Taking the Kids — to Golden Gate Park for its big birthday
View of the Golden Gate Bridge from The Presidio

Taking the Kids — to Golden Gate Park for its big birthday

They called the area the Great Sand Wastes, but even those who believed in the project could never have imagined what Golden Gate Park would become

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Monterey Bay Aquarium: An amazing place to spark curiosity and wonder for a learner of any age
A California moray eel comes out to greet us

Monterey Bay Aquarium: An amazing place to spark curiosity and wonder for a learner of any age

When I entered the “Tentacles” exhibit of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA, all I could think to myself was “I am amazed!” I had so many questions

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Taking the Kids — DISNEYLAND: ALL ABOUT PIXAR- EVEN THE FOOD
Pixar animated characters from The Incredibles are featured in Disneyland Parade

Taking the Kids — DISNEYLAND: ALL ABOUT PIXAR- EVEN THE FOOD

At a time when travelers — kids as well as adults — consider what and where they eat a key part of their vacation experience, Disney Parks up their game.

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The Sonoma Serengeti: A Visit To Safari West In The Middle Of Wine Country
Waking up to coffee and giraffes at Safari West

The Sonoma Serengeti: A Visit To Safari West In The Middle Of Wine Country

Set in the foothills of Santa Rosa’s Mountains, Safari West – which is better known as the Sonoma Serengeti to the locals – is home to 1,000 exotic animals and birds

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Taking the Kids — to San Diego where kids are free all month!
Carlsbad, California, has launched a new Kidifornia tourism campaign offering special hotel deals and kids’ programs

Taking the Kids — to San Diego where kids are free all month!

Welcome to San Diego, considered California’s birthplace, and one of the most kid-friendly cities in America

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On the Russian River in Sonoma County CA
Kayaking on the Russian River

On the Russian River in Sonoma County CA

We’re kayaking in the mouth of the Russian River in Jenner, CA as one harbor seal after another pops up his head. We see Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys with fish in their mouths, going to their nests presumably.

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Three days in Sonoma County – a birthday treat at a special spa
Thermal pool at Willow Stream Spa

Three days in Sonoma County – a birthday treat at a special spa

I’m soaking in a natural thermal pool that’s heated to more than 90 degrees. Even better, the setting couldn’t be more bucolic—flowering shrubs all around. We’re at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Willow Stream Spa,

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October is “Kids Free Month” in San Diego
Learning about Owls at the San Diego Zoo

October is “Kids Free Month” in San Diego

No wonder families have been coming here for 100 years. San Diego, of course, is a great bet for families all year round — sunny weather, 70 miles of coastline (take your pick of 30-plus beaches), theme parks (SeaWorld and LEGOLAND) and plenty of history

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