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Taking the Kids — away for Thanksgiving
Kids riding at Elkhorn Ranch during the Thanksgiving holiday

Taking the Kids — away for Thanksgiving

Families increasingly are seizing Thanksgiving week for a family vacation. Families explain it is typically a slow week at work and school — some kids have the entire week off, and there may be fewer family obligations.

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Taking the Kids — to Belize for sun, sand and adventure
Cave tubing in Crystal Cave

Taking the Kids — to Belize for sun, sand and adventure

Belize boasts more than 500 species of fish and marine life. The water is so clear you can see the reef, sea turtles, rays and more from a kayak too

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Taking the Kids — 10 ways to savor fall — before it’s gone
Pumpkin carving at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

Taking the Kids — 10 ways to savor fall — before it’s gone

When was the last time you spent a day biking or hiking with the kids, crunching leaves under your feet and seeing who can spot the most colorful leaves? It’s not too late for fall foliage

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Taking the Kids — and continuing the discussion about climate change
California Coast habitat

Taking the Kids — and continuing the discussion about climate change

Zoos, aquariums and science museums can also be excellent places to explore this important topic and start a dialog with kids — even young ones — about what they might do to be good environmental stewards

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Taking the Kids — and celebrating Halloween all October
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Transforms Magic Kingdom After Dark

Taking the Kids — and celebrating Halloween all October

If you thought you had weeks left to get those costumes ready, think again. That’s because Halloween is now celebrated — big time — from theme parks to zoos, children’s museums to hotels and resorts all October long

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Taking the Kids — on a guided trip just for your family — without breaking the bank
Gulet-jumping in Turkey

Taking the Kids — on a guided trip just for your family — without breaking the bank

Private trips are growing more popular, whether a family wants to celebrate a 50th anniversary sailing on a Turkish gulet, go whitewater rafting, biking or to explore Italy or visit a national park

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Taking the Kids — to a kid-friendly Vancouver
The Kids Market on Granville Island

Taking the Kids — to a kid-friendly Vancouver

Welcome to the Kids Market on Vancouver’s Granville Island, which draws 10 million visitors annually to its famous public market, restaurants, theaters, galleries, studios and pop-up stores

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Taking the Kids — on a cruise, when you never thought you would
Regent Seven Seas Mariner near the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

Taking the Kids — on a cruise, when you never thought you would

National Grandparents Day is Sept. 8, and you’re never too old for a new experience, especially one that will bring your far-flung family together

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Taking the Kids — college touring in Boston
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Taking the Kids — college touring in Boston

Having weathered college tours with three kids from upstate New York and New England to Colorado and California, I think a little pet therapy may be just the thing

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