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Taking the Kids -- to 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

Taking the Kids: Visiting Budapest and exploring a new city through food and drink

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In Budapest, The Hungarian Flodni layer cake with plum jam, apple, poppy seed and walnuts lives up to its reputation. Yum! So do the "Baselon," (translated as a "friend's ear") -- dumplings fashioned from potato dough with plum jam and sprinkled with brown sugar.

"Great tour!" my daughter Reggie ...Read more

Taking the Kids: On a river cruise

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Take their three kids on a river cruise in Europe? "I don't want to be on vacation with a bunch of old people!" Josh Blumental told his wife, Amy Wolfe.

But she persisted -- the Salt Lake City mom had friends who had raved about their experience -- and in the end, Blumental was glad she had.

The couple and their three kids aged 15, 13 and 9, ...Read more

Taking the Kids -- to a fall festival

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Let's party!

Sure summer is over, but there's a lot to celebrate in fall -- not the least of which is the kids getting back to school and out from underfoot. There are festivals galore, wherever you live celebrating harvests, food, music and crafts, and increasingly, they have a family component.

And festivals can teach us all a lesson or two ...Read more

Taking the Kids -- on an adventure when they're in college

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What a choice!

We could choose a 30-plus-mile cycling route that was hard (lots of hills!) or really, really hard (more climbing and more hills!) in Bavaria.

"This is what you've been training for all week," said our always enthusiastic Backroads leader ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Acadia National Park in Maine

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Got early birds in your gang? Even if you don't, bragging rights should get them out of bed one morning in Northern Maine to see the sunrise in Acadia National Park, the eastern most point in the United States, from Cadillac Mountain, the highest point ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Time-traveling in Bath

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It was no contest. The kids immediately saw life wasn't much fun for slaves.

We've time traveled back much farther than the United States before the Civil War, though. We're in Bath, England where slavery was a way of life for the Romans who settled here because of the thermal waters more than 2,000 years ago.

"My slave does everything for me,...Read more

Taking the Kids: The solar eclipse in the Smoky Mountains

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Where are you taking the kids on Aug. 21? We're not talking about taking them to the first day of kindergarten, high school or to college, or even on a last-gasp summer getaway before that special school year starts.

No, we're talking about a different kind of milestone, but one equally memorable -- the 2017 total solar eclipse, ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Wisiting ski country in summer when it more affordable

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Ready to do something different on vacation? Maybe you want to soar more than two miles 300 feet above the valley floor with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop?

How about making your way up 36 feet on an outdoor rock-climbing wall?

Hike one of Colorado's famous Fourteeners -- one of the 50-plus mountains that rise more than 14,000 feet -- hike ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Family reunion central

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What's the most fun? Maybe the Rocky Mountain hikes, the horseback riding, the chance to do crafts and eat homemade ice cream. We are after all in Estes Park, Colorado, at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

But as fun as Colorado is in the summer, there's something more important going on here at the YMCA of the Rockies. "It's eating ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Walking in Jane Austen's footsteps

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CHAWTON, England -- The tiny writing table and chair don't seem very comfortable, much less the place where some of the most beloved and enduring English heroes and heroines were brought to life.

Jane Austen was her most prolific at this small table and chair in a modest cottage in the tiny village of Chawton in Hampshire, England, about a half...Read more

What's new at theme parks this summer?

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Take your pick. Travel to a peace-loving planet light-years away where bioluminescent plants glow or fly down a giant coaster over the water, as you try to rescue an animal in trouble. Maybe your kids would prefer a terrifyingly steep water slide -- or two -- in the dark. Younger kids can race each other down kid-sized water slides while ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Learning a little history on July 4th

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Time for a history lesson "No Way," the kids groan, not in July, especially not on July 4! But if you play your cards right, you'll all have fun celebrating the nation's birthday -- and learning something about American history at the same time.

According to the AAA Forecast, this Independence Day will be the most traveled ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Crossing the Atlantic aboard the Queen Mary 2

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The kids' club was fit for a princess -- a real princess. Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, 10, visited the "children's room" aboard the iconic CunardQueen Mary in Southampton, England, the year the ship first set sail in 1936 and reportedly had a lot of fun. Better than the palace playroom, we can ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Greenwich, England, and the pluses of getting a bit off the beaten track

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"Leave it all to me!" The pub owner declares as he takes away the menus. Pietro La Rosa, with his flowing mane of gray hair, beard and lilting Italian accent, is not like any pub owner I've ever met nor is The Prince of Greenwich pub menu typical, not with homemade pasta and sauces, fresh ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Cool Dad's Day gifts for outdoors-loving dads

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Maybe he's an avid camper. Maybe he's a fisherman or sailor, a hiker, golfer or biker. However the dads in your life enjoy the outdoors, there is plenty of new gear to enhance their experience -- just in time for Father's Day.

That's if you were planning on a gift. According to survey from DealNews....Read more

Staying safe abroad when traveling with youngsters

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I'm not really sure where or how it happened that hot day in Florence.

Our passports were securely in my purse but that evening, the leather envelope I carried them in was gone.

Did I drop them at the Uffizi Gallery when we went through security? (The envelope wasn't turned in or stuck in the X-ray machine, as I'd hoped.) Did I leave them at ...Read more

Taking the Kids" Planning for summer fun

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Is it that time already? In some places around the country, the kids are already out of school. Those who aren't soon will be and everyone's thinking about summer vacation, whether they've started planning or not.

I'm sure the kids have lots of ideas, and they may not all involve theme parks. It's a good idea to talk to the kids about what you'...Read more


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