sistine Chapel after hours
Welcome to The Vatican, the world’s smallest sovereign state, established in 1929. It’s the modern version of the papal fiefdom that ruled Rome and much of central Italy before Italy was unified in the mid-19th century more
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A Family Culinary Adventure in Merida, Mexico


Cochinita Pibil
On a recent trip to Merida, Mexico, Alison Tibaldi booked a hands-on cooking class. It was an immersive experience that offered a window into the local culture in a highly sensorial way. more
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The Greatest Show On Earth Is Out of This World


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There are only a few of classic outings that will never get old: going to the beach, a picnic at the park, heading to the carnival and going to the circus! more
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