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National Park Vacationing Fun But Be Safe

Aug 26, 2016
The classic family travel is taking a trip to the outdoors, like a national park! As fun and exciting as it is, it is also important to be safe.

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Spa or Slime or Both? Last Day at Nick Punta Cana


Spa at Nick Punta Cana
The beautiful Vassa Spa at the new Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana has an 11-step “ritual hydrotherapy “program that comes with a spa treatment, complete with a “spa butler” more
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Are Kids’ Clubs passe? At Nick Punta Cana Families Relish Time Together


Families together at character breakfast at Nick Punta Cana
The just-opened Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana has a well-appointed kids’ club with cooking lessons, arts and crafts, a wide selection of toys, games (video and board games) and a slide that lands you in a pool of brightly colored plastic balls. But most of the families I’ve met have been keeping their kids with them. more
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Families Flocking to New Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort in Dominican Republic


Swim up suites
It was a no brainer for his family and three others —10 kids aged 3-9 and eight adults—to choose the brand new Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana, a partnership of Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Viacom International Media Networks. more
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Grapevine TX – not just a place near the airport but family central


Plenty of family fun in Grapevine
Grapevine, TX, 10 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and in between the two North Texas cities, hosts some 20 million visitors a year, more than half from out of state. more
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Take me back to Chicago – for a father-son weekend and the Cubs!


First selfie ever
Taking the Kids goes back to where it all began -- Chicago -- and a father-son weekend with the Cubs playing the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. more
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Yurts Give Families a Modern Alternative to Camping at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch


Lollygagging with the Llamas
By staying in a yurt at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, you can enjoy the outdoors without the annoyances of lurking bears, determined bugs and cumbersome sleeping bags. more
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Food and wine and an angry potato make a grownup family weekend in Aspen/Snowmass


"Angry Potato" served at Aspen Kitchen
When you’re traveling with grown kids, as we are this weekend, artisanal cocktails can play a key role. more
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Snowmass in Summer – cool air and lots of family activities


Bluegrass concert atop Aspen Mountain
After an arduous 16 mile hike yesterday, I’m at The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass while an experienced massage therapist ministers to my aching legs and shoulders. more
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Hiking Crested Butte to Aspen – again – the good, the bad and the better


At the top of the East Maroon Pass
If I’ve learned one thing from travel—especially with kids—is that you have to take the bad with the good. That’s a good lesson for the kids to learn, along the way, of course. And perhaps there is no better time to remind you of that adage than on an outdoor adventure. We certainly were reminded on the hiking trail. more
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Summer in Crested Butte CO – a family vacation haven


Eileen Mel and Reg on the Scarp Ridge hike
Crested Butte bills itself as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado and there is a Wildflower Festival going on with everything from art classes, guided wildflower hikes, photography classes and more. more
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