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Magnificent Macaws Come to the Indy Zoo

May 26, 2017
The Indianapolis Zoo presents its newest exhibition featuring birds native to Central and South America: Magnificent Macaws.

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Planning a family summer vacation – let the kids help figure it out


On the beaches of Cape Cod, MA
I’m sure the kids have lots of ideas, and they may not all involve theme parks. It’s a good idea to talk to the kids about what you’re thinking for a summer trip more
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Learning about mummies at the American Museum of Natural History


The Gilded Lady, completed sculpture
The new exhibition Mummies at the American Museum of Natural History gives us a rare glimpse into lives and cultures of the past, thanks to 21st-century tools and technologies more
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A Weekend Trip to Boston for Baseball and History


Cubs vs Red Sox at Fenway Park April 29 2017
Boston has long been a city synonymous with history and sports, and while the Patriots and Tom Brady have had quite a successful decade, if you ask any sports fan in Boston who the number one team is, they will emphatically let you know this is a Red Sox town. 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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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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Tips and pleasures for late season snow fun on and off the slopes


Keystone Resort, a great place for family fun
Wherever you opt to ski this spring break, expect plenty of sunshine, great deals and packages, even at the poshest resorts. 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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Finding hidden gems in snow country


Family snowboarding time, Homewood Mountain Resort
There are other hidden gems like Ski Cooper elsewhere in Colorado and around the country for snow-loving families, suited especially for those with young kids and families just learning. Here are five good bets: more
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