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Baby Giraffe Gets A Playmate At The Santa Barbara Zoo In California

Mar 3, 2015
After the arrival of baby buttercup this winter, the Santa Barbara Zoo is expecting a second Masai giraffe to arrive this March!

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Winter is a great time for a family visit to a zoo or aquarium


Children’s Zoo at Saint Louis Zoo
The human kiddos laugh and giggle at the antics of the animals all day at the St. Louis Zoo. It’s one of three major free zoos left in the country along with the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. more
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At the 9/11 Memorial Museum with unique teen guides


Westport ABC Scholars and teen guides from Stuyvesant High School at 911 Memorial Museum
David Rothblatt has been a New Yorker all his life but his sole memory of 9/11 was being with his mom as she searched for a store to buy milk. Fia adds that next year’s high school freshmen will have been born after 9/11. “Kids need to know even if it is hard,” she and David agreed. more
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The New York Met and Madame Tussauds through the teen lens


Westport ABC scholar Christopher Morales and James Bond was figure at MME Tussauds NYC
If only the Metropolitan Museum of Art had life-sized wax figures of Degas, Monet and Picasso. I’m joking, of course, but I was thinking that watching how much fun our group of high schoolers was having at MME Tussauds NYC. more
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Teaching the kids about civil rights at our national monuments


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
If you want to expand on what the kids are learning in school, then head to a national park. That’s right. There are many national historic sites that figured into the fight against slavery and the civil rights movement and are ideal for out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities, especially when so many are offering special activities this month. more
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Learning Revolutionary War history in Valley Forge PA


Westport ABC scholars with park ranger in Valley Forge PA
On a beautiful fall day, the contrast could not have been more different than what George Washington and his Continental Army found here in Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 more
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Discovering the beauty, charm and eco-friendliness of Nicaragua


Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock
The San Francisco family was inspired to come to Nicaragua by friends who had visited with their kids, they said, and didn’t want to spend all their time on the beach — as gorgeous as it is more
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Cheesesteak and history for all – fun in Philadelphia with teenaged boys


Westport ABC scholars in Signers Hall of National Constitution Center
Cheesesteak and ice cream. The Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and a galaxy of top-flight colleges... that's what we found on a whirlwind day in Philadelphia with a group of teenaged boys. more
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Families love the greatly expanded National World War II in New Orleans


The National WWII Museum
There are dented helmets, letters home, photographs, flight jackets and K rations, complete with chocolate bars and gum. more
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Using interpretation and technology to revive the 18th Century in Williamsburg VA


A tinsmith explains his craft in Colonial Williamsburg
The idea in the Historic Triangle — home not only to this recreated 18th-century city but also to the living-history museums Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, is to use interactive activities, 21st-century technology and costumed interpreters more
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After the wedding, time to explore the Charlottesville VA area


Saturday farmers market in Charlottesville
Correspondent Melissa Miller had time to spend touring the Charlottesville VA area after a spectacular wedding this month. Here is her report. more
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