TAKING THE KIDS – And Planning Ahead for Next Year
Fall color in the Dolomite Mountains

TAKING THE KIDS – And Planning Ahead for Next Year

there are also pluses to waiting until next year. Perhaps there will be a vaccine for COVID-19 that will make travel safer for all of us. And in many cases, you will get an especially good deal if you put down a deposit now.

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Taking the kids to where holiday lights build family traditions
GingerBread Lane, New York Hall of Science

Taking the kids to where holiday lights build family traditions

For many families, sharing holiday displays, whether at a theme park, a hotel or a nearby neighborhood is an annual tradition that gets everyone away from pre-holiday chores and stress. It’s just these days, you’ll find Santa, elves and millions of lights at the ready long before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone.

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Include a museum stop on your family’s Spring Break
Making critters at Boudin Bakery in SF

Include a museum stop on your family’s Spring Break

Wherever you are this winter or wherever you’re planning to go for spring break (check out our ideas for Spring Break 2013, take time to visit a museum exhibit that would especially interest your family.

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Spy and crime museums — a hit with the high school boys
Westport ABC boys at the sculpture of Albert Einstein on the National Mall

Spy and crime museums — a hit with the high school boys

Certainly you could spend all of your time in Washington, DC without paying to enter a museum—there are plenty of free ones to choose from. But two on our list are private and, the boys said, were worth the cost of admission.

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Touring the museums in Washington with the ABC boys
Remember the Children exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC

Touring the museums in Washington with the ABC boys

One of the best things about Washington, DC is that so many museums are free. We aim to hit as many as we can.This time, instead of trying to see all that the Holocaust Museum or the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History has to offer, I tried to pinpoint certain exhibits I thought would most interest the boys from the Westport ABC House

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To the Atacama Desert Region of Chile
Tierra Pool View of Licancabur Volcano

To the Atacama Desert Region of Chile

We are in northern Chile in the famous Atacama desert region in the Valle de la Luna—Moon Valley—famous for its resemblance to the moon surface and salt and rock formations that look like dinosaur heads, angels and more.

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Budgeting the family holiday

You may be paying for more mouths to feed, but a little planning can still save you money in the long run. Book early in the year and if possible, at off-peak times; if you can't take your child out of school, go for the autumn holidays instead of summer.

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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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Visiting the nation’s capital is cool in the fall
The National Mall from the Washington Monument to the Capitol

Visiting the nation’s capital is cool in the fall

Fall is a great time to visit Washington, D.C. Hotel rates are down as much as half, and the summer humidity has disappeared, along with the crowds. No wonder it’s Travelzoo’s featured destination right now.

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