The Kids Guides — kids helping kids discover America

The Kid's Guides are pocket-sized books for kids ages 6-12 and chock full of tips from kids in the know

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Visiting Universal Orlando as it celebrates its 25th year
Hogsmeade

Visiting Universal Orlando as it celebrates its 25th year

The shop windows are full of surprises, like the self-knitting needles. There’s the towering dragon that breathes fire, the Escape from Gringotts ride through the Gringotts vaults and the chance to chat up the Knight Bus conductor and the shrunken head hanging from the rearview mirror

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How families can benefit from getting off the tourist track in Mexico
Sunset in San Blas

How families can benefit from getting off the tourist track in Mexico

Yes, there has been a recent State Department warning about travel to Mexico. But here in what is a tourist destination — albeit one less busy than Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, we certainly feel safe amid vacationing Mexican families.

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Obsessed with Frozen; never too old for princesses in Orlando
Storytime with the Frozen Princesses

Obsessed with Frozen; never too old for princesses in Orlando

It was no surprise that she was mesmerized –along with every other child in the place at the Frozen Sing-a-long at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. In fact, the show, which reprises the story of Anna and Elsa complete with music and special effects, is so popular that it is moving to a larger theater.

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Kids influence family vacations, HomeAway survey finds
HomeAway vacation rental cabin in Lake Tahoe CA

Kids influence family vacations, HomeAway survey finds

HomeAway, the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace, has found in a new survey that kids are wielding increasing influence on where families go and what they do not only in the United States but in Europe too.

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Why families love all-inclusives, even when they didn’t think they would
Generations Riviera Maya

Why families love all-inclusives, even when they didn’t think they would

In Puerto Vallarta, all-inclusives account for 80 percent of the hotels and they are especially popular with families in Mexico and the Caribbean. They’re certainly upping their game to appeal to families.

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A memorable feast of mangrove-grilled Snapper – last day in Mexico
Giovanni Arredondo with two freshly caught snappers

A memorable feast of mangrove-grilled Snapper – last day in Mexico

Giovanni Arredondo holds up two huge Pargos—a kind of snapper—that had just been caught this morning, more than enough to feed the 10 of us.

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A bird-watchers paradise on Mexico’s Pacific Coast
A pair of Blue-Footed Boobies spotted near San Blas

A bird-watchers paradise on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

People come to San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit from all over the world to see birds—as well as to surf the famous breaks. We are in a boat, mangroves on either side in La Tovara National Park

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On the Riviera Nayarit along Mexico’s Pacific Coast
At the Iberostar Playa Mita in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

On the Riviera Nayarit along Mexico’s Pacific Coast

At the Iberostar Playa Mita in Riviera Nayarit on the Pacific Coast of Mexico they feel they’ve gotten as close to family vacation nirvana as they could possibly get. “We’ve never had free room service,” joked Troy Nathan.

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