It’s October: time to celebrate Halloween everywhere all month
Halloween in Colonial Williamsburg

It’s October: time to celebrate Halloween everywhere all month

No, I’m not a little early, though Halloween is nearly a month away. That’s because everyone from hotels to theme park to attractions to campgrounds to museums now have special Halloween doings that typically go on all month long.

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New York City in August – good time for families to visit
Visitors Center in Times Square

New York City in August – good time for families to visit

New York, of course, is always tops on tweens and teens lists of wanna-go places. If you have a few days before school starts, it turns out August is a good time. Sure it may be hot, but with business travelers scarce, you are likely to get a good hotel deal.

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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

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

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.

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Get beyond the neighborhood for Halloween tricks and treats
Ghost Boat Tour in Wisconsin Dells

Get beyond the neighborhood for Halloween tricks and treats

If you’re thinking Halloween is weeks away, think again. These days, Halloween lasts the entire month of October! There are frightful — and not so frightful — theme park extravaganzas, boo at the zoos and much more...

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Getting them outdoors and away from electronics this fall
At the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay CA

Getting them outdoors and away from electronics this fall

They’re the one thing I always put in my backpack when heading outdoors with kids in the fall — whether they’re 4, 14 or 24. Those Ziploc bags of M&Ms have been known to inspire art creations, stop a meltdown and even spur healthy debate..

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This fall, explore America off the beaten path

Take a fall weekend to explore a smaller city or region near your home and you’ll be amazed at what you find; especially if you let the kids lead the way. Honestly, before I got there, I wondered what Sioux Falls S.D. would have to offer a traveling family.

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