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New Chocolate Factory To Open At Universal CityWalk

Apr 30, 2016
The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at Universal CityWalk is set to open later this year.

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New in 2016: Great Smoky Mountains; New York City (updated)




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Read Eileen’s travel diary and keep up with her travels. You might just pick up some ideas for your next family vacation!

Combining ski vacation and dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies


Vista Verde in the Alpenglow
This year, I decided to mix it up—opting to spend half our winter ski week at a dude ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, on 500-plus gorgeous acres about 25 miles outside of Steamboat Springs and as far away from the crowds and tumult of a major ski area as you can get. more
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Winter Park’s adaptive sports program changes lives for disabled kids and adults


Adaptive skiers at Winter Park Resort in CO
By Eileen Ogintz WINTER PARK, CO – Fifteen-year-old Kati Leasure can’t walk or talk very well and has progressive loss of muscle control as a result of a rare genetic disorder. She was treated for cancer last year. But that more »
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Authors, artists, actors lead storytime at New Orleans Museum of Art


Kids gathered for an activity at New Orleans Museum of Art
Head to the New Orleans Museum of Art on select Saturday mornings where authors, actors and artists read or act out a story followed by a family art activity. more
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China Lights brighten the night in New Orleans through May 1


China Lights in New Orleans City Park
Welcome to China Lights, the exhibit of more than 30 bright silk-covered structures that will light up the Botanical Garden in New Orleans’ City Park through May 1. more
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Huge Expansion at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans


Artillery piece at National WWII Museum in New Orleans
Welcome to The National WWII Museum’s newest exhibit: The Road to Tokyo which retraces the soldiers’ journey from Pearl Harbor ultimately to Tokyo Bay by many routes in Asia and the Pacific more
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Warm Up Under The Big Top – Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour


Intermission pony ride.
What to do on one of the coldest weekends so far this winter? Stay in and curl up with some hot chocolate? No! Head out to see the Big Apple Circus' fantastic show The Grand Tour. more
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Disney Springs (nee Downtown Disney) rolls out fab family dining, shopping and entertainment


Portobello Restautant at Disney Springs in Orlando
What was once called Downtown Disney has just been renamed Disney Springs with new restaurants like the Boathouse, new shopping outlets (ready for some custom painted Tom’s sandals?) and new acts at Cirque du Soleil. more
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What’s new for kids at Walt Disney World


National polka-dot day at Walt Disney World
One in five grandparent surveyed by Disney reported they’d taken a Disney vacation with their children and grandchildren and that certainly seemed evident here in Orlando. more
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City lights. No cameras. Lots of action.


Meeting Sketchy
Wearing a gray hoodie and sunglasses, a suspicious man was trying to debrief us while also not being noticeable. This was: Accomplice the Show: Greenwich Village. more
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Bumpkins on a river cruise in Jamaica. Seriously


The Martha Brae River in Jamaica
Seriously. We are at River Bumpkin Farm and have floated down about 1.5 miles of the 75-mile long river. more
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