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Book your Kids on the Wisconsin Polar Express Train this Year

Nov 23, 2014
November 21st through December 22nd, Wisconsin and Southern Railroads is holding its family getaway holiday package with tickets to the Polar Express Train Ride

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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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Monticello is super kid-friendly, just like Thomas Jefferson was


Guide Aurelia Crawford leads a family tour of Monticello
It is only fitting that the home of our third President and the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is so kid friendly. Jefferson was very fond of his 12 grandchildren, many of whom lived here with him after his retirement more
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A high schooler leaves his comfort zone to help others in Costa Rica


Luis learning to surf
Luis Cruz had never traveled far from home. This summer he got the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with a group that sponsors community service trips. This is his diary of the trip. more
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What the kids say about 18th Century Williamsburg VA


Kids playing with hoops in Colonian Williamsburg
What’s it like to see 18th Century history unfold in the street of Colonial Williamsburg, VA? We asked some of the “junior interpreters” what they thought. more
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21st Century meets 18th in Colonial Williamsburg – huzzah!


Turncoat Benedict Arnold arrives to hector the residents of 18th Century Williamsburg
21st Century meets 18th Century—that’s the idea of Colonial Williamsburg. The audience was enthralled by the street theater Revolutionary City where costumed interpreters play out different aspects of the politics surrounding the American Revolution. more
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