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Taking the Kids: Twelve places to see the holiday lights

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Are you ready? You may barely be recovered from Thanksgiving but the entire country -- the entire world -- is ready for Christmas -- from the wonderful holiday markets in Europe to Orlando where holiday festivities at all of the theme parks and in the city have been going on since early November. No wonder Orlando, according to ...Read more

Taking the Kids -- aboard the Celebrity Edge, a new much-anticipated cruise ship

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Want to play with purpose?

Step aboard the new Celebrity Edge, four years in the making and set to take its maiden voyage on Dec. 9. I was able to get a sneak peek recently on a two-day trip from Port Everglades to Nassau. (Check out my onboard videos on <...Read more

Taking the Kids: Aboard the Celebrity Edge, a new much-anticipated cruise ship

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Want to play with purpose? Step aboard the new Celebrity Edge, four years in the making and set to take its maiden voyage on Dec. 9. I was able to get a sneak peek recently on a two-day trip from Port Everglades to Nassau. (Check out my onboard videos on ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Gathering for the holidays

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No drama! Is that possible when the family is gathering for the holidays? It's hard enough when you are gathering at someone's home (or yours!) and you have the stress of keeping guests happy -- or being a guest. (Can the kids manage to not spill anything on the white couch?)

It can be worse when everyone has high expectations for the long-...Read more

Taking the Kids: Eating your way through Italy

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Drum roll, please! As the cheese master takes his small hammer to the gigantic wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano.

We are in a small factory, Consorzio Produttori Latte Baganzolino, in Parma, Italy, where the way to ensure the region's famous cheese is up to snuff is by making sure it is solid, that there are no breaks or air pockets inside the ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Learning a little military history this month

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It was so long ago! World War I was so long ago that as we celebrate the armistice of the first global war in which millions died and empires were destroyed it would be impossible for today's kids to have met anyone who fought or lived during that difficult time.

They have no clue why the bright red poppies are the symbol of remembrance, ever ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A river cruise designed for families

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St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, usually teeming with visitors, is dark and silent as we file in, one recent evening drenched from the rain.

Slowly, the lights are turned on, revealing 46,000 square feet of golden mosaic, some dating from 1270, some made with 24-carat gold leaf to represent divine light. The marble floors are composed of more ...Read more

Taking the Kids: The National Museum of Play

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Impossible, I thought, as I hung up the phone. I was a young Chicago Tribune reporter and had just fielded a call about a new doll company in Wisconsin that was touting expensive historic dolls to little girls and their parents.

That will never fly, I told colleagues. No story here. Boy was I wrong. Not only did homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2139470">Read more

Taking the Kids: On the college tour circuit

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The campus tour hadn't even started when my daughter gave the university a thumbs-down.

"Too flat," my mountain-loving girl declared as we trekked across the campus on a crisp fall day. This was the Midwest, after all, I reminded her. And we had flown halfway around the country to visit. "Sorry," she said. "Besides, everyone seems too intense."...Read more

Taking the Kids -- Happy Halloween -- all month long!

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Got everyone's costume ready?

Sure Halloween is weeks away but celebrations are going full steam across the country.

No longer a one-day affair, Halloween has morphed into one of the year's biggest holidays, with families taking off to experience haunted houses, spooky festivals and gruesome gourmet delights. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: What's in your bag of tricks for outdoor fun?

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Got your bag of tricks ready? Not for Halloween but for getting everyone to put down their devices and head outdoors.

There's no better time than autumn to get outdoors and get away, whether you have a day, a weekend or a week. The climate is ideal; there is the right ratio of visitors to locals and grandparents can savor their ...Read more

Taking the Kids: When a vacation rental is more than a place to sleep

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Twenty-five pounds of brisket ... dried ancho chiles ... assorted other spices, five pounds of bacon... Not your typical shopping list for a long weekend at a vacation rental.

But this weekend at the we had rented in Crested Butte, Colorado, wasn'...Read more

Taking the Kids: The top of the city

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Ready for a stroll? Let's hope you aren't afraid of heights. We're talking a hands-free walk 1,168 feet up on a 5-foot ledge -- EdgeWalk at Toronto's famous CN Tower holds the Guinness World Record for the World's Highest External Walk on a Building.

Adrenaline junkies will love it (you have to be at...Read more

Taking the Kids: Indulging your inner-foodie and junior foodies in Orlando

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A charcuterie and cheese platter, anyone? Maybe freshly made pasta or sushi, dishes crafted from what's in season locally?

"The Orlando food scene has been evolving so quickly, with so many good chefs moving here," said Kathleen Blake, chef and owner of the Rusty Spoon, a popular downtown Orlando eatery. Blake has pioneered the movement here ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Meeting Swiss kids

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Fondue anyone? Maybe an authentic Swiss raclette -- melted cheese served over boiled potatoes or a tasty Rosti, made with grated fried potatoes and served with an egg, bacon and cheese. Many consider Rosti the Swiss national dish.

"Kids should try the local food here," says Noa Von Allmen, 12, who lives in the Swiss mountain town of ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Hiking in the Swiss Alps

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Bleh, Bleh, Bleh.... We are sharing the hiking trail -- and the spectacular Swiss Alpine views with a herd of goats in the Jungfrau region of the Alps and one goat keeps nudging me from behind, just like my two daughters who have been urging me to hike faster up the steep terrain.

But I can't help pausing to look around at the thundering ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Choosing the right gear for your next adventure

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Uh-oh. It was just the first day of our multi-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro and my daughter's rain jacket was leaking. Badly.

It's one thing to have a wardrobe malfunction when you can head back to the hotel or to the nearest mall, but that's not so easy on a Great Adventure.

The good news: We were close enough to where we started that a guide...Read more

Taking the Kids: What's new at museums for families

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Pirates and Winnie-the-Pooh, LEGO creations and the world of comedy. Welcome to what's new at museums this summer and fall.

That's right -- museums. Whether you have an end-of-summer trip planned or just a few days before the school year gets into full swing, consider checking out a new museum exhibit or two. And if you are a member of your ...Read more


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