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Taking the Kids: Celebrating Martin Luther King

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said. "Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that."

These words, and many others attributed to Dr. King, have been carved into the stone at the Martin Luther King Memorialin Washington, D.C. In...Read more

Taking the Kids: Having fun in the snow during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

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Sometimes, that one selfie offers indisputable vacation bragging rights. My nephew, Chris Yemma, took his dad up in the Imperial Express SuperChair at ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Spending New Year's with the penguins and whales in Antarctica

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WILHELMINA BAY, Antarctica -- Everyone is busy getting ready for the black-tie New Year's Eve bash. Here in Antarctica, it's a giant penguin party, of course. We're in a Zodiac boat in the Errera Channel between Ronge Island and the Antarctic Peninsula watching Gentoo penguins jump off an ice floe to "shower" in the water, and ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Gawking at giant gingerbread creations

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It's all about the icing. Not the taste, though. When you're building gingerbread structures, what matters is the consistency -- "not too soft or too hard," says Erin McIlwain, the pastry chef at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a member of the team responsible for the ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Holiday gifts for your favorite little traveler (and big ones, too)

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Let's hear it for gift cards! I know many think they're the holiday-gift-of-last-resort, but when the card is chosen wisely, it just might turn out to be the most appreciated gift of the season. And browsing online can give everyone something to do after all the gifts are opened.

For example, if your favorite young travelers are heading to ...Read more

Taking the Kids: NYC and beyond Manhattan during holiday season

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It all started with some construction workers trying to cheer everyone up during the holidays when times were especially hard. That was December 1931 -- at the height of the Great Depression. Those lucky to be working on the Rockefeller Center construction site pooled their money to buy a 20-foot-high Christmas tree decorated with...Read more

Taking the Kids: A special new style trip as a gift

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Let's hear it for a gift that will illicit smiles and heart-felt "thank yous," that no one will want to return and even better, will still be appreciated long after the holidays are over.

No such gift exists? Of course it does. It's the gift of a trip together, but not just any trip, a custom adventure designed for your group, based on their ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Making holiday lights a post-Thanksgiving tradition

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Let the gawking begin!

There's no better time to see who has the biggest and best holiday lights than as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are done. In some cases, before Thanksgiving if you are looking for ways to get everyone out of the house.

Cities, towns and hotels, just like many families, are getting ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Debunking Thanksgiving myths

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There wasn't any pie, pumpkin or otherwise. No cranberry sauce or potatoes either. Nor was turkey the center of the feast.

More likely, culinary historians report, that first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe feasted on venison, shellfish, and while there might have been ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Supporting Sonoma County

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If only we had more time. Should we spend more time soaking in the natural thermal pool (heated to more than 90 degrees) flowers all around us at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, one of the few in the country to feature natural thermal mineral waters (135 ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Gathering the gang when budget isn't a concern (and when it is!)

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No kids' table anywhere in sight! The huge table sits 32 and is set in the massive 8,500-square-foot main lodge. The huge stone fireplaces, accented by hand-hewn beads, dot the large building decorated with authentic memorabilia -- think Native American headdresses, clothing and western paintings.

Did I mention we're 9,200 feet above sea level ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Get away from the crowds to play in the snow

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I've barely gone 100 yards when I fall ... get up, and fall again in the snow. It takes me a while just to figure out how to get up, much less move the long, narrow skis where I want them to go. Why don't kids seem to have as much trouble getting up when they fall learning a new snow sport?

A longtime skier, I'm on cross-country skis for ...Read more

Taking the Kids - Packing smart

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"Really, Mom!" My daughter eyed the spiffy red Briggs & Riley suitcase I was trying on a recent trip to Europe. Yes, it was lightweight, expandable, hard-sided with four wheels and even had a lifetime warranty, but it was also big -- checked-bag size and nearly 50 pounds when full. It probably would have...Read more

Taking the Kids: A cruise for the whole family

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No Way! No way will I go on a cruise. No way do I want to be stuck on a ship with 3,000 strangers, waiting in long lines...

I've heard every complaint -- including from my own relatives -- when I've suggested a cruise as a great bet for a multigenerational gathering. They couldn't be more wrong, especially these days when there are ships to ...Read more

Taking the Kids: San Diego where kids are free all month!

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What should we do first? Commune with penguins or pandas; take a surfing lesson or try an electric bike? Maybe you'd rather explore a museum, sample thrill rides or spend the day tinkering with LEGOS. There's always the beach -- miles and miles. Maybe you'd rather stop and smell the roses -- 200 different kinds!

Welcome to San Diego, considered...Read more

Taking the Kids: Celebrating Halloween for an entire month

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Are your little action heroes ready? You'll need your witch's hat and broomstick, too, and don't forget a costume for the four-legged member of your family.

And you'll need that costume a lot sooner than Halloween since theme parks, zoos, haunted attractions, farms, even zip lines everywhere are touting Halloween ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture

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Ready to take a spin? Kids were lining up for the chance to "drive" the shiny red convertible At the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), but what they didn't realize was that their ride would be a meaningful teaching tool about the era of segregation in the United States. While ...Read more

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