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Taking the Kids: Fun in the snow in new ways and on a budget

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Got the kids’ passports?

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Taking the Kids: On an adventure this winter

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Can’t wait? I know how you feel. After summer and holiday trips were upended, after juggling remote school and work for months, you may feel — for your family’s mental health — that you cannot wait for the COVID-19 vaccine to get away.

The good news is there are ways to get away safely this winter, as long as you continue to mask up and...Read more

Taking the Kids: Here’s to new culinary adventures!

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We weren’t supposed to be there, neither were most of the others. But there we were early in September at the bottom of the Grand Canyon rocking and rolling through the famous rapids — two dozen in one day — during our week-long Western River Expeditions raft trip, setting up cots to sleep under ...Read more

Taking the Kids: On a different kind of cruise (when it’s safe)

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We’re surrounded. The king penguins waddled right up. There were fur seals and tiny fur seal pups, nothing more than tiny balls of dark brown fur. These seals were hunted to near extinction in the 19th century, but they have made a remarkable recovery and now number in the millions.

It’s Christmas morning on Salisbury Plain, located on the ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Getting creative with gingerbread in new ways this holiday season

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Got plenty of red M&Ms? Silver jelly beans? Peppermint candies? You’ll want them — and a variety of other candies — if you plan to make a unique gingerbread creation, like a mini version of the Broadmoor’s 11-foot-tall and 13-foot-long Gingerbread Cog Railway complete with chocolate elves that stand 2-1/2 feet tall.

Of course, you won��...Read more

Taking the Kids: Christmas markets

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Wow! Some of the dollhouses at the Nuremberg Toy Museum were so big that a child could fit inside; an electric train set took up an entire room and took two dozen years to build.

More than a dozen local toy manufacturers developed model railways and Nuremberg’s toymakers — long a center...Read more

Taking the Kids: 20+ holiday gifts for travelers that they can use at home this strange holiday season

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Pongu Lumpia, anyone? They are a sweet (or savory) fried wrap served on the planet Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

And they are really good! You’ve likely got a favorite dish or drink from a visit to Disneyland, or Disney World or other past travels, whether to a favorite city, island, hotel or cruise line.

As ...Read more

Taking the kids: Lighting up your holidays, safely, 12 new drive-thru displays around the country and more!

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Let’s light up the holidays!

This year, of course, that will be a different experience with Christmas tree lightings, even the National Christmas Tree lighting will go virtual this year in Washington, D.C., as holiday parades, festivals and visits to Santa are reimagined as the pandemic continues to rage.

Macy’s iconic Santaland in New ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Fun in the snow, despite COVID-19

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Tom Miller and Taylor Parris wouldn’t let a pandemic keep them from fulfilling their annual quest.

The two Coloradans, along with some other hardy snow lovers, camped out in Keystone Resort’s parking lot (the temperature was below freezing) the night before the Colorado resort opened so they ...Read more

Taking the Kids: 10-plus Black Friday travel deals worth considering for 2021

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Where to next? Not right now, obviously. Not when most states are facing alarming spikes in COVID-19 cases and public health officials are urging that we all stay home for the holidays.

In normal times, airports and highways ...Read more

Taking the Kids: What about Thanksgiving?

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In my Jewish family, Thanksgiving was the big holiday get-together, one the extended family traveled across the country to join, young kids and homemade pies in tow. For my husband’s Catholic family, it was Christmas with plenty of hijinks and gifts for the grandkids.

As my kids were growing up, first in Chicago and then Connecticut, we ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Planning for ski season during the pandemic

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As if family trips to the snow aren’t difficult enough! All of the gear, the risk of bad weather, getting kids to and from ski school on time, and planning meals.

Having raised three snow-loving kids, I can honestly say there is no vacation that is more labor intensive, or rewarding, than a trip to the snow. That first time your 7-year-old ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Olympic City USA

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Let’s hear it for making dreams come true. We’re not talking fairy tales; we’re talking about what it takes to work harder and how failure helps you grow.

Welcome to the new 60,000-square-foot U.S Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, located ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Leaf-peeping safely

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The road is bumpier than we thought — a lot bumpier. Yes, that could be said about navigating everyday life during this “COVID Year,” as public health officials have begun to call these unprecedented times.

But I’m talking literally about an unpaved gravel road in Vail that is taking us to Piney Lake surrounded by the White River ...Read more

Taking the Kids: 10 ways to celebrate Halloween safely in these strange times

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The good news is no one will be arguing over whether to wear a mask, or not.

It’s Halloween season, after all.

The bad news: This will be a different Halloween experience with virtual or socially distant outdoor costume parades, face coverings, socially distant trick or treating, frequent hand washing and the necessity to sanitize treats, if...Read more

Taking the Kids: Fall road trip – exploring Utah’s Grand Staircase

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Witch or princess? Monster or dog? No, we’re not talking Halloween costumes, though they are likely on every kid’s mind wondering if they can even go trick or treating this year.

We’re looking at the famous tall, red and pink hued Hoodoo rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park in ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A bucket list in the U.S. that few take

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Hang on tight! It’s going to be a big fun ride! Especially on this roller coaster, one created mostly by nature, which comparatively few people ever experience.

On a seven-day Western River Expedition on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, we navigate more than 60 rapids, at least one (Crystal) ...Read more



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