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Taking the Kids: Celebrating Earth Day

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How will you celebrate this year? April 22 is Earth Day -- the time to celebrate our beautiful planet, and lend a hand to keep it that way. Especially if you are traveling, there is no better time to teach the kids an environmental lesson while having fun.

Maybe join a community cleanup or take the kids to the zoo ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Heading to a national park national park week (or any time)

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Got the backpacks ready? You'll need them -- and comfortable hiking shoes-- during National Park Week, the annual event offering different daily activities and celebrations at parks and monuments around the country. April 20 kicks it off with National ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Hitting the spa, with (or without) the kids

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I can't decide -- Bourbon Cowboy, Brew and Renew or Alpine Quench.

No, they're not drinks at the popular Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Vail, they're treatments offered at the resort spa, a 17,000-square-feet facility offering 13 treatment rooms, separate indoor hot tubs, cool plunge pool and...Read more

Taking the Kids: San Francisco's Presidio transform from a historic Army post to a 21st-century destination

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You're in San Francisco, so what do you want to do first?

Bike ride, hike or take selfies in front of the Golden Gate Bridge? Maybe brunch or dinner at a trendy restaurant that welcomes kids, followed by a geocache adventure or a museum exhibit? If you're lucky, you can watch the archeologists at work before kicking back at a historic inn where...Read more

Taking the Kids: New museum exhibits to explore -- T. rex, ancient queens, the hobbit and more!

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Maybe you're visiting the grandparents for spring break; maybe the cousins are visiting you or maybe it's raining, or you've all had too much sun.

Whichever applies, there's no better time to take an afternoon to visit a museum, including some you never knew existed. For example, in The Big Apple, there's now homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2188977">Read more

Taking the Kids: Celebrating Leonardo da Vinci 500 years after his death

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Leonardo da Vinci would have been impressed! We've time-traveled back more than 500 years to meet those who knew him, and then back to the 21st century where the latest technology has figured out why the Mona Lisa doesn't have eyebrows and eyelashes.

Welcome to the new “Leonardo da Vinci’: ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Making the most of it when spring break weather isn't what you expect

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Forget that giant sand castle you promised to build with the kids. No chance for yoga on the beach or water aerobics. Not when it's raining, pouring in fact, at the homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2184466">Read more

Taking the Kids: Let's hear it for women pushing their boundaries

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Let's hear it for Esther Kawewe! The young mother used to spend her days helping her mom sell vegetables in the dusty outdoor market at the small (just 3,000 people) Nakatindi Village in Zambia, a short drive from the city of Livingston and the famous Victoria Falls.

Now, Esther Kawewe earns $120 a month -- a very good salary here -- assembling...Read more

Taking the Kids: On spring break

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Sand or snow? Maybe your gang would rather explore a new city. Whether you have just a long weekend -- perhaps tacked onto a business trip -- or a week, whatever your budget, there is no better time to get away than during the kids' spring break. In fact, it may be easier to carve out some vacation time together than during the summer when the ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Looking for romance with your honey -- head to the snow -- with or without the kids

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NOTICE: Retransmit fixes name of Westin Riverfront Resort from River Front.) The gently falling snow, the hot tub and hot toddies, a couples massage ... the kids!

Certainly heading to snowy climes can inspire romance. "It's cold and you want to be close to someone you love," offers Cameron Stewart. She and her husband, in fact, eloped and got ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Looking for romance with your honey? Head to the snow -- with or without the kids!

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The gently falling snow, the hot tub and hot toddies, a couples massage ... the kids! Certainly heading to snowy climes can inspire romance. "It's cold and you want to be close to someone you love," offers Cameron Stewart. She and her husband, in fact, eloped and got married at the top of Breckenridge Mountain four years ago.

Jess and Todd ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Indulging your inner-foodie at an all-inclusive resort

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Want to impress a teen on vacation? Start with the food, perhaps guacamole, which tastes as good as it looks, prepared tableside in a traditional stone dish and served up with freshly made tortilla chips.

"That was really awesome," said Maia Capp, 13, from Sitka, Alaska. So was the beach butler, who came around with fruit kabobs, an omelet with...Read more

Taking the Kids: A different way to have some fun in the snow

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There's nothing like starting the year by checking something off your vacation bucket list.

For Kacy Yerger, 24, that meant seeing snow for the first time. She grew up in Florida and now lives in Southern California, she explained.

"That was the impetus for this trip," said her boyfriend Michael Swenson, whose mom Karen Bransten was treating ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Washington, D.C. during the government shutdown

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Let's hear it for a new-style winter getaway!

Here's your chance to explore a famous American city in a new way -- and support those there who count on our tourism dollars.

Welcome to Washington, D.C.,a city many families like to visit over President's Day weekend or on winter breaks.

It'...Read more

Taking the Kids: Calling all chocolate lovers

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It's so hard to choose. Tiny dark chocolates with raspberries; impossibly beautiful milk chocolates with caramel; small chocolate macrons called "Luxemburgerti," truffles dusted with cocoa powder and bars studded with hazelnuts or apricots.

There is no right or wrong, says our Sweet Zurich ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A safari planned for more than seeing amazing wildlife

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The royalty didn't wave, much less acknowledge us. That was probably a good thing as we're watching the queens, princes and princesses of the jungle -- two lionesses and two yearling cubs -- walking within a few feet of our vehicle without paying us the slightest attention. It seemed they had more important things on their minds, like getting to...Read more

Taking the Kids: Having some fun in the snow during learn a snow sport month

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Maybe your New Year's resolution is to learn something new with the kids. Maybe you promised yourself you would all put down your devices and get outside more. Maybe you just want to show off that new jacket you got for Christmas.

How about some fun in the snow? There's no better time than January -- designated as homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2162537">Read more

Taking the Kids: Places made memorable in 2018 by what we ate

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Giant shrimp, anchovies and sardines, clams and mussels -- known here in Italy as "back gold" -- pasta in a shrimp and lemon sauce along with salads and a huge tiramisu cake for dessert.

We were cruising the Venice Lagoons aboard the homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2160459">Read more


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