Bear jam in Grand Teton National Park – for a very good reason
Reason for the bear jam - Bear 399 and her four cubs

Bear jam in Grand Teton National Park – for a very good reason

Meet Grizzly #399, perhaps the most famous bear in North America not only because of her advanced age (24) but her fertility (she has had seven litters—20 cubs. This year’s quadruplets, Smith said, account for only two percent of Grizzly Bear litters.

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Taking the Kids — to Denver the Mile High Cit
A Denver Rockies Game at Coors Field

Taking the Kids — to Denver the Mile High Cit

Denver is a great bet for families, I discovered while writing my Kid’s Guide to Denver, Boulder and Colorado Ski Country. In fact, local families are perplexed that families visiting Colorado head straight to the mountains without first stopping in Denver

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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

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Who Knew? A Trip to the Fire Station in the Falkland Islands
Kids from A&K cruise at Falkland Islands Fire House

Who Knew? A Trip to the Fire Station in the Falkland Islands

The fire trucks pull up to our ship Le Boreal in the Falkland Islands, sirens blazing and lights flashing. But there was no emergency.

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Celebrating Halloween 21st Century Style
5000 carved pumpkins at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence RI

Celebrating Halloween 21st Century Style

Neighborhood trick-or-treating is so old school. It only lasts one night, after all. What if it rains — or snows? What if it’s cold? (Coats really don’t add much to a princess or vampire ensemble.) What if one of the kids is sick? What if you’re stuck at work, despite your best efforts to get home early?

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On a kids-free winter escape to the Bahamas
Pool at Sandals Emerald Bay

On a kids-free winter escape to the Bahamas

This is a most decidedly upscale Sandals—we even have butler service! It is kind of unnerving to have someone—especially a nice young man named Logesh Ambikapathy who is from India—to cater to my every wish. Lemon for my water? Coming right up. He even stops by the pool to see if we need anything. A pizza would be nice, we suggest. He brings it piping hot 15 minutes later.

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Learning to Scuba Dive at a tiny Caribbean resort
Melanie learns scuba at Bohio Grand Turk

Learning to Scuba Dive at a tiny Caribbean resort

elax and breathe! That could be the mantra for de-stressing everyday life. But here on tiny Grand Turk Island where many believe Columbus first made landfall in the New World, the words are PADI dive instructor Hilary Sutton’s instructions to my 19-year-old daughter, Melanie, as she prepares to do her first of four open-water dives

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Take the Kids to Broadway — see Lombardi coach the Packers before there was a Super Bowl
Cast of Lombardi on Broadway

Take the Kids to Broadway — see Lombardi coach the Packers before there was a Super Bowl

Super Bowl? The Packers? You should see Vince before there was a Super Bowl. The second week in February (Feb. 6 to 10) kids rule Broadway with free tickets (up to age 18, kids can see a Broadway show for free when accompanied by a paying adult) to shows like "Lombardi." There are pre-theater parties, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, special-edition Kids’ Night Playbills and more.

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When the best-laid travel plans go awry

For us, that meant enjoying a quiet “staycation” after Christmas instead of taking a much-anticipated diving trip to Grand Turk Island. Though our flight was scheduled two days after the Christmas blizzard that crippled the East Coast, we thought we were good to go and left our house that morning boarding passes in hand. But in the hour it took us to get to JFK our flight was canceled and we couldn’t get another for several days. Work schedules dictated we cancel the trip.

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On Norwegian’s new megaship Epic

The kids can’t wait. We’re aboard Norwegians new megaship Epic (153,000 tons!) that has forged a partnership with Nickelodeon that means kids—and their parents-have the chance to get slimed, get up close and personal with SpongeBob, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer, Diego and Jimmy Neutron at breakfast or “meet and greets.”.

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