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Perfect Time to Visit Hawaii

Apr 25, 2017
Spring and summer is the perfect time visit Hawaii, especially with new developments.

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Disney transformative? Try new Pandora at WDW and Guardians at DisneyLand this summer


Navi River Journey at Pandora - The World of AVATAR at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Often families head to Disney because they want to escape the real world. With the opening next month of Pandora-The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom, a visit can be a transformative adventure more
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A Portland, Maine Family Vacation at the Inn by the Sea


A private boardwalk leads from Inn by the Sea, ME to sandy Crescent Beach
The Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. A private boardwalk leads through a wildlife sanctuary to an idyllic sandy beach, where you’ll see lobster boats and sunsets straight out of an Edward Hopper painting. more
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Taking the Kids to free attractions in Washington DC this spring


Just published - The Kids Guide to Washington DC - second edition
It doesn’t cost anything to visit the Lincoln Memorial at night, to play pilot in a mock cockpit at “America by Air,” a permanent exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum, attend a family event or one for young children at the Museum of African American History and Culture or visit the giant pandas at the National Zoo. more
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The Kids Guides — kids helping kids discover America


The Kid's Guides are pocket-sized books for kids ages 6-12 and chock full of tips from kids in the know more
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A Trip to Cubs Spring Training with my Dad


My dad is still skeptical of this selfie deal
I convinced my dad to join me this spring in Arizona for spring training. As coincidence would have it, two of his very best friends from his college years at The University of Texas were also planning a trip. more
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A mixture of Bedouin tradition and modern: Dubai


Desert camel ride
Dubai is such a mixture of the old from the Bedouin tradition and the new—the tallest building in the world--The Burj Khalifa--and the biggest indoor theme park more
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Off the rails and trails in Arizona for Cubs Spring training


Green Zebra ATV Tour near Phoenix AZ
A quick father-son trip to spring training in the Cactus League to see the World Champion Chicago Cubs (yes that's still sinking in). Air travel misadventure our first day followed by adventure in the Sonoran Dessert on day 2. more
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Traveling with millennials in wine country


The Meitz Family at their winery
As millennials continue to travel with their parents — even before they have kids of their own — it’s the older generation that is likely to cause travel hiccups. more
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On the Russian River in Sonoma County CA


Kayaking on the Russian River
We’re kayaking in the mouth of the Russian River in Jenner, CA as one harbor seal after another pops up his head. We see Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys with fish in their mouths, going to their nests presumably. more
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March is spring break month – some last-minute ideas


Barbara Dane, Vietnam Protest, 1964, to be featured in On the Road to the Summer of Love on view at the California Historical Society beginning May 12, 2017
Who says spring break is just for college kids? Certainly not the families impatiently waiting in line at Orlando theme parks, but at least it’s not as hot as in midsummer! more
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