KIDS KITCHEN AUSTIN

Kids Kitchen offers hands-on cooking classes in Austin, Texas. The program founder, Leah Smith, is a native Texan and a registered dietician and nutritionist.

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BLISSWOOD BED & BREAKFAST

BlissWood Bed & Breakfast Ranch is a 500-acre property in Cat Spring, TX. It is a peaceful setting amidst Live Oaks with cabins and guest houses and vacation packages are available

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Taking the Kids — and seeing San Antonio like local families
The Dinosaur Lab, Witte Museum

Taking the Kids — and seeing San Antonio like local families

At the state-of-the-art Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, where you can step inside a cast of an Alamosaurus footprint at The Dino Lab. What’s different from other dinosaur exhibits? This one is focused on ancient creatures that called Texas home, including ancient fish, turtle and, yes, a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex.

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San Antonio has a new kind of “Pearl”
The old Pearl Brewery in San Antonio

San Antonio has a new kind of “Pearl”

Pearl is the new go-to area of San Antonio – a 22 acre mixed use space for housing, shopping, dining, a year-round farmer’s market, riverside amphitheater and the third campus of the Culinary Institute of America

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Taking the Kids — on the college tour circuit
Fall color on KU campus 2016.

Taking the Kids — on the college tour circuit

To all parents heading out on the Great College Tour this fall, I wish you luck. You are going to need it. Maybe a cocktail or two at the end of the day will help, and so will keeping your sense of humor

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Grapevine TX – not just a place near the airport but family central
Plenty of family fun in Grapevine

Grapevine TX – not just a place near the airport but family central

Grapevine, TX, 10 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and in between the two North Texas cities, hosts some 20 million visitors a year, more than half from out of state.

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Day Three in Dallas – at the Zoo, Audubon Center, Presidential Library
Feeding a giraffe at Dallas Zoo

Day Three in Dallas – at the Zoo, Audubon Center, Presidential Library

My favorite exhibits were the ones that allowed me to feed the animals. I loved the feel of the giraffe licking my hand as he munched on lettuce leaves. My daughter had tropical birds land on the top of her head and drink sweet nectar right out of her hand.

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Day Two in Dallas — great places to take the kids for fun and learning
Arboretum in Dallas

Day Two in Dallas — great places to take the kids for fun and learning

There are a great many new options for families visiting Dallas - take the kids to the Perot Museum of Science and Nature, or the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure. And the new Klyde Warren Park with its sparkling new playground is one of the most vibrant urban spaces around.

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