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Taking the Kids -- to a mountain town the new hippest time of year

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Say hello to the Big Guy -- the Really Big Guy.

You'll find, Isak Heartstone, the new 15-foot-tall, not-scary troll on the newly constructed Trolstigen Trail in homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2267381">Read more

Taking the Kids: Unraveling a 150-year-old mystery

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CODY, Wyoming -- Looks certainly can be deceiving. We've driven more than an hour from Cody, Wyoming, and then up more than 10 miles on a rutted dirt road in the middle of nowhere -- a dusty, barren rocky landscape on a private ranch in the Big Horn Basin in north central Wyoming.

But this is what scientists have dubbed "The Jurassic Mile," for...Read more

Taking the Kids: A different kind of water park

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True or false: The teddy bear was invented to honor President Theodore Roosevelt.

True! But how and where that occurred is another matter. Ask those at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, where Roosevelt stayed on multiple bear hunts in the early years of the 20th century, and they'll ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A visit to Robben Island

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Milwana "Sparky" Sparks, just a teenager, thought his life was over when he was sentenced to the notorious Robben Island Prison. "I never thought I'd leave," he said, showing visitors around the South African prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years, along with other anti-apartheid leaders, enduring the harshest conditions.

Today, Sparks is ...Read more

Taking the Kids: When they love dinos, what's new this summer?

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If you think your kids are too old for dinosaurs, maybe it's time to think again. "You are never too old for dinosaurs," said Bronx native Samira Walinski, 15, who had just seen the T. rex: The Ultimate Predator exhibit, which just opened last spring, at the ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Staying safe on vacation

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Is it safe? That's the first question parents -- and grandparents -- ask when a teen wants to zip line on vacation, a tween tries the resort's bungee trampoline or a preschooler enters the "junior" water play area.

Is it safe to take kids to developing nations? To fly with babies when they haven't yet been vaccinated for measles? To let them ...Read more

Taking the Kids: New gadgets and gizmos to de-stress summer travel

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No need to fret! So what if it's pouring and you forgot the rain jackets. So what if you forgot the bag of beach towels for the beach ... the first aid kit ... the kids' flip-flops ... hiking socks ... bug spray.

Unless you are going to someplace like Outer Mongolia, you will be able to find what you need. Once, we forgot my middle daughter's ...Read more

Taking the Kids: The world's best birthday present, the Statue of Liberty

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What a birthday present! A 151-foot-tall, 225-ton statue that came disassembled from France in 214 crates.

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Taking the Kids: Getting unplugged in a super fun way

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Get ready to thread the needle! In whitewater rafting parlance, that means aiming your raft between obstacles in a rushing river.

No biggie for our experienced homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2223703">Read more

Taking the Kids: To Philadelphia and America's most historic square mile

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Talk about second-guessing. Thomas Jefferson couldn't have been happy. In Philadelphia on July 2, 1776, the delegates to the Second Continental Congress finally voted for independence, but they continued to argue about every word of the Declaration of Independence, making 86 changes, before the edited version was adopted on ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Making the most of summer vacation

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So much for spontaneity. It's hard to be spontaneous when you are carting a stroller, portable crib, diaper bags, toddlers and their backpacks.

Say goodbye to those days of taking off on a whim to a music festival, without a hotel or campground reservation. No more switching gears when you get to a train station in a foreign city and decide to ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Twenty-one ideas for Dad's Day gifts for traveling dads

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Lucky guy! You know who I mean. The dad (and grandad) who insist they have everything they want or need. Besides, they hate shopping.

So how can you show your appreciation for all they do come Father's Day? It just takes a little creativity (and not necessarily a lot of money).

First, narrow down your choices based on a theme. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Bragging rights from Acadia National Park

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Want vacation bragging rights? You just have to get up really early at Acadia National Parkon Maine’s Mount Desert Island and get to the top of Cadillac Mountain to see the sunrise. What's the big deal? You'll be at the spot where, in this country, the sun rises ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Time to go Camping!

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Want to get the teens to get off their devices on vacation? Who doesn't! Here's a vacation idea that's guaranteed to please those (sometimes) difficult-to-please teens -- and get everyone to put away their devices. Let's go camping!

That's right. According to the 2019 North American Camping Report, the vast majority of teens -- 96 percent -- ...Read more

Taking the Kids: What's new at theme parks this summer

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Ready to live your own Star Wars adventure?

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31 with great fanfare at the ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Eating our way across San Francisco

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I wish we were hungrier. Each dim sum dish the waiters showed us from their stainless steel carts looked more delicious than those that came before -- shrimp dumplings and lobster pot stickers followed by sticky rice, baked sweet pork buns with crunchy sugar crust, pan-fried noodles, eggplant and tofu, honey garlic chicken, spareribs, coconut ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Mom's Day gifts for traveling moms and grandmas

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Let's hear it for mom! She's usually the chief vacation planner and packer, not to mention the on-the-go therapist, managing sibling disputes, the meal organizer and the first responder when someone is sick or injured.

That's not to say Dad doesn't do his part. Of course, he does. But it's usually Mom who feels responsible for everyone's ...Read more


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