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Taking the Kids: A quick pre-holiday getaway

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Here we go again. The baking, the shopping, the wrapping, the parties you wish you could skip, the over-stimulated kids, and you don't even have a holiday getaway to the sun or the slopes to look forward to.

How about a pre-holiday getaway instead? Make it an overnight when you head to see that favorite holiday light display or museum exhibit. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Ushering in the holidays with cool light displays

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For a lot of us, heading to holiday light displays has become as big a Thanksgiving weekend tradition as football and pumpkin pie. Besides, there's no better way to get everyone out of the house -- and avoid all the chores inevitable with a house full of guests.

"It gets me ready for the holidays," said one woman I met at ...Read more

Taking the Kids: De-stressing holiday gatherings

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About now, we're all kicking ourselves. Why did we agree to host Thanksgiving dinner? The meal is the least of it, of course. There are so many dishes, towels and sheets to wash; so many other meals to plan for guests.

Why did millions of us -- 48.7 million of us to be exact, according to AAA's just-released forecast for ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Germany's famous Christmas markets

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Check out the Prune People! You'll find them at Frankfurt's Christmas Market -- Germany's oldest, locals claim, which dates back to 1393, though those in Nuremberg dispute that. The tradition of having a big Christmas tree didn't make its appearance until the beginning of the 19th century, back when locals typically bought their holiday toys at ...Read more

Taking the Kids: The 'Frozen' effect in unexpected places

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Let's hear it for girl power! Not only have spunky Princess Anna and ethereal Queen Elsa stolen the hearts of little girls everywhere, but they've significantly contributed to the increasing number of tourists visiting Norway, especially Americans, since 2013, when the Disney megahit "Frozen" premiered. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A different kind of snow vacation

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Twenty-five miles isn't a long distance, but it can sometimes seem like a world away. At least it can here in tiny Clark, Colorado, at Vista Verde Guest Ranch, outside the famous ski town of Steamboat Springs that has produced more winter Olympians than any other ...Read more

Taking the Kids: San Diego during kids-free month

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Do you have time to smell the flowers? In San Diego's Balboa Park, located in the heart of the city, you can do that and a lot more. This is, after all, considered the Smithsonian of the West because it is home to 15 museums, the world-famous San Diego Zoo (don't ...Read more

Taking The Kids: A fall cruise when family doesn't necessarily mean kids

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Stacy Thompson left her husband and three kids behind and headed off for a special fall family vacation.

She wasn't crazy. Just the opposite. The New Jersey nurse and her sister surprised their parents with their first cruise vacation aboard the Norwegian Gem, which sailed from New York to ...Read more

Taking the Kids -- and taking full advantage of Halloween season

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Got your Wonder Woman and Batman costumes ready?

They are especially popular this year, according to PartyCity.com.

You don't need to wait till Halloween to use them either, not when theme parks, resorts and haunted attractions have already kicked off special Halloween events, from more-funny-than-scary day ...Read more

Taking full advantage of Halloween season

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Got your Wonder Woman and Batman costumes ready? They are especially popular this year, according to PartyCity.com.

You don't need to wait till Halloween to use them either, not when theme parks, resorts and haunted attractions have already kicked off special Halloween events, from more-funny-than-scary day ...Read more

Taking the Kids: The future of kids' clubs

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The Driscolls' vacation every year with extended family at a family-centric resort or on a cruise line known for morning-till-night supervised kids' activities. But the five kids -- all eight and under -- rarely take part in organized kids' programs.

"The cousins entertain each other," said Anna Driscoll, playing in a resort pool with the ...Read more

Taking the Kids: 10 fall festivals for families

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Who gets the prize? Who can pick the most apples or find the biggest pumpkin?

There are literally hundreds of Octoberfests around the country this fall -- some kid-friendly -- but there are also plenty of apple, pumpkin and harvest festivals from which to choose. You can stomp on grapes in Sonoma County, California, trail the sheep in Idaho or ...Read more

Taking the Kids: The pluses of using a travel agent

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Connections are everything, especially when you are traveling.

That's whether you want to meet locals, get a better room at your hotel, a deal on your cruise or when you're dealing with canceled flights and pre-paid hotels.

"You can't VIP yourself," jokes Jack Ezon, president of NYC's Ovation Travel, one of the city's largest. But it sure is ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Getting slimed at the new Nick Resort Punta Cana

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What constitutes vacation bragging rights for a kid? "Getting slimed is definitely what I'm telling my friends about," said Alexis Hochgertal, 12, a Nickelodeon fan from New Jersey vacationing at the new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resort Punta Cana where you can take your pick of sliming -- getting ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Sitting together on planes

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It's been a long time coming. Anyone who has flown with young kids in recent years knows it's not uncommon to find that your preschooler has been assigned a seat half a plane away. All too often, parents are told it is up to them to ask someone to switch seats.

In one case I wrote about, a mom with autistic twins was forced to go to her senator...Read more

Taking the Kids: When they are grown and lead the way in the back country

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"You're kidding!" The river is beyond freezing, as if wheelbarrows full of ice cubes had been dumped into the water.

Even worse, slick rocks line the riverbed where my daughter Mel declares we have to cross -- barefoot -- to avoid soaking our boots and socks. She neglects to mention it, but this is the first of a dozen river crossings on this ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Aspen/Snowmass is especially affordable in the summer and fall

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Ready to climb a mountain? Maybe you'd rather explore an ice cave, try a mountain bike or simply ride a gondola up the mountain.

The important thing, kids vacationing in Aspen and nearby Snowmass say, is being able to do something they can't do at home.

For ...Read more

 
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